QPR boss Neil Warnock was probably watching Saturday’s Championship action a little apprehensively after his side’s third successive draw at Bristol City on Friday night handed the play-off place occupants an opportunity to close the gap on the league leaders.
The results fell far better for the Hoops than the former Sheffield United manager must have expected though, as third-placed Watford were beaten 2-0 at home by Scunthorpe and fourth-placed Burnley were hammered 4-0 at Turf Moor by Reading, having last lost there in April.
Swansea and Norwich capitalised with home victories over Leicester – Sven Goran Eriksson’s first defeat – and Middlesbrough, however the damage could have been far worse for 11/8 title favourites QPR, with the table-toppers still six points clear of the Swans in third.
The west Londoners will be joined in first place by Cardiff, who are 11/4 to win the league, on Monday if the Bluebirds overcome out-of-form Leeds United at Elland Road, a prospect rated at 8/5, but their goal difference remains vastly superior.
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