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Five things we learned from matchday nine of the Championship

| 28.09.2015

Following another round of fixtures in the Championship, Coral looks at another five things we learned from this weekend, with the season already nearly two months in.

MK Dons might just be too naive for this division
While everyone likes to see attractive football, based on quick passing and building flowing attacks, unless you have a team who can make possession count, all too often purveyors of this get punished.

This could well be the case here with MK Dons. That is two matches that they have in most parts, dominated now and failed to win and manager Karl Robinson, perhaps needs a rethink. Winning ugly, especially in the Championship, although not easy on the eye, can make all the difference between staying up and being relegated with the Dons 7/5 with Coral for the latter.

Ross McCormack can be the season’s top scorer
While he may not have settled straight in at Fulham last season, it seems the Scottish striker is back to his best following his brace in the club’s 4-0 win over fierce rivals QPR. If he keeps getting service like he received last time out, he can easily win the league’s top scorer award.

Soccer - Sky Bet Championship - Fulham v Blackburn Rovers - Craven Cottage

QPR need to find a replacement for Charlie Austin fast
Fans will have been distraught to see their talismanic striker pick up a hamstring injury against Fulham, and from the moment he went off the Hoops’ goal threat looked non-existent. With the loan window an option to explore, they need to attract a player of equal quality to make up for Austin’s loss.

Reading can quite easily go top if they maintain their form
It was the Royal’s fourth consecutive away win against a tough Burnley outfit and their experienced and savvy manager Steve Clark has put together a talented team that plays good football.

Soccer - Sky Bet Championship - Reading v Derby County - Madejski Stadium

Forward Nick Blackman now has eight goals for the season, and with Chelsea loanee Lucas Piazon also netting, the club can be confident of being there or thereabouts at the end of the campaign with the Berkshire side 9/1 to win the league.

Jordan Rhodes is key to Blackburn’s season
The Scot dispatched a last minute equaliser against Hull City at the KC Stadium to score what was his fifth goal of the campaign. It was a result which leaves Rovers languishing four places above the relegation zone after a slow start and if they are going to pick up points and move towards the business end of the Championship table, then Rhodes needs to keep on scoring.

Premier League Tips
Hertha to beat Hoffenheim
Schalke to beat Dortmund
Dusseldorf to win at Paderborn


Matt Haynes

A long-suffering Leeds fan, Matt studied Sports Journalism at university, and has a plethora of multi-industry experience. Having worked on behalf of multiple hedge funds and top-tier investment banks in executive search, he has also had a stint with the BBC and the Press Association. Outside of work, he pursues entrepreneurial activities and likes to keep fit.
Although he has interviewed current England manager Roy Hodgson as well as Rafa Benitez and a number of other names, he is honoured to have spent time in the company of Gordon Banks. Matt enjoys cultivating long-lasting professional and personal relationships, is solution orientated, and supports Coral’s sports content provision.