The Championship is a very unpredictable league and who would’ve predicted that Burnley and Leicester would top the division, looking eager for automatic promotion?

What about the four teams in the play-off places? At the moment QPR are in third place with Blackpool comfortably lying in fourth. Reading have recently dropped out of the top six following a disappointing run of only winning once in seven games.

Nottingham Forrest have only lost once in their past eight games and, although Forrest don’t have a definitive goalscorer, they have not found goals hard to come by. Henri Lansbury, the former Arsenal starlet, is the joint leading goal scorer on five with fellow midfielder, Andy Reid.

Consistency has often plagued them in recent seasons but if they can maintain this steady run maybe a long waited return to the top flight could become reality. 

McDermott’s men are next in sixth and after a stunted beginning of the season they have now found their feet with credit to Leeds’ top scorer Ross McCormack. Leeds have won three on the trot with McCormack netting seven times in that period.

Leeds fans may be excited by the fact that McDermott has achieved promotion from the Championship before which included an outstanding run of 13 games unbeaten.

Derby County have also made a charge of late having only lost once in seven games; the loss coming against QPR in a highly contested match which ended 2-1.

The Rams high scorer is Chris Martin with eight but it are the Derby danger duo, Will Hughes and Jamie Ward, that cause the opposition the most trouble. McClaren has instilled flare into his new side and they are exciting to watch. Can the former England gaffer get his team into the top flight?

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