Sheffield United and West Brom Missing Opportunities in Championship
Both Sheffield United and West Brom have thrown away big chances in recent weeks to really take control of the Championship. They put themselves in a great position but recent poor play has led to them dropping points and allowing other teams to take advantage and move ahead. Sheffield United have won one and drawn two of their last five games, a run which has seen them come off the top of the table and move down into 4th position. West Brom are one place below them in 5th position, and that is due to them winning just one and drawing one of their last five games.
United are three points off the top of the table, while West Brom are five off, and both know that better form in recent games would have allowed them to remain in the top two automatic positions. Norwich currently lead the Championship, and that is thanks to a run that has seen them win their last five games a pick up the maximum 15 points. Behind them, Middlesbrough are unbeaten in their last five and Leeds have won two games, all of which are better records than those put up by Sheffield United and West Brom.
The battle for positioning in the Championship is well and truly on. Just seven points separate top of the table Norwich City with QPR who are down in 10th position. A run of three or four wins in a row can really propel a team up the table at this stage, and that is exactly what the leaders Norwich have done. Other will have seen that and the difference it has made to their league position, and they will be trying to follow suit.
The bookmakers are most impressed with Leeds United so far, and they are the Evs favourites to be promoted this season. In behind them are Middlesbrough and West Brom both at 6/4, Sheffield United are 13/8 and the current league leaders Norwich are 2/1. Many other clubs are hoping to be involved in the discussions as we move through the season, and with the tough nature of life in the Championship you know that the three teams who eventually gain promotion to the Premier League will certainly deserve it.