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How to Bet on The Championship Video
Championship Football Betting Video
Fancy a bet on who will win or be relegated? Do you think you know who will score first or can you predict who will win or draw? Our video talks you through placing some online bets on Championship football.
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Betting on The Championship
The Championship isn't just popular with TV audiences and live spectators; it's also massively-popular with sports betting enthusiasts, thanks in no small part to the excellent range of betting markets on offer both on the high street and online.
If you are serious about trying to make money betting on The Championship, you should go online and sign up for an online betting account. Better still, sign up for more than one account so you can shop around and always get the best possible odds.
One of the best things about online betting is that you will be able to bet as the action unfolds. This is known as in-play betting and is hugely-popular, and for good reason.
For example, imagine you have put £10 on Leeds to beat Sheffield Wednesday at odds of 2/1. Now, imagine that Leeds are winning 2-0 at half-time. The bookmaker could offer you the chance to cash out your bet for £13.50 Of course, this is not as much as the £20 profit you stand to make if Leeds 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 Sheffield Wednesday produce a late come-back.
Alternatively, you can use in-play betting to cut your losses and run. For example, if you have make the same bet but Leeds are losing 2-0 at half-time, you could be offered £1.20 to cash out. If you choose to accept this, you will not have lost all your money. 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.
If your new to betting on football then see our guide “how to bet on football”, where we take you through seven of the most popular bets.
The Football League Championship, usually referred to as just The Championship, is the second-highest division in the English football league system after the Premier League.
Over the past few years, interest in the Championship has grown massively. This is largely down to the fact that a number of big teams fight it out in the division, with a good number of top players choosing to stay in this league rather than make the move up to the Premier League. The Championship also popular with sports fans, including sports betting enthusiasts, since it's extremely competitive, with battles for promotion and relegation often going right to the last day of the season.
Championship matches are screened live both in the UK and overseas, with the massive popularity of the division meaning all bookmakers, including online sports betting companies, are always happy to offer a great range of betting markets.
Who to Look Out for in 2014/15
Traditionally, teams that have been relegated from the Premier League usually either battle it out at the top and go straight back up or struggle and endure a season or two in mid-table obscurity. Money can be easily won or lost if you bet on this.
With this in mind, look out for Cardiff, Fulham and Norwich all of who will be looking to return to the Premier League at the first attempt. Alongside this trio, several other sides have past form battling it out at the top of the table, with big clubs such as Nottingham Forest, Derby Wolves and Reading always likely contenders to reach at least the play-offs.
At the other end of the table, the 2014/15 campaign could be tough for the likes of Blackpool, Rotherham and Huddersfield, all of them good prospects if you want to put money on who will drop down into League One.
History of The Championship
The Championship was introduced for the 2004/05 season. Before this it was the Football League First Division for more than a decade and, prior to the advent of the Premier League, it was simply Football League Division Two.
Over the years, almost every big English side, including traditional giants Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle United and Everton have played in the division and, over recent seasons, a handful of large clubs have bounced back and forth between the Premier League and the Championship.
Under the present format, 24 clubs compete in The Championship, with the season running between August and May. The clubs play one another twice, once at home and once away, meaning they play 46 games in total. The key points you need to know are:
A club is awarded three points for a win and just one point for a draw. No points are awarded for losing a game, nor are any bonus points available for high-scoring games
All matches in The Championship are 90 minutes long, and, since matches can be drawn, there is never any extra time nor penalties shout-outs, so you can bet on a draw.
Teams are ranked according to the number of points they have won. The team with the most points at the end of the season are named the champions. If teams are equal on points, then the one with the best goal difference is ranked the highest. You can bet on the winners or the team to score the most goals.
The champions automatically get promoted to the Premier League, as do the runners-up. The teams ranked third to sixth, meanwhile, play one another in a straight knockout mini competition, with the final held at Wembley Stadium. The winner of this play-off also gets promoted to the Premier League. Bets on who wins the mini play off are very popular.
At the other end of the table, the four clubs that finish bottom of The Championship are automatically relegated to League One. These teams are replaced the following season by the top three clubs from League One, as well as with the winner of the League One play-off. Each season favourites with the bookies to be relegated are the teams that have just come up.
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