Championship League Table roundup – December

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Before the start of 2019

After a five-month this Championship season, with nearly every top flights in second-tier delivering wins/losses, spectators deserved a Santa Claus rally.

While there are several more sessions in reversed fixtures in 2019, the Christmas feel-good factor is conspicuously absent/ bullishly remained the winter transfer market after some up/down results before the end of 2018. 

According to _connect Analytics, Hull City is on course for their best run December on record and remains firmly in number 14th place, typically defined as a rocket of 8 places from last month low 22nd place. 

PosTeamGGDPtsUp/(Dn)
1
Leeds2518511
2Norwich251448(1)
3WBA2521461
4Sheff. Utd2514441
5M’boro251042(2)
6Derby256421
7Birmingham2510383
8QPR25-1381
9Aston Villa25937(1)
10Nottm Forest25836(4)
11Bristol City252353
12Stoke251350
13Swansea25133(2)
14Hull25-3338
15Blackburn25-931(2)
16Sheff. Wed25-10310
17Preston25-4290
18Brentford250270
19Wigan25-1226(4)
20Millwall25-9251
21Bolton25-15222
22Rotherham25-1722(3)
23Reading25-1020(3)
24Ipswich25-24150

In top-half level, Leeds United won all the matches except losing to Hull City in the final match of the month while they are maintaining the 3 points lead over the 2nd place Norwich City. 

The play-off places could be slightly clear when Derby County beat Norwich City. But Nottingham Forest won none this month and lost three times with two points in five games. They now have six points adrift of the 6th Rams.  

In bottom-half level, Hull City won five and draw one in their last six matches and only nine points below the Top six play-off places.

They could be a late challenger in those chasing pack if they maintain this kind of form to win as many games as they could.

The 19th Wigan Athletic could slipped into even worser situation – a drop of 4 places from last month – in some bad performances of their year at home matches such as lose 1-0 to Derby and 3-0 to Birmingham in this spell. 

EFL cup Semi-Final on 7th and 21st January

Do Middlesbrough skip the round and make any progress from Clough’s sight?

Disappointed Tony Pulis and his Boro eluded from the Championship visitors in their start of FA cup journey after being eliminated by Nigel Clough’s Burton in League cup and will face Peterborough United, who defeat the finalist of 2013 League cup, Bradford City in last round and beat Aston Villa last season in the third round. 

A taste of VAR flavour

In Championship game, a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) could be a strange test for some of those. But three teams including Reading and two teams who promoted from League One this season will have the taste of VAR.

5 January, 2019 Saturday

Manchester United vs Reading

Newcastle United vs Blackburn Rovers

6 January, 2019 Sunday

Manchester City vs Rotherham United

Given that the latest insight from FA cup fixtures shows at least 4 championship teams will be in the next round – 4th round encounters.

5 January 2019 FA cup Round Three

(Bold means Championship Team)

Bolton Wanderers vs Walsall

Millwall vs Hull City

Brentford vs Oxford United

Sheffield Wednesday vs Luton Town

Preston North End vs Doncaster Rovers

Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest

Derby County vs Southampton

Accrington Stanley vs Ipswich Town

Bristol City vs Huddersfield Town

Shrewsbury Town vs Stoke City

West Ham United vs Birmingham City

Queens Park Rangers vs Leeds United

Sheffield United vs Barnet

 Norwich City vs Portsmouth

West Bromwich Albion vs Wigan Athletic

Middlesbrough vs Peterborough

Aston Villa vs Swansea City

Did you know? Club registration under January transfer window

Clubs have agreed that no new players registered at the start of the window will be eligible to play in Match week between 1-3 January 2019.

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