For much of the 2018/19 season, the title race for the Scottish Championship has been very much a two-horse race with Ross County and Ayr United dominating proceedings in Scotland’s second-tier, however following the weekend round of fixtures things have suddenly become much less clear and the race for automatic promotion into the Scottish Premiership looks set to go right down to the wire.
As things stand Ross County are odds-on favourites to win the Championship title but their ambitions suffered a setback at the weekend when they were thrashed 4-0 by Queen of the South, the Dumfries side also enjoying an emphatic 5-0 win over promotion-hopefuls Ayr United earlier in the campaign. The Highlanders remain top of the league table despite this convincing defeat and they are 8/11 odds-on favourites with BetVictor Bookmakers to finish top of the pile come the end of the season, however just three points separate them from the rest of the chasing pack as things stand and another defeat could see them fall from pole position.
Ayr United have surprised many by steering themselves into promotion contention in the early stages of the campaign. The Honest Men have been in the top-two for much of the season, however they too suffered a setback at the weekend when they lost 1-0 to Inverness Caledonian Thistle, this putting them level on points with third-placed Dundee United. Ayr are 11/4 to win the Championship title but given that they have collected just a single point from their last three games, it’s clear that their chances of automatic promotion are fading fast.
Dundee United are certainly the biggest club in the second tier in terms of attendances but they are struggling once again to find the level of consistency needed to lift them into pole position in the Championship. Their 1-0 win over Dunfermline Athletic at the weekend lifted them to within three points of leaders Ross County, however this was only their second win in seven attempts and they need to grab themselves a winning streak if they are going to be considered one of the leading contenders for the Championship title.
As for fourth-placed Queen of the South, their 4-0 win over Ross County will have lifted spirits at Palmerston Park, however while they have generally been impressive in front of their home fans, their form on the road has been little to write home about. The Doonhamers do tend to finish in the top-half of the table but once again we expect them to run out of steam at the most important stage of the season.
Scottish Championship Title – BetVictor Odds
8/11 – Ross County
11/4 – Ayr United
7/2 – Dundee United
33/1 – Inverness Caledonian Thistle
66/1 – Queen of the South
200/1 – Dunfermline Athletic
200/1 – Greenock Morton