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Eden Jon 5th Aug 2014 - 10:23

Championship Opta Facts – Aug 8-10

 

Blackburn Rovers v Cardiff City

  • Blackburn have lost their last two league matches against Cardiff, conceding seven goals in the process.
  • Cardiff have conceded in each of their last 13 trips to Blackburn in league competition (W3 D3 L7).
  • Jordan Rhodes is the first Blackburn player since Alan Shearer (1994/95 - 1995/96) to score 20+ league goals in consecutive seasons. Rhodes netted 27 goals in his debut season at Ewood Park and 25 in 2013/14.
  • Cardiff City are unbeaten in their last five opening day fixtures in the second tier, winning four (D1).
  • Cardiff (50 YC, 1RC) picked up the fewest cards in the 2013-14 Premier League season.
  • Blackburn Rovers have kept just one clean sheet in their last 11 matches on the opening day of a season, winning four (D3 L4).
  • Former Cardiff winger Craig Conway provided 13 assists in just 18 league appearances for Blackburn last season.
  • Cardiff scored only 18 goals from open play in 2013/14: fewer than any other Premier League side.
  • No side scored more headed goals in the Championship last term than Blackburn (23).
  • Blackburn conceded a league-high 10 goals from the penalty spot in 2013/14.

Brentford v Charlton Athletic

  • Eight of Brentford's last nine league victories against Charlton have arrived on home soil.
  • Charlton have won four of their last seven league matches against the Bees, losing twice (D1).
  • Brentford are unbeaten in their last six opening day matches at home, winning five (D1) and keeping four clean sheets in the process.
  • Charlton have scored in each of their last 10 fixtures on the opening day of the season, winning five (D2 L3).
  • Brentford took 58 points from a possible 69 at home last season (P23 W19 D1 L3), the best record in League One.
  • Charlton fired in just 373 shots in 2013/14, fewer than any other side in the second tier.
  • Only Doncaster (2) scored fewer goals via substitutes in the Championship last season than the Addicks (4).
  • 68% of Charlton's goals last season arrived in the second half; a league-high proportion.
  • Johnnie Jackson was directly involved in 10 goals last season (5 goals, 5 assists); more than any other Charlton player.
  • The Bees went 19 games unbeaten between October and February last term (W16 D3); the longest run seen in League One in 2013-14.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Sheffield Wednesday

  • Brighton have lost only one of their last six home clashes with Sheffield Wednesday in league competition, winning three.
  • Sheffield Wednesday have gone three league games unbeaten against Brighton, winning twice and drawing the other.
  • Sheffield Wednesday have lost just one of their last six opening day matches (W3 D2), though this defeat came last season (vs QPR, 1-2).
  • In the last eight seasons, Brighton have won four and lost four of their opening matches in the league, but have lost the opener in both 2012-13 and 2013-14 against sides from Yorkshire.
  • No Championship side scored more goals in the final 15 minutes last season (excl. play-offs) than Brighton (20).
  • Brighton & Hove Albion conceded a league-low 13 goals from set-pieces last term.
  • Chris Maguire was directly involved in 13 league goals (nine goals, four assists) for Sheffield Wednesday in 2013/14, more than any other Owls' player.
  • Indeed, Maguire also created 62 chances for his teammates, 28 more than any other Wednesday player in the Championship in 2013-14.
  • Only Yeovil Town (21) hit the woodwork more often in the Championship in 2013/14 than Brighton (20).
  • Kazenga Lua Lua (5) provided more assists than any other Brighton player last season, with four of them coming as a substitute.

Derby County v Rotherham United

  • Derby are unbeaten in their last five league games against Rotherham, winning four and drawing the other.
  • This will be Rotherham's first campaign in the second tier since 2004/05, when they won just five games all season and finished bottom with 29 points.
  • The last meeting between these two sides was a League Cup clash in August 2009 in which Rotherham ran out 2-1 winners.
  • Derby County recovered a league-high 22 points from losing positions last season (excl. play-offs).
  • Craig Bryson had a hand in 29 (16 goals, 13 assists) goals last season, more than any other Championship midfielder.
  • The Rams have gone five games unbeaten on the opening day of the season, winning three (D2).
  • Only Wolves (48) picked up more points on the road in League One in 2013/14 than Rotherham (46).
  • The Rams missed five penalties last season; a league-high.
  • Ben Pringle provided 16 assists for Rotherham last term (incl. play-offs); a league-high.

Huddersfield Town v Bournemouth

  • Huddersfield have lost only once in their last 10 home league matches with Bournemouth, winning five and drawing four.
  • Bournemouth have lost just one of their last six league matches against the Terriers (W3 D2).
  • The Terriers have lost their last six opening day matches in the second tier.
  • Simon Francis made a league-high 161 tackles last season. Indeed, Francis provided eight assists in 2013/14, more than any other Bournemouth player.
  • Danny Ward scored and assisted 26% of Huddersfield's league goals last term, more than any than any other player.
  • The Cherries scored 10 times from the penalty spot in 2013/14; a joint-league-high with Leicester City.
  • The Terriers (19.8%) recorded the joint-lowest crossing accuracy rate in the Championship in 2013/14.
  • Adam Hammill attempted 386 crosses and corners in 2013/14, 106 more than any other Championship player (excl. play-offs).
  • In 2013/14, Bournemouth recorded their highest ever finish in the Football League, ending the season in 10th position with 66 points.
  • There has been 26 goals scored in the last eight meetings between these two sides (including play-offs), an average of 3.25 per game.

Middlesbrough v Birmingham City

  • Middlesbrough were unbeaten against Birmingham last season winning this exact fixture 3-1, though they were shown two red cards in the process.
  • Birmingham have lost eight of their last nine league trips to Middlesbrough, winning the other,1-0 in March 2013.
  • Boro have gone five games without a win on the opening day of the season, losing three (D2).
  • Birmingham City have failed to win any of their last five games on the opening day of the season, losing three and drawing two.
  • The Blues conceded a joint-league-high 37 first-half goals in 2013/14.
  • Middlesbrough scored 37 goals via midfielders last season; the most in the division.
  • Birmingham City scored 15 goals via substitutes last term, a league-high.
  • Grant Leadbitter created 86 chances for Middlesbrough last season, more than any other player.
  • Leadbitter also provided nine assists in 2013/14, three more than any of his teammates.
  • There has been 21 goals scored in the last six Championship meetings between these two sides, an average of 3.5 per game.

Millwall v Leeds United

  • Millwall have won five of their last six home league clashes with Leeds United (L1).
  • Leeds have conceded two or more goals in four of those aforementioned six games, keeping one clean sheet.
  • Millwall have won just one of their last 10 league games played on the opening day (D5 L4).
  • Leeds have won 11 of their last 14 opening day fixtures, losing twice (D1).
  • Millwall conceded 19 headed goals last season, a league-high.
  • Leeds United were the only side in the Championship not to concede from the penalty spot last season.
  • The Lions used 40 different players in 2013/14, the most in the division.
  • Millwall's last five league goals against the Whites have all come in the second half.
  • Ian Holloway's side have won just once in their last 10 home league games (D6 L3), though this victory did arrive on the final day of last season (1-0 versus Bournemouth).
  • Leeds won their final two away games of 2013/14; they've not won three in a row since November 2011.

Nottm Forest v Blackpool

  • Nottm Forest are winless in five against Blackpool in league competition, drawing four (L1).
  • Blackpool have gone seven league games unbeaten against Nottm Forest at the City Ground, drawing five (W2).
  • The Tangerines lost six times in games in which they were ahead in last season; more than any Championship side.
  • Forest have kept a clean sheet in seven of their last eight matches on the opening day of the season (W3 D4 L1).
  • Blackpool have won their last four matches on the opening day of the season, all of which were away from home.
  • Veteran midfielder Andy Reid scored and assisted 31% of the Reds' league goals last term, more than any than any other player.
  • The Tangerines went 17 games without a win between December and March last season (D4 L13), the longest winless run in the division.
  • No player scored more goals coming off the bench last season than Nottm Forest striker Darius Henderson (6).
  • No side scored more headed goals in the Championship last term than Nottm Forest (23).
  • The Seasiders were shown a league-high 10 red cards in 2013/14.

Watford v Bolton Wanderers

  • Watford failed to score against Bolton last season, losing 0-1 at Vicarage Road and 0-2 at the Reebok Stadium.
  • Bolton have won six of their last seven league matches against the Hornets, losing the other.
  • Watford are unbeaten in their last seven opening day matches, winning four (D3).
  • No side scored more goals via indirect free-kicks last season than Bolton (8).
  • The Hornets were shown 105 cards last season (99 yellow, 6 red), the most in the division.
  • Matej Vydra was Watford's top scorer in 2012/13 (incl. play-offs), bagging 22 goals and providing four assists.
  • No Championship side scored fewer goals from the penalty spot last term than the Trotters (1).
  • Gabriele Angella scored more goals than any other defender last season (7).
  • 59% of Bolton's goals last term arrived in the first half; a league-high proportion.
  • Watford under Giuseppe Sannino kept eight clean sheets in 13 home matches last term, winning eight (D3 L2).

Wigan Athletic v Reading

  • Wigan have gone five league games unbeaten against Reading, winning the last four.
  • Reading are without a league win against Wigan at the DW Stadium in five attempts, losing four (D1).
  • Wigan dropped a league-low six points from leading positions last season (excluding playoffs).
  • Wigan are winless in their last six opening day fixtures held on home soil, losing three and drawing three.
  • Reading have won just one of their last seven matches on the opening day of the season (D5 L1), though this did arrive last term against Ipswich.
  • Reading's Alex McCarthy made a league-high 175 saves in 2013/14.
  • No side scored more goals from set-pieces in the Championship last season than Reading (27).
  • No player has created more chances for Wigan last season than Ben Watson (52).
  • Reading's Alex Pearce won 265 aerial duels last season, more than any other Championship defender.
  • Garath McCleary provided 12 assists in 2013/14, seven more than any other Reading player.

Ipswich Town v Fulham

  • Ipswich have gone five league games unbeaten against Fulham, winning three and drawing twice.
  • After going five league matches unbeaten away at Ipswich, Fulham have lost their last three.
  • The Tractor Boys have scored in each of their last 12 fixtures on the opening day of the season, winning six (D2 L4).
  • The Whites are unbeaten in their last five opening day matches, keeping a clean sheet on each occasion (W3 D2).
  • Christophe Berra made 561 clearances for Ipswich last term, more than any other Championship player.
  • Fulham's total of 85 goals conceded in 2013/14 was the second most in a 38-game PL season (after Derby with 89 in 2007-08).
  • Ross McCormack created more goalscoring chances in the Championship than any other player last term (108).
  • Indeed, McCormack was directly involved in 36 league goals for Leeds last campaign (28 goals, 8 assists); four more than any other Championship player.
  • The Tractor Boys scored 14 goals from corners last term; more than any other side.
  • Only Burnley (159) faced fewer shots on target in the Championship last season than Ipswich (162).
  • Ipswich scored 16 goals via defenders last season; the most in the division.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Norwich City

  • Wolves have failed to win any of their last five league clashes against Norwich, losing twice (D3).
  • Norwich have scored two or more goals in each of their last four league matches against Wolves, scoring 12 in the process.
  • The Canaries have gone 11 matches without a win on the opening day of the season, losing five and drawing six.
  • Wolves recorded their highest ever points total (103) last term, becoming just the fourth side to reach 100+ points in the third tier (Fulham 1999, Wigan 2003 and Charlton 2012). Indeed, 103 points is the most registered in the third tier in a single season.
  • In 2013/14, Ricky van Wolfswinkel scored with his first shot on target of the season (on the opening day) but only managed eight more shots on target all season (and no more goals).
  • Wolves scored a league-high 48 goals in the second half last term.
  • Norwich City (32%) scored the highest proportion of goals from outside the box in the Premier League last season.
  • No player scored more league goals for Norwich last season than Gary Hooper (6).
  • The Canaries picked up a Premier League-low nine points away from home in 2013/14, winning just two games in the process.
  • There has been six red cards in the last seven meetings between Wolves and Norwich, three apiece.

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