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Carabao Cup: Round One Draw Announced

The Carabao Cup Round One draw was made on Thursday evening from Morrisons, Colindale, North West London.

There were two stand out ties from the draw with AFC Wimbledon playing MK Dons, while newly-promoted Salford City will face Leeds United.

The draw was conducted by two former England internationals in John Barnes and Ray Parlour and was split into two regions – North and South.

Huddersfield Town, the hightest-ranked team in the Northern Section, will face Lincoln City while the highest ranked Southern side, West Bromwich Albion, will face Millwall.

Every club from Sky Bet League One and League Two enter the Carabao Cup in Round One, along with 22 Championship clubs.

Only Cardiff City and Fulham – who finished 18th and 19th respectively in the Premier League last season, will enter in Round Two, alongside the clubs from the Premier League, not in European competitions.

The first round matches are scheduled to take place week commencing Monday 12thAugust, with the final due to take place on March 1, 2020.

Full Round One Draw can be seen below:

North Draw

Tranmere Rovers v Hull City

Grimsby Town v Doncaster Rovers

Wigan Athletic v Stoke City

Port Vale v Burton Albion

Nottingham Forest v Fleetwood Town

Bradford City v Preston North End

Blackpool v Macclesfield Town

Blackburn Rovers v Oldham Athletic

Mansfield Town v Morecambe

Accrington Stanley v Sunderland

Scunthorpe United v Derby County

Rochdale v Bolton Wanderers

Huddersfield Town v Lincoln City

Middlesbrough v Crewe Alexandra

Shrewsbury Town v Rotherham United

Sheffield Wednesday v Bury

Salford City v Leeds United

Barnsley v Carlisle United

South Draw

Colchester United v Swindon Town

AFC Wimbledon v MK Dons

Oxford United v Peterborough United

Queens Park Rangers v Bristol City

Plymouth Argyle v Leyton Orient

Wycombe Wanderers v Reading

Charlton Athletic v Forest Green Rovers

Gillingham v Newport County

Stevenage v Southend United

Luton Town v Ipswich Town

Walsall v Crawley Town

Bristol Rovers v Cheltenham Town

Brentford v Cambridge United

Coventry City v Exeter City

Swansea City v Northampton Town

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Middlesbrough should look to sign these two players to obtain a playoff​ spot

Middlesbrough have managed to turn their season around under manager Tony Pulis and currently sit 8th in the Championship table, just two points outside the playoff places.

The North-East outfit have won 3 of their last 5 league games scoring 8 goals in the process, but with only Britt Assombalonga hitting double figures so far this season, it could well be an area that Pulis looks to strengthen this month.

Other strikers at the club such as Ashley Fletcher and Patrick Bamford have had little game time under the Welsh manager, with target man Rudy Gestede featuring heavily. If Boro are to have a successful campaign and go back up to the Premier League they are going to become more of an attacking force as they currently have scored 38 goals as a squad in the Championship this season, which is the lowest of the top 10 clubs.

With that in mind, Tony Pulis is going to have to look to add some firepower to his strike force and should look to bring in Bradford City striker Charlie Wyke and Walsall attacking midfielder Erhun Oztumer.

Charlie Wyke – The Bradford City striker has 12 goals to his name already this season in League One, continuing his terrific form in front goal. Prior to his move to Valley Parade Wyke, was with Carlisle United where in his final season for the club he scored 15 goals in all competitions.

If Boro were to sign Wyke they would be getting a striker that knows where the back of the net is which would help take the burden off Assombalonga and could be the man to fire Middlesbrough back to the Premier League.

Erhun Oztumer – The attacking midfielder has been superb for Walsall this season as he leads the clubs goalscoring charts with 11 goals, and shows he has natural goalscoring ability, backing up his 15 league goals from last season.

Oztumer who is out of contract at the end of the current season, will be on the radar of many clubs due to his terrific form so if Boro did want to land the attacking midfielder they would have to move quickly.

Middlesbrough fans would you take Charlie Wyke and Erhun Oztumer at the Riverside Stadium? Let us know in the comments section…

Is this manager about to switch Championship clubs and take a former striker with him?

One of the most talked about managers in the Championship right now is Barnsley’s Paul Heckingbottom, one because of his success with the Yorkshire outfit but also as he is linked with the vacant Nottingham Forest job and has according to the Nottingham Post he has refused to rule himself out of the running also.

Barnsley are currently 19th in the Championship and are just two points above the drop zone following a run of just one win in five games, but following last seasons 14th place finish, many expect Heckingbottom to turn the clubs fortunes around if he remains with the Yorkshire outfit.

If he does make the move from Yorkshire to Nottingham, many expect former Barnsley striker Ashley Fletcher to join him at the City Ground after the striker has fallen out of favour at Middlesborough. Having worked under Heckingbottom during his time at Barnsley, Fletcher knows exactly how he works and could make the switch to try and re-find his goalscoring form.

Nottingham Forest fans would you like to see Paul Heckingbottom as your new manager and do you want him to bring Ashley Fletcher with him? Let us know in the comments section…

3 January Transfers that could get Leeds United Promotion

Jack Marriott

A number of Championship clubs including Leeds United, Aston Villa and Sunderland with the 23 year-old currently topping the League One scoring charts with 17 goals and 3 assists.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga has failed to impress on his loan from Hamburg this season despite 5 goals to his name and Leeds looked short of fire power at Elland Road on New Years Day as they failed to see off Nottingham Forest.
Marriott has worked his way up the ranks well and with the injected pace and finishing ability he offers a step up to the Championship could prove to be pivotal to improving Leeds’ promotion hopes.
Adam Clayton
Leeds are rumoured to be joint favourites with Aston Villa to resign Adam Clayton with Sheffield Wednesday interested also.
It was a controversial move when Clayton departed Elland Road for the short journey to local rivals Huddersfield but a move which Clayton denies he forced.
The midfielder has been out of favour somewhat at the Riverside this season and there is no doubt that his ability and experience at this level would be invaluable to Leeds at this stage in a position that they are slightly short in.
Paul Dummett 
A move that would potentially only be a loan if it were possible, Dummett was an influential part of Newcastle United’s promotion last season but ha been sidelined since the opening weekend.
The left-back made his return against Manchester City before the new year and it is a position that many feel Leeds need to strengthen in.
Gaetano Berardi has been playing out of position and filling in at left-back and has become a cult-hero at Elland Road with his passionate performances.
The Italian has said himself however that Leeds need better than him if they are to achieve promotion which, despite his good performances, is probably correct from an attacking point of view.

Who are the 3 best strikers in the Championship?

As another thrilling Championship season gets underway we take a look at who are currently the best strikers in the division. The Championship is near impossible to predict and the top scorer charts is also one of those things. Last season we had the likes of Chris Wood, Dwight Gayle and Tammy Abraham, Wood and Abraham especially I don’t think anyone expected to have the seasons they had. 

We have of course had some front runners in the top scorer charts that have got off to flying starts such as Bristol City’s Bobby Reid, Hull City’s  Jarrod Bowen and Ipswich Town’s Martyn Waghorn but this is who currently I believe are the three best strikers in the division:

Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) 

Since his move from Watford to Southend, Britt Assombalonga has been terrorising Football League defences ever since scoring a total of 73 goals since 2012 with Southend, Peterborough, Nottingham Forest and now Middlesbrough. A record signing in the Championship, after singing for £15 million from Forest, Assombalonga has started this campaign brightly with 5 goals in 8 appearances so far for Garry Monk’s side. Middlesbrough, themselves, haven’t had the brightest of starts but if he can stay fit, Assombalonga will be crucial to their success this season.

Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Vila)

Jonathan Kodjia is certainly a man who knows where the net is at this level. After joining Bristol City from Ligue 2 outfit, Angers in 2015, he scored an impressive 19 goals in his debut season and Kodjia, now at Aston Villa,  had a solid season last time out  as well netting another 19 goals in 36 appearances. There seems to be a much unwanted expectation on the Ivorian’s head, which will come from playing for a big club like Aston Villa, but if he can keep his head down stick to playing football, Kodjia really will be imperative to Villa’s chances this season.

Daryl Murphy (Nottingham Forest) 

Many may feel this is a contentious one but I really think Daryl Murphy is an underrated striker these days. The 34 year-old is a very experienced head at this level and has scored a lot of goals in it. The former Ipswich man scored 50 goals in 127 appearances including a wonderful 2014-15 campaign in which he netted 27 goals. Now at Nottingham Forest, Murphy has made an impressive start to life in the East Midlands scoring 6 goals in his opening 11 appearances. The Irish international will have a pivotal part to play for Forest this season with experience being something they lacked last term.

So there is our 3 best strikers currently in the Championship. It will be a different list come the end of the season I’m sure with the likes of Wolves forwards Diogo Jota and Leo Bonatini that look like they are going to have stellar seasons.

Let us know your top 3 strikers in the Championship below!

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