Championship GW9 Review
Another enthralling Championship weekend was brought to an end with an entertaining Steel City derby. There were three home wins, three away wins and six draws in round 9, and Infogol’s Analyst will review the weekend’s action, assessing performances and not just results to paint a clearer picture.
Brentford’s first win of the season was the most ‘unfair’ result of the Championship weekend. They beat Bolton 3-0 at the Macron, but were fortunate to hit three goals. All three of their goals were from low-probability efforts, with the goals amounting to 0.12xG. They struggled to generate high-quality chances in the match, which is why they were fortunate to win by such a margin.
Norwich were held to a goalless draw by Bristol City in GW9, and were unlucky not to take all three points having generated good chances. They missed two high-quality chances, and were never really threatened by Bristol City – a good performance by the Canaries. Norwich are now unbeaten in four, while Bristol City are unbeaten in seven after this result.
Leeds got back to winning ways after a disappointing defeat at Millwall last weekend, beating Ipswich at Elland Road. They won 3-2, with the eventual winning goal being an own goal by the Ipswich goalkeeper. Leeds were once again under-par in their performance, especially defensively as they conceded some good chances to one of the worst attacking teams in the league. They remain top on goal difference, and have a big week coming up.
Aston Villa’s 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest was slightly fortunate as there was little between the quality of chances the two teams generated. QPR and Burton shared a goalless draw, as did Preston and Millwall, with all four teams failing to create any good chances of note.
Reading and Hull, Derby and Birmingham and Fulham and Middlesbrough all drew 1-1 in GW9, and all were ‘fair’ results with very little between the teams. Fulham and Middlesbrough left it late to get on the scoresheet in their match, while Reading left it very late to salvage a deserved point at home to Hull.
Wolves and Barnsley both scored in added time, which eventually finished 2-1 to Wolves – a deserved result. The Steel City derby finished 4-2 to Sheffield United after an impressive counter-attacking display. They silenced a bouncing Hillsborough not once, but twice throughout the match and deserved the three points. Cardiff kept pace at the top of the table after a 2-1 win over struggling Sunderland, who are now without a win in seven league matches.
GW10 Team to Back – Brentford
Brentford got their first win of the season against Bolton in GW9, and though they were fortunate to win by a three-goal margin, their process remains consistent. They have been generating chances all season long, and they can now kick on after getting off the mark. They face a struggling Derby in GW10, and look a good price at 11/8 to get the win.