EFL Championship – Preseason Power Rankings

I’ve spent the last week introducing you to all the teams currently playing in the Championship. With real games starting in less than an hour – the kick-off of Derby County and Reading is scheduled for 8pm London time (3pm est) – here’s my completely unscientific prediction for how the season might play out.

RankTeamRecordLast Week
1Stoke CityN/A
2MiddlesbroughN/A
3West Bromwich AlbionN/A
4Swansea CityN/A
5Derby CountyN/A
6Aston VillaN/A
7Preston North EndN/A
8Sheffield UnitedN/A
9BrentfordN/A
10Leeds UnitedN/A
11Ipswich TownN/A
12Queens Park RangersN/A
13Norwich CityN/A
14Sheffield WednesdayN/A
15MillwallN/A
16Wigan AthleticN/A
17Nottingham ForestN/A
18Blackburn RoversN/A
19Hull CityN/A
20Birmingham CityN/A
21Bristol CityN/A
22ReadingN/A
23Bolton WanderersN/A
24Rotherham UnitedN/A

I’ll be updating this after the weekly matches are complete, and try to highlight a couple of games every weekend that might be worth checking out. (You can also expect to see similar coverage when the Premier League starts next week, but we’re still working through what our weekly schedule will look like once the season actually gets underway).

Chances are that I’ll be completely wrong. There is always a surprise team or two that do better (or worse) than expected. One game may not tell us a lot, but three points can often make the difference between qualifying for the playoffs, spending another season in the Championship, or ending up in League One.

Until next time…

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