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Two more Championship games selected for Sky Sports coverage

Two more Championship games have been selected for Sky Sports coverage for what will be the final day of the main season.

The race for promotion is still on with relegation also set to be decided with all but four clubs having just one game remaining to play out.

Another two games have been listed for broadcast later this month, with so much at stake, and even potential points deductions for various clubs yet to be handed out, should it happen.

With Leeds United already confirmed as champions, the other automatic promotion spot is well and truly up for grabs, and can be claimed by either West Bromwich Albion, Brentford or Fulham, who currently sit second, third and fourth respectively.

Brentford’s game against relegation-threatened Barnsley will also hold extra significance, with it being their last at their current home stadium, Griffin Park.

The Bees are still hopeful of giving fans the chance to say a final goodbye to their iconic ground, but it is unlikely to come in the form of a farewell friendly.

The only way would be by letting them have one final socially distanced tour around the stadium, which the club have had for around 116 years.

Brentford are set to be handed the keys to their new 17,250 capacity ground at Lionel Road in the coming days and will then have a contracted window, understood to be a matter of weeks rather than months, to hand over their current home to developers.

Manager Thomas Frank after his side’s defeat against Stoke: “This is the Championship. This is what can happen, we knew it would be a difficult game.

“We are ready to give it a go against Barnsley on Wednesday, 100 per cent. Today we conceded one goal, I think that was the one chance they had first half, they made it difficult for us with second balls and it was difficult to break them down. We didn’t have the final pass or touch.”

Meanwhile, West Brom go into their clash with Queens Park Rangers knowing that a win will secure them a return to the top flight.

Slaven Bilic said after the previous game: “When it mattered the most, we didn’t produce anything that we have been producing all this time. Simply, we weren’t there.

“Not good enough, not defending well. They were more physical than us. They were winning balls in the air, the challenges, they were winning 50/50s. They even passed the ball better. On the ball, it wasn’t us.

“To be fair, I don’t know why. Everything looked good. The only thing to say is that we crumbled under pressure of expectations. But you are under pressure the whole season when you want to do something big, and not to do it when it’s needed the most and when you can’t blame anyone but you, it makes you feel really empty, disappointed and frustrated.”

Both games will take place on Wednesday July at 7:30pm.





Sunday, July 19
Derby County vs Leeds United – live on Sky Sports Football
Barnsley vs Nottingham Forest

Wednesday, July 22 (all 7.30pm)
Birmingham City vs Derby County
Brentford vs Barnsley – live on Sky Sports Mix
Bristol City vs Preston North End
Cardiff City vs Hull City
Leeds United vs Charlton Athletic
Luton Town vs Blackburn Rovers
Millwall vs Huddersfield Town
Nottingham Forest vs Stoke City
Reading vs Swansea City
Sheffield Wednesday vs Middlesbrough
West Brom vs QPR – live on Sky Sports Football
Wigan Athletic vs Fulham

Fans reacted after seeing that two more Championship games selected for Sky Sports coverage…

One fan joked: “SKY SPORTS BREAKING NEWS. Following yesterday’s confirmation that Leeds United were promoted,Sky has reached the decision that they won’t be screening any Championship games next season. A spokesman for Sky said: ‘This League isn’t worth a wank without Leeds United in it so no point in putting the matches on. The EFL did there best to keep them down but it was always a losing battle once they got Bielsa on board.’ More to follow

Another said: What a league it is, one of the most entertaining in the world hands down. Leeds thoroughly deserve promotion. Personally, I’m hoping Brentford can overtake West Brom for that second automatic promotion place. Then will be backing Nottingham Forest to finally win a place back in top flight football, because who doesn’t want them back in the big time?!

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