QPR are the only unbeaten team in the Football League but they’re looking less likely to win the Championship with every passing week, so it was no shock that Cardiff overtook them both at the top of the table and in the title betting this weekend.
The Hoops were held to their sixth draw in seven by the only side in the division more skilled at spoiling the shares than them, Nottingham Forest, in a drab game at the City Ground and are out to 7/4 to finish first.
Cardiff on the other hand recorded their first victory in three away to the worst hosts in the league, Scunthorpe, with England’s Jay Bothroyd scoring two more in a 4-2 success.
It was a vital three points for the 6/4 frontrunners for top spot ahead of tough tests against Nottingham Forest and QPR and hands them a one-point advantage. On recent form, you’d have to say they are deserving of their favourite status.
Things are ridiculously yet not entirely surprisingly tight in the play-off regions – this is the Championship, after all – as two of the most in-form clubs, Derby and Portsmouth, suffered setbacks against Leicester and Doncaster.
Leeds exploited the situation with an impressive 3-1 triumph over improving Bristol City, as a hat-trick from substitute Luciano Becchio helped them up to fifth and ended a troubling winless streak at Elland Road.
With nine points separating them from leaders Cardiff, the Whites are 50/1 outsiders for first place. See the full Championship football betting odds here.