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Stuart Dalgleish 10th Aug 2015 - 8:20

League Cup Opta Facts - First Round

 

Accrington v Hull

  • This will be the first competitive meeting between these two sides since February 1959.
  • Hull have lost just two of their previous 25 competitive meetings with Accrington Stanley.
  • Accrington have been knocked out of the League Cup at the first round stage in three of the last four seasons.
  • Hull have lost four of their last eight League Cup ties against lower league opposition.

 

 

Blackburn v Shrewsbury

  • These two sides last met in a League Cup tie back in 1993, with Blackburn prevailing 4-3 on aggregate after two legs.
  • Shrewsbury have kept a clean sheet on their last two competitive trips to Blackburn.
  • Blackburn have been knocked out of the League Cup in each of their last four ties in the competition (three defeats, one penalty shootout loss).
  • Shrewsbury reached round four of the League Cup last season; the furthest they have progressed in the competition since 1986-87.

 

 

Bolton v Burton Albion

  • This will be the first ever competitive meeting between Bolton and Burton Albion.
  • Burton have knocked out opposition from a higher tier in the first round of the League Cup in each of the last three seasons.
  • Bolton have both scored and conceded in their last seven matches in the League Cup.
  • Burton Albion have scored in all but one of their 11 previous League Cup matches.

 

 

Brentford v Oxford United

  • Brentford are unbeaten in their last seven competitive meetings with Oxford United (W5 D2).
  • Oxford's last win at Brentford came in December 1994 - since then, they're winless in seven trips there (D1 L6).
  • Brentford drew 6-6 with Dag & Red in Round 1 of the League Cup last season; the joint-highest scoring League Cup game of all-time (12 goals).
  • Oxford have failed to score in six of their last 10 League Cup matches.

 

 

Bristol Rovers v Birmingham

  • Bristol Rovers have not won any of their last six home games against Birmingham City (D3 L3).
  • Birmingham enjoyed a domestic cup victory over Bristol Rovers last year (Jan 2014), with a 3-0 FA Cup success.
  • Rovers have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last 17 League Cup ties.
  • The last 16 League Cup games involving Birmingham City have seen 66 goals scored, over four per game on average.

 

 

Cardiff v AFC Wimbledon

  • This will be the first ever competitive meeting between Cardiff City and AFC Wimbledon.
  • AFC Wimbledon have been knocked out of the League Cup at the first round stage against higher-league opposition in each of the last three seasons.
  • Cardiff have only been eliminated in three of their 22 League Cup ties against lower-league opposition since 2002-03.
  • The Welsh side have progressed in 11 of their last 12 League Cup ties at home, with their only home defeat coming last season versus Bournemouth.

 

 

Carlisle v Chesterfield

  • Just one of the last six meetings between these two sides has been won by the side playing away from home.
  • Chesterfield have lost eight successive League Cup first round matches.
  • This is the seventh successive League Cup tie that Carlisle have been drawn to play at home.
  • Chesterfield have conceded at least two goals in each of their last nine League Cup ties.

 

 

Charlton v Dagenham & Redbridge

  • Charlton have lost just one of their previous five meetings with Dag & Red, but this came in their last match against them in March 2011.
  • Dag & Red drew 6-6 with Brentford in Round 1 of the League Cup last season; the joint-highest scoring League Cup game of all-time (12 goals).
  • Charlton won at home in Round 1 of the League Cup in both 2013-14 and 2014-15 by a 4-0 scoreline.
  • Dagenham & Redbridge have never won a League Cup tie, losing the first seven outright and exiting the competition on penalties last season in Round 1.

 

 

Colchester v Reading

  • Colchester have won six and drawn one of their last seven home meetings with Reading.
  • Reading have won seven of their last eight League Cup ties in Round 1.
  • The Royals won both League Cup ties against lower-league opposition last season (versus Newport and Scunthorpe).
  • Colchester United have been eliminated at the first round stage of the League Cup in each of their last four seasons.

 

 

Crewe v Preston

  • Crewe have won four and lost just one of their last six games with Preston (W4 D1 L1).
  • Preston enjoyed a 5-1 victory over Crewe in their last meeting (March 2015); their biggest win over them since 1991.
  • Crewe Alex have alternated between a win and a defeat in their last six League Cup games at home - if this sequence was to continue, they'd seal victory in this match.
  • Preston have won their last seven League Cup ties in Round 1 of the competition.

 

 

Fleetwood v Hartlepool

  • Fleetwood have won their last two competitive meetings with Hartlepool without conceding.
  • Hartlepool won the only previous domestic cup match between these two sides, prevailing 3-2 in an FA Cup tie back in November 2008.
  • Fleetwood are yet to win a League Cup match, having lost all three so far.
  • Hartlepool have exited the League Cup at the first round stage in each of the last four seasons.

 

 

Huddersfield v Notts County

  • Huddersfield have won three and lost none of their last four meetings with Notts County (W3 D1).
  • Notts County have been eliminated in each of their last four League Cup ties against higher-league opposition.
  • The Terriers have won six of their last seven League Cup ties at the first round stage.
  • County have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 League Cup fixtures.
  • Huddersfield have won three of their last four home League Cup matches, though they lost the most recent one to County's city rivals Nottm Forest.
  • The Magpies are winless in four League Cup games away from home (D1 L3).

 

 

Ipswich v Stevenage

  • This is only the second-ever competitive meeting between these two clubs.
  • Stevenage prevailed 2-0 in the only previous game against Ipswich; a League Cup tie in August 2013 (2-0).
  • In fact, Ipswich Town have lost their last three League Cup matches, all against lower league opposition.
  • Stevenage have lost five of their previous six League Cup matches against sides from a higher league tier.

 

 

Luton v Bristol City

  • Luton have won their last three meetings with Bristol City and are unbeaten in their last six against them.
  • Bristol City have lost four of their last five League Cup Round 1 ties.
  • The Hatters exited the League Cup at the first round stage last season versus Swindon Town - their first participation in the competition since Aug 2008.
  • City have alternated between a defeat and a win in their last nine League Cup away games - if this sequence was to continue, they'd win this match.

 

 

Millwall v Barnet

  • There has only been one previous competitive meeting between these two sides and Barnet prevailed 2-0 in the Football League Trophy tie back in September 2009.
  • Barnet have lost seven of their last eight League Cup matches.
  • Millwall have been eliminated in just one of their last 10 League Cup ties against lower-league opposition (Aug 2012 v Crawley in Round 1).
  • The Bees have netted just four times in their last six League Cup ties.

 

 

MK Dons v Leyton Orient

  • MK Dons enjoyed a 6-1 win over Orient in their last meeting (April 2015) - the biggest margin of victory this fixture has ever seen.
  • Leyton Orient have progressed past the first round in each of their last six attempts in the League Cup.
  • MK Dons have progressed to Round 2 in each of the last five seasons of the League Cup.
  • Milton Keynes Dons played all four of their League Cup games in 2014-15 at home, a trend that has continued in the first round this season.

 

 

Morecambe v Sheffield United

  • Morecambe suffered a 0-5 defeat to Sheffield United in the League Cup back in September 2007 - this is their only previous encounter.
  • Sheffield United knocked out Premier League sides West Ham and Southampton on their way to the League Cup semi finals in 2014-15.
  • Morecambe have failed to score in three of their last four League Cup matches.
  • Sheffield United have exited the League Cup at the first round stage against lower league opposition on four occasions since 2009-10.

 

 

Northampton v Blackpool

  • Northampton are without a win in their last four games against Blackpool, losing three and drawing one.
  • Blackpool have failed to score in three of their last four League Cup matches.
  • Northampton have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last 10 League Cup fixtures.
  • The Seasiders have been eliminated in each of their last six League Cup ties; the last five of which have come against lower-league opposition.

 

 

Nottingham Forest v Walsall

  • The last four meetings between these two sides at the City Ground have ended in score draws, with three of them finishing 1-1.
  • Walsall are unbeaten in their last 11 meetings with Nottingham Forest (W7 D4).
  • Nottingham Forest have progressed in their last four League Cup Round 1 ties.
  • The Saddlers have kept a clean sheet in just one of their last 12 League Cup games.

 

 

Oldham v Middlesbrough

  • This is a repeat of the 2014-15 first round, a game that Middlesbrough won 3-0 away at Oldham.
  • Before their win at Oldham last season, Boro had lost nine successive away trips to the Latics.
  • Oldham have been eliminated at the first round stage of the League Cup in each of the last six seasons - the last four of which have all come at home.
  • Boro have only failed to score in one of their last 17 League Cup matches.

 

 

Peterborough v Crawley

  • Peterborough won their two competitive meetings with Crawley last season, netting exactly four goals in both games.
  • Crawley have scored the opening goal of the game in each of their four previous meetings with the Posh.
  • Conor Washington scored a brace in both games against Crawley Town in 2014-15.
  • Crawley have lost three and drawn one of their previous four League Cup away games.

 

 

Plymouth v Gillingham

  • Plymouth have won just one of their last seven League Cup first round ties (v Portsmouth in Aug 2012).
  • Gillingham are unbeaten in six games against Plymouth (W5 D1).
  • Plymouth have kept a clean sheet in just two of their last 26 League Cup matches.
  • The Gills have failed to find the net in four of their last six League Cup games.

 

 

Port Vale v Burnley

  • Port Vale have won just one of their last six games against Burnley (W1 D1 L4).
  • Burnley have won their last two domestic cup games versus Port Vale - a 2012-13 League Cup tie and in the 2010-11 FA Cup.
  • Port Vale have progressed in just one of their last four League Cup first round ties, but this came last season against Hartlepool.
  • Burnley have progressed in each of their last five League Cup R1 ties, including a victory over Port Vale in 2012 (3-1).

 

 

Rochdale v Coventry

  • Rochdale have won three and lost none of their last four meetings with Coventry (D1).
  • None of the previous eight competitive games between these two sides have been won by the team playing away from home.
  • Rochdale have suffered a defeat at the Round 1 stage of the League Cup in each of the last three seasons.
  • The Sky Blues have been knocked out of the League Cup at the first round stage in five of the last six seasons.

 

 

Rotherham v Cambridge

  • The last three meetings between these two sides have seen 15 goals scored in total.
  • The team playing away have lost eight of the last nine meetings between these two clubs (one draw).
  • The Millers have progressed to the next round in five of their last six League Cup ties at home (four wins, one penalty shootout).
  • Cambridge have not got past Round 1 of the League Cup since 2002-03, losing their three ties at this stage of the competition since.

 

 

Scunthorpe v Barnsley

  • It took penalties to separate these two sides in their 2013-14 League Cup tie; a game that Barnsley won on spot-kicks after a 0-0 draw.
  • Both encounters between these two clubs last season ended with an away win.
  • There have been just two goals scored in the last three League Cup games involving Scunthorpe United.
  • Barnsley have won three of their last four League Cup games away from home.

 

 

Sheffield Wednesday v Mansfield

  • This will be the first competitive meeting between these two clubs since January 1991.
  • Mansfield have been knocked out by Sheffield Wednesday on all three occasions that they've met in a domestic cup tie (FA Cup on every occasion).
  • The Owls have progressed to the next round in their last five League Cup ties at home.
  • This is the fourth successive League Cup tie that Mansfield have played away from home - they have lost the previous three.

 

 

Southend v Brighton

  • Southend defeated Brighton 3-2 in their last League Cup meeting (2006-07), with four of the five goals in the game being scored in the final four minutes.
  • The team playing away from home has won the last four competitive encounters between Southend and Brighton.
  • Southend have been eliminated from the League Cup at the first round stage in each of the last four seasons.
  • Brighton reached Round 4 of the League Cup last season - the furthest that they have progressed in the competition since 1979-80.

 

 

Swindon v Exeter

  • Swindon have lost just one of their last 17 competitive games against Exeter (W9 D7 L1).
  • Just one of the last 10 competitive meetings between Swindon and Exeter have been won by the team playing at home.
  • Swindon have won just three of their last 16 League Cup matches at home since 1999-00 (excl. shootouts).
  • Exeter have won just one of their last nine League Cup Round 1 ties; this coming back in 2011-12.
  • This will be Exeter's first League Cup away game since September 2002, with their last eight ties all being at home.

 

 

Wigan v Bury

  • Wigan have won two and drawn one of their last three home games against Bury.
  • The last five games between these two sides in all competitions have seen just seven goals scored.
  • Wigan have progressed to the next round in eight of their last 10 League Cup ties at home.
  • Bury have progressed to the second round of the League Cup in just two of their last eight seasons.

 

 

Wolves v Newport

  • This will be the first competitive meeting between these sides since April 1988.
  • Neither side has failed to score in the four previous clashes between the two, with each side winning two apiece.
  • Wolves have been knocked out of the League Cup at the first round stage by a League Two side in the last two seasons (Morecambe in 2013-14, Northampton in 2014-15).
  • Newport have conceded in every one of their last nine League Cup games, at an average of 2.8 goals per game.

 

 

Wycombe v Fulham

  • The last competitive meeting between these two sides came in a League Cup tie back in September 2006; a game that Wycombe won 2-1 away.
  • This is the first time that Fulham have played in the first round of the League Cup since 2000-01.
  • Wycombe have lost seven of their last eight League Cup R1 ties; with their only progression in this timespan coming in 2011-12 versus Colchester.
  • The last six League Cup games involving Fulham have witnessed 25 goals (4.2 per game).

 

 

Yeovil v QPR

  • Yeovil have won just one of their previous four competitive matches against Queens Park Rangers.
  • QPR have kept a clean sheet in three of their previous four games against Yeovil, including their most recent two meetings in the 2013-14 season.
  • Yeovil have won just one of their last eight League Cup home games (excl. pens).
  • QPR have lost three of their last seven League Cup R1 ties - all against lower-league opposition.

 

 

York v Bradford

  • York have failed to find the net in seven of their last 12 games against the Bantams.
  • Bradford City have not lost any of their last 15 competitive meetings with York City (W7 D8)
  • York City have lost their last 10 League Cup ties - they have not progressed through a tie in the competition since a R1 tie in 1997-98.
  • Bradford remain one of only two fourth-tier league sides to have reached a League Cup final (2012-13, alongside Rochdale in 1961-62).

 

 

Portsmouth v Derby

  • Pompey have lost only one of their last five meetings at home against Derby in all comps (W2 D2 L1).
  • Derby County have won three and lost none (D1) of their last four meetings with Portsmouth.
  • Portsmouth have scored just one goal in their last five League Cup matches.
  • Derby County have lost four of their last six League Cup R1 ties, with all four losses coming versus lower-league opposition.

 

 

Doncaster v Leeds

  • The is the third time in five seasons that Doncaster have hosted Leeds in a League Cup tie - the previous two have both been won by the Whites.
  • The side playing away from home have won five of the last six encounters between these two sides, including each of the last three.
  • Doncaster have only failed to score in one of their last 13 League Cup matches.
  • Leeds have won all 12 of their previous first round ties in the history of the League Cup.

 

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