9 Apr 2014

Clarets win, Foxes lose

11:38 am on 9 April 2014

As the race for English football's Premier League heats up, so too is the title race in the second-division Championship.

Burnley moved a step closer to automatic promotion to the top flight and consolidated second spot with a 1-0 win at Barnsley.

That also put heat on the already-promoted leaders Leicester City, who saw their 21-game unbeaten run come to an end against Brighton & Hove Albion.

Leicester lost 4-1 in a below-par display at home, but still lead Burnley by six points, with five games remaining.

The Foxes have 89 points, Burnley 83 points and there's still daylight between the Clarets and third place, with only the top two clubs going up automatically.

The next four clubs enter the playoffs, and Derby County are now third on 72 points after a 3-1 victory at Blackpool. Derby are two points clear of fourth-placed Queens Park Rangers, who lost 2-0 at Blackburn Rovers, while fifth-placed FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic lost 1-0 at home to Millwall.

Sixth-placed Reading are still four points behind Wigan on 63 having lost 3-1 at Bournemouth who, along with Ipswich Town - 2-0 winners at Huddersfield Town - and Brighton, have 61 points and are within two points of the playoffs.

Playoffs-chasing Brighton are seventh.

Promotion to the Premier League brings vast financial rewards, with a 2013 report by the Sports Business Group at Deloitte saying it could be worth up to $231 million, much of that from broadcast rights.