The second tier of English football is the most competitive and unpredictable league in the world. And for entertainment value, it’s impossible to beat.
This year, we are keeping a close eye on Leeds, Derby County, the 3 teams who were relegated from the EPL (Fulham, Huddersfield, and Cardiff), Preston and Bristol City.
Leeds boast an impressive squad, and in Marcelo Bielsa, one of the most influential coaches in the world. The likes of Mauricio Pocchettino, Pep Guardiola and Diego Simeone look up to the Argentinian as some kind of managerial god.
And yet, Bielsa’s pressing style and rapid transitions tend to leave his teams physically and mentally exhausted. We wonder if Leeds can maintain the demands of the Bielsa system all the way to the spring.
Derby County will be boosted by the arrival of former England star Wayne Rooney as player-coach in January. Rooney has enjoyed an impressive spell with DC United, and we wonder if he is coming to work alongside Philip Cocu or ultimately to replace him.
The teams who arrived in the Championship via the Premier League relegation trapdoor will look to make a quick return. Big-spending Fulham has managed to hold onto most of their star names and should be a threat, while Cardiff kept faith with Neil Warnock as coach. Now 70 years old and still going strong, Warnock holds the record for promotions in the English game, with 7. Can he add an eighth notch to his belt?
It will be intriguing to see how Bristol City fare. The Robins have been out of the top flight since 1980, well before the dawn of the Premier League. It would be nice to see Man Utd and Liverpool make a trip to the South-west of England next year, so we are rooting for Bristol City to go up in 2019-20.
But the beauty of this league is that no-one can predict anything with any certainty. All 24 teams are of similar financial and footballing strength, where the top team can easily lose to the bottom team. In the case of the Championship, you really do need to believe the hype.
In this Championship guide, we provide you with interactive charts, a video timeline, and the latest odds so you can stay on top of the ball.
Interactive Championship Table 2019-20
In our interactive Championship table, you can track each team’s progress from Match Day 1 to the final kick of the ball. Click on any team to highlight their progress through the season, and press the replay button to review how each team performs.
Championship 2019-20 Timeline
Relive the most important games of the Championship so far in our video timeline.
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Who will win the 2019-20 EFL Championship? (Latest Odds)
This is how William Hill currently rates the top teams’ chances of winning the EFL Championship:
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What’s going to happen next in the Championship?
The EFL Championship returns on Friday 18th October with the meeting between Cardiff (11th) and Sheffield Wednesday (6th).
Rock-bottom Stoke will play Fulham on the 19th, and it’s going to be interesting to see if Nathan Jones’s side can crawl their way up the table.
The Championship is the most unpredictable of leagues, so anything is possible.