Power Rankings - Bradford City and Barnsley lead the way

BRADFORD CITY and Barnsley are neck-and-neck at the top of the latest Yorkshire Post Power Rankings list following stellar runs.

Yorkshire Premier League and Championship club badges by Graeme Bandeira

Elsewhere, Hull City make a significant jump, while Huddersfield Town and Leeds United are among the fallers.

Here’s the latest:

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1: Bradford City LWWWWW (unchanged).

Life is pretty much a bowl of cherries for the Bantams, who have won their past five matches and have lost just once in 14 games under the watch of Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars, winning.

A total of 33 points from a possible 42 have been pocketed. Outstanding.

All eyes now turn to Saturday with a mouth-watering battle of the form sides in League Two between its two biggest clubs, City and Bolton, lock horns. A real shame no fans will be present.

2: Barnsley WWWWWW (unchanged).

Enjoying truly golden times and fans are daring to dream.

Barnsley had made club history by winning six games in a row in one season and they have now won over 15 matches in a second-tier season for the first time in 14 campaigns since 2000-01 when they reached the play-off final.

If this form continues, Barnsley, a point off the play-offs with a game in hand, might even start to threaten the likes of Swansea, Brentford and Watford.

Fast becoming the team who everyone is talking about. Level in the six-match form guide in the Championship with runaway leaders Norwich.

3: Harrogate Town LWLWWW (up one).

Have overcome their mid-winter wobble in supreme fashion and are another side now firmly looking upwards as opposed to over their shoulders.

Ranked seventh in League Two’s recent form guide, Simon Weaver’s side have now won three games in a row for the second time during their eventful first season in the EFL.

Their run of six wins in their past eight matches is an excellent response from some mid-season issues.

4: Hull City LWDLWW (up four).

After a rough finish at Doncaster and a grim home loss to Ipswich, Grant McCann has stayed calm and his side have produced a timely response just when many were starting to question their promotion credentials.

Comfortable victories over AFC Wimbledon and Rochdale has been just the ticket for Hull, ranked seventh in the League One six-match form guide.

No side have scored more away goals than City (37) and no League One rival has conceded fewer at home (9).

5: Middlesbrough LWWLDW (up one).

A late win at Coventry maintained their outside hopes of reaching the top six in the Championship, but to have any chance of doing that, their home form must improve pretty fast.

Boro have won just once in seven matches at the Riverside and five of their last six wins have arrived away from home.

To secure another at Swansea on Saturday would probably eclipse anything they have done so far this term under Neil Warnock, who has confirmed he will remain at the club next season.

6: Doncaster Rovers LLLDLW (up one).

A week of upheaval on the managerial front for Rovers, with Andy Butler replacing Darren Moore, who has upped sticks to Sheffield Wednesday.

Butler oversaw Rovers’ first win in six matches in midweek with a crucial victory over promotion rivals Portsmouth, which came at a timely juncture.

Games against Plymouth and Crewe are next up, with Butler preaching a ‘no fear’ message to his players.

Tuesday was a sound start and his fellow Doncastrians will have been overjoyed for him after the abrupt exit of another manager left a sour taste in the mouth.

7: Leeds United LWLLWL (down four).

Had a rare bad day at the office in a 1-0 home reverse to Aston Villa, with United having won just once at Elland Road in 2021.

Leeds have lost three of their past four matches and four of their last six. But they have provided joy in between against Southampton and Crystal Palace and have been a little bit unlucky at times.

8: Rotherham United LLLLLLW (up two).

Whatever happens this season, the Millers will be able to reflect on doing a historic double over Sheffield Wednesday as Freddie Ladapo emulated the exploits of Richie Barker and Darren Garner in netting a last-gasp winner in a 2-1 success at Hillsborough.

In the here and now, the Millers ended a run of five straight losses to secure a timely survival boost.

Rotherham are down on numbers and were a man light following Michael Smith’s dismissal at Wednesday. But never, ever, write off the Millers, even though they are 22nd in the division’s six-match guide.

9: Sheffield United LWLLLW (up two).

Like Rotherham, the ten-man Blades showed terrific character and heart to overcome adversity in a midweek home win over Aston Villa as they clawed back a bit more pride in a season which is highly likely to result in relegation back to the Championship.

It was United’s third home league win in 2021. They had won none in the first half of a troubled campaign.

10: Huddersfield Town LLWLLD (down four).

A point against Birmingham did not do a great deal for Town in midweek and now attention switches to Friday’s difficult home game against a form horse in Cardiff.

Here are the numbers and they do not make for great reading.

Huddersfield have won just once in 12 league games in 2021 and have taken six points from a possible 36.

They have not won in their last 11 away matches in the Championship and are 20th in the Championship’s six-match guide.

11: Sheffield Wednesday WLLLLL (down two).

Suffered a brutal shattering blow late on in Darren Moore’s first game in charge following a last-gasp loss in their relegation six-pointer with the Millers.

On a grim five-match losing streak, time is starting to run out for Wednesday, who are 23rd in the division’s six-match guide.

Two tough assignments next up against Reading and Norwich.