Barnsley and Hull City leave Yorkshire rivals trailing in their wake – YP Power Rankings

BARNSLEY and Hull City - the two stand-out teams in terms of recent form across the Broad Acres - are top of the shop in our latest Yorkshire Post Power Rankings list heading into the Easter programme.

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Here’s the updated table - have a scroll through and see if you agree with where we have each team placed. If not - or even if you do - let us know your own thoughts in the comments section below.

1: Barnsley FC WWDWWL (+1) – Head into their keynote Good Friday home game with Reading on the back of a haul of sixty points in 31 Championship fixtures under the incomparable Valerien Ismael.

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On the receiving end of a surprise defeat last time out maybe, but Barnsley are still in a hell of place going into the run-in with Ismael targeting a haul of 12 points from the Reds’ final eight fixtures to secure play-off participation. That looks to be well within their remit.

RIDING HIGH: Barnsley manager Valerien Ismael. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA

2: Hull City WWWWDD (-1) – Frustratingly pegged back last time out against Gillingham - on an afternoon when Sunderland and Peterborough United both won - with the results intensifying the belief that the automatic promotion race will go right down to the wire in League One. Tigers head coach Grant McCann - whose side face acid tests against Sunderland and Lincoln in April - is remaining calm. His side are unbeaten in seven and second in League One’s six-match form guide.

3: Leeds United LWLLDW (=) – With their first mission of securing another season of top-flight football achieved, Leeds can attack April and maybe have a bit of fun along the way, starting with Easter Saturday’s home game with Sheffield United as they seek to record a first double over the Blades since that glorious title-winning campaign of 1991-92. After that, Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United are on the Premier League menu. Mouth-watering is the phrase…

4: Middlesbrough DWLWWL (=) – A pivotal looking Easter sees Boro take on Jonathan Woodgate’s Bournemouth and Watford before a trip to Oakwell and if a positive haul of points is not recorded, the Teessiders Championship play-off mission looks to be doomed. Many suspect it already might be. Goals - or a lack of them from their forwards - has been Boro’s Achilles heel this season - and in previous campaigns as well come to mention it.

5: Huddersfield Town LLDDWD (+1) – For a side towards the wrong end of the Championship table, a four-match unbeaten run is not to be sniffed at and for anyone who witnessed Town’s desperate defeat to Wycombe in February, it represents progress. Still, there is a bit more work to do for the Terriers, heightened by a teak-tough Easter schedule against Brentford and Norwich.

DOWN ONE: Hull City boss Grant McCann. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Another win or two is still required for Town - on their longest unbeaten run at this level since October. Their home game with Rotherham on April 10 looks to be a big one and leaps from the page.

6: Rotherham United LLLWLW (+1) – The Millers are about to embark on a strength-sapping run of 12 matches in 36 days to determine their Championship fate - starting at Millwall on Good Friday. Is there any hope for relegation-threatened Rotherham? Yes, there is. Their fate is in their hands.

After travelling to Millwall, five of the Millers’ next six fixtures are at home - including six-pointers against fellow strugglers Wycombe, Coventry City and Birmingham City. It would be the perfect time to improve their disappointing statistics at the AESSEAL New York Stadium. Five of the Millers’ last six victories have arrived on the road.

7: Harrogate Town WLWLLL (-2) – On their joint worst form of the season after losing three League Two matches in a row, with Town’s remote hopes of the play-offs now over after a disappointing home reverse to lowly Southend. Simon Weaver’s side are ranked 19th in the division’s latest six-match form guide.

STEADY EDDIE: Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa. Picture: Naomi Baker/PA

8: Bradford City DLLDLW (+1) – A weekend success at lowly Colchester was the Bantams’ first win in six matches - and timely ahead of an Easter programme which sees them face promotion-chasing Forest Green and a form side in Stevenage. City are ranked 22nd in League Two’s latest six-match form guide. Let’s hope that they finish a pretty uplifting renaissance under the command of Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars in right and fitting fashion.

9: Sheffield Wednesday LLLLDW (-1) – After the relief of victory at Barnsley last time out, Wednesday simply must back it up over Easter to keep themselves in the survival picture. Assignments against Watford and Cardiff would not have been hand-picked. The Owls must defy history to stay up. No second-tier side previously with under 30 points with 10 matches of the season remaining have previously avoided relegation in the three points for a win era. Let’s hope there is a first time for everything.

10: Doncaster Rovers WLDLDL (=) – Rovers will be glad to start afresh in a new calendar month after a five-match winless run in March. Andy Butler’s now find themselves out of the League One play-offs. For perspective, Doncaster were three points off top spot with games in hand after the win at Lincoln at the end of January. Away form has been the chief reason for the recent demise of Rovers, who have failed to win in their last seven outings on the road.

Now 20th in the division’s latest six-match guide, Doncaster will be glad to be back on home soil in Friday’s big game with another play-off contenders in Charlton.

PROBLEMS: Doncaster Rovers interim manager Andy Butler. Picture: Nick Potts/PA

11: Sheffield United LLWLLL (=) – No Yorkshire side wants to get to the end of the season faster than the Blades, who just want it to be all over after a desperate Premier League season. Nine games still remain, starting at Leeds on Saturday before a home game with Arsenal to follow that in April - a month when their relegation should be finally confirmed. Avoiding the wooden spoon seems to be the only ‘live’ issue for United, who are seeking to avoid that dubious ‘honour’ alongside West Brom.

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