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Leeds United are pretty short priced favourites at 7/2 (Bodog) to go on and win the title. They did show enough last year to entitle them to be favourites this time round and it would be a major shock if they were to end up losing out on promotion again. If they can put concurrently a winning run like they did last season they will win the title. They definitely have a favourite’s chance.

Relegated Leicester are 4/1 (Skybet) to bounce straight back up. They had one of the best defensive records in the Championship last year but still ended up being relegated. This highlights their eakness in front of goal and unless they can sign a proven goalscorer they don’t seem to offer great value at such a short price. We think it might be play-offs at best for the foxes.

Colchester were also relegated from the Championship and they must have a decent chance of going straight back up. They were weak at the back last season, but looked like a team who could score a few goals. If they can shore up the backline both look tremendous value at 20/1 (VCbet). An each/way bet at this price looks more than likely to give a return and is well worth considering.

Newly promoted MK Dons and Peterborough both look a bit too short a price to consider at this level. MK Dons have appointed Roberto Di Matteo as manager and it looks too much of a risk for us at 12/1 (VCbet) to bet on a team with a manger who is unproven.

Peterborough should finish in the top half and could push for the play-offs but they look far too short a price at 9/1 (Bodog) to be considered as title winners.

Carlisle finished fourth last season but a lack of depth in the squad let them down in our opinion. They will be candidates for promotion again and the 6/1 (Skybet) on them gaining promotion looks fair odds. We don’t think they are good enough to win the title though and even the 23/1 (Betfair) doesn’t tempt us.

Huddersfield 18/1 (paddypower) have made a few signings during the close season, mainly players with some Championship xperience. They lacked a bit of backbone last year and will need to show a bit of improvement to get involved in the title race. We
think they will do well this season, but aren’t contenders to lift the title.

Southend 16/1 (Bodog) and Brighton 20/1 (Skybet) look capable of finishing up near the top of the league, but they may find one or two clubs too good for them.

Oldham finished eighth last season and while we don’t envisage them winning the title we think they do have a chance at 8/1 (Bet365) to get promotion.

Northampton could be lively outsiders at a big price. They are 40/1 (Coral) and could be worth taking each/way at that price. Northampton finished ninth last season and we expect them to improve on that showing this season. They drew a third of their Games last season and if they can turn a few more of them into wins this term they could be looking at the top three.

Leeds United look the likely winners but they could be worth taking on by Colchester and Northampton at bigger prices each/way.

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Betting on the Championship Playoffs is extremely popular for fans of clubs in the Championship. The playoffs are a big event every season and always watched closely as to see what team will qualify for the Premiership next season. Bet on the Championship Playoffs is available at all the well known online bookmakers.

Football League Playoffs Overview

The Football League Championship Playoffs are a series of playoff matches between the teams that finish 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th in Coca Cola Football League Championship table, or as it is more commonly known, the Championship League.

The Championship League is the second-highest English football league. The purpose of the playoffs is to determine which one of the clubs will be promoted to the Premier League that is the highest-ranking league in the English football league system.

The Championship League table positions are determined at the end of the season and clubs are ranked according to points gained from matches, then goal aggregate, and finally goals scored. A win scores three points, a draw one point, and losing teams score nothing.

Promotion and Play-offs

The top two teams in the table are promoted to the Premier League that consists of the 20 top English football clubs. The Championship Playoffs then determine which other team also makes it to the higher league.

The semi-finals of the playoffs are played in two legs with 6th placed club playing the 3rd, and the 5th placed club playing the 4th. Each leg is played at one of the teams’ home stadium.

There is no away goals advantage in the semi-finals such as those applied in European competitions. This rule is a way of deciding tied matches in football whenever two teams play twice, once at each teams home ground. The away goals rule is that the team that scored more ‘away’ goals wins if there is a tie after the two legs. The away goals rule was last applied in the playoffs in 1999.

The Championship playoff final is traditionally played at Wembley Stadium although in recent years the match was performed at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff as Wembley was undergoing extensive reconstruction. The first playoff to be played in the new Wembley stadium was in 2007 when Derby County beat West Bromich Albion 1-0.

The finals have always been played either at Wembley or the Millennium Stadium but in the first playoff final in 1987 Charlton Athletic and Leeds United were still even after a two-leg final and a third and final match was played in St. Andrews, Birmingham.

The battle to win the playoffs is hard fought because there is so much at stake. The benefits for the winning team are enormous as Premier League sponsorship and television commercial income is much greater than in the lower leagues. Promotion to the Premier League can bring over £60,000,000 for a club from increased revenues.

Play-off changes

The playoffs underwent changes together with the other major alterations in English football in 1992 and then again in 2004. The playoffs were introduced in 1987 and in those days a top division club would also take part in the playoffs. This was soon stopped, as was the two-leg final that was played every year until 1990.

Ipswich Town can claim to have played in more playoffs than any other club, seven in total. However, they only made the final once in 2000, which they won.

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