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Andrew Tibot 12th Aug 2015 - 15:19

Championship Opta Facts - August 15-16

Burnley v Birmingham

Burnley have won just two of their last nine home matches against the Blues, losing four (D3).

Birmingham have gone 12 games without keeping a clean sheet against the Clarets.

The Clarets haven't scored in any of their last four league games at Turf Moor. They've never gone five without scoring at home in their league history.

David Cotterill scored the Championship's first goal this season from a direct free-kick against Reading.

Sam Vokes' strike against Leeds was his first league goal since March 2014.

The Blues mustered just five attempts on goal on opening day, a league low (including blocked shots).


Bristol City v Brentford

Bristol City have scored exactly once in each of their last four league clashes with the Bees (W1 D1 L2).

Brentford have won their last two games against the Robins; they've not won three in a row since April 1989.

Marlon Pack had more touches than any other player on opening day in the Championship (98).

Brentford scored twice in injury time to salvage a point against Ipswich, with James Tarkowski scoring in the 96th minute.

The Robins lost their last three home games at this level in 2012/13.

The Bees fired in more shots on goal than any other side in Matchday 1 (23, including blocks).


Derby v Charlton

Derby have won each of their last five home matches in all competitions against the Addicks, keeping four clean sheets in the process.

Charlton have won only once in their last 12 visits to Derby in all competitions (D3 L8)

George Thorne made 11 tackles against Bolton, the highest figure by anyone in the first round of fixtures.

Tony Watt was one of three players to score and provide an assists on the opening weekend (James Tarkowski and Dave Edwards were the others).

The Rams have lost just two of their last ten home matches in the Championship (W5 D3).

The Addicks' clean sheet on opening day was their first in the league in nine matches.


Fulham v Brighton

Fulham have either scored exactly two goals (four times) or none at all (four times) in each of their last eight meetings with Brighton in all competitions.

After failing to score in six consecutive matches (all comps) against Fulham, Brighton have since found the net in each of the last three clashes (six goals scored).

Matt Smith now has four goals in his last six games for Fulham.

The Championship's opening goalscorer this season, Kazenga Lua Lua, was the only player from opening weekend based outside of Europe to score.

Fulham's last six league games at Craven Cottage saw them ship 18 goals (averaging three a game).

Brighton have won just twice on the road in 2015 in the Championship (D4 L5).


Huddersfield v Blackburn

Huddersfield are winless in their last nine league games against Blackburn, losing five and drawing four.

Both sides have netted two or more goals in each of the last three clashes at the John Smith's Stadium (14 goals in total)

Huddersfield have scored exactly twice in their last three home games against Rovers but have won none of them (D2 L1).

Since leaving the Terriers in 2012, Jordan Rhodes has scored in each of his three visits to the John Smith's Stadium for Blackburn, netting five goals.

The Terriers have kept just two clean sheets in their last 14 meetings with Blackburn.

Jordan Rhodes has scored or assisted seven goals in six appearances against Huddersfield for Blackburn (six goals, one assist).


Ipswich v Sheff Wed

Ipswich won this exact fixture last season (2-1), courtesy of goals from Daryl Murphy and Luke Chambers.

Sheffield Wednesday have scored exactly once in their last five games against the Tractor Boys (D3 L2).

Kevin Bru had more shots on target than any other player in the opening round of Championship fixtures (4).

Wednesday are looking to put together back-to-back wins for the first time since February.

The Tractor Boys had just 36% possession in their season opener against Brentford, the lowest figure posted by any side on opening day.

Lewis McGugan has scored twice and assisted another goal in his last four league appearances against Ipswich.


Middlesbrough v Bolton

Middlesbrough have won three of their last four games against Bolton, drawing the other.

After winning two games in a row away to Middlesbrough in 2008, Bolton have since lost on their last three visits to the Riverside.

Boro were the only Championship side on opening day not to have a shot on target.

Bolton have conceded in each of their last eight meetings with Middlesbrough.

Middlesbrough completed more passes than anyone else in the opening round of fixtures (390).

Bolton's Prince made seven interceptions in his debut against Derby, a league-high figure in the first match of the season.


MK Dons v Preston

MK Dons have failed to score in three of their four home matches against Preston in the league (D2 L2).

Preston have never lost to MK Dons in league competition, though six of the eight meetings have ended level (W2).

MK Dons scored with all four of their shots on target at Rotherham.

PNE lost just one of their final nine away games last season, though this came on their final day match against Colchester (W5 D3).

On-loan Sam Gallagher provided two assists in MK Dons' opening day win.

PNE picked up just three away wins the last time they were in the second tier in 2010/11.


Nottm Forest v Rotherham

The Tricky Trees have gone 15 games unbeaten against Rotherham, winning six and drawing nine.

Rotherham haven't beaten Nottm Forest in the league since September 1956.

Henri Lansbury created five chances in the season opener, second only to Alan Judge (6) across the weekend.

Despite a heavy defeat on opening day, Rotherham's Matt Derbyshire had five shots in the match, a joint-high for the weekend by any player.

Michail Antonio completed more dribbles in the opening round of fixtures than any other player (6).

Danny Ward was caught offside more than anyone else in MD1 (three times), with Rotherham themselves picking up six offsides.


QPR v Cardiff

QPR have won 13 of their last 17 home league encounters with Cardiff City (L4), keeping 10 clean sheets in the process.

Cardiff have conceded two goals in three of their last four matches against QPR (W1 D1 L2).

No player attempted more dribbles than Jamie Mackie on opening day (9), yet he only completed three of them.

The Bluebirds have lost only once on the road in their last nine away games (W5 D3).

QPR have won just once at Loftus Road in the league in 2015, albeit in their most recent contest with Newcastle (D2 L6).

Cardiff have kept just one clean sheet in their last eight league games.


Wolves v Hull

Wolves have lost only one of their last seven games in all competitions against Hull at Molineux (W3 D3).

The Tigers have won three of their last six league matches against Wolves (D2 L1), though the defeat did arrive in the most recent clash.

Benik Afobe's goal against Blackburn Rovers was his fourteenth of 2015 - only Watford's Odion Ighalo (16) has scored more in the Championship.

Hull's on-loan Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom scored his first professional career goal in the 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town.

No team attempted more passes in their opening match than Wolves (493).

The Tigers have just one away win in 2015 in the league (D2 L6).


Reading v Leeds

Reading have failed to score in their last two games against Leeds; they've never gone three without reply.

Leeds' 2-0 win in this exact fixture last season was their first over the Royals in 10 games.

Only Huddersfield (18) conceded more fouls in the opening round of matches than the Royals (16). Reading however picked up five yellows.

Leeds are now unbeaten in three Championship matches, this after losing five on the spin towards the end of last season.

Reading have lost their last three home league matches. They last lost four in a run at the Madjeski in February 2008.

Nine of Leeds' 15 efforts on goal against Burnley came from outside the box.


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