Championship Tips

Here you will find regular tips for the English Championship.
Aston Villa v Bolton Wanderers Betting Tips: Hosts to win with ease
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Aston Villa v Bolton Wanderers Betting Tips: Hosts to win with ease

Both of these sides looked to be in a bit of trouble a few weeks ago, however, whilst Villa have improved dramatically to push up to eighth, Bolton still prop up the table. Steve Bruce’s Villa side have gone on a marvelous recent run in the Championship with no defeats in their last seven and three wins from their last three outings. After struggling to find their shooting boots in the opening weeks of the campaign, Villa now have them firmly laced onto their feet with nine goals scored in their last three matches. They have also been defensively sound…

QPR v Fulham Betting Tips: Hosts overlooked in the betting
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QPR v Fulham Betting Tips: Hosts overlooked in the betting

The West London derby hits our TV screens on Friday night as QPR play host to Fulham at Loftus Road. After a rocky start to the new season, the visitors are starting to gather momentum as they aim to move into the coveted top six. However, facing a QPR side who’ve performed respectably in recent weeks won’t be easy. In fact, this match will probably be far less easy for the visiting side than the early betting suggests. QPR may well be without a win in three league matches, but they’ve lost none of those and have been playing reasonably…

Sheffield United v Wolves Betting Tips: Lack of goals on the cards at Bramall Lane
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Sheffield United v Wolves Betting Tips: Lack of goals on the cards at Bramall Lane

After their thrilling derby win on Sunday, Sheffield United will be riding high ahead of this fixture against a Wolves side who’ve been tipped by many for promotion. Chris Wilder’s men may also have their sights set on promotion after their impressive start. Having seemingly made the transition from League One to the Championship with ease, and it’s fair to say that the Blades , who’re currently in a lofty 4th position, are more than worthy of their place at this level. Wolves have also made a very pleasing start to the campaign as they sit in 2nd place, behind…

Preston North End v Millwall Betting Tips: Home side to continue good form
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Preston North End v Millwall Betting Tips: Home side to continue good form

These two sides have been in relatively decent form of late with no defeats in their last two for Millwall and no defeats in their last five for Preston North End. Preston showed fantastic character in their last match as they turned a 1-0 half time deficit into a 3-1 victory away at Birmingham City – costing Birmingham manager Harry Redknapp his job. North End are one of those sides that generally go under the radar and they will hope to do so again this season – they currently sit fourth in the Championship table. Alex Neil’s side have been…

Nottingham Forest v Wolverhampton Wanderers Betting Tips: Goals at the City Ground
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Nottingham Forest v Wolverhampton Wanderers Betting Tips: Goals at the City Ground

Both Forest and Wolves have made good starts to the season with Forest sitting in eighth and just two points behind Wolves in fourth. After losing two on the spin, Forest managed to recover last time out by winning against recently-relegated Sunderland. The Reds were really poor at the back last season and their record of 72 goals conceded was the second-worst in the division. Unfortunately for them, that trend seems to have continued this term with Forest keeping just two clean sheets in all competitions so far. Additionally, their Goals Against record of 11 in seven league matches is…

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Bristol City Betting Tips: Exciting first half at Molineux
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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Bristol City Betting Tips: Exciting first half at Molineux

Both of these sides have been in good form in this opening part of the campaign so we should be in for a thrilling spectacle on Tuesday night. After a blistering start to the season which saw them win their first four league matches, Wolves have gone off the boil a bit recently with just four points taken from a possible nine in their last three games. However, the fact they won last time out shows they are at least now heading back towards the right track. Wolves’ solid defence has been the best aspect of their performances so far…

Birmingham City v Reading Betting Tips: Blues to keep up good defensive record at St Andrews
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Birmingham City v Reading Betting Tips: Blues to keep up good defensive record at St Andrews

Like most other teams in the Championship, these two are aiming for the top six this season. However, in reality, they are both likely to face an uphill battle for those playoff spots. After recording a couple of back-to-back victories, Birmingham have stumbled in their last few matches with a draw and two losses in their last three in all competitions. Manager Harry Redknapp has been looking for both defenders and attackers in this transfer window and it is easy to see why as his side have kept just one clean sheet so far whilst they have also scored just…

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…

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