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Barclays Premier League Opta Facts December 20-22
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Barclays Premier League Opta Facts December 20-22

Manchester City v Crystal Palace
Edin Dzeko has scored in both of his Barclays Premier League appearances against Crystal Palace.
Fraizer Campbell scored three goals in his two Premier League appearances for Cardiff City against Man City last season.
Manchester City have won the last six games in all competitions against Crystal Palace.
Man City have won their last five Premier League games, this after winning just four of their previous nine (W4 D3 L2).
The Citizens have scored in 13 successive Premier League matches; the longest such run in the competition this season.
Yaya Touré has completed a league-high 1178 passes in the Premier League in 2014-15.
Mile Jedinak has made more interceptions (60) than any other PL player this season, while only Nathaniel Clyne (70) has made more tackles than the Australian (60).
Manchester City’s substitutes have had a hand in 11 goals this season in the Premier League (five goals, six assists) – more than any other club.
Palace have won just one of their last nine Premier League away games (W1 D5 L3).
Man City have conceded just 18 goals in 26 Premier League home games under Manuel Pellegrini (0.69 per game).

Aston Villa v Manchester United
Wayne Rooney has scored more Barclays Premier League goals against Aston Villa than he has versus any other opponent (12).
Aston Villa have won just one of the last 37 Premier League games against Man Utd (W1 D9 L27), including losing the last seven in a row.
The last time Aston Villa beat Manchester United at Villa Park in the Premier League (August 19th 1995), midfielder Jack Grealish wasn’t even born.
Robin van Persie has scored five goals in his last five Premier League games against Villa.
Marouane Fellaini as scored more goals against Aston Villa (4) than versus any other opponent in the Premier League.
The Villans have not won any of the last 18 Premier League home games against the Red Devils (D6 L12). Only Sunderland at home to Liverpool (20 games between 1959 and 2002) have recorded a longer run without a home win against a specific opponent in English league history.
Manchester United have scored at least three goals in each of their last five Premier League games against Villa.
The Red Devils have won more points from their last six Premier League games than any other side (18).
Aston Villa have lost a league-high eight points from goals scored in the final 15 minutes of Premier League matches this season.
Manchester United have won 103 Premier League points against Aston Villa – more than any other side have managed against the Villans.

Hull City v Swansea City
Hull City are unbeaten in their last six league games against Swansea (W4 D2 L0).
Swansea have failed to score in their last three games at the KC Stadium.
The Tigers have won a league-low six points in Premier League home matches this season.
Swansea City have lost a league-high 16 points from leading positions this season – losing four and drawing two of the 12 PL games that they have held a lead in.
Wilfried Bony has scored eight goals in his last 10 Premier League appearances.
Ivorian striker Bony has netted more goals in 2014 than any other player (20) and only 11 fewer than Hull City have overall in this period (31).
Of the 17 ever-present Premier League sides in 2014, Hull City have won the fewest points (27, 10 fewer than any other ever-present side).
The Tigers have won just one of their last 15 Premier League games (W1 D7 L7).
Swansea City have picked up just two points in their last six Premier League away games (D2 L4).
Swansea City have lost back to back Premier League games – they’ve yet to lose three PL games in a row under Garry Monk since he took charge in February.

Queens Park Rangers v West Bromwich Albion
QPR have won just one of their last six home games against the Baggies in all competitions (W1 D2 L3).
West Brom have won the last three Barclays Premier League encounters with QPR.
Rangers won the last meeting between the two sides in the FA Cup 3rd Round replay in January 2013 (1-0).
All 14 of Queens Park Rangers’ points in the Premier League this season have come at Loftus Road.
West Brom have won eight points from seven games away from home in the Premier League this season, despite only scoring three goals in these games.
Charlie Austin has had a hand in eight goals in his last eight Premier League appearances (six goals, two assists).
Austin has been involved in 59% of QPR’s league goals this season – the only player to have had a hand in a larger proportion for his side in the top four tiers is Chesterfield’s Eoin Doyle (62%).
After scoring seven goals in his first nine Premier League appearances of the season, Saido Berahino has failed to score in his last seven PL apps in a row.
QPR have been relegated on both previous occasions in which they had won 14 points or fewer from their first 16 games of a Premier League season.
WBA have won just five of their 47 Premier League games away in London (D13 L29)

Southampton v Everton
Southampton won this Barclays Premier League fixture 2-0 last season courtesy of two own goals (Alcaraz & Coleman).
That defeat ended a run of eight games unbeaten for Everton against Southampton in the Premier League (W4 D4).
Southampton have won two and lost none of the last five Premier League games against Everton at St Mary’s.
If games ended at half-time this season, Everton would be third in the Premier League table with 28 points.
However, if only the second-half of matches counted, Everton would be 14th with 17 points.
Dusan Tadic has not scored or assisted a single goal in his last eight PL appearances; this after having a hand in seven goals in his first eight PL apps (six assists, one goal).
Nevertheless, Tadic has created the most goalscoring opportunities from open play than any other player in the Premier League this season (42).
Steven Naismith has scored four goals from just eight shots on target in the Premier League this season.
Ronald Koeman has made just 38 of the 48 substitutions available to him in the Premier League this season; no club has used as few.
Southampton have seen six players start every single Premier League game this season; more than any other side.

Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley
There have been 21 goals scored in the last four meetings in all competitions between Spurs and Burnley, with at least five in each game.
Those last four meetings between Spurs and Burnley have all been home wins.
There have been 55 goals in the last 12 meetings between Spurs and Burnley at White Hart Lane; an average of 4.6 per game.
Tottenham have won three Premier League games that they have been behind in this season – only Chelsea have won as many.
Spurs have won a league-high eight points from goals scored in the 85th minute or later in the Premier League this season.
Burnley have played the highest proportion of passes long this season in the PL (20.4%).
The Clarets have also made 30 more long throws than any other team in the PL this season (164, Tottenham are joint second on 134).
This is only the eighth time that Spurs will play a Premier League game on a Saturday at 3pm since the start of last season (it’ll be their 55th PL game since Aug 2013 overall).
Burnley have won just one point in their eight previous Premier League trips to London (D1 L7).
The Clarets have failed to score in six of these previous eight Premier League away games in the capital.

West Ham United v Leicester City
Kevin Nolan has scored three goals in four Premier League appearances against Leicester.
Leicester City are without a win in six league meetings with West Ham United (D3 L3).
There have been five red cards in the last eight league meetings between West Ham and Leicester.
Leicester City are winless in their last 11 Premier League fixtures (L9 D2) – the longest such run seen in the competition so far in 2014-15.
No player has created more goalscoring opportunities than Stewart Downing (50) in the Premier League so far this season.
No side have had a larger spread of goalscorers than West Ham United (12) this season in the Premier League (Chelsea also have 12).
The Foxes have not won any of their last 17 Premier League away trips to London (D3 L14) & have conceded at least two goals in each of their last eight PL away trips in the capital.
Anything less than a win in this game will ensure Leicester are bottom at Christmas. Only two teams (WBA in 2004 and Sunderland in 2013) have been bottom of the PL at Xmas and avoided relegation.
West Ham have never before been in the top four of the Premier League at Christmas.
The last time that the Hammers were in the top four positions of the top-flight on Christmas Day was back in 1985. They finished that season in third.

Newcastle United v Sunderland
Newcastle are without a win in three games against Sunderland at St James Park, losing the last two 3-0.
Sunderland are unbeaten in their last five Barclays Premier League games against Newcastle United (W3 D2), winning the last three in a row.
The Black Cats have never won four successive league derbies against Newcastle United.
There have been five red cards in the last eight Premier League meetings between these two sides, though none in the last three.
No side has picked up more yellow cards than Sunderland (37) this season, while only Swansea (4) have more red cards than Newcastle (3).
If matches ended a half-time this season, Newcastle United would be bottom of the table with 12 points.
The Magpies have been leading at half-time in just one of their 16 Premier League games this season.
Sunderland have scored three goals in the opening five minutes of PL games this season; more than any other side.
Sunderland have drawn 10 matches this season, the joint-most by a team in the first 16 games of a Premier League season (along with Ipswich Town in 1992/93).
Papiss Cisse has scored five goals in his last seven Premier League appearances as a substitute, but has netted just four goals in his last 26 PL starts.

Liverpool v Arsenal
Liverpool have won just two of the last 14 Premier League meetings with Arsenal (W2 D7 L5).
There have been four 90th minute or later goals in the last six Premier League meetings between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield.
Liverpool v Arsenal has seen more hat-tricks than any other fixture in Barclays Premier League history (5).
Last season’s 5-1 annihilation of the Gunners at Anfield ended a run of six home games without a win over the Gunners for the Reds (D3 L3).
Arsenal have trailed in six of the last seven Premier League games against Liverpool at Anfield and come back to win two and draw three of those six where they fell behind.
Mario Balotelli has had more shots (42 – inc. blocked) than any other player yet to score in the Premier League this season.
Only Sergio Aguero (17) has had an involvement (goals or assists) in more Premier League goals than Alexis Sanchez (14) this season.
Alexis Sanchez has scored (7) or assisted (4) 11 of Arsenal’s last 17 Premier League goals (65%).
After failing to score with his previous 38 shots this season in the Premier League (inc. blocked), Santi Cazorla has scored with three of his last seven in the competition.
Liverpool had more points from their first 16 games of 2010-11 under Roy Hodgson (22) than they do currently in 2014-15 (21). Based on three points for a win, this is Liverpool’s worst -record after 16 games since 1964-65.

Stoke City v Chelsea
The Potters have failed to score in five of the last six Premier League games against Chelsea.
Chelsea have won nine and lost just one of the 12 Barclays Premier League meetings with Stoke City, but the defeat came last season in this fixture at the Britannia Stadium.
Former Chelsea player Mark Hughes has won two and lost none of his last four matches as a manager in home games against the Blues.
Stoke City have conceded a goal in each of their last 10 Premier League games; the longest run without a clean sheet in the competition this season.
Jose Mourinho surpassed the 400-point mark as a Premier League manager last weekend and in doing so became the quickest to reach this tally (174 games – 17 quicker than Sir Alex Ferguson).
38.5% of Chelsea’s throw-ins this season have been long – a higher proportion than any other PL side (Stoke are fifth on 32.8%).
Chelsea have lost only one of their last 19 Premier League games played on a Monday (W11 D7 L1).
Stoke City are unbeaten in their last six Premier League games played on a Monday (W2 D4), including a 1-0 win over Newcastle at home earlier this season.
Eden Hazard has made more successful passes in the attacking third than any other Premier League player this season (450).
Hazard has not scored a PL goal away from home since Jan 11th 2014, with his last 11 goals in the competition all coming at Stamford Bridge.

 

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Barclays Premier League Opta Facts December 20-22
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Barclays Premier League Opta Facts December 20-22

Manchester City v Crystal Palace
Edin Dzeko has scored in both of his Barclays Premier League appearances against Crystal Palace.
Fraizer Campbell scored three goals in his two Premier League appearances for Cardiff City against Man City last season.
Manchester City have won the last six games in all competitions against Crystal Palace.
Man City have won their last five Premier League games, this after winning just four of their previous nine (W4 D3 L2).
The Citizens have scored in 13 successive Premier League matches; the longest such run in the competition this season.
Yaya Touré has completed a league-high 1178 passes in the Premier League in 2014-15.
Mile Jedinak has made more interceptions (60) than any other PL player this season, while only Nathaniel Clyne (70) has made more tackles than the Australian (60).
Manchester City’s substitutes have had a hand in 11 goals this season in the Premier League (five goals, six assists) – more than any other club.
Palace have won just one of their last nine Premier League away games (W1 D5 L3).
Man City have conceded just 18 goals in 26 Premier League home games under Manuel Pellegrini (0.69 per game).

Aston Villa v Manchester United
Wayne Rooney has scored more Barclays Premier League goals against Aston Villa than he has versus any other opponent (12).
Aston Villa have won just one of the last 37 Premier League games against Man Utd (W1 D9 L27), including losing the last seven in a row.
The last time Aston Villa beat Manchester United at Villa Park in the Premier League (August 19th 1995), midfielder Jack Grealish wasn’t even born.
Robin van Persie has scored five goals in his last five Premier League games against Villa.
Marouane Fellaini as scored more goals against Aston Villa (4) than versus any other opponent in the Premier League.
The Villans have not won any of the last 18 Premier League home games against the Red Devils (D6 L12). Only Sunderland at home to Liverpool (20 games between 1959 and 2002) have recorded a longer run without a home win against a specific opponent in English league history.
Manchester United have scored at least three goals in each of their last five Premier League games against Villa.
The Red Devils have won more points from their last six Premier League games than any other side (18).
Aston Villa have lost a league-high eight points from goals scored in the final 15 minutes of Premier League matches this season.
Manchester United have won 103 Premier League points against Aston Villa – more than any other side have managed against the Villans.

Hull City v Swansea City
Hull City are unbeaten in their last six league games against Swansea (W4 D2 L0).
Swansea have failed to score in their last three games at the KC Stadium.
The Tigers have won a league-low six points in Premier League home matches this season.
Swansea City have lost a league-high 16 points from leading positions this season – losing four and drawing two of the 12 PL games that they have held a lead in.
Wilfried Bony has scored eight goals in his last 10 Premier League appearances.
Ivorian striker Bony has netted more goals in 2014 than any other player (20) and only 11 fewer than Hull City have overall in this period (31).
Of the 17 ever-present Premier League sides in 2014, Hull City have won the fewest points (27, 10 fewer than any other ever-present side).
The Tigers have won just one of their last 15 Premier League games (W1 D7 L7).
Swansea City have picked up just two points in their last six Premier League away games (D2 L4).
Swansea City have lost back to back Premier League games – they’ve yet to lose three PL games in a row under Garry Monk since he took charge in February.

Queens Park Rangers v West Bromwich Albion
QPR have won just one of their last six home games against the Baggies in all competitions (W1 D2 L3).
West Brom have won the last three Barclays Premier League encounters with QPR.
Rangers won the last meeting between the two sides in the FA Cup 3rd Round replay in January 2013 (1-0).
All 14 of Queens Park Rangers’ points in the Premier League this season have come at Loftus Road.
West Brom have won eight points from seven games away from home in the Premier League this season, despite only scoring three goals in these games.
Charlie Austin has had a hand in eight goals in his last eight Premier League appearances (six goals, two assists).
Austin has been involved in 59% of QPR’s league goals this season – the only player to have had a hand in a larger proportion for his side in the top four tiers is Chesterfield’s Eoin Doyle (62%).
After scoring seven goals in his first nine Premier League appearances of the season, Saido Berahino has failed to score in his last seven PL apps in a row.
QPR have been relegated on both previous occasions in which they had won 14 points or fewer from their first 16 games of a Premier League season.
WBA have won just five of their 47 Premier League games away in London (D13 L29)

Southampton v Everton
Southampton won this Barclays Premier League fixture 2-0 last season courtesy of two own goals (Alcaraz & Coleman).
That defeat ended a run of eight games unbeaten for Everton against Southampton in the Premier League (W4 D4).
Southampton have won two and lost none of the last five Premier League games against Everton at St Mary’s.
If games ended at half-time this season, Everton would be third in the Premier League table with 28 points.
However, if only the second-half of matches counted, Everton would be 14th with 17 points.
Dusan Tadic has not scored or assisted a single goal in his last eight PL appearances; this after having a hand in seven goals in his first eight PL apps (six assists, one goal).
Nevertheless, Tadic has created the most goalscoring opportunities from open play than any other player in the Premier League this season (42).
Steven Naismith has scored four goals from just eight shots on target in the Premier League this season.
Ronald Koeman has made just 38 of the 48 substitutions available to him in the Premier League this season; no club has used as few.
Southampton have seen six players start every single Premier League game this season; more than any other side.

Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley
There have been 21 goals scored in the last four meetings in all competitions between Spurs and Burnley, with at least five in each game.
Those last four meetings between Spurs and Burnley have all been home wins.
There have been 55 goals in the last 12 meetings between Spurs and Burnley at White Hart Lane; an average of 4.6 per game.
Tottenham have won three Premier League games that they have been behind in this season – only Chelsea have won as many.
Spurs have won a league-high eight points from goals scored in the 85th minute or later in the Premier League this season.
Burnley have played the highest proportion of passes long this season in the PL (20.4%).
The Clarets have also made 30 more long throws than any other team in the PL this season (164, Tottenham are joint second on 134).
This is only the eighth time that Spurs will play a Premier League game on a Saturday at 3pm since the start of last season (it’ll be their 55th PL game since Aug 2013 overall).
Burnley have won just one point in their eight previous Premier League trips to London (D1 L7).
The Clarets have failed to score in six of these previous eight Premier League away games in the capital.

West Ham United v Leicester City
Kevin Nolan has scored three goals in four Premier League appearances against Leicester.
Leicester City are without a win in six league meetings with West Ham United (D3 L3).
There have been five red cards in the last eight league meetings between West Ham and Leicester.
Leicester City are winless in their last 11 Premier League fixtures (L9 D2) – the longest such run seen in the competition so far in 2014-15.
No player has created more goalscoring opportunities than Stewart Downing (50) in the Premier League so far this season.
No side have had a larger spread of goalscorers than West Ham United (12) this season in the Premier League (Chelsea also have 12).
The Foxes have not won any of their last 17 Premier League away trips to London (D3 L14) & have conceded at least two goals in each of their last eight PL away trips in the capital.
Anything less than a win in this game will ensure Leicester are bottom at Christmas. Only two teams (WBA in 2004 and Sunderland in 2013) have been bottom of the PL at Xmas and avoided relegation.
West Ham have never before been in the top four of the Premier League at Christmas.
The last time that the Hammers were in the top four positions of the top-flight on Christmas Day was back in 1985. They finished that season in third.

Newcastle United v Sunderland
Newcastle are without a win in three games against Sunderland at St James Park, losing the last two 3-0.
Sunderland are unbeaten in their last five Barclays Premier League games against Newcastle United (W3 D2), winning the last three in a row.
The Black Cats have never won four successive league derbies against Newcastle United.
There have been five red cards in the last eight Premier League meetings between these two sides, though none in the last three.
No side has picked up more yellow cards than Sunderland (37) this season, while only Swansea (4) have more red cards than Newcastle (3).
If matches ended a half-time this season, Newcastle United would be bottom of the table with 12 points.
The Magpies have been leading at half-time in just one of their 16 Premier League games this season.
Sunderland have scored three goals in the opening five minutes of PL games this season; more than any other side.
Sunderland have drawn 10 matches this season, the joint-most by a team in the first 16 games of a Premier League season (along with Ipswich Town in 1992/93).
Papiss Cisse has scored five goals in his last seven Premier League appearances as a substitute, but has netted just four goals in his last 26 PL starts.

Liverpool v Arsenal
Liverpool have won just two of the last 14 Premier League meetings with Arsenal (W2 D7 L5).
There have been four 90th minute or later goals in the last six Premier League meetings between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield.
Liverpool v Arsenal has seen more hat-tricks than any other fixture in Barclays Premier League history (5).
Last season’s 5-1 annihilation of the Gunners at Anfield ended a run of six home games without a win over the Gunners for the Reds (D3 L3).
Arsenal have trailed in six of the last seven Premier League games against Liverpool at Anfield and come back to win two and draw three of those six where they fell behind.
Mario Balotelli has had more shots (42 – inc. blocked) than any other player yet to score in the Premier League this season.
Only Sergio Aguero (17) has had an involvement (goals or assists) in more Premier League goals than Alexis Sanchez (14) this season.
Alexis Sanchez has scored (7) or assisted (4) 11 of Arsenal’s last 17 Premier League goals (65%).
After failing to score with his previous 38 shots this season in the Premier League (inc. blocked), Santi Cazorla has scored with three of his last seven in the competition.
Liverpool had more points from their first 16 games of 2010-11 under Roy Hodgson (22) than they do currently in 2014-15 (21). Based on three points for a win, this is Liverpool’s worst -record after 16 games since 1964-65.

Stoke City v Chelsea
The Potters have failed to score in five of the last six Premier League games against Chelsea.
Chelsea have won nine and lost just one of the 12 Barclays Premier League meetings with Stoke City, but the defeat came last season in this fixture at the Britannia Stadium.
Former Chelsea player Mark Hughes has won two and lost none of his last four matches as a manager in home games against the Blues.
Stoke City have conceded a goal in each of their last 10 Premier League games; the longest run without a clean sheet in the competition this season.
Jose Mourinho surpassed the 400-point mark as a Premier League manager last weekend and in doing so became the quickest to reach this tally (174 games – 17 quicker than Sir Alex Ferguson).
38.5% of Chelsea’s throw-ins this season have been long – a higher proportion than any other PL side (Stoke are fifth on 32.8%).
Chelsea have lost only one of their last 19 Premier League games played on a Monday (W11 D7 L1).
Stoke City are unbeaten in their last six Premier League games played on a Monday (W2 D4), including a 1-0 win over Newcastle at home earlier this season.
Eden Hazard has made more successful passes in the attacking third than any other Premier League player this season (450).
Hazard has not scored a PL goal away from home since Jan 11th 2014, with his last 11 goals in the competition all coming at Stamford Bridge.

 

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Sky Bet League Two Opta Facts December 19-20
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Sky Bet League Two Opta Facts December 19-20

Southend United v Burton Albion
Southend won two and lost one of the four meetings between these two sides last season.
Burton have won three of the last six clashes with Southend in all competitions.
Southend have claimed just one point from behind this season. No League Two has won fewer than them.
The Brewers kept a clean sheet in their opening away game this season against Oxford but have conceded in each of their last 10 on the road.
33% of Burton’s goals this season have come in the 15 minutes leading up to half time (10 of 30).

Tranmere Rovers v Cambridge United
This will be the first meeting between the two sides since April 2002.
Cambridge’s only win in their last five clashes with Tranmere (D1 L3) came in the last game between them.
Tranmere’s Max Power has found the net seven times in his last nine games for the club (in all comps).
The only side to have more different goalscorers than Cambridge (13) this season are Newport (14)
Tranmere have used 32 different players this season in League Two, a league-high figure. Cambridge are next on 31.

Accrington Stanley v Wycombe Wanderers
The home side have won none of the last six clashes between Accrington and Wycombe.
Both games between the two teams in 2013/14 finished as draws.
John O’Sullivan has scored in his last two games for Accrington, having gone nine without a goal.
Wycombe are looking to win a fourth successive away game for the first time since November 2010.
The Chairboys boast the best away record in League Two, taking 23 points from a possible 30. They’ve also scored the most goals on the road (20) and conceded the fewest (8).

AFC Wimbledon v Mansfield Town
Despite winning all four clashes between these two sides in the Conference, Wimbledon failed to beat Mansfield in either league match last season.
Mansfield kept two clean sheets against the Dons last season, winning one and drawing the other.
Matt Tubbs has netted four goals in his last five appearances for the Dons (all comps).
The Stags have scored just three times since the start of November. Two of those goals have come from Vadaine Oliver.
George Francomb assisted all three of Wimbledon’s goals against York last weekend. He leads the way for assists in the division (8).

Bury v York City
Bury have won their last four games at home to York City, scoring two or more on each occasion.
York won the last meeting between the two sides – 1-0 in April thanks to Keith Lowe’s early strike.
Bury are looking to avoid a fifth successive loss, something which last happened to them in September 2011.
13 of York’s 19 points this season have come in away games. The Minstermen sit 23rd in a table based on home form, but 8th on away.
Only Oxford (7) have had fewer different goalscorers than either of these sides (8).

Carlisle United v Northampton Town
Carlisle have lost just one of their last five home league clashes with Northampton (W1 D3).
Northampton have won two and lost just one of their last five games with Carlisle.
Northampton have netted 48% of their goals in the final 15 minutes this season (14 of 29).
The Cumbrians have conceded a league-high 23 goals in the first half this campaign.

Cheltenham Town v Portsmouth
Last season in League Two marked the first occasion that Cheltenham and Portsmouth had met.
Both games ended as draws, with Cheltenham’s home game ending 2-2.
Cheltenham have gone 14 games without keeping a clean sheet, longer than any side in League Two this campaign.
Pompey have gone eight games without a victory away from home, the longest wait by any League Two side this season (D2 L6).
Arthur Koby has scored every 76 minutes for the Robins this season, the best rate of any player in the division with at least three goals.

Hartlepool v Oxford United
Hartlepool saw two players sent off in their two clashes with Oxford last season.
Oxford took all six points off Hartlepool last season, scoring four goals and conceding just one.
Hartlepool have collected just one point from their last eight games in League Two.
Pools haven’t won at home in League Two since the start of September, drawing three and losing four since then.
Despite being joint-top scorer in League Two with 10 goals, Danny Hylton hasn’t scored in his last four for the U’s.

Luton v Newport County
The Hatters enjoyed a 4-2 victory over Newport in the FA Cup in November.
This will be the first ever Football League meeting between these two sides since Newport’s reformation in 1989.
Luton Town have won each of their last seven league games at Kenilworth Road, conceding just one goal in the process.
The Exiles have recorded three straight wins – they haven’t won four consecutively since re-joining the Football League in 2013/14.
Another win here for the Hatters would set their best home run in the Football League since winning eight in a row in December 1996.

Plymouth Argyle v Dagenham and Redbridge
Plymouth have won five and lost none of their eight league clashes with Dagenham and Redbridge.
Dagenham have enjoyed one victory in 10 matches with Plymouth in all competitions, an FA Cup victory in 2003 (D4 L5).
Reuben Reid has played a part in seven of Plymouth’s last nine league goals (scoring four, assisting three).
The Daggers have squandered 18 points from leading positions this season, more than any other League Two side.
The only side to use fewer players this season than the Pilgrims (21) are Wycombe (19).

Shrewsbury Town v Morecambe
Shrewsbury won the last meeting between these two teams, 1-0 in March 2012.
Two of the last three clashes between these sides have featured the winning team getting a player sent off (one red card/victory each).
The Shrews have won each of their last five league games at home. The last time they recorded six wins on the spin was in October 2011.
Indeed, Shrewsbury have dropped just two points at home all season (W9 D1).
Padriag Almond is looking to score in three successive games for Morecambe for the first time.

Stevenage v Exeter City
The last time these two sides met was in League One in 2011/12. Both games ended in draws during that season.
Exeter have won three and lost none of their last seven clashes with Stevenage in all competitions.
Stevenage are the only League Two side to have profited from two own goals this season.
The Grecians are unbeaten in their last nine league games (W5 D4). They failed to win any of their first seven this season.
Exeter have scored in each of their previous 16 league games, the longest run in League Two currently.

 

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European Football Podcast – Episode 29: 18th December
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European Football Podcast – Episode 29: 18th December

Alex Dunn and Ray Drewett look ahead to the best games across Europe on this edition of the William Hill European Football Podcast.
The boys focus on the big games in Serie A, La Liga and Ligue 1 on this edition.
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Sky Bet League One Opta Facts December 20th 2014
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Sky Bet League One Opta Facts December 20th 2014

Barnsley v Leyton Orient
This will be the first meeting between the two teams in any competition since January 1982 (in the old Division Two).
In the 1981/82 season, Leyton Orient lost both of their two league clashes with Barnsley (1-0 away and 3-1 at home).
Barnsley are yet to keep a clean sheet at home this season. Indeed, their last league shutout at Oakwell came in April against Brighton in the Championship.
Leyton Orient have lost their last three away games in League One, shipping three in each.
The Tykes’ last two league goals have been scored by Lewin Nyatanga. The Welsh defender went 30 games without scoring since rejoining the club.

Bradford City v Scunthorpe United
The last time these two faced off was in March 2007 in League One.
Scunthorpe have won the last three meetings between these two sides in all competitions, all by a single goal.
Billy Clarke has netted in each of his last three games for the Bantams in all competitions.
The Iron have kept just one clean sheet all season
Scunthorpe have received more yellow cards than any other side this season (44).

Coventry City v Fleetwood Town
This will be the first ever meeting between Coventry City and Fleetwood Town.
The Cod Army have lost eight of their last nine away games in all competitions.
The Sky Blues have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three games in League One.
Just nine of Fleetwood’s 26 points this season have come on the road, winning three and losing seven.
Antoni Sarcevic ended a run of 19 games in all competitions without a goal against Sheffield United last weekend.

Crawley Town v Port Vale
There have been four players sent off in the four previous meetings between Crawley and Port Vale.
Port Vale won both of the clashes between these two teams last season, including this exact fixture 3-0.
Crawley’s last three home games in League One have all ended in score draws.
Port Vale are the only League One side yet to record a clean sheet away from home this season.
The Red Devils have mustered just 60 shots on target this season, a league low.

Crewe Alexandra v Bristol City
Crewe have won two and lost none of their last three clashes with Bristol City in all competitions.
Crewe were one of just two teams (also Sheffield United) that Bristol City failed to score against last season in League One.
The Railwaymen are winless in six league games, the joint-longest wait for victory in League One along with Crawley and Colchester (D3 L3).
Bristol City have had 14 different goalscorers this season – no side has had more.
Crewe have had the fewest number of shots in League One this season (142).

Gillingham v Chesterfield
Gillingham have scored exactly one goal in each of their last three clashes with Chesterfield (W1 D1 L1).
Chesterfield have won two of the last 13 meetings between these two sides (D3 L8).
Jake Hessenthaler has recorded seven assists this season in League One, a joint-league high with Notts County’s Stephen McLaughlin.
The Spireites have taken just seven points from their last 10 league games, a league-low tally (W1 D4 L5).
Both of these sides have won six penalties this campaign – Chesterfield have converted five, while Gillingham have scored just two.

MK Dons v Oldham Athletic
MK Dons have won the last two clashes between these two sides, both by the scoreline of 2-1.
Oldham have won just two of their last nine clashes with MK Dons (D2 L5).
MK Dons are unbeaten in 10 league fixtures, the longest current run in League One (W6 D4).
The Latics have been involved in more draws in League One than anyone else this season (9).
Delli Alli has scored or assisted in his last four league games for MK Dons.
Daniel Johnson has been involved in four of Oldham’s last five goals, scoring three and assisting another.

Peterborough v Preston North End
Four of the last five clashes between these two sides in the league have been won by the home side.
Joe Garner scored twice in Preston’s 3-1 win over Peterborough in March.
The Posh have lost three consecutive home league games. They last lost three on the spin in December 2012 (a run of four games).
PNE have had the most efforts on goal in League One this season (230).
Peterborough have scored a joint-league high seven times from outside the area from open play this campaign

Rochdale v Notts County
The last two games between these sides at Spotland have been settled by a single goal (one win each).
Notts County won both of the league games between these two sides in 2011/12, without conceding a goal.
Rochdale have conceded six penalties this season, more than any other side.
Notts County are the only League One side yet to taste defeat in an away game this season (W5 D4).
Roy Carroll has made 96 saves this season, more than any other keeper.

Sheffield United v Walsall
The last five games in all competitions between Sheffield United and Walsall have produced just nine goals.
Walsall won the Football League Trophy meeting between these two in November thanks to a 1-0 win.
The Blades have scored 13 times in the final 15 minutes of games this season, a league high. However, Walsall have conceded just two in this period.
Jordan Cook was involved in all three of Walsall’s goals against Barnsley, scoring twice and assisting Tom Bradshaw.
The Saddlers are on a six game unbeaten run in League One (W4 D2), letting just two goals in in that time.

Swindon Town v Doncaster Rovers
Swindon have lost just one of their last seven home league matches with Doncaster (W2 D4).
Rovers have won three and lost none of their last four clashes with Swindon.
The Robins have won five consecutive league games, their best run since February 2012 (a run of 10 matches).
Donny have shipped six goals in the opening 15 minutes – no side has let in more than them.
Andy Williams has scored 11 times this season for Swindon, equalling his tally from the 2012/13 season.

Yeovil Town v Colchester
Yeovil have lost just one of their last seven clashes with Colchester in all competitions (W4 D2).
Colchester have won none of their last four visits to Huish Park (L4) in all competitions.
The Glovers haven’t won a home league game since September. They’ve failed to score in four of their last five at Huish Park.
The U’s have lost their last five league games, their worst run since being beaten nine times in a row between November 2012 and January 2013.
The only side to score fewer goals in League One this season than Yeovil (18) are Crewe (16).

 

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Championship Opta Facts – Dec 19-20
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Championship Opta Facts – Dec 19-20

Millwall v Bolton

  • Millwall have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 meetings with Bolton in league competition.
  • Bolton have won just once in 16 visits to Millwall, losing 13 (D2).
  • The Lions are without a home win in three attempts, losing two (D1) and conceding 10 goals in the process.
  • Bolton are unbeaten in six (W3 D3), keeping four clean sheets in the process.
  • Millwall have won all three home games they have been ahead in this season.
  • The Trotters have scored just five goals in their last 10 away games and never more than once in this run.

Derby v Norwich

  • Derby have lost one of their last four home meetings with Norwich, though this defeat came the last time the sides met in 2010/11.
  • Norwich’s Gary Hooper has three goals in four appearances against Derby, though these all came for Scunthorpe.
  • Both sides have scored in each of the last five meetings between the two.
  • Former Norwich striker Chris Martin has had a hand in 13 goals for Derby County this season; more than any other player at the club (12 goals, one assist).
  • Last weekend, Norwich’s Nathan Redmond scored his first goal of the season with his 50th shot (including blocked).
  • Derby County have won 38 points from their first 21 games this season, two fewer than at this stage last season.
  • However, the Rams are one place higher in the table this season than after 21 games in 2013/14.

Blackburn v Charlton

  • Blackburn have won three of their last five home games against Charlton, though they have lost the last two.
  • Charlton have scored on each of their last four visits to Ewood Park, winning twice (L2).
  • Blackburn have gone eight games without keeping a clean sheet; no side is waiting longer for a shut out than Rovers.
  • However, Rovers have scored in each of their last 10 league games; the current longest run in the division.
  • Charlton have won just one of their last eight in the league, drawing five and losing two.
  • No side has shipped more goals in the 90th minute this season than Blackburn (3).

Blackpool v Bournemouth

  • Blackpool have won just one of their last five home fixtures against Bournemouth, losing three (D1).
  • Bournemouth won this exact fixture 1-0 last season, courtesy of a Lewis Grabban penalty.
  • The Cherries have scored a league-high 27 second half goals this season, 11 more than Blackpool have registered in total.
  • Jamie O’Hara has scored in both of his previous league appearances against Bournemouth.
  • Bournemouth are unbeaten 11 games in league competition (W8 D3); the current longest run in the division.
  • The Tangerines have kept only one clean sheet in their last 10 league clashes, though it arrived in their most recent game at Bloomfield Road (v Birmingham).

Cardiff v Brentford

  • Cardiff have lost just one of their 17 home games against Brentford, winning 11 (D5).
  • Brentford have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 12 visits to Cardiff, last shutting them out in April 1950.
  • Cardiff are unbeaten in six at home, winning five (D1). However, they’ve conceded exactly one goal in six of their last seven at the Cardiff City Stadium.
  • Andre Gray has bagged six goals in his last seven games for Brentford, this after failing to score in his previous eight.
  • The Bees have scored more 90th minute goals than any other Championship side this season (4).
  • Kenwyne Jones has had a hand in more goals for Cardiff this term than any other player (seven goals, three assists).

Fulham v Sheffield Wednesday

  • Fulham are unbeaten in eight home league games against Wednesday, winning six and drawing two.
  • The Owls have not kept a clean sheet in 13 games away to Fulham, shipping 29 goals in that time.
  • Hugo Rodallega has been involved in six of Fulham’s last seven goals (four goals, two assists).
  • Sheffield Wednesday have played out a league-high six nil-nil draws this term, five more than in 2013/14.
  • In fact, no Championship side recorded more than six nil-nil draws last season.
  • No side has been shown more red cards in 2014/15 than Fulham (4).

Huddersfield v Birmingham

  • Huddersfield have failed to beat Birmingham in any of their last six home games against them (L3 D3).
  • Birmingham have conceded just four goals in their last six visits to Huddersfield.
  • Huddersfield have found the net in each of their last six meetings with Birmingham.
  • Birmingham won this exact fixture 3-1 last season, with Kyle Bartley scoring twice before being sent off for the Blues.
  • The Terriers have won just two of their last 13 meetings with Birmingham, losing six (D5).
  • The Blues have been reduced to 10-men in two of their last four meetings with Huddersfield.
  • Demarai Gray had scored just two goals in 22 league appearances for Birmingham prior to his first half hat-trick against Reading.

Ipswich v Middlesbrough

  • Ipswich are unbeaten in eight home games against Middlesbrough (W4 D4).
  • Middlesbrough’s Lee Tomlin has four goals in five games against Ipswich (all for Peterborough) including a hat-trick against them in 2011/12.
  • Ipswich defender Tommy Smith has scored more league goals against Middlesbrough than any other team (3).
  • Grant Leadbitter has scored all six of the penalties he has taken this season – four more than any other player.
  • Patrick Bamford has found the back of the net in each of his last four games and has netted six in his last seven for ‘Boro.
  • Ipswich have conceded just seven goals at home this season; the joint-fewest in the division along with Middlesbrough.

Reading v Watford

  • Reading have won just one of their last seven home games against Watford (D4 L2), and none of their last four.
  • Watford came from 3-1 down in this exact fixture last season, with Diego Fabbrini’s 90th minute goal salvaging a point for the Hornets.
  • After scoring just one goal in his previous 10 games, Troy Deeney has bagged five in his last two.
  • Simon Cox has bagged three goals in four league appearances against Watford, including a brace in his last game versus the Hornets in January 2014.
  • Watford have yet to draw a game nil-nil this season; a joint-league-low alongside Fulham.
  • Reading have made more errors leading directly to goals than any other team in the second tier this season (6).

Wigan v Rotherham

  • This will be the first league meeting between the sides since the 2004/05 campaign, in which Wigan were promoted to the Premier League.
  • Wigan have won three of their last four meetings with Rotherham (L1), keeping a clean sheet in each victory.
  • Rotherham have kept just one clean sheet in their last 11 games against Wigan.
  • Only Rotherham (D6 L3) are enduring a longer winless run in the Championship than the Latics (L5 D2).
  • Wigan are winless in seven at the DW Stadium, though five have ended level (L2).
  • Rotherham’s Paul Taylor has attempted more shots without scoring this season than any other player (32).

Wolves v Brighton

  • Wolves have scored in each of their last seven home games against Brighton, though they have won just two of these (D3 L2).
  • Kazenga Lua Lua scored two goals in his only previous appearance against Wolves for Brighton.
  • Wolves have lost back to back games at Molineux for the first time since December 2012. They last lost three in a row April 2012 back in the top flight.
  • Two of Darren Bent’s three league goals against Wolves have arrived at Molineux.
  • Jake Forster-Caskey has created more goalscoring chances without providing an assist than any other Championship player in 2014/15 (31).
  • Brighton have won only one of their last 17 games in league competition (D9 L7).

Nottingham Forest v Leeds

  • Dexter Blackstock has five goals in four games against Leeds for Forest.
  • Leeds have lost four of their last five meetings with Forest (W1), having previously gone 11 games unbeaten against them.
  • No side has scored more headed goals this season than Nottingham Forest (10). In contrast, Leeds have yet to score from a header.
  • After scoring five goals in his first six league games against Forest, Billy Sharp has failed net in each of his last four versus them.
  • Leeds United have conceded five times from the penalty spot this season, a league-high.
  • The Whites have lost five of their last six games on the road, drawing the other.

 

 

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Football bettor beats odds of 10,890/1 to scoop mega win!
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Football bettor beats odds of 10,890/1 to scoop mega win!

One William Hill punter was celebrating this weekend after turning just £21 into £228,690.

On Saturday, the 68 year old man from Central London managed to correctly predict four correct scores returning the incredible amount.

The gentleman, who wished to remain anonymous picked Fulham to beat Brighton 2-1, Birmingham to beat Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday to beat Wigan by the same scoreline and Bolton to defeat Huddersfield by a goal to nil.

That meant that he overcame odds of 10,890/1 to scoop the win.

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Bet consisted of four correct scores: 10,890/1
Brighton vs Fulham – 1-2 (10/1)
Birmingham vs Nottingham Forest – 2-1 (10/1)
Bolton vs Huddersfield – 1-0 (8/1)
Sheffield Wednesday vs Wigan – 2-1 (9/1)

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The FWA Podcast
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The FWA Podcast

The FWA Podcast features the best football writers in Britain discussing the biggest stories every week
This week it’s Chris Davies on Aguero and Premier League weekend.

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The League Podcast
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The League Podcast

Every week William Hill looks at featured games from the Football League on three podcasts.
Just scroll down the playlist above to find each one every Friday.
Commentator Pete Farries preview the Championship, while Sam Ashoo from www.the72.co.uk lo…

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The Punt Podcast
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The Punt Podcast

The Punt is William Hill’s top flight football podcast, concentrating on the Premier League clubs in the top flight, FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League, Europa League and international action.
Dave Kelner and Lee Phelps are with you every Monday a…

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The Punt Podcast
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European Football Podcast – Episode 28: 12th December
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European Football Podcast – Episode 28: 12th December

Alex Dunn and Ray Drewett look ahead to the best games across Europe on this edition of the William Hill European Football Podcast.
The boys focus on the big games in the Bundesliga, Serie A, La Liga, the Portuguese Primeira Liga a…

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Scottish Premiership Opta Facts – December 13/14
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Scottish Premiership Opta Facts – December 13/14

Dundee Utd v Aberdeen

The Terrors have lost successive matches at home to Aberdeen.

The Dons have tasted defeat just twice in their last 11 meetings with Dundee United (W6 D3).

Nadir Ciftci has got on the scoresheet in five of his last six league appearances at home for the Terrors.

Dundee United are unbeaten in seven home games (W6 D1).

Aberdeen have conceded exactly once in their last five away at Dundee United.

 

Hamilton v Dundee

Hamilton have claimed just one win in their last four home games against Dundee (D1 L2).

Dundee are unbeaten in five games versus Hamilton (W3 D2).

The last nine goals recorded by Dundee have been scored by either David Clarkson (4) or Greg Stewart (5).

Hamilton are unbeaten in six home matches (W4 D2); their best run in the top-flight since May 2010 (eight games).

No side has kept more clean sheets than Dundee away from home this season (3).


Inverness CT v Partick Thistle

Caley Thistle have scored in each of their last seven home games against the Jags in all competitions.

Partick Thistle have never conceded more than one goal in the Scottish Premiership against Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

No player has been involved in more goals at home this season than Caley’s Marley Watkins (6, four goals and two assists).

Inverness have scored at least once in 12 of their last 13 matches.

Partick Thistle have managed one win in seven heading into this fixture (D3 L3).

 

Kilmarnock v St Johnstone

Kilmarnock have failed to win any of their seven most recent home games versus St Johnstone (D3 L4).

St Johnstone’s 11 game (W7 D4) unbeaten run against Kilmarnock came to an end in their most recent meeting, back in October.

Alexei Eremenko has claimed more assists than any other player at home this term (4).

47% of Kilmarnock’s goals this term have been headed; a league-high share.

St Johnstone are unbeaten in five games (W3 D2); their best streak since April 2014 (six games).

 

Motherwell v Ross County

Motherwell have won five straight meetings with Ross County.

Ross County have never kept a clean sheet at Fir Park.

John Sutton has scored six goals in his last four appearances against Ross County for the Steelmen.

Motherwell have scored a league-low total of nine goals this term.

Ross County have only lost one of their last four league games as visitors (W1 D2).

 

Celtic v St Mirren

The Bhoys are unbeaten in 13 matches against St Mirren; conceding only two goals in this time (W12 D1).

St Mirren have failed to score in their last six visits to Celtic Park.

John Guidetti has bagged six goals in his last five home games for Celtic in all competitions.

Celtic have been in victorious in seven successive matches; shipping just two goals.

St Mirren have gone behind in 14 games this season; a league-high number.

 

 

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Scottish Premiership Opta Facts – December 13/14
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Scottish Premiership Opta Facts – December 13/14

Dundee Utd v Aberdeen

The Terrors have lost successive matches at home to Aberdeen.

The Dons have tasted defeat just twice in their last 11 meetings with Dundee United (W6 D3).

Nadir Ciftci has got on the scoresheet in five of his last six league appearances at home for the Terrors.

Dundee United are unbeaten in seven home games (W6 D1).

Aberdeen have conceded exactly once in their last five away at Dundee United.

 

Hamilton v Dundee

Hamilton have claimed just one win in their last four home games against Dundee (D1 L2).

Dundee are unbeaten in five games versus Hamilton (W3 D2).

The last nine goals recorded by Dundee have been scored by either David Clarkson (4) or Greg Stewart (5).

Hamilton are unbeaten in six home matches (W4 D2); their best run in the top-flight since May 2010 (eight games).

No side has kept more clean sheets than Dundee away from home this season (3).


Inverness CT v Partick Thistle

Caley Thistle have scored in each of their last seven home games against the Jags in all competitions.

Partick Thistle have never conceded more than one goal in the Scottish Premiership against Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

No player has been involved in more goals at home this season than Caley’s Marley Watkins (6, four goals and two assists).

Inverness have scored at least once in 12 of their last 13 matches.

Partick Thistle have managed one win in seven heading into this fixture (D3 L3).

 

Kilmarnock v St Johnstone

Kilmarnock have failed to win any of their seven most recent home games versus St Johnstone (D3 L4).

St Johnstone’s 11 game (W7 D4) unbeaten run against Kilmarnock came to an end in their most recent meeting, back in October.

Alexei Eremenko has claimed more assists than any other player at home this term (4).

47% of Kilmarnock’s goals this term have been headed; a league-high share.

St Johnstone are unbeaten in five games (W3 D2); their best streak since April 2014 (six games).

 

Motherwell v Ross County

Motherwell have won five straight meetings with Ross County.

Ross County have never kept a clean sheet at Fir Park.

John Sutton has scored six goals in his last four appearances against Ross County for the Steelmen.

Motherwell have scored a league-low total of nine goals this term.

Ross County have only lost one of their last four league games as visitors (W1 D2).

 

Celtic v St Mirren

The Bhoys are unbeaten in 13 matches against St Mirren; conceding only two goals in this time (W12 D1).

St Mirren have failed to score in their last six visits to Celtic Park.

John Guidetti has bagged six goals in his last five home games for Celtic in all competitions.

Celtic have been in victorious in seven successive matches; shipping just two goals.

St Mirren have gone behind in 14 games this season; a league-high number.

 

 

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Scottish Premiership Opta Facts – December 13/14
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Scottish Premiership Opta Facts – December 13/14

Dundee Utd v Aberdeen

The Terrors have lost successive matches at home to Aberdeen.

The Dons have tasted defeat just twice in their last 11 meetings with Dundee United (W6 D3).

Nadir Ciftci has got on the scoresheet in five of his last six league appearances at home for the Terrors.

Dundee United are unbeaten in seven home games (W6 D1).

Aberdeen have conceded exactly once in their last five away at Dundee United.

 

Hamilton v Dundee

Hamilton have claimed just one win in their last four home games against Dundee (D1 L2).

Dundee are unbeaten in five games versus Hamilton (W3 D2).

The last nine goals recorded by Dundee have been scored by either David Clarkson (4) or Greg Stewart (5).

Hamilton are unbeaten in six home matches (W4 D2); their best run in the top-flight since May 2010 (eight games).

No side has kept more clean sheets than Dundee away from home this season (3).


Inverness CT v Partick Thistle

Caley Thistle have scored in each of their last seven home games against the Jags in all competitions.

Partick Thistle have never conceded more than one goal in the Scottish Premiership against Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

No player has been involved in more goals at home this season than Caley’s Marley Watkins (6, four goals and two assists).

Inverness have scored at least once in 12 of their last 13 matches.

Partick Thistle have managed one win in seven heading into this fixture (D3 L3).

 

Kilmarnock v St Johnstone

Kilmarnock have failed to win any of their seven most recent home games versus St Johnstone (D3 L4).

St Johnstone’s 11 game (W7 D4) unbeaten run against Kilmarnock came to an end in their most recent meeting, back in October.

Alexei Eremenko has claimed more assists than any other player at home this term (4).

47% of Kilmarnock’s goals this term have been headed; a league-high share.

St Johnstone are unbeaten in five games (W3 D2); their best streak since April 2014 (six games).

 

Motherwell v Ross County

Motherwell have won five straight meetings with Ross County.

Ross County have never kept a clean sheet at Fir Park.

John Sutton has scored six goals in his last four appearances against Ross County for the Steelmen.

Motherwell have scored a league-low total of nine goals this term.

Ross County have only lost one of their last four league games as visitors (W1 D2).

 

Celtic v St Mirren

The Bhoys are unbeaten in 13 matches against St Mirren; conceding only two goals in this time (W12 D1).

St Mirren have failed to score in their last six visits to Celtic Park.

John Guidetti has bagged six goals in his last five home games for Celtic in all competitions.

Celtic have been in victorious in seven successive matches; shipping just two goals.

St Mirren have gone behind in 14 games this season; a league-high number.

 

 

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League Two Opta Facts December 13
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League Two Opta Facts December 13

Burton V Hartlepool

Burton won their only previous home encounter with Hartlepool last season (3-0).

Hartlepool’s only competitive victory over Burton came in the FA Cup in December 2003 (1-0).

The Brewers have scored 14 second half goals this season; as many as Hartlepool have managed in total.

Hartlepool have lost six of their last seven games in league competition, drawing the other.

Burton have scored a league high nine goals in the 15 minutes before half time. In contrast Hartlepool have netted once in this period, a league-low.

No side has conceded more second half goals this term than Pools (21).

Cambridge V Shrewsbury

Cambridge United have gone three games unbeaten against the Shrews, winning two (D1).

Indeed, Shrewsbury have failed to score in each of those three meetings.

The U’s last three home games have all finished 2-1, with two of those occasions in their favour.

The Shrews have won seven of their last eight league games, however they’ve won only twice on the road this season (D2 L5).

No team has scored more than Cambridge in League Two this season (joint with Wycombe on 31), while Shrewsbury are the next highest scorers with 30.

 

Dag & Red V Tranmere

Dagenham and Redbridge have yet to record a league win over Tranmere (D1 L1).

Tranmere scored exactly two goals in both of their previous clashes with the Daggers.

After a run of five games without a win, the Daggers have won two on the trot, both by a two-goal margin.

Tranmere’s win against Portsmouth in their last fixture ended a run of 13 games without victory. They’ve not won back-to-back games since April.

Dagenham have lost a league-high 18 points from winning positions this season.

 

Exeter V Carlisle

Exeter City have lost just once in their last 15 at home to Carlisle in league competition (W9 D5).

Ryan Harley has scored three goals in four appearances against Exeter City for Carlisle United.

The Grecians are unbeaten in eight league games (W4 D4).They’ve not gone nine unbeaten since April 2010.

Carlisle have drawn none of their previous 13 league games (W5 L8).

Exeter have gained a league-high 15 points from losing positions this season, and are the only side in League Two yet to give away a penalty.

 

Mansfield V Cheltenham

Mansfield have lost their last three at home to the Robins, scoring just once in the process.

Cheltenham have won five of their last seven league clashes with Mansfield (L2).

Mansfield have scored just six second half goals this term, a league-low.

Cheltenham have scored as many goals in their last two trips to Mansfield (7) as they managed in their previous six combined.

No side has won fewer points from losing positions this season than the Stags (1).

Neither side have scored from the penalty spot this season, a joint-league-low with four other teams.

 

Morecambe V Luton

Morecambe have won just one of their last six in the league, losing three (D2).

Luton were victorious in their only previous away trip to Morecambe thanks to goals from Kevin Gallen and Chris Martin.

Paul Benson has scored four goals in six league appearances versus Morecambe.

Morecambe have only scored more than one goal in a match once in their last 12 games, and in none of the last six.

Luton have conceded exactly one goal in each of their last four away games.

Morecambe have scored just one goal in the opening 15 minutes of games this season, fewer than any other side.

 

Newport V Stevenage

Newport County have gone eight games without defeat (W5 D3); no side is currently on a longer unbeaten run.

This will be the first competitive meeting between Newport County and Stevenage.

No side has won fewer away games in League Two than Stevenage this season (1).

Indeed, Stevenage have lost a league-high 10 points from winning positions in away games this season.

Newport have been shown a league-high 36 yellow cards this season.

 

Northampton V Plymouth

Northampton have lost three of their last four games against the Pilgrims, winning the other.

Marvin Morgan has scored four goals in five appearances against Northampton but none for Plymouth.

Northampton have won their last two home games without conceding a goal. They’ve not won three in a row at home since March 2013 (winning 10 in a row).

The Pilgrims have conceded just five goals in their last 12 games, and never more than once in a match in that run.

In fact, Plymouth have conceded the fewest goals in the top four tiers of English football (11).

 

Oxford Utd V Bury

Josh Ruffles scored his first professional goal to rescue a point for Oxford against Bury in February. He hasn’t scored since.

Bury have lost only one of their last five against Oxford (W2 D2), though it came in this exact fixture last season (2-1).

Oxford have drawn their last three games in all competitions; 0-0, 1-1 and 2-2.

Bury have lost three on the trot in the league; they’ve not lost four in a row since September 2011.

Oxford have scored a league-high five penalties this term, accounting for 25% of their goals.

 

Portsmouth V Accrington

Portsmouth have never lost to Accrington Stanley in all competitions, winning three (D2).

Accrington have gone eight games without keeping a clean sheet.

Portsmouth have won their last three at home, scoring three goals each time. Indeed, each of their last four home wins has seen them score three times.

Pompey have not lost any points at home in games which they have led, while Accrington have not won any points in away games in which they have been behind.

Stanley have scored a league-high 17 goals in the first half of games this season.


Wycombe V Southend

Wycombe managed to avoid defeat against Southend last season (W1 D1), winning this exact fixture 2-1, courtesy of goals from Dean Morgan and Steven Craig.

Barry Corr has scored three goals in four appearances for Southend against Wycombe.

The Chairboys have found the net in each of their last 13 league games, including seven in the last two.

Southend are currently on a run of four straight wins; they’ve not won five in a row since November 2011.

Wycombe’s Peter Murphy has scored a league-high five headed goals this season (level with Adebayo Akinfenwa).

 

York V Wimbledon

York have lost three of their previous four league games against AFC Wimbledon, though they won the most recent clash in March 2014.

The Dons have gone seven games without an away win, losing four (D3).

York are the only side in League Two without a home win this season (L3 D6).

However, the Dons are without a win away from home in seven attempts, failing to score in any of the last three.

The Minstermen have conceded a league-low 65% of goals from inside the box this season, however AFC Wimbledon have scored a high of 92% of their goals from inside the area.

 

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Bristol City v Crawley Town

These two sides met for the first time in the league last season – Bristol City won this exact fixture 2-0 in November 2013 and drew away 1-1.

Crawley’s only win over the Robins came in the third round of the FA Cup in January 2012, a 1-0 victory at home.

Kieran Agard has scored three goals in two appearances against Crawley Town in league competition.

14 different players have scored a league goal for the Robins this term, the largest spread in the division.

Crawley have drawn their last five games, none of which ended goalless.

 

Chesterfield v Bradford City

Chesterfield are unbeaten in five league meetings with Bradford, having lost four in a row prior to this (W1 D4).

The Bantams have been on the winning side just once in their previous 11 trips to Chesterfield (D5 L5).

Four of the last five games between these two sides in Chesterfield have ended in score draws.

Billy Clarke and Jon Stead are both looking to score in their third consecutive game for Bradford, in all competitions.

Having scored 14 in his opening 11 League One appearances this season, Eoin Doyle has netted just twice in his last eight. Both of these goals came in his last home game v Barnsley.

Bradford have gone eight games without a clean sheet in League One.


Colchester United v Rochdale

Colchester have been beaten just once in their previous 13 league games against Rochdale (W4 D8).

The Dale have failed to score in their last six trips to Colchester. They scored nine times in their two games prior to this run in 1992 and 1993.

Rochdale have scored a league-high 11 headed goals in 2014/15.

Colchester United have used 30 different players in this campaign, a league-high.

Colchester United have gone five games without a win, losing the last four (D1). They haven’t lost five in a row since January 2013 (a club record run of nine defeats).

 

Doncaster Rovers v Gillingham

Doncaster have won just three of their last 13 league matches against Gillingham (D4 L6).

The Gills’ last five wins at Doncaster have all come by a single goal.

Donny have recovered 12 points from losing positions this season, the most in the division.

In fact, they’ve also yet to drop any points from games in which they’ve gone ahead this term, a league-low.

The Gills have picked up just three points on the road this season, the fewest in League One. However, no side has won fewer points at home than Doncaster (6).

Antonio German’s first professional goal came against Doncaster while playing for QPR back in 2010.

 

Fleetwood v Sheffield United

This is the first ever meeting between Fleetwood Town and Sheffield United.

The Blades have recorded three successive away wins for the first time since March 2014. In both of those runs, they didn’t concede a single goal.

Only four goals have been scored in Fleetwood’s last four league games (two for, two against).

The Blades (13) have scored more goals in the final 15 minutes of matches this season than any other team in the top four tiers of English Football.

Sheffield United have conceded just four goals in their last eight games and never more than once in this run.

 

Leyton Orient v Peterborough United

David Mooney scored three times in the regular league season games against Peterborough last season.

The Posh won just one of the four matches against the O’s last season, being beaten by them in the League One Playoff semi-final. They did however win 2-1 away in February.

Peterborough have won fewer points from their last six games than any other League One side (1).

David Mooney has scored three times in four games for Leyton Orient against Peterborough.

Aaron McLean has scored four goals in four appearance against Leyton Orient and three in three for the Posh.


Notts County v Swindon Town

Notts County have won their last three home matches against Swindon, without conceding a goal.

The away team has failed to score in five of the last six meetings between Notts County and Swindon. On three of those occasions, it has been the Robins who have failed to find the back of the net.

Swindon Town have won more points from their last six games than any other League One team (15).

Roy Carroll has made 90 saves so far this season, 15 more than any other goalkeeper.

 

Oldham Athletic v Yeovil Town

The Latics’ win over Yeovil in April 2013 ended a run of nine without a victory against the Glovers (D4 L5).

Yeovil have conceded exactly one goal in their last five against Oldham.

Jonathan Forte has scored six goals in his last seven league games for the Latics.

Yeovil have failed to score in five of their last six games, netting just two goals.

Oldham have lost just once in their last 15 in league competition (W7 D7).


Port Vale v Coventry City

Port Vale are unbeaten in 10 league games against the Sky Blues (W6 D4).

Coventry’s last win over Port Vale came in April 1960.

Coventry City have kept a clean sheet in each of their last two games; they’ve not gone three without conceding since December 2010 (a run of four).

Port Vale have won four and lost none of their last five matches at home.

No side has conceded more goals in the opening 15 minutes this season than Port Vale (6).

 

Preston North End v MK Dons

Preston have never lost to MK Dons in six previous clashes (W1 D5).

MK Dons have claimed a draw in each of their three previous trips to Deepdale.

Jermaine Beckford has netted four goals in three league games against MK Dons.

Joe Garner has bagged five goals in his last four home games in all competitions for Preston.

Preston have won nine of their last 12 league games, losing the other three.

 

Scunthorpe United v Crewe Alexandra

Scunthorpe have lost their last three against Crewe Alexandra, all by a single goal. They’ve never lost four in a row versus the Railwaymen.

Crewe last kept a clean sheet at Scunthorpe in February 1982, a run of 12 games without one.

The Iron are without a win at home in four attempts, losing three. They’ve also gone nine games without a clean sheet on home soil.

Crewe have lost all 11 games in which they’ve gone behind in this term.

However, no side has dropped more points from leading positions this season than Scunthorpe (15).

 

Walsall v Barnsley

The Saddlers have lost eight of their last ten games against Barnsley (W1 D1).

Barnsley have never kept a clean sheet at Walsall in the Football League (18 games).

Walsall have been involved in six 0-0 draws this season in League One; three more than any other side.

Walsall’s Richard O’Donnell has kept a league-high nine shutouts this season.

The Tykes have scored exactly once in each of their last five on the road (W2 L3).

The Saddlers have conceded fewer goals at home this term than any other side (5).

 

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Bristol City v Crawley Town

These two sides met for the first time in the league last season – Bristol City won this exact fixture 2-0 in November 2013 and drew away 1-1.

Crawley’s only win over the Robins came in the third round of the FA Cup in January 2012, a 1-0 victory at home.

Kieran Agard has scored three goals in two appearances against Crawley Town in league competition.

14 different players have scored a league goal for the Robins this term, the largest spread in the division.

Crawley have drawn their last five games, none of which ended goalless.

 

Chesterfield v Bradford City

Chesterfield are unbeaten in five league meetings with Bradford, having lost four in a row prior to this (W1 D4).

The Bantams have been on the winning side just once in their previous 11 trips to Chesterfield (D5 L5).

Four of the last five games between these two sides in Chesterfield have ended in score draws.

Billy Clarke and Jon Stead are both looking to score in their third consecutive game for Bradford, in all competitions.

Having scored 14 in his opening 11 League One appearances this season, Eoin Doyle has netted just twice in his last eight. Both of these goals came in his last home game v Barnsley.

Bradford have gone eight games without a clean sheet in League One.


Colchester United v Rochdale

Colchester have been beaten just once in their previous 13 league games against Rochdale (W4 D8).

The Dale have failed to score in their last six trips to Colchester. They scored nine times in their two games prior to this run in 1992 and 1993.

Rochdale have scored a league-high 11 headed goals in 2014/15.

Colchester United have used 30 different players in this campaign, a league-high.

Colchester United have gone five games without a win, losing the last four (D1). They haven’t lost five in a row since January 2013 (a club record run of nine defeats).

 

Doncaster Rovers v Gillingham

Doncaster have won just three of their last 13 league matches against Gillingham (D4 L6).

The Gills’ last five wins at Doncaster have all come by a single goal.

Donny have recovered 12 points from losing positions this season, the most in the division.

In fact, they’ve also yet to drop any points from games in which they’ve gone ahead this term, a league-low.

The Gills have picked up just three points on the road this season, the fewest in League One. However, no side has won fewer points at home than Doncaster (6).

Antonio German’s first professional goal came against Doncaster while playing for QPR back in 2010.

 

Fleetwood v Sheffield United

This is the first ever meeting between Fleetwood Town and Sheffield United.

The Blades have recorded three successive away wins for the first time since March 2014. In both of those runs, they didn’t concede a single goal.

Only four goals have been scored in Fleetwood’s last four league games (two for, two against).

The Blades (13) have scored more goals in the final 15 minutes of matches this season than any other team in the top four tiers of English Football.

Sheffield United have conceded just four goals in their last eight games and never more than once in this run.

 

Leyton Orient v Peterborough United

David Mooney scored three times in the regular league season games against Peterborough last season.

The Posh won just one of the four matches against the O’s last season, being beaten by them in the League One Playoff semi-final. They did however win 2-1 away in February.

Peterborough have won fewer points from their last six games than any other League One side (1).

David Mooney has scored three times in four games for Leyton Orient against Peterborough.

Aaron McLean has scored four goals in four appearance against Leyton Orient and three in three for the Posh.


Notts County v Swindon Town

Notts County have won their last three home matches against Swindon, without conceding a goal.

The away team has failed to score in five of the last six meetings between Notts County and Swindon. On three of those occasions, it has been the Robins who have failed to find the back of the net.

Swindon Town have won more points from their last six games than any other League One team (15).

Roy Carroll has made 90 saves so far this season, 15 more than any other goalkeeper.

 

Oldham Athletic v Yeovil Town

The Latics’ win over Yeovil in April 2013 ended a run of nine without a victory against the Glovers (D4 L5).

Yeovil have conceded exactly one goal in their last five against Oldham.

Jonathan Forte has scored six goals in his last seven league games for the Latics.

Yeovil have failed to score in five of their last six games, netting just two goals.

Oldham have lost just once in their last 15 in league competition (W7 D7).


Port Vale v Coventry City

Port Vale are unbeaten in 10 league games against the Sky Blues (W6 D4).

Coventry’s last win over Port Vale came in April 1960.

Coventry City have kept a clean sheet in each of their last two games; they’ve not gone three without conceding since December 2010 (a run of four).

Port Vale have won four and lost none of their last five matches at home.

No side has conceded more goals in the opening 15 minutes this season than Port Vale (6).

 

Preston North End v MK Dons

Preston have never lost to MK Dons in six previous clashes (W1 D5).

MK Dons have claimed a draw in each of their three previous trips to Deepdale.

Jermaine Beckford has netted four goals in three league games against MK Dons.

Joe Garner has bagged five goals in his last four home games in all competitions for Preston.

Preston have won nine of their last 12 league games, losing the other three.

 

Scunthorpe United v Crewe Alexandra

Scunthorpe have lost their last three against Crewe Alexandra, all by a single goal. They’ve never lost four in a row versus the Railwaymen.

Crewe last kept a clean sheet at Scunthorpe in February 1982, a run of 12 games without one.

The Iron are without a win at home in four attempts, losing three. They’ve also gone nine games without a clean sheet on home soil.

Crewe have lost all 11 games in which they’ve gone behind in this term.

However, no side has dropped more points from leading positions this season than Scunthorpe (15).

 

Walsall v Barnsley

The Saddlers have lost eight of their last ten games against Barnsley (W1 D1).

Barnsley have never kept a clean sheet at Walsall in the Football League (18 games).

Walsall have been involved in six 0-0 draws this season in League One; three more than any other side.

Walsall’s Richard O’Donnell has kept a league-high nine shutouts this season.

The Tykes have scored exactly once in each of their last five on the road (W2 L3).

The Saddlers have conceded fewer goals at home this term than any other side (5).

 

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Bristol City v Crawley Town

These two sides met for the first time in the league last season – Bristol City won this exact fixture 2-0 in November 2013 and drew away 1-1.

Crawley’s only win over the Robins came in the third round of the FA Cup in January 2012, a 1-0 victory at home.

Kieran Agard has scored three goals in two appearances against Crawley Town in league competition.

14 different players have scored a league goal for the Robins this term, the largest spread in the division.

Crawley have drawn their last five games, none of which ended goalless.

 

Chesterfield v Bradford City

Chesterfield are unbeaten in five league meetings with Bradford, having lost four in a row prior to this (W1 D4).

The Bantams have been on the winning side just once in their previous 11 trips to Chesterfield (D5 L5).

Four of the last five games between these two sides in Chesterfield have ended in score draws.

Billy Clarke and Jon Stead are both looking to score in their third consecutive game for Bradford, in all competitions.

Having scored 14 in his opening 11 League One appearances this season, Eoin Doyle has netted just twice in his last eight. Both of these goals came in his last home game v Barnsley.

Bradford have gone eight games without a clean sheet in League One.


Colchester United v Rochdale

Colchester have been beaten just once in their previous 13 league games against Rochdale (W4 D8).

The Dale have failed to score in their last six trips to Colchester. They scored nine times in their two games prior to this run in 1992 and 1993.

Rochdale have scored a league-high 11 headed goals in 2014/15.

Colchester United have used 30 different players in this campaign, a league-high.

Colchester United have gone five games without a win, losing the last four (D1). They haven’t lost five in a row since January 2013 (a club record run of nine defeats).

 

Doncaster Rovers v Gillingham

Doncaster have won just three of their last 13 league matches against Gillingham (D4 L6).

The Gills’ last five wins at Doncaster have all come by a single goal.

Donny have recovered 12 points from losing positions this season, the most in the division.

In fact, they’ve also yet to drop any points from games in which they’ve gone ahead this term, a league-low.

The Gills have picked up just three points on the road this season, the fewest in League One. However, no side has won fewer points at home than Doncaster (6).

Antonio German’s first professional goal came against Doncaster while playing for QPR back in 2010.

 

Fleetwood v Sheffield United

This is the first ever meeting between Fleetwood Town and Sheffield United.

The Blades have recorded three successive away wins for the first time since March 2014. In both of those runs, they didn’t concede a single goal.

Only four goals have been scored in Fleetwood’s last four league games (two for, two against).

The Blades (13) have scored more goals in the final 15 minutes of matches this season than any other team in the top four tiers of English Football.

Sheffield United have conceded just four goals in their last eight games and never more than once in this run.

 

Leyton Orient v Peterborough United

David Mooney scored three times in the regular league season games against Peterborough last season.

The Posh won just one of the four matches against the O’s last season, being beaten by them in the League One Playoff semi-final. They did however win 2-1 away in February.

Peterborough have won fewer points from their last six games than any other League One side (1).

David Mooney has scored three times in four games for Leyton Orient against Peterborough.

Aaron McLean has scored four goals in four appearance against Leyton Orient and three in three for the Posh.


Notts County v Swindon Town

Notts County have won their last three home matches against Swindon, without conceding a goal.

The away team has failed to score in five of the last six meetings between Notts County and Swindon. On three of those occasions, it has been the Robins who have failed to find the back of the net.

Swindon Town have won more points from their last six games than any other League One team (15).

Roy Carroll has made 90 saves so far this season, 15 more than any other goalkeeper.

 

Oldham Athletic v Yeovil Town

The Latics’ win over Yeovil in April 2013 ended a run of nine without a victory against the Glovers (D4 L5).

Yeovil have conceded exactly one goal in their last five against Oldham.

Jonathan Forte has scored six goals in his last seven league games for the Latics.

Yeovil have failed to score in five of their last six games, netting just two goals.

Oldham have lost just once in their last 15 in league competition (W7 D7).


Port Vale v Coventry City

Port Vale are unbeaten in 10 league games against the Sky Blues (W6 D4).

Coventry’s last win over Port Vale came in April 1960.

Coventry City have kept a clean sheet in each of their last two games; they’ve not gone three without conceding since December 2010 (a run of four).

Port Vale have won four and lost none of their last five matches at home.

No side has conceded more goals in the opening 15 minutes this season than Port Vale (6).

 

Preston North End v MK Dons

Preston have never lost to MK Dons in six previous clashes (W1 D5).

MK Dons have claimed a draw in each of their three previous trips to Deepdale.

Jermaine Beckford has netted four goals in three league games against MK Dons.

Joe Garner has bagged five goals in his last four home games in all competitions for Preston.

Preston have won nine of their last 12 league games, losing the other three.

 

Scunthorpe United v Crewe Alexandra

Scunthorpe have lost their last three against Crewe Alexandra, all by a single goal. They’ve never lost four in a row versus the Railwaymen.

Crewe last kept a clean sheet at Scunthorpe in February 1982, a run of 12 games without one.

The Iron are without a win at home in four attempts, losing three. They’ve also gone nine games without a clean sheet on home soil.

Crewe have lost all 11 games in which they’ve gone behind in this term.

However, no side has dropped more points from leading positions this season than Scunthorpe (15).

 

Walsall v Barnsley

The Saddlers have lost eight of their last ten games against Barnsley (W1 D1).

Barnsley have never kept a clean sheet at Walsall in the Football League (18 games).

Walsall have been involved in six 0-0 draws this season in League One; three more than any other side.

Walsall’s Richard O’Donnell has kept a league-high nine shutouts this season.

The Tykes have scored exactly once in each of their last five on the road (W2 L3).

The Saddlers have conceded fewer goals at home this term than any other side (5).

 

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Brighton v Millwall

Brighton have won two and drawn four of their last six against Millwall.

Millwall are unbeaten in their last four trips to Brighton, winning one and drawing three.

The Seagulls have won only one of their last 16 Championship fixtures, losing six (D9).

Millwall have seen 12 different players score for them this season; a joint-league-high with four other teams – including opponents Brighton.

Millwall have scored in seven of their last eight trips to Brighton in league competition.

Defender Lewis Dunk is Brighton’s top scorer in all competitions this season with five goals.

 

M’boro V Derby

Middlesbrough have won seven and lost none of their last eight games at home to Derby County.

Derby have conceded in each of their last 14 away to Middlesbrough, last shutting them out in March 1989.

Grant Leadbitter has scored five goals from the penalty spot in 2014/15; three more than any other player.

Chris Martin has bagged six goals in his last six away games for the Rams.

Against Millwall, Jelle Vossen netted his first, second and third goal in English football, after 12 games without one for Boro.

Derby County midfielder John Eustace is the oldest player to score in the Championship this season.


Birmingham V Reading

Birmingham have netted in 11 of their 12 previous home clashes against the Royals.

Reading have won their last their two matches against the Blues; they’ve never won three in a row.

Danny Guthrie has scored two goals in two appearances against Birmingham for Reading.

The Blues have scored just seven second half goals this campaign, the fewest in the Championship.

Birmingham and Reading have conceded a joint-league-high nine headed goals this season.

David Cotterill has created a league-high 69 goalscoring chances for his teammates this term; two more than his total for 13/14.

 

Bolton V Ipswich

Bolton have gone eight games without keeping a clean sheet against the Tractor Boys, last keeping a shutout in April 1999.

Ipswich have gone four games unbeaten against the Trotters, winning three (D1). They’ve not gone five without defeat since December 1996.

David McGoldrick scored in both matches against Bolton last season, earning Ipswich four points in the process.

Bolton have won three and lost none of their last five games, keeping three clean sheets in the process.

The Championship’s current leading scorer Daryl Murphy has scored 13 goals this season, equalling his total from 2013/14.

Last weekend, Ipswich Town managed to score more than two goals in a Championship game for the first time since December 2013 (v Doncaster).


Bournemouth V Cardiff

Bournemouth have won six, drawn two and lost one of their last nine home encounters with Cardiff City.

Cardiff have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last 13 against the Cherries, last keeping the south coast side at bay in September 1946.

Matt Ritchie is the division’s top assister with nine; seven more than his total in 2013/14.

Bournemouth have gone 10 games unbeaten (W7 D3); the current longest run in the league.

Federico Macheda netted a brace against Bournemouth last season, though it came while he was at Birmingham City.

Bournemouth have struck 25 times in the second half this season, one more than Cardiff have managed in total.

 

Brentford V Blackburn

Brentford have lost only one of their last seven at home to Blackburn, winning five (D1).

This will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides since September 1996 when Blackburn won 2-0 in the League Cup.

Brentford have registered eight goals via substitutes in 2014/15, the most in the Championship.

Rudy Gestede has scored six headed goals this term, two more than anyone else.

In fact the Blackburn hitman has bagged more headed goals since August 2013 than any other Championship player (16).

The Bees have won all 10 games in which they’ve gone ahead in this season.

However, opponents Blackburn have won the most points from losing positions this term (14).


Charlton V Blackpool

Charlton have won four and lost none of their last six matches at home to the Tangerines.

Blackpool have failed to score in their last two games against Charlton; they last went three without a goal in March 1949.

Charlton’s Callum Harriott has scored more goals against Blackpool than against any other team (three in three appearances).

Blackpool have used a league-high 33 different players so far this season, 10 more than opponents Charlton.

Igor Vetokele has bagged eight goals for Charlton this term; one more than their top scorer Marvin Sordell (7) managed in 2013/14.

The Seasiders have gone 10 games without a win on the road (D4 L6). Indeed, they’ve recorded just one away victory in their last 26 attempts (D8 L17).

 

Leeds V Fulham

Leeds have won five of their last six home league games against Fulham, losing once.

Fulham have kept clean sheets four of their last six league games against Leeds.

No Championship side has dropped more points from leading positions this season than Leeds United (14).

Hugo Rodallega has scored or assisted five of Fulham’s last six goals (three goals, two assists).

Fulham have gone 28 games without keeping a clean sheet on the road, shipping 74 goals in the process.

Mirco Antenucci has scored four in his last four for Leeds United.

 

Norwich V Huddersfield

After going five without a win against Huddersfield between 1999 and 2001, Norwich have won their last two, scoring three goals in each game.

Huddersfield are winless in eight away to Norwich in the league, losing six.

Lewis Grabban has scored five goals in seven appearances against Huddersfield in league competition.

Sean Scannell’s strike at the weekend ended of a run of 784 minutes without a goal.

However, the former Crystal Palace attacker has failed to score in consecutive games since April 2011.

Both sides have scored in eight of Norwich City’s last nine home games (W2 D5 L2).

Having gone 27 games without scoring, Jonny Howson has bagged three in his last four for Norwich City.

 

Rotherham V Nottm Forest

The last three meetings between Rotherham and Nottm Forest have all ended one goal apiece.

Nottm Forest are unbeaten in 13 against the Millers, winning five and drawing eight.

Luciano Becchio has scored four goals and assisted two more in six appearances against Nottm Forest.

All three of Jordan Bowery’s goals this season have come as a substitute, a league-high.

Only seven different players have scored for Forest this season; the fewest in the Championship.

The Tricky Trees have bagged a league-high 10 headed goals this term; eight more than their opponents Rotherham (2).

 

Sheff Wed V Wolves

The Owls have failed to score in each of their last three against Wolves, though they’ve conceded just two, however (D1 L2).

Wolves have lost only one of their last 22 games against Sheffield Wednesday, winning 11 (D10).

Wolves are unbeaten in eight against the Owls, winning five (D3).

The top two players for most interceptions in the Championship this season are Sheffield Wednesday’s Glenn Loovens (56) and Tom Lees (55).

Sheffield Wednesday have gone four games without defeat (W2 D2); their best run since August, at the start of the season (also four games).

Wolves have struck the woodwork on 12 occasions this campaign, a league-high.

 

Watford V Wigan

Watford have never lost at home to Wigan in league competition, winning two (D3).

Wigan have scored just three goals across those five games at Vicarage Road.

Matej Vydra (10) has been directly involved in more goals this season than any other Watford player (seven goals, three assists).

Troy Deeney’s hat-trick against Fulham ended a run of five games without a goal for the striker. Indeed, the last two Watford hat-tricks have both been scored by Deeney.

No Championship side has had more different goalscorers this season than Wigan (12).

Callum McManaman has scored five goals this season, equalling his total from his previous two seasons in the Championship.

 

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