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Michael Taylor 2nd Mar 2009 - 17:04

Championship Opta Facts: 03-04 March

The Championship has been full of surprises this season but through our link up with Opta Sportsdata, Europe's leading sports performance data providers, we are giving you an insight into how the full programme of midweek fixtures may turn out.

As Wolves, Reading and Birmingham continue to falter the title race has been blown wide open. Can the likes of Sheffield United, Preston and Bristol City further their claims for Premier League football next season?

Tuesday 19:45
Blackpool v Burnley
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Tuesday 19:45 Cardiff v Barnsley
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Tuesday 19:45 Charlton v Doncaster
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Tuesday 19:45 Derby v Swansea
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Tuesday 19:45 Ipswich v Southampton
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Tuesday 19:45 Nottm Forest v Preston
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Tuesday 19:45 Plymouth v Watford
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Tuesday 19:45 Sheff Wed v Reading
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Tuesday 20:00
C Palace v Wolves
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Tuesday 20:00 QPR v Norwich
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Wednesday 19:45
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Wednesday 19:45 Coventry v Sheff Utd View facts Bet Now

Blackpool v Burnley

  • 11 of the last 12 goals in league matches between these sides have come in the second half.
  • The away side has not won in a fixture between Blackpool and Burnley in the last six matches.
  • Burnley have won 21 points after coming from behind in matches this season – a league-high.
  • Blackpool are without a win in five consecutive league matches.
  • In only one of their last 13 league matches have Blackpool been behind at half time.
  • Blackpool have only been able to win twice in their last 11 league games at Bloomfield Road.

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Cardiff City v Barnsley

  • Cardiff have kept three consecutive clean sheets in their last three matches against Barnsley.
  • The Welsh side have opened the scoring in the last six fixtures between the two, scoring before the 20th minute in four.
  • Barnsley have conceded just one goal in their last three league matches – winning two of these.
  • Cardiff have only suffered one defeat in their last 14 league matches – this coming in their weekend defeat at Southampton.
  • Cardiff have only dropped four points in their last seven league games at Ninian Park.
  • The Bluebirds have failed to score in their last two league matches – they have not failed to score in three consecutive league matches yet this term.

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Charlton Athletic v Doncaster Rovers

  • Athletic have won four of the five matches between the teams, conceding just one goal in total in all four games.
  • The Addicks have lost 25 points from games in which they have led this season – a league-high.
  • Charlton have only managed to accrue eight points away from home this season in the league, fewer than any other side.
  • No Championship side has gained more points in the last six league matches than Doncaster Rovers – 13.
  • Nicky Bailey has scored three of Charlton’s last five league goals.
  • Charlton have only scored 13 goals in their last 15 league games.

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Derby County v Swansea City

  • Derby are unbeaten in their last eight matches against Swansea, winning five.
  • Swansea have managed exactly one goal in each of their last five trips to Pride Park.
  • Swansea have scored a league-high nine goals in the 85th minute or later in matches this term.
  • The Swans have lost just once in their last 16 league games, but have only won five in the same period.
  • Derby have won four of their last five league matches.
  • The Rams have conceded just one goal in the first half of their last six league games.

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Ipswich v Southampton

  • Southampton have managed just one win in seven games against Ipswich over the last four seasons, losing three times.
  • The opening goal has come before the fifth minute in three of the last six encounters between the sides.
  • Ipswich have only tasted defeat in two of their last ten league matches.
  • Southampton have won two league matches in a row – the Saints have not managed to win three in a row yet this term.
  • Six of the last eight goals scored by Southampton in the Championship have come in the opening 45 minutes.

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Nottingham Forest v Preston North End

  • Forest have only taken all three points on one occasion in their last 10 encounters with Preston, losing four.
  • The home side has scored at least two in the last four meetings between these sides.
  • Preston have won more points than any other side in the Championship after going behind this season away from home – 13.
  • Jon Parkin has scored three of the Lilywhites last six league goals.
  • Forest have lost four of their last six league games.
  • Billy Davies’ side have scored just one first half goal in their last six league matches and have not been leading at the break in any of their last seven.

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Plymouth Argyle v Watford

  • The home side has averaged just 0.6 goals in the last five meetings between Plymouth and Watford.
  • The last ten meetings between the two at Home Park have produced just 15 goals – six of which came in a 3-3 draw in 2005.
  • Watford have conceded more goals in the last five minutes of matches (eight) than any other Championship side this term.
  • Watford have won four of their last five league matches, with the score being 2-0 in their last three.
  • Tamas Priskin has scored five goals in his last five appearances in all competitions.
  • Plymouth have only scored five goals in their last 10 league matches.

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Sheffield Wednesday v Reading

  • Wednesday are unbeaten against Reading at Hillsborough, winning two of their four games there and drawing the other two.
  • Despite this the Royals have scored in all four of these matches.
  • Reading have won all four of their four matches against teams from Yorkshire in the league this season.
  • In the last 541 league minutes, the only goal that Reading have scored has been an own goal.
  • The Royals have only been able to win two of their last nine Championship matches.
  • Leon Clarke (three) and Marcus Tudgay (three) have scored six of Sheffield Wednesday’s last seven league goals.

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Crystal Palace v Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • The Eagles have not beaten Wolves at Selhurst Park in their last three attempts, drawing twice and losing once.
  • The away side has scored in the last seven meetings between the teams.
  • Wolves have opened the scoring in 22 matches this season – more than any other Championship side.
  • A league-high 17 goals have been scored in the opening 10 minutes of matches involving Wolves this season.
  • Palace have only scored four goals in their last eight games – three of those coming in one match.
  • Wolves have only managed to win one of their last 11 league matches.

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QPR v Norwich City

  • The Canaries have only returned home with all three points after one of their last 11 trips to Loftus Road, losing to the Hoops on six occasions.
  • The away side has scored just one goal in total in the last four matches between the two sides.
  • Norwich have won a league low three points from the last six games in the league.
  • QPR are without a win in five league games.
  • Rangers have only been behind at half time in one of their last 16 league matches.
  • Norwich have only been leading in one of their last 15 league matches at the half time break.

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Birmingham City v Bristol City

  • Birmingham have won their last three matches against Bristol City.
  • The away side has scored exactly two goals in the last four encounters between the sides.
  • The Blues have managed a total of three goals before the 15 minute mark in their last three games against the Robins.
  • A league-high 11 goals have been scored in the opening 15 minutes of matches at St Andrews this season.
  • Birmingham have won just two of their last ten league outings.
  • Bristol City have won eight of their last 11 league matches – losing just one in the process.

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Coventry City v Sheffield United

  • The Blades have returned home with all three points in three of their last four trips to Coventry, winning by a one-goal margin on each occasion.
  • It has been 17 matches since either side managed to score more than two goals in this fixture.
  • Coventry have gained 10 points from a possible 12 from their last four league games.
  • United have lost just once in their last five league games.
  • The final score has been 2-1 in three of the Blades’ last four league matches – the other result was 2-2.
  • The Blades are unbeaten in their last 11 league games away from home – winning five and drawing six.

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