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Scottish Premiership Opta Facts – March 7

Scottish Premiership Opta Facts – March 7

Motherwell v Kilmarnock
The Steelmen have claimed one win in their last six at home to Kilmarnock (D3 L2).
Kilmarnock have scored at least once in seven of their last eight matches against Motherwell.
Conor Grant has been involved in three of Motherwell’s last four league goals (one scored and two assists).
Motherwell have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine matches.
Kilmarnock have conceded 10 goals from outside the penalty box this term.

 

Ross County v Partick Thistle
Ross County have been defeated just once in their last five versus the Jags (W2 D2).
Partick Thistle have scored in all six of their previous top-flight meetings with Ross County.
Steven Lawless bagged a brace in his last league visit to Victoria Park for Partick.
Ross County have won three consecutive matches; currently the best run in the division.
The Jags have lost four of their last five; winning their most recent match however.

 

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League Two Opta Facts March 7

League Two Opta Facts March 7

Accrington v Portsmouth
Piero Mingoia scored the winner in the reverse of this fixture, as Stanley earned their first ever win over Portsmouth (3-2).
Pompey have scored in each of their three previous league meetings with Accrington.
After 30 games without a goal for Stanley, Josh Windass has scored two in his last three games for them.
Following a run of three straight wins, across which they scored 10 goals, Pompey are winless and have failed to score in their last two games (D1 L1).
Portsmouth have conceded 18 goals in the opening 30 minutes of matches this season, more than any other side.

AFC Wimbledon v York
The Dons have won four of their five previous league meetings with York (L1), scoring at least twice in each victory.
York won this exact fixture last season thanks to a Michael Coulson goal (1-0).
This will be the fourth meeting between the sides this season, with Wimbledon having won two of the previous three (D1).
Wimbledon have dropped a league-high 16 points from leading positions in home games this season.
The Minstermen’s last two away games have ended 3-0 (W1 L1).
The Dons have failed to score in their last three games (D2 L1). They’ve never gone four without a goal in the Football League.

Bury v Oxford
Bury have lost just one of their last seven at home to Oxford, though four have ended in a draw (W2).
Oxford came from behind to win the reverse of this fixture 2-1 in December, courtesy of Tyrone Barnett’s 90th minute winner.
The Shakers have won their last four games, keeping a clean sheet in their last three. The last time they won five in a row was in April 2011, and they last kept four consecutive shutouts in March 2011.
No team has won (7) or scored more (6) penalties than Oxford this season.
Oxford’s Danny Hylton has scored 13 league goals this season, matching his previous best in the Football League set in 2011/12 with Aldershot Town.

Carlisle v Exeter
Carlisle have won just three of their last 17 meetings with Exeter (D4 L10).
The Grecians are winless in their last two visits to Brunton Park (D1 L1), shipping six goals in that time.
Charlie Wyke’s five goals for the Cumbrians has earned them six points so far.
Exeter have won just one of their last 11 league games and none of their last seven.
No team has conceded more home goals than Carlisle this season (28).

Cheltenham v Mansfield
The home side has failed to win this fixture in the last six meetings between the two (D1 L5).
Indeed, Mansfield have won on their last two visits to Cheltenham, scoring twice each time.
Cheltenham have won just two games and taken 12 points from their last 20 games – fewer than any other side.
The Stags have won as many games in their last four as they had in the previous 21 (3).
Mansfield’s Reggie Lambe has scored in his last two appearances.

Hartlepool v Burton
Hartlepool haven’t beaten Burton in the league in three attempts (D1 L2). Their only previous victory against the Brewers was in the 2003/04 FA Cup (1-0 at Burton).
Burton have scored seven goals in their last two meetings with Hartlepool, conceding none.
After a run of nine games without a win at home, Pools have won four of their last five at the Victoria Ground.
The Brewers have lost back-to-back league games. They’ve not lost three in a row since September 2013.
Burton have scored more second half goals (26) than Hartlepool have in total (25), while Pools have conceded more after half-time (35) than Burton in total (30).

Luton v Morecambe
Steve McNulty was sent off after just 28 minutes in the reverse of this fixture, as Luton crashed to a 3-0 defeat.
Morecambe have never failed to score in their three previous meetings with Luton (W1 D1 L1).
The Hatters are unbeaten in 14 home games (W11 D3).
No side has scored fewer (3) or conceded more (9) in the opening 15 minutes of games than Morecambe this season.
Mark Cullen’s 11 goals have been worth 14 points to Luton this season – the highest in the division.

Plymouth v Northampton
Plymouth have won their last three against the Cobblers, with Lewis Alessandra scoring in each game. They’ve never won four in a row against them.
Northampton have won none of their last five visits to Home Park (D1 L4).
The Pilgrims have lost their last two games without scoring. They’ve not lost three in a row since April 2014.
The Cobblers have won eight of their last 10 in League Two (D1 L1), conceding just five goals in that run.
League top scorer Marc Richards has 17 goals this season – just two off his previous best set with Port Vale in 2009/10.

Shrewsbury v Cambridge
The Shrews have failed to score in their last four games against Cambridge, with the last two ending 0-0.
The U’s have lost just one of their last 14 league meetings with Shrewsbury (W7 D6).
Four of the last five matches between these two contested in Shrewsbury have ended in draw, with the home side winning the other.
Cambridge have won just one of their last nine league games (D3 L5).
The Shrews have scored more (31) and conceded fewer (11) second half goals than any other side this season.

Southend v Wycombe
Southend have never failed to score in their 13 previous league meetings with Wycombe. However, they’ve also conceded in 11 of those games.
After winning their first two visits to Roots Hall in league competition, the Chairboys are winless in four at Southend (D2 L2).
The Shrimpers have kept a clean sheet in eight of their last nine home games, losing the only game in which they conceded (1-2 vs Accrington).
Wycombe are now unbeaten in 10 on the road (W6 D4) – the longest current sequence in English football.
Fred Onyedinma has scored five goals in his last four games for Wycombe.

Stevenage v Newport
Aaron O’Connor scored and was sent off as Newport won 2-0 in the reverse of this fixture – the first ever meeting between the sides.
The Exiles have won their last two away games against two of the top sides in the division, Burton and Wycombe.
Dean Parrett has scored as many goals in his last three games for Stevenage as he had in his previous 29 for the club (2).
Newport have won their last two away games. They’ve not won three in a row on the road since October 1983 in the Football League.
No player has been shown more cards than Newport’s Andy Sandell in League Two this season (11; 10 yellows, 1 red).

Tranmere v Dag & Red
Rovers are unbeaten in their three previous meetings against Dagenham (W2 D1).
The Daggers have failed to score in their last two against Tranmere.
Tranmere have conceded a league-high three own goals this season.
Jamie Cureton has scored five goals in his last seven games for the Daggers.
Rovers have lost their last three in the league, conceding at least twice in each game.

 

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League One Opta Facts March 7

League One Opta Facts March 7

Barnsley V Walsall
Barnsley have won their last seven home games against the Saddlers in league competition, scoring 20 in the process.
Walsall have found the net in each of their last 12 games against Barnsley in all competitions.
The Tykes are looking to win five successive league games for the first time since September 1996.
Walsall have led in just 12 games this season, a joint-low with bottom side Yeovil. However, they’ve gone on to win 11 of those matches (L1).
Barnsley have gone 367 minutes without conceding since shipping five to Crawley in February.

Coventry V Port Vale
Coventry have scored exactly two goals in each of their last three games against Port Vale.
Port Vale are unbeaten in their last six away games against Coventry, though four have ended level (W2).
Dominic Samuel has netted four times in six appearances for Coventry since joining on loan.
Mark Marshall has scored three times in his last five games for Vale, having gone 14 matches without a strike in all competitions.
Coventry have conceded more goals directly from free-kicks than any other side (4).

Crawley V Bristol City
Crawley’s only competitive win against Bristol City came in the FA Cup in January 2012 (1-0).
The Robins have won two and drawn one of their three league clashes against Crawley.
Crawley have conceded in each of their last 11 league games.
Bristol City have won 22 league games this term, their most in a campaign since 2006/07 – they were promoted to the second tier in that season.
Aaron Wilbraham has netted 13 goals this campaign. He scored 14 times in the last five league seasons combined.

Crewe V Scunthorpe
Crewe have found the net in 11 of their last 12 league encounters with Scunthorpe United.
The Iron have won only one of their last 11 trips to Crewe, losing five (D5).
The Railwaymen have collected just three points from behind this season, fewer than any other side in the division
Scunthorpe have kept just one clean sheet on the road this season.
Crewe have kept three successive clean sheets at home. They last kept four in a row in October 2002 (a run of five games overall).

Gillingham V Doncaster
The Gills have lost only one of their last 19 home games against Doncaster in league competition, winning 14 (D4).
Doncaster have scored in each of their last six games against Gillingham, winning three (D1 L2).
Bradley Dack has four assists in his last four games for Gillingham. He already has one more assist (6) than he managed last campaign for the Gills (5).
Donny have gained the most points from behind in League One this season (17).
Just two of Doncaster’s last 14 goals have been scored in the first half.

MK Dons V Preston
MK Dons have never beaten Preston in a competitive match.
Indeed, six of the seven previous clashes between the two sides have been draws, with Preston winning the other.
MK Dons’ last three league goals have involved a Baker (Carl has assisted twice, Lewis scored the other).
PNE are on the current longest unbeaten streak in League One, winning five of their last six games (D1).
MK Dons are the team with most home goals this season (40), while Preston have conceded the fewest away (13).

Peterborough V Leyton Orient
Both sides have scored in each of the last nine clashes between Peterborough and Leyton Orient in all competitions.
Leyton Orient have conceded in each of their last 10 trips to London Road in all competitions.
The Posh scored two goals within two minutes and 29 seconds to beat Sheffield United midweek, scoring in the 88th and 90th minute.
Chris Dagnall is looking to score in three successive league games for Leyton Orient for the first time.
Peterborough have scored a league-high four times directly from free-kicks, but not since December against Leyton Orient.

Rochdale V Colchester
Rochdale won the reverse fixture 4-1 back in December. It was the first time they had scored four or more goals against the U’s since September 1993.
Seven of the last 10 meetings between Rochdale and Colchester at Spotland have ended level (two wins for Rochdale, one for Colchester).
Only Eoin Doyle has scored more penalties in League One (6) than Ian Henderson this season (5).
No side has let in more first half goals than Colchester (25).
Joe Bunney’s goals against Crewe were his first in the league since April 2014.

Sheff Utd V Fleetwood
This will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides at Bramall Lane.
Antoni Sarcevic’s 53rd minute strike rescued a point for Fleetwood in the reverse fixture back in December (1-1).
Jamie Murphy’s nine goals this season have won Sheffield United 10 points. Only Aaron Wilbraham (11) and Eoin Doyle (18) have won more for a League One club this season.
Only one of Fleetwood’s 11 goals in 2015 has come from a set-piece, the rest have been from open play.
The Blades have scored 32 times in the closing 30 minutes this season, just two shy of Fleetwood’s tally of league goals.

Swindon V Notts County
Andy Williams scored a brace in the reverse fixture as Swindon won 3-0; his first league goals vs the Magpies since 2011.
Notts County have won just one of their last seven away games against Swindon (D2 L4), failing to score on five occasions.
Swindon failed to score for just the second time in their last 25 home games, in the match against Gillingham.
The Magpies have scored just seven times in 2015; no League One side has scored fewer.
Massimo Luongo has played a part in four of Swindon’s last six goals (scoring three, assisting another).

Yeovil V Oldham
Yeovil have won four of their last five matches against the Latics, losing the other.
Oldham are winless in their last seven at Huish Park, losing four and drawing three.
The Glovers haven’t won any of their last five league matches (D2 L3).
Oldham have scored 60% of their goals in the first half, a greater proportion than anyone else.
Since the start of last season, Yeovil have lost 43 of 80 league games (W15 D22). No side has lost more in that timeframe.

 

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Championship Opta Facts March 6-7

Championship Opta Facts March 6-7

Fulham V Bournemouth
Fulham have lost three and won none of their last five matches against the Cherries.
Bournemouth have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three visits to Craven Cottage in league competition (W2 D1), though their last game there was back in 1998.
Fulham have won just one of their last eight in league competition, losing five (D2).
Only Daryl Murphy (23) has had a hand in more goals this season than Callum Wilson (22; 15 goals, seven assists).
Yann Kermorgant has scored five goals in his last seven matches

Blackpool V Sheff Wed
Blackpool have lost two of their last three at Bloomfield Road, shipping nine goals in the process (D1).
Sheffield Wednesday have won their last two games against the Tangerines; they’ve not won three on the bounce since October 2007.
Blackpool have lost five and won none of their last seven in the Championship.
Indeed, the Tangerines have shipped 19 goals across those seven games, an average of 2.7 per match.
Sheffield Wednesday haven’t drawn an away game since November (v Huddersfield), winning four and losing four since that fixture.

Cardiff V Charlton
Cardiff have failed to score in three of their last four games at home to Charlton (W1 D1 L2).
Charlton are unbeaten in four against Cardiff, though three of those games have ended level (W1).
Frederic Bulot has four goals in his last five games for Charlton.
Cardiff have scored a league-high 15 headed goals so far this season.
Charlton (4) have scored fewer set-piece goals (excl. penalties) this season than any other Championship side.

Derby V Birmingham

Darren Bent has scored five goals in seven league games against Birmingham City, including three in his last two.
Wes Thomas has scored two goals in two games against Derby for the Blues.
David Cotterill has created 103 goalscoring chances so far this season; a league-high.
Derby have lost their last two matches 2-0; they’ve not lost three in a row since February 2012.
The Blues have picked up just two points from losing situations this season, a league-low.

Huddersfield V Rotherham
Huddersfield have won six and lost none of their last 10 league games versus Rotherham.
Rotherham haven’t beaten Huddersfield in league competition since October 1992.
The Terriers have bagged two or more goals in each of their last four against the Millers (12 goals).
The Millers are winless in six games away from home, losing four.
In fact, Huddersfield have won 11 of their last 12 home games against Rotherham, drawing the other.
Rotherham have netted just four goals in their last 12 visits to Huddersfield and never more than once in a game.

Ipswich V Brentford
Daryl Murphy scored a brace in the reverse fixture earlier this season as the Tractor Boys ran out 4-2 winners.
Brentford have never kept a clean sheet against Ipswich in league competition.
No Championship player has created more goalscoring chances in 2015 than Alex Pritchard (35).
Jon-Miquel Toral has bagged four goals in his last three league games for the Bees, having scored two in his previous 23.
Ipswich have lost only two of their last 15 league games at Portman Road, winning 10 (D3).

Millwall V Norwich
Millwall have gone four games unbeaten at home to Norwich, winning two.
Bradley Johnson has scored more league goals against Millwall than versus any other team (4).
Since the turn of the year, no side has won fewer Championship games than Millwall (2).
In midweek, Norwich suffered only their second defeat in 2015, having gone seven unbeaten before their clash with Wigan.
The Lions have lost four of their last five games in league competition (D1), including the last three.

Nottm Forest V Middlesbrough
Nottm Forest have won three and lost none of their last five at home to Middlesbrough, keeping four clean sheets in the process.
Middlesbrough are unbeaten in six against Nottm Forest, winning three (D3).
Michael Antonio has been involved in 20 goals for Forest this season, scoring 11 and assisting nine.
Henri Lansbury has scored in each of his last three games at the City Ground.
Middlesbrough have kept more clean sheets than any other team this season (16).

Wigan V Leeds
Wigan have won four of their five previous league encounters with Leeds United, keeping a clean sheet in each victory (L1).
Leeds have lost both of their two visits to the DW Stadium, failing to score on both occasions.
Leeds have lost five games from leading positions this season, more than any other team.
Kim Bo-Kyung has found the net in consecutive games for the first time in English football.
The Latics have won as many games in their last two attempts (2) as they did in their previous 19 combined.

Wolves V Watford
Bakary Sako has scored two and assisted one more in three league appearances against the Hornets.
Watford have won only one of their last 16 visits to Molineux in the league (D10 L5).
No Championship player has provided more assists in 2015 than Kevin McDonald (5).
Watford have yet to lose when going ahead in games this season, winning 20 and drawing three.
Troy Deeney has scored in four of his last five games for Watford.

 

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Opta Facts La Liga Matchday 26 – March 6 – 8

Opta Facts La Liga Matchday 26 – March 6 – 8

Levante v Eibar
Four of the last six league meetings between these teams, including games in the Segunda, have ended level, with both sides picking up one 2-0 win apiece.
The first clash between these sides this season remains the highest scoring draw in La Liga this term (3-3).
In that 3-3 draw, Pedro Lopez scored the only own goal by a Levante player this season and also the only own goal that Eibar have benefited from as a top-flight side.
If they beat Eibar, Levante will have won three consecutive home league games for the first time since January 2013.
Indeed, los Granotas have only lost one of their last eight league games at the Ciutat de Valencia (W4 D3).
Los Armeros have lost their last six league games, failing to score in each of the last four.
Indeed Eibar could become the first team to lose seven consecutive games in La Liga this term, though Cordoba are also currently on a run of six successive defeats.
David Barral has scored four of Levante’s last six home league goals.
Levante (59.96%) and Eibar (56%) have the two lowest pass completion rates in the opposition half in La Liga this term.

Deportivo La Coruna v Sevilla
Only against Athletic (34) have Deportivo won more top-flight games than they have against Sevilla (32), while only against Athletic (119) and Espanyol (110) have they scored more goals than they have against the Andalusians (106, same as Real Madrid).
Sevilla have not lost any of their last six league meetings with Depor; the first three in this run ended level with the last three all ending in wins.
Indeed, Sevilla have netted at least three times in three of their last four meetings with Deportivo, netting 12 in total and conceding five.
Deportivo have failed to score in their last three league games; indeed overall in La Liga this term only Levante (13) have failed to score in more games than Deportivo (12).
Depor have won three of their last six in La Liga at the Riazor (D1 L2), keeping clean sheets in all three victories.
Sevilla have lost their last four away league games; they’ve not lost five in a row on the road since January 2000 (seven).
Deportivo had 25 shots against Almeria last weekend; the most they have had in a game all season.
Unai Emery has never lost as a La Liga manager against Deportivo (W8 D2); his debut as a top-flight coach ended in a 3-0 win at the Riazor with Almeria back in 2007.
Deportivo’s only direct free kick goal this season came courtesy of Medunjanin in the reverse meeting with Sevilla.

Athletic Club v Real Madrid
Athletic have lost more games against Real Madrid than any other side in La Liga (85) while only against Espanyol (94) have the Whites won more games than they have against the Lions.
Despite that, only Barcelona (66) have beaten Real Madrid more often than  Athletic (50) have in top-flight history, with 37 of those coming in the San Mames.
Real Madrid have won 17 of their last 19 league meetings with Athletic (D1 L1), scoring 60 goals in this period and conceding just 14.
Real Madrid have kept three clean sheets in their last four trips to Bilbao (all 3-0 wins), failing to do so in a 1-1 draw on their first trip to the New San Mames last season.
Isco recorded his only La Liga brace for Real Madrid against Athletic in September 2013.
Ibai Gomez is the only Athletic player to have scored against Real Madrid since January 2012; he has scored three goals in six games against Real since then, making them his favourite La Liga opponents.
A victory here would see the Lions record their longest winning streak of the campaign (3).
Athletic have kept three consecutive La Liga clean sheets; they have not managed four in a row since 1989.
Last weekend against Villarreal, Real Madrid drew their first league game of the season (W20 L4).
Athletic have scored fewer headed goals this season (7) than they have at this stage of any of the last 10 campaigns.
Real Madrid are the only side yet to see a yellow card for time wasting in La Liga this term.

Elche v Almeria
Elche have never lost a Primera Liga game against Almeria (W1 D2); against no side have the played more often without defeat in the top-flight.
Despite that, Elche won just three of their last 13 clashes with Almeria in the Segunda (D4 L7).
Two of Almeria’s four top-flight goals against Elche have been penalties, both of which were scored by Verza.
Two of Elche’s three victories at home this season have come in their last four league games at the Martinez Valero (L2).
Almeria have only lost one of their last five league games (W2 D2) but have lost three of their last four on the road (W1).
Almeria have failed to score in two successive league games; if they draw another blank here it will be their longest drought since May 2011 (5), the month they suffered their most recent relegation.
Almeria’s 13 away league goals this season have all come from inside the area, including Hemed’s penalty at Malaga.
The Red-and-Whites have conceded a league-high 178 corners this season.
Almeria are the only side yet to lose a single point from a winning position on the road this term.

Granada v Malaga

None of the seven top-flight meetings between these sides have ended in a draw, with Granada winning three and Malaga four.
Malaga have scored twice as many goals (16) as Granada (8) across those seven games.
If only Andalusian derbies counted this season, Granada would be bottom of the table with just one point. Malaga would be third on six points, courtesy of two wins.
Granada have only won one of their last 21 league games (D8 L12) and are without a win in four (D1 L3).
Granada have only scored more than once in two league games all season; the fewest of all sides.
Malaga have won just one of their last four away league games (D1 L2) but it did come last time out in the Camp Nou.
Juanmi has made more fouls without being booked than any other La Liga player this season (25).
Juanmi became the first Malaga player to score three successive league goals for the club since Isco in February 2013 when he netted the first against Getafe last weekend.
In the return fixture, El-Arabi netted Granada’s fastest goal since returning to the top-flight in 2011/12 (44 seconds).

Barcelona v Rayo Vallecano
Barcelona have won their last eight league meetings with Rayo Vallecano; their best current run against any side in this season’s La Liga.
The Catalans have kept a clean sheet in seven of these eight victories (conceding just once in the other), scoring 34 goals in total.
Of the sides they have faced at least 30 times in La Liga, only against Murcia (8%) and Granada (12%) do Barcelona have a lower loss percentage than they do against Rayo (13%).
Rayo had two players sent off in the reverse fixture between these sides; the only time they have been reduced to nine men this season (Morcillo and Aquino).
At least one Barcelona player has netted two or more goals in six of the last seven La Liga clashes between the sides.
Rayo have only won one of their 15 visits to the Camp Nou in the top-flight (D2 L12) and that was the only occasion they managed a clean sheet there.
Barcelona recorded a 9-0 victory against Rayo in 1979; their joint-biggest winning margin in La Liga history. No side has managed nine in a La Liga game since that hammering.
Barcelona have won seven of their last eight league games (L1), scoring three or more in every victory (a total of 29 goals, 3.63 per game).
Barcelona’s 1-0 defeat at home to Malaga in their last game at the Camp Nou ended a run of six successive home wins.
Rayo have lost their last three away league games, their worst run since September 2013 (4).
Alberto Bueno became the first Rayo player in the club’s top-flight history to net four goals in a single game last weekend.

Real Sociedad v Espanyol

The last nine league meetings between these sides have produced three victories apiece and three draws.
Indeed on Espanyol’s last six trips to San Sebastian in the top-flight, they have won two, drawn two, lost two, scored four goals and conceded four.
The last three meetings between Real Sociedad and Espanyol have all seen a goal in the 88th minute or later.
Real Sociedad have won more games against Espanyol (50) than any other side in La Liga, while only against Athletic (184) have they scored more goals (175).
Real Sociedad have won just one of their last five league games (D2 L2), failing to keep a clean sheet in any of them.
In the Anoeta, however, the Basque side have only lost one of their last eight league games (W5 D2), keeping three clean sheets.
Espanyol have only won two of their last 16 away league games (D2 L12).
No La Liga player has had more shots this season without hitting the target once than Markel Bergara (9).
Los Pericos are the only side in the competition yet to score a goal in the first 15 minutes of the second-half this season.

Villarreal v Celta Vigo
Villarreal have only lost one of their last five league meetings with Celta (W2 D2), keeping two clean sheets in the process.
No side has scored more goals against Celta this season than Villarreal did in the reverse fixture (3, same as Real Madrid at the Bernabeu).
In that game, Moi Gomez scored the first of his two La Liga braces (the other came against Real Sociedad).
Villarreal have won seven successive league games at El Madrigal, keeping a clean sheet in the last six and conceding just once in total.
Indeed, victory in this game would see the Yellow Submarine equal their top-flight record of eight successive home wins set in April 2005 and equalled in October 2008.
Victory in their last away game saw Celta end a run of seven road trips without victory (D1 L6).
Only Barcelona’s forwards (81%) have scored a higher percentage of their side’s goals than Celta’s this season (77%) while Villarreal have conceded just 35% of their goals to opposition frontmen this term; a joint-low with Real Madrid.
Gerard Moreno has directly participated in three of Villarreal’s last four league goals (two goals, one assist).
Celta have been shown a league-high 17 yellow cards for dissent this season.

Atletico Madrid v Valencia

Atletico have won just two of their last nine league meetings with Valencia (D3 L4).
Atleti’s 3-0 victory at the Vicente Calderon over los Che last season ended a run of three without a win at home to Valencia in La Liga (D2 L1).
Miranda scored Atleti’s only own goal of the season so far in the reverse fixture against Valencia; no side has benefited from more own goals than los Che this term (3).
Atletico have only lost one of their last seven league games (W5 D1), though they could go two games without a win for the first time this season if they fail to beat Valencia.
In the Vicente Calderon, the Red-and-Whites have won 10 of their last 11 league games (L1), scoring at least twice in all 10 wins (30 goals in total, 2.73 per game).
Valencia have only lost one of their last 12 league games (W9 D2) and have kept two clean sheets in their last three (one goal conceded in the other).
In no other La Liga season has Pablo Piatti directly contributed to more goals than he has this term (seven goals and five assists).
The Mattress Makers have won all five home league games that Miranda has missed this season.
Valencia have scored a joint-league-high 10 goals in the first 15 minutes of games this season (level with Real Madrid).
Only Real Madrid (20), meanwhile, have scored more goals in the first half an hour of action than Atleti (19) this term.
Atletico have been reduced to 10 men in each of their last two La Liga clashes with Valencia.

Cordoba v Getafe
This will be Getafe’s first ever trip to the Nuevo Arcangel in La Liga.
Getafe have only won one of their last eight league meetings with Cordoba, including the Segunda (D4 L3).
In the reverse fixture at the Coliseum (1-1), Patrick Ekeng and Baba both scored their only goals of the league season to date.
Cordoba have lost all six of their second round fixtures so far this season.
If they are beaten by Getafe and Eibar take at least a point, Cordoba will become the first team to lose seven successive games this season.
Getafe’s last six games have alternated between home wins and away defeats, with all six being settled by the odd goal.
Cordoba have benefited from just five goals from European players all season; a league-low.
Alvaro Vazquez has scored five of Getafe’s last eight league goals.
Pantic has made more headed clearances than any other La Liga player this term (107).

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Opta Facts Bundesliga Matchday 24 – March 6-8

Opta Facts Bundesliga Matchday 24 – March 6-8

VfB Stuttgart – Hertha BSC

This will be the 60th top-flight meeting between VfB Stuttgart and Hertha BSC. The last two games both ended in Berlin wins (2-1 away, 3-2 at home).

The capital club have won 18 of their 23 Bundesliga games against VfB in which they have opened the scoring (five draws).

This is the first time in their history that Stuttgart have been 18th for four straight matchdays. This fixture sees the worst home side in the league (VfB, five points) host the worst away team in the division (Hertha, eight points).

Apart from Hannover, VfB are the only side yet to win in the second half of the season. With just two points from six games, Stuttgart would sit bottom in a table from only matches since the winter break.

With just 19 points after 23 games, Stuttgart are having their worst Bundesliga season since 74/75. Back then they had as few points at this stage of their 1974/75 relegation campaign (converted to the 3-points-per-win system), but their goal difference was worse (-22).

Apart from Dortmund, Hertha were the only team in the bottom half to win on matchday 23. However, Berlin haven’t recorded back-to-back victories since December 2013.

VfB haven’t won any of their last eight home games (D2 L6), equalling their club record from 1966/67. With only five points and six goals on the board, it’s Stuttgart’s worst ever home record at this stage of the season.

Stuttgart (47.5% of challenges won) and Hertha (47.2%) are the two worst tackling teams in the league.

Vedad Ibisevic hasn’t scored in 1,212 minutes of BL football – his last goal came in a 2-1 loss to Bayern over a year ago.

Martin Harnik is missing for VfB following his red card in Hannover. Hertha’s Peter Niemeyer and Per Skjelbred are out after each picking up their fifth yellow card of the season.

Huub Stevens managed Hertha between July 2002 and December 2003 – one of his former players is the current Berlin coach Pal Dardai.

FC Schalke 04 – TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

TSG lead the head-to-head record in this fixture 6-4 after 14 competitive meetings between the sides (4 draws). Hoffenheim have already won three times in Gelsenkirchen, while the Royal Blues have come out on top at home on four occasions.

Hoffenheim won 2-1 at home in the meeting earlier this season. Three days later, Schalke parted ways with manager Jens Keller and Roberto Di Matteo took the helm.

1899 Hoffenheim are unbeaten in their last three Bundesliga games (W2 D1), a run they last managed in October. Schalke, on the other hand, are without a win in three league matches for the first time under Di Matteo (D1 L2).

Schalke are unbeaten in their last four Bundesliga home games (W2 D2) and have lost only one of their 12 home matches this season (W7 D4). S04 have picked up 25 of their 35 points on home soil – proportionally speaking (71%), a league high.

TSG have won just one of their last nine Bundesliga away games (5-0 in Berlin), while five of them have ended in defeat (3 draws). Hoffenheim have failed to score in four of those nine matches, only finding the net more than once during their 5-0 thumping of Berlin.

The Royal Blues haven’t scored more than one goal in any of their last seven Bundesliga games – they have netted a total of four goals in that timeframe. The last time they had such a bad goalscoring run was between January and March 2011 under Felix Magath.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has scored seven goals in his seven Bundesliga games against Hoffenheim. The “Hunter” has only scored more top-flight goals against Hamburger SV (10).

Kevin Volland has scored once in each of Hoffenheim’s last two Bundesliga games and has had a hand in three of TSG’s last four goals (two goals + one assist).

Hoffenheim manager Markus Gisdol was assistant coach at Schalke from March 2011 to December 2012, while striker Adam Szalai made 28 Bundesliga appearances for S04 in 2013/14 (7 goals).

Chinedu Obasi was promoted to the Bundesliga with Hoffenheim in 2007/08 and moved to Schalke in the 2011/12 winter break following 65 Bundesliga games for TSG (13 goals). Sead Kolasinac was a youth player at Hoffenheim in 2009/10.

FC Augsburg – VfL Wolfsburg

Augsburg won their first two Bundesliga games against Wolfsburg, but are without a victory in their five meetings since then (D3 L2).

FCA secured their first ever Bundesliga home win on 26th November 2011 against Wolfsburg: That 2-0 success saw Maximilian Arnold make his top-flight debut and he remains the youngest player to have featured for the Wolves in the Bundesliga (17 years, 5 months, 30 days).

VfL haven’t lost any of their last 11 Bundesliga games (W8 D3), their longest unbeaten run since the second half of their 2008/09 title-winning season – Wolfsburg have never gone longer without suffering a defeat. Their tally of 50 points after 23 games is also a new club record.

Augsburg are without a win in four Bundesliga games for the first time in almost a year (D2 L2). Their last victory came on matchday 19, when they beat Dortmund 1-0.

After being eight points clear of the teams outside the European spots after matchday 20, Augsburg are now just two points ahead.

With 16 points to their name, VfL are the best team in 2015 – they are the only Bundesliga side yet to lose in the second half of the season.

Augsburg are the only team yet to concede a goal following a cross from open play. Wolfsburg have scored the most goals from crosses in the league (8).

In Marwin Hitz, Alexander Esswein, Daniel Baier and Caiuby, four Augsburg players are set to face their former club.

Bas Dost is the top scorer in 2015 with 11 goals to his name (in 6 games). He has scored eight times in his last three matches (the 9th Bundesliga player to achieve that feat) – no player has ever scored more goals in the space of three games.

Markus Weinzierl hasn’t won any of his five Bundesliga meetings with VfL Wolfsburg (D3 L2). Dieter Hecking has faced FC Augsburg in nine competitive games as a manager and hasn’t lost any of those matches (W5 D4).

The game in Bremen saw Kevin De Bruyne set up three goals in one Bundesliga match for the first time.

With 15 assists to his name, De Bruyne is top of the Bundesliga charts in that respect – he is only three assists short of equalling the league record (since detailed stats started being collected in 2004/05) held by Zvjezdan Misimovic (18 in 2008/09).

Hannover 96 – FC Bayern München
FC Bayern have won the last seven competitive meetings between the two sides, scoring 27 goals to Hannover’s three. The Lower Saxony club last triumphed in this fixture in October 2011 thanks to a 2-1 home win.

Bayern have scored more goals in their last three Bundesliga matches (18) than Hannover have in all of their home fixtures this season combined (13 in 11 games).

That tally has seen Hannover equal their record low for home goals. The only other time they have scored just 13 goals in their first 11 home games was in 2009/10.

Hannover haven’t won any of their last seven games (D4 L3) – their longest winless run under Tayfun Korkut. 96’s current position of 11th is their worst of the season.

50% of the goals that FCB have conceded have come from set pieces, a league high together with Augsburg. Hannover, on the other hand, have scored half of their goals this season from dead balls (13 of 26) – the second-highest percentage in the league after Freiburg (54.2%).

Arjen Robben has had a hand in nine goals in his last three Bundesliga games (5 goals + 4 assists). On top of that, the Dutchman has found the net in each of his last five matches (7 goals in total) – a personal record.

Robben is on the brink of his 100th Bundesliga win. It could come this weekend in what would be his 126th top-flight game – quicker than any player before him in Bundesliga history.

Tayfun Korkut and Bayern’s Xabi Alonso played together at Real Sociedad for three years (2000-03) and finished the 2002/03 campaign as runners-up behind Real Madrid.

Robert Lewandowski has netted nine times in nine Bundesliga matches against Hannover – he has only scored more top-flight goals against Freiburg (10 in 8 games).

Jerome Boateng made his Bundesliga debut on 31st January 2007 in Hertha BSC’s 5-0 away loss to Hannover.

96-captain Lars Stindl has been suspended for two games after being sent off for unsportsmanlike conduct last weekend. On average, Hannover haven’t even scored half as many goals in their 10 games without him in 2014/15 compared to when he’s in the side, but their points-per-game average is twice as good when he’s missing (1.6 vs. 0.8).

Sport-Club Freiburg – SV Werder Bremen

Werder are without a win in their last four Bundesliga games against Freiburg (D2 L2). The last Bremen victory was around two and a half years ago – a 2-1 success in Freiburg. Of the current Bundesliga sides, SCF are only on a longer unbeaten run at present against Hertha (6 games).

Against no team have SCF conceded more Bundesliga goals than they have against Bremen (75).

Freiburg have lost 6-0 to Werder twice (2004/05 and 2009/10) – Bayern are the only side to have inflicted a bigger defeat on SCF (7-0 in 2011/12).

Against no side have Freiburg lost more home games than they have against SVW (9). On top of that, SCF’s home win percentage against Werder of 60% is only as low against Hertha.

Freiburg have collected just one win and four points from their last five Bundesliga games.

SCF have won just two of their last 12 Bundesliga home matches: 2-0 against Schalke on matchday 11 and 4-1 against Frankfurt on matchday 18 (D6, L4). With 12 points to their name, Freiburg are the third-worst home team in the division.

Werder have scored in each of their last 11 Bundesliga games, netting a total of 25 goals in that timeframe (an average of 2.2 per game). They last had a run like that from October to December 2012.

However, Bremen haven’t kept a clean sheet on the road in 16 attempts, ever since a 2-0 win away to Nürnberg on 8th March 2014. On average, Werder have conceded 2.8 goals per away game in that timeframe.

13 of Freiburg’s 24 league goals this season have come from dead balls – proportionally speaking (54%), a league high. Werder have scored the most goals from set plays in 2014/15 (18).

Raphael Wolf has conceded a goal following an individual mistake in each of his last three Bundesliga games – he leads the way this season in that regard (5 errors leading to goals). Werder have let in the most goals following mistakes in 2014/15 (9, the same as SCF and BVB).

Viktor Skripnik first took to the Bundesliga stage on 17th August 1996, when he made his Bundesliga debut in Bremen’s 3-2 loss in Freiburg.

Hamburger SV – Borussia Dortmund

HSV have won four of their last five Bundesilga meetings with BVB (L1). Hamburg have recorded six wins in their last eight home games against Dortmund (D1 L1).

Hamburg have scored 174 Bundesliga goals against Dortmund, more than they have against any other side. Borussia also haven’t conceded as many goals against any other team. However, BVB have also scored more goals against HSV than they have against anyone else (167).

The game in Hamburg will be Borussia Dortmund’s 1,618th in the Bundesliga and they could celebrate the 700th win in their BL history (W699 D418 L500).

Dortmund are on a four-game winning streak, something they last managed in March/April 2014. The last time BVB won five games on the bounce was at the start of the 2013/14 season.

BVB have already picked up 13 points in their six games since the winter break – only two points fewer than they accrued in the entire first half of the season. Only Wolfsburg (16) have collected more points in 2015 than Dortmund (13, the same as three other teams).

Borussia have scored 13 goals in their last four games, more than in their previous 16 matches combined (12 in total).

With 16 goals to their name this season, HSV still have the worst attack in the league by far – every other team has scored at least 21 goals (Köln). It’s their lowest ever tally after 23 games.

Zoltan Stieber has started Hamburg’s last five games and has covered the most ground of all HSV players in each of those matches. He has scored three of the club’s last five goals.

Jürgen Klopp has won just one of his nine Bundesliga games in Hamburg as a manager – his BVB side triumphed 5-1 in January 2012. Otherwise, he has recorded two draws and six defeats

Josef Zinnbauer and Jürgen Klopp know each other from their time together at Mainz 05. They played alongside each other in the 1995/96 second-division campaign.

1.FSV Mainz 05 – Borussia Mönchengladbach

The head-to-head record between the two teams is in Borussia’s favour: Gladbach have won seven times, Mainz five (5 draws).

FSV haven’t taken much from their last seven meetings with the Foals, failing to record a single win (D2, L5; 4 goals scored, 14 conceded).

Mainz have only had fewer points after 23 games than they currently do (25) in 2004/05 (23) and 2005/06 (20) – they ended both of those campaigns in 11th.

Last weekend saw Borussia record a league win following European duty for the first time this season (2-0 against SC Paderborn) – they had previously recorded seven draws and two defeats.

Gladbach are four points clear of fourth place for the first time this season. They’re currently on course to qualify for the Champions League for the first time.

Should 1. FSV Mainz 05 beat Borussia Mönchengladbach, it would be their 100th Bundesliga win in their 296th top-flight game.

Favre’s side have won just one of their last seven Bundesliga away games (1-0 in Stuttgart on matchday 18) – they have picked up a mere two points from the other six matches.

Shinji Okazaki hasn’t scored in any of his last eight games, failing to score in his last 681 minutes of action.

Yann Sommer is the best keeper in the league (83.5% of shots saved). He kept his ninth clean sheet of the season on matchday 23, already as many as his predecessor Marc-Andre ter Stegen recorded in the last campaign.

Two Swiss managers will go head-to-head in the Bundesliga for the first time in over five years in the form of Martin Schmidt and Lucien Favre – the previous duel was between Favre (then at Hertha) and Marcel Koller (Bochum).


1.FC Köln – Eintracht Frankfurt

Köln have lost just one of their last eight Bundesliga games against Frankfurt (W3 D4). However, that defeat came in their most recent meeting earlier this season (3-2).

Frankfurt haven’t won in Cologne in over 20 years. Ever since a 3-2 victory on the final day of the 1993/94 BL season (winning goal from Tony Yeboah), Eintracht have recorded eight defeats and three draws in 11 competitive away games against Köln.

1. FC Köln have won just one of their last eight Bundesliga matches (D4 L3) and have only scored two goals in their last five games, which have produced three draws and two defeats.

The Billy Goats have picked up a mere nine points at home – only Stuttgart have accrued fewer (5). Köln have recorded three defeats and four draws on home soil since a 2-1 victory over Dortmund on matchday 8.

Köln’s tally of five home goals is a league low and new club record in the Bundesliga. Stöger’s side have failed to score in 10 of their 23 games this season, including in seven home fixtures.

Frankfurt have the third-best attack in the league (42 goals scored), but have conceded the second-most goals (45). Only Bremen’s matches have produced one goal more than Eintracht’s (87, an average of 3.8 per game).

The Eagles have dropped the most points from winning positions this season (18), while Köln have squandered the fourth most (12). They are the only two sides to have already lost four games after taking the lead.

With 16 goals to his name, Alexander Meier is second in the Bundesliga goalscoring charts and has already equalled his personal best tally from 2012/13. Only seven players have scored more goals in a Bundesliga season for Eintracht.

Anthony Ujah has scored 38% of his side’s Bundesliga goals (8 of 21), the highest percentage in the league together with Alex Meier, who has netted 16 of Frankfurt’s 42 goals.

Haris Seferovic, Frankfurt’s second top scorer (7 goals, the same as Stefan Aigner), is back after serving a yellow-card suspension.

Thomas Schaaf has only lost two of his 17 Bundesliga meetings with Köln as a manager (W11 D4). Both of those defeats came in Cologne though (with Werder Bremen).

SC Paderborn 07 – Bayer 04 Leverkusen

The 2-2 draw earlier in the season was the first competitive meeting between the two sides.

Having won just one of their last 13 games, Paderborn find themselves in the relegation zone for the first time (16th place).

Leverkusen have collected 36 points from 23 games and sit fourth. There has only been one occasion when fewer points have been enough for fourth at this stage of the season (converted to the 3-points-per-win system where applicable): Stuttgart had 35 points in the 1995/96 campaign.

Paderborn have failed to score in six of their last seven games, with their 2-1 win in Hannover the only match they have scored in during that timeframe. Having found the back of the net just twice, SCP have the worst attack in the second half of the season.

Bayer 04 have won just two of their last six Bundesliga matches against promoted sides (D2 L2).

SCP have lost each of their last three Bundesliga home games. They were only beaten in one of the first eight home matches in their top-flight history (W3 D4).

The promoted side have let in the most goals since the winter break (17) and have only kept one clean sheet in 2015 (0-0 draw away to Köln).

Paderborn are unbeaten in their last 14 competitive matches at home on a Sunday (W8 D6). Their last defeat came against Duisburg in the second division in early December 2012 (2-0).

Leverkusen have won just two of their last 10 Sunday matches in the Bundesliga (D2, L6). Their record so far in 2014/15 is one draw and two defeats.

Roger Schmidt played in the Regionalliga for TuS Paderborn-Neuhaus from 1990 to 1995 and for SC Paderborn in 2002/03. He managed SCP in the 2011/12 season and led them to an fifth-place finish in the second tier.

Stefan Kießling has scored just four Bundesliga goals in 2014/15 – he has never had fewer goals to his name at this stage of the season during his time at Leverkusen. He had also found the net just four times after 23 games in his worst Bundesliga campaign for Bayer 04 (7 goals in 2010/11).

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Opta Facts Ligue 1 – March 6-8

Opta Facts Ligue 1 – March 6-8

Toulouse – Marseille

o Toulouse have won only one of their last 14 encounters against Marseille in Ligue 1 (D9 L4).
o Toulouse have won only twice in their last 11 league games (D3 L6).
o Marseille are unbeaten in their last seven away games against Toulouse in Ligue 1 (W2 D5).
o Marseille have won none of their last four Ligue 1 games for the first time since March 2014 (D3 L1).
o Marseille have failed to score only once in their last 14 league games.
o Marseille have kept only one clean sheet in their last 12 games in Ligue 1.
o Marseille have conceded a goal in the last three minutes in each of their last three league games.
o Aleksandar Pesic has been involved in each of Toulouse’s last three goals in Ligue 1 (one goal, two assists).

Paris SG – Lens

o PSG are unbeaten in their last 11 competitive games against Lens (W7 D4).
o PSG are the only unbeaten team at home in Ligue 1 this season (W9 D4).
o PSG have lost only one of their last 44 home Ligue 1 games (W34 D9).
o Lens have lost only once in their last nine away league games against PSG (W5 D3).
o Lens are the team with the most Ligue 1 wins against PSG at Parc des Prince since 2003 (5).
o Lens have won none of their last eight away league games against a title holder (D2 L6).
o Lens have conceded the first goal 19 times this season in Ligue 1, more than any other team.
o Yoann Touzghar has scored three of Lens’ last five away goals in Ligue 1.

Bastia – Nice

o Nice have lost four of their last six fixtures with Bastia in Ligue 1 (D1 L1).
o Nice have won only three times in their 22 away Ligue 1 games against Bastia (D5 L14).
o Nice have kept a clean sheet only twice in their 22 away Ligue 1 games against Bastia.
o Nice have lost 19 of their 32 away league games since 2013/14. Only Evian TG have lost more (L20).
o The last three Ligue 1 fixtures between these two sides have produced three red cards.
o Bastia are unbeaten in their last five home league games (W4 D1).
o Bastia have scored eight open play goals from outside the box in Ligue 1 this season, more than any other team.
o Eric Bauthéac has been involved in four of Nice’s last seven away goals in Ligue 1 (three goals, one assist).

Caen – Bordeaux

o Bordeaux have won only one of their 12 away games against Caen in Ligue 1 (D3 L8).
o Bordeaux have failed to score in nine of their 12 away league encounters against Caen.
o Caen have reached more points (19), scored more goals (20) and targeted more shots (44) than any other team in Ligue 1 in 2015.
o Caen have won six of their last seven league games (D1).
o Bordeaux are unbeaten in their last six games in Ligue 1 (W2 D4); their best run this season.
o Bordeaux are unbeaten in their last seven league games against promoted teams (W3 D4).
o Sloan Privat is yet to score in his six Ligue 1 games against Bordeaux.
o Thomas Touré (16) has attempted the most shots without scoring in Ligue 1 in 2015.

Evian TG – Monaco

o The record between these teams in Ligue 1 is perfectly balanced: one win each and one draw.
o Evian TG have only picked up one point against the current Top 5 in Ligue 1 (D1 L6), fewer than any other team.
o Monaco have only lost one of their last 11 league games (W7 D3), conceding only one goal in the process.
o Monaco have won 18 away games since their return to Ligue 1 last season (D7 L7), more than any other team.
o Monaco have kept 14 clean sheets in Ligue 1 this season, more than any other team.
o Evian TG have won their last three league games.
o Evian TG haven’t conceded more than one goal in each of their last six Ligue 1 games.
o Evian TG have scored in six of their last seven home league games.

Reims – Nantes

o Nantes are unbeaten in their last nine Ligue 1 games against Reims (W5 D4).
o Nantes have won only one of their last eight league games (D3 L4).
o Only one of Nantes’ last 10 away games in Ligue 1 has ended with a draw (W4 L5)
o Reims have won none of their last eight fixtures in Ligue 1 (W4 D4).
o Reims have won only once in their last six home league games (D2 L3).
o Reims have conceded 20 goals at home in Ligue 1 this season, more than any other team.
o Gaëtan Charbonnier has been involved in three of Reims’ last five goals in Ligue 1.
o Diego has had a hand in six of Reims’ last seven home goals in Ligue 1.

Rennes – Metz

o Rennes are unbeaten in their last nine games against Metz in Ligue 1 (W4 D5).
o Rennes have lost five times in their last six home league games against promoted teams (W1).
o Rennes have failed to score more than one goal in each of their last 11 league games.
o Metz have lost their last three away league games against Rennes.
o Metz have failed to score 16 times in Ligue 1 this season, four more than any other side.
o Metz have only scored three goals in their last eight away meetings with Rennes in Ligue 1.
o Metz have picked up four red cards in their last seven league games against Rennes.
o None of Juan Falcon’s last 11 shots have found the back of the net in Ligue 1.

St Etienne – Lorient

o Lorient have won nine Ligue 1 games and scored 29 goals against St Etienne, more than against any other team.
o No red card has been given in the 17 games in the top flight between these teams.
o St Etienne have won none of their last seven league games (D4 L3); their longest drought since August-October 2011.
o St Etienne have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last six league games; the longest current run.
o St Etienne are unbeaten when they have scored the opening goal in Ligue 1 this season (W10 D4).
o Lorient have not drawn any of their last 14 away league games (W5 L9).
o Lorient have lost nine of their last 12 away games in the top-flight (W3).
o St Etienne (12) and Lorient (11) are the two teams who have hit the woodwork most often in Ligue 1 this term.

Guingamp – Lille

o Guingamp have won four of their last six league encounters against Lille (D1 L1).
o Only Lyon (16), Marseille (15), PSG (14), Monaco and Montpellier (12) have won more games than Guingamp (11) this season in Ligue 1.
o Guingamp have drawn only three of their last 43 Ligue 1 games (W16 L24).
o Lille have won only one of their last 12 away games in Ligue 1 (D3 L8).
o Lille have won only twice in their last 10 away league games against Brittany teams (D3 L5).
o Guingamp have lost only two of their last eight home games in Ligue 1 (W6).
o Lille have won none of their last four away league games against Guingamp (D2 L2).
o Jeremy Pied has been involved in three of Guingamp’s last four goals in Ligue 1 (one goal, two assists).

Montpellier – Lyon

o Lyon have won nine of their last 13 games against Lyon in Ligue 1 (D1 L3).
o Only one of their 20 previous league meetings at La Mosson has ended 0-0.
o None of Montpellier’s last 12 league games played at La Mosson have ended in a draw (W7 L5).
o Lyon have won none of their last three away games in Ligue 1 (D2 L1); their second longest winless run this season.
o Montpellier and Lyon are the only teams yet to be shown a red card in Ligue 1 this season.
o Lucas Barrios has scored five goals in six league games in 2015.
o Alexandre Lacazette has been involved in four goals in his last two league games against Montpellier (two goals, two assists).
o Only Dimitry Payet (10) has made more assists than Nabil Fekir (7) and Anthony Mounier (6) this season in Ligue 1.

 

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FA Cup Opta Facts – Quarter Finals

FA Cup Opta Facts – Quarter Finals

Liverpool v Blackburn Rovers

Daniel Sturridge has scored 10 goals in his last 12 FA Cup starts.

Liverpool have kept only three clean sheets in their last 20 FA Cup games.

Rovers have seen five opposition players sent off in their last five FA Cup matches.

Blackburn and Liverpool have been drawn together in the FA Cup nine times, with Rovers progressing four times and Liverpool on five occasions (twice after a replay).

Blackburn have won none of their last 11 trips to Anfield (D4 L7) since their last victory in January 2000, which was also the last time they met in the FA Cup.

Blackburn’s last two goals at Anfield were own goals by Liverpool players.

Liverpool have scored exactly two goals in each of their last eight FA Cup wins (six 2-1s and two 2-0s).

Liverpool have progressed on 15 of the last 16 occasions they have reached the FA Cup quarter final.

Rovers and Liverpool have met at the quarter final stage once, with Blackburn winning 2-1 in 1958.

Steven Gerrard made his Premier League debut against Blackburn and has scored four goals in his last six starts against them.

 

Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion

Aston Villa have won nine of their last 10 home FA Cup matches (L1).

West Brom have won only five of their last 19 FA Cup matches against teams from the top two tiers of English football (W5 D7 L7).

Saido Berahino has five goals and four assists in three FA Cup appearances this season.

Victor Anichebe has scored four goals in his last three starts in the FA Cup.

Villa and West Brom have been drawn together 12 times in the FA Cup. The Baggies have won three, twice after a replay. Villa have won nine times, once after a replay.

Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion have met in three FA Cup finals; 1887, 1892 and 1895, the Villans winning two and West Brom the middle one.

In 18 Premier League meetings between these two teams, eight have been draws and the 10 wins have all been by a single goal margin (seven for Villa, three for WBA).

Four of the seven goals in Aston Villa’s three FA Cup ties this year have been netted in the 88th minute or later.

Aston Villa have kept just one clean sheet in their last 19 FA Cup matches.

 

Bradford City v Reading

Jon Stead has scored in five of his last six FA Cup matches.

Stead is the joint leading scorer in this season’s competition with five goals and also the joint leading creator with four assists.

Billy Knott has scored three goals in his last four FA Cup appearances.

This is the sixth time in a row that Reading have been drawn away from home in the FA Cup.

Bradford have now scored 19 goals in six FA Cup games this season.

Reading have never beaten Bradford in cup competition, losing the one FA Cup match and losing two and drawing four of the League Cup matches they have played.

Reading have only ever made the FA Cup semi final once before, in 1927 when they lost to eventual winners Cardiff City.

The Bantams have kept just three clean sheets in their last 19 FA Cup matches.

Bradford City have only reached the semi-final once before, in 1911 when they went on to win the trophy. They beat fellow 2015 quarter finalists Blackburn Rovers in the 1911 semi.

There have been three red cards in the last two meetings between Bradford and Reading in Yorkshire.

 

Manchester United v Arsenal

Wayne Rooney has scored seven goals in his last eight FA Cup matches.

Arsenal and Manchester United have participated in a joint-high 18 and won a joint-high 11 FA Cup finals each.

Olivier Giroud has scored seven and assisted four goals in his 11 FA Cup appearances.

Manchester United have kept a clean sheet in each of their last four FA Cup games against Arsenal.

Arsenal are through to the FA Cup Quarter finals for the 11th time under Arsene Wenger. They have progressed to the Semi Final in nine of the previous 10. The only time they were eliminated was in 2011 against Manchester United.

The Gunners and the Red Devils have been drawn together 13 times in the FA Cup with Arsenal winning six (one on a penalty shoot out) and Man Utd seven.

Arsenal and Manchester United have met twice in the final (the Gunners coming out on top both times) and three times in semi finals (United progressing each time).

Manchester United have won 11 and lost just one of their last 15 matches against Arsenal in all competitions.

Wayne Rooney has scored more goals against Arsenal than any other player in Premier League history (11) and has found the net in all three of his FA Cup appearances against Arsenal (in the 2005 shoot out and in normal play in the last two ties).

The only two survivors from the 2005 FA Cup final are Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie who was in the Arsenal team.

There have been red cards in four of the last seven FA Cup meetings between Arsenal and Man Utd.

Robin van Persie has scored in five of the last seven meetings between Arsenal and Manchester United.

Manchester United have won nine and lost none of the last 10 matches against Arsenal at Old Trafford.

Manchester United had their first shot on target in their 2-1 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates in the 85th minute earlier in the season in the Premier League and that put them 2-0 up.

Juan Mata has scored four goals and assisted two more in five starts in all competitions against Arsenal.

Arsenal v Manchester United conjures up many famous moments, such as the last ever semi-final replay in 1999 decided by Ryan Giggs’ wonder goal, the 2005 final, the first time a final was decided on a penalty shoot out and the “five minute final” where Arsenal had been pegged back from 2-0 up to 2-2 and then saw Alan Sunderland score a last minute winner.

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FA Cup Opta Facts – Quarter-Finals

FA Cup Opta Facts – Quarter-Finals

Liverpool v Blackburn Rovers

 

  • Daniel Sturridge has scored 10 goals in his last 12 FA Cup starts.
  • Liverpool have kept only three clean sheets in their last 20 FA Cup games.
  • Rovers have seen five opposition players sent off in their last five FA Cup matches.
  • Blackburn and Liverpool have been drawn together in the FA Cup nine times, with Rovers progressing four times and Liverpool on five occasions (twice after a replay).
  • Blackburn have won none of their last 11 trips to Anfield (D4 L7) since their last victory in January 2000, which was also the last time they met in the FA Cup.
  • Blackburn’s last two goals at Anfield were own goals by Liverpool players.
  • Liverpool have scored exactly two goals in each of their last eight FA Cup wins (six 2-1s and two 2-0s).
  • Liverpool have progressed on 15 of the last 16 occasions they have reached the FA Cup quarter final.
  • Rovers and Liverpool have met at the quarter final stage once, with Blackburn winning 2-1 in 1958.
  • Steven Gerrard made his Premier League debut against Blackburn and has scored four goals in his last six starts against them.

 

 

Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion

 

  • Aston Villa have won nine of their last 10 home FA Cup matches (L1).
  • West Brom have won only five of their last 19 FA Cup matches against teams from the top two tiers of English football (W5 D7 L7).
  • Saido Berahino has five goals and four assists in three FA Cup appearances this season.
  • Victor Anichebe has scored four goals in his last three starts in the FA Cup.
  • Villa and West Brom have been drawn together 12 times in the FA Cup. The Baggies have won three, twice after a replay. Villa have won nine times, once after a replay.
  • Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion have met in three FA Cup finals; 1887, 1892 and 1895, the Villans winning two and West Brom the middle one.
  • In 18 Premier League meetings between these two teams, eight have been draws and the 10 wins have all been by a single goal margin (seven for Villa, three for WBA).
  • Four of the seven goals in Aston Villa’s three FA Cup ties this year have been netted in the 88th minute or later.
  • Aston Villa have kept just one clean sheet in their last 19 FA Cup matches.

 

 

Bradford City v Reading

 

  • Jon Stead has scored in five of his last six FA Cup matches.
  • Stead is the joint leading scorer in this season’s competition with five goals and also the joint leading creator with four assists.
  • Billy Knott has scored three goals in his last four FA Cup appearances.
  • This is the sixth time in a row that Reading have been drawn away from home in the FA Cup.
  • Bradford have now scored 19 goals in six FA Cup games this season.
  • Reading have never beaten Bradford in cup competition, losing the one FA Cup match and losing two and drawing four of the League Cup matches they have played.
  • Reading have only ever made the FA Cup semi final once before, in 1927 when they lost to eventual winners Cardiff City.
  • The Bantams have kept just three clean sheets in their last 19 FA Cup matches.
  • Bradford City have only reached the semi-final once before, in 1911 when they went on to win the trophy. They beat fellow 2015 quarter finalists Blackburn Rovers in the 1911 semi.
  • There have been three red cards in the last two meetings between Bradford and Reading in Yorkshire.

 

 

Manchester United v Arsenal

 

  • Wayne Rooney has scored seven goals in his last eight FA Cup matches.
  • Arsenal and Manchester United have participated in a joint-high 18 and won a joint-high 11 FA Cup finals each.
  • Olivier Giroud has scored seven and assisted four goals in his 11 FA Cup appearances.
  • Manchester United have kept a clean sheet in each of their last four FA Cup games against Arsenal.
  • Arsenal are through to the FA Cup Quarter finals for the 11th time under Arsene Wenger. They have progressed to the Semi Final in nine of the previous 10. The only time they were eliminated was in 2011 against Manchester United.
  • The Gunners and the Red Devils have been drawn together 13 times in the FA Cup with Arsenal winning six (one on a penalty shoot out) and Man Utd seven.
  • Arsenal and Manchester United have met twice in the final (the Gunners coming out on top both times) and three times in semi finals (United progressing each time).
  • Manchester United have won 11 and lost just one of their last 15 matches against Arsenal in all competitions.
  • Wayne Rooney has scored more goals against Arsenal than any other player in Premier League history (11) and has found the net in all three of his FA Cup appearances against Arsenal (in the 2005 shoot out and in normal play in the last two ties).
  • The only two survivors from the 2005 FA Cup final are Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie who was in the Arsenal team.
  • There have been red cards in four of the last seven FA Cup meetings between Arsenal and Man Utd.
  • Robin van Persie has scored in five of the last seven meetings between Arsenal and Manchester United.
  • Manchester United have won nine and lost none of the last 10 matches against Arsenal at Old Trafford.
  • Manchester United had their first shot on target in their 2-1 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates in the 85th minute earlier in the season in the Premier League and that put them 2-0 up.
  • Juan Mata has scored four goals and assisted two more in five starts in all competitions against Arsenal.
  • Arsenal v Manchester United conjures up many famous moments, such as the last ever semi-final replay in 1999 decided by Ryan Giggs’ wonder goal, the 2005 final, the first time a final was decided on a penalty shoot out and the “five minute final” where Arsenal had been pegged back from 2-0 up to 2-2 and then saw Alan Sunderland score a last minute winner.

 

 

 

 

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League Two Opta Facts – March 3rd

League Two Opta Facts – March 3rd

Accrington v Shrewsbury

Luke Simpson was sent off in the reverse of this fixture as Accrington fell to a 4-0 defeat.

The Shrews have lost just one of their last eight against Stanley (W5 D2), conceding just four goals in that time.

Accrington have scored exactly one goal in each of their last four at the Crown Ground, winning two (D1 L1).

Shrewsbury boast the meanest defence in the division this term, conceding just 24 goals in 33 games.

 

AFC Wimbledon v Southend

The Dons have lost all three previous home league meetings with Southend, scoring just once and conceding nine.

Indeed, the away side has won this fixture on six of the previous seven occasions they have met in league competition.

Barry Corr has found the net in each of his last three games for Southend.

The Wombles have won their last three at home, scoring two or more in each game. They’ve not won four in a row September 2013 (a run of five wins).

 

Bury v Luton

These sides have met three times already this season, Luton winning once and two draws.

In those two draws, the home side has hit a 90th minute equaliser.

Luton are one of two sides yet to lose when going ahead in matches this season, winning 16 and drawing three (Burton the other team).

The Shakers have lost only two of their last 15 games at Gigg Lane, winning 10 (D3).

 

Cambridge v York

Cambridge have won their last three home games against York in league competition without reply, having gone six without a win previously.

Both sides scored a penalty in the 2-2 draw in the reverse of this fixture in August, with Wes Fletcher’s rescuing a point for York in the 82nd minute.

Cambridge are winless in four at the Abbey Stadium, losing two and drawing two.

York have failed to score in three of their last four away games (D1 L3).

 

Carlisle v Cheltenham

There have been just 10 goals scored in the last eight meetings between these sides, and never more than two in a match in that time.

Cheltenham have failed to win any of their eight league visits to Carlisle, five draws followed by three defeats. They’ve failed to score in their last three games there.

Carlisle have lost four games in a row for the first time since August 2013 (a run of five defeats).

The Robins have conceded in each of their last 13 games on the road (25 goals conceded).

 

Dag & Red v Hartlepool

The Daggers won the reverse of this fixture 2-0 thanks to goals from Luke Howell and Abu Ogogo.

The Pools have lost none of their two league visits to Dagenham (W1 D1).

Dagenham and Redbridge have dropped a league-high 21 points from winning positions this season, with 12 of those arriving in home games.

No side has shipped more second half goals this season than Hartlepool (34).

 

Newport v Mansfield

Both sides had a player sent off in this exact fixture last season as the game finished 1-1.

Mansfield have failed to win any of their four visits to Newport, including in the Conference (D1 L3).

The Exiles have committed more fouls this term than any other side (422).

The Stags have won just one point from losing positions this season; a league-low.

 

Northampton v Portsmouth

Northampton have won none of their last eight league meetings with Pompey (D1 L7), scoring just two goals. However, they did beat them in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in October (2-1).

Portsmouth have won their last three away games against the Cobblers without reply.

The Cobblers have scored 19 goals in the final 15 minutes this term, five more than any other team.

Matt Tubbs has scored three and assisted two more in his last three games for Portsmouth.

 

Oxford v Morecambe

Oxford have won just one of their last seven against Morecambe (D4 L2).

The Shrimps have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their four visits to Oxford in league competition.

No side has scored more goals from the penalty spot this season than Oxford (6).

Jamie Devitt has assisted more goals for Morecambe this term than any other player (5).

 

Stevenage v Plymouth

The 1-1 draw in the reverse of this fixture was the first ever meeting between the sides.

Deane Smalley’s 90th minute penalty in that fixture rescued a point for Plymouth; his first goal for the club.

Dean Parrett has scored in consecutive matches for the first time in his career. Indeed, his tally of three league goals so far this season is his best return in a single campaign.

Plymouth have won six and lost none of their last nine away league games played on a Tuesday.

 

Tranmere v Wycombe

Tranmere have won three and lost one of their five home meetings with Wycombe.

Wycombe have kept just one clean sheet in their 11 previous league meetings with Tranmere.

Tranmere have won only one of their last 14 league fixtures held on a Tuesday (D5 L8), though it came against Wycombe in the reverse fixture in August.

Fred Onyedinma has scored seven league goals for Wycombe this season, all coming in sets of three successive games.

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League One Opta Facts – March 3rd

League One Opta Facts – March 3rd

Barnsley v Coventry

Barnsley have won their last two home games against Coventry, after a run of four straight defeats against them at Oakwell.

Coventry have only failed to score in one of their last 16 against Barnsley in league competition.

The Tykes have won three in a row without reply. They’ve not kept four clean sheets in a row since December 2004.

Dominic Samuel has scored four goals in his five league starts for the Sky Blues.

Barnsley have dropped a league-high 13 points from leading positions in home games this season. However, Coventry have picked up a joint league-low one point when losing away from home.

 

Bradford v Crawley

After losing their first three meetings against them, Bradford have won their last two against Crawley.

Crawley have never failed to score in five games against the Bantams, though they’ve kept just one clean sheet against them.

14 of the 15 goals scored in this fixture have come in the second half.

The Bantams have lost just one of their last eight at home (W3 D4).

The Red Devils won their last away game (2-1 at Swindon), following a run of 14 without a win on the road. They’ve not won back-to-back away games since March 2013.

Crawley have shipped a joint league-high 12 goals in the final 15 minutes of games this season.

 

Colchester v Notts County

Colchester have lost each of their last six league meetings with Notts County, conceding 17 goals in that run.

The Magpies have won their last two visits to Colchester, scoring six and conceding none.

The U’s have kept just one clean sheet in their last 11 home games.

Notts County have lost six of their last seven in League One, winning the other.

Colchester have conceded a joint league-high six goals from the penalty spot this season.

 

Fleetwood v Scunthorpe

There have been just three goals scored in three previous meetings between these sides (2 for Fleetwood), with each side keeping two clean sheets.

Scunthorpe won their only previous visit to Highbury Stadium 1-0 in this exact fixture last season.

The Cod Army have scored just 10 goals in the final 30 minutes of games this season, fewer than any other side.

The Iron have kept just one clean sheet on the road this season, and in none of their last nine.

Only the MK Dons (71) have picked up more yellow cards than Fleetwood (66) and Scunthorpe (62) this season.

 

Leyton Orient v Bristol City

The O’s have won none of their last 10 league meetings with Bristol City (D4 L6), last beating them in November 1980.

The Robins have scored at least once in each of their last eight visits to Brisbane Road (all comps).

After a run of three wins in 15, the O’s have won three of their last four in League One (L1).

Bristol City have scored 12 goals in the opening 15 minutes of games this season, at least three more than any other side.

Only Luke Freeman (10) has made more assists than Orient’s Dean Cox this season (9).

 

MK Dons v Chesterfield

The Dons have only failed to score in one of their nine previous league meetings with Chesterfield (W4 D4 L1).

The Spireites have lost just once in four league visits to Milton Keynes (W1 D2), though that was their last visit there (2-6 in 2011).

MK Dons have kept a clean sheet in each of their last four home games (W3 D1). They’ve never kept five in a row in the Football League.

Meanwhile, Chesterfield have scored just twice in their last five away games.

No side has scored more goals (67), home goals (39) or second-half goals (43) than MK Dons this season.

 

Port Vale v Oldham

Vale have scored exactly once in each of their last three meetings with Oldham.

James Wilson rescued a point for Oldham in the reverse of this fixture, after Tom Pope had given Vale the lead.

Port Vale have won their last three games without reply. They’ve not won four in a row since September 2010 (a run of five, keeping a clean sheet in each).

Meanwhile, Oldham have lost three in a row without scoring. They’ve not lost four on the trot since February 2013.

Only the Latics (14) have conceded more goals from outside the box than Port Vale this season (12).

 

Preston v Doncaster

The home side has failed to win this fixture in the last eight meetings between the two (D4 L4).

Doncaster have won their last two visits to Deepdale, scoring five and conceding none.

Preston have won five in a row without conceding – the longest current winning streak in the division.

Donny’s last four away games have averaged four goals per game (scored 9, conceded 7).

Both Joe Garner (5) and Paul Huntington (4) have scored more headed goals in League One this season than Doncaster (3).

 

Rochdale v Crewe

Rochdale have beaten Crewe twice already this season (League One and Football League trophy), scoring eight goals in the process.

Crewe have won just one of their last eight league visits to Rochdale (D2 L5).

Dale have won just one of their last six games (D1 L4).

The Railwaymen have conceded exactly two goals in each of their last three away games.

Crewe have conceded a joint league-high 12 goals in the final 15 minutes of games this season. However, Rochdale have scored 12% of their goals in that time – a league-low share.

 

Sheffield United v Peterborough

The Blades have conceded just two goals in their seven previous league meetings with Peterborough (W5 D1 L1).

The Posh have lost all four of their previous visits to Bramall Lane (all comps), failing to score a single goal.

Sheffield United have scored 37 of their 46 goals in the second half of games this season – a league-high share (80%).

Peterborough have won just one of their last six on the road (D1 L4).

Marc McNulty has scored in consecutive games, having failed to score in the nine before that (all comps).

 

Swindon v Gillingham

Swindon are winless in four against the Gills (D2 L2), conceding at least twice in each of those games.

However, the away side has not won this fixture since December 1986, a run of 14 matches including play-offs (D4 L10).

There has been at least one goal scored in the last 10 minutes in 10 of the last 11 meetings between these sides.

The Robins have only failed to score in one of their last 24 home games.

The Gills have both scored and conceded in each of their last eight away games.

No side has conceded more from the penalty spot (6) or more own goals (5) than Gillingham this season.

 

Yeovil v Walsall

Yeovil are unbeaten in eight league games against Walsall (W4 D4).

The Saddlers have only failed to score once in seven previous trips to Yeovil.

After a run of seven without a win at Huish Park (D1 L6), the Glovers are unbeaten in four home games (W2 D2).

Walsall have lost three of their four in League One (D1), failing to score in each loss.

Yeovil have scored just one goal in the opening 15 minutes of games, and just two in the 15 minutes straight after half-time.

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Championship Opta Facts – March 3-4

Championship Opta Facts – March 3-4

Bournemouth V Wolves

Bournemouth have won three of their previous five clashes with Wolves in the league (D1 L1).

Wolves have yet to win away at Bournemouth in league competition (D1 L1).

Bakary Sako has scored four goals and assisted two more in his last three games.

The Cherries have gone five games without a win (D2 L3).

In contrast, Wolves have won their last three without reply.

 

Brentford V Huddersfield

The Bees have failed to find the back of the net in their last two at home to Huddersfield (L2).

The Terriers have won four of their last five against Brentford, drawing the other.

The Bees have dropped just three points from leading positions this season; a league-low.

Only Blackpool (29) have conceded more goals in the final 30 minutes this term than Huddersfield (25).

Brentford have won their last two at Griffin Park, scoring seven and conceding one.

 

Brighton V Derby

Brighton have lost their last five against Derby (incl. play-offs), conceding 12 goals in the process.

Chris Martin has scored six goals in five appearances against Brighton for Derby (incl. play-offs).

Derby have shipped two or more goals in each of their last three games on the road (D2 L1), this after recording three consecutive shutouts prior to this run.

The Seagulls have won three of their last four league games at the AMEX stadium, losing the other.

Indeed, 19 goals have been scored across those four games; 11 for Brighton and eight for the visiting sides.

 

Charlton V Nottingham Forest

Charlton have won just one of their last eight games against Nottm Forest, losing three (D4).

Forest are unbeaten in their last three trips to the Valley, winning two and drawing the other.

Dougie Freedman has won as many league games in his first six matches in charge of Nottm Forest (5), as Stuart Pearce managed in his last 24.

After going 13 without a win, the Addicks have since won three of their last four, scoring exactly three goals in each victory (L1).

Forest have won 23 points from losing positions this season; a league-high.

 

Middlesbrough V Millwall

Middlesbrough have won none of their last four at home to the Lions (D1 L3), this after winning 11 of the previous 12 (D1).

Millwall have gone eight games without keeping a clean sheet against Middlesbrough, shipping 17 goals (average of 2.1 per match).

No side has kept more clean sheets this season than Middlesbrough (15).

The Lions have lost three of their last four in league competition, drawing the other.

Ian Holloway’s men have scored just nine goals in their last 15 league games and never more than once in a match.

 

Rotherham V Cardiff

Rotherham have won three and lost none of their last six at home to Cardiff.

Cardiff are unbeaten in five games against Rotherham, winning two and drawing three.

The Millers have won three of their last four at the New York Stadium, drawing the other.

In fact, Rotherham have netted two or more goals in each of those four games (11 in total).

The Bluebirds have kept a clean sheet in each of their last two away games, however, they’ve netted just once themselves (W1 D1).

 

Watford V Fulham

Watford’s 5-0 win in the reverse was their biggest ever victory over Fulham.

Fulham have failed to score in their last two games against Watford. Only once have they gone three without a goal (October 1997).

Matej Vydra scored as many goals in his last appearance (two vs Leeds), as he did in his previous 20 games in all competitions combined.

Fulham are without a win in six away games, losing five and drawing the other.

No side has won more games from behind this season than Watford (6); five more than their total in 2013/14.

 

Bolton V Reading

Bolton have lost only once in their last 11 games at home to Reading, winning seven (D3).

Nick Blackman has scored in two of his three previous appearances against Bolton for the Royals.

Bolton’s Zach Clough has scored six goals in his first nine senior games.

Only Birmingham and Wigan (15) have netted fewer second half goals this season than the Royals (16).

Bolton’s 1-0 win over Brighton at the weekend ended a run of 11 league games without a clean sheet.

 

Birmingham V Blackpool

Birmingham are unbeaten in four at home to Blackpool, winning two (D2).

Blackpool have scored exactly one goal in each of their last five games against Birmingham (W1 D3 L1).

No side has conceded more headed goals this season than Birmingham (13).

The Blues’ win last time out ended a run of eight games without a victory (D5 L3).

The Tangerines have only claimed one win in their last 33 on the road (D10 L22).

 

Leeds V Ipswich

Leeds have gone five games without defeat at home to Ipswich in league competition (W2 D3).

David McGoldrick has scored five goals in four appearances against Leeds for Ipswich Town.

After keeping three clean sheets in a row, Leeds have since shipped five goals in their last two.

The Tractor Boys have not lost back-to-back league games since January 2014.

League top scorer Daryl Murphy has failed to score in his last three league games, his longest barren run since August (four games).

 

Norwich V Wigan

Wes Hoolahan has scored three and assisted one more in four appearances against Wigan for Norwich.

Wigan have scored just five goals in seven games against Norwich and never more than once in a match.

Norwich have yet to lose at home to Wigan, winning two (D1).

Wigan scored as many goals in their last match versus Blackpool (3), as they did in their previous eight games combined.

Norwich have won their last six games, the longest current winning streak in the Championship.

Indeed, the Canaries have not won seven in a row since January 2010 (a run of eight).

 

Sheff Wed V Blackburn

Sheffield Wednesday have won three and lost none of their last seven home games versus Blackburn.

Jordan Rhodes has scored six and assisted two more in his last seven games against the Owls.

Sheffield Wednesday have kept three clean sheets in their last four league games at Hillsborough (W1 D3).

Rovers have gone 10 games without an away win, losing four and drawing six.

No side has kept fewer clean sheets this season than Blackburn (6) – level with bottom of the table Blackpool.

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March 2015 Sports Preview

March 2015 Sports Preview

March 2015 Preview

Horse Racing

The William Hill Imperial Cup Day (7thMarch) heralds the start of the busiest and most exciting period in the sport of kings as the following Tuesday, the greatest show on turf will have racing fans on their edge of their seats, as Prestbury Park hosts the four day Cheltenham Festival (10th-13th), with twenty seven of the highest quality contests that the winter code has to offer.

One of the sporting occasions that transcends the back pages, it really is a not to be missed extravaganza and we’ll have offers and promotions prior to and throughout the Festival.

Football

It’s another non-stop month on the pitch, complete with domestic and International fixtures. The Premier League, La Liga et al continue apace, while the Champions League (10th/11th/17th/18th) sorts out the men from the boys as the last 16 round 2nd legs decide the quarter finalists. There’s a further round of Europa League, as the remaining sixteen teams meet home and away (12th & 19th). Later in the month (22nd), the Camp Nou is the stage for the latest El Clasico, as Barcelona face Real Madrid. On the International front, England look to preserve their perfect record as they host Lithuania at Wembley (27th) in the fifth round of Euro 2016 Qualifying.

Cricket

The ICC ODI World Cup continues throughout the month (Final – 29th), meaning there’s top sport on 24/7 and it will be thrilling to see if anyone can follow in Chris Gayle’s world record hitting steps, although it does appear that the southern hemisphere, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, will be battling it out for the winner’s trophy.

Rugby Union

Ireland started the month with the perfect result, as they defeated an ill disciplined England side in Dublin, and are top of the Six National table. England were joined in second place by Wales, who produced a great performance to beat the French in Paris. It could be another wooden spoon for Scotland, however, with two rounds remaining (14th/15th & 21st), there are exciting times ahead. Domestically, the Aviva Prem, Guinness PRO12, Top 14 and southern hemisphere Super XV continue during a great month of hard hitting action.

Tennis

The tennis tours gather in America during the second week of the month, as Indian Wells (starts 9th) and Miami (starts 23rd) host their star studded jamborees. Both tournaments have a high kudos factor and will all the best players in the world will be present.

The start of March sees the women divided, between Kaula Lumpar and Monterrey, while the men are resting for the next round of Davis Cup matches (starts 5th).

Golf

The European Tour is spread far and wide this month, with South Africa, Portugal and Morocco hosting. Although they’ll be plenty of the big names in attendance, more eyes may well be focused on the other side of the pond, as the PGA Tour moves into top gear. The prestigious World Club Championship (5th-8th), Valspar Championship (12th-15th), Arnold Palmer Invitational (19th-22nd) and Valero Texas Open (26th-29th) will be buzzing, as the kings of the fairway ready themselves for April’s Masters.

Formula 1

Australia have the privilege of hosting the opening race of the 2015 season (15th), with Malaysia following two weeks later. During mid-season there was the annual merry-go-round of inter-team movements, while Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg and 2014 champion Lewis Hamilton are expected to run their rivals ragged, having already enjoyed a stellar last twelve months. These two drivers will start their campaigns as strong favourites to take the Driver’s Championship.

Rugby League

March 5th is a pinnacle date in Rugby League, as the Super League is joined by their Australian and New Zealand counterparts as the opening round of the NRL hits our screens. 2014 NRL champions, the Rabbitohs, led a trio of teams that dominated and departed the UK unbeaten, after beating the best we had to offer.

Snooker

With the season finale, World Championships, just six weeks away, it’s time for the heroes of the baize to reach top gear. Before the biggest tournament of them all, the World Grand Prix (16th – 22nd) and Players Tour Championship Finals (24th – 28th) will test the nerves and see who heads into the season’s climax with confidence.

Darts

The Premier League continues with its regular Thursday dose of arrows, before all the throwers meet for the PDC UK Open. Adrian Lewis beat Terry Jenkins in last season’s surprise final match up, while The Power will be taking dead aim at a sixth title. Michael van Gerwen is yet to taste victory in the ‘FA Cup’ of Darts, however, he arrives as one of the strong favourites.

US Sports

There’s no let-up in the almost nightly NBA Basketball and NHL Ice Hockey schedules, and for fans of the best action from America and Canada, the above due is joined by MLB Baseball spring training, with the regular starting in April.

Boxing

The pugilistic sport has taken on a new lease of life with Floyd and Manny going toe to toe in a few months. First though, there’s some tasty clashes in the upcoming month, with the ever popular Kell Brook, who has thankfully recovered from a holiday stabbing incident, taking pride of place and returning to the ring to face Ionut Dan Ion, in a clash for the IBF World Welterweight belt.

 

In an exciting month of sport, here at William Hill we have every angle covered. Bet Now!

 

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March 2015 Sports Preview

March 2015 Sports Preview

March 2015 Preview

Horse Racing

The William Hill Imperial Cup Day (7thMarch) heralds the start of the busiest and most exciting period in the sport of kings as the following Tuesday, the greatest show on turf will have racing fans on their edge of their seats, as Prestbury Park hosts the four day Cheltenham Festival (10th-13th), with twenty seven of the highest quality contests that the winter code has to offer.

One of the sporting occasions that transcends the back pages, it really is a not to be missed extravaganza and we’ll have offers and promotions prior to and throughout the Festival.

Football

It’s another non-stop month on the pitch, complete with domestic and International fixtures. The Premier League, La Liga et al continue apace, while the Champions League (10th/11th/17th/18th) sorts out the men from the boys as the last 16 round 2nd legs decide the quarter finalists. There’s a further round of Europa League, as the remaining sixteen teams meet home and away (12th & 19th). Later in the month (22nd), the Camp Nou is the stage for the latest El Clasico, as Barcelona face Real Madrid. On the International front, England look to preserve their perfect record as they host Lithuania at Wembley (27th) in the fifth round of Euro 2016 Qualifying.

Cricket

The ICC ODI World Cup continues throughout the month (Final – 29th), meaning there’s top sport on 24/7 and it will be thrilling to see if anyone can follow in Chris Gayle’s world record hitting steps, although it does appear that the southern hemisphere, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, will be battling it out for the winner’s trophy.

Rugby Union

Ireland started the month with the perfect result, as they defeated an ill disciplined England side in Dublin, and are top of the Six National table. England were joined in second place by Wales, who produced a great performance to beat the French in Paris. It could be another wooden spoon for Scotland, however, with two rounds remaining (14th/15th & 21st), there are exciting times ahead. Domestically, the Aviva Prem, Guinness PRO12, Top 14 and southern hemisphere Super XV continue during a great month of hard hitting action.

Tennis

The tennis tours gather in America during the second week of the month, as Indian Wells (starts 9th) and Miami (starts 23rd) host their star studded jamborees. Both tournaments have a high kudos factor and will all the best players in the world will be present.

The start of March sees the women divided, between Kaula Lumpar and Monterrey, while the men are resting for the next round of Davis Cup matches (starts 5th).

Golf

The European Tour is spread far and wide this month, with South Africa, Portugal and Morocco hosting. Although they’ll be plenty of the big names in attendance, more eyes may well be focused on the other side of the pond, as the PGA Tour moves into top gear. The prestigious World Club Championship (5th-8th), Valspar Championship (12th-15th), Arnold Palmer Invitational (19th-22nd) and Valero Texas Open (26th-29th) will be buzzing, as the kings of the fairway ready themselves for April’s Masters.

Formula 1

Australia have the privilege of hosting the opening race of the 2015 season (15th), with Malaysia following two weeks later. During mid-season there was the annual merry-go-round of inter-team movements, while Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg and 2014 champion Lewis Hamilton are expected to run their rivals ragged, having already enjoyed a stellar last twelve months. These two drivers will start their campaigns as strong favourites to take the Driver’s Championship.

Rugby League

March 5th is a pinnacle date in Rugby League, as the Super League is joined by their Australian and New Zealand counterparts as the opening round of the NRL hits our screens. 2014 NRL champions, the Rabbitohs, led a trio of teams that dominated and departed the UK unbeaten, after beating the best we had to offer.

Snooker

With the season finale, World Championships, just six weeks away, it’s time for the heroes of the baize to reach top gear. Before the biggest tournament of them all, the World Grand Prix (16th – 22nd) and Players Tour Championship Finals (24th – 28th) will test the nerves and see who heads into the season’s climax with confidence.

Darts

The Premier League continues with its regular Thursday dose of arrows, before all the throwers meet for the PDC UK Open. Adrian Lewis beat Terry Jenkins in last season’s surprise final match up, while The Power will be taking dead aim at a sixth title. Michael van Gerwen is yet to taste victory in the ‘FA Cup’ of Darts, however, he arrives as one of the strong favourites.

US Sports

There’s no let-up in the almost nightly NBA Basketball and NHL Ice Hockey schedules, and for fans of the best action from America and Canada, the above due is joined by MLB Baseball spring training, with the regular starting in April.

Boxing

The pugilistic sport has taken on a new lease of life with Floyd and Manny going toe to toe in a few months. First though, there’s some tasty clashes in the upcoming month, with the ever popular Kell Brook, who has thankfully recovered from a holiday stabbing incident, taking pride of place and returning to the ring to face Ionut Dan Ion, in a clash for the IBF World Welterweight belt.

 

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Barclays Premier League Opta Facts March 3-4

Barclays Premier League Opta Facts March 3-4

Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion

Aston Villa have won just one of the last eight Barclays Premier League games against West Bromwich Albion (W1 D4 L3).
Joleon Lescott has scored five Barclays Premier League goals against Aston Villa, making them by far his most favoured opponent in the top flight.
The Villans have won just one of their last 11 Premier League matches at Villa Park (W1 D4 L6).
Aston Villa have scored just nine goals in 13 Premier League home matches; only eight teams have scored fewer in their first 13 home games in a single Premier League campaign.
The Villans have netted just three goals in their last 12 Premier League matches.
West Brom have won none of the last eight Premier League away matches (W0 D5 L3), drawing the last four in a row.
Only two of Saido Berahino’s 17 competitive goals for West Brom this season have come away from home.
Aston Villa have fired in the fewest shots on target in the Premier League this season (72) and have the lowest conversion rate (6.6%).
The Baggies have kept five clean sheets in seven Premier League games under Tony Pulis.
West Brom have won seven Premier League matches this season, keeping a clean sheet in all of them.

Hull City v Sunderland

There have been six red cards in seven Premier League games between Hull City and Sunderland, with five coming in the last four meetings.
Steve Bruce has five wins in a row as a coach in this fixture, the first two as Sunderland boss and the last three in charge of the Tigers.
Bruce was in charge at Sunderland for 89 Premier League matches winning 28%. He has won 25% as Hull boss, lower than 32% at Wigan and 28% at Birmingham.
After losing the first four Premier League games against Sunderland, Hull have won the last three in a row.
After a run of one home win in 11 Premier League home matches (W1 D3 L7), Hull City have won three of the last four at the KC Stadium (L1).
Sunderland have won just one of their last 10 Premier League matches (W1 D3 L6) and failed to score in the last three.
Sunderland have recovered just three points from losing positions this season, the joint-fewest in the top flight along with Aston Villa.
The Tigers have conceded 11 goals from outside the box this season, the most in the division.
Just 11% of the goals Hull have conceded have come from set pieces, the lowest proportion in the top flight.
The Black Cats have scored the most own goals in the Premier League this season (5).

Southampton v Crystal Palace

Saints have taken 13 points out of a possible 15 at home to the Eagles in the Premier League (W4 D1).
Crystal Palace have never beaten Southampton in the Barclays Premier League (W0 D4 L7).
However, Palace did beat Southampton at St Mary’s back in January in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup.
Southampton have won just two of their last eight Premier League matches at St Mary’s (W2 D2 L4).
It is five hours and four minutes since Southampton last scored a home goal at St Mary’s.
Alan Pardew has won three Premier League away games in a row for the first time as a coach.
Saints have dropped fewer points from winning positions (2) than any other team in the Premier League.
Only Spurs (16) have recovered more points from losing positions than Crystal Palace this season (15).
Southampton have conceded just one headed goal in the Premier League this season, the fewest in the top division.
Only Palace (361) have conceded more fouls than Southampton (337) in the Premier League this season.

Manchester City v Leicester City

Frank Lampard has already scored more PL goals against Leicester with Man City (one in one game) than he did for Chelsea (none in four).
The Foxes have won all three Premier League away games against the Citizens, keeping three clean sheets in the process.
Only one of the last 10 meetings between these two sides in all competitions has ended as a home win (six away wins, three draws).
Leicester have lost 15 of their last 21 Premier League matches, winning only two (D4).
Manchester City have kept only six clean sheets in their last 18 Premier League home matches.
The Foxes have won just one and lost nine of the last 12 Premier League away matches.
Leicester City have kept fewer clean sheets than any other team in the Premier League this season (4).
The reigning Champions have won just two of their last seven Premier League matches (W2 D3 L2).
Sergio Aguero has been involved in five goals (three goals, two assists) in Man City’s last three Premier League games
Manchester City have fired in 447 shots (inc. blocked) this season, the most in the Premier League.

Newcastle United v Manchester United

Newcastle have failed to score in three of their last four home league meetings with Man Utd, though they did win the other 3-0.
Robin van Persie has scored seven goals in his last nine Barclays Premier League starts against Newcastle.
Wayne Rooney has netted 12 Premier League goals against the Magpies; a joint-high against any opponent along with Aston Villa.
Rooney is the first player in Premier League history to score 10+ goals in 11 consecutive seasons.
Juan Mata has scored three goals in his last three Premier League appearances at St James Park.
Newcastle have won just two of their last 24 Premier League matches against Man Utd (W2 D5 L17).
Defeat on the road last time out against Swansea City ended a run of seven unbeaten for Man Utd away from home in the Premier League (W3 D4).
Newcastle have scored the highest percentage of second half goals in the Premier League this season (69%).
Papiss Cissé has the best minutes per goal rate in the Premier League this season (min. 4 goals); one every 84 minutes.
Manchester United have lost just two of their last 17 Premier League matches (W11 D4 L2).

Queens Park Rangers v Arsenal

QPR have won just one of the last seven Barclays Premier League matches against Arsenal (W1 D1 L5).
Arsenal have only won one of their six Premier League visits to Loftus Road (W1 D3 L2).
The Gunners have netted just 13 goals in 13 Premier League games against QPR.
Theo Walcott has scored Arsenal’s only goal of the game in both of his two previous Premier League appearances at Loftus Road.
Arsenal haven’t won back to back Premier League away games this season and each of their previous five away victories have been followed by defeat on their next road trip prior to beating Crystal Palace.
QPR have scored just one goal in their last four Premier League home matches, winning none of those games (D2 L2).
Queens Park Rangers have won none of their last nine Premier League London derbies (W0 D3 L6).
QPR have won just one of their last nine matches in the Premier League (W1 D2 L6).
Since making his first PL start of the season in December, Francis Coquelin has made the most interceptions (38) and second most tackles (39) in the whole Premier League.
Olivier Giroud has scored seven goals in his last nine Premier League starts.

Stoke City v Everton

Stoke are unbeaten in five home league meetings with Everton, though four have ended level (W1). The last three meetings with the Toffees at the Britannia Stadium have ended 1-1.
The Toffees have only mustered three goals in their last five trips to the Britannia Stadium in the Premier League.
Peter Crouch has scored 46 headed Premier League goals, the joint-most in Premier League history along with Alan Shearer.
Four of Crouch’s last six Premier League goals have been from headers, including each of the last three.
Everton have dropped more points (17) from winning positions in the Premier League than any other team in the top flight this season.
27% of Everton’s goals have been netted in the final 15 minutes, a league-high proportion in that period of the game.
The Toffees have conceded a league-high 61% of their goals in the second half of matches this season.
Everton have conceded fewer fouls than any other team in the Premier League (263).
Stoke have lost just three of their last 13 league matches (W7 D3 L3) and those defeats came against three of the current top four in the league.
Everton have conceded the same number of goals so far this season as they did in the whole of 2013-14.

Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City

Spurs have won all three Barclays Premier League home games against Swansea, keeping a clean sheet in the last two.
Indeed Swansea have lost their last six against Tottenham in the PL and are winless in seven (D1 L6).
Harry Kane has scored 12 goals in his last 11 Premier League appearances.
No team has won more Premier League games from losing positions than Tottenham this season (5) in 2014-15.
No team has lost more top flight games from winning positions than Swansea City (4) this season.
Spurs have conceded the most penalties in the Premier League this season (7).
40 points after 27 games equates to Swansea’s best ever return in a Premier League season.
Swansea City have failed to score a first half goal in their last five Premier League matches on the road.
The Swans have scored exactly one goal in seven of their last eight away from home.
Seven of Swansea’s last eight Premier League goals have arrived in the second half.

West Ham United v Chelsea

Jose Mourinho has a record of six wins and no defeats in seven Barclays Premier League matches as a coach against West Ham.
Chelsea have won 13 and lost just one of the last 17 Barclays Premier League games against the Hammers.
West Ham have failed to score in five of their last six Premier League matches against Chelsea, including the last four in a row.
The Blues have lost just two of their last 16 Premier League away matches (W10 D4 L2).
Only one team has prevented Chelsea from scoring in their last 27 Premier League matches (Sunderland).
Sam Allardyce’s team failed to muster a single shot on target when they met Chelsea in the reverse fixture on Boxing Day.
West Ham have scored more headed goals than any other team in the Premier League this season (15).
Chelsea defenders have contributed 17 goals and 13 assists this season in all competitions.
Branislav Ivanovic has scored in four of his last seven appearances in all competitions for Chelsea.
The Hammers have won just one of their last 10 Premier League matches (W1 D5 L4).

Liverpool v Burnley

Liverpool have won their last seven home meetings with Burnley in all competitions, keeping a clean sheet on each occasion.
Burnley have failed to score in their last five league games against the Reds and in six of the last seven matches in all competitions.
Burnley had 16 shots against Liverpool in the reverse fixture on Boxing Day but not a single one of them was on target.
The Clarets have conceded the most headed goals in the Premier League this season (16).
Burnley seem at their most dangerous in the opening 15 minutes where they have scored seven times, accounting for a league high proportion of 28% of their goals in that period.
Burnley have now gone six games without a Premier League win (W0 D2 L4).
Liverpool have lost just one of their last 15 Premier League matches (W10 D4 L1).
The Reds have kept five clean sheets in their last seven Premier League games.
All three of Jordan Henderson’s Premier League goals this season have been assisted by Raheem Sterling.
Raheem Sterling has now assisted as many Premier League goals this season (7) as the previous three campaigns combined.

 

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The Punt Podcast
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The Punt is William Hill’s top flight football podcast, concentrating on the Premier League clubs in the top flight, FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League, Europa League and international action.
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Championship Opta Facts – 28 February – 1 March
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Championship Opta Facts – 28 February – 1 March

Birmingham v Brentford

 

  • Birmingham are unbeaten in four against Brentford, winning three.
  • Brentford have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last eight meetings with Birmingham.
  • The Blues are winless in eight games (D5 L3), conceding exactly four in both of their last two.
  • Jon-Miquel Toral scored a hat-trick in his last outing for Brentford, having scored just two in his previous 23 league appearances for the club.
  • Brentford attempted 43 shots (inc. blocked) in their midweek win over Blackpool – the most seen in a single game within the top two tiers of English football this season.

 

 

Blackpool v Wigan

 

  • Blackpool won this exact fixture last season 1-0 thanks to a penalty from Tom Ince, while Wigan’s James McClean saw red.
  • Wigan have found the net in seven of their last eight trips to Bloomfield Road, though failed to score in the last clash there.
  • The Seasiders have had a player sent off in two of their last three games.
  • The Latics have won just one of their last 10 Championship games (D2 L7), scoring just four goals in the process.

 

 

Bolton v Brighton

 

  • Bolton have won only one of their last 10 league encounters with Brighton, losing seven (D2).
  • Brighton have won three successive games against Bolton, scoring seven in the process.
  • The Trotters have failed to keep a clean sheet in 11 games, conceding 25 in the process (2.3 per game).
  • Inigo Calderon has scored three goals in his last two league games for Brighton – more than he managed in 2012/13 and 2013/14 combined.

 

 

Bournemouth v Blackburn

 

  • Bournemouth have picked up just one win from their last six meetings with Blackburn (D1 L4).
  • Blackburn have won their last two trips to Bournemouth in league competition.
  • Bournemouth have picked up just two points from their last four Championship games (D2 L2). Before this run, they were top of the league, but now they are 4th and six points off the top.
  • Rovers have won just one of their last five league matches (W1 D2 L2).
  • Blackburn haven’t won away in the Championship since October 25th 2014, picking up just five points in their nine away games since (D5 L4).

 

 

Cardiff v Wolves

 

  • Cardiff lost the reverse fixture back in August thanks to a 90th minute own goal from Mark Hudson.
  • Wolves have found the net in 17 of their last 18 league matches against the Bluebirds.
  • The Bluebirds’ last five games have produced just five goals (F3 A2), winning one and drawing the other four.
  • By contrast, Wolves have scored 12 goals in their last four games (W3 D1), even failing to score in that defeat.

 

 

Charlton v Huddersfield

 

  • Charlton have lost just two of their last 11 home games against the Terriers, winning six (D3).
  • Huddersfield have netted just six goals in their last 10 visits to the Valley and never more than once in a game.
  • The Addicks won their last home game (3-0 vs Brentford), ending a run of eight without a win at the Valley (D5 L3).
  • The Terriers have kept a clean sheet in their last two games. They’ve not gone three without conceding since April 2011 (a run of five).

 

 

Fulham v Derby

 

  • Fulham have lost just one of their last 10 home games against Derby in league competition (W6 D3).
  • Derby have scored five goals in both of their matches against Fulham in all competitions this season (W2), with Chris Martin and Simon Dawkins each scoring three across the two games.
  • The Cottagers are without a win in six (D2 L4), failing to score in their last two.
  • Meanwhile, the Rams are unbeaten in seven (W5 D2), scoring at least twice in each match (18 in total).

 

 

Leeds v Watford

 

  • Leeds have picked up just one win from their last eight meetings with the Hornets (D4 L3).
  • Troy Deeney has bagged five goals in his last five league games against the Whites.
  • Watford have scored in each of their nine previous visits to Leeds United in the league, netting 19 in the process.
  • The Whites’ defeat to Brighton in midweek ended a run of three straight wins. They also conceded their first goal in 321 minutes of football.
  • Odion Ighalo has scored 14 goals in his last 10 appearances for Watford. He’d scored just three in his previous 16 for the Hornets.

 

 

Reading v Nottm Forest

 

  • Reading are unbeaten in four at home to Forest in league competition, though three have been draws and they’ve scored only three goals (W1).
  • Former Reading winger Michail Antonio scored a brace as Nottingham Forest ran out 4-0 winners in the reverse fixture back in August.
  • Henri Lansbury has now scored in five successive appearances for Nottingham Forest and has seven goals in his last seven games for the club.
  • Reading have lost three of their last four league games (W1), failing to score in each of these defeats.

 

 

Rotherham v Millwall

 

  • The Millers have kept just one clean sheet in their last six against the Lions, though it came in the reverse fixture this season (1-0).
  • Millwall have avoided defeat in each of their last five trips to Rotherham in the league, winning two (D3).
  • Rotherham have conceded 13 goals in their last four Championship games (D1 L3).
  • The Lions have scored just eight goals in their last 14 games, and never more than once in a match in that time.
  • Millwall have been ahead in just eight Championship games this season; fewer than any other side.

 

 

Sheff Wed v Middlesbrough

 

  • Sheffield Wednesday have won three and lost none of their last four league games against Middlesbrough. They had lost the four games prior to this run.
  • Middlesbrough have lost five of their last six games at Hillsborough (W1).
  • The Owls have scored as many goals in their last two games as they had in their previous seven (5).
  • Boro are unbeaten in five away games (W2 D3).
  • Atdhe Nuhiu has bagged three goals in three appearances against ‘Boro for the Owls.

 

 

Norwich v Ipswich

 

  • Norwich have won their last three league games against bitter rivals Ipswich; they’ve never won four in a row.
  • Ipswich have won only two of their last 14 games at Carrow Road (D4 L8); last winning there in February 2006.
  • The Canaries have won five league games in a row, their best run since January 2010 (eight games). They’ve scored 14 goals across those five games (2.8 per game).
  • The Tractor Boys have lost just two of their last nine on the road (W5 D2), though these have come in their most recent three games away from home.

 

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League 1 Opta Facts – 28 February
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League 1 Opta Facts – 28 February

Bristol City v Rochdale

 

  • There have been just six goals scored in the five previous matches between the sides (three each), with each side winning once and three draws.
  • Both of Rochdale’s previous two visits to Ashton Gate have ended in a draw.
  • The Robins have won 22 points from their last 10 games, more than any other side.
  • Rochdale have scored and conceded in each of their last seven away games.
  • Dale have scored more headed goals than any other team (16).

 

 

Chesterfield v Fleetwood

 

  • Chesterfield have won three of their seven previous meetings with Fleetwood in all competitions (D2 L2).
  • The Cod Army have won two of their three visits to Chesterfield in all competitions (L1).
  • Indeed, the Spireites are unbeaten in four league games against the Cod Army (W2 D2), since their first meeting in October 2012.
  • In fact, Fleetwood have never failed to score at the Proact Stadium, hitting four goals in total.
  • Chesterfield have lost their last four league games. They’ve not lost five in a row since October 2011.
  • Fleetwood have won three of their last five on the road, losing the other two.

 

 

Coventry v MK Dons

 

  • Coventry have won two of their five meetings with MK Dons (D2 L1), though both of those wins have come away from home.
  • The Dons have scored in four of their previous five meetings with Coventry. However, they’ve only kept one clean sheet in that time.
  • MK Dons have scored 42 second half goals this term, 10 more than the Sky Blues have netted in total.
  • Karl Robinson’s men have also kept a league-high 17 clean sheets this season, eight more than Coventry.
  • Coventry are without a win in seven on home soil, losing two and drawing five.
  • Dele Alli has had a hand in more goals this season than any other MK Dons player (17; 14 goals, 3 assists).

 

 

Crawley v Sheff Utd

 

  • Crawley have won just one of their five previous meetings with the Blades (D1 L3).
  • Sheffield United have won both of their previous visits to Crawley by a 2-0 scoreline.
  • The Blades have scored 19 goals in the final 15 minutes this season; the most in the division.
  • The Red Devils have gone nine games without keeping a clean sheet; the longest current run in the league.
  • Sheffield United’s Marc McNulty scored his first goal in 10 games (all comps) in midweek.

 

 

Crewe v Swindon

 

  • Crewe are winless in four against Swindon (D1 L3), conceding 12 goals in that time.
  • However, the Robins have won none of their last five visits to Crewe (D2 L3), scoring just twice in that run.
  • Massimo Luongo has scored five goals in his last seven games for Swindon.
  • The Railwaymen have conceded 55 goals this season, 20 more than Swindon. Only Crawley have conceded more (56).
  • Swindon have lost their last three games on the road; they’ve not lost four in a row since August 2013 (a run of six defeats).
  • Andy Williams has scored more goals away from home this season than any other player (12).

 

 

Doncaster v Colchester

 

  • Rovers have won their last three against Colchester. They’ve not won four in a row since December 1972 (a run of five games).
  • There have been just four goals scored in the last five meetings between these sides in Doncaster (two each), with Colchester winning one and drawing three of these (L1).
  • Donny have lost their last two games, shipping exactly three goals in both fixtures.
  • No side has conceded more first half goals this season than Colchester (24) or Doncaster (24).
  • Colchester have kept a clean sheet in four of their last six games away from home (W3 D2 L1).

 

 

Gillingham v Barnsley

 

  • Gillingham have lost just one of their last eight at home to Barnsley (W3 D4), though that was in their last meeting at the Priestfield in September 2005 (0-3).
  • The Tykes have won their last four meetings with Gillingham, scoring 12 and conceding just two in the process.
  • Gillingham have gone seven without loss (W5 D2); the longest current run in League One.
  • The Tykes have dropped 21 points from games in which they’ve led; a league-high. However, only eight of those 21 points have been lost on the road.
  • Cody McDonald has scored five and assisted one more in his last six home league games for the Gills.

 

 

Notts County v Port Vale

 

  • Notts County have won their last three at home to Port Vale, scoring 11 goals in the process.
  • Vale have kept only one clean sheet in their last 14 against Notts County in league competition.
  • Notts County have won just seven points from their last 10 games, fewer than any other team.
  • Vale’s win against Walsall in their last away match ended a run of four straight defeats. They haven’t won back to back away matches since November 2013.
  • Notts County top scorer Garry Thompson has found the net just twice in his last 11 appearances.

 

 

Oldham v Preston

 

  • Oldham have lost their last four meetings with Preston in league competition.
  • In fact, Preston have lost just one of their last 12 against the Latics (W8 D3), scoring at least once in each game.
  • The Lilywhites have won their last four league games without reply. Indeed, Preston have gone 363 minutes without conceding.
  • Jonathan Forte has scored 14 goals for Oldham this season, 10 more than any other player. However, Forte has bagged just one goal in his last nine in league competition.

 

 

Peterborough v Bradford

 

  • Peterborough have never lost at home to Bradford in league competition (W8 D5).
  • Bradford’s 1-0 defeat at Valley Parade in the reverse fixture back in August was the first time they had failed to score against the Posh in 10 attempts.
  • Bradford City’s James Hanson has scored more headers than any other player this season (6).
  • In fact, Hanson has bagged four goals in his last three appearances in league competition.
  • Peterborough have yet to score from the penalty spot this season; a joint-low along with Colchester.

 

 

Scunthorpe v Yeovil

 

  • After a run of six wins in a row against them, Scunthorpe have won none of their last four meetings with Yeovil (D2 L2).
  • Yeovil have won two of their seven trips to Scunthorpe in the league (L5), scoring four goals in each win. They’ve only scored one goal in the other five games there.
  • The Iron have failed to score in their last two games; they’ve not gone three without reply since April 2012.
  • Yeovil have conceded 12 headed goals in 2014/15; a joint-league-high along with Coventry.
  • Gozie Ugwu has scored four of Yeovil’s last six league goals. Indeed, Ugwu has scored as many goals this season as he did in his previous two (4).

 

 

Walsall v Leyton Orient

 

  • The Saddlers have scored just six goals in their last 10 meetings with the O’s, and never more than once in a match in this time.
  • Four of the last six meetings between these sides have ended in a draw, with Orient winning the other two.
  • No player has assisted more goals in League One this season than Leyton Orient’s Dean Cox (9).
  • Tom Bradshaw has gone four games without scoring for the Saddlers, his longest drought of the campaign.
  • However, Bradshaw has assisted two goals in that four-game run; his first goal assists of the season.

 

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League 2 Opta Facts – 28 February
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League 2 Opta Facts – 28 February

Burton v Newport

 

  • Burton are unbeaten in three previous Football League meetings with the Exiles (W1 D2).
  • Newport’s only league visit to the Pirelli Stadium ended in defeat, losing 1-0 last season.
  • The Brewers have scored exactly once in each of their three clashes with Newport in the Football League.
  • Newport have taken the lead in their last two games with Burton at Rodney Parade, but ended up drawing both games.
  • Burton have won seven of their eight home matches under Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, drawing the other.
  • Newport’s win at Wycombe ended a run of three successive defeats on the road and three away trips without scoring.

 

 

Cheltenham v Tranmere

 

  • Cheltenham were 2-0 down after 67 minutes against Tranmere in August, but won the match thanks to three goals in six minutes.
  • Tranmere have won one point in four league visits to Cheltenham (L3).
  • The Robins have won just one of their last 18 league games (D6 L11), and have not won at home since October (nine games).
  • The Rovers have conceded in each of their last seven league games (W2 D2 L3).
  • No side has kept fewer clean sheets at home in League Two this season than Cheltenham (2).

 

 

Hartlepool v Wimbledon

 

  • Hartlepool have won two of their three previous meetings with AFC Wimbledon, losing the other.
  • Wimbledon took the lead against Hartlepool in August, before losing 2-1. The reverse happened in the fixture before.
  • Scott Fenwick has scored in each of his last three appearances at the Victoria Ground.
  • The Wombles have failed to score in their last three games on the road. However, no side has kept more clean sheets away from home this season than Wimbledon (6).
  • Hartlepool have scored just seven first-half goals this season (a league-low), while the Dons have scored a league-high 27 goals in the opening 45 minutes of games.

 

 

Luton v Accrington

 

  • Luton are winless in three previous Football League games against Accrington (D2 L1).
  • Accrington threw away a two goal lead in their most recent game against Luton in August to draw 2-2, after scoring twice in the opening 16 minutes.
  • The Hatters have lost their last two league games. They’ve not lost three in a row in the Football League since August 2008 (a run of seven).
  • Stanley have conceded a league-high 30 goals on the road this season, keeping just one clean sheet in their last 19 away from home.
  • Accrington Stanley are unbeaten in four league games (W3 D1), though three of those have been at home.

 

 

Mansfield v Dag & Red

 

  • Mansfield have failed to score in four of their five Football League matches against the Daggers.
  • Dagenham have lost only once in five meetings with Mansfield in this tier (W3 D1).
  • The Stags’ only victory over Dagenham came in this exact fixture last season – a 3-0 victory.
  • Dagenham are looking to record three successive away wins for the first time in a Football League campaign.
  • Mansfield have scored more than one goal just once in their last 13 home games in all competitions.
  • Jamie Cureton has scored four times in his last five games for Dagenham and Redbridge, three of which have come away from home.

 

 

Morecambe v Cambridge

 

  • Morecambe won the reverse fixture in August by a 2-1 scoreline, courtesy of two Paul Mullin goals.
  • Whoever has been the away team in the five previous league meetings involving these sides has not tasted defeat, including matches in the Conference (W3 D2).
  • The Shrimps have lost just three points from leading positions in League Two this season, fewer than any other team.
  • No side has scored more headed goals than Cambridge this season (15).
  • No side has scored fewer goals (2) or conceded more (9) than Morecambe in the opening 15 minutes of games this season.

 

 

Plymouth v Bury

 

  • Plymouth have won each of their last six home games against Bury, conceding just once in that spell.
  • Danny Rose has scored in each of his last two games against Plymouth.
  • Reuben Reid scored a hat-trick in his last match, having scored just one goal in the 10 games previously.
  • Bury have conceded just six goals in their last 10 games, and never more than once in a match in that time.
  • The Pilgrims have won their last four league games. They’ve not won five in a row since August 2007 (a run of six).

 

 

Shrewsbury v Northampton

 

  • Shrewsbury have been beaten just once in their last 14 home matches against Northampton (W11 D2).
  • The Cobblers are winless in five league matches against the Shrews and have let in 15 goals in that time (D2 L3).
  • Shrewsbury are the only side still unbeaten at home in League Two. Indeed, they’ve won more (13), scored more (32) and conceded fewer (6) at home than any other side.
  • League Two top scorer Marc Richards has scored six goals in his last six away games for Northampton.
  • This match sees the best attacking team (Northampton, 51 goals) take on the side with the meanest defence (Shrewsbury, 22 conceded) in League Two.

 

 

Southend v Carlisle

 

  • Adam Barrett scored and was sent off in Southend’s last home match against Carlisle in 2009/10.
  • Carlisle have lost only one of their last five league matches against Southend (W2 D2).
  • Following a 10-match unbeaten run, Southend have lost their last two league games. They’ve conceded more in those two defeats (6) than they had in the previous 10 (5).
  • Carlisle have lost three league games in a row for the fourth time this season, though they’ve not lost four in a row since August 2013.
  • Both of these sides have been shown a league-high six red cards this season.

 

 

Wycombe v Stevenage

 

  • Wycombe have scored a 90th minute goal in each of their last two games with Stevenage.
  • Stevenage have won 1-0 on both of their previous visits to Wycombe.
  • The Chairboys have scored just once and conceded four times in their last three home games (D1 L2).
  • The Boro have scored a league-high nine goals in the opening 15 minutes of games this season. However, they’ve conceded a joint-high nine in the 15 minutes that follow.
  • Along with Exeter, Wycombe are one of two teams yet to be shown a red card this season.

 

 

York v Exeter

 

  • York’s victory in this exact fixture last season ended a run of four successive home defeats to the Grecians in the Football League.
  • Exeter have scored in 10 of their last 11 games against York City.
  • No team has won fewer games (2) or scored fewer goals (12) at home than York this season.
  • The Grecians have gained a league-high 11 points from losing positions in away games this season.
  • However, Exeter have won just one of their last 10 games (D3 L6), conceding in each match.

 

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