EFL Championship – Week 29 Power Rankings

Another Monday night match postponed the updating of the Power Rankings yet again, but with Week 29 kicking off tonight, we needed to get the updated rankings out this afternoon. About half the teams remain in the same spot they were last week. 

Derby County will host Wigan Athletic tonight, and they will be the only clubs playing two matches this week as all the clubs attempt to get square on total matches played. We aren’t nearly as unbalanced as we were last week – only six clubs have played less matches (34) than the majority of clubs (35) – so expect a mad dash to the end of the season after the upcoming break from 17-29 March (which is when we’ll publish the next look at the promotion and relegation standings). 

Note: Records presented as W-D-L
Through matches played on 4 March 2019

RankTeamRecordLast WeekChangeTable Pos
1Sheffield United19-8-813
2Norwich City20-9-6421
3Middlesbrough15-13-635
4Leeds United20-7-822↓2
5West Bromwich Albion17-9-954
6Bristol City15-9-10716
7Nottingham Forest12-14-961↓9
8Preston North End12-12-11812
9Hull City14-8-13123↑10
10Birmingham City12-14-9108
11Sheffield Wednesday12-12-1113213
12Brentford12-10-12111↓15
13Aston Villa11-15-914111
14Derby County14-9-11957
15Swansea City13-8-131514
16Stoke City10-14-1118216
17Blackburn Rovers11-11-131717
18Millwall8-10-1716220
19Queens Park Rangers12-6-171918
20Reading7-12-1621121
21Wigan Athletic9-9-1620119
22Rotherham United6-15-142222
23Bolton Wanderers6-8-212323
24Ipswich Town3-12-202424

Beyond the Rankings

The Hottest Clubs in the Championship

Sheffield United maintained their lead in our table despite only playing to a scoreless draw Monday night with cross-town rival Sheffield Wednesday. Had they managed a win in the derby, they would have remained tied with Leeds United with 67 points; alas, the draw dropped them to third place, two points behind Leeds and four behind leader Norwich City. Nevertheless, they extended their unbeaten streak to seven matches (3-4-0).

Another streaking club will look to stop that streak this week, with Rotherham United coming into Bramal Lane on Saturday in the midst of a six match unbeaten streak (1-5-0). Sure, their streak hasn’t enabled the Millers to move out of the relegation zone (they are behind Reading on goal differential for the last safe spot), but it is a good time to not be dropping points, especially when every team that you play is above you on the table. Getting a point against the Blades might not help prevent relegation this week, but a big loss might make recovery that much harder.

More Streaks

Preston North End and Sheffield Wednesday have quietly put together even longer unbeaten streaks. The Lilywhites were in 18th position, just a few points clear of the relegation zone when their current nine-match unbeaten streak (5-4-0) began, and they have since climbed as high as 10th before falling back to 12th after a draw this week. After finishing just out of the playoffs in 7th last season, they were probably hoping to at least get to that point again this season. Should they continue this streak, it may be possible, and they are only six points behind 6th place Bristol City at the moment.

For Sheffield Wednesday, they are unbeaten in eight matches now (4-4-0), with the last seven of those matches (4-3-0) under the direction of new manager Steve Bruce, who took over on 1 February. The Owls are in the same position as Preston, six points behind Bristol City, but any finish above last season’s 15th place will be great for the Owls. Finishing in 6th and potentially facing the Blades in a playoff semifinal? That would be even more amazing.

Until next time…

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