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Michael Taylor 21st Sep 2009 - 9:29

Carling Cup Opta Facts - 22-23 September

Statistics and facts to help your football betting are available every week at William Hill courtesy of Opta Sportsdata, Europe's leading provider of sports performance statistics.

Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion

  • Arsenal have only ever lost once to a lower league team under Arsene Wenger, to Burnley in this competition last season.
  • The Gunners have won their last four matches with Albion.
  • Both League Cup ties between these sides have ended 2-0 to Arsenal.

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Bolton Wanderers v West Ham United

  • Bolton are unbeaten in their last four encounters with the Hammers, winning the last three.
  • In 2005-06 these sides faced each other in both domestic cup competitions, with Bolton progressing in the League Cup but losing in the FA Cup.
  • Bolton knocked out West Ham on their way to the 1995 League Cup final.
  • Junior Stanislas scored a brace of goals for the Hammers in their second round win against Millwall.

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Barnsley v Burnley

  • None of the last 25 meetings between these sides has ended goalless, a run stretching back to the 1930s.
  • Their only meeting in the League Cup saw Burnley win 3-0 in September 2005.
  • Barnsley both scored and conceded a goal in the 90th minute in their second round win at Reading.
  • Steven Fletcher scored a brace for Burnley in their second round comeback win at Hartlepool.

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Leeds United v Liverpool

  • These sides last met in the 2003-04 season, with the Premier League game at Elland Road ending 2-2.
  • The Reds have won four of their last six trips to Elland Road.
  • The only previous meeting in the League Cup came in round four in 1972-73.
  • Robert Snodgrass scored a brace for Leeds in their second round win against Watford.
  • Leeds have conceded more fouls than any other side in the Carling Cup this season, 36.

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Sunderland v Birmingham City

  • Sunderland are unbeaten in their last three encounters with the Blues.
  • These sides have never met in the League Cup before.
  • Three of Sunderland's four goals in this season's Carling Cup have come before half time.
  • Birmingham's goals in the Carling Cup this season have come in the closing 15 minutes of games.

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Peterborough United v Newcastle United

  • Newcastle have won their last three encounters with Peterborough.
  • But Posh's last win against the Magpies came in a League Cup tie in October 1991 at London Road.
  • Peterborough also won away at Newcastle in the League Cup in 1965-66.
  • Newcastle came from 3-1 down in the second round game against Huddersfield to win 4-3.

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Carlisle United v Portsmouth

  • These sides have not faced other since 1985.
  • Portsmouth have won their last three encounters with Carlisle.
  • All three of Carlisle's goals in this season's Carling Cup have been scored in the second half.
  • Three of Portsmouth's four goals in the Carling Cup this season have come before half-time.

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Nottingham Forest v Blackburn Rovers

  • Forest and Blackburn have not met in the League Cup since 1981-82.
  • The two sides' last League Cup meeting in Nottingham saw Forest run out 6-1 winners.
  • Forest came from behind to knock out Middlesbrough in round two.

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Stoke City v Blackpool

  • These sides have never faced each other in the League Cup before.
  • In 68 meetings between these sides, there has only been one goalless draw, back in 1926.
  • Stoke's second round game ended 0-0 in normal time.
  • Blackpool have averaged three goals per game in the League Cup this season.

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Scunthorpe United v Port Vale

  • The last two meetings between these sides have ended goalless.
  • One of those matches was a Football League Trophy game in 2006-07 which Port Vale won 5-3 on penalties at Glanford Park.
  • Scunthorpe saw three opposition (Swansea) players sent off in their second round match.
  • Vale scored two goals in two minutes in their win against Sheffield Wednesday in round two.

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Chelsea v Queens Park Rangers

  • Chelsea have never beaten QPR in the League Cup, drawing 1-1 at Loftus Road in 1985-86 and losing the replay 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.
  • The home team has scored exactly one goal in the last seven matches between these west London rivals.
  • QPR both scored and conceded in the 90th minute in their second round win against Accrington.

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Hull City v Everton

  • Everton have scored exactly two goals in each of their last three games against Hull.
  • Everton have won only one of six cup games (all FA Cup) against the Tigers.
  • Jozy Altidore scored in Hull's second round win in the American's only start for the Tigers so far.

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Manchester United v Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • Wolves have not won away at Manchester United since February 1980.
  • These sides have never played each other in the League Cup before.
  • Wolves were the only team who won a penalty shootout in the second round, 6-5 against Swindon Town.

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Manchester City v Fulham

  • Fulham are unbeaten in their last four encounters with Manchester City.
  • The Whites have won three of their last four games away at the City of Manchester Stadium.
  • Both of City's goals in the Carling Cup this season have come after half-time.

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Preston North End v Tottenham Hotspur

  • The last four meetings between these sides have come in the League Cup with two draws and two Tottenham wins.
  • Spurs were the top scoring team in the second round, scoring five times.
  • No team has scored more League Cup goals than Preston this season, seven.
  • Chris Brown scored a brace for Preston in their second round win against Leicester City.

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Aston Villa v Cardiff City

  • These sides have not met since the 1974-75 season.
  • Cardiff are looking for their 20th win against the Villans in all competitions.
  • Both of Cardiff's League Cup wins this season have been 3-1 at home.

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