Championship play-off preview: The numbers game
With his own side falling out of the play-off race towards the end of the season, Leicester City fan Foxblogger has been kind enough to widen his usual scope and provide a few statistics about the four sides involved in the Championship’s end-of-season showdown.
Form: Won last three matches.
Pedigree: 1st appearance in the Championship playoffs.
Points won against other playoff contenders this season: 12
15 — The number of Swansea home league wins, more than any other Championship side.
16 — The number of goals Brendan Rodgers’ side have scored in their last 6 fixtures.
21 — The number of clean sheets Swansea have kept this season, only bettered in the division by QPR (25).
28% – The percentage of the Swans’ league goals scored by Scott Sinclair (19/69).
Form: One win in their last four, unbeaten in five away matches.
Pedigree: 2nd appearance in the Championship playoffs — P3 W1 D0 L2 F5 A6.
Points won against other playoff contenders this season: 5
3 — The number of league matches in 2011 in which Cardiff have failed to score.
11 — The number of away wins recorded by the Bluebirds, more than any other Championship side this season.
21 – The number of points Dave Jones’ side have lost from winning positions.
26 – The number of Cardiff matches this season which ended with City in the automatic promotion places.
Form: One defeat in 16, unbeaten in eight away from home.
Pedigree: 4th appearance in the Championship playoffs — P7 W1 D1 L5 F7 A11.
Points won against other playoff contenders this season: 6
9 — The number of matches since Reading failed to score at home.
14 — The number of goals scored by the Royals in the last 5 minutes of league matches this season.
20 — The number of points Brian McDermott’s side have gained from losing positions.
20% – The percentage of Reading’s league matches which have finished 1-1.
Form: Won five of the last six heading into the playoffs. Forest are the Championship’s form side.
Pedigree: 3rd appearance in the Championship playoffs — P4 W0 D1 L3 F8 A11.
Points won against other playoff contenders this season: 10
9 — The number of matches since Forest failed to score.
13 — The number of goals Forest have conceded in their last six league fixtures away from home.
17 — The number of goals Billy Davies’ men have scored in their last six league fixtures.
30 — The number of players used by Forest this season. Only Burnley (29) used fewer.