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Skybet Championship Thread 2018/19
« on: August 3, 2018, 11:49:27 AM »
It all kicks off tonight and could be crazier and closer than ever!

There are lots of teams who would expect to be promoted like Stoke, Villa, West Brom, Swansea, Middlesbrough and even teams like Derby or Forrest who have had busy summers.

There will no doubt be interesting stories to follow. Biesla at Leeds, Lampard at Derby and hopefully Wilson and Woodburn lighting up the division! Potter and Moore at Swansea and WBA could both be feel good stories too.

From all those strong teams, who has the best chance of going up?

Who are the players to watch?

Who could be the surprise package?

Who will struggle this year?

Will Bielsa finally bring Leeds back up or be gone by October after too many fights?

Will Lampard be a shrewd appointment or is it too much too soon for him?
Let us never forget Rafael Benitez and what he did for us. A fighter full of guts and passion. A gentleman full of class and dignity. A football manager full of intelligence and pure genius. A Legend.
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Re: Skybet Championship Thread 2018/19
« Reply #1 on: August 3, 2018, 11:59:55 AM »
Imagine stoke will be coming straight back up, spent a fair bit and not lost too many players.

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Re: Skybet Championship Thread 2018/19
« Reply #2 on: August 3, 2018, 12:29:56 PM »
FRIDAY 3RD AUGUST (20.00)
Reading v Derby County

SATURDAY 4TH AUGUST (15.00)
Birmingham City v Norwich City
Brentfordv Rotherham United
Bristol City v Nottingham Forest
Ipswich Town v Blackburn Rovers
Millwall v Middlesbrough
Preston North End v Queens Park Rangers
West Bromwich Albion v Bolton Wanderers
Wigan Athletic v Sheffield Wednesday
Sheffield United v Swansea City (17.30)

SUNDAY 5TH AUGUST (16.30)
Leeds United v Stoke City

MONDAY 6TH AUGUST (19.45)
Hull City v Aston Villa

TUESDAY 7TH AUGUST (19.45)
Middlesbrough v Sheffield United
Nottingham Forest v West Bromwich Albion
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Re: Skybet Championship Thread 2018/19
« Reply #3 on: August 3, 2018, 12:45:01 PM »
Channel 5 have lost the rights for the Football League highlights show. It's now on Quest TV at 9pm on Saturday evenings.

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Virgin Media Ireland: Channel 154
Virgin Media: Channel 172; Channel 173 (+1)

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Re: Skybet Championship Thread 2018/19
« Reply #4 on: August 3, 2018, 01:09:23 PM »
Channel 5 have lost the rights for the Football League highlights show. It's now on Quest TV at 9pm on Saturday evenings.

Freeview: Channel 37; Channel 83 (+1)
Sky: Channel 144 SD HD; Channel 244 (+1)
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Virgin Media: Channel 172; Channel 173 (+1)



What the fuck is Quest? Sounds like the channel Partridge presented his paintball show on.

Is any football left on any channels it’s easy to find?

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Re: Skybet Championship Thread 2018/19
« Reply #5 on: August 3, 2018, 01:16:01 PM »
Have skysports, BT or anyone done a preview show for the Championship? Like one with updates from each team, who the favorites are, pundits make predictions  etc.

If you know of any please share the link  :wave
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Re: Skybet Championship Thread 2018/19
« Reply #6 on: August 3, 2018, 01:30:46 PM »
Once again, the Championship looks to be one of the more intriguing leagues. I’m looking forward to it massively, and there’s plenty of interest to be found as a Red with the loans we’ve made.

I am in the unfortunate position of having many Stoke-supporting relatives who are all oddly fatalistic about the coming season. I think Ashley Williams is a crap signing, already clearly past it prior to his move to the blueshite. Etebo looks useful but beyond glimpses for Nigeria and attending the pre-season friendly against Wolves, I can’t say I know much about him.

Keeping Joe Allen is massive and credit to him for sticking around. Will be a club legend if he brings them back up. Afobe and Ince are excellent purchases for that level.

I’m also taking a degree of glee in the hatchet job Pulis is commencing on a fairly decent looking Boro squad. Gibson, Bamford and Traore are all seemingly leaving and the mooted replacements (Adomah, Freeman etc) all seem competent Championship signings that will keep them there and improve them in no measurable way. They will probably hack their way into the play-offs again.

Special mention for hoping Villa drop like a stone and Leeds play some interesting stuff under Bielsa, one of the stranger managerial arrivals in years. Doesn’t do things normally though does he.
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Re: Skybet Championship Thread 2018/19
« Reply #7 on: August 3, 2018, 01:36:17 PM »
I can't stand these 4 and hope none of them come up.

Stoke
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Hull
Villa

Fuck them.    :P
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Re: Skybet Championship Thread 2018/19
« Reply #8 on: August 3, 2018, 01:40:53 PM »
Hard to disagree with that Paul!

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Re: Skybet Championship Thread 2018/19
« Reply #9 on: August 3, 2018, 01:58:55 PM »
I can't stand these 4 and hope none of them come up.

Stoke
Boro
Hull
Villa

Fuck them.    :P
All of them are massively dislikeable. I suspect at least two of them, maybe three, will be involved in the promotion discussion towards the end of the season though.
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Re: Skybet Championship Thread 2018/19
« Reply #10 on: August 3, 2018, 05:51:32 PM »
I'm looking forward to the game tonight and reckon Derby will win 2-0.
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Re: Skybet Championship Thread 2018/19
« Reply #11 on: August 3, 2018, 05:57:27 PM »
I'm looking forward to the game tonight and reckon Derby will win 2-0.

What's League One looking like and any news on Sunderland? ;D

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Re: Skybet Championship Thread 2018/19
« Reply #12 on: August 3, 2018, 06:17:00 PM »
Imagine stoke will be coming straight back up, spent a fair bit and not lost too many players.
Their spending reminds me of Villa couple of seasons ago. Can see them all bombing spectacularly.

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Re: Skybet Championship Thread 2018/19
« Reply #13 on: August 3, 2018, 06:21:24 PM »
What's League One looking like and any news on Sunderland? ;D
League One is going to be a laugh this season and I'm going to be keeping an eye on Fleetwood (Managed by the one and only Joey Barton)     Their 1st game is tomorrow at home to Wimbledon.

As for Sunderland, I am reading that they have brought in 11 players over the summer and I have no idea who any of them are, they come from teams such as Bradford, Sheff Wed, Peterborough, Burton Albion and Wycombe Wanderers.  Ohh, and I hear Jack Rodwell is training at Evertons Finch Farm facility while he looks for a new club.  I think Sunderland are going to struggle    ;D
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Re: Skybet Championship Thread 2018/19
« Reply #14 on: August 3, 2018, 06:37:26 PM »
As for Sunderland, I am reading that they have brought in 11 players over the summer and I have no idea who any of them are, they come from teams such as Bradford, Sheff Wed, Peterborough, Burton Albion and Wycombe Wanderers.  Ohh, and I hear Jack Rodwell is training at Evertons Finch Farm facility while he looks for a new club.  I think Sunderland are going to struggle    ;D
Rodwell is indeed with the U23s.

One of my best mates from Uni is a Mackem and he’s in despair. Says they’ve had absolutely no coherency or cohesiveness whatsoever in their pre season games and they’ve looked exactly like what they are, a group of strangers. You have to fear for them. I expect they’ve too much quality to go down again, but lower mid table is a distinct possibility.

A cursory glance at their friendlies so far doesn’t make kind reading, drawing with Hartlepool, losing to Darlington. They did thrash a St Mirren side who were playing 5 triallists though. Looking at their squad, it’s basically a blend of new signings and Premier League failures who have refused to leave due to their massively lucrative contracts.
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Re: Skybet Championship Thread 2018/19
« Reply #15 on: August 3, 2018, 06:53:23 PM »
I can't stand these 4 and hope none of them come up.

Stoke
Boro
Hull
Villa

Fuck them.    :P

Hard to argue with that, but include Reading too, nothing club, did fuck all the times they were in the Premier League, & an owner who's a Thatcher apologist.   :no

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Re: Skybet Championship Thread 2018/19
« Reply #16 on: August 3, 2018, 07:34:42 PM »
As for Sunderland, I am reading that they have brought in 11 players over the summer and I have no idea who any of them are, they come from teams such as Bradford, Sheff Wed, Peterborough, Burton Albion and Wycombe Wanderers.  Ohh, and I hear Jack Rodwell is training at Evertons Finch Farm facility while he looks for a new club.  I think Sunderland are going to struggle    ;D

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018%E2%80%9319_Sunderland_A.F.C._season

It looks crazy! They are definitely going to struggle! ;D

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Re: Skybet Championship Thread 2018/19
« Reply #17 on: August 3, 2018, 07:35:06 PM »
Derby manager on opening day of last 6 seasons:

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Re: Skybet Championship Thread 2018/19
« Reply #18 on: August 3, 2018, 07:58:45 PM »
Harry Wilson in the team tonight, good luck lad.
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Re: Skybet Championship Thread 2018/19
« Reply #19 on: August 3, 2018, 08:07:55 PM »
How Richard keogh is playing in the championship I do not know

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Re: Skybet Championship Thread 2018/19
« Reply #20 on: August 3, 2018, 08:22:43 PM »
How Richard keogh is playing in the championship I do not know


He is terrible  ;D
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Re: Skybet Championship Thread 2018/19
« Reply #21 on: August 3, 2018, 08:24:41 PM »
Players still rusty, I can see this ending 0-0 or 1-0 Derby win.

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Re: Skybet Championship Thread 2018/19
« Reply #22 on: August 3, 2018, 08:27:04 PM »

He is terrible  ;D
hes been shit for years, it’s not like he’s at somewhere like Rotherham where they can’t pay much but he’s at one of the biggest clubs in the division with legit promotion hopes every year!

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Re: Skybet Championship Thread 2018/19
« Reply #23 on: August 3, 2018, 08:29:35 PM »
Derby having a lot of the ball, not doing anything with it. Reading will nick it, I reckon. How on earth Lampard leaves out last season’s top scorer, I’ll never know.
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Re: Skybet Championship Thread 2018/19
« Reply #24 on: August 3, 2018, 08:35:12 PM »
Derby having a lot of the ball, not doing anything with it. Reading will nick it, I reckon. How on earth Lampard leaves out last season’s top scorer, I’ll never know.
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Re: Skybet Championship Thread 2018/19
« Reply #25 on: August 3, 2018, 09:07:20 PM »
Terrible first half from Derby. Trying to play a passing style of football but with players not suited to it, resulting in them not leaving their own half and giving it away in silly places.
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Re: Skybet Championship Thread 2018/19
« Reply #26 on: August 3, 2018, 09:14:33 PM »
1-0 reading.

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« Reply #27 on: August 3, 2018, 09:17:37 PM »
Great cross and header.

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Re: Skybet Championship Thread 2018/19
« Reply #28 on: August 3, 2018, 09:20:48 PM »
Didn't last long. Mason Mount levels proceedings.

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Re: Skybet Championship Thread 2018/19
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Re: Skybet Championship Thread 2018/19
« Reply #30 on: August 3, 2018, 09:22:47 PM »
Unlucky Wilson, would've liked to see him stay here and try and get games but this is probably better for his development. Still have hope he's back next season with us.
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Re: Skybet Championship Thread 2018/19
« Reply #31 on: August 3, 2018, 09:23:06 PM »
Being from the East Mids I would love Derby and Forest to get promoted.

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Re: Skybet Championship Thread 2018/19
« Reply #32 on: August 3, 2018, 09:24:03 PM »
Andre Wisdom has become horrendously bad.
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Re: Skybet Championship Thread 2018/19
« Reply #33 on: August 3, 2018, 09:30:02 PM »
I'm not buying into Reading this season, I think they're going to suffer. Their team is shit and devoid of quality.

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Re: Skybet Championship Thread 2018/19
« Reply #34 on: August 3, 2018, 09:33:29 PM »
Being from the East Mids I would love Derby and Forest to get promoted.

Doubt Derby will go up, there the Arsenal of The Championship, Derby have put themselves in great position to go up or at least make the playoffs, come March, last few seasons only to choke at the end of the season, even occasionally missing out on the playoffs altogether.

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Re: Skybet Championship Thread 2018/19
« Reply #35 on: August 3, 2018, 09:37:03 PM »
Hard to argue with that, but include Reading too, nothing club, did fuck all the times they were in the Premier League, & an owner who's a Thatcher apologist.   :no
Reading came 6th in the first season they came up and Madjeski has left Reading. Unless the new Thai ownerse are Thatcher apologists too.

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Re: Skybet Championship Thread 2018/19
« Reply #36 on: August 3, 2018, 09:40:29 PM »
Reading came 6th in the first season they came up and Madjeski has left Reading. Unless the new Thai ownerse are Thatcher apologists too.

I was on about Madjeski, but didn't know he has sold Reading.

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Re: Skybet Championship Thread 2018/19
« Reply #37 on: August 3, 2018, 09:45:31 PM »
hes been shit for years, it’s not like he’s at somewhere like Rotherham where they can’t pay much but he’s at one of the biggest clubs in the division with legit promotion hopes every year!

Indeed. Lampard clearly has attempted to get them to play the ball out from the back. I’d love to see his passing stats, because I’m guessing he’s given the ball to a Reading player more often than to one of his own.
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Re: Skybet Championship Thread 2018/19
« Reply #38 on: August 3, 2018, 09:46:38 PM »
Great save by the Reading ‘keeper from Wilson.
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Re: Skybet Championship Thread 2018/19
« Reply #39 on: August 3, 2018, 09:55:36 PM »
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