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Stuart Dalgleish 20th Dec 2011 - 16:25

Championship Opta Facts - Boxing Day

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Watford v Cardiff City

  • Cardiff City have dropped the most points from winning positions of any team in the Championship (16).
  • Watford have scored a league high 55% of their goals in the first half this campaign.
  • Cardiff have conceded a league high 40% of their goals in the final 15 minutes of games this season.
  • Cardiff have won four of the last five matches against Watford.
  • Marvin Sordell scored in both meetings with Cardiff last season.
  • Pete Whittingham has scored four goals in the last four matches between Watford and Cardiff.
  • There have been four penalties scored in the last five meetings between the Hornets and the Bluebirds.
  • Ogbeche's goal for Boro last weekend ended a run of eight matches without conceding a first half goal for Cardiff.
  • Watford are currently unbeaten in their last six matches, the longest current run of any team in the Championship.

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Derby County v Leeds United

  • Leeds have conceded the joint-fewest headed goals in the Championship (2) accounting for a league low 7% of their total goals against.
  • Derby are the only team in the Championship without a goal in the final 15 minutes of a match this season.
  • Leeds have conceded 60% of their goals in the first half of games, the highest proportion in the Championship.
  • Derby have won the last three meetings(in all competitions) with Leeds by a 2-1 scoreline.
  • The Rams are unbeaten in the last six games in all competitions against the Yorkshire side, and won the last five in a row.
  • Robert Snodgrass has scored six goals in his last six Championship appearances.
  • Derby have gone 14 games in the Championship since their last clean sheet.
  • Leeds have taken 10 points from a possible 12 in their last four away games in the Championship.

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Millwall v Portsmouth

  • Portsmouth have conceded a league high 30% of their goals in the opening 15 minutes of matches this season.
  • The Lions have failed to score in five of the last seven Championship matches.
  • Portsmouth have won four and lost none of the last five games against Millwall.
  • Victory on the road last time out against Burnley ended a run of 13 Championship away games without a victory for Pompey (D5 L8).
  • MIllwall have lost just one of their last six matches at the New Den.
  • Pompey have lost just one of their last seven Championship games.
  • Portsmouth have conceded the joint-fewest headed goals in the Championship (2).

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Southampton v Crystal Palace

  • Rickie Lambert has scored six goals in his last five Championship appearances.
  • Palace have already beaten Saints once this season in a 2-0 success at Selhurst Park in the Carling Cup.
  • Southampton have won just one of the last five home games against Palace (W1 D3 L1).
  • Southampton have lost none of their last 23 league matches at St Mary's, winning 21.
  • Palace have only scored six goals in their last 11 Championship fixtures, four of those goals ended with 1-0 wins.
  • The south Londoners have kept eight clean sheets in their last 12 Championship games.
  • Palace have conceded the highest percentage of goals from outside the box in the Championship (41%).

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Barnsley v Blackpool

  • Barnsley have recovered just one point from losing positions this season, fewer than any other side in the Championship.
  • Ricardo Vaz Te has scored five goals in his last five appearances in the Championship.
  • Blackpool have only won two of the last 14 matches in all competitions against Barnsley, with both victories coming in the 2008-09 Championship.
  • In the last 10 matches between Blackpool and Barnsley, four have been draws and six have been wins by a single-goal margin.
  • The Tangerines have lost just one of their last eight Championship matches, but drawn four of their last six.
  • Blackpool have committed fewer fouls than any other team in the Championship (181).

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Burnley v Doncaster

  • Only Southampton (13) have score more headed goals than Burnley (12) in the Championship.
  • Burnley have scored the most goals from corners (7) accounting for a league-high 22% of their total goal haul.
  • The Clarets have conceded the lowest proportion of goals from set pieces (13%).
  • Billy Sharp has scored five goals in his last four Championship appearances.
  • Doncaster have won the two home games and drawn the two away meetings played with Burnley in the Championship.
  • Burnley have won four and lost one of their last five matches in the Championship.
  • The Clarets have lost three of their last four matches at Turf Moor.
  • Rovers have lost five of their last six Championship games on the road.

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Coventry v Bristol City

  • Coventry have dropped more points from losing positions on home soil than any other side in the Championship (10).
  • Coventry have now gone 11 games without a victory, the longest run without a win of any team in the Championship this season.
  • Bristol City have won four and lost none of their last five away games in all competitions against Coventry.
  • The Sky Blues have won just one of the last 11 matches against Bristol City in all competitions.
  • Coventry have lost seven and drawn one of their last eight matches in the Championship.
  • The Robins have won none of their last four matches in the Championship.
  • Only Bristol City (9) have picked up fewer points at home than Coventry (10) in the Championship this season.

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Leicester v Ipswich

  • Leicester have conceded the highest proportion of goals from set plays (44%).
  • Keith Andrews has scored four goals in his last three Championship appearances, three of them in the minute before or the minute after half-time.
  • Leicester have won three and lost none of their last six home matches against Ipswich.
  • Ipswich recently ended a run of seven straight defeats in the Championship with two victories.
  • Ipswich have the worst defensive record in the Championship, conceding 42 goals this season.
  • Only West Ham (39%) have conceded a higher percentage of goals from headers than Leicester (36%).

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Middlesbrough v Hull City

  • Hull have scored the fewest headed goals in the Championship (1), accounting for just 4% of their goal tally, a divisional low.
  • Middlesbrough have scored a divisional high 30% of goals from outside the box this season.
  • Hull have scored a Championship low 8% of their goals from set pieces.
  • Robert Koren has scored four goals in his last five Championship appearances.
  • If the league had started after Nick Barmby's appointment, Hull City would be top of the Championship.
  • If the Tigers win this game it would be five wins in a row, the longest winning run of any team in the Championship this season.

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Nottingham Forest v Peterborough

  • Peterborough have recouped the most points from losing positions of any team in the Championship (16).
  • Forest have conceded more headed goals than any other team in the Championship (13).
  • Nottingham Forest have scored a divisional high 44% of goals from set pieces.
  • Nottingham Forest have failed to score in their last five league games; their longest run came in 2004 when they failed to net in seven games in a row.
  • In contrast, no team has kept Peterborough out in the Posh's last 14 Championship games.
  • Only Southampton (45) have scored more goals than Peterborough (41), but only Ipswich (42) have conceded more than Posh this season (39).

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Reading v Brighton

  • Reading have dropped just two points from winning positions this season, fewer than any other side.
  • Reading have scored a divisional-high 89% of their goals in the second half of games this season.
  • 52% of all the Royals goals have come in the final 15 minutes of games, also a league high.
  • Simon Church has scored four goals in his last four Championship games.
  • Reading have won five of the last six meetings with Brighton and the last four in a row.
  • Brighton have the worst disciplinary record this season with 52 yellows and four reds.

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Birmingham v West Ham

  • 39% of the goals West Ham have conceded have come from headers, a divisional high proportion.
  • West Ham have scored a league high eight goals in the opening 15 minutes of games in the Championship this season.
  • Carlton Cole has scored in three of his last five appearances against Birmingham in all competitions.
  • Birmingham have won just one of their last six league games at home to the Hammers.
  • The Blues have gone eight games without a clean sheet in the Championship.
  • Birmingham are unbeaten at home in the Championship winning six and drawing three of their nine games at St Andrews.
  • The Midlanders have only scored nine goals in their last 10 Championship matches.

 

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