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Cardiff, Peterborough, Crystal Palace Doing Better Than Expected, Hull Predictable, Blackpool and Leicester Struggle

As the new season beckoned, we made our customary predictions about who would be where come the end of the season. Here's how we are doing.

1. Southampton (We predicted 11th)

Back to back promotion beckons if Southampton continue with their current form. They faltered slightly last Saturday at Burnley when held to a 1-1 draw. But this was only the second time this season the dropped points. A very good start to the season but can they keep it up?

2. Middlesbrough (We predicted 3rd)

Middlesbrough have made an inspiring start to the Championship season, sparking genuine hope of promotion amongst fans. If striker Marvin Emnes’s cracking form continues it should ensure that Middlesbrough are amongst the promotion hopefuls.

3. Derby (We predicted 13th)

Nigel Clough steered County to their best start since his dad Brian was in charge 40 years ago as the Rams moved to joint-second. But will the uncertainty of Clough’s contract (it is up at the end of the season) be too much of a distraction to keep them on course.

4. West Ham (We predicted 1st)

West Ham are the team to beat for on paper they are the strongest team in the league. To date they’ve got 17 points from nine games. On current form promotion’s a formality for Allardyce's class of 2011/12. But just as a week’s a long time in politics, a season’s along time in football – and they face tougher challenges ahead.

5. Brighton (We predicted 20th)

It was a strong start to the season for Brighton, their return of 17 points after eight games replicates last
season in League One, which resulted in the title and promotion. But with one point form their last three championship games has beginners luck run out?

6. Cardiff (We predicted 19th)

The new look Cardiff squad has got off to a good start but a spate of new injuries has increased Cardiff’s frustration and given new manager Malky Mackay cause for concern if they are to be realistic contenders for a play off push.

7. Hull (We predicted 10th)

Hull have made a promising start to the season, but the lack of fire power may be an issue as they have not scored more than one goal in any of this season's league matches.

8. Peterborough (We predicted 23rd)

Peterborough have made a good start to the season. Their 7-1 thrashing of Ipswich have put them top of the pack of clubs all on 13 points.

9. Crystal Palace (we predicted 16th)

After a tough season last year, Palace are off to a strong start. However, consistency is their Achilles' heel, and having beaten high-flying Brighton in the same week as being defeated by bottom of the table Doncaster, Palace need to address this issue.

10. Blackpool (we predicted 4th)

Having lost inspirational captain Charlie Adam to Liverpool, Blackpool have made a stuttering start to the season. The newly-relegated team might have to settle for a mid-table finish this season if they do not improve.

11. Leicester (We predicted 2nd)

This seasons big spenders haven’t had the start many expected. Once Sven has found a settled team one would expect Leicester to rapidly climb the table.

12. Ipswich (We predicted 5th)

After a shaky start to the season where the tractor boys were leaking goals for fun, Paul Jewell seems to have sorted his team out. The signings of Sonko, Danny Collins and Jimmy Bullard have helped them to be the in form team with three clean sheets in a row.

13. Leeds (We predicted 15th)

Having struggled to sign players in the summer, Leeds have made a good start. However, their leaking defence is a cause for concern having conceded goals in every game so far this season.

14. Reading (We predicted 12th)

Reading are yet to get going this season, the loss of Shane Long to West Brom has been a blow, but with proven Championship players like McAnuff, a top half finish should be in reach.

15. Watford (We predicted 18th)

Having spent very little money in the transfer window, Watford are holding their own in the Championship, although it is difficult to see Watford as potential play-off candidates.

16. Burnley (We predicted 7th)

The loss of Chris Eagles and Tyrone Mears to Bolton has left a big hole in the Burnley squad. As a result of this Burnley have had a slow start. However, this weeks 5-1 thrashing of Forest could give them the confidence boost they need.

17. Portsmouth (We predicted 21st)

Despite their well-documented financial problems, Portsmouth's wheeling and dealing in the summer saw them sign proven Championship players like David Norris. However their indifference start to the season may mean the playoffs are already out of their reach.

18. Barnsley (We predicted 24th)

Barnsley are this years Championship draw specialists having drawn their last five games. They need to start converting these draws to wins if they want to stop flirting with the relegation zone.

19. Birmingham (We predicted 9th)

The saying 'the table never lies' may not apply to Birmingham. If they win their two games in hand they will jump into the play off positions at the top end of the table. However, their additional UEFA cup fixtures could prove too much as a distraction on their already hectic Championship season.

20. Nottingham Forest (We predicted 6th)

Steve McClaren is already feeling the pressure, having not won in the League since their opening two fixtures. The loss of proven goal scorer Robert Earnshaw is another nail in the coffin for Forest but McClaren’s experience should take them away from the relegation zone.

21. Coventry (We predicted 17th)

The longest serving championship team are in for a tough season. One win in nine games will not be enough to secure championship status if they continue this way. Thorn may have some sleepless nights ahead.

22. Millwall (We predicted 8th)

Newly promoted Millwall are finding the adjustment to Championship life difficult. One goal in the last six games show they lack the fire-power required to stay in this division. Could the emergency loan signing of Brian Howard solve their goal scoring issues?

23. Bristol City (We predicted 22nd)

Big name Goal keeper David James has only managed one clean sheet this season. If Bristol can solve their leaky defence, they may have a chance of survival.

24. Doncaster (We predicted 14th)

The loss of star striker Billy Sharp to injury in the first game of the season has left Doncaster desperately short up front. They have only managed to score three league goals since Sharp was carried off the pitch. They are in for a long hard season.

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