Championship Bottom Half Tight as Fight for Relegation Begins
While all eyes are rightly looking at the top of the Championship right now, with a great battle going off, the bottom is equally as interesting, and involving a lot more teams at this early stage. The bottom half of the table is as tight as it could be right now, and there are a big number of clubs who could get dragged down with a bad few weeks in the lead up to Christmas. Ipswich are currently bottom of the table, with just 11 points on the board and they are five points behind their nearest rival. They need to turn things around if they want to get out, and that has to happen soon.
Ahead of Ipswich it really is anyone's guess what happens over the coming weeks. 23rd place Bolton have 16 points and have tumbled down the table. 13th placed Bristol City are just six points ahead though, so 11 teams are separated by six points, and all of those clubs will be looking over their shoulder as Christmas approaches.
Some teams are playing well at the moment, and trying their best to get out of trouble. Hull are still in the bottom three, but they have lost just one of their last five and will be out if they keep playing like that. Above them, Millwall and Reading have won two of their last fives games, while Rotherham and Preston are unbeaten in their last five, managing to pick up draws on a regular basis while also adding the odd win.
Of those struggling, Bolton in 23rd and Sheffield Wednesday in 17th have not won a game in their last five, something that has seen them tumble down the table, especially Bolton. Stoke, Brentford and Wigan occupy the 14th, 15th and 16th spots right now, and all of them have won just one of their last five, which will certainly be a cause for concern with their fans and management team. They have to get something soon, otherwise a further drop down the standings looks to be on the cards.
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As the bottom two clubs in the standings right now, it is no surprise to see Ipswich and Bolton priced up as the favourites for relegation. Ipswich are 4/11, while Bolton are 2/5 and both appear to have very long seasons ahead of them. Reading are outside of the relegation zone right now, but they too are odds on for the drop, priced up at 10/11, with Rotherham priced up at Evs. Those at bigger prices include Sheffield Wednesday, who have tumbled down the league recently, haven't won in their last five and can be backed at 6/1 to go down.