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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. 

With each team playing 46 fixtures throughout the season and the excitement that comes with the play-offs, there is plenty of action to bet on in The Championship.

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This Bet365 offer gives you the option of taking an enhanced price on the full time result of a game for selected matches only applies to games being played in the English competitions, Champions League and Europa League.

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2019-20 Championship Season

The 2019-20 Championship season began on August 2 when newly-promoted Luton Town host Middlesbrough. The fixture kicks off another gruelling season as teams bid to win promotion to the Premier League. As usual there are lots of questions to be answered over the coming months. After coming so close last season, will this be the year that Leeds United finally win promotion?  Will the sides relegated from the Premier League be able to make a swift return. That didn't happen last season when the three relegated teams all failed to win promotion. How many managers will Nottingham Forest have during the season is another question that needs answering!

Top of the Table after February 29

  1. West Bromwich Albion 69
  2. Leeds United 68
  3. Fulham 63
  4. Nottingham Forest 59
  5. Brentford 57
  6. Preston North End 56
  7. Bristol City 54
  8. Blackburn Rovers 53
  9. Swansea City 52
  10. Millwall 51


Bottom of the Table

20 Charlton Athletic 39

21 Stoke City 39

22 Middlesbrough 37

23 Barnsley 34

24 Luton Town 34



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.

Here's a list of the teams taking part in the Championship this season with their 2018-19 finishing position in brackets.

  • Barnsley (promoted from League One in second place)
  • Birmingham City (17th - lower due to points deduction)
  • Blackburn Rovers (15th)
  • Brentford (11th)
  • Bristol City (8th)
  • Cardiff City (relegated from Premier League in 18th place)
  • Charlton Athletic (won League One play-offs)
  • Derby County (6th)
  • Fulham (relegated from Premier League in 19th place)
  • Huddersfield Town (relegated after finishing bottom of Premier League)
  • Hull City (13th)
  • Leeds United (3rd)
  • Luton Town (League One Champions)
  • Middlesbrough (7th)
  • Millwall (21st)
  • Nottingham Forest (9th)
  • Preston North End (14th)
  • QPR (19th)
  • Reading (20th)
  • Sheffield Wednesday (12th)
  • Stoke City  (16th)
  • Swansea City  (10th)
  • WBA (4th)
  • Wigan Athletic (18th)

2018-19 Championship Season

Norwich City and Sheffield United Promoted 

  1. Norwich City 94
  2. Sheffield United 89
  3. Leeds United 83 
  4. West Bromwich Albion 80
  5. Aston Villa 76 (promoted after winning play-off final against Derby County)
  6. Derby County 74
  7. Middlesbrough 73


  • 22nd: Rotherham 40
  • 23rd Bolton 32
  • 24th Ipswich 31

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:

  • 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:

  • 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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