EFL Championship – Week 5 Power Rankings

Now that all the Championship teams have played their fifth game, we are a little over 10% of the way through the seasons. In this version of the Power Rankings, I’m going to include a comparison to where the team currently sits in the league table. The change column will represent the movement from where they were in my mid-week update to last week’s Power Rankings.:
Note: Records presented as W-D-L
 

RankTeamRecordLast WeekChangeTable Pos
1Leeds United4-1-011
2Middlesbrough4-1-031↑2
3Sheffield United3-0-274↑7
4Brentford2-2-122↓8
5Bolton Wanderers3-1-161↑3
6Derby County3-0-2104↑6
7West Bromwich Albion2-1-243↓11
8Aston Villa2-3-084
9Swansea City2-2-154↓10
10Wigan Athletic2-1-291↓12
11Nottingham Forest1-4-01113
12Sheffield Wednesday2-1-2153↑14
13Blackburn Rovers2-3-0163↑5
14Bristol City2-2-1206↑9
15Norwich City1-1-3141↓18
16Preston North End1-1-3124↓20
17Rotherham United2-0-3214↑15
18Stoke City1-2-2171↓17
19Millwall1-2-2136↓16
20Hull City1-1-3211↑19
21Queens Park Rangers1-0-4243↑22
22Birmingham City0-3-22221
23Reading0-2-32323
24Ipswich Town0-2-3246↓24


It was quite a week for the Championship, and we no longer have any pointless teams in the league, with Reading earning two draws this week and QPR with a surprising win over Wigan Athletic. Ipswich Town moves to the bottom of the Power Rankings – and the league table after two losses this week.
Two losses this week was the source of teams falling down the rankings, with Millwall (down six spots) and Preston North End (down four spots) joining Ipswich in losing twice this week. In the opposite direction, Bristol City was the big mover up the rankings, moving six spots due to their two wins this week – against Swansea and the aforementioned QPR.
The team that is furthest of between our Power Rankings and their actual position in the league table is Blackburn Rovers, which is most likely due to a lower ranking in the preseason rankings. I would assume that if they continue with similar results going forward, those numbers will converge and they will find themselves in the Top 5 of the Power Rankings as well.
Until next time…
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