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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Dark Horse Chronicles – Sheffield United

We’re going to another Championship side this week in Sheffield United. We did one of their rivals, Sheff Wed, last week so it seems only fitting to cover the other side of the rivalry also. Plus, Sheff United have been performing above expectations also!
Sheff United has had a very similar spell of dominance, after being promoted from League One for the 2017-2018 season where they secured a 10th place finish. Currently, they are first in the Championship. Based on the season they’ve had so far, if they are able to keep this form up, they’d finish with around 96 points, which should basically assure them Premier League football next year. This means that they, like Sheff Wed, would have increased their points total by almost 30 points year over year. They are on pace to score about 80 goals, to concede about roughly ending the year with an +30 goal differential. They’ve had 3 losses so far this season, one to a top 5 team — and the other 2 to midtable teams.

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Dark Horse Chronicles – Sheffield Wednesday

This week we’re taking a step back from the Premier League and looking at a Championship side, Sheffield Wednesday.
Sheffield Wednesday (Sheff Wed) is a unique case, because unlike all the other clubs we’ve featured, they have no transfer activity.  In fact, the only transfers into the club’s first team (aside from youth promotions) were two loans; one from Tottenham, Josh Onomah, and Chelsea’s Michael Hector.
If they are able to maintain the pace they are currently on (12/46 games played) they would be on track to outpace their points total from last year by close to 30 points. Last year they finished with 57 points (15th place), but are so far on track to attain 73 points which would have put them in 7th place.
What has changed?

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