English Championship 2019/20 Season Preview and Betting Odds

The Sky Bet Championship is one of the biggest football leagues in Europe. Despite being the second tier of English professional football, this is a hotly contested division between many big clubs in England, with many of them having aspirations to land promotion to the Premier League.

There are twenty-four teams in the Sky Bet Championship, with the two teams who finish top of the division getting automatically promoted to the Premier League, while the teams occupying the positions between third and sixth will compete in the play-offs for the final remaining promotion spot.

Similarly, the bottom three teams in the Championship will be relegated to League One and there are often many sides who are scrapping to avoid the drop, while several others end up in mid-table and remain safe in the division for another season.

Who Are the Big Teams in the Championship?

Leeds United are the most famous club who will be lining up for the 2019/20 Championship season, with the Yorkshire side having narrowly missed out on promotion at the end of the 2018/19 campaign when losing in the play-offs against Derby County.

Marcelo Bielsa has agreed to remain with the Whites and Leeds have started as the pre-season favourites for the 2019/20 season although they are often the team that everyone wants to beat and perhaps they can be overlooked as far as the title is concerned.

Fulham and Cardiff are also expected to challenge for promotion during the 2019/20 campaign, with the two teams having been relegated from the Premier League last season. The Cottagers go again under Scott Parker and retain a number of players that originally helped them land promotion to the top flight.

Similarly, Cardiff retain the services of Neil Warnock and this is a manager who spun gold out of straw to steer the Bluebirds into the Premier League two seasons ago, while the Welsh club valiantly battled to stay in the top flight and must be considered as promotion material.

West Brom are also trading among the favourites and Slaven Bilic is the man tasked with steering them back to the top flight after previously doing well with West Ham. The Baggies lost out in the play-offs to Aston Villa last term and will be hoping to push close this time around.

Stoke and Derby are only separated by about thirty miles and they are both ambitious clubs hoping to return to the Premier League, with the Potters operating under Nathan Jones who will hope to land a top six spot.

The same applies to Phillip Cocu at Pride Park, with the Dutchman having replaced Frank Lampard and hoping to execute a plan which will see the Rams in the top places of the Championship come the end of the season.

Who Are the Championship Dark Horses?

The bookmakers often find it hard to price up the Championship outright as we have so many potentially evenly-matched teams lining up at the start of the season and there are clearly going to be some surprise packages.

During the 2018/19 season, Norwich City and Sheffield United were available at big prices to win the Championship title although the Canaries won the league and the Blades finished second, with punters often looking away from the obvious in search of value on this division.

Bristol City seem to tick a lot of boxes when it comes to the 2019/20 Championship season and the Robins will be disappointed if they don’t manage a top six finish. Manager Lee Johnson has spent plenty of money during the summer and the club have a plan which should see them move towards the Premier League this time around.

Brentford are another club that tick the “progressive” box and the Bees have looked to build on the excellent work that Dean Smith did before leaving for Aston Villa. Thomas Frank has taken charge and there has been recruitment to suggest that a promotion push could be on the cards.

Huddersfield Town came down from the Premier League with plenty of parachute money and the Terriers could be a surprise package under manager Jan Siewert, while Nottingham Forest had their own problems under Aitor Karanka and Martin O’Neill although they will hope to steady the ship this time around.

What Championship Bets Can I Place?

Many people like to bet on antepost Championship markets such as the Outright (Winner), Promotion, Top Goalscorer and Relegation offerings, although the amount of bets placed on the actual Championship matches supercedes this by some way.

Say Leeds are playing Derby County and it’s a televised Championship football match. Many customers will want to place bets on the pre-match and In-Play betting markets, with the odds available in the days leading up to the match as punters pick out the betting odds markets that make the most appeal.

Some punters enjoy betting on the 1x2 market where you can bet on the winner (or the draw) of the match, while there are other popular Championship betting markets such as First Goalscorer, Correct Score, Half-Time/Full-Time and Both Teams to Score.

Many customers also enjoy placing a Championship football accumulator where you can pick out several teams that you expect to win their respective matches. For example, you might think Bristol City, Nottingham Forest and QPR will all win and you can put these teams into a betting treble where you would potentially get a nice return for a small stake.

In-Play betting on Championship football matches will see bookmakers offer live betting markets on a particular game, with the odds changing according to what’s happening on the pitch. The customer can choose when to land a price and there are often Cash Out opportunities to be enjoyed along the way.