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Rich 8th Aug 2013 - 9:46

Championship Opta Facts – August 10-11

Blackburn Rovers v Nottingham Forest

  • Blackburn have won their last three matches against Forest at Ewood Park, scoring eight and conceding one.
  • Forest have mustered just two goals in their last six matches (all comps) against Blackburn, winning only once (D1 L4).
  • Last season, Jordan Rhodes scored against 18 different Championship sides, including one goal against Forest in Blackburn's 3-0 win at Ewood Park in January, as well as Huddersfield's 1-1 draw in August 2012.
  • At the end of the 2012/13 season, Rovers went five matches unbeaten (W2 D3) at Ewood Park.
  • Leon Best's equaliser against Derby was his first league goal in 567 days, with his last strike coming against QPR when playing for Newcastle on 15 January 2012.
  • In 2012/13, 31% of Blackburn's goals came in the final 15 minutes of their Championship matches. Leon Best's goal against Derby on the opening weekend was scored in the 89th minute.

Blackpool v Barnsley

  • Blackpool have won just one of their last six league games against Barnsley (D2 L3). Indeed, two of those defeats have come at home.
  • Barnsley have enjoyed just one victory in their last eight league games (W1 D5 L2).
  • Two Blackpool players (Matt Gilks & Keith Southern) have been sent off in the last three meetings between the two sides.
  • Tom Ince netted in both of last season's league meetings between these two teams.
  • Blackpool last tasted a league defeat at Bloomfield Road in March, since then they have won three and drawn one on home soil.
  • The Tykes have drawn their last four away games and have not won in seven on the road in total (D5 L2).

Bolton Wanderers v Reading

  • Bolton have won five of the last six games at home against Reading in all competitions (L1).
  • Adam Le Fondre has now scored in three of his last four league appearances for Reading.
  • The last five league ties have produced a total of 15 goals, averaging at three goals per game.
  • The last 13 matches meetings between these sides have produced a winner on the day.
  • Bolton have won nine and drawn two of their last 11 league matches at the Reebok Stadium, with their last home defeat coming on December 26th 2012.
  • Reading have not drawn a league match away from home since November 2012, since then they have won two and lost 12.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Derby County

  • Brighton have gone six league games unbeaten against the Rams, winning three and drawing three.
  • Derby have scored just two goals in their last six league games against Brighton, failing to score in four of these matches.
  • Brighton are unbeaten at home in the league so far in 2013; winning seven and drawing three.
  • The Rams have not kept an away clean sheet in the Championship since December 15th 2012. Since then, they have conceded in all 12 of their league matches away from Pride Park.
  • Johnny Russell scored on his competitive debut for Derby last weekend. The former Dundee United striker netted 29% of his shots in the SPL last season; the third best ratio when considering all players to score at least 10 goals (12 players).
  • Leonardo Ulloa has netted nine goals in his last 15 appearances in the Championship for the Seagulls.

Charlton Athletic v Middlesbrough

  • Charlton have gone six competitive games without victory against Middlesbrough, losing four (D2).
  • Middlesbrough's last away victory in the league came on December 8th 2012 - since then they have won just one point from 12 games (D1 L11).
  • There have been 21 goals scored in the last five competitive meetings between the two teams, averaging at 4.2 goals per game.
  • Boro netted six goals against Charlton last season, five of which came from different scorers.
  • The Addicks have won their last four league games at The Valley, netting at least two goals in each match.
  • After their opening day defeat, Boro have now won just one of their last 12 games in the Championship (W1 D2 L9).
  • No player scored more league goals for Charlton than Yann Kermorgrant in 2012-13 (12) and he scored Charlton's only goal in their opening day defeat to Bournemouth.

Huddersfield Town v Queens Park Rangers

  • Huddersfield have kept just one clean sheet in their last six league games at the John Smith Stadium.
  • QPR have failed to score a goal away from home in a league fixture for five hours and nine minutes.
  • This will be the first meeting between the two clubs since 2003. The Terriers have won four of their last five home games against QPR (L1).
  • Queens Park Rangers have won their last two fixtures against Huddersfield, 3-0.
  • In their opening game against Sheffield Wednesday, QPR's Nedum Onuoha scored for the first time since November 2010, thus ending a 64-game goal-drought for the player.
  • Andrew Johnson's goal for QPR on the opening day was his first (in all competitions) since November 2011; 19 games ago.

Ipswich Town v Millwall

  • Ipswich have won three and lost one of their last five games against Millwall at Portman Road (D1).
  • Millwall have failed to score in five of their last six league matches, including their opening day defeat to Yeovil (0-1).
  • After conceding nine goals in three games against the Lions (L3), the Tractor Boys kept clean sheets in both of their league games against Millwall in 2012-13.
  • Ipswich have kept a clean sheet in six of their last nine league games at Portman Road.
  • Ipswich Town have lost back to back league games for the first time since October 2012.
  • The Tractor Boys scored just nine goals in the final fifteen minutes of Championship matches last season - no team netted fewer in this period.

Sheffield Wednesday v Burnley

  • Sheffield Wednesday have won just once in their last seven games against the Clarets at Hillsborough (D2 L4).
  • Burnley have kept a clean sheet in just one of their last nine league games away from home.
  • The last four meetings between these two teams have produced 19 goals - an average of 4.8 a game.
  • Sheffield Wednesday have won three and lost none (D1) of their last four league matches at Hillsborough.
  • Burnley threw away a one goal lead against Bolton on Saturday (1-1) - last season they dropped 30 points from leading positions in the Championship, a total inferior only to Bolton (34).

Watford v Bournemouth

  • Troy Deeney has scored five goals in his last six league games for Watford (inc. playoffs).
  • Eddie Howe's side were the highest scoring team in League One last season, netting 76 goals.
  • Watford have won three successive competitive games against Bournemouth.
  • These two teams have met just once in this century, with the Hornets prevailing through a League Cup tie, 1-0 in August 2003.
  • The Hornets have won just one of their last five regular season matches at Vicarage Road (D2 L2).
  • Bournemouth have won nine and drawn one of their last 10 league matches.

Yeovil v Birmingham City

  • The Glovers have lost just one of their last 13 home games in league competition, winning 10 of them.
  • Birmingham lost their final league away game in 2012-13. They have not lost back to back away games in the Championship since August 2012.
  • This will be the first time the two clubs have ever met in a competitive fixture.
  • Birmingham kept a clean sheet in four of their final seven Championship away matches in 2012-13.
  • Yeovil Town have conceded only one goal in their last four league games (inc. playoffs) at Huish Park.

Leicester City v Leeds United

  • No side managed a better goal difference in home matches in the Championship last season than Leicester City (+23).
  • Leeds have scored exactly one goal in each of their four league games against Leicester City since the start of 2011-12.
  • The Foxes have picked up just one win in their last six home games against Leeds United (D4 L1).
  • 10 of the last 13 competitive meetings between these sides have seen both teams hit the back of the net.
  • Leicester have kept only one clean sheet in their last 16 league games (inc. playoffs).
  • A win over Watford on the final day of the 2012/13 season ended a 12-match winless run (D4 L8) away from Elland Road for Leeds United.




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