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30 April 2018

Brentford News

The Bees late charge to the Sky Bet Championship Play-Offs came to an end in disappointing fashion on Saturday after a 2-0 defeat at Barnsley. Kieffer Moore’s deflected cross put the hosts in front, against the run of play, early on and Oli McBurnie settled matters with a second-half header.

Despite not being able to make the end of season shoot-out, Dean Smith’s side are guaranteed a fourth top ten finish in the second tier when the season comes to an end next Sunday against Hull City.

Sky Bet Championship News

It’s all set up for an intriguing final day of the season after the penultimate round of Championship fixtures. At the top, Cardiff City will be promoted with victory over Reading on Sunday after they beat Hull City 2-0 at The KCOM Stadium. Fulham can still pip Neil Warnock’s side to promotion, should they slip up, after they came from behind to beat Sunderland on Friday night.

Middlesbrough joined Aston Villa in the Play-Offs after their victory over Millwall on Saturday, a result which all-but ended The Lions hopes of a top six finish. The final Play-Off spot will be decided between Derby County and Preston North End, both of who are involved in matches with consequences at both ends of the table on Sunday.

Victory for The Rams over Barnsley would guarantee them sixth place and could also consign Jose Morais’ side to League One football next year. The Tykes are ahead of Burton Albion, who travel to Preston North End, on goal difference and so any slip up could open the door for Nigel Clough’s side to pull off an incredible escape.With Bolton Wanderers a further point back in 23rd hosting Nottingham Forest and Birmingham City and Reading both facing tough games against Fulham and Cardiff, five teams are still in with a mathematical chance of going down

Football News

Barcelona wrapped up their seventh La Liga title in ten seasons after victory at Deportivo La Coruna last night. Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick in the 4-2 win as Ernesto Valverde’s men continued their unbeaten domestic campaign. Barca’s title win, which came with four games to spare, means that, among Europe’s Big Five, only the Italian league is still up for grabs, although Juventus need just five points from their remaining three games to secure a seventh consecutive Serie A crown.  

In Scotland, Celtic demolished Rangers 5-0 at Celtic Park to make it seven straight Scottish league titles on Sunday. Social Media also picked up on the victory with Celtic defender Mikael Lustig landing himself in hot water after stealing a Policeman’s hat to celebrate James Forrest’s goal.

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