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Which Championship teams have a REAL chance for promotion?
10 January 2018, 12:42
Which Championship teams have a REAL chance for promotion?

As every season, the English Championship has plenty of twists and turns. One of the great things about the second division of English football is that nearly any team can be beaten on a given day.

It makes for exciting football, and it means teams can earn promotion to the Premier League when it wasn't expected when the season kicked off.

The 2017-18 season has one sure thing going for it right now, and that is Wolverhampton Wanderers are running away from the pack. Wolves not only lead the league by 12 points currently, but the team is on a spending spree that could see them land AC Milan player Andre Silva for £34 million. Times have changed in the Championship when it comes to spending, and Wolves are proving they are a Premier League side both on and off the pitch.

As Wolverhampton looks likely to seal promotion back to the top-flight this term, which teams have a real chance at winning promotion alongside them? Two other spots are up for grabs, but which clubs are getting them?

The current table sees just six points separating Derby in second place and Leeds United in sixth. Making it possible that any one of five teams could land that final automatic playoff place. Along with Derby and Leeds, Cardiff City, Bristol City and Aston Villa are fighting it out.

Cardiff is lucky to still be in a playoff place as the Bluebirds have lost four straight games. The team's form has been woeful of late. The team has allowed nine goals and scored just three times during their losing run. Bristol City are also experiencing a dip in form. Two straight losses, including a 5-0 New Year's Day loss to Aston Villa, has the team reeling. It hasn't helped that the side are currently playing in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup. The tournament has stretched their resources thin in the last few weeks.

Aston Villa and Leeds have been slightly more consistent over their last few matches. Villa have secured two wins in their last two matches. Manager Steve Bruce rested his key players in the FA Cup third round, and despite losing to Peterborough, the veteran manager knows promotion to the Premier League is greater than a run in the competition. Bruce has guided teams to the Premier League previously and did it most recently with Hull. Villa have the best goal differential outside of the top two teams (+14). More consistency and fewer injuries should see them catch Derby.

The teams in second through sixth can't rest on their laurels. The Championship is extremely tight all the way to 12th placed Ipswich. Only seven points separate Ipswich from the final playoff place occupied by Leeds. By the time the season ends in May, there could be a complete shake up of sides competing for the final playoff position.

Sheffield United, Middlesbrough, Preston, Fulham, Bretford and Ipswich are all trying to catch the rest of the promotion pack. Sheffield United have an opportunity for back-to-back promotions, but the Blades have lost the most matches of the top 11 teams in the league (10). Their dropped points could be the difference in finishing just outside the top six.

The only certainty in the Championship is uncertainty, but it makes for an exciting end to the regular season. With Wolves nailed on for promotion, two places are up for grabs. Based on Bruce's managerial experience at Aston Villa, it is difficult to look past the West Midlands club for promotion. Meanwhile, a surprise may be in store as Leeds United could return to the top-flight for the first time since 2004.

Predictions for Championship

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Aston Villa
Fulham FC

26/05/2018 17:00
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Fulham FC
Derby County

14/05/2018 19:45
1
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Aston Villa
Middlesbrough

15/05/2018 19:45
1
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Regular Season
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Wolverhampton 99 46 30 9 7 82 39 43
2. Cardiff City 90 46 27 9 10 69 39 30
3. Fulham FC 88 46 25 13 8 79 46 33
4. Aston Villa 83 46 24 11 11 72 42 30
5. Middlesbrough 76 46 22 10 14 67 45 22
6. Derby County 75 46 20 15 11 70 48 22
7. Preston NE 73 46 19 16 11 57 46 11
8. Millwall FC 72 46 19 15 12 56 45 11
9. Brentford FC 69 46 18 15 13 62 52 10
10. Sheffield Utd 69 46 20 9 17 62 55 7
11. Bristol City 67 46 17 16 13 67 58 9
12. Ipswich Town 60 46 17 9 20 57 60 -3
13. Leeds United 60 46 17 9 20 59 64 -5
14. Norwich City 60 46 15 15 16 49 60 -11
15. Sheffield Wed 57 46 14 15 17 59 60 -1
16. QPR 56 46 15 11 20 58 70 -12
17. Nottingham F. 53 46 15 8 23 51 65 -14
18. Hull City 49 46 11 16 19 70 70 0
19. Birmingham City 46 46 13 7 26 38 68 -30
20. Reading FC 44 46 10 14 22 48 70 -22
21. Bolton Wanderers 43 46 10 13 23 39 74 -35
22. Barnsley 41 46 9 14 23 48 72 -24
23. Burton Albion 41 46 10 11 25 38 81 -43
24. Sunderland 37 46 7 16 23 52 80 -28

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