Leeds and Newcastle amongst Championship's luckiest sides in this area

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez

Leeds and Newcastle are both flying high in the Championship.

For a side looking to get promoted out of a division as competitive and unpredictable as the Championship, luck is crucial. 

While there is plenty of quality in the second tier, sometimes it is a moment of fortune that can provide a team with the lift they need to go on and put a run together that takes them into promotion contention. 

With that in mind, here is a look at the five teams that could perhaps be perceived to be the luckiest in the Championship due to the number of times that the woodwork has come to their rescue.

Norwich City manager Alex NeilNorwich City manager Alex Neil

5 = Norwich City

Though the Canaries are currently enduring a rough patch, it is fair to say that they are still well in automatic-promotion contention. Their woodwork has been rattled on seven occasions this term, which Alex Neil will be especially grateful for given that some are starting to question whether he is under pressure at Carrow Road (via Yorkshire Evening Post).

5 = Bristol City

Like Norwich, Bristol City have been saved by either the post or bar on seven occasions in the league this season. Those slices of luck have left the Robins just two points outside of the top six. However, with just four points separating them from QPR in 17th, Lee Johnson's men will be hoping that their fortune continues.

3 = Derby County

Derby County are the only team in this list to currently find themselves in the bottom half of the table. Steve McClaren's men are only six points clear of the bottom three with just 25 goals coming in games involving the Rams this term, but it appears that could quite easily have been a much greater number had their woodwork not rescued them on eight occasions. 

Leeds United manager Garry Monk before the matchLeeds United manager Garry Monk

3 = Leeds United

Garry Monk's men have surprised many this term, and went into the international break situated in sixth place. Nothing seemed to be going right for them in the early weeks of the campaign, but things appear to have changed in recent times as they have also been saved by the woodwork eight times. 

Newcastle United manager Rafa BenitezNewcastle United manager Rafa Benitez

1 = Newcastle United

Few would have been surprised to see the Magpies go into the break at the top of the table, but perhaps that may not have been the case had they not had some luck along the way. Newcastle's post or bar has been hit 10 times - which is a greater number than the bottom five teams on this list combined - but their automatic-promotion spot is so comfortable currently that it seems difficult to imagine that their position would be vastly different if the luck had not gone their way.

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