An EFL Championship roundup in the middle of the month? Considering there’s no club footie until December, we may as well have one now:
The Championship is perhaps the most competitive league in the world, and the hardest to predict. The parity within the 24-team league is almost unrivalled and a series of missteps can see a club like Huddersfield go from a potential Premier League team one year to a club looking at League One football the next.
Even the top three clubs - Burnley, Sheffield United and Blackburn - do not look convincing enough to be a runaway number-one club. Burnley were run over by Sheffield two weeks ago (5-2) only to then dominate at home against Blackburn in the derby (3-0). And Sheffield United followed up their win with a loss at home to Rotherham.
It’s all so nonsensical!
This makes ‘runs’ even more important for playoff-hopeful clubs. QPR, Reading, Watford and Norwich each spent periods in automatic promotion spots this year after winning three or more games in a row. Since then? They’ve all struggled and Watford sacked Rob Edwards.
And now Coventry, who spent the first month or two in the relegation zone, are now riding a four-match win streak into the top half. In that 4-0-1 stretch they’ve beaten QPR, Blackburn and Watford. Swedish striker Viktor Gyökeres has scored four goals in his last five matches.
Coventry now sit a deceptive 11th in the table. Two points out of the top six but also with two games in hand.
As of today, six points currently separate sixth-placed Millwall from 17th-placed Stoke City.
Managerial Changes in November:
- Luton Town / Nathan Jones: Signed by Southampton
- Wigan Athletic / Leam Richardson: Sacked
Top Six (all with 21 Matches Played except where otherwise noted):
- Burnley: 41 Points, + 17 GD
- Sheffield United: 38 Pts , + 16 GD
- Blackburn: 36 Pts, + 2 GD
- Watford: 33 Pts, + 6 GD
- Norwich: 32 Pts, + 6 GD
- Millwall: 31 Pts, + 4 GD, 20 MP
22. Wigan: 23 Pts, -10 GD
23. Blackpool: 22 Pts, -9 GD
24. Huddersfield: 19 Pts, - 7 GD, 20 MP
Fitzie’s track of the day: Red Moon, by Big Thief
And now for your links:
Can’t get enough Championship content? Then look at these 35 before-and-after photos of Burnley fans from the team’s 3-0 win against rivals Blackburn
Hugo Lloris hails Tottenham’s mentality after comeback win versus Leeds
The Athletic ($$) gives its Premier League half-term report cards
Man U waiting on full details of Cristiano Ronaldo’s explosive interview before deciding on punishment
Ronaldo (the other one) and the road to redemption with Brazil in 2002