Meanwhile, Leeds travel to bottom club Ipswich, while Derby host West Brom
The final round of matches in the EFL Championship is set to take place this coming Sunday afternoon (5 May), and there are still plenty of story lines to be concluded. Norwich can wrap up the league title with a draw although they face a tough trip to Aston Villa, while Leeds need to get back in form ahead of the play-offs away at Ipswich, and Derby host West Brom in a Midlands derby.
First things first
Before you go any further, head on over to the Oddsshark website, find your favourite betting site and get your own account up and running using your credit card. As a new customer and with the EFL Championship campaign set to come to an end, there should be a wide range of promotions and special offers available to you.
Where should I be investing my money?
First up, let’s start with the clash between Aston Villa and Norwich. The Canaries finally got back to winning ways this past weekend with a narrow 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers, and sit three points clear at the top of the table, meaning just a point will be enough for them to secure the title this weekend – they are priced at just 1.20 to be crowned league champions.
Villa, by way of comparison, are undefeated in their last 12 league outings, winning 10 of them. Already assured of a play-off spot, they are priced at 3.00 to win promotion back to the FA Premier League.
And while the betting is close, it is indeed Villa who come into this match as the very slight favourites to take all three points. You can more than double your money by backing the home side to win at 2.50, while Norwich come in just higher at 2.70 – a draw would appear to be the least likely outcome and is priced accordingly at 3.40, according to Oddsshark.
And we believe that home advantage could well be a decisive factor in this fixture. A narrow, 2-1 victory for Villa is priced at 9.50, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$47.50 pay out, while you can more than quadruple your money by backing a combo bet of a Villa win, coupled with both teams to score, at 4.33.
Leeds need to pick up win at Ipswich
Meanwhile, Leeds must find their best form ahead of the play-offs and could do away to bottom side Ipswich. The Tractor Boys have not won a game since January and have already been relegated – they are unlikely to put up much of a fight here.
Leeds, by way of comparison, have lost their best form at precisely the wrong time. They have taken just one point from the last nine available and must now settle for a place in the play-offs – like Villa, they are at 3.00 to win promotion back to the top flight.
And it is Leeds who come into this match as the clear favourites to collect all three points. You can back the visitor to win at just 1.66 while Ipswich, despite home advantage, are out at 5.00 to do the same – a draw is priced in the middle at 3.75.
This should be a comfortable afternoon’s work for Leeds. A 2-0 win for the away side is priced at 7.50, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$37.50 pay out, while you can almost triple your money by backing a combo bet of a Leeds win, coupled with a “No” to both teams scoring, at 2.75.
Derby must beat West Brom to secure play-off place
And finally, Derby need all three points against West Brom to be sure of their place in the top six. The Rams have won three of their last four outings and currently sit sixth in the standings – they are at just 1.25 to finish the season there.
West Brom have also won three of their last four league encounters and sit fourth. Already in the play-offs, they are priced at 4.33 to win promotion.
Again, the betting is close, but it is Derby who come into the match as the slight favourites to claim what would be three hugely valuable points. You can more than double your money by backing the home side to win at 2.25, while West Brom are out at 3.10 to do the same – again, a draw comes in highest of all at 3.40.
And home advantage should once more be key. A narrow, 2-1 win for Derby comes in at 9.00, while you can quadruple your money by backing a combo bet of a Derby win, coupled with both teams to score, at 4.00.
EFL Championship round 46 fixtures:
Sunday, 5 May
(2.50) Aston Villa x Norwich City (2.70); draw (3.40)
(2.50) Blackburn Rovers x Swansea City (2.70); draw (3.40)
(2.10) Brentford x Preston (3.40); draw (3.40)
(2.25) Derby County x West Bromwich Albion (3.10); draw (3.40)
(2.87) Hull City x Bristol City (2.37); draw (3.40)
(5.00) Ipswich Town x Leeds United (1.66); draw (3.75)
(2.60) Reading x Birmingham (2.60); draw (3.40)
(4.00) Rotherham x Middlesbrough (1.83); draw (3.75)
(1.83) Sheffield Wednesday x QPR (4.20); draw (3.60)
(3.75) Stoke City x Sheffield United (2.00); draw (3.40)
(2.30) Wigan x Millwall (3.10); draw (3.25)