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Rich 21st Mar 2013 - 21:00

League One Opta Facts - March 23-24th

Sheff Utd v Brentford

  • The Blades have only lost one of their last seven league games against Brentford (W4 D2), but that came in the reverse fixture at Griffin Park back in November.
  • The three clashes between Sheff Utd and Brenford since the start of last season, which are the only league clashes since the 1988/89 campaign, have all finished 2-0 (two in favour of the Blades, one in favour of the Bees).
  • Uwe Rosler's side have not netted in the first-half on any of their last five league games, though they have won their last two.
  • After a run of six consecutive clean sheets in the Football League, the Blades conceded four last time out at Stevenage.

Bournemouth v Bury

  • Bury have won their last two trips to Dean Court in the Football League (both 2-1) after winning the same number in their first 18 trips to the home of the Cherries combined.
  • Bournemouth have only once failed to score in a home league game against Bury (20 games) and that was in a 0-3 defeat back in November 1960.
  • Brett Pitman has scored five of Bournemouth's last six league goals.
  • Bury have lost six of their last eight league games, winning the other two.

Carlisle v Yeovil

  • Only one of the previous 15 Football League meetings between Carlisle and Yeovil has ended in a draw.
  • Carlisle forward Mark Beck scored his first and so far only brace in the reverse fixture between the Cumbrians and the Glovers.
  • Carlisle have only kept one clean sheet in their last nine league games, but that was in a 2-0 home win over Brentford in their last game at Brunton Park.
  • No League One player has scored more goals in 2013 than Yeovil's Paddy Madden (12).
  • The Glovers have found the net at least once in 10 of their 13 league games this calendar year, and Madden has been on the scoresheet in nine of those games.

Colchester v MK Dons

  • The Dons have won their last four successive league games against Colchester, scoring five goals in two of those games (14 in total).
  • Only once in their history have MK Dons won five successive games against the same opponent; their current run of five successive wins against Tranmere.
  • The Dons have only won two of their last 13 league games, but those victories have come in their last five games (D1 L2).
  • Karl Robinson's side are without a win in seven on the road, however.

Crawley v Crewe

  • Crawley have never beaten Crewe in the Football League, drawing twice against them last season and losing 0-2 at Gresty Road in the reverse fixture this season.
  • Crawley have drawn their last four successive league games, with the last two finishing 2-2.
  • Indeed, the Red Devils' run of five games without defeat (1W 4D) is their longest of the campaign.
  • Mathias Pogba has netted four goals in his last four league appearances for the Railwaymen.

Hartlepool v Walsall

  • The last three league meetings between Hartlepool and Walsall, including the reverse fixture this season, have all ended level.
  • The Saddlers have only won once in their last seven trips to face Pool in the North East (D3 L3).
  • Hartlepool have gone 450 minutes of league football without a goal.
  • Walsall hitman Will Grigg has scored nine goals in his last seven league games, with five of those goals coming from the penalty spot.
  • Indeed, in the 2013, Grigg has scored more goals (12) than two League One teams have managed in total (Portsmouth 11, Bury 10).

Portsmouth v Coventry

  • Coventry have only won one of their last five trips to Fratton Park in the league, drawing two and losing two.
  • Gary McSheffrey has scored in three of the last four meetings between Pompey and the Sky Blues, though he has not found the net in the league since his goal in the reverse fixture back in November.
  • Only one of the Sky Blues' last seven games has seen less than two goals scored.
  • David Connolly has scored four goals in his last five appearances for Pompey.

Preston v Leyton Orient

  • Orient have won their last three league games against Preston, scoring exactly twice in each game.
  • None of the last 12 meetings between the sides in Lancashire have ended in draws; the teams last shared the spoils at Deepdale in November 1979.
  • Leyton Orient are unbeaten in six league games, winning four and drawing two.
  • Kevin Lisbie has scored in four of his last five appearances for the O's.
  • Will Hayhurst has scored three goals in his last four appearances for North End.

Scunthorpe v Doncaster

  • Doncaster have won four consecutive league games against the Iron, scoring 14 goals in total and conceding just four.
  • Indeed, the South Yorkshire side have only failed to score twice in their last 34 league meetings with Scunthorpe (66 goals in total).
  • Rovers have only lost one of their last 11 trips to Glanford Park in the Football League, winning six and drawing four.
  • League leaders Doncaster have lost only one of their last eight league games, winning three and drawing four.

Shrewsbury v Oldham

  • Oldham are without a win in five against Shrewsbury in the league, drawing two and losing three.
  • The Latics have found the net on just one of their last seven league trips to Shrewsbury, though they did score three times on that occasion.
  • Oldham have only drawn one of their last 23 league games (W7 L15).
  • Shrewsbury have only kept one clean sheet in their last nine league games.

Swindon v Notts County

  • Swindon have scored in each of their 25 home league meetings with the Magpies, averaging just over 2 goals per game in these clashes.
  • Despite that, the Robins are without a win in five against County (D2 L3).
  • The Magpies have only managed to score more than one goal in one of their last 11 league games, when they netted four against Bury back in February.
  • Swindon have only managed three points from the last 12 on offer at the County Ground.

Tranmere v Stevenage

  • Tranmere and Stevenage have met just three times before in the Football League and have a perfectly even record; one win each and one game drawn.
  • Stevenage's Dani Lopez is the only player to have netted a hat-trick for two different teams (Barnet is the other side) in the Premier League/Football League this season.
  • None of the last 19 league games involving Stevenage have ended in draws.
  • Rovers have failed to find the net in three of their last four league games.




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