The European season is back on the fore and so is one of the most intense leagues on the continent, the English Football League Championship. Indeed, the matches are happening even more swiftly as the FIFA World Cup beckons in November.
One interesting thing to note in the past five seasons has been a cycle of teams consistently gaining promotion to the Premier League and relegating in the same campaign.
One of such teams has been Fulham. The London-based side has wavered around the EPL and the Championship since 2018. The Cottagers have secured promotion and relegated in the same season twice in a row.
Last season, Silva guided the team to promotion by winning the competition with 90 points. Aleksandar Mitrovic scored a record-breaking 43 goals in 44 appearances.
Two points behind the winners was Bournemouth, managed by former Fulham manager, Scott Parker. The Cherries finished with the best defence in the division.
And for the first time in 23 years, one of the country’s most successful clubs, Nottingham Forest finally gained promotion, defeating Huddersfield in the Playoffs final. Steve Cooper had revived the club after joining in September having lost six of its first seven matches.
On the flip side, Norwich, Watford and Burnley failed to survive in the main division last season.
The Championship is four match-days old, but some emerging patterns can help punters earn money as the season wears on.
Here are four of them:
Under 3.5 Goals In Matches Involving Watford
Watford finished last season in 19th place in the Premier League meaning that they gained promotion and were relegated in the same season.
One of the recurring themes of this football club has been its hire-‘em-fire-em policy. The players are also required to adapt to a new playing style almost every three months.
Owner, Gino Pozzo has made 15 permanent managerial appointments since 2012, including three in 37 days in 2014.
One reason why they failed to survive the drop was their defensive frailties. The Hornets did not keep a clean sheet in 38 matches with only Norwich conceding more goals. The pairing of William Troost-Ekong and Christian Kabasele was horrible.
Rob Edwards, since taking over from Roy Hodgson in June has built a solid defensive foundation. His men have not conceded or scored more than a goal per match in the Championship so far. In essence, they have recorded four under 3.5 goal margins this term.
The English manager is also coping well without the presence of Emmanuel Dennis and Ismaila Sarr.
This bet is a must-have for intelligent punters this season.
Blackburn Rovers Home Win
After a largely disappointing season in the Championship last term culminating in an eighth-place finish, Rovers have made a great start to the new season.
Early days yet, but Jon Dahl Tomasson seems to be turning the tide having taken over from Tony Mobray.
Indeed, things could have panned out a lot differently had his side begun the season on a brilliant note. Instead, they won just four matches in ten and in November lost 7-0 to Fulham.
Tomasson’s men have now won their opening three matches, including two at Ewood Park.
Forward, Ben Brereton might yet prove to be one of the difference-makers in the side having scored two already.
A home win for Blackburn Rovers is a particularly enticing option going forward.
Over 2.5 Goals In Matches Involving Middlesbrough
Things have not improved for the better for Middlesbrough since Chris Wilder was appointed last November.
Wilder’s men are failing to live up to their promotion favourites hype.
The English manager enjoyed a brilliant spell at Sheffield United where he guided them to EPL promotion from League One to the EPL in three seasons.
This season, Boro has not won a game in three. The Stocksbridge-born manager is also struggling with keeping a balanced squad with Chuba Akpom close to leaving.
They have recorded two over 2.5 goals scorelines this season. And with the quality of the team’s attack, this trend will expectedly continue.
Over 1.5 Goals In Matches Involving Norwich
The Canaries, like Fulham, have bounced up and down the Premier League in the last few seasons.
This season, once again, they will be desperate to climb back up. Dean Smith has his work cut out after joining the side in the final weeks of the last campaign. The fans could not hide their disappointment with the manager after losing away to Hull City last weekend.
However, they seem to be moving back on track after getting their first win against Huddersfield on Tuesday night. Yet, their injury woes continue with the team having no fit natural left-back.
Norwich has recorded three over 1.5 goal margins in four matches. Also, knowing how Smith tends to play and with the presence of Teemu Pukki, this option should mostly yield great rewards.