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Catch up with the latest news from around Europe over the past seven days

18 December 2017

Brentford News

Dean Smith’s Bees extended their unbeaten home run to ten games in the Sky Bet Championship but it could, and perhaps should, have been more when Barnsley visited Griffin Park on Saturday. The home side dominated the game but couldn’t find any way to get through the massed ranks of Tykes defenders. In the end, The Bees had to settle for a point which leaves the side in 13th ahead of the busy Christmas period

Alan Judge continued his comeback with another 70 minutes and an assist as Brentford B beat Wolverhampton Wanderers at Jersey Road on Thursday. The Irish midfielder crossed for Joe Hardy to open the scoring just before half-time and it was 2-0 shortly after the restart: The Bees breaking from a saved-penalty with Herson Alves finishing nicely. Wolves did pull one back in the closing stages but Kevin O’Connor’s side hung on for the points.

Sky Bet Championship News

Wolverhampton Wanderers continue to set a terrific pace at the top of the table after their 1-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday on Friday night. The victory, given to them by Ruben Neves fine low-strike, was their seventh in their last eight games and means they are now eight points clear of third-placed Bristol City. Cardiff City’s 1-0 win over Hull means they sit second, four points behind Wolves, with The Robins, Derby County, Aston Villa, and Sheffield United rounding out the top six.

Birmingham City’s 2-1 home defeat to QPR means they now prop up the division after taking just one point from their last five games. Burton Albion’s success at Bolton Wanderers moved them above The Trotters in the drop zone while Sunderland’s victory over Fulham, their first home three points in just shy of a year, sees them climb to 21st. Elsewhere there were wins for Millwall over Middlesbrough, Leeds United over Norwich City, and Ipswich Town over Reading.

World Football News

Manchester City set a new English professional record last week after notching up their 15th and 16th straight league wins. Pep Guardiola’s side beat Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur to claim the record and now have their eyes on the longest-ever streak in Europe's top five leagues, currently held by Guardiola’s 2013/14 Bayern Munich, of 19 straight league wins.

While City currently lead the Premier League by 11 points they are not the only side in Europe to enjoy a sizeable cushion at the top. Bayern also have a double-figure points gap over second, PSG lead Monaco by nine points in Ligue 1, and Barcelona have a six-point advantage in Spain. It is only really in Italy where the title-race looks to be up for grabs with just four points separating Napoli, Juventus, Inter Milan, and Roma at the head of Serie A.

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