Leicester City moved above Cardiff City to the head of the Championship winner market after stretching their unbeaten run to six games on Saturday with a 1-1 draw against Lee Clark’s Birmingham City.
Ben Marshall’s 86th-minute equaliser at St Andrews was enough to send the Foxes to the summit of the Championship on goal difference after the Bluebirds, who previously led the table, fell to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Nottingham Forest.
Nigel Pearson’s men are now priced at 33/10 to claim the Championship crown in May, with Cardiff second favourites at 4/1, while both clubs are 5/4 to be promoted. Forest, whose win secured back-to-back league triumphs for the first time since February, are now just 6/1 to return to the top flight after a 13-year absence.
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Elsewhere, Blackburn Rovers, who still await the appointment of a permanent manager following Steve Kean’s departure, are second favourites to go up at 9/4, even though they slipped to ninth place after their 1-1 draw with Derby County.
Despite rising to third after their impressive 2-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers, Huddersfield Town are still generously priced at 15/2 for promotion, while Wolves, who now sit fifth, are third favourites at 5/2 and a 9/1 chance to win the title.
Leeds United are now 4/1 following their Friday night draw with Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday – which was marred by a shocking attack on Owls keeper Chris Kirkland by a Whites fan – with Bolton Wanderers and Brighton and Hove Albion both at the same price.
Blackpool are next in the promotion market at 9/2 despite suffering their fourth defeat in five games with a 1-0 reverse at Burnley, while Middlesbrough and Hull City are priced at 7/1 following victories over Brighton and Ipswich Town respectively.
Crystal Palace, who boast the league’s longest unbeaten run, remain fourth in the table and are now an 8/1 chance for promotion after rebuffing an approach from Bolton for boss Dougie Freedman.