Cardiff City won for the first time in four games to extend their lead over the chasing pack at the top of the Championship to seven points and with a game in hand over Hull City, Watford, Crystal Palace, Nottingham Forest, Leicester City and Brighton and Hove Albion, the Bluebirds are string favourites at 9/100 to clinch the title.
Goals either side of half time from Don Cowie and Matthew Connolly secured the victory over lowly Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, and bwin now make Malky Mackay’s side 1/50 to be promoted by any means.
Second place Hull City continued their inconsistent run by losing at home to form side Nottingham Forest.
The Tigers, who lost for a third game in six games, took the lead through George Boyd on the stroke of half time, though second half strikes from Darius Henderson and Lewis McGugan handed Billy Davies’ men a sixth straight victory.
Hull remain second favourites to go up at 4/5, and 9/1 to take first place, while Forest’s promotion odds have been slashed to 3/1 (200/1 to win the division).
Watford stay in third place despite losing back to back league games for the first time since the beginning of the year.
Their 1-0 defeat to Barnsley sees their promotion odds drift slightly to 11/10, with a market leading price of 20/1 on offer for the Hornets securing the league championship.
Both Crystal Palace and Leicester City also lost, to Brighton and Hove Albion and Derby County respectively.
Palace stay in fourth place despite the defeat, and are 7/4 to be playing Premier League football next season, with seventh place Brighton a 9/2 chance. Leicester, who remain in the play offs on goal difference are available at 7/2.
Bolton Wanderers and Middlesbrough are both five points off the top six having each suffered 1-0 defeats, and are available at 15/2 and 25/1 respectively in the promotion market, with tenth place Leeds United also 25/1 having lost to Huddersfield Town.