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Eden Jon 21st Dec 2015 - 21:11

Championship Opta Facts: 26-27 Dec

Brentford v Brighton

  • Brentford have found the back of the net in each of their last 18 Boxing Day matches (W8 D2 L8).
  • Brighton have failed to win any of their last seven Boxing Day fixtures (D2 L5), this after winning the previous four.
  • The Bees have won their last two matches against Brighton, having lost the three before.
  • Brentford have won each of their last three home matches in the Championship. They last won four in a row last December.
  • Brighton haven't lost back-to-back league games since April (defeats to Wigan and Watford).


Blackburn v Middlesbrough

  • Rovers have failed to win any of their last seven Boxing Day fixtures (D4 L3), this after winning the previous two.
  • Middlesbrough have won their last five Boxing Day matches, keeping a clean sheet on each occasion.
  • Blackburn have won one of their last nine league encounters with Middlesbrough (D6 L2).
  • Only Boro (16) and Derby (14) have taken more points from the last six Championship matches than Blackburn (11).
  • Middlesbrough have kept six league clean sheets in a row, their best run since December 2003 (seven games).


Bristol City v Charlton

  • Bristol City have won 13 and lost none of their last 21 Boxing Day matches on home soil.
  • Charlton are unbeaten in their last five away games on Boxing Day (W1 D4), although they've won just two of their last 23 (D7 L14).
  • The Addicks have won their last two matches against the Robins; they've not won three in a row since February 1992 (a run of four).
  • Bristol City have won the fewest number of points at home in the Championship this season (10).
  • Charlton have lost eight of their last nine away games in the Championship, winning the other.


Derby v Fulham

  • Derby have won only three of their last 16 matches played on Boxing Day (D5 L8).
  • The Cottagers have won just one of their last 10 Boxing Day fixtures (D4 L5), versus Norwich in 2013.
  • Derby have scored in 22 of their last 23 home league clashes with Fulham.
  • The Rams are unbeaten in six league matches, a run only Middlesbrough can equal currently (W4 D2). They've kept five clean sheets in this run.
  • Since the start of the 2013/14 season, Ross McCormack has been involved in 79 goals (57 goals, 22 assists) more than any other player in the Championship.

Huddersfield v Preston

  • Huddersfield have been victorious in just one of their last nine Boxing Day games, drawing six (L2).
  • Preston have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three Boxing Day fixtures and are unbeaten in the last five (W3 D2).
  • Huddersfield are unbeaten in three at home to Preston, winning two (D1).
  • Joe Garner has scored in two of his three league appearances against Huddersfield.
  • The Terriers have failed to score in three of their last four league encounters with the Lilywhites.
  • Preston haven't won at Huddersfield in league competition since February 1992 (2-1).


Hull v Burnley


  • Hull have netted just one goal in their last five against the Clarets.
  • Burnley have won nine of their last 10 league matches against Hull City, losing the other.
  • The Tigers have had more attempts on goal than any other Championship side (255, excluding blocked).
  • Burnley's 4-0 win over Charlton was their biggest league victory since beating Portsmouth 5-1 in March 2012.
  • No player has won more points with his goals this season in the Championship than Andre Gray (11).


Ipswich v QPR

  • Ipswich are unbeaten in their last four games played on December 26th, winning the last three (D1).
  • QPR have won just two of their last 11 Boxing Day matches (D2 L7), shipping two or more goals in eight of those clashes.
  • The Tractor Boys are looking to avoid three successive defeats at home for the first time since October 2012.
  • The Hoops have drawn each of their last three Championship games. They last drew four in a row in February 2013.
  • Ipswich are one of five Championship sides yet to receive a red card this season - QPR have three themselves.

MK Dons v Cardiff

  • MK Dons have won seven of their previous eight Boxing Day fixtures, losing the other.
  • Cardiff have kept just one clean sheet in their last 15 league games held on Boxing Day.
  • MK Dons have the best average possession figure in the league (55.8%).
  • Cardiff have conceded exactly two goals in five of their last six Championship games.
  • No team has received more bookings than Cardiff this season (45, level with Preston).


Rotherham v Bolton

  • Rotherham's only win in their last seven home Boxing Day matches came back in 2008 versus Port Vale (1-0).
  • The Trotters have won back to back Boxing Day games for the first time since 1983.
  • Rotherham have scored in each of their last nine home games, the best current run in the Championship.
  • Bolton's winless run now stretches to 16 league 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.
  • Bolton have taken fewer points from their last six games than any other Championship side (3). By contrast Rotherham have taken nine from 18.


Sheff Wed v Birmingham


  • The Owls have kept three consecutive Boxing Day clean sheets (W2 D1), this after conceding in each of the previous five.
  • Birmingham have avoided defeat in their last three away games on Boxing Day, winning two (D1).
  • In fact, the Blues won at Hillsborough on December 26th back in 2001, courtesy of a goal from Geoff Horsfield.
  • Only Alan Judge (7) has more assists this season than Ross Wallace (6).
  • Birmingham have attempted the fewest passes in the Championship (7344).

Wolves v Reading

  • Wolves have won their last two Boxing Day matches without conceding, this after losing the three beforehand (seven conceded).
  • The Royals have won just once in their last nine away games held on Boxing Day (D5 L3).
  • Wolves have won just two of their last 12 league matches (D4 L6). They've also gone six without a win at Molineux.
  • However, Reading have lost each of their last five away matches in the league, their worst run in the league since April 2013 (also five defeats).
  • The Royals have put 110 shots on target this season, more than any other team in the division.



Nottm Forest v Leeds

  • Nottm Forest are unbeaten in their last five league encounters with Leeds, winning three.
  • Leeds' last victory at the City Ground came back in November 2011, with goals from Jonny Howson, Robert Snodgrass, Luciano Becchio and Adam Clayton securing the points (4-0).
  • Forest are looking to win five successive games at home for the second time in 2015 - they also managed it between February and March.
  • Leeds are looking to win three league games on the bounce for the first time since February.
  • Going into the festive period, Leeds would sit 6th in a league table based on results since October 19th, the date Steve Evans took charge (W5 D3 L3).

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