Teams: Hajduk Split, Derby County
2012/13 Championship Promotion & Playoff Race
Most clubs in the Championship have 4 matches to play and the top two spots right now seem to be cemented unless Hull collapse. The playoff places are tight, but maybe not as tight as in previous seasons, the relegation zone is probably the most contested area in the league.
Anyway the story after this week's matches is Cardiff City are one point from finally gaining promotion to the Premier League after many close calls. They have been by far the best team in the league and despite some slip ups in the past few months will still earn promotion with games to spare.
Hull City with Steve Bruce in charge is likely the second automatic promotion candidate, currently 6 points above Watford. They have been aided by the fact Watford have only won one match in their last 6. Watford are heavily influeced by young players especially by loans from Udinese, which has sparked controversy as foreign loans don't count in the loan limit. Anyway, Watford will likely finish 3rd.
Which means three playoff spots are up for grabs, probably contested between: Crystal Palace, Brighton, Bolton, Nottingham Forest, Leicester with Charlton Athletic having an outside chance. Bolton spent most of the first half of the season in the bottom half of the table but 8 wins from 10 saw them explode up the table. Middlesbrough meanwhile have collapsed and will miss the playoffs despite being in the top 6 for most of the first half of the season
1. Cardiff 83 +27
2. Hull 77 +12
3. Watford 71 +24
4. Crystal Palace 66 +13 [game in hand]
5. Brighton 65 +18
6. Bolton 63 +8
7. Nottingham Forest 63 +5
8. Leicester 61 +22
9. Charlton 57 +2
10. Middlesbrough 55 -7
All though this thread is about promotion, teams like Wolves, Blackburn amd Birmingham are all in relegation problems. Wolves could likely suffer back to back relegations :undecide: