Leeds United are the odds-on favourites in bwin’s Championship winner predictions after returning to the top of the table at the weekend.
A 2-0 win in the Yorkshire derby at Barnsley lifted Leeds back above Swansea on goal difference and the Whites are now 17/20 to claim the title.
On-loan striker Eddie Nketiah, on as a 70th-minute substitute for Patrick Bamford, made it four goals in six appearances when he broke the deadlock in the 84th minute before winning a penalty that was coolly converted by Mateusz Klich five minutes later.
Leeds have now won six consecutive away matches in all competitions for only the third time in their history, previously doing so in 1931 and 1963.
Nketiah is a useful option to bring off the bench for Bielsa, who said: “Eddie has different characteristics, and in a match like that he is a good option.
“Some players are involved a lot before creating chances. Nketiah is more involved at the end of the action, but he has good characteristics to combine with his team-mates to give us these options. He is a striker who can score goals. For me, he is a complete player.”
Swansea could not build on their previous victory at Elland Road and have drifted to 12/1 in the Championship winner betting after a 1-0 defeat at home to Nottingham Forest, who are now fifth favourites at 20/1.
Fulham lose further ground on leaders
Fulham are the biggest threat to Leeds according to bwin’s Championship outright odds but they dropped points for the fifth time this season.
Anthony Knockaert’s fortunate opener gave the Cottagers a deserved lead but West Brom rescued a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage thanks to Semi Ajayi’s equaliser.
Fulham are now 5/1 for the title and manager Scott Parker was frustrated that his side abandoned their control-based possession game in the last 30 minutes.
“We kept turning the ball over and made it into a basketball game, a 50-50,” he said. “I was standing on the sidelines and I started feeling that we were vulnerable. In the end, if West Brom had won the game, we might have had to say they deserved it at that point.
“It just proved the way that I want the players to play. If we turn games into basketball games, we are going to be beaten, because we haven’t got the players to play like that.”
Bristol City’s Championship winner odds have been cut to 22/1 after a 2-1 win at Stoke lifted them to fourth in the table, while Sheffield Wednesday can be backed at 25/1 after new manager Garry Monk’s reign began with a 2-0 victory at Huddersfield.
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