Breaking Down the 2012/13 npower Championship Promotion Battle

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Breaking Down the 2012/13 npower Championship Promotion Battle
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It is the most valuable prize in world football. A huge bounty that will reduce grown men to tears. The goal, the dream, the promised land. It is, of course, promotion to the English Premier League.

As we enter the business end of the season, the margin for error becomes eradicated. One error, one slight mistake, and promotion dreams can be shelved for another year.

With just three games to go in this season's competition, there is all to play for. A goalless draw against Charlton Tuesday night finally realized perennial contenders Cardiff’s dream.

Second-placed Hull also look well set with a six-point buffer over the chasing pack with just nine to play for.

The promotion places, however, are the traditional dogfight. Six teams all have realistic ambitions of claiming one of four spots for the elite top flight shoot-off.

Here we analyze the contenders and pretenders.

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