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2022/23 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
League Standings on December 19
Top of the table: Burnley have 47 points and lead the table by six points from Sheffield United after 23 games. In third place are Blackburn Rovers, two points behind the second automatic promotion spot. Watford are fourth on 37 points with Norwich in fifth on 35 and QPR in the final play-off position with 34 points.
Relegation: Huddersfield Town prop up the table on 19 points. They are five points adrift of Wigan who are 23rd with the other side in the bottom three being Blackpool on 24pts. They are two points adrift of Cardiff and Hull who have 26 points.
This season has seen 662 goals scored in 272 games at an average of 2.43 goals per game. That average is 0.08% lower than recorded last season. There have been more goals scored in the first half this season. Last term only 40.6% of goals were scored in the first half but this season the percentage is up to 48.5%. That leaves 51.5% scored in the second half down from 59.4% in the 2021/22 season.
19.6% of goals this season have been scored from the 76th minute onwards. The most frequent final score has been 0-1 with that coming up in 12% of matches. When it comes to half time, the most common score is 0-0 and that has come up in 29% of matches played. That's way ahead of the second most popular score which is 1-1 and that has been the half time score in 11% of matches.
89% of matches have seen under 2.5 goals scored in the first half. That's actually down from last season when it was 94%. Placing a bet on there being less than three goals in the first half of a Championship match is extremely likely to be a winning one.
Only 45% of matches have seen a final result that has over 2.5 goals scored. That's 2% lower than in the 2021/22 season. 21% of matches have seen over 3.5 goals scored, down 3% on last season. The average number of home goals per game is 1.31 (down 0.1%) and 1.13 for away goals (up 0.04%).
40% of games have been won by the home side which is 5% lower than last season. 26% of matches have ended in a draw (down 1%) and 34% have seen the visitors win the match and that's a rise of 4% on last season. Burnley have the best home league record with Wigan possessing the worst record with just nine points. Preston have 21 away league points and that's more than any other team in the Championship. The worst away record is owned by Huddersfield who have only earned five points on the road.
Burnley are the top scorers with 46 goals and that's 10 more than Sheffield United who have 36. Huddersfield have the worst attack with only 19 goals scored. It's Sheffield United who have the best defence with only 19 goals conceded and they are followed by Watford on 22.
Both teams to score is a popular bet and that stat has come up in 47% of matches which is nearly one in two but down 2% on the 49% recorded last season.
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. Blackburn Rovers are third in the table on December 19 even though they have lost 10 of their 23 games. There are a number of factors that you should consider before betting on games of this English football league.
Last season Preston North End drew most games - 16 followed by Milwall on 15. The lowest number of draws was eight by both Cardiff City and Reading. At the halfway point of the 2022/23 season it is Luton Town who are the draw kings with nine games ending all square. On eight draws are Burnley, Birmingham, Swansea, Rotherham and West Brom. After 23 games, Blackburn are yet to be involved in a drawn match. Every other team has drawn a least a couple of matches.
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 2022/23 season from the Premier League and all of them are in the top five with Burnley already looking good for an immediate return to the Premier League..
With sixth place earning a play-off spot, this means a lot of teams can be in contention for promotion right up to the final games of the season. This means there won’t be too many matches played where there is nothing at stake. It can happen though and these matches often see a lot of team changes with sides experimenting and preparing for the next season’s campaign. The motivation a team has is therefore important when you decide to bet on them.
Always look at current form and how sides fare home and away. For example, last season Millwall won 13 home matches but only five on their travels. Cardiff won seven at home but eight away matches. This season, Millwall are still an unpredictable team with seven home wins but only two on their travels.
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. The top two last season scored 72 goals between them. Both Mitrovic (Fulham) and Solanke (Bournemouth) will be in the Premier League this season.
Teemu Pukki is back in the Championship and the Norwich City striker has a good record in this league. He scored 26 league goals when Norwich won the Championship two seasons ago. However, he's only scored seven so far. The top scorer is Coventry's Viktor Gyokeres with 10 goals and he's one ahead of Iliman Niadeye of Sheffield United, Blackburn's Ben Brereton Diaz and the Norwich player Joshua Sargent.
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 2022/23: our free betting tips
Norwich City, Burnley and Watford are the three sides that will be trying to get back into the Premier League. They are all in the top five after the games played on December 19. Burnley are looking strong favorites to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking. Sheffield United are going well in second with the unpredictable Blackburn Rovers in third. Watford are four points behind the second automatic promotion spot with Norwich two points further adrift.
In terms of relegation, Wigan have been bouncing between League One and the Championship and are again in the bottom three. Huddersfield are struggling at the foot of the table and Blackpool are the other side in the bottom three.
Latest odds to Win the Championship
- Burnley, odds of 1.61
- Sheffield United, odds of 3.50
- Watford, odds of 15.00
- Norwich City, odds of 17.00
- Blackburn Rovers, odds of 34.00
- West Bromwich Albion, odds of 34.00
- Middlesbrough, odds of 81.00
- Preston, odds of 101.00
- QPR, odds of 101.00
Latest odds on Clubs being Promoted
- Burnley, odds of 1.16
- Sheffield United, odds of 1.44
- Watford, odds of 2.87
- Norwich City, odds of 3.00
- Blackburn Rovers, odds of 6.50
- West Bromwich Albion, odds of 6.50
- QPR, odds of 10.00
- Middlesbrough, odds of 12.00
- Preston, odds of 13.00
- Millwall, odds of 13.00
- Swansea City, odds of 15.00
- Luton Town, odds of 17.00
- Sunderland, odds of 17.00
- Coventry City, odds of 21.00
- Stoke City, odds of 21.00
- Birmingham City, odds of 26.00
To be Relegated:
- Huddersfield Town, odds of 1.40
- Blackpool, odds of 2.50
- Rotherham, odds of 2.50
- Wigan Athletic, odds of 2.50
- Hull City, odds of 2.75
- Cardiff City, odds of 4.33
- Bristol City, odds of 5.50
- Reading, odds of 7.00
- Birmingham City, odds of 10.00
- Stoke City, odds of 13.00
- Coventry City, odds of 13.00
- Sunderland, odds of 17.00
- Luton Town, odds of 21.00
- Swansea City, odds of 21.00
- Viktor Gyokeres, odds of 8.00
- Ben Brereton, odds of 11.00
- Teemu Pukki, odds of 15.00
- Joao Pedro, odds of 15.00
- Iliman Ndiaye, odds of 17.00
- Oliver McBurnie, odds of 17.00
- Jay Rodriguez, odds of 21.00
- Josh Sargent, odds of 21.00
- Chuba Akpom, odds of 26.00
- Zian Fleming, odds of 26.00
- Jerry Yates, odds of 34.00
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