Championship 2018/19 Ante-Post Betting Tips
Football League tipster Ross Casey goes through the three main markets of each division in the Football League, beginning with The Championship. Do you agree with his picks?
West Brom To Win The Championship
Of all the sides relegated from the Premier League, for me, West Brom look the best equipped to bounce straight back up. Darren Moore did fantastically when in charge of this team in the Premier League and his record of six games, three wins two draws and one loss is proof of that. Had he been assigned the role earlier in the season, perhaps they may well still be in the Premier League!
As it is, they were still relegated, but they went down with their heads held high and on a positive note going into this Championship season. They have managed to hold onto Salomon Rondon and Jay Rodriguez for now so they have plenty of goals in them and they are backed up by the experience of Gareth Barry, James Morrison, Chris Brunt and Jake Livermore in midfield.
In the summer, Moore has invested wisely too, bringing in Sam Johnstone who was arguably the best goalkeeper in the Championship last season, Harvey Barnes who impressed in this league last season with Barnsley and Kyle Bartley who should be a rock at the back.
They have had an unbeaten pre-season and the morale and confidence about The Hawthorns could take them to the title at 8/1.
Nottingham Forest Top 6 Finish
Nottingham Forest have really had a turnaround in finances of late since being taken over by Olympiakos owner and Greek shipping magnate Evangelos Marinakis. Their squad this season is almost unrecognisable from the one that started the season last summer and they now have Aitor Karanka in charge.
The Spaniard has already proven his worth in this league by getting Middlesbrough promoted and he will now be given the reigns to do the same with Forest. They have a balanced mix of proven British based players such as Michael Dawson, Jack Colback, Liam Bridcutt and Ldewis Grabban, exciting European players such as the Portuguese quinte brought in this summer and homegrown youth with the likes of Joe Worrall and Ben Brereton.
If Karanka can make them gel, we could see Forest in the top six of The Championship for the first time since 2011. Take the best Championship odds of 6/5 on them to finish in the top six this season under the pragmatic Karanka.
Wigan To Be Relegated
It would be fair to say that Wigan Athletic are a yo-yo club with two relegations and two promotions in their last four years.
Yes, they have just destroyed League One last season, racking up 98 points thanks to their strong defence and goals from Will Grigg. However, take Dan Burn out of that defence and they appear to crumble. The big centre-half was taken off with a knock in their final pre-season fixture away at Rangers and once he went off, they fell to a 3-0 defeat at Ibrox.
The Chinese consortium that has invested in the club has helped the Latics sign the exciting Leonardo Da Silva Lopes and re-sign Callum McManaman. There are caveats to a lot of their players, whether newly signed or already in the squad, that only a few have truly proved themselves at Championship level.
The Latics have lots of players that have been relegated from the Championship, or struggled to perform there, whilst manager Paul Cook is also unproven in the second-tier. Despite the confidence built last year, this could be another season where Athletic have a close shave with relegation yet again and odds of 6/1 appeal.
Ross’ Championship Tips