Carling Cup Opta Facts - 23-24 August
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League Cup Round 1 (Rearranged Games) - Opta Facts
Bristol Rovers v Watford
The Hornets won 1-0 when the sides met for the first and only time in the League Cup in 2008/09.
The Pirates have only won two of their last 13 League Cup games outright, and lost 1-6 at Oxford at this stage of the competition last term.
Rovers have only managed one clean sheet in 22 League Cup games.
The Hornets have won nine of their last 10 League Cup first round games, losing the other against archrivals Luton.
West Ham United v Aldershot Town
The Hammers have only entered the League Cup at this stage four times in their history, and have won all four previous games - all four victories came at Upton Park.
The Shots have only won one of their last 21 League Cup games and haven't progressed past the first round since 1990.
West Ham have won 10 of their last 11 home League Cup games, with the only defeat being a 1-2 Quarter Final defeat to Everton in 2007.
The sides have only met twice before, with both games coming in the 1991 FA Cup. After a 0-0 draw in Aldershot, the Hammers progressed with a 6-1 win in the replay at Upton Park.
Aldershot have made it past the first round on just 10 of the 34 occasions that they have played at this stage, the lowest proportion of any side.
Charlton Athletic v Reading
The sides were drawn together in the League Cup first round in 1981/82, a tie which saw the Addicks progress 5-3 on aggregate.
Charlton are unbeaten in five home meetings with Reading in all comps, not losing at home to the Royals since October 1994.
2007 Quarter Finalists Charlton have lost their last four League Cup games, going out at the first hurdle in each of the last three campaigns.
The Royals have scored 28 goals in their last 11 League Cup games, netting at least once in each of them.
Bristol City v Swindon Town
The sides have met twice before in the League Cup. Swindon progressed 5-3 on aggregate in 1987/88 and Bristol City progressed 3-2 on aggregate in 1982/83.
Swindon are unbeaten in six meetings with Bristol City in all comps, winning three and drawing three.
City have lost three of their last four League Cup games against lower ranked opposition.
Swindon, on the other hand, have only won one of their last 19 League Cup games against teams from higher divisions.
Town have only progressed past the first round in one of the last six seasons.
Crystal Palace v Crawley Town
This will be the first ever time these two sides have ever met in a competitive fixture.
Only twice since 1999 have Palace fallen at the first hurdle in the League Cup; in 2007 and 2008, both of these came against lower league opposition though.
This is Crawley's first ever campaign in the League Cup and it comes after their play-off win against AFC Wimbledon.
The Eagles have won just one of their last eight competitive fixtures in all competitions.
League Cup Round 2 - Opta Facts
Aston Villa v Hereford
These sides have met once before in the League Cup in Round 1 in 1973, a match that ended in a 4-1 victory for the Villains.
Aston Villa have not been eliminated in the Second Round since 1992.
Hereford have only made it past Round Two once, in 1975.
The Bulls have never defeated a team from the English top flight in this competition.
Villa have lost just two of their last 12 League Cup games at home.
Bournemouth v West Brom
The Cherries have advanced beyond Round Two in the League Cup just once in the last ten years, making it to Round 3 in 2005.
The only time these clubs have met in the League Cup came in 2008, a match that the Baggies won 1-0 the Hawthorns.
The Baggies have scored at least two goals in seven of their last ten League Cup ties.
Bournemouth have won just two of their last 20 League Cup matches.
Brighton v Sunderland
The Black Cats have made it to at least Round Three of the League Cup in each of the last three campaigns.
Sunderland have kept just one clean sheet in their last 14 away matches in the League Cup.
The Seagulls have scored in all but one of their last ten League Cup matches at home.
The home side has won eight of the last nine clashes between these two clubs in all competitions.
Burnley v Barnet
In their last 19 League Cup matches against opposition from the bottom tier, Burnley have failed to advance just twice.
Burnley have scored in each of their last 13 League Cup matches.
Barnet have kept just two clean sheets in their last 14 League Cup ties away from home, and have conceded at least three goals in seven of those.
The Bees have lost four of their last five League Cup games against opposition from the Championship, although they did win their first round game against Portsmouth this season.
Bury v Leicester
These two sides have met once in the League Cup - a 3-0 victory for the Foxes at Bury in 2006.
Before their 3-1 victory in the first round over Coventry this term, Bury had lost their last five League Cup games without scoring a single goal.
Leicester have scored in each of their last 21 matches in the League Cup.
The Foxes have won their last three away games in the League Cup, but have conceded exactly one goal in each one.
Cardiff v Huddersfield
Cardiff have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 11 League Cup ties.
The Bluebirds have won their last six matches in the League Cup at home.
Huddersfield have scored in their last seven games in the League Cup.
The Terriers have lost the last four second round League Cup matches they have played in, and have not advanced to round three since 2004.
Doncaster v Leeds
Rovers have scored in all but one of their last 14 League Cup matches at home.
When playing teams in the same division as theirs, Leeds have only won twice in ten tries since 1996.
The Whites' last three League Cup games have seen 12 goals scored - an average of four goals per game.
Leeds have only been eliminated in the second round twice since 1995/96.
Millwall v Morecambe
These sides have never met each other in any competition.
Millwall have found the net in their last six League Cup games.
All eight clubs Morecambe have played in this competition in their history have been in Championship.
The Shrimps have only made it past the second round once, in 2008.
Northampton v Wolverhampton
Just one of Northampton's last ten games in the League Cup have been played at home.
The Cobblers last four League Cup games have seen 17 goals scored - an average of just over four goals per game.
Wolves have been eliminated by Manchester United in both of their last two seasons.
The Wanderers have failed to score in three of their last four away fixtures in the League Cup.
This is the first time these clubs have met in any competition since 1989.
Norwich v MK Dons
These two clubs have met twice in the League Cup, with both earning a 1-0 victory apiece at the home of the MK Dons.
Norwich have won four of their last five home fixtures in the League Cup.
The Dons have won three of the five total away matches they have played in the League Cup.
MK Dons have scored in all but two of their 15 League Cup matches since 2005.
QPR v Rochdale
QPR have scored at least two goals in four of their last six League Cup matches at home.
Dale have conceded exactly three goals in three of their last four away matches in the League Cup.
Excluding advancing on penalties, Rochdale have only won an away match in the League Cup twice since 1987.
Dale have not advanced beyond the Second Round since 1962, the year they reached the final.
Shrewsbury v Swansea
The Shrews' last four games in the League Cup have seen 21 goals scored - an average of just over five goals per match.
Excluding advancing on penalties, Swansea have only won an away match in the League Cup twice in their last 16, though both of those away games came last term.
The Swans have scored exactly three goals in four of their last six League Cup ties.
The away side has not won any of the last ten clashes between these sides.
Wycombe v Nottingham Forest
These clubs have met just once in this competition, with Forest winning 2-1 on aggregate over two legs in the 1997 competition.
The last time Wycombe advanced past the first round of the competition was in 2007, a year they reached the semi-finals.
Excluding penalties, Wycombe have not won in their last nine home matches in the League Cup.
Forest have failed to score in five of their last seven away matches in the League Cup.
Exeter v Liverpool
This is the first time Exeter have advanced beyond the first round since 1994.
These two sides have met three times in this competition, with Exeter failing to score a single goal, and conceding 13 to the Reds.
Liverpool have been eliminated in four of their last six League Cup games.
This is the first time Liverpool have had to play in Round Two since 2000.
The Reds have failed to score just once in their last 38 matches in this competition.
Peterborough v Middlesbrough
At least one side has kept a clean sheet in all five League Cup clashes between these sides so far (The Posh have kept three, 'Boro have kept four).
This is the first time Peterborough will face Middlesbrough in the League Cup and not be in a lower division than them.
Peterborough's last five League Cup fixtures have seen 26 goals scored - an average of just over five goals per game.
'Boro have kept just three clean sheets in their last 17 away matches in the League Cup.
Blackburn v Sheffield Wednesday
Neither side has kept a clean sheet in the six times they have met in the League Cup.
Rovers have failed to score just twice in their last 36 League Cup matches.
Blackburn have only been eliminated once in the Second Round at home in the last 20 years.
Wednesday have kept three clean sheets in their last five League Cup fixtures.
Bolton v Macclesfield
These clubs have met once before in the League Cup in the first round in 2000; on that occasion, Macclesfield prevailed 3-2 on aggregate over the Trotters.
Bolton have kept just one clean sheet in their last seven League Cup matches at home.
Bolton have failed to progress just three times in 17 games when facing clubs from the English fourth division in this competition, though one of those defeats was against Macclesfield.
The Silkmen have never made it beyond the second round of the League Cup.
Everton v Sheffield United
Everton have never failed to score in their four meetings with Sheffield United in the League Cup.
The Toffees have kept just one clean sheet in their last eight League Cup fixtures.
United have failed to score in their last three League Cup matches against clubs from the Premier League, conceding 11 in the process.
The Blades have kept one clean sheet in their last 11 League Cup matches away from home.
Scunthorpe v Newcastle
These clubs have met once before in the League Cup - a 2-0 victory at St. James' Park for Newcastle in 1962.
The Magpies have not failed to advance beyond Round 2 since 1991.
The Geordies have conceded at least two goals in each of their last eight matches in the League Cup.
Newcastle have won a League Cup match 4-3 in each of the last two seasons.
Scunthorpe have won four of their last five League Cup fixtures at home.