By Tony Alvarez

With just two fixtures remaining in the Championship season tension is building as no team is yet to secure promotion to the Barclays Premier League and earned the right to be hosting the likes of Manchester United,Chelseaand Arsenal next term.

There is a three way battle for the 2 promotion spots and indeed the title with the table currently looking like this:

QPR played: 44 points: 85 goal difference +38

Norwichplayed: 44 points: 80 goal difference + 24

Cardiffplayed: 44 points: 79 goal difference: +25

As you can see QPR are all but home and dry and look nailed on for the title only two loses in their final two fixtures and a goal difference turn around of –14 would see them not automatically promoted.

Neil Warnock’s side do have two tricky fixtures left first they visit high scoring Watford before hosting the always dangerous Leeds however as they only need a point from either on these 2 fixtures I expect Loftus Road to be hosting Premier League football next term.

The battle for the second automatic place is somewhat more interesting as only a point and 1 goal separate the sides. Norwich who are currently in pole position first have a trip to 14th placed Portsmouth’s Fratton park on Monday night before hosting the recently resurgent Coventry who currently lie 17th in the table on the final day of the season.

Cardiff’s fixtures are on paper more difficult than their promotion rivals, 15th placed Middlesbrough visit Ninian Park in a 5:15 kick off on Monday before Cardiff travel to 8th placed Burnley on the final day who themselves are expected to be battling for a play off place.

Interestingly the two clubs have different kick off times on Monday Cardiff kick off 2 and a half hours before Norwich which means they can apply real pressure on the Suffolk club as they could leapfrog them in the table for a few hours at least.

 ShouldCardifflose it will see QPR promoted and aNorwichvictory would also see them promoted and condemnCardiffto the play offs for the second year running.

Both teams have had impressive form of late which has seenCardiffpick up 16 points out of the last possible 18 which has seen them held only be leaders QPR.Norwichhave picked up 13 points in the same period which sees them on a 3 game winning run.SwanseahumiliatedNorwich3-0 earlier in the month and the Canaries were held atWatford’sVicarage Road.

I think Norwich are on track for back to back promotions although I personally think Cardiff are the better side Norwich are in pole position and have easier fixtures, even though it was at a lower level Norwich have tasted promotion in recent times and will be used to the experience whilst Cardiff have faulted numerous times in recent seasons when faced with a big occasion.

What are your thoughts? Who will be promoted? Are QPR home and dry? Have Cardiff got the bottle to win their two fixtures and leave the ball in Norwich’s court? Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts.

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