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Jon Riley 6th Dec 2012 - 15:28

Championship Opta Facts - Dec 7-8


Championship Opta Facts - December 7-8

Blackburn v Cardiff

  • This will be the first league clash between Blackburn and Cardiff since 1984/85, when Rovers did the double over the Welsh side.
  • Morten Gamst Pedersen has netted on two of his last three appearances against Cardiff, though both those goals came back in the 2004/05 FA Cup.
  • Cardiff stalwart Peter Whittingham has created more chances than any other player in the second-tier this season (33).
  • Henning Berg has only won one of his first six league games in charge of Rovers, Steve Kean won four of his opening six at this level.
  • Cardiff have found the net in each of their last 18 league outings.

Derby v Leeds United

  • Derby have won their last seven games against Leeds in all competitions, including their last six in the league.
  • Leeds' last victory at Pride Park came in a Premier League clash back in April 2002 with Lee Bowyer scoring the only goal of the game.
  • Luciano Becchio has the best shot conversion rate of any player to have netted over five times in the Championship this season (46%).
  • Becchio has scored four goals in his last three appearances for the Yorkshire side.
  • Leeds have had fewer shots than any other team in the second-tier this campaign.

Charlton v Brighton

  • Brighton are unbeaten in three against the Addicks (W2 D1) and won 4-0 on their last trip to the Valley on their way to promotion from League One in 2010/11.
  • Seagulls' defender Inigo Calderon has scored in two of his side's last three clashes with Charlton but was sent off in the other.
  • The Seagulls have only scored one headed goal this term, a league-low.
  • Chris Powell's side have won four and lost none of their last six league games.
  • Brighton ended a run of seven games unbeaten with defeat in their last league game, also in London at Crystal Palace (0-3).

Crystal Palace v Blackpool

  • Palace manager Ian Holloway took charge of Blackpool 111 times in the Championship, winning 48 of them and securing promotion to the Premier League in 2009/10.
  • Alex Baptiste has scored Blackpool's only goal on each of their last two trips to Selhurst Park, though his efforts have only been good enough to secure a single point for the Seasiders.
  • Thomas Ince has scored in six of Blackpool's last seven games, netting the Seasiders' first goal in five of those six outings.
  • Glenn Murray has scored nine goals in his last six league outings for high-flying Palace.
  • The Eagles have won their last four home league games, scoring 13 goals without reply.

Huddersfield v Bolton

  • Bolton have won three and lost none of their last four against Huddersfield, though these sides haven't met in a competitive clash since February 2001.
  • Bolton have been shown more yellow cards than any other Championship side this campaign (39).
  • Trotters' winger Chris Eagles has made a league-high nine assists this season.
  • Huddersfield are without a win in four league games, taking only one point from the 12 on offer.
  • Bolton have only lost one of their last seven league games, though they have drawn four of the other six.

Ipswich v Millwall

  • Millwall have won their last three against Ipswich, including both meetings in the Championship last term, scoring nine times and conceding just two.
  • Only one of the last 10 clashes between the Tractor Boys and the Lions has ended drawn, with Ipswich winning four and Millwall five.
  • Lee Martin has had more shots without scoring than any other player in the Championship this season (23).
  • Mick McCarthy has won four of his seven league games in charge of struggling Ipswich, losing just twice.
  • Millwall have kept four successive clean sheets in the league.

Leicester v Barnsley

  • The Foxes have won five of their last six home clashes with the Tykes, though they did lose the other game in this run last season (1-2).
  • Barnsley have only scored five goals in their last 12 league games against Leicester combined, failing to net in eight of those games.
  • Leicester have the best conversion rate in the Championship this term (21.3%) while Barnsley have the worst (9.6%).
  • Since winning 5-0 at Birmingham on September 22, Barnsley have won one of 13 league games and scored just eight goals.
  • Marcus Tudgay has found the net in each of Barnsley's last two games.

Nottingham Forest v Burnley

  • Burnley won both meetings with Forest in the second-tier last season, scoring seven and conceding just one.
  • Going back further, the Clarets have won five of their last six against Nottingham Forest, scoring 15 and conceding just four.
  • Burnley have scored 15 headed goals in the Championship this season, at least six more than any other side.
  • Burnley have only netted five goals in their last six league games and haven't scored more than once in a game in that run.
  • Forest have only won two of their last eight league games at the City Ground (D3 L3).

Peterborough v Middlesbrough

  • Middlesbrough are unbeaten in five against Peterborough, winning two and drawing three (in all competitions).
  • The Posh have only won one of their eight previous league meetings with the Teesiders (D4 L3).
  • Middlesbrough have had a league-high 222 shots at goal this season.
  • It has now been 138 league games since Peterborough last drew 0-0 and this game will be three years to the date since the last goalless draw - December 8th 2009 v Ipswich.
  • After a run of eight unbeaten, Middlesbrough have lost three of their last four league games (W1).

Sheffield Wednesday v Bristol City

  • The Robins have won four and lost none of their last seven league clashes with the Owls, though they were beaten 0-3 by them in the FA Cup in the last meeting (January 2011).
  • City have kept three consecutive clean sheets at Hillsborough in the league and are unbeaten in four (W3 D1).
  • Wednesday's current run of seven league games without a win against Bristol City is their longest against any current English league side (level with Derby County, Man City and Wolves).
  • The Owls have only scored two goals in their last six league games combined and have lost all six of those games.
  • Bristol City have lost nine of their last 11 league games, winning just once in this run.

Watford v Hull

  • Hull City are unbeaten in seven games against high-flying Watford, a run that included two play-off semi-final defeats in May 2008.
  • Tigers defender James Chester scored in both clashes between the Tigers and the Hornets last season, though one of the goals he scored was in the wrong net.
  • The Hornets have scored more goals from outside the box (12) than any other Championship side this season.
  • Watford have won 17 points from their last seven league games, dropping just four available on this run.
  • Striker Troy Deeney has scored six goals in his last five league appearances for the Hornets.
  • Watford have scored 17 goals in their four league games against sides from Yorkshire this season.

Wolves v Birmingham

  • There have only been four goals netted in the last four clashes between these Midlands rivals combined.
  • Birmingham have lost just one of their last six trips to Molineux in all competitions, winning three and drawing two.
  • Marlon King has scored six goals in his last six appearances for Birmingham City.
  • Wolves haven't kept a clean sheet in any of their last 10 league games.
  • The Blues have only lost two of their last eight league games on the road (W2 D4).


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