The EFL Championship is scheduled to come to a close on May 28, with three lowest-finishing teams relegated down to League One.
This year has been full of excitement with Fulham, Bournemouth, Luton and Huddersfield currently leading the way. Derby County continues to make headlines with their point deduction induced relegation battle with Peterborough, Reading and Barnsley.
Check out the latest Championship relegation odds for the 2021/22 season and our top picks and dark horses for relegation this season.
The Latest Championship relegation odds* for 2021/22
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*You have to be 18+ to gamble. All odds within this article are accurate at the time of writing (08:30, 25/03/2022). BeGambleAware.
Who are the favourites to be relegated this season?
Bettors who have been following the 21/22 Championship season will not be surprised by the relegation markets at top sportsbooks.
With Derby County, Peterborough, Reading and Barnsley all low down in the current standings, it’s easy pickings for the three teams that we expect to be relegated at the end of the season. As it currently stands, it’s these teams yielding the lowest odds in the top UK bookies for relegation.
At the time of writing, Derby County are firmly bottom of the pile in the Championship and are a current favourite for relegation.
The team are no stranger to making the headlines in recent weeks with former Everton and Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney managing the team. With a documentary covering the struggles of his life, we can expect tabloids to have a field day with the poor performance of Derby County.
The team have just two wins from their last eight. However, the goal difference recorded is currently better than any team from 16th downwards, meaning there could be a little light at the end of the tunnel.
Peterborough is next on the bookies’ list for the top teams that we’re expecting to be relegated at the close of the 21/22 season.
With their position currently in the bottom three of the standings, it’s hardly a surprise that the odds for Peterborough to be relegated don’t offer any enticing payouts. At the time of writing, the team have won just two games since October. Bleak indeed.
Hope that Peterborough can make a comeback is low, but it’s not impossible. Grant McCann, former manager of Hull City, was appointed last month as the first-team manager. He, alongside Peterborough fans, will be looking for a fairytale turnaround.
Veljko Paunovic just wasn’t able to turn the tide significantly enough to keep hold of his job, meaning Paul Ince has come in on an interim basis.
The Royals are currently just outside the bottom three and are slightly on the comeback trail, recently beating Blackburn Rovers 1-0.
However, the Championship is an unpredictable and unforgiving terrain so they could easily get sucked back into things if they fail to build from that recent win.
At the time of writing, it’s Barnsley currently make up the bottom three as the team most likely to produce a turnaround in 22nd.
Poya Asbaghi, who replaced Markus Schopp as the Barnsley manager in 2021, is facing criticism and some calls to resign due to their recent performance. However, there are currently no signs of movement from the Swedish manager, stating that resignation is “not in my DNA”. The team has lost just three in their last nine, though, so there is certainly some momentum behind them.
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Who are the Championship relegation dark horses
It can be too easy to write off the bottom four clubs with the expectation that three of the four will be relegated to League One at the end of the season.
But we’ve been watching the game long enough to know that anything can, and often does, happen on the pitch. Bettors looking for longer odds when making selections on teams to get relegated for the 21/22 season should check out our dark horses.
One of the top dark horses for relegation this season is Hull City, a team struggling with poor performance as of late.
Managed by Shota Arveladze, Hull City side have won just two from their last 11, including a defeat in that run to bottom-of-the-pile Derby.
Lee Bowyer’s men have flattered to deceive at various stages across the campaign, and will be itching to finish the season strongly to avoid any sort of relegation trouble. However, just four wins since the start of November isn’t exactly the kind of form that screams safety, and they could easily find themselves dropping down the table if that form doesn’t pick up in 2021/22 ‘business end’ of the season.
Another dark horse for relegation in the current Championship standings is Bristol City, a team that is sitting in the bottom half of the current table standings.
The team may be performing at an average level compared to the others in the league, but a goal difference of -20 is an immediate red flag. With losses as large as 6-2 to Fulham, it’s clear that there are some defensive issues brewing within the team.
Similarly, Bristol City have won just one of their last six, and could get dragged into a relegation dogfight if they are not careful.