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Craig Porter 10th Apr 2009 - 6:21

Championship Opta Facts: 11-12 April

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Reading v Sheff Utd

  • Reading are unbeaten in 11 matches in all competitions against Sheffield United, winning nine.
  • The Royals have won all of their six matches against sides from Yorkshire this season.
  • The Blades have won their last four matches in the league and are undefeated in nine.
  • United have kept clean sheets in their last two away games.
  • Reading have not won at home in five attempts and have failed to score in four of those.

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Wolverhampton v Southampton

  • Wolves have won just four points in their last nine home games with Southampton.
  • Mick McCarthy’s side have won just once in five league games at Molineux.
  • Saints have not taken all three points in any of their last six Championship games, drawing four and losing two.
  • Sylvain Ebanks-Blake has netted seven of the last 10 scored by Wolves players in the league.
  • Wolves have won just once in their last 18 meetings with the Saints.
  • Only two of Southampton’s last eight league goals have come in the first half.

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Burnley v QPR

  • This will be the fourth time these two have met this season; QPR are yet to win, a league defeat and an FA Cup replay defeat.
  • Earlier this season Burnley came from behind to win 2-1 in the league at Loftus Road.
  • The Clarets are unbeaten in six Championship games, taking 14 points from a possible 18.
  • The Hoops have not won away from home in five efforts, scoring just once in their last four.
  • Paulo Sousa’s side have netted just three goals in seven games in the league.
  • Burnley, on the other hand, have scored in their last 12 league games.

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Charlton v Birmingham

  • Despite having Nigel Quashie sent off, Birmingham came from 2-1 down at half-time to beat Charlton 3-2 earlier in the season.
  • These sides met in four consecutive Premier League campaigns between 2002 and 2006, Birmingham only won once, and lost on four occasions.
  • The Addicks’ win at Southampton last weekend was their first in seven games, since February.
  • The Blues have won only once in seven away games, last time out against Doncaster 2-0.
  • Cameron Jerome has netted in Birmingham’s last three league games.

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Crystal Palace v Cardiff

  • Three of the last four meetings between these two have ended in draws.
  • Palace have managed just one goal in their last two home encounters with Cardiff.
  • After four home games on the trot, Cardiff will now be hoping to end a four game winless run on the road.
  • The Eagles have drawn their last three league games, scoring just once in the process.
  • Cardiff have netted six goals in their last two league games, all by different players.
  • Palace have scored just one first half goal in their last five Championship games.

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Ipswich v Doncaster

  • These two have only met twice in the last 50 years; Rovers won 2-0 in the League Cup in 2004 and 1-0 in the league earlier this season.
  • The Tractor Boys have taken just two points from their last three home games, scoring just once in the process.
  • Jim Magilton’s men have managed to score in just two of their last six league games.
  • Doncaster have lost four on the bounce and have accrued just one goal along the way.
  • In Ipswich’s last six league games only four first half goals have been scored, and none by themselves.
  • Doncaster have also struggled for first half goals, only managing to net in one first half in eight efforts.

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Nottingham Forest v Bristol City

  • The last three games between these two, in all competitions, have ended honours even after 90 minutes.
  • Bristol City have not won away to Forest in all competitions since 1955, in which time they have played 18 matches.
  • Forest have not won in five league games losing three and scoring just three goals.
  • City have lost three on the bounce away from Ashton Gate.
  • Billy Davies’ side have managed just one first half goal in their last ten league games.

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Plymouth v Coventry

  • In the 17 meetings of these two sides since 1958 there has only been one draw, this coming back in 2005.
  • Earlier this season, 21-year-old Craig Noone scored a late winner for Plymouth, the second 1-0 win for Argyle in three efforts at the Ricoh.
  • Plymouth’s 1-0 win away at Blackpool last week marked the end of a run of three defeats.
  • Coventry have not managed to score more than one goal in a game since February, six games ago.
  • The Sky Blues last three league goals have all come in the first half.
  • On-loan from Blackburn, Paul Gallagher has scored five of the Pilgrims last eight league goals.

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Preston v Blackpool

  • Last season there were no goals from open play in the two games between these sides, a solitary penalty from Blackpool was the only thing separating the teams.
  • Half of the last eight meetings between these two outfits have ended in stalemate, three of which were goalless.
  • Preston’s most common result this season has been 2-1 wins, they have enjoyed seven of these, and no other side in the league has achieved this result as often.
  • Preston are unbeaten in 12 league games at Deepdale.

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Sheffield Wednesday v Derby

  • The Owls have not managed to beat Derby in their last five meetings in all competitions.
  • Wednesday have not won in three home games, and have not scored in their last two.
  • The Rams have conceded four goals in each of their last two away games.
  • Derby have not netted a first half goal in any of their last five games in the league.
  • The Owls have kept clean sheets in their last two league games.

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Swansea v Norwich

  • There has not been in a 0-0 draw in this fixture since 1968, in which time the sides have met eight times.
  • Earlier this season, three goals in five minutes either side of the break gave Swansea the impetus to run out 3-2 winners at Carrow Road.
  • Swansea have drawn 20 games so far this season - more than any other side in the league.
  • Norwich have kept two clean sheets in their last three home games.
  • The Swans’ leading scorer; Jason Scotland, has not found the back of the net in his last four games.
  • Norwich have not scored a first half goal in seven Championship games.

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Watford v Barnsley

  • Barnsley have won their last four matches against Watford in the league.
  • The last two games between these two at Vicarage Road have ended 3-0, once in favour of each team, and on both occasions a player has netted a brace.
  • Watford have scored exactly two goals in each of their last five home games.
  • Barnsley have not scored more than once in any of their last six away games.
  • The Tykes have netted just one first half goal in six league matches.

 

 
 
 

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