EPL Promotion Watch: Watford Become Latest Club to Enter Top 6

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistDecember 2, 2012

WATFORD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18:  Almen Abdi of Watford in action during the npower Championship match between Watford and Brighton & Hove Albion at Vicarage Road on September 18, 2012 in Watford, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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One week after Millwall broke into the top six of the Championship table, Watford replaces them in table because of the goal differential earned by the Hornets in their 4-1 win over Barnsley on Saturday.

Watford have won four of their last five matches in the process of moving up to sixth place in the table this weekend. Their 4-1 win on Saturday gave Watford a two-goal lead in goal differential over Millwall, who also have 33 points from 20 matches this season.

At the top of the table, Cardiff City continued their impeccable home form with their 10th win in 10 matches at the Cardiff City Stadium this season over Sheffield on Wednesday. 

Craig Conway preserved the Bluebirds' perfect home record with a goal in 80th minute as the club also became the second club to reach the 40-point mark this season. 

The first to reach 40 points this season was Crystal Palace, who remain in second place, one point behind Cardiff. The Eagles were also winners at home this weekend, as they won 3-0 over Brighton and Hove Albion. Glenn Murray continued his impressive goal-scoring form with his 16th and 17th goals of the season in the win at Selhurst Park. 

Of the other clubs in the top six, the most impressive of them all was Leicester City, as they beat Derby County 4-1 at the King Power Stadium. 

The Foxes jumped over Middlesbrough into third place as Boro fell on the road 3-2 against Birmingham City on Friday. 

Hull City also remained in the top six with a 2-1 road win over Nottingham Forest, a win which boosted the club from sixth to fifth place in the table. 

Here is the latest top-six table from the Championship.

The top two clubs will be automatically promoted to the EPL while the other four clubs will play in the promotion playoff to decide the third club that will be promoted to the EPL.

Club Points Goal Differential
Cardiff City 41 13
Crystal Palace 40 15
Leicester City 36 17
Middlesbrough 35 7
Hull City 35 4
Watford 33 9