EFL Championship – Week 28 Power Rankings

We had to wait a day for the last match of Week 27 to conclude, but we are back with our updated Championship Power Rankings in advance of the four-match slate tonight. About a third of the league is in the same spot that they were in our last rankings.

With an unbalanced table – the clubs have played either 32 (2 clubs), 33 (10 clubs), or 34 (12 clubs) as we come down the homestretch – there can be a lot of changes coming to our rankings over the last bit of the season. After the action next week, we’ll be publishing our latest look at the promotion and relegation standings, so stay tuned for that. Note: We will begin a weekly look at the promotion and relegation standings during the upcoming break from 17-28 March.

Note: Records presented as W-D-L
Through matches played on 25 February 2019

RankTeamRecordLast WeekChangeTable Pos
1Sheffield United19-7-812
2Leeds United19-7-723
4Norwich City19-9-6731
5West Bromwich Albion17-9-861↑4
6Nottingham Forest12-14-882↑8
7Bristol City15-8-952↓6
8Preston North End12-11-11102↑10
9Derby County14-9-1045↓7
10Birmingham City11-14-8111↑9
12Hull City12-8-1393↓13
13Sheffield Wednesday11-11-1115215
14Aston Villa10-15-913111
15Swansea City12-8-13123↓12
17Blackburn Rovers11-11-121714
18Stoke City9-14-111817
19Queens Park Rangers11-6-16163↓18
20Wigan Athletic9-8-162019
22Rotherham United5-15-142222
23Bolton Wanderers6-8-202323
24Ipswich Town3-12-182424

Beyond the Rankings

The Hottest Clubs in the Championship

Our rankings leader Sheffield United managed to avoid our top of the rankings curse (at least for one week), shutting out West Bromwich Albion, the second-highest scoring club in the Championship in West Bromwich. the Blades are now undefeated in six matches (4-2-0), and remain seven goals ahead of Leeds United in goal differential in the all important second position in the league table.

The Blades’ next match will come next Monday in the second leg of the Sheffield derby against the Owls of Sheffield Wednesday. The Owls are also unbeaten in their last six (3-3-0), and will have a midweek match against Brentford to contend with tonight. Picking up six points this week would go a long way towards the Owls improving on last season’s 15th-place finish, but so far, early returns from the Steve Bruce appointment have paid dividends.

Streak Snapped

We mentioned Bristol City last week because they were in the midst of a 13-match unbeaten streak. Well… that streak is over now, with the Robins losing 3-2 in Norwich City. Bristol led at two separate points during the match (at 1-0 and 2-1), before surrendering the winner in the 66th minute and failing to find another goal of their own.

The Robins are still in position to play in the playoffs, and losing to the Canaries is nothing to be ashamed about, but they have to feel perturbed that they had this one in their grasp and failed to capture at least a point from the top club in the Championship.

Until next time…

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