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
|Rank||Team||Record||Last Week||Change||Table Pos|
|5||West Bromwich Albion||17-9-8||6||1↑||4|
|8||Preston North End||12-11-11||10||2↑||10|
|19||Queens Park Rangers||11-6-16||16||3↓||18|
Beyond the Rankings
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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.
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…