2017–18 EFL Championship

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EFL Championship
Season 2017–18
Champions Wolverhampton Wanderers
Promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers
Cardiff City
Fulham
Relegated Barnsley
Burton Albion
Sunderland
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1,337 (2.42 per match)
Top goalscorer Matěj Vydra
(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)
Longest winning run 8 matches
Cardiff City
Longest unbeaten run 23 matches
Fulham
Longest winless run 16 matches
Sunderland
Longest losing run 8 matches
Bolton Wanderers
Highest attendance 41,745[1]
Aston Villa 1–1 Derby County
(28 April 2018)
Lowest attendance 2,750[1]
Burton Albion 1–3 Reading
(30 January 2018)
Total attendance 11,314,143[1]
Average attendance 20,496[1]
All statistics correct as of 6 May 2018.

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.

Team changes[edit]

The following teams had changed division since the 2016–17 season.

To Championship[edit]

Promoted from League One

Relegated from Premier League

From Championship[edit]

Relegated to League One

Promoted to Premier League

Stadiums[edit]

Greater London Championship football clubs
Team Location Stadium Capacity[2]
Aston Villa Birmingham Villa Park 42,790
Barnsley Barnsley Oakwell 23,009
Birmingham City Birmingham St Andrew's 30,015
Bolton Wanderers Bolton Macron Stadium 28,723
Brentford London (Brentford) 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 Stadium 33,600
Fulham London (Fulham) Craven Cottage 25,700
Hull City Kingston upon Hull KCOM Stadium 25,404
Ipswich Town Ipswich Portman Road 30,300
Leeds United Leeds Elland Road 37,890
Middlesbrough Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium 34,742
Millwall London (South Bermondsey) 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 (Shepherd's Bush) Loftus Road 18,439
Reading Reading Madejski Stadium 24,161
Sheffield United Sheffield Bramall Lane 32,702
Sheffield Wednesday Sheffield Hillsborough Stadium 39,752
Sunderland Sunderland Stadium of Light 49,000
Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolverhampton Molineux 31,700

Personnel and sponsoring[edit]

Team Manager1 Captain Kit manufacturer Sponsor
Aston Villa England Steve Bruce England John Terry[3] Under Armour Unibet
Barnsley Portugal José Morais Ghana Andy Yiadom[4]3 Puma[5] C.K. Beckett[6]
Birmingham City England Garry Monk England Michael Morrison Adidas[7] 888sport[8]
Bolton Wanderers England Phil Parkinson England Darren Pratley Macron Betfred
Brentford England Dean Smith Republic of Ireland John Egan Adidas LeoVegas[9]
Bristol City England Lee Johnson Australia Bailey Wright Bristol Sport Lancer Scott[10]
Burton Albion England Nigel Clough England Jake Buxton TAG Tempobet[11]
Cardiff City England Neil Warnock England Sean Morrison Adidas Visit Malaysia
Derby County England Gary Rowett England Curtis Davies[12] Umbro[13] Avon Tyres
Fulham Serbia Slaviša Jokanović Scotland Tom Cairney Adidas Grosvenor Casinos[14]
Hull City England Nigel Adkins England Michael Dawson Umbro SportPesa
Ipswich Town England Paul Hurst England Luke Chambers Adidas Marcus Evans
Leeds United England Paul Heckingbottom Scotland Liam Cooper Kappa[15] 32Red[16]
Middlesbrough Wales Tony Pulis England Grant Leadbitter Adidas Ramsdens Currency
Millwall England Neil Harris Wales Steve Morison Erreà DCS Roofing[17]
Norwich City Germany Daniel Farke Portugal Ivo Pinto2 Erreà LeoVegas[18]
Nottingham Forest Spain Aitor Karanka England Chris Cohen Adidas[19] 888sport[20]
Preston North End Scotland Alex Neil Republic of Ireland Greg Cunningham[21] Nike Tempobet[22]
Queens Park Rangers England Ian Holloway England Nedum Onuoha Erreà[23] Royal Panda[24]
Reading England Paul Clement Republic of Ireland Paul McShane Puma[25] Carabao[26]
Sheffield United England Chris Wilder England Billy Sharp Adidas Teletext Holidays
Sheffield Wednesday Netherlands Jos Luhukay Netherlands Glenn Loovens Elev8 Chansiri
Sunderland Scotland Jack Ross England Lee Cattermole Adidas Dafabet
Wolverhampton Wanderers Portugal Nuno Espírito Santo England Danny Batth Puma The Money Shop

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Norwich City Scotland Alan Irvine End of caretaker spell 7 May 2017[citation needed] Pre-season Germany Daniel Farke 25 May 2017[31]
Middlesbrough England Steve Agnew 21 May 2017[citation needed] England Garry Monk 9 June 2017 [32]
Sunderland Scotland David Moyes Resigned 22 May 2017[33] England Simon Grayson 29 June 2017[34]
Leeds United England Garry Monk 25 May 2017[35] Spain Thomas Christiansen 15 June 2017 [36]
Hull City Portugal Marco Silva 25 May 2017[37] Russia Leonid Slutsky 9 June 2017[38]
Wolverhampton Wanderers Scotland Paul Lambert Mutual consent 30 May 2017[39] Portugal Nuno Espírito Santo 31 May 2017[40]
Preston North End England Simon Grayson Signed by Sunderland 29 June 2017[34] Scotland Alex Neil 4 July 2017[41]
Birmingham City England Harry Redknapp Sacked 16 September 2017[42] 23rd England Steve Cotterill 29 September 2017[43]
Sunderland England Simon Grayson 31 October 2017[44] 22nd Wales Chris Coleman 17 November 2017[45]
Hull City Russia Leonid Slutsky Mutual consent 3 December 2017[46] 20th England Nigel Adkins 7 December 2017[47]
Middlesbrough England Garry Monk Sacked 23 December 2017[48] 9th Wales Tony Pulis 26 December 2017[49]
Sheffield Wednesday Portugal Carlos Carvalhal Mutual consent 24 December 2017[50] 15th Netherlands Jos Luhukay 5 January 2018[51]
Nottingham Forest England Mark Warburton Sacked 31 December 2017[52] 14th Spain Aitor Karanka 8 January 2018[53]
Leeds United Spain Thomas Christiansen 4 February 2018[54] 10th England Paul Heckingbottom 6 February 2018[55]
Barnsley England Paul Heckingbottom Signed by Leeds United 6 February 2018[55] 21st Portugal José Morais 16 February 2018[56]
Birmingham City England Steve Cotterill Sacked 3 March 2018[57] 22nd England Garry Monk 4 March 2018[58]
Reading Netherlands Jaap Stam 21 March 2018[59] 18th England Paul Clement 23 March 2018[60]
Ipswich Town Republic of Ireland Mick McCarthy Resigned 10 April 2018[61] 12th England Paul Hurst 30 May 2018[62]
Sunderland Wales Chris Coleman Sacked 29 April 2018[63] 24th Scotland Jack Ross 25 May 2018[64]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, 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 (O, P) 46 25 13 8 79 46 +33 88 Qualification for Championship play-offs[a]
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 EFL 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
Source: English Football League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Four teams play for one spot and promotion to the Premier League.

Play-offs[edit]

  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[edit]

Home \ Away AST BAR BIR BOL BRE BRI BRT CAR DER FUL HUL IPS LEE MID MIL NOR NOT PNE QPR REA SHU SHW SUN WOL
Aston Villa 3–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 5–0 3–2 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 4–2 2–1 1–1 1–3 3–0 2–2 1–2 2–1 4–1
Barnsley 0–3 2–0 2–2 2–0 2–2 1–2 0–1 0–3 1–3 0–1 1–2 0–2 2–2 0–2 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 3–2 1–1 3–0 0–0
Birmingham City 0–0 0–2 0–0 0–2 2–1 1–1 1–0 0–3 3–1 3–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 0–2 1–0 1–3 1–2 0–2 2–1 1–0 3–1 0–1
Bolton Wanderers 1–0 3–1 0–1 0–3 1–0 0–1 2–0 1–2 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–3 0–3 0–2 2–1 3–2 1–3 1–1 2–2 0–1 2–1 1–0 0–4
Brentford 2–1 0–0 5–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–0 3–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 3–4 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–3 0–0
Bristol City 1–1 3–1 3–1 2–0 0–1 0–0 2–1 4–1 1–1 5–5 1–0 0–3 2–1 0–0 0–1 2–1 1–2 2–0 2–0 2–3 4–0 3–3 1–2
Burton Albion 0–4 2–4 2–1 2–0 0–2 0–0 0–1 3–1 2–1 0–5 1–2 1–2 1–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–3 1–3 1–3 1–1 0–2 0–4
Cardiff City 3–0 2–1 3–2 2–0 2–0 1–0 3–1 0–0 2–4 1–0 3–1 3–1 1–0 0–0 3–1 2–1 0–1 2–1 0–0 2–0 1–1 4–0 0–1
Derby County 2–0 4–1 1–1 3–0 3–0 0–0 1–0 3–1 1–2 5–0 0–1 2–2 1–2 3–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 2–0 2–4 1–1 2–0 1–4 0–2
Fulham 2–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 6–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 4–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–2 1–0 3–0 0–1 2–1 2–0
Hull City 0–0 1–1 6–1 4–0 3–2 2–3 4–1 0–2 0–0 2–2 2–2 0–0 1–3 1–2 4–3 2–3 1–2 4–0 0–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 2–3
Ipswich Town 0–4 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–3 0–0 0–1 1–2 0–2 0–3 1–0 2–2 2–2 0–1 4–2 3–0 0–0 2–0 0–0 2–2 5–2 0–1
Leeds United 1–1 2–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 2–2 5–0 1–4 1–2 0–0 1–0 3–2 2–1 3–4 1–0 0–0 0–0 2–0 0–1 1–2 1–2 1–1 0–3
Middlesbrough 0–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–1 2–0 0–1 0–3 0–1 3–1 2–0 3–0 2–0 0–1 2–0 0–0 3–2 2–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–2
Millwall 1–0 1–3 2–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 0–1 1–1 0–0 0–3 0–0 3–4 1–0 2–1 4–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 3–1 2–1 1–1 2–2
Norwich City 3–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–2 0–0 0–0 0–2 1–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 2–0 3–2 1–2 3–1 1–3 0–2
Nottingham Forest 0–1 3–0 2–1 3–2 0–1 0–0 2–0 0–2 0–0 1–3 0–2 2–1 0–2 2–1 1–0 1–0 0–3 4–0 1–1 2–1 0–3 0–1 1–2
Preston North End 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–0 2–3 2–1 2–1 3–0 0–1 1–2 2–1 0–1 3–1 2–3 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–2 1–1
Queens Park Rangers 1–2 1–0 3–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–2 2–1 2–1 1–3 0–3 2–2 4–1 2–5 1–2 2–0 1–0 4–2 1–0 2–1
Reading 2–1 3–0 0–2 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–2 2–2 3–3 1–1 1–1 0–4 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–2 3–1 1–0 1–0 1–3 0–0 2–2 0–2
Sheffield United 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–2 2–0 1–1 3–1 4–5 4–1 1–0 2–1 2–1 1–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 2–1 2–1 0–0 3–0 2–0
Sheffield Wednesday 2–4 1–1 1–3 1–1 2–1 0–0 0–3 0–0 2–0 0–1 2–2 1–2 3–0 1–2 2–1 5–1 3–1 4–1 1–1 3–0 2–4 1–1 0–1
Sunderland 0–3 0–1 1–1 3–3 0–2 1–2 1–2 1–2 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–2 0–2 3–3 2–2 1–1 0–1 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–2 1–3 3–0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–0 2–1 2–0 5–1 3–0 3–3 3–1 1–2 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–0 4–1 1–0 1–0 2–2 0–2 3–2 2–1 3–0 3–0 0–0 0–0
Updated to match(es) played on 6 May 2018. Source: BBC Sport
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Top scorers[edit]

As of 6 May 2018[65]
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Czech Republic Matěj Vydra Derby County 21
2 England Lewis Grabban Sunderland/Aston Villa 20
3 England Bobby Reid Bristol City 19
England Leon Clarke Sheffield United
5 Portugal Diogo Jota Wolverhampton Wanderers 17
6 England Martyn Waghorn Ipswich Town 16
7 England Ryan Sessegnon Fulham 15
Democratic Republic of the Congo Britt Assombalonga Middlesbrough
9 England James Maddison Norwich City 14
Ghana Albert Adomah Aston Villa
England Jarrod Bowen Hull City

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
Uruguay Abel Hernández Hull City Burton Albion 4–1[66] 12 August 2017
Republic of Ireland Conor Hourihane Aston Villa Norwich City 4–2[67] 19 August 2017
England Kieran Dowell Nottingham Forest Hull City 3–2[68] 28 October 2017
England Leon Clarke4 Sheffield United Hull City 4–1[69] 4 November 2017
England Ryan Sessegnon Fulham Sheffield United 5–4[70] 21 November 2017
England Leon Clarke Sheffield United Fulham 4–5[70] 21 November 2017
Czech Republic Matěj Vydra Derby County Middlesbrough 3–0[71] 25 November 2017
England Kemar Roofe Leeds United Queens Park Rangers 3–1[72] 9 December 2017
England Patrick Bamford Middlesbrough Leeds United 3–0[73] 2 March 2018
England Bobby Reid Bristol City Sheffield Wednesday 4–0[74] 3 March 2018
England James Maddison Norwich City Hull City 3–4[75] 10 March 2018
Kosovo Atdhe Nuhiu Sheffield Wednesday Norwich City 5–1[76] 6 May 2018

4 Player scored 4 goals

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Reference
Manager Club Player Club
August England Neil Warnock Cardiff City England Nathaniel Mendez-Laing Cardiff City [77] [78]
September England Lee Johnson Bristol City England Aden Flint Bristol City [79] [80]
October England Gary Rowett Derby County Brazil Léo Bonatini Wolverhampton Wanderers [81] [82]
November Portugal Nuno Espírito Santo Wolverhampton Wanderers England Leon Clarke Sheffield United [83] [84]
December England Gary Rowett Derby County England Scott Carson Derby County [85] [86]
January England Steve Bruce Aston Villa England Ryan Sessegnon Fulham [87] [88]
February England Neil Warnock Cardiff City Scotland Oliver McBurnie Barnsley [89] [90]
March England Neil Warnock Cardiff City Serbia Aleksandar Mitrović Fulham [91] [92]
April Serbia Slaviša Jokanović Fulham Serbia Aleksandar Mitrović Fulham [93] [94]


Attendances[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity Average Minimum Maximum Percentage Full
Aston Villa Villa Park 42,790 32,097 26,631 41,745 75%
Barnsley Oakwell 23,009 13,704 10,920 17,163 60%
Birmingham City St Andrew's 30,015 21,042 18,301 27,608 70%
Bolton Wanderers Macron Stadium 28,723 15,887 13,113 21,097 55%
Brentford Griffin Park 12,300 10,234 7,957 12,367 83%
Bristol City Ashton Gate 27,000 20,953 17,203 25,540 78%
Burton Albion Pirelli Stadium 6,912 4,645 2,750 6,535 67%
Cardiff City Cardiff City Stadium 33,300 20,164 15,951 32,478 61%
Derby County Pride Park Stadium 33,600 27,175 23,296 31,196 81%
Fulham Craven Cottage 25,700 19,896 15,792 24,547 77%
Hull City KCOM Stadium 25,404 15,622 13,524 18,026 61%
Ipswich Town Portman Road 30,300 16,271 13,061 24,928 54%
Leeds United Elland Road 37,890 31,521 26,434 35,377 83%
Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium 34,742 25,544 22,848 29,443 74%
Millwall The Den 20,146 13,368 9,817 17,617 66%
Norwich City Carrow Road 27,220 25,785 21,167 27,100 95%
Nottingham Forest City Ground 30,445 24,680 20,596 29,106 81%
Preston North End Deepdale 23,408 13,774 10,796 18,570 59%
Queens Park Rangers Loftus Road 18,439 13,928 11,488 16,934 76%
Reading Madejski Stadium 24,161 16,656 6,769 21,771 69%
Sheffield United Bramall Lane 32,702 26,854 24,409 31,120 82%
Sheffield Wednesday Hillsborough 39,752 25,995 22,733 32,839 65%
Sunderland Stadium of Light 49,000 27,635 24,894 31,237 56%
Wolverhampton Molineux 31,700 28,298 23,045 30,239 89%

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