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Michael Taylor 13th Mar 2009 - 15:48

Championship Opta Facts: 14-15 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.

It was nothing lost, nothing gained at the top of the Championship in the week as a host of draws saw little change in the race for the Premier League. How will things develop in this strange division this week?

Saturday 15:00
Barnsley v Blackpool
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Saturday 15:00 Burnley v Nottingham Forest
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Saturday 17:20 Doncaster Rovers v Birmingham City
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Saturday 15:00 Norwich City v Plymouth Argyle
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Saturday 15:00 Preston North End v Coventry City
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Saturday 15:00 Reading v Ipswich Town
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Saturday 15:00 Sheffield United v Derby County
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Saturday 15:00 Southampton v QPR
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Saturday 15:00 Swansea City v Crystal Palace
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Saturday 15:00 Watford v Sheffield Wednesday
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Saturday 15:00 Wolves v Charlton
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Sunday 13:15
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Barnsley v Blackpool

  • Blackpool have won just once in eight league games and away from home they are winless in four attempts.
  • The Tykes have recorded just one victory in six league games at Oakwell, taking eight points from a possible 24.
  • In their last five games Blackpool have only netted one first half goal, courtesy of Nick Blackman against Sheffield United in their last fixture.
  • Barnsley have only won two of their last 10 league matches.
  • Simon Davey’s side have only managed six goals in their last nine league matches.
  • The last eight league games that Blackpool have been involved in have been level at half-time.

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Burnley v Nottingham Forest

  • Nottingham Forest have kept just one clean sheet in their last ten league games, when they beat Reading 1-0 at the Madejski.
  • That win against the Royals marked the only away points the Reds have managed in five trips away from The City Ground.
  • Forest have scored exactly nine goals in their last nine league matches.
  • After winning his first three league games in charge of Forest, Billy Davies has only managed to oversee two victories in the last nine.
  • Burnley have won their last two league games after winning only one of the previous five.

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Doncaster Rovers v Birmingham City

  • Doncaster have won five of their last six games at Keepmoat, keeping three clean sheets in the process.
  • In the last ten league games, Doncaster have amassed more points (22) than any other side in the Championship, making them the form side to beat.
  • Despite winning their last three at home, Birmingham have not won on their travels in six attempts and have netted just three goals in this run.
  • Birmingham have won the last five encounters between these two teams.
  • In their last 17 league fixtures the Blues have only scored more than one goal once.

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Norwich City v Plymouth Argyle

  • Since first meeting in 1920 this two sides have only ever met in the league, with Argyle winning 28 to City’s 21, they have also shared 14 draws.
  • Norwich have won the last two meetings with the Pilgrims by 2-1, in both those two games Plymouth scored extremely late consolation goals.
  • Before those two defeats, Plymouth went on a run of three consecutive victories over the Canaries, scoring exactly three goals in each encounter.
  • Plymouth have only lost once in their last nine league games.
  • The Canaries have managed to win just two of their last 10 league matches.
  • Argyle striker Paul Gallagher has scored five goals in his last four league appearances.

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Preston North End v Coventry City

  • Coventry have defeated Preston just once in their last nine meetings.
  • The Sky Blues have failed to score in three of their last four games against Preston.
  • Preston have only been able to score more than once in only one of their last ten league matches.
  • Jon Parkin has scored five of Preston’s last nine league goals.
  • Coventry have only managed eight goals in their last eight league fixtures.
  • North End have only managed two wins in their last ten Championship fixtures.

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Reading v Ipswich

  • The winning side has kept a clean sheet in the last three meetings between these two sides.
  • The away side has only emerged victorious from this encounter once in their last 10 meetings.
  • Reading are unbeaten in their last four home matches against the Suffolk side.
  • Reading have won just once in their last seven league matches.
  • The Royals have scored just seven league goals in their last nine matches.
  • Ipswich have won just two of their last eight Championship matches.

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Sheffield United v Derby County

  • There has only been one draw in the last 14 encounters between these two sides.
  • Sheffield United have only been able to win two of their last five home matches against Derby.
  • The away side has only lost on two of the last six occasions that these two sides have met.
  • Derby have lost just one of their last eight in the league, winning five.
  • United are unbeaten in five league matches, but have won just two of their last six.

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Southampton v QPR

  • The victorious side has scored at least three goals in the last three encounters between the sides.
  • Patrick Agyemang has scored three goals in his last two matches against the Saints.
  • The Hoops have not managed a win in their last eight league matches, losing four.
  • Paulo Sousa’s side have scored just one goal in their last five Championship matches.
  • Rangers have the worst form in the league over the last six matches, taking just two of a possible 16 points.
  • Southampton are unbeaten in three at home, winning two.

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Swansea City v Crystal Palace

  • The home side has kept a clean sheet in the last three meetings between the teams.
  • The Swans have lost just once in their last 19 league fixtures.
  • The Welsh side have won four of their last five league matches at the Liberty Stadium.
  • Jason Scotland has scored four goals in his last six matches in all competitions.
  • Palace have scored exactly two goals in their last two league games.
  • Palace have lost eight of their last 11 league games, falling from sixth place to 14th.

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Watford v Sheffield Wednesday

  • Watford have won their last four matches against Wednesday at Vicarage Road.
  • Neither side has managed to score more than two goals in this fixture in the last eight meetings between the two.
  • Watford have won five of their last six league matches and are the form side from the last six matches in the Championship.
  • Brendan Rodgers side have conceded just one goal in their last four home matches.
  • Tamas Priskin has scored four goals in his last four league matches at Vicarage Road.
  • Exactly one goal has been scored before half time in six of the Owls’ last seven league matches.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Charlton Athletic

  • Wolves have come out victorious in the last three meetings between the two.
  • Six of the 11 goals scored in these encounters came in the last 10 minutes.
  • Sylvan Ebanks-Blake has scored six of Wolves’ last eight league goals.
  • Wolves have kept three consecutive clean sheets in the Championship.
  • Charlton have not managed a win on the road in 16 matches in the league, but have drawn their last three.
  • Nicky Bailey has scored three goals in the Addicks’ last four league matches.

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Bristol City v Cardiff City

  • The last five encounters between the two have produced an average of one goal per game.
  • The home side is unbeaten in the last six meetings between the two, with the away side failing to score in five.
  • The Robins are unbeaten in their last seven league games at Ashton Gate, winning five and keeping five clean sheets.
  • Cardiff have not scored away from home in their last two Championship matches on the road, losing both.
  • Michael Chopra has been on the scoresheet on the last three occasions on which the Bluebirds have scored, each time scoring before halftime.

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