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Andrew Tibot 17th Dec 2015 - 12:41

Championship Opta Facts - 18-20 Dec

Birmingham v Cardiff

Birmingham have failed to find the back of the net in each of their last three against Cardiff.

Cardiff have gone seven league games without defeat against the Blues (W4 D3).

Birmingham haven't scored in six of their last seven home league games, the exception being a 2-1 win over QPR in October.

Tony Watt has scored in two of his four league games since joining the Bluebirds on loan.

The Blues have held just 41.6% possession on average in the Championship this season, the lowest figure posted by a side.

Cardiff's win at Bolton in their last away game ended a run of six without a win (D3 L3).


Brighton v Middlesbrough

After winning two in a row, the Seagulls are winless in their last three against Boro (D1 L2).

Middlesbrough have won four and lost none of their last six away matches against Brighton.

Brighton have equalled West Ham's post-war second tier record from 1990/91 of 21 games unbeaten from the start of the season.

The only side to go on a longer unbeaten run in the second tier from the start of the campaign without defeat were Liverpool in 1893/94, who ended the season without a loss (W22 D6).

Boro have gone 457 minutes without conceding in the Championship.

Middlesbrough have won 13 of the 14 games this season in the Championship in which they've taken the lead.


Bolton v Fulham

Bolton's win in February ended a run of 11 league games without a victory over Fulham.

Fulham have kept a clean sheet in four of their last six trips to Bolton (W2 D3 L1).

By scoring against Charlton, Emile Heskey is the oldest scorer in the Championship this season (37y 338d).

Fulham are the Championship's top scorers (34) but have also conceded the most (37).

The Trotters' winless run now stands at 15 games. The last time they went longer without winning in the league was in 1979/80 (24 games), in which Bolton finished bottom of the top-flight.

Their opponents Fulham are on the second longest winless run in the division, having gone seven without a victory (D3 L4).


Brentford v Huddersfield

Alan McCormack has scored more league goals versus Huddersfield than any other team (3).

Huddersfield have won four of their last six league meetings with the Bees, finding the net in each clash (D1 L1).

Alan Judge has provided 20 assists for teammates since the start of last season - no player in the top four tiers has more than him in this time (Matt Ritchie and Cesc Fabregas also on 20).

The Terriers have missed each of their last three penalties in the Championship.

Both teams have scored in five of Brentford's last six league games.

Huddersfield have won only two of their last 12 away games (D5 L5).


Bristol City v QPR

Bristol City are unbeaten in their last five home meetings with QPR, winning two (D3).

Charlie Austin has netted two goals in two appearances against Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

Only Rotherham (8) have gained fewer points at home than Bristol City this season (9).

The only players to earn more points for their respective teams with their goals this season than Charlie Austin (10) are Tomer Hemed and Andre Gray (11 each).

The Robins have kept just two clean sheets in 11 home league games. Prior to that, they had kept six in their last seven (all in League One last season).

Nedum Onuoha has made more interceptions than any other Championship player this campaign (76).


Burnley v Charlton

Burnley have won their last three league encounters with Charlton, keeping a clean sheet on each occasion.

Charlton have scored just six goals in their last 10 league trips to Turf Moor and never more than once in that run.

Burnley have failed to score in their last three league matches, last scoring against Cardiff in November.

Ademola Lookman has scored three times in his last three league games for the Addicks.

The Clarets have gone six league games without a win (D4 L2), their worst run since May 2015 in the Premier League.

The Addicks have dropped 13 points from leading situations this season, no Championship side has lost more.


Ipswich v Derby

Ipswich have alternated between a win and a defeat in each of their last six home games versus Derby; losing the last match.

Chris Martin has scored in each of his last two league appearances against Ipswich.

Freddie Sears scored the Championship's second quickest goal of the season (16 seconds) by netting against Fulham midweek.

Tom Ince scored his first hat-trick in English league football midweek against Bristol City, having scored nine braces since October 2011.

The Tractor Boys have won just one of their last eight at Portman Road, with five ending draws (L2). Those defeats have been to the current top two.

Derby boast the passing accuracy of any Championship side this season (80.2%), while Ipswich have the worst (62%).


Nottm Forest v MK Dons

Nottm Forest won their only previous league match against MK Dons at the City Ground, 3-0 in March 2006.

MK Dons' only previous win against Forest came at home in League One in 2006 (1-0).

The Tricky Trees have gained more points from behind than any other Championship team (11).

MK Dons have won only one of their 10 away matches in the Championship this season (D3 L6).

Forest are looking to win four successive home league games for the first time since March (five in a row).

The Dons have conceded nine times in the final 15 minutes this season, second only to Fulham (11).


Rotherham v Hull

Rotherham have won five and lost none of their last six home league meetings with Hull.

Hull have failed to score in their last two league clashes with Rotherham, although this is the first meeting since March 2000.

The Millers have lost nine of their last 12 Championship fixtures (W2 D1), including each of the last three.

The Tigers have failed to score in just one of their 10 away games this season.

Rotherham are on the current longest run of scoring in consecutive home Championship games (8), while Hull hold the current record for successive scoring in away games (7).

Hull's away matches in the Championship have seen just 20 goals scored by either side, averaging at two per game.


Sheff Wed v Wolves

Sheffield Wednesday have failed to score in their last five league clashes with Wolves (D1 L4).

Wolves have won seven and lost none of their last 10 league encounters with the Owls.

After losing once in 11 games, Wednesday are winless in four Championship fixtures (D3 L1).

Wolves have scored just three times in the second half of away games this season, with none of these goals coming in the last half hour.

The Owls are unbeaten in seven home league games, winning four and drawing three.

Wolves' last three goals in the league have all been assisted by Jordan Graham.


Leeds v Preston

There have been 21 goals scored in the last four meetings between Leeds (9) and Preston (12).

Preston's 6-4 triumph in their last trip to Elland Road was their first league win there since September 1961.

Leeds have scored a league-low seven goals at home this season.

After losing three consecutive Championship trips, Preston are now unbeaten in five (W2 D3), conceding just once in that run.

Having gone 12 games at Elland Road without a win, Leeds have won two of the last three (L1).

Preston have kept the most clean sheets away from home in the Championship this season (6).


Reading v Blackburn

Reading have gone 11 league games without a win versus Blackburn, losing four (D7). The Royals last celebrated a victory over Rovers in October 1986.

Blackburn are unbeaten in their last five trips to Reading, keeping a clean sheet in four of those games (W2 D3).

Reading have only once this season conceded more than once in a home league games (2-2 v Huddersfield).

Rovers have gone eight without defeat in the Championship (W4 D4), the league's second best current run behind Brighton (21).

The Royals have scored a league-high 10 times in the first 15 minutes this season, double the total of Blackburn in this period.

Jordan Rhodes hasn't scored in four league games against Reading.


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