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, two of which could go into extra-time. 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.
Recent years have seen teams such as Fulham and Norwich City yo-yo between the Championship and the Premier League. Last season saw Norwich again relegated to the Championship after one season in the Premier League. This season will see them try to win the Championship title for the third time in a row. Also relegated were Burnley and Watford who can both be expected to make bold bids to make an immediate return to the Premier League. Clubs such as Sheffield United, Blackburn Rovers and Millwall are als likely to be in the promotion shake-up. It again looks like being a close battle at the top..
Winner: Fulham won the title last season and the other automatic promotion spot went to Bournemouth.
Play-offs: Nottingham Forest won the play-offs, beating Huddersfield Town in the final, The two semi-finalists were Sheffield United and Luton Town.
Relegated: Peterborough United, Derby County and Barnsley went down. Derby would have survived but for being deducted six points.
Promoted to the Championship: Wigan Athletic, Rotherham United and Sunderland won promotion to the Championship from League One.
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