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Andrew Tibot 28th Apr 2016 - 14:22

Championship Opta facts - 29 - 30 April

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Birmingham City v Middlesbrough

Birmingham have lost just one of their last 15 home league games against Middlesbrough, winning nine (D5).

Boro's only clean sheet in their last 11 league trips to St. Andrews came in a 3-0 win in August 2005, with Mark Viduka scoring a brace and Franck Queudrue adding a third.

The Blues are winless in five home league games (D2 L3), conceding exactly two goals in each of their last four at St Andrew's.

Jordan Rhodes has scored three goals in his last three league games for Middlesbrough, having scored just twice in his first 13 for the club.

Aitor Karanka has won all eight of his Championship games on Friday, keeping six clean sheets in that run.


Bolton Wanderers v Hull City

Bolton haven't lost at home to Hull in league competition since March 1935, winning 11 and drawing six since then.

Hull have lost only one of their last six games against the Trotters, winning three (D2).

Only Crewe (15) are on a current longer winless run in English league football than Bolton (14).

Steve Bruce's side are unbeaten in five league games, scoring exactly twice in each match (W3 D2).

The Tigers have had more (215) and faced fewer (140) shots on target than any other Championship side.


Brentford v Fulham

There hasn't been a league draw between the sides at Griffin Park since February 1987, with both sides winning four games apiece since then.

Fulham have won four of their last five games at Griffin Park in all competitions, though they lost the most recent one.

Brentford won their last game at Griffin Park (2-1 vs Cardiff), but they've not won back-to-back home league games since December 2015.

The Cottagers have lost a league-high 28 points from leading positions this season.

Games involving Fulham have seen 141 goals this season (F65 A76), more than any other Championship side.


Bristol City v Huddersfield Town

The Robins have lost only one of their last six home league games against Huddersfield (W2 D3).

The Terriers have won three of their last five games against Bristol City (D1 L1), though lost the most recent game 2-1 in December 2015.

Jonathan Kodjia has scored in his last two league games for Bristol City - he's never scored in three in a row for the Robins.

Huddersfield are one of two Championship teams yet to score a penalty this season (along with Charlton).

David Wagner's side have scored a league-high 21 goals in the last 15 minutes of games this season.


Ipswich Town v MK Dons

This is the first ever meeting between the sides at Portman Road.

The sides have met twice before - once in the League Cup in August 2007 (a 3-3 draw, MK Dons won on penalties) and also earlier this season (1-0 win for Ipswich), both times at Stadium MK.

The Tractor Boys are winless in seven league games, though five of those have ended level (L2).

Already relegated MK Dons are winless in nine league games (D4 L5), netting just six goals in that run and never more than once in a match.

No side has conceded fewer goals in the final 15 minutes of Championship games this season than Ipswich (6), while only Bolton (22) has conceded more in that time than MK Dons (19).


Leeds United v Charlton Athletic

Leeds have failed to win in any of their last seven at home to Charlton (D5 L2), last winning in October 2000 with a brace from Mark Viduka and one from Alan Smith securing a 3-1 win for the Whites.

The Addicks have lost only one of their last 10 games against Leeds, winning four (D5).

Chris Wood has scored three goals in his last three games for Leeds, the same number he'd scored in his previous 16.

Charlton are the only side in the top four tiers yet to be awarded a penalty this season.

Leeds have been shown a league-high 94 yellow cards this season, three more than the 91 they received last season.


Nottingham Forest v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Forest have won three of their last five against Wolves (D1 L1), though haven't won either of their most recent two encounters.

Wolves won their last trip to the City Ground in March 2015 but haven't won back to back games there since August 1976.

Paul Williams' side have won just one of their last eight home league games (D2 L5), netting just four goals in the process.

Four of Wolves' last five away league games have ended in a 2-1 scoreline, with three of those in favour of the home team.

Forest have scored a league-low 18 second half goals this season.


Reading v Preston North End

Reading are unbeaten in their last 15 home league games against Preston, winning 10 (D5) since a defeat in October 1982.

Preston have scored exactly once in their last five encounters with the Royals (W1 D1 L3).

The Royals are winless in five league games, losing four.

North End have kept just one clean sheet in their last 12 Championship away games, having kept four in the five games prior to that.

Reading have scored a league-high 13 goals in the opening fifteen minutes of games in the Championship this season.


Rotherham United v Blackburn Rovers

Rotherham have won their last three home league games against Rovers, losing just one of their last eight on home soil (W6 D1).

Blackburn have won four of their last five games against the Millers in all competitions (L1).

The Millers' are unbeaten in 11 league games - their longest such run in the second tier since April 1966. Their only longer run in this tier was 16 games, ending in December 1959.

Each of Blackburn's last three league goals has been scored by Danny Graham.

Rotherham have conceded just one goal in their last four league games.


Sheffield Wednesday v Cardiff City

Wednesday are winless in their last six games against Cardiff (D2 L4).

The Bluebirds are unbeaten in their last two games at Hillsborough (W1 D1) - they've never gone three games unbeaten there in their entire history.

After a run of four consecutive wins, the Owls are winless in four Championship games, though the last three have ended level.

Cardiff have lost their last two away games by a 2-1 scoreline, shipping three of those four goals in the final seven minutes.

If Cardiff fail to win, Sheffield Wednesday will secure a place in the play-offs.


Brighton & Hove Albion v Derby County

Brighton have won just one of their last seven games against Derby, losing five (L1).

Derby have won two of their last three away games at the Amex Stadium, including a 2-1 play-off semi-final victory in May 2014.

Only Burnley (21) are on a current longer unbeaten run that Brighton (12) in the Championship.

The Rams have won their last two away league games - they've not won three in a row on the road since September 2015.

The Seagulls have scored at least twice in their last seven league games. They last did this in eight games in a row back in December 1964, in the old Fourth Division.


Burnley v Queens Park Rangers

Burnley have won eight of their last 10 home league games against the Hoops (D1 L1).

QPR's only victory in their last 10 league trips to Turf Moor came in December 2007, a 2-0 win courtesy of goals from Damion Stewart and Rowan Vine.

Sean Dyche's side are unbeaten in 21 games - the joint-longest such run in the Championship this season (level with Brighton).

The Hoops haven't won away from home in eight Championship games, though six of those have ended level (L2).

Andre Gray has had a hand in 32 goals this season (24 goals, 8 assists), more than any other Championship player.


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