Last weekend, Fulham secured promotion to the Premier League with a gritty 1-0 victory over Aston Villa in the EFL Championship Play-off Final, demonstrating that a youthful team with guts and flair can overcome the weathered and battle-hardened old guard.
With 17 goals and 8 assists in 29 Premier League appearances so far this season, Sterling’s place in the England team come June is an absolute no-brainer; but will he be able to come up big for the Three Lions when they need him most?
With the EFL Championship play-offs just around the corner, the teams at the top need to keep up the momentum while for teams at the bottom, a positive result can mean a short reprieve and the promise of better things when the league resumes.
In the build-up to this most portentous of times, are there yet more bad omens on the horizon for those floundering at the bottom? Will Wolves, so long at the head of the Empire, finally succumb to Cardiff’s knife?
In this round-up, groundsmen set to work clearing the snow and ice hurled on the pitch by the Beast from the East while mouthwatering clashes, such as Derby County vs. Fulham, and Middlesbrough vs. Leeds United, tell the tale.
The EFL Championship is gathering force. Wolves will be hearing the war drums of the coming onslaught most audibly—their lead whittled away to a mere six points. Rulings also come for those at the bottom, with Sunderland and Birmingham the latest contenders for the club least-likely to be able to handle the pressure.
For many Championship clubs, the FA Cup has introduced itself as the season’s latest distraction. Circumventing last weekend’s fourth round fixtures were a smattering of Championship games, each more important and must-win as the last.
The festivities are well and truly over, and the New Year has rolled in. Championship teams are now back to the usual grind, and so are Soccity.
As promised, Soccity’s Championship round-up returns to analyse the entirety of the festive period, in all of its hectic glory.
This week, the footballing world’s collective eyebrows stood firmly raised as Liverpool announced their capture of Southampton’s Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk for a world record-breaking £75million.