The Championship – A Brief Overview
The Npower Championship or the Football League Championship is the league below the Premier League and began in 2004-05 when it was first introduced as the Football League First Division. The League takes place annually between August and May and comprises of 24 teams in total. Each team plays twice against every other team, at home and away. Points are awarded to the teams depending on the result, 3 points for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a loss. The top two teams in the league and the winning team from the Championship play-offs are promoted to compete in the Premier League, the following season. Currently Ipswich Town have been in the league longer than any other team, since 2002-03, for 10 years they have remained in the Championship without being promoted or relegated.
When it comes to betting on the Championship, emotions can run high, and loyalty is the name of the game. There’s no room for glory supporters in the Championship that’s one thing you can be sure of. If you’re serious about betting on the Championship then there are a couple of sites, which don’t pull any punches and offer you the very best odds and markets available.
William Hill – The Best Betting Site for The Championship
William Hill stands out from the crowd when it comes to football betting in general. It has firmly cemented a global reputation over the years as one of the leading Bookies in the world. With a fleet of High Street Chains to it’s name, where you can even go and pick up your winnings once you’ve made a bet, William Hill is really the number one site to bet at during the Championship.
William Hill offer one of the best In-Play betting experiences available and allow you to make bets all the way up to the 90th minute. You’ll be also be able to listen to the live commentary of the games if you can’t get to a TV in time, totally free of charge. Their odds are updated regularly, so make sure you act quickly if you see odds that look promising. When it comes to betting markets, William Hill doesn’t disappoint, offering a huge array of markets, from match markets to goal markets, outright markets to time of goal markets and everything in between. You couldn’t be more spoiled for choice when you’re betting on the Championship. It’s also incredibly easy to navigate through their site and find what you’re looking for.
When you register at the William Hill website you’ll be able to take advantage of their free £25 offer which entitles you to make a bet of up to £25 and if you don’t win, you’ll get your money refunded. This is a great way of enjoying a risk free bet when you open your account.
Bet365 – The Second Best Betting Site for the Championship
If there’s one thing that Bet365 does better than any other site it’s In-Play betting. Unbelievably, 90% of their betting markets offer live, In-Play betting, which is mighty helpful if you’ve missed the chance to go down to the Bookies before the game. Our favourite part of the Bet365 In-Play betting section however is the ability to click a star next to the events you are interested in and they’ll be automatically sent to your favourites area where you can listen to the games live and make bets. If you’re lucky you can even watch some of the games totally free, however this feature is usually reserved for some of the bigger Premier League games. They’ve also got a great selection of some of the most competitive odds around and although they don’t offer nearly as many betting markets as William Hill, it’s always worth cross referencing the odds on these two sites, if you want to see who’s willing to give you the biggest bang for your buck!
When it comes to bonuses, Bet365 doesn’t disappoint, with a 100% match deposit bonus of up to £200 for all punters who sign up. This basically entitles you to a £200 free bet, which takes the sting out of the tail, if you don’t win your bet. The only possible drawback is they do call football, soccer! If you can’t look past this however you’ll be in for a treat.
As you’d imagine, the three teams which are relegated to the Championship from the Premier League are usually the Bookies favourites at the start of the season, however what makes The Championship even more exciting than the Premier League is that nothing is ever guaranteed.