It has become one of the richest and most successful leagues in Europe, and despite the appalling failure of the national team to do themselves justice in the World Cup, English Championship betting, like the competition itself, promises to be incredibly rewarding.
There is money in the second tier of the English national championships. Big money.
While the top flight is the plaything of billionaire owners, English championship football is not always ruled by those with the biggest bank balance.
Therein lies its wonder, and its appeal, not least of to those who love the history of the competition, and the fact the fact predictions do not always come to fruition. Provincial clubs can upset the odds and regularly find themselves at the top of the standings come the end of the season.
English championship soccer flourishes despite the many millions of pounds made in parachute payments to those clubs who could not stem the flood of wrong results in the Premier League and were relegated.
Hull City, with new manager Nigel Pearson in place, will be tough to beat; they can be a power in English championship football as they proved under former manager Phil Brown who took them up, and kept them in the Premier League.
And Burnley, with the right manager in place, should be worth a bet for an immediate return to the land of milk and honey.
Then what of Portsmouth? The English championship may not be home for long unless their financial slide can be halted and bets on them making an immediate return appear optimistic. Any number of well-known UK clubs, such as Nottingham Forest, Leeds United and Norwich have shown, to their cost, the pain may not be ended after one season.
The tables will fluctuate throughout the course of the campaign, but once momentum is established, clubs such as Middlesbrough, Cardiff, Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United will find themselves in the upper reaches of the English championship’s pecking order.
They have the supporter base, the stadia and the infrastructure to make sure they feature highly on the highlights reel.
The English championship’s appeal lies in clubs from the sticks taking on the city powers and winning. Only an outrageously bold predictor would have taken even a free bet on Ipswich’s rise of a few years ago, likewise Burnley last year, and the odds on English championship league betting this season should not be restricted to the clubs with the largest population base.
Swansea achieved promotion to the English championship the season before last. With a superb Liberty Stadium, and a canny manager in place, who is to say they cannot make the most of their location by getting the results they need to be a force in the championship table and a leading runner in English championship betting?
As one online bookmaker reflected recently: “UK football fans are spoiled for choice, and no more so than when it comes to English championship betting.
“The clubs coming up from League 1 and those who fell down the standings in the Premier League are thrown together in a fascinating melting pot.
“There are any number of free bets available from your online bookmakers and internet customers know all bets are on.
“English championship soccer is incredibly competitive, results are uncertain and it really is a wide open league where the tables change on a regular basis.”
The north west and London have traditionally been the powers of the top flight game, but those looking for best value from English championship league betting can cast their net far and wide when looking for value.
As the online bookmaker observed: “Newcastle United’s results prove they were the runaway winners last year, but I cannot see one team dominating English championship betting so strongly this season.
“The teams that came down, and those which came up, are much of an equal quality and it’s important to research your selection before staking your bet.
“People will bet on their favourites of course, but the joy of English championship betting is it takes a while for teams to find their form. It promises to be a fascinating season and English championship league betting will reflect that throughout the campaign.”