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Rupert Wyman 23rd Feb 2009 - 17:04

FA Cup and Championship Opta Facts: 24-26 February

We continue to bring you the facts that help your betting in conjuction with Opta Sportsdata, Europe's leading sports performance data providers. The Champions league may be taking place this week but there is plenty of domestic action taking place including FA Cup fifth-round replays and Championship matches.

There are two live fifth-round replays for you to enjoy. On Wednesday Middlesbrough and West Ham will try and entertain you on ITV1, advert breaks permitting of course.

The following day Setanta Sports 1 gets in on the action as it is showing the all-Yorkshire replay between Hull City and Sheffield United.

Tuesday 19:45
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Tuesday 20:00 Crystal Palace v Birmingham
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Tuesday 20:00 Fulham v Swansea
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Wednesday 19:45 Cardiff v QPR
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Wednesday 20:10 Middlesbrough v West Ham
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Thursday 19:45 Hull v Sheffield United
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Cardiff v QPR

  • Cardiff City have kept clean sheets in their last four successive league home matches.
  • Cardiff have scored exactly two goals in 10 of their 14 home matches in the Championship so far this season.
  • City are unbeaten in their last 12 league matches - should they win this match, they will equal Welsh rivals Swansea's record run of 13 Championship matches without a defeat this season.
  • QPR are unbeaten in their last five league games away from Loftus Road.
  • Rangers have only conceded one goal in the first half of their last seven league matches away from home.
  • There has only been one draw in the last 12 meetings between the two clubs.

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Coventry v Blackburn

  • The Sky Blues are now unbeaten in their last seven meetings with Blackburn, and have managed four wins in this period.
  • Eight of the last eleven goals scored between these two sides have come in the second half.
  • The home side has only been able to win twice in the last nine meetings between the two sides.
  • Blackburn have scored five goals in their last five competitive matches.
  • Four of the last nine meetings between these two sides have resulted in a draw.
  • 28 goals have been scored in the last 10 games between these two sides.

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Crystal Palace v Birmingham

  • CrystalPalace have only been leading at half time in five of their 15 home league matches this season.
  • Palace have only managed to score once in their last three matches against City.
  • The Eagles have lost of their last six league matches, failing to score in four.
  • No Championship side has taken fewer points than Palace over their last six matches.
  • City have not won away from home in the Championship in their last three attempts, losing twice.
  • Alex McLeish's side have not been able to win any match in which their opponents have scored in their last 12 league fixtures.

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Fulham v Swansea

  • Swansea City have now only managed to win one of their last 12 competitive meetings with Fulham.
  • Three of their last five meetings in Swansea have ended in a 2-2 draw.
  • Fulham have scored exactly two goals in five of their last six meetings with Swansea away from home.
  • Fulham have only lost three of their last 18 competitive matches.
  • On 17 occasions in all competitions since 1934/35, the winning team has scored four goals or more.

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Hull City v Sheffield United

  • Hull have gone 13 games without a win against Sheffield United - their last win coming back in October 1983.
  • Before the 1-1 draw with United in the original tie, Hull City had managed to keep a clean sheet in all three of their FA Cup ties so far this season.
  • Sheffield United have only won one of their last six competitive matches, scoring just six goals in the process.
  • In their last seven meetings, Hull City and Sheffield United have drawn four times.
  • On nine occasions in all competitions since 1934/35, the winning team in this meeting has scored four goals or more.

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Middlesbrough v West Ham

  • Middlesbrough have lost to the eventual FA Cup finalists in the past four seasons.
  • Gareth Southgate's side have not beaten West Ham United in any of their last five attempts.
  • West Ham have been awarded, and scored, a penalty in both the third and fourth round of the FA Cup this season.
  • Middlesbrough have failed to score in five of their last seven competitive matches.
  • Middlesbrough have managed to win just two of their last 17 competitive matches - both of these victories have come in the FA Cup.

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