Championship Betting Markets
Betting on football is more advanced than ever before. Today, the best UK bookies deploy state-of-the-art in-play betting technology that fluctuates the odds with every kick of the ball, meaning that football betting is no longer simply about picking the winner of any given match. Whether you fancy a recently-relegated team to bounce straight back into the Premier League, or you have a feeling a rising star will whip a free-kick into the top corner this weekend, there are countless ways you can place a bet on the Championship. So let’s take a look at some of the most popular betting markets available.
Match betting is the most familiar way to bet on football. Simply place your bet before kick-off and receive any successful winnings when the match is over. It is important to note that not all bookies take extra time and penalties into account when it comes to the final result, so remember to check exactly how your wager works before placing it.
This is all about picking a team to win a particular match. Sounds simple enough, though this is never straightforward in the Championship. If you’re struggling with whom to put your money on, you can always hedge your bets by betting against your team – it can often be a win-win!
Both Teams to Score
Not sure which side has the edge? You can bet on both teams to find the back of the net. This is always a handy option when you’re struggling to pick a winner but know both sides have goals in them. One thing that’s certain in the Championship is goals.
Result and Both Teams to Score
Sometimes you just have a hunch. If you’re feeling confident, you can bet on both teams to score and one to get the result. Winning on two separate bets is more difficult, but the payout is greater if it comes in.
Over/Under bets represent a slightly more nuanced variation on the Both Teams to Score option. Here, you’ll be wagering on how many goals will be scored in total in the match, or how many goals will be scored by one team. The Over/Under figure is often given in values of 0.5. For example, a particular fixture having over 2.5 goals in the match, i.e. 3+ goals.
Double Chance bets spread your bet across all the possible match outcomes: the home team winning or drawing, the away team winning or drawing, or either the home or away team winning (in this last instance, you’ll lose your bet if the result is a draw). Double Chance bets are particularly appealing when you fancy backing the underdog, given that they’ll only need to nick a draw for your bet to come through.
As a way of improving the odds on seemingly certain outcomes, bookmakers sometimes make handicap bets available when there is a clear disparity in the quality of the two sides facing each other. As the results are extremely unpredictable, handicaps are quite rare to see in the Championship, but they can be used to make a bet more attractive. For example, if a promotion favourite is playing at home to a newly-promoted side, enhanced odds may be offered for the underdog.
Betting on the Championship can be more expansive than sticking wagers on individual matches. Outright Betting involves picking an outcome at the end of the season, whether that’s the team who wins the league, those who make the playoffs, those relegated, or even the player to finish as top scorer. These bets can be the most exciting, gathering momentum throughout the course of the season. A goal in the last minute on the final day can make all the difference!