The Sky Blues boosted their playoff ambitions after maintaining their impressive run of form courtesy of a thumping victory over Huddersfield Town at the weekend.
Mark Robins’ men notched their biggest win of the campaign in Yorkshire as they swept aside Neil Warnock’s relegation-threatened side 4-0 to secure a fourth league win in five, and enhance their hopes of gate-crashing the top six (7/2).
Those three points hauled Coventry above both Sunderland (7/1) and Watford (9/4), and to within just three points of 8/13 chance Norwich City, who currently occupy sixth place after they cemented their own playoff credentials in London on Saturday.
Like Coventry, Norwich have been in fine fettle themselves of late, and came from behind to edge a five-goal thriller against fellow top six hopefuls Millwall at the Den.
Whilst the Canaries were expected to be knocking on the door for a top six spot, the same can’t be said for Coventry, who were tipped by some to endure a season of struggle in their third straight campaign at this level.
Despite winning just three of their 15 fixtures between October and January, they have since bounced back emphatically to propel themselves firmly into the playoff shake-up, and can be backed at 16/1 to win promotion by any means.
With seemingly winnable fixtures on the horizon against the likes of Hull City, Wigan Athletic and Blackpool, they appear to have an opportunity to put themselves in an even stronger position as the campaign edges towards its boiling point.
But, as we all know with the Championship, things can turn in an instant… just ask supporters of Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion – both of whom have seen their top six ambitions softened in recent weeks.
Sunderland were thumped 5-1 at home to Stoke City as they slipped to a third successive defeat, whilst the Baggies rejuvenation under Carlos Corberan has started to simmer after the former Huddersfield boss catapulted his new side from the lower echelons of the league table to the periphery of the top six.
Nine wins from 10 matches remarkably flipped their campaign on its head, yet despite appearing to boast the momentum needed to sustain a serious push for the playoffs, four defeats and a draw from the last seven has seen them fall off the pace a tad.
Still, punters are backing them to come again, with Albion still relatively short priced at 2/1 to recapture that previous run of impressive form and bridge a seven-point gap to secure themselves a playoff position come May.
Sheffield United appear shoe-ins at 1/500 to finish in the top six, with Middlesbrough (1/20), Millwall (8/11), Luton Town (8/11) and in-form Blackburn Rovers (8/11) also high up in the betting to secure one of those four sought after playoff positions.
Burnley, now 13 points clear at the summit of the table, are 1/33 to win the league and have been withdrawn from the betting for a top six finish.
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