After last weekend’s international break, the Championship is back in action this weekend for your Thanksgiving (at least in the U.S.) enjoyment. A few clubs entered the break on extended hot streaks, so it was probably hard for them to sit for a week and let the momentum lapse a bit, but rest is also important in such a loaded schedule. Prior to the break, the clubs had played five matches over the course of three weeks in league play alone, with a handful of clubs playing an additional Carabao Cup match as well. Next week, everyone will be playing twice yet again, so maybe the break was for the best after all.
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, 23 November 2018
7:45pm GMT/2:45pm EST
(24) Ipswich Town 1-2 (3) West Bromwich Albion
Saturday, 24 November 2018
12:30pm GMT/7:30am EST
(17) Rotherham United 2-2 (6) Sheffield United
3:00pm GMT/10:00am EST
(20) Hull City 0-2 (5) Nottingham Forest
(4) Leeds United 2-0 (16) Bristol City
(22) Millwall 1-1 (23) Bolton Wanderers
(15) Preston North End 4-1 (8) Blackburn Rovers
(19) Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 (10) Derby County
(14) Stoke City 2-2 (12) Queens Park Rangers
(7) Swansea City 1-4 (1) Norwich City **MATCH OF THE WEEK**
(18) Wigan Athletic 0-0 (21) Reading
5:30pm GMT/12:30pm EST
(13) Brentford 1-2 (2) Middlesbrough
Sunday, 25 November 2018
12:00pm GMT/7:00am EST
(9) Aston Villa 4-2 (11) Birmingham City
Our Championship Match of the Week will feature Swansea City welcoming #1 club Norwich City to Wales. Like most clubs, the Swans have been better at home this season, with a solid 4-2-2 record – and a +6 goal differential. They are trying to fight their way back up to the Premier League after being relegated after last season, and the best way to ensure that is to win matches at home. Unfortunately, they will be facing a Canaries squad that has lost only once on the road, as they enter the game 4-3-1 away from Carrow Road, with the same +6 differential. Something will have to give.
At the other end of the table, a couple of teams can help their cause in avoiding relegation to League One. Millwall hosts the Bolton Wanderers at The Den, with both clubs entering the match with 16 points in the Championship, and Millwall only clear of the relegation zone based on goal differential (-7 vs -12). As noted by their place in the power rankings, both clubs have struggled this season to say the least. Bolton is 2-3-3 on the road (-4 GD), while Millwall has done most of their damage this season at home (4-2-2, +4 GD), so it appears that Bolton will remain winless since September if they do end up losing this one as well.
Until next time…
Last update: 25 November 2018, 3:00pm EST