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.

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

The surprises

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.

Sheffield United

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)

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Birmingham escaped relegation on the last afternoon of three of the last five Championship seasons, so avoiding another scrap against the drop was much welcomed at St Andrew’s.

It took until 22 September in order to allow these to achieve their first win of the effort – off from leaders Leeds, of most places. Since then, Garry Monk’s team have picked up plenty of points and got Lukas Jutkiewicz and also his strike partner Che Adams both scoring regularly to maneuver within four points of their play off spots.

The possibility of a hefty points deduction for nearing the EFL’s sustainability and sustainability rules still lurks over Blues, which could end any hope of a top-six finish, however for as soon as they are performing above expectations.

An honourable mention must go to 10th-placed QPR, that initially made their worst-ever beginning into your league season and so were thumped 7-1 from West Bromwich Albion at August.

Steve McClaren’s side have turned into things right across and, such as Birmingham, are only four points off the top six after 2-3 games.

The underperformers

9th (called 1st)

Could it be any surprise that Stoke were called to finish the season as Championship champions?

The majority of their relegated squad was retained together and new manager Gary Rowett was awarded one of the greatest budgets at the branch, if not the greatest, to accomplish a direct return into the premierleague.

For a little while, nothing clicked. One match frees their beginning – a 3-2 home defeat by Blackburn in September. They trailed 3-0, first got it back to 3-2 and then wasted a stoppage-time punishment to miss out on an unlikely point.

There are signs, however, that things have begun to turn. They’re on the 10-match unbeaten streak and four points off the play off areas, but a lot of draws have prevented them from breaking into the top six just yet.

However, as Fulham demonstrated last season, you don’t need a dazzling beginning from the Championship to reach a magnificent finish.


18th (called 9th)

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