As mentioned in both the weekly Power Rankings and a look at the Week 15 slate, Championship clubs are playing twice this week. In the spirit of that, I will be highlighting a “Match of the Day” from three of the days with multiple matches.
Tuesday, we took a look at Preston North End and Middlesbrough, which ended in a 1-1 draw after Middlesbrough evened it up just after half time. So much for my predicted clean sheet. Boro dropped a spot into third place because of Leeds United’s victory over Reading, while Preston North End moved up a spot into 15th.
On Wednesday, it was Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest, which ended in a 5-5 barn burner after being tied 3-3 at the halftime break. Tammy Abraham scored four times for Villa in the match – after I highlighted him in the preview – which nearly doubled his scoring output on the season. It was what I dubbed the battle for 7th place, and Forest actually moved up to 6th after Derby County lost to Stoke City, while Villa maintained its 8th place spot.