Watford reclaimed second spot in the Championship after coming from behind to beat Sheffield Wednesday at Vicarage Road on Tuesday night as Cardiff City again dropped points and Crystal Palace scored a major victory at Hull City.
Fernando Forestieri’s second-half brace was enough to see Gianfranco Zola’s men extend their unbeaten run to seven games after Michail Antonio had given the Owls a surprise lead.
The Hornets are now second favourites for promotion at a price of 4/5, while they can be backed at 11/2 to clinch the title after moving to within five points of long-time leaders Cardiff.
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Cardiff, for their part, needed a late goal from Craig Noone to save them from a second defeat in four days.
The 1-1 draw with Derby County has seen the Bluebirds’ odds for promotion drift ever so slightly to 1/19 and they are now 1/4 to lift the Championship trophy.
Hull City dropped out of the automatic promotion places following their crushing 4-2 defeat by fourth-placed Crystal Palace, who moved to within two points of the top two after a Kevin Phillips hat-trick helped them secure what could prove a priceless Selhurst Park triumph.
Steve Bruce’s men are now 11/10 to go up, with Palace a 7/4 shot, while the sides are 10/1 and 14/1 respectively to win the division.
Michael Keane’s stoppage-time equaliser helped fifth-placed Leicester City claim a point against Leeds United, who subsequently dropped a place to tenth.
The Foxes are 2/1 to be playing Premier League football next season and Neil Warnock’s chances of an eighth career promotion stand at 16/1, with the Whites six points outside the play-off spots with nine games to go.
Brighton and Hove Albion’s 0-0 draw with Barnsley was enough to keep them in sixth, although they are now just two points clear of Nottingham Forest, who were 1-0 winners over Ipswich Town.
Gus Poyet’s side are now a 9/2 shot to make the top flight, with Forest’s odds being slashed to 8/1 after a fourth consecutive victory under Billy Davies.
Middlesbrough are 12/1 after two late goals from Alan Lee and Danny Ward saw them lose 2-1 at Huddersfield Town, while Bolton Wanderers are now available at 10/1 as their unbeaten run was stretched to seven games with a 1-0 victory over local rivals Blackburn Rovers.