EFL Championship – Week 18 Power Rankings

Week 17 in the Championship is in the books, and the results have led to a lot of changes from last week’s Power Rankings. We have a new club at the top – even though the former #1 didn’t lose – and a new club at the bottom to the rankings as well – even though the former bottom club is still the bottom club in the actual league table.

The action shuffled up the rankings a bit, with only seven clubs staying in the same spot from last week. Per usual, the rankings here try to represent the trends of the clubs from week-to-week, and not give them credit for early season performance that elevated them in the league table (though most clubs have mostly gone to form over the past quarter of the season).

Note: Records presented as W-D-L
Through matches played on 17 December 2018

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Champions League – Round of 16 Draw

Champions League is taking a break until February now that the group stage is complete. But before it does, they needed to determine the pairings for the next round of matches.

The draw took place this morning at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. As a reminder, here’s how the eight groups were settled during group play:

Group

Winners (seeded in draw)Runners-up (unseeded in draw)

A

Borussia Dortmund (GER)Atlético Madrid (ESP)

B

Barcelona (ESP)Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)

C

Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)Liverpool (ENG)

D

Porto (POR)Schalke 04 (GER)

E

Bayern Munich (GER)Ajax (NED)

F

Manchester City (ENG)Lyon (FRA)

G

Real Madrid (ESP)Roma (ITA)

H

Juventus (ITA)Manchester United (ENG)

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Championship Monday – Derby County v Nottingham Forest

The final match of Matchday 22 (Week 17) in the Championship is tonight, with Derby County hosting Nottingham Forest. The clubs are in the midst of a battle for a spot in the promotion playoffs, entering the week in 4th (Derby County) and 7th (Nottingham Forest) position, respectively.

A win by either club tonight will lock them into playoff position as the league enters its midpoint next week. Derby County has been consistently in the top 6 all season, while Forest is a relative newcomer to the top seven on the season. Either way, this match should see some quality football between two relatively equal squads.

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Liverpool v. Manchester United – Premier League (@Anfield)

Liverpool v. Manchester United Before we get too far into this match up, I want to take a moment for a shout out. This is the first time I can remember where all four English teams in Champions League group stage advanced. Manchester United and Manchester City had their positions locked down much earlier. The … Read moreLiverpool v. Manchester United – Premier League (@Anfield)

Las Vegas Bowl – Arizona State v. (21) Fresno State

The Las Vegas Bowl The Las Vegas is one of the kick off games (game #3) for the 2019 bowl season and it starts off with Herm Edwards’ Arizona State team and Fresno State. Arizona State This has to be kind of a disappointing destination for the Sun Devils after they were very seriously in … Read moreLas Vegas Bowl – Arizona State v. (21) Fresno State