WLB 2015/16 Preview | Championship | Stats To Follow


WE asked Mark O'Haire (@MarkOHaire) to enter his bulging stats bible to deliver us the best ante-post stats and trends ahead of the new Championship season. Take a look at these beauts…

Championship | Stats To Follow

League Winners

  • Average price in the past 10 years – 14/1.
  • Average position finished year previously – 7th (two were relegated clubs).
  • 10 of the past 15 winners were priced up at double-figure odds.


  • Average finishing position in the past 10 years – 6th.
  • Last wining favourite – Manchester City (2001/02).
  • Four of the last seven favourites have won promotion.

Relegated Clubs

  • Relegated clubs have won the Championship just twice in 13 seasons.
  • Only eight clubs (27%) have won promotion straight back to the Premier League in the past 10 years though 15 (50%)  finished in the top-six and just five (17%) finished in the bottom half.
  • Average finishing position of a relegated club in the past 10 years – 8th.

Promoted Clubs

  • Average finishing position of a promoted club in the past 10 years – 14th.
  • Only five promoted clubs have suffered immediate relegation in the past 10 seasons.
  • All three promoted clubs have survived in six of the past 10 seasons including in four of the past five seasons.
  • Promoted sides have won successive promotions twice (7%), five (17%) have made the top-six with 14 (47%) finishing in the top-half and 16 (53%) finishing in the bottom half across the past 10 years.
  • League One champions have finished in the top-1o in six of the last seven seasons and averaged a 12th-palced finish over the past 10 years.
  • League One runners-up have finished in the top-10 in four of the past five seasons and averaged a 12th-placed finish over the past 10 years.
  • League One play-off winners have finished in 18th or below in 11 of the last 15 seasons and averaged an 18th-placed finish over the past 10 years.

Any Other Business

  • The average price of all three promoted clubs in the past 10 years is 28/1 with 13/30 (43%) of sides being priced up at 20/1 or bigger.
  • In each of the past 10 seasons a promoted club has been priced up at 20/1 or larger.
  • The average finish of a losing play-off finalist is 9th across the past 10 years – two won promotion (both times as champions).
  • The average finishing position of a side involved in an unsuccessful play-off campaign across the past 10 years is 11th.
  • In four of the past 10 years, a team involved in an unsuccessful play-off campaign has been crowned champions including in three of the last four seasons – nine (30%) finished in the top-six again.
  • The top scoring side has won the league in five of the past 10 years and been promoted on seven occasions (average finish 2nd).
  • The side with the best defence has been crowned champions in three of the past 10 years, winning promotion on six occasions (average finish 3rd).
  • The worst defence has been relegated in nine of the last 10 seasons, finishing bottom on seven occasions (average finish 23rd).
  • The lowest scoring side has been relegated in six of the last 10 seasons, finishing bottom on three occasions (average finish 20th).

2014/15 Stats

TeamHomeAwayO2.5BTTSCSFTSTG O1.5Profit/Loss
Bristol City16-5-213-7-327/4623/4620/467/4631/46£142.70
MK Dons16-3-411-7-527/4622/4622/467/4626/46£67.50
Nottm Forest9-5-96-9-832/4629/4612/4610/4621/46-£38.30
Sheffield Wed5-11-79-7-715/4621/4617/4616/4610/46£13.20
Wolves 13-6-49-6-825/4623/4618/468/4618/46£84.80
*Home - W-D-L
*Away - W-D-L
*O2.5 - Over 2.5 Goals
*BTTS - Both Teams To Score
*CS - Clean Sheets
*FTS - Failed To Score
*TG O1.5 - Over 1.5 Team Goals
*Profit/Loss - From £10 level stakes in every 2014/15 game.

About Author

After starting his career in newspaper journalism, Mark soon found his way into the online betting world, forging a career in content, social media and marketing production. With a huge passion for stats, the Football League and European football, Mark’s other interests include playing rugby, following his beloved QPR and travel.

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