League two Opta facts

Courtesy of optasports.com

Accrington Stanley v Portsmouth

  • These sides have never faced each other in league competition.
  • This will be the first time these teams have lined up against each other since January 1959 in an FA Cup tie. Portsmouth won the game 4-1.
  • Accrington’s last five home league matches have seen a total of 20 goals hit the back of the net, an average of four a game.
  • Stanley have lost back to back games in League Two (running over seasons). The last time that they lost three in a row was in December 2012.
  • Portsmouth were winless in their last five away games in League One last season (D2 L3).

AFC Wimbledon v Wycombe Wanderers

  • Wycombe have only faced AFC Wimbledon twice before in league competition, winning just one point (D1 L1).
  • Since 13th April, AFC Wimbledon have won one and drawn three of their four league games.
  • Wycombe have netted just twice in their last five away league matches, but both of these goals handed the victory to the Chairboys (W2 L3).
  • The Cherry Red Records Stadium has not seen a 0-0 draw in the league since Wimbledon were promoted in 2011.
  • AFC Wimbledon kept only seven clean sheets in the 2012/13 season – the fewest in League Two.

Bristol Rovers v Scunthorpe

  • Scunthorpe have won three of their last four league meetings with Bristol Rovers.
  • Over their last four meetings with Scunthorpe, Bristol Rovers have scored just three goals.
  • Bristol Rovers last three home games in 2012/13 saw just two goals scored overall.
  • Scunthorpe’s 1-0 victory in their last away game of last season ended a run of seven consecutive defeats on the road, a run in which they had scored only one goal.
  • Bristol Rovers have not lost their opening two games of a league season since 2006-07.

Burton Albion v Rochdale

  • Burton Albion have won all four of their previous Football League games against Rochdale.
  • Rochdale have only scored three goals in their four previous Football League games against Burton Albion.
  • Burton Albion have won 12 of their last 14 home games in league competition (D1 L1).
  • Rochdale last beat Burton in 1999 – 3-0 in an FA Cup first round replay.

Chesterfield v Cheltenham

  • Cheltenham have won just one of their previous 12 Football League meetings with Chesterfield (L8 D3).
  • Chesterfield have conceded just two goals in their last nine league games against Cheltenham, but one of these goals saw them suffer a defeat in their last meeting (0-1) in March 2013.
  • Cheltenham have won just one point from their six previous Football League games in Chesterfield.
  • Cheltenham have won just one of their last seven games away from home in the league (D3 L3).

Dagenham & Redbridge v York City

  • Last season saw these two sides face one another in the Football League for the first time, with York winning both games by a single goal margin.
  • York have not lost in the league since March 23rd; going seven games unbeaten winning the last four in a row.
  • Dagenham & Redbridge have lost their last four league games in a row and have scored just once in this run.
  • York City were the only League Two side not be shown a red card in 2012-13.
  • The Daggers were awarded 15 penalties in the league last season, scoring eight – both League Two highs.

Hartlepool v Southend

  • The Shrimpers have lost six of their last seven trips to Hartlepool in the league.
  • Southend have suffered a 0-3 defeat in each of their last two away games against Hartlepool (in 2008 and 2010).
  • None of the last 11 games between these two sides have ended in a draw.
  • Despite their relegation to League One, Hartlepool lost just one of their last 10 home matches last season (W4 D5).
  • No side scored fewer goals in League One last season than Hartlepool (39), while they also failed to score in their opening league game this season.

Mansfield v Exeter

  • Mansfield have only beaten Exeter once in their last 10 league meetings at home (D5 L4).
  • Exeter have scored in each of their last eight visits to Mansfield in the Football League.
  • There have only been eight goals scored in the last seven meetings between these two sides.
  • The Stags’ last home defeat in league competition came on January 12th; winning their last 10 in a row to seal promotion to League Two.
  • Exeter lost four and won none (D2) of their last six away games last season, netting just three goals in this period.

Morecambe v Torquay

  • Torquay have won their last three fixtures against Morecambe, keeping a clean sheet in both meetings in 2012-13.
  • Torquay have scored in seven of their previous eight Football League meetings with Morecambe.
  • The Shrimps have won just one of their last five league matches at home (D2 L2).
  • The Gulls won one of their last nine (D3 L5) away league matches at the end of 2012/13 and found the net just six times during that run.

Northampton v Newport

  • These teams have not met in league football since Newport County’s reformation in 1989.
  • The Cobblers have lost just one home match in 2013 and have won 12 of their 13 home games on a run which started before Christmas.
  • Northampton won 18 of the 20 home games in which they took the lead in last season – the highest tally in the division.
  • Northampton scored the most own-goals in League Two last season (4).
  • Newport won eight of their final 14 away games in the Blue Square Premier League last season (inc. playoffs).

Oxford United v Bury

  • Oxford have won just one of their last five meetings with Bury (D2 L2).
  • Bury only went led in 15 games in League One last season, fewer than any other side. They lost 0-2 in their opening game against Chesterfield this term.
  • No side won fewer away games than Bury in League One last season (3).
  • Oxford have won their last four league games – and the last three by a margin of three goals.

Plymouth Argyle v Fleetwood

  • These teams met for the first time last season, with both teams recording a home victory apiece.
  • Fleetwood Town’s David Ball netted in both of his appearances against Plymouth last season.
  • There was a red card brandished in each of the two league games between these sides last season, with the away side on the day being reduced to 10 men in both games.
  • Plymouth’s last three league games have all ended in 1-0 defeats for the Pilgrims.
  • Fleetwood were shown seven red-cards last season – the joint highest in the division (with Rotherham

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