Championship promotion race is nail biting

Before the next round of fixture at the weekend, the top four in the Championship are separated by only six points. Newcastle United currently lead the way, one point above Brighton. Newcastle and Brighton have been battling each other for top spot for a lot of the season, however the teams below the top two are closing in and are ready to take advantage of any slip ups. Huddersfield and Reading look the most likely to overtake the current top two. Just behind Reading are Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday. It will certainly be an tense finish to the Championship this season.

Both Newcastle and Brighton have been unable to shake off the teams below, both were tipped to break away from the chasing pack earlier in the season. The current top two are still the bookmakers’ favourites to gain automatic promotion to the Premier League. With some huge games coming up in the next few weeks, there could be a totally different look to the top of the Championship come the middle of March.

The next round of fixtures for the current top six looks like this:

Barnsley vs Brighton (Today – 15:00 GMT)

Ipswich Town vs Leeds (Today – 15:00 GMT)

Nottingham Forest vs Sheffield Wednesday (Today – 15:00 GMT)

Newcastle vs Aston Villa (Monday – 20:00 GMT)

Huddersfield vs Reading (Tuesday – 19:45 GMT)

The next few round of fixtures sees some of the top six facing each other. Newcastle travel to Brighton, Huddersfield and Reading in a the course of week. A week that could determine whether the magpies will finish in the automatic promotion places this season. Rafa Benitez’s men have been incredible on their travels this season, the fans will hope that continues over the tough round of matches that are coming their way.

The Championship has proved over many years that it is a very tough league to get out of. Out of the three teams that dropped down from the Premier League last season, only Newcastle are in with a chance of automatic promotion. Norwich City – who have picked up some form recently have a good chance of ending the season in the play-off places. Whereas Aston Villa are struggling in the bottom half of the league despite spending a lot of money in the summer and in January.

Whatever the final outcome of the Championship table will be. Neutrals can look forward to a host of exciting games in the near future. One thing is for certain, the Championship never fails to deliver when it comes to entertainment. Often overlooked when it comes to quality football, what I have seen over the course of the season puts the Championship right up there in terms of quality and entertainment.

Enjoy the business end of a compelling Championship season. There are going to be a lot of nail biting moments!