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Rupert Wyman 15th Oct 2009 - 8:36

Championship Opta Facts - 17 October

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Blackpool v Plymouth

  • Blackpool have failed to score in five of their last six encounters with the Pilgrims.
  • Plymouth have scored in seven of their last eight matches against the Seasiders.
  • Plymouth's last six visits to Blackpool have produced just five goals.
  • In each of Blackpool's last four league games, the side who have been winning at half time have gone on to win the match.
  • Plymouth have scored only two first half goals in their last 10 league games.
  • Plymouth have not kept a clean sheet in the league this season - Peterborough are the only other Championship side not to have done so.

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Bristol City v Peterborough

  • Bristol City have won nine of their last 10 meetings with the Posh, drawing the other.
  • All five draws in the history of this fixture have been by a score of 1-1.
  • City have lost only once in seven league fixtures.
  • Peterborough have picked up only two points from their five away games so far this season in the Championship.
  • City have the longest undefeated home run in the Championship - 16 games.
  • Half of Peterborough's 12 goals this season have been headed.
  • Only one of Bristol City's goals this season has come in the first half.

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Cardiff v Crystal Palace

  • Cardiff are unbeaten in six encounters with Palace, winning three.
  • The Eagles have scored a total of just four goals in their last eight meetings with Cardiff.
  • Peter Whittingham has scored in each of Cardiff's last three league games - all of these goals coming in the opening 25 minutes of the match.
  • The Bluebirds have scored 10 goals in their last two league matches.
  • Palace are unbeaten in four league games, keeping a clean sheet in each match.
  • Nine of the 11 goals that Palace have scored so far this season have come in the second half.

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Doncaster v Barnsley

  • Barnsley took more points in Yorkshire derbies last season (16) than any other side in the Championship.
  • The Tykes won both league meetings with Doncaster last season, including 4-1 at Keepmoat, all four goals coming after their own Darren Moore was sent off in the 49th minute.
  • Jon Macken, who scored last time out in the league against Ipswich, scored in both meetings with Rovers last season.
  • Barnsley have lost only one of their last five league games.
  • Doncaster have drawn eight of their 11 league games this season - a league-high.

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Ipswich v Swansea

  • Swansea have only been able to win in one of their last six matches against Ipswich.
  • Ipswich have not tasted defeat at home to Swansea City since November 1981 (2-3).
  • Ipswich are yet to win in the league this term, and have made their worst start ever to a season - collecting only five points from their opening 11 matches.
  • Swansea City have conceded only one goal in their last five league games.
  • There has been only one first half goal scored in Swansea's last nine league matches.

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Leicester v Derby

  • Three of the last four meetings between these two sides have ended in a draw.
  • Derby have not won any of their last four visits to Leicester City.         
  • Derby have picked up only one point from their five away trips in the league so far this term.
  • The Rams have lost five of their last seven league matches.
  • The Foxes have won only one of their last five Championship games.
  • Each of Leicester's last four league goals have come in the closing 20 minutes of the match.

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Middlesbrough v Watford

  • The away side in this fixture has only prevailed once in their last nine meetings.
  • Watford's last victory in Middlesbrough came back in April 1992 (2-1).
  • Watford have only managed to collect two points from their last four games in the league.
  • The Hornets have conceded 11 goals in their last four league games.
  • Middlesbrough have failed to score in three of their five league games at the Riverside so far this term.

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Nottingham Forest v Newcastle

  • Newcastle have won their last three meetings with Forest, conceding only one goal in the process.
  • Three of their last four meetings at the City Ground have ended level.
  • Forest have won three consecutive league games, conceding only one goal in the process.
  • The Magpies have kept a clean sheet in seven of their last ten league matches.
  • Newcastle have only failed to find the net in one of their league games this term - in their last match against Bristol City (0-0).

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QPR v Preston

  • The away side has won this fixture just once in the last eight meetings between QPR and Preston.
  • Four of Preston's last eight matches against the Hoops at Loftus Road have ended in a draw.
  • There have been 12 goals scored in their last three meetings with one another.
  • QPR have suffered only one defeat in their last seven league matches.
  • Preston have only been defeated in one of their five away trips in the league so far this term.

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Scunthorpe v Sheffield United

  • Despite meeting 12 times prior to this match, the away side has won this fixture only once before.
  • There have been three red cards in the last two meetings between Scunthorpe and Sheffield United.
  • Scunthorpe have collected only two points from their last four league games.
  • Seven of the last eight goals that Scunthorpe have conceded have come in the second half.
  • The Blades have scored in 10 consecutive league matches.
  • Sheffield United have won only once in their last five league games.
  • Scunthorpe have gone a league-high 36 games without a goalless draw.

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Sheffield Wednesday v Coventry

  • The Owls have only won one of their last seven meetings with Coventry City.
  • Sheffield Wednesday have only tasted defeat in one of their last seven home games against the Sky Blues.
  • Coventry have kept three clean sheets in their last four meetings with Sheffield Wednesday.
  • Wednesday have failed to score in two consecutive league matches.
  • The Owls have suffered only one defeat in their five games at home so far this league campaign.
  • Leon Best has scored five goals in his last six league appearances for Coventry.

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West Brom v Reading

  • Reading are unbeaten in five successive matches against West Brom.
  • West Brom have not lost any of their last seven home games against Reading in the league; both winning and keeping a clean sheet in six of these matches.
  • West Brom have collected only one point from their last three league matches.
  • Reading have only been able to collect one win from their last six league games.
  • The Royals have won two of their last three league games away from home.

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