Championship Relegation: Ipswich Town almost certain to be in third-tier next season

The likelihood that struggling Ipswich Town can save their Championship status at the eleventh hour is a very slim one indeed

While table-topping Norwich City are looking increasingly likely to be enjoying promotion into the Premier League at the end of the season, arch-rivals Ipswich Town are struggling at the opposite end of the Championship table. The Tractor Boys have endured a thoroughly miserable campaign which has seen them win just three of their 36 league outings and collect a measly 22 points along the way. Indeed Paul Lambert’s men have a massive mountain to climb should they wish to preserve their Championship status and given their form this term, it is clearly far too late for this to happen.

Ipswich sit twelve points away from safety with a far-inferior goal-difference to every other side in the division with the exception of fellow relegation-strugglers Bolton Wanderers. They have scored just 28 league goals this season with 60 leaked during this time and as such it is little wonder that the bookmakers have them chalked-in as near-certainties for relegation at odds as low as 1/1000 odds-on.

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As far as relegation is concerned, the bookies are also confident that Bolton Wanderers will be joining Ipswich in the third-tier nest season, the Trotters 1/16 to be plying their trade in League One at the start of 2019/20. The Lancashire side have lost 21 of their 36 games this season – more than any other Championship side, including Ipswich Town – and the likelihood of them managing a great escape seems a very remote one.

The bottom three in the Championship is completed by Rotherham United, the Millers having been relegated from the Championship two seasons ago and bouncing straight back up at the end of 2017/18. A second relegation in three seasons could be on the cards for the South Yorkshire side although they sit just a single point below Millwall as things stand, the bookmakers going 1/2 on Rotherham to be relegated and 4/1 on Millwall.

 

Championship Relegation – BetVictor Odds

 

1/1000 – Ipswich Town

1/25  –   Bolton Wanderers

1/2  –   Rotherham United

3/1  –   Reading

4/1  –   Millwall

8/1  –   Wigan Athletic