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EPL Promotion Watch: Entire Top 6 in Championship Fail to Win over Weekend

WATFORD, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 08:  Daniel Pudil of Watford holds off Wilfred Zaha of Palace during the npower Championship match between Watford and Crystal Palace at Vicarage Road on February 8, 2013 in Watford, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistFebruary 10, 2013

It was a rough weekend for the clubs in the top six of the English League Championship as they all failed to earn a full three points from their matches.

The full slate of 12 matches kicked off on Friday when Watford hosted Crystal Palace at Vicarage Road in a top-six showdown. 

The Hornets bolted out to a quick start with two goals in the first 14 minutes scored by Almen Abdi and Nathaniel Chalobah. 

In the second half, Palace came back to score two goals of their own by way of Peter Ramage and new signing Kevin Phillips. 

The match ended in a 2-2 draw and put Watford into third place while Palace stayed in fifth place.

The only other club in the top six to earn a point over the weekend was league leaders Cardiff City, who were held to a goal-less stalemate by Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium. 

The other three clubs in the top six lost on Saturday with Leicester City's loss to bottom feeders Peterborough United being the most notable result. 

The second place Foxes opened the scoring in the 52nd minute through a Ben Marshall goal, but they conceded two late goals and came out of London Road with a 2-1 loss. 

Middlesbrough also fell to a club in the bottom three when they were shocked at home by Barnsley, 3-2. 

Mustapha Carayol and Curtis Main gave Boro the lead early in the second half, but the club's defense could not hold off their visitors on Saturday.

Tony Mowbray's club could not hold off the Barnsley attack in the final 20 minutes as they gave up two late second-half goals.

As for Hull City, they visited the Amex Stadium and fell to Brighton and Hove Albion, who inched closer to the top six with their 1-0 victory over the Tigers. 

Next week, there will be three matches on Tuesday followed by an eight-match slate on Saturday that is highlighted by a clash at Selhurst Park between Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough.

Here is how the Championship table looks at the moment: The top two clubs will earn automatic promotion to the EPL while the clubs in third through sixth will square off in a four-club playoff to determine the third club promoted to the top flight. 

Club Games Played Points Goal Differential
Cardiff City 30 64 21
Leicester City 30 53 26
Watford 31 53 18
Hull City 30 53 8
Crystal Palace 31 52 15
Middlesbrough 30 47 3

For more insight on English football, follow me on Twitter, @JTansey90.

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