(UPDATED) EFL Championship – Week 15 Slate

Championship Week 15 Fixtures/Results

After shaking off the international break cobwebs this past weekend, the clubs of the Championship will each be playing twice this week. Upon completion of the final match Monday night, all clubs will have played 20 matches on the season, and will reach the half way point the week before Christmas.

Per usual, the number in parenthesis before each club is where they fell on our Week 15 Power Rankings. In the past, when we have had two league matches in a week, we end up seeing a lot of movement in subsequent rankings, and this week’s slate features a lot of matches that could shake up the rankings (and league standings). We’ll profile a few of those matches during the week, and we’ll try to keep this page updated as results roll in, so feel free to check back in throughout the week.

Home clubs are listed first. Winning clubs will be indicated in bold, while matches that end in draws will have their clubs italicized.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

7:45pm GMT/2:45pm EST
(15) Brentford 2-3 (6) Sheffield United
(23) Hull City 0-0 (1) Norwich City
(4) Leeds United 1-0 (19) Reading
(13) Preston North End 1-1 (2) Middlesbrough
(16) Rotherham United 2-2 (10) Queens Park Rangers
(20) Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 (22) Bolton Wanderers

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

7:45pm GMT/2:45pm EST
(7) Aston Villa 5-5 (5) Nottingham Forrest
(24) Ipswich Town 2-3 (18) Bristol City
(21) Millwall 0-2 (12) Birmingham City
(9) Swansea City 1-2 (3) West Bromwich Albion
(17) Wigan Athletic 3-1 (11) Blackburn Rovers
8:00pm GMT/3:00pm EST
(14) Stoke City 2-1 (8) Derby County

Saturday, 1 December 2018

12:30pm GMT/7:30am EST
(6) Sheffield United 0-1 (4) Leeds United
3:00pm GMT/10:00am EST
(12) Birmingham City 3-0 (13) Preston North End
(11) Blackburn Rovers 4-2 (20) Sheffield Wednesday
(22) Bolton Wanderers 1-1 (17) Wigan Athletic
(8) Derby County 2-1 (9) Swansea City
(1) Norwich City 3-1 (16) Rotherham United
(5) Nottingham Forest 2-0 (24) Ipswich Town
(10) Queens Park Rangers 2-3 (23) Hull City
(19) Reading 2-2 (14) Stoke City
5:30pm GMT/12:30pm EST
(2) Middlesbrough 0-3 (7) Aston Villa   **MATCH OF THE WEEK**

Sunday, 2 December 2018

1:30pm GMT/8:30am EST
(18) Bristol City 1-1 (21) Millwall

Monday, 3 December 2018

8:00pm GMT/3:00pm EST
(3) West Bromwich Albion 1-1 (15) Brentford

Match of the Week

Our Championship Match of the Week will feature Middlesbrough hosting Aston Villa in one of five matches featuring clubs in the top ten of our rankings. Why this one over any of the others? For one, I will be covering a couple of the others in separate posts, so keep an eye out for them. But Middlesbrough could be looking to extend a seven match unbeaten streak, depending on how their Tuesday match against Preston North End goes.

If not for the six match winning streak of Norwich City, Boro would probably be our top club, as they feature the Championship’s most stingiest defense – 9 goals allowed in 18 matches (0.50 per match) – including 12 clean sheets. They are also the only Championship club still alive in the Carabao Cup, and have a great chance of advancing to the semi-finals with a match against League One club Burton Albion in the quarterfinals.

Aston Villa, on the other hand, has returned to the top ten behind new manager Dean Smith, who has won four of six matches (4-0-2) – including three in a row – since taking over the club on 10 October. Villa is currently four points outside of the promotion playoffs, and have a tough slate this week in an attempt to move up the table. If they can maintain their form from the past month, however, they can easily pick up at least two points this week, if not surprise an opponent in one of the two matches.

A Look at the Bottom

At the other end of the table, Ipswich Town has to hope to garner at least a point out of their matchups this week. On Wednesday, they face a Bristol City club that has lost four matches in a row, which dropped from 8th in the league table to 14th. Ipswich Town needs at least a point in that home match because chances are, it won’t come on Saturday in a visit to Nottingham Forest, though Forest does have the most draws in the league.

Until next time…

Last update: 3 December 2018, 5:40pm EST

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