Championship League Table roundup – October

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With just four points separating the top six teams in the Championship Play-off, Sheffield United has yielded the top spot. Middlesbrough still pursuing their dream to win their Carabao Cup. The Cup-tied of Round Four in final week of October bring together some first and second-tiers encounters. Many occasions resulted in the following roundup. _connect present your latest insights of Championship clubs’ position movement.

Shape’s performance broke a two-game winless run for the Sheffield United which had seen them slide to third before the recess, piling the pressure on Chris Wilder’s promotion push. Sheffield United, who also brought back Leon Clarke to the starting berth, moved up to first as a result of the 4-2 victory over Wigan Athletics.

Other results helped the Blades as the top two in beginning of October, Leeds United and Middlesbrough, drew 1-1 allowing Chris Wilder’s men into first place, two points ahead of both clubs.

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United are two points off top spot. Some setbacks from their key players and controversial decisions may not go their way in October.

In the third place, Middlesbrough got three wins and a goalless draw with three clean sheets in all competition last month. The only Championship club who still stay in the Carabao Cup by a goal from Lewis Wing in 1-0 win over Crystal Palace. They will host again in a quarter-final meeting with the League One side Burton Albion during the week starting 17 December.

Norwich City continued to bolster their hope of promotion. They won last three games and moved up one place to 4th with 27 points – tied with Leeds United (2nd) and Middlesbrough (3rd).

The only team of top six went downhill was West Bromwich Albion. Their recent dipped of form is contributed their slump with their winless-run in last three games. They were off the top place and in 5th.

Derby County consolidated their position in Play-off position by extending their unbeaten streak to five league games, although they dumped out from Carabao Cup in their visit at Stamford Bridge.

Nottingham Forest’s Lewis Grabban kept his scoring run until Leeds’ defence halting. However, the Karanka’s side have a realistic hope to climb back to the top six places. Their second-string Reds ended their Carabao Cup journey by 3-2 defeat at Burton.

A back-to-back wins for Graham Potter and his side can ensure them on their race to season-end Play-off. Swansea could seize their chance to overcome the challenge in their next game at Rotherham.

Heading to the Second City Derby in November, Birmingham’s four wins with nine goals out of last four league games were enough to move them to top half and stayed in 9th.

Amid the top rising star teams, QPR went up nine places with ten goals and conceded only one goal in last five games. And no other Championship team is better than them.

Bristol City claimed more clean sheets (four) than any other competitors on the road.

The 12th places whom Blackburn Rovers are one of two sides along with Bristol City who sit just three points off the top six Play-off places of the pile.

Although Wigan Athletic continues their impressive unbeaten home record, they cannot keep the pace with their rivals. They tied the points with Stoke City on twenty points and stayed below them in 14th.

Sheffield Wednesday’s victory at Ashton Gate was their fifth 2-1 wins this campaign. However, a back-to-back lost on the road costs them their chance in the Play-off places. Now they are currently in 15th.

A sudden change in their Brentford hot seat could not make the Bees supporters’ happy while Ex-Brentford head coach Dean Smith left his job to pursue his career in Aston Villa. Thomas Franks could not amend his previous defeats in resulting to a three-game winless run. It saw the Londoner moving from top half to bottom half of table.

Millwall came out from the bottom two and rose from 23rd to 18th while Aston Villa climbed over them and only two points gap between them.

Bolton Wanderers struggled to find form and drop further down in the bottom half and only three places above the relegation zone. They gained 0.2 point in average this month. Now, they plunge to 19th.

A team from League One promotion last season still looked for their winning momentum restart again. Paul Warne’s Rotherham United were thwarted by a resolute Middlesbrough side in a goalless encounter. But four draws are not enough to move them away from the relegation battle next month. They make up the bottom four along with Reading, Hull City and Ipswich Town. The Millers will be hoping to rediscover their form for the visit of Swansea City.

Preston North End now two points above the relegation zone and compete in the relegation battle. They eventually completed their three wins and two draws adventure last month. Keeping their present 20th position, they now visit their rivals in Ipswich Town and Bristol City to get a fight to the finish in an early relegation encounters next month.

Reading managed one win in October and lowered their position (22nd) on the table with 12 points. Their total points are tied to Hull City and only separated them by goal differences.

Hull City slipped again and dropped two places. However, they have two points gap difference between the 21st Rotherham United on the table.

Ipswich suffered consecutive defeats and at the bottom of the table. They are now five points from safety. It was a setback to the tractor boys earlier while Burnley’s Jonathan Walters short-term loan ended shortly due to his injury.

 

Pos

Team

Pl GD Pts

1

Sheffield United 15 9 29

2

Leeds United 15 14 27

3

Middlesbrough 15 9 27

4

Norwich City 15 3 27

5

West Bromwich Albion 15 10 25

6

Derby County 15 6 25

7

Nottingham Forest 15 6 23

8

Swansea City 15 6 23

9

Birmingham City 15 5 23

10

Queens Park Rangers 15 -4 23

11

Bristol City 15 3 22

12

Blackburn Rovers 15 -2 22

13

Stoke City 15 -1 20

14

Wigan Athletic 15 -4 20

15

Sheffield Wednesday 15 -5 19

16

Brentford 15 3 18

17

Aston Villa 15 -1 18

18

Millwall 15 -4 16

19

Bolton Wanderers 15 -9 16

20

Preston North End 15 -5 14

21

Rotherham United 15 -10 14

22

Reading 15 -6 12

23

Hull City 15 -9 12

24

Ipswich Town 15 -14 9
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