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Barclays Premier League OPTA Facts 25th-27th October
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Barclays Premier League OPTA Facts 25th-27th October

West Ham United v Manchester City

West Ham have taken just one point from their last six Barclays Premier League encounters with Manchester City (L5 D1).

Sergio Aguero (108 mins) has the best mins-per-goal rate of any player in Barclays Premier League history (excluding players with fewer than 20 goals).

The Hammers lost four times to City last season (twice in the league and both legs of the League Cup semi-final).

City secured the league title against West Ham on the final day of last season with a 2-0 win at the Etihad. The Hammers did not muster a single shot on target.

West Ham have won four league games this season. In 2013-14 they didn’t reach this tally until January.

City have gone five Premier League games without defeat, the second longest current run in the division.

Sergio Aguero’s record of nine goals in his team’s opening eight games has never been bettered in Premier League history.

Aguero has scored four away goals in the Premier League this season. He has never scored more than seven on the road in a single campaign.

Diafra Sakho is only the second player in Premier League history (after Mick Quinn) to score in each of his first five starts in the competition.

West Ham have allowed the opposition fewer clear cut chances (7) than any other Premier League team this season.

 

Liverpool v Hull City

Liverpool have scored 10 goals in three Barclays Premier League home games against Hull City.

The Tigers have only won one of their 18 meetings with the Reds in all competitions (D4 L13), with that win coming on home soil last season.

Neither of Liverpool’s scorers in this fixture last season (Agger, Suarez) remain at the club.

Steven Gerrard has three goals in two starts against Hull at Anfield.

Hull (along with Chelsea and Everton) are one of only three teams to score in every Premier League game this season.

Mario Balotelli has put more clear cut chances off target than any other Premier League player this season (3).

After winning 11 Premier League games in a row between February and April, Liverpool have won just five of the subsequent 11 matches.

The Reds have kept just one clean sheet in their last 14 Premier League matches.

Liverpool have conceded exactly one goal in each of their last five Premier League games at Anfield.

Hull’s last two away games have ended 2-2. Only two teams in Premier League history have recorded three successive 2-2s away from home (Man Utd in 1994 and Newcastle in 2003).

Liverpool have both taken (129) and scored (98 – level with Chelsea) the most penalties in Premier League history.

 

Southampton v Stoke

Each of the last four meetings between Southampton and Stoke have ended as a draw.

Both teams have scored in the last seven games between the Saints and the Potters.

No team with a striped home shirt has finished in the top four of the Barclays Premier League since Newcastle in 2002-03.

Southampton’s record of W5 D1 L2 is their best at this stage of a top-flight season since W5 D2 L1 in 1983-84 (the season in which they went onto finish second).

Southampton have made fewer substitutions than any other Premier League side this season (19).

Southampton’s style under Koeman is illustrated by their total of 199 tackles, more than any other side.

Southampton have hit the most shots on target in the Premier League this season (50) while Stoke have allowed the least on their own goal (20).

Southampton have the best penalty record of any regular team in the Premier League (53 taken, 51 scored).

Fraser Forster has the best saves to shots rate of any regular goalkeeper in the Premier League this season (75%).

Conversely, Stoke’s Asmir Begovic has the lowest saves to shots rate of any regular glovesman (53%).

Southampton have kept clean sheets in three of their last four Premier League home games.


Sunderland v Arsenal

Sunderland have scored 15 own goals since the start of the 2010-11 season, more than any other Barclays Premier League side.

Arsenal are looking to win four Barclays Premier League away games in a row against Sunderland for the first time.

The Black Cats have won just one of their last 21 Premier League games against Arsenal.

Arsenal need two more goals to become the second team (after Man Utd) to score 1500 Premier League goals.

Arsenal’s two league wins this season have come via a 90th minute winner against Crystal Palace in their opening game and 3-0 win at struggling Aston Villa.

Only two Premier League teams have kept a clean sheet after conceding 8+ goals in the preceding match (Arsenal in 2011 after losing 8-2 to Man Utd and Wigan in 2009 after losing 9-1 to Spurs).

Despite conceding eight to Southampton last time out, Sunderland (2) have kept twice as many Premier League clean sheets as Arsenal this season.

If Arsenal fail to win it will be their worst performance after nine games in the Arsene Wenger era (previously 13 in 2011-12).

If Arsenal lose they will have half the number of points they had at this stage last season.

Lee Cattermole has been booked in two of his last three Premier League appearances. His overall record is 65 in 212 games (plus seven red cards).

 

West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace

The previous two Barclays Premier League games between these sides at the Hawthorns have seen four goals in the last 10 minutes, including two in the 90th.

Palace have lost only one of their last eight encounters with WBA in all competitions.

Palace are averaging less possession in the Premier League than any other team this season (34%).

Saido Berahino has scored seven goals in 10 competitive appearances for WBA this season, with six of these coming at the Hawthorns.

No English player has scored as many goals in the Premier League so far this season as Berahino (6).

The Baggies have conceded more long range goals than any other side in the league. Five of the 11 goals they have shipped have come from outside the area.

Palace are five points down based on results in the equivalent fixtures last season. Only Manchester United (nine points) have seen a bigger drop.

WBA have lost only lost two of their last 13 Premier League games against London sides.

Palace have committed more fouls than any other Premier League side this season (118).

Mile Jedinak leads the division in tackles (40) and interceptions (29).

 

Swansea City v Leicester City

The last six meetings between Swansea and Leicester have been home wins.

Leonardo Ulloa scored five goals in his first five Barclays Premier League appearances but has not had a shot in the subsequent three matches.

Wilfried Bony has scored in his last two Premier League appearances for Swansea City – he’s never scored in three successive PL apps for the club.

Gylfi Sigurdsson has had a hand in seven goals (six assists, one goal) in eight PL appearances for Swansea City this season.

Swansea have taken just 17 corners in eight league games this season.

Swansea have scored 10 of the 11 penalties they’ve been awarded in the Premier League.

No team has thrown away more points from leading positions than Swansea (8 – level with Hull) this season.

Leicester have conceded more shots on target (46) than any other Premier League side this season.

Swansea are one of four teams yet to score a header this season in the Premier League (along with Liverpool, Burnley and Aston Villa).

After opening the season with three wins, Swansea have taken just two points from five games.

 

Burnley v Everton

Burnley lost only one of their opening 10 home games in the Barclays Premier League but have won only two of the 13 since then.

Only the top three have scored more goals than Everton (16) this season.

Only Aston Villa have scored as few goals as Burnley so far this season (4).

Everton (along with Chelsea and Hull) are one of only three teams to score in every Premier League game this season.

The average length of Everton’s goals this season has been 16.2 yards. Only Manchester United (16.5) have averaged longer.

Everton have made more errors leading directly to a goal than any other Premier League side this season (5).

No player has been booked for dissent more times than Tim Howard (2) in the Premier League this season.

Romelu Lukaku has now scored 18 Premier League goals for Everton, one more than he notched in a single season at West Brom.

Danny Ings has mustered just one shot on target in five appearances in the Premier League.

Leighton Baines now has 42 Premier League assists. The only defender with more in Premier League history is Graeme Le Saux with 44 (and he often played as a midfielder).

 

Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United

Tottenham have scored at least once in 18 of their last 19 Premier League games against Newcastle.

None of the last 17 league meetings between these sides at White Hart Lane has ended as a draw.

After winning four successive Premier League games in London between May 2013 and January 2014, Newcastle have lost their last three in a row, failing to score in each match.

Christian Eriksen has scored in his last two Premier League appearances but it yet to assist a goal in the top-flight this season (last year he provided eight assists).

Roberto Soldado has assisted as many Premier League goals as he has scored (6).

Tottenham have conceded nine Premier League penalties in 2014, more than any other team.

Papiss Demba Cissé has scored four goals and assisted one more in four Premier League appearances in 2014-15.

Six of Tottenham’s 10 goals this season have come before half-time, while Newcastle have the highest proportion of second half goals in the division in 2014-15 (75%; 6 of 8).

The average length of Newcastle’s goals this season has been 9.02 yards, the shortest distance of any of the 20 teams in the division.

Newcastle have displayed the most effective offside trap in the Premier League this season (22 opponents snared).

 

Manchester United v Chelsea

Manchester United have won only six of their last 22 Barclays Premier League games against Chelsea.

Chelsea have kept clean sheets in their last two Premier League games at Old Trafford. They have not kept 3+ clean sheets in a row there since a spell of five between 1968 and 1972.

United have had a man sent off in two of their last three Premier League encounters with Chelsea.

The last man to score a goal in this fixture (at Old Trafford) was Juan Mata, playing for the Blues.

Angel Di Maria has assisted a goal in four of his last five Premier League games for Manchester United.

Cesc Fabregas has been involved in eight goals (one goal, seven assists) in eight league games for Chelsea.

Robin van Persie has scored six Premier League goals against Chelsea but all of them have come at Stamford Bridge.

Only 14 players have started for Chelsea in the Premier League this season, a smaller spread than any other team, while Manchester United have used 30 players in the Premier League this season, more than any other club.

Chelsea are the only Premier League opponents that Man Utd have lost more games (15) against than won (13) against.

John Terry should make his 430th Premier League appearance in this game; he will overtake Frank Lampard as the player with the most appearances for Chelsea in the competition.


Queens Park Rangers v Aston Villa

In the meeting between QPR & Villa in September 2011, Richard Dunne scored an own goal – last weekend he became the first player in Premier League history to reach a tally of 10 own goals.

Three of the last four meetings between QPR and Aston Villa in the Premier League have been drawn (with both games at Loftus Road ending 1-1).

QPR have conceded at least two goals in each of their last five Premier League games (13 goals in total).

QPR have scored four goals in their last two Premier League home games but have only one point to show for it.

Andreas Weimann has scored two goals from two shots on target this season and they have both been winners.

Villa have lost nine of their last 10 Premier League games against London sides.

QPR have four points from eight games, one more than they did at this stage two seasons ago.

Villa have failed to score in each of their last five Premier League games in London.

Villa’s total of 12 shots on target is fewer than three players after eight matchweeks (Aguero, Costa and Pelle).

Aston Villa are the only team not to score in the closing 15 minutes of games this season.

 

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Barclays Premier League OPTA Facts 25th-27th October
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Barclays Premier League OPTA Facts 25th-27th October

West Ham United v Manchester City

West Ham have taken just one point from their last six Barclays Premier League encounters with Manchester City (L5 D1).

Sergio Aguero (108 mins) has the best mins-per-goal rate of any player in Barclays Premier League history (excluding players with fewer than 20 goals).

The Hammers lost four times to City last season (twice in the league and both legs of the League Cup semi-final).

City secured the league title against West Ham on the final day of last season with a 2-0 win at the Etihad. The Hammers did not muster a single shot on target.

West Ham have won four league games this season. In 2013-14 they didn’t reach this tally until January.

City have gone five Premier League games without defeat, the second longest current run in the division.

Sergio Aguero’s record of nine goals in his team’s opening eight games has never been bettered in Premier League history.

Aguero has scored four away goals in the Premier League this season. He has never scored more than seven on the road in a single campaign.

Diafra Sakho is only the second player in Premier League history (after Mick Quinn) to score in each of his first five starts in the competition.

West Ham have allowed the opposition fewer clear cut chances (7) than any other Premier League team this season.

 

Liverpool v Hull City

Liverpool have scored 10 goals in three Barclays Premier League home games against Hull City.

The Tigers have only won one of their 18 meetings with the Reds in all competitions (D4 L13), with that win coming on home soil last season.

Neither of Liverpool’s scorers in this fixture last season (Agger, Suarez) remain at the club.

Steven Gerrard has three goals in two starts against Hull at Anfield.

Hull (along with Chelsea and Everton) are one of only three teams to score in every Premier League game this season.

Mario Balotelli has put more clear cut chances off target than any other Premier League player this season (3).

After winning 11 Premier League games in a row between February and April, Liverpool have won just five of the subsequent 11 matches.

The Reds have kept just one clean sheet in their last 14 Premier League matches.

Liverpool have conceded exactly one goal in each of their last five Premier League games at Anfield.

Hull’s last two away games have ended 2-2. Only two teams in Premier League history have recorded three successive 2-2s away from home (Man Utd in 1994 and Newcastle in 2003).

Liverpool have both taken (129) and scored (98 – level with Chelsea) the most penalties in Premier League history.

 

Southampton v Stoke

Each of the last four meetings between Southampton and Stoke have ended as a draw.

Both teams have scored in the last seven games between the Saints and the Potters.

No team with a striped home shirt has finished in the top four of the Barclays Premier League since Newcastle in 2002-03.

Southampton’s record of W5 D1 L2 is their best at this stage of a top-flight season since W5 D2 L1 in 1983-84 (the season in which they went onto finish second).

Southampton have made fewer substitutions than any other Premier League side this season (19).

Southampton’s style under Koeman is illustrated by their total of 199 tackles, more than any other side.

Southampton have hit the most shots on target in the Premier League this season (50) while Stoke have allowed the least on their own goal (20).

Southampton have the best penalty record of any regular team in the Premier League (53 taken, 51 scored).

Fraser Forster has the best saves to shots rate of any regular goalkeeper in the Premier League this season (75%).

Conversely, Stoke’s Asmir Begovic has the lowest saves to shots rate of any regular glovesman (53%).

Southampton have kept clean sheets in three of their last four Premier League home games.


Sunderland v Arsenal

Sunderland have scored 15 own goals since the start of the 2010-11 season, more than any other Barclays Premier League side.

Arsenal are looking to win four Barclays Premier League away games in a row against Sunderland for the first time.

The Black Cats have won just one of their last 21 Premier League games against Arsenal.

Arsenal need two more goals to become the second team (after Man Utd) to score 1500 Premier League goals.

Arsenal’s two league wins this season have come via a 90th minute winner against Crystal Palace in their opening game and 3-0 win at struggling Aston Villa.

Only two Premier League teams have kept a clean sheet after conceding 8+ goals in the preceding match (Arsenal in 2011 after losing 8-2 to Man Utd and Wigan in 2009 after losing 9-1 to Spurs).

Despite conceding eight to Southampton last time out, Sunderland (2) have kept twice as many Premier League clean sheets as Arsenal this season.

If Arsenal fail to win it will be their worst performance after nine games in the Arsene Wenger era (previously 13 in 2011-12).

If Arsenal lose they will have half the number of points they had at this stage last season.

Lee Cattermole has been booked in two of his last three Premier League appearances. His overall record is 65 in 212 games (plus seven red cards).

 

West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace

The previous two Barclays Premier League games between these sides at the Hawthorns have seen four goals in the last 10 minutes, including two in the 90th.

Palace have lost only one of their last eight encounters with WBA in all competitions.

Palace are averaging less possession in the Premier League than any other team this season (34%).

Saido Berahino has scored seven goals in 10 competitive appearances for WBA this season, with six of these coming at the Hawthorns.

No English player has scored as many goals in the Premier League so far this season as Berahino (6).

The Baggies have conceded more long range goals than any other side in the league. Five of the 11 goals they have shipped have come from outside the area.

Palace are five points down based on results in the equivalent fixtures last season. Only Manchester United (nine points) have seen a bigger drop.

WBA have lost only lost two of their last 13 Premier League games against London sides.

Palace have committed more fouls than any other Premier League side this season (118).

Mile Jedinak leads the division in tackles (40) and interceptions (29).

 

Swansea City v Leicester City

The last six meetings between Swansea and Leicester have been home wins.

Leonardo Ulloa scored five goals in his first five Barclays Premier League appearances but has not had a shot in the subsequent three matches.

Wilfried Bony has scored in his last two Premier League appearances for Swansea City – he’s never scored in three successive PL apps for the club.

Gylfi Sigurdsson has had a hand in seven goals (six assists, one goal) in eight PL appearances for Swansea City this season.

Swansea have taken just 17 corners in eight league games this season.

Swansea have scored 10 of the 11 penalties they’ve been awarded in the Premier League.

No team has thrown away more points from leading positions than Swansea (8 – level with Hull) this season.

Leicester have conceded more shots on target (46) than any other Premier League side this season.

Swansea are one of four teams yet to score a header this season in the Premier League (along with Liverpool, Burnley and Aston Villa).

After opening the season with three wins, Swansea have taken just two points from five games.

 

Burnley v Everton

Burnley lost only one of their opening 10 home games in the Barclays Premier League but have won only two of the 13 since then.

Only the top three have scored more goals than Everton (16) this season.

Only Aston Villa have scored as few goals as Burnley so far this season (4).

Everton (along with Chelsea and Hull) are one of only three teams to score in every Premier League game this season.

The average length of Everton’s goals this season has been 16.2 yards. Only Manchester United (16.5) have averaged longer.

Everton have made more errors leading directly to a goal than any other Premier League side this season (5).

No player has been booked for dissent more times than Tim Howard (2) in the Premier League this season.

Romelu Lukaku has now scored 18 Premier League goals for Everton, one more than he notched in a single season at West Brom.

Danny Ings has mustered just one shot on target in five appearances in the Premier League.

Leighton Baines now has 42 Premier League assists. The only defender with more in Premier League history is Graeme Le Saux with 44 (and he often played as a midfielder).

 

Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United

Tottenham have scored at least once in 18 of their last 19 Premier League games against Newcastle.

None of the last 17 league meetings between these sides at White Hart Lane has ended as a draw.

After winning four successive Premier League games in London between May 2013 and January 2014, Newcastle have lost their last three in a row, failing to score in each match.

Christian Eriksen has scored in his last two Premier League appearances but it yet to assist a goal in the top-flight this season (last year he provided eight assists).

Roberto Soldado has assisted as many Premier League goals as he has scored (6).

Tottenham have conceded nine Premier League penalties in 2014, more than any other team.

Papiss Demba Cissé has scored four goals and assisted one more in four Premier League appearances in 2014-15.

Six of Tottenham’s 10 goals this season have come before half-time, while Newcastle have the highest proportion of second half goals in the division in 2014-15 (75%; 6 of 8).

The average length of Newcastle’s goals this season has been 9.02 yards, the shortest distance of any of the 20 teams in the division.

Newcastle have displayed the most effective offside trap in the Premier League this season (22 opponents snared).

 

Manchester United v Chelsea

Manchester United have won only six of their last 22 Barclays Premier League games against Chelsea.

Chelsea have kept clean sheets in their last two Premier League games at Old Trafford. They have not kept 3+ clean sheets in a row there since a spell of five between 1968 and 1972.

United have had a man sent off in two of their last three Premier League encounters with Chelsea.

The last man to score a goal in this fixture (at Old Trafford) was Juan Mata, playing for the Blues.

Angel Di Maria has assisted a goal in four of his last five Premier League games for Manchester United.

Cesc Fabregas has been involved in eight goals (one goal, seven assists) in eight league games for Chelsea.

Robin van Persie has scored six Premier League goals against Chelsea but all of them have come at Stamford Bridge.

Only 14 players have started for Chelsea in the Premier League this season, a smaller spread than any other team, while Manchester United have used 30 players in the Premier League this season, more than any other club.

Chelsea are the only Premier League opponents that Man Utd have lost more games (15) against than won (13) against.

John Terry should make his 430th Premier League appearance in this game; he will overtake Frank Lampard as the player with the most appearances for Chelsea in the competition.


Queens Park Rangers v Aston Villa

In the meeting between QPR & Villa in September 2011, Richard Dunne scored an own goal – last weekend he became the first player in Premier League history to reach a tally of 10 own goals.

Three of the last four meetings between QPR and Aston Villa in the Premier League have been drawn (with both games at Loftus Road ending 1-1).

QPR have conceded at least two goals in each of their last five Premier League games (13 goals in total).

QPR have scored four goals in their last two Premier League home games but have only one point to show for it.

Andreas Weimann has scored two goals from two shots on target this season and they have both been winners.

Villa have lost nine of their last 10 Premier League games against London sides.

QPR have four points from eight games, one more than they did at this stage two seasons ago.

Villa have failed to score in each of their last five Premier League games in London.

Villa’s total of 12 shots on target is fewer than three players after eight matchweeks (Aguero, Costa and Pelle).

Aston Villa are the only team not to score in the closing 15 minutes of games this season.

 

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Champions League Opta Facts – 21-22 October
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Champions League Opta Facts – 21-22 October

CSKA Moscow v Manchester City

 

  • These two sides have met only twice so far – that was last season in the group stage of the Champions League with the Citizens winning both games.
  • CSKA have faced English opposition 11 times so far in Europe, winning only twice (D3 L6).
  • The Russians are on a streak of six consecutive losses in European competition but they have failed to score only once in this run (vs Bayern).
  • Man City are winless in their last four games in Europe (D3 L1): their last win coming against Bayern Munich in December 2013.
  • The Citizens have conceded goals in each of their last nine matches in Europe, shipping 16 (an average of 1.8 goals per game).
  • CSKA Moscow were the last Russian team to beat an English side in the Champions League (Arsenal in October 2006).
  • Five of the six goals conceded by CSKA Moscow in this Champions League campaign have come in the first 31 minutes of play.
  • Only four of Man City’s 17 total shots in this season’s Champions League have been on target.
  • CSKA have already hit the woodwork three times in two games in this competition – more than any other side.
  • Man City’s last eight Champions League goals have been scored by eight different players.
  • Sergio Agüero found the net four times in the two Champions League fixtures against CSKA Moscow last season.
  • Seydou Doumbia has scored three braces in Champions League so far – one of them came against the Citizens in November 2013.

 

Schalke 04 v Sporting Lisbon

 

  • This will be the first competitive meeting between these two sides.
  • Schalke have lost only once in eight games against Portuguese opposition so far, winning five (D2).
  • Sporting have won just one of their last eight European fixtures (D3, L4).
  • Sporting have won just one of their 14 previous meetings against Germans clubs in all competitions, and managed to score more than a single goal in those games only once (D4 L9).
  • Schalke 04 have drawn their last two games in Champions League. The Germans have never shared the points for three matches in a row in this competition.
  • Schalke have scored exactly one goal in each of their last four clashes in Europe.
  • Only one of the last 11 Schalke’s goals in Champions League has come in the first half.
  • Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has scored three of Schalke’s last four goals in Champions League – including the two they’ve scored in this campaign.
  • Three out of Nani’s six Champions League goals have come right against German sides.
  • Nani has created eight chances in this Champions League so far this season, fewer only than Lionel Messi and David Silva (9).

 

 

BATE Borisov v Shakhtar Donetsk

 

  • This will be the first competitive meeting between these two sides.
  • Shakhtar have won only one of their last nine European fixtures, drawing the first two of this Champions League campaign (D5 L3).
  • BATE Borisov’s 2-1 win against Athletic Club in the last round ended a run of eight consecutive winless games in Europe, and a run of three without scoring (excl. qualifiers).
  • BATE Borisov have faced a Ukrainian side only twice so far: one draw and one defeat against Dynamo Kyiv in the Europa League group stage in 2010/11.
  • On the other hand, Shakhtar Donetsk’s only clash with a Belarussian team dates back to 1996 (Intertoto Cup) – the Ukrainians lost against Ataka Minsk on home soil.
  • BATE have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 14 Champions League games (excluding qualifiers). In fact they’ve managed to shut out the opposition only once in their previous 20 matches in the Champions League.
  • The Belarus side have the lowest passing accuracy (69%) after the first two matchdays of the current Champions League.
  • Only three out of 16 BATE’s goals in Champions League history have been scored by a striker.
  • Alex Teixeira has been involved in five of the last nine Shakhtar’s goals in Champions League (four goals, one assist).
  • Both Denis Polyakov and Aleksandr Karnitski found their very first Champions League goal against Athletic Club in the last round.

 

 

Roma v Bayern Munich

 

  • These two sides met twice in the Group Stage of the Champions League 2010/11, when they shared a home win each.
  • Roma have shared only one draw in their last 16 meetings against German opponents, winning seven times (L8).
  • Bayern have won their last three Champions League games against Italian teams, keeping a clean sheet in the last two.
  • Bayern Munich recorded 919 passes in their last Champions League match against CSKA Moscow, 143 more than any other side has managed in a CL match this season.
  • In fact, Pep Guardiola’s side have made the most passes so far in this season’s Champions League (1582).
  • The Germans also had the most touches in the opposition box over the first two rounds (76).
  • Juan Iturbe is one of only two players to have made two assists in a single game of this season’s Champions League.
  • Five Bayern’s players have already completed more than 100 passes in a game of this Champions League: Xabi Alonso, Philipp Lahm, Dante, Medhi Benatia and David Alaba.
  • In the last round against Manchester City, Francesco Totti became the oldest goalscorer in the history of the Champions League (38 years, 3 days old).

 

Chelsea v Maribor

 

  • Chelsea and Maribor have never met in a competitive game before.
  • Maribor won their last game against an English side, 2-1 against Wigan Athletic in the Europa League in December 2013. However, this is their only win over an English team (D1 L4).
  • The Blues have never met a Slovenian side in Europe before.
  • Chelsea won their last Champions League game against Sporting Lisbon – the Blues have not won back-to-back games in the Champions League since November 2013 (a run of three games).
  • Chelsea haven’t scored more than once in each of their last four Champions League games.
  • However, they scored in each of their last 20 European games at Stamford Bridge, keeping a clean sheet eight times.
  • Maribor are unbeaten after the first two games of this Champions League campaign – this is the first time they avoided defeat in consecutive games in this competition.
  • It was also the first time they found the net in two consecutive Champions League games.
  • Maribor’s last defeat in a European game came last February against Sevilla in the Europa League. Since then, they’ve put together five draws and three wins (incl. qualifiers).
  • Only Galatasaray (56) and Bayer Leverkusen (61) have made more tackles than Chelsea (54) in this season’s Champions League.

 

 

Porto v Athletic Bilbao

 

  • The only two previous meetings between Porto and Athletic came in September 1956 – both were won by Athletic in what was the first European Cup tie for both teams.
  • Porto have won just one of their last seven Champions League fixtures (D3 L3).
  • Porto have lost their last three games against Spanish sides in the Champions League, after they had won the previous three.
  • The last four meetings between Athletic and a Portuguese opponent have seen both sides find the net.
  • Porto have the best attack of this Champions League, scoring eight goals so far.
  • Porto have won their last four home games in European competitions (incl. qualifiers) and are unbeaten in the last six (W4 D2).
  • On the other hand, Athletic Bilbao have lost four of their last five away matches in Europe (exc. qualifiers).
  • Colombian striker Jackson Martinez is the only player to have already scored with his left foot, right foot and a headed goal in this season’s Champions League.
  • Only Lionel Messi (16) has completed more dribbles than Yacine Brahimi (14) over the first two matchdays of the current Champions League.
  • Brahimi’s seven shots in this season’s Champions League have been all on target.
  • Aritz Aduriz has found the net (vs BATE Borisov) with his only shot on target in the current Champions League.
  • Aduriz has scored three of Athletic’s five goals in Europe this season (incl. Champions League qualifiers).

 

 

Barcelona v Ajax

 

  • Barcelona and Ajax have won eight Champions Leagues/European Cups combined (four apiece), however they have only met twice so far in the competition, sharing a win each in 2013/14.
  • The Catalan team have won only one of their last four European games between this and last season (D1 L2).
  • Barcelona have conceded more than one goal only once in their last 11 home fixtures in the Champions League (v Bayern in May 2013).
  • Ajax have drawn their last three Champions League games.
  • The Dutch team are winless in their last eight Champions League clashes away from home (D4 L4).
  • Ajax’s last game against a Spanish club in European competition was against Barcelona in November 2013. That win ended a run of nine losses in a row against Spanish opponents.
  • Barcelona have recorded the best passing accuracy of this Champions League (91.1%), as well as having the most touches in the opposition half (1274).
  • The Catalans have completed the most passes in this CL season (1351).
  • Ajax are the only side yet to be caught offside in this Champions League.
  • Gerard Piqué has a 100% passing accuracy – a record amongst players with more than 25 passes.
  • Lasse Schöne has scored three of the last six Ajax’s goals in Champions League.

 

APOEL v PSG

 

  • These two sides have met only twice in Europe before: that was the first round of the Cup Winners’ Cup 1993-94 with PSG winning both games (1-0 and 2-0).
  • Those were PSG’s only two games against a Cypriot opponent.
  • APOEL Nicosia have faced a French opponent six times so far in Europe: they have never drawn (W2 L4).
  • One of APOEL’s three wins in 18 Champions League matches came right against French opposition (vs Lyon, in March 2012).
  • APOEL have won only three of their last 18 games in European competition (D9 L6).
  • The Cypriots are unbeaten in their last five home European games (W3 D2).
  • PSG have conceded at least a goal in eight of their last nine games in Champions League – they have scored in 19 of their last 20.
  • PSG have won only one of their last four away games in Champions League (D1 L2).
  • APOEL have attempted only three shots on target so far in this competition – a joint-low.
  • APOEL’s last two Champions League goals have come from the penalty spot.
  • Gustavo Manduca has scored four of the last five APOEL’s goals in Champions League.
  • Only one of the last six PSG’s goals has been courtesy of a striker: Edinson Cavani against Ajax.

 

 

Atletico Madrid v Malmö

 

  • These two sides have already met twice: that was in the first round of the European Cup 1966-67.
  • Atlético de Madrid won both games, 2-0 in Sweden and 3-1 in Spain.
  • Those are the only two times Malmö has faced Spanish opposition in Europe.
  • Likewise, it is the only time Atlético de Madrid have faced Swedish opposition in Europe.
  • Spanish sides have won 20 times against a Swedish team (L3 D4), including each of the last 11.
  • Atlético have scored in 15 of their last 16 European games, conceding a goal in eight matches.
  • They have conceded only one goal in the last six European home games, against Milan on March 2014.
  • Malmö have lost their last three away games in Europe: they conceded 2.6 goals per match.
  • Markus Rosenberg has scored four of the last five Malmö’s European goals between Champions League qualifying and the group stage.
  • 50% (three out of six) of Malmö’s goals in the Champions League this season (incl. qualifying) have come in the last 15 minutes of play.
  • On the other hand, two of the three Atletico’s goals so far have been scored in the last 30 minutes.
  • Diego Simeone’s side have made 65 crosses from open play – more than any other side in this competition.
  • Cristian Ansaldi has made 17 open crosses this term, a record amongst Champions League players.

 

Bayer Leverkusen v Zenit

 

  • These two teams have met twice – that was in 2007-08 in the quarter final of the UEFA Cup. Bayer Leverkusen were eliminated, losing 4-1 at home despite winning 1-0 on the road.
  • Bayer Leverkusen have faced Russian opposition five times so far in Europe – they have never scored more than one goal in any of those matches.
  • Zenit St. Petersburg have met 12 times a German opposition in Europe (W5 D3 L4) – they have scored two goals in each of the last four games.
  • Bayer Leverkusen have won three of their last four European games including qualifying, scoring 10 goals and conceding four.
  • Bayer Leverkusen’s last five home games in Europe have seen 4.2 goals scored per game on average.
  • Zenit have lost only one of their last seven games in Europe including qualifying (W5 D1) – they haven’t conceded in the last five matches.
  • Bayer Leverkusen have made 61 tackles in this Champions League 2014-15, more than any other side.
  • Zenit St. Petersburg have received only one yellow card in this season’s Champions League – no team has picked up fewer.
  • Bayer Leverkusen have committed the most fouls (37) in this Champions League.
  • The Germans have allowed their opponents only two shots on target over their first two games of this campaign.
  • Heung-Min Son attempted seven shots in his last game against Benfica – a record for a player in a single game of this season’s Champions League.

 

Galatasaray v Borussia Dortmund

 

  • Galatasaray have faced Borussia Dortmund four times so far, winning only one game (L2 D1).
  • Gala haven’t scored a goal against Borussia in Turkey, conceding one.
  • Galatasaray have faced German opposition 21 times in Europe, winning only five games (L7 D9).
  • Borussia Dortmund have played six games against a Turkish side – they have won four times (L1 D1).
  • Galatasaray’s last win in Europe came back in December 2013 – since then, there have been two draws and two losses for the Turkish side.
  • They have found the net in 20 of their last 21 home games played in Europe – they’ve also conceded at least one goal in 11 of their last 13 home games.
  • The Black and Yellows haven’t drawn a Champions League game since April 2013 (W10 L6).
  • Dortmund have won their last three Champions League games, without conceding any goal.
  • Borussia Dortmund have had the most shots (37) in the Champions League this term, but only 16 have been on target.
  • BVB scored three of their five goals in this Champions League during the second half of play.
  • Moreover, Galatasaray have scored each of their two goals in the second 45 minutes of play.
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has attempted the most shots in the competition so far (12).

 

Anderlecht v Arsenal

 

  • Anderlecht and Arsenal have faced each off only twice in European competition – that was in the final of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1969-70.
  • These two matches ended with one win for each team, but Arsenal lifted the trophy, by winning 4-3 on aggregate.
  • There have been 12 previous meetings between Arsenal and Belgian sides: the Gunners have lost only three times (W7 D2). The Gunners have won each of their last five against teams from Belgium.
  • Anderlecht suffered their worst loss in Europe against an English side: 10-0 against Manchester United in the European Cup preliminary round in 1956/57
  • The Gunners’ joint-biggest win in Europe came against a Belgian team, beating Standard Liège 7-0 in the Cup Winners Cup in 1993/94.
  • Arsenal have found the net only once in their last four away games in European competition, including qualifying.
  • Anderlecht’s last win in Europe came November 2012 (1-0 against Zenit St. Petersburg), with seven losses and three draws since.
  • The Belgians have conceded in each of these 10 matches, 2.6 per game on average.
  • Only one of the last six Anderlecht’s Champions League goals has been netted by a striker.

 

Olympiakos v Juventus

 

  • Juventus have met Olympiakos eight times in Europe, with five wins for the Bianconeri and one win for Olympiakos.
  • Juventus have met Greek oppositions 22 times so far in Europe, losing only four times (14W, 4D).
  • Olympiakos have met Italian sides 20 times, winning five, drawing five and losing 10.
  • Juventus have found the back of the net in each of their last seven matches against Olympiakos. Indeed, there has been only a goalless draw between these two sides: in Greece back in September 1967.
  • The Bianconeri last met the Τhrylos in December 2003, in the group stage of the Champions League, when they won 7-0.
  • Olympiakos have scored more than a single goal against Juventus only once, in December 1999 when the Greeks won 2-1.
  • The Bianconeri have won only one of their last four European games (D1 L2).
  • Olympiakos have won each of their last four home games in Europe, keeping two clean sheets in the process.
  • Juventus’ last win in an away game in the Champions League came back in February 2013: 3-0 against Celtic in the last 16.
  • Four of Juventus’ last seven goals in Europe have come from dead-ball situations (three penalties, one direct free-kick).

 

Liverpool v Real Madrid

 

  • These two sides have met three times: in the final of the European Cup 1980-81 and in the last 16 of the Champions League 2008-09.
  • Liverpool have won all three meetings against Los Blancos, keeping three clean sheets in the process.
  • The Reds are the only team with a 100% win rate against Real Madrid in the Champions League.
  • Real Madrid have failed to find the net against just two sides in the Champions League: Arsenal and Liverpool.
  • In the only game between these two sides played in Liverpool, the Reds won 4-0: that was also the last clash between these two European giants.
  • Los Merengues have faced English opposition 30 times so far in Europe (W11, D9, L10).
  • Liverpool have met Spanish sides 32 times in Europe, winning 14 of those games (D10, L8).
  • Liverpool’s last home defeat in European competition came in October 2012 (2-3 v Udinese); Since then, they have registered three wins and a draw at Anfield.
  • Los Blancos have won each of their last six games in Europe scoring 18 goals and conceding only three.
  • Real Madrid have found the net in 40 of their last 41 European games (112 goals in total, 2.73 per game on average).
  • Real have lost only one of their last seven away games in Europe (W5 D1).
  • If Cristiano Ronaldo scores two goals against Liverpool, he will join Raul as the Champions League joint top-scorer on 71 goals.
  • Ronaldo has scored more goals away from home than at home in the Champions League so far (35 away, 32 home, two neutral).
  • Ronaldo failed to score in five visits to Anfield as a Manchester United player, but did score in his final two appearances against Liverpool (both at Old Trafford).
  • Mario Balotelli has been the victim of the most fouls won in this season’s Champions League, 12.

 

Monaco v Benfica

 

  • Monaco and Benfica have never met in a competitive European match.
  • Benfica have faced French opposition 26 times so far in Europe, winning 13 (D6, L7).
  • The last time Monaco had met a Portuguese side was in May 2004, when they lost the Champions League final 3-0 against Porto.
  • Monaco have played five times against Portuguese opposition (W2, D1, L2).
  • Monaco have now gone 10 European games without conceding more than a single goal in any of those fixtures.
  • Benfica have scored only one goal in total in their last four games in Europe.
  • Monaco have found the back of the net in 18 of their last 19 home games in Europe.
  • Monaco directed only three shots on target in the first two games of this season’s Champions League, a joint-competition-low so far.
  • The Ligue 1 side have scored only one goal in the competition so far, a joint-low total so far.

 

Ludogorets v Basel

 

  • Ludogorets and Basel have met only twice – in the 2013/14 Champions League qualifying phase, wihen Basel won both games.
  • Those are the only occasions that Ludogorets have met ever Swiss opposition.
  • FC Basel have faced Bulgarian opposition four times, winning all these matches and scoring 11 goals (2.75 per game on average).
  • There have been 22 games between Bulgarian and Swiss sides in Europe, with the Alpine sides winning 12 games and the eastern Europeans six (D4).
  • Ludogorets have won only one of their last seven European games (D3, L3).
  • FC Basel have conceded 10 goals in total in their last two away games in Europe.
  • None of Ludogorets Razgard’s last 11 home European games have seen the same result repeated (WLWDWDLWDWL).
  • Ludogorets have picked up the most yellow cards in the Champions League group stages this season (nine).

 

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Championship Opta Facts – 21 October
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Championship Opta Facts – 21 October

Blackburn v Birmingham

  • Jordan Rhodes scored a brace in this exact fixture last term, though Rovers succumbed to a 3-2 defeat.
  • Birmingham have never kept a clean away to Blackburn Rovers in league competition (55 games).
  • Since August 2013, Tom Cairney has created 122 goalscoring chances for Blackburn Rovers, 34 more than any other player for the club.
  • The Blues have dropped more points from leading positions this season than any other side (11).
  • Birmingham City have gone 10 games without keeping a clean sheet, the current longest run in the division.

 

Blackpool v Derby

  • Blackpool have lost five of their last six games against Derby, winning the other.
  • Chris Martin scored four goals in two appearances against Blackpool last term as Derby ran out winners on each occasion.
  • Blackpool have won just four points at home so far this term, a league-low.
  • Derby have kept four consecutive clean sheets in the league for the first time since February 2007. They’ve not kept five in a row since December 1994.
  • Chris Martin has bagged three braces so far this season, one more than his total in 2013/14 (incl. play-offs).

 

Bournemouth v Reading

  • Bournemouth are unbeaten in five against Reading, winning three and drawing two.
  • Reading have won just two of their last 10 trips to Bournemouth in the Football League, losing seven (D1).
  • Matt Ritchie scored three times against the Royals last season as the Cherries did the double over them.
  • After going five games without a goal, Callum Wilson has netted three in his last two for Bournemouth.
  • No side has conceded more headed goals this season than Reading (6).
  • Forward Jamie Mackie has gone 1080 minutes without scoring in all competitions.

Brentford v Sheff Wed

  • Brentford have lost only one of their seven against Sheffield Wednesday in the league (excl. play-offs) (W3 D3), although that defeat did come in their most recent clash in April 2012.
  • Sheffield Wednesday have scored two or more goals in seven of their last eight games away to Brentford in all competitions, failing to score in the other fixture.
  • Brentford have won all five games in which they’ve gone ahead this season.
  • Sheffield Wednesday have conceded four penalties this term, a league-high. Indeed, in 2013/14 the Owls only conceded three.
  • No side has netted more goals in the 15 minutes before half time this season than the Bees (5).

 

Cardiff v Ipswich

  • Cardiff have won only one of their last nine games against Ipswich Town, losing six (D2).
  • The Tractor Boys are unbeaten on their last five trips to Cardiff, winning three and drawing two.
  • Federico Macheda’s decisive goal against Nottm Forest last weekend ended a run of 301 minutes (all comps) without finding the back of the net for the former Manchester United striker.
  • Only Derby (9) are currently enjoying a longer unbeaten run in the Championship than Ipswich Town (W4 D4).
  • Peter Whittingham scored his third league goal of the season last weekend, matching his total from last season.

Charlton v Bolton

  • Last Season, this exact fixture finished goalless for the first time in league competition since November 1949.
  • Bolton have lost three of their last four games at the Valley in all competitions, drawing the other.
  • The Addicks have gone seven games without a defeat on home soil, drawing the last three, having won the previous four.
  • Bolton have allowed their opponents 72 shots on target so far this season, 11 more than any other team.
  • Charlton have scored a league-high five times in the opening 15 minutes this season.

Huddersfield v Brighton

  • Huddersfield have gone eight games without keeping a clean sheet at home to Brighton.
  • Brighton are unbeaten in four against the Terriers, winning two.
  • Both teams have scored in the last six meetings between the sides in Yorkshire (23 goals scored).
  • The Seagulls have kept just one clean sheet in their last 14 trips to Huddersfield in the league.
  • Huddersfield’s 7-1 thrashing of Brighton in August 2009 remains their biggest win over the Seagulls.
  • Brighton’s 4-1 win against the Terriers in March 2013 remains their biggest margin of victory against the Yorkshire outfit.

 

Norwich v Leeds

  • Norwich have won seven, drawn two and lost one of their last 10 home league encounters with Leeds United.
  • Leeds have failed to score more than a single goal on each of their last six trips to Carrow Road.
  • The Canaries have recovered a league-high 11 points from losing positions in 2014/15.
  • Leeds United are the only Championship side yet to score a headed goal in this campaign.
  • Nathan Redmond (40) has created more goalscoring chances so far this season than any other player in the division.

 

Rotherham v Fulham

  • Rotherham are winless in three against the Whites, losing two and drawing the other.
  • The two sides last met in the second tier back in January 1983 when away side Fulham ran out 1-0 winners.
  • This will be the first league meeting between these two sides since April 1994.
  • The Millers have already claimed 15 points so far this season – 52% of their previous total from last time out in the second tier (29).
  • After going 12 without a win in league competition, Fulham have won three of their last four (L1).
  • Only opponents Fulham (7) have conceded more goals in the final 15 minutes this season than Rotherham (6).

 

 

Watford v Nottingham Forest

  • The Hornets have won only two of their last 10 home league games against Forest, drawing five (L3).
  • Nottm Forest won the most recent clash with Watford in January 2014, 4-2. However, none of the scorers from that game still play for the Reds (Jamie Mackie is currently on loan with Reading).
  • Daniel Tözsér has created more goalscoring chances (28) and has provided more assists (3) than any other Watford player in 2014/15.
  • Michail Antonio has been involved in more goals than any other player this season with 11 (5 goals, 6 assists).
  • Matej Vydra has scored more league goals (4) against Nottm Forest than any other team in the top four tiers of English Football.

Wigan v Millwall

  • After winning back to back games against Millwall, the Latics have now lost their last two against the Lions.
  • Millwall have never won three consecutive league games against Wigan.
  • Wigan have failed to score in four of their last six matches, scoring just three in total.
  • Ricardo Fuller’s brace at the weekend was his first in league competition since January 2010 (v Arsenal in the Premier League).
  • Millwall are without a win since August 30th, losing four and drawing three since then.

 

Wolves v Middlesborough

  • Wolves have won their last three games against Middlesbrough at Molineux, after losing the three prior to that.
  • Boro have failed to find the back of the net on eight of their previous 12 trips to Wolves.
  • Bakary Sako has scored three goals in as many games for Wolverhampton Wanderers.
  • Albert Adomah has scored three goals in his last four Championship games. Indeed, the winger has scored in consecutive games for the first time since March 2014.
  • Wolves have conceded 11 goals in their past four games compared to just two in their previous six.

 

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League 1 Opta Facts – 21 October
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League 1 Opta Facts – 21 October

Barnsley v Notts County

  • The Tykes have won just one of their last nine league encounters with Notts County (D5 L3).
  • The Magpies haven’t lost at Oakwell since April 1991, drawing four of the five league meetings since then (W1).
  • Barnsley have won just two of their last 11 home league games, losing eight (D1).
  • Notts County have won their last three league games. They last won four on the trot in August 2012.
  • Stephen McLaughlin assisted three goals in the Magpies’ 5-3 win on Saturday. No player has recorded more assists than the Nottingham Forest loanee this term in League One (5).

 

Bristol City v Bradford City

  • Bristol City are winless in their last 10 league games against Bradford (D4 L6).
  • Three of the last five meetings at Ashton Gate have gone the way of the Bantams with two draws.
  • The Robins are yet to taste defeat this season in the league, one of two sides in the top four tiers to manage this (along with Chelsea).
  • The Bantams have lost their last two league games. They haven’t lost three on the spin since March 2012.
  • Bristol City haven’t lost at Ashton Gate in the league since February, a run of 13 games (W8 D5).

 

Colchester United v Chesterfield

  • Colchester have lost their last two home matches against Chesterfield by a 2-1 scoreline, having won three in a row before that.
  • The Spireites have scored exactly two goals in four of their last six matches against the U’s.
  • Freddie Sears has had the most efforts on goal in League One (44).
  • Eoin Doyle has scored 14 times from just 22 shots on target this season.
  • Chesterfield have converted five penalties this season, while Colchester have yet to score one.

 

Crawley Town v Walsall

  • Crawley Town are yet to taste defeat against Walsall in the Football League (W1 D3).
  • However, Walsall have taken a point in each of their two trips to Crawley so far.
  • The Red Devils have had the fewest shots on target in League One (38).
  • The Saddlers are one of three League One sides yet to win away from home (D3 L3).
  • Both of these sides have managed just three first-half goals this campaign, a joint-league low.

 

Crewe Alexandra v Peterborough United

  • Crewe haven’t won any of their last eight against the Posh in the league (D5 L3).
  • Peterborough have lost just one of their last ten visits to Crewe (W4 D5).
  • Crewe have conceded the most goals in League One this season (30).
  • Marcus Maddison has scored in each of his last three for Peterborough United.
  • Conor Washington has found the net four times in his last four for the Posh.

 

Doncaster Rovers v Leyton Orient

  • Doncaster are unbeaten in eight league games against Orient (W5 D3).
  • Leyton Orient’s last victory over Doncaster came in December 1997, an 8-0 win at home which is their joint-biggest in the Football League. They’ve scored five times against Doncaster since.
  • Nathan Tyson now has four league goals for Doncaster Rovers this season, more than he has managed in the past three seasons combined.
  • 10 of Leyton Orient’s 12 points so far this season have come in away games.
  • Doncaster have scored just five times at home this season. Only Leyton Orient themselves have managed fewer at home (4).

 

Gillingham v Preston North End

  • The Gills have won just once in their last eight against PNE (D3 L4).
  • Preston won both meetings against Gillingham last season, with five different players scoring across the two matches.
  • Gillingham haven’t won any of their last five league games, drawing two and losing three.
  • Preston have won their last four league games, their best run of form since September 2013 when they last won five consecutively.
  • The Gills haven’t scored in their last two home matches. They last failed to net in three in February 2010.
  • Preston North End are the only League One side to score in every league game so far this season.

 

MK Dons v Fleetwood Town

  • This is the first time MK Dons and Fleetwood have met competitively.
  • The Cod Army have lost their last four away games in League One, having won their first two.
  • Both of these sides have kept a league-high five clean sheets this season.
  • Liam McAlinden has played a part in three of Fleetwood’s last four goals (scoring two and assisting once).
  • The Cod Army haven’t conceded in the opening 15 minutes yet this season.

 

Oldham Athletic v Coventry City

  • Oldham haven’t beaten the Sky Blues in the league since September 1991, drawing five and losing four since then.
  • Coventry City have kept a clean sheet in three of their last four trips to Oldham.
  • The Latics have been defeated just once in their last 11 home league games (W4 D6).
  • The Sky Blues have yet to record an away win in League One this season, losing four (D2).
  • Oldham are yet to score in the opening 15 minutes of either half this season at home.
  • All four of Coventry’s away defeats this season have been by a single goal.

 

Port Vale v Scunthorpe United

  • Port Vale have failed to find the net in three of their last four in the league against Scunthorpe.
  • The Iron have been beaten just once in their previous 12 league games against Vale (W5 D6).
  • Vale have conceded seven times from outside the area this season, more than anyone else in the division.
  • Rory Fallon has scored three goals in his last four appearances for Scunthorpe United.
  • Scunthorpe are one of two sides yet to score in the opening 15 minutes this season (along with Sheffield United).

 

Sheffield United v Yeovil Town

  • Sheffield United have won four of their previous six games against the Glovers, with each win coming with a clean sheet (including playoffs).
  • However, Yeovil beat the Blades in their last trip to Bramall Lane in a regular league game, 2-0 in January 2013.
  • Mark McNulty has scored in four of his last five league games for the Blades.
  • Yeovil have lost their last three away matches; having previously won successive league games on the road.
  • All 12 of Yeovil’s goals this season have come from inside the area.

 

Swindon Town v Rochdale

  • Only once in 14 league encounters have the Robins failed to score against Rochdale.
  • Rochdale have never beaten Swindon home or away in the Football League (D6 L8).
  • Swindon have gone nine games unbeaten in League One (W6 D3). Only Bristol are on a longer run currently (13).
  • Rochdale’s away games this season have seen 20 goals, four on average per game.
  • The Robins have kept just one clean sheet in their last seven in League One.

 

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League 2 Opta Facts – 21 October
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League 2 Opta Facts – 21 October

Accrington Stanley v Hartlepool

  • Accrington have won just one of their last nine league games against Hartlepool (D2 L6).
  • Pools have won three of their last four against Accrington, drawing the other. Each of those wins has been by a single goal.
  • 67% of Stanley’s goals this campaign have come in the first half, a joint-high share in the division.
  • By contrast, just 25% of Hartlepool’s strikes this season have come in the first half.
  • Only five different players have scored for Hartlepool this season, fewer than any other League Two club.

 

AFC Wimbledon v Plymouth Argyle

  • The Dons are yet to record a home win over Plymouth in three attempts (D2 L1). They’ve scored once in each of those matches.
  • Plymouth’s only win in six previous meetings with AFC Wimbledon came in March 2012 (W1 D2 L3).
  • Adebayo Akinfenwa has netted five in his last three home games for the Dons.
  • The Pilgrims have won three successive league games. The last time they managed to win four consecutively was in February 2008.
  • Indeed, Plymouth have gone 347 minutes without conceding in League Two.

 

Cambridge United v Cheltenham Town

  • Cambridge United have won three of the previous four clashes with Cheltenham in the Football League (L1).
  • Cheltenham have been defeated by a single goal in both of their visits to Cambridge (2-1 in March 2004, 1-0 in February 2005).
  • Ryan Donaldson has recorded six assists this season, more than anybody else in League Two.
  • Terry Gornell has scored three goals in as many games after failing to score in his previous 37 games for Cheltenham Town (all comps).
  • Cheltenham have lost their last three away games in League Two. No side is on a worse run currently than them.

 

Carlisle United v Burton Albion

  • This will be the first meeting between the two sides in the Football League.
  • Burton failed to score in their only previous encounters with Carlisle in the Conference, losing 1-0 at home and drawing 0-0 away in 2004/05.
  • Carlisle’s defeat to Plymouth at the weekend halted a run of three successive wins.
  • The Brewers are the only League Two side yet to concede in the opening 15 minutes.
  • The Cumbrians have kept clean sheets in their last two home games, having gone six prior without a shutout.

 

Exeter City v Wycombe Wanderers

  • The Grecians have failed to score in their last two home games against Wycombe (all comps), having scored in the four prior to that.
  • Wycombe were unbeaten in all competitions against Exeter last season, winning away in the league and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and drawing at home.
  • Exeter City have now failed to keep a clean sheet in every one of their 13 League Two games this season.
  • The Chairboys are the only League Two side without an away defeat this season (W4 D2).
  • Only Southampton (5) have conceded fewer goals than Wycombe in the top four tiers this season (8).

 

Luton Town v Dag & Red

  • Luton were 2-1 victors in this exact fixture in November 2008, the last time the two met. The Daggers won the reverse fixture by the same scoreline
  • Former boss John Still led Dagenham and Redbridge into the Football League in 2007. He oversaw 264 games in the Football League, winning 89 (D60 L115).
  • The Hatters have won five consecutive games in League Two. It is their best run in the Football League since winning six on the spin in April 2005.
  • The Daggers have dropped a league-high 13 points from leading positions this season. Luton haven’t dropped any.
  • Dagenham have shipped nine goals in the final 15 minutes this season, as many as Luton have in total.

 

Morecambe v York City

  • Morecambe failed to score in either game against York City in League Two last season.
  • The Minstermen’s 1-0 win over Morecambe in January 2014 was their first in four Football League meetings (D2 L1).
  • Morecambe have scored three times directly from a free-kick, more than any other side.
  • York City have received red cards in consecutive games (Russ Penn against Newport County and Ryan Jarvis against Shrewsbury Town).
  • York’s winless run now stands at seven games, drawing two and losing five.

 

Newport County v Southend United

  • Newport have lost only one of their previous 12 home league games against the Shrimpers (W9 D2).
  • Southend’s clean sheet against the Exiles in January was their first in 15 games against them.
  • The Exiles are yet to keep a clean sheet in their six league games at home this season.
  • Southend have gone three games without a win (D1 L2), having won four games in a row prior to this.
  • Chris Zebroski has scored in back-to-back games for Newport, for the first time since April.

 

Northampton Town v Oxford United

  • Northampton have won their last seven league games against the U’s at home.
  • In fact, Oxford have only beaten Northampton once in 10 league games at Sixfields, in March 2001 (D1 L8).
  • The injured Marc Richards has scored eight league goals for Northampton this season. No other player at the club has more than three.
  • Oxford are the only League Two side yet to win away from home (D2 L4).
  • Indeed, only two of Oxford’s 13 points so far have come on the road.

 

Portsmouth v Stevenage

  • Portsmouth’s only competitive win over Stevenage came in the League Cup in August 2010.
  • Since then, Stevenage are unbeaten against Pompey, winning twice at home and drawing once at Fratton Park.
  • Portsmouth have failed to score in three of their last four in League Two.
  • All five of Chris Whelpdale’s goals for Stevenage this season have come at home.
  • Pompey are one of two sides yet to score in the opening 15 minutes.

 

Shrewsbury v Bury

  • Shrewsbury have failed to score in four of their last five league games against the Shakers.
  • Bury are unbeaten in seven clashes with the Shrews (W4 D3).
  • The Shrews are the only unbeaten side at home in League Two (W5 D1). Only Bury (18) have collected more points at home than them this season (16).
  • Ryan Lowe has scored in his last three games for the Shakers in all competitions.
  • Bury have scored 16 second half goals this season, as many as Shrewsbury have managed in total.

 

Tranmere Rovers v Mansfield Town

  • Tranmere have won three of their last four league encounters with the Stags, though this is their first meeting since 2003 (L1).
  • Mansfield have put six goals past Tranmere on four separate occasions in the Football League. In fact, they last time they scored six in the Football League was against Rovers (October 2002).
  • Tranmere have lost their last five games in League Two without a win. They last lost six in a row in September 2009.
  • Mansfield are the only League Two side yet to claim a point from behind this season.
  • Rovers have failed to score in six of their last seven league games, including each of the last four.

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The FWA Podcast features the best football writers in Britain discussing the biggest stories every week
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The League Podcast
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The League Podcast

Every week William Hill looks at featured games from the Football League on three podcasts.
Just scroll down the playlist above to find each one every Friday.
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Every week William Hill looks at featured games from the Football League on three podcasts.
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League Two Opta Facts October 18th 2014
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League Two Opta Facts October 18th 2014

 

Burton v Morecambe

  • Burton have won four and lost one of their five home meetings with Morecambe, the defeat coming in last season’s clash at the Pirelli Stadium.
  • Morecambe have netted in each of their five previous outings to the Pirelli Stadium.
  • Three of these four home victories have been by a 3-2 scoreline; they triumphed in the other 5-2.
  • The Shrimps have lost four of their last five in league competition, winning the other.
  • Burton are the only League Two side yet to concede in the opening 15 minutes this term.
  • Albion have won all eight games they have led in this season, dropping zero points.

 

Bury v Portsmouth

  • Bury have lost one of their last seven home clashes with Portsmouth (W4 D2).
  • Portsmouth have won three of their last five meetings with Bury (D1 L1).
  • 15 of Bury’s 20 league goals so far this season have come in the second half (75%).
  • Pompey have managed just two goals in their last four league games (D4).
  • Only Shrewsbury (16) have won more points at home so far this season than Bury (15).

 

Cheltenham v Northampton

  • Cheltenham are unbeaten in eight against Northampton, winning four (D4).
  • Northampton have gone 10 games without keeping a clean sheet against the Robins.
  • No side has picked up fewer points from their last six league matches than Cheltenham (D2 L4).
  • Saints have won just two of their last six in the league (D1 L3).
  • Cheltenham’s last win in all competitions came on September 2nd. They have lost five and drawn three since then.

 

Dagenham and Redbridge v Newport

  • Dagenham and Redbridge and Newport met for the first time last season (one draw, one Dagenham win).
  • Newport have failed to score in their last three away games. They last went four games without a goal in the Football League April 1987.
  • Medy Elito scored twice in the Daggers’ 2-1 win at Rodney Parade, one of two braces he recorded in League Two last season.
  • Only Mansfield (164) have conceded more fouls so far this season than Newport County (156).
  • Dagenham and Redbridge (8) have unfortunately conceded more goals after the 76th minute than any other team in the division.

 

Hartlepool v Luton

  • Pools have failed to score in six of their last seven home games in league competition.
  • Luton have won six of their last nine matches against Hartlepool in all competitions (D1 L2).
  • The Hatters have found the net 20 times in these nine meetings, although they lost the most recent clash 4-0, in 2007/08.
  • Hartlepool have been shown just seven cards so far this season (7Y); fewer than any other side in the division.
  • Luton are the form side in League Two, having won five and lost none of their last six.

 

Mansfield v Cambridge

  • The last three league games between Mansfield and Cambridge were drawn, after none of the preceding 10 meetings ended all-square (five wins apiece).
  • Cambridge’s last victory against the Stags was by a 7-2 scoreline, in 1998/99.
  • No side has netted more goals in the opening 15 minutes than Mansfield (4).
  • Cambridge have scored 10 goals via headers this season which is a league-high total and twice as many as opponents Mansfield.
  • The Stags are the only side in League Two yet to claim any points from losing positions in 2014/15.
  • In contrast, Cambridge have won six points from losing situations, a figure only Wycombe and Shrewsbury can better (both 7).

 

Oxford Utd v Tranmere

  • These teams last met in the third tier of English football in 1978/79 – 12 league clashes since have produced five wins for Oxford and four for Tranmere (D3).
  • Tranmere have won two and drawn two of their last four matches against Oxford in all competitions, the most recent meeting being a 2-0 League Cup victory in 1999/2000.
  • The visitors have failed to score in 335 minutes of league action, and have scored just once in their last six League Two games.
  • Rovers are the only League Two side yet to score a header this season.

 

Plymouth v Carlisle

  • Plymouth are unbeaten in their last seven meetings with Carlisle (W4 D3).
  • Carlisle have not won away against Plymouth since 1977/78 – in 10 games since they have lost nine and drawn once (the most recent clash, in 2010/11).
  • Plymouth have won five of their last eight in the league, losing three.
  • Carlisle have gone 319 minutes without conceding a goal in League Two.
  • Argyle’s last five games in League Two have produced just six goals.

 

Southend v Exeter

  • Just one of the 10 goals that Southend have conceded this season has come from outside the area.
  • Exeter have conceded fewer fouls (100) than any other side in League Two so far this season.
  • The Grecians have allowed their opponents to score in all 12 of their league games so far this season.

 

Stevenage v Accrington

  • Stevenage and Accrington met four times in 2010/11, their only league-level meetings. The season clashes produced an Accrington win and a draw, but the Boro won both play-off semi-final matches.
  • Two Accrington players were sent off in the second of the play-off clashes.
  • The combined age of Stevenage’s two goalkeepers last weekend was 94 (Dave Beasant (55) and Chris Day (39)).
  • Nine of Accrington’s 17 goals so far this season have come in the opening 30 minutes of matches.
  • Stevenage have shipped five goals in their opening 15 minutes of matches this season; a League Two high.

 

Wycombe v AFC Wimbledon

  • Last season’s two clashes between these teams produced three red cards.
  • AFC Wimbledon are unbeaten in their four league matches against Wycombe (W3 D1).
  • Only seven teams have fired in fewer shots this season than the league leaders (104 shots excl. blocked).
  • Adebayo Akinfenwa has conceded 43 fouls so far this season; 17 more than any other player in the division.
  • The Chairboys have earned 25 points from their opening 12 games, half of the 50 they managed during the entire 2013/14 season.

 

York v Shrewsbury

  • York are unbeaten in their last five home matches against Shrewsbury (W3 D2).
  • Shrewsbury’s last league victory away to York came back in April 1996, 2-1.
  • York City are the only team yet to win a home game in League Two so far this season.
  • However, York have only lost one of their six home games so far (D5).
  • The visitors have picked up seven points from losing positions so far this season; a joint league high.

 

 

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European Football Podcast – Episode 21: 16th October
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European Football Podcast – Episode 21: 16th October

Alex Dunn and Ray Drewett look ahead to the best games across Europe on this edition of the William Hill European Football Podcast.
The boys offer their thoughts on La Liga, Serie A and the Dutch Eredivisie.
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European Football Podcast – Episode 21: 16th October
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European Football Podcast – Episode 21: 16th October

Alex Dunn and Ray Drewett look ahead to the best games across Europe on this edition of the William Hill European Football Podcast.
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League One Opta Facts October 18th 2014
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Chesterfield V Oldham

  • Chesterfield have alternated between a draw and a win in each of their last five at home to Oldham. They drew their most recent clash with the Latics.
  • Oldham have netted in each of their last six league encounters with Chesterfield, scoring 13 in the process (W3 D2 L1).
  • The last four meetings between these two sides have all come in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy with the Spireites winning three and progressing into the next round via penalties in the other (D1).
  • Jonathan Forte has bagged seven league goals in 10 appearances for Oldham this season; his best return since 2008/09.
  • Eoin Doyle has scored 14 goals in 11 league games for Chesterfield this season.
  • Jonathan Forte’s seven goals have come from just 10 shots on target.

 

Coventry V Bristol City

  • Billy Daniels scored a brace in this exact fixture last season as the Sky Blues ran out 5-4 winners against the Robins.
  • Bristol City have gone eight games without keeping a clean sheet against Coventry (W2 D2 L4).
  • Coventry’s Jim O’Brien has attempted more shots without actually scoring than any other player (18).
  • Aaron Wilbraham has been directly involved in more goals than any other Bristol City player this season (eight goals, two assists).
  • The Sky Blues are without a win in five, the current longest winless run in the division (D1 L4).

 

Fleetwood V Doncaster

  • Fleetwood have yet to lose at home this season, winning two and drawing four.
  • Donny have failed to score in four of their last six League One matches but have netted two or more in the other games.
  • This will be the first ever competitive meeting between Fleetwood Town and Doncaster Rovers.
  • The Cod Army have yet to concede in the opening 30 minutes this term.
  • Donny are the only League One team yet to score a headed goal this season.

 

Leyton Orient V MK Dons

  • Leyton Orient have won their last three matches against MK Dons, this after losing the three prior to that.
  • Only Rochdale (13) have scored more goals on the road this season than MK Dons (12).
  • Kevin Lisbie has netted five goals in his last five matches against the Dons.
  • Benik Afobe has found the back of the net nine times in his last nine games in all competitions for MK Dons.
  • Having failed to score his first 12 appearances for the club, Jay Simpson now has three in two for the O’s.
  • Leyton Orient are the only side in League One yet to win at home in 2014/15.

 

Notts County V Crawley

  • The Magpies have lost only two of their last 14 games in league competition, winning six (D6). However, both of those defeats came at Meadow Lane.
  • The away side has never won in matches involving Notts County and Crawley Town (D2 L2).
  • No side has kept more clean sheets this season than Notts County (5).
  • Only four different players have scored for Crawley this season, fewer than any other club in League One.
  • Roy Carroll (60) has made more saves than any other goalkeeper League One this term.

 

Peterborough V Barnsley

  • Peterborough have won their last two encounters with Barnsley, this after going six without a win previously (D1 L5).
  • Barnsley have won five of their last six away to Peterborough, though they lost their most recent match at London Road in 2012/13.
  • 12 different players have scored for Peterborough this season, more than any other club in League One.
  • Barnsley have shipped six goals in the final 15 minutes of matches this season, a joint-league-high with Sheffield United.
  • Conor Hourihane has been directly involved in more goals than any other Barnsley player in 2014/15 (seven goals and one assist).

 

Preston V Port Vale

  • Joe Garner has scored six league goals in five matches against Port Vale, two more than against any other team.
  • Port Vale have kept just one clean sheet in their last 11 trips to Deepdale, with that shutout arriving back in November 1985.
  • After going nine games (all comps) without finding the back of the net for Vale, striker Tom Pope has bagged a brace in each of his last two appearances.
  • There have been 34 goals scored in the last eight league clashes between Preston and Port Vale, an average of 4.3 per game.
  • Preston are the only team in League One to score in every game so far this season.

 

Rochdale V Gillingham

  • This will be only the fifth meeting between these two sides in the third tier, with Rochdale yet to beat the Gills at this level (D3 L1).
  • Gillingham have failed to score more than one goal in each of their last 10 against Rochdale, netting eight in the process.
  • The Kent outfit are one of four League One sides yet to win on the road this term (Coventry, Walsall, Crewe are the others).
  • Danny Kedwell has netted in both of his appearances versus Rochdale in league competition.
  • No side has used more players so far this season than Rochdale (25). Last term the Dale only used 29 different players.

 

Scunthorpe V Colchester

  • The Iron are unbeaten in nine against the U’s, winning four and drawing five.
  • Colchester United are without a win in each of their last nine trips to Glanford Park, losing five (D4).
  • Scunthorpe have been shown 27 cards this season (26 yellow, 1 red), the most in the division.
  • Colchester United have squandered 11 points from leading positions this season, a league-high.
  • Scunthorpe United have conceded six headed goals in 2014/15, more than any other team.
  • Gavin Massey’s brace at the weekend ended a run of 23 games in all competitions without a goal.

 

Walsall V Crewe

  • The Saddlers have won only one of their last nine encounters with the Railwaymen, though six of these clashes have ended level (L2).
  • Both teams have scored in the last seven league meetings between Walsall and Crewe at the Banks’ Stadium.
  • Crewe have conceded 21 times in the second half this term, five more than any other team.
  • Crewe are one of two teams yet to keep a clean sheet this season (Port Vale being the other).
  • Walsall’s top scorer this season Tom Bradshaw (five goals) has scored three goals in four appearances against Crewe.

 

Yeovil V Swindon

  • Yeovil have won only one of their previous six home fixtures against Swindon Town (March 2009, 1-0) in league competition.
  • Swindon have won five and drawn three of their last eight games in League One.
  • 82% of Yeovil’s goals this season have come in the second half.
  • Nathan Byrne of Swindon Town has provided more assists than any other player this season (5).
  • Swindon have restricted their opponents to a league-low 72 shots so far in 2014/15.

 

Bradford V Sheff Utd

  • Bradford have won only one of their last 16 matches against Sheffield United in the league (D6 L9).
  • Sheffield United lost this exact fixture last term 2-0. Indeed, it was their first defeat away to Bradford since November 1987.
  • The Blades have yet to score in the opening 15 minutes of games this season.
  • In contrast, United have bagged four goals in the 90th minute or later in 2014/15, more than any other League One team.
  • Bradford’s clean sheet in their last match at Valley Parade ended a run of six games without a shutout there.

 

 

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Championship Opta Facts – Oct  17-18
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Rotherham v Leeds

The Millers have only won one of their last six Yorkshire derbies against Leeds (D3 L2) but have only lost one of their last five on home soil (W3 D1).
Leeds have scored in nine of their 11 previous league trips to Rotherham.
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Championship Opta Facts – Oct  17-18
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Rotherham v Leeds

The Millers have only won one of their last six Yorkshire derbies against Leeds (D3 L2) but have only lost one of their last five on home soil (W3 D1).
Leeds have scored in nine of their 11 previous league trips to Rotherham.
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Opta Facts La Liga Matchday 8 / October 17th-19th 2014
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Opta Facts La Liga Matchday 8 / October 17th-19th 2014

Granada v Rayo Vallecano

Rayo Vallecano have won four of their previous six meetings with Granada in the top-flight (L2).

The side from Madrid have won in two of their three trips to Los Carmenes in La Liga, losing the other.

Granada have lost three successive league games; they have not lost four in a row since returning to La Liga.

Granada have failed to score in their last two on home soil; they have not gone three home games without netting since September 2013.

Away from home, Rayo Vallecano have scored exactly twice in each of their last three league games.

Joaquin Caparros has only lost two of his nine meetings with Rayo as a La Liga manager, winning five and drawing two.

Granada have mustered just 51 shots all season; a league-low (includes blocked shots).

Leo Baptistao has scored four goals in six games with Rayo this season; he managed just one goal in 22 La Liga appearances last term.

El-Arabi ended a run of 10 games without a league goal with his strike against Malaga last time out.

 

Levante v Real Madrid

Real Madrid have won their last five league meetings with Levante, scoring 3.4 goals per game on average during this run.

Levante have lost their last three league games at the Ciutat de Valencia without scoring a goal; they last lost four in a row there in the top-flight back in October 2007.

Indeed the side from Valencia are the only team in La Liga yet to score at home this term.

On the other hand, Real Madrid are the leading away scorers in the division this season with 12 away goals.

Real Madrid have won four consecutive league games, scoring an average of five goals per game; they have not won five in a row in 2014 so far.

The side from the capital are unbeaten in nine trips to the Comunidad Valenciana (W7 D2); though their last defeat in the region did come at Levante in September 2011 (1-0).

Levante have had a league-low 15 shots on target this season, while only Deportivo (40) have faced more shots on target than them (37).

Mendilibar has only won one of his 10 meetings with Real Madrid as a La Liga manager (D2 L7).

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 22nd La Liga hat-trick against Athletic last time out, equalling the competition’s all-time record.

Since arriving at Real Madrid in September 2013, Gareth Bale has assisted more of Ronaldo’s goals than any other player (nine).

 

Athletic v Celta Vigo

Athletic are unbeaten in five league meetings with Celta Vigo, winning two and drawing three.

The Lions have only taken four points from seven games this season; their worst start to a campaign since 1979/80 (also four, assuming three points for a win).

Celta are without a win in 12 top-flight meetings with Basque sides (D7 L5).
Athletic are without a win in five league games (D1 L4); they have not gone six without a win since 2012.

Celta have scored in their last 13 La Liga games; this is their best run since one of 17 between June and December 1997.

Only Barcelona (69.88%) have averaged more possession away from home than Celta (55.8%) in La Liga this term.

Meanwhile, only Barcelona (67.4%) have averaged more possession on home soil than Athletic Club (64.89%).

Celta have lost a league-high six points from games they have scored the first goal in this term.

In the meeting between these sides at the San Mames last season, Benat scored his first, and so far only league goal for Athletic.

Nolito has assisted three of Larrivey’s four league goals so far this term.

 

Barcelona v Eibar

Barcelona have become the first team in La Liga history to keep seven successive clean sheets at the start of a La Liga season.

The Catalan side have scored at least once in their last 55 home league games; their best run on home soil since one of 88 between 1952 and 1958.

Barca have won their last 20 home league games against Basque sides, keeping 11 clean sheets in the process.

Garitano’s side are unbeaten in two away league games (W1 D1), keeping two clean sheets in the process.

Only Real Madrid (five) have scored more goals from outside the area than Eibar (three) this season.

Barcelona have received a league-low of just 10 yellow cards this term.

Luis Enrique’s side have won more points with goals scored in the final 15 minutes than any other team (four).

Lionel Messi has made more assists than any other La Liga player this term (six).

Messi and Neymar (three each) have scored Barcelona’s last six league goals between them.

Piovaccari became the first overseas player in La Liga history to score for Eibar when he netted their last goal.


Cordoba v Malaga

This will be the first Primera meeting between Cordoba and Malaga since Malaga’s reformation. Before that, Cordoba had only lost two of 10 against them (W4 D4).

With four points from seven games, this is Cordoba’s worst ever start to a top-flight season (assuming three points for a win).

Malaga are without a win in six away league games (D2 L4).

This will be Cordoba’s third Andalusian derby of the season and they are yet to pick up a win (D1 L1); Malaga have won their only one to date this term.

Xavi Gracia’s side have the worst shooting accuracy on the road this season, hitting the target with just 26.9% of their shots.

Four of Malaga’s five league goals this season have come in the second-half; their most recent four.

With two goals and two assists, Fede Cartabia has participated in all four of Cordoba’s league goals this season.

Cartabia has also been fouled more often than any other player this term (24).

Juan Carlos has made a league-high 26 saves this campaign.

 

Atletico Madrid v Espanyol

Atletico Madrid have won four of their last five league meetings with Espanyol (L1).

Indeed the Mattress-Makers have won more games against Espanyol than any other side in their top-flight history (75).

Atleti have scored at least once in each of their last nine home league clashes with Espanyol.

The Catalan side are without a win in seven away league games (D2 L5); their worst run on the road since 2012.

Espanyol have scored 56% of their goals this season in the final 15 minutes of games; a league-high proportion.

Curiously, Atletico are yet to concede a single goal in this period of the game.

Cholo Simeone’s side have scored a league-high nine set piece goals this season.

Indeed, Atletico have also scored more headed goals than any other La Liga side this term (eight).

Only Levante (40.95%) have a lower average possession figure than Espanyol (41.33%) this campaign.

Sergio Garcia has participated directly in more than half (55.6%) of Espanyol’s goals in this Primera season (three goals, two assists).

 

Deportivo v Valencia

Valencia are unbeaten in 14 league meetings with Deportivo La Coruna, winning nine and drawing five.

Indeed Los Che have not lost at the Riazor since October 2003, the season in which they won the Primera title (W6 D2 since).

Assuming three points for a win, this is only the third time Deportivo have had four or fewer points after seven La Liga games; on the other two occasions, they were relegated.

This is only the seventh time in La Liga history, and the first since 2008/09, that Valencia have remained unbeaten after seven games.

Nuno’s side are one of only three, along with Celta Vigo and Real Madrid, to have scored in every game this term.

Los Che have the best shooting accuracy in the top-flight this season, hitting the target with 33.3% of their efforts.

Isaac Cuenca has already equalled his best La Liga goalscoring haul (two, also achieved with Barcelona in 2011/12).

No Spanish player has participated in more goals than Paco Alcacer this season (eight, four goals and four assists).

 

Elche v Sevilla

Elche are without a win in eight league meetings with Sevilla in the top-flight (D4 L4); a run that goes back to January 1977.

This is Sevilla’s best start to a league season since 2008/09, when they had a club record 17 points from seven games and went on to finish in the Champions League places.

Elche have failed to score in their last two on home soil; they have not gone three in a row in the top-flight without netting since 1989 (five).

43% of Elche’s league goals this season have been scored by defenders (three of seven); a league-high portion.

This game will see the team to have made the most fouls (Emery’s team – 120) face the player to have conceded the most (Garry Rodrigues – 20).

Stephane M’Bia has already scored as many goals in all competitions this term has he managed last season (five, three in the league and two in Europe).

Carlos Bacca, who has taken a joint-high three penalties this season, missed from the spot for the first time in La Liga last time out against Depor; he had converted his previous three.

Coro has attempted more dribbles without completing one than any other striker in La Liga this season (nine).

Deulofeu has averaged an assist more frequently than any other player in La Liga this season (one every 83 minutes).


Villarreal v Almeria

Villarreal are unbeaten in four league meetings with Almeria, winning three and drawing one.

Almeria have never picked up a victory in five previous top-flight visits to El Madrigal (D2 L3).

The side from Castellon have alternated between victory and defeat in their last six home league games; they lost last time out.

The Andalusian side have won four of their last five away league games (L1).

Villarreal have hit the woodwork six times this term; a league-high alongside Real Sociedad.

Only Barcelona (eight) have faced fewer shots on target than Almeria (10) away from home this season.

Marcelino has never tasted defeat to Almeria as a La Liga manager, winning six and drawing once so far.

Verza has scored one and assisted two of Almeria’s last four league goals.

 

Real Sociedad v Getafe

Real Sociedad have only recorded one victory in their last seven league meetings with Getafe (D4 L2).

The side from Madrid have never won in San Sebastian in seven previous top-flight visits, however, drawing five and losing two.

In 10 previous top-flight seasons, Getafe have never scored as few as four goals in the opening seven games.

Arrasate’s side have gone 10 games without a clean sheet; their worst top-flight run since September 2011 (17).

The Blues have the lowest shot conversion rate in La Liga this term (6.9%).

Real Sociedad have gained a league-high five points in games where they have conceded the first goal this season.

The Basque side are one of two teams, alongside Elche, who are yet to keep a clean sheet this season.

Baba’s goal against Cordoba last time out ended a run of 16 La Liga games without a goal.

Xabi Prieto has already assisted as many goals this term as he has in each of the last two top-flight campaigns (three).

 

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Opta Facts Serie A 2014/15 – Week 7
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Opta Facts Serie A 2014/15 – Week 7

 

Atalanta – Parma

 

Atalanta have won just eight of their 34 meetings against Parma in Serie A; 14 wins for the Ducali.

These two sides have shared just one draw over their last 10 meetings (1-1 in March 2012).

Parma have won their last three games against Atalanta scoring 10 goals in total.

Parma won 4-0 in their last game away to Atalanta – the hosts had remained unbeaten in the previous eight in Bergamo (W5 D3).

Atalanta have lost their last four Serie A fixtures without scoring – last time they lost five in a row was in January 1996.

Atalanta have the worst attack of this Serie A (just two goals scored).

Parma have won just one of their last nine away games in the league, losing six times in the process.

Atalanta haven’t recorded more than a single shot on target in three of the six league games played so far this term.

Parma have scored the most headed goals in this competition (three).

Luca Cigarini has created a league-high 21 goal scoring chances so far this season.

Rolando Bianchi has scored four goals in Serie A against Parma, but he is still goalless in this campaign after five appearances.

 

 

Cagliari – Sampdoria

 

Cagliari have won 22 times in Serie A against Sampdoria – more than against any other opponent.

Samp had the better in their last meeting back in Fenruary (1-0) – previously the Sardinians had remained unbeaten for 10 games against the Doriani (D5 L3).

Cagliari are unbeaten in their last five home games against Samp (W3 D2) keeping three clean sheets in the process.

Cagliari have lost two home games out of two in this Serie A, and four of the last five at their ground between this and last season.

Samp are still unbeaten after six rounds – this is their best start to a Serie A season since 1990/91, when they ended up winning the Scudetto led by Roberto Mancini and Luca Vialli.

Only Barcellona (0) have conceded fewer goals than Sampdoria (2) across Europe’s top-5 leagues this season.

Only Sampdoria have already scored with two direct free-kicks in this Serie A (both by Manolo Gabbiadini).

13 of the 16 goals scored in the games involving Cagliari this season have come in the first half.

Cagliari have used only 18 players so far this term – a joint-low.

Daniele Conti has already scored four goals against Sampdoria in Serie A – his favourite target after Roma.

Right against Sampdoria, Victor Ibarbo scored his only Serie A hat-trick in March 2013.

Gonzalo Bergessio has netted three goals so far against Cagliari, two of which with a header.

 

 

Fiorentina – Lazio

 

Fiorentina and Lazio have met 130 times so far in the top-flight – the Bianbcocelesti lead by 46 wins to 44.

The Viola have won only two of their last 10 league games against Lazio, both in 2012/13.

Fiorentina and Lazio have shared only one draw over their last 12 league meetings at the Franchi, with the guests winning on seven occasions.

Vincenzo Montella’s side have conceded only one goal over their last five league fixtures.

Lazio’s last away draw was in January (0-0 vs Bologna), since then six wins and as many losses for them far from the Olimpico.

Fiorentina had eight shots on target in their last game against Inter – a record for them in this competition.

Fiorentina have conceded only one goal in the first half in this Serie A.

Six of Lazio’s goals have been scored by midfielders – a record in the league.

Khouma El Babacar has been involved in three of Fiorentina’s last four goals (two goals and an assist).

Miroslav Klose has scored two goals in his last three league apppearances against the Viola, but he hasn’t found the net in Serie A since March.

Antonio Candreva is the player who has attempted the most shots in this competition (22).

 


Genoa – Empoli

 

Genoa and Empoli have met in Serie A only in 2007/08: a draw in the first game, a win for the Tuscans in the second.

Genoa have drawn just one of their last 10 home games in the league (W4 L5).

The Grifoni have alternated a win to a loss in their last four home games, losing the last (the Derby vs Sampdoria).

That game against Palermo before the international break was Palermo’s first win in Serie A since May 2008.

Genoa have never scored more than a single goal over their last seven home fixtures in Serie A.

Only Chievo have made fewer passes than Genoa (2051) so far in this Serie A campaign.

This game will see the only two players who have already scored two headed goals in this Serie A; Mauricio Pinilla and Lorenzo Tonelli.

Francesco Tavano has scored a goal in each of his three previous appearances against Genoa in the top-flight.

Daniele Rugani is the youngest player who hasn’t missed a single minute of action in this competition (540 mins played so far).

Facundo Roncaglia will miss out this game as he is the only player to have picked up two red cards since start of this campaign.

 

 

 

 

Inter – Napoli

 

Inter and Napoli have met 136 times so far in Serie A: the Nerazzurri have won 62 times, drawing 32.

Napoli have won 42 times against Inter in Serie A – more than against any other opponent.

Inter have won only one of their last seven league games against Napoli (D2 L4).

However, at home the Nerazzurri had the better in nine of their last 11 games against Napoli, losing only in October 2011.

Back in April, Inter v Napoli ended 0-0 – that remains the Partenopei’s only goalless draw under Rafa Benitez in Serie A.

Inter have conceded seven goals over their last two Serie A fixtures, as many as they had shipped in their previous 11 games.

Inter have already conceded three goals in the opening 15 minutes of play whilst Napoli have scored the most in the same period (six).

Only Juventus (86) have had more shots than Napoli (82) so far in this competition.

Mauro Icardi hasn’t scored any goals over his last four Serie A appearances – his longest goal scoring drought since May 2013.

Amongst players yet to score a goal, Gonzalo Higuaín has attempted the most shots (12).

This is Higuaín’s worst start to a European league since he moved to Real Madrid.

Both managers used to be in charge of their respective next opponent. They’ve only met twice in Serie A, with the Spaniard remaining unbeaten (1W 1D).

 

 

Palermo – Cesena

 

Palermo and Cesena have met four times in Serie A – one win apiece and two draws.

Cesena have remained unbeaten in their two previous trips to Palermo in Serie A (1W 1D).

Over their previous four meetings, neither side has ever scored more than two goals per game.

Palermo have picked-up only two points over their last five league games, conceding 12 goals in the process.

In facts, the Sicilians are winless in their last 10 Serie A games (D3 L7).

Cesena have six points after six rounds, but only one of these points has been taken away from home.

Cesena are winless in their last 15 away games in Serie A – their last away win came right against Palermo in December 2011 (1-0).

Palermo have already scored five goals in the first 30 minutes of play – a league-high.

However, Palermo have already lost seven points from leading situations, a negative record.

The Rosanero have conceded six goals from set-piece situations – more than any other side.

Franco Vázquez has already completed 22 dribbles in this campaign, only Jérémy Menez has registered more (23).

 

Roma – Chievo

 

This will be the 25th meeting between Roma and Chievo in Serie A – the Giallorossi lead by 12 wins to three.

Two of Chievo’s three wins have come at the Olimpico, last in May 2013.

Roma kept a clean sheet in nine of their last 12 games against Chievo, including the two of the last campaign.

Chievo have scored only four goals in their 12 visits to Roma in the league (one in the last six).

Roma have lost just one of their last 23 Serie A games at home (19W 3D).

Chievo’s last away draw was in January, since then W3 L8 away from the Bentegodi.

Roma have recorded the highest possession of this competition (60.6%).

Roma’s goals have been scored by eight different players – a league-high.

Mattia Destro has already scored five goals in Serie A against Chievo – his favourite target to date.

Radja Nainggolan holds the record of passes made so far in this Serie A (498).

Perparim Hetemaj has won the most fouls in this competition (27) but only Stefano Okaka (28) has conceded more than him (26).

 

 

Sassuolo – Juventus

 

Juventus won both games against Sassuolo last season, scoring seven goals and conceding one.

Sassuolo have won just one of their last eight home games in Serie A (vs Genoa back in May).

Juventus have lost only one of their last 17 games on the road, winning 14 (including the last six).

This is the seventh time Juventus win the first six games of the season in Serie A, and the first since 2005/06.

Francesco Totti’s goal in the last round ended Juve’s run of 832 minutes without conceding in the league.

Juventus are the only side yet to concede a second-half goal in this campaign.

Only Barcelona have conceded fewer goals than Juventus (2) across Europe’s top-5 leagues.

Juventus have had less than 50% possession only in the game against Roma so far in this campaign (43.9%).

Carlos Tévez scored four goals in the two games played last season against Sassuolo – more than against any other opponent in Serie A.

Fernando Llorente’s last away goal came right at the Mapei Stadium back in April. The Spaniard is still goalless in this campaign after six appearances.

Before Domenico Berardi’s opener against Lazio, Sassuolo hadn’t scored for 434 minutes in Serie A.

 

Torino – Udinese

 

This will be the 59th game between Torino and Udinese in Serie A: the Friulani lead by 21 wins to 18.

Torino won both games against Udinese last season by 2-0.

Udinese have scored just one goal over their last five games against Torino in Serie A.

Over their last 15 meetings in Turin, these two sides have shared only one draw (0-0 in September 2012).

Torino are winless in their last four home fixtures (D3 L1) and they’ve scored just two goals in these games.

Udinese won their last away game against Lazio – that was their first win on the road since February.

This is Udinese’s best start to a Serie A campaign since 2008/09 (13 points in six games).

Torino have scored only one goal in the second half – no side has done worse than the Granata in Italy.

Torino’s shooting accuracy is the lowest in this Serie A (only 26.3%).

Fabio Quagliarella has scored in three consecutive Serie A appearances for the first time since November 2010.

Cyril Théréau has scored two goals in four appearances against Torino, his favourite target after Cagliari in Serie A.

 

 

Verona – AC Milan

 

This will be the 49th meeting between AC Milan and Verona in Serie A: the Rossoneri lead by 23 wins to eight.

AC Milan have won four of their last five Serie A games against Verona, losing the other (2-1 at the Bentegodi in August 2013).

However, Verona have lost only one of their last five games against AC Milan at home (W2 D2).

Both sides have scored in their last three league meetings at the Bentegodi.

Verona have scored in each of their last seven home games (on average 2.4 goals per game).

Verona have gained four points from losing situations – more than any other side in this competition.

AC Milan have won only one of their last five games on the road in Serie A (D2 L2) – the Rossoneri have conceded 11 goals across these games.

Five of Verona’s six goals in this competition have come after half-time, four in the last 30 minutes of play.

Luca Toni has netted seven goals in his 14 Serie A appearances against AC Milan.

Toni also made his Serie A debut against the Rossoneri, when he was at Vicenza in October 2000.

Keisuke Honda has been directly involved in 46% of the Rossoneri’s goals (six out of 13).

 

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Opta Facts Bundesliga Matchday 8 – 18th-19th October
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Opta Facts Bundesliga Matchday 8 – 18th-19th October


FC Bayern München – SV Werder Bremen

 

This will be the first Bundesliga meeting between Bayern and Bremen where it’s top of the league versus bottom of the league.

 

When leading the Bundesliga, Bayern have never lost a home match against the side at the foot of the table before in their history.

 

Against no other club have the Munich side suffered as many defeats (26) or conceded as many goals (119) as they have against Werder Bremen.

 

The record champions have won their last seven BL meetings with Bremen and are unbeaten in 11 games against them (W8, D3). Bremen have never suffered more than seven straight BL defeats against any opponent before.

 

Bayern have kept a clean sheet in seven straight competitive games for the first time under Pep Guardiola and have the league’s best defensive record (two goals conceded). This match is also a meeting between the division’s best attack (15 goals scored) and worst defence (16 goals conceded).

 

Werder haven’t won any of their opening seven league matches this season. They have never gone without a win in the opening eight games of a single Bundesliga campaign before.

 

Bayern are the only club not to have gone behind in any of their seven BL games this season. Meanwhile, Bremen are the only team to have trailed in each of their BL matches in 2014/15.

 

Bayern have played the most passes and have been the most precise (88% successful), while Bremen have been the least accurate (67%).

 

Philipp Lahm is on the verge of sealing his 200th BL win – of the currently active players, only Bastian Schweinsteiger (208) and Claudio Pizarro (209) have also reached this milestone.

 

Claudio Pizarro spent six years at Bremen (1999-2001, 2008-2012). The Peruvian has scored more BL goals for Werder (89) than he has for FCB (87).

 

Robin Dutt has lost all four of his managerial head-to-heads with Pep Guardiola, with a goal record of 4-22. The 7-0 thrashing last season was Dutt’s heaviest defeat as a coach.

 

 

FSV Mainz 05 – FC Augsburg

 

Augsburg have faced Mainz four times in the Bundesliga under Markus Weinzierl and have won just once (D1, L2). The two defeats both came in Mainz with a goal record of 0-5.

 

In their first BL season in 2011/12, Augsburg’s first ever top-flight victory – after eight games without a win – came on 15th October in Mainz. Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker converted an 88th-minute penalty to beat the 05ers 1-0.

 

For the second time in their BL history, Mainz are unbeaten after seven matchdays (W2, D5). The only previous time that they managed this was in 2010-11, when they won their opening seven games and finished the campaign in 5th place.

 

Including last season, Mainz are unbeaten in eight BL games (W3, D5). The last time they went on a longer run was from April to October 2010, when FSV went 12 straight matches without a loss.

 

Augsburg have lost three of their last four BL away games (failing to score each time) – their only away win in that timeframe was a 1-0 victory in Frankfurt on matchday 3. In 2013/14, FCA were sixth in the away table having collected 22 points.

 

Shinji Okazaki has scored five BL goals this season and seven goals in all competitions. He has netted half of his side’s 10 league goals this season and is top of the BL goalscoring charts.

 

Jonas Hofmann, on loan from BVB, scored his second goal in his fifth BL game for Mainz during the 1-1 draw with Gladbach, converting from the penalty spot. He also scored twice in 31 BL games for Borussia Dortmund.

 

Ja-Cheol Koo played 36 BL games for FCA (8 goals, 3 assists) between February 2012 and May 2013. Shawn Parker played for Mainz from 2005 until 2014 – he joined Augsburg in the summer. His brother Devante is in the FSV squad.

 

 

 

Hannover 96 – Borussia Mönchengladbach

 

There has been a winner in each of the last 14 BL meetings between the two sides: Both Hannover and Gladbach have won seven times. The last draw came in Mönchengladbach in May 2006 (2-2). However, Borussia have won five of the last seven meetings.

 

Only one of the BL meetings between the sides has ended goalless – the fixture in Mönchengladbach in August 1970. There have been 49 goals scored in the last 12 meetings – that’s 4.1 goals per game.

 

Gladbach are still unbeaten after 12 competitive games in 2014/15 (W6, D6). The only other time the Foals have managed this was in 1970/71, when they were unbeaten in 17 competitive fixtures until a 4-2 loss to Hertha BSC.

 

Including last season, Hannover have collected 16 of a possible 18 points from their last six BL home games. Only Bayern (18) and Hoffenheim (17) have collected more points at home in that same timeframe – they have played seven home games each though.

 

Gladbach have conceded just four BL goals in 2014/15, giving them the second-best defence in the league behind Bayern (2). The only time Borussia have conceded fewer goals at the same stage of a season was in 2011/12 (3), a campaign they ended in fourth place.

 

Goalkeeper Yann Sommer has played a big part in Gladbach’s defensive success, saving 87.1% of the shots on his goal, the best record in the league this season.

 

Together with Köln and Hamburg, Hannover are one of just three teams yet to score from a set piece this season. They had already netted four times from dead balls at the same point in the 2013/14 campaign.

 

Gladbach have already squandered 15 clear-cut chances. That’s almost twice as many as Hannover have had in total (8).

 

Martin Stranzl is the best tackler in the league this season (77.1% of challenges won).

 

Granit Xhaka has had the most touches of the ball at Borussia (634, 3rd in the league behind Xabi Alonso and David Alaba).

 

Sport-Club Freiburg – VfL Wolfsburg

 

Freiburg have a positive head-to-head record against Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga. In 22 meetings, SCF have recorded nine wins, seven draws and just six defeats.

 

However, VfL have lost just one of their last five BL games against Freiburg (W3, D1) – their tally of three wins in that timeframe is the same amount as they managed in their previous 17 meetings with Freiburg.

 

Just like last season, Freiburg are still waiting for their first BL win of the season after seven matchdays. That hadn’t previously happened to SCF in 14 other top-flight campaign. Their first victory in 2013/14 didn’t come until matchday 11 (3-0 at Nürnberg).

 

Including last season, Freiburg are without a win in 10 BL games (D6, L4). Their last success was a 4-2 home victory over Gladbach in April.

 

With 11 points to their name after seven matchdays, Wolfsburg have improved on their record from last season (9 points from 7 games). They even had one point less than they currently do after seven matchdays of their title-winning campaign in 2008/09.

 

However, the Wolves have collected 10 of their 11 points from their four home games this season and are without a win on the road. Their only away point so far in 2014/15 came in the 1-1 draw against Hoffenheim on matchday 3.

 

VfL have already scored three goals from long range, a league high together with Paderborn. SCF, on the other hand, have conceded the most goals from outside the penalty area (3, the same as Leverkusen).

 

Wolfsburg recorded their first clean sheet in nearly eight months during the match against Augsburg. They had conceded in 20 consecutive BL games before that, a negative club record and up until the Augsburg game the longest run in the league.

 

 

VfB Stuttgart – Bayer 04 Leverkusen

 

Against no other club have Leverkusen won as many Bundesliga games as they have against VfB Stuttgart (30 from 70 meetings).

 

Leverkusen are unbeaten in their last eight meetings with Stuttgart (W6, D2). The last VfB win was four and a half years ago (2-1 at home in April 2010). The last three meetings have all ended in Bayer 04 wins.

 

Bayer 04 have scored in each of their last 13 matches against VfB, netting a total of 30 goals in that timeframe – an average of 2.3 per game. The last time Leverkusen failed to score against Stuttgart was in a 1-0 away defeat on 27th October 2007.

 

Stuttgart have already dropped 28 points from winning positions in 2014. Veh’s side also lead the way in that statistic in the 2014/15 season (7 points dropped) after suffering their first defeat of the campaign after taking the leading on the last matchday (3-2 in Berlin).

 

Leverkusen have hit the woodwork eight times in 2014/15 – a league high. No other side has struck the woodwork more than four times (Augsburg).

 

Against no other side has Stefan Kießling scored as many BL goals as he has against VfB (14 in 17 appearances). He has only failed to find the back of the net in one of his last 10 meetings with Stuttgart (13 goals in total in that timeframe).

 

Vedad Ibisevic hasn’t scored in 978 minutes of BL football. The Bosnian’s last top-flight goal came in a 2-1 defeat to Bayern on 29th January.

 

 

 

FC Köln – Borussia Dortmund

 

Borussia haven’t dropped a point against Köln in eight games since Jürgen Klopp became manager at BVB. The Billy Goats have never lost nine BL games in a row against a single club before – a negative club record looms.

 

Only Bremen (8 games) and Freiburg (10) have been waiting longer than Dortmund (4) and Köln (5) for a Bundesliga win. In a table representing the last four matchdays, only Werder would be behind Köln (17th) and Dortmund (16th, all 3 with just 1 point).

 

2009/10 was the only time under Klopp that Dortmund have had fewer points on the board after seven matchdays (6) than they currently do (7). For the first time in the Klopp era, BVB have collected just one point from four BL games. They are already 10 points behind Bayern.

 

Köln have lost each of their last three games, their longest losing streak under Stöger. The last time the Rhineland club lost four straight BL games was in April 2009.

 

1. FC Köln may have ended their 431-minute goal drought in Frankfurt, but with just four goals to their name, they still have the worst attack in their club history after seven BL games and also have the second-worst attack in the league behind HSV (2 goals scored).

 

Dortmund have already conceded five goals through individual errors – a league high.

 

Apart from Bremen, Dortmund are the only side without a clean sheet this season. BVB have only gone without a clean sheet on the opening seven BL matchdays three times before (1968/69, 1969/70 and 2004/05).

 

Köln have scored an own goal in each of their last two games (Halfar against Bayern, Wimmer in Frankfurt). SG Wattenscheid 09 in 1993/94 are the only side to have scored an own goal on three consecutive matchdays.

 

1. FC Köln have scored 1,499 goals in 732 BL home games, meaning their next goal in the Rhein-Energie-Stadion would see them reach a milestone.

 

Since the 2013 Champions League final, Dortmund’s usual back four of Schmelzer, Hummels, Subotic and Piszczek haven’t played together in 62 competitive games. There have been seven different back-four combinations in BVB’s 11 competitive games in 2014/15.

 

FC Schalke 04 – Hertha BSC

 

FC Schalke 04 have won their last six BL meetings against Hertha and also 10 of the last 11 (1 draw). Berlin’s last victory against the Royal Blues came in September 2006 (2-0 at home) – Kevin-Prince Boateng played for Hertha back then.

 

The last Hertha goal away at Schalke was scored by Niko Kovac in a 3-1 Berlin win in November 2004. Since then, the side from the capital have drawn once and most recently suffered six straight defeats without scoring in Gelsenkirchen.

 

Jens Keller’s tenure as Schalke manager came to an end after the 2-1 loss to Hoffenheim. His successor is BL newcomer Roberto Di Matteo, who caused a stir by winning the Champions League with Chelsea in 2012 as interim coach.

 

Schalke have already lost as many games after seven BL matchdays this season (3) as they did in the whole of the second half of 2013/14 (W11, D3, L3).

 

Hertha have yet to win back-to-back BL games in 2014. Berlin are also without a win away from home since a 2-1 victory in Stuttgart back in February (D3, L6).

 

Just like last season, S04 have notched up just two wins and eight points from seven league games. One year ago, Schalke won 4-1 against Augsburg on matchday 8 and jumped from 14th to 8th in the table.

 

The Royal Blues have gone behind in eight of their 10 competitive matches this season and have trailed at half time in seven of them. They are yet to win from behind (D4, L4).

 

This is the first BL meeting between the sides in the late Saturday kick-off game. While Hertha’s last match in this timeslot came in March, this is already Schalke’s third Saturday evening kick-off of the season (previously the 4-1 loss in Gladbach and the 1-1 draw against Bayern).

 

Salomon Kalou has scored three of Berlin’s last four goals, including the goals to make it 1-1 and 2-1 in their 3-2 win over Stuttgart on the last matchday.

 

Kalou won the Champions League and the FA Cup with Chelsea in 2012 under new Schalke manager Roberto Di Matteo. The Ivory Coast international was at the Blues from 2006-12. The Italian was a coach with Chelsea from July 2011 to November 2012 (head coach from March 2012).

 

Hamburger SV – 1899 Hoffenheim

 

Both sides have recorded five wins from their 12 meetings, with the two draws both ending goalless. However, TSG won both matches last season with a goal record of 8-1.

 

Hoffenheim’s 5-1 win in the last meeting in Hamburg was HSV’s only defeat to TSG in six home games against them (W4, D1). Interestingly, the only time Hamburg have lost a BL home match by a larger margin was their 5-0 defeat to Bayern in 1974.

 

Spectacle: There have been 20 goals in the last five BL meetings between the two sides, an average of four goals per game.

 

With two goals scored after seven games, HSV have the worst attack in the league and have equalled the BL negative record. Only four teams have scored as few goals at this stage of a top-flight campaign – however, of those sides, only Fürth in 2013 were relegated.

 

Hamburg haven’t won any of their last six competitive home matches (D2, L4). Their last win in their own stadium came over six months or 198 days ago (2-1 against Bayer 04 on 4th April 2014).

 

Including last season, TSG are unbeaten in their last eight games (W4, D4), equalling their club best in the BL. If Hoffenheim pick up a point or three against HSV, they would reach a new club best in the top flight.

 

While Hamburg have lost each of their last four Sunday games, conceding at least two goals each time, Hoffenheim have collected 13 of a possible 15 points from their last five matches on a Sunday.

 

No side has a higher points-per-game average away from home than TSG this season (1.7, the same as 3 other teams).

 

Roberto Firmino had a hand in seven of the eight TSG goals scored against HSV last season (3 goals, 4 assists). Against no other club has the Brazilian collected as many scorer-points (goals + assists) in the top flight (7).

 

In fact, Firmino was involved in all five of the TSG goals scored in the 5-1 win in the most recent meeting in Hamburg (2 goals, 3 assists), making him the first non-Bayern player to collect five scorer-points in one game since details statistic collection began in 2004/05.

 

SC Paderborn 07 – Eintracht Frankfurt

 

It’s the first Bundesliga meeting between the two sides. During the 2011/12 second-division campaign, there was a 0-0 draw in Frankfurt, followed by a 4-2 home win for SCP.

 

The first two meetings came in the 1977/78 DFB Cup. TuS Schloß-Neuhaus, a previous incarnation of SC Paderborn, lost a second-round replay 4-0 to Eintracht after the first match had ended in a 2-2 draw.

 

Having failed to win in their last three games, Paderborn have began the first ever negative streak in their Bundesliga history, although they have faced top sides in each of those matches with two of them coming away from home (4-0 loss in Munich, 2-1 defeat to Gladbach, 2-2 draw in Leverkusen).

 

Frankfurt are unbeaten in four games, most recently recording back-to-back wins (2 draws prior to that). Eintracht could record three straight BL wins for the first time in more than two years (August/September 2012, 4 successive wins).

 

The Eagles would be unbeaten in five straight BL games if they avoid defeat against Paderborn. That last happened one year ago (September/October 2013).

 

A draw for SCP would be enough to see them move above Tasmania Berlin in the all-time Bundesliga table.

 

Including last season, Paderborn are unbeaten in the 20 league games in which they have taken a 1-0 lead, just as they did in the 2-2 with Leverkusen on matchday 7. Their last defeat after opening the scoring was in November 2013 in Sandhausen (3-2).

 

Eintracht have already collected five points from losing positions, a league high together with Leverkusen.

 

With 12 goals scored, Frankfurt have the third-best attack in the league (Bayern 15, Leverkusen 13). The Eagles have netted at least twice in each of their last four games.

 

Having had a hand in four goals this season, Moritz Stoppelkamp has been involved in more of SCP’s goals than any other player (four – three goals and one assist). The winger has scored all three of his goals late on (twice in the 87th minute, once in the 90th). He has also made 617 runs, a league high.

 

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