After another international break across the top two tiers of English football this past weekend, both leagues will be back in action this upcoming week. We didn’t update these rankings last week after all of the Championship clubs played two matches, but the results from those matches caused all but one team to find themselves in a new spot this week.
As a reminder, these rankings are only for league play, and you can see how that is shaping up thus far in our latest look at promotion and relegation that we published last week.
Note: Records presented as W-D-L
Through matches played on 7 October 2018
|Rank||Team||Record||Last Week||Change||Table Pos|
|3||West Bromwich Albion||7-3-2||1||2↓||2|
|18||Queens Park Rangers||4-2-6||19||1↑||18|
|20||Preston North End||2-3-7||24||4↑||22|
Ipswich Town finally picked up their first win in the second match of the week, after losing their first, so they are the only team that remained in the same spot after the week. However they remain firmly in the relegation zone, but they do have a “favorable” goal differential for the moment (-7), which is only 4th worst in the league. Whether or not that will save them remains to be seen over the next 34 matches.
One of two clubs to win twice last week – new #1 Sheffield United was the other – Stoke City saw the largest climb up the rankings this week, moving up seven spots and into the top ten. While their table position is not quite this lofty just yet, a win in this week’s home match against lower-ranked Birmingham City will give them a chance to move up their as well.
The Bolton Wanderers saw the biggest fall this week, dropping six spots on two losses – to the aforementioned Stoke City and the Blackburn Rovers. They head on the road this weekend to face off against another struggling club in Rotherham United, hoping to snap their two game slide and pic up three points to remain in the mix for the playoffs.
Finally, Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest both moved up five spots after a draw and a win in play this week. Sheffield Wednesday has caught our eye with their recent form, especially considering that they didn’t spend anything on transfers during the offseason. They can prove they have earned their lofty ranking (and table) position in the game that kicks off the Championship’s weekend, a Friday night home match against Middlesbrough. Three points in that match would give them 22 on the season, a point total they didn’t reach until Match 16 last season.
Until next time…
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