EPL Promotion Watch: Palace Stay on Top, Cardiff Jump into Second

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured Columnist IVNovember 22, 2016

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Andre Moritz of Crystal Palace celebrates his goal with team mates during the npower Championship match between Crystal Palace and Derby County at Selhurst Park on November 17, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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This week in the Championship, Crystal Palace continued to stay on top of the league table after a 3-0 victory over Derby County.

Once again, Glenn Murray was involved in the goal scoring for Palace as he netted two, which brings his league total to 15.

Andre Moritz was the other goal scorer at Selhurst Park on Saturday as the Eagles extended their winning streak to five matches.

Palace's five-match winning streak is just a part of their 14-match unbeaten run, which has lasted since the beginning of September.

There is a new second-place club in the table this week as Cardiff jumped back into the automatic promotion spots with a win over the previous No. 2 in the table, Middlesbrough.

The Bluebirds remained perfect at home this season with a 1-0 win over Boro.

Matthew Connolly scored in the 19th minute at the Cardiff City Stadium to give the club their ninth home win of the season.

With the loss, Middlesbrough only fell one spot in the table to third with 32 points.

In the rest of the playoff positions, which are third through sixth, Hull City remained in fourth place after they held off a comeback from Birmingham City on Saturday.

The Tigers' visit to the St. Andrews' Stadium was going superbly as they scored three goals in 33 minutes, but they were on the back foot for the rest of the match after their hosts scored two unanswered goals.

However, Birmingham were unable to equalize, and Hull took a very valuable three points as the two clubs below them in the table also came out victorious on Saturday.

Fifth-place Leicester City had the most emphatic win of the weekend as they blew out relegation-bound Ipswich Town, 6-0, at home.

Five different players scored at the King Power Stadium in the Foxes' ninth win of the season, seven of which have been at home.

Occupying the final spot in the promotion playoffs, which is sixth place, are Blackburn Rovers.

Blackburn were the beneficiaries of a Jordan Rhodes hat-trick on the road against Peterborough United as they won 4-1 over the club in the bottom three of the table.

Here is how the top six in the table look after 17 matches.

Club Points Goal Differential
Crystal Palace 36 13
Cardiff City 34 11
Middlesbrough 32 7
Hull City 31 4
Leicester City 30 13
Blackburn Rovers 28 6

Play in the Championship resumes on Saturday with all 24 clubs in action.