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Michael Taylor 9th Mar 2009 - 20:38

Championship Opta Facts: 10-11 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 the midweek Championship fixtures.

Cardiff City are making their charge for the Premier League and with games in hand they could soon be threatening the long-established top three of Wolves, Birmingham and Reading.

How will those four, plus everybody else in the ultra-competitive Championship fare this week?

Tuesday 19:45
Barnsley v Birmingham City
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Tuesday 19:45 Bristol City v Coventry City View facts Bet Now
Tuesday 19:45 Doncaster Rovers v QPR
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Tuesday 19:45 Norwich City v Cardiff City
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Tuesday 19:45 Preston v Sheffield Wednesday View facts Bet Now
Tuesday 20:00 Reading v Charlton Athletic
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Tuesday 19:45 Sheffield United v Blackpool
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Tuesday 19:45 Southampton v Derby County
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Tuesday 19:45 Swansea City v Plymouth Argyle
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Tuesday 19:45 Watford v Nottingham Forest
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Tuesday 19:45 Wolves v Ipswich Town
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Wednesday 19:45
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Barnsley v Birmingham City

  • Birmingham have won three of their last four trips to Oakwell.
  • The losing team has failed to score in the last four matches between these sides.
  • In a spell of five games between the sides in February 1996 and January 1999, four of them ended as goalless draws.
  • Barnsley have won only two of their last nine league games.
  • Birmingham have won two games in succession, their best run since early December.
  • Both of those wins have been 1-0.

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Bristol City v Coventry City

  • Coventry have not tasted victory at Ashton Gate since the 1976-77 season.
  • Bristol City have won their last three home league encounters against the Sky Blues.
  • Bristol City have won only one of their last five league games and have lost two in a row for the first time this season.
  • Coventry have won three and drawn one of their last five league games.
  • Coventry have scored in 14 of their last 15 Championship away games.
  • The Robins have kept 16 clean sheets, more than any other side in the division.

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Doncaster Rovers v QPR

  • Doncaster are unbeaten in their last four home encounters with QPR – but they have not played them in Yorkshire since 1985.
  • Rovers have won nine of their last 12 league games.
  • Doncaster have won three home games in succession.
  • Rangers have gone seven league games without a win, though four of those have been draws.
  • QPR have scored a total of only one goal in their last four league games and have gone 235 minutes without a strike.

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Norwich City v Cardiff City

  • Norwich have scored exactly one goal in their last three home games against Cardiff.
  • Cardiff came from behind to win 2-1 in this fixture last season.
  • Norwich have lost four of their last six league games.
  • The Canaries have scored exactly one goal in their last three league home games.
  • Cardiff have won their last two games, scoring three goals in each match.
  • The Bluebirds have won only one of their last five away games.

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Preston North End v Sheffield Wednesday

  • In the last three meetings between these sides at Deepdale there has been a total of only one goal.
  • Wednesday have not won a league game at Deepdale since March 1960.
  • Preston have lost three of their last four league games.
  • North End have conceded at least two goals in their last four league games.
  • Sheffield Wednesday's last six games have gone LL WW LL, so this game should be a win if that pattern continues.

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Reading v Charlton Athletic

  • Reading have scored exactly two goals in their last three home games against Charlton and in five of the last six home games against the Addicks.
  • Charlton have not won in Berkshire since March 1981.
  • The Royals have won only one of their last six league games.
  • A Reading player has not scored a goal at home since January 9.
  • Charlton have scored in eight of their last nine league games.
  • Athletic's last two away games have ended as draws.

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Sheffield United v Blackpool

  • Blackpool have not won at Bramall Lane since April 1977.
  • Since Blackpool's recent elevation to this division, the three games between these sides have produced 10 goals.
  • Sheffield United have lost only two of their last 15 league games.
  • United's last five Championship defeats have come on home turf.
  • Blackpool have failed to score in three of their last four league games.

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Southampton v Derby County

  • Derby are unbeaten in their last three trips to Southampton, conceding only one goal in the process.
  • Southampton have taken nine points from the last four games.
  • The Saints' last four home defeats have seen them concede two goals exactly in each match.
  • Derby have won five of their last seven league games.
  • County have scored and conceded in each of their last four league games.

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Swansea City v Plymouth Argyle

  • The only instance of this fixture in the 21st century saw Plymouth win 1-0 with a goal from Blair Sturrock, son of current Argyle boss Paul.
  • Plymouth have won three of their last five trips to Swansea.
  • Draw specialists Swansea have seen the last three league games end level.
  • Swansea have racked up 13 goals in their last five home games.
  • Argyle are unbeaten in four games after winning none of the previous eight matches.

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Watford v Nottingham Forest

  • Forest are unbeaten in their last four trips to Vicarage Road.
  • Two of the last three meetings between the sides in Hertfordshire have ended 1-1.
  • Watford have won five of their last seven league games.
  • The Hornets have kept clean sheets in their last three Championship home games.
  • Forest have taken seven points from their last three league games.
  • Tamas Priskin has scored six goals in his last seven appearances for Watford.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Ipswich Town

  • Wolves have scored exactly one goal in their last three home games against Ipswich.
  • Town have not won at Molineux since November 1991.
  • Wolves have won two games in a row, both of them 1-0.
  • But the Black Country side have gone three games without a win at home.
  • Ipswich have lost their last two games, conceding three goals in each match.
  • Town have not kept a clean sheet away from home in 2009.

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Burnley v Crystal Palace

  • The last three meetings between these sides at Turf Moor have been draws, with the last two ending 1-1.
  • Burnley have scored exactly one goal in five of their last six league games.
  • Palace have won only two of their last 10 league games but did taste victory at the weekend against Preston.
  • Palace have failed to score in four of their last five league games.

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