Championship: Leaders Bournemouth won’t surrender title race gold

Having set the Championship pace for much of the season, few would dispute that Bournemouth deserve to be promoted to the Premier League as divisional winners.

With three games remaining, the Cherries occupy the coveted spot at the summit, one point ahead of Norwich and two clear of third-placed Middlesbrough. Watford, who have played a game fewer, are four behind after Eddie Howe’s men clung on to a 1-0 win at Reading last time out.

Their position of prominence may be somewhat undermined by the tiny margins separating them from their rivals, but the [1.72] saying that they will go up as champions is a gift that punters would be unwise to ignore.

The Dorset outfit couldn’t ask for a cushier run-in, and are in white-hot form, snaring the spoils in seven of their last nine outings, drawing the remaining two.

That being the case, they should have no problem toppling three mid-table teams who will all be playing with a slideshow of exotic destinations where they could potentially holiday this year running through their heads.

Sheffield Wednesday, Bolton and Charlton are the opponents in question, with the former two due to be tackled at the Goldsands Stadium.

Each of the trio were bested in the corresponding collisions and none are in the kind of nick to worry a side soaring as high as Bournemouth. At the time of writing, Sheffield Wednesday have two wins in seven, Bolton have lost six in eight on the road and the Addicks are without victory in four.

Compare this sugar-sweet run-in with those of the chasing pack and the value of this price enhances further. Those immediately below the Cherries – Norwich and Middlesbrough – meet at Carrow Road next, with the loser in danger of being removed from the automatic promotion picture, let alone the title race.

Assuming it is Boro who fall by the wayside – they were recently bested by promotion competitors Bournemouth and Watford in handsome fashion, though these were just two of four defeats in their last five road games – the Canaries must still see off relegation-threatened Rotherham and Fulham.

Not the most daunting of foes, but slip-up potential still exists against opponents with so much at stake and, even if they manage to swerve the banana skins, three triumphs will mean nothing if Bournemouth do their job.

Meanwhile, Watford must conquer highly capable Nottingham Forest at the City Ground in order to stay in the mix, a [2.08] prospect. Should they lose to the Tricky Trees, the four-point deficit dividing them from Bournemouth will be near impossible to overturn with just three matches remaining.

Recommended Bet: Back Bournemouth to win the Championship @ [1.72]