EFL Championship Betting Tips

The EFL Championship is the English League’s second tier and boasts some of the highest club football attendance figures in the world, beaten only by the Premier League and German Bundesliga. It is also considered one of the most competitive leagues around with any of the 24 sides capable of beating another on a given matchday. There are plenty of twists and turns in the 46 game regular season, with many of the sides holding a realistic chance of promotion to the Premier League.

Here we give you our betting tips on every match from each round of games to guide you through the season, as well as pointers on who to follow in the outright markets. Previews will be available in the days before games are played.

EFL Championship Matches – 9th & 10th November 2018

Date Time Channel Match Tip
09/11/2018 19:45 Sky Sports Sheff Utd v Sheff Wed Sheff Utd to Win -1
10/11/2018 15:00 N/A Birmingham v Hull Birmingham Win
10/11/2018 15:00 N/A Blackburn v Rotherham Blackburn Win
10/11/2018 15:00 N/A Bolton v Swansea Swansea Win
10/11/2018 15:00 N/A Bristol City v Preston Draw
10/11/2018 15:00 N/A Derby v Aston Villa Derby Win
10/11/2018 15:00 N/A Middlesbrough v Wigan Middlesbrough to Win -1
10/11/2018 15:00 N/A Norwich v Millwall Norwich to Win -2
10/11/2018 15:00 N/A Nottingham Forest v Stoke Draw
10/11/2018 15:00 N/A QPR v Brentford Both Teams to Score
10/11/2018 15:00 N/A Reading v Ipswich Reading Win
10/11/2018 17:30 Sky Sports West Brom v Leeds Leeds Win

Leeds United moved back to the summit of the EFL Championship with a win on Sunday. Marcelo Bielsa’s Whites came from behind to beat Wigan Athletic 2-1 at the DW Stadium. It was a deserved win and with the Latics previously holding the best home record in the division, a real statement of intent by the West Yorkshire side. Meanwhile, Norwich City won yet again to move level on points with Leeds at the top of the division.

At the other end of the table, Ipswich were held to a 1-1 home draw by Preston North End in Paul Lambert’s first game in charge of the Tractor Boys, with Ipswich now five points from safety. What will unfold in another action-packed weekend of football in the Championship, starting with a huge derby on Friday night?

Sheffield Derby to go United’s Way

Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United go up against Jos Luhukay’s Sheffield Wednesday on Friday night in a big Steel City derby. The Blades, who currently lie third, are the strong favourites at Bramall Lane but, this being a derby, the match might not go exactly how form would suggest.

After back-to-back defeats at the start of the season, Sheffield Utd have turned their fortunes around. Three points against their fierce rivals on Friday will take Wilder’s side back to the top of the Championship table before the others play on Saturday.

Wednesday have been in dreadful form of late, losing each of their last four. The Owls warmed up for this derby by losing 4-0 at home to Norwich City last weekend. Luhukay’s side have slipped down to 17th and are in desperate need of a result.

With United in such fine fettle at the moment, we can see them winning this Sheffield derby with ease. Pretty much everything favours the home side, so back them to win -1 at 11/8.

Rams to Win Again

Derby County Pride Park

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Frank Lampard’s Derby County have been on a superb unbeaten run of late, winning three and drawing three of their last six Championship matches. After beating Birmingham City 3-1 last weekend, County will be looking for all three points against Dean Smith’s Aston Villa this Saturday.

Derby are starting to play some excellent stuff under Lampard, with 10 points from the last 12 on offer lifting them up to fifth, just two points off the top. Villa, meanwhile, have won two and lost two under Smith so far and don’t yet look the finished article.

This promises to be a cracking matchup at Pride Park, and we’re backing the Rams to edge it on home soil. The Derby win is available at evens and that’s good value given Villa’s woeful record on their travels.

Leeds to Win at The Hawthorns

Leeds moved back to the top with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Wigan last weekend. This Saturday night, the leaders make the trip to The Hawthorns to play Darren Moore’s West Bromwich Albion, who are without a win in four.

Leeds have looked very strong under Bielsa up until now, winning half of their 16 Championship games. No side in the second tier have lost fewer times than United so far, with Leeds falling to just two league defeats all season. Since losing at Blackburn Rovers last month, the Whites have picked up seven points from their last three games. They now have most of their key attacking players back from injury and so it has been no surprise to see their results improve.

In contrast, things have gone horribly wrong for West Brom lately, with the Baggies losing three of their last four in the Championship. Albion, title favourites not that long ago, have slipped down to seventh, five points behind leaders Leeds.

West Brom will be desperate for a win on Saturday, but we can see Leeds keeping up their fine run by claiming all three points in the Midlands. Bielsa’s boys have the best away record in the Championship, so put some money on the away team to prevail at very nice odds of 6/4.

Elsewhere in the Championship

Norwich briefly went to the top of the league last weekend after sealing an emphatic 4-0 win at Hillsborough. After a sluggish start to their campaign, City have now won eight of their last 10 league matches and are beginning to look like genuine promotion contenders. This Saturday, the Canaries host Millwall, who have the joint worst away record in the league. This could be a stroll in the park for Norwich, and we fancy the hosts to win -2 at 13/2.

Also on Saturday, west London rivals Queens Park Rangers and Brentford meet at Loftus Road. QPR have shown a vast improvement in recent months while the Bees picked up their first win under Thomas Frank last weekend, beating Millwall 2-0 at Griffin Park. This could be a close London derby, and we fancy both teams to score (8/13) in this clash.

  • Birmingham v Hull - Garry Monk’s Birmingham will be looking to return to winning ways after losing for the first time in 12 games last weekend. Hull City have won their last two, but we can see the Blues taking all three points from this one. The home win is priced at 17/20.
  • Blackburn v Rotherham - Tony Mowbray’s Blackburn and Paul Warne’s Rotherham United, who were both playing EFL League One football last term, meet at Ewood Park on Saturday. Rovers are in decent form and are sitting pretty in eighth in the table, so back the hosts to prevail (4/6) in this one.
  • Bolton v Swansea - After letting a lead slip to lose at Rotherham last time out, Graham Potter’s Swansea City will be after all three points from their trip to Bolton Wanderers this Saturday. The Swans should be too strong for the struggling Trotters, so have a punt on the Welsh side to leave the University of Bolton Stadium with a win (evens).
  • Bristol City v Preston - Lee Johnson’s Bristol City and Alex Neil’s Preston North End meet at Ashton Gate this weekend. Preston are unbeaten in their last six Championship matches, with four of those ending all square. North End could hold City to a draw (23/10) in this one.
  • Middlesbrough v Wigan - Middlesbrough have failed to win any of their last four home league games, with three of those ending in draws. Wigan, meanwhile, have lost each of their last six away matches in the Championship. Back Boro to win -1 at 15/8, good value against such poor travellers who are also in bad form overall right now.
  • Nottingham Forest v Stoke - Nottingham Forest will be looking for their second consecutive home win in a week when they host Stoke City on Saturday. After a poor start, though, the Potters are starting to show signs of life. Forest have drawn 50% of their league matches so far, and we can see this one ending level (12/5) at the City Ground.
  • Reading v Ipswich - Ipswich have picked up just one league win all season while Reading sit five points ahead of the Tractor Boys in the table. This weekend, the pair square off in a huge game at the Madejski Stadium. The Royals have won their last two at home, and the hosts are available at 23/20 make it three and seal all three points on Saturday.