Cardiff City went a step closer to securing promotion to the Premier League by extending their latest unbeaten run in the Championship to nine games with a 2-1 victory over Bristol City on Saturday.
Goals either side of half-time from home debutant Frazier Campbell secured victory for Malky Mackay’s side, who sit eight points clear of second-placed Hull City and 11 points ahead of third-placed Watford, with a game in hand over both sides.
The Bluebirds are now as short as 1/33 to be promoted, so you may favour the value offered for those who could go up alongside them.
With two games in hand over the three sides directly above them having not played at the weekend, Leicester City remain second favourites at 8/13, while Hull City are now priced at 5/4 having moved into the automatic promotion places with victory over Charlton Athletic.
Watford, for their part, are a 2/1 shot (from 5/2) having thrashed Birmingham City 4-0 at St Andrews, with goals from Troy Deeney (2), Ikechi Anya and Almen Abdi keeping the Hornets firmly in the automatic promotion frame.
Just a point back from Gianfranco Zola’s men in fourth place are Crystal Palace, whose odds of returning to the top flight were slashed from 3/1 to 5/2 after they handed Middlesbrough a sixth defeat in seven league games.
Boro remain in sixth place and are now 11/2 to secure a return to the Premier League, but with the Teesiders so out of form, a play-off place could well be up for grabs for one of the sides below them.
Brighton and Hove Albion are in pole position, as victory in their game in hand would take them just a point outside the top six, and you can back Gus Poyet’s men reaching the promised land of the Premier League at a market-leading 9/1 with bwin.
The same price is on offer for Michael Appleton’s Blackburn Rovers, who are six points off the top six with a game in hand, though they do have the distraction of their forthcoming FA Cup quarter-final with Millwall on the horizon, having beaten the odds to knock out Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.