The race to the Premiership is gathering momentum, with Newcastle United and Brighton and Hove Albion currently holding the top two places in the Championship table. Automatic promotion is far from assured for both sides, however, while the make-up of the play-offs also has yet to be determined.
Of course, the Magpies are clear favourites to return to the EPL at the first attempt, as they remain in first place and 11 points ahead of the first play-off position. They are also 1/100 to earn promotion to the top flight, so the chances are that only a single automatic position remains realistically available outside of the play-offs.
The Geordies Are All But Up, But Who Will Follow Them?
Newcastle are also unbeaten in 10 league games, winning seven and drawing three during this time. They have also achieved two crucial victories over their nearest rivals in recent times, winning in consecutive games against second placed Brighton and third place Huddersfield during difficult away matches.
In contrast, Brighton’s form has stuttered recently, winning just one of their last three and following the home defeat against Newcastle with a 3-0 loss at Nottingham Forest. So while they retain a five point lead in second place and are 1/5 to earn promotion, it is important to note that they are in no way guaranteed to escape the lottery of the play-offs this term. Their position is exacerbated by the fact that third place Huddersfield have a game in hand, and winning this would put the Terriers within two points of automatic promotion.
Huddersfield have also won seven of their last 10 matches, with the 3-1 defeat against Newcastle ending an impressive, seven-game unbeaten run. This has seen their own odds of promotion slashed to just 6/5 with some bookmakers, meaning it could be worth taking a closer look at the Bonus Code site before laying down wagers on the Terriers’ success.
What About the Play-offs? Who Will Reign Supreme Here?
If Huddersfield do overhaul Brighton and claim the second automatic promotions slot, the Seagulls will most likely take their place in the play-offs. This leaves four teams realistically competing for the remaining three play-off places, with sixth place Sheffield Wednesday currently five points clear of their nearest rivals and within touching distance of Leeds and Reading above them.
This leaves in-form Fulham, who are currently seventh and five points behind Wednesday with a game in hand. They are the division’s fourth highest scorers and remain unbeaten in their last five games (winning four of these and scoring 13 goals in the process), while their promotion odds of 7/2 will surely offer an incentive to bettors.
Overall, the form guide suggests that Huddersfield could well supersede Brighton in second place, while Fulham have an excellent chance of earning a play-off place and using their momentum to gain promotion to the top flight.