Missed chances, comical errors and key decisions will all be rued by several Championship clubs come the end of the season. A handful of second-tier sides are all hoping to break into England's top league, but who are the main contenders?


Cardiff City are the front-runners to take the Championship title this season, as they hold an 11-point lead after 30 games. 


The Welsh club look to have finally won their long battle for promotion after several missed opportunities in recent years. Consistency has proved key for Malky Mackay's Bluebirds, with just one loss in the last 10 games. There are still 16 games to go, however, but with an 11-point advantage over second place Leicester, the newly branded club from the Welsh capital will be confident of becoming the second team from Wales to play in the English Premier League, following in the footsteps of Swansea. 


Leicester City, are looking good in 2nd place. The East Midlands club, who entered administration in 2002 and were relegated from the Premier League in 2004, sit level on points with Hull and Watford, with a game in hand over the latter. 


Leicester posses some quality players in their squad, with the likes of David Nugent and recent signing Chris Wood, who is already finding the net on a regular basis. The Foxes will, however, have to cut out the problem of conceding late goals that proved costly against Peterborough on Saturday. Regardless, a Premier League return for City wouldn't be surprising.


Watford have launched an incredible fight back this season, which as seen a surge up the table for Gianfranco Zola's men. 

The Hornets played out a 2-2 draw with fellow promotion hopefuls Crystal Palace on Friday. Palace launched a come back of their own as they recovered a two-goal deficit, to take a point back to Selhurst Park. 


Both have enjoyed successful seasons up to this point, however Ian Holloway will be concerned about Palace's current run of form, earning just two wins in the last 10 games. Both are contenders, but will have to produce a fine run of form to earn an automatic spot.

Hull City are also hopefully of a return to the top flight next season. They will need to leave behind their current stutter in form as soon as possible though, with just one win in five games. They are currently level on points with Watford in 3rd and Leicester in 2nd, so will have their sights firmly set on automatic promotion. Failing that, The Tigers will be expecting a play-off berth at the very least.


While Cardiff continue to run away with the league, and the four teams directly below them scrap for that all important second place, the competition for 6th place will also heat up. 

With Middlesbrough currently occupying the last play-off spot, the five or six teams below them will all still be hopeful of giving themselves a chance to compete with the Premier League.


Current form suggests there no stand out performers so a consistent run from any side will give them a brilliant chance of earning a play-off spot. Of course, nothing is yet, set in stone. We all know, in the crazy world of football, anything can happen. Being 15 or 16 games away from the season's end, we are no doubt in for some further twists and turns that will ultimately determine who we will see in the world's best league next season.


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