EPL Promotion Watch: Leicester Tops Championship Table after Crazy Weekend

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistOctober 21, 2012

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Ben Marshall of Leicester celebrates after scoring the equalising goal during the npower Championship match between Birmingham City and Leicester City at St. Andrews Stadium on October 20, 2012 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)
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This weekend in the English League Championship, there were plenty of matches that affected the top six in the table.

But, the most eye-catching moment from the weekend came on Friday, when Sheffield Wednesday keeper Chris Kirkland was punched by a Leeds Untied fan on the pitch after a goal by Leeds.

The draw prevented Leeds from jumping into the top six as they only earned one point and dropped down to ninth place instead.

On Saturday, Leicester City went to the top of the table after a 1-1 draw on the road with Birmingham City.

Ben Marshall's 86th-minute equalizer gave the Foxes their first road draw of the season, and more importantly, a point to jump over Cardiff City.

Cardiff were unable to earn any points on Saturday as they fell on the road to Nottingham Forest, 3-1.

Both Leicester and Cardiff are tied on points, 22, as they occupy the two automatic promotion spots with Leicester having the advantage in goal difference to put them on top.

In the playoff places, the biggest mover of the week was Huddersfield Town after their road win against Wolverhampton. 

James Vaughan and Jermaine Beckford scored a goal each to boost the Terriers up to third while the Wolves fell to fifth. 

Crystal Palace retained fourth place in the table after earning a point in their 2-2 draw with Millwall, a game in which they blew a two-goal lead at home.

In the fight for the final playoff position, Hull City jumped into sixth after Nick Proschwitz scored a second-half double to help the Tigers beat Ipswich, 2-1.

The club who dropped out of the top six was Brighton, who fell down to eighth place after suffering a 1-0 loss to Middlesbrough.

All 22 clubs in the Championship will be back at it during the middle of the week, with Leicester vs. Brighton being the marquee matchup.