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Championship: The fate of all 24 clubs part 2

Tuesday 28th February 2017
The Championship promises to deliver an exciting conclusion to the season. As the clubs enter the three-quarter stage of the campaign, positions are still there for the taking at both ends of the table. Here are our views on the remaining 12 teams' prospects over the next few months.

Read part 1 here

Ipswich Town



Ipswich have had a disappointing campaign, which has included too many draws and not enough goals, and it's left them 15th in the table with nothing to play for. They would have hoped to mount a challenge at the top end of the table, but big improvements are still required for that to happen in the near future. The Tractor Boys league position is unlikely to alter much before the season ends.

Leeds United



Since Garry Monk arrived, with the help of top scorer Chris Wood who has hit 20 goals this season, he's made Leeds United a formidable proposition. They sit fourth in the table; can the Elland Road club make their long-awaited return to the Premier League? Monk's side are capable in front of goal, as well as being decent at the back, which will ensure they finish in the top six.

Newcastle United



Newcastle sit second in the table and are in an ongoing battle with Brighton for the top spot - the two sides meet Tuesday night. The Rafael Benitez revolution has witnessed a few problems but they are the highest scorers in the Championship, with Dwight Gayle hitting 20. The Magpies are firmly on course to make a return to the Premier League automatically, at the first time of asking.

Norwich City



Another of the relegated Premier League teams, Norwich City are finding it difficult in the second tier. The Canaries would have anticipated challenging at the top end, but they will have to close a six-point deficit to make the play-offs. Although it remains a possibility, Norwich have been inconsistent recently and will have to wait another season to make a strong push for promotion.

Nottingham Forest



Supporters at the City Ground have endured a dismal campaign as their side have lost half of the 34 league games played and are just six points above the drop zone. A poor defence, which has conceded 58 times - the second most in the division, saw Philippe Montanier lose his job and replaced by Gary Brazil. Nottingham Forest are in real danger of relegation but will just survive.

Preston North End



Currently in ninth position, Preston continue to improve under Simon Grayson. They are unbeaten in five league games and find themselves still with an outside chance of making the play-offs. However, with a six-point gap to sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday, it will be difficult for them to prolong their season. It's been a great campaign for the Lilywhites and they will finish halfway.

Queens Park Rangers



Another former Premier League club finding life complicated in the division below. Queens Park Rangers sacked manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and replaced him with the charismatic Ian Holloway. While QPR are safe in 16th, they possess a talented squad and bigger things were expected. The team needs to improve, as a mid-table finish is the best they can hope for now.

Reading

Jaap Stam has had a major impact at the Madejski Stadium in his debut season managing in English football. Despite two successive defeats, Reading remain in contention at the top, in fifth place, and promotion is now in their sights. With Stam at the helm, the January Manager of the Month winner, the Royals should maintain their seven-point advantage to make certain of a play-off spot.

Rotherham United



This season was always going to test the resolve of Rotherham, but they have failed miserably up to now. They are firmly rooted to the bottom of the table, conceding 77 goals in just 32 games, and have proved themselves the worst team in the division by far. Two managers have already been and gone. The Millers are 16 points from safety, so relegation is a foregone conclusion.

Sheffield Wednesday



Carlos Carvalhal's side are producing on the pitch once again this season. Sheffield Wednesday have conceded just 33 times in 34 games and sit 6th in the table, five points clear of their play-off challengers. With the talent at their disposal, particularly Fernando Forestieri and Jordan Rhodes, the owls are favourites to make the top six and in with a good chance of gaining promotion.

Wigan Athletic



Wigan have found making the step up from League One difficult. They are the lowest scorers in the Championship this season with just 30 goals in 34 games and occupy the 22nd position. Can Warren Joyce's side reduce the two-point deficit to reach safety? The Latics face a tough task, and although it remains possible, they are likely to suffer relegation come the end of the season.

Wolverhampton Wanderers



Wolverhampton are a formidable club in the English second tier, but find themselves at the wrong end of the table. After losing the previous four league games, they are in a precarious position in 20th place and just four points above the drop zone. Record signing, Helder Costa is one positive for the midlands club. Although Paul Lambert's side need to improve, they won't be relegated.
Danny Glendenning

Passions include reading, sport, and nights out with friends. A football fanatic whose writing career began in May 2016. Now 30 years old, lives in South Yorkshire - local team is Doncaster Rovers, although heart lies with Arsenal. Contributing editor for It's Round And It's White. Current claim to fame is an interview with Ron Atkinson. Always looking for work, either editing or writing. Contact via email: Dannysg1988@outlook.com. Or Twitter: @DannySG1988.

 

 


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