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Championship Promotion Race: News, odds and tips

Published on April 18, 2024
Updated on April 30, 2024
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Championship Promotion Race: News, odds and tips
  • Leicester seal title
  • Ipswich and Leeds gunning for automatic promotion
  • Saints resigned to playoffs

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Championship Promotion Race: Foxes promoted, Leeds and Ipswich fight for second slot

The EFL Championship’s automatic promotion race this season has been a real nail-biter. Entering the final stages Leicester City, Leeds United, Ipswich Town and Southampton were all in the running to be automatically promoted to the Premier League. Southampton will now have to settle for the playoffs, while Leicester were confirmed as one of the promoted sides without kicking a ball as Leeds lost away at QPR on Friday. The Foxes then secured the title on Monday evening with a win over Preston.

Championship
TeamPlayedPointsGDGS
1. Leicester City45975089
2. Leeds United45904180
3. Ipswich Town4490′3288
4. Southampton45842385

Should there be a tie, league positions are decided on goal difference, then goals scored, then most points in the head-to-head matches, then goal difference in the head-to-head games, before goals scored in those matches. Then we go to number of wins, followed by goals scored in away games.

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Championship Promotion Race: Remaining fixtures

The following fixtures remain for the four teams in contention for automatic promotion. Plenty more shifts in momentum look likely before the season concludes on May 4.

DateIpswichLeicesterLeedsSouthampton
29 AprilPreston (a)
30 AprilCoventry (a)
4 MayHuddersfield (h)Blackburn (h)Southampton (h)Leeds (a)

Championship Promotion Race: Automatic promotion odds

The odds for promotion are as follows. Odds are from bet365.

The odds on promotion are as follows:

OddsOdds on April 26Odds on April 18
Ipswich Town1/54/94/9
Leeds United8/112/71/3
Southampton13/813/81/1
Odds are correct as of 09:00 on 29.04.24. Odds are subject to change.

With Leeds losing at QPR, Ipswich, despite being held at the weekend, are in the driving seat, due to having a game in hand.

Championship Promotion Race: Playoff places

Two of the four teams in contention for automatic promotion will end up in the promotion playoffs. At the moment West Bromwich Albion and Norwich look favourites to secure the other two playoff berths, with Hull City, Coventry City and Middlesborough still in contention. The following table shows the odds for making the playoffs on April 18. We await the bookies to recalculate this based on the latest results.

Odds
Norwich City1/33
West Bromwich Albion1/25
Southampton1/9
Leeds United4/7
Ipswich Town5/4
Leicester City9/2
Hull City12/1
Coventry City16/1
Middlesbrough250/1
Odds are correct as of 13:00 on 18.04.24. Odds are subject to change.

Prediction

We are tipping Ipswich to grab the second automatic spot after Leicester were confirmed as champions. Leeds and Southampton would then be first and second favourites to grab the third promotion slot in the play offs. However, history shows that it is difficult for sides who just miss out automatically to go again in the playoff fixtures. Norwich are building a bit of momentum and they could be a good value bet to go up via the playoffs.

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Chris is a former athlete and a qualified PE teacher. He is a keen football fan, watching many matches at different levels throughout the season, and enjoys following many different sports. With betting and sports sites, he has a keen eye for detail and can to highlight positives and negatives for users. His experience in sport as a performer, teacher, writer and fan allows him to see things from many different perspectives.

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