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Andrew Tibot 5th May 2015 - 9:35

Championship Playoff Semi-FInal First Leg Opta Facts

Brentford v Middlesbrough

Brentford lost both regular season meetings with Middlesbrough this season without scoring.

Grant Leadbitter opened the scoring in both league matches against Brentford this season.

The Bees haven't scored in any of their last six league matches against Middlesbrough (D1 L5).

Boro's last defeat to Brentford in any competition was in the FA Cup in January 1964. They last lost a league match to them in December 1938.

This will be Brentford's first appearance in the Championship playoffs. They have made the final of the third tier playoffs on three of their seven attempts, losing each time.

Middlesbrough have appeared in the second division playoffs twice, beating Chelsea in the final in 1988 and losing in the semi-finals to Notts County in 1991.

Alex Pritchard has scored in three of his last four for the Bees.

Aitor Karanka's side kept more clean sheets than any other Championship side this season (21).

Only Matt Ritchie (17) has recorded more assists in the Championship than Alan Judge (13).

Boro faced the fewest shots on target in the Championship this season (147).


Ipswich v Norwich

Ipswich have lost each of their last four derbies against Norwich, their worst ever run against their rivals.

Lewis Grabban netted in both regular season matches against the Tractor Boys this season.

Ipswich haven't kept a clean sheet in any of their last 10 home matches against Norwich.

The Canaries have scored 12 times in their last four games against Ipswich, averaging three per game.

Ipswich have won the Championship playoffs once (in 1999/2000). Their other six appearances have ended at the semi-final stage, last making the playoffs in 2004/05.

Norwich have been in the Championship playoffs once before, losing on penalties to Birmingham in the 2001/02 final.

Daryl Murphy has scored the opening goal more often than any other Championship player this season (11).

No midfielder has scored more goals in the Championship this season than Bradley Johnson (15, level with Bakary Sako and Matt Ritchie).

Freddie Sears has scored five times in his last four at Portman Road.

Only champions Bournemouth (573) had more shots in the Championship than Norwich this campaign (570).

Mick McCarthy's previous two playoff campaigns have ended at the semi-final stage, losing on penalties to Crystal Palace with Sunderland in 2003/04 and being beaten by West Bromwich Albion in 2006/07 with Wolves.


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