Bournemouth have been cut to 10/3 in bwin’s Championship winner odds after opening up a three-point lead at the top of the table.
The Cherries enjoyed a near-perfect weekend ahead of the international break as they extended their unbeaten start to the season while several of their expected title rivals dropped points.
Scott Parker’s men are the only team still unbeaten in the EFL and have won five of their last six matches.
They went behind for the first time this season against Sheffield United on Saturday but took just six minutes to equalise before completing a 2-1 win.
Parker said: “We had a bit of adversity today. That was the first time we have been behind this season but the reaction of the players to that pleased me greatly.
“After we scored the penalty, I saw a group of men wanting to grab the ball, put it in the centre-circle and go and win.
“We are going to need that mindset and that mentality throughout the year as we will go behind many times in the future.
“We are top of the table, undefeated, but we realise there is a lot of football to play.”
That was a fifth defeat of the season for the Blades, who were relegated from the Premier League last season, and United are now 33/1 to go straight back up as champions.
Blow for Baggies and Fulham falter
It was a bad weekend for all three relegated clubs and Fulham manager Marco Silva was forced to apologise to the travelling fans after his team were thrashed 4-1 at Coventry.
“It’s something that I don’t like to say but I have to apologise to our fans,” bemoaned Silva. “The second half was wrong, everything was all wrong from the beginning to the end of the second half.”
West Brom are also available at 9/4 despite their unbeaten start ending with a 1-0 defeat at Stoke on Friday.
Baggies boss Valerien Ismael said: “We tried to play but we lost the ball and it’s as simple as that. After that you need to run after it and Stoke was the best team we have played so far.
“You see the quality in the Championship and we need to raise the quality.”
Stoke are now just one point behind West Brom and can be backed at 10/1 for the title.
QPR are sixth after enjoying back-to-back home wins against Birmingham and Preston and are now 20/1 in the Championship winner odds, while eighth-placed Blackburn have drifted to 50/1 after two successive away defeats at Huddersfield and Blackpool.
Nottingham Forest only picked up one point from their first seven matches but have collected 10 from four after sacking Chris Hughton.
Former Swansea boss Steve Cooper has hit the ground running as Hughton’s successor and Forest, who have climbed to 17th in the table, could be interesting outsiders at 66/1 if their improvement continues.
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