Championship Tips

Here you will find regular tips for the English Championship.
Blackburn Rovers v Derby County Betting Tips: Low-key start expected at Ewood Park
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Blackburn Rovers v Derby County Betting Tips: Low-key start expected at Ewood Park

These two teams are aiming to succeed at opposite ends of the table this season, however, both are faltering at the moment with neither looking like they will achieve their respective targets. Blackburn managed to earn a point at relegation rivals Burton Albion on Friday night in Tony Mowbray’s first match in charge, but, due to the results of other teams around them, they are still three points off safety and sit 23rd in the table. Rovers have managed to score a couple of goals in recent matches, even before Mowbray’s arrival, and they have registered on the score-board in…

Aston Villa v Bristol City Betting Tips: Villans can build on recent victory
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Aston Villa v Bristol City Betting Tips: Villans can build on recent victory

These two relegation battling sides both had good results at the weekend and will be looking to boost their survival hopes when they meet on Tuesday night. Villa managed to stop their win-less streak of 10 to record a decent victory over play-off chasers Derby County on Saturday afternoon, putting them eight points clear of the drop-zone with a game in hand over most of the teams around them. Facing Derby was actually quite ideal for Steve Bruce’s side on Saturday as, with Derby not being fantastic going forward, Villa could record a victory despite their own goal-scoring problems –…

Norwich City v Ipswich Town Betting Tips: Canaries to bounce back
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Norwich City v Ipswich Town Betting Tips: Canaries to bounce back

Sunday’s Championship match is the East Anglia derby between Norwich City and Ipswich Town. Norwich had been on a good run with no defeats in their last six until they suffered a surprise defeat against Burton Albion last time out. The Canaries currently sit 8th in the table but are still seven points off their target of the play-offs. Alex Neil’s men certainly like to focus on the attacking side of their game and tend to look to outscore the opposition rather than simply win a game 1-0. They are the second-highest scorers in the Championship with 58 goals but…

Brighton & Hove Albion v Reading Betting Tips: Hosts can gain back-to-back wins
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Brighton & Hove Albion v Reading Betting Tips: Hosts can gain back-to-back wins

These two teams are both going for promotion this season, Brighton & Hove Albion via the automatic promotion spots and Reading through the play-offs. After suffering a blip of two defeats on the bounce, Brighton are seemingly back on track with no defeats in their last four, keeping them within the automatic promotion spots. However, compared to earlier in the season where they were constantly winning matches, the fact they have failed to register back-to-back wins in their last six is slightly troubling. Defence has certainly been the Seagulls’ strong suit this season with just 26 goals conceded in 32…

Wigan Athletic v Nottingham Forest Betting Tips: Bogle to find the net at DW
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Wigan Athletic v Nottingham Forest Betting Tips: Bogle to find the net at DW

This Championship match is a rather early relegation six-pointer as Wigan Athletic host Nottingham Forest at the DW on Saturday. Three points for Wigan in this match could take them out of the relegation zone into 20th depending on other results around them. The Lactics had looked doomed until a few weeks ago but just two defeats in their last five means they now have a fighting chance of staying up. The Lactics have been good at the back all season and have only conceded 40 goals in their 33 league matches, keeping clean sheets in 30% of their games.…

Newcastle United v Bristol City Betting Tips: Rafa’s men to prove too strong at home
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Newcastle United v Bristol City Betting Tips: Rafa’s men to prove too strong at home

This Championship match sees two teams with completely different aims go head-to-head as title hopefuls Newcastle United face relegation scrappers Bristol City. Newcastle leapfrogged Brighton & Hove Albion to move back to the top of the Championship table after a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa on Monday night (I hope you followed my tip for that!) to extend their unbeaten league run to seven. The Toon are pretty much the mould of the perfect team at the moment and top both the goal-scoring charts and defensive statistics with 62 goals scored and just 25 conceded in 32 league matches. Additionally,…

Wolves v Birmingham City Betting Tips: Hosts set for goals at Molineux
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Wolves v Birmingham City Betting Tips: Hosts set for goals at Molineux

This Midlands derby is not only important in terms of local pride but, with both teams looking nervously over their shoulder at the Championship relegation zone, is important as they look to survive. Wolves have been on a bad run of late with four straight defeats in all competitions. However, they showed a lot of fight in their cup defeat against Chelsea last weekend and can be very pleased with their performance. If they can put on those sorts of displays in the remaining league fixtures, Wolves will no doubt stay in the Championship. Goals have been the problem for…

Burton Albion v Blackburn Rovers Betting Tips: Clough’s men can do the business
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Burton Albion v Blackburn Rovers Betting Tips: Clough’s men can do the business

These two sides have the primary aim of surviving in the Championship this season and so this match on Friday night is absolutely vital to both of them. Burton are currently five points above the drop-zone thanks to a couple of excellent recent results which have seen them take unlikely points off play-off hopefuls Norwich City and Derby County. They have also lost just once in their last four league matches. The Brewers are not the most attacking side in the division and average just a goal per game. Defensively though they are pretty solid and, although they have conceded…

Bristol City v Fulham Betting Tips: Cottagers to resume scoring ways
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Bristol City v Fulham Betting Tips: Cottagers to resume scoring ways

These two Championship sides were hoping for a play-off place at the start of the season but hosts Bristol City are now facing a very different battle near the bottom of the table whilst Fulham are still in with a shout towards the other end. Bristol City currently sit just two points above the relegation zone after falling down the table like a stone following a good start to the season. The Robins have only won one of their last 12 Championship games and even that was against bottom-of-the-table Rotherham United. Lee Johnson’s side are certainly better going forward than…

Huddersfield v Reading Betting Tips: John Smith’s to witness a high-scoring encounter
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Huddersfield v Reading Betting Tips: John Smith’s to witness a high-scoring encounter

Huddersfield are doing absolutely spectacularly this season and managed to take Premier League title hopefuls Manchester City to a replay by drawing 0-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium. The Championship top two of Brighton & Hove Albion and Newcastle United look set to stay there but if any team are likely to threaten that, it is the Terriers. Saturday was an odd one for Huddersfield, not just because of the result, but because of the lack of goals. Both teams have scored in Huddersfield’s four games prior to that and there had been at least three match goals in each…

Newcastle v Aston Villa Betting Tips: Hosts to regain winning ways
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Newcastle v Aston Villa Betting Tips: Hosts to regain winning ways

These two Championship sides were in the Premier League last season but only Newcastle are having a good time in the second tier this time around as they sit in the automatic promotion spots whilst Aston Villa are just six points clear of the drop-zone. It will probably be the biggest shock of the Football League season if Newcastle fail to get promoted automatically but so far they are going about their business well and are currently five points above 3rd place. They can go top of the table with a victory over Villa on Monday night. Unsurprisingly for a…

Wigan v Preston Betting Tips: Lilywhites to maintain their winning run
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Wigan v Preston Betting Tips: Lilywhites to maintain their winning run

This Lancashire derby is an important match for both teams but for different reasons as survival hopefuls Wigan Athletic host play-off chasing Preston North End. Wigan had a fantastic result last time out as they managed to beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 to end a run of four matches without a win. Whilst they are still in the relegation zone, they are only two points off safety with 15 matches to go so still stand a good chance of staying up. The Lactics are pretty woeful up front and are the league’s lowest scorers with just 29 goals in 31 games,…

Fulham v Nottingham Forest Betting Tips: Hosts to run riot at Craven Cottage
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Fulham v Nottingham Forest Betting Tips: Hosts to run riot at Craven Cottage

An upwardly mobile Fulham welcome a struggling Nottingham Forest to Craven Cottage on Tuesday night. Having treated their supporters to a dramatic late victory at the weekend, the hosts will be looking to kick-on against opposition who’ve been well off the pace of late. Given the attacking football on show at Fulham this season, coupled with the number of goals they’ve scored, it is perhaps a little bit surprising that they find themselves six points off the play-off places. However, there’s still plenty of football to be played before May and this forward-thinking side can certainly stake a claim for…

Notts County v Exeter Betting Tips: Grecians to bounce back
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Notts County v Exeter Betting Tips: Grecians to bounce back

Relegation-threatened Notts County host promotion-chasing Exeter City in what is a vital match for both clubs on Tuesday night. New Notts County manager Kevin Nolan has revitalised the world’s oldest football club since he took the reins in early January and has led his side to two wins and a draw in his first five matches. This is particularly impressive when you consider that County had lost their last seven in all competitions and had not won since 15th November. Nolan’s side now sit 22nd in the table and have a three-point cushion between themselves and the drop-zone. Defence has…

Rotherham v Huddersfield Betting Tips: Visitors to keep Rotherham’s poor run going
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Rotherham v Huddersfield Betting Tips: Visitors to keep Rotherham’s poor run going

The Championship hosts yet another Yorkshire derby this week as League One-bound Rotherham United host play-off chasers Huddersfield United. Rotherham have had an absolutely terrible season and are firmly rooted to the foot of the table with just 17 points to their name – 14 from safety. They have failed to record back to back positive results (including draws) since 14th September. As you would expect from a team at the bottom of the league, the Millers have been terrible both at the back and up front with 65 goals conceded (the worst in the league) and just 28 scored…

Derby County v Cardiff City Betting Tips: Hosts can come out on top at Pride Park
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Derby County v Cardiff City Betting Tips: Hosts can come out on top at Pride Park

This match sees one team looking to secure a play-off place take on a side who are simply looking to avoid the drop come May. Derby have had a bit of a nightmare recently with just one win in their last five in all competitions and they now sit a rather large five points outside the top six. However, they will be encouraged by their comeback against Bristol City at the weekend as they managed to scrape a draw despite being 3-0 down at half time. Although they have had a bit of a bad time recently with just one…

Norwich v Nottingham Forest Betting Tips: High-scoring encounter to take place at Carrow Road
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Norwich v Nottingham Forest Betting Tips: High-scoring encounter to take place at Carrow Road

Two high-scoring teams with rather leaky defences come head-to-head on Saturday as Norwich City host Nottingham Forest at Carrow Road. After it seemed as though Norwich were about to dispense with the services of manager Alex Neil, the Canaries have been on an excellent run with no defeats in their last four matches, putting them in 7th place and just two points off the play-off spots. Only top-of-the-table Newcastle United have a better attacking record than Norwich this season with Neil’s men scoring an impressive 50 goals in just 30 Championship matches. However, as alluded to earlier, their back-line is…

Derby v Bristol City Betting Tips: Rams to resume winning ways
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Derby v Bristol City Betting Tips: Rams to resume winning ways

These two clubs have reversed their early season form as current play-off hopefuls Derby County host former promotion contenders Bristol City. Derby rested a fair number of players for their FA Cup replay against Leicester City in midweek with this key Championship match in mind. The Rams are currently eighth in the league, but are only three points off the play-offs – very good considering they started so badly. Steve McLaren’s side have very much relied on their defensive resilience to pick up results and currently have the best defensive record in the league with just 22 goals conceded in…

Brighton v Burton Albion Betting Tips: Normal service to be resumed for Seagulls
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Brighton v Burton Albion Betting Tips: Normal service to be resumed for Seagulls

This Championship match sees a battle of two Albions as promotion hopefuls Brighton host relegation candidates Burton Albion. Brighton have been having a relatively bad time of late with no wins in their last three matches in all competitions. However, they do still sit in second and, with five points separating them and Reading, look like they should go up. Solidity had been the Seagulls’ strength throughout this season but it now seems that their defence has wobbled quite a bit with nine goals conceded in their last three games. Their strike force is certainly one of the best in…

Sheffield Wednesday v Birmingham Betting Tips: Goals at both ends anticipated at Hillsborough
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Sheffield Wednesday v Birmingham Betting Tips: Goals at both ends anticipated at Hillsborough

This Championship match sees two teams looking to make the play-offs this season go head-to-head as Sheffield Wednesday host Birmingham City. Sheffield Wednesday are well within the play-off hunt and currently sit in 6th position, two points ahead of 7th placed Norwich City after a run of just one defeat in their last eight Championship matches. Defence has certainly been the strongest string to Wednesday’s bow and they have the fourth best defence in the league having conceded just 28 goals in 29 matches. Additionally, they have kept an impressive 12 clean sheets so far this season – again the…

Wigan v Norwich Betting Tips: Canaries’ winning run to go on
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Wigan v Norwich Betting Tips: Canaries’ winning run to go on

This is a Championship match between two clubs heading in different directions as relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic host play-off-chasing Norwich City. Wigan had been on a good run of three consecutive wins in all competitions before being beaten 4-0 by Manchester United in the FA Cup and they have now lost their only league game since, putting them down in 23rd and a huge six points from safety. Goals have been a massive problem for the Lactics so far this season having registered just 24 times in 28 league matches – the worst in the Championship. Their decent defence which has…

Huddersfield v Leeds Betting Tips: John Smith’s Stadium to witness a high-scoring encounter
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Huddersfield v Leeds Betting Tips: John Smith’s Stadium to witness a high-scoring encounter

This Yorkshire derby between promotion rivals Huddersfield Town and Leeds United is arguably the most tantalising match, not only in the Championship, but in the whole of England on Sunday. These two sides are right in the play-off hunt and sit 4th (Leeds) and 5th (Huddersfield) in the table respectively with a gap of six and eight points between them and 7th place. Both have been in excellent form recently with just one defeat in their last nine league games each, making them the two most in-form sides in the division, each taking 19 points from their last eight league…

Brentford v Brighton Betting Tips: Visitors to bounce back on Sunday
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Brentford v Brighton Betting Tips: Visitors to bounce back on Sunday

This Championship match sees two teams with contrasting recent form go head-to-head as promotion hopefuls Brighton travel to face mid-table Brentford at Griffin Park. Brentford arguably produced one of their best performances of the season on Tuesday night as they recovered from three straight defeats to thrash recently-relegated Aston Villa 3-0. What makes this victory even more impressive is that they managed to do it without striker Scott Hogan, who coincidentally moved to Villa just before the transfer window shut that same night. This means the Bees have jumped up to 13th but the 10 point gap between them and…

Ipswich v Reading Betting Tips: Royals to continue on the up
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Ipswich v Reading Betting Tips: Royals to continue on the up

This Championship match sees two teams heading in opposite directions take each other on as Ipswich play host to Reading at Portman Road. Ipswich are certainly on a slippery slope right now and are without a win in four matches in all competitions, losing three of those. It all started with that embarrassing FA Cup defeat against non-league Lincoln City and since then they’ve spiralled down to 17th in the league and just 10 points ahead of the drop-zone. With 51 points still to play for, safety is nowhere near guaranteed. Mick McCarthy is under increasing pressure from Ipswich fans…

Cardiff v Norwich Betting Tips: Bluebirds can ruffle Canaries’ feathers
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Cardiff v Norwich Betting Tips: Bluebirds can ruffle Canaries’ feathers

Cardiff play host to Norwich at The Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday afternoon in a match where both teams should line up in confident mood having won last time out. Neil Warnock’s Cardiff are a side who, despite losing twice recently, could be making headway in the Championship. While they might not be capable of bridging the ten point gap that separates them and the coveted play-off spots, they can certainly improve on their current standing of 15th. Norwich are also in good form right now having won two on the spin, but both of those came at home and…

Wigan v Sheffield Wednesday Betting Tips: Visitors to get the job done at DW
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Wigan v Sheffield Wednesday Betting Tips: Visitors to get the job done at DW

This Championship match sees relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic host play-off chasing Sheffield Wednesday. Although they are stuck in the relegation zone, Wigan have been in good form in the Championship recently with two wins in their last two. They may have lost 4-0 to Manchester United in the FA Cup at the weekend but it would also be fair to say that the Premier League side were flattered scoreline. Unfortunately though, despite this good form, Wigan are still three points from safety but do at least have a game in hand on 21st place Burton Albion. As I have said in…

Huddersfield v Brighton Betting Tips: Too close to call at John Smith’s Stadium
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Huddersfield v Brighton Betting Tips: Too close to call at John Smith’s Stadium

Thursday’s Championship match is between two sides who’re both in good form and chasing promotion as play-off hopefuls Huddersfield Town host automatic contenders Brighton & Hove Albion. After a blip which put their promotion bid into doubt during November, Huddersfield have turned things around to lose just one of their last 11 in all competitions, winning eight of those. The Terriers are currently 5th in the table and five points clear of the dreaded seventh place and have qualified for the fifth round of the FA Cup after thrashing League One Rochdale 4-0. David Wagner’s side have become masters of…

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