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Nic Ladds 26th Dec 2009 - 11:16

Championship Opta Facts - December 28

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Barnsley v Middlesbrough

  • Middlesbrough are unbeaten in their last four meetings with Barnsley, winning twice.
  • Barnsley have won only two of their last seven home games against Gordon Strachan's side.
  • The Tykes have lost only once in their last eight home games in the Championship.
  • Dave Kitson has scored three goals in his three appearances for Middlesbrough away from home.
  • 11 of the 13 goals that Middlesbrough have conceded away from home in the Championship have arrived in the second half.

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Blackpool v Sheffield Wednesday

  • Blackpool have won just once in their last six encounters with the Owls, losing four times.
  • Only one of the last eight meetings between these sides at Blackpool has ended level.
  • Blackpool have only lost once at home in the league this term, but this came in their last game at Bloomfield Road.
  • Sheffield Wednesday have only won one game away from home in the Championship this season.
  • The Owls have scored only two goals in total in their last seven league games away from home.

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Bristol City v Watford

  • Bristol City are unbeaten in their last five meetings with the Hornets.
  • Six of the last nine meetings between these two at Ashton Gate have ended level.
  • Watford have conceded 12 goals and scored only once in their last four league outings away from home.
  • The Hornets have just one win from their last seven away matches in the Championship.
  • Bristol City have won just once in their last six home games in the league, drawing on four occasions.

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Doncaster v Leicester

  • This will be the first meeting between these two sides since December 1956.
  • The Foxes have won their last three meetings with Doncaster.
  • Doncaster have only won once in their last 16 meetings with Leicester City.
  • Billy Sharp has scored in five successive league home games for Doncaster.
  • The Foxes have lost just once in their last seven league away trips, but this came in their last match away from home (5-1 v Nottingham Forest).

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Ipswich v QPR

  • Ipswich Town are unbeaten in their last seven meetings with QPR.
  • Jon Stead scored three goals in total in his two league appearances against QPR last season.
  • Ipswich have conceded only one goal in their last four home games in the Championship.
  • Four of the last six league games at Portman Road have ended in a draw.
  • QPR have won just one point in their last three away league matches.

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Newcastle v Derby

  • Newcastle are unbeaten in 10 successive home games against Derby County.
  • The last six meetings between these two clubs have seen an average of three goals a game.
  • Newcastle have only dropped four of a possible 33 points at home in the Championship this term, winning nine and drawing two.
  • The Magpies have conceded only four goals at home all season, and have kept three successive clean sheets at St James' Park.
  • Derby have scored just one goal in their last six league games away from home.

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Nottingham Forest v Coventry

  • Only two of the last eight meetings between these two clubs have seen the home side win.
  • Coventry have suffered only one defeat in their last five meetings with Forest, winning three times.
  • Forest have won six of their last seven league games at home, drawing the other.
  • Billy Davies' side have conceded only three goals in their last seven Championship games at the City Ground.
  • Coventry have only won once in their last six league away matches.

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Peterborough v Cardiff

  • Cardiff have only won once in their last 17 meetings with Peterborough, losing 12 times.
  • The Posh have won seven of their last eight home games against Cardiff, drawing the other (in all competitions).
  • 17 goals have been scored in the last five league matches at London Road; an average of 3.4 a game.
  • George Boyd has scored four goals in his last five league appearances at home for the Posh.
  • Peter Whittingham has scored seven goals in his last six league appearances away from home for the Bluebirds.

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Plymouth v Reading

  • Reading have scored exactly two goals in each of  their last three meetings with Plymouth.
  • Plymouth have won just once in their last six league games at home against the Royals.
  • Plymouth have only won twice in 10 league games at Home Park this season.
  • Paul Mariner's side have not scored a league goal at home in 199 minutes.
  • 11 of the last 15 goals that Reading have conceded in the Championship away from home have come in the second half.

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Scunthorpe v West Brom

  • West Brom have won four of their previous five meetings with Scunthorpe, drawing the other.
  • Scunthorpe have conceded eight goals in their last two matches against the Baggies.
  • Nigel Adkins' side have lost just once in their last seven home games in the Championship.
  • Scunthorpe have only scored two goals in their last three league matches at home.
  • West Brom are unbeaten in five league games away from home, conceding only three goals in the process.

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Sheffield United v Preston

  • There have only been four goals scored in the last four meetings between these two sides.
  • Preston have only won once in their last 12 meetings with Sheffield United.
  • Preston have scored only one goal in their last four away games in the Championship.
  • Sheffield United have not conceded a goal in any of their last three league games at home.
  • Alan Irvine's side have won only one of their last six Championship away games.

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Swansea v Crystal Palace

  • Crystal Palace have won three successive matches against the Swans.
  • Swansea have lost only once in their eight matches at home against Palace, but this came in their last meeting (3-1 in 2008/09).
  • There have only been three goals scored in the last three league games at the Liberty Stadium.
  • The Swans have lost only once in 10 games at the Liberty Stadium, but this came in their last home game in the Championship (1-0 v Nottingham Forest).
  • Palace have only won once in their last seven Championship away games.

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