Sky Bet Championship round-up

My Championship Round-up from Football League World

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In this weekend’s key games in the Championship Burnley and Queens Park Rangers both secured wins to pull clear at the top, Leicester City suffered a shock defeat at Doncaster Rovers and Bolton Wanderers finally took their first victory of the season.

Reading’s six-game unbeaten run came to an abrupt halt at Turf Moor, slipping to a 2-1 defeat against league leaders Burnley. Danny Ings scored his 11th goal of the season to put Sean Dyche’s men in front, and Sam Vokes’ strike ten minutes from time looked to have sealed a fifth successive league win. However, Jason Shackell’s unfortunate own goal two minutes later set up a nervy finale, but Reading couldn’t force an equaliser and the defeat sees them slip to seventh in the table. Burnley have surprised everyone after being one of the favourites for relegation during pre-season, but it remains to be seen whether they can…

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Sky Bet Championship round-up

My Championship round-up from Football League World

Football League World

With Queens Park Rangers not playing, Burnley took full advantage to move to the top of the table with a 2-0 win at Doncaster Rovers. Leicester City moved to third with another victory, while Derby County came from 4-1 down to draw 4-4 with Ipswich Town in the first game since the sacking of Nigel Clough.

Burnley secured their fifth successive league win with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Doncaster Rovers. Sam Vokes scored a penalty at the end of the first half after he was fouled by Rob Jones, who later saw a Kieran Trippier cross deflect off him and into the goal with only a few minutes remaining. In-form Federico Macheda had the best chances for Doncaster but he couldn’t find the back of the net, and the defeat means his side have slipped to 18th in the table.

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Leicester City joined Burnley and QPR on 23 points…

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Ipswich turning Portman Road into a fortress again

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After a frustrating first month of the new season, Ipswich Town have taken maximum points from their home games in September and now sit in ninth, five points outside the play-off places.

Ipswich started the month with two winnable home games against Middlesbrough and Yeovil Town. They fell behind against Middlesbrough thanks to an Albert Adomah volley and were second-best for most of the first half, but the game turned when David McGoldrick struck from 25 yards about then minutes before the break. A Luke Chambers header and another from McGoldrick at the death earned a well-deserved win.

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The midweek fixture against Yeovil was expected to be an easier match, but Mick McCarthy rightly warned against complacency in the lead-up to the game. Joel Grant gave the visitors a shock lead just before the break, but early second-half goals from Daryl Murphy and Aaron Cresswell turned the match around. Ipswich…

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Sky Bet Championship round-up

My Championship round-up from Football League World

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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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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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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.

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Champions League: Barca, Dortmund and Chelsea return

After last night’s fixtures, tonight sees the remaining 16 teams begin their Champions League group stage. Highlights include Arsenal’s visit to Marseille and Barcelona’s match at home to Dutch champions Ajax, while Rafa Benitez’s Napoli side face last season’s runners-up Borussia Dortmund.

Here is the full list of tonight’s fixtures. All games start at 7.45pm BST.

Group E

Chelsea v FC Basel

Schalke v Steaua Bucharest

Group F

Marseille v Arsenal

Napoli v Borussia Dortmund

Group G

Austria Vienna v FC Porto

Atletico Madrid v Zenit St Petersburg

Group H

AC Milan v Celtic

Barcelona v Ajax

The return of the Champions League

Tonight marks the eagerly-anticipated start of the group stages of the UEFA Champions League. Tuesday’s fixtures feature the current holders Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and the champions of France, England and Italy.

Here is a full list of tonight’s fixtures. All games kick off at 7.45pm BST.

Group A

Manchester United v Bayer Leverkusen

Real Sociedad v Shakhtar Donetsk

Group B

FC Copenhagen v Juventus

Galatasaray v Real Madrid

Group C

Olympiakos v Paris Saint-Germain

Benfica v Anderlecht

Group D

Bayern Munich v CSKA Moscow

Viktoria Plzen v Manchester City