There is no such thing as a safe bet in the Championship this season.
Just ask Frank Lampard, Darren Moore or Marcelo Bielsa.
All three are in charge of promotion-chasing clubs and all three have both thrashed and been thrashed by their rivals.
By the end of August, Leeds’ new boss Bielsa would be forgiven for thinking the English second tier was a walk in the park.
The Lilywhites were unbeaten in their first five league games, winning four of them.
One of those wins was a convincing 4-1 win away at Derby County.
Everything was looking merry for the Yorkshire men.
Yet their form wasn’t to last. Leeds have only won four out of the last 12 and have dropped from first to third.
Their most recent result? A 4-1 defeat at the hands of Moore’s West Brom.
As for Lampard, his debut managerial season has been largely successful.
An away win at Man United in the third round of the League Cup being the jewel in the crown.
Their league form has been sweet and sour.
They got four wins on the bounce back in August, but have won just three out of the last eight.
His young side’s best league performance?
A 4-1 victory against… West Brom.
So if Leeds can beat Derby 4-1, Derby can beat West Brom 4-1 and West Brom can beat Leeds 4-1, how the hell are we meant to understand anything?
With just nine points separating Norwich in first from Birmingham in 12th this season, the Championship is truly the most bizarrely brilliant league in the world.
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