England Championship 2021-22 predictions: season preview
Norwich City won the 2020-21 Championship title as they got promoted to the EPL.
Championship football predictions are given this season for the matches of 24 teams playing in the 2021-22 season. The team with the most points wins the league title.
Championship teams that finish in the top two are automatically promoted to the English Premier League. Teams that finish in third, fourth, fifth and sixth place compete in a Championship play-offs to decide the third team to be promoted to the EPL.
The winner of the semi-finals qualifies for the play-offs final which takes place at Wembley. The final is a one-legged tie that sees the winner being promoted to the Premier League.
The bottom three clubs are automatically relegated to the EFL League One.
On Takebet Zimbabwe, you will find free England Championship tips for betting on the winner of the league, on the teams to be promoted to the Premier League, on the top scorer and other outrights. Also, our experts offer EFL Championship game predictions through the season.
Full list of the teams participating in the 2021-22 EFL Championship:
- Blackburn Rovers
- West Bromwich Albion
- Queens Park Rangers
- Stoke City
- Nottingham Forest
- Coventry City
- Huddersfield Town
- Luton Town
- Sheffield United
- Preston North End
- Swansea City
- Birmingham City
- Bristol City
- Hull City
- Cardiff City
- Peterborough United
- Derby County
Bournemouth finished sixth during the 2020-21 Championship season as they qualified for the play-offs in their first season back to the league. The Cherries had 77 points after winning 22 games, drawing 11 and losing 13 matches. Bournemouth scored 73 goals and conceded 46, with a goal difference of +27.
In the play-offs, Bournemouth got a 1-0 win over Brentford in the first leg, but suffered a 1-3 defeat in the second leg as Brentford won the semi-finals on aggregate. Bournemouth also reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup: they got a 4-1 victory over Oldham Athletic in the third round before getting a 2-1 win over Crawley Town in the fourth.
The Cherries got a 2-0 victory over Burnley in the fifth round as they qualified for the quarter-finals, but suffered a 0-3 loss to Southampton at that stage. Bournemouth were also knocked out of the EFL Cup by Manchester City in the third round.
The Cherries signed Emiliano Marcondes, Orjan Nyland and Gary Cahill on a free transfer. Ryan Christie joined on a fee of about $7m as Jamal Lowe also signed for about $2m.
Dominic Solanke was one of the best young players in the country during his youth dates at Chelsea. The England international joined Liverpool from Chelsea on a free transfer in 2017 before signing for Bournemouth in 2019. Solanke scored 15 goals in the Championship during the 2020-21 season, underperforming his expected goals of 17.87. The striker provided eight assists and created 41 chances. He is an important player for the club.
Junior Stanislas has been a Bournemouth player since 2014. The England international has scored 37 goals in 171 appearances for the club. Stanislas scored 10 goals during the 2020-21 Championship season, overperforming his expected goals of 9.20. He provided four assists and created 53 chances.
Other key players of Bournemouth apart from Dominic Solanke and Junior Stanislas:
- Philip Billing
- Jordan Zemura
- Gary Cahill
- Steve Cook
- Jefferson Lerma
- David Brooks
Fulham were promoted to the English Premier League for the 2020-21 season after winning the Championship play-offs in the previous season. The Cottagers were relegated back to the second-tier of English football after a poor season in the Premier League. Fulham finished 18th in the Premier League table in the 2020-21 season. The Cottagers had 28 points as they won five games, drew 13 and lost 20 games. Fulham scored 27 goals in the Premier League and conceded 53 goals with a goal difference of -26.
The Cottagers won the third round of the FA Cup against Queens Park Rangers by two goals to nil but were knocked out in the fourth round by Burnley. Fulham got a 1-0 win over Ipswich Town in the second round of the EFL Cup and also got a 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday in the third round of the competition. They suffered a 0-3 defeat to Brentford in the fourth round of the English Football League Cup as they were knocked out.
Paulo Gazzaniga joined the club on a free transfer. Fulham signed Harry Wilson from Liverpool for a fee of about $15m. Nathaniel Chalobah joined for about $4m from Watford. The Cottagers signed Rodrigo Muniz from Flamengo on a four-year deal for about $8m.
Aleksandar Mitrovic is the top striker for both club and national teams. The Serbian international joined Fulham from Newcastle on a permanent deal in 2018 after spending the previous year on loan. Mitrovic has scored a lot of goals for Fulham since he joined. The Serbian international was the highest goalscorer during the 2019-20 Championship season with 26 goals. He scored three goals in the Premier League last season, underperforming his expected goals of 6.18. Mitrovic provided three assists while creating 26 chances.
Bobby Reid was an important player for Fulham last season. The Jamaican international scored five goals in the Premier League during the 2020-21 season, overperforming his expected goals of 3.77. Reid provided two assists while creating 16 chances. He is a key player for the team.
Other key players of Fulham apart from Aleksandar Mitrovic and Bobby Reid:
- Harry Wilson
- Jean Michael Seri
- Fabio Carvalho
- Antonee Robinson
- Tim Ream
- Tosin Adarabioyo
West Bromwich Albion
West Bromwich Albion were promoted to the Premier League for the 2020-21 season after they finished second in the previous campaign. The Baggies were relegated back to the Championship after a poor outing in the Premier League.
West Brom finished 19th in the Premier League table during the 2020-21 season. The Baggies won just five games, drew 11 and lost 22 matches. West Brom scored 35 goals and conceded the most in the Premier League with 76 goals against and a goal difference of -41.
West Brom were knocked out in the third round of the FA Cup as they suffered a 2-3 defeat to Blackpool on penalties with the full-time ending 2-2. The Baggies won the second round of the EFL Cup against Harrogate Town by three goals to nil but suffered a defeat to Brentford in the third round.
Valerien Ismael was appointed the new manager of West Bromwich Albion for the 2021-22 season. Alex Mowatt, Quevin Castro, Adam Reach and Kean Bryan all joined the club on a free transfer. Matheus Pereira joined Al Hilal from West Brom for about $20m.
Callum Robinson was one of West Brom’s best players in the Premier League during last season's campaign. The Ireland international joined the club from Sheffield United in 2020 after spending a half-season on a loan at the club. Robinson scored five goals in the Premier League last season, overperforming his expected goals of 3.09. He created 16 chances while providing 16 key passes.
Semi Ajayi was a top player for West Brom during last season's campaign. The Nigerian international scored two goals in the Premier League, overperforming his expected goals of 1.91. Ajayi created seven chances, had 42 interceptions and made 118 clearances.
Other key players of West Bromwich Albion apart from Callum Robinson and Semi Ajayi:
- Karlan Grant
- Alex Mowatt
- Matthew Phillips
- Conor Townsend
- Kyle Bartley
- Darnell Furlong
Stoke City started the 2020-21 Championship season in good form as they won six matches and suffered just three losses in their first twelve games. The Potters were hit with injuries to key players as they struggled for the remainder of the season.
Stoke City finished 14th in the Championship table with 60 points as they won 15 games, drew 15 matches and lost 16 games. The Potters scored 50 goals while conceding 52, with a goal difference of -2. Stoke City were knocked out in the third round of the FA Cup by Leicester City. The Potters won Round 1 of the EFL Cup against Blackpool on penalties. They got a 1-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers in Round 2 of the EFL Cup. Stoke City qualified for Round 4 after getting a 1-0 win over Gillingham. They also got a 1-0 win over Aston Villa, but were knocked out of the EFL Cup by Tottenham Hotspur.
Jack Bonham, Mario Vrancic and Logan Laird all joined the club on a free transfer. Sam Surridge joined for a fee of about $3m. Ben Wilmot signed a four-year deal for about $2m.
Nick Powell has been incredible for the club since he joined them in 2019. The England international scored the most goals for Stoke City in the Championship last season with 12 goals, overperforming his xG of 8.62. Powell provided three assists while creating 44 chances. He is a very important player to the team and will be a key factor for them.
Steven Fletcher joined the club on a free transfer during the summer transfer window in 2020. The Scottish international scored nine goals in the Championship, underperforming his expected goals of 11.63. Fletcher provided four assists while creating 24 chances.
Other key players of Stoke City apart from Nick Powell and Steven Fletcher:
- Jacob Brown
- Mario Vrancic
- Joe Allen
- Ben Wilmot
- Josh Tymon
- Sam Clucas
Betting odds of 2021-22 EFL Championship
Football fans get free Championship season predictions for future events on Takebet Zimbabwe, such as the team to win the title, the teams to make it to the Premier League and the player to win the title of the year’s best or to become the highest goalscorer of the Championship. And the first thing in delivering such English Championship betting tips is the odds analysis.
As per the odds, there are three favourites to win the 2021-22 Championship title, with the 2019-20 play-offs winners Fulham as the chief favourites for the title in the current season.
Championship 2021-22 winner betting odds:
- Fulham — 1.44 (-225 American; 4/9 Fractional)
- Bournemouth — 7.00 (+600; 6/1)
- West Bromwich Albion — 10.00 (+900; 9/1)
- Blackburn Rovers — 34.00 (+3300; 33/1)
- Queens Park Rangers — 81.00 (+8000; 80/1)
- Stoke City — 101.00 (+10000; 100/1)
Teams that finish in the top 2 are automatically promoted to the next season of the EPL. The third spot for promotion is determined by the Championship play-offs: squads that finish from third to sixth compete in the play-offs, and the winner is promoted to the Premier League.
Championship 2021-22 promotion betting odds:
- Fulham — 1.10 (-1000 American; 1/10 Fractional)
- Bournemouth — 1.73 (-138; 8/11)
- West Bromwich Albion — 1.80 (-125; 4/5)
- Blackburn — 6.00 (+500; 5/1)
- Sheffield United — 7.50 (+650; 13/2)
- Queens Park Rangers — 8.00 (+700; 7/1)
The bottom three teams will be relegated automatically to the EFL League One. While getting our English Championship relegation predictions ready, the following odds are used.
Championship 2021-22 relegation betting odds:
- Derby County — 1.06 (-1600 American; 1/16 Fractional)
- Barnsley — 1.36 (-275; 4/11)
- Peterborough — 1.91 (-110; 10/11)
- Reading — 3.50 (+250; 5/2)
- Hull — 5.50 (+450; 9/2)
- Bristol City — 6.50 (+550; 11/2)
The Sky Bet Championship Golden Boot award is given to the player with the most goals.
Championship 2021-22 top goalscorer betting odds:
- Aleksandar Mitrovic — 1.35 (-286 American; 7/20 Fractional)
- Tahith Chong — 4.50 (+350; 7/2)
- Billy Sharp — 6.20 (+520; 26/5)
- Morgan Whittaker — 7.60 (+660; 33/5)
Coverage of English Championship league predictions
Alongside season picks, Takebet Zimbabwe offers free England Championship tips for betting on separate games, on a round-to-round basis. Now, our English Championship match predictions come as single bets and less often as accumulators.
When the experts get another in-depth betting article ready, they research big and small bet markets to find valuable odds — the range spans from the 1x2 classic to some player props.
Read on to learn how Takebet Zimbabwe picks events for English Championship game predictions!
Betting markets and odds of England Championship tips
The experts of Takebet Zimbabwe research the widest range of bets offered by online bookmakers in our quest for the best odds in the England Championship picks for betting. The authors derive probabilities from their analysis and pick the bets which are undervalued by bookies.
Some of the betting markets we use for football predictions (Championship):
- Double chance
- Draw no bet
- Half time full time
- Correct score
- Over under goal totals
- Both teams to score
- Player to score
- Cards and corners betting
Our English Championship betting tips often entail the most valuable odds for the chosen bet offered on popular betting sites. Single picks are the most prevalent due to their lower margins. Such bets offer odds in the range from 1.50 (-200 American; 1/2 Fractional) to 3.00 (+200; 2/1) on most occasions. Accumulators are around 10.00 (+900; 9/1) or can be higher.
English Championship match predictions
Regular articles are mostly England Championship game predictions for fixtures of the top teams in the league such as Fulham, Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion or Bournemouth. Experts pick Championship games for betting which are played among these teams or between them and other squads if such matches impact the title winner or the promotion.
EFL Championship predictions for games are separate in-depth articles covering each fixture in the slightest detail. We tell you about everything surrounding the game such as the latest odds and implied probabilities at top bookmakers, recaps of the latest matches played by each of the two squads, their overall form and the recent scores, stats, H2H and trends.
After pouring on you what we deem to be the most crucial information that can affect the game, Takebet Zimbabwe finished our English Championship preview and predictions with a bet pick.
Championship table predictions and player tips
Outright bets are something we start with when on the horizon there is another Championship season. Predictions cover both team results and individual accomplishments of players. The former include in-depth Championship preview and predictions with punts on the following betting markets: the league winner, to be promoted and relegated, top 2/top 6 finish, and others if available. The latter are top goalscorer and player of the year picks.
EFL Championship table predictions are offered a couple of weeks before a season starts.
Schedule of top 2021-22 Championship game predictions
A great bulk of our England Championship picks for betting are matches of top importance and interest: clashes between the most successful and popular teams, their decisive matches against other squads, and some other games where we spot lucrative bet options.
Below you will find the calendar of 2021-22 EFL Championship predictions for top matches of Fulham, Bournemouth, Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion and Blackburn Rovers.
- Bournemouth vs West Bromwich Albion (6 August 2021)
- Blackburn Rovers vs West Bromwich Albion (21 August 2021)
- Fulham vs Stoke City (28 August 2021)
- Stoke City vs West Bromwich Albion (1 October 2021)
- Stoke City vs Bournemouth (19 October 2021)
- Fulham vs West Bromwich Albion (30 October 2021)
- Blackburn Rovers vs Fulham (3 November 2021)
- Stoke City vs Blackburn Rovers (27 November 2021)
- Fulham vs Bournemouth (3 December 2021)
- Bournemouth vs Blackburn Rovers (11 December 2021)
- Stoke City vs Fulham (22 January 2022)
- West Bromwich Albion vs Bournemouth (5 February 2022)
- West Bromwich Albion vs Blackburn Rovers (12 February 2022)
- Bournemouth vs Stoke City (22 February 2022)
- Fulham vs Blackburn Rovers (5 March 2022)
- West Bromwich Albion vs Fulham (15 March 2022)
- West Bromwich Albion vs Stoke City (9 April 2022)
- Blackburn Rovers vs Stoke City (18 April 2022)
- Bournemouth vs Fulham (23 April 2022)
- Blackburn Rovers vs Bournemouth (30 April 2022)
How experts analyse Championship matches for sure predictions
Sports analysts on our team break down the Championship teams using statistics, results and betting odds to predict probabilities and choose bets. Many data points are used as well as factual information, with the most crucial info offered to you in our English Championship previews and predictions. Let’s have a look at the data we use and the league itself.
The EFL Championship comprises many tactical teams with different approaches. Some squads such as Swansea, Sheffield United and Fulham love to have the ball and be in control of possession. The latter mostly plays a 4-2-31 formation with the number 10 role primarily for switching the ball quickly from one side to another. A wing-back pushes high up on the pitch to create short passing triangles, for a full-back to have a shot at overlapping and laying the ball into the box as the striker uses his physical presence to disrupt the defence. When out of possession, they love to cut passing lanes by covering spaces.
Other teams like Blackburn Rovers love to sit and play fast on counterattacks. They deal in long balls in place of short passing, as they love to find each other with a long pass in hopes of catching the opponent. Long shots are common, as they tend not to hold possession of the ball. These squads play aggressive football and try to win the ball back in their own half.
No matter the teams, experts of Takebet Zimbabwe offer a thorough research and objective picks of Football League Championship predictions. We watch actual games to provide you with a tactical analysis, explore H2H, recent and historical result trends, the latest news and odds.
Here are some team stats Takebet Zimbabwe uses in England’s Championship betting tips:
- Goals scored and conceded
- Big chances created and conceded
- Shots on/off-target
- Shots conceded
- Expected goals (xG)
- Ball possession percentages
The performance of players is explored, as well as their fitness to play: we analyse injury updates and the form of top performers to predict lineups in the English Championship picks.
Free English Championship betting tips: how to get access
All Championship League predictions on Takebet Zimbabwe are free to use. Punters can visit our website one-two days before a matchday to access our English Championship tips.
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What types of England Championship picks do you publish?
Experts of Takebet Zimbabwe publish free Championship betting tips involving top teams of the league such as Fulham, West Bromwich Albion, Bournemouth, Stoke City and Blackburn Rovers. We offer betting picks for their clashes against each other and otherwise decisive matches.
These tips on Championship fixtures come as single bets and well as in accumulators. Moreover, we employ a rich palette of betting markets including 1x2, over and under goal totals, handicaps, correct scores, double chance and draw no bet, half time full time, etc.
Apart from Championship game predictions, season table picks are published before the start of another campaign: the winner and three teams to qualify for the EPL, top 2 and top 6 finish as well as the best goalscorer and Championship relegation predictions.
When do you post English Championship preview and predictions?
Our Championship previews with betting tips are posted 24-48 hours prior to any particular gameday. Futures are analysed and predicted weeks before the start of any season.
Are your Championship League predictions free?
All our English Championship predictions are free of charge for you and other readers. The experts make use of statistics such as goals and shots, big chances, assists, ball possession, performance in standard kicks, individual performance of players to give tips. Recent result trends, H2H records and breaking team news are analysed for picks as well.
Do you have Championship betting picks for today and tomorrow?
Yes, we do. Takebet Zimbabwe offers Championship betting tips for today and Championship tips for tomorrow alongside Championship weekend betting tips for games on Saturday and Sunday.
Make use of the links above or filters on the page to move to these subsections.
Do you offer England Championship score predictions?
Sure, we do offer correct score tips. The Championship can be quite busy in terms of goals, so it is always a great entertainment to make England Championship score predictions.
On Takebet Zimbabwe, you will find picks for the scores of the whole match, correct scores by half-time and scorelines of separate halves. Goals, chances, shots and xG are researched for these.
How to bet on EFL Championship predictions?
To wager on our EFL Championship tips, visit Takebet Zimbabwe 24-48 hours prior to the match you want to wager on and check for relevant predictions. For this, select football and then the Championship from the menu of our “Betting Tips” section. Proceed by tapping on the Championship section to see all picks for upcoming matches. Read the info carefully and, while minding the recommended wager, tap on the BET NOW button in the bet card below the text — you will be guided to one of the best betting sites where you can register and bet.
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