Can anyone stop runaway Barnsley at top of YP Power Rankings?

THERE is simply no stopping Barnsley - blazing a trail across the Championship and top of our latest Yorkshire Post Power Rankings list. Again.

Here’s the latest ‘standings’ - have a scroll through and see whether you agree with our placings. If you do or if you don’t let us know in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

1: Barnsley WWWDWW (=) – On the crest of a wave. The redoubtable Reds have taken sixty points from thirty league games under the incomparable Valerien Ismael and currently boast a brilliant 12-match unbeaten sequence - incorporating nine wins from their last ten matches.

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Second in the Championship’s six-match guide, it’s some tribute to Norwich City that their form is even better. Up to fifth place in the table, Barnsley will be seeking to sign off for the international break with the choice scalp of neighbours Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.


2: Hull City LWWWWW (=) – And just to think not so long back that folk were questioning Grant McCann and some had the temerity to call for his dismissal even… Hull have closed ranks and delivered an emphatic response following a late-winter wobble by way of a majestic five-match winning streak. Talk about well-timed..

Leading the way at the top of League One and proving that points in the bank are better than games in hand, the Tigers - beaten just once in eight matches - head to Shrewsbury at the weekend. Third in League One’s latest six-match guide.

3: Middlesbrough LDWLWW (+2) – Still have a faint whiff - just about - of the Championship play-offs, although Neil Warnock, like the wily old fox that he is, is downplaying matters. A run of five wins in eight matches and signs of getting over an untimely bout of homesickness is encouraging.

But Boro, who visit Millwall on Saturday, need plenty more. They go to Bournemouth and Barnsley after the international break and those fixtures are likely to be definitive. Sixth in the Championship’s latest six-match guide.

RISING HIGH: Barnsley's Daryl Dike (right) scores his side's second goal against Wycombe at Adams Park. Picture: John Walton/PA

4: Harrogate Town WWWLWL (-1) – For most of this season, away form has been the bedrock of Harrogate Town’s first season in the big time, with home statistics being a bit underwhelming. Times are-a-changing. Town, who have lost three of their last four matches on their travels, are seeking their fifth successive victory on home soil against Morecambe this weekend.

Simon Weaver’s side are ranked fourth in League Two’s latest six-match guide. All things considered, it has been an excellent first-ever season in the Football League and let’s hope there is a final flourish.

5: Bradford City WWWDLL (-1) – A run of three matches without a win is unchartered waters for Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars, with most of what they have touched having turned to gold since their arrival with a club in crisis.

A little hiccup - the latest being a defeat at wind-ravaged Carlisle - but perspective is surely needed. The pair have done a magnificent job since mid-December. City are 12th in League Two’s latest form guide.

SLIGHT DIP: Bradford City joint-manager, Mark Trueman. Picture: George Wood/Getty Images

6: Huddersfield Town LLDDWD (+3) – The Terriers have gone back to basics somewhat in their bid to secure their divisional status for a second successive season and it is eminently sensible in the here and now. Town have proved hard to beat of late and a four-match unbeaten sequence - considering where they were a few weeks back - is significant progress.

The league table suddenly looks a bit less scary for Town, who have lost just twice in their last seven games. Style has been sacrificed for substance for the time being. Needs must. Town are 17th in the Championship’s latest six-match guide.

7: Leeds United LLWLLD (+1) – Move up a place by virtue of a good, solid point against Chelsea as they avoided a club record 19th game without a draw. Leeds had their moments against a Premier League form horse and that point will look even better if they can register a victory against the Blues’ West London neighbours Fulham on Friday. Do that and their top-flight status is pretty much secured for next season.

8: Doncaster Rovers LWWLDL (-3) – In Cheltenham Festival week, Rovers are our big fallers in the table. The pack is circling after Doncaster’s winless sequence - and run without a goal - extended to three matches after a poor midweek defeat at Oxford United and their hold on their top-six position in League One is starting to look a little fragile.

Leeds United and Diego Llorente were impressive in Saturday's drawwith Chelsea. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Rovers, who have lost their last five away games, are ranked a lowly 17th in League One’s latest six-match form guide. Next up is a trip to one of the sides hoping to reel them in - in Gillingham.

9: Rotherham United LLLWLL (-2) – Ravaged by Covid-19 in recent times - with more than half of their staff and players having been hit by the virus since the end of last month - Rotherham United got off their sick bed and took more punishment by way of a heavy home defeat at Watford on their return to action.

Birmingham’s win the following night will have made them feel even worse. Tough times for the Millers, who have lost five of their last six Championship games and are ranked 23rd in the Championship’s latest six-match form guide.

They do have games in hand at least and the forthcoming international break will give them time to regroup, get back to full health and replenish their options. April will decide their fate.

10: Sheffield United LLLWLL (=) – Started off life without a colossal figure in their modern-day history in Chris Wilder with a wretched 5-0 loss at Leicester - to end a desperate few days for the club’s supporters and their demoralised players.

Having taken untold punishment this term, this was a real haymaker and should Sheffield United lose in their FA Cup quarter-final at Chelsea on Sunday, the lights will go out on their awful season.

Huddersfield Town are inching to safety, while Sheffield Wednesday remain deep in Championship relegation trouble. Picture: Steve Ellis

11: Sheffield Wednesday LLLLLLD (=) – Wednesday may have ended a torrid seven-match winless streak by way of a midweek draw with Huddersfield Town - to secure the first point of the Darren Moore era - but the significant event arrived elsewhere with the Owls’ relegation rivals Birmingham beating Reading.

The Owls, 24th in the Championship’s latest six-match guide, are showing all the form that you associate with relegation sides. Next up, only another all-Yorkshire affair at buoyant Barnsley...

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