Championship Betting Tips
2021/22 English Championship Season
The English Football 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. 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. 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 previews throughout the season aiming to get you as many wins as possible.
English Championship Statistical Analysis
41% of games in the Championship last season ended in a home win, 1% up on 2019/20. 34% were away wins, a rise of 3% with draws in 25% of matches, down 2%. The average number of goals scored by home teams was 1.25 but only 1.06 for the visitors.
The average number of goals scored in Championship games last season was only 2.31. That was a drop of 0.33 goals per match from the season before.
Over 2.5 goals were scored in just 41% of Championship matches last season, compared to 49% in 2019/20. Of the 24 teams in the Championship last season, all of them had under 2.5 goals scored in at least half their matches. Six teams had that stat come up in at least 30 games and of them, only one isn't in the Championship this season. The five remaining are Nottingham Forest (only 10 out of 46 matches had over 2.5 goals scored in them), Luton Town, Stoke City, Derby County and Swansea City. Just 19% of games had over 3.5 goals scored in them, again 8% lower than in the 2019/20 season. Both teams scored in 45% of matches, again an 8% drop from the previous season.
The most popular time for goals to be scored was from the 76th minute to the final whistle. 21.2% of goals were scored in that time period. The least productive period was the first 15 minutes with only 13.3% of goals scored.
44.7% of goals came in the first half with 55.3% in the second. The most popular final score was 1-1, that came up in 13% of matches played, 2% higher than in the Premier League. It was a different story for the half time score though. 34% of Championship games last season were goalless at half time, 11% more than any other score. 93% of matches had under 2.5 goals scored in them at the halfway point.
How to predict Championship matches
The Championship is considered to be quite an unpredictable league. Last season, only the top three teams lost a single figure number of league matches. Barnsley finished fifth but lost 13 league games. There are a number of factors that you should consider before betting on games of this English football league.
League positioning is key to predicting Championship outcomes, particularly when it comes to the Play-Off race. Some teams thrive under the pressure but others crack under it. Look at the poor run Reading had with only one win in their last ten league matches, after being early season leaders.
The form of a team - and it’s 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 suffering from a performance slump. Analysing 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.
As well as the form and fitness of each side, the context and stakes of the fixture must also be considered before betting. With 46 match days ahead of each side in the regular season, a Championship manager will need to keep his squad fresh over the course of the long season. When you also consider a team’s participation in domestic cups (such as the FA Cup), the motivation a side has going into a fixture needs to be analysed. For example, a mid-table Championship team that has qualified for the final stages of the FA Cup will likely prioritise their upcoming Cup games over their league fixtures. On the other hand, a team that is fighting it out for a Playoffs spot at the end of the season will be much more motivated to win their upcoming fixtures. Food for thought.
Finally, we would advise that you to always compare odds amongst the various online betting sites before placing your Championship bets. For the same bet on the same match, different bookmakers on the market can offer different odds values - so why would you want to miss out on some extra gains, even if it is just a small amount. Make sure that you register with all of the best bookmakers on the market, to be sure that you can always place your bets on the highest odds.
How to predict the Championship table
In general, the interest of the Championship is not the winners, but which teams secure the lucrative promotion spots at the top of the table. With last year’s winners no longer part of the roster, all eyes will be on the three relegated teams entering the 2021/22 season from the Premier League. Of the three clubs that were in that position last year, two filled the automatic promotion spots while Bournemouth lost in the play-offs. Fulham, West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United all have a good chance of making an immediate return to the Premier League. Bournemouth now have former Fulham boss Scott Parker in charge. A play-off position or even better looks more than likely this season.
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Betting tips on the English Championship top Scorer
Another popular betting market on the EFL Championship is the top goalscorer - with plenty of options available for bettors to choose from. Of the top ten goalscorers in the Championship last season, seven are playing again this season. Ivan Toney was the top scorer but he's now in the Premier League with Brentford. Adam Armstrong of Blackburn Rovers was the next highest scorer with 28 league goals. Keiffer Moore of Cardiff scored 20 with Lucas Joao of Reading one behind. Of those teams coming into the Championship, Aleksandar Mitrovic has to be a good bet, he does really well at this level.
When choosing a player to back in this category, it is important to consider the team and the context in which the forward is playing in before making your final pick. If a side is playing with a lone striker, he will have a greater chance of getting on the scoresheet than a substitute that comes on for the last 20 minutes of the game. The instincts of the team manager will also be key to this prediction - a forward that play for a team whose coaches favour offensive tactics is more likely to be in the race for the golden boot than one who plays for a team that shuts up shop after going 1-0 ahead.
English Championship 2021/22: our free betting tips
Sides relegated from the Premier League have a good chance of making a swift return. Fulham and West Bromwich Albion lasted just one season in the Premier League and are back in the Championship now. They will both make bold bids to again become a Premier League team. Sheffield United lasted two seasons in the top flight and had a miserable 2020/21 season. Back in the Championship it may well be a different story this season.
Bournemouth could have won automatic promotion last season but had a poor run and then lost in the play-offs. Welsh sides Cardiff City and Swansea City are again likely to make a promotion challenge.
When it comes to relegation, Blackpool and Peterborough are both newly promoted teams that could find life difficult in the Championship. Coventry, Huddersfield, Nottingham Forest and Derby will hope for better seasons.
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