Sheffield United are now 7/2 second favourites in bwin’s Championship winner odds after rattling off four straight victories in this division.
David McGoldrick’s 10th goal of the season helped the Blades to beat QPR 1-0 at Bramall Lane and move up into the automatic promotion places.
United boss Chris Wilder said: “It is job done, it was a tough game. No result is given to you in the Championship and you have to work extremely hard to do things right.
“Given the run they’re on, it is well deserved. We’ve had to overcome stubborn and difficult opposition, but I think the right result is the one that has happened.
“We always talk about that it’s not going to be free-flowing and we’re not going to create chance after chance, but we’ve talked about that one bit of quality that we need and we’ve got it.”
Leeds are four points clear at the top of the table and quoted at Evens in this market after bouncing back from a couple of losses with a 2-0 triumph over Derby at Elland Road.
Goals from Kemar Roofe and Jack Harrison secured a welcome win for United, although the result was overshadowed by a ‘spying’ incident in the build-up.
Rams manager Frank Lampard declared: “We can’t open the door to this thing happening every week. What kind of farce would that be? Everyone sending undercover people, drones, etc into training. It would be farcical.
“Cheating is a big word. If you talk about details and gaining advantages, great and good managers do that.
“But this one is over the line. It’s not just a toe over the line, it’s a hop, skip and a jump over the line.
“I’d rather not coach than send people undercover on their hands and knees with pliers and bolt cutters to go and look at the opposition, because I respect the opposition.”
Derby are out to 40/1 after that defeat left them 11 points off the pace.
Baggies and Canaries share the spoils
Canaries substitute Jordan Rhodes struck in the 83rd minute to cancel out Dwight Gayle’s 12th-minute opener for Albion.
City dropped four points behind Leeds, but it was the eighth time this season they have come back in the last 10 minutes of a game to avoid defeat – winning five and drawing three.
Daniel Farke commented: “We know that we are capable to be there with late goals to turn games.
“There is a brilliant atmosphere within the group. We believe and we have this mentality – never say die.”
The Baggies are three points further back, but Darren Moore insisted: “I thought it was a great performance against high-level opposition and I thought that we controlled the game for long spells.
“We drew the game but when you look at the performance, it was excellent. That is why I am full of vigour.”
Middlesbrough are 16/1 to be crowned champions following a hard-fought 2-1 win at Birmingham.
Lewis Wing opened the scoring with a neat 37th-minute goal for the visitors but the Blues hit back thanks to Che Adams’ 79th-minute equaliser.
However, Boro managed to pick themselves up and win it through substitute Britt Assombalonga three minutes later.
Tony Pulis said: “Winning so well away from home shows the character of the team. We had to show it in the second half when we had to dig in against some determined opposition.”
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