EPL Promotion Watch: Cardiff Defeats Crystal Palace in Boxing Day Clash

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistDecember 26, 2012

CARDIFF, WALES - DECEMBER 2: Craig Conway (R) of Cardiff celebrates after scoring the winning goal during the npower Championship match between Cardiff City and Sheffield Wednesday at the Cardiff City Stadium on December 2, 2012 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)
Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

Cardiff City continued their reign at the top of the Championship table on Boxing Day with a 2-1 win over fourth-placed Crystal Palace at the Cardiff City Stadium.

With their 11th home win of the season, the Bluebirds became the first club to reach 50 points this season in the English second flight. 

The Bluebirds received a goal in each half, one from Craig Noone and the other from Aron Gunnarsson, to boost them past their visitors on Wednesday.

In the other match containing two clubs in the top six of the table, Hull City and Leicester City played to a 0-0 draw at the KC Stadium. 

By taking a point from Wednesday's match, Hull climbed over Crystal Palace into the second of the two automatic promotion positions. 

Leicester continued their slide away from the top two as the draw marked their fourth straight match without a win. 

The Foxes are just one point ahead of the two clubs battling for sixth place at the moment, Watford and Millwall. 

Both of the clubs in contention for the final promotion playoff spot were not in action on Boxing Day. 

Watford's road match with Bristol City at Ashton Gate was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, but that did not stop the Hornets' players from treating their travelling supporters to some excitement after the match was called off. 

Millwall's match with Brighton and Hove Albion was played last Tuesday in place of a Boxing Day match. 

As for the other club involved in the promotion chase, Middlesbrough defeated Blackburn Rovers 1-0, thanks to a 67th minute goal by Lukas Jutkiewicz to jump into third place over Crystal Palace.

All 24 clubs in the Championship will take to the pitch on Saturday as a part of the crowded holiday fixture list across England.

Here is how the table looks after 24 matches. The top two clubs earn automatic promotion to the EPL while the next four clubs in the table qualify for a playoff that sees the winner earn the third promotion spot.

Club Points Goal Differential
Cardiff City 50 17
Hull City 45 8
Middlesbrough 44 10
Crystal Palace 43 14
Leicester City 38 15
Watford 37 10

Follow me on Twitter, @JTansey90