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Jon Riley 6th Apr 2012 - 9:25

Championship Opta Facts – April 6-7

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Championship Opta Facts - Apr 6-7

Reading v Leeds

  • There has only been one goal in the last three meetings between Reading and Leeds.
  • Leeds have visited Berkshire just three times since 1987 to face the Royals, and all three have ended in draws.
  • Reading have scored a league-high 28 goals from crosses this term.
  • Reading have won their last six home league games.
  • Leeds have kept four consecutive clean sheets away from home.
  • The Whites have won three and lost just one of their last seven away games in the league.

Burnley v Brighton

  • Brighton had two sendings off inside 12 minutes in this season's reverse fixture with Burnley; a game the Seagulls lost 1-0.
  • Brighton are unbeaten in three trips to Turf Moor, however, winning one and drawing two.
  • The Seagulls have conceded just one goal in the opening 15 minutes all season, a league-low.
  • Burnley have only won one of their last nine league fixtures.
  • Brighton have drawn three of their last four away league games, losing the other.

Watford v Blackpool

  • Gary Taylor-Fletcher has scored on his last two trips to Vicarage Road with the Seasiders.
  • Blackpool are unbeaten in three trips to the home of the Hornets, winning one and drawing two.
  • 40% of the goals Watford have conceded this season have come from set pieces, a league-high.
  • Blackpool have netted 25 goals in the final 15 minutes this season, equating to 36% of their total haul - both are league-highs.
  • Watford have taken more points from their last six games than any other team in the Championship (14).

Barnsley v West Ham

  • West Ham have won their last five meetings with Barnsley in all competitions, scoring 14 and conceding one.
  • Only two of the last 13 clashes between Barnsley and West Ham have ended in draws.
  • West Ham have scored a joint-league-high 25 goals from set pieces this season.
  • Barnsley have gained just one point from games in which they've conceded first this season, a league-low.
  • The Hammers are unbeaten in five away league games, the longest current run of its kind in the Championship.
  • Barnsley have only netted one goal in their last six games.

Southampton v Portsmouth

  • Both sides have found the net in each of the last five south coast derbies in all competitions.
  • After a run of five straight defeats at the home of the Saints, Pompey won 4-1 on their last trip to St Mary's Stadium, in the 2009/10 FA Cup.
  • Southampton have scored more goals from penalties than any other team in the second tier this season (nine).
  • Pompey have lost their last four league games away from Fratton Park.
  • Southampton ended a run of 12 unbeaten league games with a 0-3 drubbing at Blackpool last week.
  • At home, however, the Saints have won four and drawn two of their last six league games and kept four clean sheets in the process.

Birmingham v Crystal Palace

  • Crystal Palace have only scored one goal in their last four meetings with the Blues combined, but that earned them a 1-0 win in this season's reverse clash.
  • Birmingham have won seven of their last eight against the Eagles at St Andrews, losing the other.
  • Palace have conceded just 11 first-half goals all season, a league-low.
  • The Blues have lost 25 points after scoring first in the Championship this season, a league-high.
  • The Eagles have failed to score a first-half goal in any of their last six league games.

Coventry v Peterborough

  • Coventry have won their last four home meetings (in all competitions) against Peterborough and haven't lost at home to the Posh in any competition since September 1961.
  • Only one of the previous nine meetings between these sides in the Football League has ended in a draw.
  • Peterborough have conceded 24 goals from set pieces this season, a league-high.
  • The Sky Blues have netted 73% of their goals in the second-half this term, a league-high.
  • Coventry are unbeaten in five league games, their best run of the campaign and they have only lost one of their last nine at the Ricoh Arena.

Derby v Ipswich

  • Ipswich have won seven of their last eight games against Derby, losing the other.
  • The Tractor Boys have also won their last three trips to Pride Park, scoring six and conceding just two.
  • Ipswich have scored exactly one goal in each of their last four league games, and have only failed to score in one of their last 17 overall.
  • Derby have won four of their last seven league games, losing two.
  • Ipswich have only taken two points from the last 12 available on the road.

Leicester v Doncaster

  • Doncaster have only won one of their previous 14 trips to the home of the Foxes in the league, and that victory came back in December 1902.
  • Since that defeat, Rovers have conceded 40 goals in 12 trips to Leicester, losing 11 and drawing one of those games.
  • The Foxes have scored a higher percentage of first-half goals than any other team in the second tier this season (54%).
  • Doncaster have taken fewer points from their last six games than any other team in the division (two).
  • The Foxes are unbeaten in six league games at the Walkers Stadium, winning four and drawing two.

Middlesbrough v Cardiff

  • Boro have won their last three meetings with Cardiff, scoring seven and conceding two.
  • The Bluebirds have only won one of their last 10 league trips to Teeside, losing seven and drawing two.
  • Cardiff have scored a higher percentage of goals from set pieces than any other team in the Championship (44%).
  • The Bluebirds have drawn their last four league games.
  • Middlesbrough have also drawn their last four league games, all by the same scoreline (1-1).
  • The Teesiders haven't scored a first-half goal in any of their last nine league games.

Millwall v Hull

  • Millwall are unbeaten in four home meetings with the Tigers, a run that stretches back to August 1986.
  • Hull have netted just 10.5% of their goals from set pieces this season, a league-low.
  • Millwall, however, have lost their last four league fixtures at the New Den.
  • Hull have lost their last four league games, their worst run of the campaign.
  • The Tigers have shipped exactly two goals in each of their last four games.

Nottingham Forest v Bristol City

  • Forest are unbeaten in 14 home league meetings with the Robins, winning eight and drawing six.
  • Since their 2-0 win in 1955, the Robins have only scored seven goals in 14 league trips to the home of the Tricky Trees.
  • Forest have only lost one of their last six league games, winning three and drawing two.
  • Steve Cotterill's side have kept successive clean sheets for the first time this season.
  • The Robins have taken just three points from the last 15 available in the Championship.

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