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Championship Predictions & Betting tips

Find our free predictions for betting on the 2024/25 Championship as well as tips and forecasts for each upcoming matchday. Full information for your sports bets.

2024/25 Championship Predictions


The Championship, also known as the Sky Bet Championship for commercial reasons, is the second tier of English football. It is one of the toughest leagues to compete in due to the massive prize at stake. Promotion to the English Premier League can see a club earning millions of pounds so everyone wants to achieve that. The intensity and importance of each matchday makes it a great league to place bets on. Our team of betting experts will provide you with excellent and completely free previews throughout the season, aiming to get you as many wins as possible.

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Championship Title Prediction: Who will win the 2024/25 Championship?


The teams are gearing up for a new season in the Championship and will all be harboring aspirations of clinching one of the three promotion spots to the English Premier League. However, the reality is that there are only a handful of teams that can expect to challenge for one of the top two places, while others will be targeting a spot in the promotion playoff as their route to the top flight. Leicester City topped the standings last year which saw them go straight back up at the first time of asking. Ipswich Town should act as the example for many of the lower end teams, as they were able to pull off the rare back-to-back promotions after starting the 2022/23 season in League One.

As for this season, it's hard to look past Leeds United. The Lilywhites were 90 minutes away from returning to the Premier League but lost 1-0 to Southampton in the promotion playoff final at Wembley. Leeds earned 90 points in the 2023/24 campaign, a total which is usually good enough to earn at least second in the standings. They were unfortunate to be matched up against a Leicester team that finished on 97 and and Ipswich side that earned 96.

Leeds should have an easier go of it this time around as there are question marks surrounding some of the promotion favourites. Burnley appear to be going through a transitional phase after manager Vincent Kompany departed for Bayern Munich, while Sheffield United come down after accumulating the third-fewest points in Premier League history at just 16. With a proven manager at this level in Daniel Farke, who has twice won promotion with Norwich, we like Leeds to push on in the 2024/25 season and earn promotion to the Premier League as Championship winners! 

Our prediction to win the 2024/25 Championship: Leeds United!

2024/25 Championship: odds on the favourites

Below you'll find the odds on some of the favourites to be crowned champions:

TeamChampionship winner outright odds
Leeds United4.50
Luton Town11.00
Coventry City17.00
West Brom17.00

Odds found on Bet365

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2024/25 Championship winner: odds on all teams

While there are certainly favourites for the Championship title, Ipswich proved last season that you can't count out the teams at the lower end either! Here are the odds of all 24 teams competing in the 2024/25 Championship league season:

  • Leeds United - 4.50
  • Burnley - 9.00
  • Luton Town - 11.00
  • Middlesbrough - 15.00
  • Coventry City - 17.00
  • West Brom - 17.00
  • Norwich City - 17.00
  • Sheffield United - 17.00
  • Stoke City - 21.00
  • Hull City - 21.00
  • Watford - 26.00
  • Sunderland - 26.00
  • QPR - 26.00
  • Bristol City - 34.00
  • Derby County - 34.00
  • Portsmouth - 34.00
  • Sheffield Wednesday - 34.00
  • Swansea City - 34.00
  • Millwall - 41.00
  • Cardiff - 41.00
  • Preston - 41.00
  • Blackburn - 41.00
  • Plymouth Argyle - 67.00
  • Oxford United - 101.00

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There are plenty of attractive odds on offer here. Be sure to consult our Championship betting odds comparator to find the best possible odds on each fixture as well as tips on how to best use them. 

There are sure to be a number of enticing offers out there by the various bookmakers as the season approaches, so make the most of them!

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Who will be promoted from the Championship?

Middlesbrough promotion Championship

Along with the league winner, there are two other promotion spots still up for grabs! The top two automatically punch their ticket to next season's Premier League while the final spot is determined by the promotion playoff. The playoff involves four teams, those who finished 3rd through 6th, who face off in a two-legged semi-final and a one-off final at Wembley. Last season it was fourth-placed Southampton that edged out third-place Leeds in the playoff final to book their spot in the English top flight. Who will it be this time?

Along with Leeds United, we believe Michael Carrick's Middlesbrough could make the breakthrough this season and challenge for the automatic promotion spots. They have shown solid progress under the leadershiop of the former Manchester United midfielder and have a deadly goalscorer in the form of Emmanuel Latte Lath.

Burnley, despite losing manager Vincent Kompany, still have a talented group of players - many of which were present for the 101-point haul that saw the Clarets win the 2022/23 Championship title. We like them to secure another promotion here, either by finishing second or through the playoff.

Therefore, our 2024/25 Championship promotion prediction is: Leeds, Middlesbrough and Burnley!

2024/25 Championshiup: 0dds to be promoted from the Championship:

  • Leeds United - 2.10
  • Burnley - 3.00
  • Luton Town - 4.50
  • Middlesbrough - 5.00
  • Coventry City - 6.00
  • West Brom - 6.00
  • Norwich City - 6.00
  • Sheffield United - 6.00
  • Hull City - 7.00
  • Stoke City - 8.00
  • Watford - 8.00
  • Sunderland - 8.00
  • QPR - 10.00
  • Portsmouth - 10.00
  • Bristol City - 11.00
  • Derby County - 11.00
  • Sheffield Wednesday - 13.00
  • Swansea City - 13.00
  • Millwall - 15.00
  • Cardiff - 15.00
  • Preston - 15.00
  • Blackburn - 15.00
  • Plymouth Argyle - 21.00
  • Oxford United - 26.00

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Who will be relegated to League One?

Plymouth Championship relegation

The bottom three of the teams drop down to League One, the third tier of English football. It's sure to be a tight, competitive season and the relegation battle is likely to come down to the final few matchdays. Oxford did wonderfully to emerge from the League One promotion playoff after finishing fifth in the table last year. Unfortunately for them, they will likely struggle against the step up in competition at the next level. At 8.68 million, Oxford have the lowest total market value of all 24 Championship squads.

Joining them could be Plymouth Argyle, who just escaped the drop last season by the edge of their teeth. Plymouth's 51 point total saw them clear the bottom three by just a single point. This time around, they might not have the same luck. Additionally, storied club Millwall could also suffer relegation in the 2024/25 season. A five-match run to end the campaign last year masked what was a disappointing season overall. The upcoming year could see the Lions face more than a few struggles.

Our 2024/25 Championship relegation prediction is: Oxford, Plymouth and Millwall!

2024/25 Championship: odds to be relegated to League One

The Championship relegation odds currently are not available for the 2024/25 season. You can check out Unibet to see what other betting markets are on offer!

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Who will score the most in the 2023/24 Championship?

Top goalscorer Sammie Szmodics

Blackburn's Samuel Szmodics claimed the golden boot last season after notching 27 goals. It was a surprising result as Szmodics had scored just five league goals in 34 matches the season before. His name will certainly be in the mix, as will players such as Morgan Whittaker, Haji Wright and Crysencio Summerville, although Leeds might struggle to keep the talented Dutch attacker at the club.

Our focus is on Middlesbrough's Emmanuel Latte Lath, who could be poised for a huge season. The 25-year-old Ivorian had a solid campaign in his first season in English football in 2023/24, netting 16 goals in 30 Championship matches. With Latte Lath now more acclimated to the English style of play and a Boro team expected to challenge near the top of the table, all the pieces are in place for a 20+ goal season.

Our 2024/25 Championship top goalscorer prediction is: Middlesbrough's Emmanuel Latte Lath!

Odds on Top Goalscorer

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Beginners Guide to how the English Championship works

There are 24 clubs playing in the English Championship. That's four more than are in the Premier League. Each club faces the other 23 home and away. Therefore there are 46 matches to be played and then three more if you want to win the play-offs.

Three teams each season will be promoted to the Premier League. The top two are promoted automatically, then the sides finishing third to sixth compete in the play-offs. The winner of that then takes their place in the top league in England. The bottom three sides are relegated to League One

At the end of the English Championship season this is what happens: 

  • The club finishing first wins the title and is automatically promoted to the Premier League.
  • The side in second place also win automatic promotion.
  • Third to sixth take part in the play-offs. The semi-finals see the sixth place side take on the team finishing third and the teams finishing fourth and fifth face each other. The semi-finals are played over two legs.
  • The winners of the semi-finals meet in the play-off final at Wembley with the winners promoted to the Premier League.
  • The bottom three sides in the table after 46 games are relegated to League One.

There is so much to play for in the English Championship. This explains why making predictions on matches in this league is so popular. With midweek and weekend fixtures throughout the season, you'll love betting on the English Championship.

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How to predict Championship matches

Rutter of Leeds

The Championship is considered to be quite an unpredictable league. Last season, only Burnley and Luton Town lost less than ten of their 46 league matches. Sheffield United were promoted despite having been beaten 11 times. There are a number of factors that you should consider before betting on games in the English Championship. 

  • Check the form of each Championship side
  • Take into account the clubs' fixture lists
  • Take note of the list of players absent from the Championship
  • Look at the psychological context of the Championship match
  • Analysis of the latest Championship statistics

These five tips will help you when making predictions of matches being played in the Championship. Let's look at them in a little more depth.

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Consider the form of each Championship side


The form of a team - and its key players can also be one of the biggest indicators of the outcome of a match. Teams that have won their previous matches, or whose key players are in the middle of a scoring streak should perform better than a team that is going through a rough patch, or whose star player is going through a bad patch. Analyzing the previous performances of the team as a whole and the best players on each team is a crucial step in creating your Championship football predictions.

Take into account the clubs' fixture list

English football can get very busy at times. There are 46 league games to play (and that's before the play-offs start) and it's common for teams to be playing not just at the weekend but also in midweek too. Then there's the FA Cup and Carabao Cup games that can be played. Last season, Sheffield United won promotion but also reached the FA Cup semi-finals. The sheer number of games they had to play did see their form dip. Always look to see how many games a side is playing in a short period of time.

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Take note of the list of players absent from the Championship

Championship sports betting guide

It's important to know the team news for the game you wish to bet on. With a heavy fixture list, it's likely that injuries will be picked up. Sides may decide to rotate their squad to cope with all the games they have to play. Make sure you know if key players are going to be included or are being left or out injured.

Look at the psychological context of the Championship match

How important is the Championship match you want to bet on? This is particularly a factor in the latter stages of the season. A club that has no chance of promotion but is safe from relegation may start experimenting with their line-ups. If the game is a vital one, then both sides will be determined to win the match and field their strongest possible line-ups.

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Analysis of the latest Championship statistics


Statistics are so important when you want to bet on a football match. Make sure you know which clubs are in good form and those that are struggling for wins. Which clubs can't stop scoring and who are the ones who can't buy a goal? Is a team struggling for home wins or getting poor results on the road? Which strikers are in top form and who are the clubs that just can't stop conceding goals? Knowing these facts can help you have a great deal with your Championship bets.

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What not to do for your Championship predictions

When making your predictions on the Championship, there are certain practices that you should not do. They can hinder your chances of making a successful bet. Here are the main ones that we advise you definitely don't do when making your predictions on the next Championship games. 

  • Not analyzing the Championship game
  • Betting on a side's reputation not their current form.
  • Failing to compare odds at different sites and not getting the best available
  • Betting on a Championship match that has nothing at stake.
  • Chasing losses - never a good idea whatever the league.
  • Taking boosted odds but not wondering why they are being offered
  • Not checking the team news
  • Betting repeatedly on your favorite team

It's amazing how many times these examples of poor betting behavior take place. Don't fall into the trap and begin betting this way.

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Championship predictions: statistics you need to know

Championship statistics - Football

As we have previously mentioned, statistics are so important when you are deciding who to place bets on. Look for trends as they can tell you a great deal about the Championship. Here are the most important statistics from the previous 2023/24 Championship season:

  • An average of 2.67 goals per game were scored
  • 45% of matches were won by the home side
  • 24% of games were drawn
  • 31% of matches were away victories
  • 52% of games saw over 2.5 goals scored in them
  • Both teams scored in 52% of matches
  • 86% of games had under 2.5 goals scored in the first half
  • The most popular final score was 1-1, seen in 10.8% of matches
  • 31.1% of matches were goalless at half time
  • 46% of goals were scored in the first half
  • 54% of goals scored came in the second half of games
  • Home teams averaged 1.48 goals scored per match
  • Away teams averaged 1.19 goals scored per match
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In short: how to make the right Championship predictions?

Leeds vs Swansea Championship

You need to take care if wanting to make hopefully profitable Championship predictions. Researching a game is top priority, know the team news, judge correctly how important a game is and look at the fixture lists of both sides. 

Remember that Sportytrader's betting experts will be covering a large number of games throughout the season. The predictions are totally free and well-researched. They will definitely help you in deciding the prediction you need to make for a match. 

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Our Championship Predictions of the moment

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Best odds to bet on the Championship

09 Aug 2024 - 15:00 Blackburn - Derby County
1 2.25
X 3.56
2 3.1
09 Aug 2024 - 15:00 Preston North End - Sheffield United
1 3.01
X 3.5
2 2.44
10 Aug 2024 - 07:30 Cardiff - Sunderland
1 2.75
X 3.3
2 2.62
10 Aug 2024 - 07:30 Hull - Bristol City
1 1.87
X 3.6
2 4.4
10 Aug 2024 - 07:30 Leeds - Portsmouth
1 1.45
X 4.8
2 6.75
10 Aug 2024 - 07:30 Middlesbrough - Swansea
1 1.81
X 3.82
2 4.5
10 Aug 2024 - 07:30 Millwall - Watford
1 2.36
X 3.3
2 3.19
10 Aug 2024 - 07:30 Oxford United - Norwich
1 3.14
X 3.7
2 2.22
10 Aug 2024 - 07:30 QPR - West Brom
1 2.69
X 3.54
2 2.86
10 Aug 2024 - 07:30 Stoke - Coventry City
1 2.18
X 3.7
2 3.23
11 Aug 2024 - 11:00 Sheffield Wednesday - Plymouth
1 1.84
X 3.68
2 4.5
12 Aug 2024 - 15:00 Luton Town - Burnley
1 2.47
X 3.46
2 2.78
19 Oct 2024 - 10:00 Hull - Sunderland
1 1.34
X 4.12
2 9.33

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Championship : Frequently Asked Questions

At the end of the season, the top two clubs in the Championship table are automatically promoted to the Premier League. The sides finishing third to sixth then take part in the play-offs. The final is held at Wembley and the winners are given the third promotion spot.
There are 24 clubs that play in the Championship. That's four more than are in the Premier League.
The 24 clubs all face each other home and away. That gives a total of 46 league games to be played (eight more than in the Premier League). Then there are the play-offs and the winning side has to play three more fixtures to win promotion.
The play-offs are contested by the sides that finish third to sixth after 46 matches. The club in third place takes on those finishing sixth and the fourth placed side are up against the team that finished fifth. They play the semi-finals over two legs and the tie can go to penalties if level after 120 minutes. The two semi-final winners then meet at Wembley with the winners being promoted to the Premier League.
The bottom three teams (22nd-24th) in the Championship are relegated to League One. They are replaced by the sides finishing in the top two in League One and the winner of the promotion play-offs.
You need to tune into Sky Sports to watch live coverage of Championship matches. A subscription or NOW TV Day pass is required. You can keep up with all the live action from the Championship on our Championship Livescore page.
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