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)
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.
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)
Had Dean Smith been responsible of Brentford, it’s unlikely that they would have been contained on this list.
Boy Hood Aston Villa fan Smith swapped Griffin Park to get Villa Park at October using all the Bees seventh at the Championship.
Since then, Brentford have collected only seven points from their following 11 league games.
One of it striker Neal Maupay is just one of the Championship’s top scorers with 14 and the Frenchman is their biggest hope of escaping trouble.
17th (called 13th)
Much like Brentford, Sheffield Wednesday made a bright start to the effort – that the Owls were at the top six during the October international break.
But seven defeats from 10 league games brought an end to Jos Luhukay’s reign on Friday, a couple days after owner Dejphon Chansiri put the club up for sale.
Saturday’s win over 10-man Preston pulled them clear of the bottom three, however there is a enormous degree of doubt around Hillsborough. An important few months ahead, on and off the area, for Wednesday.
22nd (called 16th)
Although maybe not a number of our terrorists anticipated Millwall to replicate their conduct to the verge of the playoffs last year, but perhaps not many expected them to be from the relegation zone in Christmas either.
The chief reason for their battles in 2018-19 is their off form – that the Lions have failed to acquire their first 12 games on the road within the Championship this year.
But the relegation battle is a close one. Preston, that are 15 th, are only nine points over the bottom three and bottom bar Ipswich’s mini-revival at December means no team will be currently cut adrift either.
Predict your own 2018-19 Championship table
You can still find 23 games togo and 69 points for all the teams to play , so it’s far from plenty can vary between now and 5 might.
Take a chance at calling the last table …
Championship Dining Table predictor 1819
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