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Championship Review – Matchday Two

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Championship 12 Aug 2019

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Such is the Championship’s magnificence, the only side in the division without a permanent manager sit on top of the table, after Sheffield Wednesday beat Barnsley by two goals to nil.

Deadline day signing Jacob Murphy scored two minutes into his debut to give the Owls the lead before veteran striker Steven Fletcher added a second on the hour mark.

Charlton Athletic also have two wins from two, after continuing their great start to life back in the second tier with a 3-1 win over Stoke City, who are one of three sides to be pointless at the end of matchday two.

Leeds United slipped to third place after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Nottingham Forest at Elland Road in the day’s early kick-off.

Quality

After his thunderous strike on the opening weekend, it was that man Pablo Hernandez who gave Marcelo Bielsa’s men the lead, though Lewis Grabban bundled in an equaliser late on to give the East Midlanders a share of the spoils, and their first point of the campaign.

Of all the players currently playing in the division, only Jarrod Bowen of Hull City scored more Championship goals than Grabban last term so you may be tempted to back the Forest forward to win the Golden Boot this season at a price of 16/1.

Different Level

Eight players actually scored more than Bowen, and all eight are plying their trade in the top flight this term with three of those – Neal Maupay, Billy Sharp and Teemu Pukki all on target in the opening weekend of the Premier League.

Tammy Abraham very nearly added himself to that list, though his strike thundered against the post before his side – Frank Lampard’s Chelsea – lost 4-0 at Manchester United.

After both kick-off with victories, West Bromwich Albion and Millwall shared the spoils at The Hawthorns, while the same can be said about Derby County and Swansea City, who cancelled each other out at Pride Park.

Emotional

On an emotional day at the newly named Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, Queens Park Rangers rescued a point against Huddersfield Town late on, while Birmingham City complete the batch of sides on four points after they drew at home to Bristol City.

Preston North End bounced back from their opening day defeat with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Wigan Athletic, while two of last season’s relegated sides Cardiff City and Fulham are off the mark after respective home wins against Luton Town and Blackburn Rovers – the latter propping up the rest of the division after back-to-back defeats.

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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