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Stuart Dalgleish 17th Dec 2009 - 15:48

Championship Opta Facts 19-20 December

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Blackpool v West Brom

  • West Brom have won four of their last five meetings with Blackpool.
  • Blackpool have scored a league-high 20 goals in the second half of games.
  • No side has scored as many first half goals as West Brom (22).
  • Blackpool have only suffered one defeat at home in the Championship this term, but this came in their last game at Bloomfield Road.
  • Simon Cox has scored six goals in his last seven league appearances for West Brom.

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Bristol City v Reading

  • The home side have won only once in the last five meetings between the two teams.
  • The last eight meetings between these two sides have seen an average of 4.25 goals.
  • Bristol City have scored a league-high 76% of their goals in the second half of matches.
  • Grzegorz Rasiak has scored three goals in his last three away matches for Reading, and five in his last seven in total.
  • Bristol City have won six and drawn two of the eight league games that Nicky Maynard has found the net this term.

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Cardiff v Leicester

  • There was only one goal scored in the two meetings between these two sides last season.
  • Leicester have profited from seven goals from substitutes this season; a league-high.
  • Chris Burke has scored in three successive league games for Cardiff City.
  • The Bluebirds have kept three clean sheets in a row in the Championship.
  • Leicester have lost only once in their last seven league trips away from home.

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Crystal Palace v Barnsley

  • The away side have only managed to score one goal in their last six meetings.
  • Eight of the last 10 matches between Palace and Barnsley have ended in a home win.
  • Barnsley have gained a league-high 11 points after falling behind in the Championship.
  • Darren Ambrose has found the net in seven of his last nine league appearances.
  • If the Championship had started following Mark Robins' appointment as Barnsley boss, the Tykes would be a point off the playoffs and in 7th place.

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Derby v Doncaster

  • Doncaster are unbeaten in their last four matches against Derby, winning their two league encounters last season.
  • Derby have only lost one of their previous six home games against Doncaster.
  • The Rams have managed only nine goals in their last 10 league matches.
  • Billy Sharp has scored in five successive league games for Doncaster.
  • Doncaster have kept four clean sheets in their last five league games.

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Nottingham Forest v Preston

  • The home team have won the last four meetings between Forest and Preston.
  • Forest have scored exactly two goals in four of their last five meetings with Preston.
  • Billy Davies' side are unbeaten in 13 league matches.
  • Preston have failed to find the net in four of their last six league games.
  • Alan Irvine's side have collected only one win from their last five away trips in the Championship.

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Peterborough v Watford

  • Only two of the last nine meetings between these two sides has seen a home win.
  • Peterborough United have collected only four points from their last four home games against Watford.
  • The Posh have conceded a higher proportion of goals in the first half than any other side (64%).
  • Peterborough have lost 10 points after leading in the Championship at home this season; a league-high.
  • Watford have lost three successive league games away from home, failing to score in each.
  • Mark Cooper's side have won only once in their last 13 league games.

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Plymouth v Coventry

  • Plymouth have won six of their last seven meetings with Coventry City.
  • Coventry's last away win over Plymouth in the league came back in October 1965.
  • Plymouth have conceded a league-high 11 goals in the final 15 minutes of matches this season.
  • Plymouth have failed to find the net in four successive league matches.
  • The Sky Blues have picked up only one point from their last five league games away from home.

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QPR v Sheffield United

  • QPR have found the net only twice in their last four meetings with Sheffield United, failing to score in their last two.
  • Sheffield United have lost only one of their last five trips to Loftus Road.
  • A division-high 73% of the goals that Sheffield United have conceded have arrived in the second half.
  • QPR have only picked up two points from their last five league matches.
  • The Blades have kept four clean sheets in their last five league games.

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Scunthorpe v Ipswich

  • Ipswich have won five successive matches against Scunthorpe.
  • On the last occasion that the sides met, in March 2008, two players received red cards.
  • Scunthorpe have scored only five goals in their last eight league games.
  • Ipswich are unbeaten in 10 league games, but have drawn in seven of those games.
  • Roy Keane's side have conceded only three goals in their last seven league matches.

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Sheffield Wednesday v Swansea

  • Sheffield Wednesday have remained unbeaten in seven consecutive matches against Swansea.
  • Both of the meetings between The Owls and Swansea ended in a draw last term.
  • No side have scored a higher proportion of their goals in the first half than Wednesday (65%).
  • Swansea have won only twice in their last eight league matches away from home.
  • The Swans have not scored a goal in the first half for five successive matches.
  • The Owls have picked up just one point in their last six league games.

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Newcastle v Middlesbrough

  • Four of the last five meetings between these two sides have ended in a draw.
  • Newcastle are unbeaten in eight successive matches against Middlesbrough at home.
  • The Magpies have not lost in eight league games, winning seven and drawing once.
  • Middlesbrough have won just once in the eight games since Gareth Southgate's departure.

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