EPL Promotion Watch: Crystal Palace Stay on Top of Championship Table

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistNovember 11, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 6: Wilfred Zaha of Crystal Palace celebrates with team mates after scoring his team's second goal of the game during the npower Championship match between Crystal Palace and Burnley at Selhurst Park on October 6, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)
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After weeks and weeks of constant movement in the top six places of the Championship, only one club changed position in the top six after the 16th set of matches.

Staying at the top of the table were Crystal Palace, who scored two goals in the final 10 minutes to defeat Peterborough United on the road on Saturday. Andre Moritz and Kagisho Dikgacoi scored two minutes apart as the Eagles remained perfect under new manager Ian Holloway, who arrived at the club last weekend.

Crystal Palace were also handed a pleasant surprise on Sunday as forward Wilfried Zaha was named to the England squad as a replacement for Theo Walcott for Wednesday's friendly at Sweden.

However, the club's lead over second-place Middlesbrough stayed at just one point after Boro's 3-1 home win over Sheffield Wednesday on Friday. The win continued the club's eight-match unbeaten run, which started all the way back on October 3rd.

Behind the top two sits third-place Cardiff City who were 2-1 winners over fourth-place Hull City on Saturday. The Bluebirds received goals from Heidar Helguson and Mark Hudson to take the lead but the shutout was ruined when Robert Koren scored in the second half.

The win boosted Cardiff up to 31 points, which is just two behind Crystal Palace, while Hull stayed in fourth with 28 points after their loss to Cardiff. Leicester City barely maintained their grasp on fifth place in the table after they were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Nottingham Forest.

The Foxes went up by a goal twice but they could not hold on to lead as Forest equalized both times with Simon Cox's 67th minute penalty clinching the draw at the King Power Stadium. The only change in the top six came when Huddersfield Town jumped over Blackburn Rovers for sixth place.

Huddersfield Town won 1-0 on the road against Barnsley thanks to Jermaine Beckford goal while Blackburn could only manage a 1-1 draw with Birmingham City at home.

Here is the how the table looks after the matches that were played this past weekend.

Club Points Goal Differential
Crystal Palace 33 10
Middlesbrough 32 8
Cardiff City 31 10
Hull City 28 3
Leicester City 27 7
Huddersfield Town 27 1

The next round of matches kicks off next Saturday with Cardiff City hosting Middlesbrough being the marquee match.