Promotion & Relegation Watch – Championship – Version 5

Championship Promotion & Relegation Watch

Note: It’s the homestretch across the English Football League, with most teams have 10 or fewer games remaining. Throughout the week, and through the rest of the season, we’ll be taking a look at the top four tiers of English football. Up next is the Championship, tier two in the EFL.

The Championship joins the Premier League on an international break this week, with league action resuming on 29 March with a match between West Bromwich Albion and Birmingham City. With all Championship clubs eliminated from the FA Cup – it was a good fight Swansea City and Millwall – we should have full weekend slates from here on out, with midweek matches to help the clubs with fewer than 38 matches played currently to catch up.

The regular season concludes on 5 May, and it could be a day full of action that matters, especially if it comes down to goal differential to clinch a playoff spot. As a reminder, the top two teams automatically qualify for promotion to next year’s Premier League, while the next four clubs compete for one spot in a two-round playoff. Last season, Wolverhampton Wanderers (currently 7th in the Premier League) won the Championship, Cardiff City (18th) finished second, and Fulham (19th) earned promotion through the playoff (after finishing third during the season).

Since the last time we looked at the Championship, there has been some big moves by some clubs outside of the top six. Five of the top six clubs from Boxing Day remain the same, though the order has been shuffled around a bit. We also have four new clubs in the top ten…though the bottom five is nearly the exact same.

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(UPDATED) EFL Championship – Week 27 Slate

EFL Championship – Week 27 Scores & Fixtures For the second week in a row, clubs from the Championship will be playing throughout the week, though it’s not nearly as robust of a schedule as the one from last week, with singular matches on Tuesday and Wednesday. It makes sense, with the clubs across the … Read more(UPDATED) EFL Championship – Week 27 Slate

EFL Championship – Week 26 Power Rankings

This past weekend didn’t result in a whole lot of changes from our last batch of Power Rankings, but with some of the Championship clubs playing twice this week, I don’t expect that to be the case next week.

The top eight (and bottom six) are all the same, and the biggest move up or down is only three spots. One club that was a recent favorite has fallen out of the top ten after losing twice in their last three matches, while the club with the best defense remains at the top despite their fifth place positioning on the league table. With 15ish matches left on the season, we still have half the league within a couple of matches for one of the playoff spots, so the home stretch should be fairly exciting.  

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

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Championship Match of the Week – Leeds United v Norwich City

The Championship is back to a full weekend slate after playing a partial schedule last week because of the FA Cup. We’ve already written about the match that kicks off the weekend – a bit of a rivalry match between Preston North End and Derby County – so we turn our attention to the match that is taking place at the top of the league table.

Leeds United currently leads the Championship despite a so-so record over the past month, and they play host to second place Norwich City tomorrow in what should be one of the most exciting matches of the weekend. Though both clubs’ recent struggles has knocked them off the top of our Power Rankings, the victor in this one might make a good case for a return to the top, especially after a shocking loss by our #2 club Hull City last week.

Let’s take a look at the clubs:

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(UPDATED) EFL Championship – Week 24 Slate

Championship Week 24 Fixtures/Results

It was an abbreviated slate in the Championship last week, with only 12 clubs playing in league matches while the rest of the clubs played in FA Cup Round Four. As such, we are waiting to update our Power Rankings until everyone has played at least one more game, which we will do after this week’s slate of matchups.

Per usual, the number in parenthesis before each club is where they fell in our Power Rankings from last week. 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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Championship Match of the Week – Norwich City v Sheffield United

With a limited Championship schedule this week due to FA Cup matches, it was a shock that we will still have a match up between top clubs this week, as you would have expected the top clubs to still be active in that competition.

Norwich City, currently 2nd in the Championship, welcomes 4th place Sheffield United to Carrow Road on Saturday in what should be an exciting matchup. The Canaries shockingly lost to League One club Portsmouth in their third round FA Cup match, while the Blades lost to National League club Barnet, which helped garner the latter Small Club of the Week honors last week. While both Championship clubs probably wish to be alive in the FA Cup, their matchup this weekend will instead give them an opportunity to get ahead of some of those other top clubs that aren’t playing league matches this week.

Let’s take a look at the clubs:

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