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19 July 2020 00:42

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Championship highlights and round-up: Fulham beat Sheffield Wednesday to keep automatic promotion hopes alive

Sheffield Wednesday take on fourth-placed Fulham in their penultimate match of the season this afternoon. Boss Garry Monk has challenged his Owls players to sign off a turbulent campaign unbeaten, having watched his team pick up four points from their last two outings. But Wednesday will have their work cut out against a Fulham side who have kept four clean sheets on the bounce and have already booked a place in the Championship play-offs. The Londoners, managed by former England international Scott Parker, are looking to secure promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt. Fulham vs Sheffield Wednesday live stream, iFollow, Saturday July 18, 3pm BST While mathematically possible, Fulham have probably left it too late to challenge for automatic promotion.

Sheffield Wednesday, have shown plenty of heart in recent battles in the Championship, but Garry Monk's side have struggled to score at home all season. Kick-off is at 3pm BST and the game is being shown on iFollow in the UK - the cost for UK residents is £10 per game, but just £6 for overseas viewers, so if you use a VPN you can get it cheaper. GET BT SPORT ON NOW TV (Image credit: PA) GUIDE How to watch BT Sport, Sky Sports and BBC games on a Now TV Stick Use a VPN to watch a Fulham vs Sheffield Wednesday live stream from outside your country Fulham fans can watch here. (Image credit: ExpressVPN) (Image credit: NordVPN) (Image credit: IPVanish) How to watch a Championship live stream in the UK Neeskens Kebano scored twice in Fulham's thrilling 5-3 win over Sheffield Wednesday at Craven Cottage Fulham kept hopes of automatic promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt alive as they saw off Sheffield Wednesday with a 5-3 win at Craven Cottage. A Neeskens Kebano goal and two from Aleksandar Mitrovic had Scott Parker's men coasting at half time, and though Atdhe Nuhiu reduced the deficit with a penalty four minutes after the break, Kebano's second put Fulham 4-1 up.

Jacob Murphy and Nuhiu then struck inside the final 12 minutes, before Harrison Reed was sent off to set up a tense finale on the banks of the Thames, but Bobby Decordova-Reid's late strike settled the tie in the Cottagers' favour. Swansea, meanwhile, remain in the hunt for the top six after Connor Roberts' strike secured a 1-0 win at Bristol City, who missed the chance to level things up when Famara Diedhiou hit the post with a penalty. Brentford missed the chance to move into the Championship's automatic-promotion places as their eight-match winning run came to an end with a 1-0 defeat at Stoke - a result which handed the title to Leeds. Avoiding defeat would have seen the Bees replace West Brom in second spot ahead of Wednesday's final round of fixtures. But Lee Gregory's close-range finish in the 38th minute, on the follow-up after David Raya parried an effort by Sam Clucas, proved the only goal of the game as Stoke's safety was sealed.

In the day's other early kick-off, Macauley Bonne's stoppage-time equaliser dented the survival hopes of Wigan and boosted Charlton's as he earned the hosts a crucial point in an entertaining 2-2 draw. Charlton head to champions Leeds on the final day, while Wigan host Fulham knowing they may need a result at the DW Stadium, especially if a looming 12-point deduction is implemented. There were plenty of goals at Ewood Park where Sam Gallagher delivered the decisive strike as Blackburn beat Reading 4-3, the same scoreline at Loftus Road where Millwall's play-off hopes ended with defeat to QPR. Fulham deserved winners on the day, but SWFC had the chance to get themselves back in it if it wasn't for some sloppy decisions that put the hosts in the driving seat time after time. But Monk is right in saying that big changes need to be made in terms of the quality available if they're going to have a real swing at promotion in the forseeable future.

I've said it before, but it's absolutely bonkers that we're now going into the last game and Wednesday have zero clue about how many points they need to stay up. Aleksandar Mitrovic fired himself top of the Championship scoring charts and kept Fulham's automatic promotion hopes intact in a turbulent 5-3 win over Sheffield Wednesday. Neeskens Kebano plundered a double too, drilling his first Fulham goal since December 2017 to end a 35-match scoring drought before slotting a neat free-kick. Atdhe Nuhui's double and Jacob Murphy's effort set up a needlessly tense finish, but Bobby Decordova-Reid's strike finally sealed a vital Craven Cottage victory for Scott Parker's men. Fulham's comfortable win tees up a nail-biting last round of fixtures on Wednesday night, especially in light of Brentford's loss at Stoke and West Brom's shock 2-1 defeat by Huddersfield. But the next offshoot of those results was to leave Fulham still holding a chance of sneaking into second, and an immediate top-flight return. Fulham sit two points off second-placed West Brom and just one behind Brentford in third, with only Wednesday's nervy night left to play. In theory, all three promotion chasers ought to win, which would maintain the status quo, with West Brom going up automatically and rivals Fulham and Brentford heading into the play-offs. Theory had no thought either for Fulham losing their first two games after the return, before now conjuring five wins and a draw in six. The Wednesday keeper would later palm away well from Josh Onomah's stinging half-volley, but had no chance when the same Fulham man threaded a fine ball for captain Mitrovic. Mitrovic stepped up and thumped home the spot-kick to overhaul Brentford's Watkins at the top of the league's scoring charts once again. Fulham should have been home and hosed when 3-0 up at the break, but started the second-half like a team intent on coasting to the win. Kebano's free-kick kept Fulham in control, only for Murphy to slot a neat strike and Nuhiu to nod in on the cusp of full-time. Just when Parker's men feared a nervous injury time however, up popped replacement Decordova-Reid with a long-range effort, finally cementing the win, although there was still time for Whites midfielder Harrison Reed to be given his marching orders after picking up a second yellow card.