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The Specials Podcast
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The Specials Podcast

The Specials Podcast looks at all the best TV and specials betting’Reality’ Rob Dixon and Lee Phelps look at X Factor and Strictly.

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The League Podcast
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The League Podcast

Every week William Hill looks at featured games from the Football League on three podcasts.
Just scroll down the playlist above to find each one every Friday.
Commentator Pete Farries preview the Championship, while Sam Ashoo from www.the72.co.uk lo…

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The Punt Podcast
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The Punt Podcast

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.

Dave Kelner and Lee Phelps are with you every Monday and Friday, with a special guest ahead of the weekend games.

This weekend it’s the Premier League with @Miguel_MCFC, Dave Kelner and Lee Phelps

 

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The Punt Podcast
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The Punt Podcast

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.

Dave Kelner and Lee Phelps are with you every Monday and Friday, with a special guest ahead of the weekend games.

This weekend it’s the Premier League with @Miguel_MCFC, Dave Kelner and Lee Phelps

 

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Premier League Opta Facts: Sept 20 – 21
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Premier League Opta Facts: Sept 20 – 21

Queens Park Rangers v Stoke City

  • QPR have won eight and lost just two of their last 13 home league games against the Potters (D3).
  • Stoke have won their last two league games against the R’s, though; they have not won three in a row against them since 1974.
  • QPR have scored only three goals in their last 11 Premier League games.
  • Only Everton (10) have conceded more goals than QPR (9) this season in the Premier League.
  • Only Burnley have scored as few goals as QPR (1) this season.
  • Stoke are unbeaten in their last four Premier League away games; they have not gone five in a row without defeat since a run of six in April 2010.
  • Peter Crouch has now gone 10 Premier League appearances without scoring.
  • Charlie Austin has scored 11 goals in his last 13 appearances at Loftus Road (inc. playoffs)
  • Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has made only three saves in four appearances this season.
  • Stoke have lost their last five Premier League games in London, failing to score in the last four of those games.

Aston Villa v Arsenal

  • Darren Bent has scored eight goals in his last 11 appearances against the Gunners in all competitions including five in his last five.
  • Danny Welbeck has scored three goals in his last two Premier League starts against Aston Villa.
  • Both Arsenal (W1 D3) and Aston Villa (W3 D1) remain unbeaten after four Premier League matchdays in 2014-15.
  • Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 15 Premier League visits to Villa Park, winning eight and drawing seven.
  • Villa have had only six shots on target this season – a league low – but have gained 10 points (W3 D1).
  • Arsenal have conceded 15 shots on target in their four PL games so far this season, five more than Villa (10).
  • Arsenal have played a higher proportion of their passes in the final third (37%) than any other side.
  • Aston Villa have kept more clean sheets than any other Premier League side this season (3), while Arsenal are one of only three teams yet to record one.
  • Arsenal have conceded a headed goal in each of their four Premier League games this season.
  • Danny Welbeck has scored three times in the Premier League against Aston Villa, only against Everton and Swansea has he scored as often.

Burnley v Sunderland

  • Burnley have won just one of the last 12 matches in all competitions against Sunderland (W1 D5 L6).
  • Steven Fletcher represented Burnley on the last occasion these sides met (2009/10); he remains Burnley’s leading Premier League scorer (8 goals).
  • No team has scored fewer goals than Burnley so far (1) in the Premier League this season.
  • The Clarets have drawn their last two games 0-0. The last team to draw three games 0-0 in a row were their rivals Blackburn in December 2009.
  • Three of Sunderland’s four PL games this season have been 1-1 at half-time.
  • After his flurry of five goals in three games to help Sunderland stay up last season, Connor Wickham has now gone seven Premier League games without one.
  • Sunderland are yet to win (three points from four games) in 2014-15 – last season they took only one point from their opening eight PL games.
  • Sunderland are one of three teams yet to keep a clean sheet this season (along with Arsenal and West Ham).
  • Jack Rodwell is the only Premier League player to have been subbed off in all four games this season.
  • Sunderland have lost only one of their last five Premier League away games (W2 D2 L1).

Newcastle United v Hull City

  • None of the last six competitive meetings between Hull and Newcastle have ended as a home win (four away wins and two draws).
  • Indeed, the Tigers have won on four of their last five trips to St James’ Park in all competitions (L1).
  • Newcastle have scored only 17 goals in the Premier League in 2014, fewer than any other ever-present side this year.
  • Hull are just one of five teams to score in all four of their games this season (along with Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton & Swansea).
  • Newcastle have lost eight of their last 12 Premier League games at St James Park (W3 D1).
  • Hull have scored at least once in eight of their last nine Premier League away games.
  • Hull have made more clearances than any other side in the PL this season (186).
  • Alan Pardew now has the same Premier League win percentage at Newcastle (36%) as he did at West Ham.
  • Steven Taylor is the only player to feature in the Premier League this season and not make a single pass.
  • No Newcastle player has been caught offside yet this season in the Premier League, despite playing four games.

Swansea City v Southampton

  • Swansea City have gone 287 minutes of football without a goal against Southampton.
  • Saints did the double over Swansea last season and are unbeaten in five overall against them (W2 D3).
  • There have been just five goals scored in the four Barclays Premier League meetings between Southampton and Swansea City.
  • Swansea’s average possession figure of 49% is lower than Stoke’s (51%) this season.
  • Swansea are one of only two teams to have won both of their home games in the Premier League this season (alongside Chelsea).
  • Southampton are looking to win three games in a row for only the third time since returning to the Premier League in August 2012.
  • Graziano Pelle has scored three goals from just six shots on target in the Premier League for Southampton.
  • Nathan Dyer has scored with all three of his shots on target for Swansea this season.
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson has assisted four goals in four appearances this season.
  • Swansea have used 16 players this season, fewer than any other side.

West Ham United v Liverpool

  • There have been four own goals scored in the last seven Premier League meetings between Liverpool and West Ham.
  • Steven Gerrard has scored seven Barclays Premier League goals against West Ham and six of them have been netted at the Boleyn Ground.
  • Liverpool have won eight and lost just one of the last 11 Premier League meetings with the Hammers (D2).
  • There have been five goals in the five minutes leading up to half time of the last five Premier League matches between Liverpool and West Ham.
  • West Ham’s starting XI versus Hull City in their last match had an average age of 26y 355d – their youngest in the Premier League since May 2011.
  • Since the start of last season, the only English player to create more goalscoring chances in the Premier League than Stewart Downing (75) is Steven Gerrard (78).
  • If Liverpool score in this game they will set a new club top-flight record of scoring in 17 consecutive away games.
  • Liverpool have scored 33 goals in their last 11 Premier League away games.
  • Mario Balotelli has scored just one goal in his last 18 Premier League appearances.
  • West Ham have scored four goals from outside the box this season, matching their total from 2013-14.

Leicester City v Manchester United

  • The Foxes have netted just one goal in their last eight Premier League matches against Manchester United.
  • Wayne Rooney has scored in both of his Barclays Premier League appearances against Leicester City.
  • The Red Devils have won the last nine successive Premier League games against Leicester City.
  • Angel Di Maria has scored the only direct free-kick goal in the Premier League this season.
  • Wayne Rooney’s 175 Premier League goals came in 378 games, compared to 258 for Thierry Henry, who also scored 175.
  • Juan Mata has eight goals and four assists in 19 Premier League games for Manchester United.
  • United have gone four Premier League away games without a win (D3 L1); they last went five without a victory in September 2001.
  • Manchester United have used a league-high 26 players already this season, at least three more than any other club.
  • Manchester United have won only four of their last 17 Premier League games on a Sunday (D7 L6).
  • Before this run, United were unbeaten in 22 Premier League games on a Sunday (W18 D4).

Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion

  • Christian Eriksen scored in both Barclays Premier League games against West Brom last season.
  • West Brom are without a win in nine Barclays Premier League meetings with Spurs (D5 L4).
  • Tottenham have conceded almost as many handballs (6) as they have scored goals (7) in the Premier League this season.
  • Tottenham have given away two of the five penalties awarded in the Premier League this season.
  • Craig Gardner has been booked in four of his last five Premier League appearances, including in each of his last three.
  • Saido Berahino remains the only West Brom player to score in the Premier League this season (2).
  • Last season, Tottenham played a Premier League record 22 games on a Sunday.
  • WBA have made four errors leading to goal this season, equalling their total from last season.
  • The Baggies have won none of their last 13 Premier League games on a Sunday (D6 L7), last tasting victory when Roy Hodgson guided them to a win against Liverpool in April 2012.
  • Etienne Capoue has made the most successful passes in the Premier League this season (342).

Manchester City v Chelsea

  • Manchester City have only failed to score in two of their last 71 home league games; against Stoke last time out and against Chelsea last season.
  • Chelsea have won away from home at Manchester City more often than any other team in Barclays Premier League history (11 times).
  • The Londoners took 16 from a maximum 18 possible points in head to head matches with the other teams in the top four last season (W5 D1), including two wins over Man City.
  • Yaya Toure has not scored or assisted a single Premier League goal in his three appearances so far this season. The last time that he failed to score or assist a goal in four successive PL apps was back in between Nov-Dec 2012.
  • Joe Hart should make his 200th Premier League appearance for Man City in this game.
  • Diego Costa has scored seven goals in the first four games of the season; the PL record five games into the campaign is nine by Wayne Rooney in 2011-12.
  • City’s Sergio Aguero scored eight goals in his first five games for the club in 2011-12.
  • Sergio Aguero has scored 10 goals in his last 12 Premier League appearances at the Etihad Stadium. He has also assisted four more goals in this period.
  • Cesc Fabregas will be looking to assist a goal for a seventh Premier League game in a row.
  • Chelsea have won all of their games by a two goal margin this season, only three sides have won by 2+ goals in their opening five games (Newcastle 94-95, Arsenal 04-05 & Chelsea 10-11 – none of them went onto win the title).
  • Eden Hazard has created the most chances (14) without recording a single assist in the Premier League this season.

Everton v Crystal Palace

  • Everton have lost three of their five previous Barclays Premier League home meetings with Crystal Palace, winning the other two.
  • Jason Puncheon has played twice at Goodison Park in the Premier League and scored on both occasions.
  • Everton are the second top scorers with nine goals, but they have conceded the most (10).
  • Leighton Baines has assisted two goals this season; he only assisted four in the whole of 2013-14.
  • Everton have delivered fewer crosses than any other team in the Premier League this season (47).
  • After winning seven home games in a row between December and April, Everton have won only one of five (L3 D1), a run that started with a 3-2 reversal to Crystal Palace.
  • Palace have scored a total of 13 goals in their last six Premier League away games, after bagging only six in their previous 15 on the road.
  • Everton have only played London teams at home so far this season (2-2 vs Arsenal, 3-6 vs Chelsea).
  • Everton have won their last four Premier League games on a Sunday, keeping a clean sheet in the last three.
  • Palace took just two points (L4 D2) from six games played on a Sunday last season.

 

 

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The FWA Podcast
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The FWA Podcast

The FWA Podcast features the best football writers in Britain discussing the biggest stories every week
This week it’s Martin Lipton talking Champions League, the FA foreign player rule and the Premier League

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European Football Podcast – Episode 18: 18th September
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European Football Podcast – Episode 18: 18th September

Alex Dunn and Ray Drewett look ahead to the best games across Europe on this edition of the William Hill European Football Podcast.
The boys offer their thought on Serie A, the Bundesliga, the Eredivisie and Ligue 1.
Alex Dunn – @alexdunn0307
Ray…

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League Two Opta Facts 16 September
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League Two Opta Facts 16 September

AFC Wimbledon v Burton Albion

AFC Wimbledon have won two and drawn one of their three previous home meetings with the Brewers.
Indeed in six Football League clashes between the sides, there has never been an away win (four home wins, two 1-1 draws).
N…

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League Two Opta Facts 16 September
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League Two Opta Facts 16 September

AFC Wimbledon v Burton Albion

AFC Wimbledon have won two and drawn one of their three previous home meetings with the Brewers.
Indeed in six Football League clashes between the sides, there has never been an away win (four home wins, two 1-1 draws).
N…

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League Two Opta Facts 16 September
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League Two Opta Facts 16 September

AFC Wimbledon v Burton Albion

AFC Wimbledon have won two and drawn one of their three previous home meetings with the Brewers.
Indeed in six Football League clashes between the sides, there has never been an away win (four home wins, two 1-1 draws).
N…

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League One Opta Facts 16-17 September
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League One Opta Facts 16-17 September

Colchester V Sheff Utd

Colchester have failed to win any of their last eight league encounters with Sheffield United, losing three and drawing five.
The Blades have scored in each of their last 13 matches against Colchester in league competition.
Shef…

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League One Opta Facts 16-17 September
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League One Opta Facts 16-17 September

Colchester V Sheff Utd

Colchester have failed to win any of their last eight league encounters with Sheffield United, losing three and drawing five.
The Blades have scored in each of their last 13 matches against Colchester in league competition.
Shef…

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League One Opta Facts 16-17 September
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League One Opta Facts 16-17 September

Colchester V Sheff Utd

Colchester have failed to win any of their last eight league encounters with Sheffield United, losing three and drawing five.
The Blades have scored in each of their last 13 matches against Colchester in league competition.
Shef…

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Championship Opta Facts 16-17 September
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Championship Opta Facts 16-17 September

Birmingham v Sheffield Wednesday

The home side won both fixtures between these sides last season by a scoreline of 4-1.
The Owls have only lost one of their last five against Blues, winning twice and drawing twice.
The Blues have been ahead in four Ch…

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Championship Opta Facts 16-17 September
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Championship Opta Facts 16-17 September

Birmingham v Sheffield Wednesday

The home side won both fixtures between these sides last season by a scoreline of 4-1.
The Owls have only lost one of their last five against Blues, winning twice and drawing twice.
The Blues have been ahead in four Ch…

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Champions League Opta Facts – 16-17 September
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Champions League Opta Facts – 16-17 September

Olympiakos – Atletico Madrid

o Atletico Madrid and Olympiakos met in the quarter-finals of the 1992/93 Cup Winners Cup. The Spanish side drew 1-1 in Greece and won the return leg 3-1 in Madrid.
o Olympiakos have lost five and won none of their last six matches against Spanish teams in European competitions (D1), failing to score in four of the last five.
o Olympiakos are making their 16th appearance in the Champions League, more than any other Greek side. Their best performance came in 1998/99 when they reached the quarter finals.
o Only one of Olympiakos’ last 23 Champions League games has ended in a draw (W11 L11).
o Olympiakos have only failed to score once in their last nine Champions League games (away against Manchester United last season).
o Olympiakos have won seven of their last nine Champions League games at home (L2).
o Atletico Madrid are taking part in their fifth Champions League campaign. Their best performance was reaching the final last season before eventually being beaten by local rivals, Real Madrid.
o Atletico Madrid remained unbeaten in the Champions League last season until the final, when they eventually lost 4-1 after extra-time against Real Madrid (W9 D3 L1).
o They also failed to score in only one of their 13 CL games last season: against Chelsea in the semi-final first leg (0-0).
o Atletico Madrid have only lost six of their 35 games in the Champions League (W16 D13).
o Kostas Mitroglou has scored eight goals in his last 12 Champions League games and was one of only eight players to score a CL hat-trick in 2013-14.

Juventus – Malmö

o This is the first competitive meeting between Juventus and Malmö.
o Juventus’ only previous encounter with a Swedish club was against Djurgaardens in the 2004/05 Champions League qualifiers. The Torino side drew 2-2 at home and won the return leg 4-1 in Sweden.
o Malmö have won none of their four European away games against Italian sides (D2 L2).
o Juventus are making their 15th appearance in the Champions League. Only AC Milan have made more appearances among Italian sides (17).
o Juventus have won the European Cup/Champions League on two occasions (1985 and 1996). Only Benfica and Bayern Munich have lost as many finals as the Old Lady (5).
o Juventus have picked up the most red cards in the Champions League: 20 (since 1992/93).
o Juventus have only won one of their last eight Champions League games (D3 L4); this coming against Copenhagen last season. They have not kept a clean sheet in those eight games.
o Malmö’s best performance in the Champions League/European Cup was reaching the final in 1979 where they were beaten 1-0 by Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest.
o Malmö are taking part in the Champions League for the first time in their history since the new format was set up in 1992/93. They are the fourth Swedish side to play in the competition and the first since Helsingborgs in 2000/01.
o Malmo beat Ventspils, Sparta Prague and Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League qualifiers to reach this season’s group stages.
o Swedish clubs have only won four of their last 27 Champions League games (L17 D6).
o Carlos Tevez has failed to score in his last 944 minutes in the Champions League, his longest drought in the competition. His last CL goal was for Manchester United v FC Porto in April 2009.
o Massimiliano Allegri’s best performance as manager in the Champions League was a quarter final with AC Milan in 2011/12 before being knocked out by Barcelona. He’s recorded as many wins (10) as defeats (10), plus 12 draws.

Liverpool – Ludogorets Razgrad

o This is the first competitive meeting between Liverpool and Ludogorets.
o Liverpool have won six of their eight encounters with Bulgarian sides but lost the last one; a 0-1 defeat at home against CSKA Sofia in the 2005/06 Champions League qualifiers. That’s the last time a Bulgarian side won an away game against an English side in European competition.
o Ludogorets have only lost two of their last eight away games in European competition (W4 D2), both one-nil defeats (against Valencia and Steaua Bucharest).
o Liverpool are taking part in the Champions League for the ninth time. Their last appearance in the competition was in 2009/10.
o Liverpool have won the European Cup/Champions League on five occasions: 1977, 1978, 1981, 1984 and 2005. Only Real Madrid (10) and AC Milan (7) have been more successful.
o In their last group stage appearance (2009/10), Liverpool never scored more than one goal in a game (five goals in six matches).
o Liverpool have only won two of their last eight Champions League games (L4 D2), both were against Hungarian side Debrecen (2009/10).
o Ludogorets are one of two clubs to make their first Champions League appearance this season (since 1992/93), alongside Malmö.
o The only previous Bulgarian side to take part in the Champions League were Levski Sofia in 2006/07. They lost all six of their games, scoring one goal and conceding 17.
o Ludogorets beat Dudelange, Partizan Belgrade and Steaua Bucarest in the qualifiers to reach this season’s group stages.
o Ludogorets won all three of their away games in last season’s Europa League group stages (against Chornomorets Odesa, Dinamo Zagreb and PSV Eindhoven).
o Penalties excluded, Mario Balotelli has only scored four goals in 29 Champions League games.

Real Madrid – Basel

o Real Madrid and Basel’s only previous encounter was in the first round of the 1971/72 UEFA Cup. The Spanish side won both games by a 2-1 scoreline.
o Real Madrid have won all 10 of their home games in European competition against Swiss sides, scoring 34 goals and conceding only two.
o Real Madrid have won the European Cup/Champions League on 10 occasions, a record.
o Real Madrid are playing in the Champions League for the 18th consecutive season, the longest current run. They have always made it out of the Champions League group stages.
o Real Madrid have made it at least to the semi-finals in each of the last four Champions League campaigns.
o Real Madrid have won more games than any other club in the history of the Champions League (116, since 1992/93).
o Real Madrid have won 12 of their last 14 Champions League games (D1 L1).
o Since taking over at Real Madrid last season, Carlo Ancelotti has seen his side score at least three goals in eight of their 13 Champions League games. The only team to stop them from scoring – and to beat them – were Borussia Dortmund.
o Real Madrid have scored in their last 32 Champions League games in the group stages, the last team to keep a clean sheet against the Merengues being Juventus in November 2008 (0-2).
o Basel are taking part in their sixth Champions League campaign, more than any other Swiss side. They’ve only made it out of the group stages once, in 2011/12 when they were eventually knocked out by Bayern Munich in the last 16.
o Basel have won only four of their 19 Champions League games away from home (D6 L9).
o Basel have conceded 44 goals in 19 Champions League away games and only kept one clean sheet (v Spartak Moscow, November 2002).
o Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 38 goals in his last 30 Champions League games.

Monaco – Bayer Leverkusen

o Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen’s only previous encounter was in the group stages of the 1997/98 Champions League. The French side won 4-0 at home and drew 2-2 in Germany.
o Borussia Mönchengladbach are the only German side to beat Monaco at their Stade Louis II, it was in the 1996/97 UEFA Cup (1-0).
o Bayer Leverkusen have won only one of their six away games against French sides in European competition, it was versus Lyon in the 2001/02 Champions League group stages.
o Monaco are making their 6th appearance in the Champions League, their last one coming 10 years ago in 2004/05.
o Monaco were beaten finalists in 2004 against José Mourinho’s Porto, their best performance to date in the competition.
o Monaco have won 16 of their 21 Champions League games at home (76%). It’s the joint-best ratio for clubs with minimum 10 home games in the competition alongside Real Madrid (74 wins out of 98 games at the Bernabeu).
o Bayer Leverkusen are taking part in their ninth Champions League campaign. Their best performance dates back to 2002 when they reached the final only to be defeated by Real Madrid.
o Bayer Leverkusen have only scored two goals in their last five Champions League games.
o Bayer Leverkusen won 7-2 on aggregate against FC Copenhagen in the Champions League play-offs to qualify for this season’s group stages.
o Dimitar Berbatov has only scored one goal in his last 23 Champions League appearances. He’s netted more goals with Bayer Leverkusen (7) than with any other club in the competition (5 with Manchester Utd).
o Leonardo Jardim has taken charge of six Champions League games as manager (with Olympiakos in 2012/13). None of them have ended in draws (W3 L3).

Benfica – Zenit St Petersburg

o Benfica and Zenit’s only previous encounter was in the last 16 of the 2011/12 Champions League. The Lisbon side qualified, losing 3-2 in Russia before winning 2-0 in Portugal.
o Zenit have won their last two away games against Portuguese sides, both were last season (v Paços de Ferreira in the Champions League play-offs and Porto in the group stages).
o Benfica have won the European Cup/Champions League on two occasions, in 1961 and 1962. Only Bayern Munich and Juventus have lost as many finals as the Lisbon side (5).
o However, Benfica have never made it any further than the quarter-finals of the Champions League since 1992/93.
o Only Porto (19) have played more Champions League campaigns than Benfica (10) among Portuguese sides.
o Benfica have scored more than two goals only once in their last 24 Champions League games (v Anderlecht last season).
o Zenit are taking part in their 5th Champions League campaign – they have never gone further than the last 16 (2011/12, 2013/14).
o Zenit beat AEL Limassol and Standard Liège in this season’s qualifiers to reach the group stages.
o Zenit have played 28 games in the Champions League but have never managed to win back-to-back.
o Zenit have never scored more than two goals in their last 15 Champions League games.
o Hulk has scored four goals and delivered two assists in eight Champions League games for Zenit St Petersburg since last season.
o André Villas-Boas didn’t win any of his four away games during his only previous managerial experience in the Champions League with Chelsea in 2011/12 (D2 L2).

Galatasaray – Anderlecht

o Anderlecht won 10-2 on aggregate the only previous time they faced Galatasaray. It was in the second round of the 1976/77 Cup Winners Cup. The Belgian side won both games 5-1.
o Galatasaray have never beaten a Belgian side in European competition (2 defeats v Anderlecht in the 1976/77 Cup Winners Cup; 1 draw and 1 defeat v Club Brugge in the 2002/03 Champions League).
o Anderlecht have scored 17 goals in five European home games against Turkish opposition.
o Galatasaray are taking part in their 13th Champions League campaign, the most among Turkish sides. Their best performance dates back to 2000/01 and 2012/13 when they reached the quarter-finals.
o Galatasaray have lost only one of their last eight home games in the Champions League (1-6 v Real Madrid, September 2013).
o Galatasaray have only scored three goals in their last five Champions League games.
o Anderlecht are making their 11th appearance in the Champions League, more than any other Belgian side. That’s the most appearances for a team in the history of the competition without ever reaching the knockout stages.
o In fact, no Belgian side has ever qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League.
o Anderlecht have won only two of their last 31 Champions League games (D7 L22), against Real Betis in December 2005 and Zenit St Petersburg in November 2012, both with a 1-0 scoreline.
o Anderlecht have conceded 22 goals in their last eight Champions League games.
o Wesley Sneijder has scored three goals and delivered two assist in his last five Champions League appearances at Galatasaray’s Turk Telekom Arena.
o Cesare Prandelli took charge of 14 Champions League games as Fiorentina manager in 2008/09 and 2009/10 (W7 D3 L4), topping his group in the latter campaign ahead of Lyon and Liverpool.

Borussia Dortmund – Arsenal

o Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal have been drawn in the same Champions League group for the fourth time in total. It’s the third time in the last four seasons.
o The Champions League record between Dortmund and Arsenal at the Westfalenstadion is balanced: one win each, one draw and three goals each.
o Borussia Dortmund have never kept a clean sheet against Arsenal (6 games).
o The Gunners are unbeaten in their last six away games in Germany (W3 D3), including one win and one draw in the Westfalenstadion.
o Borussia Dortmund are making their 10th appearance in the Champions League, only Bayern Munich have more among German clubs (18). They won their one and only title in 1997.
o Borussia Dortmund have won nine of their last 11 Champions League games at home, losing twice (v Arsenal & Zenit St Petersburg).
o Arsenal are playing in the Champions League for the 17th consecutive season, only Real Madrid (18) can boast a longer current streak.
o Arsenal won 1-0 on aggregate against Besiktas in the Champions League play-offs to qualify for this season’s group stages.
o Arsenal have made it past the group stages in the last 11 seasons but have been knocked out at the last 16 stage in the last four campaigns. Their solitary Champions League final ended in defeat against Barcelona in 2006.
o Arsenal have only kept three clean sheets in their last 28 Champions League games away from home.
o Arsenal have never scored more than two goals in their last 14 Champions League games.
o Arsenal have had a player sent off in four of their last five matches in European competition, qualifiers included.
o Marco Reus has scored four goals and delivered two assists in his last five Champions League games.
o Arsène Wenger has taken charge of 160 games in the Champions League, more than any other current manager. Only Alex Ferguson has more (190).

Roma – CSKA Moscow

o Roma and CSKA Moscow’s only previous competitive encounter was in the 1991/92 Cup Winners Cup. Both games ended in away wins – the Italian side went through thanks to the away goals rule.
o Roma have won five of their six encounters with Russian clubs in European competition, the only exception being their home defeat against CSKA Moscow in the 1991/92 Cup Winners Cup.
o Roma are making their 8th appearance in the Champions League, the previous one coming in 2010/11. Their best performance to date is a quarter-final in 2006/07 and 2007/08 under Luciano Spalletti.
o Roma have never kept a clean sheet in their last eight Champions League games. The last one was against Arsenal in March 2009 (1-0).
o Roma’s last three Champions League games at the Olimpico have produced 14 goals (6 scored, 8 conceded).
o CSKA Moscow are taking part in their 8th Champions League campaign. Their best performance was in 2009/10 when they reached the quarter-finals before being knocked out by Inter Milan, Leonid Slutsky’s first season as CSKA manager.
o CSKA have only won three of their last 16 Champions League games. They have lost their last four.
o CSKA Moscow have conceded 21 goals in their last seven Champions League games.
o CSKA Moscow have won only four of their 24 away games in the Champions League.
o Seydou Doumbia has scored seven goals in nine career Champions League games, all with CSKA.
o Francesco Totti has scored 15 goals in 50 Champions League games, all with Roma.
o Rudi Garcia has only won two of his 12 Champions League games as manager (D3 L7), all with Lille.

Bayern Munich – Manchester City

o Bayern Munich and Manchester City have been drawn in the same Champions League group for the third time in the last four seasons. Their head-to-head record is perfectly balanced with two wins each.
o Bayern Munich have won only one of their last five Champions League games against English clubs at the Allianz Arena (D2 L2). It was against Manchester Utd in last season’s quarter finals.
o Manchester City’s win at the Allianz Arena last season was only the third time an English side beat Bayern Munich on their own ground in European competition, after Norwich City (1993/94 UEFA Cup) and Arsenal (2012/13 Champions League).
o Bayern Munich have reached the Champions League final three times in the last five seasons.
o Bayern Munich have won five European Cup/Champions League titles. Only Real Madrid (10) and AC Milan (7) have been more successful.
o This is the 17th time in the last 18 seasons that Bayern Munich will play in the Champions League, the only exception being in 2007/08.
o Bayern Munich have lost three of their last seven Champions League games, which is as many defeats as in their previous 24 games in the competition.
o Manchester City are taking part in their fourth Champions League campaign. They have never made it past the last 16.
o Manchester City have conceded exactly two goals in each of their last five Champions League games.
o None of Manchester City’s 20 Champions League games has ended goalless. They have only kept three clean sheets in these 20 games.
o Manchester City’s games were the most prolific in last season’s Champions League group stages: they produced 28 goals (18 scored, 10 conceded).
o Thomas Muller has scored in his last two Champions League games against Manchester City.
o Robert Lewandowski has scored 16 goals in 22 games in the last two Champions League seasons. Only Cristiano Ronaldo has netted more over that period (29).

Barcelona – APOEL Nicosia

o Barcelona are unbeaten against Cypriot sides in European competition, winning twice at home and drawing their two away games. They have scored 11 goals and conceded only one.
o APOEL have played a Spanish team 12 times in European competition and have never won (D5 L7). However, their first ever Champions League group stage game ended in a goalless draw away against Atletico Madrid (September 2009).
o Anorthosis Famagusta are the only Cypriot side to beat Spanish opposition. It was in the 1994/95 UEFA Cup (2-0 at home). However, no team from the Mediterranean island has ever won in Spain.
o Barcelona have reached the semi-finals of the Champions League in six of the last seven campaigns. The only exception was last season, when they were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Atletico Madrid.
o Barcelona have only kept one clean sheet in their last eight Champions League (away against Manchester City last season).
o Lionel Messi has netted 67 goals in the Champions League, only Raul (71) has more goals to his name in the competition.
o APOEL are making their 3rd appearance in the Champions League, more than any other Cypriot club. Their best performance to date is a quarter-final in 2011/12 when they were knocked out by Real Madrid.
o APOEL beat HJK Helsinki and Aalborg in the qualifiers to reach this season’s group stages.
o In 12 Champions League group stage games, APOEL have never scored or conceded more than two goals.
o APOEL have never scored more than two goals in their 16 Champions League games. They’ve only kept three clean sheets in those 16 games.
o Xavi (141) is one game short of joining Raul as the player with the most appearances in the history of the Champions League (142).
o Lionel Messi (67) is four goals short of joining Raul as the player with the most goals in the history of the Champions League (71). He has scored 37 goals in 39 Champions League games at Camp Nou.

Ajax – Paris SG

o This is the first competitive meeting between Ajax and Paris SG.
o Ajax have won only one of their last seven games against French sides, in European competition (D3 L3). It was a home game against Auxerre in the 2010/11 Champions League group stages.
o Auxerre are also the last French team to win an away game against Ajax, it was in the Champions League back in November 1996.
o Paris SG’s only previous game against Dutch opposition was in December 2008 when they beat FC Twente 4-0 at the Parc des Princes in the UEFA Cup.
o Ajax are making their 13th appearance in the Champions League (since 1992/93), the joint-most for a Dutch side alongside PSV Eindhoven.
o Ajax have won the European Cup/Champions League four times (1971, 1972, 1973, 1995), more than any other Dutch side.
o Ajax have only kept two clean sheets in their last 13 Champions League games, conceding 27 goals in the process.
o Ajax have won only three of their last 14 Champions League games (4 draws, 7 defeats).
o Paris SG have won 53.7% of their Champions League games (29 out of 54), the best ratio by a French team in the competition.
o Paris SG have only failed to score once in their last 18 Champions League games (v Chelsea last season).
o Zlatan Ibrahimovic has netted 41 goals in the Champions League, only Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo (67) and Didier Drogba (42) have been more prolific among players in this season’s competition.
o Ibrahimovic’s first game and goal in the Champions League was with Ajax in the Amsterdam Arena (September 2002 v Lyon).
o Laurent Blanc has won 65.4% of games in the Champions League as manager (17 out of 26). Only Jupp Heynckes (67.6%) has a better ratio among managers with at least two seasons in the competition.

Chelsea – Schalke

o Chelsea are unbeaten against Schalke. They’ve met four times in the Champions League, with the Blues winning three games and the other encounter ending in a goalless draw. They met in last season’s group stages, with Chelsea winning both games 3-0.
o Schalke have never scored in their four games against Chelsea. They’ve conceded eight goals in the process.
o Schalke’s only away win against an English side was against Arsenal in the 2012/13 Champions League group stages. They’ve drawn one and lost five of their others trips to England in European competition.
o This is Chelsea’s 12th consecutive participation in the Champions League. They’ve reached the semi-final seven times, including the final twice, winning it for the first time in their history in 2012.
o Chelsea were the winners the last time the Champions League final took place in Germany (2012 v Bayern Munich, in Munich).
o Chelsea have kept seven clean sheets in their last 11 Champions League games.
o Schalke are playing in the Champions League for the seventh time in their history. Their best ever performance in the competition is reaching the semi-finals in 2010/11.
o Schalke have won one of their last six Champions League games (D1 L4).
o José Mourinho is one of five managers to have won the European Cup/Champions League with two different clubs, alongside Ernst Happel, Ottmar Hitzfeld, Jupp Heynckes and Carlo Ancelotti.
o Since winning the Champions League with Inter Milan in 2010, Mourinho has been knocked out in the semi-finals in each of the last four seasons (three times with Real Madrid, once with Chelsea).
o Diego Costa has scored eight goals in nine career Champions League games.
o Didier Drogba is the top scoring African player in the history of the Champions League (42 goals). He’s also Chelsea’s top scorer in the competition (34 goals).

Maribor – Sporting Lisbon

o This is the first competitive meeting between Maribor and Sporting Lisbon.
o Maribor’s only previous encounter with a Portuguese side was in the 2011/12 group stages of the Europa League when they faced Sporting Braga. The Slovenians drew 1-1 at home and lost 1-5 away.
o No Slovenian side has ever beaten Portuguese opposition in European competition (D2 L4).
o Maribor are the only Slovenian side to reach the group stages of the Champions League.
o This is Maribor’s second Champions League appearance, 15 years after their first (1999/00). They failed to make it past the first group stages, winning only one of their six games (v Dinamo Kiev).
o Maribor beat Zrinjski Mostar, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Celtic in the qualifiers to reach this season’s group stages.
o Maribor lost all three of their home games during their only previous Champions League appearance, scoring one goal and conceding eight.
o Maribor have only scored two goals in their six Champions League games, both were against Dinamo Kiev.
o Sporting are making their 6th appearance in the Champions League group stages. They hadn’t featured in the competition since 2008/09 when they were eventually knocked out in the last 16 against Bayern Munich (1-12 on aggregate).
o Sporting have kept a clean sheet in five of their last seven Champions League games in the group stages. Both exceptions were against Barcelona.
o However, they have conceded 17 goals in their last four Champions League games (12 v Bayern Munich, 5 v Barcelona).
o Sporting have won only three of their 16 away games in the Champions League, it was in Ukraine (Dinamo Kiev & Shakhtar Donetsk) and Switzerland (Basel).

Porto – BATE Borisov

o This is the first competitive meeting between Porto and BATE Borisov. It’s also the first encounter between a Portuguese and Belarusian side in the Champions League.
o Teams from Belarus have won their last four games in European competition against Portuguese sides, qualifiers included.
o Benfica are the last Portuguese side to beat a team from Belarus, it was against BATE in the 2009/10 Europa League group stages.
o Porto have qualified for their 19th Champions League campaign (since 1992/93), the joint-highest tally with Barcelona, Manchester Utd and Real Madrid.
o Porto won 3-0 on aggregate against Lille in the Champions League play-offs to qualify for this season’s group stages.
o Porto have won the European Cup/Champions League on two occasions: 1987 & 2004.
o Porto have never scored more than one goal in their last nine Champions League games.
o Porto have lost more games in the Champions League than any other team (50).
o This is BATE Borisov’s 4th Champions League appearance, their last dating back to 2012/13. They are the only Belarussian club to have featured in the competition.
o BATE beat Skënderbeu, Debrecen and Slovan Bratislava in the qualifiers to reach this season’s group stages.
o BATE have never made it out of the group stages in their three previous Champions League appearances.
o BATE have only won two of their 18 Champions League games (5 draws, 11 defeats), it was against Lille (away) and Bayern Munich (home).
o BATE have also only kept one clean sheet in 18 Champions League games, it was against Juventus in December 2008 (0-0).
o BATE have conceded 15 goals in their last five Champions League away games.

Athletic Club – Shakhtar Donetsk

o This is the first competitive meeting between Athletic Club and Shakhtar Donetsk. It’s also Athletic’s first encounter with a Ukrainian side.
o Shakhtar’s last four away games against Spanish sides in all competitions have produced 17 goals.
o Shakhtar won 6-0 on aggregate against Basque side Real Sociedad in last season’s Champions League group stages (2-0 and 4-0).
o Athletic Club are making their second appearance in the Champions League, 16 years after their first (1998/99). They were knocked out in the group stages.
o Athletic Club won 4-2 on aggregate against Napoli in the Champions League play-offs to qualify for this season’s group stages.
o Athletic Club were unbeaten at home during their only previous Champions League appearance (W1 D2). Those three games only produced three goals.
o Athletic Club never scored more than one goal in their only previous Champions League appearance (5 goals in 6 games). Their only win so far in the competition was against Galatasaray (1-0).
o Shakhtar are making their 10th appearance in the Champions League, only Dynamo Kiev have made more among Ukrainian sides (14).
o Shakhtar have won only three of their last 11 Champions League games.
o Shaktar’s best performance in the Champions League was a quarter-final in 2010/11 – they were subsequently knocked out by Barcelona.
o Shakhtar Donetsk have only played out one goalless draw in 60 Champions League games (against Bayer Leverkusen last season).
o Athletic Club are Ernesto Valverde’s third club in the Champions League as manager after Olympiakos and Valencia. His record reads three wins, one draw and four losses.

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European Football Podcast – Episode 17: 11th September
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European Football Podcast – Episode 17: 11th September

Alex Dunn and Ray Drewett look ahead to the best games across Europe on this edition of the William Hill European Football Podcast.
The boys offer their thought on Serie A, the Bundesliga and La Liga, where Real host Atletico in the Madrid Derby.

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La Liga Primera Opta Stats: Sept 12 – 15
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La Liga Primera Opta Stats: Sept 12 – 15

 

Almeria v Cordoba

  • This will be the first ever top-flight meeting between Almeria and Cordoba.
  • Almeria won their last three home meetings with Cordoba in the Segunda Division.
  • Almeria have only won one of their last six league games at the Juegos del Mediterraneo (D3 L2) with that victory coming against then-bottom placed Real Betis in May.
  • Cordoba won none of their 17 away games in their last top-flight season (D6 L11).
  • Almeria won more Andalusian derbies last season than ever before in a top-flight campaign (four).
  • Cordoba’s last away win in La Liga came against current reigning champions Atletico Madrid back in 1969 (2-1).
  • Cordoba have had fewer shots than any other La Liga side this season (14, including blocked).
  • Fernando Soriano (34) is the oldest player to have scored in the Primera this term.
  • Fede Cartabia scored Cordoba’s first goal of the season last weekend; it was his first La Liga goal in his 27th appearance in the competition.

Barcelona v Athletic

  • Barcelona have won their last 10 home league meetings with Athletic; their best ever run against the Lions at the Camp Nou.
  • Indeed the Basque side have not taken a point at the Camp Nou since 2004, when they drew 1-1 with Ernesto Valverde as manager.
  • Barcelona are the first team to be the sole leader of La Liga after two games since Espanyol in 2008/09.
  • Athletic have not lost consecutive away league games since a run of three in a row in September 2013.
  • Barcelona have not lead La Liga on their own having won their first two games since 1997/98, when Luis Enrique was a member of the playing squad.
  • The two youngest scorers in La Liga this term both play for Barcelona; Munir El Haddadi (1/9/95) and Sandro Ramirez (9/7/95).
  • Since the start of last season, no side has scored more headed goals than Athletic (20).
  • Lionel Messi has scored in his last six meetings with the Lions at the Nou Camp (seven goals).
  • Barcelona are the only La Liga side yet to face a shot on target this term.
  • Markel Susaeta has scored more goals against Barcelona than any other current Athletic player (three).

Celta Vigo v Real Sociedad

  • Celta Vigo are without a win in seven La Liga meetings with Real Sociedad (D4 L3), their last victory coming back in 2006 (1-0).
  • The last three top-flight clashes between these sides at the Balaidos have ended level (0-0 in 2006, 1-1 in 2013 and 2-2 in 2014).
  • Celta have seen a man sent off in each of their last three clashes with the side from Donostia.
  • Celta have won their last three league games at the Balaidos, scoring nine times and conceding just twice.
  • Real Sociedad surrendered top spot in La Liga on the penultimate gameweek of 2002/03 with a defeat at the Balaidos; they also beat Real Madrid 4-2 in the Anoeta that season.
  • Only Luis Enrique’s Barcelona (67) have made more dribbles than Celta Vigo (66) this term.
  • Carlos Vela is the last player to score four times in a La Liga game, doing so in this exact fixture last season.
  • Jagoba Arrasate’s side have attempt 32 shots this season (including blocked); only Real Madrid (33) have fired in more.
  • Real Sociedad have conceded a league-high three first-half goals this term.

Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid

  • Real Madrid have only won one of their last four derbies against Atletico in all competitions (D2 L1), though it was the Champions League final last season (4-1 in Lisbon).
  • The Red-and-Whites have the opportunity to win consecutive away derbies against Real Madrid for the first time in their league history.
  • Carlo Ancelotti has only won one of three meetings with Atletico in the Bernabeu (D1 L1); 3-0 in last season’s Copa del Rey.
  • Diego Simeone has won more games against Real Madrid (3) than any other Atleti manager since promotion to the top-flight in 2002.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in four of his last five meetings with Atletico (seven goals in total).
  • Indeed, the Portuguese forward has scored more goals from the penalty spot against Atleti than against any other side in his career (six in all competitions).
  • Real Madrid have not lost any of their 22 games against Atletico in La Liga when Iker Casillas has started (W16 D6).
  • The Red-and-Whites are unbeaten in seven Madrid derbies in La Liga (W5 D2), their best ever unbeaten run against fellow capital-based sides.
  • 10 of Atleti’s last 13 league goals have been headers, with eight of the last 10 coming from set pieces.
  • James Rodriguez scored his first, and so far only, Real Madrid goal in the first leg of the Supercopa against Atletico Madrid.
  • Atletico Madrid have the second-lowest pass accuracy in La Liga this term (70.6%); Real Madrid have managed the second-highest figure (85.6%).
  • Toni Kroos has assisted a goal in both of his La Liga appearances so far, with both coming from corner kicks.

Malaga v Levante

  • Malaga have won four of their last five league meetings with Levante (L1), with three of those wins coming at La Rosaleda.
  • Los Granotas have lost all five visits to La Rosaleda in the top-flight, failing to score on four of those five visits.
  • Jose Luis Mendilibar has only won one of his nine meetings with Malaga as a La Liga manager (D4 L4), though that did come at La Rosaleda (0-1 with Osasuna in 2011).
  • Levante are the only La Liga team yet to claim a point and the only one yet to score this season.
  • If Levante lose this game, Mendilibar will have started each of the last three seasons with three consecutive league defeats.
  • Only at Barcelona (nine) have Levante played more games and lost them all than they have at Malaga (five) in their top-flight history.
  • Malaga are the first team to see three red cards in the opening two gameweeks since Xerez in 2009.
  • Jesus has conceded five goals in two league games with Levante; the same number as Keylor Navas conceded in his last eight games with the Granotas.
  • Malaga are the only team to have seen two penalties awarded in their games this season (one in favour, one against) but both have been missed (Luis Alberto missed one and Carlos Kameni saved one).

Rayo Vallecano v Elche

  • Rayo have lost three of their previous four La Liga meetings with Elche, scoring only in the game they managed to win (3-0 in Vallecas last season).
  • Rayo Vallecano are without a win in five league games (D2 L3) and are winless in three on home soil (D1 L2).
  • Elche are winless in four league games (D2 L2), though their last triumph did come on the road (1-0 at Malaga in May).
  • Rayo’s joint-biggest home win came against Elche last season (3-0).
  • Elche have only won one of their 43 visits to sides from Madrid in the top-flight (D7 L35) though that win did come against Rayo (1-0 in April 1978).
  • Elche have the lowest shooting accuracy in La Liga this term (20%).
  • Paco Jemez’s side saw six players booked in their match against Deportivo, more than any team in a single game this season.
  • Rayo’s two league goals this season have both been scored by Bueno and assisted by Aquino.
  • Alberto Bueno scored his first La Liga brace against Elche in Vallecas last season.

Valencia v Espanyol

  • Valencia are winless in three league meetings with Espanyol (D2 L1) and are without a clean sheet in eight against them.
  • On home soil however, Valencia are unbeaten in six against the parakeets in La Liga (W5 D1).
  • The side from Barcelona are without a win in 10 league games (D3 L7); their worst run since October 2012 (12).
  • Espanyol have not won any of their last 19 league trips to the Comunidad Valenciana (D5 L14).
  • Valencia have won more games against Espanyol (71) than any other side in their top-flight history.
  • No side has conceded more goals in first 15 minutes after the break this season than Sergio Gonzalez’s team (two).
  • Only Granada (38) have been fouled more often than Valencia (33) this season.
  • Victor Sanchez has assisted both of Espanyol’s goals this term, assisting more than once in a single season for the first time for the Parakeets.
  • Valencia new boy Alvaro Negredo has scored six goals in his last six meetings with Espanyol.

Sevilla v Getafe

  • Sevilla have the chance to win four successive home league games against Getafe for the first time in the Primera.
  • The side from Nervion are unbeaten in nine home league games (W6 D3); they have not gone 10 without defeat since December 2006 (16).
  • Getafe have only won two of their last 14 away league games (D3 L9).
  • The side from Madrid have lost their last four visits to Andalusia without troubling the scorers.
  • Against Almeria, Alvaro Vazquez scored a goal in La Liga for the first time in 18 months.
  • Carlos Bacca’s goal against Espanyol last time out ended his longest goal drought since joining La Liga (seven games without a goal).
  • Cosmin Contra’s last league game as a player at the Sanchez Pizjuan ended in a 1-0 victory for Getafe (2009).
  • Sevilla have conceded a league-high 47 fouls this season, 15 more than Getafe.
  • Mariano Barbosa has conceded more goals (two) than he has made saves (one) this term.

Granada v Villarreal

  • All four top-flight meetings between these sides have been won by the home team.
  • The Yellows have failed to score on both previous visits to Los Carmenes in La Liga.
  • Joaquin Caparros has only won two of his top-flight clashes with Marcelino Garcia Toral in La Liga (D3 L4) with both wins coming during his spell at Athletic.
  • If they win this game, Granada will have registered their best ever start to a top-flight campaign after three games played (seven points).
  • Granada have lost three of their last five home league games (W2), failing to net in all three defeats.
  • Villarreal have the opportunity to win three successive top-flight away games for the first time since 2008, when Manuel Pellegrini was at the helm.
  • Nigerian Success is the youngest player to have registered an assist in La Liga this term.
  • Ikechukwu Uche is the top scoring African player since the start of last season with 15 La Liga goals; Youssef El-Arabi (12) is second on the list.
  • Sergio Asenjo has the best save percentage in La Liga this season (88.9%).

Eibar v Deportivo La Coruna

  • This will be the first ever La Liga meeting between Eibar and Deportivo La Coruna
  • Deportivo failed to win either of their two clashes with Eibar in the Segunda last season, drawing one and losing one.
  • Mikel Arruabarrena scored one of his two braces last season in Eibar’s 2-1 win over Depor in Ipurua.
  • Eibar have won their last three league games in Ipurua by a scoreline of 1-0 (two in the Segunda, one on their debut in the Primera).
  • The Galician side won more away games than any other team in the regular phase of the Segunda Division last season.
  • Eibar are the only La Liga team to have netted more than once from outside the box this season (two).
  • Deportivo have the second-highest shooting accuracy in La Liga (54.5%), behind only fellow Galician side Celta Vigo (65%).
  • Eibar have conceded a league-high 33 shots already this term.
  • German Lux has the lowest save percentage of any La Liga keeper this season; keeping out just one of the five shots on target he has faced (20%).

 

 

 

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Serie A Opta Stats: Sept 13 – 15
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Serie A Opta Stats: Sept 13 – 15

Cagliari – Atalanta

  • There is a perfect balance in the eight previous Serie A meetings between Cagliari and Atalanta: three wins apiece and two draws.
  • These two sides haven’t scored more than two goals in any of their last six Serie A clashes.
  • On the other hand, in three of the last four meetings both teams found the net.
  • Atalanta have won only two of their 21 away games with Cagliari in the top-flight: back in November 1964 and in February 2009.
  • The Nerazzurri have scored more than one goal in their away matches with Cagliari only once (3-3 in February 2005).
  • Last season, Cagliari had not lost any of their first four home matches: two wins, two draws.
  • By contrast, Atalanta lost their first and their last three games on the road last term.
  • Luca Cigarini was the player with the most attempted passes (102) in the last Serie A matchday.
  • Victor Ibarbo has been sent off only once in Serie A, against Atalanta in January.
  • Germán Denis has scored twice in 11 Serie A appearances against Cagliari, both goals coming in an Atalanta jersey.

Empoli – Roma

  • Empoli and Roma have met 18 times in Serie A: the Giallorossi have won 12 games, the Tuscans only three.
  • Only against Inter (13) have Empoli lost more Serie A games than against Roma.
  • On the other hand, Roma are the Empoli’s favourite target in Serie A: the Tuscans found the net 16 times against the Giallorossi in the Italian top-flight.
  • There is a perfect balance in the last three clashes between these two sides: one win each and one draw.
  • Empoli are unbeaten in their last three home games against Roma in Serie A (W2 D1).
  • Roma won their first five games on the road last season but the Giallorossi lost their last two matches away from home.
  • Francesco Tavano played 14 Serie A games and scored two goals for Roma in 2006/07.
  • Marco Borriello collected 12 Serie A appearances and one goal with Empoli in 2002/03.
  • Against Fiorentina, Radja Nainggolan scored a goal and delivered an assist in the same game for the first time in Serie A.
  • Francesco Totti has scored five times against Empoli in Serie A so far: his last goals date back to April 2004 (a brace).

Fiorentina – Genoa

  • Fiorentina are unbeaten in their last nine Serie A games against Genoa with six wins, three draws.
  • These two teams have scored 18 goals in total over their last three Serie A meetings.
  • Since 1992/93, Genoa have won only one of their 18 Serie A clashes with the Viola (2-1, October 2009).
  • Fiorentina have found the net in each of their last 13 matches against Genoa in Serie A (an average of 2.2 goals per game).
  • The Viola are unbeaten in their last 16 home games against the Rossoblu (W10 D6): Genoa’s last win at the Franchi came in March 1977.
  • Fiorentina remained unbeaten in their starting four games at home last season (W2 D2) but they haven’t won any of their last three at the Franchi (D1 L2).
  • Also last season, Fiorentina and Genoa met at MD2: the Viola won 5-2 at the Ferraris.
  • Mario Gomez scored his first Serie A goals in this match last season: the German striker found a brace and delivered an assist.
  • Alberto Aquilani has scored five goals in the last three meetings between these two sides (incl. a hat-trick in January). In fact, Genoa are his favourite target in Serie A.
  • Mauricio Pinilla was the player with the most shots (seven, five on target) in the first matchday of the current season.

Inter – Sassuolo

  • Inter won both of their previous Serie A meetings with Sassuolo: 7-0 on the road, 1-0 at the Meazza.
  • That 7-0 scoreline (September 2013) remains the biggest away win for the Nerazzurri in the Italian top-flight.
  • That result is also the worst defeat for Sassuolo in Serie A.
  • Five different players scored for the Nerazzurri in that game but only one of them is still part of the Inter’ squad (Rodrigo Palacio).
  • Walter Mazzarri’s side won only one of their last five home games in Serie A 2013/14.
  • On the other hand, Sassuolo collected nine points in their last four games on the road last term, scoring eight times in these games.
  • Sassuolo were the only team to conclude the last Serie A season with scorers of the same nationality (Italian).
  • Inter hit the woodwork 20 times last season, a record in Serie A 2013/14. On the other hand, Sassuolo did it only six times, fewer than ony other team.
  • Hernanes has delivered four assists since joining Inter in January: more than any other teammate.
  • Domenico Berardi was the player with the most fouls won (six) in the last Serie A matchday.
  • Nicola Sansone has already scored three times against Inter in Serie A: more than any other Sassuolo player.

Juventus – Udinese

  • Juventus have won their previous five Serie A meetings with Udinese, without conceding goals in the last three.
  • These two sides have drawn only once in their last 18 Serie A clashes (0-0 in December 2011).
  • The last time Juventus and Udinese shared the points in Turin was in March 1990 (1-1) – since then the Old Lady have won 16 games, losing four.
  • Juventus won all of their home games last season – a record among the European top-5 leagues.
  • Udinese have won only one game on the road in 2014 – in February, against Bologna (2-0).
  • Since that game, the Friulani have kept only one clean sheet away from home.
  • Juventus were the side with the most passes in the last Serie A matchday (690) – the Bianconeri bettered that total only once in the last three seasons (including the current one).
  • Max Allegri’s side hit the woodwork three times against Chievo: the previous time the Bianconeri managed as many in the league was in March 2012 (vs Genoa).
  • Fernando Llorente found the net in both of the games he played against Udinese last season.
  • With the brace against Empoli, Antonio Di Natale reached 195 Serie A goals in his career.
  • On the other hand, Di Natale has not found the net in the last nine league games he played against Juventus.

Lazio – Cesena

  • This will be the 19th Serie A match between Lazio and Cesena: the Biancocelesti lead with seven wins and only one loss.
  • Cesena’s only win against Lazio in Serie A was in November 2010 (1-0), since then the Bianconeri have lost the following three games.
  • Lazio are unbeaten on home soil against Cesena in Serie A (W6 D3).
  • In 2014, Lazio have lost only one game at home in the league (W5 D5).
  • Cesena haven’t won an away game in Serie A since December 2011 (1-0 against Palermo).
  • The Biancocelesti have never repeated the same result for two games in a row in their last eight Serie A matches.
  • Lazio conceded three goals in their opening game of this Serie A – the last time they had let in as many goals in the first game of the season was back in 2002/03.
  • Prior to the win vs Parma, Cesena went through a streak of 21 consecutive Serie A games without a win (since January 2012).
  • Lazio were the team with the most shots (16, excl. blocks) in the last Serie A matchday.
  • Antonio Candreva has scored eight league goals (four penalties) in 2014: a record amongst Lazio players.
  • Franco Brienza has found two goals in Serie A against Lazio: the second of which came in 2005 (for Palermo).

Napoli – Chievo

  • Napoli and Chievo have met 12 times in Serie A: the Azzurri lead with six wins and five losses.
  • These two sides have shared the points only once, in the most recent clash (January 2014).
  • Napoli have won four of their six home games against Chievo in Serie A, losing only once.
  • The Azzurri went unbeaten in their first six games at the San Paolo last campaign (W5 D1).
  • Rafa Benitez’s side are also on a streak of four consecutive wins at home in Serie A.
  • In Serie A 2013/14, only once did Chievo score more than once on the road – against Livorno (4-2).
  • The last league game drawn by Chievo came in January 2014 (18 games ago), against Napoli at the San Paolo.
  • The Veneti faced the most shots (21, incl. blocks) in the last Serie A matchday.
  • Marek Hamsik has scored three goals in his last four appearances against Chievo in the league.
  • David Lopez made the most passes (1322) among Espanyol players in La Liga last season.
  • Gonzalo Higuaín scored his first Serie A goal versus Chievo on his second Serie A appearance (31st of August 2013).
  • Alberto Paloschi bagged a brace in that same game – those are still the only goals he’s scored in six league appearances against Napoli.

Parma – Milan

  • Parma won both of their clashes with AC Milan last season – prior to these games the Emiliani had collected only one point in six league matches against the Rossoneri.
  • Since 2003/04, Parma won only three times (out of 20) against AC Milan in Serie A.
  • Both teams have found the net in their last four meetings in the league.
  • AC Milan have won nine times at the Tardini in Serie A, losing eight and drawing six.
  • The Rossoneri collected only three points in their first six games on the road last season.
  • AC Milan lost their last two away games in Serie A 2013/14: against Roma and Atalanta.
  • Antonio Cassano scored three goals in the two games against AC Milan last term: one in the first game, two in the reverse fixture.
  • Stephan El Shaarawy made the assist for Honda against Lazio: prior to that, he had not been involved in an AC Milan goal in Serie A since March 2013 (17 appearances).
  • AC Milan found the net with each of their first three shots on target in the game vs Lazio.
  • Diego Lopez saved the first penalty in Serie A for AC Milan since Amelia did so against Udinese back in May 2011.
  • If Giacomo Bonaventura will take part in this game, he will celebrate the first appearance for AC Milan and his 100th in Serie A.
  • Fernando Torres scored 65 Premier League goals at Liverpool while he only netted 20 during his spell at Chelsea.

Sampdoria – Torino

  • Sampdoria haven’t lost any of their last seven meetings with Torino in Serie A (W3 D4).
  • Torino have never scored more than two goals in their last 25 Serie A clashes with Sampdoria.
  • There have been four wins for Sampdoria and four draws in the last eight Serie A games played at the Ferraris.
  • Neither of these sides have scored more than twice in each of their last 11 meetings at the Ferraris.
  • Sampdoria collected only one point in their first four home games last term – a draw against Torino (2-2).
  • Toro went unbeaten in their last four games on the road of the Serie A 2013/14 (W2 D2).
  • Torino have drawn their last three Serie A games – the last time they had recorded a longer run was back in February 2009 (five).
  • Torino last won the first away game of a new Serie A campaign in August 1993 (Piacenza-Torino 0-3).
  • Amauri has scored six Serie A goals against Sampdoria so far – but only two in his last 10 league appearances.
  • Fabio Quagliarella played for Sampdoria back in 2006/07 (35 apps, 13 goals): he has already found the net five times against his former team in Serie A.
  • Giampiero Ventura was the head coach at Sampdoria in 1999/2000 (Serie B): he has faced his former team nine times in Serie A so far (W2 D5 L2).

Verona – Palermo

  • These two sides have met only six times in Serie A (two wins for Verona, one for Palermo): their last clash dates back to March 1973.
  • Verona and Palermo have both found the net only once in their six meetings in the Italian top-flight: 1-1 in the most recent one.
  • The six Serie A games between Verona and Palermo have seen only seven goals scored.
  • The Veneti are unbeaten at home against Palermo in Serie A (W2 D1).
  • The Rosanero haven’t lost any of their last seven Serie B matches with Verona: five wins, two draws.
  • Verona won all of their first six games on the home soil last season.
  • Palermo managed only one away win in their last Serie A campaign (2012/13) on Matchday 31.
  • Luca Toni scored 20 goals over the last campaign: as many as he made in 2004/05 for Palermo. He has managed more in a single Serie A term only once, with Fiorentina in 2005/06 (31).
  • Toni has scored only one goal in seven games against Palermo in the top flight.
  • Bosko Jankovic played 27 Serie A games with Palermo from 2007 to 2008: he scored two goals in the league with the Rosanero.

 

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Ligue 1 Opta Stats: Sept 12 – 14
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Ligue 1 Opta Stats: Sept 12 – 14

Lyon – Monaco

  • Lyon have lost four of their last seven home league games, as many as in their previous 29.
  • Monaco have only lost three of their last 15 away games in the top-flight (W10, D2).
  • Monaco have scored in their last 11 league games; a best current run alongside Bordeaux.
  • Monaco have scored one goal in each of their four league games this season.
  • All four of Lyon’s Ligue 1 goals this season have been scored from 64′.
  • Only PSG have scored as many goals as Monaco away from home in Ligue 1 in 2014 (19).
  • Hubert Fournier has only won twice in his last 17 Ligue 1 games as a manager (D5, L10).
  • Monaco have won 50% of their Ligue 1 games with Falcao since 2013/14; 63.6% without him.

Rennes – Paris SG

  • Rennes are the last team to have beaten PSG in Ligue 1 (2-1 on May 7th).
  • The last four league encounters between these teams have been won by the away team.
  • Rennes have only won twice in their last eight home league games (D2, L4).
  • PSG are unbeaten in their last 17 Ligue 1 games played in September (W12, D5).
  • PSG have scored nine goals in their first four league games, their best tally since 2009/10 (10).
  • PSG have kept a clean sheet in their last three league games; best current run.
  • Ola Toivonen has scored 10 goals in 18 Ligue 1 games for Rennes.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored three braces (or more) in three of his four competitive games with PSG this season.
  • Bastia – Lens

Bastia v Lens

  • The last five meetings between Bastia and Lens in Corsica have produced 18 goals.
  • Lens have won none of their last eight trips to Corsica in Ligue 1 (in Ajaccio and Bastia).
  • Bastia have won none of their last 11 league games played in September (D5, L6).
  • Lens have only lost once in their last five competitive games against Bastia (W3, D1).
  • Bastia have only lost twice in their last 12 games against promoted clubs in Ligue 1 (W7, D3).
  • Bastia are unbeaten in their last seven home league games (W3, D4).
  • Junior Tallo has scored 10 goals in Ligue 1 (8 for Ajaccio last season, 2 for Bastia).
  • Pablo Chavarria and Deme N’Diaye both scored in the last encounter between these teams.

Montpellier – Lorient

  • Montpellier have won five of their seven home games against Lorient in Ligue 1 (L2).
  • The 14 encounters against Montpellier and Lorient in Ligue 1 have produced 46 goals (an average of 3.3 goals/game).
  • Montpellier have lost five of their last eight league games (W3).
  • Six of the last seven Montpellier’s games played in September in Ligue 1 have ended in a draw.
  • Lorient have only lost two of their last 12 Ligue 1 games (both v Lille – W5, D5).
  • Lorient have only lost once in their last six away games in the top-flight (W3, D2).
  • Montpellier have failed to score in the first 30 minutes of play at home in Ligue 1 since October 6th 2013 against Lyon.
  • Valentin Lavigne has been involved in four of Lorient’s last five league goals (3 goals, 1 assist).

Nice – Metz

  • Nice have won their last four competitive games against Metz.
  • Metz have scored exactly one goal in each of their last eight Ligue 1 games against Nice.
  • Metz have only won two of their last 18 away game in Nice in the top-flight (D7, L9).
  • Nice have won none of their last four league games against promoted teams (D1, L3).
  • Metz have only won four of their last 57 away games in Ligue 1 (D19, L34).
  • Metz have won three penalties in Ligue 1 this season, highest tally alongside Bordeaux.
  • Claude Puel has lost none of his 14 Ligue 1 games against Metz as a manager (W8, D6).
  • Yeni N’Gbakoto has scored two of Metz’s three goals in Ligue 1 this season.

Reims – Toulouse

  • Reims have won none of their four encounters against Toulouse in Ligue 1 (D2, L2). None of these teams have kept a clean sheet in these four games.
  • Toulouse are unbeaten in their last seven competitive games against Reims (W5, D2).
  • Reims are unbeaten in September in Ligue 1 since their come-back in the top-flight in 2012/13 (W2, D6).
  • Reims have already lost eight points from winning positions in Ligue 1 this season; more than any other team.
  • Reims have won none of their last six league games (D1, L5); longest current streak. They have conceded 2+ goals in each of these games.
  • Reims are the only team to have failed to keep a clean sheet in Ligue 1 2014/15.
  • Toulouse have lost their last five away games in the top-flight.
  • Wissam Ben Yedder has scored six of Toulouse’s last nine goals in Ligue 1.

St Etienne – Caen

  • Caen are yet to win in St Etienne in Ligue 1 (D6, L6).
  • They have lost six of their last seven away games in St Etienne (D1).
  • St Etienne have kept a clean sheet in their last seven home games in Ligue 1 against promoted teams.
  • St Etienne are unbeaten in their last 14 home games in Ligue 1 (W10, D4); a best current run. They have conceded only five goals in this run.
  • None of Caen’s last eight Ligue 1 games have ended in a draw (W3, L5); the longest current run alongside Lyon and Montpellier.
  • Caen have the best attacking record away from home in Ligue 1 this season (five goals).
  • Ricky van Wolfswinkel has failed to score in the league (Premier League + Ligue 1) in his last 1432 minutes of play.
  • Only Gervinho (8) and Yaya Touré (6) have made more assists than Max Gradel (5) in the European Top 5 leagues in 2014.

Evian TG – Marseille

  • Marseille have won 66.7% of their league games against Evian TG; their best ratio against a current top-flight opponent.
  • Evian TG have only won twice in their last nine Ligue 1 games (D1, L6).
  • Evian TG are the only team yet to win in Ligue 1 2014/15 alongside Reims.
  • Only Reims (11) have conceded more goals than Evian TG (10) in Ligue 1 this season.
  • Marseille are unbeaten in their last seven away games in Ligue 1 (W2, D5).
  • Marseille have scored in their last seven away games in Ligue 1; a best current run.
  • Nicki Bille has only scored three goals in his last 23 league games.
  • André-Pierre Gignac has scored in each of his last three league games against Evian TG.

Guingamp – Bordeaux

  • Bordeaux have won their last seven competitive encounters with Guingamp.
  • Guingamp have lost four of their last five league games (W1); failing to score in these defeats.
  • Guingamp have only won three of their last 13 home league games (D2, L8).
  • Bordeaux have only lost once in their last 14 Ligue 1 games (W5, D8).
  • Bordeaux have registered seven points from losing positions in Ligue 1 this season; a league-high number.
  • Seven of Bordeaux’s nine league goals this season have been scored in the 2nd half.
  • Six different goalscorers have netted for Bordeaux in Ligue 1 this season (Diabaté, Rolan, Sala, Khazri, Maurice-Belay and Sertic); more than any other team.
  • Cheick Diabaté scored three goals in just 18 minutes in the last encounter between these teams on April 20th (5-1).

Lille – Nantes

  • Lille are unbeaten in their last six competitive games against Nantes (W4, D2).
  • Nantes have failed to score in their last five league encounters with Lille.
  • Lille have only lost once in their last 19 league games (W10, D8).
  • Lille have kept eight clean sheets in their last 10 home league games.
  • Nantes have only lost twice in their last 10 Ligue 1 games (W4, D4).
  • Nantes are unbeaten in their last four away league games (W1, D3).
  • Marvin Martin has failed to score in his 53 Ligue 1 games played for Lille.
  • acine Bammou has been involved in two of Nantes’ last three goals in Ligue 1 (1 goal, 1 assist).

 

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