Championship relegation odds: Who will be playing in League One next season?

Championship relegation odds: Who will be playing in League One next season?

There are six teams 5/1 or shorter...

The battle to stay in the Championship and avoid relegation has restarted, with clubs vying to stay in the division.

But who is the favourite to be relegated from the Championship? Could Middlesbrough and Huddersfield be pulled into the bottom three? Are Wigan and Stoke really safe?

Oddschecker has taken a look at the relegation market, to see what bookies are thinking about your team’s fate.

The odds-on shots

Luton were a welcome addition to the Championship, but bookies believe they’ll be going straight back down.

Bookies currently have Bedfordshire-based side as 1/5 odds-on shots for a swift return to League One.

Barnsley are the other well-fancied side to drop down a level, currently priced at 4/9 odds-on.

The two sides were among the most backed pre-season, with Luton attracting around 16% of all bets on relegation pre-season.

Hull City make up the last of the bookies three favourites to go down, currently just odds-on at 4/5.

Oddschecker spokesperson Callum Wilson: "It's always tough for newly-promoted sides to compete in the Championship, and it's looking as if Luton and Barnsley are set for a swift exit back down to League One.

"The big story here is Hull City, who lost their two best players in January, and have since dropped like a stone, so much so that they're now incredibly odds-on shots."

Just above the drop zone

Dangling perilously close to the bottom three, there are three teams all at relatively short prices for relegation.

Charlton were the most backed team to go down pre-season, but Lee Bowyer’s work sees them three places clear of 22nd and consequently 6/4 for relegation.

Middlesbrough’s horror show against Swansea last week has seen them cut from 8/1 into 4/1 to be in the bottom three come the end of the season.

Huddersfield are not a much bigger price, currently 5/1, just a shade longer than Middlesbrough.

Oddschecker spokesperson Callum Wilson: “"Despite being widely tipped for relegation, Charlton have exceeded expectations this campaign, and now find themselves in with a very realistic chance of survival.

"Middlesbrough are also in deep trouble, but the acquisition of Neil Warnock will surely give them a much better chance of staying up than some of their rivals."

Are Wigan and Stoke safe?

In short, bookies think they will be. Despite being just two and three points respective above Hull in 22nd, both Stoke and Wigan are 16/1 to be relegated this year.

In percentage chances, that means bookies are estimating just a 6% chance that either side is playing League One football next season.

However, some bookies are not as keen on Wigan’s chances, and go as short as 10/1 that Paul Cook’s side go down.

Oddschecker spokesperson Callum Wilson: "Despite being as long as 16/1, it's clear that Wigan and Stoke are far from safe.

"There are still plenty of other sides between them and the relegation zone, but a couple of good results from those below them would see The Potters and The Latics sucked right back into it."

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