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EFL – can Leeds & Aston Villa continue winning starts?

EFL – can Leeds & Aston Villa continue winning starts?

Live ReportingBy Gary SmeeAll times stated are UKGet involvedSend a text to 81111 (charged at your standard message rate)Twitter: Use the hashtag #bbceflFacebook: BBC Sport23 minsPost updatePreston 0-0 StokeDouble save from Jack Butland!Callum Robinson bends in a cross, Alan Browne heads towards goal and Butland palms it out.Browne volleys the rebound, but it lacks power…

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  1. Post update

    Preston 0-0 Stoke

    Double save from Jack Butland!

    Callum Robinson bends in a cross, Alan Browne heads towards goal and Butland palms it out.

    Browne volleys the rebound, but it lacks power and Butland collects.

  2. Post update

    Preston 0-0 Stoke

    Preston v Stoke

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    It’s become a bit scrappy in the last few minutes.

    The atmosphere has also gone a bit flat.

    Come on lads, we could do with a goal!

  3. McClaren’s QPR thrashed

    FT: West Brom 7-1 QPR

    The big story of the day is QPR falling to a 7-1 defeat at West Brom.

    It was 1-1 at half-time but the Baggies scored six second-half goals, including three in the last 10 minutes, to leave Rangers boss Steve McClaren red-faced.

    Read the report on the action as the R’s slip to the foot of the Championship.

  4. Post update

    Preston 0-0 Stoke

    And now Preston are inches away from taking the lead!

    Graham Burke whips in a cross and Callum Robinson tries to place a header into the opposite corner from a few yards out. It trickles wide.

    It’s been an entertaining opening to this game.

  5. Post update

    Preston 0-0 Stoke

    He hasn’t played that many games for various reasons, but you can’t ignore the fact that Saido Berahino’s last goal was in February 2016 for West Brom.

    The 25-year-old came so, so close to opening his account for Stoke there, but it was not to be.

  6. Oh, what a chance for Saido Berahino!

    The Stoke forward meets James McClean’s brilliant cross, but his powerful header is straight at Declan Rudd.

    It’s still a marvellous save from the Preston stopper.

  7. Post update

    Preston 0-0 Stoke

    Alex Neil is barking orders on the Preston touchline, as is his opposite number Gary Rowett.

    There’s always plenty of passion from these two young bosses.

  8. Post update

    Preston 0-0 Stoke

    Desperate defending from Preston, but they manage to clear.

    An off-balance Benik Afobe somehow manages to squeeze his way into the box, his shot is blocked, as is Stoke team-mate Saido Berahino’s follow up.

  9. Post update

    Preston 0-0 Stoke

    Preston create the first chance as Lukas Nmecha gets on the end of Callum Robinson’s cross, but it’s a weak header from the teenage forward.

    Easy claim for England and Stoke keeper Jack Butland.

  10. KICK-OFF

    Preston 0-0 Stoke

    The hosts get things started.

  11. Post update

    Preston v Stoke (17:30 BST)

    Jack Butland

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    The teams are out at Deepdale.

    It’s a terrific atmosphere with both sets of fans making plenty of noise.

    I’d expect a fast and frantic start in this one.

  12. Rowett looking for upturn

    Preston v Stoke (17:30 BST)

    Gary Rowett

    Copyright: Rex Features

    Stoke City have taken one point from their opening two games of the campaign following relegation from the Premier League last season.

    Defeat at Leeds on the opening weekend was followed up by a draw at home to Brentford last Saturday.

    The Potters did not have the distraction of the League Cup in midweek after getting a bye through to the second round, so Gary Rowett is still looking for his first win since taking charge.

    But at least new signing Benik Afobe is fit and firing, netting in his first two outings since his switch from Wolves.

    Hosts Preston have one win from two in the league, beating QPR and then losing at Swansea.

    This is the first meeting between the clubs since February 2008, when Preston won 2-0 courtesy of a double from Richard Chaplow.

  13. Team news

    Preston v Stoke (17:30 BST)

    Preston North End: Rudd, Fisher, Clarke, Davies, Hughes,
    Pearson, Burke, Gallagher, Browne, Robinson, Nmecha.

    Subs:
    Moult, Harrop, Ledson, Barker, Maxwell, Huntington, Barkhuizen.

    Stoke: Butland, Edwards, Williams, Shawcross, Pieters, Ince,
    Allen, Fletcher, McClean, Berahino, Afobe.

    Subs: Bauer, Etebo,
    Diouf, Crouch, Krkic, Federici, Soutar.

  14. Post update

    Preston v Stoke (17:30 BST)

    Preston bring in Paul Gallagher and Graham Burke while visitors Stoke also make two changes from their last league game, with Saido Berahino and Tom Edwards coming into the starting XI.

    Berahino is looking for his first goal since February 2016.

  15. Post update

    Preston v Stoke (17:30 BST)

    Thanks fellas, fine work this afternoon.

    I’m on a bit of a buzz after following the West Brom game. It was a crazy second half at the Hawthorns.

    QPR were terrible.

    Anyway, it should be a gooden at Deepdale. And after an angry tweet earlier I promise not to underestimate Preston!

  16. Post update

    Preston v Stoke (17:30 BST)

    We’ll bring you reaction from the EFL throughout the next couple of hours.

    But now let’s move to Deepdale, where Preston host Stoke in the late Championship kick-off.

    Gary Smee will take you through that one.

    Team news coming up…

    Deepdale

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    Loser92: 7-1 does not reflect the balance of play at the Hawthorns. QPR can still challenge for the Championship title.

    Hmmm…

  18. Boro stay top

    FT: Bristol City 0-2 Middlesbrough

    Championship top six

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    I’m not a huge fan of looking at tables this early in the season, but Middlesbrough remain top of the Championship having played a game more than most other teams.

    Leeds are second with the only 100% winning record in the division.

    West Brom are up to third after that 7-1 thrashing of QPR.

    Rangers are rock bottom with a goal difference of -8, and the west Londoners and Reading are the only two sides yet to pick up a point in the second tier.

  19. League Two results

    Grecians go top of the table

    Exeter City moved top of League Two despite being pegged back by Newport County in a 1-1 draw.

    Draws for Lincoln and MK Dons mean there are no clubs with 100% starts in the fourth tier.

    Meanwhile, Swindon Town came from 2-0 down to beat 10-man Tranmere Rovers 3-2.

    Cheltenham, Macclesfield and Morecambe remain without a point.

    • Grimsby 1-1 Lincoln
    • Bury 1-1 Forest Green
    • Cheltenham 0-1 Carlisle
    • Crewe 0-0 MK Dons
    • Exeter 1-1 Newport
    • Mansfield 1-1 Colchester
    • Northampton 2-2 Cambridge
    • Oldham 3-1 Macclesfield
    • Port Vale 1-0 Crawley
    • Stevenage 1-0 Morecambe
    • Swindon 3-2 Tranmere
  20. League One results

    Peterborough celebrate

    Copyright: Rex Features

    Peterborough and Portsmouth both made it three wins out of three…

    • Accrington 1-1 Charlton
    • Barnsley 0-0 AFC Wimbledon
    • Burton 1-0 Doncaster
    • Coventry 1-0 Plymouth
    • Fleetwood 2-2 Rochdale
    • Peterborough 3-1 Luton
    • Portsmouth 4-1 Oxford
    • Shrewsbury 0-0 Blackpool
    • Southend 2-0 Bradford
    • Walsall 2-1 Gillingham
    • Wycombe 1-2 Bristol Rovers

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