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Eden Jon 30th Dec 2013 - 18:19

Championship Opta Facts – 1st January

Birmingham City v Barnsley

  • Birmingham conceded as many goals in this fixture last season as they had in their previous 11 home league meetings with Barnsley combined (five).
  • The last four league meetings between Birmingham City and Barnsley have all been won by the away side.
  • The Blues have gone nine games without defeat (W4 D5); the joint-longest unbeaten run in the division currently (Derby).
  • Barnsley are without a win in five, losing three (D2).
  • Barnsley have scored just once in the final fifteen minutes of matches this season; a joint-league-low.

Bolton Wanderers v Middlesbrough

  • Bolton are unbeaten in 12 home league meetings with Middlesbrough, winning seven and drawing five.
  • ‘Boro have only mustered eight goals in their last 14 league trips to the home of the Trotters, never scoring more than once in this run.
  • Andre Mortiz now has netted four in his last four games for Bolton after bagging just one in seven before that.
  • Boro have won their last three league games without conceding; their longest winning run of the season.
  • Bolton have scored 67% of their goals in the first half this season; a league-high share.

Brighton v Bournemouth

  • Brighton are unbeaten in 10 home league meetings with the Cherries, winning six and drawing four.
  • Bournemouth have only won one of their last five league meetings with the Seagulls (D2 L2).
  • Matt Ritchie has scored three goals in his last three league appearances for the Cherries.
  • Brighton have kept three clean sheets in their last four league games.
  • Brighton have been involved in four goalless draws this season; a joint-league-high with three other teams.

Burnley v Huddersfield Town

  • Burnley have lost just one of their last seven league games against the Terriers at Turf Moor (W4 D2), but that defeat came last season.
  • Huddersfield have won three consecutive league meetings with Burnley, with James Vaughan netting in the last two.
  • Only Aaron Cresswell (9) has assisted more goals this season than Huddersfield's Adam Hammill (8) and Burnley's Kieran Trippier (8).
  • Burnley have conceded eight second half goals this season; a joint-league-low with Queens Park Rangers.
  • Burnley have picked up just two wins from their last 10 league games (D6 L2).

Derby County v Wigan Athletic

  • Derby have only won one of their five previous home league meetings with Wigan (D3 L1).
  • The Latics have only failed to score once in 11 previous league clashes with the Rams.
  • Wigan have dropped two points from leading positions this season; a league-low.
  • No side has won more points from their last 10 league games than Derby County (25).
  • Derby's Chris Martin has scored seven goals in his last seven appearances.

Ipswich Town v Charlton Athletic

  • Ipswich have found the net at least once in all but one of their last 14 league meetings with Charlton.
  • Charlton have only lost one of their last four at Portman Road in the league (W2 D1).
  • Ipswich have dropped a league-high 21 points from leading positions this season.
  • The Tractor Boys have also gained a league-high 13 points from losing situations this term.
  • No player has made more assists than Ipswich left-back Aaron Cresswell (9).

Leeds United v Blackburn Rovers

  • Leeds have only kept one clean sheet in their last 10 league meetings with Blackburn.
  • Blackburn have only won one of their last 21 league games at Elland Road, with that victory coming in the Premier League in April 2003.
  • Blackburn hitman Jordan Rhodes has bagged five in his last six appearances for Rovers. Championship top-scorer Ross McCormack has scored 14 in his last 14 fixtures for Leeds.
  • No side has drawn more games nil-nil this season than Blackburn (4).

Millwall v Leicester City

  • Millwall have won four of their last five league meetings with Leicester, though they did lose the reverse fixture earlier in the campaign.
  • The Foxes have lost their last three at the New Den in the Football League, scoring just once in total in this run.
  • Leicester have rescued seven points from losing positions on the road this season; a joint-league-high with Watford.
  • Millwall are the only Championship side yet to score via a header this season.
  • Leicester have benefited from three own-goals this season, more than any other side.

Queens Park Rangers v Doncaster Rovers

  • QPR have won their last five home league meetings with Doncaster, scoring 16 and conceding just two.
  • Only one of the last 12 meetings between QPR and Donny has ended in an away win (all competitions).
  • Doncaster are without a win in six league games (D2 L4); the joint-longest current run of its kind with Blackpool.
  • QPR have failed to score in each of their last three league games (D1 L2); their longest run without scoring or winning this season.
  • QPR have kept 14 clean sheets this term, the most of any side in the top four tiers.

Reading v Nottingham Forest

  • The Royals have kept five clean sheets in their last seven home league meetings with Nottingham Forest (W4 D2 L1).
  • Forest have only won one of their last five league meetings with Reading, losing three (D1).
  • Greg Halford has scored in consecutive league games for the first time in his Forest career.
  • No player has created more chances (inc. assists) than Andy Reid (59) this season.
  • The Royals have lost their last three league games; their longest losing streak of the season.

Sheffield Wednesday v Blackpool

  • The Owls have gone 310 meetings of league football without a goal against Blackpool.
  • Blackpool are unbeaten in six meetings with the Owls in all competitions (W5 D1), keeping five clean sheets in the process.
  • Connor Wickham has scored four in his last four games for Sheffield Wednesday.
  • Blackpool have received nine red cards this season; the most of any top four tier side.
  • Sheffield Wednesday are one of two sides (Fleetwood) plying their trade in the top four tiers of English football yet to keep a clean sheet at home this season.

Yeovil Town v Watford

  • Yeovil's 3-0 victory at Vicarage Road in November was the first ever meeting between these sides.
  • Watford's defeat against Yeovil earlier in the season was part of a run of five consecutive home defeats that eventually cost manager Gianfranco Zola his job.
  • Yeovil have salvaged just two points from losing positions this season; a league-low.
  • Yeovil have faced a league-high 143 shots on target this season.
  • Watford are without an away win in the Championship in five attempts, drawing all five games.




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