Norwich have been slashed to 7/1 in bwin’s Championship winner odds following a run of four straight wins in this division.
Finland striker Teemu Pukki hit a double in last week’s 4-0 victory at Sheffield Wednesday, which sent the Canaries joint top of the table, only trailing Leeds on goal difference.
Daniel Farke’s pioneering young side blew away the Owls with four second-half goals – three of which were scored within the space of 12 minutes.
The manager said: “We are pretty happy with this result and also with the performance. In the second half, we could speed up our game-play.
“It’s important to enjoy this feeling, but it’s also important that the players and me have both feet on the ground.
“We know where we are coming from. We don’t lose the ground from under our feet.”
That put City top for 24 hours, but Leeds returned to the summit on Sunday when coming from behind to prevail 2-1 at Wigan and are now 13/4 favourites for the title.
On-loan Chelsea right-back Reece James gave Wigan the lead with a superbly-struck sixth-minute free-kick.
But Pablo Hernandez equalised within three minutes and Kemar Roofe took advantage of a defensive mix-up to score what proved to be the winner just 39 seconds into the second period.
“If we look at the chances we created, chances they created, possession…we should have scored more goals,” commented Marcelo Bielsa.
“But it was very important to win, especially having only drawn at home in our last game.”
Improving Forest blunt Blades
Sheffield United are a point back in third following their 1-0 loss at Nottingham Forest and can be backed at 11/2 in bwin’s Championship winner odds.
Lewis Grabban’s 10th goal in his last 11 appearances was enough to claim victory for Forest, who are four points off the pace and 18/1 to end up on top.
Aitor Karanka said: “It was a very big win and I’m really pleased for the players because I told them after the game that this team has not yet reached their peak. We are growing and improving a lot.”
Middlesbrough are two points behind the leaders following a goalless stalemate at Stoke, with the North-East outfit available at 11/2 to go up as champions.
Derby are on the same mark and quoted at 6/1 after coming from behind to beat Birmingham 3-1 at Pride Park.
The Blues had not lost since August 22 but they were blown away in the second period by goals from Mason Bennett, Harry Wilson and Jack Marriott.
“We weren’t turning quick enough and weren’t brave enough to take a bit of a risk on the ball,” said Frank Lampard. “We needed to be quicker on it.
“I said that in no uncertain terms and the great thing is the players took it on instantly and they changed it with their urgency in the way they played.”
West Brom fell five points off the pace when going down 1-0 at Hull and have drifted out to 13/2 in bwin’s Championship winner odds.
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