Sheffield Wednesday beating Newcastle United on Saturday has led to a major shift in the Championship promotion odds.
Brighton won at QPR on Friday night and they are now clear favourites to end up top of the table, with the best odds showing Chris Hughton’s team odds on at 5/6 and Rafa Benitez’ team now out to 11/10 to finish as champions.
Defeats for Huddersfield and Reading saved Newcastle from having a really bad day of it and the fact that David Wagner’s team are 750/1 third favourites for the title tells you this is very much a two horse race.
To finish in the top two, Newcastle and Brighton are basically unbackable, with odds of 1/250 and 1/500 respectively. Huddersfield are 25/1 but they would need to win pretty much all six remaining games and need Newcastle or Brighton to pick up hardly any points from their remaining five matches.
Taking a step back, if you ignore Newcastle and Brighton then it is a really interesting battle to see who else will go up.
The bookies make Huddersfield only 9/4 to do it but Sheff Wed (4/1) have arguably been the best of the teams in third to sixth place when facing Newcastle this season.
Friday night result:
QPR 1 Brighton 2
Saturday afternoon’s results:
Fulham 3 Ipswich 1
Leeds 3 Preston 0
Norwich 7 Reading 1
Nottingham Forest 2 Huddersfield 0
Sheff Wed 2 Newcastle 1
New Championship table after weekend’s results:
Best odds available to finish as Champions:
11/10 Newcastle United
To finish in Top Two:
1/250 Newcastle United
3000/1 Sheff Wed
To be promoted:
1/50 Newcastle United
4/1 Sheff Wed