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Former Man Utd legend believes Leeds could crumble under pressure

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Reading boss Jaap Stam believes Leeds United are under pressure to perform after losing their last two games in the Championship.

Defeats at Cardiff City and Sheffield Wednesday have seen Leeds drop to fifth in the standings, although they are only four points off the top of the table.

Stam’s team have won just twice this season, but the former Manchester United defender told Get Reading that he’s confident he can turn things around.

Is This Player Coming Back Into The Fold At Newcastle?

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It seems that Dwight Gayle may have patched up whatever differences he had with Rafa Benitez over the summer and at the beginning of the season. Rafa was ready to sell the [...]

Footy On The Telly September 22-29

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This week, we can watch the WAFU Nations Cup action; UEFA Champions and Europa Leagues; a plethora of league and college action; and a double dose of the Union's ever-so crowd-pleasing Process.

English Championship

Villa midfielder eyeing fifth win in a row, Wolves will be the acid test

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Glenn Whelan believes Aston Villa have finally started to demonstrate their promotion credentials.

After an indifferent start to the season Villa have won four in a row to move within five points of Championship leaders Cardiff City.

They visit fellow promotion hopefuls Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday and Whelan thinks they continue their excellent run of form.

Odds update: Former Leeds star fancies old club for 15/2 return

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David Prutton has backed Leeds United to return to winning ways in the Championship this weekend.

Leeds head into the game against Reading on the back of two defeats against Cardiff City and Sheffield Wednesday, but they can be backed at 10/11 to see off the Royals on Saturday.

Prutton has predicted a 2-1 victory at odds of 15/2 for the home side.

Leeds fans can breathe easy as Liverpool forward dismisses transfer; midfield the priority

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Danny Ings’ announcement that he is not considering a move away from Liverpool during the January transfer window should result in a collective sigh of relief amongst Leeds United fans.

The 25-year-old has been repeatedly linked with a move to Elland Road, but the former Burnley striker says he wants to stay and fight for his place at Anfield.

Odds update: Leeds legend urges Christiansen to shuffle his pack

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Leeds United legend Eddie Gray says Thomas Christiansen must address issues in midfield if his team is to mount a serious challenge for promotion this season.

Sunday’s 3-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday took Leeds’ losing streak away from home to three games and saw them drift out to 12/1 to win the Championship.

Former Celtic boss tipped as perfect candidate for Everton job

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says Neil Lennon would have been the ideal choice to replace David Moyes when he left Everton for Manchester United.

Rodgers in charge of Liverpool at the time, but the Toffees appointed Roberto Martinez despite Lennon being heavily tipped to leave Celtic for Goodison Park.

Odds update: Leeds United set for 30/1 coup at Sheffield Wednesday?

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David Prutton has tipped Leeds United to come out on top in Sunday’s big Yorkshire derby at Sheffield Wednesday.

Leeds head into the game on the back of a 3-1 reverse at Cardiff City, while Wednesday are looking to bounce back from disappointing defeats against Sheffield United and Birmingham City.

Odds update: Aston Villa set for profitable afternoon against Bolton

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Championship pundit David Prutton is backing Aston Villa to continue their march up the table with a victory over Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

After an indifferent start to the season Villa have won three in a row to move up to eighth in the standings.

Bolton are rooted to the foot of the table with just two points from ten games and Prutton told Sky Sports he fancies Villa to record a 3-0 success.

Former Leeds boss questions his old team's promotion credentials; negativity smacks of bitterness

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Neil Redfearn believes Leeds United need to toughen up if they’re to mount a successful bid for promotion from the Championship.

Leeds’ 3-1 defeat at Cardiff City on Tuesday was their second loss in three games and dropped them to third in the table.

The Whites lost their previous away game at Millwall and Redfearn says their inability to handle physical teams could prove to be their undoing this season.

Odds update: Aston Villa cut for title, Wolves and Leeds on the slide

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Aston Villa’s upturn in form has led to their odds to win the Championship title being slashed.

Steve Bruce’s side are down to 10/1 to finish top after a three game winning win fired them up to eighth in the table.

Villa are seven points behind leaders Cardiff City, and five behind second placed Sheffield United.

Odds update: 14/1 wager would send Wolves above Leeds

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Wolverhampton Wanderers visit Sheffield United on Wednesday aiming to jump back into one of the two automatic promotion spots in the Championship.

Cardiff City’s fine 3-1 victory over Leeds United on Tuesday moved them three points clear at the top of the table.

A draw for Wolves would take them above Leeds into second place and a 2-2 scoreline at odds of around 14/1 looks worth an interest.

Former Leeds midfielder believes Chris Wood hasn't been missed at Elland Road

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Top Championship pundit David Prutton believes Leeds United have benefitted from selling star striker Chris Wood.

The 25-year-old scored 30 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions last season before joining Burnley for £15 million during the transfer window.

Thomas Christiansen overhauled the Leeds squad during the summer, adding the likes of Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Samu Saiz to his forward options, and Prutton is full of admiration for the job the new manager has done.

Odds update: Top pundit eyeing 75/1 bookie-basher from Leeds game

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David Prutton believes Tuesday’s big Championship clash between Cardiff City and Leeds United could yield a tasty return from the bookmakers.

The two sides are currently tied on 20 points with Wolverhampton Wanderers at the top of the table and head into the game on the back of victories last weekend.

Odds update: Back-to-back promotions not beyond Sheffield United, Wilder doing excellent job

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Sheffield United’s 4-2 victory at Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday was a perfect showcase for the excellent job manager Chris Wilder has done with the Blades.

Wilder ended United’s six-year stay in League One in style, leading the club to the title in his first season and securing 100 points in the process.

Odds update: Jonathan Kodjia the key as Aston Villa promotion odds tumble

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Jonathan Kodjia didn’t get score for Aston Villa against Nottingham Forest on Saturday, but his all-round performance bodes well for their promotion hopes this season.

Kodjia had a hand in both goals as Villa secured a 2-1 victory to move up to 10th in the Championship and further ease the pressure on manager Steve Bruce.

Odds update: Wolves 2/1 for Championship, but Leeds still top

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Wolverhampton Wanderers are down to 2/1 for the Championship title after winning 2-1 against Barnsley on Saturday.

Alfred N’Diaye’s late goal secured the victory for Wolves who remain level on points with Leeds United and Cardiff City at the top of the table.

Kalvin Phillips was on target in Leeds’ 3-2 victory over Ipswich Town, while Cardiff won 2-1 at Sunderland.

Odds update: Top pundit tips Leeds United to see off Ipswich Town, 4/6 good value?

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David Prutton believes Leeds United’s 1-0 defeat at Millwall in the Championship last weekend may have been a blessing in disguise.

Leeds bounced back on Tuesday to knock Burnley out of the Carabao Cup and they are strongly fancied to beat Ipswich Town on their return to league action on Saturday.

Odds update: Wolves 5/2 to win the Championship, Leeds & Cardiff still in the mix, Middlesbrough on a roll

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Wolverhampton Wanderers are 5/2 to win the Championship following Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Nottingham Forest.

The result left Wolves level on 17 points with Leeds United (6/1) and Cardiff City (7/1) at the top of the standings.

Diogo Jota’s second-half double secured the points for Wolves and manager Nuno Espírito Santo believes his team are slowly coming to the boil.

Aston Villa's alleged approach for Garcia an insult to Steve Bruce, it lacks class

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Aston Villa have allegedly contacted the representatives of former Watford and Brighton boss Oscar Garcia about taking over as manager. How nice of them.

According to Spanish media outlet Sport, Villa have sounded out agents of the current St Etienne manager over whether he would be interested in a return to England.

Odds update: Leeds good value to see off Birmingham City, Sky Sports pundit tips United to win

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Leeds United bid to continue their excellent start to the Championship season when they host Birmingham City on Tuesday.

The Whites are currently second in the table, two points behind leaders Cardiff City after recording four wins and two draws from their six games.

The home side can be backed at 8/11 to see off a Birmingham side who have picked up just four points from their six outings.

Leeds United boss criticises Birmingham City's transfer business, says no guarantees Redknapp will be successful

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Leeds United boss Thomas Christiansen believes Harry Redknapp’s splash-the-cash approach to his transfer dealings at Birmingham City won’t guarantee success.

Birmingham had a net transfer spend of around £12 million this summer as Redknapp set about reshaping his squad, but they have collected just four points this season and lie 21st in the Championship.

Championship pundit praises Christiansen's impact at Leeds United; Whites can march on at Burton

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David Prutton believes Thomas Christiansen has proved he was the right man to take over as Leeds United’s new head coach.

Christiansen enjoyed success in Cyprus with APOEL, but was viewed as a shock choice when he was appointed as Garry Monk’s replacement this summer.

However, the former Leeds midfielder and current Sky Sports pundit insists the 44-year-old has already made his mark.

Boom time for Leeds United as fans are gripped by flying start, odds to win Championship could tumble

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Leeds United’s flying start to the Championship season has sparked a flurry of activity at the club’s ticket office.

Over 30,000 tickets have been sold for Saturday’s clash with Burton Albion at Elland Road, with the North, South and West Stand’s of the stadium completely sold out, including all corners of the ground.

Championship pundit tips Leeds for promotion, unconvinced by Wolves

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Championship pundit Don Goodman believes Leeds United are a solid bet for promotion, but says Wolverhampton Wanderers need to toughen up if they’re to keep themselves in the mix.

Leeds and Wolves currently lie third and fourth in the table after solid starts to the season, with just Cardiff City and Ipswich Town ahead of them in the standings.

Aston Villa loanee cranks up the pressure on West Ham boss

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Robert Snodgrass has blasted West Ham boss Slaven Bilic claiming he continually played him in the wrong position.

Snodgrass joined Aston Villa on loan last week after struggling to establish himself with the Hammers.

Bilic is under massive pressure after West Ham lost their first three games of the season and Snodgrass has added further fuel to the fire with his comments.

Leeds United land Hamburg striker on loan, Malmo forward to follow

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Hamburg have confirmed striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga has joined Leeds United on a season-long loan.

The 25-year-old travelled to England on Monday and the German club has announced on social media the deal is now complete.

Leeds sold Chris Wood to Burnley for £15 million and have been linked with numerous strikers to replace last season’s leading goalscorer.

Odds on Rhodes to Sunderland could fall as Leeds and Wolves look elsewhere

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Sunderland could emerge as favourites to sign Sheffield Wednesday striker Jordan Rhodes.

The 27-year-old has been linked with numerous clubs this summer including Leeds and Wolves, but with that duo seemingly looking elsewhere a move to the North East could be on the cards.

According to the Telegraph, the Owls would accept £7 million for a player currently priced at around 4/1 to join Sunderland.

Wolves, Birmingham and Reading on alert as PNE star demands move

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Preston North End striker Jordan Hugill has demanded a transfer from the club.

Wolves and Reading both had bids of around £8 million rejected by Preston last week, but Sky Sports says the 25-year-old is keen to force a move away from Deepdale.

Preston boss Alex Neil had insisted Hugill wouldn’t be sold, despite interest in the player throughout the summer.

Leeds looking to sign former Manchester United target, also want Wolves goalkeeper

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Leeds United are in talks to sign Swedish forward Pawel Cibicki.

The player’s agent Nochi Hamasor told Sportbladet that Leeds have submitted a £1.45 million bid to Malmo for the 23-year-old.

“It is true that there is an offer for Pawel and negotiations are in progress – more than that, I do not want to say”, he said.

Who will replace Wood at Leeds?

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Leeds United have shown that they can succeed after the departure of former striker Chris Wood. New Zealand’s vice-captain joined Burnley on a club record transfer of around £15 million. Wood will likely be a strong addition to Burnley’s squad and add to their attacking options.

On the other hand, Leeds have lost their primary goal source.

Middlesbrough bid for Jota rejected, Brentford braced for further offers

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Middlesbrough are expected to up their offer for Brentford midfielder Jota after having an initial £4.5 million bid rejected.

THe 26-year-old is about to enter the final year of his contract with the Bees, but the London club are holding out for a fee of around £8 million.

Jota has been a pivotal figure in Brentford’s progress over the past few seasons, scoring 23 goals in 77 appearances for the club.

Leeds agree deal for striker, Rudy Gestede bid rejected, Jordan Rhodes still in the frame

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Leeds United have had a mixed day as they look to boost their striking options before the transfer window closes at the end of August.

Sky Sports say a £5 million bid for Rudy Gestede has been rejected by Middlesbrough, but a deal has been agreed to sign Dutch striker Jay-Roy Grot from NEC Nijmegen.

League One

Footy On The Telly October 6 – 13

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This week, it's World Cup Qualifying time again! Also, the U17 Club World Cup; second and third-tier league and college action; and the Union rest for the final Playoff (PLAYOFFS!???) stretch.

Sky Sports Strike New £600m Deal With Football League To Live Stream All Midweek Matches

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Sky Sports have struck a "revolutionary" deal with the Football League that will see them allowed to stream all midweek matches from 2019 until 2024.

The £600million, five-year contract also means that all Championship, League One and League Twoclubs will be able to stream their midweek league fixtures via their own official websites, provided they are not chosen for live broadcast by Sky.

Newcastle United

Former Newcastle Star Still Getting The Job Done

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Can You Help With This Appeal From The Northumbria Police?

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‘I Thought They Meant The Animal!’ – Adorable Twitter Mix-Up Sees Mark ‘Luke Skywalker’ Hamill Become Wolves Fan Overnight

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It looks like Wolverhampton Wanderers now have a new second-coolest fan (Robert Plant, if you're wondering) in the unlikely guise of Mark Hamill, he of Luke Skywalker fame.

Despite openly admitting that he'd never head of the Championship side until a couple of days ago, Hamill is now a full-blooded Wolves supporter thanks to a rather adorable little mix-up on Twitter.

Blast From The Past: Ex-Arsenal Striker Julio Baptista On Cusp Of Signing For Bolton Wanderers

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There was a time, not so very long ago, when Bolton Wanderers seemingly made it their business to sign every ageing, out-of-work ex-international they could nab out of the transfer bargain bin.

Indeed, as unlikely as it may sound, the likes of Youri Djorkaeff, Jay Jay Okocha, Fernando Hierro, Jared Borgetti, Ivan Campo, Hidetoshi Nakata, Mario Jardel, Julio Cesar, Bruno N'Gotty, Ibrahim Ba, Fredi Bobic and Nicolas Anelka all played for the Trotters within about five or six years of each other.