Championship Outright Odds for 2023/24
The Championship is a lower-level division that follows the Premier League in the English football league system. Despite its status, it attracts much more attention, compared to the second divisions of other top countries like Spain, Italy or Germany. The reason is the high level of players (according to Transfermarkt, in terms of total player value, the Championship ranks sixth in Europe) and the prestige of English club football worldwide (in the UEFA rankings, England currently holds the top spot).
At bookmakers, you can place not only 1/X/2 bets on tournament matches, but also, for instance, on the tournament winner. You can check the list of Championship winner odds 2023/24 in the table below:
|West Bromwich Albion
|Preston North End
Leicester City has the best odds to win the Championship. The former Premier League participant failed to retain key players (James Maddison, Harvey Barnes, Youri Tielemans), however, most footballers decided to stay and help the club regain its spot in the top division. According to Transfermarkt, Leicester City has the most expensive squad in the league.
Ipswich Town should also be highlighted among the other Championship favourites. Last season, the team finished second in League One, but many experts believe that the quality of their performance corresponds to the Premier League level. The club has large resources, so, this winter, we can expect the appearance of strong players in the squad, which implies fighting for direct promotion for the higher league.
Most Wins in the Championship
The title of the most successful club in the Championship is shared by two teams: Leicester City and Manchester City. Both clubs have won this tournament 7 times. However, unlike Leicester, the team from Manchester has not left the EPL since their triumph in the 2001/02 season.
Burnley is the current Championship winner. Their last year victory was the club’s fourth in history. You can check out the 20 most decorated league champions in the following table:
|Number of the Championship title wins
|Preston North End
|West Bromwich Albion
Championship Relegation Odds 2023/24
Another Championship outright odds option is To Be Relegated. This is a bet is on a team that will drop to a lower division at the end of the season. According to league rules, these are the clubs that finish in the 22nd to 24th positions.
For 8 consecutive seasons, at least one club that got promoted from League One has been relegated back the following year. In this season, Plymouth Argyle, Ipswich Town, and Sheffield Wednesday moved from League One to the Championship.
|Team To Be Relegated
|Queens Park Rangers
Championship Top Scorer Odds 2023/24
Top Goalscorer is another outright option. As the name suggests, you pick a player who will score the most goals in matches of the tournament against rivals. Despite the high cost of players in the Championship, there are practically no star footballers in the league, which adds complexity to making predictions. However, the betting odds are high here, which makes the risk worthwhile.
Past Championship Top Goal Scorers
During its existence, the Championship has undergone several name and format changes. In its current variation, the tournament has existed since 2004. Since then, only two players have received the title of top scorer more than once: Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (2007/08 and 2008/09) and Aleksandar Mitrović (2019/20 and 2021/22).
The current title holder is Chuba Akpom, who currently plays for Ajax.
About Championship Betting
In the 2023/24 Championship season, 24 teams are participating. The tournament is held in a round-robin system, where each rival faces each other twice: once at home and once away. After 46 rounds, the club with the highest number of points becomes the tournament winner.
The teams finishing in the top two positions in the league table will gain direct promotion to the Premier League for the next season. Teams finishing between third and sixth place perform in the playoffs, with the winner also gaining promotion to the top division of English football. In the semi-finals, rivals play two matches, and in the final, they play a single match. Clubs finishing in the bottom three positions of the table are relegated to League One.
In case of a tie in points between two or more teams, the following criteria are taken into account:
- Goal difference;
- Goals scored;
- Head-to-head results;
- Away goals;
- Penalty points;
- 12-point sending off offences.
At the end of the tournament, the league office also awards individual prizes. Here is a list of nominations and the current winners:
- Player of the Season – Chuba Akpom (Middlesbrough);
- Young Player of the Season – Alex Scott (Bristol City);
- Apprentice of the Season – Ashley Phillips (Blackburn Rovers).
Championship Markets on UKClubSport
Despite the second division status, bookmakers offer a wide selection of Championship odds 2023/24. In addition to 1/X/2 bets, most tournament matches include the following extra markets: O/U goals, Asian handicaps, exact score and other options.
Also, most bookmakers offer various outrights on the Championship. Among them, there are such notable options like championship winner, top 6 team, worst team in the championship, To Be Relegated and top scorer markets.
Factors to consider when betting on the Championship
English club football differs from most other national championships in the number of matches per season. Championship clubs also participate in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup. The schedule is so tight that some teams sometimes have to play 5 games in two weeks. That is why, we recommend scrutinising the schedule of each team before placing a bet on any league match.
Among Championship odds, pay attention to the goals scored in matches. If we look at statistics from the previous season, the average goal-scoring rate in the championship was 2.43. For comparison, in the Premier League, this figure was 2.83. Only five teams had an average match total exceeding 2.50 last year: Middlesbrough (3.04), Swansea City (2.87), Sunderland (2.67), Burnley (2.65), and Blackpool (2.61). In most cases, Under markets can be an interesting option.
Are Championship betting odds on UKClubSport profitable and safe?
Championship betting, like betting on any other sporting events, is a high-risk game. UKClubSport supports the principles of responsible gambling and recommends considering betting primarily as a way to increase interest in matches. If you are not very familiar with the participants of the event but still want to try your luck – stake amounts that you are ready to lose. And for self-control, it is advisable to keep track of all the bets you place and plan your budget.
On the UKClubSport website, you will find all the necessary information to help you choose your Championship best bets: current tournament tables, past match results, schedule of upcoming games and predictions for each of them. For a more accurate assessment of team strengths, you can use the Strength Rates system, which assesses teams' recent results and provides analysis for upcoming matches.
Who is the favourite to win the Championship in the 2023/24 season?
According to the Championship winner odds, Leicester City is the main favourite for the upcoming season. Despite its relegation from the Premier League last season, the club’s management was able to retain most players and now intends to return the team to the English football elite.
Who was the winner of the Championship last season?
Burnley is the current Championship winner. Last season, the club lost only three times and secured the victory in the title two rounds before the end of the season.
What other leagues are there in England?
In England, the football system includes 20 levels. Among them, only four are considered professional: the Premier League, Championship, League One and League Two. Leagues below the fourth level are part of “non-League football”, i.e. they are not included in the English Football League that combines professional clubs in England and Wales.