Championship season review: Aston Villa, Barnsley, Birmingham, Blackburn

Aston Villa: 13th After sinking from the Premier League without trace in 2015-16, a summer of transition inevitably ensued at Aston Villa as this illustrious club aimed to lift itself off the floor. Taken over by the Chinese businessman Tony Xia, former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo was appointed the new manager and although a surprisingly high number of the existing squad remained, hefty sums of money were spent on strikers Ross McCormack and Jonathan Kodjia. Expectations were high, but there was clearly a weak mentality within the squad which showed…

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Championship Season Review – Birmingham, Blackburn, Bolton, Brentford

Birmingham City: 10th For the second year in a row, Birmingham City have finished 10th in the Championship, but the contrast between the two seasons is massive. In 2014-15 Gary Rowett took over a side that looked to be headed for relegation and galvanised them, whereas this time around they were very much in the play-off picture until fading away during the closing weeks as a strong home record deserted them. At the beginning the aim was to stay clear of danger and maybe push for another top half finish,…

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Top 10 most important strikers in The Championship

With almost three quarters of the season behind us, it’s time to look at some of the most remarkable statistics in The Championship, England’s second tier football league. Hull City is leading the way, being trailed shortly by Burnley, Middlesbrough and Brighton, while also Derby and Sheffield Wednesday are not done contending for promotion to the Premier League. At the bottom, three clubs are in serious trouble, as Charlton, Bolton and Rotherham have to make up a lot of ground to avoid being relegated to the League One. But who has…

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FA Cup Round Five Preview

The last 16 of the FA Cup is when a number of clubs normally begin to feel that they may just have a chance of winning the famous trophy in May, and many of the big guns make up the names that remain in the competition, with six of the Premier League’s current top seven involved in the eight fixtures to be played over the course of this weekend. Having triumphed in each of the last two seasons, Arsenal are the team to stop and they begin proceedings with a…

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Championship season review: Birmingham, Blackburn, Blackpool, Bolton

Birmingham City: 10th Only a dramatic stoppage time goal at Bolton Wanderers on the final day kept Birmingham City in the Championship by the skin of their teeth in 2014. A year on, they were able to head to the Macron Stadium again to bring their season to a close with no such relegation concerns; indeed they pulled off an impressive win to secure a top 10 finish. It was an amazing achievement, as in the early weeks of the season it looked like nothing could stop them from dropping…

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