Brentford have been cut to 10/1 in bwin’s Championship winner predictions after gaining ground on the top two at the weekend.
The Bees took advantage of an early kick-off on Saturday to put extra pressure on the teams above them with a 3-1 win at home to QPR in the west London derby.
Goals from the BMW combination of Said Benrahma, Bryan Mbeumo and Ollie Watkins put the hosts in control before Nahki Wells pulled one back just after the hour to give us three winning tips in our match preview, including a 23/2 correct score prediction.
Despite the three goals, it was a moment when his side lost the ball at a corner that caught the eye of head coach Thomas Frank.
He said: “I looked up and eight of our players were chasing back. That kind of defensive mindset is what we are all about this season.
“We blew them away in the first half. I’d said before the game that we play nice, attractive football but a big, big, big decisive factor that we needed to do well was the defensive side of the game.”
It was a sixth successive home win for Brentford, who have been cut to evens for promotion. They are now seven points behind leaders West Brom and six behind Leeds, who both have to travel to Griffin Park in the second half of the campaign.
Derby defeat for Whites
Leeds slipped to second after a 2-0 defeat at home to Sheffield Wednesday but they remain the favourites in the Championship winner odds at 57/100.
United missed plenty of chances with Jack Harrison wasting a couple, while Patrick Bamford had a goal ruled out for offside. They were punished in the 87th minute when Jacob Murphy beat Kiko Casilla at his near post from a narrow angle.
Atdhe Nuhiu wrapped up the points four minutes into stoppage time after Adam Reach teed him up.
Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa said: “It is a defeat, but it is not a definitive match. It’s a moment which was very important to get a good result.
“We controlled the game and missed a lot of chances but there are still loads of games to go.”
West Brom replaced Leeds at the summit but had to settle for a 2-2 draw at Charlton despite twice taking the lead.
Albion have drawn five of their last seven matches and are 7/4 to still be top of the pile at the end of the season.
Nottingham Forest are a point further back after a 1-1 draw at Reading and can be backed at 66/1 in the outright betting, which is the same price as Sheffield Wednesday after their Elland Road triumph.
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