EPL Promotion Watch: Leicester Wins Showdown with Boro, Cardiff Earn 60th Point

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 19, 2013

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 18:  David Nugent of Leicester celebrates scoring to make it 1-0 during the Npower Championship between Leicester City and Middlesbrough at The King Power Stadium on January 18, 2013 in Leicester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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This week in the Championship, Leicester City took down a top-six rival and Cardiff City extended their lead at the top to 10 points.

Friday night brought fans of the Championship a quality match between two of the top six clubs.

Leicester City took down Middlesbrough by a 1-0 score to jump into second place. 

David Nugent opened the scoring for the Foxes in the 70th minute. Just 20 minutes later, Kasper Schmeichel saved the day when he stopped the penalty kick of Marvin Emnes in stoppage time. 

As for the other club in the automatic promotion spot, Cardiff City continued their brilliant form with a 2-1 win over Blackpool at Bloomfield Road. 

Kim Bo-Kyung and Tommy Smith scored within a 10-minute timespan in the second half to hand the Bluebirds their 19th victory of the season.

The win also boosted the Bluebirds up to 60 points, which is a whole 10 ahead of Leicester City. 

The rest of the clubs behind the top two did not fare as well with Crystal Palace and Hull City both settling for draws. 

Hull's trip to London Road to play Peterborough United ended in a 1-1 draw after Grant McCann converted a penalty in the 79th minute for the home side. 

Crystal Palace struggled to find the back of the net at home on Saturday as they played to scoreless draw with Bolton Wanderers at Selhurst Park. 

Hull, Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough are all about to be caught in the table as Watford earned an impressive 4-0 win over Huddersfield Town. 

Matej Vydra netted a double for the Hornets while Troy Deeney and Christian Battochio scored a goal each in the win at Vicarage Road. 

Next weekend, 10 clubs will play in league matches while 11 of the clubs from the Championship take part in the fourth round of the FA Cup. 

Here is how the Championship table looks after 28 matches. The top two clubs will earn automatic promotion to the EPL while the clubs in third through sixth place will enter a four-club playoff for the third and final promotion spot. 

Club Points Goal Differential
Cardiff City 60 20
Leicester City 50 26
Hull City 50 8
Crystal Palace 48 15
Middlesbrough 47 8
Watford 46 16


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