The English Football Championship, more commonly known as the Championship, is the second highest division in English football. It is comprised of 24 clubs, all just one step away from making it into the Premier League. It is considered to be the richest non-top-flight football league in the world but revenues are still dwarfed by the Premier League. The top two teams in the league at the end of the season are automatically promoted to the Premier League. Third to sixth then face each other in the play-offs with the Wembley winners being promoted. That play-off final is often referred to as the richest match in the world.
It's a long arduous season with 46 games played and possibly another three in the play-offs. The three bottom teams end up being relegated to League One. The fierceness of the league combined with the financial incentive of promotion makes this league a bettor’s delight. Between the quality of the football, the atmosphere in the stands and the passion of the players - what more could you ask for! Throughout the season, our team of betting experts will analyze the forthcoming fixtures and give their well-researched opinions on who are going to be the winners and the losers.
Norwich City celebrated in 2019 when winning promotion to the Premier League. One season later, they're back in the Championship and hoping to again get back into the top flight. They still have Teemu Pukki playing for them and that will give them a good chance of being successful.
Bournemouth and Watford were also relegated but will want to bounce back at the first time of asking. They will face a tough battle though with sides such as Cardiff City, Brentford, Bristol City, Swansea City and Nottingham Forest all likely to be challenging for promotion. Don't forget Derby County who will have Wayne Rooney in their team. It's going to be a close battle and one that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout
Winner: Leeds United won the title by ten points last season. They were joined in the Premier League by West Bromwich Albion, who despite a poor end to the season still finished in the second automatic promotion spot. Fulham finished fourth in the table but beat third-placed Brentford in the play-off final to get back into the Premier League.
Relegated: Charlton Athletic, Wigan Athletic and Hull City finished in the bottom three and were relegated to League One. Wigan were deducted 12 points after going into administration, otherwise they would have stayed up.
Promoted: Coventry City, Rotherham United and Wycombe Wanderers won promotion from League One. The regular season wasn't played to a finish and average points per game determined the final table. The play-offs took place though and Wycombe won them to win promotion to the Championship for the first time in their history.