EFL Championship – Week 22 Slate

Championship Week 22 Fixtures/Results

This week’s Championship action sees a lot of matches between clubs with some room between them. Last time this happened, a lot of the lower-ranked clubs ended up prevailing, throwing our rankings into chaos. I would hope that this doesn’t happen again, but the Championship was been a strange beast all season.

Per usual, the number in parenthesis before each club is where they fell on our Week 22 Power Rankings. Home clubs are listed first, and will be hosting both matches on the week. We’ll keep this updated throughout the week, with winners indicated in bold, while matches that end in draws will have their clubs italicized.

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EFL Championship – Week 22 Power Rankings

Another week in the Championship, another week of movement in our weekly Power Rankings. Only four clubs remain in the same spot that they were last week, and one of those clubs is last week’s top club, who managed to avoid the jinx we tend to place on our top club.

This week was also an opportunity to “right size” the rankings a bit; I have no idea how Aston Villa had managed to climb as high as they did in my rankings while struggling to stay in the top 10 of the league table, so that’s been mostly corrected. There are some other clubs that are a long ways off from their table position, but I can easily justify those ones.

Note: Records presented as W-D-L
Through matches played on 12 January 2019

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Championship Match of the Week – Sheffield United v Queens Park Rangers

Our Match of the Week, at least according to our weekly Power Rankings features our top club Sheffield United hosting the Queens Park Rangers, the 5th-ranked club in those power rankings. This isn’t the only match featuring clubs from the top half of the table, as Leeds United and Derby County start this weekend off with Friday Night Football, and West Bromwich Albion will be hosting Norwich City in another highly-anticipated match between clubs fighting for promotion.

The Blades returned to the top of our rankings despite being third in the league table, but a rough couple of weeks from the clubs above them helped propel them back to the top. The same could be said of QPR, who has had a stronger run of play recently than some of the other clubs in the top ten of the league table.

Let’s take a closer look at the matchup from Bramall Lane:

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NFL Divisional Round

NFL Playoffs I still don’t know why they don’t call this round the Conference Semifinals, but I guess that is a dumb thing to care about. After last weekend’s results, I am just picking winners this week, since I can’t seem to come anywhere near where the final scores actually end up.  Seriously, look at … Read moreNFL Divisional Round

Championship Friday – Leeds United v Derby County

Friday night Championship Football returns, and there’s already been some drama between the clubs before the lineups are even settled.

Leeds United, tops in the league table (though not as high in our current Power Rankings), will welcome Derby County (currently 6th in the league) to Elland Road. Leeds is looking to maintain their lead at the top of the table, while Derby County looks to maintain their spot in the playoffs.

But news has broke over the past few days of a Leeds employee nosing around the Derby County training ground, with motives not yet 100% clear. Derby is still considering whether to file a formal complaint, though rumors persist that the FA is going to investigate regardless. Nevertheless, it’s simply silly that a Leeds employee, even without ulterior motives, was spotted near the grounds so close to this important match.

Let’s take a look at the clubs:

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