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Simon Gott 28th Aug 2014 - 10:20

Championship Opta Facts – Aug 30


Sheff Wed v Nottm Forest

The Owls are winless in their last seven meetings with Nottingham Forest (D2 L5).
Indeed the Tricky Trees are unbeaten in three at Hillsborough, drawing once and winning 1-0 on their last two trips to the venue.

Britt Assombalonga has scored four goals from just four shots on target this season.

Glenn Loovens is the only player in the division to have been booked in each game so far this season.

Forest have yet to score in either the opening or closing fifteen minutes of matches this term.

Jack Hunt has provided three assists this season, a league-high.

Atdhe Nuhiu has bagged six goals in his last nine games for the Owls in league competition.


Brighton v Charlton

Former Brighton talisman Leonardo Ulloa scored three times in two meetings with the Addicks last term.
Charlton have only tasted one defeat on their last five trips to Sussex to face Brighton (W2 D2).

Brighton have afforded their opponents just eight shots on target this term, a league-low.

Craig Mackail-Smith's opener against Bolton last weekend was his first in the league since January 2013.

All three of Igor Vetokele's goals this season have come in the second half.

The Addicks are unbeaten in their last four on the road, winning two and drawing two.


Derby v Ipswich

Derby came back from 1-4 down at half-time to draw this fixture 4-4 last season, with Steve McLaren delivering an inspirational team talk.
Ipswich defender Christophe Berra, who netted a brace in his last away league game, scored in both meetings with the Rams last season.

After failing to score in his previous 25 games in all competitions for Derby, Jamie Ward has netted three in his last two.

Chris Martin's brace against Fulham last weekend was his first since December 2013 (versus Barnsley).

Ipswich have picked up just one win from their last six on the road in league competition, losing four (D1).

Jonny Russell provided two assists in the 5-1 win over Fulham last time out; he only managed one assist in 2013/14.


Fulham v Cardiff

The home side has found the net at least once in each of the last 14 meetings between these sides in all competitions.
Cardiff did the double over Fulham in the Premier League last season, with former defender Steven Caulker netting three times.

Cardiff have won only once in their last 18 away games in league competition, losing 13 (D4).

Indeed, they've also kept one clean sheet in their last 14 on the road, failing to score in eight of those matches.

Fulham are winless in eight league games, losing six and drawing two.

The Whites have never lost their first five games of the season in the top four tiers of English football.


Leeds v Bolton

Leeds have kept five clean sheets in their last 10 against Bolton, but have conceded 17 across the other five.
The Trotters won this fixture 5-1 last season, with five different players netting.

Bolton have dropped a league-high eight points from their four matches this term.

No side has fired in fewer shots this term than Leeds United (23).

The Trotters are the only side yet to score in the second half in 2014/15.

Bolton have allowed their opponents a league-high 29 shots on target this season.


Middlesbrough v Reading

Boro have failed to score in three of their last four against the Royals (W1 D1 L2).
Reading have scored at least once in five of their last six at the Riverside.

Grant Leadbitter has scored three goals in his last two appearances with all three goals coming from the penalty spot.

Reading have conceded in each of their last five away games, shipping 13 in the process (W1 D1 L3).

Middlesbrough have won four of their last six Championship clashes, losing the other two.


Millwall v Blackpool

Millwall have only managed one win from their last five against the Tangerines at the Den (D3 L1).
Overall, Blackpool have won four and lost just one of their last six against the Lions (D1).

The Tangerines have fouled their opponents 59 times so far this season, a league-high.

Blackpool have won only one of their last 18 away clashes, losing 13 (D4).

All four of Millwall's league goals this term have come in either the opening or closing fifteen minutes.


Norwich v Bournemouth

The Canaries are without a win in nine league meetings with Bournemouth, drawing four and losing five, though the sides have not met since 1960.
Indeed this will be the first time in league history that Norwich and Bournemouth have met in the top two tiers.

Norwich have fired in more shots than any other Championship side this season (59).

Four of Norwich's seven league goals this term have arrived from outside of the area.

Callum Wilson (11) has committed more fouls than any other player this season, though he is yet to be booked.

Lewis Grabban has netted 17 goals in the Championship in 2014, more than any other player.


Rotherham v Brentford

The Millers did the double over the Bees in League One last season, opening the scoring in the 14th minute on each occasion.
Brentford have failed to score in any of their last four against Rotherham (D2 L2).

The Bees have salvaged four points from losing situations this term, no side has claimed more.

Ben Pringle has created 14 goalscoring chances for his teammates in 2014/15, a league-high.

Brentford have won just one of their last eight league games on the road (D3 L4), though it came in their last away outing versus Blackpool (2-1).

Rotherham have conceded all three of their goals in the final 30 minutes of matches this term.


Watford v Huddersfield


Watford have only managed one clean sheet in their last 11 league meetings with the Terriers.
Town midfielder Danny Ward scored four times in two meetings with Watford last term, including a final day hat-trick at Vicarage Road.

No side has picked up more yellow cards this season than the Terriers (10).

Troy Deeney has netted 11 goals in his last 11 games at Vicarage Road in league competition.

Giuseppe Sannino has lost just two of his 15 home league games in charge of the Hornets, winning 10 (D3).

Huddersfield have gone seven games without an away clean sheet in the Championship (W3 D1 L3)


Wigan v Birmingham

The Latics have failed to score in three of their last five against Blues, but have kept three clean sheets in that run as well.
Birmingham have only managed one clean sheet in eight previous league trips to Wigan, though that was in a 0-0 draw last season.

No side has fired in fewer shots this term than Wigan (23).

The Blues are winless in their last five away games, losing three and drawing two.

Summer signing David Cotterill (9) has created more goalscoring chances for Birmingham this term than any other player.


Wolves v Blackburn

Wolves have only won two of their last 12 against Blackburn in the league (D4 L6).
Indeed Rovers are unbeaten in six trips to Molineux, winning two and drawing four.

Wolves have kept a clean sheet in three of their four league Championship fixtures this season, more than any other side.

Rudy Gestede has scored nine goals in his last seven league appearances.

Kevin McDonald has made 355 passes this season, 25 more than any other player.

Rovers have gone nine games without keeping a shutout on the road in league competition.


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