Championship Tips

Here you will find regular tips for the English Championship.
Ipswich Town v Brentford Betting Tips: Tractor Boys to keep up good start to the season
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Ipswich Town v Brentford Betting Tips: Tractor Boys to keep up good start to the season

These two sides have had contrasting starts to the season with Ipswich having won all three of their matches so far and Brentford picking up just one point from a possible nine. After losing a pre-season friendly 6-1 to Charlton Athletic, many were questioning why under-pressure manager Mick McCarthy was still in charge at Ipswich. However, McCarthy’s side have defied the odds to make a fantastic start to the campaign and they currently sit third in the table. McCarthy teams are generally known for the defensive solidity but it has been the opposite so far this campaign where goals have…

Burton Albion v Birmingham City Betting Tips: Home side lack confidence to turn fortunes around
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Burton Albion v Birmingham City Betting Tips: Home side lack confidence to turn fortunes around

Friday’s Championship fixture sees a Midlands derby between Burton Albion and Birmingham City. This fixture was also played on a Friday last season with Burton Albion winning 2-0 thanks to goals from Lloyd Dyer and Jamie Ward. Burton arguably had the best season in their history last term as they defied the odds to finish above the Championship relegation zone. However, they have had a terrible start to their second campaign in the division and currently sit at the foot of the table. They are the only team in the league to not pick up a single league point so…

Hull City v Wolverhampton Wanderers Betting Tips: Both teams to have chances at the KCOM
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Hull City v Wolverhampton Wanderers Betting Tips: Both teams to have chances at the KCOM

These promotion contenders, both of whom have managers with no previous Championship experience, have made good starts to the campaign with Wolves second in the league whilst Hull sit in fifth after two matches. Hull took a chance on former Russia boss Leonid Slutsky in the summer and so far it has worked out well with a respectable draw against Aston Villa in their opening match before battering Burton Albion 4-1 last time out. There is obviously a huge part of the season still left to go but Slutsky has a lot of winning experience from his time at CSKA…

Birmingham City v Bolton Wanderers Betting Tips: Redknapp’s men to punish Bolton backline
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Birmingham City v Bolton Wanderers Betting Tips: Redknapp’s men to punish Bolton backline

These two sides have vastly different aims this season with Birmingham looking to push for the promotion spots whilst Bolton are simply looking to survive in the division following their promotion from League One last term. Birmingham managed to recover from going 1-0 down in the first minute against Bristol City at the weekend to record a 2-1 victory. They will no doubt be looking to make it an even better start to their home campaign on Tuesday night by picking up another three points against Bolton. Apart from their awful run under Gianfranco Zola last season, Blues have been…

Cardiff City v Aston Villa Betting Tips: Villains to get positive result in Welsh capital
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Cardiff City v Aston Villa Betting Tips: Villains to get positive result in Welsh capital

The respective managers of these teams, Neil Warnock and Steve Bruce, are known as two of the best bosses in the division who know how to get the most out of their players – even if they do not play the prettiest football. Additionally, they go into this form with a fair bit of confidence as they both picked up results they will be pleased with in the opening round last weekend. After finding themselves in relegation trouble before Neil Warnock’s arrival last term, Cardiff ended up finishing in a respectable 12th. The 68-year-old has a good track record for…

Ipswich Town v Birmingham City Betting Tips: Tense affair at Portman Road
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Ipswich Town v Birmingham City Betting Tips: Tense affair at Portman Road

Although it is generally hard to forecast results in the first round of league fixtures, this affair between Ipswich and Birmingham seems to be one of the more predictable affairs of the weekend. Ipswich have had an interesting preseason with relatively few signings (only Tom Adeyemi costing a fee) whilst their 6-1 loss to Charlton Athletic in their last friendly was widely publicised and heavily criticised by manager Mick McCarthy. A lot of Ipswich fans are still against their manager so a good start to the season is vital for McCarthy in order to keep the pressure off himself. The…

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Middlesbrough Betting Tips: Goals on the card at Molineux
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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Middlesbrough Betting Tips: Goals on the card at Molineux

These two teams have spent a lot of money over the summer and are both looking to play an attacking brand of football to take the Championship by storm. However, it is unlikely that both will have such brilliant seasons and this first match could be a good indicator. Wolves’ connection with super agent Jorge Mendes has enabled them to sign a large number of highly talented players, particularly from Portugal. However, in addition to the questionable idea of having an agent dictate a club’s transfer policy, this same tactic last season failed to yield results as most of the…

Sheffield Wednesday v Huddersfield Betting Tips: Hosts to cash in at Hillsborough
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Sheffield Wednesday v Huddersfield Betting Tips: Hosts to cash in at Hillsborough

Having finished all-square at the John Smith’s Stadium on Sunday lunchtime, this pair are still deadlocked in their battle for promotion, although it is probably Wednesday who will feel the more upbeat about that first leg result. Sunday’s visitors may well have spent most the game on the back foot, but they managed to keep Huddersfield at bay with relative comfort and will feel confident of finishing the job on their own patch. Although they didn’t offer a great amount going forward in the first leg, Wednesday did a very professional job of giving little away and they’re fancied to…

Reading v Fulham Betting Tips: Goals expected at Madejski
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Reading v Fulham Betting Tips: Goals expected at Madejski

Considering their strength at home, as well as Reading’s considerable woes on the road this season, Fulham will be bitterly disappointed to have taken just a draw from the first leg, especially since they had to snatch a goal late on in order to prevent themselves from coming into this fixture a goal down. Many people, myself included, expected the London club to come out on top in that first leg, such has been their superiority on their own patch. With Reading no doubt taking plenty of confidence from their performance away from home, Fulham are now looking far less…

Huddersfield v Sheffield Wednesday Betting Tips: Owls not be underestimated
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Huddersfield v Sheffield Wednesday Betting Tips: Owls not be underestimated

Sunday’s Championship play-off action sees two Yorkshire teams go head-to-head as Sheffield Wednesday make the relatively short trip to take on Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium. Having finished the regular season level on points in 4th and 5th, this pair could be closely matched; however, at the prices, one team stands out far more than the other. From a form perspective, these two ended the regular season rather differently; Huddersfield, having occupied 3rd spot for a long time, slipped up numerous times on the run in, winning just one of their last five, before eventually finishing 5th. On the…

Fulham v Reading Betting Tips: Cottagers to have too much in the locker on home soil
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Fulham v Reading Betting Tips: Cottagers to have too much in the locker on home soil

The first-leg-visitors did finish 3rd and so it is a bit surprising that they’re considered the outsiders of the bunch as far as earning promotion is concerned, although historically teams that finish 3rd during the regular season don’t have an amazing record in the play-offs. Last season was a fine example of this as 3rd place finishers Brighton, who very nearly went up automatically, were unsuccessful at the first hurdle in the play-offs. In fact, only five of the last ten teams to finish 3rd in the final league table have won promotion via the play-offs. Of course, this record…

Championship Play-Offs Preview & Betting Tips: Owls can step up
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Championship Play-Offs Preview & Betting Tips: Owls can step up

The regular Championship season might be over, but for Fulham, Sheffield Wednesday, Reading and Huddersfield there is work left to do as they are all still in with a chance of promotion to the top flight via the play-offs. While the remainder of the division are off on their holidays this quartet are still scrapping to achieve their objectives, although, at this stage, only one of them can. Fulham  Given that they stormed into the play-offs with a fine late run of wins, it’s hardly surprising that Fulham have been priced up as favourites to join England’s elite division via…

Norwich City v QPR Betting Tips: Goals, goals, goals at Carrow Road
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Norwich City v QPR Betting Tips: Goals, goals, goals at Carrow Road

Neither of these teams have anything to play for and both will be looking to put this disappointing season behind them as they fell below expectations. Norwich were looking at bouncing straight back to the Premier League this season but have failed to do so meaning a difficult second season is now on the cards. Having said that, they do have momentum going into next year with two wins and one draw in their last three. The Canaries’ strength has been their performances in the final third which have been electric with 81 goals in 45 matches – the third-best…

Burton Albion v Reading Betting Tips: Brewers can sign off in good style
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Burton Albion v Reading Betting Tips: Brewers can sign off in good style

Neither of these sides have nothing to play for in this final game with Burton having survived in their maiden Championship season and Reading having secured their place in the play-offs. Burton have had a good final few games of the season with two wins and a draw in their last three matches, ensuring that they’re now four points clear of the drop-zone with just the one game to go. This match against Reading represents a chance for the team to give the fans a entertaining end to this successful season. The Brewers have based their survival mission on having…

Bristol City v Birmingham City Betting Tips: Blues to get job done when it matters
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Bristol City v Birmingham City Betting Tips: Blues to get job done when it matters

These two sides were in and around the play-off places towards the start of the campaign, however, they are now down at the wrong end of the table with Birmingham still yet to ensure safety. Bristol City have been on a fantastic run in this final straight with no defeats in their last five, winning four of them. These great performances have boosted Bristol up to 17th and six points above the drop-zone. The Robins have been in great goal-scoring form in recent times having scored an average of two goals per game in their last five matches. In fact,…

Ipswich v Sheffield Wednesday Betting Tips: Wednesday to secure play-off place
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Ipswich v Sheffield Wednesday Betting Tips: Wednesday to secure play-off place

Out of these two Championship sides, only Sheffield Wednesday have something to play for as they look to secure a play-off place. Ipswich on the other hand are set for a bottom half finish. Ipswich had been on a pretty decent run with two back-to-back victories against Burton Albion and now-promoted Newcastle United. However, that run came to a crashing end last timeout as they lost to bottom of the table and already-relegated Rotherham United. The Tractor Boys’ loss at Rotherham was an exception to their recent rule in that they failed to find the back of the net. Before…

Fulham v Brentford Betting Tips: Goals, goals, goals at Craven Cottage
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Fulham v Brentford Betting Tips: Goals, goals, goals at Craven Cottage

This Championship match should be a really fun affair between two high-scoring teams as play-off hopefuls Fulham host Brentford. Fulham have been in fantastic form of late having recorded four straight victories, allowing them to take advantage of Leeds United’s slip-up and push themselves into the top six with a three-point cushion. The Cottagers have really had their shooting boots on this campaign and they are the division’s top scorers with 82 goals in 44 matches. Additionally, they have found the back of the net in each of their last 15 league games and an incredible 13 in their last…

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…

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