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Simon Gott 20th Feb 2015 - 18:38

Championship Opta Facts February 20-21


Wigan v Charlton

  • The home side has won this fixture in six of the previous seven meetings, with the other result being a draw.
  • Charlton won the reverse of this fixture 2-1 in August thanks to Franck Moussa's 90th minute winner.
  • Wigan's win against Reading in midweek was their first league victory in eight attempts.
  • However, Malky Mackay has won only two of his 14 league games since taking over at Wigan Athletic (D3 L9).
  • Only Huddersfield (7) have conceded more goals in the 90th minute or later this season than Charlton (5).
  • Charlton's 3-0 victory over Brentford last time out ended a run of 13 games without a win.
  • However, the Addicks are winless six away games, scoring just two goals in the process (D2 L4).


Middlesbrough v Leeds

  • Boro have won only one of their last 12 home meetings with Leeds in league competition (D7 L4).
  • Leeds have failed to score on their last two visits to the Riverside, having scored 13 goals in the six prior to that.
  • Middlesbrough boast the meanest defence in the Championship conceding just 21 goals this term.
  • Indeed, Aitor Karanka's charges have recorded a joint-league-high 14 shutouts this season.
  • After going seven games without a win (D3 L4), the Whites have since won four of the last five (L1).
  • Middlesbrough have won six and lost none of their last nine in league competition; the longest current run in the division.


Blackburn v Blackpool

  • Rovers are unbeaten in four against Blackpool (W2 D2).
  • The Tangerines have won none of their last four visits to Ewood Park (D2 L2), having won three in a row prior to that.
  • Rudy Gestede, who scored a brace in the reverse fixture back in August, has netted in consecutive games (all comps) for the first time since November.
  • Blackpool have used 46 players so far this term, eight more than any other team.
  • Jamie O'Hara (6) has had a hand in more goals than any other Blackpool player this season (one goal, five assists).
  • Jordan Rhodes hasn't scored in consecutive games for Rovers since September 2014.


Brentford v Bournemouth

  • The Bees are winless in seven against Bournemouth (D4 L3), failing to score in the last two.
  • However, Bournemouth have won none of their last five league visits to Griffin Park (D4 L1), with the last three ending level.
  • Only against Derby (5) has Ian Harte scored more league goals than versus Brentford (3).
  • The Cherries have dropped more points from leading positions this season than any other team (21).
  • Brentford have averaged nine fouls per game this campaign, a league-low.
  • Bournemouth have used just 22 different players so far this season; a league-low spread.


Brighton v Birmingham

  • Four of the last five meetings between these sides have ended 1-0 (twice each), with the other result ending 2-2.
  • Birmingham have scored just three goals in their last eight visits to Brighton.
  • David Cotterill has created a league-high 95 goalscoring chances for his teammates this season, 28 more than in 2013/14.
  • Birmingham have yet to win from behind this campaign, losing 10 of the 12 games in which they've trailed (D2).
  • Only nine players have scored a league goal for the Blues this season, a joint-low alongside Sheffield Wednesday.
  • In contrast, 17 different players have scored for Brighton in 2014/15; only Bolton have had more (19).


Derby v Sheff Wed

  • The Rams are unbeaten in 11 against the Owls in the league (W7 D4), keeping eight clean sheets in that time.
  • Wednesday have won just one of their last 19 visits to Derby (D7 L11), conceding 11 goals in their last four.
  • Darren Bent has netted six goals in his last six games in all competitions for the Rams.
  • Tom Ince has scored five goals in his three appearances for Derby, this after going 11 games without a goal before joining the club.
  • In fact, Ince has bagged those five goals from just seven shots on target.
  • Sheffield Wednesday have drawn more games nil-nil this season than any other top four tier side (8).
  • 40% of Jesse Lingard's league goals have come against Sheffield Wednesday (4/10).
  • The Owls have conceded only one goal via a corner this season, a league-low.


Huddersfield v Cardiff

  • Huddersfield have won just one of their last seven meetings with Cardiff in all competitions (D2 L4).
  • Cardiff have won none of their last five visits to Huddersfield (D2 L3), failing to score in the last two.
  • The Terriers have lost their last two at home in the league. They've not lost three in a row since September 2000 (a run of seven games).
  • The Welsh side are winless in five away from home (D2 L3), both scoring and conceding in each game.
  • James Vaughan has scored in each of his last three games for Huddersfield.
  • Kenwyne Jones has scored in his last two away games for Cardiff.


Ipswich v Reading

  • Ipswich have won just one of their last seven against Reading, losing the other six.
  • The Royals have won three and lost three of their last six visits to Portman Road, scoring exactly three goals in each win.
  • Championship top scorer Daryl Murphy has netted four goals in last four games for the Tractor Boys.
  • Murphy's 21 goals this season have won Ipswich 14 points; a league-high.
  • Ipswich and Reading have both conceded 13 goals via set-pieces (excl. penalties) this season; only Charlton, Millwall and Blackburn have shipped more.
  • Reading have kept only one clean sheet in their last 10 away games.


Millwall v Fulham

  • Millwall won the reverse of this fixture in August thanks to Martyn Woolford's goal.
  • Fulham have lost none of their last three visits to Millwall (W1 D2).
  • The Lions have averaged 14.3 fouls per game this season; a league-high.
  • No Championship side has kept fewer clean sheets in 2014/15 than Fulham (5).
  • No player has scored more goals as a substitute than Ricardo Fuller (3).
  • Fulham defender Tim Hoogland has had just five shots on target this season with four of those resulting in a goal.


Notts Forest v Bolton

  • Forest are unbeaten in five against Bolton, though four of those have ended level (W1).
  • The Trotters have had a player sent off on each of their last two visits to the City Ground.
  • The Tricky Trees have salvaged 20 points from losing positions this season, the most in the division.
  • Bolton have seen more different players score for them this term than any other Championship side (19).
  • No side has conceded more goals inside the opening 10 minutes this season than Forest (5).
  • The Trotters have shipped exactly four goals in each of their last two away games.


Watford v Norwich

  • Watford have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 21 league meetings with Norwich.
  • Norwich have won just one of their last nine visits to Vicarage Road (L5 D3). Both teams have scored in each of those nine fixtures.
  • Odion Ighalo has scored 11 league goals in 2015 so far; more than any other player in the top four tiers.
  • Only Watford (40) have scored more second half goals than Norwich this season (38).
  • Only Watford (19) have scored more goals via set-pieces (excl. penalties) than Norwich in 2014/15 (14).
  • The Hornets have scored more goals in the 90th minute or later than any other team this season (6).


Wolves v Rotherham

  • Wolves have never lost at home to Rotherham in eight previous league meetings between the sides (W6 D2).
  • Ryan Hall's goal for Rotherham in the reverse of this fixture secured the Millers' first league win over Wolves since September 1965, ending a run of 15 games.
  • Nouha Dicko scored five goals in the corresponding fixtures last season - two for Rotherham at the New York Stadium and a hat-trick for Wolves in the 6-4 win at Molineux.
  • After failing to score in his first 14 games of the season, Matt Derbyshire has netted in four of his last five.
  • In fact, Derbyshire has had a hand in six goals in his last seven games (four goals, two assists).
  • Wolves have benefitted from more own goals this term than any other team (4).
  • Wolves' winger Rajiv van La Parra has attempted more shots without finding the back of the net than any other player this season (34).



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