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Key goalscoring stats to get your Championship accas off to a winning start

by Josh Powell | August 2, 2013
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Jesus went 40 days without food or water but it was nothing compared to the 60-odd days we have just endured without competitive football. Thankfully now the Championship returns with a jam-packed weekend of action, to give our Saturday’s some meaning again.

The well-worn cliche that the ‘Championship is the hardest league to win’ might not be strictly true, but the competitiveness of the league is not in doubt. Out of the 24 teams, just three of them are odds-on this weekend and even then their prices are 3/4, 4/5 and 10/11. Hardly bankers for your accumulators.

Throw in a few new managers, a truckload of new signings, a few pre-season friendlies that act as red herrings, and trying to figure out who is going to win this weekend is harder than tackling the ‘100 goals in the Premier League’ quiz on Sporcle – Darren Bent is very forgettable.

A football league long list is Saturday afternoon heaven though. There’s nothing better than settling down to Soccer Saturday and ticking off the winners as Paul Merson struggles to grasp basic language skills. As a helping hand here are three key goal-scoring stats ahead of each game to get you in the mood.

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Burnley v Bolton

  • Burnley conceded an average of almost one goal a game at home last season
  • Bolton scored in 83 per cent of their away games last season
  • In five of the last nine head-to-head games both teams have scored

Barnsley v Wigan

  • Barnsley failed to score in just 17 per cent of home games last season
  • Wigan conceded an average of 1.79 goals a game away from home in the Premier League last term
  • These sides have met just seven times in their history and in four of the games either one or both teams have failed to score

Birmingham v Watford

  • Birmingham were ranked 20th out of 24 in the attacking stats at home, scoring just 29 goals at St Andrews
  • Watford scored the most goals away from home in the Championship last season, averaging almost two every game.
  • In four of the last five head-to-heads, one team has failed to score

Bournemouth v Charlton

  • Bournemouth scored in 91 per cent of their home games in League One last season
  • Charlton had the best defensive record on the road last season, keeping clean sheets in 35 per cent of their matches away from home
  • In five of the last six games between these two, one or both sides have failed to score

Doncaster v Blackpool

  • Despite winning League One last season, 17 teams scored more goals at home than Doncaster Rovers
  • Blackpool scored in 78 per cent of their games away from Bloomfield Road last year
  • In four of the last five head-to-heads both teams have found the back of the net

Leeds v Brighton

  • Leeds found the back of the net in 91 per cent of the league games at Elland Road last season
  • Brighton kept seven clean sheets on the road last season
  • Both teams have found the back of the net in the last five meetings between Leeds and Brighton

Middlesbrough v Leicester

  • Middlesbrough failed to score just three times at the Riverside last season
  • Leicester had the best defensive record away from home last year, conceding just 25 goals and keeping seven clean sheets
  • In six out of the last 10 meetings between these two sides, either one or both teams have failed to score

Millwall v Yeovil

  • Millwall scored just 24 times at home last season, the worst return of any team in the league
  • Yeovil found the net 35 times on the road last season and scored in 78 per cent of their games away from home
  • In five of the last nine head-to-heads both teams have found the back of the net

Nottingham Forest v Huddersfield

  • Forest kept seven clean sheets at home last season
  • Huddersfield had the worst defensive record away from home last season, conceding more than two goals a game on average
  • In the last 12 meetings between Forest and Huddersfield both teams have found the net

QPR v Sheffield Wednesday

  • QPR failed to score in 47 per cent of their home games in the Premier League last year
  • Wednesday had the third best defence on the road in the Championship last season conceding just 26 goals away from home and keeping seven clean sheets
  • Just once in the last five head-to-heads has one team failed to score

Reading v Ipswich

  • Reading kept just five clean sheets at home in the Premier League last year
  • Ipswich had the worst attack away from home in the Championship last year, failing to score in 52 per cent of their games on the road
  • In six of the last ten meetings between Reading and Ipswich, either one or both teams have failed to score

Derby v Blackburn

  • Derby had the third best attacking record at home in the Championship last year, banging in 43 goals
  • Blackburn conceded in 96 per cent of their away games in the Championship last year
  • Derby have failed to score in their last two games against Blackburn

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