EFL: SkyBetChampionship Roundup 30th Jan

Top of the table clash between Aston Villa and Sheffield united played out in front of over 26,000 fans at Bramall lane turned out to be a tight affair with few chances between the two clubs. With Sheffield United edging the game in chances and possession it was Villa who came out with 3 points as Robert Snodgrass tapped in from close range to move the villains to 3rd in the league trailing derby by a point while Sheffield United drop out of the play offs into 7th position. Chris wilder remained optimistic after the game as he said “their goalkeeper made more saves than ours and kept them in the game. I thought we dominated the first half.” Wilder was also left optimistic after James Wilsons debut.

There was a stalemate elsewhere at the top of the championship as derby draw at blank at the Den despite dominating the 90 minutes Millwalls’ defence stayed resolute with cooper putting in a man of the match performance Derby’s late attempt to get all three points almost ended successfully as Anya played through Jerome however they striker drew a blank as the linesman denied his goal.
relegation candidates Birmingham and Sunderland met in what some could call a 6 pointer. Steve Cotterill’s Birmingham got off to a quick start with David Davis and Boga giving the Blues a two goal lead before half time. Sam Gallagher put the final nail in the coffin in the 54th min as Sunderland trailed 3-0 an Oviedo consolation did not stop the away end from filling with boo’s as relegation begins to feel more and more imminent for the Tyneside strugglers.
At the foot of the table burton continued to struggle after falling to a 3-1 defeat to reading as Bodvarsson scored a brace and wales international Chris Gunter cancelled out Burtons penalty making it 4 losses in a row and conceding 9 goals in the last two games. Meanwhile reading moved 6 points clear of the relegation zone.
Preston continued to keep thereselves as outsiders for play offs after beating Nottingham forest with a debut goal for Billy Bodin which started the fire for A 3-0 victory. The city ground may have been recently successful through the FA Cup however the championship seem to be stuck to a midtable finish and a preparation for another season in the championship.
Elsewhere in the championship there were also blanks in the games between Hull City and Leeds and Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday.

PDC signs a new three year deal with Butlins

The Professional darts cooperation have agreed a new three year deal with Butlins Minehead resort to keep the UK Open and Players Championship Finals until 2020.

The venue which is based in Somerset has hosted PDC darts since the players championships moved to Minehead in 2012 which is proved to be a hugely popular event with fans who have access to every session of darts as part of their package which includes accommodation with inclusive dining as an option.

Both the UK Open and Players Championship Finals in 2018 are looking to be a sell out weekend in Minehead as the first two tournaments are under the new three year deal with the PDC.

Just pure evil

Manchester United will charge Sevilla fans £89 to attend the Champions League last-16 tie at Old Trafford on 13 March in response to the Spanish club’s “unfair and excessive” ticket pricing.

United say they will use the proceeds to subsidise fans attending the first leg in Spain on 21 February.

The La Liga side are asking for £35 more than they took from Liverpool fans in the group stages in November.

Sevilla are not breaching Uefa rules and are charging their own fans more.

United said they had taken the decision as “a deterrent to future opponents who look to increase ticket prices for our travelling supporters”.

United fans will be refunded £35 before their trip to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, with any additional money donated to the Manchester United Foundation.

In response to complaints from ticket holders, United outlined their stance in a letter, which was issued on Wednesday.

It read: “In this instance we believe that our travelling supporters are unfairly being subjected to increased/excessive ticket prices from the host club.

“Ultimately Sevilla have not agreed to significantly lower the price to what we view as a reasonable level.

“Therefore, we have taken the difficult decision to charge Sevilla fans the same amount as our fans have been charged for the away fixture.”

In response, Sevilla said they will subsidise their fans for the price increase and will “be in contact with Uefa” over the matter.

“Sevilla will also look to guarantee that no Sevillista pays a penny more than any Manchester United fan for similar tickets – as competition regulations dictate,” the Spanish club said.