Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Championship Preview – Matchday Two

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Championship 8 Aug 2019

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After a staggered matchday one, all twenty-four Championship teams are in action this Saturday with Nottingham Forest’s trip to title favourites Leeds United getting things underway at lunch-time.

Marcelo Bielsa’s men are already top of the pile after easing past Bristol City in their season opener, whilst since losing at home to West Bromwich Albion last Saturday Forest have been adding to their already gargantuan squad.

There is a Yorkshire derby at Hillsborough, where two sides who kicked off their campaigns with victories clash.

Sheffield Wednesday, who are already being spoken of as dark horses for the top six host a Barnsley side who upset the odds last time out, edging past much fancied Fulham at Oakwell.

Upset

Like the Tykes, Wigan Athletic kicked off with a win against a relegated outfit in Cardiff City and they will look to make it two from two against Preston North End, who were beaten by Millwall last time out.

Charlton Athletic host a Stoke City side who were lost to Queens Park Rangers, while the Hoops face Huddersfield Town, who’s return to the second tier was far from ideal as they lost to Derby County,

The Rams have had quite a week, after agreeing a deal to sign England’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney from DC United in January.

Close

After being there or thereabouts the past few seasons, many believe this could finally be the year Derby return to the top flight after their simply horrific showing last time they were there, and they can be backed at 8/1 to finish in the top two.

Philip Cocu’s side host Swansea City – both tied on three points as are West Bromwich Albion and Millwall, who meet at the Hawthorns.

The Baggies made arguably one of the signings of deadline day, with Charlie Austin coming in from Southampton at a bargain price of around £4m – a deal which leaves them among the favourites to secure a return to English football’s top table.

Tough

Birmingham City, who edged past Brentford a week ago welcome Bristol City to St Andrews, while the Bees begin life without last season’s top scorer Neal Maupay with a tough trip to Middlesbrough.

Jonathan Woodgate’s side had the honour of scoring the first goal of the 2019/20 term but had to settle for a point against Luton Town, who travel to Cardiff City while Fulham will hope to get off the mark as they take on Blackburn Rovers.

Reading had the indignity of ending matchay one after losing at home to Wednesday, and will look to climb off the bottom as they face a Hull City side who are also pointless having lost to the Swansea in South Wales.

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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