EFL Championship – Week 9 Power Rankings

Seven of the 12 matches this week in the Championship ended in draws, so a lot of teams didn’t move much in this week’s Power Rankings. There was a bit if shuffling at the top, if only because wins are more important than draws, knocking Middlesbrough out of the top spot after their recent ascent.
Note: Records presented as W-D-L

RankTeamRecordLast WeekChangeTable Pos
1West Bromwich Albion6-2-232↑1
2Sheffield United6-1-324
3Middlesbrough5-4-112↓3
4Leeds United5-4-142
5Norwich City5-2-383↑5
6Brentford4-4-276
7Bolton Wanderers4-3-3103↑14
8Derby County5-1-453↓9
9Swansea City4-4-2112↑7
10Wigan Athletic5-1-473↓8
11Aston Villa3-5-293↓15
12Bristol City4-3-31210
13Nottingham Forest3-6-11311
14Sheffield Wednesday4-3-31412
15Blackburn Rovers3-6-11513
16Birmingham City1-7-2171↑16
17Stoke City2-4-4181↑17
18Rotherham United3-1-6191↑18
19Queens Park Rangers3-1-6163↓19
20Hull City2-2-62021
21Reading2-3-5221↑20
22Ipswich Town0-6-4231↑22
23Millwall1-3-6212↓23
24Preston North End1-2-72424


Ipswich Town remains winless, though three straight draws keeps them above some others here, as well as in the league table. They are solidly in the relegation zone, however, so it might be time to start converting some of those draws to wins, especially if they want to stay in the Championship.
West Brom has moved into first place in the table as well as these rankings, on the strength of three straight wins over the past two weeks. Former number one Middlesbrough, as well as Sheffield United, continue to nip at their heels, but they remain the team to beat, and should continue their winning ways this week against a much weaker Sheffield Wednesday club.
The middle of the table is quite muddled at the moment, with ten clubs with between 14 and 16 points. As it stands now, 16 points locks in the final spot in the promotion playoffs, so the movement around that number, at least for the next few weeks, will be the most interesting place to watch as we head into October.
Until next time…
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