After yet another tough start to the Championship campaign, I will be rating the performances of the 24 sides over 4 articles, and analysing their season so far…..
Birmingham City – 4th – 9/10 – The Blues have enjoyed an outstanding start to their season under Gary Rowett, with performances from key players such Demarai Gray and Clayton Donaldson contributing to the fact they sit in 4th place.
After beating Reading 2-1 on the opening day they have pushed on and have lost just 2 of their first 10 matches. This, combined with the fact many expected the Blues to be in a relegation scrap shows an outstanding managerial and team performance.
Blackburn Rovers – 15th – 6/10 – Rovers have endured an average but solid start to their Championship campaign, establishing themselves as the draw specialists of the division, drawing 5 of their first ten matches. As always, Jordan Rhodes is scoring consistently but the problem for Rovers has been finding goals from elsewhere.
Bolton Wanderers – 22nd – 2/10 – 2 out of a maximum score of ten may seem harsh but Bolton have not responded well to the loss of Adam Le Fondre, who returned from his loan spell, and Zach Clough is struggling to repeat his form from last season. This, combined with the poor current form and the fact they have won just once this season combines for a poor season.
Brentford – 20th – 4/10 – Brentford fans will be ruing the departure of popular manager Mark Warburton last summer. The Bees sit 20th in the table this season and have already sacked Marinus Dijkhuizen. Compare this to last season where they finished in the Play-Offs and you can tell this is a side in heavy transition. Bees fans will be bitterly underwhelmed.
Brighton & Hove Albion – 1st – 10/10 – Arguably the surprise package of the season so far, the Seagulls find themselves 2 points clear at the top of the table and unbeaten after 10 games. Compare this to last season where they barely scraped to safety and you will see a changed side. If they can keep Tomer Hemed scoring and hold off Middlesbrough and Reading, there is no reason why the Seagulls can’t gain promotion.
Bristol City – 24th – 2/10 – Bottom of the Championship table and with only 1 win in 10 games, Bristol City fans will be fearing the worst after their team has been leaking goals and struggling to put them away down the other end. The Robins strolled to the title last season in League 1, but the Championship will be a different class entirely and a test that they are in danger of failing.
If you are a fan of any of these sides and agree, disagree or have something to mention about your teams’ performances so far, leave them in the comments and start the debate!