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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.
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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.
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Opta Facts La Liga Matchday 13 November 29th – 31st
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Opta Facts La Liga Matchday 13 November 29th – 31st

Opta Facts

Liga 2014/15

Jornada 13

 

Real Sociedad v Elche

Elche are without a win in nine top-flight meetings with Real Sociedad (D4 L5); not beating them in La Liga since October 1976.

Real Sociedad have won 13 and lost none of their 15 La Liga home games against los Ilicitanos; they have faced them more often on home soil without defeat than any other opponent.

Coro has scored more goals against Real Sociedad than any other side in La Liga (3).

Elche are the only side Carlos Vela has scored against on every occasion he has faced them in La Liga (two goals in two games).

Real Sociedad have won a league-high eight points from losing positons this term.

In David Moyes’ first game in charge last weekend, Real Sociedad collected their first league clean sheet since April.

Elche were relegated to the Segunda on each of the last three occasions that they have had 10 points or fewer after 12 games (three points for a win assumed).

Jonathas has scored (six) or assisted (two) eight of Elche’s last 10 league goals.

The Brazilian forward has already scored as many goals this term as Elche’s top scorer last season (Richmond Boakye with six).

 

Getafe v Athletic Club

Getafe have only lost one of their 10 league meetings with Athletic Club on home soil (W4 D5) but that did come last season (0-1, goal from Laporte).

Ernesto Valverde has won 73% of his meetings with Getafe as a La Liga manager; his best win rate against any side he has faced at least three times.

Getafe’s last five home league wins have all ended 1-0.

Athletic have only lost one of their last seven league games (W3 D3) but that did come on their last visit to the capital (0-5 v Real Madrid).

Aritz Aduriz has participated in 70% of his side’s 10 league goals this season (five goals, two assists); a league-high proportion.

Getafe are the only La Liga team yet to score a set piece goal this term; Athletic have scored a league-low four from open play.

Only Granada (0.5) average fewer goals per game than Getafe (0.75) this season.

The Lions’ games have seen just 23 goals in total this season; a joint-league-low.

Of the 19 goals scored by Getafe against Athletic in La Liga history, only two have come from non-Spanish players (Ikechukwu Uche and Daniel Kome).

 

Espanyol v Levante

Espanyol have only won one of their last seven top-flight meetings with Levante (D1 L5); 3-2 in 2013.

Los Granotas have scored at least twice in five of their last six La Liga clashes with the Parakeets.

No side has drawn more games 0-0 in La Liga in the year 2014 than Levante (5).

Espanyol are unbeaten in five home league games (W2 D3); their best run in front of their own fans this year.

Felipe Caicedo could join Christian Stuani and Sergio Garcia as the only current Espanyol or Levante players to have scored for both of these sides in La Liga.

Levante have faced a league-high 69 shots on target this term.

Sergio Gonzalez’s side have used fewer substitutes than any other side (32).

Excluding Athletic Club, Levante are the only side for whom every goal this season has been scored by a Spanish player.

Victor Casadesus has scored four of Levante’s last six league goals.

 

Malaga v Real Madrid

Real Madrid have only lost one of their 25 league meetings with Malaga CF (W19 D6).

Roque Santa Cruz has scored three of Malaga’s last four league goals against the Whites.

Real Madrid have averaged more goals per game than any other side in the top five European leagues this term (3.83).

Real Madrid have won nine consecutive league games; their best run under Carlo Ancelotti.

Malaga have won three successive league games at La Rosaleda; they have not won four in a row there since March 2012 (five).

Malaga have conceded a league-high 67% of their goals in the first-half, while Real Madrid have scored 23 in the first period, nine more than any other side.

Real Madrid have scored a league-high six penalties, while Malaga have scored a league-high 27% of their goals from the penalty spot.

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in four of his previous five home league meetings with Malaga (seven goals).

The Portuguese forward has scored in 11 successive league games (20 goals); his best run in Spain.

Only 6.5% of Real Madrid’s goals this term have come from Spaniards; a league-low.

In six of the nine previous occasions that Real Madrid have had 30+ points after 12 games (three points for a win assumed), they have gone on to win the title.

Iker Casillas has an opportunity to play five consecutive away league games without conceding for the first time in his career (currently on four).

 

Celta Vigo v Eibar

Celta Vigo have not won any of their last six league meetings with Eibar, all of which came in the Segunda (D1 L5).

Los Armeros have won their last three trips to Vigo in league competition.

The Galician side have failed to score in two consecutive league games; they have not failed to net in three in a row since September of last year.

If they lose here, Eibar will have lost three successive games for the first time in their short top-flight history.

Between them, Joaquin Larrivey (seven) and Nolito (five) have scored 70.6% of Celta’s league goals this term.

Eibar’s strikers have only scored 15% of their league goals this season; a league-low.

Only Ruben Martinez (45) has made more saves than Xabi Irureta (44) this term.

If only the first-halves of La Liga games counted, Eibar would be sixth in this season’s table.

Nolito has made more assists than any other Celta Vigo player this season; four of his five have been converted by Joaquin Larrivey.

 

Atletico Madrid v Deportivo La Coruna

Atletico Madrid have won their last eight home league meetings with Depor, scoring 15 across the last four.

The Galician side have gone five games without scoring against Atleti overall; their last strike coming from Andres Guardado back in 2009.

The last meeting between these sides in La Liga in the Vicente Calderon ended in a 6-0 home win; it was the last occasion any player had scored five goals in a single game (Falcao).

Koke is the leading La Liga assister with eight this season; he is only five short of his record from last season (13), his best ever top-flight assist haul.

Atletico Madrid have had 11 different league scorers this season; a joint-high with Valencia.

German Lux has made a league-high three errors leading to goals this term.

Of all players to have scored at least three goals this season, Miranda has the best shot conversion rate (75%).

Atleti have scored a league-high 14 headed goals this term; they only managed 18 in the whole of last season.

In four of the previous six seasons in which Deportivo have had 10 points or fewer at this stage (assuming three points for a win), including the most recent occasion (2012/13), they have gone on to suffer relegation.

 

Sevilla v Granada

Sevilla have won their last three league meetings with Granada; they have never won four in a row against them in the top-flight.

Granada have only won one of their 16 away games against Sevilla in the Primera Division (D2 L13).

Kevin Gameiro scored in both clashes between these sides last term.

Joaquin Caparros has only won two of his nine trips to the Sanchez Pizjuan as a La Liga manager; his first (2-0 with Depor in 2005) and his most recent (3-2 with Levante in 2014).

Sevilla are unbeaten in 14 home league games (W10 D4); their best run since December 2006 (16).

Granada could equal their longest run without a win since returning to La Liga (nine, currently eight).

Unai Emery’s side have the highest shooting accuracy in La Liga (59.79%) while Joaquin Caparros’s side have the lowest shot conversion rate (6.59%).

56% of goals conceded by Sevilla this season have come from set pieces; a league-high proportion.

Granada have scored just six goals this season; a league-low figure.

 

Cordoba v Villarreal

This will be the first ever top-flight meeting between Cordoba and Villarreal.

Villarreal have won their last four Segunda Division meetings with Cordoba, however.

Cordoba are the only team in the top five European leagues yet to garner a single victory this season.

Villarreal have taken nine points from six away league games this season (W2 D3 L1); only the top three have earned more on the road.

Cordoba have both scored (four) and conceded (four) the most goals to African players this season.

Denis Cheryshev has made more assists than any other Villarreal player in La Liga this term (five).

Cordoba could become only the sixth team in La Liga history to not register a single win in the first 13 games of a season; four of the previous five were relegated.

Villarreal have lost a league-high six points with goals conceded in the final 10 minutes this season.

Fede Cartabia has directly participated in six of Cordoba’s 10 league goals this term (three goals, three assists).

 

Valencia v Barcelona

Valencia are without a win in seven league meetings with Barcelona at the Mestalla (D4 L3); their worst ever home run against the Catalan side.

Los Che have not won successive league games against Barca since 2003, when Rafa Benitez was manager.

Barcelona have won more away games against Valencia than they have against any other opponent (31).

Lionel Messi has scored five goals in his last three league meetings with Valencia, including a hat-trick at the Mestalla last season.

Valencia are without a win in two league games (D1 L1); their longest run without one under Nuno.

Paco Alcacer, Pablo Piatti and Dani Parejo have all scored in three different league games (same match); two this season and at the Nou Camp last term.

Barcelona have faced a league-low 25 shots on target this term.

Valencia have scored just one goal in the final 15 minutes this season, a league-low, while Barcelona are the only side yet to concede in this period.

Barcelona’s forwards have scored a league-high 83% of their goals this term.

Valencia are the only side to have benefited from more than one own goal this season (3); Barcelona have conceded a league-high 17% of their goals in this way.

If goals from subs were included, Barcelona would be fifth in the table with 22 points, six short of what they have in reality.

Valencia have benefitted from a league-high 13 goals from Spanish players.

 

Almeria v Rayo Vallecano

Almeria have lost both previous meetings with Rayo Vallecano in the Primera.

Rayo have only lost one of their last five league trips to Andalusia, but that did come in their most recent visit (4-0 v Malaga in La Rosaleda).

Francisco Rodriguez’s side are one of only two sides yet to win at home this season, alongside bottom of the table Cordoba.

No side has conceded more away league goals this season than Rayo Vallecano (12).

Ruben Martinez has made a league-high 45 saves.

Alberto Bueno is the top scoring Spaniard in La Liga this season with six goals to his name.

Between them, Almeria and Rayo have scored 24 league goals this season but none from outside the area.

Rayo Vallecano have conceded a league-high 12 first-half goals this term.

Almeria have lost a La Liga-high seven points from winning positions on home soil in this campaign.

 

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OPTA Facts Bundesliga Matchday 13 November 29th – 31st
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OPTA Facts Bundesliga Matchday 13 November 29th – 31st

 

Sport-Club Freiburg – VfB Stuttgart

 

Stuttgart have won five of their last six BL meetings with Freiburg. The last three top-flight clashes have ended in victory for VfB, who could equal their longest ever winning run against SCF (four wins between 2001 and 2004).

However, SCF have only celebrated as many home victories against Borussia Mönchengladbach as they have against VfB Stuttgart (8 each).

Freiburg have collected seven points from their last three games, the second-highest amount in that timeframe after FC Bayern (9).

VfB have only had fewer than nine points after 12 games once before: In 1974/75, a season which ended in relegation (8 points, converted to the 3-points-per-win system).

For the first time in over four years, VfB have been bottom of the table on two consecutive matchdays – that last happened from matchday 7-9 in 2010/11. SCF have won their last three matches against the side at the foot of the league table.

Freiburg have conceded three goals in the last 10 minutes of games this season (most recently in the 88th minute in Mainz), costing them victory each time. Their tally of six points dropped in the final 10 minutes of games is a league high.

Stuttgart are without a BL goal in three games (or 276 minutes). They have never gone four games without a goal in their 50-year top-flight history.

VfB have failed to score in six games this season (the same as Köln) – only HSV have failed to find the back of the net in more matches (7). However, Stuttgart didn’t register a goal in seven of their first 12 games in 2009/10 (club record) but ended the campaign in sixth.

Freiburg haven’t lost any of their last five BL games on a Friday (W2, D3), while VfB have failed to win any of their last 5 BL games on a Friday (D2, L3).

Stuttgart have only conceded as many goals after 12 games as they have at present (26) once before: In 1974/75, a season which ended in relegation. SCF, on the other hand, have only conceded fewer goals at this stage than at present (16, the same as in 1998/99) once before: 14 after 12 games in 2012/13.

After three BL defeats in a row, Armin Veh resigned as VfB coach following the 1-0 loss to Augsburg. His successor is his predecessor: Huub Stevens led Stuttgart to Bundesliga safety in 2013/14, taking over on matchday 25 and picking up 12 points from 10 games.

 

FC Schalke 04 – 1. FSV Mainz 05

 

Mainz have won just one of their last 12 BL meetings with Schalke: A 3-1 away victory in May 2011. Otherwise, they have recorded four draws and seven defeats, also failing to score on eight occasions in that timeframe (8 goals scored in total, an average of 0.7 per game).

However, there has only been one home win in the last 10 competitive meetings between Mainz and Schalke: S04 secured a 3-0 BL victory in September 2012. Otherwise, there have been five away wins and four draws.

Including last season, Schalke are unbeaten in their last seven BL home games (W5, D2). Their last defeat on home soil was a 1-0 loss to Gladbach at the end of April – it is also their only defeat in their last 18 BL home games (W14, D3).

There’s no place like home: Roberto Di Matteo has won all three of his BL home games against Schalke (2-0 vs. Berlin, 1-0 vs. Augsburg, 3-2 vs. Wolfsburg) – however, his two away fixtures have both ended in defeat.

No side has collected as few points as Mainz over the last four matchdays (2). FSV still remain in the top half of the table though, currently sitting in ninth.

Mainz have led in seven games this season, but have won just three of them (D3, L1) – only Hoffenheim have dropped as many points from winning positions (9). The 05ers only squandered nine points after taking the lead throughout the whole of last season (W16, L3).

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar wasn’t involved in a shot (shot or key pass) in the recent meeting with Wolfsburg. That’s only been the case for him once before in the German top flight: In a 2-0 loss in Leverkusen on 17th November 2012.

Schalke have taken just 45 shots in their five BL games under Roberto Di Matteo, an average of 9.0 per game. No other side has as low an average across the entire season.

Roberto Di Matteo and Kasper Hjulmand have faced each other as coaches before – it was a Champions League clash. Hjulmand, then manager of Danish side FC Nordsjaelland, hosted Di Matteo’s Chelsea in October 2012 and lost 4-0.

 

Bayer 04 Leverkusen – 1. FC Köln

 

There are just 14.6 km separating the clubs’ two stadiums – no two other Bundesliga grounds are as close.

Bayer 04 have lost just two of their last 18 top-flight meetings with Köln (both in 2011). Otherwise, they have recorded 12 wins and four draws in that timeframe.

Leverkusen confirmed Köln’s relegation in 1997/98 after a 2-2 draw – it was the first time the Billy Goats had left the Bundesliga, 35 years after its inception in 1963.

Bayer 04 haven’t lost to Köln in the Bundesliga after taking a lead – they have gone in front on 32 occasions without suffering defeat (W20, D12).

Leverkusen are unbeaten in their last 10 BL home games (W5, D5) – their last defeat on home soil was a 3-2 loss to Hoffenheim at the end of March. Only Wolfsburg are currently on a longer unbeaten run at home (11 games).

Promoted side Köln are the best away team in the league with 10 points from six games. Two thirds of their 15 points have come on the road – no other side has as high a percentage.

Leverkusen have already hit the woodwork 12 times this season – a league high. Karim Bellarabi (3 times) leads the statistics in terms of individual players, together with Bayern’s Arjen Robben and Augsburg’s Tobias Werner.

Stefan Kießling scored his first BL goal in 858 minutes last weekend. It was the end of a negative record run for him – he had never had to wait as long between two goals before.

 

 

FC Augsburg – Hamburger SV

 

Augsburg have won four of their six BL games against Hamburg (D1, L1), including each of the last three. Bremen and Stuttgart are the only other sides that FCA have also won four BL matches against – they haven’t beaten any club more often.

Hamburg have won just 17% of their BL games against Augsburg – their win percentage isn’t as low against any other Bundesliga side that they have played more than once.

HSV have lost 14 of their last 17 BL away matches. Only Schalke (three points) are behind Hamburg in the away table (four points, 1-8 goal record). HSV have never had just one goal to their name after six away games before.

Augsburg have won three of their last four BL games and are having the best season in their top-flight history: Their tallies of 18 points, 15 goals scored and just 12 goals conceded are all club records at this stage of the season.

Only Frankfurt (1970/71 and 1988/89) and Cottbus (2002/03) have had a worse attack after 12 games (5 goals each) than Hamburg at present (6 goals, like 3 teams before them).

Augsburg’s current position (6th) is their best ever BL ranking – the only other time they have been as high in the standings was after matchday 5 last season.

Including last season, FCA have collected 22 out of a possible 27 points from their last nine BL home games. Their only defeat in that timeframe was a 3-2 loss at home to Dortmund on matchday 2 (otherwise W7, D1).

Paul Verhaegh equalled his own personal season record in Stuttgart by scoring his fourth goal of the campaign (all penalties). In Europe’s top five leagues, only Cristiano Ronaldo (6) has converted more spot kicks in 2014/15 than the FCA captain.

Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker is set to make his 100th Bundesliga appearance for FCA (8 goals).

 

Hertha BSC – FC Bayern München

 

Hertha have won just one of their last 21 BL games against Bayern (D5, L15) – each of the last six meetings have ended in defeat. Berlin have never suffered a losing streak like that against FCB before.

Bayern have set a new club record: Never before had the Munich side conceded just three goals in the opening 12 games of a BL season – only VfB Stuttgart can boast a better record (2 goals conceded at the same stage in 2003/04).

FCB have had the most corners in the league (100), but haven’t scored from any of them.

Hertha have committed the most fouls in the top flight (238), while Bayern have committed the fewest (130).

Former Bayern player Thomas Kraft (12 BL games in 2010/11) has saved just 59% of the shots on his goal (18th place of 20 keepers) – his opposite number, Manuel Neuer, has the best save percentage in the division (90%).

Franck Ribery could make his 185th BL appearance in this match, equalling the most by a French player in the competition (Matthieu Delpierre – 185). He has also scored 99 goals for Bayern and could net his 100th in this match.

Jos Luhukay has lost four of his five BL games that he’s managed against Bayern (one draw) and is on the brink of recording his 50th defeat as a Bundesliga manager (currently on 49 from 103 games).

FCB haven’t conceded a goal in eight BL games in 2014/15 with Rafinha on the pitch (622 minutes). The Brazilian has scored two goals against Hertha in the Bundesliga, more than against any other side.

Arjen Robben has been involved in eight goals in eight games (five goals + three assists) and has had a hand in a goal every 76 minutes on average – the best record this season amongst all BL players who have scored or assisted at least four goals.

 

 

SV Werder Bremen – SC Paderborn 07

 

This is the first competitive meeting between the two sides. SCP have faced Werder’s reserves twice before though (2008/09 third-division campaign – Paderborn won 3-2 in Bremen, but lost 2-0 at home).

Werder have won three of their four competitive games under Viktor Skripnik, but suffered a setback with their 2-0 derby defeat to HSV. Also, SVW have won just one of their five BL home games this season (D2, L2).

Paderborn are without a win in four BL away games and have lost three of them. They have also conceded a total of 10 goals in those four matches. SCP’s first away trip in the top flight ended with a 3-0 win at HSV.

With 26 goals conceded (the same as Stuttgart), Bremen have the worst defence in the Bundesliga and have kept just one clean sheet this season – in their recent 2-0 home win over Stuttgart.

SCP picked up a point from two goals down for the first time in the BL during their 2-2 draw with Dortmund. Paderborn have collected five points from losing positions (the same as Leverkusen) – only Frankfurt (8) and Bremen (7) have claimed more after going behind.

Bremen have gone behind in 11 games (no other team in more than 9). Still, Frankfurt (8) are the only side that have picked up more points from losing positions than Werder (7).

Only Bayern (15) have scored more second-half goals than Paderborn (14, the same as Wolfsburg). The promoted side have netted 78% (14 of 18) of their goals after the break.

With six league goals to his name this season, Bremen’s Franco Di Santo shares third place in the goalscoring charts. Five of those six goals have come away from home though.

Paderborn’s Florian Hartherz (10 BL games for Bremen), Daniel Brückner (reserves) and Jens Wemmer (youth) all used to wear Werder colours.

SCP’s last 11 goals have been scored by 11 different players. In total, 12 different names have featured on the scoresheet for Paderborn in the Bundesliga this season, more than at any other top-flight club.

 

 

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim- Hannover 96

 

Against no other side have 1899 Hoffenheim celebrated as many BL wins (7) or scored as many BL goals (25) as they have against Hannover 96.

Hannover have travelled to Hoffenheim six times before in the BL. The Lower Saxony club have never returned home with three points: They have recorded two draws and four defeats.

After Hoffenheim went unbeaten in the opening nine BL games (W4, D5), they have suffered three straight defeats in November (3-1 in Gladbach, 4-3 against Köln, 4-0 in Munich).

With just 10 league goals this season, Hannover have the second-worst attack in the division (Hamburger SV: 6). The Lower Saxony club have had a worse return after 12 BL games just once before: They had netted just nine times in 1970/71.

Hoffenheim have conceded a total of 11 goals in their last three games – it’s the first time in their BL history that TSG have let in three goals or more in three consecutive top-flight games.

Hannover 96 have won their last two away games without conceding (1-0 in Dortmund, 2-0 in Berlin). That last happened in September/October 2007.

Hiroshi Kiyotake has been involved in four of Hannover’s last five BL goals (2 goals + 2 assists) and also took the free kick that led the own goal by Eintracht Frankfurt’s Alexander Madlung, which was enough for a 1-0 win on matchday 10.

Sejad Salihovic hasn’t scored more goals against any other BL team as he has against Hannover. The midfielder has netted five times in nine games against Hannover (the same as against Bremen).


VfL Wolfsburg – Borussia Mönchengladbach

 

Borussia have won just two of their last 13 BL games against the Wolves (D3, L8). In total, they have lost 57% of their games against Wolfsburg (16 out of 28) – their loss percentage isn’t as high against any other Bundesliga club.

The Wolves have won eight of their last nine home games against the Foals (1 draw). Wolfsburg’s last home defeat to Gladbach was over 11 years ago (3-1 in November 2003).

Wolfsburg beat Gladbach 3-1 at home on last season’s final matchday to secure a spot in the Europa League group phase. The defeat meant Borussia had to go through the qualifying rounds.

The Wolves have won each of their last five home games, something they last did in their 2008/09 title-winning season. In total, VfL are unbeaten in their last 11 home matches (8 wins).

Lucien Favre’s side have suffered back-to-back league defeats for the first time since February this year – that was a run of three straight losses, a negative record under Favre.

Wolfsburg and Gladbach have scored the most league goals in the opening 15 minutes of games (six each).

Luiz Gustavo is unavailable after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season. This is already his fifth BL suspension since joining the Wolves in summer 2013.

Aaron Hunt scored the first of his 48 BL goals to date in February 2005, netting for Werder Bremen in a meeting with Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Robin Knoche made his BL debut in August 2011 in Gladbach’s 4-1 win over his Wolfsburg side (he was brought on in the 84th minute). His partner in central defence, Naldo, is set for his 250th top-flight appearance.

Lucien Favre suffered his first defeat as Gladbach manager in February 2011 in Wolfsburg (2-1) – it was also his first away game with Borussia.

 

 

Eintracht Frankfurt – Borussia Dortmund

 

Dortmund have won 39 of their 82 BL games against Frankfurt (D16, L27) – BVB haven’t collected as many top-flight wins against any other side.

BVB have won each of their last three BL games against Frankfurt and haven’t lost any of the last five (W4, D1). Dortmund have scored 15 goals in that timeframe, conceding just five.

Since the three-points-per-win system was introduced in 1995/96, no team with 11 points or fewer after 12 matchdays has ever finished in the top four.

The best end-of-season ranking for a side with no more than 11 points after 12 games since 1995/96 was Stuttgart’s sixth-place finish in 2009/10 (after having 10 points from 12 games).

Frankfurt are the only side to have come from behind to win a game twice in the BL this season and have collected the most points from losing positions (8).

During their 2-2 draw in Paderborn, Dortmund dropped points after taking a two-goal lead for the first time since September 2012. Back then, they recorded a 3-3 draw in Frankfurt – that remains the last point that Eintracht have taken from BVB.

BVB have conceded exactly two goals in each of their six away games this season and have collected just one point from their last five matches on the road (in the recent 2-2 draw in Paderborn). No other side is currently without a win in five BL away games.

Borussia have conceded the most goals from corners in the 2014/15 BL season (4). Frankfurt have already scored three times from corner kicks (the same as Schalke) – only Wolfsburg have scored more (4).

With seven goals to his name, Alex Meier is the league’s top scorer together with Mario Götze. Meier has only had seven goals after 12 games once before (9 in 2012/13) – he set a personal best back then, ending the season with 16 top-flight goals.

Marco Reus has been involved in 31 goals in 29 competitive games for BVB during 2014 (17 goals + 14 assists) – the most amongst all BL players in this calendar year. However, he’s now out until after the winter break with an ankle ligament injury.

 

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Opta Facts Ligue 1 Matchday 15 November 28th-30th 2014
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Opta Facts Ligue 1 Matchday 15 November 28th-30th 2014

Marseille – Nantes

o Nantes have only lost once in their last six encounters with Marseille in Ligue 1 (W2, D3).
o Marseille have won all six of their last home league games.
o Nantes have only lost twice in their 14 league games this season, their best tally since 1994/95 (0).
o Nantes are unbeaten in their last nine Ligue 1 games (W4, D5), their best run since May 2001 (10).
o Nantes have only lost once in their last nine away league games (W4, D4).
o André-Pierre Gignac has scored six goals against Nantes in Ligue 1, the team he has netted the most goals amongst the current top-flight teams alongside Nice and St Etienne.
o Jordan Veretout has been involved in the last seven goals scored by Nantes players in Ligue 1 (3 goals, 4 assists).
o Michel Der Zakarian has lost none of his three preivous meetings against Marseille as a manager in Ligue 1 (W1, D2).

Paris SG – Nice

o Nice have only won once in their last eight league encounters with PSG (D2, L5).
o Five red cards have been given in the last seven meetings between those teams in Ligue 1 (2 for PSG, 3 for Nice).
o PSG are the only team still unbeaten in Ligue 1 this season (W8, D6).
o PSG are unbeaten in 36 of their last 37 home league games (W29, D7, L1).
o Nice have only won once in their last six league games (D2, L3).
o 11 of the last 13 goals between these teams in Ligue 1 have come in the 2nd half.
o Zlatan Ibrahimovic has netted five goals in his four league games played against Nice.
o Eric Bauthéac has been involved in two of Nice’s last three goals against PSG in Ligue 1 (1 goal, 1 assist).

Caen – Montpellier

o Montpellier have won 50% of their league encounters with Caen (10 out of 20). Only against Guingamp do they have a better win rate amongst the current top-flight teams.
o Montpellier have only won once in their last eight trips to a promoted team in Ligue 1 (D2, L5).
o Montpellier have won none of their last six away games in Ligue 1 (D2, L4).
o Montpellier have failed to score in four of their last six away games in Ligue 1.
o Caen have only kept a clean sheet once in their last 11 Ligue 1 games.
o Caen have only won one of their last 11 Ligue 1 games (D4, L6).
o Hervé Bazile has been involved in five goals in Ligue 1 2014/15 (2 goals, 3 assists), more than any other Caen player.
o Anthony Mounier has been involved in three of Montpellier’s last four away league goals (1 goal, 2 assists).

Lens – Metz

o Lens are unbeaten in their last seven clashes with Metz in Ligue 1 (W4, D3).
o Lens have only won once in their last 10 Ligue 1 games (D2, L7).
o Metz have only won once in their last six Ligue 1 games (D1, L4).
o Metz have only won twice in their last 21 away games in Ligue 1 (D6, L13).
o Metz have only scored one goal away from home in Ligue 1 this season; a league-low.
o Metz have conceded nine goals in their last four league games, as many as in their previous 10.
o Metz have been awarded six penalties in Ligue 1 this season, more than any other team.
o Modibo Maiga has scored in each of his last three Ligue 1 games against Lens.

 

Reims – Bastia

o Reims have lost 54.5% of their Ligue 1 games against Bastia (12/22), their worst ratio against an opponent they have faced more than once.
o Reims have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 13 Ligue 1 games against Bastia.
o Three red cards have been given in the last four encounters between these teams in Ligue 1.
o Reims are unbeaten in their last six league games (W3, D3), their best run since October 2013 (8).
o Reims have kept a clean sheet six times in their last 10 Ligue 1 games.
o Bastia have only won twice in their last 11 Ligue 1 games (D4, L5).
o Bastia have only won three in their last 24 away league games (D6, L15).
o Floyd Ayité has scored two of Bastia’s three goals away from home in Ligue 1 this season.

Rennes – Monaco

o Rennes have lost 56.6% of their league games against Monaco (43/76), their worst ratio against the current top-flight teams.
o Monaco have won their last three clashes with Rennes in Ligue 1 without conceding a goal.
o Rennes are unbeaten in their last six league games (W4, D2), their best run since October 2010 (9).
o Monaco are unbeaten in their last six Ligue 1 games (W2, D4).
o Monaco have scored in 20 of their last 21 Ligue 1 games.
o Monaco have lost nine points after scoring the 1st goal in Ligue 1 this season, a league-high.
o Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco has been involved in five of Monaco’s last eight league goals (2 goals, 3 assists).
o Philippe Montanier has lost 50% of his six previous encounters with Monaco as a Ligue 1 manager (W2, D1).

Toulouse – Lorient

o Toulouse have only won four of their 18 clashes against Lorient in Ligue 1 (D7, L7).
o 21 of the 26 goals scored between these teams have been scored in the 2nd half.
o Toulouse have only scored once in the 1st half in their last 16 league games against Lorient.
o None of Lorient’s last 12 Ligue 1 games have ended in a draw (W3, L9).
o Lorient have only won once in their last six away games in the top-flight (L5).
o Lorient are the only top-flight team against which Martin Braithwaite has scored more than once (2).
o Wissam Ben Yedder has been involved in five of Toulouse’s last seven goals in the top-flight (4 goals, 1 assist).
o Jordan Ayew has been involved in Lorient’s last four league goals (1 goal, 3 assists).

Bordeaux – Lille

o Bordeaux have only won three of their last 17 Ligue 1 games against Lille (D7, L7).
o Lille are winless in their last seven away league games against Bordeaux (D5, L2).
o Lille have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine league games against Bordeaux.
o Bordeaux are unbeaten in their last 10 home league games (W5, D5), longest current run.
o Bordeaux have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 13 Ligue 1 games, longest current run.
o Lille have won none of their last five Ligue 1 games (D1, L4), longest current run.
o Lille have lost their last four league games without scoring a single goal.
o René Girard has won none of his six trips to Bordeaux in Ligue 1 as a manager (D3, L3).

Evian TG – Guingamp

o The team which scored first has lost in three of the four competitive encounters between these teams.
o Evian TG have won three of their last four home league games (L1).
o Evian TG have failed to score in the 1st half in their last five Ligue 1 games.
o Guingamp have lost 28 games since last season in Ligue 1 (out of 52), more than any other team.
o None of Guingamp’s last 16 Ligue 1 games have ended in a draw (W5, L11), longest current run.
o Evian TG have scored 50% of their goals in Ligue 1 2014/15 in the last 15 minutes of play (6/12).
o Daniel Wass has been involved in seven of Evian TG’s last 12 goals (5 goals, 2 assists).
o Jocelyn Gourvennec have only won 28.9% of his Ligue 1 as Guingamp manager.

St Etienne – Lyon

o Lyon are unbeaten in their last 15 trips to St Etienne in competitive games (W9, D6).
o St Etienne have only won twice in their last 30 competitive clashes with Lyon (D11, L17).
o Lyon are unbeaten in their last 10 Ligue 1 games (W7, D3).
o St Etienne are unbeaten in their last five Ligue 1 games (W2, D3).
o St Etienne have only lost once in their last 19 home league games (W12, D6).
o Four of the last five goals scored by Lyon at Geoffroy-Guichard in Ligue 1 have been netted by players coming off the bench.
o Alexandre Lacazette has scored in his last two encounters with St Etienne in Ligue 1.
o Ricky van Wolfswinkel has been involved in five of St Etienne’s last seven goals in Ligue 1 (2 goals, 3 assists).

 

 

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Barclays Premier League Opta Facts 29 – 30 November
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Barclays Premier League Opta Facts 29 – 30 November

Barclays Premier League Opta Facts

November 29-30

West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal

West Brom have won none of the last seven Barclays Premier League meetings with Arsenal (W0 D2 L5).

Arsenal have won three and lost none of their last five Premier League visits to the Hawthorns and lost none of the last seven in all competitions (W4 D3 L0).

Mikel Arteta has scored three goals in five Premier League games for Arsenal against West Brom.

17 points is Arsenal’s lowest haul after 12 games since the 1982-83 season (15 points).

WBA have not lost three Premier League games in a row since the final three games of 2013-14.

Both of Olivier Giroud’s Premier League goals this season have come in the 90th minute.

Aaron Ramsey has not completed 90 minutes in a Premier League game since September 13 – Arsenal have played eight PL games since then.

Danny Welbeck has failed to score in each of his last four Premier League appearances, this despite attempting 11 shots (excl. blocked) in these games.

Saido Berahino has scored the most goals from the penalty spot in the Premier League this season (3).

All of Arsenal’s Premier League wins this season have come against teams currently 14th or lower in the table. West Brom are 13th as it stands.

 

Burnley v Aston Villa

Burnley have lost none of their last 13 home matches against Aston Villa in all competitions (W8 D5 L0) dating back to 1959.

The Villans’ away record at Turf Moor is even worse in the league alone where they have won none of their last 23 visits dating back to 1936 (W0 D5 L18).

Aston Villa have scored a league low six goals and hit a league-low 24 shots on target this season.

Burnley have not won three top-flight games in a row since January 1975.

If the season had started on September 1, Villa would be bottom while Burnley would be 15th.

Aston Villa have scored 92 goals in 88 Premier League games under Paul Lambert.

Burnley have kept three clean sheets in their last five Premier League games at Turf Moor.

Last Monday, Gabriel Agbonlahor became the 48th player in Premier League history to score 70+ goals. He is level with Eric Cantona on 70.

Danny Ings has scored three goals in his last four Premier League appearances for Burnley.

Since the start of October, Ings (3) has scored more Premier League goals than Aston Villa (2).

 

Liverpool v Stoke City

Rickie Lambert has scored in three of his four Premier League games against Stoke.

Stoke City have failed to win on their last 29 league visits to Anfield (W0 D4 L25).

Stoke have scored one goal in their last 13 league visits to Anfield, failing to net in any of their last eight matches there.

The last meeting between these two sides saw eight goals scored (Stoke 3 v 5 Liverpool), the same amount of goals as in the previous six meetings altogether (8).

Jonathan Walters has scored four goals in his last six Barclays Premier League games against Liverpool.

Mario Balotelli has not scored or assisted a single goal in his last 12 hours and 48 minutes on the pitch in the Premier League.

Along with Aston Villa, Liverpool are the only team not to score a headed goal in the Premier League this season.

11 of Stoke’s 13 Premier League goals this season have come from open play.

Of Peter Crouch’s 90 Premier League goals, 27 have come for Stoke (the most), 22 for Liverpool (second most).

Brendan Rodgers’ Premier League win percentage at Liverpool is 52%, two percentage points lower than Andre Villas-Boas recorded at Tottenham (54%).

 

Manchester United v Hull City

Manchester United have won the last nine straight matches against Hull City including all six meetings in the Barclays Premier League.

Hull have played 11 away games in the league at Man Utd losing 10 and winning none.

Wayne Rooney has scored six goals in four Premier League matches against Hull.

Hull City have made more clearances (525) and more blocks (73) than any other Premier League team this season.

There have been 25 goals scored in the six Premier League matches between the Tigers and the Red Devils, 18 of them by Man Utd.

The Tigers have won just one of their last 11 Premier League away games (D4 L6).

No team has thrown away more points from a winning position in the Premier League than Hull City this season (11, level with Swansea).

Angel Di Maria has assisted 20 goals in 2014, more than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues.

Wayne Rooney has scored 66 goals in his last 100 Premier League games at Old Trafford.

Robin van Persie has scored only eight goals in 21 Premier League games in 2014, down from 19 in 29 in 2013.

 

Queens Park Rangers v Leicester City

Queens Park Rangers had a player sent off in both league meetings with Leicester last season. Both games ended in 1-0 wins for the Foxes.

Leicester City have won three and lost just two of their last six league visits to Loftus Road.

Richard Dunne has three bookings and an own goal in his last five Premier League appearances for QPR.

No Premier League team has picked up fewer points over their past six games as Leicester (two, level with Villa).

Leicester have won only one of their last 25 Premier League games against London sides (L15 D9).

The Foxes have taken just three points (all from draws) in their last 16 Premier League games in London.

Charlie Austin has scored four goals in QPR’s five Premier League games at Loftus Road this season.

QPR & Leicester are two of the three (alongside Newcastle) Premier League sides not to score in the opening 15 minutes of games this season.

QPR & Leicester have both conceded a joint-high five goals in the 15 minute period after half-time.

Leonardo Ulloa scored five goals in his first five Premier League appearances, but has failed to score in the seven games since in the competition for the Foxes.

 

Swansea City v Crystal Palace

Swansea City have won four and lost none of the last six meetings with Crystal Palace.

Palace have scored just one goal in their last six league games against Swansea and that came in the last meeting, 1-1 at Liberty Stadium.

Wilfried Bony is the top scoring Premier League player in 2014 with 17 goals.

Bony has scored five goals in his last six Premier League outings for Swansea.

Crystal Palace have made a league-low 2464 successful passes this season, only just more than half of Swansea’s total (4716).

Swansea have had just six headed attempts at goal all season, fewer than any other Premier League side.

Including penalties, Palace have conceded nine goals from set-pieces in the league this season, more than any other side.

However, Crystal Palace have also scored the most goals from set-pieces (9, including penalties) in the Premier League this season.

Gylfi Sigurdsson has assisted only goal in his last five Premier League appearances, after crafting six in his opening seven PL games of the campaign.

Four of Dwight Gayle’s nine Premier League goals for Palace have come as a substitute.

 

West Ham United v Newcastle United

Carlton Cole has scored in three of his last four Barclays Premier League matches against Newcastle United.

Newcastle have won four and lost just one of their last eight Premier League visits to Upton Park.

This match sees former Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce (PL record at Newcastle: W7 D5 L9) against former West Ham manager Alan Pardew (PL record at West Ham: W20 D9 L26).

West Ham have only won two of the last 17 Premier League matches against the Magpies (W2 D7 L8).

West Ham have gone three Premier League games without a win for the first time since April.

Newcastle are looking to win six Premier League games in a row for the first time since April 2012.

The Magpies’ record run of wins in the Premier League is seven (recorded in 1994 and 1996).

Andy Carroll has nine Premier League goals in 41 apps for West Ham; he scored 14 in 41 PL apps for Newcastle.

West Ham have lost both games that Kevin Nolan has started this season.

Newcastle are the only team not to score a single goal in the opening 30 minutes of a Premier League game this season.

 

Sunderland v Chelsea

There have been 53 goals scored in the last 12 Premier League games between these two sides, including 29 in the last six at the Stadium of Light.

Chelsea have won 17 of the last 19 Barclays Premier League meetings with Sunderland.

Cesc Fabregas has scored four goals against Sunderland in the Premier League, more than he has netted against any other opponent in the competition.

Fabregas has scored in three of his four Premier League matches against the Black Cats at the Stadium of Light.

There have been 12 goals scored in the opening 20 minutes of the last 10 Premier League games between Chelsea and Sunderland.

Sunderland have lost their last nine Premier League home games against Chelsea. Another win for Chelsea would set a Premier League record for consecutive home defeats to the same opposition.

Diego Costa has scored 11 goals in 10 Premier League appearances, while Sunderland’s Jozy Altidore has scored two in 65.

Since the start of last season, Costa has scored 38 goals in 45 league matches. Within the top five Euro Leagues, only Cristiano Ronaldo (51) has more in this period (Messi also has 38 goals).

Since the start of last season, Sunderland have seen players score more own goals (10) and be given a joint-league-high seven red cards (alongside Newcastle & Spurs) in the Premier League.

There have been three own goals netted in the last three PL meetings between Sunderland and Chelsea.

 

Southampton v Manchester City

Saints have won six and lost none of their last eight Premier League home games, conceding just two goals in total in this run.

Edin Dzeko has scored in three of his four Premier League appearances against Southampton.

Manchester City have won 99 away games in Barclays Premier League history.

This will be Sergio Aguero’s 100th Premier League appearance if he plays. Only Ruud van Nistelrooy (68) and Alan Shearer (79) have a higher tally of goals in their first 100 appearances than the Argentinean has currently netted in his 99 games (64).

Southampton have made the fewest substitutions in the Premier League this season (28).

Man City have hit the woodwork more than any other team this season (11 times).

Sergio Aguero has scored 14 goals in his last 12 appearances for Manchester City (in all competitions).

Manchester City have scored in all six of their Premier League away games this season.

Man City have hit the most shots on target this season (76), Southampton have allowed the fewest on their goal (25).

Nathaniel Clyne, Fraser Forster, Jose Fonte & Ryan Bertrand have played every minute of every game for Southampton in the Premier League this season.

 

Tottenham Hotspur v Everton

Tottenham are unbeaten in their last five Premier League games against Everton at White Hart Lane (W3 D2 L0).

Everton have made a league-high six errors leading to goals this season.

Three of Tottenham’s five Premier League wins this season have come via 90th minute goals.

This will be Tottenham’s 31st Premier League game on a Sunday since the start of last season.

Spurs have conceded five goals in the opening 15 minutes of games this season (29% of their total).

Two of Samuel Eto’o's Premier League goals for Everton have come away from home (all nine of his PL goals for Chelsea came at Stamford Bridge).

Leighton Baines has already assisted six goals in the Premier League this season, two more than he managed in the whole of 2013-14.

Before this game, Everton’s last six Premier League games against London sides have all taken place at Goodison Park.

Everton have kept just two clean sheets in their last 21 Premier League visits to London.

Tottenham have conceded more goals from the penalty spot than any other side in the Premier League this season heading into matchday 13 (3).

 

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European Football Podcast – Episode 26: 27th November
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European Football Podcast – Episode 26: 27th November

Mark Walton and Ray Drewett look ahead to the best games across Europe on this edition of the William Hill European Football Podcast.
The boys focus on the big games in La Liga and Serie A, but also make a stop in Belgium for the top o…

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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 a…

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Champions League Opta Facts – Matchday 5 25-26 November 2014
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Champions League Opta Facts – Matchday 5 25-26 November 2014

 

CSKA Moscow – Roma

  • Roma can qualify for the round of last 16 by winning at CSKA Moscow and Bayern Munich avoiding defeat.
  • Roma’s 5-1 win on Matchday 1 against CSKA was their joint-largest Champions League victory, alongside their 4-0 against Donetsk in September 2006.
  • Roma have won six of their seven encounters with Russian clubs in European competitions, the only exception being their home defeat against CSKA Moscow in the 1991/92 Cup Winners Cup.
  • CSKA Moscow have won only one of their last seven CL home games (D2 L4). The win came against Victoria Plzen (3-2) on Matchday 2 last season.
  • CSKA Moscow have not kept a clean sheet in their last 14 CL games, conceding 34 goals in this period (an average of 2.4 per game).
  • CSKA Moscow have conceded the fewest fouls in the 2014-15 Champions League after four Matchdays (27).
  • Roma have won only one of their last nine European games (D3, L5), beating CSKA Moscow on MD 1 at home (5-1).
  • Seydou Doumbia has scored 10 goals in his 13 CL games. His average of 101.3 minutes per CL goal is the best of any player with at least 10 goals in this competition.

 

Manchester City – Bayern Munich

  • Only two teams with two points or fewer after four Matchdays have ever qualified from a Champions League group. (Porto 2004-05, two points, and Lokomotiv Moscow 2002-03 1st Group Stage, one point).
  • Bayern have already won Group E with two games to spare. Only five teams have ever finished a Group with a maximum 18 points (Milan 1992-93, PSG 1994-95, Barcelona 2002-03 1st Group Stage, Spartak Moscow 1995-96 & Real Madrid 2011-12).
  • City can be eliminated after this game: If CSKA v Roma doesn’t end level City will need a win to keep their chances of progress alive.
  • Jerome Boateng’s last-minute-goal gave Bayern Munich a 1-0 win against Manchester City on MD1. It remains his only goal in 34 CL games for the former Citizen.
  • Man City are winless in their last six games in Europe (D2 L4): their last win coming against Bayern Munich in December 2013. The Citizens have never been winless for more than six consecutive games in European competitions.
  • Bayern Munich became the first German team to secure the 1st place in a CL group after 4 Matchdays.
  • Man City haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last 11 Champions League matches (the longest streak in the club’s history).
  • The Citizens have not kept a clean sheet in any of their nine Champions League home games since the start of 2012-13.
  • Since 2012 English sides have won only two of their 10 CL home games against German opponents (D3 L5), keeping a clean sheet in only one of those 10 matches (Chelsea’s 3-0 against Schalke).
  • Bayern Munich have won three of their last four CL matches against English teams in England, beating Arsenal twice and Manchester City once before a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in April 2014.

 

APOEL Nicosia – Barcelona

  • A battle for Europa League qualification between Ajax and Nicosia on the last Matchday will not happen if Nicosia lose tonight and Ajax win to confirm the latter’s third place.
  • PSG will ensure 1st place if Barcelona lose and PSG win.
  • Barcelona are unbeaten against Cypriot sides in European competition, winning three times at home and drawing their two away games. They have scored 12 goals and conceded only one.
  • APOEL have played a Spanish team 13 times in European competition and have never won (D5 L8).
  • Lionel Messi has netted 71 goals in the Champions League, equaling Raul’s record in the competition.
  • Messi has scored 12 goals in his last 11 Champions League appearances. Against Ajax he hit his 19th brace in the competition, matching Cristiano Ronaldo’s record.
  • Barcelona have only failed to score in one of their last 30 Champions League group stage games (0-0 against Benfica in December 2012).
  • Barcelona have completed 89.7% of their passes this season in the Champions League; the highest percentage of any side.
  • APOEL are winless in six CL games (D1 L5), equaling their competition record.
  • APOEL have won only one of their last five CL home games (D1 L3) and have failed to score in three of these five games.
  • APOEL Nicosia are one of two sides (the other one is Monaco) to have scored just one goal in the Champions League this season; no side have scored fewer.
  • The Cypriot side have the lowest average possession figure in the Champions League so far this season (32.5%).

 

Paris SG – Ajax

  • A battle for Europa League qualification between Ajax and Nicosia on the last Matchday will not happen if Nicosia lose tonight and Ajax win to confirm the latter’s third place.
  • PSG will ensure 1st place if Barcelona lose and PSG win.
  • Ajax have won only one of their last eight games against French sides in European competition (D4 L3). It was a home game against Auxerre in the 2010/11 Champions League group stages.
  • Paris SG’s previous games against Dutch oppositions were a 4-0 win against FC Twente in December 2008 in the UEFA Cup and the 1-1 in Amsterdam on MD1.
  • PSG have won five successive CL home games; their best run in the competition at Parc de Princes since October 2000 (six wins).
  • Ajax are winless in five successive CL matches (D3 L2); netting just three goals in these games.
  • The Dutch are also winless in nine successive CL away matches (D4 L5).
  • Paris SG have scored in 21 of their last 22 Champions League matches.
  • Ajax have managed only two clean sheets in their last 17 Champions League games.
  • Edinson Cavani has scored the last two and three of PSG’s six goals in the ongoing competition.

 

Schalke – Chelsea

  • Chelsea will qualify with a win or a draw with two or more goals on each side. A
  • or 1-1 would only be enough if Sporting fail to win against Maribor.
  • Schalke will reach the last 16 with a win in combination with a draw between Sporting and Maribor.
  • Chelsea are unbeaten against Schalke. They’ve met five times in the Champions League, with the Blues winning three games and drawing two.
  • Schalke have scored only once in their five games against Chelsea. They’ve conceded nine goals in the process.
  • Schalke have only won one of five home matches against an English team (two draws, two losses) in the CL.
  • Chelsea have kept a clean sheet in nine of their last 15 Champions League games.
  • Schalke (9) have conceded the second most goals among all teams from Europe’s top 5 leagues this CL season (Roma 11).
  • Schalke have both scored and conceded in all six of their Champions League games so far in 2014.
  • Only FC Bayern Munich (43) have fired more shots than Chelsea (39) in away matches this CL season.
  • But Chelsea have not scored more than one goal in any of their last six CL away matches.

 

Sporting Lisbon – Maribor

  • If Sporting lose they cannot qualify for the last 16.
  • To keep their chances of reaching the last 16 alive Maribor must avoid defeat. A draw would not be enough if Schalke win.
  • There have been 37 goals scored in the last eight CL games involving Sporting (4.6 per game).
  • Sporting have conceded 13 goals in their last four CL matches at home (3.3 per game), losing three in that time – they recorded a 4-2 win against Schalke on MD 4.
  • Since winning their first ever Champions League game versus Dinamo Kiev in September 1999, Maribor have lost five and drawn four of their nine CL matches.
  • NK Maribor have scored only five goals in their 10 Champions League games.
  • Maribor have faced the most shots this CL season (91); no other team has faced more than 78 (Roma).
  • No goalkeeper has made more saves (26) in the 2014-15 Champions League than Maribor’s Jasmin Handanovic; including nine in the last match against Chelsea (1-1) on MD 4.
  • Nani has scored three goals in four CL matches with Sporting this season, only one fewer than he managed in 49 games with Manchester United.

 

BATE Borisov – Porto

  • To keep their chances of reaching the knock-out stages alive BATE need to win and hope that Donetsk lose.
  • Porto’s 6-0 win over Borisov on MD2 was their record victory in the Champions League.
  • Porto have netted 12 goals in their four Champions League games so far this season; eight more than they managed in the whole of their unsuccessful 2013-14 CL group stage (four).
  • Only Donetsk (14) and Dortmund (13) have scored more goals than Porto (12) this Champions League season.
  • BATE Borisov have conceded 19 goals so far in the Champions League in 2014-15; six more than any other side.
  • The record tally for goals conceded in a Champions League group stage is 22 – set by Dinamo Zagreb in 2011-12 and FC Nordsjaelland in 2012-13.
  • Jackson Martínez has scored five goals in his last six Champions League appearances for Porto.
  • Six BATE Borisov players have made an error leading to a goal in the 2014-15 Champions League; three more than any other side.

 

Shakhtar Donetsk- Athletic Club

  • A win or a draw would guarantee Donetsk’s progress to the round of last 16. Even a defeat would be enough if BATE fail to win against Porto.
  • Bilbao are at the bottom of group H, two points behind BATE and battling for third place to qualify for the European League.
  • Following their defeat to Porto on the last Matchday, Bilbao have won just one of their 10 Champions League games (W1 D4 L5).
  • The Spanish side have never scored more than once in a CL match (seven goals in 10 CL games overall); they have scored in each of their five away matches.
  • Donetsk’s Luiz Adriano is the leading scorer this Champions League season (nine goals). In his last two matches against BATE Adriano netted eight goals.
  • Luiz Adriano has scored more goals than 24 of the 32 CL teams this season.
  • Shakhtar Donetsk have scored the most goals (14) and have the best shot conversion rate in the Champions League this season (34.2%).
  • Only Monaco and Nicosia have scored fewer goals this CL season (one each) than Bilbao (two).
  • Bilbao have conceded twice in four of their five away matches in the Champions League.
  • Shakhtar have only lost one of their last nine CL matches at home (W4 D4) and kept a clean sheet in three of their last four.

 

Atletico Madrid – Olympiakos

  • Atletico will reach the round of last 16 with a win. Even a draw would ensure qualification if Malmö win against Juventus.
  • Piräus will reach the last 16 with a win if the other game ends in a draw.
  • This will be the 20th occasion that a Spanish side have hosted a Greek side in the Champions League. The Spanish sides haven’t lost a single game so far (W15 D4).
  • Olympiakos are winless in nine CL matches in Spain (D2 L7).
  • Koke has four assists in the Champions League this season; more than any other player.
  • Eight of Atletico Madrid’s 10 Champions League goals this season have come after half-time (80%).
  • A. Madrid have kept a clean sheet in six of their last seven CL matches at home, including the last four in a row.
  • Olympiakos have lost four successive Champions League games away from home, conceding at least twice in each game.
  • Kostas Mitroglou has been directly involved in 11 goals in his last 16 Champions League appearances (nine goals, two assists).
  • Atletico have played more CL games without receiving a red card (39) than any other side.

 

Malmö – Juventus

  • A draw would not be enough for Malmö to retain hopes of qualification if Atletico or Olympiakos win.
  • Juventus have failed to win in their last six matches away from home (one draw, five losses).
  • Another away defeat would be the fifth in a row for Juventus, setting a new club record in the competition.
  • Juventus have lost their last three games away from home by a 0-1 scoreline.
  • On Matchday 4 Andrea Pirlo scored a freekick in his 100th match in the Champions League.
  • In the last match against Olympiakos on Matchday 4, Paul Pogba scored his first CL-goal, in his 18th appearance.
  • Markus Rosenberg has scored four of Malmö’s last five goals in the Champions League (including qualifiers).
  • Only one of Carlos Tévez’s eight Champions League goals have come in an away game.

 

Ludogorets Razgrad – Liverpool

  • To keep their chances of reaching the knock-out stages alive Razgrad need to win and hope that Basel fail to win.
  • Liverpool will be eliminated after this round if Basel pick up more points on Matchday 5 than the Reds.
  • Liverpool have failed to score in their last three Champions League games, their longest such run in this competition since 2005 – 2006 (five games in a row between November 2005 and September 2006).
  • Liverpool have failed to score in both away games in their Champions League campaign this season and have recorded just two goals in their last five Champions League away games.
  • Razgrad are yet to score more than one goal in a Champions League game, but have found the back of the net at least once in three of their four games in the competition.
  • Razgrad have celebrated their only Champions League win on home soil, beating Basel 1-0 at home on Matchday 3.
  • Ludogorets have received the joint-most bookings in the competition this season (13, as many as Monaco and Ajax).
  • Two of Razgrad’s three goals in the Champions League have come in second half injury time, one of them in the first meeting at Anfield.

 

 

Basel – Real Madrid

  • Basel will progress to the last 16 with a win if Razgrad don’t lose against Liverpool.
  • 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; this season they’re qualified for the round of last 16 after four Matchdays (W4).
  • Real Madrid and Basel’s only previous encounter before this season was in the first round of the 1971/72 UEFA Cup. The Spanish side won both games by a 2-1 scoreline.
  • Real Madrid have won all of their five matches against Swiss sides in the Champions League.
  • FC Basel have won just two of their 15 games against Spanish sides in European competitions.
  • For the first time in the club’s history FC Basel have managed to gain six points from their first four games in the group stages of the Champions League.
  • FC Basel have managed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last six home games in European competitions to set a new club record.
  • Basel became the first Swiss team to score four goals in a single Champions League game on Matchday 4 (4-0 vs. Razgrad).
  • Real Madrid have won their last seven games in the Champions League.
  • Real Madrid have failed to score only once in their last 42 games in the Champions League (0-2 in Dortmund in the quarter-finals 2013/14).
  • Karim Benzema is the only player to have scored at least one goal on each of the four Matchdays this season (five goals in total).
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 70 goals in the Champions League, only one goal fewer than the record holders in this competition, Lionel Messi and Raul (71).

 

Bayer Leverkusen – Monaco

  • A win or a draw would guarantee Leverkusen’s progress to the last 16. Even a defeat will be enough for Leverkusen if Zenit avoid defeat against Benfica.
  • Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen’s only previous encounter before this season 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.
  • Bayer 04 Leverkusen have lost five of their seven CL matches against French sides (one win, one draw). At home they are still waiting for their first win (D1, L2).
  • AS Monaco lost their first game in European competitions on German soil (0-3 vs. Eintracht Frankfurt in 1974) – since then they have managed two wins and two draws in Germany.
  • Leverkusen have reached the round of last 16 in their last three CL seasons but have failed to reach the quarter-finals in each one of these.
  • Bayer 04 Leverkusen have faced only 25 shots, the fewest of all teams this season.
  • AS Monaco have conceded only one goal this CL season, the fewest alongside Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.
  • AS Monaco are without a goal in 299 minutes in the Champions League. Joao Moutinho scored the last goal on Matchday 1 against today’s opponent Bayer Leverkusen.
  • Bayer have won their last three games in the Champions League. They have never managed to win four in a row.
  • AS Monaco have won only one of their last 11 away games in the Champions League (D3, L7) – in December 2005 they won 5-0 in La Coruna.
  • Bayer 04 Leverkusen have scored the most goals from outside the box this season (three).
  • Dimitar Berbatov has only scored one goal in his last 26 Champions League appearances. He’s netted more goals with Bayer Leverkusen (seven) than with any other club in the competition (five with Manchester United).

 

Zenit St Petersburg – Benfica

  • Zenit will be eliminated with a defeat by one goal if Leverkusen lose.
  • Benfica will be eliminated with a defeat. Even a draw would not be enough if Leverkusen lose against Monaco.
  • Zenit have failed to win in their last six home games in the Champions League (five draws, one loss).
  • Benfica have only achieved one win in their last 11 away games in the Champions League (four draws, six losses).
  • At home, Zenit are unbeaten against teams from Portugal (four wins, two draws).
  • Benfica have lost their last three away games hosted by a Russian team.
  • Three former Benfica players – Axel Witsel, Ezequiel Garay and Javi Garcia – now play for Zenit St. Petersburg.
  • After going two full seasons without a red card in the Champions League (2012-13 and 2013-14), Benfica have received two in their four games so far this season in the competition.

 

Anderlecht – Galatasaray

  • A win is the only result that will keep either of these teams in the competition, but even that might not be enough as they will be both eliminated if Arsenal avoid defeat at home against Dortmund.
  • Anderlecht defender Anthony Vanden Borre scored two goals in the last match against Arsenal, helping his team to a 3-3-draw in a game they trailed by three goals.
  • Only three other teams have managed not to lose after being three goals down in a match of the Champions League (Liverpool FC, SV Werder Bremen and Deportivo La Coruna).
  • Anderlecht have failed to win in their last 12 matches in the Champions League (eight losses, four draws).
  • Anderlecht have lost their last six matches at home in a row – three times without scoring a goal.
  • Galatasaray have failed to win in their last seven away games in the Champions League (six losses, one draw) – they’ve lost the last five in a row.
  • The next goal for the Istanbul outfit will be their 100th in the Champions League; they currently have 99 in 96 matches.
  • Galatasaray have failed to win against a team from Belgium in all of their five matches (two draws, three losses).

 

Arsenal – Borussia Dortmund

  • These teams are battling for 1st place; if Dortmund avoid defeat they are guaranteed top spot.
  • A draw or a win guarantees Arsenal’s progress to the round of last 16. Even a defeat would be enough if the other game ends as a draw.
  • For the third time in a row Borussia Dortmund have qualified for the round of the last 16 in the Champions League.
  • Dortmund, with 12 points and a goal difference of +12, have the second best record ever after four Matchdays in the group stages of the Champion League – only Juventus, in 1995/96, had a better record (only courtesy of scoring one goal more).
  • Dortmund have won their last five matches in the Champions League – only from December 1996 to October 1997 have they had a longer run (eight wins)
  • Only Galatasaray have managed to score against Dortmund in their last five matches.
  • For the first time, Dortmund have scored at least twice in five consecutive games in the Champions League.
  • With 13 goals scored in this year’s group stage, Dortmund have the second-best goal-tally after Shaktar Donezk (14 goals).
  • Adrian Ramos scored with each of his three shots on target in the Champions League.
  • Alexis Sanchez has scored two goals in this year’s CL-season, equaling his personal record of goals in a single season (2011/12 with FC Barcelona).
  • Danny Welbeck celebrates his 24th birthday on the day of this match.
  • Arsenal have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last seven matches of the Champions League.
  • Arsenal’s last CL clean sheet was exactly a year ago: a 2-0-win over Olympique Marseille on the 26th November 2013.
  • Arsenal’s Tomas Rosicky played five and a half seasons for Borussia Dortmund and won the German league in his first full season (2001/2002).

 

 

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The League Podcast
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Bundesliga Opta Facts : Nov 22 – 23
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Bundesliga Opta Facts : Nov 22 – 23

FC Bayern München – TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

  • The two sides have met 12 times in the Bundesliga since Hoffenheim’s promotion to the top flight in 2008. FC Bayern are the only BL side that TSG are yet to beat (D4 L8).
  • Hoffenheim’s heaviest BL defeat also came against the record champions; TSG were crushed 7-1 in the Allianz Arena in March 2012.
  • Bayern’s last home game against Hoffenheim in March 2012, when they had already been crowned champions, is the only BL game during Pep Guardiola’s tenure in which the opponents have taken more shots (20) than FC Bayern (11).
  • Hoffenheim have conceded seven goals in their last two BL games – as many as they did in their previous nine matches combined.
  • The league leaders are unbeaten in 15 BL games and have won their last eight home matches with a goal record of 26-4. Their last winning run at home (21 straight home wins) ended in March 2014 against Hoffenheim though (3-3 draw).
  • Only FC Bayern have led in games during 2014/15 more often (9 times) than Hoffenheim (8 times, the same as Wolfsburg). TSG have dropped the most points from winning positions though (9).
  • FCB have conceded just three goals and could set a new club record after 12 games with a clean sheet against Hoffenheim.
  • Bayern have taken the most corners this season (91), but have yet to score from one.
  • Jerome Boateng remained unbeaten for a 50th straight BL game during the 4-0 win over Frankfurt, setting a new BL record. His last defeat in the top flight came in October 2012 against Leverkusen (2-1).
  • Thomas Müller almost transferred to Hoffenheim in 2009. Since his first-team debut on 15th August 2008, Müller has been involved in more goals than any other BL player – 108 goals scored and 66 assists in 272 competitive games.
  • Adam Szalai is the only Hoffenheim player that has already scored two goals against Bayern – both came for Mainz in the Allianz Arena (one secured a 2-1 win in September 2010).

FC Schalke 04 – VfL Wolfsburg

  • Schalke and Wolfsburg have met 34 times in the Bundesliga. S04 narrowly lead the head-to-head record with 11 wins, 13 draws and 10 defeats.
  • S04 have won each of their last four home games against VfL, conceding just once in those matches and scoring 10 times themselves.
  • The Wolves have won just one of their last five games against the Royal Blues (4 defeats) – VfL won 4-0 at home in August 2013.
  • Schalke are one of five teams unbeaten at home in the 2014/15 BL campaign (W3, D2). Their last BL loss on home soil was on matchday 32 last season against Gladbach (1-0), their only defeat in their last 17 home games (W13, D3).
  • Wolfsburg are the most in-form side in the Bundesliga, having won each of their last six games. The Wolves’ only longer winning streak was in their 2008/09 title-winning season (10 straight wins).
  • The Royal Blues haven’t celebrated more than two competitive wins in a row since February 2014. Their last two competitive games have ended in defeat – they never lost three competitive matches on the spin under Jens Keller.
  • Wolfsburg have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three BL games, equalling a club record (3 times before, most recently in March/April 2010).
  • There hasn’t been a 0-0 draw in Wolfsburg’s last 76 BL games – the longest run of its kind at present in the top flight. The last time a BL match featuring the Wolves ended goalless was in September 2012 (in Augsburg).
  • Schalke have lost more often in 11 games so far in this BL campaign (5 times) than they did in the entire second half of the 2013/14 season (17 games – W11, D3, L3).
  • Kevin De Bruyne has already assisted nine goals – no other BL player has more than five assists. In Europe’s top five leagues, only Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) has set up as many goals. The Belgian has had a hand in each of VfL’s last five goals (1 goal + 4 assists).
  • Roberto Di Matteo has won all three of his competitive home games with Schalke (2-0 against Hertha, 4-3 against Sporting and 1-0 against Augsburg).

Borussia Mönchengladbach – Eintracht Frankfurt

  • This is already the second meeting between these two sides this season. Borussia won 2-1 against Frankfurt in the second round of the DFB Cup.
  • Frankfurt only have a positive head-to-head record in the BL against two current top-flight sides; Freiburg (W11, D3, L9) and Gladbach (W31, D22, L27).
  • Gladbach lost a competitive match for the first time this season on the last matchday in Dortmund (1-0). Borussia remained unbeaten in their first 18 competitive games of the campaign, something they hadn’t previously done since being promoted to the BL in 1965.
  • Borussia are unbeaten in 13 competitive home matches (W8, D5). Their last defeat in Borussia-Park came in the league on 8th March 2014 in a 2-1 loss to Augsburg.
  • Eintracht have lost each of their last five competitive games, something which last happened over 10 years ago in March/April 2004. Frankfurt most recently picked up points in a 3-2 win over Köln on matchday 7.
  • Gladbach took just one shot in Dortmund and thus equalled their negative club record since detailed statistics started being collected in 2004/05. On top of that, the Foals had just one touch of the ball in the opponents’ penalty area over the 90 minutes.
  • Frankfurt haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last 10 games, the longest run of its kind at present in the top flight. Eintracht’s only clean sheet this season came in their 1-0 win over Freiburg on matchday 1.
  • Eintracht have conceded the most second-half goals in the league (15). Seven of them have come in the final 15 minutes alone, also a league-high.
  • The game against Dortmund was Lucien Favre’s 200th as a BL manager. His debut in Germany’s top flight came on matchday 1 in 2007/08 when he lost 1-0 to Eintracht Frankfurt with Hertha.
  • Anderson made 13 BL appearances for Borussia in 2010/11. He was loaned out to Eintracht by the Foals for the 2011/12 season, before Frankfurt signed him on a permanent deal in 2012/13.

1. FSV Mainz 05 – Sport-Club Freiburg

  • Mainz 05 are unbeaten in seven BL games against Freiburg (W4, D3) – SCF’s last BL win came in November 2010 at home (1-0). FSV have never remained unbeaten for longer against any other club in the top flight.
  • SCF have never scored more than one goal in a top-flight match against Mainz (a total of 8 in 12 BL games). Freiburg only have as poor a record in the BL (0.67 goals per game) against Düsseldorf.
  • Mainz have collected just one point from their last three games and have slipped from third to eighth in the table in that timeframe.
  • Freiburg had to wait until matchday 10 for their first win (1-0 away at Köln). SCF have collected more points over the last two matchdays (6) than they did in the first nine combined (5).
  • SCF have won each of their last three competitive matches – the last time they went on a longer winning run was in April/May 2009 (a 5-game winning streak in the second division).
  • Mainz haven’t scored a second-half goal in their last seven BL games. The 05ers’ last six goals have all come before the break.
  • Freiburg have scored six of their 11 league goals this season from set pieces – proportionally (54.5%), a league-high.
  • With 81.5% of shots saved, 21-year-old Mainz keeper Loris Karius has the fourth-best record in the division (behind Manuel Neuer, Yann Sommer and Diego Benaglio). On top of that, Karius has made the most saves in the league (53).
  • Sebastian Kerk, Sebastian Freis, Stefan Mitrovic and Sascha Riether have only started the three most recent competitive games this season – Freiburg have won all of them.
  • Julian Baumgartlinger made his BL debut on 13th August 2011 in Freiburg (2-1 win).

Hannover 96 – Bayer 04 Leverkusen

  • Bayer 04 Leverkusen haven’t won any of their last six away games against Hannover (D4, L2) – they haven’t been waiting as long for an away win against any other current BL side.
  • However, Hannover have won just one of their last 10 league games against Bayer 04 (D4, L5) – their last victory was a 3-2 win in December 2012.
  • Hannover have collected 19 points despite having scored just nine goals – no other BL side had ever achieved that feat after 11 games. 96 have equalled their negative BL record at the same time: The only other time they have had just 9 goals to their name at this stage was in 1970/71 (8 points).
  • For the first time this calendar year, Leverkusen have failed to score in back-to-back BL games. They have taken 46 shots without scoring since their last goal.
  • For the first time in their BL history, Hannover have six clean sheets after 11 games. The Lower Saxony club have won each of their last three games without conceding, equalling their BL record from 2006/07.
  • The last time Bayer 04 had just four wins to their name after 11 games was seven years ago in the 2007/08 season.
  • Stefan Kießling has gone 813 minutes of league football without scoring, the longest drought of his BL career.
  • Nevertheless, Kießling is still the BL player with the most competitive goals this season (10, the same as Heung-Min Son).
  • New Hannover signing Joselu has also been waiting a while to score; 580 minutes of BL football have passed since he last found the net on matchday 5 (against Köln).
  • Hiroshi Kiyotake has had a hand in three of his side’s last four goals (2 goals + 1 assist).
  • Tayfun Korkut and Roger Schmidt got their coaching badges together in 2010/11.

SC Paderborn 07 – Borussia Dortmund

  • The newly promoted side have never faced Dortmund in a competitive fixture as SC Paderborn. However, in the second round of the 1984/85 DFB Cup, BVB did win 4-2 against TuS Paderborn-Neuhaus, who were renamed SC Paderborn 07 in 1997.
  • BVB managed to end their nightmare run of five straight BL defeats thanks to a 1-0 win over Gladbach, coupled with a commanding performance. However, their last four BL away games have ended in defeat (something that last happened in 2006/07, a run of 6 games).
  • BVB’s rivals for Champions League qualification already have a substantial advantage. Fourth-place Hannover have nine points more, Gladbach 10, Wolfsburg 13 and Bayern a whopping 17.
  • Two teams have gone on to finish fourth after having a maximum of 10 points after 11 games (converted to the 3-points-per-win system): Eintracht Frankfurt in 1971/72 (10 points) and 1. FC Köln in 1991/92 (9, although in a 38-game season).
  • SCP haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last seven BL games. BVB kept their first clean sheet of the campaign in their win over Gladbach.
  • Paderborn have scored 12 second-half goals – only Wolfsburg and Bayern have scored more (13 each). Six of SCP’s last seven competitive goals have come after the break. The last five competitive goals that Dortmund have conceded have come in the second half.
  • Only HSV’s chance-conversion rate (4.0%) is worse than BVB’s (9.0%).
  • Three of the last four goals that SCP have conceded have been headers – they hadn’t let in a single headed goal prior to that.
  • Gladbach took just one shot against BVB. Dortmund had never previously managed to limit their opponents to just one shot in a BL game since Opta started collecting detailed statistics in 2004/05.
  • Reus, who Bayern are supposedly eyeing a move for, has been involved in 32 of BVB’s last 66 shots (48%). He has also had a hand in the two goals Dortmund have scored themselves in their last four games.
  • Marvin Ducksch (6 BL games), Uwe Hünemeier (5), Lukas Kruse, Mario Vrancic, Marvin Bakalorz and Mahir Saglik (all in the reserves) have all played for Dortmund in the past.

1. FC Köln – Hertha BSC

  • This will be the third meeting between Köln and Hertha on a Saturday evening. The first two ended in 3-0 wins for Berlin, most recently in early October 2010. Köln have won just one of their 10 Saturday evening kick-offs to date (D3, L6).
  • Berlin have won four of their last five competitive matches in Cologne (1 defeat). Interestingly, Hertha had recorded just one win from their 18 games away to Köln prior to that (D2, L15).
  • The last meeting between Köln and Hertha took place on matchday 33 of the 2012/13 second-division campaign. Berlin won 2-1 away from home, securing the league title and ensuring promotion was not possible for Köln, who then came up a year later.
  • 1. FC Köln have won three of their last four BL games (1 defeat). Only the two top teams Bayern (10) and Wolfsburg (12) have collected more points than the promoted side in that timeframe (9, the same as Hannover).
  • With just one win from five games in their own stadium (D2, L2), Köln are 16th in the home table and in Hertha, host the worst away side in the division (just 1 point from 5 games).
  • Including last season, Berlin are without a win in their last 11 away games (D3, L8). Their last BL victory on the road came almost nine months ago; they won 2-1 in Stuttgart at the end of February.
  • Berlin have already conceded eight goals from set pieces this season – only VfB Stuttgart have conceded more goals from dead balls (9). Only Mainz (6) have conceded more headed goals than Hertha (5).
  • Hertha have the worst pass accuracy in the division (67.4%). They’re also the worst side in terms of the number of passes played (3,840).
  • Pawel Olkowski was Köln’s “Man of the Match” in their 4-3 win over Hoffenheim on matchday 11. The Pole scored his first two goals in his 10th BL game and also grabbed an assist. Both of his goals came from outside the penalty area.
  • After a 2-1 loss to Köln on 4th October 2008, Jos Luhukay was let go as Borussia Mönchengladbach manager following a run of six defeats and just one win at the start of the season. Six months later, he took over at FC Augsburg.

Hamburger SV – SV Werder Bremen

  • This will be the 101st BL meeting between Hamburger SV and Werder Bremen. No other match-up has taken place as often in Germany’s top flight.
  • Bremen have won five of their last six northern derbies against HSV, with the other ending in defeat (3-2 home win for Hamburg in January 2013).
  • The two sides have only been positioned worse in the table ahead of a northern derby once before; on matchday 11 of the 1970/71 season, HSV were 17th and Werder were 16th, as they are at the moment. The game in Hamburg ended in a 1-1 draw.
  • Hamburg have scored just four goals in the opening 11 games and have thus equalled the all-time record low set by Eintracht Frankfurt in 1970/71.
  • Bremen have won all three of their competitive games under new manager Viktor Skripnik, recording back-to-back BL wins for the first time since March this year.
  • Werder kept their first clean sheet of the BL campaign in their 2-0 win over VfB Stuttgart on matchday 11 and also managed to avoid going behind in a league game for the first time in 2014/15.
  • Bremen have scored the most away goals in the league (10, the same as Stuttgart), however, they have conceded the most goals on the road by some distance (18). Werder’s six away matches this season have produced an average of 4.7 goals per game.
  • With six goals to his name, Werder’s Franco Di Santo leads the BL goalscoring charts together with four other players. Last season, no Bremen player netted more than seven goals during the entire campaign (Aaron Hunt and Nils Petersen).
  • Zlatko Junuzovic set up both goals in the 2-0 win over Stuttgart and is second in the league in terms of assists with five to his name (Wolfsburg’s De Bruyne is 1st with 9 assists).
  • Bremen’s Raphael Wolf (2004-09) and Eljero Elia (2009-11) are former HSV players, while Dennis Diekmeier used to wear SVW colours (2003-08).
  • The two coaches last met in the Regionalliga Nord at the start of September; Zinnbauer’s HSV reserves beat Skripnik’s Bremen reserves 4-2.

VfB Stuttgart – FC Augsburg

  • None of the six BL meetings between the two sides have ended in a draw. Stuttgart won the first three, while Augsburg have won the three most recent encounters. There have been at least three goals scored in all six matches.
  • VfB have won just two of their last 14 BL games (1-0 against Hannover on matchday 6 and 5-4 in Frankfurt on matchday 9) – otherwise, they have recorded four draws and eight defeats.
  • With 15 points on the board after 11 games, Augsburg are having the best season in their young BL history. On top of that, FCA have never had as many goals to their name at this stage of the season as they do currently (14), nor have they conceded as few goals (12).
  • VfB have only once had a worse points haul after 11 BL games than they do at present (9 points): They had just seven (converted to the 3-points-per-win system) in 1974/75, a season which ended in relegation.
  • With 25 goals conceded, Stuttgart currently have the worst defence in the Bundesliga. Never before in their club history have VfB let in as many goals in their first 11 BL games.
  • FCA have lost each of their last four away games, something which last happened between September and November last year. Augsburg have never suffered a run of five straight away defeats within one BL campaign.
  • VfB’s tally of nine goals conceded from set pieces is a league high, as is their tally of five goals let in from free kicks.
  • Tobias Werner scored the first brace of his BL career during the 3-0 win over Paderborn and also became the first Augsburg player to have a hand in three goals in a single BL game (2 goals + 1 assist).
  • Moritz Leitner was on loan at FCA in the second half of 2010/11 and celebrated promotion to the top flight with them. The midfielder notched up two assists in nine second-division games for Augsburg.
  • Augsburg-born manager Armin Veh took his first footballing steps as a player (until 1979) and coach (1990-95) at FCA – he also managed the then Regionalliga side between 2003 and 2004 and only just missed out on promotion to the second tier.

 

 

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Ligue 1 Opta Stats : Nov 21 – 23
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Ligue 1 Opta Stats : Nov 21 – 23

Metz – Paris SG

  • PSG are winless in their last three away league games at Metz (D1 L2).
  • Metz have won only one of their last five Ligue 1 games (D1 L3).
  • Metz are unbeaten in their last seven home league games (W5 D2).
  • PSG are the only team still unbeaten in Ligue 1 this season (W7 D6).
  • PSG have lost only three of their last 62 Ligue 1 games (W43 D16).
  • PSG have lost only two of their last 32 away games in Ligue 1 (W20 D10).
  • Edinson Cavani has scored in each of his last five competitive games with PSG.
  • Lucas Moura has scored the opening goal five times in Ligue 1 this term, more than any other player.

Bastia – Lyon

  • Bastia have won only one of their last eight Ligue 1 games against Lyon (D3 L4).
  • Bastia have won two of their last four league games, as much as in their previous 13.
  • Bastia have lost only two of their last 12 home games in Ligue 1 (W4 D6).
  • Lyon are unbeaten in their last nine Ligue 1 games (W7 D2).
  • Lyon have won their last five league games, a first since August-September 2008.
  • Bastia have lost only two of their last 12 home league games (W4 D6).
  • Lyon have found the net in their last 10 Ligue 1 games, more than any other team.
  • Lyon have found the net in each of their last seven away games in the top flight.
  • Alexandre Lacazette has scored 3 goals in 4 league games against Bastia.

Guingamp – Rennes

  • Guingamp have won their last five competitive games against Rennes.
  • Guingamp have won 2-0 their last three games against Rennes (two in Ligue 1, one in the Coupe de France final).
  • None of the last 15 Guingamp games in Ligue 1 have ended with a draw (W5 L10).
  • Guingamp have lost only two of their last 10 home games against another club from Brittany (W6 D2).
  • Rennes are unbeaten in their last five Ligue 1 games (W3 D2).
  • Rennes are winless in their last four away games in Ligue 1 (D2 L2).
  • Rennes have lost none of their seven games played without Ola Toivonen in Ligue 1 since 22 January (W4 D3).
  • Pedro Henrique has scored the last two Rennes goals in Ligue 1.

Lorient – Lens

  • Lorient are unbeaten in their last nine league games against Lens (W5 D4).
  • Lens have lost their last four away games at Lorient in Ligue 1 without scoring any goal.
  • Lens have never kept a clean sheet against Lorient in Ligue 1 (12 games).
  • Lorient have lost eight of their last nine Ligue 1 games (W1).
  • Lorient have lost their last four league games, longest current run.
  • Lorient have lost their last four home games in Ligue 1.
  • Lens have won only one of their last nine league games (D2 L6).
  • Jordan Ayew has been involved in four of the last five goals scored by Lorient players in Ligue 1 (2 goals, 2 assists).

Monaco – Caen

  • Caen are unbeaten in their last nine competitive games against Monaco (W4 D5).
  • The last four encounters between Monaco and Caen have all ended with a draw.
  • Caen have never won at Monaco in Ligue 1 (D4 L8).
  • Monaco have won only two of their last eight home league games (D4 L2).
  • Caen have won only one of their last 10 Ligue 1 games (D3 L6).
  • Caen have won none of their last five away games in Ligue 1 (D3 L2).
  • Monaco have scored in 19 of their last 20 Ligue 1 games.
  • Caen have kept only one clean sheet in their last 10 Ligue 1 games.

Nice – Reims

  • Reims have won only one of their last 15 away games against Nice in the top flight (D3 L11).
  • Nice have won their last four home games against Reims in Ligue 1.
  • Reims have kept only two clean sheets in 28 away games against Nice in Ligue 1.
  • Nice are winless in their last three home league games (D1 L2).
  • Reims are unbeaten in their last five league games (W3 D2).
  • Reims have won only one of their last 12 away league games (D2 L9).
  • Valentin Eysseric has scored two of the last three goals scored by Nice against Reims.
  • Benjamin Moukandjo has scored in his last three league games.

Nantes – St Etienne

  • St Etienne have won their last three league games against Nantes (7 goals scored, 2 goals conceded).
  • Nantes have lost none of their last eight league games (W4 D4).
  • Nantes are unbeaten in their last five home league games (W2 D3).
  • St Etienne have lost only two of their last 10 away games in Ligue 1 (W6 D2).
  • St Etienne have never scored more than one goal in their last 11 league games.
  • Jordan Veretout has been involved in the last seven goals scored by Nantes players in the top flight (3 goals, 4 assists).
  • Max Gradel has been involved in two of the last three St Etienne goals against Nantes in Ligue 1 (1 goal, 1 assist).
  • Ricky van Wolfswinkel has been involved in five of the last seven St Etienne goals in Ligue 1 (2 goals, 3 assists).

Montpellier – Toulouse

  • Toulouse have won only four of their 30 Ligue 1 games against Montpellier (D12 L14). They have won none of their last five away games at Montpellier.
  • Only one of the last 11 encounters between these two teams produced more than two goals.
  • Montpellier have lost three of their last four league games (W1).
  • Montpellier have won four of their last five home league games (L1).
  • Toulouse have not found the net in five of their last 10 away games in the top flight.
  • Souleymane Camara has scored four goals against Toulouse, he has scored more only against Rennes (8) and Nice (5).
  • Wissam Ben Yedder has been involved in five of the last seven Toulouse goals in Ligue 1 (4 goals, 1 assist).
  • Aleksandar Pesic has been involved in four of the last five Toulouse goals in Ligue 1.

Marseille – Bordeaux

  • Bordeaux have won only five of their last 51 away games against Marseille (D17 L29), winning none of their last six (D3 L3).
  • Bordeaux have scored only three goals in their last six away games against Marseille in Ligue 1.
  • Marseille have lost two of their last three league games, as much as in their previous 20 league games.
  • Marseille have won their last five home league games.
  • Bordeaux have won only one of their last five away games in Ligue 1 (D1 L3).
  • Bordeaux have not kept a clean sheet in their last 12 league games, longest current run.
  • André-Pierre Gignac has scored in each of his previous three home league games against Bordeaux.
  • André Ayew have never scored in nine league games against Bordeaux.

 

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La Liga Primera Opta Stats: Nov 21 – 24

 

Athletic Club v Espanyol

  • Athletic have kept three consecutive La Liga clean sheets; they have not kept four in a row since 1988/89.
  • If they win this game, Espanyol will have recorded four successive league wins over Athletic for the first time in their history.
  • Espanyol were the last away team to score four goals at the old San Mames (4-0 in 2013) and were also the first away team to win at the new San Mames (2-1 in 2014).
  • During his time at Espanyol, Sergio Garcia has scored more goals against the Lions than any other team (four).
  • The Parakeets are without a win in nine away league games (D2 L7); they have not won on the road since a 2-1 win at La Rosaleda in March.
  • The Lions have won their last three league games on a Friday, scoring nine and conceding none.
  • Athletic have only conceded one goal when Xabier Etxeita has started in goal this season; they have conceded 11 when he hasn’t been in the starting line-up.
  • Sergio Gonzalez’s side have scored 64% of their goals in the final 15 minutes of games this term; a league-high proportion.
  • Ernesto Valverde has only won 12.5% of games against Espanyol as a La Liga manager; the lowest ratio against any side he has faced at least three times.

Atletico Madrid v Malaga

  • Atletico Madrid have only won three of their last seven La Liga meetings with Malaga (D3 L1), with all three wins coming by the odd goal.
  • Malaga were one of only four away teams to take a point at the Vicente Calderon last season (1-1 on the penultimate gameweek).
  • The Red-and-Whites have conceded more goals in their last two games (four) than they had in the five preceding matches combined (three).
  • Diego Simeone has drawn more matches with Malaga (3) than any other side as a La Liga manager.
  • Mario Mandzukic has scored in his last three La Liga games; his best run in the Spanish top-flight.
  • With 21 points from 11 games, Malaga have recorded their best ever start to a top-flight campaign.
  • Atleti substitutes have scored five league goals this season; a joint-high with those of Barcelona.
  • Nordin Amrabat has participated in more league goals than any other Malaga player since the start of last season (five goals, eight assists).
  • Atletico have scored a league-high 14 goals from set pieces this season, though Malaga have only conceded twice this way; a joint-low with Barcelona.

Eibar v Real Madrid

  • This will be the first league meeting between Eibar and Real Madrid, and the first meeting in any competition since the 2004 Copa del Rey.
  • The Whites have only visited Ipurua once before in a competitive game and they failed to win (1-1 in the 2004 Copa del Rey).
  • Iker Casillas, who was Real Madrid’s goalkeeper that day, has kept a clean sheet in his last three away league games.
  • Real Madrid have won their last four away league games with a goal difference of +17 (19 goals scored, two conceded).
  • The side from the capital have scored 21 away goals this term; Eibar scored 25 at home in their entire promotion winning Segunda campaign last season.
  • Eibar have only lost one of their five top-flight home games so far, winning the first and drawing the most recent three.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in 18 of his last 19 league games (27 goals); he only played nine minutes in the one he didn’t score in (away to Real Valladolid).
  • Mikel Arruabarrena is the only Eibar player to have scored a brace this season and he is also the only player to score in consecutive La Liga games for the club.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored against every team he has faced in the Spanish top-flight; Eibar would become the 29th team he has scored against if he nets in this game.
  • Real Madrid have had a league-high 199 shots this term (including blocked); Eibar have faced a league-high 159.
  • Los Armeros have scored a league-high 62% of their goals in the first-half this term.

Barcelona v Sevilla

  • Barcelona have won their last five league meetings with Sevilla; they have not won six in a row against them since 1975.
  • Sevilla have only taken one point from their last 10 trips to the Nou Camp (0-0 in 2011).
  • That 0-0 draw in 2011 was the last time Barcelona shared a goalless draw in front of their own fans in the top-flight.
  • Sevilla’s last league win at the Nou Camp came back in 2002; a famous 3-0 win that saw Barca fans protesting against chairman Joan Gaspart.
  • Lionel Messi has scored 15 goals in 16 league games against Sevilla; incidentally the team Cristiano Ronaldo has scored the most La Liga goals against (16).
  • Barcelona have gone 106 minutes without a home goal; they have not gone two home league goals without scoring since April 2008.
  • Sevilla are currently on their longest winless run of the campaign; two games (D1 L1).
  • Ivan Rakitic has completed more passes than any other Barcelona player this term (616); he topped this category for Sevilla last season (1,387).
  • Barca are one of only two teams (with Recreativo) that Unai Emery has faced as a La Liga manager and never beaten (D4 L9).
  • Luis Suarez has already recorded the same number of assists this season as he managed in his first Premier League campaign with Liverpool (three in 10/11).
  • Sergio Busquets is the only Barcelona midfielder to have recorded a La Liga assist this term.

Deportivo La Coruna v Real Sociedad

  • Deportivo have only won three of their last 10 top-flight meetings with Real Sociedad (D2 L5).
  • The side from San Sebastian have taken at least a point in three of their last five trips to the Riazor in La Liga (W2 D1).
  • The last league meeting between these sides saw Real Sociedad condemn Deportivo to the Segunda Division with a 1-0 in June 2013.
  • Deportivo have only lost one of their last four league games (W1 D2) but that was their most recent home match (1-2 v Getafe).
  • Real Sociedad have only won two league games all season but those two wins have come against the reigning Liga (Atletico) and Champions League (Real Madrid) champions.
  • Deportivo are the only team to have saved two penalties this season; German Lux and Fabricio have both saved one each.
  • Carlos Vela has scored just two league goals this season, but he has scored once in each of Real Sociedad’s two wins.
  • Fabricio has the best save percentage in La Liga this term (87.5%).
  • Real Sociedad have earned a league-high eight points from losing positions this term.

Rayo Vallecano v Celta Vigo

  • Rayo Vallecano have won their last seven La Liga meetings with Celta Vigo, keeping a clean sheet in each of the last three.
  • Indeed, this run of seven consecutive wins is Rayo’s longest against a particular opponent in their top-flight history.
  • If they win this game, Rayo will have beaten Celta Vigo more often than any other team in Vallecas in the Primera (10, currently nine).
  • Joaquin Larrivey has averaged 0.64 goals per game in La Liga with Celta this term, almost double his goals per game rate with Rayo last season (0.34).
  • Rayo have lost their last three league games, conceding an average of four goals per game.
  • Celta Vigo have kept three successive clean sheets; they have not kept four in a row in La Liga since April 2006.
  • Nolito has either taken or set up 51% of Celta Vigo’s shots this term; a league-high proportion.
  • Rayo have conceded a league-high 12 first-half goals this season.
  • Alberto Bueno has scored three goals in four La Liga clashes with Celta Vigo.

Levante v Valencia

  • Levante have won their last two home derbies against Valencia, keeping a clean sheet on each occasion.
  • Victory in this game would see los Granotas win three consecutive home games against their rivals for the first time in the top-flight.
  • Valencia have won both regional derbies this season so far; Levante lost their only previous one.
  • Until their 0-0 draw in MD11, Valencia had claimed exactly the same number of points as they had scored goals in every game this season.
  • Levante have gained four points from three games under Lucas Alcaraz; just one fewer than they managed in eight games under Jose Luis Mendilibar this term (five).
  • Victor Casadesus has scored three of Levante’s last four league goals.
  • Six of Valencia’s last seven La Liga goals have come from corners, with four of them assisted by Pablo Piatti.
  • Levante are one of only two La Liga sides yet to score a header this term (Getafe are the other).
  • Nuno’s side have scored a league-high eight goals in the opening 15 minutes of games this term.

Elche v Cordoba

  • This will be the first top-flight meeting between these sides for over 45 years (0-0 in January 1969).
  • Elche have won five of their seven previous La Liga meetings with Cordoba (D1 L1).
  • Cordoba won their first ever La Liga clash with los Ilicitanos 1-0 in 1963, but this remains their only top-flight away win at Elche.
  • Elche have won just one of their last seven league games at the Martinez Valero (D3 L3), though that was their most recent home game (2-1 v Espanyol).
  • Cordoba have drawn more games than any other La Liga side this term (six).
  • Four of the last five teams to have won none of their first 11 La Liga games have been relegated at the end of the campaign.
  • Jonathas has scored Elche’s last four league goals, two of them via headers.
  • Cordoba have scored a league-high 88% of their goals in the second-half this term.
  • Fede Cartabia has assisted 38% of his team’s goals this season; a La Liga-high.

Villarreal v Getafe

  • Villarreal have won six of their nine home games against Getafe in La Liga but have lost their last two (D1).
  • The Blues have scored at least twice in four of their last five trips to El Madrigal in the league.
  • The Yellow Submarine have alternated between victory and defeat in their last eight home league games, losing last time out.
  • The Blues have only lost one of their last six league games (W3 D2) and that was at home to reigning champions Atletico Madrid.
  • Getafe have won more points with goals scored after the 89th minute than any other team this season (three).
  • Marcelino’s side have lost six points with goals conceded in the final 10 minutes of games this term; a league-high.
  • Getafe are the only team yet to either score or concede a headed goal in La Liga this term.
  • Ikechukwu Uche has only scored one goal in seven clashes with Getafe in La Liga, and that was with Recreativo back in 2007.
  • Pablo Sarabia has created a chance every 27.7 minutes in La Liga this term; the most frequent rate of any regular player.

Granada v Almeria

  • Joaquin Caparros has won five and drawn one of his last six meetings with Almeria in La Liga.
  • Almeria won both meetings with Granada last season, the first two top-flight clashes between the sides. They scored five and conceded none across those games.
  • Verza scored a penalty in both clashes between these sides last term.
  • Granada have lost their last three home league games; they have never lost four in a row in the top-flight.
  • Both Granada and Almeria have lost a league-high seven points from winning positions this term.
  • Almeria have lost their last four league games, conceding exactly twice in three of them.
  • Only Getafe (7.84%) have a lower shot conversion rate than Granada (8.33%) this season.
  • Francisco’s side have conceded just 36% of their goals in the first-half this term; a joint-low with Getafe.
  • Granada are the lowest scorers in La Liga this season with just six goals, two of them coming from outside the area.

 

 

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Atalanta-Roma

  • This will be the 105th clash between these two teams in Serie A: the Giallorossi lead by 50 wins to 22, with 32 draws.
  • However, Atalanta have scored 110 goals in the top flight against Roma, more than against any other team.
  • Atalanta are winless in four league matches against Roma – their last win over the Giallorossi came in 2012 (4-1 at home); since then, three losses and one draw.
  • The Nerazzurri have conceded goals in 24 of the last 25 league games played against Roma (46 goals in total).
  • This is the first time in Serie A history that Atalanta have scored only four goals in the first 11 fixtures.
  • The Bergamaschi have scored the joint-fewest goals (4) across the top five European leagues this term.
  • Atalanta have fired only 23 shots on target so far (none in the most recent game vs Sassuolo) – fewer than any other side in the current Serie A.
  • In Serie A, Roma are winless in their last three games on the road (D1 L2) and they haven’t found the back of the net in the last two matches away from home.
  • The Giallorossi have scored five times in the first 15 minutes – a record in this Serie A campaign.
  • Roma are the side with the most goalscorers in the current Serie A (11) while Atalanta are the team with the fewest players who have found the net so far (3).
  • Germán Denis has scored five times against Roma in Serie A, including one of his three hat-tricks in the top flight during Atalanta’s last win over Roma.
  • Gervinho had not found the net over his last nine Serie A appearances – his longest drought in the Italian top-flight.

Cesena-Sampdoria

  • Sampdoria have won eight of the 20 Serie A meetings with Cesena: four wins for the Romagnoli and eight draws.
  • Prior to Cesena’s win in their last game against Sampdoria (3-2 in March 2011), the Bianconeri had not won any of the previous seven clashes against the Blucerchiati (L5 D2).
  • Cesena had not found the net in six of the last eight league meetings with Sampdoria in the top flight.
  • The last four meetings played at Cesena have seen one draw and three defeats for the Bianconeri, with just one goal scored by the Romagnoli in the process.
  • Cesena have won only one game in this Serie A campaign (D4 L6) and they have always conceded so far.
  • Sampdoria have collected 20 points in the first 11 fixtures – their second-highest tally (21 points in 2009/10) over the last 15 Serie A seasons.
  • Cesena are the team with the most headed goals conceded in the current Serie A (5).
  • The Bianconeri have conceded nine set piece goals so far – no team has done worse in the Italian top-flight this term.
  • On the other side, Sampdoria have found eight goals from set piece situation – a joint-record alongside Empoli so far.
  • This will be the 400th Cesena game in Serie A: 77 wins, 151 draws and 171 defeats for them.
  • Stefano Okaka is the player with the most fouls conceded (49) in the current Serie A – he has also won 43 fouls, only two players have more than him.

Genoa-Palermo

  • The last 10 meetings between Genoa and Palermo in Serie A have seen three wins apiece, four draws and 11 goals scored by each team.
  • Genoa are unbeaten at home against Palermo in Serie A (W8 D8).
  • The Rossoblu have kept a clean sheet in eight of these 16 home games against Palermo in the top-flight.
  • 12 of the last 13 goals scored by Genoa against Palermo in Serie A have come during the second half.
  • Genoa are unbeaten in their last six league fixtures: the Rossoblu won four of these games.
  • Only Atalanta (2) and Torino (3) have scored fewer home goals than Genoa (4) in this Serie A campaign.
  • Palermo have won their last game on the road (vs AC Milan) – the Rosanero collected only one point over the previous four away matches in the league.
  • Genoa have recouped seven points from trailing situation so far – a joint-record in the current Serie A.
  • Palermo are the team with the most dribbles completed (131) in Serie A this term.
  • Alessandro Matri has found the back of the net three times in his 12 Serie A appearances against Palermo – the last dates back to November 2011 (when he was at the Juventus).
  • Paulo Dybala has been involved in five out of the last seven Palermo’s goals in the league (three goals, two assists).

Lazio-Juventus

  • Lazio have lost the most Serie A games right against Juventus: 72 defeats in 140 meetings (W32 D36).
  • The Biancocelesti are winless in 19 league games against Juventus (D6 L13): their last win dates back to December 2003 at the Olimpico.
  • Lazio have not managed to score more than a single goal against Juventus in their last 12 clashes in Serie A (six goals scored overall).
  • Lazio have picked up only one point, and bagged just one goal, in their last five league matches against Juventus played at home.
  • The Biancocelesti lost their last Serie A game (against Empoli) after they had collected 16 points in the previous six league clashes.
  • Juventus have the best attack (25 goals) and the best defence (4 goals conceded) in Serie A so far.
  • The Bianconeri have already kept eight clean sheets so far – a joint-record alongside with Roma in this Serie A campaign.
  • Lazio are only three goals away from reaching their 3000th goal conceded in Serie A.
  • Carlos Tévez, topscorer with eight goals (as many as José Callejón), is the player with the most braces (three) in the current Serie A.
  • Arturo Vidal has scored four goals against Lazio (two braces), his joint-favourite target in the top flight.
  • Giorgio Chiellini has bagged the joint-most goals in Serie A right against Lazio (three), including his only brace in the top flight.
  • Antonio Candreva has delivered the most assists in Serie A this term (seven).

Milan-Inter

  • This will be 161st Serie A Milan Derby: the Nerazzurri lead by 60 wins to 50, with 50 draws.
  • AC Milan have suffered the most defeats and conceded the most goals (223) in Serie A right against Inter.
  • These two teams have faced each others 212 times in all competitions, with Inter still leading by 76 wins to 74 (D62).
  • AC Milan won the last Milan Derby in Serie A (1-0) after being winless in the five previous matches against Inter (D1 L4).
  • The last 12 league derbies between these two teams have seen 11 red cards: five picked up by the Rossoneri and six taken by the Nerazzurri.
  • AC Milan are winless in their last four league clashes (D3 L1).
  • Inter have won only two of their last seven Serie A games (D2 L3).
  • The Nerazzurri are the team with the most goals conceded in the first 15 minutes of play (5) so far.
  • The Rossoneri have the highest shot conversion rate (19%) in the current Serie A.
  • Giacomo Bonaventura has scored four goals in his four Serie A clashes with Inter – the Nerazzurri are his favourite target in the league.
  • Stephan El Shaarawy found the net on the last matchday (against Sampdoria) after a 622 days long goalless streak.
  • Mauro Icardi has scored all of the last four Inter’s goals in the league. The Argentinian is also the season’s topscorer among Italian teams’ players in all competitions (11 goals).

Napoli-Cagliari

  • Napoli are unbeaten in 10 games against Cagliari in Serie A (W6 D4).
  • In fact, Napoli have won four of the last five matches against the Sardinians in the top flight, scoring 14 goals in the process.
  • The Azzurri have won each of the last four Serie A clashes against Cagliari at the San Paolo, netting 3.5 goals per game on average.
  • Napoli are unbeaten in their last eight league matches (W5 D3).
  • The Azzurri are the only unbeaten team over the last seven Serie A matchdays and the one with the most points collected over this period (17).
  • Napoli have already gained six points from trailing situation at home – a seasonal record in Serie A.
  • The Azzurri are the side with the most shots on target (75) over this Serie A campaign.
  • Cagliari are the team with the best shooting accuracy (53%) so far.
  • Marek Hamsik has found the back of the net four times in his 13 Serie A appearances against Cagliari.
  • Gonzalo Higuaín has found the net in four consecutive Serie A games for the first time in his career.
  • Against Genoa, Diego Farias scored his very first goal in Serie A (19 appearances).

Parma-Empoli

  • These two teams have shared the points only in one of their 14 Serie A meetings, with 10 victories for the Gialloblu and three for the Tuscans.
  • Parma have always won at home against Empoli in Serie A (7 games), conceding only one goal.
  • The 7-0 loss suffered against Juventus in the last matchday was the biggest ever for Parma in Serie A.
  • Parma (28) and Empoli (19) are the teams with the most goals conceded in Serie A this term.
  • Across the top five European leagues, no team has suffered more losses than Parma (nine) this season.
  • Empoli won their last Serie A match (against Lazio), after they had lost the previous three games.
  • The Tuscans, along with Cesena, are yet to win a game on the road in the current Serie A.
  • Empoli are the team with the most recoveries (727) in Serie A this term.
  • Only Sampdoria (198) have won more fouls than Empoli (192) in this Serie A campaign.
  • Francesco Tavano has scored four goals in eight games against Parma, his favourite target in the top flight. However, the Italian forward has lost five of these eight matches.
  • Daniele Galloppa bagged his first Serie A goal against Empoli – back in October 2007 when he was at the Siena.
  • Antonio Cassano has the best shot conversion rate (45.5%) among players with 4+ goals in the current Serie A.

Torino-Sassuolo

  • Torino have won their two Serie A clashes with Sassuolo, both 2-0.
  • The first meeting between these two teams was Sassuolo’s first ever game in the Italian top-flight (25th of August 2013).
  • Torino and Sassuolo have faced each other eight times in Serie B (including play-offs): four wins for the Granata and two for the Neroverdi.
  • Torino haven’t found the net in their last two league games and they haven’t scored more than a single goal in any of their last seven Serie A fixtures.
  • Sassuolo have gone unbeaten over their last five games in the league (W2 D3) – their longest run ever in Serie A.
  • The Neroverdi are the team with the most games drawn 0-0 (four) across the top five European leagues this term.
  • This will be the 50th Sassuolo’s match in Serie A: the Emiliani have won 11 times and drawn 13 games so far (with an average of 0.94 points per game).
  • Torino have the second-worst attack (7 goals) and the second-worst shot conversion rate (6%) in the current Serie A.
  • Fabio Quagliarella has fired 14 out of the 34 Torino’s shots on target in this Serie A campaign.
  • Francesco Magnanelli is the player with the most recoveries in the Italian top-flight so far (118).
  • Sergio Floccari has found three goals in his last four clashes with Torino in the league, including one of his six braces in the top-flight.

Udinese-Chievo

  • Udinese and Chievo have met 24 times in Serie A: the Bianconeri lead by 10 wins to six.
  • Four out of the eight league draws between these two sides have ended 0-0.
  • Udinese have won their last four home league games against Chievo, scoring 2.5 goals per game on average in the process.
  • Andrea Stramaccioni’s side have won only one of their last six Serie A matches – they had four wins in the previous five games.
  • Udinese have faced four penalties so far: Orestis Karnezis has saved one (against Palermo in the last fixture).
  • Beating Cesena, Chievo have ended a eight games long streak without a win in the league (D2 L6).
  • Udinese have been ahead in any of their six home games in this Serie A – but they have won only four of these matches (D1 L1).
  • Chievo have lost eight points from leading situations so far – more than any other Serie A side.
  • Udinese are the team with the fewest open crosses (92) in the current Serie A.
  • Cyril Théréau’s against Palermo was the first headed goals for Udinese this term.
  • The next will be Antonio Di Natale’s 400th appearance in Serie A – the Italian striker also needs one goal to reach 200 in the top-flight.
  • Sergio Pellissier – who found a brace in the last game against Cesena – is one game away to making his 350th Serie A appearance (all of them came for Chievo).

Verona-Fiorentina

  • Fiorentina have won the last three Serie A encounters against Verona.
  • The two games played last season saw 15 goals scored in total – the 5-3 Fiorentina’s win in the reverse fixture was one of the two Serie A 2013/14 matches with the most goals scored (along with Udinese-Livorno).
  • Both teams have found the net in their last six clashes at the Bentegodi: two wins for Verona, one draw and three wins for the Viola.
  • Verona are winless in their last five Serie A fixtures – two defeats followed by three draws.
  • The Viola have lost two league games in a row for the first time since March.
  • Verona are the team with the fewest fouls conceded in the current Serie A (125).
  • Fiorentina – alongside Atalanta – haven’t found any of their goals with Italians players.
  • Only Perparim Hetemaj (53) has won more fouls than Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (46) in Serie A this term.
  • Luca Toni has only scored three goals in Serie A against his former team (Fiorentina), one of which came in the last meeting, back in April.
  • Borja Valero found the net three times against Verona last season. Verona are his favourite target in Serie A and the only team against whom he has scored a brace.
  • Nico López has scored three goals as substitute so far – a joint-record, along with Álvaro Morata, in Serie A this term.

 

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League Two Opta Facts  November 22
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League Two Opta Facts November 22

 

 

Accrington V Cambridge

  • This will be the first meeting between the two sides in the Football League.
  • Cambridge lost on their last visit to Accrington back in January 2006 in the Conference (0-1).
  • Shay McCartan has scored three goals in his last two home games for Stanley.
  • No player has been involved in more goals this season than Cambridge’s Ryan Donaldson (11; four goals, seven assists).
  • Only Dagenham & Redbridge (106) have faced more shots on target than Accrington this season (91).

 

Burton V Luton

  • This will be the first competitive meeting between Burton and Luton.
  • Only Wycombe (17) and Burton (16) have won more points on the road this season than the Hatters (15).
  • After winning the previous five, the Brewers are without a win at home in three (D1 L2).
  • Luton are unbeaten in 11 (W9 D2); their best run in the Football League since February 2005 (14).
  • Stuart Beavon has provided seven assists this season, six more than any other Burton player.
  • Mark Cullen has scored eight league goals for Luton this term, six more than any other player.

 

Bury V Newport

  • Bury have won four and lost none of their last seven against Newport County at home.
  • The two sides met last season for the first time since 1987; both clashes ended nil-nil.
  • In fact, the last three meetings have ended level; they’ve never drawn four in a row.
  • After losing on opening day to Cheltenham, Bury have won their last seven home league games.
  • In fact, the Shakers have lost just one home league game in 2014 (W11 D6).
  • The Exiles are unbeaten in six, but their last three matches have all ended level (W3).
  • These two sides have scored the most goals from outside the area this season – Newport have nine, while Bury have netted seven.

 

Cheltenham V Wycombe

  • Cheltenham are unbeaten in four against Wycombe, winning two and drawing two.
  • Wycombe have won only one of their previous six matches away to Cheltenham, back in January 2011 (2-1).
  • Cheltenham have lost their last three league games, scoring just once and letting in nine.
  • The Chairboys boast the best away record in the division, picking up 17 points from their eight fixtures on the road (W5 D2 L1).
  • Sam Wood has assisted a goal in three of his last four league games for Wycombe.

 

Dag & Red V Carlisle

  • The Daggers have won both clashes against Carlisle in the Football League back in 2010/11.
  • Carlisle failed to score in those two games, shipping five in the process.
  • No side has won fewer points at home this season than the Daggers (6, along with Hartlepool and York).
  • By contrast, the Cumbrians have collected the fewest points on the road this season in League Two (4).
  • The Daggers have lost nine of their last 11 league games at home (W2).

 

Exeter V Shrewsbury

  • Exeter have won just once in their last seven home games against the Shrews, losing three (D3).
  • Shrewsbury are unbeaten in five against the Grecians, winning two and drawing three.
  • The Grecians have scored in their last 12 league matches, the longest run of any side in League Two. However, that run has yielded one clean sheet.
  • The Shrews have put together six successive league wins. Only twice before have they managed to record seven consecutive victories in the Football League (October 1955 and December 1995).
  • In their winning run, Shrewsbury have scored 15 times and conceded just three. They’ve netted twice in each of their last three.

Hartlepool V York

  • Hartlepool have kept a clean sheet in each of their last four versus York City (W1 D3).
  • There have been just three goals scored across the last five clashes between Hartlepool and York.
  • Hartlepool have the lowest shooting accuracy in League Two (40.2%).
  • The only League Two side to score fewer goals than York this season (14) is Hartlepool (12).

 

Mansfield V Plymouth

  • Mansfield are without a win in eight games, losing four (D4).
  • Reuben Reid has bagged four goals in his last three appearances in league competition.
  • The Stags conceded a 90th minute goal in both games versus Plymouth last season costing them three points in the process.
  • Plymouth have kept five clean sheets in their last eight league encounters with the Stags.
  • Mansfield have gone six games without shutting out the Pilgrims.
  • Only eight of Plymouth’s 30 points this season have arrived on the road (27%).

 

Northampton V Stevenage

  • Northampton have won both games against Stevenage in the Football League without reply.
  • In fact, Stevenage have never beaten Northampton in a competitive match (D1 L3).
  • Northampton have netted 12 times in the final 15 minutes this season, accounting for 46% of their goals this campaign.
  • Stevenage have scored seven times in the opening 15 minutes this season, more than any other side.
  • Lee Barnard has scored three in his last two league matches, having gone eight without a goal for Stevenage.

 

Oxford Utd V Wimbledon

  • Oxford United have won all six previous encounters against AFC Wimbledon in the Football League.
  • The Dons have failed to score in four of those six matches, shipping 13 in the process.
  • Danny Hylton has scored five times in his last six games for Oxford.
  • Indeed, the striker has had a hand in 11 of Oxford’s 19 this season (58%).
  • The Dons have gone six away games without a victory (D2 L4), having won their opening two matches on their travels this campaign.

 

Portsmouth V Morecambe

  • Portsmouth won this exact fixture 3-0 last season, courtesy of goals from Jed Wallace, David Connolly and Patrick Agyemang.
  • Morecambe have yet to beat Portsmouth in a competitive match (D1 L1).
  • Pompey have scored just one headed goal this season, a joint-league low.
  • The Shrimps have scored three goals from direct free-kicks this season, a league high.
  • Portsmouth have lost just once at home this campaign (W5 D2).

 

Tranmere V Southend

  • Tranmere have won four and lost none of their last six home matches against Southend.
  • Southend have scored just two goals in that run, failing to score on five occasions.
  • Tranmere’s search for a win now stands at 12 games, the longest wait of any side currently in the top four tiers this season (D5 L7).
  • Having gone 25 league games without finding the net, Southend’s David Worrall has scored in three of his last four.
  • Rovers have scored just twice in November so far, having mustered two goals in October and three in September. Eight of their 15 goals this season came in August.

 

 

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Accrington V Cambridge

  • This will be the first meeting between the two sides in the Football League.
  • Cambridge lost on their last visit to Accrington back in January 2006 in the Conference (0-1).
  • Shay McCartan has scored three goals in his last two home games for Stanley.
  • No player has been involved in more goals this season than Cambridge’s Ryan Donaldson (11; four goals, seven assists).
  • Only Dagenham & Redbridge (106) have faced more shots on target than Accrington this season (91).

 

Burton V Luton

  • This will be the first competitive meeting between Burton and Luton.
  • Only Wycombe (17) and Burton (16) have won more points on the road this season than the Hatters (15).
  • After winning the previous five, the Brewers are without a win at home in three (D1 L2).
  • Luton are unbeaten in 11 (W9 D2); their best run in the Football League since February 2005 (14).
  • Stuart Beavon has provided seven assists this season, six more than any other Burton player.
  • Mark Cullen has scored eight league goals for Luton this term, six more than any other player.

 

Bury V Newport

  • Bury have won four and lost none of their last seven against Newport County at home.
  • The two sides met last season for the first time since 1987; both clashes ended nil-nil.
  • In fact, the last three meetings have ended level; they’ve never drawn four in a row.
  • After losing on opening day to Cheltenham, Bury have won their last seven home league games.
  • In fact, the Shakers have lost just one home league game in 2014 (W11 D6).
  • The Exiles are unbeaten in six, but their last three matches have all ended level (W3).
  • These two sides have scored the most goals from outside the area this season – Newport have nine, while Bury have netted seven.

 

Cheltenham V Wycombe

  • Cheltenham are unbeaten in four against Wycombe, winning two and drawing two.
  • Wycombe have won only one of their previous six matches away to Cheltenham, back in January 2011 (2-1).
  • Cheltenham have lost their last three league games, scoring just once and letting in nine.
  • The Chairboys boast the best away record in the division, picking up 17 points from their eight fixtures on the road (W5 D2 L1).
  • Sam Wood has assisted a goal in three of his last four league games for Wycombe.

 

Dag & Red V Carlisle

  • The Daggers have won both clashes against Carlisle in the Football League back in 2010/11.
  • Carlisle failed to score in those two games, shipping five in the process.
  • No side has won fewer points at home this season than the Daggers (6, along with Hartlepool and York).
  • By contrast, the Cumbrians have collected the fewest points on the road this season in League Two (4).
  • The Daggers have lost nine of their last 11 league games at home (W2).

 

Exeter V Shrewsbury

  • Exeter have won just once in their last seven home games against the Shrews, losing three (D3).
  • Shrewsbury are unbeaten in five against the Grecians, winning two and drawing three.
  • The Grecians have scored in their last 12 league matches, the longest run of any side in League Two. However, that run has yielded one clean sheet.
  • The Shrews have put together six successive league wins. Only twice before have they managed to record seven consecutive victories in the Football League (October 1955 and December 1995).
  • In their winning run, Shrewsbury have scored 15 times and conceded just three. They’ve netted twice in each of their last three.

Hartlepool V York

  • Hartlepool have kept a clean sheet in each of their last four versus York City (W1 D3).
  • There have been just three goals scored across the last five clashes between Hartlepool and York.
  • Hartlepool have the lowest shooting accuracy in League Two (40.2%).
  • The only League Two side to score fewer goals than York this season (14) is Hartlepool (12).

 

Mansfield V Plymouth

  • Mansfield are without a win in eight games, losing four (D4).
  • Reuben Reid has bagged four goals in his last three appearances in league competition.
  • The Stags conceded a 90th minute goal in both games versus Plymouth last season costing them three points in the process.
  • Plymouth have kept five clean sheets in their last eight league encounters with the Stags.
  • Mansfield have gone six games without shutting out the Pilgrims.
  • Only eight of Plymouth’s 30 points this season have arrived on the road (27%).

 

Northampton V Stevenage

  • Northampton have won both games against Stevenage in the Football League without reply.
  • In fact, Stevenage have never beaten Northampton in a competitive match (D1 L3).
  • Northampton have netted 12 times in the final 15 minutes this season, accounting for 46% of their goals this campaign.
  • Stevenage have scored seven times in the opening 15 minutes this season, more than any other side.
  • Lee Barnard has scored three in his last two league matches, having gone eight without a goal for Stevenage.

 

Oxford Utd V Wimbledon

  • Oxford United have won all six previous encounters against AFC Wimbledon in the Football League.
  • The Dons have failed to score in four of those six matches, shipping 13 in the process.
  • Danny Hylton has scored five times in his last six games for Oxford.
  • Indeed, the striker has had a hand in 11 of Oxford’s 19 this season (58%).
  • The Dons have gone six away games without a victory (D2 L4), having won their opening two matches on their travels this campaign.

 

Portsmouth V Morecambe

  • Portsmouth won this exact fixture 3-0 last season, courtesy of goals from Jed Wallace, David Connolly and Patrick Agyemang.
  • Morecambe have yet to beat Portsmouth in a competitive match (D1 L1).
  • Pompey have scored just one headed goal this season, a joint-league low.
  • The Shrimps have scored three goals from direct free-kicks this season, a league high.
  • Portsmouth have lost just once at home this campaign (W5 D2).

 

Tranmere V Southend

  • Tranmere have won four and lost none of their last six home matches against Southend.
  • Southend have scored just two goals in that run, failing to score on five occasions.
  • Tranmere’s search for a win now stands at 12 games, the longest wait of any side currently in the top four tiers this season (D5 L7).
  • Having gone 25 league games without finding the net, Southend’s David Worrall has scored in three of his last four.
  • Rovers have scored just twice in November so far, having mustered two goals in October and three in September. Eight of their 15 goals this season came in August.

 

 

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Bradford V Gillingham

  • Bradford have won only one of their last seven against Gillingham, losing three (D3).
  • The Gills are unbeaten in their last three trips to Bradford, drawing two and winning the other.
  • After netting five goals in his opening seven games (all comps), James Hanson has failed to score in each of his last eight for the Bantams.
  • Gillingham have scored just one first half goal in their last nine league games.
  • Defender Leon Legge has bagged three league goals so far this season. Only in 2011/12 (4) has he scored more.

 

Bristol City V Preston

  • Bristol City have lost just once in their last 26 home league encounters against Preston, winning 15 (D10).
  • Both sides had a man sent off when they met at Deepdale in November 2013, though Preston eventually ran out 1-0 winners.
  • Preston’s Jack King scored in both games against Bristol City last season.
  • Bristol City have had 14 different players score a league goal for them this term, the most in the division.
  • The Robins have also used fewer players this season than any other team (19).

 

Chesterfield V Barnsley

  • Chesterfield have lost only once in their last eight home league clashes with Barnsley, winning three (D4).
  • Barnsley’s last league win away at Chesterfield came back in September 2003, courtesy of goals from Anthony Kay and Craig Ireland.
  • Chesterfield have failed to score in three of their last five home matches against Barnsley.
  • Barnsley have failed to score in five of their previous seven trips to Chesterfield, netting twice in the other two games.
  • The Spireites have won only one of their last seven against the Tykes, losing three (D3).
  • The last three meetings between the two sides have ended level; they’ve never drawn four in a row.
  • Sam Winnall has scored eight goals in his last eight appearances in all competitions for Barnsley.

 

Colchester V Coventry

  • Colchester’s 2-1 victory in the last meeting against Coventry in March ended a run of eight without a win versus the Sky Blues.
  • Coventry have scored in each of their last six against the U’s, netting 14 in the process.
  • Freddie Sears has scored six goals in his last six games (all comps).
  • In fact, Sears (12) has already equalled his goal tally from last season.
  • Colchester (27) have has used the joint-most different players this term while Coventry have used 26.

 

Crawley V Scunthorpe

  • Crawley won their only previous competitive match at home to Scunthorpe 3-0 back in August 2012.
  • The away side has lost both previous clashes involving Crawley and Scunthorpe.
  • Gwion Edwards has had a hand in each of Crawley’s last three league goals (two goals, one assist).
  • Matt Harrold has bagged two goals in two previous appearances against the Iron.
  • Scunthorpe United have kept just one clean sheet this season, the fewest in League One.

 

Fleetwood V Walsall

  • This will be the first ever meeting in league competition between Fleetwood Town and Walsall.
  • Walsall have never lost a competitive match against the Cod Army, winning one and drawing the other (both in the FA Cup).
  • David Ball has been directly involved in more goals than any other Fleetwood player this season (three goals, three assists).
  • Tom Bradshaw has registered nine goals in all competitions for the Saddlers this season, seven more than any other player.
  • No side has seen fewer different players score for them this season than Walsall (6).

 

Leyton Orient V Crewe

  • The O’s did the double over the Railwaymen last season, scoring two goals in each game.
  • Crewe have lost four and won none of their last six versus Leyton Orient.
  • No player has had more shots without scoring this season than Dean Cox (17).
  • Leyton Orient are the only League One side without a home win in 2014/15.
  • The Railwaymen have yet to pick up any points from games in which they’ve fallen behind in this season, losing all 10.

 

MK Dons V Port Vale

  • MK Dons have only ever recorded one victory at home to Port Vale in the league, 3-0 back in December 2013.
  • Port Vale have never won at the Stadium MK, drawing two and losing the other.
  • The two teams have met once already this season, in the FA Cup, with MK Dons running out 4-3 winners as Benik Afobe helped himself to a brace.
  • MK Dons’ last 12 league goals have all arrived in the second half. They haven’t scored a first half goal since September.
  • No side has conceded more goals in the final 15 minutes this season than Port Vale (7).

 

Notts County V Yeovil

  • Notts County have won two of their last three home clashes with Yeovil (L1).
  • Yeovil have lost just one of their last five against Notts County (W3 D1). Indeed, the Glovers won on their last trip to Meadow Lane in April 2013 (2-1).
  • Garry Thompson has scored six goals in his last five league games for Notts County.
  • Yeovil (17) have conceded more goals in the second half than Notts County (14) have shipped in total this season.
  • Notts County’s Stephen McLaughlin is the division’s top assister this term with seven.

 

Peterborough V Swindon

  • The Posh won this exact fixture last term back in August (1-0), courtesy of a solitary strike from Britt Assombalonga.
  • Swindon’s 2-1 victory against Peterborough back in January ended a run of seven without a win against them in league competition.
  • Peterborough have netted nine goals from outside the area this term, three more than any other side.
  • Last weekend, Swindon hitman Michael Smith scored his 12th goal of the season in all competitions, but his first in five games.
  • Conor Washington has scored in three of his last four league appearances at London Road.

 

Rochdale V Doncaster

  • Rochdale have won seven of their last 10 against Doncaster (D1 L2).
  • Doncaster have scored six goals in their last eight trips to Rochdale and never more than once in this run.
  • Rochdale have scored 10 headed goals this season, more than any other side.
  • In contrast, Doncaster Rovers are the only side yet to score a headed goal in 2014/15.
  • Dale have conceded a league-high five penalties this term, though only two have been converted by their opponents.

 

Sheff Utd V Oldham

  • The Blades have scored in each of their last 20 games against Oldham, netting 34 in the process.
  • The last time Oldham shut out Sheffield United at Bramall Lane was in January 1988, they won 5-0, which is their biggest league victory against them.
  • Only one of Sheffield United’s last 18 goals has come in the first half.
  • Indeed, 52% of the Blades’ goals this season have arrived in the final 15 minutes; a league-high share.
  • The Latics have faced a league-low 54 shots on target so far this campaign.

 

 

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Bradford V Gillingham

  • Bradford have won only one of their last seven against Gillingham, losing three (D3).
  • The Gills are unbeaten in their last three trips to Bradford, drawing two and winning the other.
  • After netting five goals in his opening seven games (all comps), James Hanson has failed to score in each of his last eight for the Bantams.
  • Gillingham have scored just one first half goal in their last nine league games.
  • Defender Leon Legge has bagged three league goals so far this season. Only in 2011/12 (4) has he scored more.

 

Bristol City V Preston

  • Bristol City have lost just once in their last 26 home league encounters against Preston, winning 15 (D10).
  • Both sides had a man sent off when they met at Deepdale in November 2013, though Preston eventually ran out 1-0 winners.
  • Preston’s Jack King scored in both games against Bristol City last season.
  • Bristol City have had 14 different players score a league goal for them this term, the most in the division.
  • The Robins have also used fewer players this season than any other team (19).

 

Chesterfield V Barnsley

  • Chesterfield have lost only once in their last eight home league clashes with Barnsley, winning three (D4).
  • Barnsley’s last league win away at Chesterfield came back in September 2003, courtesy of goals from Anthony Kay and Craig Ireland.
  • Chesterfield have failed to score in three of their last five home matches against Barnsley.
  • Barnsley have failed to score in five of their previous seven trips to Chesterfield, netting twice in the other two games.
  • The Spireites have won only one of their last seven against the Tykes, losing three (D3).
  • The last three meetings between the two sides have ended level; they’ve never drawn four in a row.
  • Sam Winnall has scored eight goals in his last eight appearances in all competitions for Barnsley.

 

Colchester V Coventry

  • Colchester’s 2-1 victory in the last meeting against Coventry in March ended a run of eight without a win versus the Sky Blues.
  • Coventry have scored in each of their last six against the U’s, netting 14 in the process.
  • Freddie Sears has scored six goals in his last six games (all comps).
  • In fact, Sears (12) has already equalled his goal tally from last season.
  • Colchester (27) have has used the joint-most different players this term while Coventry have used 26.

 

Crawley V Scunthorpe

  • Crawley won their only previous competitive match at home to Scunthorpe 3-0 back in August 2012.
  • The away side has lost both previous clashes involving Crawley and Scunthorpe.
  • Gwion Edwards has had a hand in each of Crawley’s last three league goals (two goals, one assist).
  • Matt Harrold has bagged two goals in two previous appearances against the Iron.
  • Scunthorpe United have kept just one clean sheet this season, the fewest in League One.

 

Fleetwood V Walsall

  • This will be the first ever meeting in league competition between Fleetwood Town and Walsall.
  • Walsall have never lost a competitive match against the Cod Army, winning one and drawing the other (both in the FA Cup).
  • David Ball has been directly involved in more goals than any other Fleetwood player this season (three goals, three assists).
  • Tom Bradshaw has registered nine goals in all competitions for the Saddlers this season, seven more than any other player.
  • No side has seen fewer different players score for them this season than Walsall (6).

 

Leyton Orient V Crewe

  • The O’s did the double over the Railwaymen last season, scoring two goals in each game.
  • Crewe have lost four and won none of their last six versus Leyton Orient.
  • No player has had more shots without scoring this season than Dean Cox (17).
  • Leyton Orient are the only League One side without a home win in 2014/15.
  • The Railwaymen have yet to pick up any points from games in which they’ve fallen behind in this season, losing all 10.

 

MK Dons V Port Vale

  • MK Dons have only ever recorded one victory at home to Port Vale in the league, 3-0 back in December 2013.
  • Port Vale have never won at the Stadium MK, drawing two and losing the other.
  • The two teams have met once already this season, in the FA Cup, with MK Dons running out 4-3 winners as Benik Afobe helped himself to a brace.
  • MK Dons’ last 12 league goals have all arrived in the second half. They haven’t scored a first half goal since September.
  • No side has conceded more goals in the final 15 minutes this season than Port Vale (7).

 

Notts County V Yeovil

  • Notts County have won two of their last three home clashes with Yeovil (L1).
  • Yeovil have lost just one of their last five against Notts County (W3 D1). Indeed, the Glovers won on their last trip to Meadow Lane in April 2013 (2-1).
  • Garry Thompson has scored six goals in his last five league games for Notts County.
  • Yeovil (17) have conceded more goals in the second half than Notts County (14) have shipped in total this season.
  • Notts County’s Stephen McLaughlin is the division’s top assister this term with seven.

 

Peterborough V Swindon

  • The Posh won this exact fixture last term back in August (1-0), courtesy of a solitary strike from Britt Assombalonga.
  • Swindon’s 2-1 victory against Peterborough back in January ended a run of seven without a win against them in league competition.
  • Peterborough have netted nine goals from outside the area this term, three more than any other side.
  • Last weekend, Swindon hitman Michael Smith scored his 12th goal of the season in all competitions, but his first in five games.
  • Conor Washington has scored in three of his last four league appearances at London Road.

 

Rochdale V Doncaster

  • Rochdale have won seven of their last 10 against Doncaster (D1 L2).
  • Doncaster have scored six goals in their last eight trips to Rochdale and never more than once in this run.
  • Rochdale have scored 10 headed goals this season, more than any other side.
  • In contrast, Doncaster Rovers are the only side yet to score a headed goal in 2014/15.
  • Dale have conceded a league-high five penalties this term, though only two have been converted by their opponents.

 

Sheff Utd V Oldham

  • The Blades have scored in each of their last 20 games against Oldham, netting 34 in the process.
  • The last time Oldham shut out Sheffield United at Bramall Lane was in January 1988, they won 5-0, which is their biggest league victory against them.
  • Only one of Sheffield United’s last 18 goals has come in the first half.
  • Indeed, 52% of the Blades’ goals this season have arrived in the final 15 minutes; a league-high share.
  • The Latics have faced a league-low 54 shots on target so far this campaign.

 

 

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