English Championship Review – 20th Sep 2021

English Championship Review - Sep 2oth 2021

Billy Sharp

Another week has passed and the 2nd tier of English football yet again proves itself as one of the most intriguing and unpredictable leagues in world football. 

Hull City 1-3 Sheffield United

The first game of the weekend saw Sheffield United travel to Hull which saw Billy Sharp score in back-to-back games and also saw Sheffield Utd’s centre half John Egan bag a brace before Hull pulled one back with 15 minutes remaining but it proved just to be a consolation. The result saw Sheffield United move up to 15th and saw Hull slip to 23rd after a tough start to the season.

Huddersfield 0-2 Nottingham Forest

The game at the John Smiths stadium saw Nottingham Forest leave victorious days after departing with manager Chris Houghton. Lewis Grabban opened the scoring with his second goal of the season in the 22nd minute. Shortly after halftime, Nottingham Forest’s doubled their lead courtesy of an own goal from Huddersfield’s goalkeeper Lee Nicholls 3 minutes after the restart. Despite having 71% of possession Huddersfield were unable to add to their goal tally for the season and only managed 2 shots of a total of 10 on target.

QPR 1-2 Bristol City

QPR suffered another defeat meaning they have only managed to win 1 game from the previous 4. Bristol City took the lead on the stroke of halftime through striker 9 Chris Martin. QPR equalized 10 minutes into the second half but this wasn’t enough to get anything from the game. In the dying minutes of the game former QPR player, Nakhi Wells managed to grab a late winner for Bristol City meaning as a result Bristol City climbed to 8th in the table 1 place behind QPR.

Fulham 1-2 Reading

One of the shocks of the weekend saw Reading leave West London with all 3 points against one of the promotion favourites Fulham. In the game, Fulham had a total of 25 shots resulting in just 1 goal which came late in the game (86). Reading took the lead in the 19th minute before doubling their lead in the 53rd minute both goals were scored by Ovie Ejaria. This result saw Reading record back-to-back victories for the first time this season and Fulham drop from the summit of the table to 2nd 2 points behind new leaders, Bournemouth.

Barnsley 0-0 Blackburn Rovers

At Oakwell, fans were treated to a bore 0-0 draw. The home side had the majority of the ball while Blackburn struggled to create much in the attacking aspect of the game. Blackburn remains in the playoff spots while Barnsley are 19th on the same points as Blackpool in 20th.

Derby County 2-1 Stoke City

Despite a tough week for the club which saw Derby County go into administration, the players on the pitch did not let this bother them, instead used it as fuel to get a result. Derby scored 2 goals within 4 minutes to take a 2-0 lead but then the potters got 1 back through Tom Ince but this wasn’t enough for Stoke to come away with anything.

Middlesbrough 1-2 Blackpool

The home fans saw their side lose to the tangerines by 2 goals to 1. Middlesbrough took the lead within 10 minutes, courtesy of Marcus Tavernier before Blackpool scored 2 second-half goals to guarantee that they took 3 points from Teesside.

Luton Town 3-3 Swansea City

In the most entertaining game of the weekend, Swansea found them 3-0 behind after 24 minutes before they completed a comeback to get themselves a point which began in the 63rd minute when Jamie Paterson slotted home. The comeback was then completed in the 93rd minute when Joel Piroe scored to ensure what looked like ab unlikely point for Swansea.

Peterborough United 3-0 Birmingham

Newcomers to the league Peterborough beat a 10 man Blues side 3-0 in front of their home fans which was a huge win as it was their first win in 5 games and as a result saw them move up to 22nd in the league above Hull and Forest. This game was only 1 of 2 games in which the home side in the league won this weekend.

Preston North End 1-1 West Brom

As well as Fulham, fellow promotion rivals West Brom dropped points in a game which many backed them to win. Preston took the lead at Deepdale before Matt Phillips equalized for West Brom just before the halftime whistle. West Brom have drawn 3 in a row and are now currently sat in 3rd while Preston sit in 17th.

Millwall 1-1 Coventry City

The points were shared at The Den between Millwall and Coventry. Coventry took the lead in the 9th minute of the game via a Viktor Gyokeres goal. This was his 5th goal of the season meaning he is 2 behind the top scorer in the league, Reading’s John Swift on 7 goals. The game saw both teams have a combined amount of 33 shots and one of them came in the 21st minute when George Saville grabbed an equalizer for his Millwall side

Cardiff City 0-1 Bournemouth

A victory for Bournemouth sees Scott Parker’s side go to the top of the table while defeat for Cardiff means they slip to 10th as a result of Phillip Billings 4th goal of the season.

LATEST CHAMPIONSHIP OUTRIGHT ODDS:

Fulham 6/4

West Brom 11/4

Bournemouth 11/2

Stoke 14/1

QPR 25/1

Sheffield United 28/1

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