English Championship Correct Score Predictions: Week 2 15/8/09
A look at the second set of matches in England’s second league, the Championship. Can top of the table Cardiff improve on last week’s four-goal tally, and will the bottom four clubs earn their first points of the campaign?
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Saturday, 15 August 2009
Barnsley v Coventry - Barnsley began the season by overturning a two goal deficit against local rivals Sheffield Wednesday, to earn a creditable 2-2 away draw. Coventry also managed to score two, both courtesy of Clinton Morrison, in an unexpected victory over Ipswich. Verdict 1-1.
Blackpool v Cardiff- Cardiff will look to consolidate their position at the top of the table, earned via a thumping 4-0 rout of Championship newcomers Scunthorpe. Two goals from Michael Chopra were seen by a crowd in excess of 22,000, as Cardiff signalled their intent for the season. Blackpool missed out on a chance for three valuable away points at QPR courtesy of an 86th minute equaliser at Loftus Road, but they will do well to repeat that feat against an impressive looking Cardiff side. Verdict 0-2.
Bristol City v Crystal Palace - Bristol City were victims of a last minute controversial penalty decision which robbed them of two points at Preston last week. City had looked to be leaving Deepdale with all three points, only to have Preston equalise through Callum Davidson. Palace too drew, although they had to come from behind at home against a spirited Plymouth side. Verdict 1-1.
Doncaster v Preston -Doncaster held on for a 1-1 draw away at Watford, whilst Preston too drew, courtesy of a controversial last minute penalty. Doncaster will be the happier of the two sides with their point, although Preston certainly displayed a never-say-die spirit to overturn a two goal defecit in the last eight minutes. Verdict 1-2.
Ipswich v Leicester -Roy Keanes men will go into this game one of only four sides without a point in the Championship, after being beaten at Coventry in the opening fixture. They will look to correct that in a match against newly promoted Leicester, although the Foxes will have other ideas after an opening day win against Swansea. Verdict 2-1.
Newcastle v Reading – Newcastle came away from the Hawthornes last weekend with a hard fought point, perhaps fortunately so with West Brom having a goal disallowed in the last minute. Both sides showed their Premiership credentials, but also some fine examples of why they are plying their trade this season in the league below with spells of dodgy defending. Reading were held at home to a goalless draw by Nottingham Forest, and will be keen to get a player on the scoresheet at St James Park. Verdict 2-1.
Nottm Forest v West Brom - Ten man Forest held on for a valuable point at Reading last week, but face another tough fixture at home to West Brom. The Baggies have managed to keep the majority of their team intact, and looked impressive in their 1-1 draw against Newcastle, a match which they were unfortunate not to win. Verdict 0-1.
Peterborough v Sheff Wed - Newly promoted Peterborough thought that they had done enough to leave Pride Park last week with a point, but were denied by a late Gary Teale strike. They will hope to get off the mark at home against a Wednesday side who let slip a two goal lead against local rivals Barnsley. Verdict 1-1.
Plymouth v QPR -Plymouth came away from Crystal Palace with a well deserved point, with Paul Sturrock insisting that his side can improve further. QPR themselves drew, at home against Blackpool thanks to a late goal from Peter Ramage. Verdict 1-1.
Scunthorpe v Derby -Scunthorpe were given a baptism of fire at last week, leaking four goals to a rampant Cardiff side. They will hope to plug the leaks in their defence before the arrival of Nigel Cloughs men, who ran out 2-1 winners against another newly promoted side, Peterborough. Verdict 0-2.
Sheff Utd v Watford -Sheffield United raised the Championship curtain with a dull goalless draw at Middlesbrough. This week, they face a Watford side on an equal number of points after a home draw against Doncaster. Uniteds new faces already look to have gelled, and manager Kevin Blackwell will hope that they can step up a gear on home turf. Verdict 1-0.
Swansea v Middlesbrough -Boro were booed from the pitch after a drab goalless draw at the Riverside, and will want to give their long suffering fans a chance to cheer at the expense of Swansea, who start the game without a point. Verdict 0-2.