Why Norwich's excellent form could see them win the Championship

Norwich City

Alex Neil's Norwich City have won six successive games to see them fly up the table.

Norwich City have won six games in row since the end of January to catapult themselves into the playoff places and are now hungrily eyeing an automatic slot.

Since the appointment of Alex Neil in January, Norwich have won eight of their 10 matches in the Championship, taking 25 points from a possible 30 and lifting themselves to fifth in the table, three points behind second-placed Derby with a game in hand.

Their goal difference is equal to or better than every other team in the top six with the exception of Bournemouth, and the Canaries' next two games are against relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic and Millwall.

With five clean sheets in their last seven games, the defence is holding strong and, with only Birmingham City shutting them out since Alex Neil took over, their frontline is firing on all cylinders.

From the top six teams only Watford, with five wins in their last six games, come close to matching the form that Norwich have shown, while Derby County and Bournemouth have really fallen away of late, picking up just eight and six points respectively from their last six games.

History has shown that a team on a run in the last few months of the season can make a charge for the automatic slots and Norwich look to be that team this year, inspired by their new manager.

Keeping Lewis Grabban (five goals in his last five games) and Bradley Johnson (three in his last five) fit is going to be essential to the Canaries charge but with Cameron Jerome, Gary Hooper and Nathan Redmond all weighing in with goals too in this resurgence, Norwich may argue that they have the strength in depth to see it through.

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