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  • Sat, 24 Feb 2024 17:43:00 +0000: Ilias Chair makes crucial contribution for QPR after starting despite being handed prison sentence on Friday - EFL Championship News, Features, Opinion - talkSPORT

    Ilias Chair assisted Queens Park Rangers’ winner against Rotherham United just a day after he was sentenced to prison.

    The 26-year-old has been charged for an assault on a truck driver and sentenced to a year in jail with a further 12 months suspended.

    Chair has been sentenced to a year in prison for assault
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    Chair, whose brother Jaber has also been charged and sentenced, has been ordered to pay the victim £13,400 in compensation for his injuries, too.

    Both have been accused of assaulting the truck driver with a rock that left the victim, named Niels T in court, with a fractured skull.

    The midfielder is appealing and QPR released a statement on Friday to say they are in ‘regular contact’ with his legal team.

    Despite the situation, Hoops boss Marti Cifuentes named him in the starting XI for the visit of Rotherham on Saturday afternoon.

    And his selection paid off as Chair provided the assist for Chris Willock’s crucial winner in a 2-1 victory to keep them out of the relegation zone.

    A court in Antwerp, Belgium heard that Chair, along with his brother and his friends, were involved in an altercation with the driver in Bazeilles, France in 2020.

    The incident saw Niels T lose consciousness and he was taken to hospital in critical condition for treatment on his fractured skull.

    His lawyer said: “My client almost lost his life, and it took surgeons to save him.

    Chair was still named in the QPR starting XI and made a huge impact in their win
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    “He was unable to work for a long time, and still suffers adverse reactions every day to having been hit with a rock.”

    Chair’s appearance was his 31st in the Championship this season, with the Moroccan international missing just two games of the campaign.

    He has now scored four goals and assisted another six for the club as they fight to avoid relegation to League One.

    The 26-year-old signed for QPR in 2017 and has now made 224 appearances for the club since then.

    Chair has netted on 32 occasions and assisted another 37 goals during his spell at Loftus Road.

  • Sat, 24 Feb 2024 15:10:20 +0000: Liverpool fans all say the same thing as Fabio Carvalho scores absolute beauty for Hull amid Jurgen Klopp injury crisis - EFL Championship News, Features, Opinion - talkSPORT

    Some Liverpool supporters have urged the club to recall Fabio Carvalho to help cope with their injury crisis after he scored an absolute screamer for Hull City.

    Reds fans think they’ve got another gem on their hands after watching the 21-year-old smash one in from 20 yards.

    Carvalho has quickly settled in at Hull and has been one of their stand-out stars since his January switch
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    Carvalho joined Hull in January after being recalled early from his unfruitful season-loan spell at RB Leipzig – but now the Anfield faithful want him back after showing his class in the Championship.

    The attacking midfielder put Hull 1-0 up against West Brom on Saturday with an arrowed finish – hitting the top corner with a firmly struck drive from outside of the box.

    That made it three goals in eight league outings since joining the Tigers on January 10, including goals in back-to-back games, with some supporters making comparisons to Harvey Elliott.

    Carvalho and Elliott were both signed by Liverpool from Fulham, with Elliott breaking into Jurgen Klopp’s senior side and becoming a first-team regular following his impressive loan with Blackburn in the second tier.

    Some are suggesting Carvalho is now showing similar signs he can make that step up, having initially struggled for game time following his arrival from Craven Cottage in the summer of 2022.

    But others want him back at Anfield now to help bear the burden of the club’s current injury crisis, with nine senior players currently on the sidelines, while attacking duo Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez are facing late fitness tests ahead of Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Chelsea.

    After watching Carvalho’s stunning strike, one Liverpool fan wrote on X: “Recall Carvalho if we get more injuries at this rate.”

    A second posted: “Take a bow Fabio Carvalho, what a finish. Bring him back, Liverpool!”

    Meanwhile, another fan account said: “Get him on the bench tomorrow!”

    A fourth added: “Fabio Carvalho is having the same loan season Harvey Elliot did in the Championship for Blackburn. The future is looking very bright.”

    Hull eventually drew the game 1-1 after a crucial equaliser from Darnell Furlong – but Carvalho showed his first-class mentality after the game as he insisted only wins count.

    Perhaps Liverpool’s next manager is taking notice…

    “It was a good strike,” Carvalho said after the game.

    “But ultimately it means nothing if we don’t get the three points, so that’s all I’m focused about.”

  • Sat, 24 Feb 2024 11:05:12 +0000: Kaiser Chiefs react as ‘best fans in the world’ belt out classic in unison after record-breaking Leeds win - EFL Championship News, Features, Opinion - talkSPORT

    Leeds fans were branded the ‘best in the world’ after incredible scenes at full-time of their 3-1 win over Leicester.

    The Whites closed the gap on the runaway Championship leaders to six points with a stunning late show in Yorkshire.

    37,000 fans watched the Championship’s top two battle it out on Friday
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    Daniel Farke’s side struck three times after the 80th minute to come from behind and send a packed Elland Road bonkers.

    The sell-out home crowd stayed long after the final whistle and belted out Kaiser Chiefs classic ‘I Predict a Riot’ in unison.

    Leeds posted incredible footage of the post-match scenes and the Yorkshire-based band themselves responded on social media with two sets of praising hands.

    Virgin Radio listeners, of course, will know lead singer and presenter Ricky Wilson is a die-hard Leeds fan.

    Meanwhile, goalscorer Archie Gray – great-nephew of Leeds legend Eddie Gray – was left stunned by the noise inside Elland Road during his post-match interview.

    He told Sky Sports: “Just listen to it. I can barely hear myself speak.

    “We’ve got a stadium full of fans and it’s, what, half ten at night?

    “It’s never over when you’ve got fans like these. They’re the best in the world.”

    Elland Road has been a fortress this season and a number of Leeds records tumbled on Friday night.

    They equalled a 92-year club record of nine straight league wins, while Farke became the first Leeds manager to go unbeaten in his first 19 home games in charge.

    Farke said: “To be there with a ninth win in a row, unbeaten here at Elland Road [this season] – there are many record-breaking statistics.

    “But even more important is the feeling and the spirit. You could feel it in the celebrations of the whole stadium.

    “You could see what it means to everyone connected with this club after some really tough years, many disappointments and days of suffering.

    “To experience such a period when you feel everything is really united here – players, staff, supporters, the whole club.

    “We’re delivering such performances and such results. It’s great and I’m delighted for our supporters. They can enjoy their weekend in a proper way, that’s for sure.”

  • Fri, 23 Feb 2024 22:16:50 +0000: Leeds stun Leicester in dramatic fashion with historic victory as Championship title race takes new twist - EFL Championship News, Features, Opinion - talkSPORT

    Leeds completed a stunning late turnaround against Leicester to close the gap on the Championship leaders to six points.

    The Whites ran out 3-1 winners at Elland Road to claim a ninth successive league win – equalling a club a record.

    Wout Faes opened the scoring for Leicester in the first half
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    They have now done the double over the Foxes for the first time since the 1994/95 season, but crucially, have seen their promotion hopes take a huge boost.

    Enzo Maresca’s side dominated the majority, with Leicester made to rue a number of missed opportunities in Yorkshire.

    They looked to be on their way of claiming all three points after breaking the deadlock in the 15th minute though Wout Faes’ header from a corner.

    Patson Daka then thought he had doubled the visitors’ lead in the second half.

    But he was adjudged to have been in an offside position, despite replays appearing to show the ball had come off of a Leeds player.

    He then squandered an excellent chance when sent through one-on-one by Ricardo Pereira, but sidefooted his effort well wide.

    And they were then made to pay for their poor finishing as Leeds levelled through Connor Roberts in the 80th minute.

    Their comeback was sealed just moments later when Archie Gray’s strike went in off the head of Faes to send Elland Road wild.

    Gray’s goal ensured Leeds led with seven minutes remaining
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    Bamford then diverted James’ free-kick in injury time
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    The Whites have closed the gap on Leicester to six points
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    Daniel James’ free-kick in stoppage time was then diverted in off Patrick Bamford to seal all three points.

    Leeds have now closed the gap on Leicester to just six points, having at one point trailed by 12 during the match.

    Sitting second in the Championship, they are also three points clear of Ipswich Town in the race for the automatic promotion spots.

    Leicester have now suffered back-to-back defeats following last week’s loss to Middlesbrough.

    And they know that their latest defeat is their own fault, with the Midlands side to now turn their attention to their FA Cup fifth round clash away at Bournemouth on Tuesday.

  • Fri, 23 Feb 2024 16:11:46 +0000: Leeds vs Leicester City LIVE commentary: Enzo Maresca ignites fan fury ahead of ‘huge’ Championship clash – kick-off time, team news and talkSPORT coverage - EFL Championship News, Features, Opinion - talkSPORT

    Leicester City travel to take on Leeds in a huge Championship clash at Elland Road tonight, exclusively live on talkSPORT. 

    The Foxes are nine points clear at the top of the table but their title rivals can cut that gap down to six with a crucial win.

    Leicester are nine points clear at the top of the table
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    Enzo Maresca’s side lost to Middlesbrough last time out and another defeat here would be music to the ears of fellow challengers.

    Three points for Daniel Farke’s men could prove vital for their chances of automatic promotion while putting some doubt on Leicester’s hopes after their dominating season.

    Leeds vs Leicester City: ‘A huge game… for them’ 

    Leicester boss Maresca has got under Leeds fans’ skins after admitting tonight’s game is ‘huge’, but only for the hosts and not his Foxes side.

    Speaking at his press conference, the Italian said: “It’s a huge, huge, huge game for them. For us, it’s one more game.”

    This comment will serve as motivation for Farke’s men and supporters, meaning there is sure to be an incredible atmosphere in the stands.

    Maresca’s initial words seemed provocative but he explained why he considers the game to be more important for his opponents.

    “Why for me it’s huge for them but not for us?” he explained. “For us also it’s a huge game, but for them even more because they are nine points behind us. This is the only reason.

    “Now, if it was the other way, and if we are nine points behind, yes, it’s the game we have to win. But I don’t have this feeling.”

    Farke will be using Maresca’s words as motivation
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    • Leicester City have only lost one of their last nine away league visits to Leeds United (W5 D3), losing 1-0 in November 2012.
    • Leeds won 1-0 against Leicester at the King Power in November. They last completed a league double over the Foxes in the 1994-95 season.

    Leeds vs Leicester City: Team news 

    Patrick Bamford remains out injured for Leeds with Joel Piroe continuing to lead the line.

    Winger Dan James is likely to stay on the bench with Wilfried Gnonto in fine form.

    As for Leicester, Wilfred Ndidi is still absent while Ben Nelson is a doubt.

    Kelechi Iheanacho could come back into the fold following AFCON, however, he has to compete with three strikers in Jamie Vardy, Tom Cannon and Patson Daka.

    Vardy has been in fine form in recent weeks
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    • Should Leicester City lose this match, their lead at the top of the Championship will be down to as few as six points for the first time since December 28th. Indeed, as recently as January 12th, they were 17 points ahead of Leeds.
    • Leeds United have won their last eight league games – another win in this match will see them equal their record for longest winning league run of nine games, set in November 1931 and September 2009 (excl. play-offs).

    Leeds vs Leicester City: What has been said? 

    Leicester midfielder Harry Winks has been speaking about how impressive manager Maresca has been this season.

    “He’s incredible in every way,” Winks told talkSPORT. “He’s a manager who I think will certainly go to the very top. His understanding of football is something I’ve never witnessed before.

    “I think his approachability and man-management is exceptional. I’ve really enjoyed working for him so much already and I’m still learning so much every day.

    “When you go out on the pitch you know exactly what to do and how the opposition are going to operate and what you can do to affect that.

    “To do it so simply is the most important thing. That’s a thing a lot of managers probably struggle with – getting the message across, but the gaffer does it so well here.”

    Winks is loving working under Maresca
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    • Wilfried Gnonto has scored five goals in his last five appearances in all competitions for Leeds United, as many as he netted in his first 52 games combined for the club. All those goals have been away from home, however, with the Italian last scoring at Elland Road back in January 2023 against Cardiff in the FA Cup.

    Leeds vs Leicester City: talkSPORT coverage 

    This Championship clash will take place on Friday, February 23.

    Kick-off at Elland Road is scheduled for 8pm.

    talkSPORT will have EXCLUSIVE live coverage of the game presented by Hugh Woozencroft.

    Commentary will come from Jim Proudfoot and former Liverpool Women’s striker Courtney Sweetman-Kirk.

A Basic list of recent teams in the Championship

Barnsley
Birmingham
Blackpool
Bristol City
Brighton
Burnley
Cardiff City
Coventry City
Crystal Palace
Derby
Doncaster
Hull City
Ipswich Town
Leeds United
Leicester City
Middlesborough
Millwall
Nottingham Forest
Peterborough
Portsmouth
Reading
Southampton
Watford
West Ham

More Information on each Football Team will be duly added shortly, along with Daily Motion details on the latest Videos.