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Eden Jon 10th Sep 2014 - 10:32

Championship Opta Facts – Sept 13-14


Birmingham v Leeds

  • After winning five games in a row, the Blues have lost their last two against Leeds in league competition.
  • Leeds haven't won three consecutive league games against Birmingham since February 1979.
  • Leeds did the double over Birmingham last season, scoring seven in the process. Indeed, of those seven goals, only one was netted by a player currently with the club (Rodolph Austin).
  • The Blues have won only one of their last 11 games in league competition, losing seven (D3).
  • The Whites have fired in just 10 shots on target this season; a league-low.
  • Leeds have kept just one clean sheet in their last nine away games (W2 D1 L6).

Blackburn v Wigan

  • Blackburn have gone eight games without a clean sheet against the Latics.
  • Wigan have won only once at Ewood Park in league competition (1-0 May 2012), losing six and drawing one.
  • Winger Craig Conway has provided 15 assists in 2014, seven more than any other Championship player.
  • All of Callum McManaman's goals for Wigan this season have come in the first half.
  • Rudy Gestede has scored nine goals in his last seven league appearances.
  • Since August 2012, Jordan Rhodes has scored 56 goals in the second tier (incl. play-offs), nine more than any other player.

Blackpool v Wolves

  • Blackpool have won only two of their last 17 league encounters with Wolverhampton Wanderers, losing 11 (D4).
  • Wolves have won six and drawn four of their last 11 league trips to Blackpool (L1).
  • The Seasides have committed more fouls than any other team (80) this season.
  • Wolves have kept four clean sheets from their last six league games, winning five (L1).
  • Blackpool have lost more games in 2014 than any other second tier side (20).
  • Bakary Sako has scored three goals in his last three appearances for the Black Country side.

Bolton v Sheff Wed

  • Bolton have won five of their last seven league clashes with Sheffield Wednesday (D1 L1).
  • Wednesday have netted exactly once in each of their last four games versus the Trotters (W1 D1 L2).
  • Bolton Wanderers have dropped a league-high eight points from leading positions this season.
  • Glenn Loovens is the only player in the division to have been booked in each game so far this season.
  • Bolton are the only Championship side yet to score in the second half in 2014/15.
  • Wednesday haven't won four consecutive away games in all comps since December 2011

Bournemouth v Rotherham

  • Bournemouth have won their last two league matches against Rotherham. They've not won three in a row since November 1983.
  • The Millers have failed to score in three of their last four trips to the South Coast to face the Cherries.
  • Ben Pringle (19) has created more goalscoring chances without assisting a single league goal than any other Championship player this season.
  • After going six games without a goal at the back end of the 2013/14 campaign, Callum Wilson has netted five times in seven games this season.
  • Callum Wilson has committed the most fouls in the division this season (14), though the former Coventry man is yet to be booked.
  • Paul Taylor has fired in more shots without scoring this season than any other player in the Championship (15).

Brentford v Brighton

  • Brentford have failed to score in their last four matches against Brighton, losing the last three (D1).
  • Brighton have not won four consecutive league games against Brentford since 1926.
  • The Bees have salvaged a league-high five points from losing situations this term.
  • Brighton centre-half Lewis Dunk, who had never scored in professional football prior to this season, has bagged three goals in five games (all comps) in 2014/15.
  • Brentford have lost only one of their last 20 home league games, winning 17 and drawing two.
  • Craig Mackail-Smith has attempted more shots than any other Brighton player (9), though has scored only once.

Cardiff v Norwich

  • Cardiff are unbeaten in four against Norwich, winning two and drawing two.
  • Norwich have conceded in each of their last five league outings to Cardiff, losing three (W1 D1).
  • Lewis Grabban has struck 18 times in 2014, two more than any other Championship player.
  • Grabban has also fired in more shots on target than any other player this season (14).
  • Kenwyne Jones has already bagged four goals in five league appearances this season, which is as many as he managed his last two seasons combined (4 in 44).
  • Norwich City have registered 71 shots at goal this season, six more than any other side. They've also scored more goals from outside of the box than any other team (4).

Charlton v Watford

  • Charlton have gone nine games without keeping a clean sheet against Watford in league competition (W2 D4 L3).
  • Watford have lost only one of their last five league trips to the Valley, though this defeat came in their last visit last season (W2 D2).
  • Igor Vetokele has netted five goals in his first five league games for Charlton. Indeed, no Championship player has been directly involved in more league goals this term than Vetokele (5 goals, 1 assist).
  • No player has provided more league assists this season than Watford's Daniel Tözsér (3). Indeed, Tözsér only registered two assists in 20 matches in 2013/14.
  • Watford have posted the best shot conversion rate in the division this season (24%).
  • The Hornets have scored four goals in the final 15 minutes this season, a joint-league-high with Derby.

Huddersfield v Middlesbrough

  • Huddersfield have won only one of their last nine league matches against Middlesbrough, losing six (D2).
  • Middlesbrough have scored in each of their last eight visits to Huddersfield in the league, winning three (D3 L2).
  • Huddersfield are winless in their last eight on home soil, losing five and drawing three.
  • Boro's Grant Leadbitter has created a league-high 21 goalscoring chances for his teammates in 2014/15.
  • Albert Adomah scored two goals versus the Terriers last season - one of three sides the Ghanaian bagged two against in 2013/14 (Doncaster and Barnsley the others).
  • Middlesbrough have alternated between winning and losing their last five away games, they won last time out versus Bolton (2-1).

Ipswich v Millwall

  • Ipswich have alternated between failing to score and netting exactly three in each of their last five against Millwall. They failed to score in the last meeting.
  • Millwall's 1-0 victory last January ended a run of three games without a goal against the Tractor Boys.
  • Ipswich Town have gone 10 games without keeping a clean sheet. It's their longest run without a clean sheet since October 2012.
  • Millwall are unbeaten in their last six away games, winning four and drawing twice.
  • Mick McCarthy's side have won four and drawn two of their last seven home league matches (L1).
  • Only Watford (8) have seen more players score for them this season than Millwall (6).

Reading v Fulham

  • Reading have shipped as many goals in their last two home games versus Fulham as they managed in the previous seven games combined.
  • Fulham have scored two or more goals in each of their last four against Reading in league competition.
  • The Royals have lost only one of their last six league games on home soil, though it came in the most recent match against Huddersfield (W2 D3).
  • Fulham are winless in nine league games, losing six and drawing three.
  • Indeed, the last time the  London side failed to win any of their opening six games to the season was back in the Premier League in 2011/12 (D4 L2).
  • Tim Hoogland has scored two and assisted one of Fulham's three league goals this term.

Nottm Forest v Derby

  • Forest have won only once in their last six against Derby in league competition, losing four (D1).
  • Derby's 5-0 victory against rivals Forest last season equalled their biggest league win versus the Reds set back in 1898.
  • Two Nottingham Forest players have provided a joint-league-high three assists this season - Michail Antonio and Jack Hunt.
  • Lee Grant has been the busiest 'keeper in 2014/15, making a league-high 22 saves.
  • Britt Assombalonga has bagged four goals from only five shots on target this campaign.
  • There have been five red cards shown in the last seven league clashes between these two sides (three for Derby and two for Forest).



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