Championship at halfway: West Brom soaring with Leeds in close company

Tony Mowbray has guided Blackburn to a seven-game unbeaten run.
If Hull can repel interest and cling on to Jarrod Bowen – 51 goals in 118 league games, including 15 in 23 this season, is a unprecedented return for a right-winger – then they’re going to fancy their chances, while Cardiff are steady if unspectacular since Neil Harris took the reins, losing just one occasion. Meanwhile 13th-placed Millwall, for whom Jed Wallace is enjoying a fine season, have benefited from an upturn in results since Gary Rowett replaced Harris; they need lost two of Rowett’s 10 matches.

It is increasingly hard to believe but rock bottom club Stoke City have the foremost expensively assembled squad within the division, weighing in at quite £140m, and another £50m-worth of talent out on loan. Back-to-back wins in Michael O’Neill’s first games responsible perhaps sugar-coated the dimensions of the task, with Stoke taking a measly four points from the past available 18. Luton must prop up the leakiest defence within the division while Middlesbrough are unconvincing at the best under Jonathan Woodgate. Danny Cowley and his brother Nicky were managing Braintree Town three years ago and have injected belief into Huddersfield after they became the primary of the six second-tier clubs to vary managers this season. The one constant throughout has been the outstanding Karlan Grant, who has scored 16 goals in 36 appearances since joining from Charlton in January. agen sbobet terpercaya

No team are cut adrift and three consecutive draws have halted that sinking at Wigan, who are some extent from safety despite not winning since October. After a promising start Charlton have hit a brick wall but Lee Bowyer’s injury-hit side are six points above the dropping zone. Barnsley could also be some extent below the line but there are green shoots under Gerhard Struber. The 22-year-old former Portsmouth striker Conor Chaplin has been central to their mini-revival, having scored seven goals since the Austrian’s arrival in mid-November.

Derby’s run of two wins from their past 10 matches is deeply worrying and Philip Cocu’s side appear light on quality, having did not replace last season’s loanees Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Harry Wilson, all of whom are excelling within the top flight. Derby haven’t won away and are among the league’s lowest scorers. Enter player-coach Wayne Rooney: the 34-year-old is predicted to form his Derby debut on 2 January against Barnsley. Reading are Jekyll and Hyde since their sporting director, Mark Bowen, was appointed manager in October but should have sufficient quality to remain out of trouble, while Birmingham are above the drop but going nowhere fast after losing three during a row.

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