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Europa League Qualifying Opta Facts – 21st August

Europa League Qualifying Opta Facts – 21st August

AEL Limassol v Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs’ previous two away Europa League qualifying games have ended in 5-0 wins.
Roberto Soldado scored a brace in Tottenham’s last away qualifying match against Dinamo Tbilisi in August 2013.
Tottenham have faced Cypri…

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Europa League Qualifying Opta Facts – 21st August

Europa League Qualifying Opta Facts – 21st August

AEL Limassol v Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs’ previous two away Europa League qualifying games have ended in 5-0 wins.
Roberto Soldado scored a brace in Tottenham’s last away qualifying match against Dinamo Tbilisi in August 2013.
Tottenham have faced Cypri…

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Champions League Opta Facts – Aug 19-20

Champions League Opta Facts – Aug 19-20

 

Besiktas v Arsenal

  • Arsenal have won all 12 of their Champions League qualifying games so far.
  • The Gunners have netted 29 goals in those 12 games, an average of 2.4 goals per game while they have shipped only three in total, keeping nine clean sheets.
  • This is the second time in two seasons that the North Londoners face Turkish opposition in the Champions League play-offs, having beaten Fenerbahce last season, 3-0 away and then 2-0 at home.
  • Arsenal have met Turkish sides seven times, winning four and drawing three, with one of the draws ended in penalty shoot-out defeat vs Galatasaray in the 2000 UEFA Cup final.
  • Besitkas have lost just one of their 16 Champions League qualifying games, winning 10 and drawing five.
  • The Turkish side have won just four of their 14 clashes with English sides in Europe (incl. qualifiers), losing seven and drawing three.
  • Aaron Ramsey bagged three goals in the Gunners’ two CL qualifiers against Fenerbahce last season while he is currently on a streak of scoring in each of his last four games for Arsenal in all competitions.
  • Besiktas’ summer-signing Demba Ba bagged two goals in five games against Arsenal (in all comps), with those goals coming courtesy of a brace for Newcastle in the Magpies’ 7-3 loss against the Gunners in December 2012.
  • Arsenal have averaged 2.5 goals in their last eight games in all competitions (20 goals).

 

 

NK Maribor v Celtic

  • These two sides have never met before.
  • This will be Celtic’s 37th Champions League qualifying game. So far they have won 22, drawn four and lost 10.
  • Of the previous 10 seasons (prior to 14/15) where Celtic have played in the Champions League qualifying rounds, they have gone on to reach the competition proper five times.
  • Celtic have also never met a Slovenian side before (not including pre-breakup of Yugoslavia).
  • Maribor have faced Scottish opposition six times before, winning three, losing twice and drawing once.
  • This will be the Slovenians’ 44th Champions League qualifying game. So far they have won 21, drawn nine and lost 13.
  • Of the 11 previous seasons in which Maribor played in Champions League qualifying games, they have only progressed to the Champions League proper once, in 1999/00 when they won one, drew one game and lost four in the Group Stages.
  • The Hoops have enjoyed just one victory in their last seven European away games (incl. qualifiers), losing five and drawing one.
  • Anthony Stokes has bagged 12 goals in his last 13 games for the Bhoys (in all competitions).
  • Maribor have lost just one of their last five home European games (incl. qualifiers) winning three and drawing one.

 

 

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League Two Opta Facts Aug 19

League Two Opta Facts Aug 19

Burton Albion v Exeter

  • Burton are unbeaten in three league meetings with Exeter, winning two and drawing one.
  • Including games outside the Football League, the Grecians are winless in six at Burton (D2 L4).
  • The Brewers remained unbeaten six league games on a Tuesday last season (W3 D3).
  • Exeter, on the other hand, won just one of seven Tuesday league games in 2013/14 (D4 L2).
  • Burton have found the net in their last seven home games against Exeter.
  • No Exeter player managed to net against Burton last season; the Grecians’ only strike against the Brewers was an Ian Sharps own goal.

Cheltenham Town v Carlisle United

  • Cheltenham have only won one of their last nine against the Cumbrians (D3 L5).
  • Carlisle have managed four clean sheets in their last six against the Robins, conceding just twice overall in this run.
  • The Robins have won just 10 fouls in the division so far. No side has won fewer than them.
  • Carlisle are in danger of losing their first three league games, something which they did last season.
  • Cheltenham’s weekend win over Accrington ended a run of four straight home league defeats.

Hartlepool United v Dagenham and Redbridge

  • Hartlepool icon Andy Monkhouse scored his last goal for the club in a 2-0 win over Dagenham last season.
  • Dagenham have scored exactly once on all three trips to Hartlepool in all comps (W1 L2).
  • Pools are the only League Two side yet to score. They have mustered just eight shots and two on target, both league lows.
  • The Daggers have faced the most shots on target in the division (15).
  • Neither of these sides has picked up a yellow card yet this season, along with Cambridge.

Luton Town v Bury

  • Luton have only won one of their last nine league games against the Shakers (D5 L3).
  • The last three meetings between Luton and Bury have all ended 2-1 to the away side.
  • Luton have conceded just 11 fouls so far in League Two. No side has managed fewer.
  • Only Burton (9) have faced fewer shots on goal than Bury this season (11)
  • Bury have lost just one of their last six away games (W2 D3).

Mansfield Town v Newport County

  • Mansfield are without a clean sheet in five league meetings with Newport, including the Blue Square Premier.
  • Just one of the last nine clashes between these sides in all competitions has been won by the away side.
  • Mansfield only mustered one win from five league games on a Tuesday last term (D1 L3).
  • County only won one of their eight league games on a Tuesday last season (D4 L3).
  • The Stags have won seven and drawn one of their last eight home clashes with County in the Football League.
  • The Exiles have netted just five times in their last eight Football League trips to Field Mill.

Morecambe v Oxford United

  • Morecambe have only won one of their previous eight Football League games against Oxford United (D4 L3).
  • Indeed Oxford have never lost in Morecambe in the league, winning once and drawing on three occasions.
  • Furthermore, Kevin Ellison has netted with three of his four shots on target for the Shrimps.
  • Oxford keeper George Long has made just two saves in his two games this season, conceding three times.
  • All six of Morecambe’s goals this season have come in the second half.

 

Plymouth Argyle v Stevenage

  • Argyle won four and lost just one of their seven league games on a Tuesday last season (D2).
  • This will be the first ever meeting between Plymouth and Stevenage.
  • Plymouth have registered the most attempts on goal so far this season (25).
  • Darius Charles has been fouled seven times in League Two so far, more than any other player.
  • Reuben Reid has netted four goals in his last four appearances for the Pilgrims.

Portsmouth v Northampton Town

  • Portsmouth have kept five clean sheets in their last six league meetings with the Cobblers, conceding just once overall.
  • Northampton have won just one of their last 12 against Pompey (D3 L8).
  • Pompey are unbeaten in their last nine League Two matches, winning six (D3).
  • Only Exeter (32) have allowed their opponents more shots this season than the Cobblers (29).
  • Pompey have kept one clean sheet in their last five at home in league competition, though they’ve lost just once (W3 D1).

Shrewsbury Town v Accrington Stanley

  • Shrewsbury have kept five clean sheets in eight previous home league games against Accrington, conceding just three times overall.
  • No League Two side won more games on a Tuesday last season than Accrington (four).
  • James Collins has scored two goals from two shots on target this season.
  • Only Dagenham and Redbridge (15) have afforded their opponents more shots on target than Accrington (14).
  • Midfielder James Gray has scored four goals in his last five appearances for Stanley (all comps), though only one of those has arrived in this campaign.

Southend United v AFC Wimbledon

  • Southend have won five of their previous seven competitive meetings with AFC Wimbledon (L2).
  • The last four league meetings between the teams have been away wins, with both last season ending 1-0.
  • Southend are the only side yet to concede in League Two this season.
  • Matt Tubbs has scored two goals from just three shots on target in 2014/15.
  • No player has provided more assists from the opening two fixtures than Southend’s Barry Corr (2).

Wycombe Wanderers v Tranmere Rovers

  • Wycombe have never managed a clean sheet in five home meetings with Tranmere (W2 L3).
  • Rovers have won six of their last eight games against the Chairboys in the Football League (L2).
  • Tranmere are winless in seven matches in league competition (D2 L5).
  • Wycombe’s Peter Murphy has scored with both of his efforts on goal this season.
  • Wycombe have never won their opening three fixtures to a season in the Football League.

York City v Cambridge United

  • York and Cambridge have not met in the Football League since 2003/04, when both matches finished 2-0 to the home side.
  • Cambridge are unbeaten in six trips to Bootham Crescent overall (W2 D4).
  • The Minstermen have gone 19 games unbeaten in league competition excluding the playoffs (W11 D8), last tasting defeat back in January (v Chesterfield, 0-2).
  • Kwesi Appiah has fired in more shots (including blocked shots) than any other player this season (9).
  • No side has committed fewer fouls this term than Cambridge United (11).

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League Two Opta Facts Aug 19

League Two Opta Facts Aug 19

Burton Albion v Exeter

  • Burton are unbeaten in three league meetings with Exeter, winning two and drawing one.
  • Including games outside the Football League, the Grecians are winless in six at Burton (D2 L4).
  • The Brewers remained unbeaten six league games on a Tuesday last season (W3 D3).
  • Exeter, on the other hand, won just one of seven Tuesday league games in 2013/14 (D4 L2).
  • Burton have found the net in their last seven home games against Exeter.
  • No Exeter player managed to net against Burton last season; the Grecians’ only strike against the Brewers was an Ian Sharps own goal.

Cheltenham Town v Carlisle United

  • Cheltenham have only won one of their last nine against the Cumbrians (D3 L5).
  • Carlisle have managed four clean sheets in their last six against the Robins, conceding just twice overall in this run.
  • The Robins have won just 10 fouls in the division so far. No side has won fewer than them.
  • Carlisle are in danger of losing their first three league games, something which they did last season.
  • Cheltenham’s weekend win over Accrington ended a run of four straight home league defeats.

Hartlepool United v Dagenham and Redbridge

  • Hartlepool icon Andy Monkhouse scored his last goal for the club in a 2-0 win over Dagenham last season.
  • Dagenham have scored exactly once on all three trips to Hartlepool in all comps (W1 L2).
  • Pools are the only League Two side yet to score. They have mustered just eight shots and two on target, both league lows.
  • The Daggers have faced the most shots on target in the division (15).
  • Neither of these sides has picked up a yellow card yet this season, along with Cambridge.

Luton Town v Bury

  • Luton have only won one of their last nine league games against the Shakers (D5 L3).
  • The last three meetings between Luton and Bury have all ended 2-1 to the away side.
  • Luton have conceded just 11 fouls so far in League Two. No side has managed fewer.
  • Only Burton (9) have faced fewer shots on goal than Bury this season (11)
  • Bury have lost just one of their last six away games (W2 D3).

Mansfield Town v Newport County

  • Mansfield are without a clean sheet in five league meetings with Newport, including the Blue Square Premier.
  • Just one of the last nine clashes between these sides in all competitions has been won by the away side.
  • Mansfield only mustered one win from five league games on a Tuesday last term (D1 L3).
  • County only won one of their eight league games on a Tuesday last season (D4 L3).
  • The Stags have won seven and drawn one of their last eight home clashes with County in the Football League.
  • The Exiles have netted just five times in their last eight Football League trips to Field Mill.

Morecambe v Oxford United

  • Morecambe have only won one of their previous eight Football League games against Oxford United (D4 L3).
  • Indeed Oxford have never lost in Morecambe in the league, winning once and drawing on three occasions.
  • Furthermore, Kevin Ellison has netted with three of his four shots on target for the Shrimps.
  • Oxford keeper George Long has made just two saves in his two games this season, conceding three times.
  • All six of Morecambe’s goals this season have come in the second half.

 

Plymouth Argyle v Stevenage

  • Argyle won four and lost just one of their seven league games on a Tuesday last season (D2).
  • This will be the first ever meeting between Plymouth and Stevenage.
  • Plymouth have registered the most attempts on goal so far this season (25).
  • Darius Charles has been fouled seven times in League Two so far, more than any other player.
  • Reuben Reid has netted four goals in his last four appearances for the Pilgrims.

Portsmouth v Northampton Town

  • Portsmouth have kept five clean sheets in their last six league meetings with the Cobblers, conceding just once overall.
  • Northampton have won just one of their last 12 against Pompey (D3 L8).
  • Pompey are unbeaten in their last nine League Two matches, winning six (D3).
  • Only Exeter (32) have allowed their opponents more shots this season than the Cobblers (29).
  • Pompey have kept one clean sheet in their last five at home in league competition, though they’ve lost just once (W3 D1).

Shrewsbury Town v Accrington Stanley

  • Shrewsbury have kept five clean sheets in eight previous home league games against Accrington, conceding just three times overall.
  • No League Two side won more games on a Tuesday last season than Accrington (four).
  • James Collins has scored two goals from two shots on target this season.
  • Only Dagenham and Redbridge (15) have afforded their opponents more shots on target than Accrington (14).
  • Midfielder James Gray has scored four goals in his last five appearances for Stanley (all comps), though only one of those has arrived in this campaign.

Southend United v AFC Wimbledon

  • Southend have won five of their previous seven competitive meetings with AFC Wimbledon (L2).
  • The last four league meetings between the teams have been away wins, with both last season ending 1-0.
  • Southend are the only side yet to concede in League Two this season.
  • Matt Tubbs has scored two goals from just three shots on target in 2014/15.
  • No player has provided more assists from the opening two fixtures than Southend’s Barry Corr (2).

Wycombe Wanderers v Tranmere Rovers

  • Wycombe have never managed a clean sheet in five home meetings with Tranmere (W2 L3).
  • Rovers have won six of their last eight games against the Chairboys in the Football League (L2).
  • Tranmere are winless in seven matches in league competition (D2 L5).
  • Wycombe’s Peter Murphy has scored with both of his efforts on goal this season.
  • Wycombe have never won their opening three fixtures to a season in the Football League.

York City v Cambridge United

  • York and Cambridge have not met in the Football League since 2003/04, when both matches finished 2-0 to the home side.
  • Cambridge are unbeaten in six trips to Bootham Crescent overall (W2 D4).
  • The Minstermen have gone 19 games unbeaten in league competition excluding the playoffs (W11 D8), last tasting defeat back in January (v Chesterfield, 0-2).
  • Kwesi Appiah has fired in more shots (including blocked shots) than any other player this season (9).
  • No side has committed fewer fouls this term than Cambridge United (11).

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League One Opta Facts Aug 19

League One Opta Facts Aug 19

Peterborough United v Sheffield United

  • The Posh have only scored once in six previous league games against Sheffield United.
  • The Blades have only lost one of nine meetings with Peterborough overall (W6 D2), but that was at London Road in 2009/10.
  • Conor Washington has recorded an assist in both of his league games for the Posh this campaign.
  • The Blades haven’t lost their first three league games of a season since 1995/96.
  • Kyle Vassell has netted three times this season in his opening two games. He scored just once in eight games for Peterborough last season in all competitions.

Bristol City v Leyton Orient

  • The Robins are unbeaten in nine league clashes with Orient, winning six and drawing three.
  • Indeed the O’s have not won at Ashton Gate since January 1974 (1-0).
  • On Saturday, Aaron Wilbraham scored his first brace in league competition since April 2010.
  • Dean Cox supplied two assists in Leyton Orient’s 3-1 over Oldham at the weekend.
  • Bristol City last won their opening three league games of a season in 2001/02, also in the third tier.

Chesterfield v Milton Keynes Dons

  • The Spireites have won just one of their previous eight meetings with MK Dons, drawing four and losing three.
  • The Dons have won two and drawn two of their four previous away games against Chesterfield.
  • The only occasion that Chesterfield have conceded six goals in a game since 2004 was a 6-2 defeat to MK Dons in August 2011.
  • Indeed the Dons have only twice netted six or more in a league game, with one coming in that rout of the Spireites.
  • Chesterfield have scored and conceded in seven of their previous eight meetings with MK Dons.
  • MK Dons are yet to manage a clean sheet in four league trips to Chesterfield.

Coventry City v Barnsley

  • The Sky Blues have won 11 of their last 15 league games against Barnsley, drawing two and losing two.
  • Barnsley have only kept one clean sheet in their last 15 against Coventry City.
  • Leroy Lita scored his first league goal since November 2013.
  • Only Preston have faced fewer shots (14) than the Sky Blues (15) in League One this season.
  • The Tykes have gone 10 away games without a draw (W4 L6).

Crawley Town v Bradford City

  • Crawley have won both previous home league games against the Bantams (1-0 in 2013/14, 3-1 in 2011/12).
  • After losing the first three meetings between these sides, Bradford beat Crawley 2-1 in the most recent clash.
  • Crawley Town are the only League One side yet to concede this season.
  • Despite this, the Red Devils have faced the most shots in League One this season (39).
  • The Bantams have conceded 36 fouls in their opening two games, while Crawley have conceded the next most (30).

Crewe Alexandra v Rochdale

  • Alex have only won three of their last 12 league meetings with Rochdale (D4 L5).
  • Rochdale have scored on each of their last 12 trips to Crewe but have never scored more than twice (15 goals in total).
  • Both sides are searching for their first points of the campaign.
  • Rochdale last lost their opening three games in a season in 2006/07, though this did come in the fourth tier.
  • No side has had fewer shots on target in League One than Crewe so far this season (4).

Doncaster Rovers v Preston North End

  • Rovers have only won two of their last 11 against PNE in the Football League (D5 L4).
  • Preston have found the net on each of their last nine league trips to Doncaster.
  • Doncaster have lost their last five home games. They lost six on the trot at the Keepmoat in April 2012.
  • Joe Garner has netted three goals in two appearances this season, having scored just once in his six appearances at the end of last season (including playoffs).
  • PNE have had the most shots on goal in League One so far (29).

Gillingham v Swindon Town

  • Gillingham have only lost one of their last 33 home league meetings with Swindon Town, winning 23 and drawing nine.
  • Indeed the Robins have failed to score on six of their last nine trips to Priestfield.
  • The Gills have had the fewest attempts on goal in League One so far, just 10. However four of their five shots on target have resulted in a goal.
  • Swindon Town have been awarded the most corners in the division (22).
  • Gillingham have lost just three of their last 12 home games (W7 D2).

Notts County v Colchester United

  • The Magpies have won their last five home league games against Colchester, scoring 14 and conceding just two.
  • Indeed the U’s have only managed one clean sheet in their last 18 trips to Meadow Lane, conceding 42 times in this run.
  • Notts County have taken just six corners so far in League One, no side has had fewer.
  • George Moncur has scored in successive league games for the first time in his career.
  • Colchester are one of three sides yet to receive a booking.

Oldham Athletic v Port Vale

  • The Latics have only lost two of their last 17 league games against Vale at home, winning 11 and drawing four.
  • Port Vale have found the net in 13 of their last 15 league games against Oldham Athletic.
  • Oldham have only managed one win in their last four home games against Vale (D1 L2).
  • Vale have scored exactly once in seven of their last nine trips to Boundary Park, failing to score in their other two.
  • Only against Notts County (34) have Oldham lost more league games than they have against Port Vale (31).
  • Former Port Vale loanee Jack Grimmer scored the first goal of his professional career in the last meeting between these sides (1-0 win).

Scunthorpe United v Fleetwood Town

  • Scunthorpe have won one and drawn one of their two previous meetings with the Cod Army.
  • Fleetwood failed to score in both meetings with Scunthorpe last season, the first two clashes between the sides.
  • The Iron have shipped seven goals in the opening two fixtures, more than any other side in the division.
  • Fleetwood have won their opening two games. They’ve never managed to win their first three in a Football League season.
  • By contrast, the last time Scunthorpe were in League One in 2012/13, they lost their first three games of the campaign.

Walsall v Yeovil Town

  • The Saddlers are without a win in seven against Yeovil (D4 L3).
  • Indeed, the Glovers have won two and drawn two of their last four visits to the Bescot Stadium.
  • Walsall have been fouled the most in League One this season (32 fouls won).
  • Yeovil Town are the only side yet to score in League One this season so far. Walsall have scored just once.
  • Walsall have been victorious just once in their last 12 home games in League One (D6 L5).

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League One Opta Facts Aug 19

League One Opta Facts Aug 19

Peterborough United v Sheffield United

  • The Posh have only scored once in six previous league games against Sheffield United.
  • The Blades have only lost one of nine meetings with Peterborough overall (W6 D2), but that was at London Road in 2009/10.
  • Conor Washington has recorded an assist in both of his league games for the Posh this campaign.
  • The Blades haven’t lost their first three league games of a season since 1995/96.
  • Kyle Vassell has netted three times this season in his opening two games. He scored just once in eight games for Peterborough last season in all competitions.

Bristol City v Leyton Orient

  • The Robins are unbeaten in nine league clashes with Orient, winning six and drawing three.
  • Indeed the O’s have not won at Ashton Gate since January 1974 (1-0).
  • On Saturday, Aaron Wilbraham scored his first brace in league competition since April 2010.
  • Dean Cox supplied two assists in Leyton Orient’s 3-1 over Oldham at the weekend.
  • Bristol City last won their opening three league games of a season in 2001/02, also in the third tier.

Chesterfield v Milton Keynes Dons

  • The Spireites have won just one of their previous eight meetings with MK Dons, drawing four and losing three.
  • The Dons have won two and drawn two of their four previous away games against Chesterfield.
  • The only occasion that Chesterfield have conceded six goals in a game since 2004 was a 6-2 defeat to MK Dons in August 2011.
  • Indeed the Dons have only twice netted six or more in a league game, with one coming in that rout of the Spireites.
  • Chesterfield have scored and conceded in seven of their previous eight meetings with MK Dons.
  • MK Dons are yet to manage a clean sheet in four league trips to Chesterfield.

Coventry City v Barnsley

  • The Sky Blues have won 11 of their last 15 league games against Barnsley, drawing two and losing two.
  • Barnsley have only kept one clean sheet in their last 15 against Coventry City.
  • Leroy Lita scored his first league goal since November 2013.
  • Only Preston have faced fewer shots (14) than the Sky Blues (15) in League One this season.
  • The Tykes have gone 10 away games without a draw (W4 L6).

Crawley Town v Bradford City

  • Crawley have won both previous home league games against the Bantams (1-0 in 2013/14, 3-1 in 2011/12).
  • After losing the first three meetings between these sides, Bradford beat Crawley 2-1 in the most recent clash.
  • Crawley Town are the only League One side yet to concede this season.
  • Despite this, the Red Devils have faced the most shots in League One this season (39).
  • The Bantams have conceded 36 fouls in their opening two games, while Crawley have conceded the next most (30).

Crewe Alexandra v Rochdale

  • Alex have only won three of their last 12 league meetings with Rochdale (D4 L5).
  • Rochdale have scored on each of their last 12 trips to Crewe but have never scored more than twice (15 goals in total).
  • Both sides are searching for their first points of the campaign.
  • Rochdale last lost their opening three games in a season in 2006/07, though this did come in the fourth tier.
  • No side has had fewer shots on target in League One than Crewe so far this season (4).

Doncaster Rovers v Preston North End

  • Rovers have only won two of their last 11 against PNE in the Football League (D5 L4).
  • Preston have found the net on each of their last nine league trips to Doncaster.
  • Doncaster have lost their last five home games. They lost six on the trot at the Keepmoat in April 2012.
  • Joe Garner has netted three goals in two appearances this season, having scored just once in his six appearances at the end of last season (including playoffs).
  • PNE have had the most shots on goal in League One so far (29).

Gillingham v Swindon Town

  • Gillingham have only lost one of their last 33 home league meetings with Swindon Town, winning 23 and drawing nine.
  • Indeed the Robins have failed to score on six of their last nine trips to Priestfield.
  • The Gills have had the fewest attempts on goal in League One so far, just 10. However four of their five shots on target have resulted in a goal.
  • Swindon Town have been awarded the most corners in the division (22).
  • Gillingham have lost just three of their last 12 home games (W7 D2).

Notts County v Colchester United

  • The Magpies have won their last five home league games against Colchester, scoring 14 and conceding just two.
  • Indeed the U’s have only managed one clean sheet in their last 18 trips to Meadow Lane, conceding 42 times in this run.
  • Notts County have taken just six corners so far in League One, no side has had fewer.
  • George Moncur has scored in successive league games for the first time in his career.
  • Colchester are one of three sides yet to receive a booking.

Oldham Athletic v Port Vale

  • The Latics have only lost two of their last 17 league games against Vale at home, winning 11 and drawing four.
  • Port Vale have found the net in 13 of their last 15 league games against Oldham Athletic.
  • Oldham have only managed one win in their last four home games against Vale (D1 L2).
  • Vale have scored exactly once in seven of their last nine trips to Boundary Park, failing to score in their other two.
  • Only against Notts County (34) have Oldham lost more league games than they have against Port Vale (31).
  • Former Port Vale loanee Jack Grimmer scored the first goal of his professional career in the last meeting between these sides (1-0 win).

Scunthorpe United v Fleetwood Town

  • Scunthorpe have won one and drawn one of their two previous meetings with the Cod Army.
  • Fleetwood failed to score in both meetings with Scunthorpe last season, the first two clashes between the sides.
  • The Iron have shipped seven goals in the opening two fixtures, more than any other side in the division.
  • Fleetwood have won their opening two games. They’ve never managed to win their first three in a Football League season.
  • By contrast, the last time Scunthorpe were in League One in 2012/13, they lost their first three games of the campaign.

Walsall v Yeovil Town

  • The Saddlers are without a win in seven against Yeovil (D4 L3).
  • Indeed, the Glovers have won two and drawn two of their last four visits to the Bescot Stadium.
  • Walsall have been fouled the most in League One this season (32 fouls won).
  • Yeovil Town are the only side yet to score in League One this season so far. Walsall have scored just once.
  • Walsall have been victorious just once in their last 12 home games in League One (D6 L5).

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Championship Opta Facts – Aug 19-20

Championship Opta Facts – Aug 19-20

Birmingham City v Ipswich Town

  • Blues are without a win in five against Ipswich, drawing two and losing three.
  • Daryl Murphy has scored on his last two starts against Birmingham City, though both came at Portman Road.
  • Ipswich defender Christophe Berra has been booked in both league games this season; he’s never been booked in three consecutive Championship appearances.
  • The Tractor Boys have been shown more yellow cards than any other side this season (6).
  • Only Lee Grant (10) has made more saves this season than Darren Randolph (9).

 

Blackpool v Brentford

  • Blackpool have won just three of their last 16 against the Bees, with their last win coming back in March 2005.
  • Brentford have only won one of their last five trips to Bloomfield Road, however (D2 L2).
  • No player has been fouled more times this season than Tomasz Cywka (8).
  • Blackpool last lost their opening three league games in 2006; a run in which they suffered defeat at the hands of the Bees.
  • The Bees (9) have committed the fewest fouls in the division in 2014/15.

 

Bournemouth v Nottingham Forest

  • Bournemouth scored a last minute goal in both meetings with the Tricky Trees last term.
  • Forest have lost four of their last five trips to Bournemouth (D1), not winning there since 1949.
  • No player has provided more assists this season than Matt Ritchie (2).
  • Nottm Forest have allowed their opponents three shots on target so far this season, though two of those efforts have resulted in goals.
  • Bournemouth last won their opening three league games in 2009/10 in League Two, they went on to secure promotion in that campaign.

 

Cardiff City v Wigan Athletic

  • Cardiff are without a win in 11 meetings with the Latics in all competitions (D5 L6), losing each of the last four.
  • Wigan have won three and lost none of their last seven away games against Cardiff, with three of the four draws in this run ending goalless.
  • Callum McManaman has scored in back to back league games for the first since May 2013.
  • Kenwyne Jones has netted in successive league appearances for the first time since December 2012.
  • Wigan have scored three goals from just four shots on target this season.

Charlton Athletic v Derby County

  • Charlton are without a win in six against the Rams, drawing two and losing four.
  • Jamie Ward has banged in four goals in his last three against the Addicks.
  • Derby (13) have allowed their opponents more shots on target without conceding a goal this season than any other side.
  • Two of Charlton’s three goals this term have arrived from outside of the box.
  • Jeff Hendrick has scored three goals in his last five Championship appearances (incl. play-offs).

Leeds United v Brighton & Hove Albion

  • Leeds have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last seven against the Seagulls.
  • Former Brighton striker Leonardo Ulloa scored on each of his last three appearances against Leeds United.
  • Leeds United debutant Billy Sharp scored with his only shot on target versus Middlesbrough.
  • Brighton haven’t lost their first three league games to season since 1988/89.
  • Stephen Warnock has made a league-high 11 interceptions so far this season.

Norwich City v Blackburn Rovers

  • Norwich have only won one of their last seven home league games against Rovers, though five have ended in draws (L1).
  • Overall, Blackburn are unbeaten in nine against the Canaries (W4 D5).
  • Blackburn striker Rudy Gestede has bagged eight goals in his last six appearances (all comps).
  • Indeed, Gestede has scored more goals in 2014 than any other Championship player (15).
  • All three of Norwich’s goals this season have come from outside the box.

Rotherham United v Watford

  • The Millers have only won one of their last five home league games against Watford (D3 L1).
  • The Hornets have scored exactly once in six of their last seven against Rotherham United.
  • Joel Ekstrand was sent off after 3 minutes v Norwich. The fastest red card in the Championship last season came after 9 minutes.
  • Watford have won just one of their last 18 away matches in the Championship, drawing nine (L8).
  • Watford have afforded their opponents 46 attempts at goal this season, eight more than any other side.
  • Only Andy Reid (10) has created more chances this season than Ben Pringle (9).

Sheffield Wednesday v Millwall

  • Wednesday midfielder Giles Coke both scored and was sent off on the most recent meeting between these sides.
  • The Lions have netted on their last seven trips to Hillsborough but have only won two of those visits (D3 L2).
  • Millwall haven’t won their opening three league games to a season since 1990.
  • No Championship side has scored more goals on home soil in 2014 (excl. play-offs) than Sheffield Wednesday (25).
  • The Owls are without a win at home in five attempts, losing three and drawing two.

Bolton Wanderers v Middlesbrough

  • Bolton are unbeaten in 13 home league games against Middlesbrough, winning seven and drawing six.
  • Despite drawing five of their last seven at the Reebok Stadium, Boro have not won at Bolton in the league since April 1987.
  • No player has committed more fouls this season than Jay Spearing (7).
  • Indeed, the Trotters have made the most fouls so far this term (32).
  • Middlesbrough (12) have kept more clean sheets than any other Championship side in 2014 (excl. play-offs).

Reading v Huddersfield Town

  • Reading have won four of their last five against Huddersfield 1-0, with club legend Nicky Forster scoring the winner in three of them.
  • The Terriers have lost five of their last eight away games at Reading, winning just one.
  • No side has attempted more shots on target this season than Huddersfield, though they’ve scored just once this term. Indeed, only Brighton with zero goals have been less prolific than the Terriers.
  • The Terriers last lost their opening three games to a season in 1992/93.
  • Reading are unbeaten in their last five on home soil, winning two and drawing three.

Fulham v Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • Fulham have won four and drawn two of their last six at home to Wolves.
  • Indeed, the away team has not been victorious in any of the last 12 meetings between these sides in all competitions.
  • Fulham have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 league clashes.
  • Scott Parker has made 185 passes in the opening two fixtures this term, 19 more than any other Championship player.
  • Fulham have conceded two or more goals in seven of their last 10 games at home, losing six (W2 D2).
  • Wolves have conceded just three goals in their last seven away matches, winning four (D2 L1).

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The Punt Podcast: Monday August 18th

The Punt Podcast: Monday August 18th

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 intenational action.
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European Football Podcast – Episode 14: Ante-Post Special

European Football Podcast – Episode 14: Ante-Post Special

Alex Dunn and Ray Drewett are back on the William Hill European Football Podcast, and offer an ante-post insight into the major leagues on this comeback edition.
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League 2 Opta Facts – Aug 16

League 2 Opta Facts – Aug 16

 

Burton Albion v Dag and Red

  • Burton Albion have won only one of their previous eight Football League meetings with the Daggers (D4 L3).
  • Dagenham and Redbridge were the winning side in their first Football League encounter with Burton at the Pirelli Stadium. Since then, they’ve drawn twice and lost once.
  • On only one occasion (3-2 in November 2012) have the Brewers managed to grab more than one goal against Dagenham in the league.
  • The Daggers have scored in all eight Football League meetings with Burton, but never more than twice in a single fixture.
  • Billy Kee has netted in his last two league games against Dagenham & Redbridge at the Pirelli Stadium.
  • Dagenham conceded 13 goals in the 15 minutes directly after half-time in League Two last season. No side let in more in this period.

Cheltenham Town v Accrington Stanley

  • Cheltenham have failed to keep a clean sheet in all five of their League Two meetings with Accrington Stanley at home.
  • Accrington have won on three of their last four trips to Cheltenham in the league, losing once.
  • Joe Hanks’ winning strike versus Bury last weekend was his first goal in professional football.
  • James Gray has scored four goals in last four appearances for Stanley in all competitions.
  • The Robins are winless in five at home, losing their last four.

Hartlepool United v Bury

  • Hartlepool have been on the losing side in three of their last four league matches with Bury (W1).
  • Daniel Nardiello scored in both meetings between Bury and Hartlepool last season, including the winner for the Shakers in November 2013.
  • Hartlepool have picked up just one win from their last five home games, losing the other four.
  • The Shakers have failed to score in three of their last four matches in league competition
  • Pools have failed to score in five of their last eight League Two clashes, winning once (D1 L6).

Luton Town v AFC Wimbledon

  • This will be the first league clash between the sides in the Football League.
  • Their last encounter came in the Football Conference Playoff in May 2011. After a goalless draw in normal time, the Dons beat Luton 4-3 on penalties to secure a place in the Football League.
  • AFC Wimbledon scored with both of their attempts on target last weekend versus Shrewsbury.
  • Mark Cullen has netted three times in his last four league appearances for Luton (incl. Conference).
  • The Dons have netted exactly two goals in four of their last five matches, failing to score in the other.

Mansfield Town v Oxford United

  • Mansfield have never failed to score in 12 Football League matches against the U’s at home.
  • Oxford netted three goals in each league game against the Stags last season, all via different scorers.
  • The Stags have kept just one clean sheet in their last 11 Football League clashes against Oxford.
  • Only Scunthorpe (15) went on a longer unbeaten run away from home than Oxford did in 2013/14 (14 games).
  • 27% of Mansfield’s goals last season arrived in the 15 minutes leading up to half-time, a greater proportion than any other side.
  • There hasn’t been a draw between these two sides in the league since September 2003.

Morecambe v Newport County

  • Morecambe won both meetings last season against the Exiles – 4-1 at home in March 2014 and 3-2 away in September 2013.
  • In the two fixtures last season against the Shrimps, Tom Naylor (no longer at the club) scored for Newport and scored two own goals. He also gave away a penalty and was sent off.
  • Morecambe registered 10 shots on target on the opening weekend, the most in League Two. Indeed, it wasn’t until the Shrimps’ fourth game of the season in 2013/14 that they reached 10 shots on target.
  • No side fired in more shots without scoring on the opening weekend than Newport County (11).
  • Morecambe have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three matches, they’ve not kept four in a row in the league since December 2009.

Plymouth Argyle v Exeter City

  • The Pilgrims have lost three of their last five league matches against Exeter (W1 D1).
  • The Grecians’ victory at Home Park ended a run of six straight league defeats at Plymouth, as well as six consecutive visits in which they had not scored.
  • Exeter have kept just one clean sheet in their last 16 League Two fixtures on the road, though it arrived in their most recent outing (v Hartlepool 2-0).
  • Plymouth are winless in four at Home Park, losing three and drawing once.
  • Reuben Reid has netted three goals in his last three appearances for the Pilgrims.

Portsmouth v Cambridge United

  • Portsmouth are unbeaten in six league matches against the U’s, winning five and drawing once.
  • Cambridge’s only league victory over Pompey came in March 1978.
  • This will be the first league match between Portsmouth and Cambridge United since March 1993, when they met in the second tier.
  • Pompey are unbeaten in their last eight League Two matches, winning five (D3).
  • Cambridge United were awarded the first penalty of the 2014/15 football league season, though it was missed.

Shrewsbury Town v Tranmere Rovers

  • Shrewsbury have let in exactly one goal in each of their last six home games with Tranmere in the league.
  • Tranmere won both of their meetings with the Shrews in League One last season by a single goal.
  • This is the first time the sides have met in the fourth tier of English football.
  • James Collins scored with both of his shots on target against Wimbledon last weekend.
  • Rovers are winless in six matches in league competition, failing to score in four (D2 L4).

Southend United v Stevenage

  • The only previous league meeting at Roots Hall came in April 2011 – Barry Corr scored the winner for the Shrimpers in a 1-0 victory.
  • The away side has received a red card in each of the last two league games between these two sides.
  • Stevenage fired in 15 shots last weekend, four more than any other side in League Two.
  • Southend are unbeaten in their last five matches in league competition excluding the playoffs, winning four (D1).
  • Last weekend, Stevenage won on the opening day of the Football League season for the first time in their history.

Wycombe Wanderers v Carlisle United

  • Wycombe’s first game in the Football League was against Carlisle. They drew 2-2 away in August 1993.
  • Carlisle have lost only one of their last eight league games against Wycombe (W2 D5).
  • Wycombe have kept a clean sheet in each of their last two league games, they’ve not kept three in a row since February 2013.
  • The Cumbrians are winless in seven (D2 L5) and have failed to score in their last four.
  • Paris Cowan-Hall’s strike against Newport County last weekend ended a run of eight games without a goal.

York City v Northampton Town

  • York City have been the victors in the last three league encounters against Northampton Town.
  • Northampton have failed to score in each of their last three league games against the Minstermen.
  • The last six league games at Bootham Crescent between these two have seen a total of seven goals.
  • The Minstermen have gone 18 games unbeaten in league competition excluding the playoffs (W11 D7), last tasting defeat back in January (v Chesterfield, 0-2).
  • Northampton have won their last three league games, they’ve not won four in a row since March 2010.

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League 2 Opta Facts – Aug 16

League 2 Opta Facts – Aug 16

 

Burton Albion v Dag and Red

  • Burton Albion have won only one of their previous eight Football League meetings with the Daggers (D4 L3).
  • Dagenham and Redbridge were the winning side in their first Football League encounter with Burton at the Pirelli Stadium. Since then, they’ve drawn twice and lost once.
  • On only one occasion (3-2 in November 2012) have the Brewers managed to grab more than one goal against Dagenham in the league.
  • The Daggers have scored in all eight Football League meetings with Burton, but never more than twice in a single fixture.
  • Billy Kee has netted in his last two league games against Dagenham & Redbridge at the Pirelli Stadium.
  • Dagenham conceded 13 goals in the 15 minutes directly after half-time in League Two last season. No side let in more in this period.

Cheltenham Town v Accrington Stanley

  • Cheltenham have failed to keep a clean sheet in all five of their League Two meetings with Accrington Stanley at home.
  • Accrington have won on three of their last four trips to Cheltenham in the league, losing once.
  • Joe Hanks’ winning strike versus Bury last weekend was his first goal in professional football.
  • James Gray has scored four goals in last four appearances for Stanley in all competitions.
  • The Robins are winless in five at home, losing their last four.

Hartlepool United v Bury

  • Hartlepool have been on the losing side in three of their last four league matches with Bury (W1).
  • Daniel Nardiello scored in both meetings between Bury and Hartlepool last season, including the winner for the Shakers in November 2013.
  • Hartlepool have picked up just one win from their last five home games, losing the other four.
  • The Shakers have failed to score in three of their last four matches in league competition
  • Pools have failed to score in five of their last eight League Two clashes, winning once (D1 L6).

Luton Town v AFC Wimbledon

  • This will be the first league clash between the sides in the Football League.
  • Their last encounter came in the Football Conference Playoff in May 2011. After a goalless draw in normal time, the Dons beat Luton 4-3 on penalties to secure a place in the Football League.
  • AFC Wimbledon scored with both of their attempts on target last weekend versus Shrewsbury.
  • Mark Cullen has netted three times in his last four league appearances for Luton (incl. Conference).
  • The Dons have netted exactly two goals in four of their last five matches, failing to score in the other.

Mansfield Town v Oxford United

  • Mansfield have never failed to score in 12 Football League matches against the U’s at home.
  • Oxford netted three goals in each league game against the Stags last season, all via different scorers.
  • The Stags have kept just one clean sheet in their last 11 Football League clashes against Oxford.
  • Only Scunthorpe (15) went on a longer unbeaten run away from home than Oxford did in 2013/14 (14 games).
  • 27% of Mansfield’s goals last season arrived in the 15 minutes leading up to half-time, a greater proportion than any other side.
  • There hasn’t been a draw between these two sides in the league since September 2003.

Morecambe v Newport County

  • Morecambe won both meetings last season against the Exiles – 4-1 at home in March 2014 and 3-2 away in September 2013.
  • In the two fixtures last season against the Shrimps, Tom Naylor (no longer at the club) scored for Newport and scored two own goals. He also gave away a penalty and was sent off.
  • Morecambe registered 10 shots on target on the opening weekend, the most in League Two. Indeed, it wasn’t until the Shrimps’ fourth game of the season in 2013/14 that they reached 10 shots on target.
  • No side fired in more shots without scoring on the opening weekend than Newport County (11).
  • Morecambe have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three matches, they’ve not kept four in a row in the league since December 2009.

Plymouth Argyle v Exeter City

  • The Pilgrims have lost three of their last five league matches against Exeter (W1 D1).
  • The Grecians’ victory at Home Park ended a run of six straight league defeats at Plymouth, as well as six consecutive visits in which they had not scored.
  • Exeter have kept just one clean sheet in their last 16 League Two fixtures on the road, though it arrived in their most recent outing (v Hartlepool 2-0).
  • Plymouth are winless in four at Home Park, losing three and drawing once.
  • Reuben Reid has netted three goals in his last three appearances for the Pilgrims.

Portsmouth v Cambridge United

  • Portsmouth are unbeaten in six league matches against the U’s, winning five and drawing once.
  • Cambridge’s only league victory over Pompey came in March 1978.
  • This will be the first league match between Portsmouth and Cambridge United since March 1993, when they met in the second tier.
  • Pompey are unbeaten in their last eight League Two matches, winning five (D3).
  • Cambridge United were awarded the first penalty of the 2014/15 football league season, though it was missed.

Shrewsbury Town v Tranmere Rovers

  • Shrewsbury have let in exactly one goal in each of their last six home games with Tranmere in the league.
  • Tranmere won both of their meetings with the Shrews in League One last season by a single goal.
  • This is the first time the sides have met in the fourth tier of English football.
  • James Collins scored with both of his shots on target against Wimbledon last weekend.
  • Rovers are winless in six matches in league competition, failing to score in four (D2 L4).

Southend United v Stevenage

  • The only previous league meeting at Roots Hall came in April 2011 – Barry Corr scored the winner for the Shrimpers in a 1-0 victory.
  • The away side has received a red card in each of the last two league games between these two sides.
  • Stevenage fired in 15 shots last weekend, four more than any other side in League Two.
  • Southend are unbeaten in their last five matches in league competition excluding the playoffs, winning four (D1).
  • Last weekend, Stevenage won on the opening day of the Football League season for the first time in their history.

Wycombe Wanderers v Carlisle United

  • Wycombe’s first game in the Football League was against Carlisle. They drew 2-2 away in August 1993.
  • Carlisle have lost only one of their last eight league games against Wycombe (W2 D5).
  • Wycombe have kept a clean sheet in each of their last two league games, they’ve not kept three in a row since February 2013.
  • The Cumbrians are winless in seven (D2 L5) and have failed to score in their last four.
  • Paris Cowan-Hall’s strike against Newport County last weekend ended a run of eight games without a goal.

York City v Northampton Town

  • York City have been the victors in the last three league encounters against Northampton Town.
  • Northampton have failed to score in each of their last three league games against the Minstermen.
  • The last six league games at Bootham Crescent between these two have seen a total of seven goals.
  • The Minstermen have gone 18 games unbeaten in league competition excluding the playoffs (W11 D7), last tasting defeat back in January (v Chesterfield, 0-2).
  • Northampton have won their last three league games, they’ve not won four in a row since March 2010.

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League 1 Opta Facts – Aug 16

League 1 Opta Facts – Aug 16

 

Bristol City V Colchester

  • Bristol City have gone four matches unbeaten against Colchester in league competition, drawing three and winning the other.
  • The last four meetings between these two sides at Ashton Gate have all ended in a stalemate.
  • Aaron Wilbraham’s goal for Bristol City against Sheffield United was his first in the league since March 2012; he also assisted Wade Elliott’s winning strike against the Blades.
  • Colchester won just one from behind last season in League One (D6 L19).
  • The Robins let in 37 first-half goals last season in League One, more than any other club.

Chesterfield V Rochdale

  • Chesterfield are unbeaten in their last five home league encounters with Rochdale, winning three and drawing twice.
  • Rochdale have gone 20 league games without keeping a clean sheet against the Spireites.
  • The Spireites are unbeaten in five seasons in their first home game of the season, winning three and drawing two.
  • In this exact fixture last season in League Two, Rochdale scored twice in the 90th minute to draw 2-2.
  • Dale have won just two of their last eight league fixtures (D2 L4).

Coventry V Sheff Utd

  • Coventry are unbeaten in four at home to the Blades in league competition (W2 D2), winning this fixture last term 3-2.
  • Sheffield United have won just once in their last six league clashes with the Sky Blues, though this came in the most recent match in May 2014.
  • The Sky Blues have kept just one clean sheet in their last six home league games with the Blades.
  • Sheffield United scored only 17 times on the road in League 1 last season; only Carlisle United managed fewer (16).
  • Reda Johnson scored twice on his league debut for Coventry against Bradford; he recorded just two league goals for Sheffield Wednesday last season.

Crawley V Swindon

  • Crawley have never beaten Swindon in the Football League, losing three and drawing three.
  • Swindon have kept four clean sheet in their previous six league clashes with the Red Devils.
  • All of Crawley’s opening home games in their three Football League campaigns have ended in victory.
  • Swindon’s Nathan Byrne was sent off in this exact fixture last season.
  • Michael Smith has scored 10 goals in 21 league appearances for the Robins, but just two of these have been away from home.

Crewe V Barnsley

  • Crewe have won their last three league encounters with Barnsley, they’ve never won four in a row.
  • Barnsley have conceded two or more goals in four of their last five league trips to Crewe (W1 D1 L3).
  • Dale Jennings will miss this match thanks to his opening day red card, the second season in succession that he’d been sent off on the opening day of the Football League.
  • The Railwaymen last won their opening home game of the season in August 2007, losing five out of the six contests since then (D1).
  • Barnsley have now lost seven of their last eight league games, including the back end of last season (W1).

Doncaster V Port Vale

  • Doncaster are unbeaten in five against Port Vale in league competition, winning the last four.
  • Port Vale have gone seven league games without a win away to Doncaster, losing five (D2).
  • 31 of Doncaster’s total of 44 points in the Championship last season came at home (70%).
  • Port Vale let in 17 headed goals last season, more than any other side in the division.
  • Donny’s opening day win over Yeovil ended a run of seven league games without a victory (D1 L6).

Gillingham V Yeovil

  • Gillingham have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three league clashes with Yeovil, drawing twice (W1).
  • Yeovil have lost only once in their last eight league encounters with the Gills, winning four (D3).
  • Cody McDonald has scored in four of his last five league games for Gillingham.
  • The Glovers have received a red card in each of their last two trips to Gillingham.
  • Yeovil have failed to score in three of their last five league games, including their last two away visits.

Notts County V Fleetwood

  • Notts County won the only competitive meeting between the two sides as they secured a 3-2 victory in the Capital One Cup last August.
  • In this match, Fleetwood took the lead through Gareth Evans, before goals from Enoch Showunmi, Danny Haynes and Callum McGregor sealed the win for the Magpies.
  • 38 of the Magpies’ 50 points in League One last season were secured at Meadow Lane (76%).
  • Fleetwood’s Matt Tootle failed to score from the penalty spot on the opening day, the first spot kick to be missed in League One this season.
  • Notts County conceded 13 times from set-pieces last season, more than any other side in League One.

Oldham V Leyton Orient

  • Oldham are unbeaten in four against Leyton Orient in league competition (W1 D3).
  • Leyton Orient have scored exactly once in seven of their last eight league matches against Oldham.
  • This exact fixture ended 1-1 last term as Charlie MacDonald opened the scoring for the Latics before Shaun Batt equalised in the second half.
  • The O’s have kept just one clean sheet in their last nine league trips to Oldham.
  • Oldham have conceded just four goals in their last seven home games with Leyton Orient.
  • Leyton Orient have won only once in their last nine league outings to Oldham (D4 L4).

Peterborough V MK Dons

  • Peterborough have won three of the last four league clashes with MK Dons (L1), scoring exactly two goals in each victory.
  • MK Dons last league victory against Peterborough at London Road came back in December 2007 (2-1).
  • Despite beating MK Dons 2-1 in their last meeting at London Road, Peterborough received two red cards.
  • In fact, there have been four red cards handed out in the last four league encounters between the two, including playoffs (three for the Posh, one for MK Dons).
  • The Posh lost 17 points from leading positions away from home last season, more than any other club in the division.

Scunthorpe V Preston

  • Scunthorpe have gone five league games without a win against the Lilywhites, losing three (D2).
  • Preston have won the last two league clashes against the Iron, scoring three times in both games.
  • The Iron lost just twice at home all season in League Two in 2013/14 (W10 D11).
  • Only Wolves (16) conceded fewer goals away from home than Preston in League One last season (20).
  • Scunthorpe kept 21 clean sheets last season in League Two, second only to York (22) in the division.

Walsall V Bradford

  • Walsall have won only one of their last six home games against Bradford in league competition, losing twice (D3).
  • Bradford have lost just once in their last six league matches against Walsall, winning twice (D3).
  • The home team has failed to score in both meetings between Walsall and Bradford last season.
  • Only two of James Hanson’s last eight goals for Bradford has arrived away from home.
  • Walsall were League One’s lowest home scorers last season, netting just 21 times.

 

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Championship Opta Facts – Aug 16

Championship Opta Facts – Aug 16

 

Leeds V Middlesbrough

  • Leeds have won their last two home games against Middlesbrough in league competition; they’ve not won three in a row since 1993.
  • Middlesbrough have scored in each of their last six league trips to Elland Road, winning three (D1 L2).
  • Middlesbrough have had a player sent off in four of their last six league encounters with Leeds United.
  • In fact, there have been four red cards shown in the last three games between the two at Elland Road.
  • Leeds have lost three of their last five home games in league competition (W1 D1), failing to score in two of those matches.
  • No Championship side fired in more shots on the opening weekend than Middlesbrough (14).

Birmingham V Brighton

  • Birmingham have picked up just one win from their last seven league clashes with Brighton, with that victory arriving on the road (D4 L2).
  • The Seagulls have gone five games unbeaten away to Birmingham in league competition, winning twice (D3).
  • The Blues have gone seven league games without a win, losing six.
  • Indeed, Lee Clark’s side have gone 18 league fixtures without keeping a clean sheet.
  • Brighton are unbeaten in their last five away matches (excl. play-offs) in league competition, winning twice (D3).
  • Birmingham were the only side in the Championship to fail to register a shot on target on the opening weekend.

Blackpool V Blackburn

  • Blackpool have won just one of their last seven league encounters with Blackburn Rovers (D3 L3).
  • Blackburn have gone seven league games without keeping a clean sheet away to Blackpool (W1 D3 L3).
  • Last season, Jordan Rhodes scored against 16 different Championship sides, including one goal against Blackpool in the 2-2 draw at Bloomfield Road in October 2013.
  • The Seasiders have picked up just one win from their last 10 league games, losing seven (D2).
  • Blackpool have lost their last four home matches in league competition, they’ve not lost five in a row since 1967.
  • Only Liverpool (29) have scored more away goals in 2014 in the top four tiers than Blackburn (25).

Bolton V Nottm Forest

  • Bolton have gone four league games without a win against Nottm Forest, drawing three and losing one.
  • Forest have gone seven league matches without an away win at Bolton (D4 L3). Indeed, the Reds last league victory at Bolton came back in 1978.
  • Forest have won just one of their last eight away matches in the Championship, losing five (D2).
  • Bolton have been shown a red card in two of the last three meetings with Nottm Forest.
  • No Championship side hit more shots off target on the opening weekend than both Bolton and Nottm Forest (9).

Bournemouth V Brentford

  • Bournemouth have gone six league games unbeaten against Brentford, winning twice (D4).
  • The Bees have won just once in their last eight league games at Bournemouth, losing five (D2).
  • Yann Kermorgant has scored four goals in his last five league games for Bournemouth.
  • Callum Wilson scored two goals from just three shots on target on his Bournemouth debut last weekend; the other attempt was a penalty that was saved.
  • Brentford are winless in six on the road in league competition, failing to score in four (D3 L3).
  • The Bees committed just three fouls on the opening weekend three fewer than any other Championship side.

Cardiff V Huddersfield

  • Cardiff have kept three clean sheets in their last four league encounters with Huddersfield (W2 D1 L1).
  • The Terriers have kept just one clean sheet in their last 11 league trips to Cardiff.
  • No player created more chances for his teammates on the opening weekend than Huddersfield’s Oliver Norwood (5).
  • Managerless Huddersfield have gone 12 league games without a clean sheet, last keeping a shutout against Charlton in March.
  • Cardiff have won just one of their last seven league games at the Cardiff City Stadium (D2 L4).

Charlton V Wigan

  • Charlton are unbeaten against Wigan on home soil in league competition, winning twice and keeping three clean sheets.
  • Wigan were unbeaten against Charlton last season (W1 D1), winning the most recent clash 2-1 in February 2014.
  • Wigan’s Rob Kiernan made more clearances on the opening weekend of the Championship than any other player (22).
  • Wigan have won just once in their last five away league fixtures (D1 L3), excluding play-offs.
  • Charlton have scored exactly three goals in three of their last five matches, netting a solitary goal in the other two games (W3 D1 L1).

Fulham V Millwall

  • Fulham have won their last two league matches against Millwall, they’ve not won three in a row since 1973.
  • Millwall have gone seven league matches without keeping a clean sheet against the Whites, losing twice (W3 D2).
  • Fulham’s Scott Parker made 94 passes against Ipswich last weekend, more than any other player in the division.
  • Millwall have gone nine league games unbeaten, winning five and drawing four.
  • Fulham have conceded two or more goals in each of their last five league matches, losing three (D2).
  • Mark Beevers’ goal against Leeds last weekend was his first since October 2012.

Norwich V Watford

  • Norwich have won only once in their last eight league matches against Watford, losing five (D2).
  • Watford have scored exactly three goals in three of their last four trips to Norwich in league competition (W3 L1).
  • Watford’s Almen Abdi fired in more shots on the opening weekend of the Championship than any other player (5).
  • The Canaries are winless in eight in league competition, losing seven. They’ve also failed to score in seven of those games.
  • The Hornets have won just one of their last 17 away matches in the Championship, drawing nine (L7).
  • Troy Deeney has netted in each of his last four appearances for Watford. Indeed, no player has scored more league goals in 2014 in the top four tiers than Deeney (14).

Reading V Ipswich

  • Reading have won five of their last six league encounters with Ipswich, though they lost the most recent clash (0-2) in January 2014.
  • The Tractor Boys have won only once in their last nine league matches away to Reading, losing five (D3)
  • No player made more interceptions on the opening weekend than Reading’s Shaun Cummings (6).
  • Reading have won just one of their last nine league games at the Madejski Stadium (D5 L3).
  • Since April 27th, Ipswich have yet to lose when Daryl Murphy has scored (W10 D4).

Rotherham V Wolves

  • Rotherham have gone 15 league matches without a win against Wolves, losing nine and drawing six.
  • Wolves have netted 13 goals in their last four league clashes with the Millers, an average of 3.25 per game.
  • No player created more chances for his teammates on the opening weekend than Rotherham’s Ben Pringle (5).
  • Lee Frecklington made eight tackles on the opening weekend of the Championship, more than any other player.
  • Wolves have gone 11 league games without defeat, winning nine and drawing twice.
  • Indeed, Wolves have won more league games in 2014 than any other side in the top four tiers of English football (18).

Sheff Wed V Derby

  • Sheffield Wednesday have gone 10 games without a win against the Rams in league competition, losing seven (D3).
  • Derby have kept seven clean sheets in their last 10 league clashes with the Owls.
  • Sheffield Wednesday’s summer signing Stevie May scored or assisted 50% of St Johnstone’s goals in the Scottish Premiership last season (scoring 20 and assisting four).
  • The Owls have conceded three or more goals in each of their last four home games at Hillsborough (D1 L3).
  • Last campaign, Chris Martin scored against 14 different Championship sides, including one goal against Sheffield Wednesday in Derby’s 3-0 home win in November 2013.

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Championship Opta Facts – Aug 16

Championship Opta Facts – Aug 16

 

Leeds V Middlesbrough

  • Leeds have won their last two home games against Middlesbrough in league competition; they’ve not won three in a row since 1993.
  • Middlesbrough have scored in each of their last six league trips to Elland Road, winning three (D1 L2).
  • Middlesbrough have had a player sent off in four of their last six league encounters with Leeds United.
  • In fact, there have been four red cards shown in the last three games between the two at Elland Road.
  • Leeds have lost three of their last five home games in league competition (W1 D1), failing to score in two of those matches.
  • No Championship side fired in more shots on the opening weekend than Middlesbrough (14).

Birmingham V Brighton

  • Birmingham have picked up just one win from their last seven league clashes with Brighton, with that victory arriving on the road (D4 L2).
  • The Seagulls have gone five games unbeaten away to Birmingham in league competition, winning twice (D3).
  • The Blues have gone seven league games without a win, losing six.
  • Indeed, Lee Clark’s side have gone 18 league fixtures without keeping a clean sheet.
  • Brighton are unbeaten in their last five away matches (excl. play-offs) in league competition, winning twice (D3).
  • Birmingham were the only side in the Championship to fail to register a shot on target on the opening weekend.

Blackpool V Blackburn

  • Blackpool have won just one of their last seven league encounters with Blackburn Rovers (D3 L3).
  • Blackburn have gone seven league games without keeping a clean sheet away to Blackpool (W1 D3 L3).
  • Last season, Jordan Rhodes scored against 16 different Championship sides, including one goal against Blackpool in the 2-2 draw at Bloomfield Road in October 2013.
  • The Seasiders have picked up just one win from their last 10 league games, losing seven (D2).
  • Blackpool have lost their last four home matches in league competition, they’ve not lost five in a row since 1967.
  • Only Liverpool (29) have scored more away goals in 2014 in the top four tiers than Blackburn (25).

Bolton V Nottm Forest

  • Bolton have gone four league games without a win against Nottm Forest, drawing three and losing one.
  • Forest have gone seven league matches without an away win at Bolton (D4 L3). Indeed, the Reds last league victory at Bolton came back in 1978.
  • Forest have won just one of their last eight away matches in the Championship, losing five (D2).
  • Bolton have been shown a red card in two of the last three meetings with Nottm Forest.
  • No Championship side hit more shots off target on the opening weekend than both Bolton and Nottm Forest (9).

Bournemouth V Brentford

  • Bournemouth have gone six league games unbeaten against Brentford, winning twice (D4).
  • The Bees have won just once in their last eight league games at Bournemouth, losing five (D2).
  • Yann Kermorgant has scored four goals in his last five league games for Bournemouth.
  • Callum Wilson scored two goals from just three shots on target on his Bournemouth debut last weekend; the other attempt was a penalty that was saved.
  • Brentford are winless in six on the road in league competition, failing to score in four (D3 L3).
  • The Bees committed just three fouls on the opening weekend three fewer than any other Championship side.

Cardiff V Huddersfield

  • Cardiff have kept three clean sheets in their last four league encounters with Huddersfield (W2 D1 L1).
  • The Terriers have kept just one clean sheet in their last 11 league trips to Cardiff.
  • No player created more chances for his teammates on the opening weekend than Huddersfield’s Oliver Norwood (5).
  • Managerless Huddersfield have gone 12 league games without a clean sheet, last keeping a shutout against Charlton in March.
  • Cardiff have won just one of their last seven league games at the Cardiff City Stadium (D2 L4).

Charlton V Wigan

  • Charlton are unbeaten against Wigan on home soil in league competition, winning twice and keeping three clean sheets.
  • Wigan were unbeaten against Charlton last season (W1 D1), winning the most recent clash 2-1 in February 2014.
  • Wigan’s Rob Kiernan made more clearances on the opening weekend of the Championship than any other player (22).
  • Wigan have won just once in their last five away league fixtures (D1 L3), excluding play-offs.
  • Charlton have scored exactly three goals in three of their last five matches, netting a solitary goal in the other two games (W3 D1 L1).

Fulham V Millwall

  • Fulham have won their last two league matches against Millwall, they’ve not won three in a row since 1973.
  • Millwall have gone seven league matches without keeping a clean sheet against the Whites, losing twice (W3 D2).
  • Fulham’s Scott Parker made 94 passes against Ipswich last weekend, more than any other player in the division.
  • Millwall have gone nine league games unbeaten, winning five and drawing four.
  • Fulham have conceded two or more goals in each of their last five league matches, losing three (D2).
  • Mark Beevers’ goal against Leeds last weekend was his first since October 2012.

Norwich V Watford

  • Norwich have won only once in their last eight league matches against Watford, losing five (D2).
  • Watford have scored exactly three goals in three of their last four trips to Norwich in league competition (W3 L1).
  • Watford’s Almen Abdi fired in more shots on the opening weekend of the Championship than any other player (5).
  • The Canaries are winless in eight in league competition, losing seven. They’ve also failed to score in seven of those games.
  • The Hornets have won just one of their last 17 away matches in the Championship, drawing nine (L7).
  • Troy Deeney has netted in each of his last four appearances for Watford. Indeed, no player has scored more league goals in 2014 in the top four tiers than Deeney (14).

Reading V Ipswich

  • Reading have won five of their last six league encounters with Ipswich, though they lost the most recent clash (0-2) in January 2014.
  • The Tractor Boys have won only once in their last nine league matches away to Reading, losing five (D3)
  • No player made more interceptions on the opening weekend than Reading’s Shaun Cummings (6).
  • Reading have won just one of their last nine league games at the Madejski Stadium (D5 L3).
  • Since April 27th, Ipswich have yet to lose when Daryl Murphy has scored (W10 D4).

Rotherham V Wolves

  • Rotherham have gone 15 league matches without a win against Wolves, losing nine and drawing six.
  • Wolves have netted 13 goals in their last four league clashes with the Millers, an average of 3.25 per game.
  • No player created more chances for his teammates on the opening weekend than Rotherham’s Ben Pringle (5).
  • Lee Frecklington made eight tackles on the opening weekend of the Championship, more than any other player.
  • Wolves have gone 11 league games without defeat, winning nine and drawing twice.
  • Indeed, Wolves have won more league games in 2014 than any other side in the top four tiers of English football (18).

Sheff Wed V Derby

  • Sheffield Wednesday have gone 10 games without a win against the Rams in league competition, losing seven (D3).
  • Derby have kept seven clean sheets in their last 10 league clashes with the Owls.
  • Sheffield Wednesday’s summer signing Stevie May scored or assisted 50% of St Johnstone’s goals in the Scottish Premiership last season (scoring 20 and assisting four).
  • The Owls have conceded three or more goals in each of their last four home games at Hillsborough (D1 L3).
  • Last campaign, Chris Martin scored against 14 different Championship sides, including one goal against Sheffield Wednesday in Derby’s 3-0 home win in November 2013.

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Premier League Opta Facts – 16-18 August

Premier League Opta Facts – 16-18 August

 

Arsenal v Crystal Palace

  • Arsenal have won none of their last four Barclays Premier League opening weekend fixtures (D3 L1); including defeat to Aston Villa at home last season (1-3). They had won eight of the previous nine (D1).
  • Palace have won just one of their five opening weekend fixtures in the Premier League (D2 L2).
  • 2013/14 was the first time that Crystal Palace managed to avoid relegation from a Premier League season.
  • If Arsenal win this match, they will have recorded 100 Premier League victories at the Emirates Stadium.
  • Mikel Arteta has scored two goals in three Premier League games against Crystal Palace.
  • Olivier Giroud has scored six goals in his last six Premier League appearances at the Emirates Stadium.
  • Arsene Wenger’s side have won their last five Premier League games in a row; they have not been on a longer run of consecutive victories since March 2012 (7).
  • Tony Pulis’ side have lost just one of their last eight Premier League matches (W5 D2 L1).
  • Arsenal have won seven and lost just one of the 10 previous Premier League encounters with Crystal Palace.
  • The Gunners were the most accurate team in terms of shooting last season; hitting the target with 54% of their attempts at goal.

 

 

Burnley v Chelsea

  • Burnley lost their only previous opening weekend fixture in the Barclays Premier League (0-2 to Stoke in Aug 2009).
  • Jose Mourinho has seen Chelsea win on all five opening weekends that he has been manager.
  • In fact, the Blues are unbeaten since 1998/99 on the opening day, winning 13 of 15 games (D2).
  • Burnley lost both games against Chelsea during their only previous Premier League season (2009/10).
  • Chelsea have won more points than any other team on the opening weekend of Premier League seasons (47).
  • Cesc Fabregas has scored in each of his two Premier League appearances against Burnley.
  • Chelsea allowed the joint-fewest shots on target against them in 2013-14 (122; along with Man City).
  • Burnley allowed fewer shots on target against them than any other team in the Championship last season (159).
  • Chelsea have conceded just 10 goals in their last 23 Premier League matches.
  • Only Sunderland’s Vito Mannone (77.4%) had a better save percentage than Petr Cech (76.9%) in the 2013-14 Premier League.

 

 

Leicester City v Everton

  • The Foxes have won none of their last five fixtures on the opening weekend of the Barclays Premier League (D3 L2).
  • Not since the opening game of the 2009/10 Premier League season has Roberto Martinez enjoyed a victory on the first weekend, drawing two and losing two since then with Everton & Wigan.
  • Everton are unbeaten in their last nine Premier League clashes with the Foxes, although they have won just two of those games (D7).
  • 11 of the 16 Premier League Games between Everton and Leicester have been drawn (69%) making it the highest percentage of draws in Premier League history of any fixture that has been played more than 10 times.
  • Everton have lost three of their last five Premier League games (W2 L3).
  • It’s been over three years since Romelu Lukaku scored a competitive goal for a club that owned him (August 5th 2011 for Anderlecht).
  • Leicester City won more games (17) and points (55) at home than any other side in the 2013-14 Championship.
  • David Nugent has averaged a goal every 399 mins in the Premier League (nine goals in 64 apps), a significantly slower rate than he has managed in the second tier (a goal every 217 mins).
  • Leighton Baines (49) and Seamus Coleman (45) created more goalscoring chances than any other defenders in the Premier League last season.
  • The Foxes scored the most goals (52) and conceded the fewest number of goals (15) in the second half of games in the Championship last season.

 

 

Liverpool v Southampton

  • Last year’s 1-0 win over Stoke was Liverpool’s first victory on the opening weekend in five seasons (D2 L2).
  • Seven of Southampton’s last eight opening games in the Barclays Premier League have been away from home. They have won just two of the previous seven (D2 L3).
  • Southampton enjoyed a 1-0 win when they visited Anfield in the Premier League last season.
  • Dejan Lovren scored the winning goal in this fixture at Anfield last season while playing for Southampton (0-1).
  • Liverpool’s new forward Rickie Lambert scored 28 Premier League goals over the last two seasons for Southampton; seven more than any other Saints player.
  • Steven Gerrard ended the 2013/14 season with the most assists in the division (13) and is now fourth in the all time Premier League list with 91.
  • Liverpool fired in 258 shots on target last season, more than any other team in the Premier League.
  • Dusan Tadic created 133 goalscoring chances in the Dutch Eredivisie last season for FC Twente; 46 more than any other player.
  • Daniel Sturridge’s goals won Liverpool 20 points in the Premier League last season; more than any other player for their side.
  • On the last occasion Liverpool finished second (2008-09) they finished outside the top six in the following season (7th).

 

 

Manchester United v Swansea City

  • This is the reverse of last season’s opening fixture when Manchester United won 4-1 at the Liberty Stadium.
  • Swansea’s three previous matches on the opening weekend of Premier League season have produced 14 goals.
  • Manchester United have won six of their last nine on the opening weekend of the Barclays Premier League season (D2 L1).
  • Swansea have won exactly 11 games in each of their last two Premier League campaigns.
  • Danny Welbeck has scored three times in his last two league games against Swansea City.
  • Swansea ended last season with a goal difference of zero, only the fifth time a Premier League club has done this (1992-2014).
  • Manchester United have never lost on the opening weekend at Old Trafford in the Premier League (W8 D3).
  • Wayne Rooney currently has 173 Premier League goals and needs two more to draw level with the third top scoring player in PL history (Thierry Henry – 175).
  • Manchester United’s points total of 64 last season was their lowest since 1990-91.
  • Juan Mata scored six goals in 15 league appearances for United last season, compared to zero in 13 for Chelsea earlier in the campaign.

 

 

Newcastle United v Manchester City

  • This is the reverse of last season’s opening Barclays Premier League fixture when Newcastle United lost 0-4 at the Etihad Stadium.
  • The Citizens have won four and lost none of their last five opening weekend league fixtures, keeping four clean sheets in the process.
  • Newcastle have won just once in the last five seasons in their opening match (D2 L2).
  • The Magpies have failed to score in their last three Barclays Premier League clashes with Manchester City.
  • Man City full backs Aleksandar Kolarov (7) and Pablo Zabaleta (6) assisted more goals than any other defenders in the 2013-14 Premier League.
  • Frank Lampard is the top scoring midfielder in Premier League history with 171 goals, as many as Aguero, Dzeko, Yaya Toure, David Silva and Vincent Kompany combined.
  • Despite winning only two of their opening eight away games last season, City still ended the campaign with 34 road points. Only Liverpool and Arsenal (35) gained more (Man Utd & Chelsea also collected 34).
  • Sergio Aguero scored 17 and assisted six goals in 23 appearances last season.
  • Newcastle lost 11 of their last 15 games in the 2013-14 Premier League yet still finished in the top half of the table.
  • City’s total of 102 goals last season in the Premier League is the second highest in the competition’s history (behind Chelsea with 103 in 2009-10).

 

 

Queens Park Rangers v Hull City

  • Queens Park Rangers have taken just one point from six opening weekend matches in the Premier League (D1 L5).
  • In 10 matches, Steve Bruce has enjoyed just two victories on the opening weekend of a Premier League season (D4 L4).
  • This will be the first Barclays Premier League meeting between Queens Park Rangers and Hull City.
  • QPR’s last Premier League campaign (2012-13) saw them lose 5-0 at home on the opening day.
  • Hull will open their Premier League season in London for the third successive time (after facing a London side at home in their debut campaign).
  • QPR Summer signing Rio Ferdinand last conceded a foul in the Premier League on New Year’s Day 2013. He has made 26 appearances in the competition without being penalised since.
  • QPR’s Loic Remy scored 14 Premier League goals in 26 appearances on loan at Newcastle last season.
  • Hull have conceded at least two goals in their last five Premier League games.
  • QPR have won just four of their last 39 Premier League games.
  • Hull have not won a Premier League game since securing their spot in the FA Cup final in April.

 

 

Stoke City v Aston Villa

  • Despite winning just once on the opening weekend in the Barclays Premier League (D2 L3), Stoke are unbeaten at the Britannia Stadium on the opening day (W1 D1).
  • Last season’s 3-1 win over Arsenal was Paul Lambert’s first victory on the opening weekend of a Premier League season.
  • Peter Crouch scored a goal and assisted a goal in both of Stoke’s victories over Aston Villa last season.
  • Only against Blackburn (8) and Arsenal (7) has Crouch scored more Premier League goals than he has against his former team (5).
  • Only Aston Villa (491) committed more fouls than Stoke City (486) in the 2013-14 Premier League.
  • Stoke have never recorded a positive goal difference in the Premier League. Overall the Potters have scored 233 goals in 228 Premier League matches.
  • Since August 2011, Villa have recorded fewer points (117 in 114 games) than any other ever-present side in that period.
  • Stoke summer signing Steve Sidwell scored seven Premier League goals (for Fulham) in 2013-14, as many as he managed in the previous four campaigns combined.
  • Villa signing Joe Cole has not assisted a Premier League goal since October 2010.
  • Villa conceded four goals in four of their last nine Premier League games in 2013-14.

 

 

West Bromwich Albion v Sunderland

  • West Bromwich Albion’s last four opening day fixtures have produced 13 goals.
  • Gus Poyet will be the fourth different manager Sunderland have had on the opening weekend in the last four seasons and fifth in the last seven.
  • The home team has won each of the last three clashes between West Brom and Sunderland.
  • Stephane Sessegnon has scored in two of the last three league meetings between these two teams, once for each side.
  • Vito Mannone (77.4%) had the best save % of any goalkeeper in the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League.
  • Last season Sunderland became only the second team to be bottom on Christmas Day and avoid relegation (after WBA in 2004-05).
  • Sunderland claimed as many points in their final six games as Liverpool and Chelsea in 2013-14 (13).
  • No team won fewer games than West Brom in the 2013-14 Premier League season (seven, level with Cardiff).
  • West Brom took part in three of the six games to end 3-3 in the 2013-14 Premier League season.
  • If only away games had counted last season, Sunderland would have finished in the top half (10th).

 

 

West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur

  • West Ham United won both clashes with Tottenham Hotspur last season in the Barclays Premier League.
  • Spurs have won just four of their last 16 opening weekend fixtures in the Premier League (D4 L8).
  • In fact, the Hammers beat Spurs three times in all competitions last seasons, winning the Capital One Cup Quarter Final.
  • These two sides faced each other on the opening day of the 1999/2000 season. Harry Redknapp’s West Ham won 1-0 at Upton Park.
  • This game will be Sam Allardyce’s 400th as a Premier League manager.
  • West Ham posted the worst shooting accuracy in the 2013-14 Premier League, hitting the target with just 37% of their attempts on goal.
  • West Ham signing Enner Valencia scored three goals from five shots on target at the 2014 World Cup.
  • Tottenham won 10 Premier League away games in 2013-14, only one team (Arsenal, 11) had recorded more (four other teams won 10).
  • West Ham’s last three Premier League goals have come against London sides.
  • Tottenham scored only nine goals in 10 Premier League London derbies in 2013-14.

 

 

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Premier League Opta Facts – 16-18 August

Premier League Opta Facts – 16-18 August

 

Arsenal v Crystal Palace

  • Arsenal have won none of their last four Barclays Premier League opening weekend fixtures (D3 L1); including defeat to Aston Villa at home last season (1-3). They had won eight of the previous nine (D1).
  • Palace have won just one of their five opening weekend fixtures in the Premier League (D2 L2).
  • 2013/14 was the first time that Crystal Palace managed to avoid relegation from a Premier League season.
  • If Arsenal win this match, they will have recorded 100 Premier League victories at the Emirates Stadium.
  • Mikel Arteta has scored two goals in three Premier League games against Crystal Palace.
  • Olivier Giroud has scored six goals in his last six Premier League appearances at the Emirates Stadium.
  • Arsene Wenger’s side have won their last five Premier League games in a row; they have not been on a longer run of consecutive victories since March 2012 (7).
  • Tony Pulis’ side have lost just one of their last eight Premier League matches (W5 D2 L1).
  • Arsenal have won seven and lost just one of the 10 previous Premier League encounters with Crystal Palace.
  • The Gunners were the most accurate team in terms of shooting last season; hitting the target with 54% of their attempts at goal.

 

 

Burnley v Chelsea

  • Burnley lost their only previous opening weekend fixture in the Barclays Premier League (0-2 to Stoke in Aug 2009).
  • Jose Mourinho has seen Chelsea win on all five opening weekends that he has been manager.
  • In fact, the Blues are unbeaten since 1998/99 on the opening day, winning 13 of 15 games (D2).
  • Burnley lost both games against Chelsea during their only previous Premier League season (2009/10).
  • Chelsea have won more points than any other team on the opening weekend of Premier League seasons (47).
  • Cesc Fabregas has scored in each of his two Premier League appearances against Burnley.
  • Chelsea allowed the joint-fewest shots on target against them in 2013-14 (122; along with Man City).
  • Burnley allowed fewer shots on target against them than any other team in the Championship last season (159).
  • Chelsea have conceded just 10 goals in their last 23 Premier League matches.
  • Only Sunderland’s Vito Mannone (77.4%) had a better save percentage than Petr Cech (76.9%) in the 2013-14 Premier League.

 

 

Leicester City v Everton

  • The Foxes have won none of their last five fixtures on the opening weekend of the Barclays Premier League (D3 L2).
  • Not since the opening game of the 2009/10 Premier League season has Roberto Martinez enjoyed a victory on the first weekend, drawing two and losing two since then with Everton & Wigan.
  • Everton are unbeaten in their last nine Premier League clashes with the Foxes, although they have won just two of those games (D7).
  • 11 of the 16 Premier League Games between Everton and Leicester have been drawn (69%) making it the highest percentage of draws in Premier League history of any fixture that has been played more than 10 times.
  • Everton have lost three of their last five Premier League games (W2 L3).
  • It’s been over three years since Romelu Lukaku scored a competitive goal for a club that owned him (August 5th 2011 for Anderlecht).
  • Leicester City won more games (17) and points (55) at home than any other side in the 2013-14 Championship.
  • David Nugent has averaged a goal every 399 mins in the Premier League (nine goals in 64 apps), a significantly slower rate than he has managed in the second tier (a goal every 217 mins).
  • Leighton Baines (49) and Seamus Coleman (45) created more goalscoring chances than any other defenders in the Premier League last season.
  • The Foxes scored the most goals (52) and conceded the fewest number of goals (15) in the second half of games in the Championship last season.

 

 

Liverpool v Southampton

  • Last year’s 1-0 win over Stoke was Liverpool’s first victory on the opening weekend in five seasons (D2 L2).
  • Seven of Southampton’s last eight opening games in the Barclays Premier League have been away from home. They have won just two of the previous seven (D2 L3).
  • Southampton enjoyed a 1-0 win when they visited Anfield in the Premier League last season.
  • Dejan Lovren scored the winning goal in this fixture at Anfield last season while playing for Southampton (0-1).
  • Liverpool’s new forward Rickie Lambert scored 28 Premier League goals over the last two seasons for Southampton; seven more than any other Saints player.
  • Steven Gerrard ended the 2013/14 season with the most assists in the division (13) and is now fourth in the all time Premier League list with 91.
  • Liverpool fired in 258 shots on target last season, more than any other team in the Premier League.
  • Dusan Tadic created 133 goalscoring chances in the Dutch Eredivisie last season for FC Twente; 46 more than any other player.
  • Daniel Sturridge’s goals won Liverpool 20 points in the Premier League last season; more than any other player for their side.
  • On the last occasion Liverpool finished second (2008-09) they finished outside the top six in the following season (7th).

 

 

Manchester United v Swansea City

  • This is the reverse of last season’s opening fixture when Manchester United won 4-1 at the Liberty Stadium.
  • Swansea’s three previous matches on the opening weekend of Premier League season have produced 14 goals.
  • Manchester United have won six of their last nine on the opening weekend of the Barclays Premier League season (D2 L1).
  • Swansea have won exactly 11 games in each of their last two Premier League campaigns.
  • Danny Welbeck has scored three times in his last two league games against Swansea City.
  • Swansea ended last season with a goal difference of zero, only the fifth time a Premier League club has done this (1992-2014).
  • Manchester United have never lost on the opening weekend at Old Trafford in the Premier League (W8 D3).
  • Wayne Rooney currently has 173 Premier League goals and needs two more to draw level with the third top scoring player in PL history (Thierry Henry – 175).
  • Manchester United’s points total of 64 last season was their lowest since 1990-91.
  • Juan Mata scored six goals in 15 league appearances for United last season, compared to zero in 13 for Chelsea earlier in the campaign.

 

 

Newcastle United v Manchester City

  • This is the reverse of last season’s opening Barclays Premier League fixture when Newcastle United lost 0-4 at the Etihad Stadium.
  • The Citizens have won four and lost none of their last five opening weekend league fixtures, keeping four clean sheets in the process.
  • Newcastle have won just once in the last five seasons in their opening match (D2 L2).
  • The Magpies have failed to score in their last three Barclays Premier League clashes with Manchester City.
  • Man City full backs Aleksandar Kolarov (7) and Pablo Zabaleta (6) assisted more goals than any other defenders in the 2013-14 Premier League.
  • Frank Lampard is the top scoring midfielder in Premier League history with 171 goals, as many as Aguero, Dzeko, Yaya Toure, David Silva and Vincent Kompany combined.
  • Despite winning only two of their opening eight away games last season, City still ended the campaign with 34 road points. Only Liverpool and Arsenal (35) gained more (Man Utd & Chelsea also collected 34).
  • Sergio Aguero scored 17 and assisted six goals in 23 appearances last season.
  • Newcastle lost 11 of their last 15 games in the 2013-14 Premier League yet still finished in the top half of the table.
  • City’s total of 102 goals last season in the Premier League is the second highest in the competition’s history (behind Chelsea with 103 in 2009-10).

 

 

Queens Park Rangers v Hull City

  • Queens Park Rangers have taken just one point from six opening weekend matches in the Premier League (D1 L5).
  • In 10 matches, Steve Bruce has enjoyed just two victories on the opening weekend of a Premier League season (D4 L4).
  • This will be the first Barclays Premier League meeting between Queens Park Rangers and Hull City.
  • QPR’s last Premier League campaign (2012-13) saw them lose 5-0 at home on the opening day.
  • Hull will open their Premier League season in London for the third successive time (after facing a London side at home in their debut campaign).
  • QPR Summer signing Rio Ferdinand last conceded a foul in the Premier League on New Year’s Day 2013. He has made 26 appearances in the competition without being penalised since.
  • QPR’s Loic Remy scored 14 Premier League goals in 26 appearances on loan at Newcastle last season.
  • Hull have conceded at least two goals in their last five Premier League games.
  • QPR have won just four of their last 39 Premier League games.
  • Hull have not won a Premier League game since securing their spot in the FA Cup final in April.

 

 

Stoke City v Aston Villa

  • Despite winning just once on the opening weekend in the Barclays Premier League (D2 L3), Stoke are unbeaten at the Britannia Stadium on the opening day (W1 D1).
  • Last season’s 3-1 win over Arsenal was Paul Lambert’s first victory on the opening weekend of a Premier League season.
  • Peter Crouch scored a goal and assisted a goal in both of Stoke’s victories over Aston Villa last season.
  • Only against Blackburn (8) and Arsenal (7) has Crouch scored more Premier League goals than he has against his former team (5).
  • Only Aston Villa (491) committed more fouls than Stoke City (486) in the 2013-14 Premier League.
  • Stoke have never recorded a positive goal difference in the Premier League. Overall the Potters have scored 233 goals in 228 Premier League matches.
  • Since August 2011, Villa have recorded fewer points (117 in 114 games) than any other ever-present side in that period.
  • Stoke summer signing Steve Sidwell scored seven Premier League goals (for Fulham) in 2013-14, as many as he managed in the previous four campaigns combined.
  • Villa signing Joe Cole has not assisted a Premier League goal since October 2010.
  • Villa conceded four goals in four of their last nine Premier League games in 2013-14.

 

 

West Bromwich Albion v Sunderland

  • West Bromwich Albion’s last four opening day fixtures have produced 13 goals.
  • Gus Poyet will be the fourth different manager Sunderland have had on the opening weekend in the last four seasons and fifth in the last seven.
  • The home team has won each of the last three clashes between West Brom and Sunderland.
  • Stephane Sessegnon has scored in two of the last three league meetings between these two teams, once for each side.
  • Vito Mannone (77.4%) had the best save % of any goalkeeper in the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League.
  • Last season Sunderland became only the second team to be bottom on Christmas Day and avoid relegation (after WBA in 2004-05).
  • Sunderland claimed as many points in their final six games as Liverpool and Chelsea in 2013-14 (13).
  • No team won fewer games than West Brom in the 2013-14 Premier League season (seven, level with Cardiff).
  • West Brom took part in three of the six games to end 3-3 in the 2013-14 Premier League season.
  • If only away games had counted last season, Sunderland would have finished in the top half (10th).

 

 

West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur

  • West Ham United won both clashes with Tottenham Hotspur last season in the Barclays Premier League.
  • Spurs have won just four of their last 16 opening weekend fixtures in the Premier League (D4 L8).
  • In fact, the Hammers beat Spurs three times in all competitions last seasons, winning the Capital One Cup Quarter Final.
  • These two sides faced each other on the opening day of the 1999/2000 season. Harry Redknapp’s West Ham won 1-0 at Upton Park.
  • This game will be Sam Allardyce’s 400th as a Premier League manager.
  • West Ham posted the worst shooting accuracy in the 2013-14 Premier League, hitting the target with just 37% of their attempts on goal.
  • West Ham signing Enner Valencia scored three goals from five shots on target at the 2014 World Cup.
  • Tottenham won 10 Premier League away games in 2013-14, only one team (Arsenal, 11) had recorded more (four other teams won 10).
  • West Ham’s last three Premier League goals have come against London sides.
  • Tottenham scored only nine goals in 10 Premier League London derbies in 2013-14.

 

 

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Scottish Premiership Opta Facts – 13 August

Scottish Premiership Opta Facts – 13 August

Dundee United v Motherwell

  • Dundee United have won their last three matches against Motherwell, scoring 12 times and conceding just twice.
  • Having gone without defeat in five trips to Tannadice, Well have lost their last two matches there.
  • A Dundee United player has scored a brace in each of the last three league games with Well (Nadir Ciftci, Gavin Gunning & Ryan Gauld)
  • Dundee United have conceded in each of their last 12 league games.
  • There were 18 goals scored in the four meetings between these two sides last term, an average of 4.5 goals per game.

 

Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Dundee

  • Caley have lost just one of their last seven games against Dundee, winning four and drawing two.
  • Both teams have scored in the seven previous meetings in the Scottish Premiership.
  • Inverness have lost just one of their last nine games on home soil (W2 D6).
  • Dundee have failed to keep a clean in any of their last 16 away matches in the Scottish Premiership.
  • The Dark Blues have lost all three previous meetings with Inverness at the Caledonian Stadium in the Scottish Premiership.

 

Kilmarnock v Aberdeen

  • Kilmarnock are winless in four games at Rugby Park against the Dons (D2 L2).
  • Aberdeen have won their last four league games against Killie all by a single goal.
  • Aberdeen have netted in 14 of their last 15 away matches in the Scottish Premiership.
  • Killie have both scored and conceded in five of their last seven home games, winning just twice (D2 L3).
  • The Dons failed to register a single shot on target in their 3-0 defeat to Dundee United on the opening weekend.

 

Partick Thistle v Ross County

  • The Jags were beaten 3-2 at home on the final day of last season by Ross County – Melvin De Leeuw grabbed the winner.
  • In fact, Ross County scored three goals in both of their trips to Firhill Stadium last season.
  • Ross County have conceded in 15 of their last 16 away outings.
  • The Jags have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last 11 home matches.
  • Steven Lawless netted three goals in three appearances against Ross County last term.

 

St Johnstone v Celtic

  • St Johnstone have won only one of their last 11 games against Celtic, losing seven times (D3).
  • Celtic have won only one of their last four games at McDiarmid Park, drawing twice and losing once. However, they have been beaten there just once since 1999.
  • After going seven games (all comps) without a goal towards the end of last season, Steven MacLean has scored three goals in his last four games (all comps).
  • Celtic have scored two or more goals in eight of their last nine away league games, winning six (D2 L1).
  • Anthony Stokes has scored 10 goals in his last nine league appearances for Celtic.

 

St Mirren v Hamilton Academical

  • St Mirren have failed to score in eight of their last 10 Scottish Premiership games against the Accies.
  • In that period, Hamilton have been beaten just once by the Buddies (W4 D5).
  • St Mirren (17) fired in more shots on the opening weekend of the Scottish Premiership than any other side, though they failed to find the back of the net.
  • Hamilton have failed to score in each of their last three games against St Mirren, though all of those have been in Cup competitions.
  • St Mirren are unbeaten in their last four on home soil, keeping two clean sheets (W3 D1).

 

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Capital One Cup Round 1 Opta Facts

Capital One Cup Round 1 Opta Facts

 

Barnsley v Crewe Alexandra

  • Barnsley have won two of their three previous League Cup meetings with the Railwaymen, though lost their last meeting with them in 2008/09 at this stage.
  • Crewe have won their last four against the Tykes in all competitions, scoring twice in each match.
  • Barnsley have failed to score in four of their last five League Cup games at Oakwell.
  • The Railwaymen haven’t progressed in three of their last four Round 1 matches which have been away from home.

Birmingham City v Cambridge United

  • The Blues have scored in 13 of their last 14 League Cup matches; averaging 2.5 goals per game in that time.
  • The last competitive meeting between the two sides came in the third tier of English football in April 1995 – The U’s were 1-0 winners on the day.
  • This will be the first time Birmingham City and Cambridge have met in the League Cup.
  • This is Cambridge’s first appearance in the League Cup since 2004/05. They’ve progressed just once in their last eight attempts in this competition against teams from higher divisions.

Blackburn Rovers v Scunthorpe United

  • Rovers were 3-0 winners in the only previous meeting between the two clubs at Ewood Park (1972/73).
  • Scunthorpe’s last two Round 1 games in the Capital One Cup have been settled by penalties. They beat Derby in a shootout in 2012/13 after the game had finished 5-5, but were beaten by Barnsley last season at this stage.
  • Blackburn and Scunthorpe have met just twice before in all competitions – when in the third tier in 1972/73.
  • Blackburn have lost (including penalty shootouts) their last three League Cup matches against lower league opposition, though all of those have been away from home.

Bolton Wanderers v Bury

  • Since the 1989/90 season, Bolton Wanderers have only once failed to get beyond the First Round of the League Cup (2000/01 v Macclesfield Town).
  • Bury were victorious in the last League Cup meeting with their neighbours, knocking out then Premier League Bolton in 1-0 in 2002/03.
  • The away side has won each of the last three League Cup clashes between Bolton and Bury, while the home team has failed to score.
  • Bury have made it past Round 1 just twice since the 2007/08 tournament.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Cheltenham Town

  • The Seagulls have managed to get past Round 1 just once in their last five League Cup appearances.
  • Cheltenham have won just two of their previous 16 games against Brighton in all competitions (D6 L8).
  • The Robins have scored in each of their last 11 League Cup ties.
  • Both teams have scored in each of the last 10 matches between Brighton and Cheltenham.

Bristol City v Oxford United

  • Bristol City and Oxford United have met three times previously in the League Cup, with Oxford progressing on two occasions (1983/84 and 2002/03) to Bristol’s one (1988/99).
  • Oxford United have scored just once in their last five League Cup matches, letting in 11 goals.
  • The home side has failed to score in each of the last three encounters between these sides (all comps).
  • Bristol City have been eliminated in five of their previous six League Cups by a team from a lower division.

Burton Albion v Wigan Athletic

  • The Brewers last six League Cups games have seen a total of 31 goals, an average of 5.2 per game.
  • Wigan last appeared in Round 1 of the League Cup in August 2004, losing to fourth tier Grimsby 1-0.
  • This will be the first ever competitive meeting between Burton and Wigan.
  • This will be just Burton’s second ever home game in the League Cup. They were eliminated on penalties last season in Round 2 by Fulham, with each of their previous seven games being away from home.

Carlisle United v Derby County

  • Carlisle and Derby have met just once in the League Cup, in 1990. Derby went through to Round 3 winning 2-1 on aggregate over two legs.
  • Carlisle’s 1-0 defeat to Derby in October 1990 is their only loss to the Rams in 14 games (W7 D6).
  • Derby have progressed from their last two League Cup ties against lower division teams, having been eliminated in the four prior matches.
  • The Cumbrians have let in 11 goals in their last three League Cup games against teams from a higher division.

Charlton Athletic v Colchester United

  • The Addicks have lost just one of their last five meetings with Colchester United (W3 D1) in all competitions.
  • Colchester have lost each of their previous four clashes against teams from a higher division in this competition.
  • Charlton’s win over Oxford United at this stage of the competition last season was their first win over a lower league side in six attempts.
  • The U’s have won only two of their last 11 away games in this competition (D1 L8).

Chesterfield v Huddersfield Town

  • Chesterfield last made it into Round 2 in the 2006/07 League Cup, falling at this stage in each of the last seven editions.
  • The Terriers are unbeaten in five games against the Spireites in all competitions (90 minutes only, W2 D3).
  • The only previous League Cup match between these two sides came in Round 1 of the 2005/06 competition – Huddersfield were 4-2 victors away from home.
  • Huddersfield have lost four of their last five away games in the League Cup (W1).

Coventry City v Cardiff City

  • Coventry have been eliminated in Round 1 in four of their last five League Cup appearances, reaching Round 3 in 2013.
  • Cardiff are unbeaten in six away games against Coventry in all competitions (W3 D3).
  • The Sky Blues haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their previous five home games in the League Cup.
  • The Bluebirds have lost only one of their last six Round 1 ties in the Capital One Cup, albeit their most recent one in August 2012 against Northampton.

Crawley Town v Ipswich Town

  • Crawley have never won a first round League Cup tie in normal time. They’ve lost two of their previous three games (August 2011 and 2013) and needed penalties to beat Millwall in 2012.
  • Since making the League Cup semi-final in 2010/11, Ipswich have got past Round 1 just once in three appearances (Round 2 in 2013).
  • This will be the first ever competitive meetings between the two sides.
  • Both of Crawley’s League Cup wins have come at Broadfield Stadium (v AFC Wimbledon in preliminary round in July 2011 and against Bolton Wanderers in August 2012).

Dag & Red v Brentford

  • Since joining the Football League in 2007, Dagenham and Redbridge have never made it past Round 1 of the League Cup.
  • Brentford’s last clean sheet in the League Cup came in 2001, 19 games ago (Round 1 v Norwich City).
  • This match is a reverse of last season’s Round 1 meeting – Brentford were 3-2 winners at Griffin Park.
  • The Bees have failed to score in any of their last three away games in the League Cup, being eliminated each time.

Exeter City v Bournemouth

  • The Grecians have failed to score in three of their last four games against Bournemouth, in all competitions.
  • The Cherries have failed to find the net in each of their last seven away games in this competition.
  • The sides have met twice before in League Cup history – Exeter City progressed from Round 1 in August 1978 while Bournemouth were victors at the same stage in 1987.
  • Exeter’s last seven games in the League Cup have been at home – they have lost six of them (W1).

Leeds United v Accrington Stanley

  • Leeds United have won all 11 of their previous Round 1 League Cup ties.
  • Accrington’s last two progressions from Round 1 have come away from home and against Yorkshire clubs (v Doncaster in 2010 and Middlesbrough in 2013).
  • The two sides’ only previous encounter came in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in 2009 – Leeds won 2-0 at Elland Road.
  • Leeds have won the last 14 League Cup games against teams from a lower division, last losing to then Sheffield United in 2002.

Luton Town v Swindon Town

  • This is Luton’s first appearance in the League Cup since 2008/09.
  • Swindon were 1-0 winners in the last meeting between the two at Kenilworth Road in January 2008.
  • The Hatters have progressed from Round 1 in each of their last four games at this stage.
  • The Robins have won four of their last five League Cup games against sides from lower divisions, the exception being Wycombe Wanderers in August 2005.

Millwall v Wycombe Wanderers

  • These two sides have only ever met once in the League Cup, with Millwall prevailing 2-1 in Round 1 in August 2010. This was their last encounter in all competitions.
  • Wycombe are unbeaten in their last four trips to the New Den in all competitions (W2 D2).
  • The Lions have exited the League Cup only once in their last nine matches against sides from a lower division.
  • Since reaching the semi-final stage in 2006/07, Wycombe have made it past Round 1 just once.

MK Dons v AFC Wimbledon

  • MK Dons and AFC Wimbledon have only ever played once, in the FA Cup in December 2012. MK Dons won 2-1.
  • AFC Wimbledon have never made it further than Round 1 of the League Cup in their three appearances in the competition.
  • This is the first time MK Dons and AFC Wimbledon have met in the League Cup.
  • MK Dons have progressed in each of the three League Cup ties in which they had been pitted against a side from a lower division.

Morecambe v Bradford City

  • Morecambe are winless in five meetings against Bradford (all in League Two), drawing three and losing two.
  • Bradford are unbeaten in their previous four visits to Morecambe, though three have ended in draws (W1).
  • The Shrimps have made it into Round 2 in each of the last four seasons, but never further across those seasons.
  • After reaching the final in 2013, Bradford City fell in the first round last season to Huddersfield Town.

Oldham Athletic v Middlesbrough

  • These two teams have not met since April 1995, in the second tier. Oldham were 1-0 winners at Boundary Park.
  • Middlesbrough beat Oldham 4-2 in the only previous fixture in the League Cup in September 1970.
  • New signing Lee Tomlin has scored seven times in his last five League Cup appearances.
  • Oldham last made it into Round 2 in 2008/09, being eliminated at this stage in each of the last five seasons.

Plymouth Argyle v Leyton Orient

  • These sides have only ever met in one domestic cup fixture (FA Cup), which Leyton Orient won. (1-0, January 1956).
  • The Pilgrims have fallen at this stage in five of their last six appearances.
  • David Mooney has scored a total of six goals in his last eight league cup appearances.
  • Plymouth have failed to score in four of their last seven matches against the O’s (all competitions).

Port Vale v Hartlepool United

  • Port Vale’s last victory over Hartlepool came in the FA Cup, a 6-0 win in 1994. They’ve lost seven out of eight since, in all competitions (D1).
  • After eight successive years of making it through Round 1, Hartlepool United have been eliminated at this stage in each of the last three seasons.
  • This will be their first meeting in the League Cup.
  • The Valiants have conceded 15 goals in their last four League Cup matches, losing each time.

Portsmouth v Peterborough United

  • This will be the fourth League Cup tie between the two sides. Portsmouth won the most recent meeting in Round 1 of the 2002/03 League Cup.
  • Peterborough have scored four or more goals in each of their last five Round 1 League Cup games.
  • The away side has been victorious in three of the last four meetings between the two sides.
  • Pompey have failed to score in their last three League Cup games at this stage.

Reading v Newport County

  • Reading have shipped 13 goals in their last two League Cup games – losing 7-5 to Arsenal in October 2012 and 6-0 to Peterborough in August 2013.
  • The only previous League Cup encounter between the two sides came in Round 1 of the 1970/71 competition – the Exiles won 2-1 on that day.
  • That defeat to the Posh last season was the first time in 16 League Cup games that Reading had failed to score.
  • In their first League Cup appearance since 1987, Newport County made it into Round 2 before being beaten by West Bromwich Albion.

Rochdale v Preston North End

  • Rochdale are unbeaten in their four previous meetings with PNE (D2 L2).
  • These sides have met once in the League Cup, with Preston winning 1-0 in the 1974-5 season.
  • Preston last lost a Round 1 tie in 2007 to Morecambe; progressing in each of the last six seasons.
  • The Dale have won only once in their last 12 League Cup games contested at Spotland (D5 L6).

Rotherham United v Fleetwood Town

  • Only one of Rotherham’s last six League Cup eliminations has come at home.
  • These two sides have only met three times competitively, including a 2-1 win to Fleetwood Town in the JP Trophy last season.
  • Fleetwood have lost both of their previous Round 1 appearances in this competition, both to teams from Nottingham.
  • Both teams have scored in Rotherham’s last 12 games at this stage.

Sheffield United v Mansfield Town

  • In the FA Cup, Sheffield Utd have only beaten Mansfield once (1988); Mansfield have knocked them out twice (1951 and 1969).
  • The last time these two met was in the third tier in April 1989, which ended in a 2-1 win to Mansfield.
  • The Blades have fallen in four of their last five Round 1 ties, each to sides from divisions lower down the pyramid.
  • The Stags have lost three of their last four League Cup ties away from home (W1).

Sheffield Wednesday v Notts County

  • The Owls defeat to Rotherham in Round 1 of the 2013/14 competition was the first time in they’d been eliminated in the first round since 2008/09.
  • The Magpies haven’t kept a clean sheet in six League Cup games.
  • This will be the first meeting between the two sides in the League Cup.
  • Wednesday haven’t conceded in any of their last four League Cup games at Hillsborough.

Shrewsbury Town v Blackpool

  • Shrewsbury have lost in Round 1 to Championship sides in each of the last two League Cups.
  • Blackpool’s last four League Cup eliminations have all come against sides from a lower tier.
  • This will be the first time that these teams play each other in the League Cup.
  • The Tangerines have been beaten only once in their last five trips to Shrewsbury in all competitions (W2 D2).

Southend United v Walsall

  • The Shrimpers have been eliminated in the competition at this stage in each of the last three League Cups.
  • The only previous cup meeting between the sides came in the 1988 FA Cup, in which Walsall beat Southend in a replay.
  • Walsall are looking to make it to Round 2 for the third year in a row.
  • Southend have won each of their last three home games in all competitions against Walsall without conceding.

Stevenage v Watford

  • Stevenage have made it into Round 2 in the two past seasons, but never any further.
  • Watford haven’t lost any of their last 10 games at this stage, but were eliminated on penalties against Bristol Rovers in August 2011.
  • This will be the first ever competitive meeting between Stevenage and Watford.
  • Boro have scored every League Cup game they’ve ever played in (six in total), but have kept just one clean sheet.

Tranmere Rovers v Nottingham Forest

  • This will be the third tie between the two sides in the League Cup, with Nottingham Forest progressing twice.
  • The Tricky Trees beat Tranmere 4-1 on penalties in their most recent League Cup meeting in Round 2 of the 2003/04 League Cup.
  • Tranmere beat Nottingham Forest in the quarter finals of the League Cup in 1994, before losing in the semi-finals to eventual winners Aston Villa.
  • Nottingham Forest have lost only of their previous seven Round 1 matches (W4 D2).

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Northampton Town

  • These two sides have met twice in the League Cup, with Wolves prevailing on both occasions.
  • Northampton Town have never won at Molineux in three previous trips (D1 L2).
  • Wolves have conceded seven times over their last two League Cup games, without scoring.
  • Northampton have managed to record just one clean sheet in their last 27 League Cup matches away from home.

Yeovil Town v Gillingham

  • These two sides have only met once in a cup competition back in 1949; Yeovil won the contest 3-1.
  • Gillingham hold only one win over the Glovers in nine matches (D3 L5).
  • Yeovil are looking to progress to the second round for the third year in a row. They’ve never gone further than that though.
  • The Gills have gone 12 games in the League Cup without a clean sheet.

York City v Doncaster Rovers

  • York have won progressed from three of their four league cup matches against Doncaster.
  • However, in the last League Cup clash in August 2012, Doncaster beat the Minstermen on penalties 4-2.
  • York City haven’t progressed from the first round game of the League Cup since 1997/98.
  • This will be only Doncaster’s second away game in 10 League Cup ties.

 

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The League Podcast. League Two: Thursday August 7th

The League Podcast. League Two: Thursday August 7th

William Hill’s new League Two podcast in association with www.the72.co.uk features Sam Ashoo.


He looks at three featured games form the division as the English Football League gets underway.

 

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