Teams: Hajduk Split, Derby County
2014/15 Championship Promotion & Playoff Chase
After the Boxing Day fixtures in the Championship we are exactly halfway through the season and as usual the race for the promotion/playoff spots are tight with plenty of surprise names trying to punch their ticket into next season's BPL.
The biggest of the surprises are the tables toppers Bournemouth and Ipswich Town with also Brentford, newly promoted to the Championship, remaining in the top 6 race. Still fighting for automatic promotion are the expected teams such as Derby, Middlesbrough, Norwich and Watford. Eddie Howe has done such a good job with Bournemouth and maybe we shouldn't be surprised with their success as they finished in the top 10 last season. They also have 54 goals which is by far the most in the league.
Nottingham Forest have been disappointing since their good start but still in the playoff picture. The constant coaching changes at Watford hasn't hurt them entirely yet but I still expected better from them.
Here is the table midway through the season
1. Bournemouth 45
2. Ipswich Town 44
3. Derby County 42
4. Middlesbrough 42
5. Brentford 40
6. Watford 38
7. Norwich City 37
8. Blackburn Rovers 34
9. Wolves 34
10. Nottingham Forest 31
11. Cardiff City 31
12. Charlton Athletic 31
13. Sheffield Wednesday 31
Teams like Fulham, Bolton and Birmingham City have improved since their managerial changes and can still get back in the playoff picture but are still 10+ points away from sixth, will still include them in the poll as I think they will finish above teams like Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton