Weekly permutations: Championship, 6-8 Dec 2019

These graphics break down how much the league table can change during the next round of fixtures as follows:

  • Down the left is the current order if league table, with each club’s current league position also indicated by a shaded square in their row.
  • Across each club’s row is a hollow colour-coded strip showing how they are mathematically capable of moving after the next round of fixtures is over, regardless of how crazy the combination of scorelines would need to be.
  • To differentiate between the probable and the possible, inside the strip is a little minimalist column chart showing the relative chance of them ending up in each position based on my ratings model.

The top of the table has calmed down a bit in recent weeks, with West Brom and Leeds alone contesting the summit and Fulham establishing themselves at the front of the chasing pack. The lower reaches of the play-off zone remain up for grabs and much of mid-table is a bit of a free-for-all, but below Charlton in 17th gaps are starting to widen. Psychologically this could be a big weekend for Reading and Huddersfield as they’re on the fringes of the relegation battle and the teams below them are still within reach.