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Simon Gott 16th Oct 2014 - 13:33

Championship Opta Facts – Oct 17-18

Rotherham v Leeds

  • The Millers have only won one of their last six Yorkshire derbies against Leeds (D3 L2) but have only lost one of their last five on home soil (W3 D1).
  • Leeds have scored in nine of their 11 previous league trips to Rotherham.
  • Rotherham have yet to win a match this season in which they've gone behind (D2 L5).
  • No side has been shown more red cards this season than Leeds United (3). Last term the Whites picked up just two red cards.
  • Leeds have yet to drop any points from leading positions this season, a joint-low with Millwall and Brentford.
  • The Millers have lost only once in their last 10 league encounters with fellow sides from Yorkshire (W6 D3).

Cardiff v Nottingham Forest

  • Cardiff have won their last two home meetings with the Tricky Trees without conceding; they have kept a clean sheet in their last four victories in this exact fixture.
  • Indeed Forest have failed to score in nine of their last 13 against Cardiff City.
  • 89% of Nottm Forest's league goals this season have been scored by Englishman - the highest proportion in the division.
  • Nottm Forest are one of two Championship sides yet to suffer defeat this season (Charlton the other).
  • Cardiff are yet to score in the final 15 minutes this season, a joint-league-low with Blackpool.
  • Forest have kept a league-high six clean sheets in 2014/15, including three in their last four.

Birmingham v Bolton

  • Both teams have scored in the last eight league meetings between Birmingham City and Bolton Wanderers.
  • The Trotters have only kept one clean sheet in their last 23 trips to St. Andrew's in the league (0-0 in February 1999).
  • Birmingham City and Wales winger David Cotterill has created 38 goalscoring chances for his teammates so far this season, a league-high.
  • Bolton Wanderers have allowed their opponents 67 shots on target this term, 10 more than any other team.
  • Bolton are one of four sides yet to win on the road this season along with Blackpool, Wigan and Cardiff. Indeed, the Trotters' last away victory came back in April 2014 v Sheffield Wednesday.
  • Matt Mills (2) has made more errors leading to goals than any other Championship player so far this campaign.

Bournemouth v Charlton

  • The Cherries have failed to score in three of their last four against Charlton (W1 L3).
  • The Addicks have only failed to net once in their last 13 trips to the Goldsands Stadium, scoring 19 times in total in this run.
  • Charlton have gone 13 games unbeaten in league competition (W6 D7); their longest run without defeat since March 2000.
  • Indeed, Charlton's longest unbeaten run in league football (excl. play-offs) was set back in December 1980 in the third tier - 15 games (W13 D2).
  • Only one of Callum Wilson's six league goals this season have arrived on home soil.
  • Wilson has committed more fouls (33) than any other player in the division so far this season but has been cautioned only once.
  • Igor Vetokele's strike against Birmingham City last time out ended a run of five games without a goal for the Belgian forward.

Brighton v Middlesbrough

  • The home side has lost the last four meetings between these sides, failing to net on each occasion.
  • Middlesbrough are unbeaten in five at Brighton in league competition, winning three and drawing two on the south coast.
  • Brighton summer signing Sam Baldock has gone 836 minutes without a goal in the Football League.
  • Since the start of last season, Middlesbrough have been shown more red cards than any other Championship side (11).
  • Brighton are without a win in seven, though they've drawn the last four. They've not drawn five games in a row since April 2000.
  • Boro have restricted their opponents to just 26 shots on target this term, five fewer than the next best team Brighton.

Fulham v Norwich

  • Fulham have won nine and lost none of their last 12 league meetings with the Canaries.
  • Norwich have lost their last five at Craven Cottage, conceding 16 and netting just once.
  • Fulham have used 30 different players in the Championship this season already; more than any other club.
  • Cameron Jerome has scored seven times in just eight appearances for the Canaries this campaign (all comps).
  • Fulham have kept just one clean sheet in their last 15 league fixtures.
  • Norwich City's Lewis Grabban (14) has been caught offside more often than the whole of the Fulham squad (12) in the Championship this season so far.

Huddersfield v Blackpool

  • Huddersfield are without a win in four in all competitions at home to the Seasiders (D2 L2).
  • Blackpool have scored exactly once in their last five meetings with Huddersfield in all competitions; the now-departed Ricardo Fuller got both last season.
  • Only two sides (Fulham and Blackpool on four) have collected fewer points at home than Huddersfield in the Championship this season (5).
  • Blackpool have won just two away league games in the last 12 months (D6 L14).
  • The Terriers have kept just one clean sheet in their last 11 at home in the Championship.
  • The Tangerines have the worst shot conversion rate in the Championship (6.67%).

Ipswich v Blackburn

  • Jordan Rhodes has scored in all three league games he has played against Ipswich; the side he started his senior career at.
  • Former Huddersfield man Rhodes made 10 league appearances for the Tractor Boys as a teenager (one goal) but all 10 came off the substitute's bench.
  • Ipswich Town hitman Daryl Murphy has netted five goals in his last six games.
  • Rudy Gestede scored in the most recent fixture between these sides back in April 2014 as Rovers claimed a 2-0 win.
  • No side has scored more goals in the 15 minutes directly after half time this term than Blackburn (6).
  • Ipswich have conceded six goals from corners this season, the most in the Championship.

Millwall v Wolves

  • This will be Kenny Jackett's first meeting with Millwall since he left the Lions to join Wolves ahead of the 2013/14 campaign.
  • Wolves are unbeaten in four at the New Den, winning two and drawing two.
  • Millwall are without a win in six attempts, losing four and drawing two.
  • Wolves have been shown just 12 cards so far this season (all yellow), the fewest in the Championship.
  • Kevin McDonald has made 764 successful passes in 2014/15, 154 more than any other player.
  • No defender has created more goalscoring chances this season than Wolves' Scott Golbourne (17).

Reading v Derby

  • Reading have only tasted defeat once in their last 14 league meetings with the Rams, winning 10 and drawing three.
  • In 14 previous league trips to Reading, Derby have only won once (1-0 in January 2005, with a goal from Tommy Smith).
  • Reading (15) have won more second tier league games against Derby than against any other opposition.
  • No side has used fewer different players in the Championship this season than Derby County (19).
  • No side has shipped more goals in the 15 minutes directly after half time this season than the Royals (5).
  • Cyrus Christie has assisted more goals (4) than any other defender in the division.

Sheffield Wednesday v Watford

  • The Owls have scored in 11 of their last 12 home league meetings with Watford.
  • Watford have won 4-1 on their last two trips to Hillsborough, while three of their last four wins over Wednesday overall have ended with this scoreline.
  • Hornets captain Troy Deeney has scored three goals in his last two trips to Hillsborough.
  • Sheffield Wednesday are yet to concede a goal in the opening 30 minutes this season. Indeed, no side has shipped fewer first half goals than them (2).
  • 10 different players have scored a Championship goal for Watford this season; more than any other team.
  • In contrast, only five different players have scored for the Owls this term, a joint-league-low with Bolton and Blackpool.
  • Daniel Toszer has scored three direct free-kicks this season, more than any other player.

Wigan v Brentford

  • This is the first league meeting between Wigan and Brentford in the second tier; the 30 previous meetings between the sides all came in the third tier.
  • The Bees have only won one of their 15 trips to Wigan in the league, drawing five, losing nine and never keeping a clean sheet.
  • 75% of Wigan's league goals this term have been scored by English players.
  • Brentford have won all five games in which they've gone ahead so far this season.
  • Bees' midfielder Jonathon Douglas has scored three goals in last six games, equalling his total for last term.
  • The Latics have shipped exactly two goals in three of their last four games, keeping a clean sheet in the other.

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