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The Week in Football

Catch up with the stories from around football over the past seven days

11 December 2017

Brentford News

Dean Smith’s side fell to only a second defeat in 14 Sky Bet Championship games after being beaten 3-2 at Hull City on Saturday. A David Meyler own-goal put The Bees in front but The Tigers roared back to net three goals in a little over 20 minutes at the KCOM Stadium. John Egan made it 3-2 late on but the hosts hung on to win in Nigel Adkins first game in charge.

Tuesday’s Brentford B game saw Alan Judge make a goal-scoring return to action after more than a year-and-a-half out injured. The Irish attacker netted from the spot in the first-half as The Bees ran out 3-2 winners at The Hive: Marcus Forss grabbed the other two goals in North London as Kevin O’Connor’s side returned to winning ways.

Sky Bet Championship News

Wolverhampton Wanderers maintained their commanding lead at the top of the Sky Bet Championship tree despite being held to a 0-0 draw at home by ten-man Sunderland on Saturday. The Black Cats had Lee Cattermole sent off for two quickfire bookings but the ten men held on for their point. Cardiff City could cut that gap to just two points with a win over Reading this evening.

Bristol City climbed to third after a 2-1 win at Sheffield United on Friday night while Derby County’s victory over Barnsley lifted them to fourth. Aston Villa and The Blades make up the rest of the top six, four points clear of Leeds United in seventh. At the other end of the table, Burton Albion remain bottom of the pile after their defeat at home to Preston North End. Sunderland and Birmingham City complete the bottom three with Bolton Wanderers outside the relegation places on goal difference.

World Football News

The draws for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League have thrown up some intriguing ties for the British clubs involved. Chelsea have been drawn against Barcelona while Tottenham Hotspur will take on Juventus. Manchester City and Basel have been drawn together with Manchester United meeting Sevilla and Liverpool facing Porto. The undoubted tie of the round however pits current holders Real Madrid against many people’s favourites PSG. In the Europa League, Arsenal will take on Swedish minnows draw FK Ostersunds while Celtic face Zenit St Petersburg.

In domestic football, Manchester City’s lead at the top of the Premier League already appears to be approaching the unassailable. Their 2-1 win over neighbours United on Sunday, given to them by goals from David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi, extended the gap at the top to 11 points as we approach the mid-point of the campaign.  

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