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Wolves continued their dominance in the Championship with a 1-0 win over Birmingham City, extending the club’s lead at the top of the table. Nuno Espirito Santo’s men are on pace to smash the record points tally in the second tier on their way to promotion to the Premier League.
The current record stands at 106, when Reading cruised to the title in the 2005/06 season. However, with the Midlands outfit already at the 47-point mark, there is a strong possibility that Santo’s side will be able to comfortably overhaul the record tally to be known as the greatest team to emerge from the Championship. Wolves are considered the leading contender for promotion to the Premier League in the latest football betting tips due to their imperious start to the season and it will be hard for anyone to stop them.
Santo’s men boast a fearsome attack, scoring 41 goals in 20 matches. Leo Bonatini has notched 11 strikes in his 19 appearances, needing no time to adjust to life in England following his loan move from Saudi club Al-Hilal.
Diogo Jota has also starred in his role, scoring nine goals, while the potent trio is rounded out by Ivan Cavaleiro using his pace and guile to terrorise opposing defences. Ruben Neves makes the attack tick in the middle of the park. The Portuguese would be comfortable in the midfield of a top-half Premier League club and has lived up to expectations to dominate the second tier.
At the back, Santo has helped tighten the ship with the Midlands outfit, who have conceded 17 goals in their 20 matches thus far, although they’ve kept ten clean sheets in the process of the term.
Reading’s 2005/06 team did not have the individual talent of Wolves’ side in their campaign. However, they did score 99 goals and conceded just 32 in their 46 matches. They claimed 106 points and lose just two matches in the entire campaign – Santo’s men have already lost three games this term. Dave Kitson and Kevin Doyle formed a strong attack, combining for 36 goals between them, while support also came from Steve Sidwell and Leroy Lita. Defensively, Steve Coppell’s side were excellent – keeping 22 clean sheets over the course of the season. In the next campaign, the Royals would finish eighth in the Premier League with minimal changes.
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Coppell’s side broke the record of Sunderland’s 1998/99 team that claimed 105 points. The Black Cats make a stronger claim to the title of greatest ever team as they battled adversity in the process of dominating. Peter Reid’s men suffered a heart-breaking defeat in the 1997/98 playoffs in an infamous game with Charlton at Wembley. However, they bounced back with an incredible season, losing just three matches and winning 31, despite playing without key men Kevin Phillips, Lee Clark and Niall Quinn for large portions of the season. Phillips missed four months with a toe injury, but still scored 23 goals, with the club notching 91 over the course of the term and conceding just 28.
Sunderland also reached the semi-finals of the League Cup in the campaign, only to be defeated by Martin O’Neill’s Leicester City before going on to finish seventh in the Premier League the following term. Wolves are playing impressive football, but have to maintain their incredibly high standards even to be mentioned alongside the great Championship teams of the past.