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19 March 2018

Brentford News

The Bees welcomed two of the Sky Bet Championship’s in-form sides to Griffin Park last week but were left with just one point to show for their efforts.

Cardiff City arrived on Tuesday night looking for a seventh straight league win which would further strengthen their grip on one of the automatic promotion places. Despite falling behind to an early Neal Maupay goal, Neil Warnock’s side had turned things around by half time thanks to goals from Sol Bamba and Callum Patterson. Kenneth Zohore made it 3-1 just after the break as The Bluebirds headed back down the M4 with three points.

On Saturday, it was the turn of sixth-placed Middlesbrough to head to TW8. Adama Traore fired Boro into an early lead but Lewis Macleod’s first Brentford goal, on his first start of the season, levelled before the interval. The Bees pressed for a winner after the break but were unable to find a way through as they had to settle for a point.

Brentford B journeyed north of the border to take on Rangers and returned with an excellent win thanks to first-half goals from Marcus Forss, Reece Cole, and Bradley Clayton. The home side included five first-team players but were no match for Kevin O’Connor’s young Bees. The B Team will be hoping for similar tomorrow when they take on Manchester United at Griffin Park, kick-off 1pm.

Sky Bet Championship News

Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers appear to be back on track after comfortable wins over Reading and Burton Albion re-established a 13 point gap over third-placed Fulham. Wolves had looked to be stuttering but six points from a possible six, coupled with dropped points for Fulham and Aston Villa mean they look well set now for a return to the top flight. Cardiff’s seven straight wins mean they are now just six points behind Wolves, with a game in hand, but more importantly have a seven-point lead over the chasing pack.

Derby County’s struggles have seen their grip on a Play-Off place slip with The Rams now just four points clear of tenth-placed Millwall in the race for the top six. County, Middlesbrough, Bristol City, Preston North End, Sheffield United, and Millwall are all well-placed going into the international break, with The Bees just a further four points back.

At the other end of the table a brace from Jota secured a vital three points for Birmingham City against Hull City on Saturday. The victory, Garry Monk’s first as Blues boss, ended their long losing streak and means they are now only in the bottom three on goal difference. Things are beginning to look desperate for Sunderland and Burton Albion as back-to-back defeats for the pair means the gap to safety is growing.

Reading’s 3-2 defeat to Norwich City leaves them just three points above the drop zone but Bolton Wanderers gave themselves a six-point cushion thanks to their 1-0 win over Villa at a snowy Macron Stadium on Saturday.

Football News

Mohammed Salah’s four goals against Watford on Saturday means he now leads the race for the Premier League Golden Boot. The Egyptian took his tally to 28, four clear of Harry Kane in second, with Sergio Aguero in third with 21, as Jurgen Klopp’s side put five past The Hornets.

The weekend’s FA Cup ties saw the favourites come through unscathed as Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, and Southampton booked their spot in the Semi-Finals. United and Chelsea atoned for their midweek Champions League exits with wins over Brighton and Hove Albion and Leicester City while Spurs beat Swansea City and The Saints ended League One Wigan Athletic’s fantastic run. Sunday’s last four draw paired together United and Tottenham while Chelsea will face Southampton, with both ties to be played at Wembley late next month.

England’s participation in Europe now rests in the hands of Manchester City, Liverpool, and Arsenal after the first knockout stages of the Champions and Europa League. City and Liverpool cruised past Basel and Porto to set up an all-English Champions League Quarter-Final tie while Arsenal will take on CSKA Moscow in the last eight of the Europa League after beating AC Milan 5-1 on aggregate.

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