Leicester City and Brighton and Hove Albion have been made joint-favourites ahead of Watford and Crystal Palace to secure promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs after a frantic final weekend in the Championship.
Hull City eventually sealed their return to the top flight with a 2-2 draw against champions Cardiff City, though they had to wait to discover their fate as there was a long delay in the game between Watford and Leeds United.
The Tigers came off the pitch with the game at Vicarage Road finely poised at 1-1, but Ross McCormack’s stoppage-time winner for Leeds sent the Hull players into raptures and consigned Gianfranco Zola’s men to the play-offs.
The Hornets will face Leicester City, who sneaked in despite sitting in eighth place prior to the weekend’s action.
The Foxes needed to win at east Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest – who were two points above them – and also hope that Bolton Wanderers dropped points against Blackpool to secure an unlikely spot in the play-offs.
Remarkably, that exact scenario panned out as Anthony Knockaert scored in injury time to secure a dramatic late 3-2 triumph for Leicester at the City Ground, while Bolton were only able to draw with the Seasiders.
As a result, Leicester are now as short as 11/5 to secure promotion (see the market by clicking here), with Watford an 11/4 shot ahead of the play-off semi-final first leg between the sides at the King Power Stadium on Thursday evening.
Meanwhile, Brighton, who are the only side in the play-offs to be in the top half of the Championship form table, beat relegated Wolverhampton Wanderers on the final day to extend their unbeaten run to nine games.
No team in the division has lost fewer games that the Seagulls and they are also available at 11/5 to clinch promotion to England’s top flight for the first time in over 30 years.
In other words, new bwin customers backing Gus Poyet’s men to go up with their free £20 bet after registering would pocket winnings of £64 if successful.
But if Brighton are to make it to Wembley, first they must get past bitter rivals Crystal Palace in what promises to be a mouth-watering two-legged tie.
The Eagles ended their nine-game winless run on Saturday with a pulsating come-from-behind 3-2 win over Peterborough United – a result that saw Posh relegated with just moments of the season remaining.
Ian Holloway’s men, who host Brighton in the first leg on Friday, are rated as the 7/2 outsiders to secure promotion.