Cardiff City secured the Championship title on Saturday and Hull City look primed to join them in the Premier League ahead of Watford, but the battle between Brighton & Hove Albion, Crystal Palace, Bolton Wanderers, Leicester City and Nottingham Forest for the three available play-off spots could well go to the wire.
David Edgar’s last-minute equaliser for Burnley salvaged a 1-1 draw against Cardiff at Turf Moor, allowing Malky Mackay’s men to take their place in the top flight after a 53-year absence as champions.
The Bluebirds, who were priced as high as 11/1 before a ball was kicked in August, are now rated as 3/4 chances to suffer immediate relegation next term, while they are 11/10 to survive.
Hull were held to a disappointing goalless draw by bottom club Bristol City at the KC Stadium but they still have a four-point cushion on Watford and will clinch promotion if the Hornets lose at Leicester on Friday evening.
If Watford avoid defeat, then the Tigers can secure their return to the top flight at relegation-threatened Barnsley on Saturday afternoon.
Bwin offer odds of 1/16 for Steve Bruce’s men to go up, ahead of the Hornets’ price of 9/4.
Gianfranco Zola’s men thumped Blackburn Rovers 4-0 on Saturday to secure at least a play-off place and leave the former Premier League champions dangerously close to the drop zone, though they do have a game in hand over the teams below them.
Brighton and Hove Albion moved up to fourth place following their superb 6-1 demolition of Blackpool and could secure a top-six finish at Leeds United at the weekend.
The Seagulls are 11/4 to be promoted, just ahead of rivals Crystal Palace, who are now priced at 9/2 after extending their winless run to seven games by drawing 2-2 with Leicester, though Ian Holloway’s men do have a game in hand over all the other sides in contention.
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Bolton moved back in to the play-off places ahead of the Foxes with victory over Middlesbrough and are also 9/2 in the promotion market, ahead of Nigel Pearson’s men, who are an 11/2 shot following their draw at Selhurst Park.
Forest are the only other side who realistically have a chance of making the play-offs, though their inability to score for a third straight game in a 0-0 draw with Barnsley has seen their price drift way out to 12/1.