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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EFL Championship – Week 29 Power Rankings

Another Monday night match postponed the updating of the Power Rankings yet again, but with Week 29 kicking off tonight, we needed to get the updated rankings out this afternoon. About half the teams remain in the same spot they were last week. 

Derby County will host Wigan Athletic tonight, and they will be the only clubs playing two matches this week as all the clubs attempt to get square on total matches played. We aren’t nearly as unbalanced as we were last week – only six clubs have played less matches (34) than the majority of clubs (35) – so expect a mad dash to the end of the season after the upcoming break from 17-29 March (which is when we’ll publish the next look at the promotion and relegation standings). 

Note: Records presented as W-D-L
Through matches played on 4 March 2019

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EFL Championship – Week 28 Power Rankings

We had to wait a day for the last match of Week 27 to conclude, but we are back with our updated Championship Power Rankings in advance of the four-match slate tonight. About a third of the league is in the same spot that they were in our last rankings.

With an unbalanced table – the clubs have played either 32 (2 clubs), 33 (10 clubs), or 34 (12 clubs) as we come down the homestretch – there can be a lot of changes coming to our rankings over the last bit of the season. After the action next week, we’ll be publishing our latest look at the promotion and relegation standings, so stay tuned for that. Note: We will begin a weekly look at the promotion and relegation standings during the upcoming break from 17-28 March.

Note: Records presented as W-D-L
Through matches played on 25 February 2019

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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 27 Power Rankings

It’s going to be a wild couple of weeks in the Championship. Like last week, we’ll see Championship matches on four different days this week. But that’s what has to happen when some clubs have played 31 matches, others 32, and the remainder 33.

With some clubs playing twice last week, the change from last week’s Power Rankings are a little more dramatic than they were last week, including a new team at the top after a midweek loss by our former number one club.

As always, we try to keep the rankings confined to action played in the Championship; even though Swansea City and Millwall have advanced to the FA Cup quarterfinals, that won’t have bearing on this week’s rankings.

Note: Records presented as W-D-L
Through matches played on 17 February 2019

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(UPDATED) EFL Championship – Week 26 Slate

Championship Week 26 Fixtures/Results

This week will feature a lot of Championship clubs playing twice, while others will be taking a break from league play over the weekend to play their fifth round matches in the FA Cup, including one between Championship clubs Swansea City and Brentford. (The others playing in the FA Cup this weekend are Queens Park Rangers, Derby County, Millwall, and Bristol City).

As always, the numbers in parenthesis before the clubs is where they happen to fall in our weekly Power Rankings – which may not match where they fall on the league table. We’ll try to keep this post updated with results throughout the week, with the winning clubs in bold and draws indicated by italics. Home clubs are listed first.

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