This is the time of year when some stranded sides take it easy. Michael Lintorn identifies this term's culprits...
"Leicester completely switched off in their first game after sealing a Premier League place, falling 1-4 at home to Brighton following 21 Championship encounters unbeaten."
Lay Leicester to win at Reading @ 2.6613/8
Garry Monk hasn't halted the Swansea stagnation that started under Michael Laudrup; they average a point a game under him, exactly as they did for the Danish great. Their only three league wins in 19 outings came at home to Fulham, Cardiff and Norwich, three teams that the table alleges are among the worst four in the division. None of their remaining Liberty Stadium fixtures are as simple as that.
Next Lay Opportunity: Lay to beat Chelsea @ 5.69/2
The Foxes already appeared to be winding down before promotion was even confirmed, drawing three times in five matches, then completely switched off in their first game after sealing a Premier League place, falling 1-4 at home to Brighton following 21 Championship encounters unbeaten. With their next two opponents located in the top six, don't expect their 89-point tally to get much larger.
Next Lay Opportunity: Lay to win at Reading @ 2.6613/8
This writer has nothing against Stuart Pearce, often defending his work as England U21 coach, but is astounded that Forest agreed to wait until the summer for his arrival instead of hiring an immediate manager when two points shy of the play-offs with seven matches left. Two further setbacks since have stretched their winless run to 11 as they allow a genuine prospect at promotion to drift away.
Next Lay Opportunity: Lay to win at QPR @ 3.8514/5
Proving that the Championship is home of the springtime slump - and this without even touching on Leeds and Blackpool's horror shows - Huddersfield have efficiently evacuated the battle for a top-half finish courtesy of an eight-game victory-free sequence. The longer the bleak streak has dragged on, the more the Terriers have suffered, losing to nil at home to Bolton and Ipswich most recently.
Next Lay Opportunity: Lay to win at Derby @ 5.69/2
Justin Edinburgh's side were enjoying a glorious first League Two campaign up until Boxing Day, spending the festive season in a dreamy fifth place. They have taken just 13 points from 20 fixtures since though to tumble to 14th, a mere seven points off the drop. Their only two triumphs of this grim period were achieved against fellow freefallers Oxford and marooned bottom club Torquay.
Next Lay Opportunity: Lay to beat Wycombe @ 2.285/4