Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Championship Preview – Matchday Three

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Championship 16 Aug 2019

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Matchday three in the Championship kicks off with a meeting of last season’s bottom two in the Premier League, as Huddersfield Town take on Fulham at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Both clashes last term finished in 1-0 victories for the home side, which accounts for twenty percent of the wins they managed combined all year.

The Terriers have taken just one point from their opening two games this season, while the Cottagers bounced back from their opening day defeat at Barnsley with a win over Blackburn Rovers last time out.


Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton Athletic will both look to continue their perfect starts to the campaign as they travel to Millwall and Barsley respectively while title favourites Leeds United, are also on the road, with Wigan their destination.

Queens Park Rangers, who have upset the odds to take four points from their opening two games face a Bristol City side looking for their first win, while West Bromwich Albion have a tough trip to Luton Town, who haven’t lost at home in the league for almost eighteen months.

In contrast to the Hatters, Stoke City have triumphed just twice in front of their home fans in 2019, and will have their work cut out for them at the Bet 365 Stadium on Saturday with Derby County the visitors.

It has been eighteen years since the Potters, who are one of three sides stuck on zero points, played in the third tier but you may be tempted to back them for relegation at 10/1.


Blackburn are the only side who sit below Nathan Jones’ men, and they will look to get off the mark as they welcome Middlesbrough to Ewood Park while fellow pointless outfit Reading host Cardiff City in Sunday’s only fixture.

The Royals narrowly beat relegation last term, and you can’t help but think that they, like Luton will need to pick up as many points as they can at home to keep out of trouble this time around.

Their defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on the opening day was only their second at the Madjeski Stadium in eleven league attempts while away from home they have won just once in their last twenty outings.


Nottingham Forest are at Birmingham City looking for their first league win under new manager Sabri Lamouchi while Steve Cooper’s Swansea City host Preston North End with the aim of extending their unbeaten league run, which currently stands at seven games.

Finally, two sides who finished midtable last season face off at Griffin Park, with Hull City the visitors to Brentford – both going into the game having won in matchday two.


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 and, 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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