The English Championship represents the second tier in English football but there’s nothing second rate about the quality of this division. Many of the clubs involved have previously played at the top level and the quest to get back into the Premier League provides competitive and thrilling action on the pitch. To catch some of that live play, keep it tuned to Unibet TV for streaming of all the top games in the Championship. In the meantime, why not check out our sportsbook for an extensive range of betting markets right through the season.
History and Format
There has been a second tier of English football in place since 1892 but, as the Premier League formed 100 years later, the landscape changed. A series of rebranding followed until the English Championship was established in 2004 and it’s likely that the name will be in place for some considerable time moving forward.
Interestingly, the league uses the old First Division trophy and it’s nice to see that important piece of history being maintained.
In the present day, 24 teams are accommodated in the Championship and, during the regular season, they play each other twice on a home and away basis. At the end of that sequence, the top two sides will earn automatic promotion to the Premier League. Meanwhile, the three teams at the bottom of the table will be relegated to League One which is the third tier.
We’re not quite finished with the campaign as the teams placed between third and sixth will now progress to the Championship playoffs. A series of two-legged semi finals kicks things off with the winners facing each other in the final at the historic Wembley Stadium. The Championship playoff final is known as the richest game in English football as there is so much at stake for both teams.
Whether it’s a title decider, a relegation scrap or the playoff final itself, Unibet TV has the best in live coverage where our customers can follow every kick. Along with the live stream, a host of live betting markets is also up for consideration.
Teams to Watch
Outright betting markets will provide some indication as to which sides are most likely to progress out of the Championship and into the Premier League. It’s a good starting point but, like all markets, it helps to do your own research. Are there any trends showing that clubs who are relegated from the Premier League have a tendency to ‘bounce back’ and get promoted at the first time of asking?
Does that research suggest that sides with experience of playing at the higher level will have a greater chance of progressing as opposed to a club that has yet to make it into the Premier League? Both of those questions are worth addressing for the outright title and promotion betting while match markets can also be influenced by those factors.
Betting on and Watching the English Championship
We’ve covered outright betting on the English Championship in some detail but what about those match markets? Obviously there is the option to take in the moneyline bet which involves staking on a win for one of the two sides or the draw. Handicap betting can also be employed to give a notional head start to either side and to subsequently tweak those odds.
Any major football match can also offer potential for a host of side markets and those in the Championship are no exception. In fact, there could be hundreds of props available including Both Teams to Score, Total Goals and First Goalscorer. Remember that Unibet also publish a comprehensive set of in play bets for those who like to cross into the live area of our platform.
In terms of accessing Unibet TV, it’s really very easy. You will need to be a Unibet customer and you should either have funds in your account or you must have placed a cash bet within 24 hours of your intended event.
The service can be picked up by any connected device so you can take in the action on mobile, or you can watch via laptop / desktop. It’s flexible and ready to go with all the top English Championship matches included in the package.