Championship Match of the Week – Sheffield United v Queens Park Rangers

Our Match of the Week, at least according to our weekly Power Rankings features our top club Sheffield United hosting the Queens Park Rangers, the 5th-ranked club in those power rankings. This isn’t the only match featuring clubs from the top half of the table, as Leeds United and Derby County start this weekend off with Friday Night Football, and West Bromwich Albion will be hosting Norwich City in another highly-anticipated match between clubs fighting for promotion.

The Blades returned to the top of our rankings despite being third in the league table, but a rough couple of weeks from the clubs above them helped propel them back to the top. The same could be said of QPR, who has had a stronger run of play recently than some of the other clubs in the top ten of the league table.

Let’s take a closer look at the matchup from Bramall Lane:

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(UPDATED) EFL Championship – Week 21 Slate

Championship Week 21 Fixtures/Results

After matches played on New Year’s Day, the Championship remains a much more competive league than the Premier League. While the top tier of English football has a group of six clubs head and shoulders above the rest of the league, the Championship’s top 13 clubs are within 15 points of each other; Leeds United leads with 51 points and Swansea City and Hull City are tied with 36 points. I would not be terribly shocked if any three of those 13 clubs achieved promotion this season, or if some towards the bottom of that group ended up fighting to avoid relegation.

Per usual, the number in parenthesis before each club is where they fell on our Week 21 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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(UPDATED) EFL Championship – Week 12 Slate

The Championship is back to playing one match this week (at least in league play), a week after having two matches caused a lot of chaos to the Power Rankings. There will be four Championship clubs (Derby County, Middlesbrough, Norwich City, and Nottingham Forest) playing midweek matches in the EFL (Carabao) Cup, however, which could impact their performance when they return to league play over the weekend.

As always, we’ll try to keep this updated throughout the matches of the weekend, which begin on Friday night and conclude Sunday afternoon. The number in parentheses before each club represents their ranking in our weekly Power Rankings, and home clubs are listed first. Winning clubs will be in bold, and any match that ends in a draw will see both clubs notated in italics.

Friday, 2 November 2018
7:45pm GMT/3:45pm EST
(16) Aston Villa 2-0 (22) Bolton Wanderers

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EFL Championship – Week 12 Power Rankings

Two games this week for the clubs across the Championship, and as a result, we’ve seen a lot of movement from last week’s Power Rankings. So much movement, in fact, that only one team stayed in the same spot in this week’s rankings.

As previously mentioned, we try to base the rankings only on matches played in the Championship. However, with four clubs playing in EFL Cup matches this week – Norwich City, Nottingham Forest, Derby County, and Middlesbrough – success there (three of the four will be playing Premier League clubs) might boost them next week a little more than what happens in league play next weekend.

Note: Records presented as W-D-L
Through matches played on 27 October 2018

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Promotion & Relegation Watch – Championship – Version 1

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 the table.
We are now a little over 10% into the Championship season, so here’s an extremely early look at who would be moving up – and down – if the season were to end today.
In the Championship, the top two teams are automatically promoted to the Premier League, with the third- through sixth-place teams competing for promotion via a playoff. After the 2017-2018 season, Wolverhampton Wanderers (1st), Cardiff City (2nd), and Fulham (playoff winner) earned promotion.
The top of the league table currently looks like this:Championship Promotion

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(UPDATED) EFL Championship – Week 5 Slate

Here’s a look at Week 5’s slate of games in the Championship. We’ll update this with results as the games progress. The number in parenthesis before each team is their current spot in my Weekly Power Rankings. Home teams are listed first, and winners will be indicated in bold. In the event of a draw, both teams will be placed in italics.

Only one match per team this week, and play begins Friday and ends on Sunday.

Friday, 31 August 2018
7:45pm BST/2:45pm EST
(1) Leeds United 0-0 (2) Middlesbrough **MATCH OF THE WEEK**

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