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Are Charlton, Sheffield United and Watford heading straight back to the Premier League?

While the Premiership table starts to take shape as expected the Championship is, as usual, looking tighter than Ian Holloway’s haircut. At this point in the season you are always a couple of wins from the top or a few loses from the bottom, so let’s not get over-excited. Or should we? Let’s have a look:

Blackpool 2-2 Colchester

Bristol City 2-2 Burnley

Cardiff 2-2 Preston

Charlton 2-0 Leicester

Crystal Palace 3-2 Sheff Utd

Ipswich 4-1 Coventry

QPR 1-1 Watford

Scunthorpe 2-3 West Brom

Sheff Wed 1-0 Hull

Southampton 2-3 Barnsley

Stoke 3-2 Plymouth

Wolves 2-0 Norwich

Well, there doesn’t seem much there at first glance. But then football fans, like a teenage girl receiving a text from a boy she fancies, have a habit of reading far more into things than are actually there.

For those who haven’t already worked it out in their head, that leaves Watford and Charlton as the top two, and it’s only September. Is it simply too easy to turn parachute payments into a bungee back up to the big league? Perhaps all relegated clubs should be made to take Bryan Robson as manager? Or is confiscating Aidy’s ProZone the only way to level the playing field?