Championship Playoffs: Who will win a place in the Premier League?
Championship Playoffs Betting Odds
The Championship play-off final is billed as the most lucrative game in football, with the club that wins promotion benefitting to the tune of a minimum of £170 million.
From a football betting perspective, the Championship play-offs are also hugely popular among punters, so let’s take a look at the current contenders and betting.
Runners & Riders
- 3rd place – Fulham / 88pts
- 4th place – Aston Villa / 83pts
- 5th place – Middlesbrough / 76pts
- 6th place – Derby County / 75pts
The Championship play-offs get underway on Friday evening as Derby County welcome Fulham to Pride Park for their semi-final 1st leg tie. The opening game in the second semi-final between Middlesbrough and Aston Villa kicks-off at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday evening.
Fulham are Championship promotion favourites with the online bookies, with best odds of 7/4 at Betway. You can get Aston Villa at a best price of 3/1 with Black Type bookmakers and Middlesbrough can be also backed at a best price of 3/1 with William Hill while Derby County are the outsiders at 5/1 with BetFred.
Villa can count on a wealth of experience, much of it from the top-flight, so certainly shouldn’t be fazed by the pressure of the play-offs. Middlesbrough ended their campaign with just two defeats in their last 14 games and are looking to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
The Rams finished the last few games of the season well enough, but they only won six league matches in total in 2018, so it’s difficult to see them reversing that form at this stage.
After a 23-match unbeaten run in the league, the Cottagers went down to a 3-1 defeat at Birmingham City on the last day of the season when, with Cardiff City being held to a goalless draw at home to Reading, victory would have secured them automatic promotion.
Is that a sign that Fulham will struggle to cope when the pressure is on in the play-offs? Perhaps, but they remain the form team and play the best football of the four play-off contenders and so are worthy favourites in the Championship promotion betting as a consequence.