The Football Championship is England’s second-tier football competition- a division lower than the English Premier League.
It is regarded as one of the toughest leagues to compete in due to its intense nature. 23 teams compete for promotion to the top flight division every season. However, only three teams can secure promotion.
The top two teams advance automatically while the sides that finish third to sixth are drawn to play in the playoffs. The winner joins the other teams in the EPL.
Norwich and Watford made the step up as the first and second teams respectively. Brentford secured promotion for the first time in their 74-year history. In the same vein, Sheffield, West Brom and Fulham have been relegated from the Premier League.
Betting in the Championship can be tricky and sometimes unpredictable. Yet, it can be a very rewarding market for punters if properly analysed.
Here are four brilliant bet options which smart bettors can take advantage of in the Championship.
Over 2.5 Goals In Matches Involving Bournemouth
The Cherries competed in the Premier League as recently as two seasons ago before they were relegated to the Championship.
They played some eye-pleasing football under manager, Eddie Howe. However, they lacked the pragmatism required in succeeding in the top division.
The Dorset-based club also came close to gaining promotion under Jonathan Woodgate last season. They finished in sixth place but lost 3-2 to Brentford in the Playoffs.
Bournemouth has now appointed former Fulham manager, Scott Parker to guide the team for the new season.
In the first two matches of the campaign, Parker’s men have been expressive offensively. However, they have been terrible in defence, conceding ten shots on target and three goals. The pair of Llyod Kelly and Zono Rossi have been vulnerable as centre backs.
Last season, 22 of their 46 matches recorded over 2.5 goals. So far, this season, both matches involving Bournemouth have finished with at least three goals scored.
Halftime Win In Matches Involving Fulham
The Cottagers will be desperate to bounce back to the Premier League at the end of the season after a disappointing last season.
Marco Silva has joined the club in place of Parker who left by mutual consent. Silva’s men are momentarily at the top of the table after three matches. They have won two and drawn one, including yesterday’s win against Millwall.
Having coached teams like Everton and Wolves, Silva has favoured a free-flowing attacking football. His teams tend to retain possession as much as possible while trying to pick out spaces in the opponent’s defence.
Aleksandar Mitrovic is back in the starting XI by the Portuguese after he struggled for game time last season. He alongside Fabio Carvalho has been the catalyst to Fulham’s success so far, scoring a combined five goals.
Silva’s men tend to hit the ground running as early as the whistle goes. They have scored three goals in the first ten minutes of the first half in two of their first three matches.
The London club has won at half-time in all three matches this season.
This option looks sure to deliver sweet rewards for punters.
Over 6.5 Corners In Games Involving Swansea
The Welsh side has had an underwhelming start to the Championship this season, losing two and drawing one of their three opening matches.
The Swans came close to getting promotion last season but lost out in the finals 2-0 to Brentford.
Swansea’s style of building the attack from the back is responsible for some of the goals they have conceded. They have possessed the ball more than their opponents. However, the struggle has been scoring and defending under new manager Martin Russel.
Their possession-based football has been responsible for the number of corners they win.
So far, over 9.5 corners have played out in matches involving Swansea. However, to be safe, an over 6.5 corner bet will look to deliver great rewards for punters.
Over 1.5 Goals In Matches Involving Derby County
SinceDerby County qualified for the playoffs under Frank three seasons ago, they have lost their way.
They finished last season in 21st position and only managed to stay up. The Rams have permanently employed Manchester United legend, Wayne Rooney as manager. However, they have continued just about where they stopped last season.
Rooney’s men have drawn one and lost one in their two opening matches. Yet, the manner of the losses has been agonising.
Last weekend, they seemed to be running away with the maximum points against Peterborough. However, they conceded two goals in stoppage time to lose all three points.
They were pegged back in the first match against Huddersfield in the last quarter of the second half.
Both matches played this season have recorded at least two goals. Owing to Derby County’s lack of concentration in matches, it is a rewarding option for punters to stake on over 1.5 goals in their subsequent matches.