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EFL Championship Odds & Betting – The Odds Manager Guide

The EFL Championship is the tightest league in Europe and every team’s capable of doing a number on the others.

With keys to the money-spinning Premier League on the line, teams leave it all out on the field as they battle for those coveted promotion spots.

Here at Odds Manager, we’ve got the drama covered, with all the latest EFL Championship winner odds, the EFL Championship promotion odds, and the latest betting news.

EFL Championship Betting Update – March 2021

It’s non-stop from Norwich at the top of the Championship, as Daniel Farke continues to tick off the wins across an incredible run.

The Canaries look pretty safe in their promotion bid, with the chasing pack of Watford, Swansea and Brentford slightly off the pace.

Those three sides are battling it out for the second automatic spot, with everyone down to Millwall and QPR in the top half of the table still with ambitions of joining them in the playoff picture.

Barnsley are the surprise form team at the moment stringing together an unexpected run of wins, and look a real outside bet for a promotion push.

Wycombe Wanderers have been brave in patches this season but the Chairboys sit bottom of the league and only a couple of weeks away from confirming their return to League One.

There’s still hope for Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham who also sit in relegation spots, banking on a solid end to the season to swap places with fellow strugglers Birmingham City, Coventry City, Derby County and Huddersfield. 

Ivan Toney is still running away with the Championship’s Golden (Slipper?) Boot, scoring 25 for Brentford who haven’t missed Ollie Watkins at all.

Teemu Pukki is chasing him down as he continues to impress for Norwich. 

Here are all the latest odds for the upcoming matches in the EFL Championship.

Click on any odds to add it to your betslip or click on a fixture to see a comparison of odds from all the top bookies.

Why Bet On The EFL Championship?

Sometimes betting on the Championship feels like a lottery, but other times you feel like you can conquer anything…

The Championship may be known as the “most unpredictable league in world football” but this also opens up lots of opportunities to get fantastic prices on presumed underdogs.

Form is key in this league and it can often be fairly easy to spot an upset by ignoring the league standings and focussing on a recent run of form.

Currently, with no fans inside stadiums, backing the away team has never been more tempting. 

We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled at Odds Manager for the best value Championship bets up and down the league. 

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Top Teams In The EFL Championship

Brentford top the bookies list after falling at the final fence in last season’s play-off final but will they go one better this season?

Here’s our rundown of the runners and riders for the EFL Championship this season. 

Brentford – After a stinging loss to Fulham in the play-off final, Brentford will be gunning for automatic promotion this season by lifting the title. With Premier League clubs drooling over their talented squad though, their table-topping aspirations will depend on how many of their stars they can keep on the books.

Watford – The Hornets return to the Championship after five years at the heady heights of the Premier League – they’ll look to splash the cash as they eye an immediate return to the top table. If they can tighten up at the back and sign a young and hungry striker to compliment Suarez, we reckon they’ll be in the mix come May.

Norwich – Like Watford, the Canaries will be looking to bounce back to the Premier League at the first attempt after a dire 2019/20 season. But can they hold on to Teemu Pukki, whose 29 goals propelled them to the Premier League the last time they faced a Championship dog fight?

Click on the link below to see our top Odds Pick for EFL Championship Winner this season.

Top Promotion Contenders In The EFL Championship

The Championship is all about bagging the Premier League golden ticket and with such a shiny prize, the battle is always fierce.

There are just three promotion places so it’s always a royal rumble for promotion – let’s take a look at the favourites to make the jump this season.

Brentford – Brentford’s hopes hang on keeping last season’s squad together but it looks ripe for a cherry-picking by the Premier League big guns.  If that happens, then it could be mid-table mediocrity for the Bees.

Watford – We expect Watford owner Gino Pozzo to bust out the cheque book to try to buy his way back to the Premier League at the first attempt. It’s a gamble, but if they can conquer the Championship battleground once more, it might just land.

Bournemouth – The Cherrie’s season could rest on whether rookie manager Jason Tindall can spark life back into last season’s lacklustre squad. A slow start could spell curtains for Bournemouth’s promotion hopes…and for Tindall.

Nottingham Forest – It’s already been an agonising wait but Forest fans will be hoping their side can finally return to the Premier League after imploding on the run-in last season. The squad has the ability, but do they have the self-belief? If Lamouchi can inject that, this season could finally be the one.

Click on the link below to see our top Odds Pick for EFL Championship Promotion this season.

Top Goalscorer Contenders In The EFL Championship

In this cut-throat league, a proven marksman makes all the difference in that promotion push – check out who we think will bag the most this season.

Teemu Pukki – He blasted in 29 goals the last time Norwich were in the Championship but will he still be there come the end of the transfer window or is he Finnish’ed? (BOOM BOOM)

Adam Armstrong – Armstrong bagged 17 goals in all competitions last season and will be Blackburn’s go-to man this year as they look to produce a charge for promotion – is he the man to blast them back to the Premier League?

Lewis Grabban – “Mr Consistent” has scored 36 league goals over the last two seasons for Forest and he’ll be their go-to guy again as they chase their promotion dream – we think he’s a cracking value bet to be Championship Top Scorer.

Click on the link below to see our top Odds Pick for EFL Championship Top Goalscorer this season.

Top Relegation Contenders In The EFL Championship

In such a cutthroat league, the Championship relegation battle is almost as intense as the battle for promotion.

Here we discuss the favourites for the drop, plus our Odds Pick destined for League One.

Wycombe Wanderers – Wanderers grabbed promotion after success in last season’s League One play-off final but could be out their depth in the Championship pool and are odds-on to sink.

Sheffield Wednesday – Wednesday start the season with a metaphorical dodgy hamstring – they’re already 12 points behind the pack after a pre-season points deduction. On paper, their squad have enough class to overcome that and secure Championship safety, but can they deliver?

Rotherham – Three things certain in life-death, taxes, and Rotherham being in the Championship relegation battle. The Millers are back once again from League One, but like their last two visits to the Championship, we think it’ll be another short stay. 

Click on the link below to see our top Odds Pick for EFL Championship Relegation this season.

EFL Championship Key Dates For The 2020-21 Season

  • May 9, 2021: Championship final day
  • May 31, 2021: Playoff final

What Happened Last Season?

Like most Championship seasons, the 2019-2o edition had drama at every turn.

A COVID-19-inspired halt was forced on proceedings over March, April and May, with action resuming in June behind closed doors.

At the conclusion, Leeds United were promoted as champions as Marcelo Bielsa finally found the recipe for Leeds’ return to the Premier League. They gained an impressive 93 points over 46 matches, with Patrick Bamford leading their line with 16 strikes.

West Bromwich Albion joined them in second, with Fulham winning the playoffs after squeezing past Cardiff City and Brentford in semis and final.

Nottingham Forest were left heartbroken following a final day of the season collapse, leaving them in seventh having spent a majority of the season in contention for the playoffs.

Charlton Athletic, Wigan Athletic and Hull City made up the trio of sides relegated to League One. Wigan were deducted 12 points after they entered administration, with Barnsley the side benefitting the most from this decision and surviving by a solitary point.

Aleksandar Mitrovic of Fulham and Ollie Watkins of Brentford shared the Golden Boot with 26 goals each throughout the campaign. 

EFL Championship - FAQ

Bookies love this league thanks to its unpredictability and in recent years they’ve really upped their game with the betting markets available on Championship matches. The top three sites for us are: bet365: The cash behind Stoke City but forgive them as they offer potentially the best betting experience out there. Paddy Power: Not just all about that Twitter feed, they’re also great for odds boosts on all the Championship action. William Hill: A Premier League betting experience for those Championship markets.
Sky Sports is the spiritual home of the EFL Championship - they’ll be showing a number of live games throughout the season. As Covid continues, Championship clubs are also offering streaming of their matches on their own websites - Championship and chill, anyone?
You sure can! Just like the Premier League, bookies offer an epic range of in-play betting markets for all you Championship footie fans.
As the most competitive league in the world - the Championship offers a betting paradise. Week in week out you can be sure of shocks galore, offering you every chance to bag some juicy value. So just sit back, relax and watch the action unfold.