This past weekend didn’t result in a whole lot of changes from our last batch of Power Rankings, but with some of the Championship clubs playing twice this week, I don’t expect that to be the case next week.
The top eight (and bottom six) are all the same, and the biggest move up or down is only three spots. One club that was a recent favorite has fallen out of the top ten after losing twice in their last three matches, while the club with the best defense remains at the top despite their fifth place positioning on the league table. With 15ish matches left on the season, we still have half the league within a couple of matches for one of the playoff spots, so the home stretch should be fairly exciting.
Note: Records presented as W-D-L
Through matches played on 10 February 2019
|Rank||Team||Record||Last Week||Change||Table Pos|
|6||West Bromwich Albion||15-8-7||6||—||4|
|13||Queens Park Rangers||11-6-13||12||1↓||15|
|15||Preston North End||10-10-11||18||3↑||14|
Beyond the Rankings
The Hottest Clubs in the Championship
Bristol City extended their unbeaten streak, which is now 12 matches (8-4-0), including six wins in a row. Their latest victim was Blackburn Rovers, and four of those six wins have been clean sheets for the defense and keepers Niki Mäenpää and Frank Fielding (two matches each). The Robins still find themselves hanging on to the final playoff spot, ahead of Derby County by two goals in goal differential. They host Queens Park Rangers tomorrow before taking a break from leauge play for an FA Cup matchup versus old league mate Wolverhampton Wanderers next weekend. In two weeks, however, they travel to Norwich City for a match against the current league leader which could have major ramifications for where they end up at the end of the season.
Also continuing a hot streak is Middlesbrough, the club right above the Robins in the league table (and at the top of our rankings). A draw against Leeds United pushes Boro’s unbeaten streak to six (3-3-0), as well as maintaining their lead in fewest goals surrendered this season. They’ll be on the pitch for two road matches this week – against Sheffield United and Blackburn Rovers – so it will be important for the club to come away with at least four points this week to keep pace with the clubs above them while solidifying their hold on a playoff spot.
Norwich City is also in the midst of a six match unbeaten streak (3-3-0), and have only lost twice in their past 20 matches (12-6-2). The Canaries returned to the top of the league table after beating Leeds United last week, and they have two very winnable matches this week against club in the bottom half of the league (Preston North End and Bolton Wanderers) to maintain hold on a very tenuous two point lead in the league.
Until next time…