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The start of a Championship season often sees an unexpected name in amongst those at the top of the table. This season it is Charlton Athletic who have found themselves up with the big hitters, currently sitting in second place behind Swansea City.

Fans of rival clubs will be expecting - or at least hoping - that Charlton fall away as the season progresses and Sky Sports pundit Andy Hinchcliffe has given his opinion about the start that Charlton and Swansea have made to the season and whether or not they can sustain the challenge.

"You can't say Swansea and Charlton have over-performed in their first six games, but it is fair to say that both sides have been clinical," he said.

"They haven't always dominated but they are winning games.

"What Charlton have done so far is incredible after getting promoted, and for Swansea it is really great to see them move on so swiftly after losing Graham Potter, Dan James and Oli McBurnie in the summer."

But does the former England footballer turned pundit think the two teams can sustain their challenge for the top two come the business end of the season?

"Neither side started the campaign as promotion contenders, Charlton would just have been hoping to survive and Swansea probably could have had an outside look at the top six, but at the moment their styles are working well.

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"From here it is about making sure you do enough to keep winning games. Their respective Expected Goals (xG) statistics so far this season suggest they aren't quite dominating games as others are and after a while it may see their results level out a bit.

"I can't see either side keeping up a push for automatic promotion, bu the fact they have started so well really does give everyone else belief."

Leeds United currently top the table in terms of Expected Goals (13.35), Expected Goals Against (3.93) and Expected Goals Difference (9.42). Swansea currently sit 11th of all the Championship teams in terms of expected goals with 7.86, just in front of Charlton with 7.7.

All the Championship teams are back in action this weekend following the international break. Charlton will take on Birmingham at home and leaders Swansea take on 10th place Nottingham Forest.

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