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The Week in Football

A look around the key footballing stories over the past seven day

23 October 2017

Brentford news

The Bees extended their unbeaten run to six games in the Sky Bet Championship after a dramatic 3-3 draw at home to Sunderland on Saturday. Florian Jozefzoon and Neal Maupay struck in the second-half as Dean Smith’s side had to come from 3-1 behind despite taking an early lead through Nico Yennaris.

Kevin O’Connor’s B Team remain unbeaten on their latest tour, this time in Italy, after a 2-2 draw against Atalanta and a 4-3 win over AC Milan. Raphael Assibey-Mensah and Joe Hardy were on target during Wednesday’s draw while Theo Archibald struck twice, with Jan Novak and Bradley Clayton adding the others, as AC were beaten on Saturday. Brentford B conclude their tour with a game against Inter Milan on Wednesday.

Sky Bet Championship news

Bristol City’s 12 match unbeaten run came to an end on Saturday as Leeds United moved up to fourth with a 3-0 win at Ashton Gate. Both teams were reduced to ten men late on as The Whites leapfrogged City in pursuit of the automatic promotion places. The top three all won on Saturday: Wolverhampton Wanderers withstood a late rally from Preston North End to win 3-2 while Cardiff City and Sheffield United beat Middlesbrough and Reading respectively to maintain a two-point gap to the league leaders. Aston Villa climbed to fifth after their 2-1 victory at home to Fulham.

At the other end of the table, a late Idrissa Sylla strike for Queens Park Rangers denied Bolton Wanderers back-to-back league wins. The point does see The Trotters close to within five points of safety: Brentford’s opponents Sunderland and Burton Albion, who lost 2-0 at Nottingham Forest, currently make up the other two places in the bottom three. Birmingham City are outside the drop zone by a point after their 2-0 defeat at Millwall. Norwich’s win over Ipswich Town in the East Anglian derby lifted them to ninth while Hull City won at Barnsley and Derby County beat Sheffield Wednesday.

World Football News

Ronald Koeman’s 16-month spell in charge of Everton came to an end earlier today, the Dutchman leaving Goodison Park following Sunday’s 5-2 defeat to Arsenal which leaves Everton in the bottom three. Despite a summer of big transfer spending, The Toffees have taken just eight points from their opening nine games this campaign. Sean Dyche is the bookies favourite for the job with Sam Allardyce, David Unsworth, and David Moyes the other leading contenders.

Manchester City continue to lead the way in the Premier League after Saturday’s 3-0 win over Burnley at The Etihad Stadium with Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, and Arsenal the chasing pack. 

The last remaining 100 per cent record in Europe’s top five leagues fell on Saturday as Italy’s top two, Napoli and Inter Milan, played out a goalless draw at the Stadio San Paolo. Both sides remain unbeaten after nine games with Juventus and Lazio hot on their heels.

PSG dropped points for only the second time this season as Marseilles held them to a 2-2 draw in Le Classique. Neymar scored and was sent off as Edinson Cavani’s  93rd minute free-kick secured a point for the Parisians against their bitter rivals.

Elsewhere, Barcelona made it eight wins from nine with a 2-0 win at home to Malaga as they remain four points clear of Valencia in Spain while Jupp Heynckes' Bayern Munich are now level on points with Borussia Dortmund atop the Bundesliga following their 1-0 win against Hamburger SV. 

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