King of Stats: All the numbers ahead of the Championship season
The Championship may have a shiny new sponsor but Ladbrokes still has the King of Stats and he returns to run the rule over all the important numbers ahead of the latest rendition of English second tier football.
Whether it be cracking the code of the top scorer or highlighting woefully unjust managerial appointments that are certain to bring relegation, let the King guide all your Championship betting needs.
8th – Nine of the last 10 Championship conquerors finished no lower than 8th the previous season, with the F1-based financial backing QPR received helping them provide the 2010/11 anomaly. This produces an eight-team shortlist of which Brighton are the 16/1 outsiders.
1 – Newcastle’s 2009/10 vintage were the only squad to win the Championship in the last six years that were relegated from the Premier League the season before. It makes favourites QPR’s 6/1 price to lift the trophy something to avoid.
17 – Brighton kept the highest number of clean sheets from the sides not to have sealed Premier League promotion last season. They are given a 12/5 chance of starting the 2013/14 season with another one against Leeds.
3 – The number of goals Blackburn’s 28-strike sensation Jordan Rhodes missed out on the league’s scoring title by last season. He’s the 8/1 second favourite to take the crown this season behind QPR’s new signing, Charlie Austin.
6 – Failed attempts at sealing Premier League promotion via the play-off route for Ipswich Town, a record for the second tier of English football. The Tractor Boys are priced at 6/1 to experience some promotion joy this season.
30.5% – success rate in 141 games as Oldham manager before Paul Dickov resigned due to his side’s poor form. Having now miraculously landed a job in the division above with Doncaster, Dickov’s new club are 2/1 shots to fall through the Championship trapdoor.
All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date.