It’s going to be a wild couple of weeks in the Championship. Like last week, we’ll see Championship matches on four different days this week. But that’s what has to happen when some clubs have played 31 matches, others 32, and the remainder 33.
With some clubs playing twice last week, the change from last week’s Power Rankings are a little more dramatic than they were last week, including a new team at the top after a midweek loss by our former number one club.
As always, we try to keep the rankings confined to action played in the Championship; even though Swansea City and Millwall have advanced to the FA Cup quarterfinals, that won’t have bearing on this week’s rankings.
Note: Records presented as W-D-L
Through matches played on 17 February 2019
|Rank||Team||Record||Last Week||Change||Table Pos|
|6||West Bromwich Albion||16-9-7||6||—||4|
|10||Preston North End||11-11-11||15||5↑||11|
|16||Queens Park Rangers||11-6-14||13||3↓||18|
Beyond the Rankings
The Hottest Clubs in the Championship
Bristol City has won seven matches in a row, and is unbeaten in their last 13 (9-4-0). As such, they have climbed into playoff position, two points ahead of 7th place Derby County. They have also only played 31 matches on the season, with all five clubs above them in the league having played more. Should they continue their hot run over the next few matches (as they catch up in overall matches played), they should get closer to clinching that coveted playoff spot.
Our new #1 Sheffield United was the only club that managed to pick up six points this week, knocking off former #1 Middlesbrough mid week and handling bottom-dweller Reading on Saturday. The six points pulled them within two points of Norwich City at the top of the table – as well as ahead of Leeds United on goal differential for second place. They’ve had mixed success as our top club – and we pretty much jinxed them by naming them a Dark Horse earlier this season – but with 13 matches left and 10 points clear of 7th place, they might be on their way to at least the promotion playoffs.
Mini Cold Streaks that Last a Week
The counter to the Blades this week were the two clubs that lost twice this week.
Aston Villa lost two games this week, and is now in the midst of a four-match winless streak (0-2-2), with their last victory coming in a 2-1 victory against Ispwich Town the last week of January. They are now nine points behind 6th place Bristol City and are running out of calendar to find a place in the playoffs.
Blackburn Rovers lost twice as well, and they have lost four straight since they last won on that same January Saturday against Hull City. Like Villa, the Rovers have had an up and down season, but unlike Villa, it was mostly expected, especially after gaining promotion from League One last season. They are only 10 points behind Bristol City for the last playoff spot, but unless they can turn things around and start earning some points, a mid-table finish might be their best outcome this season.
Until next time…