The 2019/20 Championship campaign is set to be one of the most open title chases we’ve had in years.
With several candidates vying to claim the top two automatic promotion places, as Norwich and Sheffield United did last year, fans will be in for a treat.
Playoff races will also be an entertaining venture, with the likes of Leeds United, West Bromwich Albion, and Derby County, all hoping to join the three promoted teams in the Premier League come May.
The relegation battle will be just as thrilling as the top of the league ramifications with teams fighting to avoid the drop to League One.
Whether it’s top or bottom, it’s all there for the taking.
So, buckle up for a rollercoaster ride like no other with our football betting markets and arm yourselves with our 2019/20 Championship season preview ahead of the opening fixtures…
2019/20 Championship Managers
The Championship has seen a whole host of managerial changes ahead of this season’s proceedings.
Many teams are featuring new faces in the dugout, with the aim of starting afresh for this year’s campaign.
So with a lot to take in ahead of the new season, we’ve detailed the new coaches set to lead their teams.
Without further ado…
Much like his predecessor Frank Lampard, Derby’s Cocu is one that impressed as a player and a manager.
His days with PSV Eindhoven alongside Frank De Boer made him a calm and composed captain, and that’s exactly what he’ll bring to the Rams.
It’s very clear how his playing style incorporates into his way of coaching – finding spaces, being patient, and picking teams apart.
A former team-mate had this to say about Cocu:
” He can see the game very quickly and for him, it was easy to find spaces and that is what he is trying to do with his teams”.
With the kind of players at his disposal, Cocu could be the perfect match to fill the void left in Lampard’s absence,
After the controversial sacking of Darren Moore, West Brom have confirmed Slaven Bilic as their manager.
The 50-year-old’s disciplined approach to football will be perfect for the Championship side.
From stringency to rigorous training and a conservative style of play, this should see the Albions concede less and exert their own style more often during games.
Bilic’s presence and strong personality also make him perfect at man-management.
West Brom will need this if they are to return to the Premier League come May.
Last year’s caretaker manager for Fulham has now been promoted to the gaffa role – Scott Parker.
The former Spurs man has been a consistent and emphatic force in the dugout, throughout the many candidates that vied to lead the Cottagers.
But with the understanding, he possesses of the game and his natural leadership qualities, this could be a perfect fit.
The new Stoke City manager comes into this season with a depth of squad and plenty of quality players.
From the likes of Allen and Shawcross to new signings, there is a competitive edge to the team – evident in the recent 2-0 win over Tranmere Rovers.
Going into this year’s playoff hopes, Jones and Stoke will need every single one of their players to be making the most of the tactical formations to ensure that they can build on last season’s progress.
There is no doubt that Jones is the right man to lead Stoke back to the Premier League.
But he faces tough opposition from Leeds and Derby.
2019/20 Championship Transfers
This summer’s transfer activity has also been interesting within the Championship contingent.
While the top teams have been battling each other to claim the best players, more lucrative deals are being made further down the league.
In our 2019/20 Championship season preview, we’ve taken a look at the best news going around.
So, first things first…
Newspapers have had a particular focus on Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds, who are in the running to sign Andrea Petagna for a reported 13 million pounds.
Indeed, Bielsa had this to say about the rumours:
”The aim is to build on last season’s improvements, and there are plenty of ways (including signings) we can do that”
The 24-year-old striker currently plays with SPAL in the Serie A and would be a welcome addition to the team.
Especially considering that Pategna scored 14 goals for them last season, despite residing in the bottom half of the table.
The striker’s technique and work-ethic would make him a perfect fit at Leeds, which would surely please Bielsa.
Meanwhile, Nottingham Forest continues their pursuit on Scott Mckenna.
Sabri Lamouchi is allegedly on the verge of offering another bid for the Aberdeen star who is attracting attention from around the country, especially with his goals.
Indeed, with comparisons being made with a young Virgil Van Dijk, it’s clear why Forest want him so badly.
Mckenna’s ability to read the game and the strength he possesses would put an end to Lamouchi’s defensive struggles.
However, by far the team orchestrating the best business of the window is Sheffield United.
The Blades have all but confirmed the signing of Swansea City striker Oli McBurnie, which will enhance their attack.
With a 20 million-pound price-tag, McBurnie becomes the most expensive Scotsman in the history of the League.
And considering he netted 22 times last season, the expenses will surely prove their worth for Sheffield United.
2019/20 Championship Title Contenders
The thrilling title chase saga that ensued eventually turned into a two-horse race.
But in the end, both Sheffield United and Norwich claimed the two automatic promotion spots with ease.
However, this year, the stakes are much higher.
With the teams in the running possessing even more talent and tactical nous, our 2019/20 Championship season preview expects a more entertaining run-in to play out.
So, we’ve taken a look at the odds of the teams contending in our Championship outright betting markets and what they’ll have to do to claim the top spot theirs…
Leeds To Win Title
Last year’s semi-final defeat to Derby in the playoffs left Bielsa’s men shattered.
Yet with the Argentinian at the helms, the club is expected to mastermind a more successful challenge this season.
The Whites chances of clinching the title are trading at odds of 4/1.
Opting to stay at Elland Road to ‘complete unfinished business’, Bielsa has made some shrewd signings this summer that suggest that Leeds could go one better this year.
The permanent signings of Helder Costa from Wolves and James Harrison will be a confidence booster – one that definitely puts the Whites in pole position to win the title.
Fulham To Win Title
Despite being relegated from the Premier League last season, Fulham are in a good position to bounce straight back.
With Parker in charge and the likes of Aleksandar Mitrovic and Anthony Knockaert leading the attack, there is the hope of an instant return.
Especially considering the amount of money the Cottagers invested into the current squad.
The news signings will need to pay off, especially in defence, if Fulham are to clinch one of the two promotion spots.
And the betting tipsters certainly think so, with the odds priced up at 7/1.
Brentford To Win Title
The last team forecast as title contenders is Brentford.
Indeed, the Bees are operating as the bookie’s favourites after recruiting heavily this summer – especially with the signing of Pontus Jansson.
The former Leeds defender will be a force within Brentford’s back four.
However, it’s key attacking players like Neal Maupay and Said Benrahma that Thomas Frank will have to rely on if they are to trump Fulham and Leeds.
A prognosis that, based on the calibre of their fellow contenders, doesn’t look likely to happen.
The odds about their potential title charge are wagering at 12/1.
2019/20 Championship Play-off Hopefuls
It’s a case to be argued that the play-offs were more exciting than the title race last season.
The drama that ensued between Leeds, Villa, and Derby was unmissable.
Yet it was John Terry’s side that trumped the rival teams to clinch that all-important play-off spot.
Given that there is far more competition at the top of the table this season, our 2019/20 Championship season preview wagers there’ll be even more drama and thrill to take in.
So, take a read of our Championship playoff betting markets and find out about the latest odds and predictions outside of the automatic promotion spots…
Huddersfield to Finish In The Top Six
The Terriers were relegated alongside Cardiff City and Fulham last year.
Yet with an experienced squad boasting the likes of Aaron Mooy and Alex Pritchard, they could find themselves in the playoff hunt, instead of emulating last season’s failings – with the odds registering at 11/5.
What’s more, alongside the experience is promising young talent – chiefly in Karlan Grant.
With a well-balanced squad resting in Jan Siewert’s hands, it’s clear that Huddersfield are well-equipped to be in the playoff running.
Derby To Finish In The Top Six
Beaten in the play-off finals by Villa, the Rams must regroup under Cocu to be in the playoff picture.
Their new boss has identified a way of doing so through Lampard’s tried and tested method: turning academy players into first-team regulars.
From Mason Mount to Harry Wilson, the potential is evident within the squad.
But whether Cocu can utilize that to clinch the last of the promotion places will rely heavily on building on last season’s success bottom-up.
The odds of this playing out are tipped at 11/5.
Stoke To Finish In The Top Six
Potentially the dark horse of the league, Gary Rowett’s Stoke look primed for a title bid.
The former Derby manager has a squad full of experience and talent to manage this year, with players like Allen, Shawcross, Jack Butland and Bruno Martins Indi.
And Rowett hasn’t been shy in the summer transfer window either.
The transfers of Tom Ince, Benik Afobe and James McClean will only enhance the current team, and our 2019/20 Championship season preview expects them to be in the thick of the action.
So much so, that the chances of a top-six finish are tipped at 6/4.
2019/20 Championship Relegation Occupiers
Last season’s Championship relegation battles we’re still pretty interesting, despite the drama that unfolded further up the table.
And new League One recruits added to the mix means that this year could be just as dramatic.
Take a read of our predictions and place your bets in our Championship relegation betting markets ahead of the new season…
Millwall To Be Relegated
The team spearheading the Championship relegation predictions are Millwall, with the odds about their drop wagering as a 15/4 pick.
Having lost the familiar faces of Lee Gregory and Steve Morison up front, attacking contributions will be a struggle, evident in their defeat to Preston earlier in the year.
Neil Harris has completed the signing of striker Matt Smith.
However, there is little to suggest an end to the problems that plagued them last season, which our 2019/20 Championship season preview expects will drag them right back to League One.
Queens Park Rangers To Be Relegated
Just as with Millwall, QPR have lost key playmakers that could be the reason why they sink to League One.
Luke Freeman is amidst the players leaving Loftus Road.
And with very little in the way of replacement, aside from Jordan Hugill, the Hoops are expected to struggle again.
The odds about a return to League One are trading at 3/1.
Birmingham To Be Relegated
Joining QPR and Milwall in the Championship relegation predictions are Birmingham City.
They are more at risk of facing the drop considering the controversial exit of Garry Monk.
And with the likes of Che Adams, former captain Michael Morrison and Diogo Jota joining the gaffer, the Blues haven’t made sufficient signings this summer to provide cover.
If last season’s performances were anything to go by, we definitely see them returning to League One, with the odds tipped at 7/2.
Players To Look Out For In The 2019/20 Premier Championship Season
There was plenty of world-class talent on show in last season’s Championship proceedings.
And with far more competition this year, there’s likely to be more entertainment, skill and drama.
So, in line with our 2019/20 Championship season preview, we’ve taken a look at which players could emerge as the league’s best, and who to watch out for amidst the action…
Leeds supporters are excited about this particular signing, and rightly so.
Indeed, the former Wolves player has proven that he is able to score freely in front of the goal.
Across last season, the Portuguese did so (most recently against Spurs in December) and was a key figure in the club’s promotion-winning campaign.
For the Whites, Costa could play the same role alongside Pablo Hernandez and the other attacking players.
Given the talent he possesses, and the price that Leeds have snapped him up for, this is a coup for Bielsa.
Expect goals, assists, and skills galore.
Another Wolves player who has left Molineux for greener pastures is Ivan Caveleiro.
Just as Costa, any club that snaps him will be in for a treat, and Fulham have done exactly that.
Indeed, the Portuguese winger has experience in the Championship and will fit in comfortably at Leeds.
With the Wanderers, he also ranked third for clear-cut chances and was one of the top dribblers too, so expect to be entertained.
The Serbian was Fulham’s top goalscorer last season, and he’ll be expected to hit the same heights this year.
With 12 goals in 20 appearances, Mitro proved himself in the biggest league in the world.
Despite being relegated, the 24-year-old will prove to be just as deadly in front of goal through sheer power and strength.
The 6ft 5in Barnsley striker was unplayable last season, scoring goals for fun through League One.
He netted 17 times in 31 games, causing havoc in opposition defences with his skill and physicality.
However, it may not be as easy to net in the Championship as it was last year in the non-league.
But with the skill Moore presents during set-pieces, and on the counter, he’ll definitely find himself on the score sheet.
Another striker to look out for in this season’s Championship is Brentford’s Maupay.
The Frenchman was crucial to the club’s promotion-winning campaign last year, netting 25 times to help his side out of League One.
And with the Bees vying to make it into the Premier League this season, they’ll need Maupay operating at peak efficiency.
Expect goals, assists, and entertainment galore.
The Addicks have a star striker in Lyle Taylor that’ll surely turn heads in this year’s Championship campaign.
Charlton Athletic’s forward scored 21 goals last season to ensure that the team were promoted, and our 2019/20 Championship preview see more of the same happening this year.
And if they are to survive this season, Taylor will need to continue scoring.
2019/20 Championship Opening Day Fixtures
|Friday 2nd August||Luton vs Middlesborough||7:45pm||Kenilworth Road|
|Saturday 3rd August||Barnsley vs Fulham||3pm||Oakwell Stadium|
|Saturday 3rd August||Blackburn Rovers vs Charlton Athletic||3pm||Ewood Park|
|Saturday 3rd August||Brentford vs Birmingham City||3pm||Griffin Park|
|Saturday 3rd August||Millwall vs Preston North End||3pm||The Den|
|Saturday 3rd August||Reading vs Sheffield Wednesday||3pm||The Madejski Stadium|
|Saturday 3rd August||Stoke City vs Queens Park Rangers||3pm||Bet365 Stadium|
|Saturday 3rd August||Swansea City vs Hull City||3pm||The Liberty Stadium|
|Saturday 3rd August||Wigan Athletic vs Cardiff City||3pm||DW Stadium|
|Saturday 3rd August||Nottingham Forest vs West Bromwich Albion||5:30pm||The City Ground|
|Sunday 4th August||Bristol City vs Leeds United||4:30pm||Ashton Gate|
|Monday 5th August||Huddersfield Town vs Derby County||7:45pm||The John Smith Stadium|