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The English Championship never gets as much attention as the English Premier League, but that certainly doesn't mean that it's an event you should ignore as far as the betting point of view is concerned. In fact, the contrary might be true - with everyone focusing on the number one league in England, there should be more value to be found in the lower leagues. And, of course, the pre-season markets are no exception in that regard.

For the upcoming season, we think that the magic of Burnley could continue to shine for a bit longer than most think. Teams that have just been relegated tend to have poor runs in the very next season, but Burnley are a very consistent team on all fronts and they've gained plenty of experience in their EPL campaign, so they do look worth a punt to us at 15.00 with Bet365, who are also offering nice conditions for the each-way option.

Another bet that we like is on Sheffield Wednesday to finish within the top six. Bet365 are offering 3.75 for that to happen and, given the flurry of news that's coming from that team virtually every single day, we think that this is the shrewd bet to have in the upcoming season of the English Championship. If the team gels together well, they could even have an outside shot at winning the title.

Finally, we're also going to suggest the very same bet on Cardiff, a team that is priced at 4.50 to finish within the top six at Bet365. They did struggle in the previous season, but they did find some flair in its second half and we think that they've got enough quality to go to quite some distance if they start well, so we wouldn't really have them above 3.80 or so to achieve the aforementioned feat.

Our selections:

Burnley to win the English Championship 2015/2016 at 15.00 @ Bet365 (Each-Way 1/4 1-2-3)

To Finish in Top Six - Sheffield Wednesday at 3.75 @ Bet365

To Finish in Top Six - Cardiff at 4.50 @ Bet365

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