Best Bookmakers for The Championship

Skybet ChampionshipAlas we can’t all support teams in the Premier League and football fan loyalty means there’s plenty of interest in England’s second football tier.

We’ll follow our teams through thick and thin and rightly so. For all you stalwarts out there I’ve put together a guide which compares the best Championship bookmaker sites.

Along with the comparison table I’ve also got tips for teams to watch out for with title potential, teams to get relegated and which teams are going to get promoted as well.

Best Betting Sites for English Championship

SiteGradeAll GamesLeague WinnerTop ScorerPromotionRelegationBonusVisit
Bet365A+YYYYYClick red button!
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BetvictorA+YYYYYBet £10 get £40
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William HillAYYYYYBet £10 get £30
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Paddy PowerAYYYYY£20 risk free bet
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CoralAYYNYNBet £5 get £20
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BetfredA-YYNYNBet £10 get £60
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What Type of Team Can Win The Championship?

Winning the Championship is a tough tough ask and working out who’s going to win at the very start of the season isn’t easy. You’ve got a league full of teams who could potentially win the league.

The three teams which have just been relegated from the Premier League are usually well fancied at the start of the season and then you’ve got the teams which made the playoffs but didn’t gain promotion to the Premier League as well.

Predicting who’s going to win the Championship at the very start of the season is a bit of a lottery. However after you’re 10 or so games into the season it becomes a heck of a lot easier. Out of the 6 or 7 fancied teams most will have already dropped away and it’ll be clear to see who’s got the ability to bounce back to the Premiership and who’s got the team morale to come back from the disappointment that goes with missing out in the playoffs.

The 2009/2010 season is a great example of the above. Newcastle, West Brom and Middlesbrough all got relegated from the Premier League. Newcastle and West Brom started the season well but after just a few games in it was clear to see that Middlesbrough didn’t have what it takes to get themselves into a position to challenge.

Sheffield United, Reading and Preston all missed in the playoffs and Preston fell away early in the season and the other two started poorly. After 10 games in it was pretty clear that the league was really between Newcastle, West Brom, Cardiff and Nottingham Forest. A stark contrast from the teams most bookies were listing as favourites to win the league at the start of the season.

Who Will Get Relegated From The Championship?

Again Championship relegation is another tough school when it comes to picking teams to go down at the start of the season. There are plenty of contenders; in fact almost everyone in the league barring just 5 or 6 teams could go down.

Teams which get relegated from the Premier League and are fancied to get promoted again end up dropping another division and then there’s the teams who’ve just come up from League One to think about and the teams who narrowly avoided the drop last year.

At the start of the season bookmakers usually list the favourites for Championship relegation as the teams who just got promoted and the teams who just survived the previous year. It’s not as clear cut as this by any means and it’s another one where to establish the real contenders we need to wait for the season to unfold a little.

Who Will Get Promoted or Make The Play-offs?

Ahh the good old Championship which is almost impossible to predict at the start of the season. I’ve already touched on how tough it is to predict who’s going to win the Championship and who’s going to get relegated. Well the Championship playoffs are even more volatile than the other two markets we’ve discussed.

With four spots up for grabs it’s often a case of 10-12 teams all competing to get to Wembley for a chance at the Premier League. Teams make late runs at the playoffs and some solidify their place early in the season. Odds are constantly shifting on this market as teams hit form and move in and out of the top 6 in the league.

When it comes to promotion betting on the Championship it always comes right down to the wire. Pick on form teams to win in the playoffs not teams who won their points earlier in the league campaign.

If you plan to bet on other leagues then you most likely want to view our overall football page and not just decide based on the best bookmakers for the Championship as compared above.

the Cheeky Punter

the Cheeky Punter

The Cheeky Punter is an professional online sports bettor and trader with over 15 years of experience in the industry. He has worked for a number of top bookmakers including Ladbrokes, William Hill and Coral. He's also written for a number of leading news outlets including the Guardian, i (newspaper) and Soccer Lens. More about him here.