Championship promotion race

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With just seven games to go the Championship table couldn’t be much tighter at the top with just eight points separating the top eight teams.

Championship top scorers Bournemouth currently lead the way and appear to have the easiest run in on paper after Friday’s trip to fellow promotion-chasers Ipswich.

Slavisa Jokanovic’s Watford are currently second in the Championship mainly due to in-form striker Troy Deeney, who has scored eight goals in his last nine games.

Middlesbrough are currently out of the automatic promotion spots on goal difference after losing 3-0 at Bournemouth last time out but a run of just one defeat in sixteen home games has seen them well and truly in contention for a return to the Premier League.

Norwich City have picked up eight wins from their last eleven games including wins over Watford, Ipswich and Wolves, which has leapfrogged them into promotion contention after an inconsistent first half of the season before Alex Neil took charge.

In contrast, Derby County started the season as one of the favourites to clinch promotion after losing in the Championship play-off final to QPR last season, however a run of form which has seen them pick up just two points from their last six games has seen them slip out of the automatic promotion spots.

Ipswich Town currently occupy the final play-off position after back-to-back 1-0 wins against Bolton and Watford. Mick McCarthy’s side will be boosted for a final promotion push by the return of highly-rated midfielder Jonny Williams on loan from Crystal Palace.

Brentford have shown their resilience by coming from behind in their last two games to pick up four points in total as Mark Warburton’s men look to achieve back-to-back promotions. On-loan Spurs midfielder Alex Pritchard continues to impress and has emerged as a stand out player in the Championship this season.

The final team in promotion contention is Wolves, who like Brentford are looking to achieve back-to-back promotions. The January arrival of prolific striker Benik Afobe has added to the already impressive attacking threat of Bakary Sako and Nouha Dicko.

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To win the Championship:

Bournemouth – 11/10

Middlesbrough – 7/2

Norwich – 9/2

Watford – 5/1

Derby – 20/1

Ipswich – 66/1

To be promoted:

Bournemouth – 1/4

Middlesbrough – 8/13

Watford – 4/5

Norwich – 5/6

Derby – 9/4

Ipswich – 5/1

Brentford – 10/1

Wolves – 11/1

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