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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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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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 2021-22 Season

The new Championship season began on August 6 when Bournemouth host West Bromwich Albion. Both of those teams are likely to be strong promotion contenders this season. Bournemouth lost in the play-offs, while West Brom were relegated from the Premier League. Also bidding to get back into the top flight at the first opportunity will be Fulham and Sheffield United. The three new teams promoted from League One are Lincoln City, Peterborough United and play-off winners Blackpool.

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.

League Table after March 20

Position Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points
1 Fulham 37 23 8 6 77
2 Bournemouth 36 20 9 7 69
3 Luton Town 38 18 9 11 63
4 Huddersfield Town 39 17 12 10 63
5 Sheffield United 38 17 10 11 61
6 Blackburn Rovers 39 17 10 12 61
7 QPR 37 17 8 12 59
8 Middlesbrough 37 17 8 12 59

 

Bottom Six

 

Position Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points
18 Bristol City 39 12 8 19 44
19 Birmingham City 39 10 12 17 42
20 Hull City 39 11 8 20 41
21 Reading 38 11 6 21 33*
22 Barnsley 38 6 10 22 28
23 Peterborough United 38 6 8 24 26
24 Derby County 39 11 13 15 25**

 * Reading have been deducted six points - federation decision

**  Derby County have been deducted 21 points for going into administration.

 

 

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2020/21 League Tables

Final League Table

Top Eight

 

Position Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points
1 Norwich City (P) 46 29 10 7 97
2 Watford (P) 46 27 10 9 91
3 Brentford 46 24 15 7 87
4 Swansea City 46 23 11 12 83
5 Barnsley 46 23 9 14 78
6 Bournemouth 46 22 11 13 77
7 Reading 46 19 13 14 70
8 Cardiff City 46 18 14 14 68

 

Bottom Six

 

Position Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points
19 Bristol City 46 15 6 25 51
20 Huddersfield Town 46 12 13 21 49
21 Derby County 46 11 11 24 44
22 Wycombe Wanderers 46 11 10 25 43
23 Rotherham United 46 11 9 26 42
24 Sheffield Wednesday 46 12 11 23 41*

Sheffield Wednesday began the season on -12 points after breaking financial rules. An appeal held on 4 November reduced the deduction to six points.

Play-off Semi Finals

May 17 -  Bournemouth 1 Brentford 0 and Barnsley 0 Swansea City 1

Return Legs on May 22

Brentford 3 Bournemouth 1 - Brentford won 3-2 on aggregate.

Swansea City 1 Barnsley 1 -  Swansea won 2-1 on aggregate

May 29

Final  - Brentford 2 Swansea City 0

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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:

  • 2020-21: Norwich City
  • 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:

  • 2020-21: Brentford (3rd)
  • 2019-20: 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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