Championship Week 25 Fixtures/Results
After a discombobulated past couple of weeks in the Championship slate due to FA Cup action, we have the second consecutive week of a fairly normal schedule… before it all gets thrown out of whack for the rest of February. Nevertheless, this week has a lot of quality matchups that could either settle the league table a bit – or throw it into further chaos.
As always, the numbers in parenthesis before the clubs is where they happen to fall in our weekly Power Rankings – which may not match where they fall on the league table. We’ll try to keep this post updated with results throughout the weekemd, with the winning clubs in bold and draws indicated by italics. Home clubs are listed first.
Friday, 8 February 2019
7:45pm GMT/2:45pm EST
(8) Aston Villa 3-3 (3) Sheffield United
Saturday, 9 February 2019
1:00pm GMT/8:00am EST
(1) Middlesbrough 1-1 (5) Leeds United **MATCH OF THE WEEK**
3:00pm GMT/10:00am EST
(13) Blackburn Rovers 0-1 (7) Bristol City
(23) Bolton Wanderers 1-2 (18) Preston North End
(2) Derby County 2-0 (9) Hull City
(14) Nottingham Forest 2-1 (15) Brentford
(12) Queens Park Rangers 3-4 (10) Birmingham City
(22) Rotherham United 1-1 (20) Wigan Athletic **MATCH OF THE WEAK**
(16) Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 (21) Reading
(11) Swansea City 1-0 (19) Millwall
5:30pm GMT/12:30pm EST
(17) Stoke City 0-1 (6) West Bromwich Albion
Sunday, 10 February 2019
12:00pm GMT/7:00am EST
(4) Norwich City 3-0 (24) Ipswich Town
Matches at the Top
This week should see some impact at the top of the rankings (and the league table), with six clubs in the top 10 facing off against each other.
One such match opens the weekend of action, with Aston Villa hosting Sheffield United. Aston Villa has had an up-and-down season, which wasn’t particularly expected after their 4th place finish last season. Nevertheless, they’ve been as high as 2nd in the league (after Matchday 2) and as low as 16th (after Matchday 15) and everywhere in between, and are back in the top ten for the first time in a month.
Villa is currently four points out of the playoffs, and they face off against the club leading the playoff race at the moment. The Blades have had the opposite thing happen this season. After finishing 10th last season, they started the season slow, dropping their first two matches and bottoming out at 24th at that early point in the season. Since, however, they’ve used multiple streaks to climb back up the table – including holding first place two separate times this season – and have settled into a position four points ahead of 4th place West Bromwich Albion.
But our Match of the Week, which will cover more in depth later this week, features our #1 club Middlesbrough and former top club Leeds United. The story with Boro this season has been their stingy defense, having surrendered only 22 goals (0.76 goals per match) all season. Leeds United, on the other hand, has spent 19 of 30 matchdays in first place in the league, despite a 2-0-3 record since 2019 began. Their match to kick things off on Saturday should be a good one.
Finally, in the other match of clubs at the top, former #2 (in our rankings) Hull City will travel to Derby for a match against the Rams of Derby County. With their lengthy unbeaten streak snapped last week, Hull City has begun a new one and hopes to extend it this week to remain in position to compete for a playoff spot. Derby County is in the same boat, as they slipped out of the top six for the first time since 1 December after a draw against Preston North End last Friday. A win by the Tigers would move them within a point of the Rams and position them for a late season playoff run, while a loss would make that journey much more difficult.
Until next time…
Last update: 10 February 2019, 2:00pm EST