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Lewis Constable 24th Dec 2014 - 17:59

Championship Opta Facts December 26

Brentford v Ipswich Town
Brentford have kept just one home clean sheet in their last 11 home Boxing Day matches.
This will be the first league meeting between the two sides since February 1957, when they met in the Third Division South (1-1).
No team has seen more players appear in all 22 games for them this season than Brentford (Alan Judge, Jake Bidwell, Alex Pritchard, David Button).
Daryl Murphy is the Championship's leading scorer this campaign with 14 goals; his best goal return in a single season in English football.
Alan Judge has provided eight assists so far this term, five more than he managed in 2013/14.
The Tractor Boys have won six and lost none of their last nine league games.

Charlton Athletic v Cardiff City
Charlton won this exact fixture 5-4 back in November 2012, as Johnnie Jackson scored a brace for the home side.
Cardiff have won just three away games on Boxing Day in their history, the last coming away at Shrewsbury Town in 1994 (D8 L17).
Indeed, Jackson has scored four goals in six league appearances against the Welsh side, against no side has he scored more goals (level with Peterborough).
Cardiff have netted just two goals in the final 15 minutes this season, a joint-league-low with Blackpool.
The Addicks have attempted fewer shots than any other side this term (167).
After failing to score in four away games in a row, Cardiff have scored four in their last two.

Birmingham City v Derby County
Birmingham have lost just once at home to Derby in the last 24 league meetings (W12 D11).
Derby have won just one of their last nine away Boxing Day games (D4 L4).
Wes Thomas scored a brace in this exact fixture in 2012/13, guiding the Blues to a 3-1 victory over the Rams.
Chris Martin has had a hand in 15 goals for Derby County this season; more than any other player at the club (13 goals, two assists).
Birmingham City have lost only one of their last eight games, winning five.
Johnny Russell has scored five and assisted one more in his last seven games for Derby.

Bolton Wanderers v Blackburn Rovers
Bolton have won their last four home games against Blackburn Rovers.
Blackburn have failed to win on Boxing Day in their last six attempts (D4 L2).
Bolton have kept four consecutive clean sheets for the first time since September 2006. They've not kept five in a row since April 1912 (a run of six shutouts).
Blackburn Rovers have scored in each of their last 11 league games; the current longest run in the division.
Rudy Gestede's last four league goals have all arrived on the road.
Jordan Rhodes has scored three goals in his four appearances against Bolton, though all have arrived at Ewood Park.

AFC Bournemouth v Fulham
Bournemouth have won five of their last six home Boxing Day fixtures, losing the other.
Fulham have won just two of their last 16 league clashes against Bournemouth (L7 D7).
The last six teams to be top of the Championship on Christmas Day have gone on to win automatic promotion.
No team has seen more players start in all 22 games for them this season than Bournemouth (Steve Cook, Harry Arter, Tommy Elphick).
Ross McCormack has had a hand in eight goals in his last nine games for Fulham (three goals, five assists).
Matt Ritchie has scored in four of his last five league games for Bournemouth (five goals in total).
Bournemouth are unbeaten 12 games in league competition (W9 D3); the current longest run in the division.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Reading
The two sides previously met on Boxing Day 2011, with Brighton succumbing to a 3-0 defeat.
Reading have won four of their last five away games at Brighton (D1).
Darren Bent (2) has scored as many goals in his last four games for Brighton as he managed in his previous 28 league games.
Since leaving Brighton at the end of the 2010/11 campaign, Glenn Murray has scored three goals in five appearances against his former club.
Brighton have won only one of their last 18 games in league competition (D10 L7).
Reading have made six errors leading directly to goals this season (6); a joint-league-high alongside Blackpool.

Leeds United v Wigan Athletic
Leeds have lost just one of their last 11 home Boxing Day matches (1-3 to Coventry City in 1996).
Wigan have never won a Boxing Day fixture in the second tier (D1 L2).
Leeds have fired in a league-low 71 shots on target so far this season.
No side has won fewer points on the road this term than the Latics (5), winning just one of their 11 games.
The Whites have kept just one clean sheet in their last 12 league fixtures.
Wigan have lost each of their last four games; they've not lost five on the trot since November 2011 (a run of eight defeats).

Middlesbrough v Nottingham Forest
Middlesbrough have won their last four Boxing Day games on home soil without conceding a goal.
Nottingham Forest haven't won an away Boxing Day fixture since 1991, drawing three and losing five since then.
Middlesbrough have won four and lost none of their last eight matches at the Riverside, conceding just three goals in that run.
Indeed, no Championship side has kept more clean sheets this season than Middlesbrough (9).
Forest are without a win in four attempts (D3 L1) and have won just two of their last 15 (D8 L5).
Matty Fryatt has scored three and assisted two more in his last six games for the Tricky Trees.

Norwich City v Millwall
The two sides met at Carrow Road on Boxing Day 2009, with Norwich winning 2-0 courtesy of goals from Wes Hoolahan and Grant Holt.
Millwall have lost just one of their last 11 Boxing Day fixtures in the second tier (W5 D5).
Millwall have yet to win a game from a losing position this season (D4 L9).
In contrast, no side has won more games from trailing situations than the Canaries (3).
No Championship side has scored more headed goals this season than Norwich City (10).
Cameron Jerome has scored 10 league goals in 2014/15; one more than his previous three seasons combined (9).

Rotherham United v Huddersfield Town
Rotherham have won their last three Boxing Day fixtures in the second tier (between 2002 and 2004).
Huddersfield have drawn five of their last eight games on Boxing Day (W1 L2), including a 1-1 stalemate away at Rotherham in 2005.
Alex Revell's winning goal against Wigan last weekend was his first in eight appearances. Indeed, his last two goals for Rotherham have won the Millers three points.
Huddersfield have gone six games without an away win, losing the last four (D2).
No side has won fewer points from losing positions this season than the Terriers (1).
The Millers have won five games this season, equalling their tally from their last campaign in the second tier in 2004/05.

Sheffield Wednesday v Blackpool
Sheffield Wednesday have won just one of their last six Boxing Day games (D4 L1).
Blackpool are unbeaten in eight Boxing Day fixtures, winning four (D4).
Keiren Westwood has kept a league-high nine clean sheets so far this season.
Only against his current side Blackpool (4) has Ishmael Miller scored more league goals than versus Sheffield Wednesday (3).
In fact, Miller has bagged those three goals in his last two appearances against the Owls.
Sheffield Wednesday have failed to score in five of their last six games at Hillsborough, netting just two goals in the process (vs Wigan).

Watford v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Watford have won just one of their last six Boxing Day clashes at Vicarage Road (D3 L2).
Wolves have lost eight of their last 10 away Boxing Day games (W1 D1).
Bakary Sako has scored in both his previous games against Watford for Wolves.
No team has been shown more red cards than Waford this season (4).
Wolves have scored just four goals in their last eight games and never more than once in this run.
The Hornets have won their last three league games; they've not won four in a row since January 2011 (a run of six wins).




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