As we head towards the half-way point in the Championship season, Norwich City and Leeds United have finally opened up a four point lead over their nearest rivals, the first time this season when a gap of any substance has opened up at the top of the table.
But in a highly competitive Championship this season, we have already seen teams make a charge to the top or fall away at a rate of knots, leading many to surmise that nothing is certain as yet.
But who from the pack is best equipped to catch the current top two?
It might be a tough ask with a four and five-point gap, but there’s still plenty of football to be played.
With that said, teams like Aston Villa, Middlesbrough, Nottingham Forest, and of course, West Brom, can all sill catch them.
Considering 26 rounds of matches are still to be played, they will be caught, that is inevitable.
In two matches any one of six or seven teams could.
Realistically, it’s Forest and Boro for me.
One has quality and means, the other a mean defence and a good track record.
Other than that, the rest are top six fodder only.
Aston Villa are the main threat.
Villa’s attacking firepower is a real threat to any defence in the Championship and they will certainly challenge the top two for the rest of the season.
Dean Smith seems to be finding his feet at Villa Park and I can see him taking Villa back into the Premier League this season.