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Championship 2023/24 promotion odds, predictions and tips

By Dean Smith

Published: 22:30, 17 May 2024

Leicester City and Ipswich are Premier League-bound after securing their respective promotions. 

Leeds, Southampton, West Brom and Norwich subsequently entered this season’s Championship Play-Off, dreaming of joining the first two clubs.

Both semi-final opening legs would end goalless before Leeds and Southampton steamrolled Norwich and West Brom at home to set up a Wembley clash on May 26.


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For those not in the know, perhaps new to football, the promotion system in England allows three teams from the Championship to be promoted to the Premier League at the end of each season. This is to the detriment of the bottom three teams in the top flight, moving down to the Championship level.

The top two teams in the Championship automatically qualify for promotion, making those spots some of the most lucrative in football. The third team worthy of promotion is then decided by a play-off, with the teams finishing third to sixth entering a tournament. Across two two-legged semi-finals and a final at Wembley—dubbed the richest game in football—the winner is then promoted to the Premier League.

So who are the favourites to reach the top flight this time around?

Championship promotion odds
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Leeds United
Southampton

*Odds correct as of 22:30 on May 17

Leeds 

Leeds’ three-year spell in the top flight ended last May, with the gamble of appointing Sam Allardyce for the remaining four matches of the season not paying off. The Whites spent ten seasons in the Championship beforehand, trying and failing to gain promotion, before Marcelo Bielsa finally ended all those years of hurt in 2020.

This time, they’re under the tutelage of Daniel Farke, who has the perfect CV for the Championship, having led Norwich to promotion in both 2019 and 2012. It was a rough start to life at Elland Road for Farke, but once things got settled, Leeds has been formidable. They held the second automatic promotion spot before the Tractor Boys leapfrogged above them.

Farke would meet his former team in the Championship Play-Off semi-final. After playing out a 0-0 draw at Carrow Road, the Yorkshiremen showed no mercy at Elland Road, running out 4-0 winners. A result that immediately saw David Wagner being sacked by Norwich

Southampton

Completing the trio of relegated sides in the top four of the Championship, Southampton are playing in the second tier for the first time in 11 years. Saints hoped that a change in manager would help them return to the Premier League for the first time of asking, with Russell Martin the man trusted.

And he’s doing a good job so far. There have been low points, including a heavy 5-0 defeat to Sunderland earlier in the campaign, but Southampton remained consistently in the hunt. They would finish in fourth place, which set up a West Brom clash. Again, the first leg would end in a blank stalemate, though Martin’s side proved too much as they registered a 3-1 success at home.

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