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The Championship season kicks off at the end of July with 24 teams battling for promotion to the Premier League. While the battle at the top of the table will be intense, the fight at the bottom of the standings will ferocious.

Championship relegation will see three clubs drop into League One for the following campaign. Once in League One, it can be a difficult fight to return to the Championship. Just ask Sunderland about the difficulties of achieving promotion back to the second tier.

Rotherham United, Wigan Athletic, and Sunderland all achieved promotion from League One to the Championship last term. All three will be tipped as prime candidates to return to the third tier of English football.

In this article, we explore the Championship relegation odds and the teams that are likely to battle the drop in the coming season.

Championship Relegation Betting Odds

Here is a look at the latest Championship relegation odds:

Who Are the Favourites To Be Relegated?

Rotherham achieved promotion to the Championship last season by finishing second in League One. The Millers are one of the favourites to go down. Rotherham are a yo yo team, and were last in the Championship in 2020-21. They were relegated that season.

Birmingham City had an abysmal end to the campaign in 2021-22. The Blues look set to start the new campaign with Lee Bowyer as manager once more. Birmingham City were given false security due to Derby County and Reading's points deductions. Reality could bite the Blues.

Reading suffered a points deduction last season which nearly led them into the third tier. Paul Ince will manage the side after coming in near the end of last season. He steadied the ship somewhat, but Reading have little quality in the team heading into the new season.

Who Was Relegated Last Season?

Barnsley's time in the Championship came to an end last season with the club finishing last with 30 points from 46 games. Derby County joined the Tykes with 34 points.

Keep in mind that 21 points were subtracted from Derby County. Had they not been deducted points, the Rams would have remained in the Championship.

Peterborough United were also relegated to the third tier once more. Darren Ferguson was sacked halfway through the season and replaced with Grant McCann. The former Hull City manager couldn't stop the rot.

Sunderland Relegation Odds

Sunderland are aiming to remain in the second tier and push toward promotion to the Premier League. The Black Cats need to get off to a strong start to avoid a relegation fight. Sunderland are at the Championship relegation odds of 15/2.

Rotherham Relegation Odds

Rotherham lead the way in bookies' odds to be relegated back to League One. The Millers are at 13/8 to be sent packing from the Championship. Rotherham are a small budget team and may not have the financial strength to compete with their rivals.

Wigan Relegation Odds

Wigan Athletic won League One last season. Now, the Latics are aiming to consolidate their possession in the second division. Wigan are at the odds of 4/1 to be relegated.

Reading Relegation Odds

Reading were not very good last season and had the Royals suffered a larger points deduction, they may have been relegated to League One. Further points deductions due to profit and sustainability cannot be ruled out for the Royals.

Hull Relegation Odds

Hull go into the new season under manager Shota Arveladze. The 2022-23 season will be his first full season in charge. The Tigers are likely to lose their best prospect, Keane Lewis Potter, to West Ham or Tottenham Hotspur.

Birmingham City Relegation Odds

Birmingham City were subtracted points in 2019 but saved their season. Finances have been tight in Birmingham for a few years now as the Blues watch their city rival, Aston Villa, play Premier League football. Birmingham City are at the best betting odds of 11/4 to be relegated. Bowyer was saved by Reading and Derby's points deductions last season. He hasn't had a lot of success at St. Andrew's and could lead them into League One.

Dark Horses For Relegation

Bristol City are a dark horse for the drop. The Robins were poor in 2021-22 under manager Nigel Pearson. The manager is still in the job heading into the new season, which may not be a good thing for the club. Bristol City did finish with five of their last six games ending without a loss. A points deduction could be looming over their heads.

Hull City are also a dark horse for relegation. The Tigers finished last season with 51 points from 46 games. The new owners have high hopes for success, but the team may not be able to meet those expectations. Hull City's top young player, Keane Lewis Potter, could be snapped up by a Premier League side.

Could a Recently Relegated Team From the Premier League Go Down Again?

Yes, this could happen in 2022-23. Burnley were relegated from the Premier League last season and go into the new campaign with question marks around the squad. A host of players are likely to leave or have already been sold. Goalkeeper Nick Pope was sold to Newcastle United for £10 million.

There are financial issues at Turf Moor ahead of the new season. Burnley's owners will hope for an immediate return to the top flight. However, the quality available to new manager Vincent Kompany is lacking. The team may not be able to pay transfer fees and may depend on the free agent market.

Could Any Team Have A Derby-Style Points Deduction?

It seems that more and more clubs in the Championship are dipping near the cut off point for sustainability. There is a worry that Bristol City could be slapped with a points deduction next season.

Middlesbrough and Stoke City are also nearing the cut off point. Both clubs will be sweating the possibility of being deducted points. In 2021-22, Derby County were slapped with a 21 point deduction. The loss of points ensured their relegation despite Derby County putting up a mighty effort to remain in the league.

Reading were also docked points with six being takent away. The Royals stayed in the Championship. A points deduction does not equal Championship relegation, but it doesn't help the fight for survival.

How Many Teams Get Relegated From the Championship?

Three teams will be relegated to League One from the Championship at the end of the 2022-23 season. Three teams from League One will replace those relegated sides.

Which Team Has Been Relegated From the Championship the Most?

Heading into the 2022-23 Championship season, Rotherham United will be aiming to avoid relegation back to League One. The Millers just came up from the third tier after finishing second last term. Rotherham have been relegated four times previously from the Championship.

Wigan Athletic, who were also promoted last season to the second division, have been relegated to League One on three occasions.

Keep in mind that the First Division renamed itself the Championship in 2004-05. Since then, Rotherham United and Wigan Athletic have led the way in demotions.

Which Player Has The Most Championship Relegations on their CV?

Relegation from the Championship often sees players move on to new clubs. Some players have the ability to trade in their old team for another side in the Championship.

Yet, some players move to other teams in League One. Championship sides do not often pick the carcasses of the relegated sides from year to year.

In recent seasons, several Norwich City and Watford players including Teemu Pukki and Ben Foster have suffered relegations to the Championship from the Premier League.

Which Manager Has The Most Championship Relegations on their CV?

Football management isn't easy and one of the aspects of being a Championship manager coaches must face is the harsh realities of their jobs. Clubs near the bottom of the Championship are not afraid to cut ties with a manager when things do not work out.

Dean Saunders is one manager that has suffered multiple relegations from the second division to the third tier. Former Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson doesn't have the distinction of having the most relegations on his CV. However, the son of the great Sir Alex Ferguson was sacked or left his management post multiple times with his club in the Championship relegation zone.


Championship Betting Odds

There are a host of Championship betting markets to explore for the 2022-23 season. You can wager on the outright winner market, the Championship relegation battle, the top goalscorer, and the teams to achieve promotion.

When Does the Championship Start?

The Championship season will begin on Friday, July 29 with Huddersfield hosting Burnley. The season begins extra early this year due to the World Cup 2022 being played in November.

The following day, July 30, the Championship's first round continues and doesn't end until Monday, August 1 with Watford hosting Sheffield United.

When Is the Final Day of the Championship?

The 2022-23 Championship season will finish on Saturday, May 6, 2023.

How Many Matches Are In a Championship Season?

The EFL Championship season will consist of 46 matches. The league features 24 teams. Each team will play home and away against the league's other clubs for a total of 23 home matches and 23 away fixtures.

Championship Teams 2022/23

Here is a look at the teams that will play in the Championship in 2022-23:

  • Norwich City
  • Watford
  • West Brom
  • Sheffield United
  • Middlesbrough
  • Burnley
  • Huddersfield Town
  • Swansea City
  • Stoke City
  • Sunderland
  • Cardiff City
  • Blackburn Rovers
  • Queens Park Rangers
  • Coventry City
  • Hull City
  • Luton Town
  • Millwall
  • Preston North End
  • Bristol City
  • Reading
  • Blackpool
  • Birmingham City
  • Wigan Athletic
  • Rotherham United

Championship Fixtures

You can take a look at the Championship fixtures on our dedicated Championship page.

Championship Odds

Here is a look at the latest Championship outright winner odds:

  • Norwich City 13/2
  • Watford 7/1
  • West Brom 10/1
  • Sheffield United 10/1
  • Middlesbrough 12/1
  • Burnley 14/1
  • Huddersfield 20/1
  • Swansea 20/1
  • Stoke City 20/1
  • Sunderland 20/1
  • Cardiff City 25/1
  • Blackburn Rovers 25/1
  • Queens Park Rangers 25/1
  • Coventry City 33/1
  • Hull City 33/1
  • Luton Town 33/1
  • Millwall 33/1
  • Preston North End 40/1
  • Bristol City 40/1
  • Reading 50/1
  • Blackpool 50/1
  • Birmingham City 66/1
  • Wigan Athletic 66/1
  • Rotherham 100/1