England Championship Betting Odds Comparison

Aston Villa v Wigan – Goals a Safe Bet at Villa Park

Aston Villa showed no signs of a hangover following last season’s playoff final defeat with a commanding win over Hull on Monday night. The Villa faithful were delighted with the performance, especially after such a worrying spell for the club during the summer, but how much you can read into beating Hull?

The Tigers look set for a lengthy battle against relegation to League 1 but the signs are good for Wigan after their move in the opposite direction. Paul Cook has his players singing from the same hymn sheet so the Latics will pose many questions at Villa Park. This could well be a high scoring encounter.

Betting Tip: Over 3.5 Goals

Nottingham Forest v Reading – Forest to Ensure No Repeat of Tuesday Night

Nottingham Forest’s transfer activity over the summer has seen inevitable comparisons with Wolves. The Tricky Trees have brought in some exciting players from Europe and look to have a well balanced squad but they learnt a tough lesson on Tuesday night.

Aitor Karanka’s men dominated large parts of the match against West Brom but could only score once. A cushion of just one goal is always a worry and having thrown away the lead, Forest rode their luck for just a point in the end.

Karanka will be hammering home the importance of making the most of a good spell ahead of Saturday’s match against Reading. The Royals aren’t going to pull up any trees this season so Forest should end a frustrating week on a high.

Betting Tip: Nottingham Forest to Win

Stoke v Brentford – Bees to Capitalise on Stoke’s Slow Start

Speaking after Stoke’s 3-1 loss to Leeds on Sunday, Ryan Shawcross suggested that he and his teammates had not adequately prepared for the match. That is hardly a ringing endorsement of new manager, Gary Rowett. Stoke remain the favourites to win the Championship but don’t think for a second that Brentford will be viewing Saturday’s trip to the Bet365 Stadium with trepidation.

In stark contrast to Stoke, the Bees came out of the blocks flying with a 5-1 win over Rotherham. Stoke should represent tougher opposition but Brentford are going to make a game of this so both teams to score looks a solid betting option.

Betting Tip: Both Teams to Score

Derby v Leeds – Lampard Won’t Get Quite as Lucky Second Time Up

Frank Lampard was refreshingly, er, frank, after Derby’s win over Reading in the opening match of the Championship season. Lampard admitted that his team were fortunate to grab the three points in the dying embers of the match and he knows the Rams cannot rely on luck when they host Leeds early on Saturday evening.

Leeds were very good for much of their 3-1 win over Stoke. Marcelo Bielsa has clearly added an extra dimension to the team and it would be no surprise if the veteran is to outsmart his inexperienced opponent in the opposite dugout. The Rams are warm favourites but the value is all with the away side to our eyes.

Betting Tip: Leeds to Win

The Football League Championship is the second tier of English football after the Premier League, and is the richest non-top flight division in the world and the seventh wealthiest division in Europe. With some great teams gracing the Championship (often after stumbling out of the Premier League) there are some great matches and we’ll have the best betting odds for all of them!

Previously known as Division Two (from 1892 to 1992, when the forerunner of the Premier League was called Division One), then the Football League First Division (1992 to 2004), the winners receive the Football League Championship Trophy and promotion to the Premier League, the runners-up get automatic promotion and the teams finishing in positions three to six take place in the play-offs, the winner of which also gains promotion. There are 24 teams in all with teams playing one another home and away (thus having 46 matches each in a season, though more if they end up in the play-offs).

It is without doubt one of the most exciting divisions in Europe as teams battle tooth and nail to make it to the Premier League and the riches to be found at the pinnacle of English football. And we’ve got the best betting odds all along the way.

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