Championship table if the season began January 1; Leeds and Forest in promotion hunt

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Leeds United and Nottingham Forest are among the form teams in 2015, Fulham, Bournemouth, Derby County and Ipswich are not, and Watford at the top.

Here is a look at how the Championship table would look if the season began on January 1...

  WonDrawnLostGoalsGoals ConcededPoints
Watford 10 1 3 35 19 31
Norwich 9 3 2 29 13 30
Middlesbrough 9 2 3 21 10 29
Leeds 8 3 3 17 10 27
Forest 8 2 4 28 18 26
Brentford 8 1 5 22 15 25
Wolves 7 4 3 26 12 25
Bournemouth 6 4 4 25 15 22
Derby 6 4 4 23 18 22
Charlton 6 2 6 21 20 20
Blackburn 5 4 5 16 16 19
Brighton 5 4 5 16 14 19
Cardiff 4 5 5 14 15 17
Ipswich 5 2 7 17 21 17
Birmingham 3 7 3 16 16 16
Huddersfield 4 4 6 17 23 16
Sheff Wed 4 4 6 15 17 16
Bolton 4 3 7 19 25 15
Reading 4 3 6 10 18 15
Rotherham 4 2 8 17 27 14
Wigan 4 2 8 10 20 14
Fulham 3 3 8 13 25 12
Millwall 2 3 9 7 22 9
Blackpool 2 2 10 11 36 8

Winners

It may come as little surprise that Watford's supreme form in 2015 has played a part in their charge to the top of the current Championship table. The 35 goals they have scored this year is more than any other side.

Behind them the big winners of the calendar year are Nottingham Forest and Leeds United. Forest have been a side reborn under the management of Dougie Freedman, while Neil Redfearn's Leeds side have been a match for most teams, collecting just four points fewer than Watford.

It's promotion form for both sides, except their results earlier in the season leaves them both adrift, with only Forest having a chance of making the play-offs.

Wigan are currently six points away from safety, but if calculated on form in 2015, the Latics would be two points above the drop zone.

Losers

Earlier this year Derby County and Bournemouth had seemed like two of the favourites to go up, yet their form has trailed off. Both sides have won just six of 14 games, and while the Cherries are just two points off the top of real life table, they would be outside the play-offs here.

Ipswich Town were another team in good form earlier in the season, and are just one point outside the play-offs, but have managed only five wins since the New Year.

Sheffield Wednesday have also seen a big dip in form, while for Fulham the table makes worrying reading as they continue their slide towards the relegation places, with only three wins this year.

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