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Simon Gott 31st Jul 2013 - 10:48

League Two Opta Facts - August 3rd

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Bury v Chesterfield

  • Bury are unbeaten in their last three against Chesterfield at Gigg Lane, winning once (D2).
  • At the back end of last season, the Spireites won their last three games on the road, scoring six and conceding one.
  • Bury summer signing Ashley Grimes netted 10 times last season for Rochdale, although he managed just one goal in his last 17 games.
  • The Spireites failed to gain a single point from losing positions away from home last season; a league-low.
  • In the last 10 league meetings between the side two sides, 26 goals have been scored, averaging at 2.6 goals per game.

Cheltenham v Burton

  • The two sides have met eight times in their history with Cheltenham winning five and Burton winning three.
  • Burton are yet to win on the opening day of the football league season, losing two (D2). Indeed, both defeats on the opening day came away from home.
  • No side kept more clean sheets last season than Cheltenham Town (19).
  • Cheltenham's Scott Brown made more saves than any other goalkeeper in League Two last season (156).
  • Burton picked up 22 points on their travels last season, equating to just 28.9% of their total points tally.

Exeter v Bristol Rovers

  • Since their return to the football league in 2008/09, Exeter have failed to win on the opening day, losing twice (D3 L2).
  • Bristol Rovers did the double over Exeter last season, notably winning 2-1 at St James Park courtesy of goals from David Clarkson and Eliot Richards.
  • No side conceded fewer goals in the final fifteen minutes of matches last season than Bristol Rovers (5).
  • The Grecians won 11 times on the road last season; a joint-league-high alongside Port Vale and Gillingham.
  • The last five games (all comps) involving both Exeter and Bristol Rovers have produced 15 goals, averaging at three goals per game.

Fleetwood v Dag & Red

  • The two clubs met in the Football League for the first time last season with each team claiming a league victory. Fleetwood won their home fixture 2-1, courtesy of goals from Junior Brown and Gareth Evans.
  • Fleetwood failed to win any of their last six games of the 2012/13 season (L4 D2); their worst such run of that campaign.
  • Last season Fleetwood received seven red cards; a joint-league-high alongside Rotherham. Indeed, Fleetwood also picked up the most yellow cards (87).
  • No Dagenham and Redbridge player managed to reach double figures last season with Luke Howell topping their scoring charts with nine goals.

Newport v Accrington

  • This will be the first time the two clubs have met in the football league.
  • Only Torquay (16) lost more points from winning positions at home last season than Accrington Stanley (14).
  • Newport didn't concede a single goal during their three Blue Square Premier play-off matches last season, winning all three in the process, to clinch promotion.
  • Newport's Aaron O'Connor was the club's top scorer last season netting 18 goals in 39 games.
  • Former AFC Wimbledon winger Christian Jolley netted 13 goals and was the only other player to reach double figures for Newport.
  • Stanley managed to finish the season on a three-match unbeaten streak away from home last season (W2 D1).

Portsmouth v Oxford United

  • Portsmouth are without a win on the opening day in six attempts, losing three and drawing three.
  • Pompey are currently enjoying a seven-match unbeaten streak at Fratton Park (W4 D3).
  • Oxford finished the season on a three-match winning streak, scoring seven and conceding none.
  • Portsmouth won only once from losing positions at Fratton Park last season (D1 L11).
  • Teenage midfielder Jed Wallace ended the League One campaign by scoring four goals in his final eight games for Portsmouth.

Rochdale v Hartlepool United

  • The two sides met twice season in the 2011/12 League One campaign with Hartlepool United securing two victories, 3-1 and 2-0 respectively.
  • Prior to those fixtures Rochdale had gone three games unbeaten against Hartlepool, winning twice and drawing once.
  • Rochdale have failed to win any of their last seven opening day fixtures (D4 L3).
  • Hartlepool are unbeaten in their last five opening day fixtures; drawing four (W1). Indeed, they've failed to score in three of those fixtures.
  • Last season, Hartlepool won just nine of the 18 fixtures in which they took the lead (D6 L3); a joint-league-low alongside Bury.

Scunthorpe v Mansfield

  • Mansfield are unbeaten in their last seven league matches against Scunthorpe, winning four of those (D3).
  • Scunthorpe have won just once in their last eight opening day fixtures (D2 L5).
  • In 2013, Mansfield won 21 of 25 games played in the Blue Square Bet Premier, losing only four.
  • Last season, Scunthorpe drew only one game nil-nil; only two teams recorded fewer nil-nil draws in League One: Oldham Athletic and Coventry City (0).
  • The Iron won their last two games last season, but it wasn't enough to avoid relegation.

Southend v Plymouth

  • Southend have won just one of the last 10 league meetings with Plymouth, drawing six and losing three.
  • Last season, only Burton (23) won more points from losing positions than Southend (21).
  • Southend ended last season without winning a game at Roots Hall in nine attempts (D4 L5).
  • Southend scored 69% of their goals in the second half of matches in the 2012/13 campaign; a league-high proportion.
  • Last season, only Dagenham and Redbridge (8) and Bradford City (8) scored more goals from the penalty spot than Plymouth (7).

Torquay v Wimbledon

  • The two clubs have met four times in the league with each side winning twice. Both meetings last season ended in away wins.
  • AFC Wimbledon were the only side not involved in a nil-nil score-line in the 2012/13 League Two campaign.
  • Indeed, the Dons kept the fewest clean sheets in the division (7).
  • No side lost more points from winning positions at home last season than Torquay (16).
  • Both Torquay and Wimbledon scored 30 goals in the second half of matches last season.

Wycombe v Morecambe

  • Wycombe have never lost to Morecambe in the league, winning five and drawing three.
  • The Chairboys are unbeaten in their last three opening day fixtures (W2 D1), including a 2-0 home victory over Morecambe in 2010.
  • Wycombe scored just six times in the final 15 minutes of games last season, fewer than any other side.
  • Morecambe conceded 70% of their goals in the second half of games last season; a league-high proportion.
  • In the 2012/13 campaign, only Torquay (16) and Accrington (14) lost more points from winning positions at home than Wycombe (13).

York v Northampton

  • York were unbeaten against Northampton last season, drawing 1-1 at home and winning 2-0 at the Sixfields Stadium.
  • No team in any of England's top four divisions drew more games nil-nil last season than York City (9).
  • Northampton have lost only once in their last nine opening day fixtures (W2 D6).
  • The Cobblers won four games away from home last season; a joint-league-low alongside Torquay and Aldershot (4).
  • No side won fewer points from losing positions than York last season (4).

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