English Championship

Aston Villa

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: 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.

Warburton left frustrated as Villa clinch victory against Forest

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Nottingham Forest succumbed to a 2-1 defeat against Aston Villa at Villa Park on Sunday marking their sixth straight loss in all competitions.

Daryl Murphy’s second half strike cancelled out Albert Adomah’s opener for Villa but Forest’s profligacy in front of goal proved to be fatal as Villa grabbed the winner through a Conor Hourihane free-kick.

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.

4-4-2 v Nottingham: Steve Bruce without these 2 Aston Villa players for vital game; Team News & Predicted Lineup

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Aston Villa host Nottingham Forest in the Championship this weekend and the home side will be looking to improve their position in the table with a win.

The Villans have had a poor start to the season and they are 13th in the Championship table right now. Moreover, they have failed to win six of their eight matches in the league so far.

4-4-2 v Middlesbrough: Bruce likely to rest this top class Villa star for vital cup game; Team News & Predicted Lineup

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Aston Villa host Middlesbrough in the Carabao cup later tonight and the home side will be looking to get their season back on track with a win.

The Villans have had a very poor start to their season but their win over Barnsley will have given them some confidence heading into this game. Steve Bruce’s men managed to win 3-0 this Saturday.

Leeds United

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 secure vital agreement, Englishman excited about the new challenge at Elland Road

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Leeds United have secured the services of Oxford United’s chief scout Craig Dean.

The Championship outfit are looking to improve their recruitment at youth level and bringing in Craig Dean will make a massive difference.

Dean has proven his pedigree at Oxford and he will be looking to make a similar impression at Elland Road now.

Leeds United make offer for Polish goalkeeper, confirms club scout

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Leeds United have made an offer for Polish goalkeeper Kamil Miazek, according to club scout Jakub Bokiej.

Miazek is currently available on a free transfer, and Bokiej who works as a scout for Leeds’ academy, confirmed earlier that the club has made an approach to tie him down on a permanent deal.

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.

Leeds United eye January move for Liverpool striker

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Leeds United look set to move in for Liverpool forward Danny Ings in the January transfer window, as per reports from ESPN.

Ings arrived in Merseyside in the summer of 2015 from Burnley but an anterior cruciate ligament injury suffered in a training session in October that year ruled him out for the remainder of the 2015-16 season.

Leeds ready to sign this Premier League striker in January, would be a masterstroke from Christiansen

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Liverpool striker Danny Ings has been linked with a move away from the club.

According to ESPN, the former Burnley star is a target for Championship outfit Leeds United. The Whites are keen on securing promotion to the Premier League and they believe that Ings could help them achieve that goal.

Noel Whelan aims dig at Leeds United defender

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Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan has given a damning verdict on centre back Pontus Jansson, claiming that the Swede has a penchant to go missing during tough situations.

Jansson arrived at Elland Road on a season long loan deal from Serie A club Torino this summer. The Swedish international made a sensational start at his new club, helping Thomas Christiansen’s men keep a clean sheet in his first six appearances for Leeds.

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.

Christiansen blasts Leeds United players for being ‘soft’

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Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen has lambasted his players for a ‘soft’ performance against Sheffield Wednesday that resulted in a third straight away defeat for the club.

The 3-0 loss against Wednesday comes at the back of disappointing trips to Cardiff and Millwall. Failure to take any points in these games have dropped Leeds to fifth in the Championship table with Christiansen questioning his players’ endurance to mount a serious challenge for the league title.

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.

Leeds man’s unavailability could have a lasting silver lining

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Leeds United will look to head into the international break by recording three points this weekend, with a trip to Hillsborough to face Sheffield Wednesday next up for Thomas Christiansen’s men.

The Yorkshire outfit have started the new campaign well but defeats against Millwall and Cardiff City recently has brought the club back down to earth after an unbeaten beginning to the season.

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.

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.

Big Leeds boost ahead of Cardiff clash as key duo ready to feature

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Leeds United travel to take on Cardiff City on Tuesday night in a top-of-the-table Championship clash, with the Yorkshire side getting a double boost ahead of the game in Wales.

Both Pontus Jansson and Pierre-Michel Lasogga look set to feature for the current division leaders, in what will be a boost to their chances of recording three points against the Bluebirds.

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: 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.

Leeds United legend delivers scathing report on Jurgen Klopp

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been subjected to immense scrutiny following the Reds’ 2-0 loss against Leicester City in the Carabao Cup this week.

The Merseysiders have been winless in their last four outings in all competitions and currently sit at eighth on the Premier League table with just eight points from five games.

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.

Middlesbrough, Wolves, Bristol City, Shrewsbury Town… Star Names of the Football League, week 8

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Leeds fans are disappointed with this player, don't want him to play for the club again

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Manchester United left-back Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is having a tough time on loan at Leeds United.

The highly talented defender has failed to win over the Leeds faithful and the fans seem to have given up on him already. His performance against Burnley was so disappointing that the Leeds United fans are ready to send him back to his parent club already.

Leeds United star sends out a message to the fans after last night's thrilling win over Burnley

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Leeds United picked up a morale-boosting win over Burnley in the Carabao Cup last night and goalscorer Hadi Sacko was delighted with his goal and the performance last night.

The 23-year-old winger came on in the second half and scored the first goal of the game. The match ended 2-2 and the Championship outfit managed to beat Burnley in a penalty shootout.

English Premier League

On This Day in Football: Sir Matt debuts for Scotland and a Forest legend passes away

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On this day in 1933, Manchester City right-half Matthew Busby made his international debut for Scotland in a 3-2 British Home Championship defeat against Wales at Ninian Park. This would be his only official appearance for Scotland.

Born in the village of Orbiston up in North Lanarkshire, Busby joined City in 1928 at the age of 18.

Villa want Manchester United goalkeeper on a permanent deal

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Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has admitted that the club would like to sign Sam Johnstone, on loan from Manchester United, on a permanent deal in January.

The 24-year-old is enjoying his second loan spell in Birmingham and has played in every Championship game this season, keeping five clean sheets in the process.

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.

On This Day in Football: The Birmingham Derby kicks off

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On this day in 1879, the first ever Birmingham Derby took place with Birmingham City winning 1-0 against Aston Villa.

Like many other football clubs of that era, the two clubs’ origins lie in cricket…and the church. Both were formed by members of cricket clubs who were looking for a recreational activity for the winter months.

On This Day in Football: Brian Clough dies of cancer

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On this day in 2004, legendary football manager Brian Clough lost his fight with stomach cancer at the age of 69.

Clough was under ill health for several years and had a liver transplant in 2003.

As controversial as he was successful, Clough was the epitome of eccentricity.

23-yr-old West Ham star sends out a message after Bolton victory, delighted fans react on Twitter

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West Ham picked up a comfortable 3-0 win over Bolton Wanderers in the Carabao Cup last night and Arthur Masuaku’s screamer was the highlight of the night.

Angelo Ogbonna and Diafra Sakho scored the other two goals for the Hammers.

Slaven Bilic was under a lot of pressure and he will be delighted with the win.

Antonio Conte heaps praise on Nottingham Forest

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Chelsea will host Nottingham Forest in the English League Cup third round on Wednesday.

And ahead of the tie at Stamford Bridge, Blues boss Antonio Conte has offered his adulation for the world dominating Forest side under Brian Clough back in the late 1970’s.

Conte claimed that he saw them lift the European Cup under Clough and despite Forest’s change in fortunes in the last few decades, they are still a club worthy of respect.

Koeman confident that Everton can turn things around ahead of Sunderland clash

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Everton manager Ronald Koeman believes his side can bounce back from their miserable four-match losing streak as he prepares for the Carabao Cup tie with Sunderland on Wednesday.

The Toffees are on a soul crushing run of defeats in the last four outings without scoring a single goal.

4-2-3-1 v Barnsley: Pochettino likely to field this new look Spurs lineup for today's cup game; Team News & Predicted Lineup

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Tottenham host Barnsley in the third round of the Carabao Cup tonight and the Londoners will be hoping to get back to winning ways.

They were held to a 0-0 draw against Swansea at the weekend and the fans will be expecting a response from the players here.

Spurs will want to win a trophy this season and the Carabao Cup could be their best shot.

‘I could have rotted at Chelsea’, says ex-Blues defender

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Former Chelsea defender Michael Mancienne may have already been forgotten by fans at Stamford Bridge. An academy graduate who made just four appearances for the Blues during his time in London, Mancienne made a name for himself when he moved to Bundesliga side Hamburger SV in 2011.

With established internationals already competing for a position at the back four, a long term stay at the club would have been detrimental for Mancienne who joined Chelsea as a nine-year-old.

Championship

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.

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.