Championship Tips

Here you will find regular tips for the English Championship.
Cardiff City v Newcastle United Betting Tips: Hosts not to be underestimated
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Cardiff City v Newcastle United Betting Tips: Hosts not to be underestimated

This Championship match is between two sides whose campaigns are pretty much over. Cardiff are guaranteed safety whilst Newcastle have secured promotion to the Premier League, although they can still take the title if Brighton slip up. Cardiff have been a bit inconsistent in the last couple of months and have failed to secure back-to-back wins since mid-February. However, it is also worth noting that they have only lost one of their last five matches. The remainder of this season is about building momentum for a play-off campaign next year. As you would expect from a Neil Warnock side, Cardiff…

Wolves v Huddersfield Town Betting Tips: Visitors to secure play-off place
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Wolves v Huddersfield Town Betting Tips: Visitors to secure play-off place

Out of these two sides, only Huddersfield really have something to play for as they look to secure their play-off place. Wolves went on a fantastic five-match winning streak to secure their Championship survival. However, since then, the flip flops have replaced football boots with just one win in their last four. Furthermore, they could only produce a dull 0-0 draw against Blackburn Rovers last time out which many described as one of the worst games they had ever seen. Although they have only won one of their last four, in fairness to Wolves, they have been defensively sound in…

Newcastle United v Preston Betting Tips: Magpies can claim a high-scoring game
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Newcastle United v Preston Betting Tips: Magpies can claim a high-scoring game

Monday’s Championship match sees automatic promotion hopefuls, and once title contenders, Newcastle United host Preston North End, whose play-off campaign has faltered badly. Whilst Brighton have stormed to promotion with their run in the last few weeks, and look like winning the league, Newcastle have gone right off the boil with no wins in their last three. After Saturday’s results, they are now just six points ahead of 3rd place and could potentially slip into the dreaded play-off places. The Toon Army have been pretty good in both boxes over the course of the season with 76 goals scored and…

Aston Villa v Birmingham City Betting Tips: Goals at both ends in Midlands clash
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Aston Villa v Birmingham City Betting Tips: Goals at both ends in Midlands clash

Sunday’s Championship match is a spicy West Midlands derby between Aston Villa and Birmingham City. Villa no longer have much to play for whilst Birmingham, now under the guidance of Harry Redknapp, have all to play for as they battle to stay in the league. Aston Villa had a very slight chance of making the play-offs with a few games to go, however, with one point taken from a possible nine in their last three, their task is now virtually impossible. Having said that, with this match being a Birmingham derby, do not expect Villa to have their flip-flops on.…

Rotherham United v Ipswich Town Betting Tips: Few goals to be had at New York Stadium
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Rotherham United v Ipswich Town Betting Tips: Few goals to be had at New York Stadium

Neither of these sides have much left to play for with Rotherham United already destined for League One whilst Ipswich Town have survived the drop for another year. Although they have still not won a game since 14th January, Rotherham have improved a bit since their relegation was confirmed as the shackles have come off. The Millers’ goal-scoring exploits in the last few matches, four in their last three, are proof that they are now feeling very little pressure in their matches. However, they are still very dodgy at the back and have still not kept a clean sheet since…

Nottingham Forest v Reading Betting Tips: Fans should see a few goals at City Ground
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Nottingham Forest v Reading Betting Tips: Fans should see a few goals at City Ground

These two teams have vastly different aims at opposite ends of the Championship going into the final straight. Nottingham Forest are simply looking to survive whilst Reading hope to keep hold of their play-off spot. Forest have been on a desperate run in recent times with just one win in their last eight. The arrival of new manager Mark Warburton has done little to stop this plight and Forest now sit just one point above the drop-zone. The Reds do have one of the best goal-scoring records of all the teams in the relegation dogfight, however, they have misplaced their…

Huddersfield Town v Fulham Betting Tips: Goals fancied at the John Smith’s
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Huddersfield Town v Fulham Betting Tips: Goals fancied at the John Smith’s

These two sides are both hoping to make the play-off spots this season. They are both inside the top six at the moment but a slip-up could cost them dear. Huddersfield do still have a mathematical chance of making the automatic promotion spots, however, with Newcastle seven points ahead of them, it looks unlikely. The Terriers have had a bit of a slump recently with three defeats in four matches but are now seemingly back on track with no defeats in their last two. Although David Wagner has brought quite an exciting philosophy to Huddersfield, it is worth mentioning that…

Norwich City v Brighton Betting Tips: Seagulls to secure title with a win
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Norwich City v Brighton Betting Tips: Seagulls to secure title with a win

Friday’s Championship match sees already-promoted Brighton & Hove Albion travel to Norwich City who will be no doubt envious of their opponents’ exploits this season following their own rather miserable campaign. Norwich managed to take maximum points in their last match which stopped the rot somewhat. However, they have still lost three of their last five matches. The Canaries have been fantastic going forward this season but terrible at the back. They have scored 76 and conceded 66 meaning they have the third-best attack and third-worst defence in the division. Norwich have found the back of the net 11 times…

Brighton v Wigan Athletic Betting Tips: Seagulls to seal promotion in good style
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Brighton v Wigan Athletic Betting Tips: Seagulls to seal promotion in good style

These two teams have different ambitions at opposite ends of the table with Brighton looking to clinch the Championship title and promotion to the Premier League whilst Wigan Athletic are looking to cling onto survival in the division. After looking like second-favourites to Newcastle United for so long, Brighton now hold the advantage at the top of the Championship after four consecutive wins, giving them a four-point cushion over the Toon. Bookmaker Ratings predicted that this could well happen in a recent feature. The Seagulls have been fantastic in both boxes throughout the course of the campaign. Firstly, they have…

Reading v Rotherham Betting Tips: Royals to cement their play-off place
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Reading v Rotherham Betting Tips: Royals to cement their play-off place

These two Championship sides have different objectives going into the end of the season with Reading looking to retain their play-off place whilst already-relegated Rotherham are simply playing for pride. Reading have been on a very good run of late and have won four of their last five games. This means they are up in fourth place and six points ahead of seventh with four games to go. Jaap Stam has turned his side into one of the most attacking teams in the division since taking the hot seat last summer and their record of 59 goals scored is the…

Brentford v Derby County Betting Tips: Rowett’s men to continue on the up
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Brentford v Derby County Betting Tips: Rowett’s men to continue on the up

These two sides are unlikely to do anything else this season as Brentford are marooned in mid-table whilst Derby look unlikely to make up the seven point gap between themselves and the play-offs. Brentford’s season may essentially be over in terms of achieving anything, however, they are still doing well at the moment having won three of their last four matches. In typical Dean Smith style, Brentford Bees have certainly focused on the attacking side of their game throughout the campaign and have the fifth-best offensive record in the division with a brilliant 65 goals scored. Additionally, they have found…

Wolves v Brighton Betting Tips: Visitors can get the job done at Molineux
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Wolves v Brighton Betting Tips: Visitors can get the job done at Molineux

Only one of these sides really has something left to play for with Wolves looking safe in the division for another year whilst Brighton are looking to come out of it by winning promotion. Wolves had been on a fantastic run until last weekend with five straight wins, for which Paul Lambert was rewarded with the Manager of the Month award. However, the Manager of the Month curse struck Wolves against Bristol City last time out as they lost 3-1. They should still be safe for next season but Lambert was still furious with his players. Lambert’s side have not…

Wigan Athletic v Barnsley Betting Tips: Visitors a good price to come out on top
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Wigan Athletic v Barnsley Betting Tips: Visitors a good price to come out on top

This match sees two teams who were promoted last season go head-to-head as relegation strugglers Wigan Athletic host Barnsley, who are safe in mid-table after their play-off push faltered. Wigan managed to pull a result out of the bag at the weekend in what was probably their most important match of the season as they beat already-relegated Rotherham United 3-2 thanks to a very late winner from Nick Powell. Unfortunately though, with seven points still between themselves and safety, Wigan look doomed. Everybody knows that goals have been the main problem for the Lactics this campaign and they are the…

Wigan Athletic v Rotherham Betting Tips: Hosts to do the business at DW
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Wigan Athletic v Rotherham Betting Tips: Hosts to do the business at DW

These two sides have been fighting against relegation all season and, although Rotherham have failed miserably in their battle to stay up, Wigan still have a slight chance. Wigan do of course still have a mathematical chance of survival, however, you cannot help but feel that they are already doomed given the seven point gap between themselves and safety. They have been on a woeful run recently which has seen them lose their last four and this match against already-relegated Rotherham is definitely a must-win if Wigan want to give themselves any chance of playing in the Championship again next…

Burton Albion v Aston Villa Betting Tips: Villans to make it five in a row
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Burton Albion v Aston Villa Betting Tips: Villans to make it five in a row

This match is somewhat of a Midlands derby with arguably the smallest club in the division, Burton Albion, hosting possibly the division’s biggest club, Aston Villa. Burton lost narrowly to league leaders Newcastle United on Wednesday night but it is still fair to say that they are on a decent run at the moment with just three defeats in their last nine matches. Overall, this puts them 19th in the table and four points above the drop-zone. This is obviously not the biggest cushion but, if they carry on their good form, they should be safe – a remarkable achievement.…

Bristol City v Wolves Betting Tips: Visitors are worth backing at Ashton Gate
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Bristol City v Wolves Betting Tips: Visitors are worth backing at Ashton Gate

These two sides have been in a relegation battle for much of the latter part of the season and, although Wolves have pulled themselves away, Bristol City are very much still in it. After going four matches unbeaten, Bristol City are now hitting a bad patch at one of the worst possible times having now lost two on the bounce. In fact, they performed so badly in their last match away at Preston North End, losing 5-0, that the club have refunded the away fans. City sit just one point above the drop-zone and are in an incredibly vulnerable position.…

QPR v Brighton Betting Tips: Seagulls to keep the pressure on at the top
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QPR v Brighton Betting Tips: Seagulls to keep the pressure on at the top

These two sides have arguably achieved their aims for the season with Queens Park Rangers seemingly safe for another year whilst Brighton are looking good for promotion. Queens Park Rangers were one of the most in form teams in the Championship until recently but two losses on the bounce has put a stop to that run. However, having reached the valuable 50 point mark, they will more than likely be playing in this division next season. Rangers’ performance in both boxes has been very much roles reversed from earlier on in the season. Instead of scoring few but also conceding…

Newcastle v Burton Albion Betting Tips: Magpies to prove too good at home
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Newcastle v Burton Albion Betting Tips: Magpies to prove too good at home

These two teams are still well involved at this business end of the season with Newcastle still hoping to lift the title whilst Burton Albion are simply looking to survive in their maiden season in the second tier. Newcastle picked up a vital three points at the weekend against Wigan Athletic at the weekend to end a run of three without a win, putting them at the top of the Championship, one point clear of Brighton & Hove Albion. Unsurprisingly, the Toon Army have been fantastic in both boxes throughout the course of the season with 72 goals scored and…

Wolves v Nottingham Forest Betting Tips: Home goals likely at Molineux
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Wolves v Nottingham Forest Betting Tips: Home goals likely at Molineux

Wolves might not be in the most flattering of league positions currently, but it would appear that Paul Lambert is slowly but surely turning their fortunes around. The West Midlands club are in a rich vein of form right now, winning each of their last four, scoring plenty of goals in the process. In contrast to their hosts, Nottingham Forest haven’t exactly been thriving of late and are still very much flirting with relegation as they sit just two points above the drop-zone in 20th position. From a betting point of view, this match makes plenty of appeal as a…

Ipswich Town v Wigan Athletic Betting Tips: Tight affair expected at Portman Road
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Ipswich Town v Wigan Athletic Betting Tips: Tight affair expected at Portman Road

Neither of these Championship sides are particularly pleasant to watch so this could end up being a bit of a borefest. Both are in a relegation scrap and need to desperately pick up points. Ipswich registered yet another draw against fellow strugglers Birmingham City on Saturday afternoon which means that seven out of their last eight matches have finished in stalemates. Although they are picking up points steadily by drawing these matches, they need to get a win soon in order to thrust themselves away from the drop-zone. Goals have been a massive problem for the Tractor Boys so far…

Newcastle v Wigan Athletic Betting Tips: Magpies to keep visitors at bay
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Newcastle v Wigan Athletic Betting Tips: Magpies to keep visitors at bay

Title chasers Newcastle United host relegation candidates Wigan Athletic in this rather one-sided looking Championship clash. Newcastle may still be top of the league but they have actually been having a pretty bad time of late with no wins in their last three. Although they are only one point clear of Brighton in 2nd, more importantly, they are seven points ahead of Huddersfield Town who are 3rd and so automatic promotion looks a certainty with just eight game to go. The Toon Army have the league’s best statistics at both ends of the pitch with 70 goals scored and just…

Aston Villa v Norwich City Betting Tips: Villans to continue their good form
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Aston Villa v Norwich City Betting Tips: Villans to continue their good form

These two sides were relegated from the Premier League last season and have made a bit of a pig’s ear of trying to get back into the top flight at their first attempt. Although it is highly unlikely that Villa will sneak into the play-offs, they have actually been on a good run recently with five wins in their last six matches, putting them 12th in the table and well clear of the potential relegation that they previously feared. The Villans have managed to rectify their previously poor goal-scoring record in the last few weeks as they have scored two…

Derby County v QPR Betting Tips: Rams can get the better of R’s at Pride Park
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Derby County v QPR Betting Tips: Rams can get the better of R’s at Pride Park

Friday’s Championship match sees two sides more than likely to be playing in the second tier again next season go head-to-head. Gary Rowett’s first match in charge of Derby ended in a 2-2 draw with local rivals Nottingham Forest before the international break. Although not losing can be considered a good thing, the new manager will have been gutted to have conceded a last minute equaliser. Rowett worked wonders at Birmingham before his surprise sacking just before Christmas and this all came from his side being incredibly solid at the back before hitting teams on the counter. Derby were actually…

Fleetwood v AFC Wimbledon Betting Tips: Trawlermen to do the business at home
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Fleetwood v AFC Wimbledon Betting Tips: Trawlermen to do the business at home

Fleetwood currently sit 2nd in League One, but 3rd place Bolton Wanderers are just a point behind and have a game in hand. Uwe Rosler’s men finally had their incredible 18-match unbeaten run in the league by the aforementioned Bolton a week ago but recovered to win their next match. In fact, the end of their unbeaten run is arguably a good thing for Fleetwood as it takes the monkey off their back. Defence has certainly been the bedrock to the Trawlermen’s season with an average of just 0.97 goals conceded per game whilst they have also kept more clean…

Fulham v Wolves Betting Tips: Cottagers to bounce back on home soil
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Fulham v Wolves Betting Tips: Cottagers to bounce back on home soil

Fulham are one of the Championship’s most in form teams at the moment with no defeats in their last eight games, accumulating 18 points in the process – only one less than the division’s most in form team Huddersfield Town (based on the last eight matches). This puts them just one point outside of the play-off places and they look like the one team that always arrives late to the promotion party with momentum. The Cottagers are certainly one of the more attacking sides in the division and are the Championship’s second-highest scorers whilst they have also found the back…

Wigan Athletic v Aston Villa Betting Tips: Villans to secure back-to-back victories
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Wigan Athletic v Aston Villa Betting Tips: Villans to secure back-to-back victories

Neither of these sides are having particularly memorable seasons with Wigan Athletic now looking unlikely to avoid relegation whilst Aston Villa have failed miserable in their first season outside of the Premier League. Wigan have been on a bad run recently with just one win in their last five which means that they are still down in the relegation zone and five points off safety. The appointment of new manager Graham Barrow hardly looks like it will make a difference. Going forward has been a humongous problem for the Lactics this season and they are the Championship’s lowest scorers with…

Leeds United v Brighton Betting Tips: Seagulls to come out on top at Elland Road
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Leeds United v Brighton Betting Tips: Seagulls to come out on top at Elland Road

Saturday’s late Championship match sees two teams going for promotion go head-to-head as play-off hopefuls Leeds United host automatic chasers Brighton. Leeds currently sit in 4th after a run of no defeats in their last six and are five points ahead of that dreaded 7th spot. However it is certainly worth mentioning that there have probably been too many draws for Garry Monk’s liking – three. Defensive solidity has been the backbone to the Whites’ success so far this campaign and they have the third-best Goals Against record in the Championship with just 36 conceded in 37 games – only…

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