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18 September 2017

Brentford News

Dean Smith’s side were left with just one point from their latest two games despite a pair of dominant performances against two of last year’s beaten Play-Off sides. Firstly, an early Nico Yennaris goal was cancelled out by Gary Hooper and Ross Wallace as Sheffield Wednesday came from behind to win at Hillsborough on Tuesday night. Then, on Saturday, Liam Kelly’s second-half penalty earned Reading a point at Griffin Park after Josh Clarke’s first-half opener.

Brentford B won one and lost one on their two-game Germany tour. Joe Hardy and Marcus Forss were on target as Kevin O’Connor’s side won 2-1 against Polish side Legia Warsaw on Monday. The same pair also netted against Hertha Berlin on Wednesday but the home side scored four goals in 22 minutes either side of the break to complete a 4-3 win, despite Hardy’s brace.

Sky Bet Championship news

Harry Redknapp became the first managerial casualty of the season following Birmingham City's 3-1 defeat to Preston North End on Saturday. Despite bringing in 14 players over the summer, five straight defeats spelled the end for Redknapp at St Andrew’s.

Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Birmingham saw Leeds United climb to the top of the second tier but they were brought down to earth with a first league defeat of the season at Millwall on Saturday. United still top the table on goal difference from Wolverhampton Wanderers and Cardiff City with Preston North End, Ipswich Town, and Sheffield United rounding out the top six.

World Football news

Birmingham City were not the only team to dispense with their manager in England this week with Frank De Boer, Michael Brown, and Gary Caldwell leaving Crystal Palace, Port Vale, and Chesterfield respectively.

In the Premier League, Sunday’s 4-0 win over Everton returned Manchester United to the joint-top of the pile alongside fierce rivals Manchester City who beat Watford 6-0 on Saturday. In the weekend’s other major action, Chelsea and Arsenal drew 0-0 at Stamford Bridge while Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur were held at home by Burnley and Swansea City respectively.

Barcelona’s £97 million signing Ousmane Dembele faces four months out with a tendon injury. In his absence Barca wrapped up a fourth straight win to start the season to remain atop the La Liga table. Four other teams in Europe’s Big Five leagues also kept up their 100 per cent records as Juventus, Napoli, Inter Milan, and Paris St Germain all recorded wins over the weekend. 


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