Huddersfield v West Brom: Championship – live!

17 July 2020 03:43
Championship updates from the 5.30pm BST kick-offLeeds one point from promised land after Barnsley winAny comments? You can email Ben or tweet @benfisherj 4.43pm BST If it was not already clear, anything other than a West Brom win would see Leeds return to the top flight after 16 long years away. Marcelo Bielsa was typically philosophical after a hard-fought win over Barnsley on Thursday. “It was a collective effort, we had to run a lot to keep the result and I value a lot the courage and effort all of the players did to keep the result,” Bielsa said. “Until the situation is mathematically resolved we can not talk about promotion. We [myself and my coaches] will not watch the West Brom or Brentford games. We focus on ourselves.” Related: Leeds one point from Premier League promotion after win over Barnsley 4.39pm BST Some pre-match reading on the unravelling of Hull: Related: Fans irate as Hull City's tailspin towards League One turns toxic 4.36pm BST Team news news: Slaven Bilic tweaks things from West Brom’s draw with Fulham in midweek, with Matt Phillips and Hal Robson-Kanu replacing Kamil Grosicki and Charlie Austin. Meanwhile Karlan Grant drops to the bench for Huddersfield. 4.34pm BST Huddersfield (4-2-3-1): Lossl; Stearman, Schindler, Chalobah, Toffolo; King, Hogg; Willock, Bacuna, O’Brien; CampbellSubs: Coleman, Kachunga, Grant, Pritchard, Mounie, Stankovic, J Brown, Smith Rowe, Duhaney 3.27pm BST Oh how West Brom need this. They kick-off the penultimate round of Championship fixtures knowing victory against Huddersfield will inch them closer to a Premier League return. But the jitters have well and truly started and should they slip up once more, their fate will tumble out of their hands and into the laps of Brentford, who have won all seven games since the restart. But Leeds, too, will be watching with great interest. Well, Marcelo Bielsa and his staff might not be – presumably they will be glued to The Chase, another kind of pulsating climax – but fans will, oddly, be willing on their Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield, who can inadvertently promote Leeds should they prevent Slaven Bilic’s side from picking up all three points. Bilic has maintained those below them would sooner be in West Brom’s position but they are wobbling and Brentford are breathing down their necks, just one point behind them despite being 10 points adrift when the season was halted. “The key is to be very calm,” he said. “We have to share that pressure. It has always been in our own hands. It has been that way since September. From round seven, you’re checking on other results. The whole year, we have relied only on us.” Continue readingreadfullarticle

Source: TheGuardian