Cardiff City heaped the pressure on the chasing pack in the Championship after thrashing Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on Friday evening, a result which temporarily gave the Bluebirds a four-point lead in the division.
The Bluebirds were good value for their 4-1 win over Henning Berg’s men and the bwin bookies reacted to that impressive success by slashing their title odds from 5/2 to 6/4, while they are now at just 4/9 (from 7/10) to secure promotion by any means.
In other words, punters registering today and using their free £20 bet to back the Bluebirds to win the Championship title would pocket winnings of £50 if successful.
Blackburn, for their part, are now a 6/1 shot to make an immediate return to the top flight, but judging by their difficulties since Berg’s arrival, that price is best swerved.
Second-placed Crystal Palace trail Cardiff by three points after a 2-2 draw with manager Ian Holloway’s former club Blackpool at Selhurst Park.
The result keeps the Eagles at 2/1 in the promotion market, while they have drifted out to 6/1 to finish in first place.
Middlesbrough climbed to third place after beating bottom-of-the-table Peterborough United at London Road.
Posh had drawn level after being 2-0 down after just 20 minutes, but Ishmael Miller’s 76th-minute strike secured the points for Tony Mowbary’s men, who are now at a market-leading price of 3/1 with bwin to reach the Premier League.
Hull City are joint on points with Boro after beating Watford 2-1 and remain a 4/1 shot to return to the top flight after a three-year absence, while Gianfranco Zola’s men can be backed at 11/2.
Leicester City remain second favourites for promotion despite dropping points in a 2-2 draw with lowly Barnsley at the King Power Stadium, and the Foxes are now 11/10 to go up by any means and a 5/1 shot to become champions.
Elsewhere, Brighton and Hove Albion and Bolton Wanders both drew 2-2 at Charlton Athletic and Huddersfield Town respectively.
Gus Poyet’s men are 5/1 in the promotion market, while you can back the Trotters, who are just seven points off the play-offs despite sitting in 18th place, at 7/1.
Leeds United are a 6/1 chance for promotion despite their 3-1 defeat at Derby County, while Nottingham Forest, who returned to winning ways by beating Burnley 2-0, can be backed at 8/1 – another price which won’t be beaten elsewhere.