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P.J. Murray 15th Aug 2011 - 18:41

Championship Opta Facts - 16-17 August

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Barnsley v Middlesbrough

  • The away side has netted exactly one goal in seven of the last 10 meetings between these sides.
  • 'Boro have only won one of their last seven trips to Oakwell; a 4-1 hammering in August 1993.
  • Barnsley have won just one of their last eight league games.
  • Middlesbrough have won five and drawn one of their last six league games.
  • 'Boro have found the net in 11 consecutive Championship games - they last failed to score on March 12 (0-0 v Portsmouth).
  • The Tykes have kept just two clean sheets in their last 13 league games at Oakwell.

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Doncaster v Nottingham Forest

  • Doncaster are unbeaten in five home meetings with Forest, winning three and drawing two.
  • The last five meetings between the sides in South Yorkshire have seen just five goals netted.
  • Doncaster have now gone 14 league games without a win.
  • The South Yorkshire side have only scored six goals in their last 13 home league games combined.
  • Steve McLaren's side are yet to register a single goal this season, despite having bagged three or more in each of their last four regular league games last term.
  • Rovers are now winless in 10 home league games.

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Ipswich v Southampton

  • Ipswich have won just one of their last six clashes with the Saints, losing three and drawing two.
  • At Portman Road, only one of the last nine meetings between the sides has ended as a draw; a 2-2 in September 2005.
  • Ipswich have found the net in all but one of their last 11 league games, netting one more than one occasion in seven of them.
  • Despite this, the Portman Road outfit have conceded 15 goals in their last six league games combined.
  • David Connolly has netted in both league games so far for the Saints.
  • Southampton have won their last eight league games.

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Leeds v Hull

  • Both times these two sides met last season ended in 2-2 draws.
  • The last three fixtures between United and the Tigers have seen 17 yellow cards and one sending off.
  • Leeds have lost both Championship games this season, conceding four goals in the process.
  • Hull lost just five away games in the Championship last term, only promoted QPR and Norwich lost fewer (both four).
  • Both of the Tigers' two opening fixtures this term have ended 1-0 to the away team.
  • The Tigers drew six away games they had fallen behind in last term - a league-high.

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Portsmouth v Reading

  • The last four matchups between Portsmouth and Reading have seen 17 goals scored, most of those coming in the 7-4 drubbing Pompey gave to the Royals at Fratton Park in 2007.
  • The last time Reading won at Fratton Park was in 1997, losing twice and drawing twice since then.
  • Reading have already netted three goals in the closing 5 minutes of games this season, two more than any other side.
  • The Royals have lost just one of their last 18 regular league games.
  • Portsmouth have now failed to score in four consecutive home league games for the first time since August 2008.
  • Only three goals were scored in the opening 15 minutes of games at Fratton Park in the entire 2010/11 campaign - every other Championship ground saw more.

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Watford v West Ham

  • The Hornets have scored exactly one goal in their last five meetings with West Ham, winning the last three all 1-0.
  • Only two of the last 21 clashes between the sides have seen the spoils shared.
  • The Hornets have taken just one point from the last 15 available in league competition.
  • Both of West Ham's league fixtures this season have finished 0-1 to the away side.
  • The Hammers have netted just four goals in their last six away league games combined.
  • The Hornets have conceded two or more goals in nine of their last 11 league games.

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Crystal Palace v Coventry

  • These two sides met three times in all competitions last season, with the side playing at home winning each time (Coventry twice, Palace once)
  • Coventry have won on only one of their last 10 trips to Selhurst Park in all competitions.
  • If the table was based on home points only, Crystal Palace would have finished a comfortable 12th last season, eight places higher than where they actually ended the season (20th).
  • The Eagles have scored in all but one of their last 10 league games at Selhurst Park.
  • Coventry have lost both of their league games so far this season 0-1.
  • The Sky Blues have scored in eight of their last nine away league games, but have also conceded in eight of their last nine.

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Cardiff v Brighton

  • The last time either of these clubs scored three goals or more against the other, was in Cardiff's 3-0 win over Brighton in 1994 - a run of 17 games ago.
  • Brighton have not won at Cardiff since 1984, a run of 10 games without success.
  • The Bluebirds have lost just one of their last 12 regular league games.
  • Brighton are now unbeaten in nine away league games.
  • Gus Poyet's side had the best away defensive record in League One last season, conceding just 18 goals on their travels all year.
  • The Bluebirds are unbeaten in five meetings with the Seagulls, winning three and drawing two (both 1-1).

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Leicester v Bristol City

  • Both meetings between these sides last season were won by the side playing at home.
  • The Robins have failed to score on five of their last seven trips to Leicester.
  • Only three Championship teams (Swansea, QPR and Nottingham Forest) won more home points than the Foxes last season.
  • The Robins have already conceded six league goals this season, two more than any other side.
  • Bristol City were 0-3 down after 36 minutes in their only previous away game this term, at Cardiff.
  • Leicester conceded a higher proportion of home goals in the first half than any other side in the second tier last season - 59%.

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Millwall v Peterborough

  • The last three meetings between these sides have seen at least one side keep a clean sheet.
  • This match is the first time the Lions will have played the Posh in the English second tier since 1994.
  • The last three meetings between the teams have produced three red cards in total.
  • The Lions have scored exactly two goals in both of their two league games this term, winning one and drawing the other.
  • The Posh have scored and conceded in nine of their last 11 regular league games.
  • All three of Peterborough's goals this season have come in the second half.
  • Peterborough have only failed to net in one of their last 18 away league games.

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Blackpool v Derby

  • The last five matches between these clubs in all competitions have seen just six yellow cards and one sending off.
  • The last time Derby won at Bloomfield Road was in 1986.
  • Derby have won both league games so far this season - they last managed consecutive league wins in November 2010.
  • Blackpool scored and conceded in all but one of their 19 home league games last season.
  • The Tangerines have only kept one clean sheet in their last 22 league games at Bloomfield Road, but have only failed to score in one of these.
  • Derby were the only side to lose every game they fell behind in on the road last season (12).

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