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Simon Gott 14th Feb 2013 - 17:17

Championship Opta Facts – February 16th

Cardiff v Bristol City

  • After a run of 23 games without a win in this fixture that ended in 2008, Cardiff have won six and lost just two of their last 10 in the league against the Robins.
  • The Welsh side have won their last three league games on home soil against City, scoring exactly three in each game.
  • After no clean sheets in their first 28 league games, Bristol City have kept two in their last three.
  • The struggling Robins have won as many games in their last four as they did in the previous 21 (three).
  • Malky Mackay's side have lost just one of their last 15 in the Championship and are unbeaten in eight (W6 D2).
  • The Red Dragons, who were held 0-0 at Huddersfield last time out, have only twice gone consecutive games without a victory all season.


Birmingham City v Watford

  • The Blues have won their last five home games against Watford, a run that includes a 1-0 playoff win back in May 1999.
  • Blues defender Curtis Davies scored the first brace of his league career in this fixture last season, and has since added another one (v Barnsley on Boxing Day).
  • Birmingham City have scored a 90th minute goal in three of their last four league games; without those strikes, they would be four points worse off.
  • Lee Clark's side have gone 16 league games without a clean sheet, last keeping one against Bristol City back in November.
  • The Hornets have scored at least twice in eight of their last nine league games and have only failed to score in one of their last 16.
  • Gianfranco Zola's side have only lost one of their last eight on the road (W5 D2), though this did come last time out at Bristol City.


Crystal Palace v Middlesbrough

  • Merouane Zemmama has scored on his last two appearances against Crystal Palace (all competitions).
  • The last five league meetings between Palace and 'Boro at Selhurst Park have all ended 1-0, with the away side winning three of those games.
  • Despite this, Middlesbrough have only managed six goals in their last 11 trips to Selhurst Park combined, and never more than once in a single game.
  • The Eagles have not scored a first-half goal in any of their last five league games, netting all four of their goals after the break in this run.
  • Palace top scorer Glenn Murray has scored six in his last 10 league games, but has failed to score seven times in this run (three braces).
  • None of Boro's last 16 league games have ended level (seven wins, nine defeats).


Derby County v Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • Wolves have not lost in eight league trips to face Derby, last losing at the home of the Rams in May 1993 (D3 W5).
  • The West Midlands side have only failed to score once in this eight game run, scoring at least twice in each of the other seven (22 in total).
  • Jamie Ward has scored in each of his last four league appearances.
  • Nigel Clough's side have only managed one clean sheet in their last nine league outings.
  • Wolves have only scored two first-half goals in their last 10 league games combined, and both of those were netted by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.
  • Struggling Wolves are now without a win in eight league games (D3 L5).


Hull City v Charlton Athletic

  • Hull are without a win in six against Charlton (D4 L2) and last beat the Addicks in November 1985.
  • The Londoners are unbeaten in eight trips to Hull in the Football League, winning four and drawing four.
  • Only one of the last 11 goals Charlton have conceded in the league has come in the first-half.
  • After a run of three straight wins in early January, Chris Powell's side have gone three without tasting victory (D1 L2).
  • The Tigers have only lost one of their last six league games at the KC Stadium, suffering a shock defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in January.
  • The last eight league games involving Hull City have only seen three goals netted before the half-time break.


Ipswich Town v Blackpool

  • Blackpool have won three and lost none of their last four against Ipswich in the Championship, including a 6-0 drubbing of them back in August.
  • Despite this, the Seasiders have never won at Portman Road in the Football League, drawing four and losing five of nine previous trips.
  • All nine league meetings between these sides in Suffolk have seen both sides find the net.
  • Tom Ince has netted four goals in his last three appearances for Pool.
  • Blackpool's last five league games have all ended 2-1, with the Lancashire side winning two and losing three in this run.
  • Ipswich have only won one of their last six league games, drawing two and losing three.


Nottingham Forest v Bolton Wanderers

  • Bolton are unbeaten in seven meetings with Forest in all competitions, winning three and drawing four and not tasting defeat since October 1995.
  • The Trotters have only won one of their last seven (D2 L4) and kept one clean sheet in their last 12 league trips to Forest, but both of those came in their most recent game at the City Ground (2-0 in March 2001).
  • Bolton have only managed one clean sheet in their last eight league games.
  • Dougie Freedman's side are winless in five away league games, drawing two and losing three.
  • After consecutive shutouts in December, Forest have gone nine league games without keeping a clean sheet.
  • The Tricky Trees have lost three successive league games; they have not lost four in a row since December 2011.



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