West Brom EFL Championship Tactical Analysis

Bonfire night certainly produced fireworks in the EFL this weekend as the Canaries sored and the Owls defence blew up.

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Fireworks From Farke’s Guys 

Norwich City manager Daniel Farke urged his side to keep their feet on the ground this weekend, but after beating Sheffield Wednesday the Canaries are flying.

Farke’s side temporarily went top of the table on Saturday, after they recorded their 1st win at Hillsborough since 2001.

The 4-0 scoreline was also their biggest away league win since a 5-1 success over rivals Ipswich in 2011.

The Canaries have gone slightly under the radar after a poor start to their campaign, but are well in the promotion mix now.

They’ve won their last 4 games and are unbeaten in 6 away games.

Their tally of 30 points sees them joint top with Leeds United.

Norwich were 8 points worse off at this stage last season and were a whopping 13 points off the Championship summit.

The Canaries are dazzling under Farke.

Bird Brain Defending From Owls 

The same cannot be said for Jos Luhukay and Sheffield Wednesday.

Bonfire Night was yesterday, but the Wednesday defence put on a display of their own on Saturday as their problems flared up.

The Owls’ 4-0 defeat to Norwich was their biggest league defeat at Hillsborough since 2009, when West Brom beat them by the same scoreline.

Wednesday have now lost 4 consecutive Championship games, conceding 12 in the process.

The defence has been a major issue for Jos Luhukay’s side this season. They have the joint-worst backline in the Championship with 30 goals shipped already.

At the same stage last season, the Owls had conceded 11 fewer goals.

Poor Cameron Dawson has been the Fall Guy in the goal. He’s faced 91 shots on target this season, saving 61 of them.

Alarmingly, the Owls have kept 0 clean sheets this season, only them and Macclesfield Town have failed to do so in the EFL.

Next up? Just the small matter of a Steel City Derby…

Sparkling Stuff At Rotherham

Rotherham United are making a much better fist of the Championship than they did 2 seasons ago.

A harrowing 2016-17 season saw the Millers finish rock bottom with just 23 points from 46 games and the club in ruins.

A 2-1 victory over Swansea on Saturday, their first win in 9, saw Paul Warne’s side move up to 18th in the Championship table.

The Millers already have 17 points in the bag after just 16 matches, amazingly, they had just 7 points at the same stage the last time they were in the Championship.

Furthermore, victory over the Swans was their 4th win of the season. It took them 26 games to reach that landmark last time around.

Warne has made his side much more competitive at this level, that’s now 1 defeat in 7 games for resurgent Rotherham.

Fire in Bellies.

Crackers Away Day For Sunderland 

Speaking of happier times, Sunderland will be relishing a promotion push after back-to-back relegations saw them demoted to the third tier for the first time since 1988. 

On Saturday, Black Cats’ fans embarked on what could only be described as a crackers away day.

A 12 hour, 806 mile round trip to Plymouth. Not one for the faint-hearted, but totally worth it for 1305 Mackems.

The 2-0 win at Home Park was Sunderland’s 10th of the season already and put them into the automatic promotion spots.

The Black Cats also have a secret weapon at their disposal in the shape of promotion expert Jon McLaughlin.

The goalkeeper has won promotion in 3 of his past 5 seasons in the EFL and is certainly doing his bit for his side.

With him between the sticks, Sunderland have only conceded 13 goals in League One, the fewest in the division.

6 wins in a row, 9 unbeaten and 428 minutes without conceding… can anyone stop Sunderland?

Pompey Play Up On The Road

If anyone can stop Sunderland, it’s Portsmouth.

Kenny Jackett’s side moved 3 points clear at the top of the League One table with victory over Bradford City.

The win at Valley Parade was Pompey’s 7th out of 9 away games this season.

Pompey only won 8 out of their 23 away fixtures last term.

Portsmouth’s promotion charge has been built on their amazing away form. They have the best record on the road in the whole EFL, with 23 points from a possible 27.

Jackett’s side will surely be aiming to smash their club record of 12 away wins in a season this year.

Pompey rocketing up League One.

Scary Defending at Glandford Park

Halloween was already over, but it seems no one got the message at Glandford Park this weekend.

Scunthorpe and Oxford United played out a 3-3 draw, which saw some scary defending and a thrilling comeback from Scunthorpe.

Where to start with this one?

Well, Oxford will have been haunted by letting their 3-goal lead slip, meaning they still haven’t exorcised their Scunthorpe demons.

They’ve now failed to win on Iron soil in their last 12 visits, dating back to 1965. 

Even though Scunthorpe dug themselves out from their own grave with the comeback, theirs still a huge skeleton in their closet.

The defence.

This is no witch hunt, but Scunny’s defence has been spooky this season.

The 37 goals they’ve shipped in the league already, is the worst record in the entire EFL.

It’s up for debate whether this game was a treat for fans.

One thing’s for sure, Karl Robinson is tricking no one.