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Andrew Tibot 19th May 2015 - 8:34

Championship Play-Off Final Opta Facts - May 25


Middlesbrough v Norwich

Middlesbrough were promoted in their only previous second tier final appearance (over two legs) back in 1988 v Chelsea.


Norwich will play in the second tier play-off final for the first time since 2002, where they lost to Birmingham on penalties.


Since the current play-off format was introduced in 1988/89, the team finishing third in the second tier has been promoted most often (nine times), while the team finish fourth has been promoted on the joint-fewest occasions (five times).


However, last season, the team finishing fourth was promoted via the play-offs for the first time since 1997/98.


The side finishing in third place has won promotion via the play-offs in five of the last nine seasons.


Middlesbrough won both games against Norwich this season, scoring five and conceding none.


Norwich City have won only one of their last 12 matches against Middlesbrough in all competitions (D5 L6).


Middlesbrough (22) have kept more clean sheets than any other Championship team this season (incl. play-offs).


Nathan Redmond has been involved in seven goals in his last six games for the Canaries (two goals, five assists).


No Championship midfielder has scored more goals this campaign than Bradley Johnson (15) - level with Matt Ritchie and Bakary Sako.


Middlesbrough captain Grant Leadbitter has had a hand in more goals this season than any other player at the club (21 - 11 goals, 10 assists). However, Leadbitter hasn't found the back of the net since January 31 vs Brentford.


Aitor Karanka's charges have won five of their last seven games, losing just once in this run.


The Canaries' only defeat in their last 13 matches came against Middlesbrough (W8 D4).


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