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Rupert Wyman 23rd Aug 2010 - 10:28

League Cup Round Two Opta Facts

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Bradford v Preston

  • Bradford have lost just one of their last 10 matches at home to Preston.
  • City have lost just one of their last nine matches at home to sides from a higher division in the Carling Cup.
  • Preston have averaged 2.9 goals per game in their last seven Carling Cup matches against sides from lower divisions.

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Brentford v Hull

  • Hull's last match in the 2004/05 season was at Brentford. They lost 2-1 but still went on to achieve promotion to the Championship.
  • The only previous League Cup meeting saw Brentford beat Hull 3-0 at this stage at home in 1968.
  • The Tigers have reached the third round of the Carling Cup in three of the last four seasons.
  • The 2-1 win over Cheltenham ended a run of 11 matches without a win for the Bees in the Carling Cup.
  • Brentford have lost their last six Carling Cup matches against Championship sides, failing to score a single goal.

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Crewe v Ipswich

  • This will be the fourth League Cup meeting between the sides, previously each side has won one and the other was a draw.
  • Crewe have won three of their last four matches against Championship opposition in the Carling Cup.
  • Both sides have found the net in the Tractor Boys' last eight Carling Cup games.
  • Only once in the last seven seasons have Ipswich reached the third round of the Carling Cup.

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Hartlepool v Wigan

  • Wigan are unbeaten in their last nine meetings with Hartlepool.
  • Wigan have lost five of their last six matches away from home in this competition, three times against lower league opponents.
  • The Latics have kept only one clean sheet in their last eight League Cup matches.
  • United have scored in all but one of their last 17 Carling Cup games.
  • Pools have only won one of their 17 League Cup games against sides from the top tier.

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Leeds United v Leicester

  • Leicester are unbeaten in their last five meetings with United.
  • However their last League Cup meeting ended in a 6-0 rout for Leeds at Leicester.
  • Leeds have reached the third round in 11 of the last 12 seasons.
  • The Foxes have scored in their last 17 Carling Cup matches.

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Leyton Orient v West Bromwich Albion

  • The last meeting between the sides was in the League Cup, as the Baggies beat Orient 3-0 at Brisbane Road in 2006.
  • Orient last reached the third round back in 1990.
  • In 17 attempts, Leyton Orient have never beaten top flight opponents in the Carling Cup.
  • The Baggies have won seven of their last eight League Cup games against lower league opposition.

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MK Dons v Blackpool

  • Blackpool won the last meeting with MK Dons 2-0 at the National Hockey Stadium in the FA Cup in 2006.
  • The Dons' only previous encounter with a top-flight club in the Carling Cup saw them lose 5-0 at home to Spurs in 2006.
  • MK Dons have shipped at least three goals in five of their nine matches at home in the Carling Cup.
  • The Seasiders have kept only one clean sheet in their last 22 matches away from home in the competition.

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Millwall v Middlesbrough

  • Boro are unbeaten in their last four meetings with Millwall.
  • However they have won none of their last seven meetings with them at the (New) Den.
  • Millwall won the only League Cup meeting between the sides 3-1 at home after a 0-0 draw at Boro.
  • The Lions haven't reached the third round of the tournament since 2005.
  • Boro have lost their last four matches against opponents from the same division in the Carling Cup.

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Morecambe v Burnley

  • This will be the first meeting between the sides.
  • All six of Morecambe's League Cup games have seen them drawn against Championship teams.
  • Of these, they have won three and lost three.
  • The Clarets have scored in their last nine League Cup outings.

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Peterborough v Cardiff

  • The Posh are unbeaten in nine games at home to Cardiff.
  • Peterborough have only won one of their last 16 League Cup games against sides from a higher division.
  • Cardiff have conceded exactly one goal in their last seven Carling Cup outings.
  • The Bluebirds have reached the third round of the competition in five of the last six editions.

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Portsmouth v Crystal Palace

  • Pompey are unbeaten in six against the Eagles, winning four.
  • However Palace are unbeaten in their four League Cup meetings, winning twice.
  • Portsmouth have only failed to score in one of their last 13 Carling Cup matches at home.
  • Palace's 1-0 win over Yeovil in the first round ended a run of 13 matches away from home in the competition without a clean sheet.

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Scunthorpe v Sheffield Wednesday

  • The only previous League Cup meeting between the two teams ended in a 1-0 home win for the Iron in the 1974/75 season.
  • Scunthorpe are unbeaten in their last five matches at home to the Owls.
  • The Iron have kept only one clean sheet in their last 18 League Cup matches.
  • Wednesday have won only one of their last eight Carling Cup games against sides from the same division or higher.

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Southampton v Bolton

  • Six of the last nine meetngs between the sides have ended in a draw, with the Trotters winning the other three.
  • The last meeting between the sides in the League Cup saw Bolton win 1-0 at home in the quarter-final in 2003. They eventually went on to lose to Middlesbrough 2-1 in the final.
  • Southampton have won seven of their last eight League Cup games at St Mary's, averaging 2.9 goals per game.
  • Bolton have won six of their last seven games against lower league opponents in the Carling Cup.

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Stoke v Shrewsbury

  • The four League Cup meetings between the sides have produced one win each and two draws.
  • The Shrews have won three of their last four games against the Potters, though they have not met since 1992.
  • Stoke have won only one of their last four matches against sides from the fourth tier in the Carling Cup.

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Sunderland v Colchester

  • Both meetings between the sides to date have ended in 3-1 home wins.
  • The Black Cats have kept a clean sheet in four of their last seven matches at home in the Carling Cup.
  • United have won five of their 12 matches against top-flight opponents in the Carling Cup.

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Tranmere v Swansea

  • The Swans are unbeaten in six meetings with Tranmere.
  • Tranmere have not reached the third round of the League Cup since 2001.
  • Rovers have conceded only three goals in their last six Carling Cup games at home.
  • Swansea have won none of their last 13 matches away from home in the competition, drawing twice.

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Watford v Notts County

  • The last three meetings between the sides have come in the League Cup, with Watford winning two and County the other.
  • Three of the last five meetings at Vicarage Road have ended in a 3-1 win for the home side.
  • The Hornets are unbeaten in their last nine matches at home to non-Premier League opposition in the Carling Cup, drawing one and winning eight.
  • The Magpies have scored just two goals in their last six Carling Cup games.

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West Ham v Oxford Utd

  • The U's have won three of their last four games against the Hammers, though the most recent of these was in 1993.
  • The two League Cup meetings between the sides have been won by the team playing at home.
  • West Ham are unbeaten in their last 11 matches in the second round of the Carling Cup.
  • Oxford United have lost only two of their last eight meetings with top tier sides in the competition, drawing four.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Southend United

  • Wolves have won four of their last five meetings with the Shrimpers, drawing the other.
  • Wolves also won the only League Cup meeting between the side, 1-0 at home in the second round in 1968.
  • Wolves have been eliminated at this stage in two of the last three seasons, both times by a fourth-tier side (Morecambe in 2007 and Rotherham in 2008).
  • The Shrimpers have lost eight of their last nine matches in the Carling Cup against Premier League sides.
  • However in 2006 they famously knocked Man Utd out of the competition with a 1-0 4th round win.

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Blackburn v Norwich

  • Rovers are unbeaten in their last seven clashes with the Canaries, winning three.
  • The only League Cup meeting between the side ended in a 2-0 home win for Blackburn in 1992.
  • Rovers' last four Carling Cup matches have averaged six goals per game.
  • One side has hit four goals in Norwich's last three matches in the competition.
  • Blackburn have not been knocked out by a side from a lower league in 16 clashes since a 1-0 defeat to Stockport in 1996.

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Reading v Northampton

  • The Royals have won none of their last three matches at home to Northampton.
  • Reading have scored at least twice in all four League Cup meetings with the Cobblers.
  • The Royals have averaged 3.2 goals per game in their last five Carling Cup games at home.
  • Since 1998, the Cobblers have only reached the third round once.

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Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Accrington Stanley v Newcastle

  • This will be the first meeting between the two teams.
  • Accrington Stanley's three home League Cup matches to date have produced just five goals.
  • Not since the 1990/91 season have Newcastle failed to reach at least the third round of the League Cup.
  • The Magpies have shipped at least two goals in their last five Carling Cup matches.

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Everton v Huddersfield

  • Four of the last six meetings between the two sides have ended in a draw.
  • Everton have kept a clean sheet in six of their last eight matches against sides from a lower division in the Carling Cup.
  • Town have not reached the third round of the League Cup since 2003.
  • In 24 attempts, Huddersfield have only once beaten a top-flight side away from home in the League Cup: they defeated Chelsea 1-0 in 1999.

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Fulham v Port Vale

  • Fulham have won only one of their last six home games against the Vale, losing four.
  • The Cottagers have scored in their last 18 League Cup matches at home, averaging 2.6 goals per game.
  • However they have not kept a clean sheet in their last 11 at Craven Cottage, conceding at least twice in 10 of these.
  • Port Vale have won just one of their 18 League Cup games against top flight opposition: 2-1 vs Notts County in 1991.

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Thursday, 26 August 2010

Birmingham v Rochdale

  • This will be the first meeting between the sides.
  • City have won seven of their last eight League Cup games against sides from a lower division, drawing the other.
  • Birmingham have won their opening Carling Cup game of the season in each of the last six campaigns.
  • Rochdale reached the final in the 1961/62 season (the second-ever edition of the League Cup). Since then they have never even reached the third round of the competition.

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