The Sky Bet Championship
- named after the sponsors of the competition since 2013. Is the highest division of the English Football League, second only in England to the Premier League.
In its current format it consists of 24 teams who play each other home and away over a season competing for prize money, to earn promotion to the Premier League, or relegation to the division below, League One.
The bottom three sides at the end of the season suffer relegation, whilst the top two earn automatic promotion. The teams that finish in third to sixth places qualify for the play-offs. Those ending fourth and fifth, face each other home and away. The winner of those ties then face each other in a “winner-take all” game at Wembley, often described as the “richest game in football” because of the lucrative prize of playing in the Premier League that awaits the winner.
Why is championship predictions so popular in England?
The Championship is actually the wealthiest non-top football division in the world, and ranks seventh in richest leagues of Europe. This naturally makes it an ideal opportunity for betting, with millions bet on it each week.
There are numerous reasons why championship predictions
are so popular in England, and indeed beyond – this includes the fact that there no teams clearly better than the others, which means that they are closely valued, and you can get good odds as a consequence. Also, not only is it the second league in England, but it has the most teams of any of the comparable leagues in Europe, and four more than in the Premier League. This means there are eight more matches in the regular season to bet, or thirteen if the play-offs count.
Previews for championship predictions 2018 19
Having established the basics, what type of championship predictions can be made? One of the obvious bets is on the outcome of the season. For example, championship predictions for 2018 19, might include a bet on teams promoted or relegated. Top tipsters, when making their championship predictions 2018 19
, will use a number of factors when choosing who to bet on - who has the biggest budget, who has done best in the transfer window, and which teams have a manager with proven success in achieving promotion or avoiding relegation?
Championship predictions in England
can be both long-term and short-term. Long-term Sky Bet Championship predictions
typically focus on final league positions, promotion, relegation and play-off issues. This is obvious, but the wise gambler may want to lay-off some of the uncertainty in their bet by waiting some months into the season and seeing how teams are progressing before staking any money.
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However, many people prefer the excitement and immediacy of short-term betting on forthcoming matches. For those players there are a number of options available. As with any championship betting tips
, the novice to sports betting should understand what each of the options on offer represent.
- Full-time Score: This is simply a bet on the final outcome of the match. There can be only one of three possible outcomes – home win, draw, or away win.
- Championship Correct Score: This is a variant on the above, because not only are you betting on the final outcome of a match, but also trying to predict the correct score between the team teams. For example, you might bet on Leeds to beat Bolton 2 – 0. If Leeds then wins 2 – 1, even though you have successfully predicted a home win, your bet still loses because you did not guess the score correctly. This type of bet has higher odds, and offers, consequentially, a higher pay-out, than final score predictions.
- Over 2.5 goals: This type of bet is a variation on one of the most popular types in all types of sports betting, where it is given the generic name “overs and unders”. Whilst the terminology may seem confusing, it is simply a bet that the number of goals in match exceed three. It should be borne in mind that research has indicated that the number of goals in matches played in top-flight football averages around 2.48 goals a game, so, very marginally, this bet is against the statistical odds.
There are a number of other possibilities available for those who want to make England Championship Predictions
. These include full-time, half-time and double chance, as well as number of corners in a match.
When is better to make your sky bet championship predictions?
More experienced players might also want to combine several bets into an accumulator. Pay-outs are higher, but so is the chance that one leg of a bet might fail.
Other Championship betting tips
to bear in mind include factors such whether teams are playing at home or are strong on the road, whether they are affected by injury or suspensions to key players, or what the weather conditions are likely to be. A team that relies on a short passing game may find difficulties to impose themselves when it's raining.
The importance of the game itself can also be important when making championship predictions
. Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United may both be playing second tier football, but their two derby matches are still some of the most hotly contested to be found anywhere in England. Towards the end of the season, a team in relegation danger may rouse themselves to strive harder than opponents.
There many ways to bet on Championship predictions in England but the advice to anybody is to do research first. On the teams involved, and their relative strengths and weaknesses. That will not only give you greater insights, but also increase the likelihood of your Sky Bet Championship predictions