Betting on the English Championship
The 2012/13 Championship is now underway and we are in for one hell of a ride as it looks on paper that any number of teams could find themselves in promotion contention come the end of the season. The Championship once again contains a whole host of big teams following the relegation of Bolton, Blackburn Rovers and Wolves, and Charlton gaining promotion from League One, which means the betting is as tight as ever.
At the end of each Championship season the top two teams gain automatic promotion to the Premier League. The four teams who finish in positions third to sixth compete in the play-offs with the team who finished third playing the team in sixth place, whilst the teams who finished fourth and fifth play each other. The games take place over two legs with the higher finishing of the two sides receiving home advantage in the second leg. The overall winners from each of the two games meet in the Championship play-off final at Wembley to contest the final remaining place in the following season's Premier League betting odds. Play-off betting has become big business for online bookmakers in recent years as supporters look to place football bets once the regular season has ended.
Bigger named teams' playing at this level have helped to raise the profile of The Championship, which has resulted in increased english football betting interest.
Betting on Championship Matches
Antepost betting is always popular amongst fans of Championship teams. The competitive nature of this league means that fans of most Championship teams place a bets on their team to win the division with the belief that they have an outside chance of winning.
Championship top goalscorer betting is becoming popular as more ex-premiership players play in the Championship and football punters become more aware of the abilities of Championship players thanks to the growing media coverage that The Championship receives through live TV matches.
Relegation betting in The Championship is always very close but remains popular throughout the season. The three teams relegated to League One are often not decided until the last games of the season.
All major online bookmakers offer betting on The Championship, with most offering a number of different markets for each match and even more when the game is live on TV and you can get live in play football betting odds. When a Championship match is televised, expect to see a minimum of thirty different bet types for that game.
2012/13 Championship Teams
- Birmingham City
- Blackburn Rovers
- Bristol City
- Cardiff City
- Crystal Palace
- Derby County
- Hull City
- Ipswich Town
- Leeds United
- Leicester City
- Nottingham Forest
- Peterborough United
- Sheffiield Wednesday
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