Championship season review: Nottingham Forest, Preston, QPR, Reading

Nottingham Forest: 21st Yet again, there was a new manager in situ at Nottingham Forest heading into a new season, this time in the shape of Frenchman Philippe Montanier, whose aim was to arrest the club’s downward trend of recent years. It was an unforgiving role that was not made any easier by a lack of summer signings and discontent from the fans towards owner Fawaz Al Hasawi. The team got off to a mixed start, and soon developed a Jekyll and Hyde tendency to win at home – where the…

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Championship Season Review – MK Dons, Nott’m For, Preston, QPR

Milton Keynes Dons: 23rd (relegated) After knocking on the door for several seasons, MK Dons finally achieved promotion to the Championship in 2015, and having wiped the floor with many of the teams in the third tier it appeared as though they would have little trouble acclimatising to playing at the higher level. Some key players departed over the summer, but their absence was not felt initially as a resounding win at Rotherham United on opening day was not long followed by victory at home to Bolton Wanderers. However, things began…

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Leicester vs QPR – Premier League preview and team news

There will be a party atmosphere at the King Power Stadium on Sunday as Leicester City, safe from relegation, face a Queens Park Rangers side who are condemned to the Championship. Very few people gave the Foxes any hope of beating the drop just a couple of months ago, but their superb run ensures that they look forward to more top-flight football next term. And here there is double reason to celebrate, with hardworking striker Jamie Vardy having earned an England call-up. It was a strong defensive performance which produced…

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Arsenal target Petr Cech on the move as Chelsea eye replacement

Petr Cech Chelsea

Chelsea seem to be resigned to losing veteran shot-stopper Petr Cech this summer, with the Blues reportedly targeting Queens Park Rangers’ Rob Green as his replacement, according to the Daily Star. The Star claim that Chelsea’s move for Green should open the door for Cech to sign for Arsenal, with the 32-year-old apparently himself claiming he is “99 per cent” sure that he will be plying his trade at the Emirates next season. QPR have been poor this season, and have consequently (and deservedly) been relegated. This, along with their…

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QPR vs Newcastle – Premier League preview and team news

Newcastle United make the trip to West London to face relegated Queens Park Rangers as they look to avoid joining the hosts in the Championship for next season. Before the turn of the year, QPR were showing real signs that they could survive this time around, thanks to an increasingly strong home record. However, they have not won at Loftus Road in 2015, and despite a brief upturn in performance levels of late, it has resulted in a slide that boss Chris Ramsey has been unable to halt. Indeed, their…

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