Norwich City are closing in on an immediate return to the Premier League, whilst English football giants Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County are both in trouble of being relegated to the third tier.
The EFL Championship offers us lots of entertainment and unpredictability week after week, season after season, and this campaign has been no different.
Whilst many expected Norwich City to bounce straight back to the Premier League, backed up by being the pre-season favourites with Betway, manager Daniel Farke still deserves a lot of credit for the work he has done to date.
With eight games left to play, the Canaries have opened up a 14-point lead between themselves and Swansea City in third, albeit with the latter having a game in hand.
Norwich did an excellent job in keeping hold of the majority of the squad that got them promoted to the Premier League in the first place two years ago. Emi Buendia is a contender for player of the season, whilst Teemu Pukki is currently second in the scoring charts with 22 goals, behind only Brentford’s Ivan Toney (28).
Todd Cantwell shone in the Premier League last season and has been excellent again for the East Anglian club this campaign, whilst defensively Tim Krul, Grant Hanley and Ben Gibson have been among some of the most consistent players in the division.
Who Will Join Norwich?
It looks as though it will be a battle between Watford, Swansea and Brentford for the second automatic spot. The Hornets currently have the advantage over their rivals, with a six-point gap between them and the Welsh side, albeit having played a game more.
The Hertfordshire club have won nine of their last 10 matches, making it look like the board’s decision to replace Vladimir Ivic with Xisco in December to be a good choice. The news at the time surprised many fans of the football league.
You could say automatic promotion is in their own hands as their final two games are versus both Brentford and Swansea!
Who is Going Down?
Few expected Wycombe Wanderers to avoid relegation in their first season in the second tier and the minnows currently trail safety by 11 points with eight games to play. But for a miracle turnaround they are gone.
Sheffield Wednesday picked up an invaluable three points over the weekend to get themselves within six points of safety following a dreadful run of form.
Rotherham United appear to be escaping any sanctions from the FA despite postponing four games for Covid-19 cases this season. As a result the Millers have numerous games in hand on the teams above them to give them a good chance of staying up.
That doesn’t read well for Birmingham City, who have been in freefall since December, now just three points clear of safety and having played four games more than the aforementioned Rotherham.
Don’t overlook Wayne Rooney’s Derby County either – the Rams are winless in seven, failing to score in five of those, and arguably have the toughest remaining schedule of the bottom teams.