Quite a week in the Championship. A lot of the clubs towards the bottom of last week’s Power Rankings knocked off clubs near the top or middle, causing some major shuffling in the rankings this week. Only two clubs remained in the same place from last week, one of which is perpetual bottom dweller Ipswich Town. We also have a new club in as the top club, marking our sixth different club that has held the top ranking this season.

As always, the placement in our Power Rankings isn’t specifically based on table position, but is instead a combination of factors, including recent streaks. I also don’t punish a team to dramatically if they just lost a match, even to a much lower ranked club, if they had strong performance in the weeks before or they were playing on the road (for example). I also only factor performance in league play, so as exciting as it was to see Middlesbrough defeat Crystal Palace in the Carabao Cup during the week, it didn’t help them (directly) in these rankings.

Note: Records presented as W-D-L
Through matches played on 4 November 2018

Rank Team Record Last Week Change Table Pos
1 Norwich City 9-3-4 2 1↑ 2
2 Derby County 8-4-4 4 2↑ 5
3 Leeds United 8-6-2 5 2↑ 1
4 Middlesbrough 7-7-2 3 1↓ 4
5 Nottingham Forest 6-8-2 7 2↑ 6
6 Sheffield United 9-2-5 1 5↓ 3
7 West Bromwich Albion 7-4-5 6 1↓ 7
8 Blackburn Rovers 6-7-3 14 6↑ 8
9 Swansea City 6-5-5 8 1↓ 9
10 Birmingham City 5-8-3 9 1↓ 10
11 Bristol City 6-4-6 10 1↓ 12
12 Brentford 5-6-5 13 1↑ 13
13 Queens Park Rangers 7-2-7 11 2↓ 11
14 Stoke City 5-6-5 15 1↑ 15
15 Aston Villa 5-6-5 16 1↑ 14
16 Wigan Athletic 6-2-8 12 4↓ 16
17 Rotherham United 4-5-7 20 3↑ 18
18 Preston North End 3-6-7 18 21
19 Hull City 4-3-9 21 2↑ 23
20 Sheffield Wednesday 5-4-7 17 3↓ 17
21 Reading 4-3-9 23 2↑ 22
22 Millwall 4-4-8 19 3↓ 19
23 Bolton Wanderers 4-4-8 22 1↓ 20
24 Ipswich Town 1-7-8 24 24

Norwich City climbs to the top of the rankings on the strength of four wins in a row, and this week’s 4-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday. If not for Leeds United’s victory on Sunday (or a larger goal differential), they would have been alone at the top of the table as well. Chances are high they win their fifth in a row this weekend with a match at home against Millwall, but we’ve seen worse upsets before this season.

The biggest climb this week was from the Blackburn Rovers, who snapped Queens Park Rangers’ three match winning streak. The Rovers hope that winning during the first weekend of November bodes well for the club going forward after an up and down October that saw them go 2-1-2. Nevertheless, the Rovers are back within a point of the playoffs, which would be a great follow-up to their second place finish in League One last season. A match against Rotherham United on Saturday should help prove that they are back on the winning path.

The biggest fall this week was from our former number one club (and site favorite) Sheffield United. Their place at the top was tenuous as it was, especially since they’ve only gone 1-1-1 since ascending to the the top of the rankings three weeks ago. They are still in position to claim a spot in the playoffs, leading the way in third on the table, and they host Sheffield Wednesday this week in the Steel City Derby. Based on Wednesday’s recent run of play, United should be favored, but you never know what can happen when old rivals meet.

Until next time…

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