Championship Review: Matchweek 3

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SWANSEA, WALES - AUGUST 17: Borja Baston of Swansea City celebrates his second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea City and Preston North End at the Liberty Stadium on August 17, 2019 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

Welcome to the third edition of our Championship Review series for the 2019/20 season. This week saw no side able to make it three wins from three in the second tier, while two former Premier League sides within the last three years take up two of the three relegation spots.

Championship Review: Matchweek 3

Millwall Dislodge The Owls

Millwall continued their unbeaten start to the season by ending the same feat of Sheffield Wednesday. Matt Smith scored the only goal with a towering header to give the Lions a 1-0 win at The Den.

A slow start to the game came to life when Conor Mahoney’s delivery was missed by Kieren Westwood in the Wednesday goal, and 6’4″ figure of Smith was on hand to power his header into the empty net.

Millwall’s task wasn’t made easy by the fact that Jed Wallace received a straight red card ten minutes after the opener, but they defended doggedly against a Wednesday side that are still without a permanent manager.

They drop down to sixth, while Millwall climb above them into fifth.

Borja’s Back for Swansea

When Borja Baston signed for Swansea in 2016, he was expected to be the focal point that could send them up a gear in the Premier League. Instead, he failed to adapt to life in England and spent two years back on loan in Spain instead.

New Swans boss Steve Cooper has given Baston’s career a lifeline in the second tier, and he appears to be taking it. He found the net in the Carabao Cup in the week and now scored a brace against Preston North End this weekend.

It was the visitors who took the lead when Joe Rafferty’s effort beat Freddie Woodman at the near post, but a Baston finish coupled with George Byers’ powerful effort had Swansea in front by just after the hour mark.

A penalty from Daniel Johnson levelled proceedings once more, but Baston completed his brace just two minutes later to restore the lead, one which they held onto.

Spanish clubs are still hovering around Baston ready to swoop if he still feels as though his future lies away from South Wales, but if Swansea can keep hold of him and keep him in this goalscoring mood, then Baston has the ability to light up the Championship.

How Did We Do?

Each week we take a crack at predicting the results of each match. How did we get on this weekend? Actual results are shown in bold whereas our predictions are in italics.

Huddersfield Town 1-2 Fulham Huddersfield Town 0-2 Fulham

Barnsley 2-2 Charlton Athletic Barnsley 1-2 Charlton Athletic

Blackburn Rovers 1-0 Middlesbrough Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Middlesbrough

Brentford 1-1 Hull City Brentford 1-1 Hull City

Bristol City 2-0 Queens Park Rangers Bristol City 2-1 Queens Park Rangers

Luton Town 1-2 West Bromwich Albion Luton 2-2 West Bromwich Albion

Millwall 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday Millwall 1-2 Sheffield Wednesday

Nottingham Forest 3-0 Birmingham City Nottingham Forest 1-1 Birmingham City

Stoke City 2-2 Derby County Stoke City 0-2 Derby County

Swansea City 3-2 Preston North End Swansea City 1-0 Preston North End

Wigan Athletic 0-2 Leeds United Wigan Athletic 1-3 Leeds United

Reading 3-0 Cardiff City Reading 1-1 Cardiff City

Not our greatest set of predictions for the Championship review, but at least we got one correct score!

Up Next

It’s the first round of Tuesday league fixtures this week. All matches to take place on Tuesday, August 20 and Wednesday, August 21. 7.45pm kick-offs unless otherwise stated.

Tuesday

Birmingham City v Barnsley

Derby County v Bristol City

Hull City v Blackburn Rovers

Middlesbrough v Wigan Athletic

Sheffield Wednesday v Luton Town

Wednesday

Cardiff City v Huddersfield Town

Charlton Athletic v Nottingham Forest

Fulham v Millwall

Leeds United v Brentford

Preston North End v Stoke City

Queens Park Rangers v Swansea City

West Bromwich Albion v Reading – 8.00pm kick-off

 

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