The overall impression from many seasoned Championship watchers is that this has not been a vintage year for the second tier. Reading are worthy champions and their extraordinary run has been something to behold, but the remarkable has been few and far between this term in comparison with the 2010/11 campaign. Here are six reasons why.
The headline reason is the average number of goals scored per game …
What were expectations at Ashton Gate at the start of the season? After a 15th place finish in 2010-11, were there fears of a relegation battle this time out or were fans predicting pushing higher up the table …
Ahead of Bristol City’s vital trip to basement boys Portsmouth this weekend, we decided to employ two up front for a discussion of the Ashton Gate club’s tactics this season. Over to Paul Binning (aka The Exiled Robin) and Will Jones (often found To The Left of Ross) for the inside track on City’s tactical travails.
Current formation and variations
PB – Since Derek McInnes arrived he has …
The Seventy Two deals primarily with opinions rather than facts. So here’s one statistic or record for each current Championship club. If you know of any better ones, leave them in the comments.
Most consecutive second tier games without failing to score (44 between 2nd October 1926 and 8th October 1927).
Won the first-ever second division title in 1892/3.
Only Championship team so far this season …
Back in the summer, a series of posts from a variety of guest writers brought about a predicted Championship table. The final entry in the series was written by Blackpool blogger Chris Walker and you can find the final predicted table below, with each team’s actual current league position in brackets:
- Nottingham Forest (22nd)
- Birmingham City (14th)
- West Ham United (2nd)
- Leicester City (11th)
- Cardiff City (5th)
- Hull City (4th)