It’s been nine days since they last played in the Championship, so I’m sure I can speak for all fans of the league and say that I’m glad the international break is over! Play returns this week with action on Friday, but before we get to that, we need to update our Power Rankings from before the break.
If you missed these rankings last week, I hope you found our latest look at the promotion and relegation standings, which we published in lieu of these rankings. As always, the movement in the rankings here (hopefully) only reflects the action in the league.
Note: Records presented as W-D-L
Through matches played on 10 November 2018
|Rank||Team||Record||Last Week||Change||Table Pos|
|3||West Bromwich Albion||8-4-5||7||4↑||5|
|12||Queens Park Rangers||8-2-7||13||1↑||10|
|15||Preston North End||4-6-7||18||3↑||18|
A few clubs shot up the rankings after defeating much higher-ranked clubs, which in turn caused those other clubs to plummet down the rankings. Making the biggest leap was Aston Villa, which climbed six spots after a shut out victory on the road over our former #2 club Derby County. As a result of the loss, Derby County fell eight spots to settle in behind Aston Villa, though Derby remains ahead in the actual league table. I just found it difficult to move Aston Villa up so high without actually placing them above the team that they beat, and I anticipate that results from this weekend will move each club back closer to their actual league position.
In what we dubbed our Match of the Week last time, West Bromwich Albion faced off against Leeds United to close out the last week of games. West Brom managed to defend their home pitch (and them some), racing out to a 4-nil lead before losing the cleansheet in stoppage time in a 4-1 victory. West Brom was coming off a stretch where they hadn’t won in four matches (0-1-3), so it was nice to come out on top and move up the rankings. They should be able to start a winning streak with Friday night match against bottom-dweller Ipswich Town this weekend, assuring them of continued placement among the top clubs in the league.
Finally, Preston North End settled into a new spot above the club that they beat, winning 1-nil at Bristol City. Both clubs have struggled to find consistency on the season, though Bristol City has been higher up in our rankings and on the table for most of the season. But Bristol has now lost their third straight match – two of which have been at home – and moved below Preston North End for the time being.
Until next time…
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