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EPL Promotion Watch: Cardiff City Clinches First Promotion Bid for Next Season

CARDIFF, WALES - APRIL 16:  Craig Bellamy of Cardiff City celebrates his team's promotion to the Premier League at the end of the npower Championship match between Cardiff City and Charlton Athletic at the Cardiff City Stadium on April 16, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistApril 16, 2013

Not many 0-0 draws will be celebrated in the fashion that Cardiff City celebrated their scoreless match with Charlton Athletic on Tuesday night.

By earning the one point at the Cardiff City Stadium, the Bluebirds became the first club to secure promotion from the Championship to the Premier League. 

Malky Mackay's club have been dominant in the second division all season. With a 13-point gap on the playoff positions, third through sixth, with three matches remaining, a spot in the EPL was easily secured.

The promotion marks the first time in 53 years that Cardiff will play in the English top flight and it will give Welsh football fans a chance to see a Welsh derby in the EPL next season between the Bluebirds and Swansea City.

As for how the rest of the Championship clubs fared on Tuesday, second-placed Hull City were unable to extend the gap on third-placed Watford after losing 1-0 on the road to Wolverhampton.

Third-placed Watford also fell on the road on Tuesday by losing 1-0 to Millwall at The Den.

Brighton and Hove Albion jumped over Crystal Palace in the race for fourth by playing to a 0-0 draw with Peterborough United. Palace fell 3-0 on the road to Ipswich Town.

In the battle for the final playoff position, which is sixth place in the table, Leicester City reclaimed their spot in the top six by beating seventh-placed Bolton Wanderers, 3-2, at the King Power Stadium.

Jeffrey Schlupp's 79th minute goal was the game-winner for the Foxes, who lead Bolton and Nottingham Forest by one point in the race for sixth. 

A full slate of matches will be played on Friday and Saturday as the race to join Cardiff in the EPL next season intensifies.

Here is how the Championship table looks after play on Tuesday.  

Club Matches Played Points Goal Differential
Cardiff City 43 84 27
Hull City 43 77 11
Watford 43 71 23
Brighton & Hove Albion 43 66 18
Crystal Palace 42 66 10
Leicester City 43 64 23

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