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Championship Preview – Matchday 10

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Championship 27 Sep 2018

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Championship leaders Leeds United will look to return to winning ways when they take on Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on Friday evening.

Marcelo Bielsa suffered his first league defeat since arriving in England last weekend with Birmingham City helping to destroy many an accumulator and they face a tough trip to local rivals Sheffield Wednesday, who will be in fine spirits after winning at Aston Villa last time out.

Steve Bruce’s side have won just one of their last eight games in all competitions and travel to Bristol City, who themselves have slipped out of the top six after suffering back-to-back defeats.

Only goal difference is keeping Middlesbrough off the top of the division and Tony Pulis’s side travel to Hull City, who could end Saturday bottom of the table if they lose and other results go against them.

Tight

West Bromwich Albion are just a point worse off than the top two teams and few would bet against them extended their fine league run as they travel to bottom-of-the-table Preston North End while twenty-third place Ipswich Town travel to Birmingham.

Millwall are also struggling and welcome fourth place Sheffield United to the Den while fellow top six sides Wigan Athletic and Derby County are at Norwich City and Bolton Wanderers respectively.

The Latics have won their last two league games while having taken four points from the last six available to them the Rams provided the shock of round three in the EFL Cup as they beat Manchester United on penalties.

Youth

In Harry Wilson and Mason Mount Frank Lampard has two of Britain’s hottest prospects in his squad and the club look to be only heading in one direction.

It’s eleven years since they finished bottom of the Premier League with a record low points total, but they can be backed at 11/2 to be promoted back to the top table in May.

Fellow East Midlands outfit Nottingham Forest are looking to win a fourth straight match for the first time in over four years, with Blackburn Rovers standing in their way while Brentford take on Reading at Griffin Park.

Blank

Swansea City have failed to score in each of their last three league games while their last home goal came as they drew 2-2 with Leeds United back on August 21st.

They welcome fellow low scorers Queens Park Rangers, who sit two places and three points below to the Liberty Stadium with their last meeting in South Wales at this level finishing – you guessed it – 0-0.

Finally, the weekend’s action concludes at the New York Stadium where Rotherham United take on Stoke City.

The sides go in to the game level on points after nine games despite them being completely at opposite ends of the table in the eyes of the bookmakers before a ball was kicked.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Deke Hardman


Freelance football writer with a love of the game that goes back to the mid nineties when both his beloved Nottingham Forest and England had genuine hope of acheiving some level of success. A regular contributor to both SoccerNews.com and FreeBetting.com, Deke also dabbles in music journalism with his heart and head still stuck in the latter years of the twentieth century.

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