Stoke City’s form since Christmas would be good enough to see them challenge for promotion – if maintained over the season.
Michael O’Neill’s remarkable turnaround is highlighted in this table.
Stoke have picked up 24 points since December 25, only bettered by Fulham and Nottingham Forest, who have played a game more.
In the same time frame they have a better goal difference than Leeds, who have also accumulated 24 points – and it’s four more points than title-chasing West Bromwich Albion.
It is all the more impressive considering the mess that O’Neill had inherited just a month previously, when Stoke fans were fearing the club was slipping into League One.
Their form since the day O’Neill was appointed is the eighth best in the division.
Stoke climbed to 17t in the table thanks to a 5-1 thrashing of Hull City on Saturday – but they are still only three points ahead of the relegation zone.
Hull have the worst form since Christmas in the Championship – and six of their eight points in this table were picked up by the end of New Year’s Day.
Sheffield Wednesday’s fall from grace has been dramatic too. They were play-off contenders when they lost at the bet365 Stadium on Boxing Day but have only picked up nine points since then.
The division is so tight, however, with only six points difference between Forest and Bristol City, who are 12th in the form standings.
Stoke City’s remaining fixtures
14/03/2020 15:00 Reading v Stoke City
18/03/2020 20:00 Stoke City v Middlesbrough
21/03/2020 15:00 Wigan Athletic v Stoke City
04/04/2020 15:00 Stoke City v Barnsley
10/04/2020 15:00 Leeds United v Stoke City
13/04/2020 15:00 Stoke City v Birmingham City
18/04/2020 15:00 Bristol City v Stoke City
25/04/2020 15:00 Stoke City v Brentford
02/05/2020 12:30 Nottingham Forest v Stoke City