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Nic Ladds 19th Nov 2009 - 10:58

Championship Opta Facts 20 Nov – 23 Nov

Statistics and facts to help your football betting are available every week at William Hill courtesy of Opta Sportsdata, Europe's leading provider of sports performance statistics.

Swansea City v Derby County

  • Three of the last four meetings between the two sides (in all competitions) have ended in stalemate.
  • The Swans have failed to win against the Rams in their last nine meetings (in all competitions).
  • Swansea are the division’s lowest scorers, with just 14 goals so far.
  • Swansea City have conceded only four goals in their last 10 Championship fixtures.
  • Derby have won only two points from their eight away games in the league this term – fewer than any other side in the Championship.

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Barnsley v Cardiff City

  • Cardiff have won six of their last seven meetings with Barnsley (in all competitions), drawing the other.
  • The Tykes have failed to find the net in three of their last four meetings with the Bluebirds (in all competitions).
  • Cardiff have been the most clinical side in the Championship, converting a league-high 22% of their chances.
  • The Bluebirds have been awarded a division-high six penalties so far this season, scoring all of them.
  • Barnsley striker Daniel Bogdanovic has scored in three successive league matches.

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Coventry City v Crystal Palace

  • None of the last five meetings between the two sides has ended in a win for the home team.
  • The Sky Blues have now gone nine games against the Eagles without securing a victory (in all competitions).
  • Coventry have mustered a league-low 128 shots this season.
  • Palace are the top crossers in the Championship, finding a team-mate with 49.7% of their centres this season.
  • Coventry have scored only two goals in their last five league games.
  • Darren Ambrose has scored in four successive league matches for the Eagles.

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Doncaster Rovers v QPR

  • Six of the last seven meetings between the two sides (in all competitions) have ended in wins for the home side (the other game ended in a draw).
  • Rangers’ winger Wayne Routledge is the top creative in the division with seven assists so far this season.
  • QPR have hit the woodwork a league-high eight times so far this season.
  • Doncaster are the division’s most accurate passers, finding a team-mate with a league-high 77% of their passes.
  • No side has scored more goals than QPR from their last six league matches (16).

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Ipswich Town v Sheffield Wednesday

  • Ipswich are unbeaten in their last four meetings with Sheffield Wednesday, winning two and drawing two.
  • As a player, Roy Keane played against the Owls nine times in total in the Premier League, winning five and losing four, and never scored a league goal against them.
  • Keane’s former Forest team-mate and the current Wednesday boss Brian Laws made two Premier League appearances against Ipswich, losing both.
  • Wednesday have collected only two victories in their last 11 league matches.
  • Ipswich have scored exactly one goal in six successive league games, with four of their last five games ending 1-1.

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Leicester City v Plymouth Argyle

  • Leicester’s Steve Howard has mustered 25 shots division without scoring, a league-high.
  • The Foxes have failed to score in each of their last three meetings with Plymouth Argyle.
  • Plymouth have only been able to win once in their previous 20 away trips to Leicester.
  • Leicester have conceded only four goals in their last seven league games.
  • Seven of the last nine goals that Plymouth have conceded have arrived in the second half.

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Middlesbrough v Nottingham Forest

  • Boro have picked up a joint-league-high 29 bookings so far.
  • The last five meetings between these two in Middlesbrough have ended in a draw.
  • Middlesbrough have won only one of their last 29 competitive meetings with Forest.
  • Boro have lost and failed to score in four of their last five league games at the Riverside.
  • Forest are the only remaining unbeaten side away from home in the Championship this term, but have also drawn more games away than any other side (6).

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Reading v Blackpool

  • Reading are unbeaten in their last six meetings with Blackpool, winning four of their last five encounters.
  • Blackpool have only scored five goals in their last 11 away trips to Reading.
  • Blackpool are unbeaten in five league games, conceding only four goals in the process.
  • The Royals have the worst home record in the Championship; collecting only four points from their eight matches at the Madejski Stadium.
  • There have been fewer goals at the Madejski stadium this season (12) than at any other Championship ground.

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Sheffield United v Peterborough United

  • The Blades have conceded a league-high 224 fouls so far this season and have also picked up a joint-league-high 29 yellow cards so far.
  • Sheffield United are unbeaten in each of their previous five meetings (in all competitions) with the Posh.
  • New Peterborough manager Mark Cooper remained unbeaten in his final eight league games in charge of Kettering Town.
  • Darius Henderson has scored four goals in his last three league appearances for the Blades.
  • Peterborough have only been able to win once in their last eight league matches.

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Watford v Scunthorpe United

  • Scunthorpe have the most porous defence in the division, conceding a league-high 32 goals so far.
  • Watford remain the only side in the division yet to win a penalty.
  • The Hornets have won six of their last seven home matches against Scunthorpe United (in all competitions).
  • In fact, Scunthorpe have only won two of their last 13 meetings with Watford.
  • Scunthorpe have lost three successive league games, scoring only one goal in the process.

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West Bromwich Albion v Bristol City

  • The Baggies have fired in a division-high 88 shots on target.
  • Bristol City have only been able to win one of their last seven meetings with WBA.
  • West Brom’s last meeting with Bristol City saw them equal their biggest-ever win against the Robins (4-1) in what was their 43rd encounter with one another.
  • West Brom have conceded only three goals in their last six league games.
  • City are unbeaten in seven league matches.

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Preston North End v Newcastle United

  • Preston are the division’s most accurate side, hitting the target with a league-high 55.1% of their shots.
  • The Magpies are the best defensive side in the Championship so far, shipping a league-low 10 goals so far.
  • Newcastle have netted a division-high nine headed goals so far.
  • Preston have managed only three goals in their last six matches against Newcastle United (in all competitions).
  • The Lilywhites have only managed to pick up one victory in their last seven league games.

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