Bookies backing City to stay up

PUBLISHED: 07:30 18 April 2008 | UPDATED: 15:31 10 September 2010

Bookmakers are backing Norwich City to stay up this season - but not at the expense of West Bromwich Albion's title hopes this weekend. The Canaries go into tomorrow's home game against the Championship leaders knowing that if they win and Leicester lose at fellow strugglers Barnsley, survival is guaranteed.

Bookmakers are backing Norwich City to stay up this season - but not at the expense of West Bromwich Albion's title hopes this weekend.

The Canaries go into tomorrow's home game against the Championship leaders knowing that if they win and Leicester lose at fellow strugglers Barnsley, survival is guaranteed.

Some bookies have the Foxes as 2-1 favourites to join Colchester and Scunthorpe in League One next season, with Coventry, Sheffield Wednesday and Southampton all tipped to struggle over the final three games of the season.

But while the Canaries are 18-1 shots with Corals and 25-1 with Stan James to go down, the bookies don't favour their chances of beating the drop this weekend, with the Baggies heavily tipped on the High Steer and with online companies to at least maintain their cushion at the top, which is currently two points.

The house full signs are already up for tomorrow's Carrow Road Crunch, but the key to City's hopes is what happens at Barnsley - with current form only just able to split the teams.

Leicester's current form is only marginally better than Norwich's - Ian Holloway's team have seven points from their last six games, the same as Barnsley, whereas the Canaries have six.

“It is so tight that any point can be very important at this stage,” said Holloway.

But of the other teams still desperate to evade the drop, it's Blackpool who appear to be most at risk, with just four points from their six games - and with a crucial home match against Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow.

Preston's recent resurgence sees them second only to Hull in the form table, with 14 points from a possible 18, while QPR's move away from danger is almost complete after a run of nine points from six games.

Southampton (eight points) and Barnsley have also eased their fears, while Leicester (seven), Norwich, Sheffield Wednesday - who have drawn six in a row - and Coventry (all six from six) still have plenty of concerns.

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