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Nic Ladds 30th Apr 2009 - 19:20

Opta Facts - Championship 3 May

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Championship Opta Facts – 3rd May 2009

Sunday, 3 May 2009

Burnley v Bristol City

  • Burnley have lost three of the last seven matches in which they have hosted City, winning just twice.
  • The Clarets need a win to be certain of a place in the play-offs, but have not won on the last day of the season since the 2001/02 campaign. However this was also the last time that they had a chance of qualifying for the play-offs, though they still lost out on 6th place to Norwich City by a goal difference of just one.
  • No side has picked up fewer points from their last six games than the Robins – just three.
  • Burnley have won four on the trot at Turf Moor, keeping a clean sheet in the last three.
  • Bristol City are without a win in seven in the Championship, and have lost their last five on the road in a row.

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Charlton v Norwich

  • Not one of the last six meetings between these two sides has seen more than two goals.
  • The Canaries face a tough task in picking up the necessary win to have a chance of staying up – their last win at The Valley in the league came in 1990, despite six visits since.
  • Charlton have taken all three points on only one occasion in their last 13 matches.
  • The Addicks have drawn each of their last four matches at The Valley.
  • Four of Norwich’s last five matches have ended in defeat, though they did win the other.

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Crystal Palace v Sheffield United

  • Last season, United needed a win in their last match of the season to have a chance of qualification for the play-offs, but lost despite having won eight of their 10 previous games.
  • This season, the Blades have won six of their last eight and need a win to have a chance of automatic promotion (on top of this Reading must either beat Birmingham or draw).
  • United have only won once on the last day of the season since 1994/95 – in 2005/06 when they already had automatic promotion to the top flight secure. On three occasions - last season and in 2004/05 and 2003/04 they needed to win for the chance of a place in the play-offs, and in 2006/07 they needed just a point for Premier League survival, but failed on all four occasions.
  • Kevin Blackwell’s men’s last four league matches have produced just two goals.
  • The Eagles have lost three of their last four in the league, and have won just one in eight.
  • Palace are unbeaten in three against the Blades, winning two and drawing.
  • United are unbeaten in seven matches against sides from London this season, winning five and drawing two.

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Ipswich v Coventry

  • Both sides have been on the scoresheet in their last 12 meetings.
  • Coventry have only managed one win in 15 encounters with the Tractor Boys.
  • Ipswich are unbeaten in three league matches, winning their last two.
  • Town have scored a last-minute goal in each of their last three league fixtures – the last two of which were scored by Jon Stead.
  • The Sky Blues are without a win in seven league matches.
  • On the road Chris Coleman’s men have lost four of their last five, failing to score in three of these.

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Nottingham Forest v Southampton

  • Three of the last five Forest-Southampton matches have ended in away wins – the other two were draws.
  • If the league had started in 2009, Forest would be 13th and Southampton 17th.
  • Billy Davies’ men have gone unbeaten in their last five games in the league to stave off relegation.
  • In this period they have won two – both at home.
  • Southampton, on the other hand, have notched up just one win in 10 in the Championship.
  • The South Coast side have conceded at least one first-half goal in their last five league away matches.

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Plymouth v Barnsley

  • Barnsley, who need just a point to avoid relegation, have won four of their last six meetings with the Pilgrims, losing only once.
  • However, the last time that the Tykes visited Home Park they lost 3-0.
  • The last two meetings between the two teams have seen a red card before half-time.
  • Argyle have found the net just once in three league games, and not once in the last two.
  • The Tykes are without a win in eight league matches – longer than any other Championship side currently.
  • However the Yorkshire side have drawn their last three on the road.

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Preston v QPR

  • In the 2006/07 campaign, Preston needed a win for a chance to be in the play-offs and got it, beating Birmingham 1-0 with an 85th-minute strike, though still missed out on the top six by one point.
  • The Hoops are unbeaten in five against the Lilywhites, winning two.
  • Only Sheffield United (14 points from six games) are in better home form than Preston (13 points) in the Championship.
  • QPR on the other hand are in the worst away form in the competition, taking just two points from their last six away trips.
  • Preston have picked up three consecutive wins in league competition – their last home match saw them trounce Cardiff 6-0.
  • Rangers have failed to score in four of their last five in the league and in eight of their last 11.

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Reading v Birmingham

  • Should Reading win this match and Sheffield United fail to win theirs then the Royals will win automatic promotion to the Premier League. If City win then they will earn promotion regardless of other fixtures.
  • In 2007 City needed a win to secure the top of the table in the Championship, but lost 1-0 at home to Preston who were chasing a place in the play-offs.
  • Reading are currently in the worst home form in the league, taking just two points from their last six at the Madejski.
  • Steve Coppell’s men have not hit the target in their last three at home in the league and in six of their last seven at the Madejski.
  • Following a run of nine matches undefeated in the league, City lost last time out.
  • Alex McLeish’s men have kept three consecutive clean sheets on the road.

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Sheffield Wednesday v Cardiff

  • The last six clashes between the Owls and the Bluebirds have seen just eight goals – an average of 1.33 per game.
  • Cardiff have ended up 1-0 winners on three of the last four occasions on which they have hosted Wednesday.
  • Following a run of three losses in four league games at Hillsborough, during which period the Owls netted just one, Wednesday won last time out at home 2-0.
  • After three wins on the trot in the league, Cardiff are now without a win in three – conceding 11 goals in this period.
  • City have conceded a goal in the last five minutes of five of their last seven league matches.
  • Nine of the Bluebirds’ last 10 goals in the Championship have come in the second half – five of the last six have come in the last eight minutes of games.

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Swansea v Blackpool

  • The Seasiders’ last five trips to Swansea have produced an average of five goals per game.
  • After three straight league wins the Swans lost their last match 1-0 at Brammall Lane.
  • Swansea have only lost one of their last 13 league games at Liberty Stadium.
  • Blackpool have drawn their last three Championship matches on the trot.
  • Only today’s opponents Swansea (20 draws) have shared the points on more occasions than the Seasiders this season.

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Watford v Derby

  • Three of the last five meetings between the two have ended in 2-2 draws, including the last two at Vicarage Road.
  • The Hornets are unbeaten at home to Derby in seven matches.
  • Watford have kept just one clean sheet in 12 league matches.
  • Brendan Rodgers’ men are without a win in four at Vicarage Road.
  • All but two of the last 13 goals that the Rams have conceded have come in the second half of matches.
  • County have won just once in six league away trips – though despite this have scored in all but one of these matches.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Doncaster

  • Wolves have won four of the five meetings with Doncaster, keeping a clean sheet in each win.
  • However Rovers’ only win in this fixture came on their last trip to Molineux in 1985, when they won 2-1.
  • If only results in 2009 had counted, Rovers would be second in the Championship – Wolves would be 8th.
  • No side has drawn fewer games in the Championship than Doncaster this season (seven), though Mick McCarthy’s men would be second in this, drawing just nine times.
  • Wolves are in brilliant form at the moment, losing just once in 10 league matches and winning seven of these - at Molineux they have won their last three on the bounce.
  • Rovers have won three of their last four in the Championship, including their last two away from home.

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