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Simon Gott 23rd Oct 2014 - 14:32

Championship Opta Facts – Oct 24-25


Fulham V Charlton

  • Fulham are unbeaten in five against Charlton in league competition, winning two and drawing three.
  • Charlton have conceded exactly two goals in each of their last three against Fulham.
  • In midweek Ross McCormack both scored and assisted in a single Championship game for the first time since February.
  • McCormack has bagged six goals in five league appearances against the Addicks.
  • Charlton have conceded 75% of their goals in the second half this term, a league-high proportion.
  • After keeping back to back clean sheets, Charlton have conceded exactly once in each of the last three.

Millwall V Cardiff

  • Millwall have won none of their last eight encounters with Cardiff, losing three (D5).
  • Cardiff have kept a clean sheet in each of their last four against the Lions.
  • Ricardo Fuller has scored four goals in six games against Cardiff in league competition.
  • Cardiff playmaker Peter Whittingham has scored in consecutive league games for the first time since September 2012, when he bagged in three consecutive fixtures.
  • The Welsh side have yet to keep an away clean sheet this season. Indeed, they've not stopped the home team from scoring since April (v Southampton).
  • Adam Le Fondre's goal against Ipswich in the week ended a run of 665 minutes without a goal in all competitions.

Birmingham V Bournemouth

  • Birmingham City have never beaten Bournemouth at home in the league, losing three (D3).
  • Bournemouth won this exact fixture last term 4-2, courtesy of a Lewis Grabban brace and goals from Matt Ritchie and Ian Harte.
  • 67% of Birmingham's goals this season have arrived in the first half, a joint-league-high share.
  • After going five games without a goal, Callum Wilson has bagged four in his last three for Bournemouth.
  • Birmingham have won just one of their last 24 home games (D9 L14).
  • No player has provided more assists in the Championship this season than Matt Ritchie (6).

Bolton V Brentford

  • Bolton have kept only one clean sheet in their last 15 league games against Brentford.
  • Brentford have won four of their last five versus the Trotters, losing the other.
  • Bolton have lost five of their last six Championship fixtures, winning the other.
  • The Bees have drawn their last two games nil-nil; they've not played out three consecutive goalless draws since January 1981 (a run of four).
  • Only Sheffield Wednesday (5) have seen fewer different players score for them this season than Bolton (6).
  • Brentford have used 20 different players in this campaign, no side has used fewer.

Brighton V Rotherham

  • Brighton have won four and lost none of their last five against Rotherham, keeping a clean sheet in each game.
  • Rotherham have failed to win in each of their last five trips to Brighton, losing three.
  • The Seagulls are winless in nine, though six of those games have been draws (L3).
  • Only David Cotterill (46) has created more goalscoring chances this season than Rotherham's Ben Pringle (44).
  • No Championship defender has scored more goals than Brighton's Lewis Dunk (4).
  • In fact, Dunk is Brighton's top scorer in all competitions this season with five goals.

Derby V Wigan

  • Derby have gone eight games without keeping a clean sheet against Wigan Athletic, last shutting them out in December 1985.
  • Wigan are unbeaten in their last four trips to Derby, winning two and drawing two.
  • The Rams have gone 575 minutes without conceding a goal in all competitions.
  • No goalkeeper has kept more clean sheets this season than Wigan's Scott Carson (6).
  • Chris Martin has bagged six goals in his last five games for Derby County.
  • The Latics are winless in eight league games, with the last four ending level. Indeed, Wigan have scored just four goals in this period.

Ipswich V Huddersfield

  • Ipswich have scored exactly twice in four of their previous five games against Huddersfield failing to net in the other (W3 D2).
  • Huddersfield have won only once in their last 16 trips to Ipswich (D2 L13), September 1996, 3-1.
  • Ipswich's defeat to Cardiff in midweek was their first in nine matches (W4 D4).
  • The Terriers have lost all five matches in which they've fallen behind this season.
  • Ipswich Town have conceded just three goals in 540 minutes of action at Portman Road this season.
  • Jacob Butterfield has scored in back to back games for the first time since April.

Leeds V Wolves

  • Leeds have lost only once in their last nine at home to Wolves, winning six.
  • Wolves' last league victory at Elland Road came back in September 2006, courtesy of a goal from Jay Bothroyd.
  • Leeds United remain the only side in the division yet to score a headed goal in 2014/15.
  • Bakary Sako has scored in each of his last four games for Wolverhampton Wanderers.
  • No side has conceded fewer goals at home this term than the Whites (3).
  • Kevin McDonald (Wolves) has made 884 successful passes so far this season, 211 more than any other player in the division.

M'boro V Watford

  • Middlesbrough have scored in 15 of their 16 home league games against Watford.
  • Troy Deeney scored in both fixtures against Middlesbrough last season. In fact Deeney has scored four goals in his last five appearances against Boro.
  • Middlesbrough have won three of the four home matches in which they've gone ahead this term (D1).
  • Matej Vydra has scored four and assisted another in his last five games for Watford.
  • Only Derby (10) have conceded fewer goals this season than Middlesbrough (11).
  • Watford have had 10 different players score a goal for them this term, a league-high.

Nottm Forest V Blackburn

  • Nottm Forest have won their last two versus Blackburn, they've not won three in a row since January 1977.
  • Blackburn have won only one of their last six trips to the City Ground, drawing three and losing two.
  • Forest have scored eight goals via headers this season, three more than any other team. Last season, no side scored more headed goals than the East Midlands outfit (23).
  • Since August 2013, Alex Baptiste has conceded more penalties than any other Championship player (6).
  • Michail Antonio has been involved in more goals than any other player this season with 13 (7 goals, 6 assists).
  • Blackburn have conceded a joint-league-high three goals via direct free-kicks this season (Millwall are the other side).

Reading V Blackpool

  • Reading are unbeaten in their last 14 at home to Blackpool (W9 D5), winning the last five.
  • Blackpool have never scored more than a single goal in matches away to Reading.
  • Reading have conceded seven headed goals this season, the most in the Championship.
  • The Tangerines are the division's lowest scorers with just eight goals so far. They've also failed to score in the opening and closing 15 minutes this term.
  • Only one player has scored more than once for Blackpool in 2014/15 - Nathan Delfouneso (2).

Sheff Wed V Norwich

  • Sheffield Wednesday have won their last eight league games against Norwich City, keeping four clean sheets in the process.
  • Norwich are winless in five trips to Hillsborough, losing the last four (D1).
  • 82% of Norwich's goals this term have arrived after half time, a league-high share.
  • Indeed, Norwich have scored 18 second half goals this season, seven more than Wednesday have managed in total.
  • Sheffield Wednesday are one of two sides yet to recover any points from losing positions this season (along with Huddersfield).
  • After scoring five goals in his first five games for Norwich, Lewis Grabban has netted just one in his last eight for them.



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