EFL Championship – Week 30 Power Rankings

It was a relatively tame week in the Championship this week, at least when it comes to the schedule. Only two teams played twice, though this week, we’ll have nearly everyone doing so. But it doesn’t mean there wasn’t action and movement up and down our Power Rankings, with only five clubs staying in the same spot from last week.

Most teams will be playing twice next week – Millwall and Swansea City will be playing in the FA Cup quarterfinals – in advance of another break in the schedule the following week. This could result in further separation at the top… or could continue to muck up the middle of the table. Technically, only Ipswich Town is officially eliminated from the playoff race, though other clubs would have to have a total catastrophe happen to other clubs while winning everything in front of them to get that high in the table. (Note: We’ll explore a lot of the scenarios next week in lieu of these power rankings).

Note: Records presented as W-D-L
Through matches played on 10 March 2019

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Championship Friday – Norwich City v Birmingham City

Friday night Championship Football returns, and this one should be a great matchup between two clubs that are fighting for promotion, either automatically or through the playoff.

Norwich City, third in the league table (though not as high in our current Power Rankings), will welcome Birmingham City (currently 8th in the league) to Carrow Road. Norwich is looking to snap its current four-match winless streak (0-3-1), while Birmingham City is trying to close its four point gap to the last playoff spot.

Let’s take a look at the clubs:

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(UPDATED) 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 17 Power Rankings

After occupying five days last week, Week 16 in the Championship was a relatively succinct affair, with a single match on Friday and the rest of the slate played on Saturday.

The resulting action shuffled things up in the middle of our Power Rankings, with 14 clubs on the move from last week. Per usual, rankings here are determined based on recent action and not necessarily the season on the whole, which is why some clubs might be a few spots higher or lower than their spots on the league table.

Note: Records presented as W-D-L
Through matches played on 8 December 2018


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EFL Championship – Week 16 Power Rankings

With a draw on Monday night, Week 15 of the Championship came to a close, with all the clubs playing twice. As I anticipated last week, the double-barrelled action had a dramatic impact on the Power Rankings, with only four clubs staying put from last week.

Most clubs this week also had split results; only four clubs either won twice or lost twice, and no club drew twice. As always, these rankings are an attempt to get a pulse on the current state of each club, and don’t always match the club’s position in the league table.

Note: Records presented as W-D-L
Through matches played on 3 December 2018

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Dark Horse Chronicles – Birmingham City

This week’s Darkhorse Chronicles takes us back to the EFL Championship where we take a look at Birmingham City, a club that’s shown substantial improvement over last season. They finished last season in 19th place and so far they’ve made a substantial improvement this season where they reside in 10th.

Birmingham City’s last outing in the Premier League was in 2007-2008 although they were unable to stave off relegation. They were 1 point short of staying up, had they managed 1 more point it would have been Fulham sent down instead of them. Their goal difference was 6 better than Fulham, and stayed up on a 1-0 win over Portsmouth on the final Matchday.

If Birmingham are able to keep up this pace they’d finish with just over 66 points on the season, which would have had them in 11th place last season. This would be a nice change for the Blues, who have finish consecutive seasons in 19th place. This would also have them on pace for 57 goals and 49 concessions, finishing the season +8 on goal differential. If their end result is anywhere near our projections it’s a dramatic improvement. In 2016-2017, Birmingham scored 45 and conceded 64 for a goal differential of -19 which while not ideal by any means, was the better of the years. 2017-2018 had the scoring only 38 and conceding 68 for a goal differential of -30. They’ve done pretty well against the top teams in the league so far, with only a loss to Leeds United.

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