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Stat Attack: Fulham's Cairney The Most Creative In Championship

The Cottagers' number 10 creates a load of chances - plus 19 other stats ahead of this weekend's game.

Fulham v Charlton Athletic   - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Head to Head

  • There have been a total of 49 meetings between Fulham and Reading, the first of which was a 0-0 draw in the FA Cup in 1905.
  • Fulham have won 19 times, Reading have won 16 times, and there have been 14 draws.
  • This fixture last season ended 4-2 to Fulham, whilst at the Madejski Stadium a 2-2 draw was played out.
  • Fulham have won their past two home league games against Reading. They've never beaten them three times in a row at Craven Cottage before.
  • Reading have only failed to score in one of their last 10 league meetings with Fulham.

Reading

  • Reading have had the highest average possession in the Championship this season (58.9%).
  • Jaap Stam has made the fewest changes to his starting XI of any Championship side this season (24).
  • The Royals are currently on a run of five consecutive league wins. No other Championship side has a streak that long.
  • With 82%, they are second to Fulham in terms of average pass accuracy.
  • Reading have been awarded nine penalties in the Championship this season, more than any other team.

The Opposition

  • Fulham have won just one of their past eight Championship matches at Craven Cottage (drawn four, lost three).
  • The Cottagers are second behind Reading in terms of average possession this season with 56.7%.
  • Their average pass accuracy is 82.7%, the highest in the Championship.
  • On average, Fulham take 14.4 shots per game. Only Bristol City and Newcastle United average more in the Championship.
  • Fulham win an average of 16.8 aerial duels per game in the Championship, which is fewer than any other team.

Danger Men

  • Fulham’s top scorers so far this season are Chris Martin and Tom Cairney (4 goals), whilst Garath McCleary tops Reading’s chart with 7.
  • Tom Cairney has created more chances from open play than any other Championship player (38).
  • The midfielder also has the highest pass success rate in the division (91.%). Teammate Floyd Ayite is second with 90.2%.
  • Garath McCleary has scored more goals in the opening 15 minutes of games than any other player in England’s top four divisions so far this season (5).
  • Sone Aluko takes an average of 3.4 shots per game in the Championship, only the league’s top scorer Dwight Gayle has more attempts per game.

Statistics sourced from the BBC, 11v11, WhoScored and Soccerbase.