Compare The Championship odds from the major bookmakers using our comparison tables. There is Championship Football Outright Winner, Promotion and Relegation betting as well as the Golden Boot, also known as Top Goalscorer, prices. Plus you can claim free bets from the bookies.
The Championship – Outright Winner Odds
To win The Championship 2018/19; Best odds bold; Each-Way Place Terms: 1/4 odds 1,2,3.
The Championship 2018/19 Promotion Betting – To Be Promoted
Three teams will be promoted.
The Championship Relegation Betting Odds
Three Championship teams will go down. These are the odds to be relegated.
The Championship Football – Top Goalscorer Odds
To Be Championship Top Scorer / Win Golden Boot; Each-Way Place Terms: 1/4 odds 1,2,3.
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Stoke City Heads Championship Odds For Promotion
The Championship is one of the most competitive leagues in European football and there are again plenty of potential candidates for promotion ahead of the 2018-19 season, writes Nick.
It says much for the unpredictability of the Championship that just one of the three teams who achieved promotion last season had finished in the top half the season before, and that the two sides automatically promoted did so having come home 12th and 15th respectively.
It was also the first time in five years and only the third time over the course of the last decade that none of promoted sides were those demoted from the Premier League the year before. It is therefore interesting to see that all three of the teams who have dropped down from the top flight this season are among the favourites in the bookies’ Championship odds for the league title and promotion.
Stoke City are back in the Championship after a decade in the Premier League and look relatively well-placed to return at the first time of asking. Gary Rowett is a solid operator at this level and the squad still looks strong after some good transfer dealings. West Bromwich Albion likewise have the necessary quality to compete for automatic promotion. Swansea are a bit more of an unknown quantity having lost more players of note over the summer.
Among the sides who remain in the Championship from last season, Middlesbrough are one of the most viable promotion candidates according to the betting odds. They showed relative signs of improvement in the second half of last season under Tony Pulis and have reinforced their defensive options ahead of the new campaign.
The situation is less clear at Aston Villa and Derby County, the other two sides who finished in the top six last season. New investors have come in to ease Villa’s financial problems but there is still uncertainty over their ambitions for the campaign, while Derby County are the venue for former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard’s first foray into management.
Nottingham Forest finished 17th last season but are among the bookies’ favourites in the Championship odds to secure promotion this time around after spending big in the off-season. There are certain similarities to Wolverhampton Wanderers, who jumped from a 15th-place finish the previous year to win the Championship last season on the back of heavy investment and a strong Portuguese influence. Whether Forest can repeat the trick remains to be seen.
Leeds are also quite well-fancied despite finishing down in 13th themselves last season. They were one of the four worst teams in the division during the second half of that campaign but the bold and unexpected appointment of the enigmatic Marcelo Bielsa as their new head coach has significantly raised expectations ahead of the new season.
Steadier performers such as Brentford, Preston and Millwall, who were the second best team during the second half of last season in their first campaign back in the second tier following promotion from League One, are also likely to be there or thereabouts in terms of the playoff places.
Sheffield United finished 10th last season following promotion as League One champions and will hope to take a further step forward. Norwich may have been fancied to do so despite an inconsistent first campaign under the command of Daniel Farke, but the departures of James Maddison and Josh Murphy have significantly weakened them. A team like Bristol City, Sheffield Wednesday or even newly promoted Wigan could be capable of surprising.
At the other end of the table, Rotherham and Bolton are the early favourites for the drop in the Championship relegation odds, but there is more uncertainty over the likely occupant of the other relegation place. Ipswich, Hull, Queens Park Rangers and Blackburn Rovers are all in the running, as are Reading, who were the worst side in the division during the second half of last season and have done little over the summer to suggest that they will be much better this time around.
Birmingham, meanwhile, are moored in a liminal space between the presumed relegation battlers and the playoff hopefuls. They are unlikely to go down but neither does a top-six finish seem probable.