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Andrew Tibot 15th Sep 2015 - 12:22

Championship Opta Facts - September 15-16

Birmingham v Nottingham Forest

David Cotterill scored the first goal in both meetings between these sides last season, which both ended in Birmingham wins.

Forest won six consecutive trips to St. Andrew's between 1983 and 2001 but have since won just one of six in the Football League (D2 L3).

Birmingham have netted 11 of their 45 shots at goal this season, meaning that they have a league-high shot conversion rate of 24.4%.

The Blues have averaged the lowest possession figure in the Championship this season (39.7%).


Brighton v Rotherham

There have been just six goals scored in the last six clashes between these sides, with neither side netting more than once in a game in this run.

Rotherham are winless in six away to Brighton in the league (D3 L3) and have not won there in the second tier since February 1962.

Rotherham have the leakiest defence in the Championship so far this season, conceding 14 goals.

Brighton have been given a league-high 19 yellow cards in the Championship this season.

Brighton are already four points clear at the top of the Championship, this after winning two more games than any other side (5).


Burnley v MK Dons

This is the first league meeting between these sides with both previous cup games finishing 2-1 to Burnley.

The Dons scored first on their only previous trip to Turf Moor (2011/12 League Cup) but lost the game to an 89th minute Andre Bikey winner.

Five of Burnley's nine Championship goals this season have come via headers (56%).

After scoring four in their opening game of the league season, MK Dons have scored just one goal in their five games since, including none in their last three.


Cardiff v Hull

The Bluebirds have won only one of their last six against the Tigers in the league (D2 L3).

Hull's 4-0 victory in their last visit to the Cardiff City Stadium in February 2014 remains their biggest ever top-flight away win.

Joe Mason has scored three goals in his last four appearances for Cardiff City.

Hull's 0-1 defeat to Brighton on Saturday saw them concede a first half goal for the first time in their eight competitive matches this season.


Charlton v Huddersfield

Charlton are unbeaten in four league games against the Terriers at The Valley (W2 D2, three clean sheets).

This will be the 10th clash between these sides in all competitions over the last four seasons (three wins apiece so far, with three draws).

Charlton have won just one of their last five league games (W1 D3 L1).

Huddersfield have won just three points from six league games this season (D3 L3) and are one of only three teams yet to win a game in the Championship in 2015-16.


Leeds v Ipswich

Leeds are unbeaten in six against Ipswich at Elland Road, winning three and drawing three.

David McGoldrick has scored five goals in his last four league games against Leeds.

Ipswich Town have completed just 60.8% of their passes this season in the Championship; a league-low.

Leeds are the 2015-16 draw specialists so far this season, drawing a league-high five of their six Championship games.


Middlesbrough v Brentford

Boro won all four league meetings with Brentford last season, including both play-off semi-final legs.

Brenford have not beaten Middlesbrough in the league since December 1938.

Brentford have averaged 62% possession in the Championship this season; more than any other side.

Middlesbrough have completed 80.5% of their passes in the Championship so far in 2015-16; a higher ratio than any other side.


Preston v Bristol City

Preston are unbeaten in four against the Robins (W2 D2), scoring exactly once in each game.

Bristol City have only managed one clean sheet in their last 10 against Preston in the league.

Last season's League One top goalscorer Joe Garner (26 goals) has failed to score in any of his six Championship apps for Preston so far this season.

Jonathan Kodjia has netted four goals in his last five appearances for Bristol City.


Bolton v Sheff Wed

Bolton have won six and lost just one of their last nine league meetings with the Owls (D2 L1).

The Owls are unbeaten in three at the Macron Stadium, however, drawing two and winning one.

Bolton are the only side in the Championship so far this season to have received more than one red card (2).

Sheffield Wednesday have scored in all six of their league games this season, but they have picked up only two points in their last five games (D2 L3).


Reading v Derby

These sides met four times in all competitions last season, with Derby winning the first two (league and League Cup) but Reading winning the final two (league and FA Cup).

Derby's 3-0 win in Berkshire last season was their first away win at Reading since 2005 (D2 L5 in-between).

Reading have attempted the most shots overall (78, excl. blocked) and the most on target (36) in the Championship so far this season.

Derby have completed a league-high 2496 passes in the Championship so far in 2015-16.

Reading have only allowed their opponents 10 shots on target so far this season, but they have conceded five goals.


QPR v Blackburn

The R's have only won one of their last 13 league meetings with Blackburn, drawing five and losing seven.

Rovers have kept four clean sheets in their last six at Loftus Road in the league, conceding just twice in total in this run (W3 D3).

QPR have committed more fouls than any other side in the Championship this season (85).

Jordan Rhodes scored his first goal of the season in his fourth appearance of 2015-16 v Blackburn on Sunday - in 2014-15 it took him four apps to score his first goal and he went on to net 21 in all comps overall.



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