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Tom Stitfall 7th May 2014 - 17:45

Football League Play-Offs Opta Facts | 8-11 May


Sky Bet Championship Opta Facts May 8-9

Brighton v Derby

Brighton have failed to score just once in their last eight at home to Derby in all competitions, but have won just three of these games (D1 L4).

Derby won both league encounters with Brighton this season; winning 1-0 at home and 2-1 away.

Third placed teams in the Championship have won the play-offs in five of the last eight seasons, including Derby County in 2006/07.

Indeed, 36% of the teams that finished third in the Championship have won promotion via the play-offs; the highest proportion (since 1988/89).

This will be the fourth occasion that Brighton have reached the play-offs in the top four tiers, winning promotion once; in 2003/04 from the third tier.

The Seagulls failed to score in both of their Championship play-off fixtures against Crystal Palace last term, as they were knocked out at the semi-final stage.

The Rams have scored two or more goals in six of their eight play-off semi-final fixtures (W4 D1 L3), reaching the final on two occasions.

Brighton have kept a league-high 20 clean sheets, two more than what they recorded in 2012/13 (inc. play-offs).

Derby have salvaged 22 points from losing positions this season; a league-high.

Craig Bryson (Derby County) has scored 16 goals this season, four more than any other midfielder in the division.

Brighton head into this fixture unbeaten in their last eight matches in league competition, winning four (D4).

Derby have scored a league-high 84 goals this season, 29 more than Brighton (55).

Brighton and Derby have each scored 20 goals in the final 15 minutes this term; a joint-league-high.

Brighton won 17 points in 10 games against fellow top six sides in the Championship this season (W5 D2 L3).

Wigan V QPR

Wigan have won only one of their previous six league encounters with QPR on home soil, drawing four (L1).

QPR have gone five matches unbeaten against Wigan in league competition, keeping a clean sheet in both meetings with the Latics this season (W2 D3).

Only 16% of teams that finished in fourth place in the Championship have been promoted via the play-offs; the lowest proportion. In contrast, 28% of the sides that placed fifth have won the play-offs.

After going 11 league games unbeaten on home soil between December and April (W7 D4), Wigan have lost two of their last three there (W1).

The R's have gone eight games without keeping a clean sheet, conceding twice in four of those matches.

Charlie Austin has scored in three successive appearances for QPR. He is the club's top scorer this season with 17 league goals in 31 matches.

Indeed, only David Nugent (12) and Lewis Grabban (9) have scored more winning goals this season in the Championship than Austin (8).

Wigan have dropped a league-low six points from leading positions in 2013/14. However, all of those points were squandered in home matches.

No Championship side has conceded more goals from corners this season than Queens Park Rangers (11).

No player has created more chances for Wigan this season than Jordi Gomez (52).

Both QPR and Wigan won just nine points in matches against the fellow Championship top six sides this season; no team in the top six won fewer.

Only Brighton and Derby (20) have scored more goals in the final 15 minutes of matches this season than Wigan (19).

The Super Hoops have scored eight times in the 90th minute this term; a league-high.

League One Opta Facts - May 10

Peterborough V Leyton Orient

The Posh have scored in each of their last seven home league encounters against Leyton Orient, losing just once (W4 D2).

David Mooney has scored three goals in two appearances against Peterborough this season, including a brace at London Road in November 2013 (1-3).

32% of the teams that finished third in League One have won promotion via the play-offs, the highest proportion.

Peterborough have taken part in the Football League play-offs on three occasions, winning promotion each time (1992, 2000, 2011).

Leyton Orient have never won a semi-final away leg in the play-offs (D1 L2), failing to score in each match though they progressed to the final each time.

Britt Assombalonga has scored four goals in his last four matches at London Road.

Kevin Lisbie has netted four goals in his last three appearances for the O's.

Leyton Orient have recovered 15 points from losing positions on the road this season, more than any other League One side.

Peterborough have won four of their last five at home in league competition (D1), keeping four clean sheets in the process.

No side has scored more goals on the road in League One this season than Leyton Orient (42).

Preston V Rotherham

Preston have gone four matches unbeaten against the Millers in league competition, winning twice (D2).

Rotherham have won only once in their last seven league trips to Deepdale, losing four times (D2).

The team that finished in fourth place in League One has won the play-offs in each of the last three seasons.

The fifth placed side in League One hasn't won promotion via the play-offs since 2005/06.

The Lilywhites have won their last five league matches at Deepdale, scoring 18 goals in the process. Indeed, it's their longest winning run of the season.

Despite reaching the play-offs in eight separate seasons, Preston have never won promotion, losing in the final on three occasions.

Rotherham have kept four clean sheets in their last five play-off matches, though they conceded three in the 2010 League Two final against Dagenham and Redbridge.

Kieran Agard (Rotherham) has scored five goals in his last five away games.

Preston have scored a league-high 19 headed goals this season. Indeed, Joe Garner has bagged six of those for North End; only Port Vale's Tom Pope (7) has scored more this term.

Rotherham have salvaged 23 points from losing positions this season; a league-high.


The Millers have scored a league-high 17 goals in the opening 15 minutes this campaign, three more than any other team.

League Two Opta Facts - 10-11 May

York v Fleetwood

The home side has failed to score in five of the last six league matches between these two sides (inc. non-league).

Fleetwood have won both of their previous two visits to York in the Football League 2-0.

48% of the teams that finished fourth in League Two have won promotion via the play-offs, the highest proportion (current format).

The team that finished in seventh place in League Two has won the play-offs in three of the last four seasons.

The Minstermen have recovered a league-low two points from losing positions this season.

Fleetwood have conceded a joint-league-high 16 headed goals this term (level with Dagenham & Redbridge and Wimbledon).

York City have gone 17 games unbeaten (W11 D6); the longest current run in the division. Indeed, it is York's longest unbeaten run in the Football League since 1974 (21 games).

Only York (8) have scored more goals from the penalty spot this season than Fleetwood (7).

Burton v Southend

Only Rochdale (7) picked up fewer points against the top seven in League Two than Burton Albion (13).

Southend won both league encounters with Burton this season by a goal to nil.

The losing team in this fixture has failed to score in each of the last six clashes, with both sides winning three apiece.

Southend won 22 points against fellow sides in the top seven this season (W6 D4 L2); the most of any team in the top seven.

Burton have dropped just four points from winning positions at home this season; a joint-league-low with Oxford United and Dagenham and Redbridge.

Southend's Kevan Hurst has provided 13 assists this season; the most in League Two.

16% of the teams that finished sixth in League Two have won promotion via the play-offs, the joint-lowest proportion with fifth-placed sides.

Burton's top scorer Billy Kee has scored just once in his last eight league appearances.


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