Championship: Stadiums that will be a fortress this season

A look at the top 4 stadiums that will be very hard for away sides to visit this season.

Championship: Stadiums that will be a fortress this season

It is believed that a teams success is based on how they play at home. 

Looking at Bunley last season in the Premier League they made Turf Moore a really hard place to go and won the majoirty of their points at home meaning that they could play away not worrying about having to win to survive and it worked very well for them. Now this season so far they have been able to work on that form and have made an unbeaten start from three tough away games at Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool.

I believe that there will be a number of Championship teams that will do the same and these are the top 4 stadiums that are going to be hard to take points from:

4. Cardiff City Stadium - Cardiff City 

Cardiff are challenging at the top of the table at the moment after making a great start to their season. They are managed by Neil Warnock who knows the importance of having a good home record and playing well in front of your own fans. In each of the clubs he has managed he has had a very good home record and made sure the team collected plenty of points on their own patch. If Cardiff are to be at the top of the table by May 2018 then they will have to make the Cardiff City Stadium a fortress. 

3. Bramall Lane - Sheffield United 

Sheffield United stormed to the League One title last season and Bramall Lane was a very tough place to go to. They won a whopping 17 of their 23 home games at Bramall Lane last season collecting in total 54 points from their 23 home games. So far in the Championship they have won 3 and lost 1 of their first 4 home games this term collecting 9 points from a possible 12 which is not bad at all. Teams that are coming into the league will want a good home record so that they don't have to be so good on the road and that can be difficult when you are just coming into a new league. 

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2. Molineux - Wolves 

Molineux is another stadium that saw Premier League football not so long ago and is desperately wanting to see it again in the very near future. It is a big stadium and can hold a lot of people meaning that if they can fill it every week and get those fans up for it then it will be one of the most feared grounds in the Championship. 

They had a fairly poor home record last season having the third-worst record last season winning just 8 of the 23 matches in front of their own fans and collecting just 28 points in a season of adaptation to the new era under the new owners. This season so far has been another story they have lost just 1 game at home so far drawing 1 and winning the other 2 meaning that they have so far collected 7 points. That does seem like a bit of a standard return but with the resources there and the training ground and everything like that it will be a very hard place for people to take many points away from Wolves. 

1. The Den - Millwall

The Den has always been one of the most feared stadiums in English football. The roar when the teams walk out there is like no other stadium. Being at Millwall on Saturday against Leeds showed just how hostile the fans can make the place. In fact, a Leeds player said how much influence the crowd had on the game and how hard they made it for his team to play. The famous 'no one likes us' belted out across the The Den during the game throughout. 

When the goal went in the roar from the crowd was so loud. It is fatal for a team to go a goal down at The Den as the fans get going especially after they have just scored. I am a Millwall fan and know personally just how tough a place it is to get results for any side. In fact, since the start of the 2015/16 season, Millwall have the joint most amount of home wins tied at the top with Manchester United on 36 wins apiece. If The Den is not a tough place to go then I don't know where is. 


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