EPL Promotion Watch: Brighton, Watford Surge Forward in Table

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistFebruary 24, 2013

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Vicente Rodriguez of Brighton & Hove Albion runs with the ball during the npower Championship match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Blackburn Rovers at The Amex Stadium on February 12, 2013 in Brighton England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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The Championship table saw plenty of change in the past week as two matches were played by each of the 24 clubs.

In the first set of matches on Tuesday, Brighton and Hove Albion handed league leaders Cardiff City their second loss at home this season. Andrea Orlandi and Jose Ulloa scored a goal each in the 2-0 victory at the Cardiff City Stadium.

The Seagulls carried plenty of momentum into their match on Saturday at home against Burnley. Gus Poyet's club extended their unbeaten run to four matches with a 1-0 victory at the Amex Stadium. David Lopez's 20th minute strike propelled the Seagulls ahead of Middlesbrough into the top six. 

There was also plenty of movement in the automatic promotion spots as Watford recorded two victories this week to boost themselves up into second place ahead of Hull City.

The Hornets won on the road at Ipswich Town on Tuesday and followed up that success with a 2-1 win over Derby County in front of their home fans at Vicarage Road. Matej Vydra and Joel Ekstrand were the goal scorers on Saturday for the Hornets as they took advantage of Hull's collapse on the road at Bolton and climbed into second place.

Hull City dropped down to third place on goal difference after they were embarrassed on their visit to the Reebok Stadium by Bolton, 4-1. 

It was also a hectic week for Crystal Palace and Leicester City, who sit in fourth and fifth place respectively at the moment.

Palace were able to take care of Bristol City at Selhurst Park on Tuesday, but they were unable to get the job done on the road at Hillsborough on Saturday as they lost 1-0 to Sheffield Wednesday.

Leicester City were the only club in the top six that did not win either of their matches this week. The Foxes lost at home to Charlton Athletic on Tuesday, 2-1, before settling for a goal-less draw on the road at Blackpool on Saturday. 

As for the league leaders, Cardiff City recovered well from their loss to Brighton on Tuesday by beating Wolves on Sunday by a 2-1 score. Frazier Campbell scored twice as the Bluebirds became the first club in the Championship to reach 70 points. 

After three matches on Tuesday, all 24 clubs in the Championship will take place in a full slate of matches next weekend with the Saturday showdown between Middlesbrough and Cardiff City being the marquee match of Round 35. 

Here is how the league table looks after this weekend's action. The two clubs earn automatic promotion to the EPL, while the clubs who finish in third through sixth place will compete in a four-club playoff for the third and final EPL promotion spot.

Club Games Played Points Goal Differential
Cardiff City 33 70 21
Watford 34 62 25
Hull City 34 62 9
Crystal Palace 34 58 18
Leicester City 32 54 25
Brighton & Hove Albion 33 52 12

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