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Rupert Wyman 10th May 2012 - 11:59

League One Opta Facts - playoff semi-final first leg

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Stevenage v Sheffield United

  • Stevenage are looking to become the first ever team to be promoted from non-league to the second-flight in three consecutive seasons.
  • The Hertfordshire side are unbeaten in 11 home league games, only Tranmere (12) ended the campaign with a longer unbeaten run on their own patch.
  • Stevenage have won three and drawn one of four previous meetings with the two Sheffield clubs (all this season), and dented the Blades' automatic promotion hopes by picking up a 2-2 draw at Bramall Lane two weeks ago.
  • Sheffield United are one of five teams to have made three play-off finals but lost them all, and have never been promoted via the play-offs.
  • Despite that, the Blades have made it past through the semi-finals on three of their four attempts (current format since 1989 only), beating Ipswich in 1997, Forest in 2003 and Preston in 2009 (all Championship).
  • Stevenage have only been in the Football League play-offs once before, winning promotion from League Two last season.
  • Gary Smith's side won all three play-off games last season without conceding a single goal.
  • The Blades were four points clear of Sheffield Wednesday in the second automatic promotion slot with three games to play, but took two points from the last nine available and finished third.
  • The team finishing third has the highest win percentage in third-tier play-offs, winning eight of 23 (35%) since 1989, including three of the last five.
  • The team finishing sixth has only won two of the last 14 third-tier play-off competitions, with the most recent being Scunthorpe in 2009.
  • The Blades were the top scorers in League One in 2011/12, scoring 92 goals.

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Milton Keynes Dons v Huddersfield Town

  • MK Dons have lost three of their last five home league games, winning the other two.
  • Huddersfield, meanwhile, have only won two of their last 10 away games (D5 L3).
  • Both league meetings between MK Dons and Huddersfield this season ended 1-1.
  • The Terriers are unbeaten in five trips to the home of the Dons, winning two and drawing three.
  • 23 of Jordan Rhodes' 36 league goals so far this season have come away from home.
  • The Huddersfield star finished the regular League One season 10 goals ahead of anyone in terms of away goals (Ched Evans, Bradley Wright-Phillips 13).
  • Huddersfield are making their seventh appearance in the third-tier play-offs. So far, they have been promoted just once (1995), losing in the semi-finals four times.
  • The Terriers are appearing in the League One play-offs for the third successive campaign, they lost to Millwall in the semi-finals in 2010 and Peterborough in the final last term.
  • The Dons are appearing in the League One play-offs for the third time in four campaigns. They lost to Scunthorpe in the semi-finals in 2009 and Peterborough at the same stage last season.
  • The team finishing fourth (this season - Huddersfield) has won the League One play-offs just four times since 1989 while the team finishing fifth has only fared marginally better (five).
  • Huddersfield conceded just 18 first-half goals in League One 2011/12, a joint-league-low.
  • The Terriers were ahead in a joint-high 35 league games this season, but drew a league-high 14 of those games (Charlton drew just five of 35).

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