Brentford and Rotherham have small budgets compared to the bigger sides in the league, but their team spirit and good home form is keeping them safe in mid-table. Add to that the fact their players are now fully accustomed to the sides in the Championship, and there’s no reason why they can’t continue to pick up points and stay in the league.
The two surprise packages of the season this year have been Ipswich Town at the right end of the table and Wigan Athletic at the wrong end. Ipswich under Mick McCarthy and Terry Connor are the definition of a team and every player on the pitch gives their all for each other, having won five games already this year the Tractor Boys are in the top six and will be there or thereabouts come the end of the season. Last season’s play-off semi-finalists Wigan on the other hand really should be doing better. Perched just above the relegation zone in 21st position, Wigan Athletic under Uwe Rosler are without a win in six games and seem to be missing the spark that they had last year in attack. It is yet to be seen whether last season’s heroics in Europe and in the league took their toll on Wigan. If things don’t start picking up soon German manager Rosler’s job will come under scrutiny.
There are many more twists and turns to come in the most exciting and unpredictable league in the world. Who knows if Forest or Norwich will win the league or whether Ipswich or Middlesbrough can secure promotion via the play-offs because at the moment it really is too early to tell and there is always that one team who comes from nowhere and snatches the prize come May.