Bookies back City to stay up

CHRIS LAKEY The Roeder Revolution appears to be gathering pace away from Carrow Road, with bookmakers slashing the odds on City dropping out of the Championship at the end of the season.

CHRIS LAKEY

The Roeder Revolution appears to be gathering pace away from Carrow Road, with bookmakers slashing the odds on City dropping out of the Championship at the end of the season.

The Canaries ended their five-week occupation off the bottom spot with a battling 2-1 win over Plymouth on Tuesday.

And that was good enough to take them out of the relegation picture as far as one leading bookmakers was concerned.


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Coral are now quoting City at 5-2 to be relegated next May - just a fortnight after almost every High Street bookie was making them red-hot favourites.

But the tide has turned since City picked up six points in the space of four days, with a home win over Coventry and a first away success of the season, at Blackpool 10 days ago. An unlucky loss at Stoke last weekend followed by the midweek win made it nine points from the last 12 - their best run of form for eight months.

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And the picture could change yet again this weekend when a staggering six out of the bottom seven teams face each other - Norwich being the exception.

Bottom club QPR travel Scunthorpe (18th), Preston - who are ahead of City on goal difference only - are at home to Blackpool (21st), and Cardiff (20th) entertain Colchester (19).

It could prove to be one of the biggest weekend's in the Championship season when, if results go City's way they could find themselves out of the relegation zone since the end of September.

Coral believe City's win over Blackpool has put them in danger of going straight back down to League Two, with Colchester - both are pegged at 2-1 favourites to go down.

Queens Park Rangers, whose midweek defeat by Crystal Palace enabled City to move up a place, are 9-4 to finish in the bottom three, alongside Preston and Coventry.

It's Coventry's part in the equation which confuses the issue: the Sky Blues have announced they are willing to go into administration and incur the accompanying 10-point penalty, although the nuts and bolts of it suggest it is all part of a takeover plan which may well turn that situation on its head.

Nevertheless, 10 points deducted from Coventry's current total of 28 would drop them from 11th to the last safe spot - level on points with the Canaries, but with a better goal difference.

Alongside City at 5-2 at Scunthorpe, with Cardiff rated 4-1 shots.

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