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Favourites Leicester extend lead

Published on January 1, 2024
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Favourites Leicester extend lead
  • Foxes forge further ahead with win over Huddersfield
  • Ipswich draw again
  • Southampton and Leeds in the promotion mix

Leicester City beat Huddersfield Town to move 10 points clear at the top as second placed Ipswich Town drew at Stoke City.

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City see off Terriers to stretch lead at top

In a commanding display, Leicester City secured a resounding victory over Huddersfield Town, strengthening their position at the summit of the Championship table with a 10-point lead. Tom Cannon, the young striker acquired from Everton in the summer, shone in his first start for the Foxes, scoring his inaugural goals for the club.

Cannon opened the scoring with a powerful half-volley from the edge of the penalty area just five minutes before halftime. Leicester’s dominance continued into the second half, with Ricardo Pereira extending the lead early on. Cannon found the net again after a well-timed pass from Harry Winks, moments before Michal Helik pulled one back for Huddersfield.

Leicester’s control over the match remained evident as Stephy Mavididi secured a three-goal cushion with a deflected free-kick in the 77th minute. The exciting prospect Cannon, who had previously netted eight goals on loan at Preston, showcased his scoring prowess and potential impact on Leicester’s promotion campaign.

The Foxes, under the management of Enzo Maresca, have now claimed eight victories in their last ten games, amassing an impressive 65 points from 26 matches. Their pursuit of promotion to the Premier League seems on track, and they are also eyeing the possibility of surpassing the Championship record of 106 points set by Reading in 2006.

The win was further facilitated by second-placed Ipswich’s struggle, as their goalless draw at Stoke extended their winless streak to five games. This has allowed Leicester City to widen the gap at the top. Third placed Southampton are now three points behind Ipswich with Leeds United a further four points back.

Meanwhile, Huddersfield, despite the loss, remains above the relegation zone, maintaining a four-point lead over 22nd-placed QPR, who suffered a defeat at the hands of Cardiff. Leicester City’s stellar performance positions them as strong contenders for promotion and potential record-breakers in the Championship.

Championship betting: Foxes strong favourites

Leicester are now big favourites to take the title, priced at 1/7 with bet365 at the time of writing. Ipswich, promoted from League 1 last season are second favourites at 12/1 ahead of the two sides relegated with Leicester last season, Southampton and Leeds United, both priced at 14/1. The same four clubs lead the betting for promotion, however, only two automatic spots are available. Bettors need to look at the form of the leading sides to predict who will stay the course when making outright picks. The Championship is a notoriously gruelling league and much can change in the next few months. 

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Chris is a former athlete and a qualified PE teacher. He is a keen football fan, watching many matches at different levels throughout the season, and enjoys following many different sports. With betting and sports sites, he has a keen eye for detail and can to highlight positives and negatives for users. His experience in sport as a performer, teacher, writer and fan allows him to see things from many different perspectives.

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