(UPDATED) EFL Championship – Week 8 Slate

The Championship is back to a normal slate this week, with one match per club and all matches relegated to Friday and Saturday. As always, the number in parenthesis before each team in their current spot in the 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.

Friday, 28 September 2018
7:45pm BST/2:45pm EST
(12) Bristol City 1-1 (9) Aston Villa
(14) Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 (4) Leeds United

Saturday, 29 September 2018
3:00pm BST/10:00am EST
(17) Birmingham City 2-2 (23) Ipswich Town
(15) Blackburn Rovers 2-2 (13) Nottingham Forest
(10) Bolton Wanderers 1-0 (5) Derby County
(6) Brentford 2-2 (22) Reading
(20) Hull City 1-1 (1) Middlesbrough
(21) Millwall 2-3 (2) Sheffield United
(8) Norwich City 1-0 (7) Wigan Athletic  **MATCH OF THE WEEK**
(24) Preston North End 2-3 (3) West Bromwich Albion
(11) Swansea City 3-0 (16) Queens Park Rangers
5:30pm BST/12:30pm EST
(19) Rotherham United 2-2 (18) Stoke City

With our top three teams heading on the road to face off against teams with an average ranking of nearly 22, our Match of the Week will be between teams that have both been climbing the rankings over the past couple of weeks. Norwich City has won three matches in a row, while Wigan Athletic won both of their matches last week. If Norwich manages to defend their home pitch and pick up the three points, they should find themselves in the thick of the playoff race as we enter October.

The only Championship club that hasn’t yet won a match on the season is Ipswich Town, and by ranking and match location, they are probably going to go at least another week without one. That said, Birmingham City was in the same boat before Saturday, when they picked up their first win of the season against former #1 club Leeds United, and they are unbeaten in their past five matches (1-4-0). Picking up the three points against Ipswich would move them firmly out of the relegation zone for the time being, though with over 30 matches left to be played, it remains to be seen where they end up at the end of the season.

Until next time…

Last update: 29 September 2018, 4:00pm EST
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