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2023/24 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 but there is a massive prize at stake. Promotion to the English Premier League can see a club earning millions of pounds so everyone wants to achieve that. It's an exciting league with so much at stake and one that is great to be placing bets on. Our teams of betting experts will produce excellent and totally free previews throughout the season aiming to get you as many wins as possible.
Who will win the 2023-2024 Championship?
It's going to be an exciting Championship season. There is so much at stake in this league and that's particularly the case for the three clubs who were in the Premier League last season.
Last season saw Burnley win promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking. Leicester City, Leeds United and Southampton will all want to do just that in the 2023/24 season.
All three clubs have lost key players since their relegation. Leicester City have made some good signings though and look to have a very good chance of winning the Championship. It might be a bit tougher for Leeds United and Southampton and recruitment will be important for them.
Middlesbrough look a good bet to at least make the play-offs and possibly join Leicester in the treasured top two. Norwich City will again make a big bid but begin life without Teemu Pukki. Others to consider are Sunderland, last season's play-off runners up Coventry City and West Bromwich Albion. However, we believe it'll be the Foxes from Leicester who will be the champions.
Odds to win the 2023/24 Championship
- Leicester City - 3.50
- Southampton - 6.00
- Leeds United - 8.00
- Southampton - 8.00
- Ipswich Town - 9.00
- Norwich City - 12.00
- West Bromwich Albion - 26.00
- Millwall - 26.00
- Sunderland - 26.00
- Preston North End - 26.00
- Birmingham City - 34.00
- Watford - 34.00
- Middlesbrough - 34.00
- Stoke City - 34.00
- Coventry City - 34.00
Who will be promoted from the Championship?
It's not all about winning the Championship title. Finishing second or winning the play-offs will see a club promoted to the promised land of the Premier League. As you can see from the odds below, there are plenty of contenders to win promotion this season. We believe that Middlesbrough and Southampton will join Leicester City as the three teams who will be in the Premier League for the 2024/25 season.
Odds to be promoted from the Championship
- Leicester City - 1.83
- Southampton - 2.61
- Leeds United - 2.87
- Ipswich Town - 3.00
- Norwich City - 3.50
- West Bromwich Albion - 6.50
- Watford - 7.50
- Millwall - 8.00
- Sunderland - 8.00
- Preston North End - 8.50
- Middlesbrough - 9.00
- Stoke City - 9.00
- Coventry City - 9.00
- Birmingham City - 10.00
- Hull City - 10.00
- Blackburn Rovers - 13.00
Who will be relegated to League One?
Just as many sides from the Premier League don't take too long to make their return, there's a similar situation at the foot of the table. Sides promoted from League One often find it difficult to stay in the Championship for any length of time as has been shown by Wigan Athletic. The bookies have promoted sides Plymouth Argyle and Sheffield Wednesday among the favorites to be relegated. Rotherham United, QPR and Cardiff City are also strongly fancied to struggle after a poor 2022/23 seasons. We believe it'll be Plymouth Argyle, Rotherham United and Birmingham City who are on their way down.
Odds on Being Relegated to League One
- Rotherham United - 1.72
- Huddersfield Town - 2.50
- Sheffield Wednesday - 2.50
- QPR - 2.75
- Cardiff City - 2.75
- Plymouth Argyle – 3.50
- Swansea City - 7.00
- Blackburn Rovers - 10.00
- Bristol City - 11.00
Who will score the most in the Championship 2023?
Just who will be the top goalscorer in the 2023/24 Championship season? There are some high odds available and betting each-way can still produce a profit. The betting market is dominated by players from Leicester City with Iheanacho and Daka looking good value bets. Akpom of Middlesbrough is definitely one to place a bet on. The transfer window is still open, so keep an eye on that as more top strikers could be heading to or leaving the Championship.
Odds on Top Goalscorer
- Adam Amstrong (Southampton) - 7.00
- Joel Piroe (Leeds United) – 10.00
- Che Adams (Southampton) - 15.00
- Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City) – 21.00
- Ross Stewart (Southampton) - 21.00
- Will Keane (Preston) - 21.00
- Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) – 26.00
- Jon Rowe (Norwich City) - 26.00
- Mileta Rajovic (Watford) - 26.00
- Nathan Broadhead (Ipswich Town) - 26.00
Odds taken from Williamhill.co.uk .
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.
How to predict Championship matches
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.
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.
Take note of the list of players absent from the Championship
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.
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.
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.
Championship predictions: statistics you need to know
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 2022/23 Championship season.
- There were 1342 goals scored in the 552 matches played
- An average of 2.43 goals per game were scored
- 41% of matches were won by the home side
- 27% of games were drawn
- 32% of matches were away victories
- 44% of games saw over 2.5 goals scored in them
- Both teams scored in 48% of matches
- 92% of games had under 2.5 goals scored in the first half
- The most popular final score was 1-1, seen in 13% of matches
- 32% of matches were goalless at half time
- 45.2% of goals were scored in the first half
- 54.8% of goals scored came in the second half of games
In short: how to make the right Championship predictions?
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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