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Championship Predictions & Tips

Championship Predictions & Betting Tips

Our English Championship predictions & betting tips are available here. Each gameweek, you’ll see our specialist’s in-depth Championship game predictions and best bets using team stats, news and tactical analysis.

Home to ‘The Richest Game in Football’, the English Football League Championship (or The Championship) is the second tier of professional football in England, and is contested by 24 teams. It is one of the most competitive and unpredictable leagues in the world, and as such, can be a great league to bet on.

Like the EPL, some of the most popular markets used by bettors on the Championship are Win/Draw/Win and Over/Under Goals markets.

When are your Championship predictions posted?

To ensure you never miss out on any tips, our Championship tips are posted 24 hours before kick-off on our website and across our social media platforms. We analyse individual teams, their form, previous results against the day’s opponents, as well as key players in order to offer more comprehensive predictions. This allows us to give an in-depth overview that helps you understand how a team is likely to perform in any given match.

How to bet on the Championship

We have a number of bet types on offer when betting on the Championship, such as accumulators, bet builders, doubles, trebles, BTTS, over/under and in-play betting, which are popular with punters.

When placing bets, you might want to consider some of the factors that can influence the outcome of the match, such as which team is in form, injuries, suspensions, team selections, the quality of the opposition, the style of the play, home and away records and other relevant info you can find in our prediction stat packs.

Who will win the Championship?

Vincent Kompany’s side are currently 4/11 favourites to return to the top flight as champions and have won their previous six matches in a row and sitting top of the division. Sheffield United are 5/2 second favourites to win the Championship title this season. The Blades are in 2nd five points behind Burnley after 26 matches of the campaign but dropped key points in one of their most recent fixture when they drew 1-1 with Queens Park Rangers.

Beyond the top two in the division, Middlesbrough (50/1) and West Bromwich Albion (66/1) are a distant third and fourth in this market.

With most Championship sides having 20 matches remaining, there are plenty of points left to play for and enough time for the picture at the top of the table to change.

When is the Championship season?

The Championship season runs typically runs from August to May each year, with teams playing 46 matches. Due to the World Cup, the 22/23 season kicked off on 30 July 2022, as 24 clubs compete to be promoted to the Premier League. At the end of the season scheduled for  6 May 2023, the top two teams will automatically be promoted while the 4 clubs who finish in positions three to six must compete in the Championship play-offs with the final listed for 29 May 2023 to determine which club will take the final promotion spot. The 3 sides finishing bottom of the division are relegated to League 1.

Between now and then, however, over 900 matches will be played in the Championship,with matches taking place most days of the week.

How to watch the Championship on TV

For those wishing to watch the action live on TV, Sky Sports is the best option with their dedicated channel showing a range of fixtures from each day. This includes replays and highlights packages, as well as exclusive interviews with players and managers – ensuring viewers get all the information they need at any given time.

For those who don’t want to miss a single match, there are also online streaming options such as NowTV or iFollow which will provide access to all Championship fixtures taking place throughout the season. These services are reasonably priced too and give subscribers access to every minute of action that takes place over the course of the year – allowing them to stay up-to-date with their team’s progress while they’re away from home. 

Who has won the most Championship titles?

The Championship was previously known as the Football League Second Division from 1892-1992 and Then the Football League First Division from 1992-2004.

Manchester City and Leicester City have won the most second tier titles with seven wins each. They are followed by Sheffield Wednesday and Sunderland, who have five titles. Winning the titles lead to promotion to the top tier in England which since 1992 has been the Premier League.

Recent winners:

Here is a list of recent winners fo the EFL Championship:

2021-22: Fulham

2020-21: Norwich City

2019-20: Leeds United

2018-19: Norwich City

2017-18: Wolverhampton Wanderers

2016-17: Newcastle United

2015-16: Burnley

2014-15: Bournemouth

2013-14: Leicester City

2012-13: Cardiff City

2011-12: Reading

Who will be relegated from the Championship?

3 teams will be relegated from the Championship this season, and most sides in the league have 18 games remaining. Blackpool, Huddersfield Town and Wigan Athletic currently occupy the relegation places.

Newly promoted Rotherham United, who are one place and  one point above the drop zone, are bookies’ favourite to go down. Bottom of the table Wigan are second favourites followed by Huddersfield Town and Blackpool.

The Championship table remains tight with a mere 10 points between 11th and 22nd. A loss in form could see many teams dragged into the relegation dog fight. Teams  in the bottom 3 will need to start picking up points quickly in order to move up the table away from danger.

Championship 2022/23 key dates

The Championship kicked off on Saturday 30th July 2022. There was a break in matches between 13 November and resumed on 10 December 2022 due to the World Cup. The end of the Championship is penciled in for 6 May 2023, with the Championship playoff final to be played on 29 May 2023. 

In addition to league fixtures Carabao Cup  commenced on  8th August. The FA Cup starts on 7 January 2023 for Championship clubs.

Best bookmakers for betting on the Championship

At Bad Man Betting, we not only provide detailed information on bookmakers including Bet365, Paddy Power, Sky Bet, Virgin Bet and Betfair for your Championship predictions, but also keep you updated with the latest promotions and new customer offers. That way, you’ll know exactly who is offering the best odds on particular bets and can make informed decisions. 

Championship offers & free bets

Bookmakers often provide a variety of exclusive deals and rewards to incentivise users into betting on the Championship. This can range from free bets, improved odds and even money back offers. Taking full advantage of these promotions, in addition to consulting reliable sources such as our stats packs, can help you improve your chances of winning and minimizing any potential losses. We urge you to always check the terms and conditions of any offer before placing a bet, as this will ensure that you qualify for the offer.

Check out some of our best offers right now from Betfair, Paddy Power and Bet365.

Always consider the full term and conditions of the offers on the bookmaker’s website.

Which other competitions do you provide tips for?

The UEFA Champions League is the most prestigious club competition in Europe and is viewed as the pinnacle of European football. It consists of 32 teams who have qualified from their respective domestic leagues, competing over two legs for a place in the group stages. The FA Cup is the oldest national football tournament in the world, having been founded way back in 1871. It’s open to any team from England and Wales who play in the top four tiers of English football, with 736 teams taking part this season.

The Championship, also known as the EFL Championship or Sky Bet Championship, is one of the world’s most competitive leagues. This season sees 24 teams compete to be crowned champions and gain promotion to the Premier League – arguably one of the toughest tasks in all of football. With such high stakes at play, it’s no surprise that many punters turn to us for advice before placing their bets on any Championship match.

Our experts provide invaluable insight into a range of other leagues around Europe and beyond; including La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and more. Our team have decades of experience in this industry and are well-versed in offering up-to-date advice and analysis for all football competitions. Whether you’re looking for insight into individual teams or you need predictions on specific matches from these leagues, we can help by providing betting tips tailored to your needs.

We also offer a great range of different League 2 tops, so be sure to check out our tips on these pages:

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the EFL Championship start and how does it work?

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The season runs from August to May. The Championship winners and runners-up are automatically promoted to the English Premier League. The teams in 3rd to 6th place meet in the Championship play-offs. The winner of the play-offs joins the automatically promoted teams in the Premier League the following year.
At the other end of the table, it’s a straight relegation drop for the bottom three teams, falling into the English League One.
There is value to be had in the Championship given the long season, competitiveness of the league and variation in bookmaker odds. It’s why it’s so vital to have up-to-date English Championship information, as one player missing could change the outlook of an evenly balanced game. Our specialists make sure to take into account the latest suspension and injury news from around the league when picking our Championship betting tips.

When are English Championship tips uploaded?

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Our Championship predictions & betting tips are uploaded usually the day before each scheduled match. We want to make sure we’re providing the highest quality betting tips which can only happen if we’re taking the very latest news and updates into our predictions.

How to bet on the English Championship?

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Firstly, make sure you’re signed up to one of the many UK bookmakers available. Without a bookmaker? Head to our bookmaker offers to compare and take advantage of the top offers from the bookies.

Once you’re signed up, make sure that you’re up-to-speed with all things English Championship by checking out our EFL Championship Predictions. There’s a whole host of information available and it always pays off to know more about what you’re placing a bet on. If you want to look at more of our football betting predictions, then head over to our Football Predictions page.

Our comprehensive English Championship predictions will always be free. With all things betting, you can’t guarantee 100% winners but you can read the research for yourself before placing a bet.

Who has been promoted from the EFL Championship?

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Over the last ten years, the three teams each season to have been promoted are below. They are in order of Winner, Runner-Up and Play-Off Winner:

2021/22: Fulham, Bournemouth, Nottingham Forest
2020/21: Norwich, Watford, Brentford
2019/20: Leeds, West Bromwich Albion, Fulham
2018/19: Norwich, Sheffield United, Aston Villa
2017/18: Wolves, Cardiff, Fulham
2016/17: Newcastle, Brighton, Huddersfield
2015/16: Burnley, Middlesbrough, Hull
2014/15: Bournemouth, Watford, Norwich
2013/14: Leicester, Burnley, Queens Park Rangers
2012/13: Cardiff, Hull, Crystal Palace

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