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Nic Ladds 7th May 2009 - 17:09

Championship Opta Match Facts: 8-9 May

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Championship Opta Facts – 8-9 May

8 May

Preston North End v Sheffield United

  • The away side has managed just one win in the last 25 meetings between the two teams.
  • Only one goal was scored in the two encounters between United and Preston this season – Ugo Ehiogu’s in the Blades' 1-0 win at Bramall Lane earlier this season.
  • Kevin Blackwell’s side’s last five league matches saw just three goals – two 1-0 wins for the Blades and a 1-0 loss.
  • United conceded just one goal in their last five away games in the league.
  • No side took more points than Preston in their last six Championship matches (13).
  • Preston took more home points this season in the Championship than any other side – 51. However only Wolves (40) took more on the road than Sheffield United (38).
  • Seven of North End’s last eight goals in the league came in the second half.
  • If only matches played in 2009 had counted, United would have finished top of the Championship with 39 points – five points clear of next-placed Doncaster.

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9 May

Burnley v Reading

  • Reading have scored three goals in three of their last five meetings with the Clarets in all competitions.
  • Shane Long, who scored in Reading’s 3-1 win at the Madejski earlier this season, scored three goals in his last three league matches.
  • Burnley won their last five consecutive matches at home in the Championship, keeping a clean sheet in their last four.
  • By the end of the season, Owen Coyle’s side had scored in each of their last 17 league matches – no other side had scored in more than five in a row.
  • Reading were unbeaten in their last nine Championship matches on the road, keeping six clean sheets in this period.
  • Only Wolves (80) scored more goals in the Championship this season than Reading and Burnley (72 each).
  • However, only six teams conceded more goals in the competition this season than Burnley (60), the Royals conceded just 40.
  • Burnley are unbeaten in two play-off semi-final home matches.

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