Leicester City were the big winners in the latest round of action in the Championship as they thrashed bottom club Bristol City to cash in on top two Cardiff City and Hull City both failing to pick up maximum points.
A first-half hat-trick from Chris Wood and a Matty James strike after the interval gave the Foxes a resounding 4-0 win at Ashton Gate and sealed the fate of Robins boss Derek McInnes, who was swiftly dismissed after the match.
The impressive triumph allowed Nigel Pearson’s men to move to within ten points of leaders Cardiff City, who failed to score for the first time in 25 games as they were held by Ipswich Town in South Wales.
However, Cardiff were still able to extend their advantage at the top of the Championship at the weekend to eight points after second-placed Hull City slipped to a shock 3-1 defeat by struggling Sheffield Wednesday at the KC Stadium.
Those results mean Leicester are second favourites to lift the Championship trophy at 4/1, just behind the 7/10 on offer for Cardiff, while at 8/1, Hull are the only other team in the division with single-figure title-winning odds.
The Foxes are also in to 11/10 to secure promotion, with the Tigers now a 6/4 to return to the Premier League at the third time of asking and Malky Mackay’s leaders an understandably short 1/9 to join rivals Swansea City in the top flight.
Crystal Palace slipped to fourth place after going down 1-0 to Burnley and are now 5/2 to go up, as are Middlesbrough, who were beaten at home by 5/1 promotion shots Watford, with both sides currently occupying a play-off position.
Millwall stay seventh after sharing the spoils with Bolton Wanderers and are best priced with bwin at a generous 12/1, while we are top price for Brighton and Hove Albion, who are now a 7/1 chance after beating Derby County.
Alex McLeish registered his first win as Nottingham Forest manager, beating Peterborough United 2-1 and rising to ninth place, just three points off the play offs.
The Reds are now priced at 8/1 to be promoted, just ahead of Blackburn Rovers and Leeds United, who are both a 10/1 chance.
Blackburn drew 1-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday night hours after announcing Michael Appleton as their new manager, while Leeds lost to struggling local rivals Barnsley at Oakwell on Saturday.