A significant jump up for Leeds after their win at Fulham nevertheless. Here’s the latest, have a scroll through and let us know whether you agree with the placings or not.
1: Hull City WWWWWD (+1) – A draw at Shrewsbury thwarted City’s attempts of a sixth League One win on the spin, but they are still in a hell of a place and are exerting ‘scoreboard pressure’ on the chasing pack, whose results have largely been sporadic. Grant McCann’s side are showing the quality that all successful promotion aspirations require at this stage of the season. Consistency.
Perhaps the biggest danger remaining are Sunderland, who Hull host on April 20. City are ranked first in League One’s latest six-match form guide.
2: Barnsley WWDWWL (-1) – It had to end some time. And from Barnsley’s perspective, it was sod’s law that it happened on derby day against Sheffield Wednesday, who extended their unbeaten run at Oakwell to seven games and inflicted a first defeat in 13 league matches upon the Reds, who had won nine of their previous ten appointments.
Given their recent high-energy efforts, it was perhaps a game too far for fifth-placed Barnsley, who will now rest and refuel ahead of a pivotal run-in.
3: Leeds United LWLLDW (+4) – United’s first win in London in 17 attempts could not have been better timed ahead of the international hiatus. Victory at Fulham effectively ended any outside prospects - it was unlikely, let’s face it - of being dragged into the survival picture.
They can now rest up and have some fun in the Premier League games remaining with a mouth-watering schedule seeing Liverpool and Manchester United head to Elland Road in April.
4: Middlesbrough DWLWWL (-1) – On a Saturday afternoon when results went for them in the play-off race, Boro blew it en route to a lame defeat on the road at Millwall. It left Neil Warnock sore for the second successive away Championship away game, albeit for entirely different reasons to their previous reverse at Swansea.
Boro, whose Achilles heel has been a lack of goalscoring input from their strikers all season, are ranked seventh in the latest Championship six-match guide. Unless they go on a barnstorming run after the break, their season looks to be over as a competitive entity.
5: Harrogate Town WWLWLL (-1) – Back-to-back defeats have stymied a touch of momentum for Town, but with forthcoming games against the struggling trio of Southend, Walsall and Port Vale, opportunity surely knocks. Harrogate are ranked 11th in League Two’s latest six-match guide.
6: Huddersfield Town LLDDWD (=) – Inactive last weekend due to Bournemouth’s FA Cup involvement, the Terriers are pausing for breath before a daunting looking Easter against Brentford and Norwich. A big home game with Yorkshire rivals Rotherham United follows that on April 10.
7: Rotherham United LLLWLW (+2) – The Millers’ habits of ‘bonus ball’ wins came to the fore again with a fabulous victory at Bristol City before the break as Paul Warne’s troops cast aside all the previous Covd talk to secure a triumph of character and heart. Interestingly, five of Rotherham’s last six league victories have all arrived on the road at Championship level.
8: Sheffield Wednesday LLLLDW (+3) – A welcome move in the right direction for the Owls, who secured their first win in nine matches and first of the Darren Moore era with an impressive success at Barnsley - which again illustrated the unpredictability of Championship life.
It keeps Wednesday’s outside hope of survival intact, but they will still require a stunning run of form to save their necks. Next up over Easter? Only Watford and Cardiff..
9: Bradford City WDLLDL (-4) – After the feast, cometh the famine. This week’s big losers, City head into Saturday’s game at Colchester on the back of a five-match winless league streak.
It represents the first ‘bump in the road’ as such for their management team of Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars. Prior to this run, the Bantams had won five in a row. City are ranked a disappointing 21st in League Two’s latest six-match form guide.
10: Doncaster Rovers WWLDLD (-2) – The play-off pack are closing in on Rovers, who battled back to earn a point in last weekend’s 2-2 draw at Gillingham, which extended their run without a win to four games. Without an away victory in six matches, Doncaster - ranked 11th in League One’s latest form guide over six games - go to MK Dons at the weekend.
11: Sheffield United LLWLLL (-1) – United’s season is now pretty much over as a competitive entity after elimination in the FA Cup at Chelsea. With their realistic hopes of Premier League survival long since gone, the Blades will be seeking to claw back a touch of pride before season’s end.
They visit Elland Road in their next game on April 3 as interim-boss Paul Heckingbottom returns to Leeds.
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