Another thrilling weekend in the Championship ended with Cardiff City and Leicester City consolidating their position in the automatic promotions places after victories against Ipswich Town and Bristol City respectively, while wins for Wolverhampton Wanderers and Crystal Palace have also seen their odds of making the Premier League next season shorten.
Table toppers Cardiff came from behind at Ipswich to get maximum points for the third successive game and that 2-1 triumph means they are now just 13/10 to finally win promotion to England’s top division after ten years competing in the second tier.
Leicester did their chances of returning to the Premier League for the first time since 2004 no harm whatsoever with a 2-0 win over the Robins at King Power Stadium – their fifth straight league victory – and they are now joint favourites with Cardiff in the promotion and league winner markets.
Wolves bounced back from their midweek defeat at Selhurst Park to secure their fifth win in six league games, a 1-0 success at manageress Blackburn Rovers, and are now priced at just 11/4 to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking. Rovers, meanwhile, have drifted slightly to 5/2.
Despite the impressive statistics boasted by the league’s current top three, the form side in the division are Crystal Palace, who have surprisingly managed to string together an outstanding run which has seen them pick up 19 points from the last 21 available.
Dougie Freedman’s men are generously priced at 33/1 for the title, which may just prove a bridge too far, though you might be intrigued by the offer of 9/1 for the Eagles to merely win promotion.
Leeds United came out on top in their Yorkshire derby match against Barnsley and in doing so remain among the favourites to go up under Championship promotion mastermind Neil Warnock at odds of 7/2.
Brighton and Hove Albion, who were held by Derby County, are now 3/1 for promotion, while defeats for previous favourites Blackpool and Bolton have seen their odds drift to 4/1 and 9/2 respectively.
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