Championship Focus: Top Three win as Tuesday’s Burnley-Boro battle looms

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The Championship playoffs begin in less than four weeks, and the teams contending for automatic Premier League promotion continue to jostle for position.

All but one of the contenders for promotion or the playoffs, Hull City, have four matches remaining on the season.

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A huge match looms Tuesday, one that could easily affect the Top Two race on all fronts. Second-place Burnley hosts Middlesbrough, and at least one contender will lose a point while Brighton and Hove Albion hosts QPR.

Bolton 1-2 Middlesbrough

Big money January buy Jordan Rhodes struck twice for Boro in leading the visitors back from a 1-0 deficit with a half-hour to play. Boro remains atop the table, refusing to give way to Burnley.

Birmingham City 1-2 Burnley

Andre Gray’s 77th minute goal was his 24th of the season and gave Burnley all three points. The Clarets keep pace with Boro.

BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 16: Andre Gray of Burnley during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Burnley at St Andrews Stadium on April 16, 2016 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM – APRIL 16: Andre Gray of Burnley (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Brighton & Hove Albion 5-0 Fulham

The Gulls are within two points of longtime leaders Burnley in the race for the second automatic promotion slot.

Hull City 2-1 Wolverhampton

Steve Bruce‘s side is still in the driver’s seat for the playoff’s second seed after sealing three points at home.

Charlton Athletic 0-1 Derby County

The Rams’ road win keeps them level on points with Hull, who has that match-in-hand. If the playoffs started today, the Tigers would be slot ahead of Derby on goal differential.

Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Ipswich Town

The Owls look set to hold off both Cardiff City and Saturday’s visitors for the sixth playoff spot after the draw.