Championship Tuesday – Aston Villa v. Norwich

The championship so far this season is a very close race, although entering this match Aston Villa are 13th-place in the standings, they are only 7 points between 13th and 1st. A win for Aston Villa would love them up to 5th place in the table (above Norwich based on goal difference). Aston Villa finished … Read moreChampionship Tuesday – Aston Villa v. Norwich

(UPDATED) EFL Championship – Week 8 Slate

The Championship is back to a normal slate this week, with one match per club and all matches relegated to Friday and Saturday. As always, the number in parenthesis before each team in their current spot in the Weekly Power Rankings. Home teams are listed first, and winners will be indicated in bold. In the event … Read more(UPDATED) EFL Championship – Week 8 Slate

EFL Championship – Week 8 Power Rankings

Two matches this week for the clubs in the Championship, and we had some unexpected results. Only four teams didn’t move in this update to our mid-week Power Rankings. We also have a new number one team in the Rankings, even if the top of the league table hasn’t changed.
Note: Records presented as W-D-L

RankTeamRecordMid-WeekChangeTable Pos
2Sheffield United5-1-342↑4
3West Bromwich Albion5-2-252↑3
4Leeds United5-3-113↓1
5Derby County5-1-361↑6
7Wigan Athletic5-1-392↑5
8Norwich City4-2-3124↑11
9Aston Villa3-4-281↓13
10Bolton Wanderers3-3-31015
11Swansea City3-4-21114
12Bristol City4-2-375↓8
13Nottingham Forest3-5-1141↑9
14Sheffield Wednesday4-2-3131↓10
15Blackburn Rovers3-5-1161↑12
16Queens Park Rangers3-1-5151↓16
17Birmingham City1-6-2214↑17
18Stoke City2-3-41818
19Rotherham United3-0-6172↓19
20Hull City2-1-6191↓21
23Ipswich Town0-5-4221↓23
24Preston North End1-2-62424

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EFL Championship Teams Primer: 2018-2019 Season – Part 3

Note: This is the third of four posts about the 24 teams competing in the Championship, which is Tier 2 of English Association football. Teams are presented in alphabetical order with a bit of their history and some expectations for this season. You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

Norwich City

Nickname: The Canaries
Founded: 1902
Location: Norwich
Team Colors: Yellow / Green
Kit Manufacturer: Erreà
Kit Sponsor: LeoVegas
Ground: Carrow Road (1935-Present)
Capacity:  27,244
Manager: Daniel Farke (since 2017)
2017-18 Season: 14th of 24 in Championship
Seasons in Premier League: Eight, last in 2015-2016

The Canaries scored 60 points last season, which tied them with Ipswich Town and Leeds United. They even had fewer losses than either team. However, a worse goal differential resulted in a 14th-place finish, which was not helped by a 5-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on the last day of the season. Had they secured even a draw in that final game, to go along with the 15 other draws they had during the season, they would have been alone in 12th place, and locked into the last spot of the top half of the league.

I don’t really expect Norwich City to improve much on last season’s finish, though with three teams above them now in the Premier League, they may be able to move into that top half of the league that eluded them last season. To do so, they will have to turn more of those 15 draws into victories, as well as score more than 49 goals, which was the 6th lowest in the Championship.

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