The championship is followed by millions worldwide and is arguably one of the worlds most exciting and unpredictable leagues in the world – and this seasons certainly not disappointed, especially not the bottom 8.
It has been just over 3 months since this championship season began, and the tables beginning to take shape. Heres how each team between the positions of 16th – 24th are looking.
24th place – Sunderland.
Well, who expected after 16 championship games, that ex English championship champions Sunderland would be rock bottom of the Championship with only 1 win in 16 matches.
The northeast club was tipped for at least a play off finish, but now would be fortunate to avoid relegation after an extremely underwhelming start to their first Championship campaign, showing little sign of improvement following the 1-0 loss to Boro, which looks to be not the worst result they could’ve got.
23rd place – Bolton.
After not winning in the league within the first 2 months of the season, and not a single goal scored in the month of September, Bolton looked destined for relegation. However, since October, have managed to win 9 points from 5 games, having won 2 and drawn 3, moving them off the bottom place of the championship table.
If Bolton’s form continues like this, who knows where they’ll finish.
22nd place – Birmingham.
Arguably one of the biggest underachievers in the Championship, likely behind Sunderland, are definitely not having the season that their Summer signings suggested.
Raiding Brentford for the likes of Dean, Collin and the impressive Jota among a host of other new faces, Birmingham were tipped by many to acheive at least a play off spot. Despite all the talented attacking players at the club, the Blues are lingering in the relegation zone, having not scored since the first game of October, when they scraped a 1-0 win at home, which may prove very valuable towards the end of the season.
If Birmingham can muster up some form, they could be a force to be reckoned with, but until then we’ll have to wait.
21st place – Burton Albion.
Burtons season has arguably been fairly quiet so far, however very inconsistent at times.
Albion have managed to win away at the Den to a Millwall team which seem unbeaten at home, and won games against Birmingham and Fulham, however, have been on the receiving end of high scoring thrashings to Wolves, Hull, Villa and Leeds by at least 4 goals, and were on the receiving end of arguably the goal of the season so far by Barnsley’s Joe Williams.
20th place – Hull City.
Hull City are another ex-premier league side currently flirting with relegation, having only gathered 16 points in 16 games, out of a possible 48.
The inconsistent Yorkshire side have managed some very impressive results such as a 6-1 win against Birmingham and a 4-0 win against Bolton, both at home, yeh have managed a 5-0 loss to Derby, and Sheffield Uniteds Leon Clarke bagging 4 in a 4-1 loss against the Blades.
If they can turn their season around, they could be a force, and their are notable shouts for manager Leonid Slutsky to be sacked, which would seem reasonable.
19th place – Millwall.
Millwall have been an absolute force at home this season, making The Den a fortress having managed to win 13 out of their 17 points at home this season.
The London club have only lost 3 games at home this year, to Barnsley, Burton and Ipswich, with the first 2 both being potential relegation rivals.
If Millwall continue making their home ground such a fortress, they can easily avoid relegation this year and have a fairly good set of players with a loyal fanbase.
18th place – Reading.
Despite losing out on Premier League football last year, Reading have recently found themselves a little too far down the table for Jaap Staams liking, having only got 18 points in 15 games, but at least they have a game in hand at home to Barnsley.
The Royals have won their last 2 games and are having a steady stadium, but not one Reading fans will likely be happy about. If Jaap Staams side can continue this form, mabye they could muster a finish in the top 10, but any higher than that seems unlikley.
17th place – Fulham.
Fulham are arguably the most consistent side out of the bottom 8, but that hasnt prevented losses to arguably weaker Burton side, along with many more losses to sides that are certainly not as strong as fulham when theyre on their day.
With may notable talented players, such as Tom Cairney and Ryan Sessegnon, the london club could potentially push for that playoff spot they acheived last year before losing out to Huddersfield, but that doesnt look likley.
16th place – Barnsley.
This seasons Barnsley side is the youngest in the whole of the football league, with 29 year old winger Adam Hammill being by far the oldest at the club by a good 3 years.
Paul Heckingbottom’s side have looked very strong recently, having achieved 7 points in their last 3, with the young side adjusted and looking to push on in this championship season. Although playoffs is probably too unrealistic, this Barnsley side is very unpredictable, and anything could happen throughout the season for Hecky’s men.
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