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EFL Championship
2017–18
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Season information
Winners Wolverhampton Wanderers
Promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers
Cardiff City
Fulham
Relegated Barnsley
Burton Albion
Sunderland
Season statistics
Matches played 526
Goals scored 1337
Average (2.54 per match)
Top goalscorer Matěj Vydra (Derby County) (21 goals)
Biggest home win Fulham 6–0 Burton Albion
(20 January 2018)
Biggest away win Burton Albion 0–5 Hull City
(10 April 2018)
Highest scoring Bristol City 5–5 Hull City
(21 April 2018)
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The 2017–18 EFL Championship (referred to as the Sky Bet Championship for sponsorship reasons) was the second season of the EFL Championship under its current name, and the twenty-sixth season under its current league structure.

Changes from last season

Team changes

The following teams have changed division since the 2015–16 season.

To Championship

Promoted from League One

Relegated from Premier League

From Championship

Promoted to Premier League

Relegated to League One

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Norwich City Flag of Scotland Irvine, AlanAlan Irvine End of caretaker spell 7 May 2017 Pre-season Flag of Germany Daniel Farke 25 May 2017
Middlesbrough Flag of England Steve Agnew 21 May 2017 Flag of England Monk, GarryGarry Monk 9 June 2017
Sunderland Flag of Scotland Moyes, DavidDavid Moyes Resigned 22 May 2017 Flag of England Simon Grayson 29 June 2017
Leeds United Flag of England Monk, GarryGarry Monk 25 May 2017 Flag of Spain Thomas Christiansen 15 June 2017
Hull City Flag of Portugal Silva, MarcoMarco Silva 25 May 2017 Flag of Russia Leonid Slutsky 9 June 2017
Wolverhampton Wanderers Flag of Scotland Lambert, PaulPaul Lambert Mutual consent 30 May 2017 Flag of Portugal Nuno Espírito Santo 31 May 2017
Preston North End Flag of England Simon Grayson Signed by Sunderland 29 June 2017 Flag of Scotland Alex Neil 4 July 2017
Birmingham City Flag of England Harry Redknapp Sacked 16 September 2017 23rd Flag of England Cotterill, SteveSteve Cotterill 29 September 2017
Sunderland Flag of England Simon Grayson 31 October 2017 22nd Flag of Wales Chris Coleman 17 November 2017
Hull City Flag of Russia Leonid Slutsky Mutual consent 3 December 2017 20th Flag of England Nigel Adkins 7 December 2017
Middlesbrough Flag of England Monk, GarryGarry Monk Sacked 23 December 2017 9th Flag of Wales Tony Pulis 26 December 2017
Sheffield Wednesday Flag of Portugal Carlos Carvalhal Mutual consent 24 December 2017 15th Flag of Netherlands Jos Luhukay 5 January 2018
Nottingham Forest Flag of England Mark Warburton Sacked 31 December 2017 14th Flag of Spain Aitor Karanka 8 January 2018
Leeds United Flag of Spain Thomas Christiansen 4 February 2018 10th Flag of England Paul Heckingbottom 6 February 2018
Barnsley Flag of England Paul Heckingbottom Signed by Leeds United 6 February 2018 21st Flag of Portugal José Morais 16 February 2018

Stadia

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Aston Villa Birmingham Villa Park 42,790
Barnsley Barnsley Oakwell 23,009
Birmingham City Birmingham St. Andrews Stadium 30,015
Bolton Wanderers Bolton Macron Stadium 28,723
Brentford London Griffin Park 12,300
Bristol City Bristol Ashton Gate 27,000
Burton Albion Burton upon Trent Pirelli Stadium 6,912
Cardiff City Cardiff Cardiff City Stadium 33,300
Derby County Derby Pride Park 33,600
Hull City Kingston upon Hull KCOM Stadium 25,400
Ipswich Town Ipswich Portman Road 30,300
Leeds United Leeds Elland Road 37,890
Middlesbrough Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium 33,746
Millwall London The Den 20,146
Norwich City Norwich Carrow Road 27,220
Nottingham Forest Nottingham City Ground 30,445
Preston North End Preston Deepdale 23,408
Queens Park Rangers London Loftus Road 18,439
Reading Reading Madejski Stadium 24,161
Sheffield United Sheffield Bramall Lane 32,702
Sunderland Sunderland Stadium of Light 49,000
Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolverhampton Molineux 31,700

Personnel and sponsoring

Team Manager1 Captain Kit manufacturer Sponsor
Aston Villa Flag of England Bruce, SteveSteve Bruce Flag of England John Terry Under Armour Unibet
Barnsley Flag of Portugal Morais, JoséJosé Morais Flag of Wales Adam Davis Puma C.K. Beckett
Birmingham City Flag of England Cotterill, SteveSteve Cotterill Flag of England Michael Morrison Adidas 888sport
Bolton Wanderers Flag of England Parkinson, PhilPhil Parkinson Flag of England Darren Pratley Macron Betfred
Brentford Flag of England Dean Smith Flag of Republic of Ireland John Egan Adidas LeoVegas
Bristol City Flag of England Johnson, LeeLee Johnson Flag of Australia Bailey Wright Bristol Sport Lancer Scott
Burton Albion Flag of England Clough, NigelNigel Clough Flag of England John Mousinho TAG Tempobet
Cardiff City Flag of England Neil Warnock Flag of England Sean Morrison Adidas Visit Malaysia
Derby County Flag of England Rowett, GaryGary Rowett Flag of Republic of Ireland Richard Keogh Umbro Avon Tyres
Fulham Flag of Serbia Slaviša Jokanović Flag of Scotland Tom Cairney Adidas Grosvenor Casinos
Hull City Flag of England Nigel Adkins Flag of England Michael Dawson Umbro SportPesa
Ipswich Town Flag of Republic of Ireland Mick McCarthy Flag of England Luke Chambers Adidas Marcus Evans
Leeds United Flag of England Heckingbottom, PaulPaul Heckingbottom Flag of Scotland Liam Cooper Kappa 32Red
Middlesbrough Flag of Wales Tony Pulis Flag of England Grant Leadbitter Adidas Ramsdens Currency
Millwall Flag of England Neil Harris Flag of Wales Steve Morison Erreà DCS Roofing
Norwich City Flag of Germany Daniel Farke Flag of Portugal Ivo Pinto Erreà LeoVegas
Nottingham Forest Flag of Spain Karanka, AitorAitor Karanka Flag of England Chris Cohen Adidas 888sport
Preston North End Flag of Scotland Neil, AlexAlex Neil Flag of Republic of Ireland Greg Cunningham Nike Tempobet
Queens Park Rangers Flag of England Holloway, IanIan Holloway Flag of England Nedum Onuoha Erreà Royal Panda
Reading Flag of Netherlands Stam, JaapJaap Stam Flag of Republic of Ireland Paul McShane Puma Carabao
Sheffield United Flag of England Wilder, ChrisChris Wilder Flag of England Billy Sharp Adidas Teletext Holidays
Sheffield Wednesday Flag of Netherlands Jos Luhukay Flag of Netherlands Glenn Loovens Elev8 Chansiri
Sunderland Flag of Wales Chris Coleman Flag of England Lee Cattermole Adidas Dafabet
Wolverhampton Wanderers Flag of Portugal Nuno Espírito Santo Flag of England Danny Batth Puma The Money Shop

League Table

Pos
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers  (C) (P) 46 30 9 7 82 39 +43 99 Promotion to the
Premier League
2 Cardiff City  (P) 46 27 9 10 69 39 +30 90
3 Fulham  (P) 46 25 13 8 79 46 +33 88 Qualification to the
Championship Play-offs
4 Aston Villa 46 24 11 11 72 42 +30 83
5 Middlesbrough 46 22 10 14 67 45 +22 76
6 Derby County 46 20 15 11 69 48 +21 75
7 Preston North End 46 19 16 11 58 45 +13 73
8 Millwall 46 19 15 12 56 45 +11 72
9 Brentford 46 18 15 13 62 52 +10 69
10 Sheffield United 46 20 9 17 62 55 +7 69
11 Bristol City 46 17 16 13 67 58 +9 67
12 Ipswich Town 46 17 9 20 57 60 −3 60
13 Leeds United 46 17 9 20 59 64 −5 60
14 Norwich City 46 15 15 16 49 60 −11 60
15 Sheffield Wednesday 46 14 15 17 59 60 −1 57
16 Queens Park Rangers 46 15 11 20 58 70 −12 56
17 Nottingham Forest 46 15 8 23 51 65 −14 53
18 Hull City 46 11 16 19 70 70 0 49
19 Birmingham City 46 13 7 26 38 68 −30 46
20 Reading 46 10 14 22 48 70 −22 44
21 Bolton Wanderers 46 10 13 23 39 74 −35 43
22 Barnsley  (R) 46 9 14 23 48 71 −23 41 Relegation to
League One
23 Burton Albion  (R) 46 10 11 25 38 81 −43 41
24 Sunderland  (R) 46 7 16 23 52 80 −28 37
Updated to games played on 26 May 2018
Source: EFL.com
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round; (Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament

Play-offs

Semi-finals Final
                           
  3  Fulham 0 2 2  
6  Derby County 1 0 1  
  3  Fulham 1
  4  Aston Villa 0
4  Aston Villa 1 0 1
  5  Middlesbrough 0 0 0  

Results

Home \ Away AST BAR BIR BOL BRE BRC BRT CDC DER FUL HUL IPS LEE MID MIL NWC NTF PNE QPR REA SHU SHW SUN WOL
Aston Villa 1–1 0–0 4–2
Barnsley 0–3 1–2 2–1 3–0
Birmingham City 0–0 2–1 1–3 0–2
Bolton Wanderers 1–2 2–3 0–1
Brentford 2–2 3–4 1–1 0–0
Bristol City 1–1 3–1 4–1 0–0
Burton Albion 2–1 0–1 2–1 1–1
Cardiff City 3–0 2–1 2–0 1–1
Derby County 1–0 0–2
Fulham 2–1 1–1 0–1
Hull City 4–0 4–1 1–1 2–3
Ipswich Town 1–0 2–0 2–0 0–2
Leeds United 2–0 0–0 0–0
Middlesbrough 2–0 0–0 3–2 1–0
Millwall 1–1 3–4 1–0 4–0
Norwich City 0–0 2–0 1–3
Nottingham Forest 0–2 2–1 1–0 1–2
Preston North End 3–0 1–0 1–0
Queens Park Rangers 2–1 2–2 2–0
Reading 2–1 1–1
Sheffield United 1–0 1–0 3–1 0–1
Sheffield Wednesday 2–1 1–1 1–1
Sunderland 1–1 0–2 0–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–3 1–2 1–0
Updated to games played on 16 September 2017
Source: BBC Sport
1The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top scorers

As of 13 February 2018
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Flag of Czech Republic Matěj Vydra Derby County 17
2 Flag of England Leon Clarke Sheffield United 15
3 Flag of England Bobby Reid Bristol City 14
4 Flag of Ghana Albert Adomah Aston Villa 13
Flag of England Lewis Grabban Sunderland/Aston Villa
6 Flag of Brazil Léo Bonatini Wolverhampton Wanderers 12
Flag of Portugal Diogo Jota Wolverhampton Wanderers
Flag of England Ryan Sessegnon Fulham
Flag of England Jarrod Bowen Hull City
Flag of Democratic Republic of the Congo Britt Assombalonga Middlesbrough

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