(UPDATED) EFL Championship – Week 26 Slate

Championship Week 26 Fixtures/Results

This week will feature a lot of Championship clubs playing twice, while others will be taking a break from league play over the weekend to play their fifth round matches in the FA Cup, including one between Championship clubs Swansea City and Brentford. (The others playing in the FA Cup this weekend are Queens Park Rangers, Derby County, Millwall, and Bristol City).

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 week, with the winning clubs in bold and draws indicated by italics. Home clubs are listed first.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

7:45pm GMT/2:45pm EST
(9) Birmingham City 0-1 (23) Bolton Wanderers
(7) Bristol City 2-1 (13) Queens Park Rangers
(12) Hull City 2-2 (22) Rotherham United
(19) Millwall 0-0 (16) Sheffield Wednesday
8:00pm GMT/3:00pm EST
(6) West Bromwich Albion 2-2 (11) Nottingham Forest

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

7:45pm GMT/2:45pm EST
(17) Brentford 1-0 (8) Aston Villa
(24) Ipswich Town 1-1 (2) Derby County
(5) Leeds United 2-1 (10) Swansea City
(15) Preston North End 3-1 (4) Norwich City
(3) Sheffield United 1-0 (1) Middlesbrough   **MATCH OF THE WEEK**
(20) Wigan Athletic 0-0 (18) Stoke City
8:00pm GMT/3:00pm EST
(21) Reading 2-1 (14) Blackburn Rovers

Saturday, 16 February 2019

1:00pm GMT/8:00am EST
(22) Rotherham United 2-2 (16) Sheffield Wednesday
3:00pm GMT/10:00am EST
(8) Aston Villa 0-2 (6) West Bromwich Albion
(23) Bolton Wanderers 0-4 (4) Norwich City
(24) Ipswich Town 1-1 (18) Stoke City   **MATCH OF THE WEAK**
(15) Preston North End 0-0 (11) Nottingham Forest
(3) Sheffield United 4-0 (21) Reading

Sunday, 17 February 2019

1:00pm GMT/8:00am EST
(14) Blackburn Rovers 0-1 (1) Middlesbrough

Matches of the Week

With quality matches on three of the four match days this week (sorry Sunday), it’s easy to find which matches to keep an eye on this week.

Later today, West Bromwich Albion hosts Nottingham Forest in a clash of top ten clubs (at least according to the league table). West Brom is still the highest scoring club in the Championship (tied with Norwich City with 60 goals), though it has been a while since they’ve scored more than three goals in a match. Forest is probably hoping to walk away with at least four points this week, but an upset on the road tonight would set them up to potentially move back into the top six should they get the full three points against a hot Preston North End this weekend.

On Wednesday, I’ll be watching what I’ve dubbed our “Match of the Week” with our Power Ranking leader Middlesbrough traveling to Sheffield for a match against the Blades of Sheffield United. Will this be the match where the Boro defense finally breaks? Or will Billy Sharpe and company be stymied by Darren Randolph and the defense in front of him? Should be a compelling match regardless.

Finally, our match of the day for Saturday will again feature West Brom, but this time they’ll be on the road at Aston Villa. Villa has had an up and down season, and they are still on the outside looking in with regards to the playoffs, a development they were surely not expecting after their fourth place finish last season. Nevertheless, they remain only six points back of the Bristol City/Derby County pair at 50 points, and with both those clubs only playing once this week on account of the FA Cup, Villa could close the gap with an upset victory over West Brom on Saturday.

Until next time…

Last update: 17 February 2019, 5:15pm EST

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