The Championship Tips & Previews


The Championship


The English Football League Championship is the second highest football league in England behind the Premier League. Known simply as ‘The Championship’ the competition is currently known as the Sky Bet Championship for sponsorship reasons.

The top two teams in the Championship are promoted to the Premier League, with the four teams finishing third to sixth competing in the Championship play-offs to be the third promoted team. The bottom three teams are relegated to League One.

The competition began as ‘Division Two’ in 1892 and ran for 100 years before becoming known as the Football League First Division. The Championship has been the current guise since the 2004–05 season.

The Championship is the wealthiest non-top flight football division in the world and seventh richest in Europe. An average match attendance of 20,130 in 2016–17 was second behind the 2. Bundesliga as the most watched non-top flight league in the world.

The Championship runs from August to May and features 24 teams that play each other home and away for a total of 46 games.

Ipswich Town have been in the Championship longer than any other team, ever present since they were relegated from the Premier League in the 2000-01 season.

Barnsley have the unenviable record of spending more seasons in the Championship than any other team. The Tykes became the first club to achieve 1000 wins in 2011 and are the first club to play 3000 games in England’s second division.

Recent Championship winners, runners-up and play-off finalists


Season
Champions
Runners-up
Play-off winner
2017-18Wolverhampton WanderersCardiff City
2016-17Newcastle UnitedBrighton & Hove AlbionHuddersfield
2015-16BurnleyMiddlesbroughHull City
2014-15BournemouthWatfordNorwich City
2013-14Leicester CityBurnleyQueens Park Rangers
2012-13Cardiff CityHull CityCrystal Palace
2011-12ReadingSouthamptonWest Ham United
2010-11Queens Park RangersNorwich CitySwansea City
2009-10Newcastle UnitedWest Bromwich AlbionBlackpool
2008-09Wolverhampton WanderersBirmingham CityBurnley

Here at FreeTips we provide regular Championship football tips which include our Best Bet, Both Teams to Score tips, Championship accumulator tips and Championship outright tips.

Our mission at FreeTips is to provide you with expertly researched Championship football tips that you can use to build your bankroll.

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