Here’s a brief chance to give your view now that the transfer window has closed. The site will be busy soon, we’ll have views from Lars and Pete, plus Pete looking forward to Ipswich tomorrow, so this will only be around for the rest of today.

 

 

 

And why might you want to take part in our polls?

Because it’s time to take stock of Wolves, Derby and Cardiff and, perhaps, to start tracking their progress.

It was only three weeks ago that I reviewed the race for promotion. Here’s how I finished that piece off

Wolves have featured in these reviews for a while  (as have Cardiff), are clear of the pack, and look like they have what it takes. After them, only 8 points separate Fulham (10th) from second place Derby.  Goal Differences don’t vary much after Derby and Goals For are also close between many of the clubs vying for sixth or better. My reading of the situation is that Villa, especially, might have what it takes to catch Derby and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them there or thereabouts in May. Nor can Leeds be discounted and Middlesbrough, under a new manager with a reputation for defense, might also push into the top six.  I’m not so sure about Fulham, although they do appear to be running into form.

All of which begs the question:

Can Derby, Bristol and Cardiff hold on?  

So now you have a chance to answer the question(s) I posed. Wolves and Derby are stilll out in the lead, Cardiff aren’t far behind while Fulham have closed the gap and Leeds have slipped. And that’s without mentioning Bristol City – impressive at the moment, Sheffield United – who are showing some steel and even Brentford. Will things stay as they are?

What do you think? Here’s an up to date track of the original fancied clubs (you can catch up  below if you’re new to the series), with spot values for Wolves and Derby.

It looks to me as if Villa, Leeds, Boro and Fulham are all holding their form. But, surely, they can’t all make straight promotion or the playoffs. And even if they did there’s room for another club or two, given that Sunderland and Sheffield Wednesday (currently 17th) don’t look like contenders. So have a go at our polls and let us know what you think:

 


If you do wish to revisit earlier posts in the series you’ll find these links useful:

Reading at last? Norwich perhaps, or Derby, Leeds, ‘Boro and Sheffield? What’s your fancy? Middlesbrough, Villa, Fulham, Sheffield Wed, Leeds, Norwich top six. Bristol and Burton Albion – ‘nul points’
Middlesbrough, Fulham, Aston Villa, Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds head the poll. Norwich, Reading and Derby slip down Middlesbrough, Aston Villa, Fulham, Sheff Wed, Leeds and Sunderland – the ones to watch
Birmingham, Wolves, Brentford, Forest, Cardiff, Preston, QPR and Ipswich go missing from our poll Leeds OK as Cardiff, Wolves, Sheffield United, Bristol City and Preston keep out Aston Villa, Fulham, Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday
 Wolves, Sheffield United, Cardiff and Bristol City keep out Leeds, Sheffield Wednesday and Fulham (and don’t mention Sunderland)  

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