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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Championship Tuesday – Preston North End v Middlesbrough

As mentioned in both the weekly Power Rankings and a look at the Week 15 slate, Championship clubs are playing twice this week. In the spirit of that, I will be highlighting a “Match of the Day” from three of the days with multiple matches.

Up first, the Tuesday match featuring the clubs with lowest combined rating is Preston North End hosting Middlesbrough at Deepdale. Both clubs are in the midst of unbeaten stretches – Preston North End hasn’t lost in eight matches (4-4-0), while Middlesbrough hasn’t lost in six (3-3-0). Will the match extend these streaks for both clubs, or will one come out on top?

Let’s take a look at the clubs:

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(UPDATED) EFL Championship – Week 15 Slate

Championship Week 15 Fixtures/Results

After shaking off the international break cobwebs this past weekend, the clubs of the Championship will each be playing twice this week. Upon completion of the final match Monday night, all clubs will have played 20 matches on the season, and will reach the half way point the week before Christmas.

Per usual, the number in parenthesis before each club is where they fell on our Week 15 Power Rankings. In the past, when we have had two league matches in a week, we end up seeing a lot of movement in subsequent rankings, and this week’s slate features a lot of matches that could shake up the rankings (and league standings). We’ll profile a few of those matches during the week, and we’ll try to keep this page updated as results roll in, so feel free to check back in throughout the week.

Home clubs are listed first. Winning clubs will be indicated in bold, while matches that end in draws will have their clubs italicized.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

7:45pm GMT/2:45pm EST
(15) Brentford 2-3 (6) Sheffield United
(23) Hull City 0-0 (1) Norwich City
(4) Leeds United 1-0 (19) Reading
(13) Preston North End 1-1 (2) Middlesbrough
(16) Rotherham United 2-2 (10) Queens Park Rangers
(20) Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 (22) Bolton Wanderers

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

7:45pm GMT/2:45pm EST
(7) Aston Villa 5-5 (5) Nottingham Forrest
(24) Ipswich Town 2-3 (18) Bristol City
(21) Millwall 0-2 (12) Birmingham City
(9) Swansea City 1-2 (3) West Bromwich Albion
(17) Wigan Athletic 3-1 (11) Blackburn Rovers
8:00pm GMT/3:00pm EST
(14) Stoke City 2-1 (8) Derby County

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EFL Championship – Week 15 Power Rankings

Week 14 in the Championship is in the books, and it went pretty much as expected. As such, the top six clubs remain in place from last week’s Power Rankings, and no team moved more than three spots up or down the rankings.

We are entering another week where the Championship will see each club play twice, so expect some movement in next week’s rankings, but for now, let’s take a look at how the clubs below the top six moved around this week. As always, these rankings are only based on the performance in league play.

Note: Records presented as W-D-L
Through matches played on 25 November 2018

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Promotion & Relegation Watch – Championship – Version 3

Note: The plan early in the season is to update these standings about every five weeks or so until much later in the season. We’ll try to highlight the important game that most impact the promotion and relegation zones in these pieces, but also take a look at how teams got to that point in … Read morePromotion & Relegation Watch – Championship – Version 3

Middlesbrough v. Stoke City

Middlesbrough had a midweek upset of the Premier Leagues’s Crystal Palace on Wednesday. They’ve also just had their next round draw which revealed a matchup against League One’s Burton Albion in the fifth round. Leading into today’s match, the biggest question for me revolves around if Boro can stay focused instead of looking ahead. According to the league table, 3rd-ranked Boro should bring the game to 14th-ranked Stoke City (In our current Championship Power Rankings we have Boro at #3 and Stoke at #15). Both sides enter the match with good recent form and will look to continue that today.

Despite their table positions, Boro enters Stoke City’s Bet365 Stadium as underdogs in a matchup that’s expected to be very low scoring. While favored, Stoke isn’t favored by much and all three outcomes are not markedly different from an odds perspective.

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