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Simon Gott 19th Nov 2014 - 13:26

Championship Opta Facts - Nov 21-22


Brentford V Fulham

  • Brentford are winless in six in all competitions against rivals Fulham, losing four and drawing two.
  • Fulham have only lost two of 10 league games under Kit Symons (W5 D3).
  • 58 goals have been scored in matches involving Fulham this season, the most in the division.
  • After going eight games without a goal, Andre Gray has scored in each of his last three for Brentford.
  • The Bees are the only side in the second tier yet to lose a point from a leading position, winning all eight games they have held the lead in.
  • Brentford's Alan Judge has attempted more shots without scoring than any other player this season (32).


Cardiff V Reading

  • Cardiff have gone eight games unbeaten against Reading, winning three and drawing five.
  • The Royals' last league victory in Cardiff came back in April 2006 (5-2); their biggest away win against the Bluebirds.
  • Reading have conceded more headed goals than any other team this season (9).
  • In contrast, no side has shipped fewer headed goals this term than Cardiff City (2).
  • Reading have lost four of their last five away games in the Championship, drawing the other.
  • Indeed, the Royals have let in exactly three goals in each of the last three on the road.


Huddersfield V Sheff Wed

  • Huddersfield have scored just four goals in their last nine at home to Sheffield Wednesday and never more than once in this run.
  • The Owls are unbeaten in their last three trips to Huddersfield in the league, winning two (D1).
  • Huddersfield have won three and lost none of their last five on home soil.
  • Only 26 goals have been scored in games involving Sheffield Wednesday this season; a league-low.
  • Nahki Wells has scored five goals in his last six games for the Terriers.
  • Sheffield Wednesday are without a win in 10 games in all competitions (D6 L4).


Blackburn V Leeds

  • Blackburn have won their last two against Leeds United, they've never won three in a row.
  • Leeds have failed to score in three of their last four trips to Ewood Park.
  • Rudy Gestede has netted 23 goals in 42 league appearances for Blackburn. At Cardiff, he scored just seven times in 55 games.
  • Indeed, Gestede has scored five goals in his last four league games.
  • Leeds are the only Championship side yet to score a headed goal this term. In contrast, Blackburn have scored nine - a league-high.
  • Craig Conway has provided 16 assists in 2014, four more than any other player in the top four tiers.


Blackpool V Bolton

  • Steve Davies has scored three goals in just two previous league appearances versus Bolton.
  • Since Neil Lennon took charge in October, only Bournemouth (16) have won more points than Bolton Wanderers (12).
  • Only Birmingham (95) have faced more shots on target this term than Bolton (92).
  • Blackpool are the only side yet to score in the final 15 minutes of games.
  • The Tangerines have won fewer games in 2014 than any other side in the top four tiers of English football (4). Indeed, they've also lost 27 matches in this calendar year, three more than any other side in the top four tiers.


Bournemouth V Ipswich

  • Bournemouth are unbeaten in six at home to Ipswich, winning three (D3).
  • Three of the last four matches in involving these two sides have been draws with both meetings last term ending level.
  • Matt Richie is the leading assister in the Championship this term with eight.
  • Ipswich Town have lost just one of their last 13 league games, winning seven.
  • Ipswich frontman Daryl Murphy has scored six goals in his last seven games for the Tractor Boys. Indeed, Murphy only needs three more goals to equal his tally for Ipswich last term (13).
  • No Championship defender has contributed to more goals this season than Bournemouth's Simon Francis (four assists, one goal).
  • The Cherries have scored nine penalties in 2014, the most in the second tier. In contrast, they've yet to concede a goal from the penalty spot in this calendar year.


Charlton V Millwall

  • Charlton have failed to score in each of their last five games against Millwall (L3 D2).
  • The Lions have won their last two games away at Charlton; they last won three in a row there in February 1926 (a run of four wins).
  • Millwall are without an away victory in seven attempts (L4 D3).
  • Scott McDonald has scored three goals in four previous appearances against Charlton in league competition.
  • Charlton have attempted fewer shots than any other side in the league (126).
  • No side has seen more different players score for them this season than Millwall (12).


Norwich V Brighton

  • Norwich have won six of their last seven league encounters with Brighton (L1), including each of the last four.
  • Brighton have picked up just one win from their last 15 trips to Carrow Road in league competition (D6 L8).
  • Brighton have hit the target with a lower percentage of shots than any other team in the Championship (34%).
  • Gary Gardner has scored in consecutive league games for the first time in his career.
  • The Seagulls have scored exactly once in seven of their last eight league games, but have only managed one clean sheet in that run (W1 D5 L2).
  • Gary Hooper has scored four goals in two appearances against Brighton in league competition, though the former Celtic man is yet to get off the mark in 2014/15.


Rotherham V Birmingham

  • The Millers are winless in seven attempts against the Blues, losing three (D4).
  • Birmingham have conceded in each of their last 12 league games against Rotherham.
  • No side has scored fewer first half goals this season than Rotherham (5).
  • Indeed, no Championship team have scored fewer goals in the second half than the Blues (5).
  • Birmingham winger David Cotterill has created a league-high 61 goalscoring chances for his teammates this season; six shy of his total in 2013/14.
  • Rotherham have posted an average possession figure of just 43.5% this season, the lowest in the division.


Watford V Derby

  • Watford have alternated between winning and losing their last six home matches against Derby County; they lost the last clash.
  • Jamie Ward has scored four league goals in five appearances against Watford for Derby County.
  • Matej Vydra scored in both games against Derby for Watford in the 2012/13 campaign.
  • Johnny Russell has scored four goals in his last four games in all competitions for the Rams, after scoring just once in his previous 22.
  • Troy Deeney has scored four goals from his opening 13 games this season; two fewer than what he managed in 2013/14 after 13 fixtures.
  • Watford have been shown nine red cards in 2014, two more than any other Championship team.


Wigan V Middlesborough

  • Wigan have failed to score in four of their last five matches against Middlesbrough, netting twice in the other.
  • Boro are unbeaten in five against the Latics, winning twice; though the last three meetings have ended level.
  • Since the start of last season (incl. play-offs), Martyn Waghorn has been directly involved in more goals than any other Wigan player (seven goals, seven assists).
  • Middlesbrough have scored more goals from the penalty spot this season than any other team (5), with Grant Leadbitter scoring all five.
  • In fact, since August 2013, Leadbitter has had a hand in 26 goals for Middlesbrough (14 goals, 12 assists), more than anyone else at the club.
  • Middlesbrough have conceded a league-low 12 goals this season, 10 fewer than opponents Wigan.


Wolves V Nottm Forest

  • Wolves (24) have won more league games in 2014 than any other top four tier side (excl. play-offs).
  • Nottm Forest have won their last two games against Wolves; they've not won three in a row since October 1978.
  • Wolves manager Kenny Jackett has used just 20 different players so far this season, the fewest in the division.
  • After scoring in four successive games for Wolves, Bakary Sako has failed to net in his last three.
  • Michail Antonio has been directly involved 58% of Nottm Forest's goals this season, a league-high.
  • Wolves' 5-0 defeat to Derby last time out was their heaviest loss in the league since they faced Manchester United in March 2012 (0-5).


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