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Michael Taylor 5th Mar 2009 - 13:45

Championship Opta Facts: 07 March

William Hill and Opta Sportsdata, Europe's leading sports performance data providers, have once again linked up to provide you with some great insight into this weekend's Championship fixtures.

Wolves, Reading and Birmingham all managed to win in midweek, seemingly a rarity of late, but how will they cope with tricky matches on Saturday? Only three points will do as the Premier League promotion race hots up, as the chasing pack attempts to hunt down the stuttering top three.

Saturday 13:00
Derby v Bristol City
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Saturday 15:00 Birmingham v Southampton
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Saturday 15:00
Blackpool v Norwich
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Saturday 15:00 Cardiff v Doncaster
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Saturday 15:00 Charlton v Watford
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Saturday 15:00 C Palace v Preston
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Saturday 15:00 Nottm Forest v Swansea
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Saturday 15:00 Plymouth v Reading
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Saturday 15:00 QPR v Sheff Utd
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Saturday 15:00 Sheff Wed v Wolves
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Derby County v Bristol City

  • Bristol City have not defeated Derby since September 1992 – a run of six consecutive meetings without a win.
  • City have only managed to score two goals in total in their last six meetings with Derby.
  • Derby are unbeaten in their last three league matches at home, winning two.
  • Kris Commons has scored three goals in his last two appearances in the league at Pride Park.
  • Gary Johnson’s side have failed to score in three of their last four league matches.
  • Despite this the Robins still have the second-best away form in the Championship over the last six games, claiming 12 points from a possible 18.

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Birmingham City v Southampton

  • Southampton have only managed to win one of their last eight league encounters with the Blues.
  • Birmingham City have won their last three home matches against Southampton with a 2-1 scoreline.
  • Despite their faltering form on the road of late, City remain unbeaten in six at St Andrews in the Championship, winning three and keeping four clean sheets.
  • Six of the last seven goals that Birmingham have conceded in their last nine league games have come in the first half.
  • Having managed just one win in 14 league fixtures, Southampton have now won their last three.
  • The Blues are yet to lose a match this season after scoring first in the league.

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Blackpool v Norwich

  • Blackpool have won only once in their last seven meetings with Norwich City.
  • The Seasiders have lost their last four home league matches, and have taken just two points from their last six games in all venues.
  • Seven of Blackpool’s last eight goals in the Championship have been scored in the first half.
  • 72% of Norwich’s goals in the league this season have been scored in the second half of matches – a greater proportion than any other side in the Championship. Moreover, Blackpool have conceded a greater proportion of league goals in this period (76%) than any other Championship team.

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Cardiff City v Doncaster Rovers

  • Doncaster Rovers have scored exactly one goal in each of their last three meetings with Cardiff.
  • The Welsh side are unbeaten in eight Championship matches at home, winning six.
  • City have conceded just one goal in their last six league fixtures at Ninian Park.
  • Doncaster have won nine of their last 11 Championship matches, losing once and drawing once.
  • Rovers are currently in the best away form in the Championship over the last six games, taking 15 points from a possible 18, however the Bluebirds are in the best home form, taking 16 points from 18 at Ninian Park.

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Charlton Athletic v Watford

  • Charlton have gone six games without a win against Watford – their last coming in February 1996.
  • Four of the last five meetings between these sides have ended in a draw.
  • The Addicks have lost only two of their last six home league matches, drawing two and winning two.
  • Nicky Bailey has scored four of Charlton’s last six league goals at the Valley.
  • The Hornets have won just one of their last 11 away matches in the Championship, losing eight.
  • Watford have kept a clean sheet in each of their Championship fixtures against fellow London sides this season, winning three at home but drawing the two away matches.

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Crystal Palace v Preston North End

  • Palace have won three of their last four league matches against Preston.
  • Palace have lost seven of their last nine league games, winning just once and drawing once.
  • Neil Warnock’s side have failed to score in their last four league matches.
  • Jon Parkin has found the net in three of his last four matches.
  • North End have lost three of their last four away fixtures in the Championship, drawing one.
  • Crystal Palace are yet to drop a single point after taking the lead at home in the league.

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Nottingham Forest v Swansea City

  • Three of the last four matches played between these two teams have ended in a goalless draw.
  • Only one of their last seven meetings have seen the away side emerge victorious.
  • Rob Earnshaw has scored all three of Forest’s last three league goals at home.
  • The Reds have scored exactly two in five of their last six games at the City Ground.
  • Swansea have been unable to win in their four trips to the Midlands in the Championship so far this season, drawing three and losing one.

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Plymouth Argyle v Reading

  • The home side has only been able to win in one of the last five meetings between these two sides.
  • The winning side in this fixture has scored exactly two goals in the last three matches between the two.
  • Having not won for nine consecutive league matches, Argyle have won their last two games.
  • On-loan midfielder Paul Gallagher has scored four goals in his last three league appearances for the Pilgrims.
  • Reading’s 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday in midweek was the first time they had scored in five league matches.
  • Four of Kevin Doyle’s last five league goals have come away from home.

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QPR v Sheffield United

  • Only one of the last nine games played between these two sides has ended in a draw.
  • Rangers are without a win in six league matches, losing three including their last two.
  • The Hoops have scored just two goals in their last five fixtures in the Championship at Loftus Road.
  • The Blades have lost just one of their last six Championship encounters, winning three, including their last two.
  • On the road, Kevin Blackwell’s side are unbeaten in 12 in the league, winning six.

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Sheffield Wednesday v Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • Wolves are unbeaten in their last five matches against Wednesday; winning the last three.
  • Sheffield Wednesday have conceded a last minute goal in each of their last four meetings with Wolves.
  • Sylvan Ebanks-Blake has scored in each of his last three appearances against the Owls.
  • The striker has also scored five of Wolves’ last seven goals in the Championship.
  • Wednesday have won just one of their last four Championship matches at home, losing two.
  • Six goals have been scored in the last fifteen minutes of the last three league matches involving the Owls.

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