Nigel Adkins’ men carded a 4-0 victory against Coventry to ensure they would be playing top flight football next term and the layers immediately assessed their chances.
Coral also believe Saints can avoid relegation, quoting them at an odds-against 6/5 to make a swift return to the Championship and spokesman Gary Burton said “Nigel Adkins has worked wonders since taking over at Southampton, we think he has the class to keep the Saints up next season.”
Southampton’s promotion meanwhile, means that West Ham will have to contest the play-offs, ahead of which Sam Allardyce’s troops are Boylesports’ 9/5 favourites.
Their spokesman, Alex Donohue, said “Cardiff are the only side we see struggling in the play-offs. Other than that it seems wide open with West Ham worthy favourites”.