Chase For Championship Glory

Cardiff. QPR. Swansea. Derby. Leeds. Burnley. Norwich. Reading. Who is going to win the Championship?

Could Sven’s Foxes or Keano’s Tractor Boys still make a late charge?

And what of Doncaster – could they be 2010’s equivalent to last year’s Blackpool?

With over a third of the season gone, Cardiff and QPR lead the way in what has once again proved the most exciting league in world football.

But there seem to be as many questions as answers against all of the top sides.

And there are still just 12 points between the table-topping Bluebirds and Ipswich down in twelfth.

Even resurgent Leicester and Portsmouth won’t completely rule themselves out.

Cardiff have at times cut a swathe through the division with Jay Bothroyd and Craig Bellamy leading a front line who top the league’s goal scorers.

But will the defence prove their Achilles heel? And was the derby day performance where they seemed to freeze a sign that their ‘chokers’ tag could rear its’ ugly head again.

Bothroyd Celebrates
Man of the Moment Jay Bothroyd

QPR appear a ruthlessly efficient outfit under the irrepressible Neil Warnock and have shipped just 7 goals all season.

But if the goals stop flowing from Jamie Mackie’s boot or if Adel Taraabt picks up an injury, do they have the magic to stay at the top? Though they remain unbeaten, 5 draws in successive games recently was hardly title-winning inspiration.

3 points behind QPR, Swansea were hugely impressive in the South Wales derby, and in Scott Sinclair have a player of outstanding ability at this level.

Defensively they appear solid, but Brendan Rodgers track record is decidedly questionable and there remain suspicions that they may not be for the long haul.

Swansea Freekick
Swansea claimed South Wales bragging rights

Derby and Leeds may fall into the same boat. Nigel Clough has the Rams on an excellent run and Simon Grayson is one of the better young manager’s around, but is there sufficient top quality and depth to make the title-winning charge?

And what of the others in the pack? Norwich and Reading continually threaten before losing games they would expect to win, but Nottingham Forest might just be a shrewd outside bet.

Lewis McGugan has scored some of the goals of the season and Billy Davies’ side might just be the one’s to watch.

Whatever happens, it is another fabulous season and I’ll have a more in-depth look at some of the other sides who may still believe tomorrow!!

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