After a second week that went mostly as expected, at least according to my weekly Power Rankings, here is how I see the teams heading into the slate of games scheduled for this week.
Note: Records presented as W-D-L
|6||Preston North End||1-0-1||3||3↓|
|7||West Bromwich Albion||1-1-1||9||2↑|
|23||Queens Park Rangers||0-0-2||16||7↓|
Two teams made big moves up the rankings, with none more unexpected than Rotherham United. The Millers are expected to fight against relegation this year, but a victory over Ipswich Town at home keeps them off the bottom of the table for at least this week. They face a difficult follow-up match this week against Leeds United in Leeds, but it should be at least a few week before they return to the relegation zone.
Nottingham Forest also jumped six spots this weeks, primarily on the basis of a two match week that saw them pick up four points overall. After drawing with West Brom on Tuesday, fatigue did not appear to be a factor as they defeated Reading on Saturday, placing them in the last position of the top half of the rankings for this week. This week’s match against new #10 Wigan Athletic will be a test of their staying power in the middle of these power rankings.
The big mover down the rankings was Queens Park Rangers, who lost at home against a Sheffield United club playing their second game of the week. They join Reading as the only Championship clubs with two losses at the early stages of this season. It may be difficult for QPR to move up this week, and I expect they will be heading into Week 4 looking for their first points of the season.
Until next time…