Leeds United capitalised on favourable results elsewhere to go top of the Championship on goal difference on Saturday.

Patrick Bamford scored both goals for Marcelo Bielsa's men in a 2-0 victory away to Wigan Athletic, who had Joe Williams sent off in the 21st minute.

Sheffield Wednesday enjoyed a numerical advantage for over 45 minutes in their match at Millwall but failed to muster a response to Matt Smith's first-half effort.

That result, coupled with Charlton Athletic's draw against Barnsley, opened the door to the Whites and means no team can boast a perfect record after three matches.

 

BAMFORD BRACE ERASES WIGAN WOE

Two tap-ins from former Chelsea forward Bamford helped Leeds exact a measure of revenge on Wigan at the DW Stadium.

The Latics derailed the Yorkshire club's promotion push last season when, with 10 men, they came from behind to claim a shock 2-1 win at Elland Road.

There was no repeat this time as the dismissal of midfielder Williams for two bookable offences only left the home side's defence prone to a pair of close-range Bamford finishes.

The goals arrived either side of half-time and improved the 25-year-old's season tally to three in as many matches.

 

MILLWALL MUSCLE PAST WEDNESDAY AS CHARLTON SNATCH POINT

Wednesday's winning start under interim boss Lee Bullen came to a disappointing end in a 1-0 defeat to a resilient Millwall.

Connor Mahoney crossed for towering striker Smith to nod home in the 37th minute and that was all Neil Harris' side needed despite losing Jed Wallace six minutes later.

The midfielder was shown a straight red card for his challenge on Kieran Lee but MIllwall held on to bank a second win, which moves them a spot above sixth-placed Wednesday.

Charlton would have taken over in first had they beaten Barnsley.

Instead, the Addicks had to make do with a point courtesy of Lyle Taylor's late leveller from the penalty spot in a 2-2 draw at Oakwell.

Cauley Woodrow and Conor Chaplin twice gave Barnsley the lead, but Taylor held his nerve over the 89th-minute spot-kick to add to Conor Gallagher's earlier equaliser.

 

WAGHORN DENIES STOKE IN FOUR-GOAL DRAW

Stoke City and Derby County played out an entertaining 2-2 draw as Phillip Cocu avoided what would have been his first defeat in English football.

Cocu had Martyn Waghorn to thank, the striker converting a 70th-minute penalty to go with his early opener.

Liam Lindsay and Scott Hogan got on the scoresheet in between but Stoke were restricted to a point, their first of the campaign.

Derby are now eighth, two points adrift of third-placed West Brom, who rallied from a goal down to win 2-1 at Luton Town after Grady Diangana netted a second-half double.

The largest winning margin of the day saw Nottingham Forest cruise to a 3-0 triumph over Birmingham City.

Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton Athletic were the only teams to maintain their 100 per cent records in the Championship, while Reading, Stoke City and Blackburn Rovers again slipped to defeats.

Last season's relegated Premier League sides Cardiff City and Fulham both bounced back from disappointing starts with home victories, the Bluebirds beating Luton Town 2-1 and Scott Parker's side claiming a 2-0 win against Blackburn.

Middlesbrough manager Jonathan Woodgate was furious after his side had two goals disallowed in a 1-0 home defeat to Brentford, Tommy Rowe's late equaliser earned Bristol City a 1-1 draw at Birmingham City and Preston North End beat Wigan Athletic 3-0.

Meanwhile, Leeds United, QPR, West Brom and Derby County, who all won their opening games, were held to draws by Nottingham Forest, Huddersfield Town, Millwall and Swansea City respectively.

GRABBAN DENIES LEEDS ANOTHER WIN

Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi was facing the prospect of starting the season with consecutive defeats until Lewis Grabban grabbed an equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Leeds, who dominated for long spells at Elland Road.

Marcelo Bielsa's men swept Bristol City aside in the first half an hour of their season opener but found themselves embroiled in a battle with an uncompromising Forest side determined to bounce back from their 2-1 defeat at home to West Brom.

After Patrick Bamford hit the crossbar, it was playmaker Pablo Hernandez who put Leeds in front, latching onto Mateusz Klich's chipped pass over the defence and burying a shot into the far corner of the net for his second goal in as many games.

But Forest equalised with their only shot on target of the game, Grabban capitalising on a penalty-box scramble and bundling the ball over the line from close range.

TWO WINS IN TWO FOR BOWYER'S MEN

Lyle Taylor, who scored Charlton Athletic's winner in their opening-day victory over Blackburn Rovers, picked up where he left off by firing Lee Bowyer's Addicks into the lead at home against Stoke.

The Potters responded through Tom Ince, but the tireless work ethic of Bowyer's newly promoted side wore the visitors down.

Close-season signing Chuks Aneke slammed the ball into the bottom corner from close range after Josh Cullen's cut-back to make it 2-1 to the hosts, and Conor Gallagher put the result beyond doubt seven minutes from time.

OWLS OFF TO A FLYER

Loanee winger Jacob Murphy wasted little time endearing himself to the Hillsborough faithful, pouncing on a loose ball and side-footing Sheffield Wednesday into the lead after two minutes of the South Yorkshire derby against Barnsley.

The Owls carried the momentum of their victory at Reading into the game and withstood waves of pressure from a well-organised Barnsley side before doubling their lead through Steven Fletcher.

After Murphy's mazy dribble, Kieran Lee fed Fletcher and the Scotland international showed great technique with a finish into the bottom-right corner from outside the box.

FULHAM OFF THE MARK AS ROVERS FALTER

Blackburn were widely tipped to push on after finishing 15th in the Championship last season, but two games in they are still without a point following their home defeat to Charlton and a 2-0 reverse at Fulham.

Parker's side drew a blank when starting the season with a defeat at Barnsley but they went ahead against Rovers when former Blackburn midfielder Tom Cairney let rip from 25 yards.

Blackburn matched Fulham for much of the contest and Sam Gallagher squandered the chance to pull them level when he headed wide 14 minutes from time, moments before Aleksandar Mitrovic scored a tap-in.

Leeds United have signed Arsenal forward Eddie Nketiah on a season-long loan.

Bristol City had also been keen on a temporary move for the highly-rated striker, but Leeds eventually won out in the race for the 20-year-old after stepping up their interest following Kemar Roofe's move to Anderlecht.

England Under-21 international Nketiah impressed for the Gunners in pre-season but boss Unai Emery has decided a campaign gaining further experience in the Championship will benefit the youngster.

Nketiah, who will wear the No.14 shirt, made nine appearances for the Gunners last season and was on target in their win over Burnley on the final day of the Premier League.

Kemar Roofe has sealed his reported £7million move to Anderlecht, leaving Leeds United after three years at Elland Road.

Roofe has signed a three-year deal in Belgium with Vincent Kompany's side.

The 26-year-old, who joined Leeds from Oxford United, had played a key role in Marcelo Bielsa's promotion push last term.

He scored 15 goals in 33 Championship games. However, Roofe suffered a knee injury in February, missing a crucial two months as Leeds slipped into the play-off places.

They were then beaten by Derby County, who lost the play-off final at Wembley to Aston Villa.

Leeds have been linked with Arsenal's Eddie Nketiah and Liverpool's Ryan Kent as potential replacements.

Pablo Hernandez scored one and set up another as Leeds United kicked off their Championship campaign with a 3-1 victory over Bristol City at Ashton Gate on Sunday.

Last season's beaten play-off semi-finalists took the lead with 26 minutes played through star man Hernandez, who turned on the edge of the box and curled the ball into the top corner.

Kiko Casilla produced a good save to keep out Josh Brownhill's low drive late in the first half and that proved a big moment in the match as Patrick Bamford got across his man to convert Hernandez' cross 57 minutes in.

Leeds added a third with 18 minutes to go courtesy of Jack Harrison's close-range finish after Stuart Dallas' shot was blocked in front of goal.

Despite Andreas Weimann pulling one back for the hosts seven minutes later with a low shot past Casilla at his near post, Leeds saw things through to make a winning start to Marcelo Bielsa's second season in charge.

Burnley have moved quickly to bring in Tom Heaton's replacement, signing Bailey Peacock-Farrell from Leeds United for an undisclosed fee.

England international Heaton ended his six-year stay at Turf Moor on Thursday, joining newly promoted Aston Villa.

Nick Pope – who missed much of last season through injury and then struggled to establish himself in the side ahead of Heaton and Joe Hart – is tipped to be Burnley's first-choice goalkeeper for the new season.

But extra competition will come from Peacock-Farrell, who has signed a four-year deal with an option for a further season.

The 22-year-old Northern Ireland international made his debut for Leeds in April 2016, but he did not establish himself as a regular at Elland Road until the second half of the 2017-18 campaign.

Peacock-Farrell was first choice for much of Marcelo Bielsa's first campaign in charge of the Championship club, though lost his place after Leeds signed Kiko Casilla from Real Madrid in January.

 

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"I'm really happy to be here. A Premier League club is what you dream of when you are starting out in football," Peacock-Farrell told Burnley's official website.

"There's massive competition here, but it was an opportunity I couldn't turn down. The goalkeepers here are really good and two of them are England internationals. There's something going on here that must be right."

Doubts remain over Hart's future at Turf Moor, as the former Manchester City and England star featured Burnley's first 19 league games last term but failed to make a single appearance after a 5-1 defeat to Everton on Boxing Day.

Neil Warnock insisted the 2019-20 season is "absolutely" his last as a football manager as he prepared for a return to the Championship, where his Cardiff City side will battle for promotion in a division of contrasting football philosophies.

Former Leeds United boss Warnock will relish the Bluebirds' games against his old club more than ever as he pits his wits against Marcelo Bielsa following a turbulent first season in England for the former Argentina coach.

Slaven Bilic will embark upon his first adventure as a Championship boss as he aims to steer West Brom back into the Premier League, while Fulham's Scott Parker, Derby County's Phillip Cocu and Charlton Athletic's Lee Bowyer all make their managerial debuts in the division.

West Brom, Derby and Leeds come into the new season still smarting from play-off disappointment in 2018-19, while Huddersfield Town, Fulham and Cardiff arrive having tumbled out of the top flight last term.

Luton Town, Barnsley and Charlton are the newcomers from League One and all three will fancy their chances of causing more than a few surprises as they take on a division that looks wide open.

BIELSA IS BACK FOR A SECOND CRACK

Leeds fans breathed a sigh of relief when Bielsa agreed a one-year extension to his Elland Road contract, having seen their side transformed under the 63-year-old's guidance in 2018-19. While 'Spygate' and Leeds' play-off defeat to Derby dominated the headlines last season, they played some of the most attractive football in the division with veteran playmaker Pablo Hernandez instrumental in attack.

They acquired Helder Costa from Wolves and Ben White from Brighton and Hove Albion, while losing centre-back Pontus Jansson to Brentford, but Leeds will rely on many of the same faces that helped them finish third last term. Bielsa's ability to get the best out of his resources - particularly influential midfielder Kalvin Phillips - should ensure they challenge for promotion once again.

WARNOCK TO HAVE ONE MORE GO

Last season was a difficult one for Cardiff, the disappointment of relegation put into context by the tragic death of Emiliano Sala before he even played for the club. The experience left Warnock shaken as he reflected on his bond with Bluebirds fans, and he has promised a title tilt to bring the curtain down on his long career.

Aron Gunnarsson and Victor Camarasa have departed, but Warnock has brought in Will Vaulks from Rotherham to reinforce his midfield, while £5.5million forward Robert Glatzel will be expected to deliver goals.

BEES AND ROVERS HARBOUR TOP-HALF HOPES

Brentford finished 11th last season after manager Dean Smith joined Aston Villa in October, but Thomas Frank got them playing attractive football again as they won four of their final six games. Said Benrahma and Neal Maupay will be out to fire the Bees up the table and turn Griffin Park - where they have lost just one league game in 2019 - into a fortress.

There is similar optimism around Ewood Park, where Blackburn Rovers lost just one of their final five Championship games last term, and where former Southampton striker Sam Gallagher will hope to rediscover the goalscoring touch he showed in a loan spell in Lancashire in 2016-17.

FULHAM AIM TO BOUNCE BACK, BAGGIES REINFORCED

Anthony Knockaert knows all about Championship promotion pushes, having starred in Brighton's ascent in 2016-17, and his creativity and goals could be vital to Fulham's hopes of bouncing straight back after he signed on a season-long loan.

The Championship's bargain hunters are West Brom, who have signed Romaine Sawyers, Darnell Furlong and Semi Ayaji for less than £6m combined, but the £8m capture of forward Kenneth Zohore from Cardiff is a real statement of intent.

Marcelo Bielsa has suggested he wants to coach Australia in the future.

The Leeds United boss was reportedly a contender to succeed Ange Postecoglou in 2017.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) instead appointed Bert van Marwijk to lead the Socceroos into the World Cup, with Graham Arnold now in charge.

Bielsa, who has coached Argentina and Chile, has committed to staying at Leeds for the 2019-20 campaign but the 63-year-old indicated he would be interested in being approached by the FFA in the future as he rates Australia's footballing potential highly.

"Always I had the illusion that this could be an option or at a minimum to talk with them, to know what they want," Bielsa told a news conference after Leeds beat A-League side Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday.

"This contact never happened. I understand perfectly why it was like this but honestly, I would like to be part of the football of this country.

"The country could be dangerous because finally their football is growing. They are at an age in football that will give the national team a chance to get success."

Bielsa led Leeds to the Championship play-offs in his first season in English football, but his side lost to Derby County in the semi-finals.

Mason Greenwood could start Manchester United's Premier League opener against Chelsea, according to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Greenwood netted his first goal for the senior side on Wednesday, converting from Aaron Wan-Bissaka's cross to open the scoring in the 4-0 friendly defeat of Leeds United in Perth.

The 17-year-old played three times in the league last season and made his first start in the 2-0 defeat to Cardiff City at Old Trafford on the final day.

And although Solskjaer has plenty of attacking riches at his disposal, including Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku and new signing Daniel James, he is prepared to consider using Greenwood when they face Frank Lampard's side on August 11.

"He's got a chance of starting that one, definitely," he said. "He's more than capable and will always be there, in and around the box, creating chances. If he keeps going as he does... it's difficult to keep players out who perform well.

"Of course, we've been delighted with the goal he scored. It's important for strikers to get that [first] goal, even though we always know he's capable of scoring goals and maybe that's a weight off his shoulders. I think his movement, his cleverness, he's going to be a very good player, the young boy.

"He can play all front four positions, he can play 10, seven, 11, nine, he's a natural footballer. With his left foot coming in, he can play anywhere along the front line."

Greenwood has earned rave reviews with his performances at youth level for United and is confident enough with both feet that he often takes penalties with his right and free-kicks with his left.

"He's almost what you call 50-50, maybe 51-49 left-footed, and you see a talented boy there and he has every opportunity to make it as a Man United player," Solskjaer said.

"Of course, it's also going to be about luck, stay clear of injuries, be professional and I'm sure he's going to grab his chance because he's got everything there for him."

Further goals from Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones and Anthony Martial sealed a convincing win for United to follow on from the 2-0 victory over Perth Glory.

"We scored four goals, created a lot more chances than in the last game, so very pleased with the workout," Solskjaer added to MUTV.

Manchester United thrashed Leeds United 4-0 in the final match of the Perth leg of their pre-season tour on Wednesday.

Goals from Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones and Anthony Martial secured an impressive victory over their old rivals at Optus Stadium.

United eased to a 2-0 win over Perth Glory in their first Australian friendly last week, but there was more to admire about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side as they dismantled their Championship opponents.

Teenager Greenwood broke the deadlock before Rashford produced a smart turn and finish to double the lead before half-time after some fine work from Paul Pogba, who again performed well despite continued speculation over his future.

United were without the ill David de Gea and Romelu Lukaku, who is carrying a knock, and made sure of the win when Jones headed in Andreas Pereira's corner in a second half that yielded 11 changes to the line-up.

Martial buried the fourth from the penalty spot after Liam Cooper had brought down the lively Tahith Chong.

United will now head to Singapore for an International Champions Cup meeting with Inter, who have reportedly prepared an offer of £60million plus bonuses to take Lukaku to San Siro.

Leeds United have sold defender Pontus Jansson to Brentford for a reported £5.5million.

The Sweden centre-back was a key player for Leeds last season, making 39 Championship appearances.

But he reportedly fell out with head coach Marcelo Bielsa, who has subsequently allowed him to leave with Jansson signing a three-year deal with the option of an extra year with the Bees.

Jansson disobeyed Bielsa's order to allow Aston Villa to walk the ball in during a fiery Championship clash in April.

Bielsa has agreed to stay at Elland Road for a second season despite Leeds' loss to Derby County in the play-off semi-finals.

Jack Clarke has been sold to Tottenham but the winger will stay at Leeds on loan during the 2019-20 season.

Leeds United have signed Portugal international Helder Costa on a one-year loan from Wolves that will become a permanent deal at the end of the 2019-20 season.

The Angola-born winger made 25 Premier League appearances for Wolves last term, scoring once, and was a key member of the team that helped the club to promotion from the Championship in 2017-18.

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa will hope Costa's experience of escaping the second tier will boost his side's chances of achieving promotion at the Argentine coach's second attempt, after the Whites suffered a play-off semi-final defeat to Derby County in May.

Costa scored 10 goals in 35 Championship appearances in his first season at Molineux, following a £13.4million (€15m) transfer from Benfica.

His opportunities in Nuno Espirito Santo's side dwindled following Wolves' return to the Premier League, with Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota typically getting the nod ahead of Costa.

His arrival at Elland Road follows that of defender Ben White from Brighton and Hove Albion and a loan deal to keep winger Jack Clarke at the club after he was transferred to Tottenham.

Jack Harrison has also returned to Leeds on loan from Manchester City after a successful 2018-19, and 18-year-old winger Liam McCarron has joined the club from Carlisle United.

Tottenham have ended their long transfer impasse with the capture of Leeds United's teenage winger Jack Clarke, who will return to Elland Road on loan next season.

Clarke has penned a four-year deal to become Mauricio Pochettino's first addition since the arrival of Lucas Moura in January 2018.

Leeds accepted an offer reportedly in the region of £10million plus add-ons for the 18-year-old and negotiated his return for another 12 months under the tutelage of Pochettino's former mentor Marcelo Bielsa.

Quick, direct and comfortable on either flank, Clarke made 25 competitive appearances during his breakthrough campaign in Yorkshire.

He scored twice in that time and looked set to break into Leeds' starting XI before being taken ill during a game against Middlesbrough in February, which led to him spending a short period of time in hospital.

"I'm delighted to join Tottenham and in the short term I'll be giving my all to hopefully help Leeds win promotion," Clarke said.

Lyon and France midfielder Tanguy Ndombele is tipped to follow Clarke to London to become Tottenham's second signing of the transfer window.

Real Betis star Giovani Lo Celso has also been heavily linked to the beaten Champions League finalists.

 

Tottenham have ended their long transfer impasse with the capture of Leeds United's teenage winger Jack Clarke, who will return to Elland Road on loan next season.

 

Manchester City have handed Jack Harrison a one-year contract extension but the winger will spend another season on loan at Leeds United, who have an option to make the move permanent.

Former New York City star Harrison made 42 appearances in all competitions last term as Leeds missed out on promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs.

And the 22-year-old will return to Elland Road to continue his schooling under Marcelo Bielsa after Leeds sealed another 12-month loan deal with City.

Harrison's contract at City now runs to 2022 but Leeds have a purchase option included in the terms of his latest loan.

Leeds have also snapped up centre-back Ben White on a season-long loan from Brighton and Hove Albion.

"It's really nice to secure another year at this football club," said White, who has signed a one-year contract extension with the Seagulls. "I've been here for six years now, and it shows that all my hard work is paying off and that's great to see.

"I knew Leeds were interested about 18 months ago, when I was at Newport, and they've obviously been keeping track of me. It's a massive football club, but I haven't really thought too much about it yet — I'm not the sort of person to get too ahead of myself."

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