(UPDATED) EFL Championship – Week 24 Slate

Championship Week 24 Fixtures/Results

It was an abbreviated slate in the Championship last week, with only 12 clubs playing in league matches while the rest of the clubs played in FA Cup Round Four. As such, we are waiting to update our Power Rankings until everyone has played at least one more game, which we will do after this week’s slate of matchups.

Per usual, the number in parenthesis before each club is where they fell in our Power Rankings from last week. 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.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

7:45pm GMT/2:45pm EST
(10) Swansea City 3-3 (11) Birmingham City
8:00pm GMT/3:00pm EST
(24) Bolton Wanderers 1-1 (21) Reading   **MATCH OF THE WEAK**

Friday, 1 February 2019

7:45pm GMT/2:45pm EST
(19) Preston North End 0-0 (3) Derby County (PREVIEW)

Saturday, 2 February 2019

3:00pm GMT/10:00am EST
(11) Birmingham City 2-0 (15) Nottingham Forest
(16) Brentford 5-2 (13) Blackburn Rovers
(8) Bristol City 2-0 (10) Swansea City
(2) Hull City 2-0 (14) Stoke City
(23) Ipswich Town 0-1 (17) Sheffield Wednesday
(18) Millwall 0-0 (22) Rotherham United
(21) Reading 0-0 (9) Aston Villa
(5) Sheffield United 2-0 (24) Bolton Wanderers
(4) West Bromwich Albion 2-3 (1) Middlesbrough
(20) Wigan Athletic 2-1 (12) Queens Park Rangers
5:30pm GMT/12:30pm EST
(6) Leeds United 1-3 (7) Norwich City   **MATCH OF THE WEEK**

Matches at the Top

Even though the match between West Bromwich Albion and Middlesbrough would typically be designated our Match of the Week due to the clubs’ spots in our weekly Power Rankings, there is an even better option, which is the battle at the top of the league table between Leeds United and Norwich City. Both clubs have tumbled recently in our Power Rankings because of recent performance, but this match could place Leeds two matches clear of any other club in the Championship.

When these clubs met previously this season in Norwich, Leeds came away the victor in a dominating performance, though that match was also before Norwich rounded into the form that led them to reach the top of the table. They’ve lost only twice since that loss back in August, while Leeds has lost three of their last five. We’ll have a more in-depth look at this one later in the week (as well as a preview of West Brom and Boro), but the weekend for the Championship will end on a high note with the battle for first place.

Battle at the Bottom

There is also a match tomorrow that could have an impact on the clubs that end up relegated to League One at the end of the season. Bolton Wanderers – at the bottom of our Power Rankings and 23rd in the league table – host Reading – 21st in ou rankings but 22nd in the league table. Only true diehards of the clubs will be watching this one, but a win by Bolton would allow them to leapfrog Reading and at least match Rotherham United with 25 points (they would likely trail in goal differential though).

With both clubs playing much higher placed clubs on Saturday, this is the best chance for either club to get off the bottom of the league. Both clubs finished just outside the relegation zone last season (Bolton in 21st and Reading in 20th), so being at the bottom of the table should be nothing new for these two clubs. But I’m sure they want to at least seem a little more competitive this season with a little over three months left to go.

Until next time…

Last update: 3 February 2019, 12:47pm EST

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