A Nottingham Forest win could see the Championship top six really take shape

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Leeds United and Ipswich Town cancel each other out, Burnley keep Brighton from three points as Derby County, Leicester City and Queens Park Rangers all pick up valuable wins.

Whether it was matchday 27 or 28 for your side, another dramatic night of Championship football has seen a pattern emerging in and around the league's top six.

Leicester City continued their impressive run with a win over lower-mid table Birmingham City, taking them to eight wins on the bounce and nine without defeat.

It has become very hard to envisage anyone stopping the Foxes promotion juggernaut and with 18 games remaining, they hold a steady eight point gap on second place Queens Park Rangers.

However, Harry Redknapp's men won't be ready to give up on the title yet and produced a domineering performance over Bolton Wanderers which ended in a 2-1 home win.

Elsewhere, there were wins for Derby County and Reading but other teams around the top six struggled to make up ground.

Burnley and Brighton endured a tightly contested encounter which ended 0-0, as did Middlesbrough and Wigan. Leeds United salvaged a home point against Ipswich Town, thanks to a Ross McCormack penalty. And Blackburn were left frustrated after a Chris O'Grady penalty stopped them from winning all three points at Oakwell.

As things stand in the Championship, there are four points between 6th placed Reading and 7th placed Ipswich Town. And if Nottingham Forest win tonight, that will leave a seven point gap between 5th place and 7th, including Forest still having one more game in hand on their competitors.

With 18 games left for most teams, there is everything still to play for but with the current top four looking cemented into the top six positions and Nottingham Forest looking likely to joining them, it leaves one spot open to potentially seven sides - but who will claim it?

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