iBet: Zola’s and Garcia’s men to press on in the Championship

Gareth Purnell

The Championship Betting

Back Watford each way at 12/1
Back Brighton each way at 16/1
Back England to win the third Test at even money (Betfair)

QPR got off 6/1 favourites for The Championship with Bolton and Reading joint second favourites at 9/1, but this is a very difficult league to do well in and it’s interesting to note the last 11 seasons only Newcastle and Sunderland have come back from being relegated from the Premier League to win The Championship, and the last time a favourite obliged was in 2001/2002.

Indeed last season the three teams that went down finished seventh, 17thand 23rd and I’m certainly looking for a bit of value in the outright market. Over the last 10 seasons the eventual league winner went off at double figure odds seven times and although there has already been money for Watford and the price has come in from 16/1, there is still value in getting with them each way at 12s.

Although it eventually ended in disappointment, last year was a great season to be a Watford fan with the team involved in one entertaining game after another. They eventually finished third, missing out on automatic promotion on the last day, and Zola is proving to be a shrewd manager who has strengthened again through the summer. Oddschecker report Watford to be their most popular bet for The Championship, and for promotion at 4/1. I also like the look of Brighton under Oscar Garcia, who has worked with the Barcelona youth set-up. They finished fourth last year, have hung on to most of their players and are battle hardened – they were beaten only three times at this level in 2013.

England can be backed at even money with Betfair to win the third Ashes test starting this morning and given the disarray of the Australian batting, that does look value. Ian Bell is in great form and could be the choice at 9/2 to be England’s top batsman.

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