We look at four players we think might shine this weekend in the Championship.
Top of the table Ipswich travel to Deepdale to play newly promoted Preston North End. Ipswich muscled past Burnley in mid-week as they look to show the form that got them to the Championship playoffs last year, and they look a strong outfit this time around, too. One player who has impressed in particular is Freddie Sears, once of West Ham, who has two goals already. His blistering pace causes a lot of problems, and even though Preston’s defence has been extremely solid so far, Sears has the ability to unlock that defence and grab a goal or two for his team.
The form striker of the league so far plays off against one of the form teams, as Charlton and Tony Watt face Hull, who’ve grabbed seven points from three games so far as they look to bounce back immediately from relegation. Hull will probably be favourites, but Charlton have already pulled off an impressive win against QPR, and at The Valley could pull off a mini-upset. Watt could be the key to that – the former Celtic striker has struggled to settle anywhere since he scored in the Champions League against Barcelona, but seems to have found his home. Three goals in three games so far for the Scottish striker, and don’t be surprised to see him make it four in four.
Middlesbrough look a dangerous team this year, with plenty of quality attacking players, and they face Bristol City, who so far have conceded eight in three. All the signs point to a Boro win, and we think Albert Adomah will shine this week. He hasn’t quite shown his quality so far this year, but if he gets a bit of space to exploit against Bristol City he will punish them. City are looking to bring in some players but are struggling to convince them to join, though they seem to be looking for attacking players when it’s the defence that’s not holding up so far. Adomah scores quite a few goals from a wide position and it’s only a matter of time until he starts up again this year.
Arsenal loanee Jon Toral has got plaudits for his two in two for Birmingham City, but Clayton Donaldson has been the real star. After Blues managed to keep hold of him, and tied him to a longer contract, he has repaid the faith with four assists in just two Championship games. Blues face a difficult test tonight, as Derby County make the trip to St. Andrews. A difficult game to call, but if Gary Rowett’s side are to get anything from it, Donaldson is likely to be a big part of it. Derby haven’t been convincing so far this year, drawing all three games, and will be desperate for a first win.