Six reasons why this Championship season has been worse than last year

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.


Fewer goals

The headline reason is the average number of goals scored per game …

Relegation Week: Will the Robins rise away from the relegation zone?

Before Bristol City’s 2-0 defeat to a David James-inspired Watford on Tuesday, Joe Harrison spoke to Paul Binning of The Exiled Robin about his side’s hopes of steering clear of League One.


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

The team-by-team Football League tactics bible – #3: Bristol City

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 Championship: some not-so-vital statistics

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.


BARNSLEY

Most consecutive second tier games without failing to score (44 between 2nd October 1926 and 8th October 1927).

BIRMINGHAM CITY

Won the first-ever second division title in 1892/3.

BLACKPOOL

Only Championship team so far this season …

Revisiting our predicted Championship table

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:


  1. Nottingham Forest (22nd)
  2. Birmingham City (14th)
  3. West Ham United (2nd)
  4. Leicester City (11th)
  5. Cardiff City (5th)
  6. Hull City (4th)
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