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Nic Ladds 4th Feb 2010 - 12:28

Championship Opta Facts - 5th - 6th February

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.


Newcastle v Cardiff

  • Newcastle have won their last five matches against Cardiff.
  • The Bluebirds have scored exactly once in their last three matches at Newcastle.
  • Table-toppers Newcastle are unbeaten in 14 league matches, a run which has seen them keep nine clean sheets.
  • However the Magpies have drawn four of their five league games since Christmas.
  • Only West Brom (27) have picked up more points on the road in the Championship this season than Cardiff (24).
  • Having failed to score in 14 consecutive league appearances, Michael Chopra has now scored three goals in his last two.

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Barnsley v Watford

  • Barnsley have won their last three matches at home to Watford.
  • Eight of the last nine goals in clashes between these two have come in the second half.
  • Barnsley have only been defeated in one of their last seven league games at home.
  • Watford ended a run of six league matches without a win with a 3-0 win over Sheffield United last time out.
  • Tom Cleverley has bagged three goals in his last four league appearances with the Hornets.

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Blackpool v Leicester

  • Leicester have won just one of their last five league clashes with the Seasiders.
  • The side playing away from home has scored exactly once in each of the last five meetings between the teams (in all competitions).
  • Only four sides have won more points at home than Blackpool this season (25), but Ian Holloway's side have only won one of their last six at Bloomfield Road.
  • Leicester have failed to score in their last three league matches.
  • The Foxes' last three away matches in the league have ended in defeat.

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Bristol City v Coventry

  • Bristol City are unbeaten in eight meetings with Coventry in all competitions, winning six.
  • Coventry have scored just two goals in total in their last six clashes with the Robins.
  • Bristol City have won just one of their last seven league games in front of their own fans.
  • The Robins have kept only one clean sheet in their last nine league games at Ashton Gate.
  • Coventry have drawn their last two league matches.

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Doncaster v Reading

  • Reading are unbeaten in six matches against Doncaster.
  • Rovers have scored just one goal in these six games.
  • Doncaster have lost three of their last four league matches.
  • The Royals have lost their last three away matches in the Championship.
  • Despite claiming over half of their points (14 of 26) on the road this season, Reading have conceded more away goals than any other Championship side in 2009/10 (28).

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Ipswich v Middlesbrough

  • Ipswich have won their last three matches at home to 'Boro.
  • Middlesbrough have won just one of their last eight games against the Tractor Boys.
  • Ipswich are unbeaten in nine consecutive league games at Portman Road.
  • Middlesbrough are unbeaten in three league games: only in their opening four matches have they gone four unbeaten in the Championship.
  • Each of 'Boro's three league wins since the end of October have come when they have scored three or more goals.

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Nottingham Forest v Sheffield Wednesday

  • Forest have won their last two matches at home to the Owls, scoring six goals in the process.
  • Just one of the last 19 games between these sides has ended in a draw.
  • Defeat in the derby at Derby in their last match ended a run of 19 games unbeaten in the league for Forest.
  • However Billy Davies' men remain unbeaten in 10 at home in the league, winning nine.
  • Rob Earnshaw has scored in five of his last six league appearances at the City Ground, amassing a total of eight goals in the process.
  • The Owls have won four of their last five in the league, each by a score of 2-1.

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Peterborough v QPR

  • The last three meetings between Peterborough and QPR have ended in a draw.
  • The Hoops are unbeaten in six against the Posh.
  • Peterborough have won just one of their last 14 league games.
  • QPR have won just one of their last 11.
  • The Posh have kept only one clean sheet at home in the league all season.
  • Both sides have failed to score in three of their last four Championship games.

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Plymouth v West Brom

  • The Baggies have won their last four meetings with Plymouth.
  • Plymouth are without a win in their last three games hosting West Brom.
  • Only one of Plymouth's last 24 league games has ended in a draw (seven wins, 16 defeats).
  • The Pilgrims kept a clean sheet in their last league match at Home Park, ending a run of nine matches in which they conceded exactly one in each.
  • West Brom are unbeaten in nine games away from home, and have won a league-high 27 points on the road this term.

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Scunthorpe v Crystal Palace

  • Scunthorpe have failed to score in three of their last four meetings with Palace.
  • However the Iron won their meeting earlier this season 4-0 at Selhurst Park.
  • The Iron are unbeaten in their last four league matches, winning three.
  • Garry Thompson has scored three goals in his last four league games for Scunthorpe.
  • Palace have lost just one of their last nine matches in all competitions, winning five.

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Sheffield United v Derby

  • The Blades have won four of the last five clashes with Derby.
  • Rob Hulse has scored two goals in his last three games against United.
  • The Blades have not conceded a goal in any of their last six league matches at Bramall Lane.
  • However, Sheffield United have conceded three in each of their last two league matches in the Championship (away at West Brom and away at Watford).

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Swansea v Preston

  • Swansea have won five of their last six against Preston (in all competitions).
  • Four of the Swans' last five league games have ended in a draw.
  • Just five goals have been scored overall in those matches.
  • In their last four league matches, Preston have either kept a clean sheet (twice) or conceded four (twice).
  • Danny Welbeck has scored in two of his three league appearances for the Lillywhites so far.

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