Tonight sees the pre-season favourites Newcastle host high-flying Norwich.
Newcastle were every pundit’s favourites for the Championship title at the start of the season and little has changed in that respect so far. 2/1 before a ball was kicked on 5th August, Newcastle, after taking a couple of games to find their feet, managed to grind out win after win resulting in bookies slashing the price to 4/5 following a 6-0 thrashing of QPR. Now however, after a couple of unconvincing performances against Wolves at home and Villa at the weekend, they are back out to best price 13/8 to lift the trophy.
Norwich on the other hand have seen a big change in price since the start of the season. Best priced 10/1 to finish top was quickly snapped up after the first fixture against Blackburn away which they won impressively 4-1, with bookies cutting them to as low as 9/2 immediately. Currently on a 5-game winning streak and with a trip to the pre-season favourites tonight, the Canaries are now as short as 2/1 to beat Newcastle to the Championship title.
The outcome of tonight’s match could swing the odds even further in Norwich’s favour if they come away with the three points. Should Alex Neil’s men win tonight, there will be a seven point gap between the two sides and you shouldn’t be surprised to see bookmakers install Norwich as new favourites to win the league. However, if Newcastle manage to halt their winning streak and win the game, the 13/8 on Newcastle will disappear and Benitez and his men will become even shorter favourites.