Sky Bet Championship round-up

My Championship round-up from Football League World

Football League World

The main headline from the weekend came off the field with the sacking of Derby County manager Nigel Clough after their 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest. Queens Park Rangers and Burnley continued their strong starts, while Bolton Wanderers scraped a draw against Yeovil Town.

The East Midlands derby was the early kick-off on Saturday, and it was Nottingham Forest who came out on top to beat Derby for the first time since 2011. Jack Hobbs’ first-half header was the only goal of the game, nodding home an Andy Reid corner. Derby’s Richard Keogh was dismissed after the break for a foul in the box on Chris Cohen, but Darius Henderson saw his penalty saved by Lee Grant. Forest have now won four of their first five home league games and they are sat in fifth place, while Derby are 14th. It was a major surprise to see Clough sacked after…

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Sky Bet Championship Round-up

My Championship round-up from Football League World

Football League World

QPR kept their place at the top of the league after a narrow win at Yeovil, and they were joined in the top two by Burnley who took another impressive win, this time at Leeds United. At the other end of the table, Bolton’s miserable start continued with a defeat at the hands of Brighton and Hove Albion. Jesse Lingard enjoyed an incredible debut for Birmingham City, scoring all four goals in a 4-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday.

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Yeovil met Queens Park Rangers for the first time ever in a league fixture, and it was Harry Redknapp’s team who came out on top, taking a narrow 1-0 victory thanks to a second half penalty from Charlie Austin. Yeovil had chances to take at least a point from the game but found goalkeeper Rob Green in good form. The defeat leaves Yeovil in the bottom three, just as many had predicted…

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Shortest managerial reigns in Premier League history

Paulo di Canio lasted just 12 league games at Sunderland before he was sacked, but few were surprised to see him lose his job. His style of management ruined morale in the dressing room and it showed on the pitch, with only two league wins in his time in charge. Remarkably, there are seven other managers in Premier League history who managed a club for 12 or fewer league games.

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England announce Ashes squad

England have announced their 17-man touring party for this winter’s Ashes series, and there have been one or two surprise call-ups.

Openers

Alastair Cook and Joe Root have been selected as expected, and will almost certainly open the batting at Brisbane. The selectors have chosen Michael Carberry as the back-up opener ahead of Nick Compton. Carberry’s form in the County Championship has not been great, but Compton shot himself in the foot when he criticised the selectors for dropping him after the New Zealand series, and his Test career looks to be over despite scoring 889 runs in this year’s County Championship so far.

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Singapore Grand Prix Race Report

A fourth successive title for Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel looks inevitable after he dominated the Singapore Grand Prix to take his third win in a row. Fernando Alonso’s superb start and brave tyre strategy helped him to take a distant second place, while Kimi Raikkonen overcame back pain to take third place for Lotus.

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Singapore Grand Prix Qualifying Report

Sebastian Vettel took yet another pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix, despite sitting out the final few minutes of qualifying. The defending world champion chose to only complete only flying lap in Q3, but no-one could beat his time, though Nico Rosberg did come within a tenth of a second in his Mercedes. Romain Grosjean took a surprise third place, with Lewis Hamilton in fifth and Fernando Alonso behind his team-mate in seventh.

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5 Big Champions League Shocks

After Chelsea’s shock 2-1 defeat to FC Basel, here’s a look at some of the biggest shocks in Champions League history. People always choose the Liverpool-AC Milan final or the Bayern Munich-Manchester United final when making this sort of list, so I decided to go for ones that were a little more obscure.

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Singapore Grand Prix Preview

Singapore marks the start of Formula 1’s tour of Asia, which consists of see five races in seven weeks that will go a long way to deciding who is going to be crowned this year’s world champion. Sebastian Vettel has a significant lead of 53 points and will take some catching, but the tight and twisty Singapore street circuit is a challenge for all the drivers, and the stifling humidity makes it a test of fitness as well as skill.

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Sky Bet Championship Round-up

My Championship round-up from Football League World

Football League World

Millwall caused the shock of the week by beating league leaders Blackpool, with Leicester City taking their place at the top of the table. Burnley’s strong start to the season continued but Bolton remain without a win after drawing with Derby.

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The Championship is renowned for its unpredictability but few would have predicted that Millwall would defeat league leaders Blackpool 3-1 at The Den on Tuesday. Tom Ince gave the away side the lead but Liam Trotter levelled with a controversial penalty just before half-time. The game was won with two goals in the space of two minutes – Nicky Bailey volleyed home from a corner, then Steve Morison scored to give Steve Lomas’ side a well-deserved first victory of the season. Blackpool have slipped to third in the table, with Millwall leaping up to 19th.

Leicester City moved to the top of the league on goal difference after a…

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