(UPDATED) EFL Championship – Week 22 Slate

Championship Week 22 Fixtures/Results

This week’s Championship action sees a lot of matches between clubs with some room between them. Last time this happened, a lot of the lower-ranked clubs ended up prevailing, throwing our rankings into chaos. I would hope that this doesn’t happen again, but the Championship was been a strange beast all season.

Per usual, the number in parenthesis before each club is where they fell on our Week 22 Power Rankings. Home clubs are listed first, and will be hosting both matches on the week. We’ll keep this updated throughout the week, with winners indicated in bold, while matches that end in draws will have their clubs italicized.

Friday, 18 January 2019

7:45pm GMT/2:45pm EST
(12) Norwich City 3-1 (8) Birmingham City (PREVIEW)

Saturday, 19 January 2019

3:00pm GMT/10:00am EST
(9) Aston Villa 2-2 (4) Hull City   **MATCH OF THE WEEK**
(14) Blackburn Rovers 2-0 (23) Ipswich Town   **MATCH OF THE WEAK**
(5) Derby County 2-1 (21) Reading
(2) Middlesbrough 1-1 (18) Millwall
(11) Nottingham Forest 0-1 (10) Bristol City
(6) Queens Park Rangers 1-4 (20) Preston North End
(22) Rotherham United 2-4 (15) Brentford
(17) Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 (19) Wigan Athletic
(16) Stoke City 2-1 (3) Leeds United
5:30pm GMT/12:30pm EST
(13) Swansea City 1-0 (1) Sheffield United

Monday, 21 January 2019

8:00pm GMT/3:00pm EST
(24) Bolton Wanderers 0-2 (7) West Bromwich Albion

Matches at the Top

I’ll be highlighting these matches in detail later in the week in separate posts, but I wanted to talk briefly about both of them in advance of those more in-depth previews.

Norwich City may be 12th in our Power Rankings, but they are 3rd in the league, and only four points behind Leeds United for first (and only behind Sheffield United on point differential for second). A four-match winless streak (0-3-1) is responsible for their fall in our Power Rankings, and this week’s matchup against Birmingham City (also in a winless slide (0-2-1)) is a chance for both teams to get right.

In our nominal “Match of the Week,” the hottest club in the Championship Hull City travels to Aston Villa hoping to add to what is a six-match winning streak – and nine-match unbeaten streak (7-2-0). Aston Villa, on the other hand, has not had similar success recently, though they did go 5-4-1 through November and Decembe, with the loss coming against Leeds United. Villa might be heading in the wrong direction – they were in 8th place just five matches ago (they are 12th in the league currently) – but a win against Hull City might just get their season bac on track while simultaneously damaging the Tigers own chances at a playoff appearance.

Bottom Feeders

We have two matches that technically qualify as our “Match of the Weak,” with total rankings of the clubs adding up to 37. Per usual, Ipswich Town makes the cut, though they are technically off the bottom of our Power Rankings this week after they won their third match of the season on Saturday against Rotherham United

The Tractor Boys have won more games in their past six (2-1-3) than they did in their first 21 (1-8-12), but I’m not expecting sustained success from them going forward. Blackburn Rovers haven’t been great lately either, but they have won two in a row and I expect them to do the same against Ipswich, especially at home.

The other “Match of the Weak” would be the aforementioned Rotherham hosting Brentford, a club in the midst of a 2-3-0 stretch. They are also the lowest team in the table that has a positive goal differential (+2), which is helped by the result when the clubs met the first time this season – a 5-1 victory in Brentford way back on Matchday 1.

The Millers are now only two points out of the relegation zone, with only two victories in their last 12 matches (2-5-5). While I didn’t think they’d actually do it, I entered the season hoping for a miracle season from the club, if only because they have never played above Tier 2 in English football. This was definitely foolish, and as they teeter on the brink of heading back to League One, maybe even the Championship is too big for them.

Until next time…

Last update: 21 January 2019, 6:50pm EST

Leave a Comment