The wild 46-game slate that is the Football League Championship is already howling, with all 24 teams three matches deep into their campaigns toward Premier League promotion (or avoiding relegation to League One). The three clubs relegated from the Premier League last season all sit within the Top 8 after three match days. Sunderland is unbeaten with a win and two draws, while Hull City is 1-1-1.
Cardiff City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Ipswich Town all won on Tuesday to maintain 100 percent starts to the season in England's second-tier Championship. Cardiff, who are top on goal difference, beat Sheffield United 2-0 for their third straight victory with goals either side of the break by Sean Morrison and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing. Mendez-Laing, who joined on a free transfer in the close season, has made a superb start to his Cardiff career and took his season's tally to four with an excellent second-half strike.
Despite a poor start to the Championship season, Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce maintains belief he can lead the side to promotion. After Saturday's 3-0 defeat to Cardiff City, Villa again lost away from home Tuesday, going down 2-1 to Reading. "We obviously signed JT, people got carried away with the euphoria of it all," Bruce said.