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Robert Alexander 23rd Aug 2014 - 10:23

League Two Opta Facts 23 August

Accrington V Luton

  • Accrington are unbeaten against Luton in the Football League, winning one and drawing the other.
  • Asa Hall scored Luton's only goal against Accrington Stanley in the Football League as the Hatters lost 2-1 in October 2008.
  • Stanley have fired in a league-low three shots on target so far this term.
  • In contrast, Accrington Stanley have faced more shots on target than any other League Two outfit (22).
  • Pelly Ruddock's last gasp equaliser against Bury in midweek was his first goal in the Football League.

Wimbledon V Hartlepool

  • Both sides have scored in each of the two previous meetings in the Football League.
  • Luke James scored in both games between the two sides last season.
  • Pools are the only League Two side yet to score. They have mustered just six shots on target in three games.
  • Adebayo Akinfenwa (13) has committed more fouls than any other player this season, though he has yet to receive a card.
  • Hartlepool haven't lost their opening four games in a Football League season since 1989/90.

Bury V Plymouth

  • Bury have lost six of their last eight games against Plymouth in league competition (W2).
  • Plymouth have kept a clean sheet in five of those eight games.
  • The Shakers have won only one of their last six games in league competition (D3 L2).
  • The Pilgrims have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last six away fixtures in the fourth tier.
  • Daniel Nardiello scored a brace in this fixture last season as Bury won 4-0.

Cambridge V Morecambe

  • Cambridge have netted in each of their last five games against Morecambe in all competitions (incl. Conference).
  • Both sides have scored in each of their last three meetings (Conference).
  • Morecambe veteran Kevin Ellison has scored four goals in three league games this season.
  • The Shrimps have never won their opening four games in a Football League campaign.
  • Kwesi Appiah has netted five goals in his last seven appearances in League Two.

Carlisle V Southend

  • Carlisle have netted in nine of their last 10 games with Southend, winning five (D2 L3).
  • Southend have lost their last two at Carlisle, they've not lost three in a row since 1998.
  • Billy Paynter has been fouled nine times in League Two so far, more than any other player.
  • The Shrimpers are unbeaten in their last six away games, winning three and drawing three.
  • Carlisle are winless in their last nine in league competition, losing six (D3).

Dag & Red V Mansfield

  • The Daggers failed to score against Mansfield last term, drawing one and losing the other.
  • Mansfield beat Dagenham and Redbridge for the first time last season when they played out a 3-0 win at home last August.
  • Jamie Cureton has provided two assists for the Daggers this term, no player in League Two has more.
  • Indeed, Cureton has either scored or assisted six goals in his last seven appearances in the fourth tier.
  • Mansfield (8) have picked up more cards than any other side in the division this term.
  • No keeper has made more saves this season than Liam O'Brien (14).

Exeter V York

  • Exeter have won four of their last six at home to York in the Football League (D1 L1).
  • Both sides have scored in each of their last seven meetings, including the Conference.
  • York's Michael Coulson (12) has fired in more shots without scoring than any other League Two player this season.
  • Exeter City have allowed their opponents more shots this season than any other team (48).
  • The Minstermen have gone 20 games unbeaten in league competition excluding the playoffs (W11 D9), last tasting defeat back in January (v Chesterfield, 0-2).

Newport V Burton

  • The Exiles have only won two of their last 13 home league games (D5 L6).
  • Burton, who won at Oxford on the opening day, have not won consecutive away games since October 2013.
  • The Exiles have fouled their opponents 45 times this season, a league-high.
  • Burton, who have won their opening three games this season, have never won their first four in a Football League campaign.
  • Newport have conceded a league-high three goals via headers in 2014/15.

Northampton V Shrewsbury

  • The Shrews are without a win in four against the Cobblers (D1 L3).
  • Shrewsbury won this fixture 7-2 last time out (2011/12), scoring seven times in an away game for only the third time in their league history.
  • Shrewsbury's Andy Mangan has scored three goals from three shots on target this term.
  • The Shrews have faced a league-low six shots on target in this campaign.
  • Northampton have won three of their last four at home, losing the other.

Oxford Utd V Portsmouth

  • Oxford are unbeaten in five against Portsmouth (W3 D2), not losing to them since August 1997.
  • Pompey have not won any of their last 13 away games against the U's (D4 L9), a run that goes back to September 1981.
  • Oxford haven't lost their opening four games in a Football League season since 2000/01, though that was in the third tier.
  • Pompey are unbeaten in their last 10 League Two matches, winning seven (D3).
  • Oxford have lost their last seven games in league competition, they've never lost eight in a row in the Football League.

Stevenage V Wycombe

  • Stevenage have scored in the final 10 minutes of both of their last two meetings with the Chairboys.
  • The away side has not lost any of the four previous Football League clashes between these sides (W3 D1).
  • The Chairboys have won their last two league games on the road, they've not won three in a row since November 2010 (when they went on to win four in a row).
  • After going six without a win at home between March and April last term, Stevenage have won their last two on home soil. They've not won three in a row since May 2012.
  • Connor Calcutt netted his first goal in professional football as Stevenage held Plymouth to a 1-1 draw in midweek.

Tranmere V Cheltenham

  • The home side has never tasted defeat in eight previous league meetings between these sides (W6 D2).
  • Indeed the Robins have failed to score in three of their four visits to Prenton Park (D1 L3).
  • Rovers have registered just 16 shots in 2014/15, a league-low.
  • The Robins have won three of their last five away from home, keeping a clean sheet in each victory (D1 L1).
  • No side has committed fewer fouls this term than Tranmere (22).

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