The first Championship matchday of 2019 has come and gone and there were some really surprising results.
League leaders Leeds United lost their second match in a row – beaten 4-2 at Nottingham Forest – but they were fortunate as their closest challengers, Norwich, also dropped points with a draw against Brentford.
Sheffield United were the only top six side to have a particularly good day, due to their defeat of Wigan and their promotion rivals West Brom, Derby and Middlesbrough all failing to win.
The Blades have moved to within two points of second place Norwich and they are also just four points behind Leeds at the top of the table.
In the lower reaches of the division it was not a good day for Ipswich, who are now five points adrift in last place due to their home loss to Millwall, while fellow bottom three sides Reading and Bolton were also defeated – the latter being hit for six by Hull.
The table really took shape throughout the final fixtures of 2018, but there is still so much of the season to go as we begin 2019.
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Predicting how the campaign will end is a fool’s errand, so we’ve instead fired up the trusty talkSPORT.com Super Computer once again to have its say on the 2018/19 Championship season and final standings.
Here’s the predicted final 2018/19 table which should, of course, be taken with a pinch of salt…
24. Ipswich (relegated)
23. Bolton (relegated)
22. Reading (relegated)
12. Bristol City
11. Sheffield Wednesday
8. Aston Villa
7. Nottingham Forest
6. West Brom (play-offs)
5. Middlesbrough (play-offs)
4. Derby (play-offs)
3. Sheffield United (play-offs)
2. Leeds (automatic promotion)
1. Norwich (champions)