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Lewis Constable 5th Aug 2015 - 20:06

Championship Opta Facts - August 8

Birmingham v Reading
Birmingham have never won three games in a row against Reading. Whenever they have won two games in a row, they have always lost the next one.
Reading have drawn six out of their last eight opening day games (W1 L1).
Birmingham's David Cotterill had 39 attempts direct from free kicks last season, 15 more than his nearest challenger.
Birmingham youngster Demarai Gray scored a first half hat-trick in this exact fixture last season.
Birmingham's Clayton Donaldson was the only forward to play every league game for his respective club last season in this division.
The last time Birmingham didn't score at home against Reading was in 1990 - a run of 12 games (all comps).

Blackburn v Wolves
Blackburn haven't won in their last four matches against Wolves (D1 L3).
Wolves have won their last three games at Ewood Park, including on the opening day of the 2011/12 season.
Blackburn scored the most headed goals in the league last season, with 19.
Blackburn were one of only two teams (along with Watford) in the top four tiers to see two players reach 20 goals last season (Gestede and Rhodes).
Blackburn hit the woodwork 26 times last season, five more than their nearest challengers, Wolves with 21.
Wolves made the most successful dribbles in the Championship last season with 412.

Bolton v Derby
Bolton haven't won in their last five matches against Derby (D3 L2).
The Rams are unbeaten in their last six opening day matches, winning four (D2).
Derby recorded the best shot conversion rate in the Championship last season (19.32%).
No player scored more than eight goals last season for Bolton, but Darren Bent scored 10 in 15 appearances and Tom Ince scored 11 in 18 for Derby after they both arrived on loan in the new year.
No Championship side made more errors leading directly to goals in 2014/15 than the Rams (13).
Bolton have scored just one goal across their last three opening day fixtures.

Brentford v Ipswich

Brentford have won five and lost none of their last seven opening day matches on home soil.
Ipswich have found the back of the net in each of their last 13 matches on the opening day.
Last season in the Championship (incl. play-offs), Ipswich's Daryl Murphy had the most shots (135), the most shots on target (66), and scored the most goals (27).
Brentford have drawn their last three opening day games, while Ipswich have drawn only one of their last 11 opening day games (W6 L4).
Brentford's Alan Judge got 13 assists last season, six more than Ipswich's highest assister, Paul Anderson.
Mick McCarthy (Ipswich) used all but three of his available substitutions throughout the 2014/15 Championship season (excl. play-offs); a league-high.

Brighton v Nottm Forest
Brighton have lost their last three opening day fixtures, whereas Forest have won their last three.
Forest have conceded just one goal in their last nine opening day matches in the Football League.
Brighton have averaged less than a goal per game against Forest in their 30 meetings.
Last season, Brighton's forwards scored 16 of their 44 goals, while their defenders netted 15.
Lewis Dunk made more interceptions than any other Championship defender in 2014/15 (135).
The Tricky Trees salvaged more points from losing positions than any other second tier side last season (27).

Cardiff v Fulham
Cardiff have only lost one of their last nine games at home on the opening day (W5 D3).
Fulham have not beaten Cardiff in their last five attempts (D1 L4).
Since 1993, this match has occurred in each of the top four divisions of English football.
Cardiff have scored in each of their last 12 league encounters with Fulham, netting 27 in the process.
Ross McCormack provided the joint-second most assists for a striker last season (9), after Bournemouth's Yann Kermorgant (10).
Only relegated Blackpool (91) shipped more goals in the 2014/15 Championship than Fulham (83).

Charlton v QPR
Charlton have won their last four opening day games at the Valley.
QPR have won four of their last six league games against Charlton (D1 L1).
Charlton used four keepers last season, a joint-league high along with Blackburn.
This is the first time QPR have started a season away from home since 2007/08. The last time they won away from home on the opening day was back in 1987/88 at West Ham.
The Addicks lost their last home game last season 3-0 to Bournemouth. They've not lost consecutive games at the Valley since April 2014.
The Hoops have conceded 16 goals across their last four away games - an average of four per game.

Hull v Huddersfield
Hull have won four of their last five home league games against the Terriers, drawing the other.
Huddersfield have lost their last three opening day games, each without scoring.
In their last eight opening day fixtures, Hull have alternated between a loss and a win. Last year, they won against QPR.
Hull's Ahmed Elmohamady was one of only three midfielders to start every PL game for their respective club last season.
The Tigers are without a goal in 304 minutes of league football.
The Terriers are unbeaten in seven league games (W2), though the last four have ended level.

Leeds v Burnley
Leeds have won five of their last six home matches against the Clarets, though they lost the last clash at Elland Road.
There hasn't been a draw between these two sides in their last 18 meetings (five wins for Burnley).
Leeds United attempted the highest percentage of shots from outside the box in the Championship last season (48%), as well as scoring the highest percentage of goals from outside the box (26%).
The Whites conceded 13 penalties in 2014/15; no Championship side gave away more.
Burnley have not scored more than one goal in any of their last 14 league matches, failing to score on nine occasions.
Leeds have lost only once on the last 16 occasions they've opened the season at home (W11 D4) - 2-1 vs Derby in 2010/11.

Preston v Middlesbrough

Preston haven't won on the opening day of a new season since 2008/09, and they haven't won at home on the opening day since 2004/05.
Middlesbrough haven't lost to Preston in league competition since 1972 (W5 D3).
Middlesbrough conceded fewer goals than any other Championship team (excl. play-offs) last term (37).
Middlesbrough stopper Dimitrios Konstantopoulos kept a league-high 20 clean sheets in the regular season and one more in the play-offs
North End have won four of their last five home games in the second tier of English football (L1).
Preston won their opening game the last time they were promoted to this level, 2-1 against Grimsby in 2000/01.

Rotherham v MK Dons
Rotherham have never beaten MK Dons in league competition (D4 L2).
MK Dons have only ever lost twice on the opening day of the season, winning four (D5).
Rotherham have won their last five opening day games on home soil.
MK Dons' automatic promotion last season means that they will be playing in the Championship this season for the first time in their short history.
Rotherham's Jordan Bowery scored five goals from the bench last season, more than any other Championship player.
The Dons scored more goals than any other side in the top four tiers of English football last season (101).

Sheff Wed v Bristol City
Sheffield Wednesday have not won against Bristol city in their last nine attempts (D4 L5).
Bristol City have only won one of their last 11 opening day games in the second tier (D6 L4).
Last season, Sheffield Wednesday kept 17 clean sheets in the league, equalling a club record set in 1978/79.
Indeed, the Owls also conceded fewer errors leading directly to goals than any other Championship team in 2014/15 (1).
Bristol City's 99 points last season was their highest ever final tally in a league season.
Indeed, it was the first time the Robins had finished top of any division since topping Division 3 South in 1955.


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