It’s the halfway point of the 2018-19 Championship season, and therefore a fantastic chance to take stock which nightclubs are surpassing expectations and which clubs have been below level.
In August, a group of BBC Sport journalists called that which the final Championship table can look like.
Can they foresee Norwich City’s rise, the early-season battles of Stoke City and Aston Villa, or Ipswich Town’s collapse to the foot of the dining desk?
Learn below – there’s also the opportunity for you to predict how you think the summer growing season will finish.
- BBC Sport’s 2018-19 Championship forecasts in full
- Just how close were BBC Sport’s 2017-18 predictions?
- Championship table
Which exactly were BBC Sport’s Championship pre-season forecasts?
- Champions: Stoke City
- Secondly: Middlesbrough
- Playoffs: Derby County, West Bromwich Albion, Nottingham Forest, Leeds United
- Relegated: Ipswich Town, Bolton Wanderers, Rotherham United
2nd (called 11th)
Did anyone see this coming?
The Canaries finished 14th at 2017-18 and sold their two cleverest attacking abilities, James Maddison and Josh Murphy, to Leicester and Cardiff respectively at the summer.
But Finland striker Teemu Pukki has proved to be an inspired addition, with 13 goals in 20 league appearances – not really a bad return for a person signed up on a free transfer from Denmark’s top flight.
Along with Daniel Farke’s negative have consistently shown that enviable ability of scoring vital overdue winners. You may neverwrite them off.
1st (called 6th)
Of the 21 new managerial appointments produced from EFL clubs throughout the summer, the coming of Marcelo Bielsa in Leeds was clearly one of their very photographed.
Impressive early-season wins over Stoke, Derby and Norwich quashed any fears that the former Argentina boss wouldn’t adapt to the Championship, even though a series of six consecutive wins in November and December has put them top of this table at Christmas.
It may be that 15 might be the magic number for Leeds – Bielsa could be the 15 th person to take full time control since their relegation from the airport in 2004, also he could be going to oversee the finish of a 15-year exile from the Premier League.
6th (called 10th)
The Blades are at the combination of promotion from the Championship yet more, helped by 12 league goals by talismanic captain Billy Sharp.
Last season, Chris Wilder’s side won 12 of their first 17 games to improve hopes of a second consecutive promotion, but fell away from the 2nd half the effort to finish 10th.
Wilder includes a team at his disposal that time , in on-loan midfielder Ollie Norwoodhe has a person that has been promoted from the next tier in each of the past two seasons with Brighton and Fulham.
8th (called 18th)