EFL Championship – Week 3 Power Rankings

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

RankTeamRecordLast WeekChange
1Swansea City2-0-01
2Leeds United2-0-064↑
4Aston Villa2-0-051↑
6Preston North End1-0-133↓
7West Bromwich Albion1-1-192↑
8Derby County1-0-126↓
9Sheffield United1-1-1123↑
10Wigan Athletic1-0-1133↑
11Bolton Wanderers1-1-0154↑
12Nottingham Forest1-2-0186↑
14Stoke City0-1-186↓
15Ipswich Town0-1-1105↓
16Norwich City0-1-1115↓
17Sheffield Wednesday0-1-117
18Rotherham United1-0-1246↑
19Blackburn Rovers0-2-019
20Bristol City0-2-0211↑
21Hull City0-1-1221↑
22Birmingham City0-1-1202↓
23Queens Park Rangers0-0-2167↓

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…

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