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Andrew Tibot 2nd Dec 2015 - 16:06

Championship Opta Facts - 3-6 Dec

Reading v QPR

The last five league encounters between these two in Reading have seen just four goals scored with the home side only losing once (W1 D3).

The Rs have scored exactly one goal in four of the last five clashes with Reading (W1 D3 L1).

The Royals are unbeaten in the last four league encounters with QPR (W1 D3).

Garath McCleary has scored for Reading in the previous two league meetings with the Hoops.

QPR have lost each of their last three Championship away games by 1-0.

Indeed, they haven't gone four away league games without scoring since February 2010.

Reading are unbeaten in their last five Championship home games - their best run since August 2014.

The Royals have scored 10 goals in the first 15 minutes of league games so far this season; three more than any other Championship side.


Ipswich v Middlesborough

Ipswich are unbeaten in the last nine home league encounters with Middlesbrough (W5 D4) - winning the previous three consecutive matches.

Indeed, Boro haven't beaten the Tractor Boys away in the league since March 1993. They've gone nine games at Portman Road without a clean sheet too.

Darryl Murphy has scored for Ipswich in the previous two league meetings with Middlesborough.

Middlesborough have kept four clean sheets in their last five Championship games.

No team has scored more goals in the final 15 minutes of games than Middlesbrough this season (9), while Ipswich have scored the fewest in that time (1).

Daryl Murphy has netted six times in his last three league games for Ipswich, after failing to score in his first 13 this season.


Birmingham v Huddersfield

David Cotterill has scored the opening goal in the last two Championship fixtures between these two clubs.

Huddersfield have scored on their last four visits to St Andrew's, with the Yorkshire club unbeaten in the previous three (W2 D1).

The Blues have failed to score in five of their last six Championship home games; no other Championship team have failed to score in more home games.

The Terriers have conceded two or more in each of the last six Championship games (D1 L5).

No player has more assists in the Championship this season than Blues' hitman Clayton Donaldson (6, level with Alan Judge).

No Championship side has scored fewer headed goals than Huddersfield (1).


Bolton v Cardiff

Bolton have won each of the last 11 home league encounters with Cardiff, the last time they failed to take all three points was 1973/74.

However, Cardiff did manage to beat Bolton at the Macron Stadium 1-0 in an FA Cup 3rd round fixture in January 2014.

The Bluebirds have failed to score in five of their last seven league visits to Bolton.

The Trotters have netted 14 goals in the last six league games home and away against Cardiff (W5 D1).

Cardiff have scored more headed goals than any other Championship side (9).

Indeed, the Bluebirds have a joint-league high 47% of goals scored with headers (level with Charlton).

The Trotters are enduring the current longest winless run in the division, going 12 games without victory.


Brentford v MK Dons

Brentford have put exactly three past Milton Keynes in four of the last five league clashes at Griffin Park (W2 D2 L1).

MK Dons have scored in each of last nine league encounters with the Bees, however, they have only managed to win on two occasions (D4 L2).

After eight Championship games with one win and six losses, Brentford have turned their form around with five wins and just one loss in the following eight games.

MK have failed to win an away league game since the opening day of the season (D3 L5), their longest such run since May 2010.

Indeed, they haven't gone nine games without an away win since April 2006 (a run of 11).

Brentford stopper David Button has made 73 saves so far in this Championship campaign, more than any other keeper.

Brighton v Charlton

Brighton have kept clean sheets in two of the previous three league encounters with the Addicks at home. However, they conceded two goals in the last fixture at the Amex in a 2-2 draw.

Charlton have won just one of their last nine league games against the Seagulls (D4 L4).

Lewis Dunk scored a brace in this exact fixture last season, with his 93rd minute equaliser saving a point for Brighton.

Charlton have failed to score in six of the last eight Championship matches. However, in the two games when they did score, they won (L6).

Brighton are unbeaten in all 18 games this season and are one short of equalling the longest unbeaten run from the start of a Championship season (since 2004/05). QPR went 19 in 2010/11.


Bristol City v Blackburn

Bristol City have only lost once in the last 15 league meetings at home to Blackburn. However, in the last clash between the two clubs, Blackburn came out as 5-3 winners at Ashton Gate.

Rovers have won the last three league encounters against Bristol City, scoring 11 goals and keeping two clean sheets.

The Robins have kept a clean sheet in 10 of their last 14 league matches at Ashton Gate against the Lancashire club.

Rovers are unbeaten in their last five Championship games (W2 D3), with both wins coming away from home.

Bristol City have kept clean sheets in four of their last eight Championship games (W2 D3 L3).

Craig Conway has created 66 chances for his teammates in the league this season; 18 more than any other Championship player.


Burnley v Preston

Both of these teams have scored in the last four league encounters at Turf Moor, recording 21 goals between them (5.25 goals per game)

Burnley have won three of the last four home league encounters with the Lilywhites (L1), scoring two or more on each occasion.

Preston have scored in each of their last nine league games with Burnley.

The Clarets are unbeaten in the last nine Championships games (W5 D4). However, they have recorded three consecutive draws.

Meanwhile, Preston have drawn their last three away games in the Championship.

Eight of Andre Gray's nine league goals for Burnley this season have come at Turf Moor, scoring three braces in his last four appearances at home in the league.

The Lilywhites are the only Championship yet to concede in the first 15 minutes of league football this campaign.


Leeds v Hull

Leeds have only lost twice in 20 league matches at Elland Road against the Tigers (W13 D5), with Hull failing to score in half of those fixtures (10 clean sheets).

Hull are unbeaten in the last three Championship encounters with Leeds (W2 D1), keeping a clean sheet on two occasions.

Leeds have lost the last two Championship games 1-0, they have never lost three league games in a row by that scoreline.

After scoring in 11 consecutive Championship games in a row and an unbeaten run in the same period, Hull were beaten 2-0 by Derby in their most recent league fixture.

No Championship side have won or scored more penalties than Leeds United this season (taken four, scored four).


Nottingham Forest v Fulham

Forest have only lost once in 10 home league meetings with the Cottagers (W6 D3 L1).

Ross McCormack netted five goals of the six goals Fulham scored against Forest last season.

Indeed, he has scored seven goals in 11 league appearances against Nottingham Forest, only against Charlton has he scored more (8).

Nottingham Forest are unbeaten in their last four Championship games at the City Ground (W2 D2), scoring exactly once on three occasions.

Fulham's last six Championship fixtures have seen 26 goals (4.3 goals per game) - with Fulham scoring half of these.

Forest have gained 10 points from losing positions so far in the league this season - a Championship high.

Fulham have conceded more goals in the last 15 minutes of Championship football in this campaign than any other team (10).


Rotherham v Wolverhampton

Rotherham have only picked up two home wins in their nine league encounters with Wolves (D4 L3). However, one of these wins came in this fixture last season.

Wolves put five past Rotherham in their most recent league fixture at Molineux in February, with Benik Afobe scoring two and grabbing an assist.

After failing to win in seven league games, Rotherham have won back-to-back matches - the last time they won three in a row was April 2014 (a run of four wins).

Wolverhampton have drawn each of the last three Championship games - the last time they drew four league games in a row was in December 2005.

Jonson Clarke-Harris has already matched his league goal tally for last season with five goals this campaign.


Sheffield Wednesday v Derby

Sheffield Wednesday have failed to score in four of their last five home meetings with Derby.

Derby are unbeaten in the last 12 league encounters with the Owls (W8 D4).

Derby defender Jake Buxton has racked up four goals in his last six league appearances against Sheffield Wednesday. He hasn't yet appeared for the Rams this season however.

The Owls are currently six games unbeaten in the Championship (W4 D2) - their best league run at Hillsborough since August 2012 (10 games unbeaten at home).

The Rams have kept clean sheets in four of their previous five Championship games (W4 L1). However, they did lose the only game that they conceded in, which also happened to be away from home.

Atdhe Nuhiu has given away 42 fouls in the Championship this season; more than any other player.

Derby have won all Championship games this season when they have been ahead in the match (P10 W10) - joint with Burnley (P9 W9)


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