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Michael Taylor 12th Aug 2009 - 15:59

Championship Opta Facts - 15 August

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Championship Opta Facts – 15 August

Barnsley v Coventry

  • Barnsley have not managed to defeat Coventry City in any of their last nine attempts.
  • Eight of the last ten goals scored by the Sky Blues in this fixture have arrived in the second half.
  • Coventry have won in their last three trips to Oakwell.
  • The Tykes have taken only 10 points from their 10 Championship home games so far in 2009.
  • Clinton Morrison, who scored a brace in City’s opening-day win over Ipswich, was Coventry’s top scorer away from home in 2008/09, with six league goals on the road.

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Blackpool v Cardiff

  • Cardiff are unbeaten in five successive matches against Blackpool, of which they have won four.
  • Blackpool have won 15 of their last 20 home games against Cardiff City, losing only once in this period.
  • If only home form had counted in the Championship last season, the Seasiders would have finished second from bottom.
  • 12 of the Bluebirds’ away matches in the Championship in 2008/09 ended in draws – more than any other side.

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Bristol City v Crystal Palace

  • Only one of the last 11 meetings between these two sides has been won by the away side.
  • Nicky Maynard scored in both matches against Palace for City last term.
  • No side picked up fewer points on the road than Palace in 2009 in the Championship last season (six).
  • The Robins drew 13 of their home matches in 2008/09 – a league-high. Moreover, no side lost fewer home games (three).

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Doncaster v Preston

  • Preston have won their last four matches against Doncaster and are unbeaten in six against Rovers.
  • Doncaster have won just twice in their last six meetings with Preston.
  • The Keepmoat Stadium saw fewer goals than any other ground in the Championship in 2008/09 (34).
  • Rovers’ draw on the first day of the season was only their second in the league since November 2008.
  • Preston have scored at least twice in their last five league matches (including 2008/09).

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Ipswich v Leicester City

  • The away side has won only once in the last eight matches between Ipswich and Leicester City.
  • Ipswich have lost three of their last four meetings with the Foxes.
  • The Tractor Boys scored fewer goals at home (30) than away (32) in the Championship in 2008/09.
  • Leicester scored 43 goals on the road in League One in 2008/09 – 1.87 per game, a higher average than any team in all four tiers of English football.
  • The Foxes won four of their last five away matches in League One.

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Newcastle v Reading

  • The away side have not won any of the previous 10 meetings between these two sides.
  • The home team in this fixture have prevailed in their last five encounters.
  • Over the ten previous meetings between these sides, the home team have averaged 2.9 goals a game.
  • Reading kept five clean sheets in their last six away matches in the Championship last season.
  • Shane Long bagged three goals in the Royals’ final two trips away in the league.

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Nottingham Forest v West Brom

  • The away side have won the last three league meetings between these two sides.
  • The winning team have kept a clean sheet on each of the last seven occasions that they have met.
  • The Baggies’ last league win on the road was on 27th September 2008 against Middlesbrough – their only away win of last season.
  • Indeed, after this win, West Brom took only four points from their remaining 16 away matches.
  • Chris Brunt has scored four of their seven away league goals in 2009.

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Peterborough v Sheffield Wednesday

  • The home side has prevailed in six of the last seven meetings between the two teams.
  • Peterborough have won only twice in their previous six home matches against the Owls.
  • Wednesday conceded more goals on the road in the Championship last season than any other side (44).
  • The Posh only failed to score at home twice in 2008/09 in the league.
  • The Owls kept only one clean sheet on the road in their last 13 league matches of 2008/09.

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Plymouth v QPR

  • Five of the last eight matches between Plymouth and QPR have ended as a draw.
  • Plymouth are unbeaten in their last nine matches against QPR.
  • Argyle managed only eight points at home in the league in 2009 – fewer than any other side in the Championship.
  • QPR failed to win in their last eight Championship away matches in 2008/09, failing to score in five.
  • The Pilgrims conceded at least twice in four of their last five home matches in the league in 2008/09.

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Scunthorpe v Derby

  • The last three matches played between these two sides have seen no fewer than 17 goals scored.
  • Derby have suffered a defeat in their last three visits to Scunthorpe.
  • In the last 13 meetings between the two sides, only on two occasions has a team failed to score.
  • Only two sides (Leeds and Hartlepool) scored more goals at home in League One in 2008/09 than Scunthorpe.
  • The Rams lost four of their last five away matches in the Championship in 2008/09.

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Sheffield United v Watford

  • United have tasted defeat in just one of their last six meetings with the Hornets.
  • Only three of their last 13 meetings have been won by the home side.
  • Last season, Watford won only one of their eight meetings with Yorkshire sides in the Championship.
  • The Blades were unbeaten in their last seven league matches at Bramall Lane in 2008/09.
  • Watford won two of their last three away matches in the league last season.

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Swansea v Middlesbrough

  • Boro’ are winless from their last three meetings with Swansea, with their last victory coming in November 1983.
  • No Championship side took more points than Swansea (22) in their 10 home games in 2009 last season.
  • ‘Boro’s last win on the road in the league came at Aston Villa in November 2008, losing their last 12 away matches in the Premier League back-to-back, scoring just four goals in the process.
  • Only one of the Swans’ last 10 home matches of 2008/09 in the league ended in a draw.
  • Swansea have now lost their last three league matches, all by a one-goal margin.

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