Leeds Utd and West Brom 10 points clear, Stoke City all-but safe – how the Championship should stand today


There should be five games remaining in the Championship. Leeds United should be on the cusp of booking their long-awaited return to the Premier League, Michael O’Neill should have all-but completed his Stoke City rescue mission.

Alas, four rounds of fixtures have already fallen by the wayside and everyone has to wait for the world to be safe again to figure out how and when those final nine games can, should or will be completed.

But – the Pools Panel stops for no pandemic.

The Saturday afternoon institution – which long featured Gordon Banks at the top table of experts predicting results for games that are postponed – has continued to operate in this time of international crisis.

They have assessed virtually every Premier League, EFL and international game that should have taken place since mid-March when the UK and Europe as we know it came to a sudden, frightening and grinding halt.

Our own panel of experts has adjudicated on the handful which the Pools Panel left off their long list.

So what we have here is how the Championship table should look on April 8, 2020.

As you can see, Leeds and West Bromwich Albion would likely have continued to set the pace in the race to get in the top flight. The pair are now 10 points clear of the rest of the pack, with Albion one point ahead of Leeds in the race for the title.

Fulham are as good as assured a spot in the play-offs but Nottingham Forest, Millwall and Brentford are holding off fights from Preston North End and Cardiff City to take their places in the top six.

At the bottom, Stoke are one point away from the magic 50 – but they are unlikely to need that many. They would have been nine clear of Charlton Athletic, who make up the relegation zone with Luton Town and Barnsley.

Hull City and Huddersfield Town are still looking over their shoulders.

But we’ve got all this to come in reality – hopefully… and hopefully sooner rather than later.

Experts’ verdicts on postponed matches

ROUND 38

Blackburn Rovers v Bristol C – Away Win

Cardiff v Leeds United – Score Draw

Huddersfield v Wigan A – Away Win

Hull v Charlton – No Score Draw

Luton v Preston North End – Away Win

Middlesbrough v Swansea – Home Win

Millwall v Derby – Home Win

QPR v Barnsley – Home Win

Reading v Stoke – No Score Draw

Sheff Wed v Nott’m F – Away Win

West Brom v Birmingham – Home Win

ROUND 39

Barnsley v Millwall – Away Win

Birmingham v Hull – Home Win

Brentford v West Brom – Away Win

Bristol C v Sheff Wed – Score Draw

Charlton v QPR – Away Win

Derby v Reading – Home Win

Leeds United v Fulham – Home Win

Nott’m F v Huddersfield – Home Win

Preston North End v Cardiff – Score Draw

Stoke v Middlesbrough – Home Win

Swansea v Luton – Home Win

Wigan A v Blackburn Rovers – No Score Draw

ROUND 40

Barnsley v Blackburn Rovers – Score Draw

Hull v Middlesbrough – Away Win

Leeds United v Luton – Home Win

Millwall v Swansea – Home Win

Nott’m F v Bristol C – No Score Draw

QPR v Fulham – Away Win

Wigan A v Stoke – Home Win

Birmingham v Huddersfield – Home Win

Cardiff v Charlton – Home Win

Preston v Derby – Home Win

Reading v Brentford – Score Draw

Sheff Wed v West Brom – Away Win

ROUND 41

Blackburn Rovers v Leeds United – Away Win

Brentford v Wigan A – Home Win

Bristol C v Cardiff – Away Win

Charlton v Millwall – Away Win

Derby v Nott’m F – Score Draw

Fulham v Birmingham – Home Win

Huddersfield v Preston North End – No Score Draw

Luton v Reading – Home Win

Middlesbrough v QPR – Score Draw

Stoke v Barnsley – Home Win

Swansea v Sheff Wed – Home Win

West Brom v Hull – Home Win





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