Race for the Premier League: Norwich, Watford, Swansea, Brentford, Barnsley, Reading lead promotion chase

Race for the Premier League: Norwich, Watford, Swansea, Brentford, Barnsley, Reading lead promotion chase

Barnsley vs Reading and Birmingham vs Swansea live on Sky Sports Football on Good Friday; Huddersfield vs Brentford live on Sky Sports Football on Saturday lunchtime.

Every year, without fail, the race for promotion to the Premier League is packed full of drama and excitement – and this season is no different.

Leaders Norwich currently boast a healthy eight-point advantage over second-placed Watford, with the play-off spots occupied by Swansea, Brentford, Barnsley and Reading. Though just outside the top six, Bournemouth, Cardiff and Middlesbrough also remain within touching distance.

Projected Championship table

Based on their current ratios for goals scored, conceded and points per game, Norwich would win this year’s Sky Bet Championship title with 100 points, with Watford joining them in the Premier League. The teams contesting the play-offs would be Swansea, Brentford, Barnsley and Reading.

Norwich leading the way

With three of their last five Championship campaigns having ended in promotion, it is safe to say that, more often than not, Norwich know how to find their way out. Two years ago, with the end of Premier League parachute payments looming, Daniel Farke guided the Canaries to the title despite a rocky start – and it looks as though history is on course to repeat itself this time around, too.