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Betting on the Scottish Championship
Bookies offer a surprisingly good selection of betting markets for the Scottish Championship. The easiest type of bet to make is, of course, to put money on the likely Outright Winner. However, with Rangers odds-on favourites to be crowned champions before the season even started, you will struggle to make any money on this bet unless you want to risk large amounts for limited returns.
Far better to bet on which teams you think will either qualify for the play-offs or get relegated as this is where you will get the best odds. Alternatively, consider putting money on the player you think will score the most goals in the division.
A great way of improving your chances of beating the bookie and making some money on the Scottish Championship betting is to take advantage of in-play betting, which is offered by most online sports betting specialists. Quite simply, this is when online bookmakers give you the chance to cash in on a bet before a game has finished.
Let's say, for example, you have put £5 on Hearts to beat Rangers at odds of 10/1. Now, imagine that Hearts are winning 2-1 with 80 minutes of the match played. The bookmaker could offer you the chance to cash out your bet for £38. Of course, this is not as much as the £55 you stand to make if Hearts do end up winning the match. However, it's still a profit and, more importantly, it's money in the bank which, once you've cashed, you can't lose, even if Rangers produce a late come-back.
Alternatively, you can use in-play betting to cut your losses and run. For example, if you have £20 on Hibs to beat Dumbarton but Hibs are losing 2-0 at half-time, you could be offered £6.20 to cash out. If you choose to accept this, you will not have lost all your money if Dumbarton do hold on to their lead. But, of course, if you cash in and it turns out your initial hunch was right, then you will have missed out on making a profit.
Who to Look Out for in 2014/15
Unsurprisingly, Rangers are the team to watch in 2014/15. The traditional giants of Scottish football boast an average capacity (50,000) which is more than double the league average, which, combined with the money they get from sponsorship means their budget is far greater than their rivals. Expect them to go up as champions.
Far more interesting is the race for promotion via the play-offs. Expect to see Hearts, Hibernian and Falkirk to be all up there. Similarly, at the bottom, any number of teams could be struggling in 2014/15. Dumbarton, Cowdenbeath and Alloa could all have a tough time of it. If you agree then place your bets early in the season to get better odds.
The Scottish Championship, usually referred to as simply the Championship, is the second tier of the Scottish Professional Football League.
Thanks to the presences of some big sides, the division is popular with both football fans and sports betting enthusiasts. Games are screened live across the UK and in some other European countries, including the Republic of Ireland, and both high street bookmakers and online betting firms will always be happy to offer a good selection of betting markets for the division.
History of the Scottish Championship
The Scottish Championship was formed in July 2013 as a result of the merger between the Scottish Premier League and the Scottish Football League.
While previously the very top tier of Scottish football had seen 22 teams battle it out in the Premier League, now 12 teams compete in the Premiership and 10 teams compete in the Championship.
Since it's effectively a continuation of the old top tier, plenty of big-name clubs have competed at this level, including Hibernian and Rangers and, as teams drop out of the Premiership and into the division, there will always be at least a few large teams competing at this level.
Under the current format, 10 teams compete in the Championship. Here's what you need to know about the season:
The ten clubs play one another three times, either twice at home and once away or vice-versa. Three points are awarded for a win, one point for a draw, and nothing for a defeat. The teams are then ranked according to how many points they have and, if two teams are tied on points, then the one with the better goal difference is placed higher.
Once each team has played all their rivals three times, the second stage of the season starts. The top five teams play each other once, with the points they get from this mini-league added to the points they already have from the rest of the season. Whoever then has the most points are named the Champions.
At the other end of the table, the bottom five teams also play each other once and the team that finishes at the very bottom of the league are relegated to League One.
The third-placed team and the fourth-ranked team compete in a two-legged play-off at the end of the season. Whoever wins this then compete in a two-legged play-off against the team that finished second overall. The winner of this contest will then have another play-off against the team that finished second-bottom of the Premiership. If they come out on top after the two matches, the clubs switch divisions.
At the bottom, the team that finishes in ninth place goes into a play-off with the second, third and fourth-placed clubs from League One.
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