Weekly permutations: 8-10 Nov 2019

These graphics have the current league table on the left, a hollow colour-coded strip showing how far each team is mathematically capable of moving during the next round of fixtures and inside the strip is a little minimalist column chart showing the relative chance of them ending up in each position.

Premier League

Liverpool are safe at the top this weekend regardless of how they fare against second-placed Man City and nobody can break into the top four this weekend. Mid-table remains wide open with 6th-placed Sheffield United only three points better off than West Ham in 13th, with only two further points separating the Hammers from Everton in 17th. At the bottom, Southampton are the only team who can escape the relegation zone; potentially at the expense of the Toffees, who they host tomorrow.

Championship

It remains close at the top, although we’re down to four potential leaders on Monday compared to six this time last week. While Nottingham Forest and Bristol City can theoretically break into the top two this weekend, they’d need big goal difference swings in their favour and should be more concerned with protecting their position in the top six. Upper mid-table is still pretty congested, with Derby in 15th just three points behind 7th-placed Sheffield Wednesday, but gaps are starting to appear lower down. Middlesbrough are the only club able to move out of the bottom three at the moment, although they’d need a win at QPR to do so.