Lots of upsets this weekend in the Championship, with eight of our top 12 teams losing to lower ranked teams. As such, there has been a lot of movement up and down these rankings from last week, with only four teams staying put.
There will be two games this week for each team, so expect some shakeups next week as well. As a reminder, these rankings are only for league play only, though only a handful of teams are still alive in the EFL Cup anyway. Those matches resume next week for Norwich City, Nottingham Forest, Derby County and new #1 Middlesbrough.
Note: Records presented as W-D-L
Through matches played on 20 October 2018

Rank Team Record Last Week Change Table Pos
1 Middlesbrough 7-4-2 4 3↑ 1
2 Derby County 6-3-4 6 4↑ 5
3 Sheffield United 8-1-4 1 2↓ 2
4 Norwich City 6-3-4 7 3↑ 6
5 West Bromwich Albion 7-3-3 3 2↓ 3
6 Leeds United 6-5-2 2 4↓ 4
7 Brentford 4-6-3 5 2↓ 12
8 Wigan Athletic 6-2-5 12 4↑ 8
9 Nottingham Forest 4-7-2 8 1↓ 9
10 Blackburn Rovers 5-6-2 16 6↑ 7
11 Aston Villa 4-6-3 14 3↑ 13
12 Sheffield Wednesday 5-4-4 9 3↓ 11
13 Swansea City 4-5-4 11 2↓ 15
14 Bristol City 5-4-4 15 3↓ 10
15 Birmingham City 3-8-2 16 1↑ 14
16 Stoke City 4-4-5 10 6↓ 17
17 Bolton Wanderers 4-4-5 13 4↓ 18
18 Queens Park Rangers 5-2-6 18 16
19 Reading 3-3-7 24 5↑ 19
20 Preston North End 2-4-7 20 21
21 Rotherham United 3-3-7 21 20
22 Millwall 2-4-7 19 3↓ 22
23 Hull City 2-3-8 23 23
24 Ipswich Town 1-6-6 22 2↓ 24

Call it the SportMuse curse, but the last two clubs featured as Darkhorse candidates – Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United – both lost and tumbled down the rankings, though not as far as some others. United is still in position for promotion, but Wednesday fell out of the top ten and has some work to do to compete for the playoffs at the end of the season.
Ipswich Town wasn’t able to follow-up their first win on the season with another point this week, and as a result, fell back to the bottom of these Power Rankings, as well as the league table. They also saw their goal differential increase (-9), so they will need to pick up some goals over the next few matches to give them a little more security, especially if they aren’t going to win matches consistently.
Our biggest climber of the week was Blackburn Rovers, who defeated former number two club Leeds United. It was important to defend their home pitch, which they did, and their position in these power rankings is nearly in line with where they fall in the league standings, which is currently one goal out of the last playoff spot.
Finally, the largest drop was by Stoke City, who lost at home for Birmingham City. Stoke was coming off a small three game unbeaten streak (2-1-0) to move up our rankings, but now they have settled back down into a ranking more inline with their position on the league table. They are well clear of the relegation zone as it stands now, but they also don’t have room to rest on their laurels, and should return to their winning ways to secure their place in the Championship for next year.
Until next time…
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