Introduced as the Football League Championship in the 2004/05 season, the Championship replaced the Football League First Division as the second tier in English football.
It has held the tag of Europe’s fourth most watched league, beating Italy’s Serie A and France’s Ligue 1 in terms of popularity.
Those record attendances turn into record punters taking advantage of the Championship betting odds – mainly because the odds are so attractive.
At the start of every season you can find at least half a dozen clubs capable of winning the title and punters can find Championship odds on all of these teams…
Bolton are worth keeping an eye on in the Championship odds
Clubs to have enjoyed a lengthy stretch in the Premier League and who do not lose too many of their better players once relegated are worthy of consideration in the Championship odds to win promotion.
Bolton look that team in the current campaign, especially with midfield duo Stuart Holden and Lee Chung-Yong back in the first team after missing almost all of the club’s Premier League season injured.
Bolton were not also particularly big spending at any point in the Premier League and so should be better set financially than most of their fellow promotion challengers.
However, competition will be rife, with Blackburn and Wolves also looking for an immediate Premier League return.
Cardiff have been regularly around the play-offs in recent years, Nottingham Forest have new wealthy owners and Leicester have a squad that is among the best in the division.
Attempting to find the team to top the table or gain promotion are not the only Championship betting options available to punters.
With 24 teams in the division, there are 12 matches every game week and approximately 100 betting markets exist for each of these.
These include whether a particular player will score in the 90 minutes, what the result will be at both half time and full time and whether a team can win when giving up a handicap.