Small Club of the Week – AFC Wimbledon

Our recent entries in this series were based on results for the Third Round Proper of the FA Cup. It’s back to the FA Cup again this week, but for Fourth Round action, where most action is complete (save for a couple of replays). As of right now, the lowest tier represented is Tier 3 (League … Read moreSmall Club of the Week – AFC Wimbledon

Promotion & Relegation Watch – League One – Midpoint

Ahead of a full Boxing Day slate, we’ve reached the midpoint of the English Football League season across the various levels in the system. This is true of League One, where the majority of clubs have reached the halfway point, though there are some clubs that had matches postponed or abandoned for various reasons.

Similar to the Championship, the top two clubs in League One automatically qualify for promotion, with the next four clubs vying for promotion via a playoff. Last season, Wigan Athletic (currently 19th in the Championship) and Blackburn Rovers (14th) earned automatic promotion, while Rotherham United (21st) defeated Shrewsbury Town for the third promotion spot.

The Top of the Table

Prior to the first matches of the second half on Wednesday, the top of the league table looked like this:

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Promotion & Relegation Watch – League One – Version 3

Note: With yet another international break at the top of English football, we have decided to take a look at the promotion and relegation picture in the top four leagues in England. You can find the Premier League version here and the Championship version here.

Most of the clubs in League One have played five times since our last look at the standings – and have played 17 matches total – so it seems appropriate to take another look at how things are shaking out. As a reminder, the top two clubs are automatically promoted to the Championship, with the third- through sixth-place teams competing for promotion via a playoff. Last season, Wigan Athletic (1st), Bolton Wanderers (2nd), and Rotherham United (playoff winner) earned promotion.

The top of the league table currently looks like this:

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Portsmouth maintains their three point lead over the second place club, though now that club is Sunderland, one of the four clubs in the league that has only played 16 matches to this point. Portsmouth hasn’t lost in five matches to reach this point (3-2-0), but Sunderland is currently working on an eight game unbeaten streak since their lone loss on the season (6-2-0). Sunderland was one of the three clubs relegated from the Championship last season, so they are hoping for a quick bounce back up after this season, while Portsmouth is looking to improve on their 8th place finish last season. Both are currently situated to do so, and with Portsmouth not playing again until 24 November, Sunderland has a chance to challenge them for first.

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