Watford have moved into the automatic promotion places of the Championship after beating Derby County at Vicarage Road on Saturday, while Cardiff City got back on track but Crystal Palace, Hull City and Leicester City all slipped up.
The Hornets are now best priced to clinch a place in the top flight with bwin, who offer a market-leading 11/10 for them to return to the Premier League after a six-year absence following their 2-1 triumph over the Rams.
Goals from Matej Vydra and Joel Ekstrand were enough to secure victory for Gianfranco Zola’s men, who survived a nervy finish to the game after Jamie Ward pulled one back for Derby with 17 minutes remaining.
Watford moved into second spot, ahead of Hull on goal difference, after the Tigers slumped to a disappointing 4-1 reverse at Bolton Wanderers which leaves them as 11/10 chances to secure promotion by any means required.
Cardiff are now just 1/33 to go up after they bounced back from Tuesday’s defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion with victory at Wolverhampton Wanderers, and you can get a price of 3/19 for them to lift the Championship trophy.
Crystal Palace stay fourth despite losing to Sheffield Wednesday and are now 9/4 to be promoted, just behind Leicester City, who are now 5/4 following their goalless draw with Blackpool – a result which leaves them in fifth position.
Brighton moved into the play-off places after stretching their unbeaten run to four games with victory over Burnley, and Gus Poyet’s men are now a 5/1 shot to make the Premier League.
Middlesbrough are priced at 12/1 after slipping out of the play-off positions following their defeat to Millwall, while you can get the same price for Nottingham Forest, who were 2-0 winners over Charlton Athletic at the Valley.
The Reds have taken seven points from nine under Billy Davies, a run which has taken them to within four points of the top six.
Meanwhile, tenth-placed Blackburn Rovers are a 10/1 shot after drawing with Leeds United, who themselves sit in ninth, and are available at 20/1.
Those two sides have a game in hand over the two teams directly above them and Blackburn could rise two places with victory over Leicester at King Power Stadium on Tuesday evening.