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Managerial departures, empty stadiums, and an unwanted league record

2 October 2017

Brentford news

After victory at Bolton Wanderers nine days ago, The Bees added to their points tally with a pair of draws against two of the Sky Bet Championship’s big-spenders. A late Ollie Watkins goal secured a point at home to Derby County on Tuesday night while Ollie was on target again in the North-East on Saturday as The Bees drew 2-2 against Middlesbrough, Yoann Barbet having earlier given Dean Smith's side the lead. 

Brentford B suffered only their fourth defeat of the season on Sunday as a strong Rangers XI left London victorious. With former Scotland striker Kenny Miller just one of a number in the visitors line-up with first-team experience, Graham Murty’s side ran out 5-2 winners: Bradley Clayton and Theo Archibald on target for The B Team. 

Sky Bet Championship news

Steve Cotterill was left in no doubt about the task he faces as new Birmingham City manager after watching his charges lose 6-1 at Hull City on Saturday. The heavy defeat sees Blues remain in the bottom three, alongside Sunderland, who drew at Preston North End, and Bolton Wanderers who lost to Aston Villa.

At the other end of the table, Cardiff City and Wolverhampton Wanderers occupy the promotion places following the weekend’s action. After City’s draw at home to Derby County, Sheffield United missed the chance to go top as they lost to Nottingham Forest. Victory for Bristol City saw The Robins jump to fourth, above Leeds United who lost to Sheffield Wednesday, while Preston round-out the top six. Villa, Ipswich Town, Norwich City, and Fulham make up the chasing pack heading into the second international break.

World Football

One of the world’s biggest clubs parted with their manager last week as Carlo Ancelotti departed Bayern Munich following their 3-0 Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain. The Italian paying for a sluggish start at home, where they already trail Borussia Dortmund by five points, and in Europe after just eight games this campaign.

Barcelona kept up their perfect La Liga record this season with a 3-0 win over Las Palmas on a surreal afternoon at the Nou Camp. Yesterday’s match was played behind closed doors due to the Catalan independence referendum taking place at the same time meaning that Barca were cheered on by just a few hundred stadium staff instead of the usual 100,000 fans. It didn’t seen to affect them too much as they made it seven wins from seven and opened up a five point lead at the head of affairs in Spain.  

Elsewhere in Europe, PSG restored their three point advantage at the summit of Ligue 1 thanks to a 6-2 win over Bordeaux while Juventus dropped their first points of the season at Atalanta to leave Napoli two points clear in Serie A. The weekend’s Premier League action saw the two Manchester clubs extend their advantage at the top of the table to five points following victories over Crystal Palace and Chelsea respectively, Tottenham Hotspur’s win over Huddersfield lifted them to third, above The Blues, with Arsenal and Burnley completing the top six, following their victories on Sunday. Palace's defeat mean they are now the first league team ever to lose their opening seven fixtures without scoring.

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