Championship Title Race – Leeds United 11/10 to finish in pole position

Leeds United further cemented their position at the top of the Championship with a win on Friday evening

Leeds United’s promotion bid has received a bit of a battering in recent weeks thanks to back-to-back defeats to Hull City (0-2) and Nottingham Forest (4-2), however Marcelo Bielsa’s men got things back on track with an impressive 2-0 win over fellow promotion-hopefuls Derby County in the opening Championship match of the weekend on Friday evening. This lifted the Whites some four points clear at the top of the division and the bookmakers responded by slashing their title odds to just 11/10. Consistency has been lacking somewhat for Leeds of late, however with the sides immediately below them in the league table also dropping points in abundance, the Championship title really is their’s to lose.

Norwich City were setting the race for a while but they slipped-up in their title ambitions when drawing 1-1 with West Bromwich Albion, a decent enough result given that the Baggies have been red-hot at the Hawthorns but disappointing in that the Canaries are losing ground on their promotion rivals. Alex Neil’s men now sit third in the Championship table with Sheffield United having leapfrogged them thanks to a narrow 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers at Bramall Lane.

Hull City are without doubt a side to watch at the moment, the Tigers having won their last six Championship outings and avoiding defeat in their last nine. This is an excellent run for a side which started the season with just a single league win in seven and they head into their next outing having scored eighteen goals in their last six Championship games. There’s still a long way to go before the Tigers can start dreaming of automatic promotion but Nigel Adkins’ men have hauled themselves out of the relegation zone to within four points of the play-offs and should they continue in a similar fashion for the rest of the season, then they might find themselves closing the gap between themselves and the league leaders.

 

Championship Title – William Hill Odds

 

11/10 – Leeds United

9/2  –  Norwich City

7/2  –  Sheffield United

5/1  –  West Bromwich Albion

12/1 –  Middlesbrough

25/1 –  Derby County

100/1 – Aston Villa

100/1 – Nottingham Forest

250/1 – Birmingham City

250/1 – QPR