After an exciting summer of football in England, the new English Football League season kicks off on August 8th. The Championship, League One, and League Two will all start that weekend, with the Premier League kicking off a week later. In preparation, we’ve taken a look at the best EFL Championship betting odds to find the best value bets for you.
You can expect to see the usual suspects up the top end of the Championship again this season. Fulham and West Brom are down as the two favorites for good reason. They are both well-placed to make an immediate return to the Premier League as champions and can be found at EFL cup betting odds of 7.00 each with PaddyPower.
Of the other teams here, Bournemouth can be found at odds of 12.00 with Unibet. They could be strong under Scott Parker and have plenty of cash to match their ambition. Their first season back ended in a play-off heartache and they will want to avoid that route again where possible.
The other horse in the race is Sheffield United. They were also relegated from the league last season but you do wonder whether or not they can bounce back without Chris Wilder. The decision to let him go last season still leaves a bit of a sour taste and an immediate return seems difficult despite some real quality in the squad.
All of the teams mentioned in the title race are all backed heavily for promotion. The best English Football League betting odds you will find for this area are Bournemouth at 4.00 with Betfair. A good outside shout here could be Cardiff. Mick McCarthy knows how to guide a team out of this division and they will be tough to break. They can be found at odds of 6.50 with William Hill Casino and Sportsbook. The Bluebirds have made the playoffs in recent years and have experienced promotion to the Premier League in the past. Their South Wales rivals, Swansea, can be found at a similar price but after an odd summer which has seen their manager leave, we don’t see much value in this.
One thing is for sure – there is plenty of quality in the English Football League Championship this season. The race for top scorer in this league is going to be a hotly contested one, with several big names and some emerging ones all competing.
The two EFL cup betting favorites are Aleksander Mitrovic and Adam Armstrong, with both being available as high as 9.00 when betting at BetVictor. These are obvious candidates and Mitrovic, in particular, will want to put a disappointing spell in the Premiership behind him.
Past these, players like Kieffer Moore and Karlan Grant are interesting propositions and they can both be found at around 17.00 with various bookmakers. An outside shout could be Moore’s new striker partner at Cardiff, James Collins. Collins has been a natural goal scorer most of his career and will be looking to prove himself at a bigger club this campaign. He is a serious outsider at 34.00 though.
Rhian Brewster, like Mitrovic, will want to make up for a very poor campaign last season. He was a total flop at Sheffield United in the Prem but will want to justify his hefty price tag and help them return to the promised land this season. Charlie Austin could also recapture some of his glory days at QPR after a disappointing couple of seasons away from London. Both of these can be found at around 19.00.
The promotion odds are full of teams who were relegated into the Championship this season. The relegation odds, on the other hand, are dominated by teams who came up into the division. Blackpool are favorites for the drop and can be found at 4.00. It’s tricky to imagine them not getting into a relegation scrap this season. While they showed spirit last year, the Championship feels like a big jump for them this year.
Huddersfield are the team a lot of people are backing for the drop, with the bookies pricing them around the 5.00 odds mark. They have struggled in recent years, and a battle down the wrong half of the English Football League Championship table feels inevitable. Now that their parachute payments have run dry, this could be the year they could go through the trap-door.
As far as outsiders go, Bristol City and Preston could both struggle this season. The Robins stayed up last year on the basis of a good start, but a lack of momentum from the end of last season could really sting them. Nigel Pearson is a good manager at this level though and it will be interesting to see whether or not he can steady the ship. They are valued at 6.00. Preston can be found at the same price. They finished last season strong with Frankie McAvoy, but his credentials at this level are unproven and they could slip into a scrap if they’re not careful.
A bit of wild speculation never hurt anyone! Looking at the English Football League Championship betting odds, there are some good dark horses you could look at. Birmingham City, for example, has signed very well this summer and could be serious dark horses for a run at the top half, or even the play offs. You can get them at 8.00 with BoyleSport to make the playoffs and 2.60 with Betfred to make the top-half. Another outlandish shout could be Barnsley going down. The Tykes got into the play-offs last season but many saw this as a one-off. If it was, and they revert back to their usual position in the league, then 10.00 on them with SkyBet going down could be worth a look.
All EFL Championship betting odds were correct at time of writing - July 30th.