The Championship will be on an international break again next week, so this weekend’s action will be the last for most clubs until after Thanksgiving. Action will kick off on Friday night with the Steel City Derby between Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday, which pits two rivals heading in two different directions, and closed out with our Match of the Week on Saturday afternoon. It should be a thrilling week leading up to the break for sure!
As always, the number in parenthesis before each team represents their current rank in our weekly Power Rankings. As the matches progress, we will update this list with results, with winning teams in bold and drawn teams in italics.
Friday, 9 November 2018
7:45pm GMT/2:45pm EST
(6) Sheffield United 0-0 (20) Sheffield Wednesday
Saturday, 10 November 2018
3:00pm GMT/10:00am EST
(10) Birmingham City 3-3 (19) Hull City
(8) Blackburn Rovers 1-1 (17) Rotherham United
(23) Bolton Wanderers 0-1 (9) Swansea City
(11) Bristol City 0-1 (18) Preston North End
(2) Derby County 0-3 (15) Aston Villa
(4) Middlesbrough 2-0 (16) Wigan Athletic
(1) Norwich City 4-3 (22) Millwall
(5) Nottingham Forest 0-0 (14) Stoke City
(13) Queens Park Rangers 3-2 (12) Brentford
(21) Reading 2-2 (24) Ipswich Town
5:30pm GMT/12:30pm EST
(7) West Bromwich Albion 4-1 (3) Leeds United **MATCH OF THE WEEK**
Our Match of the Week features West Bromwich Albion, who are coming off a loss to Hull City, and Leeds United, who defeated Wigan Athletic on the road last week. A second consecutive road match shouldn’t be too much for Leeds to overcome, especially considering that West Brom is winless in their last four (0-1-3). However, West Brom has found success at the Hawthorns this season, boasting a 5-1-2 record with a +10 goal differential. Meanwhile, Leeds has only lost one match on the road (4-3-1, +7 GD) on their way to the top of the league table (and third spot in our rankings), so something will have to give. I like Leeds personally, but I also wouldn’t be shocked to see a draw in this one.
The Steel City Derby has been played 129 times overall, with Sheffield United winning 46 and Sheffield Wednesday winning 42 (and 41 draws). The clubs played to a scoreless draw in the last iteration at Bramall Lane, the location of Friday’s match, but I fully anticipate United coming out on top this weekend, especially considering Wednesday’s current four match losing streak, during which they’ve been outscored 12-2. But crazier things have happened in rivalry games.
Finally, it what may be Ipswich Town’s best chance for a victory in quite some time, the Blues travel to Reading in a battle to get out of the relegation zone. Even a victory won’t save Ipswich, as they are currently 5 points behind three clubs – including Reading – with 15 points. However, Ipswich really needs to pick up another win on the season if they are going to have any chance of avoiding relegation, and their only win this season came on the road against Swansea City. They came close to victory last week, taking a first half lead against Preston North End, only to have Preston force a draw with a goal in the 73rd minute (despite being a man down). It’s been four matches since that Swansea victory for Ipswich, so I’m sure they are ready to turn things around.
Reading, on the other hand, is coming off a win against Bristol City last week, but they still find themselves mired in the relegation zone because of scoring. They are hoping this match against the worst team in the league will give them another opportunity to pick up three points. They are a pedestrian 2-0-4 over their last six (with a -4 GD), so they would love to win consecutive matches for the first time on the season and let some other club slide down to the relegation zone.
Until next time…
Last update: 10 November 2018, 4:00pm EST