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Championship 2020/21: Three games to watch in Matchday 8

League leaders Reading continued their fine run of form in matchday 7 as they registered a comfortable 3-0 win over Rotherham United at home. The Royals are currently unbeaten in the Championship and they already have a healthy five-point advantage at the top of the standings.

Let’s have a look at three interesting matches in Matchday 8.

Brentford vs Norwich City – October 28: The Bees saw their two-match winning run halted over the weekend with a second successive away defeat to Stoke City. On the contrary, the Canaries made it three wins on the bounce and they needed another late winner from Matio Vrancic to breach Wycombe Wanderers’ defence. The Canaries have remained unbeaten in three games against the Bees, but they will be tested on Tuesday as they come up against Ivan Toney, who is the league’s top scorer with seven goals. Daniel Farke’s side have scored the winner in the 87th minute or later in the past three games against teams, who like to sit and defend. Brentford, however, are bound to play an attacking brand of football and it could be an open high-scoring contest.

Bournemouth vs Bristol City – October 29: The Cherries are scheduled to host Bristol City for the first time since 2006 when they were both in League One. Both Bristol and Bournemouth have made bright starts to their respective seasons with 14 and 13 points respectively, but they have struggled since the October international break. Bristol have picked up just two points in the past three games while the Cherries have fared slightly better with three points. Hence, both teams are going through a lean patch and it will be an intriguing game on Wednesday night. Bournemouth are just one of two teams including Reading, who are unbeaten, but the midweek clash will be difficult to call with Bristol having impressed on their travels with seven points from three outings.

Derby County vs Cardiff City – October 29: Both teams have won just one of their previous five games, but Derby have had the worse start to the campaign. They are presently in the drop zone with just four points when compared to Cardiff, who are in mid-table with five more points on the board. The Rams are still searching for their first point on their home patch and they can anticipate another difficult challenge against Cardiff whom they have beaten in just one of the previous five meetings. One of Derby’s main concerns has been the lack of goals (three from seven outings) and will need to show an improvement in midweek. Phillip Cocu’s managerial position could be under threat, should the Rams succumb to a defeat against the Bluebirds.

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