2019-20 Sky Bet Championship: Weeks One and Two Roundup

With the Sky Bet Championship now fully back underway, it is Sheffield Wednesday who lead the way after two exciting rounds. 

The Owls took a 3-1 win away at Reading on the opening weekend, before following that performance up with a 2-0 home victory over Barnsley, in which loan signing, Jacob Murphy opened the scoring from Kadeem Harris’ deflected shot before Steven Fletcher blasted in their second against the Tykes to seal top spot. 

Victories over Blackburn and Stoke mean that Charlton currently sit second whilst their beaten opposition prop up the table, after also suffering defeats against Fulham and QPR respectively. 

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The Hoops however sit fourth after taking a 1-1 draw against Huddersfield in their opening home game this weekend, having previously beaten the Potters in Week One through goals from Jordan Hugill and Eberechi Eze. 

Leeds occupy third after comfortably dispatching Bristol City 3-1 before playing out a 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest at Elland Road after Lewis Grabban cancelled out Pablo Hernandez’s opener for the Whites. 

Forest are therefore still looking for their first win after losing their opening home game to West Brom from in front, as the Baggies occupy fifth after conceding a late goal to draw with Millwall who edged out Preston in their opener. 

The Lilywhites then thrashed Wigan 3-0 in the Lancashire derby to climb to tenth in the standings, as the Latics fell to earth with a bump after beating Cardiff 3-2 on the opening day. 

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Derby meanwhile are sixth after a Tom Lawrence double gave them victory over Huddersfield in the Championship’s first Monday Night Football of the season, before playing out a goalless home draw with Swansea who had beaten Hull on the opening weekend. 

Opening weekend defeats for Cardiff and Huddersfield were compounded by Fulham losing 1-0 at Barnsley through Luke Thomas’ first half goal, therefore creating history as they became the first relegated set of clubs to not win their opening Championship fixtures in a new season. 

The Tigers meanwhile secured their first win of the season on Saturday after Jarrod Bowen inspired them to a 2-1 home win over Reading with the opener before setting up Jackson Irvine to head in their second, before Lucas Joao scored a consolatory debut goal for the Royals. 

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Birmingham sit eighth after taking a shock opening weekend win at Brentford before drawing at home to the Robins, after Lukas Jutkiewicz’s opener was cancelled out by Tommy Rowe. 

Elsewhere, Luton marked their Championship return after over a decade away with a bang when they drew 3-3 with Middlesbrough before losing at Cardiff to a 96th minute headed winner from Isaac Vassell. 

Middlesbrough were then downed by a Ollie Watkins tap-in at home to Brentford on Saturday to leave the Teessiders sat 18th with just one point. 

 

 

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