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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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2018-19 Championship Season

Championship action kicks off a week earlier than the Premier League with the first set of fixtures taking place between Friday August 3 and Sunday August 5. The first game of the season sees Leeds United host Stoke City who were relegated from England's top league at the end of last season. It promises to be another exciting season with teams doing their best to get promotion to the Premier League and all the riches that await those who take part.

 

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 2017-18 finishing position in brackets.

  • Aston Villa (4th)
  • Birmingham City (19th)
  • Blackburn Rovers (promoted from League One in 2nd place)
  • Bolton Wanderers (21st)
  • Brentford (9th)
  • Bristol City (11th)
  • Derby County (6th)
  • Hull City (18th)
  • Ipswich Town (12th)
  • Leeds United (13th)
  • Middlesbrough (5th)
  • Millwall (8th)
  • Norwich City (14th)
  • Nottingham Forest (17th)
  • Preston North End (7th)
  • QPR (16th)
  • Reading (20th)
  • Rotherham United (promoted from League One via play-offs)
  • Sheffield United (10th)
  • Sheffield Wednesday (15th)
  • Stoke City  (relegated from the Premier League)
  • Swansea City  (relegated from the Premier League)
  • WBA (relegated from the Premier League)
  • Wigan Athletic (promoted as League One Champions)

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:

  • 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 13 play-offs with the team finishing third in the table winning on six occasions, the fourth placed side being promoted twice, the team finishing fifth winning three times and the side down in sixth place winning twice.

Previous Winners are:

  • 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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