With just over 10 games left in the Championship, the race for Promotion is as tight as ever with over half the teams in the division still able win promotion to the Premier League.
Norwich, Sheffield United, Leeds and West Brom are leading the race and you would imagine are already guaranteed play-off spots at the very least barring a complete collapse.
But who will go through via the automatic promotion place and which teams will be battling off in the play-offs?
Norwich to win the division @ 13/10 – BET NOW
The Daniel Farke revolution at Carrow Road is just months away from reaching its peak as Norwich look to be side to beat from now until the end of the season.
The Canaries have by far the easiest run of the chasing pack with only Middlesbrough still to play out of the top six sides in the division.
Strong results against Sheffield United, West Brom and specifically the 3-1 victory over Leeds have tee-ed up promotion as Farke’s slick style becomes unplayable for many sides in the division.
Teemu Pukki’s twenty-three goals and seven assists have been invaluable for Norwich as the Finnish international tops the tree in the Golden Boot stakes.
But the Canaries are the top scorers in the division with 68 goals - only West Brom able to keep pace with the league leaders.
The bookies are convinced that Norwich are set promotion, but the real value lies in backing Farke’s side to win the league at a best-price of 13/10.
A couple of tricky fixtures towards the end of the season against Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa could see Norwich dropping points, but Norwich are the team to beat now.
Sheffield United to be promoted @ 1/2 – BET NOW
It was just a couple of weeks ago when the Blades lost a 3-0 lead in the final ten minutes against Aston Villa to draw the game 3-3, many feared that result was a gamchanger and that the knock-on effect for Sheffield United would be gigantic.
Since this kick-back, the Blades have come back sharper than ever with three wins and three consecutive clean sheets all with a make-shift back five.
Injuries to George Baldock, Jack O’Connell and suspension for Chris Basham have meant that Chris Wilder has had to rejig his side for the victories against West Brom, Reading and Middlesbrough but the likes of Martin Cranie, Martin Johnson, Richard Stearman and Kieron Freeman have slotted in as if they’ve played all season.
Tough fixtures await the Blades between now and the beginning of May with two consecutive South Yorkshire derbies up next, with visits from Bristol City and Nottingham Forest still to come.
February’s form shows that the Blades are here to stay after overcoming some tricky fixtures against fellow promotion rivals, but no team has picked up more than the 26 points Sheffield United have won since Boxing Day.
Leeds’ loss to QPR at the end of February has seen Sheffield United’s odds for promotion shorten further making them a firm second favourites to be playing Premier League football next season.
The Blades are now 1/2 to secure top-flight football for next year by either the automatics or the play-off places and on current form they would be hard to bet against, but as we all know, the Championship is a cruel league.
Leeds to win the Championship @ 11/4 – BET NOW
It might be the chant that opposition fans love to sing, but despite Leeds the downturn in form since spygate, Leeds have not changed in recent week bar a few injuries.
Leeds still dominate games, the players don’t appear to have suffered the usual Bielsa fatigue yet. The only difference is the refusal to take their chances.
A midweek loss to QPR will be hard to stomach for players, fans and Bielsa himself but a win against West Brom would liven the mood around Elland Road and create breathing room between themselves and the fourth place Baggies side.
The West Yorkshire side have possibly the most difficult run-in towards the end of the season with the aforementioned West Brom, Sheffield United and Aston Villa still to visit Elland Road.
Away trips don’t become any easier with inform Bristol City, Preston and Brentford all hosting the Whites before the 46th and final match of the season.
Leeds are still a best-price of 8/15 to be promoted, but their odds to win the league are 11/4 behind the favourites Norwich, who’s odds shorten every week.
West Brom to be promoted @ 6/4 – BET NOW
Out of the three sides relegated from the Premier League last season, West Brom have equipped themselves better than the others, but last weekend’s defeat to Sheffield United highlighted a few glaring problems that have been present all season.
Darren Moore, for all his achievements since taking charge of the Baggies, has been reliant on his front three of outscoring the opposition.
There is little to no identity to this West Brom side which has made containing them rather simple in recent weeks.
Sheffield United might have had less of the ball against West Brom, but they were never in danger of conceding.
The match against Leeds is crucial for West Brom to maintain the pace with the top three, but a loss could see their automatic chances slip away with the playoff their best option of returning to the top flight.
The bookies make the Baggies 6/4 to be promoted this season and out of all the markets, this is the one that has the most value as winning the league looks out of the question at this stage.
Middlesbrough to be promoted @ 5/2 – BET NOW
There is disconnect between the Boro fans and the man in charge at the Riverside. Despite sitting fifth in the table, fans are dissatisfied with the style of play, the poor home record and an awful goal tally.
Small margins are everything in Tony Pulis’ game but with many other clubs playing exciting brands of football to get out of the division, Boro look to be stuck in the past.
They might have the best defence in the league, but they’re in the bottom half of the table when it comes to goals scored.
Usually one team manages to gain promotion through the traditional British style of play and with Boro currently five points clear of Bristol City, who finish up the top six, Pulis will have his chance to prove that if it isn’t broken, then don’t fix it.
Preston to finish in the top 6 @ 20/1 – BET NOW
Every team from Bristol City in 6th to Sheffield Wednesday in 12th place has a realistic shot of winning that last play-off slot.
Bristol City were the form team in the division as of late, but back-to-back defeats has prevented Lee Johnson’s side from pulling away from 7th place Derby County who are stagnating right on cue.
One side who have everything to maintain a late play-off push is Preston. Alex Neil’s side had a nightmare start to the season, but the performances kept coming.
Preston haven’t lost in the league since New Year’s Day and in that time they've taken points off Derby and Forest and beat league leaders Norwich.
Sheffield United, Leeds United and West Brom all need to visit Deepdale before the end of the season which means Alex Neil’s side could have a huge say on the promotion race if they maintain their strong form.
Currently, you can get a huge price of 66/1 for Preston to win promotion which looks unlikely, but for a top 6 finish North End are 20/1 to be in the play-offs which could prove to be a strong bet if they keep brushing their opponents aside.
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