(Updated) EFL Championship – Week 4 Slate

Here’s a look at Week 4’s slate of games in the Championship. We’ll update this with results as the games progress. The number in parenthesis before each team is their current spot in my Weekly Power Rankings. Home teams are listed first, and winners will be indicated in bold. In the event of a draw, both teams will be placed in italics.

This week begins with a matches today, with eight clubs playing their first of two games this week due to later conflicts with matches in the EFL Cup, and concludes with a match on Sunday, 26 August. All but four clubs will be playing twice this week, because  Middlesbrough, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion played a second game during Week 2 for the same reason. By the end of the weekend, all clubs will have five matches played in league play.

Tuesday, 21 August 2018
7:45pm BST/2:45pm EST
(13) Derby County 2-0 (15) Ipswich Town
(24) Queens Park Rangers 0-3 (21) Bristol City
(20) Rotherham United 2-3 (22) Hull City
(5) Swansea City 2-2 (1) Leeds United

Wednesday, 22 August 2018
7:45pm BST/2:45pm EST
(6) Aston Villa 1-2 (3) Brentford
(16) Blackburn Rovers 2-2 (23) Reading
(17) Norwich City 2-0 (7) Preston North End
(18) Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 (10) Millwall
8:00pm BST/3:00pm EST
(9) Bolton Wanderers 1-0 (19) Birmingham City
(14) Stoke City 3-0 (12) Wigan Athletic
Note: I updated the Power Rankings after the above games were completed, so the rankings below reflect these new rankings.
Friday, 24 August 2018
7:45pm BST/2:45pm EST
(3) Middlesbrough 1-0 (4) West Bromwich Albion **MATCH OF THE WEEK**

Saturday, 25 August 2018
3pm BST/10am EST
(8) Aston Villa 1-1 (23) Reading
(16) Blackburn Rovers 1-0 (2) Brentford
(6) Bolton Wanderers 0-3 (7) Sheffield United
(10) Derby County 2-0 (12) Preston North End
(14) Norwich City 0-3 (1) Leeds United
(24) Queens Park Rangers 1-0 (9) Wigan Athletic
(15) Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 (18) Ipswich Town
(17) Stoke City 2-0 (19) Hull City
(5) Swansea City 0-1 (20) Bristol City
5:30pm BST/12:30pm EST
(11) Nottingham Forest 2-2 (22) Birmingham City

Sunday, 19 August 2018
12:30pm BST/7:30am EST
(21) Rotherham United 1-0 (13) Millwall

With the bulk of teams playing two games, there could be some wonky results due to tired clubs. Will it be enough for Reading and QPR to find some points? Can Leeds overcome former number one Swansea and remain unbeaten? Was West Brom’s seven goal outburst more indicative of their squad or a result of poor competition from QPR?

As much as we don’t want to be influenced by the league table in figuring these Power Rankings, we’ll take a look how the rankings compare to the table next week, especially after all the teams have the same amount of games played (against a variety of competition). We’re also considering an (extremely) early Relegation Watch, though a lot of teams are still indistinguishable from each other.

Until next time…
Last update: 26 August 2018, 12:00pm EST

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