Middlesbrough pounce for Championship pole ahead of Watford test

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The crazy world of the 2014/15 Championship saw more twists and turns at the top on Friday, with Middlesbrough emerging as new leaders ahead of 6/4 title favourites Bournemouth in second, after Aitor Karanka’s side’s 1-0 win at home to Wigan.

On-loan Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford was once again the hero with his 17th strike of the season, meaning Boro travel to Watford a point clear and 5/2 second-favourites to finish top of the pile, while 4/9 currently says they’ll be a Premier League side next term.

Hosts Watford are 13/10 to win that match, which will be live on Sky Sports midday on Easter Monday, with the visitors 2/1 and the draw 12/5.

The Hornets are 1/1 for promotion after scrambling a 2-2 draw away to Derby, where they went 1-0 up and 2-1 down over the course of the 90, leaving them just two points behind Karanka’s boys in fourth, with Bournemouth and Norwich in between.

Eddie Howe’s Cherries should also feel fortunate not to have lost against Ipswich, who are only six points behind Bournemouth, after the Tractor Boys took the lead in the sixth minute through former West Ham striker Freddie Sears, holding onto it until Kenwyne Jones’ 82nd-minute equaliser.

Every team down to Wolves in eighth has a realistic chance of making the playoffs, with Kenny Jackett’s side level on points with sixth-placed Derby and just seven off top spot.

Wolves take on Leeds on Easter Monday evening, also live on Sky Sports, with the Midlanders 5/6 to inflict a second defeat in a row on Neil Redfearn’s side after they lost 3-0 at home to Blackburn, their first reverse in six games.

At the other end of the table, Blackpool were denied their first away win of the season at Bolton by an Eidur Gudjohnsen equaliser. The Seasiders have pulled off just four victories in the Championship all term.

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