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While people love saying that the Premier League is the best league in the world, many will say that The Championship is the hardest league in the world to win. It's a division that has a profitable prize for the three teams who can win promotion to the Premier League with riches aplenty awaiting the following season.

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 2020-21 Season

The new Championship season will begin on September 12. One thing is already known and that is Sheffield Wednesday will be bottom of the table. They have been deducted 12 points for breaking financial rules. As is always the case, a quarter of the teams playing in the Championship this season were in other leagues last term. Norwich City, Watford and Bournemouth will all be bidding to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking, after being relegated last season. Coventry City are back in the Championship for the first time since being relegated in 2012. Rotherham United are the yo-yo team in the Championship. Their last four seasons read - relegated, promoted, relegated, promoted.  Wycombe Wanderers are in the Championship for the first time in their history.

24 teams take part in the Championship playing 46 games in the regular season. The top two are automatically promoted to the Premier League and the sides finishing third to sixth take part in the play-offs. The team winning the play-offs will have deserved that final promotion spot having played a total of 49 games. The bottom three in the table find themselves relegated to League One.


Opening Weekend Fixtures

  • Bournemouth v Blackburn Rovers
  • Barnsley v Luton Town
  • Birmingham City v Brentford
  • Bristol City v Coventry City
  • Cardiff City v Sheffield Wednesday
  • Derby County v Reading
  • Huddersfield Town v Norwich City
  • Millwall v Stoke City
  • Preston North End v Swansea City
  • Queens Park Rangers v Nottingham Forest
  • Watford v Middlesbrough
  • Wycombe Wanderers v Rotherham United

Here's a list of the teams taking part in the Championship this season with their 2019-20 finishing position in brackets.

  • AFC Bournemouth (18th in the Premier League)
  • Barnsley (21st)
  • Birmingham City (20th)
  • Blackburn Rovers (11th)
  • Brentford (3rd)
  • Bristol City (12th)
  • Cardiff City (5th)
  • Coventry City (League One Champions)
  • Derby County (10th)
  • Huddersfield Town (18th)
  • Luton Town (19th)
  • Middlesbrough (17th)
  • Millwall (8th)
  • Norwich City (finished bottom of the Premier League)
  • Nottingham Forest (7th)
  • Preston North End (9th)
  • QPR (13th)
  • Reading (14th)
  • Rotherham United (2nd in League One)
  • Sheffield Wednesday (16th)
  • Stoke City  (15th)
  • Swansea City  (10th)
  • Watford (19th in the Premier League)
  • Wycombe Wanderers (3rd in League One, won the play-offs)

2019-20 Championship Season


Final Table

Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points Goal Difference 
1 Leeds United - Promoted as Champions 46 28 9 9 93 +42
2 West Bromwich Albion - Promoted 46 22 17 7 83 +32
3 Brentford 46 24 9 12 81 +42
4 Fulham - Promoted via play-offs 46 23 12 11 81 +26
5 Cardiff City 46 19 16 11 73 +10
6 Swansea City 46 18 16 12 70 +9
7 Nottingham Forest 46 18 16 12 70 +8
8 Millwall 46 17 17 12 68 +6
9 Preston North End 46 18 12 16 66 +5
10 Derby County 46 17 13 16 64 -2

Bottom of the Table

Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points Goal Difference
19 Luton Town 46 14 9 23 51 -28
20 Birmingham City 46 12 14 20 50 -21
21 Barnsley 46 12 13 21 49 -20
22 Charlton Athletic - relegated 46 12 12 22 48 -15
23 Wigan Athletic - relegated 46 15 14 17 47* +1
24 Hull City - relegated 46 12 9 25 45 -30

 * On July 1, Wigan Athletic announced they had gone into administraton. The Football League have announced that if after 46 games, Wigan remain outside the bottom three, they will be deducted 12 points. They finished the season in 13th place on 59 points. However, 12 points have been deducted and this took them down to 23rd and relegation. They subsequently lost an appeal against that decision so will be playing in League One next season.Sheffield Wednesday have also been given a 12 point deduction for breaching financial rules. They will start next season on -12 points.


How to Use Your Championship Free Bet

There are plenty of opportunities to use a Free Bet on the Championship whatever the time of the year.

  • League Winners
  • Who will get promoted
  • Who will make the play-offs
  • Who'll be relegated to League One
  • Match bets between teams
  • Top goalscorer in the league and for each side
  • Handicap betting
  • Top Northern Club
  • Top Southern Club
  • League positions at certain stages of the season
  • Betting on every game played during the season


There's always odds of some kind being offered on the Championship. Every game played will have some influence on the odds that are given by bookmakers. It's a good idea therefore to keep an eye on the odds given for the Championship after every set of games are played. It could just result in you finding some odds that will give that free bet of yours a good profit.

Ante post betting is always available on the Championship. There may be no games being played but that doesn't mean there's going to be any changes in the odds being offered. The transfer window always has a big influence on the following season, so make sure you know who's signing who. This can work in two ways of course.

Some teams will be signing players left, right and centre as they try to build a team that can win promotion to the Premier League. A bet on those sides could result in a win at a price that will be a lot shorter in the months ahead.  On the other hand there are always some teams who are having problems and seeing top players join other clubs. Keep note of that and take a look at the relegation market for those teams who could be facing a drop down a division.

History of The Championship

It's full title is the Football League Championship but we know it better simply as The Championship and is currently sponsored by Skybet. Previously known as the First Division, while older football fans will know it as The Second Division. Its current name has been in existence since the 2004-05 season and previous winners are:

  • 2019-20  Leeds United
  • 2018-19: Norwich City
  • 2017-18: Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • 2016-17: Newcastle United
  • 2015-16: Burnley
  • 2014-15: Bournemouth
  • 2013-14: Leicester City
  • 2012-13: Cardiff City
  • 2011-12: Reading
  • 2010-11: QPR
  • 2009-10: Newcastle United
  • 2008-09: Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • 2007-08: WBA
  • 2006-07: Sunderland
  • 2005-06: Reading
  • 2004-05: Sunderland

The Play-Offs

Finishing third in the Championship doesn't mean you automatically claim the third promotion spot. The teams placed third to sixth take part in the play-offs with two semi-finals (third v sixth and fourth v fifth) with the final being held at Wembley.  There have been 14 play-offs with the team finishing third in the table winning on six occasions, the fourth placed side being promoted on three occasions, the team finishing fifth winning three times and the side down in sixth place winning twice.

Previous Winners are:

  • 1019-20: Fulham (4th)
  • 2018-19: Aston Vila (4th)
  • 2017-18: Fulham (3rd)
  • 2016-17: Huddersfield Town (5th)
  • 2015-16:  Hull City (4th)
  • 2014-15:  Norwich City (3rd)
  • 2013-14:  QPR (4th)
  • 2012-13:  Crystal Palace (5th)
  • 2011-12:  West Ham United (3rd)
  • 2010-11:  Swansea City (3rd)
  • 2009-10:  Blackpool (6th)
  • 2008-09:  Burnley (5th)
  • 2007-08:  Hull City (3rd) 
  • 2006-07:  Derby County (3rd)
  • 2005-06:  Watford (3rd)
  • 2004-05:  West Ham United (6th) 
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