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Eden Jon 6th May 2013 - 16:14

Championship Opta Facts – May 9-10


Leicester City v Watford

Watford have won their last three clashes with Leicester City in the league; including two 2-1 victories over them this season.

The Hornets picked up more points away from home (39) than any other side during the Championship season.

Leicester's win on the final day to clinch a play-off spot was just their second in their last 13 league games (D5 L6).

No side conceded fewer headed goals in the Championship this season than Leicester City (7).

Chris Wood has scored just twice in his last 13 games for the Foxes.

Dave Nugent last scored for Leicester on January 31st. The England international has featured 16 times in all competitions since then.

Troy Deeney who is suspended for this game following his red card v Leeds, has scored five times in his last eight appearances for Watford.

There have been two red cards in the last three meetings between the sides (one each). Indeed, Watford received six red cards during the regular season; more than any other side.

The last time Watford reached the play-offs, they were knocked out at the semi-final stage by Hull in 2008.

Five of the last seven teams who have finished third in the regular Championship season have been promoted via the play-offs (inc. Watford in 2006).

Crystal Palace v Brighton and Hove Albion

Both games between these two rivals this season ended as 3-0 victories for the home team.

Brighton were unbeaten in their last nine Championship matches; winning five (D4).

Crystal Palace ended a nine game run without a victory (D5 L4) on the final day of the Championship season by beating Peterborough 3-2.

The last six clashes between the two sides have produced a total 18 goals, an average of three per game.

Palace are without a win in their last four play-off fixtures (D1 L3), exiting at the semi-final stage to Watford (2006) and Bristol City (2008).

The Eagles have won just one of their last five at home (D3 L1).

The Seagulls conceded only eight goals in the final 15 minutes of their matches this season; a joint-low in the Championship.

Gus Poyet's side also ended the season with the best defensive record; conceding just 43 goals.

Glenn Murray's goal against Peterborough was his first in nine appearances for Crystal Palace.

Crystal Palace have scored 12 penalties from 15 taken this season; a league-high.

Brighton drew six games nil-nil this season during the regular Championship season; a league-high.

Kazenga Lua Lua has netted three goals in his last three games.

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