While Newcastle are storming to the title in the Championship and are now no bigger than 1/4 with Coral, the promotion betting looks wide open – with a host of clubs jostling for positions in the top six.
One team to keep a close eye on is Aston Villa, who most firms are trying to keep on-side. After a desperate 2-0 defeat at Preston back in October, which cost Roberto Di Matteo his job, Villa looked to be artificially short in the promotion betting at 15/2. But that appears to have been a wise move on the part of the layers as Villa are on a six-match unbeaten run since the appointment of Steve Bruce and they were unlucky not to win at second-placed Brighton on Friday.
It speaks volumes that Villa supporters have quickly taken to Bruce, who managed rivals Birmingham. He’s a specialist at this level and can keep his side on an upward trajectory, having already moved them up from 20th position to 13th.