EPL Promotion Watch: Cardiff Take Lead in Table as Leicester Lose at Home

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistOctober 27, 2012

CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 02: Peter Whittingham (C) celebrates his third goal for Cardiff City with Aron Gunnarsson (R) and Nicky Maynard (L) during the npower Championship match between Cardiff City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Cardiff City Stadium on September 2, 2012 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)
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The English League Championship saw two sets of matches this week with all 22 clubs in action on Tuesday and Wednesday as well as the normal Saturday matches.

The club that benefited most from their two matches was Cardiff City who jumped to the top of the table with wins over Watford and Burnley.

The Welsh club came from behind to beat Watford, 2-1, at home on Tuesday thanks to goals from Peter Whittingham and Aron Gunnarsson.

Gunnarsson also scored in the club's 4-0 blowout of Burnley on Saturday at the Cardiff City Stadium.

The two wins put the Bluebirds at 28 points and they have a healthy lead over second place Leicester City after the Foxes dropped their first match at home on Saturday in a 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace.

Everything seemed to be going right for Leicester City on Tuesday when they beat Brighton and Hove Albion 1-0 but the Foxes were unable to maintain their perfect home form against Palace.

The 2-1 win by the manager-less Palace, who lost Dougie Freedman to the Bolton job this week, not only dropped Leicester to second place but it gave the Eagles a boost in their promotion bid as well.

Crystal Palace are now just one point behind Leicester in fourth place with only third place Middlesbrough standing in their way of the top two.

Middlesbrough defeated Bolton and Hull City this week to move up four places in the table in just seven days.

Boro are now in third place with 25 points and trail Leicester by a goal differential of five for second place.

Filling out the rest of the top six this week are Blackburn Rovers and Hull City.

Rovers beat lowly Watford and relegation bound Sheffield Wednesday, both by a 1-0 score, to solidify themselves as a true promotion contender.

Hull City have become one of the newest sides involved in the promotion race after they recovered from a road defeat at Middlesbrough on Tuesday to take down Bristol City on Saturday.

The win over Bristol gave the Tigers sixth place in the table with 22 points, one behind Blackburn who are in fifth place at the moment.

The closest contenders to the top six at the moment are Nottingham Forest and Wolves, who both have 21 points so far this season.

During the week, Middlesbrough and Leeds United will look to advance to the quarterfinals of the Capital One Cup at the expense of two EPL clubs.

Leeds United will host Southampton while Middlesbrough will visit Sunderland, both matches are on Tuesday.

When Championship picks back up next weekend, the premiere match of the 14th round of fixtures will be Crystal Palace hosting Blackburn Rovers at Selhurst Park on Saturday.