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Eden Jon 18th Dec 2014 - 13:54

Championship Opta Facts - Dec 19-20

Millwall v Bolton

  • Millwall have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 meetings with Bolton in league competition.
  • Bolton have won just once in 16 visits to Millwall, losing 13 (D2).
  • The Lions are without a home win in three attempts, losing two (D1) and conceding 10 goals in the process.
  • Bolton are unbeaten in six (W3 D3), keeping four clean sheets in the process.
  • Millwall have won all three home games they have been ahead in this season.
  • The Trotters have scored just five goals in their last 10 away games and never more than once in this run.

Derby v Norwich

  • Derby have lost one of their last four home meetings with Norwich, though this defeat came the last time the sides met in 2010/11.
  • Norwich's Gary Hooper has three goals in four appearances against Derby, though these all came for Scunthorpe.
  • Both sides have scored in each of the last five meetings between the two.
  • Former Norwich striker Chris Martin has had a hand in 13 goals for Derby County this season; more than any other player at the club (12 goals, one assist).
  • Last weekend, Norwich's Nathan Redmond scored his first goal of the season with his 50th shot (including blocked).
  • Derby County have won 38 points from their first 21 games this season, two fewer than at this stage last season.
  • However, the Rams are one place higher in the table this season than after 21 games in 2013/14.

Blackburn v Charlton

  • Blackburn have won three of their last five home games against Charlton, though they have lost the last two.
  • Charlton have scored on each of their last four visits to Ewood Park, winning twice (L2).
  • Blackburn have gone eight games without keeping a clean sheet; no side is waiting longer for a shut out than Rovers.
  • However, Rovers have scored in each of their last 10 league games; the current longest run in the division.
  • Charlton have won just one of their last eight in the league, drawing five and losing two.
  • No side has shipped more goals in the 90th minute this season than Blackburn (3).

Blackpool v Bournemouth

  • Blackpool have won just one of their last five home fixtures against Bournemouth, losing three (D1).
  • Bournemouth won this exact fixture 1-0 last season, courtesy of a Lewis Grabban penalty.
  • The Cherries have scored a league-high 27 second half goals this season, 11 more than Blackpool have registered in total.
  • Jamie O'Hara has scored in both of his previous league appearances against Bournemouth.
  • Bournemouth are unbeaten 11 games in league competition (W8 D3); the current longest run in the division.
  • The Tangerines have kept only one clean sheet in their last 10 league clashes, though it arrived in their most recent game at Bloomfield Road (v Birmingham).

Cardiff v Brentford

  • Cardiff have lost just one of their 17 home games against Brentford, winning 11 (D5).
  • Brentford have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 12 visits to Cardiff, last shutting them out in April 1950.
  • Cardiff are unbeaten in six at home, winning five (D1). However, they've conceded exactly one goal in six of their last seven at the Cardiff City Stadium.
  • Andre Gray has bagged six goals in his last seven games for Brentford, this after failing to score in his previous eight.
  • The Bees have scored more 90th minute goals than any other Championship side this season (4).
  • Kenwyne Jones has had a hand in more goals for Cardiff this term than any other player (seven goals, three assists).

Fulham v Sheffield Wednesday

  • Fulham are unbeaten in eight home league games against Wednesday, winning six and drawing two.
  • The Owls have not kept a clean sheet in 13 games away to Fulham, shipping 29 goals in that time.
  • Hugo Rodallega has been involved in six of Fulham's last seven goals (four goals, two assists).
  • Sheffield Wednesday have played out a league-high six nil-nil draws this term, five more than in 2013/14.
  • In fact, no Championship side recorded more than six nil-nil draws last season.
  • No side has been shown more red cards in 2014/15 than Fulham (4).

Huddersfield v Birmingham

  • Huddersfield have failed to beat Birmingham in any of their last six home games against them (L3 D3).
  • Birmingham have conceded just four goals in their last six visits to Huddersfield.
  • Huddersfield have found the net in each of their last six meetings with Birmingham.
  • Birmingham won this exact fixture 3-1 last season, with Kyle Bartley scoring twice before being sent off for the Blues.
  • The Terriers have won just two of their last 13 meetings with Birmingham, losing six (D5).
  • The Blues have been reduced to 10-men in two of their last four meetings with Huddersfield.
  • Demarai Gray had scored just two goals in 22 league appearances for Birmingham prior to his first half hat-trick against Reading.

Ipswich v Middlesbrough

  • Ipswich are unbeaten in eight home games against Middlesbrough (W4 D4).
  • Middlesbrough's Lee Tomlin has four goals in five games against Ipswich (all for Peterborough) including a hat-trick against them in 2011/12.
  • Ipswich defender Tommy Smith has scored more league goals against Middlesbrough than any other team (3).
  • Grant Leadbitter has scored all six of the penalties he has taken this season - four more than any other player.
  • Patrick Bamford has found the back of the net in each of his last four games and has netted six in his last seven for ‘Boro.
  • Ipswich have conceded just seven goals at home this season; the joint-fewest in the division along with Middlesbrough.

Reading v Watford

  • Reading have won just one of their last seven home games against Watford (D4 L2), and none of their last four.
  • Watford came from 3-1 down in this exact fixture last season, with Diego Fabbrini's 90th minute goal salvaging a point for the Hornets.
  • After scoring just one goal in his previous 10 games, Troy Deeney has bagged five in his last two.
  • Simon Cox has bagged three goals in four league appearances against Watford, including a brace in his last game versus the Hornets in January 2014.
  • Watford have yet to draw a game nil-nil this season; a joint-league-low alongside Fulham.
  • Reading have made more errors leading directly to goals than any other team in the second tier this season (6).

Wigan v Rotherham

  • This will be the first league meeting between the sides since the 2004/05 campaign, in which Wigan were promoted to the Premier League.
  • Wigan have won three of their last four meetings with Rotherham (L1), keeping a clean sheet in each victory.
  • Rotherham have kept just one clean sheet in their last 11 games against Wigan.
  • Only Rotherham (D6 L3) are enduring a longer winless run in the Championship than the Latics (L5 D2).
  • Wigan are winless in seven at the DW Stadium, though five have ended level (L2).
  • Rotherham's Paul Taylor has attempted more shots without scoring this season than any other player (32).

Wolves v Brighton

  • Wolves have scored in each of their last seven home games against Brighton, though they have won just two of these (D3 L2).
  • Kazenga Lua Lua scored two goals in his only previous appearance against Wolves for Brighton.
  • Wolves have lost back to back games at Molineux for the first time since December 2012. They last lost three in a row April 2012 back in the top flight.
  • Two of Darren Bent's three league goals against Wolves have arrived at Molineux.
  • Jake Forster-Caskey has created more goalscoring chances without providing an assist than any other Championship player in 2014/15 (31).
  • Brighton have won only one of their last 17 games in league competition (D9 L7).

Nottingham Forest v Leeds

  • Dexter Blackstock has five goals in four games against Leeds for Forest.
  • Leeds have lost four of their last five meetings with Forest (W1), having previously gone 11 games unbeaten against them.
  • No side has scored more headed goals this season than Nottingham Forest (10). In contrast, Leeds have yet to score from a header.
  • After scoring five goals in his first six league games against Forest, Billy Sharp has failed net in each of his last four versus them.
  • Leeds United have conceded five times from the penalty spot this season, a league-high.
  • The Whites have lost five of their last six games on the road, drawing the other.




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