We are just two weeks into the 2020-21 Championship season and, despite the table not yet taking shape, some of the wheat is already being separated from the chaff.
There has been some good, bad, and ugly on show in the second tier, with plenty learned along the way… like these four things.
Queens Park Rangers conceded a staggering 76 league goals in the 2019-20 season and, following Friday night’s 3-2 loss to newly-promoted Coventry City, it’s easy to see how.
Lax defending from the R’s throughout the 90 minutes at St. Andrews saw three avoidable goals scored by the Sky Blues in their first Championship win since 2012.
Summer signing Lyndon Dykes scored for the visitors from the spot notching his second of the season, but poor defending from Lee Wallace and goalkeeping from Joe Lumley was costly.
If QPR continue to concede at will, they are in real danger of a relegation scrap this season despite their additions elsewhere on the field. QPR are 7/1 with BetVictor to suffer the drop this season.
What were Brentford worrying about?
The Bees christened their league debut at the Brentford Community Stadium with a comprehensive win over Huddersfield Town with second-half goals from Josh Dasilva, Marcus Forss and Bryan Mbeumo.
Brentford looked fluid in attack and aggressive on the counter, allowing the Terriers to have the lion’s share of the possession throughout the fixture.
Brentford’s new signing from Peterborough, Ivan Toney, missed two one-on-one opportunities in the game, which could have seen the hosts rack up a memorable score in west London.
The paint has barely dried on Brentford’s new home, but the Bees look to be buzzing along quite nicely in their quest for Premier League football next season.
Brentford are 11/4 with BetVictor to be the highest-scoring team in the Championship this season.
Nottingham Forest have now gone eight Championship fixtures without a victory.
Coupled with the fact that their last four have ended in defeat, this has heaped the pressure on Sabri Lamouchi in the ever-changing hot seat at the City Ground.
Questions were asked of the Frenchman following his side’s capitulation at the end of the 2019-20 season and after a 2-0 home defeat to Cardiff City, all eyes are on Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis to see whether he will pull the trigger for the fourth time in as many years.
Forest relied on their sturdy defence through large pockets of last season, but have kept just one clean sheet in their previous 13 Championship fixtures.
It was always going to be an uphill battle for Gareth Ainsworth’s newly-promoted outfit.
If it wasn’t for Sheffield Wednesday starting the season on -12 points, the Chairboys would be pinned to the bottom of the Championship already, with a 5-0 away defeat at Blackburn Rovers this weekend underlining their struggles.
Without real investment in their squad, Wycombe look set for a season swimming upstream. It’s said that the gap between League One and the Championship is bigger than that between the Championship and the Premier League and Wycombe are finding this out the hard way.
Conceding three goals in the first 33 minutes on Saturday set the tone for a miserable afternoon – they’ll need to start picking up points soon before they are cut adrift.
All odds correct at the time of publication.
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