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Bettingpro.com writers offer Championship betting tips for all televised matches as well as betting tips in the form of daily best bet columns and accumulator bets.
While the popularity of the Championship cannot match that of the Premier League, the second tier of English football remains on of the most popular competitions on the planet with high attendances and good television ratings.

And why shouldn't it? Of all the leagues in world football this is probably the most unpredictable because there is a genuine sense that any team can beat another on the day. Over the years the likes of Scunthorpe United have beaten Newcastle United, Burton Albion have stunned Leeds United, and just this past season Huddersfield Town went from relegation candidates to play-off winners and a spot in the Premier League.

This really is a league where anything can happen and Bettingpro.com will have the 2017/18 campaign covered from every angle with betting tips, odds and news, as well as information on how you can bet on & watch matches live online.

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CHAMPIONSHIP LIVE STREAMING & IN-PLAY BETTING (18+. T&CS APPLY)

One of the biggest changes in football betting is the move from the betting shop to online. This has given more choice to punters in terms or odds and markets but it has had another benefit as there has also been a move by the bookmakers to lure in customers by offering all sorts of benefits to having an online account.

Free bets are one such benefit, but the real innovation is that customers of the big betting firms can now watch and bet on live football matches online. There is an incredible array of live streamed matches from across the globe every single week, and customers now have access to matches in one of the most competitive leagues there is - the English Championship.

There is no need for a satellite subscription, or any form of on-going payment, to watch online. All that is needed is an account with one of the major bookmakers and then you can watch online, for free, on your desktop, laptop or mobile device.

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BEST BOOKMAKERS FOR BETTING ON THE CHAMPIONSHIP

The Championship's popularity means there is no shortage of bookmaker websites where you can place your bets on the second tier of English football, but with so many bookies to choose from which ones offer the most competitive odds and the best service?

Not only does Bettingpro.com offer advice on what bets you should place on the Championship, we also offer advice on which bookmakers you should use. Our comprehensive reviews give you a rundown of what you can expect from the bookies when you become a customer of theirs.

Is there an incentive to sign up at the website - ie. free bets, risk-free bets etc? Are their odds competitive? Do they offer much variety in the way of markets? Can I bet In-Play? What special promotions can I use to insure my bet or boost my pay-out if it is a winner? Are matches live streamed? What standard of customer service can I expect?

All of those questions, and more, are answered in our reviews that you can access HERE.

Championship Free Bets & Sign-Up Offers

The sign-up incentive has become a staple of the betting industry with bookmakers now offering new customers the chance to claim free bets, risk-free bets and more when they register for a new online account.

But what offers are available to you right now? Below is Bettingpro.com's favourite bookmaker welcome offers at this time...

Championship Bookmaker Offers

Want to boost your returns or add a spot of insurance to your Championship bets?

A whole host of bookmakers now offer special promotions for every round of fixtures in the Championship, ranging from special price enhancements to money back specials, and Bettingpro.com has a rundown of the latest offers available...

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CHAMPIONSHIP OUTRIGHT BETTING TIPS

Outright betting on the Championship remains a great way to make a profit while betting on the second tier of English football, but of course you have to have some patience because these types of bets are not ones that pay out quickly, unless you have placed them during the final days of the season.

Championship outright markets are straightforward - you are betting on subjects of league winners, promotion, relegation etc, and these markets are available all season long so you can wait to see how a team performs before backing them in one of these markets. So what markets are available? Read on...

Championship Winner

The Championship Winner market is exactly what the title says – you are betting on who will win the second tier of English football. This market goes live very early on and the earlier you bet on it, the bigger the price you will get in most instances. There will obviously be the usual suspects heading up the market – including teams relegated from the Premier League the year before – but this is one of the most unpredictable leagues in all of football so there is the chance to make a large profit betting on this market if you successfully back an outsider.

To Be Promoted

This market is similar to the Championship Winner market in that you are backing a team to be promoted to the Premier League, but unlike that market you are not relying on that side to win the league. The top two and the play-off winners are promoted from the Championship so you have three opportunities for your bet to be a winner, and the second tier has routinely thrown up some shock promotions over the years. Bournemouth and Huddersfield Town are among the teams that have earned surprise promotions to the top flight, and that means there is an excellent opportunity to make a sizeable profit if you can successfully predict the next shock promotion from the Championship.

Relegation

Those first two markets were looking at the top end of the table, but betting on the other end of the Championship standings is also a popular form of outright betting. The relegation market is simple – you are betting on a team to go down to the Championship at the end of the season. It does not matter if that team finishes 22nd, 23rd or 24th – as long as they head down to the third tier at the end of the campaign your bet will be a winner. Newly-promoted teams tend to be short odds in this market, but the Championship remains one of the most competitive leagues in world football and it feels like every year we see some big teams suffer a shock relegation. The likes of Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United, Leicester City, Nottingham Forest, Blackburn Rovers and Leeds United have all spent time in League One, so if you can successfully predict the next big name to fall you can land yourself a very nice return betting on this market.

To Finish Bottom

While the Relegation market asks you to pick a team that will go down, the To Finish Bottom market requires you to select a side that will be propping up the rest of the Championship table at the end of the season. You will see bigger odds in this market than you will in the Relegation one because you do not have three league positions that will hand you a winning bet, but if you are betting on this market you need to do it before a team gets cut adrift at the bottom, otherwise their odds will shorten quickly and dramatically.

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH BETTING TIPS

Betting on Championship matches has never been easier and there has never been so many markets to choose from for every single game – but which markets should you be using in an attempt to make a profit?

Bettingpro.com offers Championship betting tips for a whole host of matches throughout the season and the following markets feature regularly in our previews…

Winner

Football betting markets do not come much more simpler than this one – you are simply backing a team to win the game or for the match to end in a draw. This market is available for every football match you can possibly bet on, but it goes without saying that sometimes it will not offer the most appealing odds. The best chance of making a decent profit in this market comes from what the bookmakers perceive to be a very competitive. If a match looks to be one sided then there will be one clear favourite and that team’s odds will not be appealing.

Handicap

The handicap market is very similar to the ‘Winner’ market, but in this instance you are backing a team to overcome a fictional handicap. For example, Preston are 7/10 to beat Norwich City, but you may want a bigger price when backing North End and you can get one thanks to the handicap market. In this instance, Preston -2 to win the match is available at 6/1. So what does the -2 mean? It means Norwich will start the game with a fictional 2-0 lead and Preston must win by three goals in order to erase the deficit and win the match, landing you a winning bet. On the opposite side, you may believe Preston could be held to a draw so you could go Norwich +1, which is available at 11/10. That means if the match ends 0-0, Preston will actually be 1-0 winners in terms of your bet once the two-goal handicap is applied.

Half-Time/Full-Time

Another way to back a team to win at a better price than the one available in the ‘Winner’ market is to dive into the Half-time/Full-time market. This market requires you to bet on who you think will be winning at half-time and full-time in the match. So for example, you may believe Ipswich Town and Aston Villa will be drawing at half-time but fancy Villa to be in front at full-time. Therefore the selection you would make would be Draw/Aston Villa, which is currently available at 4/1. This market can offer a great way to make a healthy profit because you need two things to happen for it to be a winner.

Winning Margin

Winning margin is another way to back a team at a better price than the one available in the ‘Winner’ betting market – and just like the previous markets I have mentioned this is straightforward. You are merely betting on how many goals a team will win by – Wolves to win by 1 goal, Wolves to win by 2 goals, Wolves to win by 3 goals more etc. So instead of backing Wolves to beat Bolton Wanderers at 19/20, you may fancy them to run out comfortable winners by two goals. Backing Wolves to win by 2 goals in this instance would offer a higher price of 9/2.

Total Goals

The outcome of the match does not matter as far as this betting market is confirmed – you are merely betting on how many goals will be scored in total. So for example, if you are expecting to see at least two goals you could back Over 1.5 Total Goals, or you may expect to see three or less so you would select Under 3.5 Total Goals. The prices in this market will obviously vary from match to match, so while it may offer a tempting price in one game it may not be particularly appealing in another.

Both Teams To Score

Just like ‘Total Goals’, this football betting market is not affected by the outcome of a match. When betting on this market you simply need both teams involved in the game to find the back of the net – it does not matter how many times they both score, each team just needs to score at least once. Of course, just like ‘Total Goals’ the appeal of this market will vary from match to match. For example, the odds on both teams scoring will be bigger if one team has a rock-solid defence that rarely concedes, while the price will be short if the match is features to two teams with leaky rearguards.

Match Result & Both Teams To Score

This market combines two of the previous markets I have mentioned – Winner and Both Teams To Score. It is straightforward though and it does offer another opportunity to back a match outcome at a bigger price than the one available in the ‘Winner’ market. In this instance, all you are doing is betting on the outcome of the match and whether or not both teams will score. So for example, you may expect odds-on favourites Wolves to beat Bolton Wanderers but want a bigger price than 19/20. By going into this market you can get a price as big as 3/1 on Wolves to win & both teams to score. For this bet to win you just need Bolton to score in a losing effort. Of course, the odds are affected by the likelihood of both teams scoring.

Match Result & Over/Under Total Goals

This is very similar to the last market I wrote about, but instead of backing both teams to score you are simply betting on who will win and how many goals will be scored in the match. For example, when Cardiff City host Nottingham Forest you may be expecting the Cardiff to win a match that sees at least three goals. Therefore you would back Cardiff City/Over 2.5 in this market at odds of 13/10. It does not matter if Cardiff win 3-0, 2-1 of 10-0 – as long as they are victorious and three total goals are scored then your bet would be a winner. Of course, the odds are affected by the likelihood of goals being scored in the match. 

First Goalscorer

First Goalscorer betting remains one of the most popular forms of betting when it comes to football matches. This market is available for every match in top club and international competitions, and it offers a great opportunity to make a healthy profit because you are simple betting on who will break the deadlock with the game’s first goal. With 20 outfield players on the pitch when the match gets underway, there are plenty of players to choose from and that means even regular goalscorers will be available at backable prices. But perhaps you like the look of a goal-scoring midfielder – his odds could be rather sizeable and if he does break the deadlock you will enjoy a very tidy return.

Anytime Goalscorer

Odds in this market are shorter than the First Goalscorer market because you are merely betting on a player to score in the match. It does not matter if he nets first, second, third or last – as long as he finds the back of the net your bet will be a winner. Big name players are usually at short odds in this market, so you often have to be a little creative when picking out a goalscorer. Perhaps one team is excellent at set-pieces, bringing a defender into play in this market at a big price? Or perhaps a side has a midfielder with a knack for ghosting into the box and grabbing a goal here and there? This market can offer good rewards when you successfully back a player that is not exactly prolific in front of goal.

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CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY

CHAMPIONSHIP RECORDS

MOST CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES: 7 - Leicester City, Manchester City

MOST POINTS IN A CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON: Reading - 106 (2005/06)

FEWEST POINTS IN A CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON: Cambridge United - 24 (1983/84)

MOST GOALS IN  A CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON: Nathan Ellinghton - 24 (2004/05)

MOST WINS IN A CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON: Tottenham Hotspur - 32 (1919/20)

FEWEST WINS IN A CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON: Loughborough - 1 (1899/00)

MOST CONSECUTIVE CHAMPIONSHIP WINS: 14 - Manchester United (1904/05), Bristol City (1905/06), Preston North End (1950/51)

MOST DEFEATS IN A CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON: Wimbledon - 33 (2003/04)

LONGEST CHAMPIONSHIP UNBEATEN RUN: Reading - 33 (2005/06)

CHAMPIONSHIP SEASONS

SEASONCHAMPIONSRUNNERS-UPPROMOTION (1974-92)
PLAY-OFFS (1993-)
1892/93Small HeathSheffield United-
1893/94LiverpoolBirmingham City-
1894/95BuryNotts County-
1895/96LiverpoolManchester City-
1896/97Notts CountyNewton Heath-
1897/98BurnleyNewcastle United-
1898/99Manchester CityGlossop North End-
1899/00Sheffield WednesdayBolton Wanderers-
1900/01Grimsby TownSmall Heath-
1901/02West Bromwich AlbionMiddlesbrough-
1902/03Manchester CitySmall Heath-
1903/04Preston North EndWoolwich Arsenal-
1904/05LiverpoolBolton Wanderers-
1905/06Bristol CityManchester United-
1906/07Nottingham ForestChelsea-
1907/08Bradford CityLeicester City-
1908/09Bolton WanderersTottenham Hotspur-
1909/10Manchester CityOldham Athletic-
1910/11West Bromwich AlbionBolton Wanderers-
1911/12Derby CountyChelsea-
1912/13Preston North EndBurnley-
1913/14Notts CountyBradford Park Avenue-
1914/15Derby CountyPreston North End-
1915-1919LEAGUE SUSPENDED--
1919/20Tottenham HotspurHuddersfield Town-
1921/22Nottingham ForestStoke City-
1922/23Notts CountyWest Ham United-
1923/24Leeds UnitedBury-
1924/25Leicester CityManchester United-
1925/26Sheffield WednesdayDerby County-
1926/27MiddlesbroughPortsmouth-
1927/28Manchester CityLeeds United-
1928/29MiddlesbroughGrimsby Town-
1929/30BlackpoolChelsea-
1930/31EvertonWest Bromwich Albion-
1931/32Wolverhampton WanderersLeeds United-
1932/33Stoke CityTottenham Hotspur-
1933/34Grimsby TownPreston North End-
1934/35BrendtfordBolton Wanderers-
1935/36Manchester UnitedCharlton Athletic-
1936/37Leicester CityBlackpool-
1937/38Aston VillaManchester United-
1938/39Blackburn RoversSheffield United-
1939-1946LEAGUE SUSPENDED--
1946/47Manchester CityBurnley-
1947/48Birmingham CityNewcastle United-
1948/49FulhamWest Bromwich Albion-
1949/50Tottenham HotspurSheffield Wednesday-
1950/51Preston North EndManchester City-
1951/52Sheffield WednesdayCardiff City-
1952/53Sheffield UnitedHuddersfield Town-
1953/54Leicester CityEverton-
1954/55Birmingham CityLuton Town-
1955/56Sheffield WednesdayLeeds United-
1956/57Leicester CityNottingham Forest-
1957/58West Ham UnitedBlackburn Rovers-
1958/59Sheffield WednesdayFulham-
1959/60Aston VillaCardiff City-
1960/61Ipswich TownSheffield United-
1961/62LiverpoolLeyton Orient-
1962/63Stoke CityChelsea-
1963/64Leeds UnitedSunderland-
1964/65Newcastle UnitedNorthampton Town-
1965/66Manchester CitySouthampton-
1966/67Coventry CityWolverhampton Wanderers-
1967/68Ipswich TownQueens Park Rangers-
1968/69Derby CountyCrystal Palace-
1969/70Huddersfield TownBlackpool-
1971/72Norwich CityBirmingham City-
1972/73BurnleyQueens Park Rangers-
1973/74MiddlesbroughLuton TownCarlisle United
1974/75Manchester UnitedAston VillaNorwich City
1975/76SunderlandBristol CityWest Bromwich Albion
1976/77Wolverhampton WanderersChelseaNottingham Forest
1977/78Bolton WanderersSouthamptonTottenham Hotspur
1978/79Crystal PalaceBrighton & Hove AlbionStoke City
1979/80Leicester CitySunderlandBirmingham City
1980/81West Ham UnitedNotts CountySwansea City
1981/82Luton TownWatfordNorwich City
1982/83Queens Park RangersWolverhampton WanderersSunderland
1983/84ChelseaSheffield WednesdayNewcastle United
1984/85Oxford UnitedBirmingham CityManchester City
1985/86Norwich CityCharlton AthleticWimbledon
1986/87Derby CountyPortsmouth-
1987/88MillwallAston VilaMiddlesbrough
1988/89ChelseaManchester CityCrystal Palace
1989/90Leeds UnitedSheffield UnitedSunderland
1990/91Oldham AthleticWest Ham UnitedSheffield Wednesday
Notts County
1991/92Ipswich TownMiddlesbroughBlackburn Rovers
1992/93Newcastle UnitedWest Ham UnitedSwindon Town
1993/94Crystal PalaceNottingham ForestLeicester City
1994/95MiddlesbroughReadingBolton Wanderers
1995/96SunderlandDerby CountyLeicester City
1996/97Bolton WanderersBarnsleyCrystal Palace
1997/98Nottingham ForestMiddlesbroughCharlton Athletic
1998/99SunderlandBradford CityWatford
1999/00Charlton AthleticManchester CityIpswich Town
2000/01FulhamBlackburn RoversBolton Wanderers
2001/02Manchester CityWest Bromwich AlbionBirmingham City
2002/03PortsmouthLeicester CityWolverhampton Wanderers
2003/04Norwich CityWest Bromwich AlbionCrystal Palace
2004/05SunderlandWigan AthleticWest Ham United
2005/06ReadingSheffield UnitedWatford
2006/07SunderlandBirmingham CityDerby County
2007/08West Bromwich AlbionStoke CityHull City
2008/09Wolverhampton WanderersBirmingham CityBurnley
2009/10Newcastle UnitedWest Bromwich AlbionBlackpool
2010/11Queens Park RangersNorwich CitySwansea City
2011/12ReadingSouthamptonWest Ham United
2012/13Cardiff CityHull CityCrystal Palace
2013/14Leciester CityBurnleyQueens Park Rangers
2014/15BournemouthWatfordNorwich City
2015/16BurnleyMiddlesbroughHull City
2016/17Newcastle UnitedBrighton & Hove AlbionHuddersfield Town
2017/18WolvesCardiff CityFulham

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