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Eden Jon 11th Sep 2013 - 8:14

Championship Opta Facts – Sept 14-15


Burnley v Blackburn Rovers

  • Burnley have lost just one of their last eight league games, winning five and drawing two.

  • Since the start of last season, Jordan Rhodes has scored more goals in English's top four divisions than any other player (33).

  • 90% of Rovers’ Championship goals so far have come from open play (9 out of 10).
  • Blackburn’s Alan Judge has fired in eight shots without directing a single one on target, more than any other player.
  • Blackburn’s David Dunn has scored in three of the last four league meetings between the two rivals.
  • Burnley haven’t won any of the last 10 meetings in all competitions between these sides (D3 L7), a run dating back to 1979.
  • The last two meetings between the Lancashire sides have ended in 1-1 draws.


Bolton Wanderers v Leeds United

  • Five of Bolton's seven goals this season, in all competitions, have come in the first-half while all three of the Trotters' league goals have also come before the break.
  • Leeds United have already recovered seven points from losing positions this season; a high in the Championship.
  • All but one of the goals that Wanderers have conceded this season have come from open play, with the tother coming from the penalty spot.
  • The Whites are the only team yet to score the opening goal in a Championship match this season.
  • Only Yeovil Town (1) have scored fewer goals than Dougie Freedman's side this season (3).
  • All of United's five goals this season have come from open play.

Bournemouth v Blackpool

  • Bournemouth are the only Championship side to have conceded from two penalties in this campaign so far.
  • Blackpool have gone on to win four of the five Championship matches this season in which they scored first.
  • Only Barnsley (13) have conceded more goals than the Cherries so far this season (12).
  • A league-high five of Blackpool's seven goals have come in the final 15 minutes of their games this season.
  • The Cherries last beat Blackpool 1-3 in 2005 when both sides were in League One, with that victory their only win against the Tangerines in the last seven meetings.
  • Blackpool are the only Championship side yet to concede in the first half in 2013-14 so far.
  • Despite topping the Championship, Blackpool have registered the fewest shots (excl. blocked) this season (30).

Huddersfield Town v Doncaster Rovers

  • Huddersfield Town are unbeaten at home this season in all competitions (W3 D1 L0)
  • Doncaster Rovers have scored more headers than any other team in the Championship so far this season (5).
  • The Terriers have netted a joint-league-high three goals in the 15 minutes before half-time.
  • Paul Dickov's side have scored from three free-kick situations this season, more than any other side in the Championship.
  • Huddersfield have failed to beat Doncaster in their six meetings in all competitions (D3 L3), last beating their Yorkshire rivals in 2005.
  • James Vaughan has netted eight goals in his last six games (in all competitions) for Huddersfield Town.

Ipswich Town v Middlesbrough

  • Ipswich Town have lost two of the three Championship games in which they've led this season.
  • Middlesbrough have drawn all three of their Championship fixtures this season in which they've conceded first.
  • Dean Whitehead has made a division-high 358 passes so far, completing an impressive 90% of them.
  • Boro last tasted victory at Portman Road in the inaugural Premier League season in 1992/93. Since then, they've drawn and lost four times in all competitions.
  • The Tractor Boys have lost just four times at home this calendar year (W8 D1 L4).
  • Middlesbrough have conceded the fewest amount of fouls this season in the Championship, just 43.

Leicester City v Wigan Athletic

  • Leicester City were involved in the only 0-0 draw in the Championship this season, against Leeds United on August 11th.
  • Wigan Athletic have both attempted and won the fewest number of tackles in the Championship so far, 60 and 46 respectively.
  • City have lost just once in their last six home games in all competitions (W3 D2 L1)
  • A division-high 70% of the Latics' Championship goals this season have come from set-pieces.
  • There have been just two competitive meetings between the sides, in 2004/05, with the Foxes yet to beat the Latics or score against them (D1 L1).
  • Owen Coyle's side have been caught offside 27 time this season, a division-high.

Millwall v Derby County

  • Millwall have posted the worst shooting accuracy in this season's Championship, finding the target just 33% of the time.
  • Derby County have been at their most potent in the 15 minutes before half-time, scoring a joint-league-high three goals in this period.
  • There have been just two goals scored at the Den this season, a Championship low, with both of these coming in the second-half.
  • The Lions have the worst pass completion rate in the Championship, finding their intended target with a pass just 67% of the time.
  • The Rams have registered just two wins in their last eight games against Millwall (in all comps), losing two and drawing four.
  • County last recorded a win at the Den in December 1995, drawing three and losing five since (in all comps).

Nottingham Forest v Barnsley

  • Nottingham Forest have scored three times in the opening 15 minutes of Championship fixtures this season, a division-high total.
  • Barnsley have shipped 13 goals in the Championship this season, more than any other side.
  • Forest are one of two teams, the other being Blackpool, who have yet to concede the opening goal in a Championship game this season.
  • The last three meetings at the City Ground between the two have ended in draws.
  • Forest are unbeaten against the Tykes in the last five meetings (W1 D4).
  • Only Almen Abdi (18) has created more chances from open play than Forest's Andy Reid this season (13).

Queens Park Rangers v Birmingham City

  • Queens Park Rangers are the only Championship side yet to concede in the second half this season.
  • Birmingham City's Paul Robinson is the Championship's most booked player, being shown yellow four times so far this season.
  • Harry Redknapp's men have won all four of the games in which they've taken the lead this season.
  • Prior to losing to QPR the last time the two sides met in the league (0-1 October 2008), Birmingham had remained unbeaten against the Hoops for 14 games.
  • Charlie Austin has mustered the most shots this season without scoring (15).
  • QPR have scored just twice in the last six fixtures between the sides, winning one, drawing two and losing three.

Sheffield Wednesday v Yeovil Town

  • Sheffield Wednesday have dropped a league-high nine points from leading positions in the Championship this season.
  • Yeovil Town are the division's lowest scorers so far, with only one goal scored in total from their five games so far.
  • Only Blackburn Rovers have had more different goalscorers (7) than Wednesday this season (6).
  • The Somerset club have never won against the Owls, losing four of their six meetings (in all comps).
  • Wednesday have never failed to score against the Glovers in league competition, scoring nine times in four games.

Watford v Charlton Athletic

  • Watford have scored nine goals in the second half this season: a league-high haul.
  • Charlton Athletic have conceded five headed goals so far this season; more than any other Championship side.
  • Troy Deeney has scored five times in as many appearances for Watford this season.
  • Chris Powell's men have shipped five goals in the opening 30 minutes of Championship games this season, a divisional-high.
  • The Addicks have won just once in their last eight clashes with the Hornets (W1 D4 L3), although that victory did come last time out - 4-3 in January.
  • Almen Abdi has created the most goal-scoring chances so far season (21).

Reading v Brighton & Hove Albion

  • Reading have won just one of their last eight home league matches.
  • Only Watford boast a better pass completion rate (84.9%) than Brighton & Hove Albion (82.7%) this season.
  • The Royals have won their last six games against Brighton, keeping four clean sheets in the process.
  • Brighton have scored the opening goal in four of their five Championship games this season, but won only two of those four matches, losing the other two.
  • Reading had the best defence during their Championship promotion season in 2011/12, shipping just 41 goals.
  • Albion have mustered just one goal in their last five meetings with Reading.



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