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Football League 2017/18 - 4th-6th August 2017

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Friday 4th August

Championship

Nottingham Forest v Millwall

Sunderland v Derby County

 

Saturday 5th August 

Championship

Bristol City v Barnsley

Burton Albion v Cardiff City

Fulham v Norwich City

Ipswich Town v Birmingham City

Preston North End v Sheffield Wednesday

QPR v Reading

Sheffield United v Brentford

Wolves v Middlesbrough 

Aston Villa v Hull City (5.30)

 

League One

Bradford City v Blackpool

Bury v Walsall

Charlton Athletic v Bristol Rovers

Doncaster Rovers v Gillingham

Fleetwood Town v Rotherham United

MK Dons v Wigan Athletic

Oldham Athletic v Oxford United

Peterborough United v Plymouth Argyle

Portsmouth v Rochdale

Scunthorpe United v AFC Wimbledon

Shrewsbury Town v Northampton Town

Southend United v Blackburn Rovers

 

League Two

Accrington Stanley v Colchester United

Carlisle United v Swindon Town

Chesterfield v Grimbsy Town

Coventry City v Notts County

Crawley Town v Port Vale

Crewe Alexandra v Mansfield Town

Exeter City v Cambridge United 

Forest Green Rovers v Barnet

Luton Town v Yeovil Town

Morecambe v Cheltenham Town

Stevenage v Newport County

Wycombe Wanderers v Lincoln City

 

Sunday 6th August

Championship

Bolton Wanderers v Leeds United 

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Will be a tough game against Sheffield United but I fancy us to do them. A lot of people tipping us to be surprise relegation favourites (surprise favourites???) but we've kept our players, improved on last seasons squad and have arguably the best winger in the league still with us. Defo going to be around the play offs this season so beating sides like Sheffield United needs to be a done thing now. 

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I can't see Brentford anywhere near the play-offs.

All gets underway tonight then, interested to see how Sunderland look under Grayson, think they'll be hard to break down but haven't really got any quality up top.

Expect Forest to win the other game.

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Glad football is back. 

Massive pressure on Sunderland tonight. Need to put their terrible pre-season behind them.

Why are Forest playing Millwall tonight? 

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55 minutes ago, HoneyNUFC said:

Glad football is back. 

Massive pressure on Sunderland tonight. Need to put their terrible pre-season behind them.

Why are Forest playing Millwall tonight? 

Think it's to do with the cricket being in Nottingham tomorrow.

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Think we have a decent squad for the season. Not going to crack the play offs but I have a bit more optimism for the season. Unfortunately, losing Kadeem Harris for 2-3 months is a blow but we do have options available in Hoilett, Mendez-Laing and possibly Ward if necessary.

Burton won't be easy as they proved last season, but if Zohore can continue as he did in the latter half of last season, he will cause Burton problems. Going for a 1-0 win to us.

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Honestly couldn't predict the first team for Sunday's game. So many possibilities. It's all down to who has made the greatest impressions in pre season and training.

The only thing we do know is Pontus Jansson is suspended so that automatically makes me weary about the defence, particularly with no Kyle Bartley to lean on now.

Obviously would love to start with a win away at Bolton on TV, and with all due respect to Stef, we should normally look at that game as very winnable.

But the first game is a lottery, players have been used to non competitive games and then suddenly the intensity rises and not all of them manage to be 'on it.'

I'm going to try not get bent out shape too much with Sunday's result. Last season we were stuffed 3-0 by QPR on Sky. Then look how contrasting both our season's were.

Should be a good support in, we sold the allocation in 15 minutes so it's not like any optimism has wavered.

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sometimes playing a promoted team can have its downsides when played them first. although Bolton's team is full of trialists these days so maybe you're good for 3 points xD 

 

meanwhile, I know it's only Sunderland and Derby but it's good to have serious football back. :D 

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Sunderland were on top before and after the goal but Derby just had a good chance to go 2 up after Steele fumbled a Huddlestone shot. 

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Derby happy to sit. Always a risky tactic. I think Sunderland will equalise, but they look shit at the back. Galloway was awful for the goal and the keeper nearly fucked up as well.

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equaliser for Sunderland! Blatant handball from Butterfield and Grabban slots the penalty away. Sunderland deserve that tbf. 

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Awful quality but enjoying just having competitive football to watch again 

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2 minutes ago, RandoEFC said:

How do Galloway and Browning look?

Tanned 

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Derby have a lot of experience and characters in there ranks but without Christie, Hughes and Ince the lack of pace is there to see.

It reminds me of when Palace lost Andy Johnson and in came the likes of Mark Kennedy and James Scowcroft.

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James Vaughan could be like Freddie Sears at this level. Needs an early goal in his Sunderland career or he could go on a horrendous barron spell with no confidence.

 

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I'd be quite encouraged by that if I supported Sunderland. I imagine they'll do more transfer activity by the start of September and they have players like O'Shea and Gibson who should be decent at this level still to feature. They went up against a team that have about 7/8 starting players who wouldn't look out of place with a captains arm band on and were arguably the better team at a time when everybody was questioning them.

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Thought Sunderland were the better team and were a tad unfortunate not to win. They were fighting again, I've said all along I like Grayson and I think if he's given time he'll take them back up.

Derby were average at best.

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