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The Punt podcast: Friday April 18th

The Punt podcast: Friday April 18th

It’s a bumper Easter weekend of Premier League football with six live games spanning Good Friday to Easter Monday.Ron Atkinson and Robbie Savage are on hand to look at all 10 matches with their thoughts on the relegation and title picture too.
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European Football Podcast – Episode 7: 18th April

European Football Podcast – Episode 7: 18th April

Alex Dunn and Ray Drewett team up to look ahead to the best of the action across Europe, and offer their selections and best bets.
Games in La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1 feature on this edition.
Alex Dunn – @alexdunn0307
Ray Drewett – @RayDrewett
Enjoy….

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The League Podcast: Thursday April 17th

The League Podcast: Thursday April 17th

The points are becoming all the more important as the season draws to a close and Pete Farries offers his thoughts in six pivotal games in the Championship.
He offers his selections in each of those games before offering his best bets in League One and…

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The FWA Podcast: Thursday April 17

The FWA Podcast: Thursday April 17

Martin Hardy from the Sunday Times is the guest on this week’s edition of the FWA Podcast.
Following an eventful week at both the top and bottom of the Premier League, he tells us who he fancies to win the title, who he expects to secure fourth place a…

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Bundesliga Opta Facts | 18-20 April

Bundesliga Opta Facts | 18-20 April

Eintracht Frankfurt – Hannover 96

  • Frankfurt have won just one of their last six Bundesliga matches against Hannover 96 (D1, L4).

 

  • However, Eintracht have won three of their last four home games against 96 (L1).

 

  • Hannover have lost 12 of their 15 away games this season (W2, D1). No team has collected fewer points on the road in the league (7, the same as Braunschweig).

 

  • Hannover had 31 shots against HSV last weekend; 96′s highest amount in a game since Opta started collecting detailed statistics in 2004/05.

 

  • Frankfurt have won five of their seven home games since the winter break (D1, L1). The Eagles were without a win at home in the first half of the season.

 

  • Eintracht have the third-worst chance-conversion rate in the league (11.9%). Only Hannover (11.5%) and Braunschweig (10.1%) have been less clinical.

 

  • Hannover have only kept one clean sheet in their last 16 Bundesliga matches; a 3-0 win in Berlin on March 15th.

 

  • Alexander Meier is set to play his 200th Bundesliga game for Frankfurt (55 goals). He is the longest-serving player in Eintracht’s first team (arrived July 2004).

 

  • Captain Lars Stindl has been involved in two of Hannover’s last four goals (1 goal, 1 assist) and equalled the season record for the most shots in a single game on the last matchday (10).

 

  • Tranquillo Barnetta made the first of his 236 Bundesliga appearances in September 2004; as a Hannover 96 player in a match against Werder Bremen.

 

  • In Jan Rosenthal (2000-10) and Constant Djakpa (2009-11), two former Frankfurt players could face their old club.

Borussia Dortmund – 1. FSV Mainz 05

 

  • Dortmund haven’t lost any of their last seven matches against Mainz (W6, D1); winning each of the last five. The last Mainz win was four years ago: Adam Szalai scored the only goal as FSV claimed a 1-0 home victory on April 10th 2010.

 

  • Mainz have never won a Bundesliga game in Dortmund (D4, L3).

 

  • FSV have never scored more than one goal in a match against BVB (a total of 11 in 15 games).

 

  • Borussia are unbeaten in five games (4 wins) and won nine of their last 12 league matches.

 

  • BVB have kept a clean sheet in five of their last eight Bundesliga games.

 

  • This is the only meeting between two sides that both won last weekend.

 

  • Jürgen Klopp sent his entire professional playing career at Mainz and has made the 2nd most goals appearances (293) and scored the 2nd most goals (44) in the second-division for FSV.

 

  • At the end of his playing career, Klopp was manager of Mainz for over seven years (February 2001 until June 2008) and led the 05ers to the Bundesliga promotion for the first in their history in 2004.

 

  • Klopp has only lost one of the nine Bundesliga meetings against his former club Mainz and manager Thomas Tuchel (W6, D2). However, Tuchel has a better points-per-game average at Mainz (1.40) than Klopp managed (1.13).

 

  • Niko Bungert is set to play his 100th Bundesliga game (all for Mainz). Only four Mainz players have reached this milestone before.

 

  • Dortmund’s Manuel Friedrich (1995-2002, 2004-07), Neven Subotic (2006-08) and Erik Durm (2010-12) and Mainz’s Julian Koch (2001-13) all used to play for their upcoming opponents.

SV Werder Bremen – 1899 Hoffenheim

 

  • Bremen have lost just one of their 12 competitive matches against Hoffenheim (W7, D4); a 4-1 Bundesliga defeat in Sinsheim on August 21st 2010.

 

 

  • Hoffenheim have 40 points to their name; they only had 24 at this stage last season. As a result, TSG are the Bundesliga side that have made the biggest improvement compared to 2012/13 (16 points more, ahead of Augsburg with 15 and Wolfsburg with 13).

 

 

  • TSG are unbeaten in five games (W3, D2); they have never gone longer without losing within a single Bundesliga season. Hoffenheim also went on a five-game unbeaten run under Gisdol between matchdays 19 and 23.

 

 

  • With 66 goals scored, Hoffenheim have the third-best attack in the top flight after Dortmund (67) and Bayern (82). However, they have conceded the most goals in the league (63).

 

 

  • There have been 129 goals in TSG’s 30 matches this season, an average of 4.3 per game. The Bundesliga record is held by Frankfurt, whose matches in 1981/82 produced 155 goals (83 scored, 72 conceded), an average of 4.6 per game.

 

 

  • Bremen’s passing accuracy of 69.9% is the worst record for a Bundesliga team in three years (2010/11: St. Pauli 68.7% and Hannover 67.9%).

 

 

  • Only Braunschweig (41.7%) have had less possession on average than Bremen this season (42.1%). Werder haven’t ended a season with less than 50% possession since Opta starting collecting these details in 2004/05.

 

 

  • Sejad Salihovic scored his 10th Bundesliga goal from a direct free kick in last week’s game against FCA.

 

 

  • Roberto Firmino has scored 14 goals and assisted another 10 this season. No player has played a hand in more goals than him (level with Marco Reus).

 

 

  • TSG captain Andreas Beck is suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card and will miss a competitive game for Hoffenheim for the first time this season. Bremen’s Zlatko Junuzovic is also absent due to suspension.

Sport – Club Freiburg – Borussia Mönchengladbach

 

  • Gladbach have lost in each of their last four trips to Freiburg without scoring a single goal. 372 goalless minutes have passed since Oliver Neuville scored Borussia’s last Bundesliga goal at SCF in August 2004 (1-1 draw).

 

  • Against no other current Bundesliga side does Freiburg have as good a points-per-game average at home (2.08) as they do against Gladbach (at least 2 Bundesliga games). SCF have only celebrated more home wins against Stuttgart (8) than they have against Borussia (7).

 

  • HSV are the only side Freiburg have recorded as many Bundesliga draws against as they have against Gladbach. SCF and Borussia have shared the spoils on 10 occasions (otherwise, Freiburg have 8 wins to Gladbach’s 7).

 

  • Freiburg and Gladbach have both collected 13 points over the last six matchdays (the same as BVB). Only Schalke have claimed more (14).

 

  • SCF have won three straight home games for the first time in around a year. SCF only won two of their 13 Bundesliga home games before that.

 

  • Mönchengladbach (33) collected more than twice as many points as SCF (14) in the first half of the season. Freiburg (18) have claimed more than Borussia (16) since the winter break though.

 

  • Seven of Freiburg’s eight wins this season have come against sides who were positioned 11th or worse in the table at the time (other than a 3-2 win against Leverkusen). Apart from Hannover, SCF will only face sides from the top six for the remainder of the season.

 

  • Max Kruse made 34 Bundesliga appearances for SCF in 2012/13 (11 goals, 8 assists) and decided the last meeting between the two sides in Freiburg practically on his own with a brace in SCF’s 2-0 win.

 

  • Mike Hanke joined SCF from Gladbach at the start of the season. He made 77 Bundesliga appearances for the Foals, scoring 13 goals and providing 10 assists in the process.

 

  • After previously failing to score for a year and a half, Freiburg captain Julian Schuster has scored three goals in his last five Bundesliga appearances.

FC Augsburg – Hertha BSC

 

  • Augsburg are still unbeaten against Hertha in the Bundesliga (W1 D2). FCA are the only current Bundesliga side that Berlin have yet to claim victory against.

 

  • With just nine points and a goal difference of -11, Hertha are the worst team in the second half of the season. They ended the first half of the campaign in sixth place.

 

  • Berlin have lost five of their last six matches and are now without a win in eight games for the first time under Jos Luhukay. Their last victory was on matchday 22 in Stuttgart (2-1).

 

  • FC Augsburg have only won one of their last six games; a 1-0 victory against Bayern. Otherwise, they have recorded one draw and four defeats.

 

  • The Berlin side have collected just one point from their last four away games. They have only scored two goals in those matches.

 

  • Hertha have scored 16 of their 38 goals this season (42.1%) from set-pieces, a league high. Seven of their last 11 goals have come from dead-ball situations.

 

  • On matchday 30 in Leverkusen, Hertha conceded a goal from a counterattack for the fourth time in the second half of the season; only Hoffenheim have conceded more in that timeframe (6). Berlin were the only side that didn’t concede a goal in this manner prior to the winter break.

 

  • Only Bayern (98) and Dortmund (100) have allowed fewer shots on target than Hertha (124) and Augsburg (128).

 

  • Jos Luhukay managed FCA from April 2009 to June 2012 and got promoted to the Bundesliga with them in 2011. In Markus Weinzierl (1.17 points per Bundesliga game) and Jos Luhukay (1.12), FCA have only had two different managers in the top flight.

 

  • Marcel Ndjeng (2009-12), Sebastian Langkamp (2011-13) and Hajime Hosogai (2011-12) used to play for FCA, all under current Hertha manager Luhukay.

 

  • Augsburg’s Andreas Ottl played for Berlin during their relegation campaign in 2011/12.

 

  • Luhukay has made at least four changes to his starting XI in each of the last five matches (25 changes in total). Hertha have only collected one point in that timeframe.

Eintracht Braunschweig – FC Bayern München

 

  • FC Bayern have won each of their last six competitive matches against Braunschweig. In fact they haven’t conceded in that last five of those games.

 

  • The last meeting in Braunschweig was in the first round of the 2011/12 German Cup, when Bayern won 3-0 thanks to goals from Gomez, Schweinsteiger and Müller.

 

  • Eintracht’s last competitive win against Bayern was at home in the second round of the 1982/83 German Cup (2-0).

 

  • Braunschweig are unbeaten in their last five home games (W3, D2); their last defeat in their own stadium was on matchday 19 in a 2-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund.

 

  • Bayern have failed to win any of their last three Bundesliga games (D1, L2).The last time they had a negative run like this in Germany’s top flight was in August/September 2010 under manager Louis van Gaal.

 

  • Eintracht Braunschweig (7 points, 8:7 goal record) have a better record over the last five Bundesliga games than FC Bayern (7 points, 8:8 goal record).

 

  • The German record champions have now suffered two straight Bundesliga defeats without scoring a goal; that last happened to FCB 11 years ago (April 2003).

 

  • The last time a league leader lost to the side at the foot of the table was exactly three years ago. On matchday 31 of the 2010/11 season, Gladbach beat Dortmund 1-0 and eventually achieved Bundesliga survival via the relegation play-offs.

 

  • Bayern’s last defeat against the side at the bottom of the table was over six years ago. Energie Cottbus won 2-0 at home against the Munich side on matchday 24 of the 2007/08 campaign.

 

  • Pep Guardiola suffered his biggest competitive defeat as a manager in last week’s 3-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund. His previous one was a 3-1 loss to Inter Milan as Barcelona boss in the Champions League in April 2010.
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Hamburger SV – VfL Wolfsburg

 

  • Hamburg have failed to win any of their last six Bundesliga home games against Wolfsburg (D4, L2). Their last home win against the Wolves was on April 1st 2007 (1-0).

 

  • HSV have recorded three wins and two draws from their five home games under Mirko Slomka. They haven’t conceded more than one goal in any of those matches.

 

  • The Wolves have scored at least once in each of their last 22 Bundesliga games; currently the longest goalscoring run in the league and also a club record. The last time VfL failed to bag a goal was in their 2-0 loss to Braunschweig at the start of October.

 

  • HSV have failed to win in the late Saturday kick-off in their last 14 attempts (D6 L8). The last time they won in a Saturday evening game was a 1-0 victory at S04 in January 2011 (Ruud van Nistelrooy scored).

 

  • Never before in their over 50-year Bundesliga history have HSV had only 27 points after 30 games. They have already lost more games this season (17) than in the whole of any other previous campaign.

 

  • Wolfsburg have conceded the most goals in the second half of the season (26). Only Hoffenheim (63) have conceded more goals across the entire campaign than Hamburg (62).

 

  • With four goals from direct free kicks this season, Hakan Calhanoglu is leading the rankings in this regard. Calhanoglu has been involved in six of the last nine HSV goals (5 goals and 1 assist).

 

  • Ivica Olic has scored in four of his last five games and is Wolfsburg’s top scorer with 12 goals. He scored 29 goals in 78 Bundesliga games for HSV between January 2007 and summer 2009.

 

  • With six assists, Kevin De Bruyne is the best assist provider in the second half of the season. However, he has yet to score for Wolfsburg. He netted 10 times in 33 games for Bremen in 2012/13.

 

  • Mirko Slomka has won his last six Bundesliga games against Dieter Hecking. If he is victorious again this time, it would be his 100th win as a Bundesliga manager.

FC Nürnberg – Bayer 04 Leverkusen

 

  • This is the 50th Bundesliga meeting between the two sides. Leverkusen (24) have recorded twice as many wins as Nürnberg (12; 13 draws).

 

  • Bayer 04 have won each of the last four meetings (with a goal record of 10:1); winning the last three encounters without conceding a single goal.

 

  • The only time Nürnberg have had fewer points after 30 Bundesliga games than they do currently (26) was in 1983/84 (20, assuming three points for a win). That campaign ended in relegation for FCN.

 

  • Nürnberg have recorded the most draws in the Bundesliga this season (11). However, they haven’t drawn any of their last 13 matches; the longest run in the league.

 

  • After four wins in their first five games after the winter break (L1), FCN have only won one of their last eight matches (L7).

 

  • FCN have lost their last two Bundesliga home games on a Sunday, conceding five goals each time (5-0 against Hamburg, 5-2 against Frankfurt).

 

  • Leverkusen (51) have collected almost twice as many points as FCN (26), although Nürnberg have gathered more points in the second half of the season (15) than Bayer 04 (14).

 

  • Stefan Kießling was a Nürnberg player from 2002 to 2006 and scored 13 times in 59 Bundesliga appearances. He has scored six times in his last four games against his former club.

 

  • Philipp Wollscheid left Nürnberg for Leverkusen in summer 2012 after 52 Bundesliga games for FCN. Jens Hegeler was on loan at Nürnberg from Bayer 04 between 2010 and 2012 (65 Bundesliga appearances). Roberto Hilbert spent five years in FCN’s youth setup.

 

  • Hanno Balitsch spent a total of five years at Leverkusen with spells from 2002 to early 2005 and from 2010 until the start of 2012 (96 Bundesliga games), before linking up with FCN.

 

  • Bayer 04 have won their last six Bundesliga games with Sascha Lewandowski in the dugout and are unbeaten in their last nine top-flight matches under him (W7, D2).

 

  • Javier Pinola is set to make his 200th Bundesliga appearance. He was missing in Wolfsburg due to the birth of his daughter. Only two Argentines have featured more often in the top flight; Rodolfo Cardoso (220 games) and Diego Klimowicz (213).

VfB Stuttgart – FC Schalke 04

 

  • Against no other side have Stuttgart claimed as many top-flight wins as they have against Schalke (41).

 

  • S04 have only lost to Bayern more often in the Bundesliga (45 times).

 

  • VfB have won each of their last three home games against the Royal Blues.

 

  • With 28 points after 30 games, Stuttgart are having their second-worst Bundesliga season ever. The only time they have had fewer points at this stage of the campaign was in 1974/75 (27, assuming three points for a win), a season that ended in relegation.

 

  • Schalke haven’t lost in seven games (W5, D2), the longest unbeaten run in the league.

 

  • On top of that, the Royal Blues (30 points) are the second-best team in the second half of the season behind only Bayern (31).

 

  • Stuttgart have already squandered 30 points from winning positions; a tally last reached by Hoffenheim in 2010/11 (32 points dropped after taking a lead). If VfB had collected those 30 points, they would have the same points tally as Schalke.

 

  • Stuttgart have scored the most goals in the opening 15 minutes of games (12), but they have also conceded the most goals in the final quarter of an hour in matches (18).

 

  • Schalke’s Ralf Fährmann has saved 81.8% of the shots on his goal, the best save percentage of all regular goalkeepers. He has conceded just 14 goals in 18 games and has kept 10 clean sheets. Only Manuel Neuer has kept more (14).

 

  • Thanks to his goal against Frankfurt, Schalke’s Max Meyer is the youngest Bundesliga player ever to score six goals. Stuttgart’s Timo Werner has four top-flight goals to his name and is around six months younger than Meyer, but he hasn’t found the back of the net yet in 2014.

 

  • Schalke will be without the suspended Julian Draxler (5 yellow cards). The Germany international has only scored once this season. He netted 10 times in the last campaign.

 

  • No less than three Stuttgart players’ birthdays fall around the day of the match. Carlos Gruezo turns 19 one day before the game, Thorsten Kirschbaum turns 27 on the matchday itself, while Ibrahima Traore celebrates his 26th birthday one day later.

 

  • Schalke’s Jens Keller was a player, youth coach, assistant coach and head coach at VfB.

 

  • Huub Stevens had two spells in charge of Schalke and won the UEFA Cup with the Royal Blues in 1997, as well as lifting the German Cup twice as the Schalke boss (2001, 2002).

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Championship Opta Facts  | 18-19 April

Championship Opta Facts | 18-19 April

Blackburn v Yeovil

  • Blackburn’s 1-0 win at Huish Park in December was their first ever competitive meeting with Yeovil.
  • The Glovers have only won one of their last eight away league games (D3 L4).
  • Yeovil have dropped a league-high 31 points from leading positions this season.
  • Rovers have conceded 10 goals from the penalty spot this term; the most in the Championship.
  • Jordan Rhodes has scored four goals in his last four appearances for Blackburn.
  • Blackburn have scored two or more goals in each of their last six league fixtures and are unbeaten in their last eight (W3 D5); the current longest run in the division.

Bournemouth v Sheff Wed

  • Bournemouth have won five and lost just one of nine previous league meetings with Sheffield Wednesday (D3).
  • The Owls have never won away at Bournemouth in the Football League, drawing twice and losing twice in four visits.
  • No side has scored more goals from the penalty spot this season than the Cherries (9).
  • Bournemouth have picked up 23 points from their last 10; the most in the division.
  • The Owls have conceded 15 goals in the 15 minutes leading up to half time this season; a league-high.

Charlton v Bolton

  • Charlton have only won two of their last 12 league meetings with Bolton, drawing four and losing six.
  • The Trotters have only kept one clean sheet in their last 15 league games at The Valley (1-0 in 2005).
  • Charlton have netted a league-low 10 first half goals in the Championship this term.
  • Bolton have scored 32 first half goals this campaign; one more than Charlton have managed in total.
  • 68% of Charlton’s goals have been scored in the second half this season; a league-high share.

Huddersfield v Brighton

  • The Terriers have only kept one clean sheet in their last 11 home league meetings with Brighton.
  • Leonardo Ulloa scored a hat-trick against Huddersfield in March 2013 on only his sixth league appearance for the Seagulls.
  • The Terriers hammered Brighton 7-1 in August 2009; the only time they have scored seven or more in a league game since 1999.
  • Brighton are unbeaten in four matches, winning twice (D2).
  • Huddersfield are without a win at home in four attempts, losing three and failing to score in their last two (D1).
  • Brighton have scored in each of their last seven away league games at Huddersfield, winning three (D1 L3).

Wigan v Reading

  • Wigan have won three consecutive league games against Reading and are unbeaten in four (D1).
  • The Royals have only won two of their 18 previous league games in Wigan (D6 L10).
  • Reading are yet to lose in games in which they’ve gone ahead, winning 17 and drawing five.
  • The Latics have dropped just six points from leading positions this season; fewer than any other side.
  • Indeed, Wigan have picked up a league-high 15 points from losing positions at home this campaign.
  • Wigan have scored 18 goals in the final 15 minutes this season; only Leicester (19) have scored more.

Blackpool v Burnley

  • The Seasiders have won their last two league games against Burnley at Bloomfield Road; they have not won three in a row since 1955.
  • Burnley have won five of their last seven league games against Blackpool (L2).
  • The Clarets have used a joint-league-low 23 different players in Championship fixtures this season (Leicester the other).
  • Blackpool have picked up just 10 points in 2014; the fewest in the top four tiers of English Football.
  • The Tangerines have been shown 10 red cards this season; the most in the top four tiers.
  • Burnley are unbeaten in their last 10 away league fixtures, winning five (D5); only Leicester (11) are on a longer run.

Doncaster v Derby

  • There has never been a draw between Doncaster and Derby in league competition in Yorkshire, with Rovers winning four and losing five.
  • Derby have won three consecutive league games against Rovers, scoring eight and conceding two.
  • Derby County have scored 40 second half goals this season, two more than Doncaster have managed in total.
  • Donny have lost their last three Championship matches despite scoring exactly one goal in each game.
  • Craig Bryson has scored 16 goals this season; more than any other midfielder in the division.

Leicester v QPR

  • The Foxes have won just one of their last five home league games against Queens Park Rangers, drawing once and losing three times.
  • QPR have only kept one clean sheet in their last 11 league games in Leicester.
  • QPR have scored seven goals in the 90th minute this season; more than any other Championship team.
  • Leicester City have recovered 23 points from losing positions in 2013/14; more than any other side in the division.
  • Nine of QPR’s 11 league defeats this season have arrived on the road.
  • Leicester City’s highest ever points total was the 96 they achieved in the 2008/09 League One campaign.

Barnsley v Leeds

  • Barnsley have won four consecutive home league games against Leeds, scoring 14 times in the process.
  • Leeds have not kept a clean sheet at Oakwell in the league since September 1986, conceding in eight successive games at the home of their rivals.
  • The Tykes have kept a league-low six clean sheets this season.
  • Leeds United have scored just three goals in their last seven away games in league competition and never more than once in each game that they’ve netted in.
  • Indeed, the Whites have lost their last four away league games, conceding 10 goals in the process.
  • Only Nottm Forest (4) have picked up fewer points from their last 10 games than Leeds (6).

Middlesbrough v Millwall

  • After a run of 11 wins and a draw in 12 home league meetings with Millwall between 1970 and 1994, ‘Boro are without a win in three (D1 L2).
  • The Lions have only kept one clean sheet in their last 16 league games in Teesside.
  • Millwall have used 40 different players in the Championship this season; a league-high.
  • Middlesbrough have won their last four league games, keeping three clean sheets in the process.
  • No Championship side has conceded more first half goals this season than Millwall (31).
  • Middlesbrough have kept 11 clean sheets in 2014; the most in the division.

Nottingham Forest v Birmingham

  • Forest have only won one of their last nine against the Blues in the league (D5 L3).
  • Birmingham’s last eight league wins have all come away from home, the longest such run in English league history.
  • Nottingham Forest are winless in 12 league games, the current longest run in the division (D5 L7).
  • Forest have scored a league-high 20 headed goals this season.
  • The Blues have conceded in each of their last 12 league matches; the current longest run in the division.

Watford v Ipswich

  • Watford have won 12 and lost just one of their last 17 league games against Ipswich (D4).
  • Ipswich have scored exactly once in each of their last five league games at Vicarage Road (W1 L4).
  • Watford have scored a league-high 15 goals from outside the area in open play this campaign.
  • Daryl Murphy has scored four goals in his last six games for the Tractor Boys and needs just one more goal to reach 14 for the season; twice as many as he managed in the 2012/13 campaign (7).
  • Troy Deeney has bagged eight goals in his last seven appearances at Vicarage Road.

·         Gabriele Angella has scored six goals this season; more than any other Championship defender.

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Scottish Premiership Opta Facts | 18-19 April

Scottish Premiership Opta Facts | 18-19 April

Inverness CT v Aberdeen

  • Inverness Caledonian Thistle have only managed one win in their last four home league games against Aberdeen (D1 L2).
  • The Dons have won two of the last three league meetings with Caley (L1).
  • Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) has recorded four goals in his last four appearances (all competitions).
  • There has only been one draw in the last 20 league games played between these sides.
  • 25% of Caley’s goals this season have arrived in the opening 15 minutes; a league-high.

Motherwell v Celtic

  • Motherwell have lost three successive league games to nil against Celtic.
  • Celtic have scored in each of their last 12 matches in league competition against Motherwell.
  • John Sutton has scored in four of his last five home appearances for Motherwell.
  • Motherwell have lost just one of their last eight league games at home (W6 D1).
  • The Bhoys have scored at least once in each of their last 51 Scottish Premiership games.

Hearts v Ross County

  • Hearts have lost none of their last three at home to Ross County in the top-flight (W1 D2).
  • Ross County have one win in six league games against Hearts (D3 L2).
  • No defender has been awarded more yellow cards this season that Hearts’ Jamie Hamill (9).
  • The hosts are currently unbeaten in three league games, having previously gone five matches without a win (W2 D1).
  • Ross County have lost more points from leading positions away from home than any other side this season (14).

Kilmarnock v Partick Thistle

  • Kilmarnock are currently unbeaten in eight league games against Partick Thistle (W5 D3).
  • The Jags have lost all five previous league visits to Kilmarnock.
  • Paul Gallacher (Partick Thistle) has kept the fewest clean sheets of any keeper this season to have featured in at least 10 Scottish Premiership games (1).
  • Partick Thistle have lost 23 points this season from leading positions; a league-high.
  • Kilmarnock have conceded more goals during the 15 minutes following on from half time this season than any other team (12).

St Johnstone v Dundee Utd

  • St Johnstone have lost only once in their last seven Scottish Premiership meetings with Dundee United (W3 D3).
  • The Terrors have only lost once in their last 12 top-flight visits to St Johnstone however, this defeat came in their most recent outing there (W7 D4).
  • Nadir Ciftci has scored five goals in his last four appearances away from home in all competitions.
  • St Johnstone are currently unbeaten in four league games (W3 D1).
  • St Johnstone have scored five league goals in the final 15 minutes this season; a league-low.

St Mirren v Hibernian

  • St Mirren have only managed one home win in six league attempts against Hibernian (D1 L4).
  • Hibs have kept clean sheets in three of the last five top-flight games against St Mirren.
  • No player has been booked more often than James Goodwin (St Mirren, 12).
  • St Mirren have scored the fewest second half goals this season (18).
  • Hibs have lost four successive league games; failing to score in their last three.

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Barclays Premier League Opta Facts-April 19-21

Barclays Premier League Opta Facts-April 19-21

Tottenham Hotspur v Fulham

  • Tottenham have won seven of their last eight Barclays Premier League meetings with Fulham, losing the other.
  • No side has taken fewer points from Premier League London derbies this season than Fulham (six).
  • Tottenham have made 19 errors leading directly to a goal this season, more than any other side.
  • Fulham have drawn only three games all season. The Premier League low for draws in an entire season is three by Chelsea in 1997-98.
  • None of Fulham’s last 46 Premier League games have ended 0-0 – the longest current run of all Premier League teams.
  • Christian Eriksen has scored four goals and assisted three more in his last four Premier League appearances for Tottenham.
  • With 93 goals, Emmanuel Adebayor is the current Premier League player with less than 100 goals nearest to reaching that landmark.
  • Fulham have conceded 17 goals in London derbies this season, more than any other side.
  • Tottenham have scored only six goals in eight London derby games this season.

Aston Villa v Southampton

  • Aston Villa have conceded just six goals in their last 12 home league games against Southampton, and never more than one in a game in this run.
  • Rickie Lambert has scored three goals in three Barclays Premier League meetings with Villa, including the winning goal at Villa Park last season.
  • Aston Villa have lost four Premier League games in a row. They last lost five on the spin in January 2001.
  • Southampton’s last six clean sheets away from home have coincided with their last six away wins. They have not won a Premier League away game when they’ve conceded since November 2012.
  • Grant Holt has managed only one shot on target in eight appearances for Aston Villa (but scored with it).
  • Adam Lallana has provided only one assist in his last 15 Premier League appearances.
  • Gabriel Agbonlahor has not scored or assisted a goal in any of his last eight Premier League games. Despite this he is Villa’s top assister this season with five.
  • The Villans have mustered only 42 goals in 36 Premier League home games under Paul Lambert.
  • Villa have made fewer substitutions than any other Premier League side this season (78).
  • Southampton have allowed fewer shots from open play than any other Premier League side this season.

Cardiff City v Stoke City

  • Cardiff are without a win in seven against the Potters in all competitions, drawing three and losing four.
  • Jonathan Walters scored two goals in extra-time on Stoke City’s last trip to Cardiff, in an FA Cup replay in January 2011 (2-0 win).
  • Only 10 of Stoke’s 43 points this season have come away from home.
  • Cardiff have not won back to back top-flight games since April 1962.
  • Cardiff have made fewer tackles than any other Premier League side this season.
  • Cardiff’s Steven Caulker and Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross are two of only three outfield players in the Premier League this season to play every minute of every game for his club.
  • In the mini-table of the six teams named City in the Premier League this season, Stoke are bottom with only nine points from nine games. Cardiff are third with 12.
  • Cardiff have conceded a league high nine goals in the 90th minute this season.
  • Cardiff are the only Premier League side not to have conceded an own goal this season.
  • Peter Crouch needs one more assist this season to match his best ever haul in a single Premier League campaign (6 – recorded four times before).

Newcastle United v Swansea City

  • The Magpies have lost six of their last eight home league games, failing to score in all six defeats (W2).
  • Swansea have won their last three Barclays Premier League meetings with Newcastle, scoring six and conceding just once.
  • Sunderland (3) have scored more goals at St James’ Park in 2014 than Newcastle (2) have.
  • If the Premier League had begun on January 1, Swansea would be in 18th and Newcastle only one point and one place above them.
  • The Magpies are the only team yet to reach double figures for goals in 2014.
  • Three players (Suarez, Sturridge & Gerrard) have scored more goals than Newcastle in 2014.
  • Garry Monk has picked up only two points from five Premier League away games as Swansea supremo.
  • The Swans have gone 14 Premier League away games without keeping a clean sheet.
  • Swansea have benefited from eight own goals this season, more than any other side. Only Wilfried Bony has scored more for the Swans.
  • No team has scored fewer goals from corners than the Magpies this season (2).

West Ham United v Crystal Palace

  • West Ham have only lost one of their 12 previous home league games against Crystal Palace (W6 D5).
  • Crystal Palace have won just five of their 24 away London derbies in the Barclays Premier League (D5 L14).
  • Against Everton in midweek Palace scored 3+ goals in successive away games for the first time in their top-flight history.
  • Only once in top-flight history have Palace won five games in a row before (December 1992).
  • If the season had started when Tony Pulis took charge of Palace, the Eagles would be in eighth place.
  • Only Chelsea (14) have conceded fewer goals than Palace (20) in the period Pulis has been in charge.
  • Palace have conceded fewer goals (20) in Pulis’ 22 games in charge than they did in the previous 12 this season (21).
  • West Ham have lost five of their last seven Premier League games.
  • Palace have scored only 16 goals from open play this season yet have 40 points.
  • The last time both of these sides were in the top-flight and both avoided relegation was the 1971-72 season.

Hull City v Arsenal

  • Hull City have lost nine of their last 10 games against Arsenal in all competitions (W1).
  • Nicklas Bendtner has scored in three of his four Barclays Premier League appearances against Hull City.
  • Arsenal have conceded 15 goals in their last five Premier League away games.
  • The Gunners have scored a total of one goal in their last four Premier League away games.
  • All of Hull’s league goals since February have come between the 30th and 50th minutes.
  • The Tigers have conceded only five first half goals in their last 13 Premier League outings.
  • All but one of Tom Huddlestone’s 11 Premier League goals (eight for Tottenham, three for Hull) have come from outside the box (nine from open play, one direct free-kick)
  • All 22 Premier League appearances Alex Bruce has made (16 for Hull this season, six for Birmingham in 2005-06) have come in teams where his father is the manager.
  • Arsenal’s Premier League win percentage with Mesut Ozil in the team (59%) is virtually the same as when he has been absent (58%) this season.
  • Oliver Giroud’s goal against West Ham in midweek was his 25th in the Premier League. Only seven of them have come away from home.

Norwich City v Liverpool

  • Norwich have lost eight and won none of their last nine Barclays Premier League games against Liverpool, conceding five goals in each of the last three.
  • Luis Suarez has scored 11 goals in five Barclays Premier League meetings with Norwich, including a PL-record three hat-tricks.
  • Liverpool have scored 93 goals already this season, more than they ever have before in a top-flight season.
  • No team has scored more than 90 goals in the English top-flight and not won the title since West Brom in 1965-66 (came sixth).
  • Liverpool last won 11+ top-flight games in succession in October 1990 (12 in total). Only once have they won 11 in a row within a single season (May 1982).
  • Liverpool’s last two wins have come without Suarez or Sturridge scoring, their only such victories of the season.
  • Martin Skrtel is the top scoring defender in the Premier League this season (seven goals).
  • Norwich have conceded only 13 home goals in the Premier League this season, fewer than Liverpool at Anfield and a figure bettered by only three teams.
  • Suarez has scored more goals against Norwich than 24 Premier League teams have managed.
  • Liverpool need one more goal to reach 50 in the Premier League in 2014.

Chelsea v Sunderland

  • Chelsea have won 17 of their last 18 Barclays Premier League meetings with Sunderland (L1).
  • The Black Cats have failed to score in six of their last nine Barclays Premier League games at Stamford Bridge.
  • Chelsea have conceded only nine times at home this season, fewer than any other side, and are the only unbeaten home team in the top four English divisions this season.
  • Demba Ba has scored four goals in his last five appearances for Chelsea (all comps).
  • Chelsea have kept clean sheets in each of their last six Premier League home games. The club’s record run is nine, set in November 2010.
  • Only WBA have scored more than once at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League since Jose Mourinho’s return to Chelsea.
  • Frank Lampard needs four goals in Chelsea’s last four games to become the first player in Premier League history to score 10+ goals in 11 consecutive seasons.
  • All 11 of Samuel Eto’o's goals for Chelsea have come at Stamford Bridge.
  • Nemanja Matic has assisted three of Chelsea’s last five Premier League goals.
  • Lee Cattermole has scored one Premier League goal for every 66.8 fouls he has conceded.

Everton v Manchester United

  • Romelu Lukaku scored a hat-trick in his only previous home league game against Manchester United; a 5-5 draw for West Bromwich Albion on the final day of the 2012/13 season.
  • Manchester United have only won one of their last five Barclays Premier League games at Goodison Park (D2 L2).
  • Manchester United have picked up more points away from home than any other Premier League team this season (33 – could be overtaken by Liverpool earlier on Sunday).
  • Juan Mata has four assists and three goals in 11 Premier League appearances for Man Utd, compared to two assists and no goals in 13 for Chelsea earlier in the season.
  • Wayne Rooney has scored only four goals in 15 Premier League appearances against former club Everton.
  • Everton will attempt to complete a league double over Man Utd for the first time since the 1969-70 season.
  • United have won only three of their last eight Premier League games against Everton after winning 21 of the previous 26.
  • Leighton Baines’ assist in midweek took him to 36 in the Premier League, joint-most for Everton in the Premier League along with Mikel Arteta.
  • Javier Hernandez is the only player in Premier League history to score 10+ goals away from home as a substitute.
  • Wayne Rooney has scored more Premier League goals on a Sunday than any other player (52).

Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion

  • Sergio Aguero has scored three goals in four previous Barclays Premier League games against the Baggies.
  • West Bromwich Albion have taken just two points from six previous Barclays Premier League games at the Etihad Stadium (D2 L4).
  • WBA have taken six points from their last three Premier League away games.
  • Four of the Throstles’ last seven league goals have come inside 10 minutes.
  • City have won only one of their last four Premier League games.
  • City have conceded seven goals in their last four games after recording clean sheets in each of the five games before then.
  • City have scored four goals in the opening three minutes of games this season, a total only Liverpool can match.
  • Man City have not gone two Premier League home games without a win since December 2012.
  • The Citizens have failed to score in only one of their last 66 Premier League home games (scoring 177 in that spell).
  • Samir Nasri has two goals and two assists in his last six Premier League appearances.

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The European Football Podcast: Episode 6

The European Football Podcast: Episode 6

The El Classico Copa Del Ray Final demands an extra midweek podcast and here it is!
Ray Drewett is on hand to pick out his favourite bets in the match.
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The Punt podcast: Monday April 14th

The Punt podcast: Monday April 14th

A brilliant Premier League weekend is followed by three more midweek matches for Ron Atkinson and Derek McGovern to look at.They also discuss the title and relegation odds.
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Barclays Premier League Opta Facts – April 15-16

Barclays Premier League Opta Facts – April 15-16

 

Arsenal v West Ham United

  • Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 11 Barclays Premier League games against West Ham (W9 D2 L0), including winning the last six in a row.
  • West Ham won their last Barclays Premier League away game – 2-1 at Sunderland. They haven’t won two successive PL away matches since December 2007.
  • Lukas Podolski has scored in his last two league appearances against West Ham, Santi Cazorla has scored two in three games and Olivier Giroud three in three against the Hammers.
  • West Ham are the only team that Arsenal have beaten after falling behind in the Premier League this season (W1 D4 L7).
  • The only teams to have won more Premier League points against West Ham than Arsenal (73) are Liverpool (74) and Manchester United (80).
  • The Gunners have won more points in London derbies than any other side this season in the Premier League (22).
  • Arsenal have not lost a Premier League home game since the opening day of the 2013-14 season; winning 10 and drawing five of their 15 games at the Emirates Stadium since.
  • The Gunners have kept a clean sheet in eight of their last 12 Premier League home games, but they have conceded in each of their last three games there.
  • West Ham’s last three Premier League games have ended with a 2-1 scoreline (two wins, one defeat).

 

Everton v Crystal Palace

  • Everton have won three and lost none of the last five meetings with Crystal Palace in all competitions.
  • The Eagles have failed to find the net in five of their last seven away games in the Barclays Premier League.
  • Romelu Lukaku has scored in four of his last six Premier League appearances at Goodison Park.
  • Crystal Palace last won back to back Premier League away matches in November 1997.
  • The Toffees have won seven successive Premier League matches at Goodison Park – they last won eight home league games in a row in April 1990.
  • Everton have won their last seven Premier League games, they last won eight league games in a row in May 1985.
  • Palace have won their last three Premier League games in a row; they last won four on the spin in the top-flight in November 1994.
  • Over the past nine games, Everton are the second best team in the Premier League (21 points), while Palace are eighth (14 points).
  • Jason Puncheon has scored three of the Eagles’ last four Premier League goals.
  • Everton’s last two Premier League goals have been scored by the opposition.

 

Manchester City v Sunderland

  • Man City have won just two of the last eight Barclays Premier League meetings with Sunderland (W2 D2 L4), with all four of Sunderland’s victories being 1-0 wins.
  • Sunderland have lost four successive Barclays Premier League away games, conceding 13 goals in total during this run.
  • James Milner has scored five goals against Sunderland in the Premier League; more than against any other Premier League opponent. This includes his first ever goal in the competition.
  • The Citizens have won 14 of their last 15 Premier League home matches, with the only blip on their record being a 0-1 home defeat to Chelsea in February.
  • City have already scored 52 goals at home in the Premier League this season – just six sides have scored more at home in a single PL campaign (the record being 68 by Chelsea in 2009-10)
  • Man City last suffered back to back Premier League defeats in October 2010.
  • Sunderland have collected just one point from their last eight Premier League games.
  • Since playing City in the Capital One Cup final, Sunderland have scored just three goals in six Premier League games.
  • Sergio Aguero has scored 13 goals in his last 12 Premier League starts.
  • Sunderland (15) have scored more away goals than they have at home this season (14).

 

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Barclays Premier League Opta Facts – April 15-16

Barclays Premier League Opta Facts – April 15-16

 

Arsenal v West Ham United

  • Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 11 Barclays Premier League games against West Ham (W9 D2 L0), including winning the last six in a row.
  • West Ham won their last Barclays Premier League away game – 2-1 at Sunderland. They haven’t won two successive PL away matches since December 2007.
  • Lukas Podolski has scored in his last two league appearances against West Ham, Santi Cazorla has scored two in three games and Olivier Giroud three in three against the Hammers.
  • West Ham are the only team that Arsenal have beaten after falling behind in the Premier League this season (W1 D4 L7).
  • The only teams to have won more Premier League points against West Ham than Arsenal (73) are Liverpool (74) and Manchester United (80).
  • The Gunners have won more points in London derbies than any other side this season in the Premier League (22).
  • Arsenal have not lost a Premier League home game since the opening day of the 2013-14 season; winning 10 and drawing five of their 15 games at the Emirates Stadium since.
  • The Gunners have kept a clean sheet in eight of their last 12 Premier League home games, but they have conceded in each of their last three games there.
  • West Ham’s last three Premier League games have ended with a 2-1 scoreline (two wins, one defeat).

 

Everton v Crystal Palace

  • Everton have won three and lost none of the last five meetings with Crystal Palace in all competitions.
  • The Eagles have failed to find the net in five of their last seven away games in the Barclays Premier League.
  • Romelu Lukaku has scored in four of his last six Premier League appearances at Goodison Park.
  • Crystal Palace last won back to back Premier League away matches in November 1997.
  • The Toffees have won seven successive Premier League matches at Goodison Park – they last won eight home league games in a row in April 1990.
  • Everton have won their last seven Premier League games, they last won eight league games in a row in May 1985.
  • Palace have won their last three Premier League games in a row; they last won four on the spin in the top-flight in November 1994.
  • Over the past nine games, Everton are the second best team in the Premier League (21 points), while Palace are eighth (14 points).
  • Jason Puncheon has scored three of the Eagles’ last four Premier League goals.
  • Everton’s last two Premier League goals have been scored by the opposition.

 

Manchester City v Sunderland

  • Man City have won just two of the last eight Barclays Premier League meetings with Sunderland (W2 D2 L4), with all four of Sunderland’s victories being 1-0 wins.
  • Sunderland have lost four successive Barclays Premier League away games, conceding 13 goals in total during this run.
  • James Milner has scored five goals against Sunderland in the Premier League; more than against any other Premier League opponent. This includes his first ever goal in the competition.
  • The Citizens have won 14 of their last 15 Premier League home matches, with the only blip on their record being a 0-1 home defeat to Chelsea in February.
  • City have already scored 52 goals at home in the Premier League this season – just six sides have scored more at home in a single PL campaign (the record being 68 by Chelsea in 2009-10)
  • Man City last suffered back to back Premier League defeats in October 2010.
  • Sunderland have collected just one point from their last eight Premier League games.
  • Since playing City in the Capital One Cup final, Sunderland have scored just three goals in six Premier League games.
  • Sergio Aguero has scored 13 goals in his last 12 Premier League starts.
  • Sunderland (15) have scored more away goals than they have at home this season (14).

 

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European Football Podcast – Episode 5: 11th April

European Football Podcast – Episode 5: 11th April

Alex Dunn and Ray Drewett team up to look ahead to the best of the action, and offer their selections and best bets.
With the battle for supremacy in La Liga hotting up, the boys look ahead to the feature games from Spain, as well as taking in selected…

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The Punt Podcast: Friday April 11th

The Punt Podcast: Friday April 11th

The FA Cup semi finals and a huge weekend of Premier League action is on the agenda for Ron Atkinson and Derek McGovern.They pick out bets in all 10 matches, as well as discussing the latest big stories surrounding the top flight.
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The FWA Podcast: Friday April 11th

The FWA Podcast: Friday April 11th

David McDonnell from the Daily Mirror is this week’s podcast guest.He’s talking about his trip to Munich to see Manchester United, the Champions league semi-final draw, the LMA Manager of the Year odds and this weekend’s TV games.
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The League Podcast: Thursday April 10th

The League Podcast: Thursday April 10th

Six Championship matches get the Pete Farries’ treatment this week, with bets in all of them.
He also looks at League One and Two.
The BTTS doubles are in good form and there is also a nap from Pete and Lee.
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Championship Opta Facts | 12-14 April

Championship Opta Facts | 12-14 April

 

QPR v Nottingham Forest

  • QPR are unbeaten in six league fixtures against Forest at Loftus Road, winning three (D3).
  • Nottingham Forest have gone six league games unbeaten against QPR, winning twice (D4).
  • QPR have kept a joint-league-high 10 clean sheets at home this season, but only two of those have come in the last 10 games at Loftus Road.
  • Nottingham Forest are winless in 11 league games, the longest current run in the division (D5 L6).
  • The Hoops have scored in each of their last nine home games. Only Leicester (13) are currently on a long scoring run.
  • The Tricky Trees have been caught offside more times than any other Championship side (144).

 

 

Bolton v Barnsley

  • Bolton have gone seven home league games without defeat against Barnsley, drawing five (W2).
  • Barnsley have failed to win any of their last 10 against Bolton in league competition, losing four (D6).
  • Bolton are unbeaten in five league games, winning three times by a single goal (D2).
  • The Tykes have kept a league-low six clean sheets this season, with only one of those coming away from home (also a low).
  • The Trotters have scored just one penalty all season, a joint-league low with Charlton.
  • Barnsley have scored just three goals in the final 15 minutes this season, a league low figure.

 

 

Brighton v Charlton

  • Brighton’s last home league win over Charlton came back in September 1990; they’ve lost twice and drawn twice since.
  • Charlton are unbeaten in four against Brighton in league competition, drawing three (W1).
  • Brighton have hit the woodwork 20 times this season. Only Liverpool have rattled the woodwork more often than them in the top four tiers (26).
  • Charlton have registered 40 fewer shots on goal than any other Championship side (310).
  • Leonardo Ulloa has netted in five of his last eight home appearances for Brighton in all competitions.
  • Charlton have scored just 10 first-half goals all season, while no side has conceded fewer in this period than Brighton (15).

 

 

Burnley v Middlesbrough

  • Burnley have failed to score in three of their last four home matches against Middlesbrough in league competition.
  • Middlesbrough are unbeaten in their last three league games against the Clarets, winning twice (D1).
  • Only Leicester (49) have won more points at home than Burnley this season (45)
  • Dimitrios Konstanpoulous became the fourth goalkeeper this season to record an assist in the Championship midweek, setting up Lee Tomlin.
  • The Clarets have won five of their last six league games at Turf Moor, losing most recently to title rivals Leicester.
  • Only 12 of Boro’s goals have come from strikers this season, a joint-league low with Charlton.
  • If Burnley win their game and Derby fail to beat Huddersfield, they will be promoted.

 

 

Derby v Huddersfield

  • The Rams are unbeaten in 17 at home to Huddersfield in league competition, winning 15 and drawing twice.
  • Huddersfield’s last league victory at Derby came back in November 1957.
  • Craig Bryson is the second Championship player to record double figures for goals and assists this season after David Nugent (16 scored, 10 assists).
  • Three of the five goals Huddersfield have scored in their last eight Championship games have come from Nahki Wells.
  • Derby have the best shot conversion rate in the Championship this season (16.07%).
  • Only Notts Forest have gone longer without a win (11 games) than Huddersfield (eight games, D3 L5).

 

 

Ipswich v Doncaster

  • Ipswich have won four of their last five league meetings with Doncaster Rovers, losing the other.
  • Doncaster have gone eight league games without a clean sheet against Ipswich, conceding 22 goals in the process.
  • The Tractor Boys have faced the fewest number of shots (including blocked) in the Championship this season (461).
  • Doncaster have won the fewest points away from home in the Championship (12).
  • No side has dropped more home points from leading positions than Ipswich (15).
  • Doncaster have conceded more goals in the final 15 minutes than any other side in the league (20).

 

 

Leeds v Blackpool

  • Leeds have picked up just one win from their last six against Blackpool in league competition, losing three (D2).
  • Blackpool have kept just one clean sheet in their last 16 league games against Leeds at Elland Road.
  • Ross McCormack has gone three league games without a goal for Leeds. Only once this season has he gone loner without a strike (five games between August and September).
  • The Tangerines have failed to score in four of their last six Championship games on the road – their other two goals have been scored by David Goodwillie.
  • Leeds have picked up just four points from their last 10 fixtures in the Championship (W1 D1 L8), losing their last five.
  • Blackpool have the lowest shooting accuracy in the Championship (37.1%).

 

 

Millwall v Watford

  • Millwall have picked up just one win from their last six at home to Watford in the league (D1 L4).
  • Watford have kept three clean sheets in their last four league games against Millwall, winning twice (D1 L1).
  • The Lions haven’t won in seven home league fixtures, drawing four and losing three.
  • Troy Deeney has scored eight times in his last eight games for the Hornets, though only two of these have come away from home.
  • Millwall have let in 70 goals this campaign, already more than they shipped in each of their last three seasons in the Championship.
  • Watford have collected the joint-most yellow cards in the Championship this season (82 along with Nottingham Forest).

 

 

Sheff Wed v Blackburn

  • Sheffield Wednesday have failed to score in three of the last four league encounters with Blackburn (W1 D1 L2).
  • Blackburn are without a league win at Sheffield Wednesday in six attempts, losing three (D3).
  • The Owls have won four of their last five home fixtures, losing last time out against Watford 4-1.
  • Rovers are unbeaten in seven league games, winning three and drawing four.
  • No team has conceded more goals in the opening 15 minutes of home games than Sheffield Wednesday (6).
  • Blackburn have been adjudged offside just 59 times this season, a league-low figure.

 

 

Yeovil v Bournemouth

  • Yeovil are winless in three at home to Bournemouth in the league, losing the last two.
  • Bournemouth have kept four consecutive clean sheets against Yeovil in league competition, winning their last three (D1).
  • Yeovil have conceded the most fouls in the Championship (554) while Bournemouth have conceded the fewest (400).
  • Bournemouth have collected more points over their last 10 Championship games than any other side – 25 (W8 D1 L1).
  • The Glovers have gained a league-low three points from losing situations this season, with just one of those coming at home.
  • The Cherries are searching for their sixth consecutive league win, something they’ve never managed to do before in the second tier.

 

 

Reading v Leicester

  • Reading have won five of the last six league encounters with Leicester, though they lost the reverse fixture earlier this season (0-1).
  • Leicester City have scored a single goal in each of their last three games away to Reading in league competition; they’ve never scored in four successive matches there.
  • Alex McCarthy has made more saves than any other keeper this season (158).
  • A mid-week loss to Brighton was Leicester’s first defeat in 22 league games (W15 D6).
  • The Royals have scored more away goals in the 15 minutes following half-time than any other Championship side (8).
  • Leicester boast the best away record in the Championship, collecting 40 points from a possible 60 (W12 D4 L4).

 

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League 1 Opta Facts | 11-12 April

League 1 Opta Facts | 11-12 April

 

Rotherham v Bradford

  • Rotherham have won their last five against Bradford in league competition, keeping a clean sheet in their last four.
  • Bradford have failed to score in their last three league games away to Rotherham (D1 L2).
  • Rotherham suffered their first defeat in 17 earlier in the week as they lost at Sheffield United (0-1).
  • Bradford have shipped 43% of their goals in the second half; a league-low proportion.
  • The Millers have picked up 22 points from losing positions this term; no League One side has won more.

 

 

Crewe v Wolves

  • Crewe are winless in six against Wolves, losing four (D2).
  • Wolves have won their last three league games away at Crewe, scoring exactly four goals in each game.
  • Crewe have squandered 26 points from leading positions this season; a league-high.
  • Wolves have kept 23 clean sheets this season in the league; equal with the club record for a single season (1923/24 – Division 3 North).
  • Wolves have won 42 points in 2014; more than any other League One side.

 

 

 

Leyton Orient v Gillingham

  • Leyton Orient have gone four league games unbeaten against Gillingham, winning twice (D2).
  • Gillingham have alternated between keeping a clean sheet or conceding two or more goals in each of their last five away league trips to Orient. They let in three goals last time out.
  • Leyton Orient have recovered 22 points from losing positions this term; a joint-league-high.
  • The Gills have conceded 22 goals in the final 15 minutes of matches this campaign; the most in League One.
  • Orient have gone five matches without a win (D3 L2); their longest winless run of the campaign.

 

 

MK Dons v Crawley

  • MK Dons won the reverse fixture against Crawley this season, 2-0. It was their first competitive win against the Red Devils.
  • Crawley have failed to score in each of their last two games against MK Dons (D1 L1).
  • Crawley have won seven points from their last 10 games, the fewest in League One.
  • The Red Devils have lost their last six games in League One; the current longest losing streak in the division.
  • The Dons have failed to score in each of their last five home games in league competition, losing four (D1).

 

 

Notts County v Port Vale

  • Notts County have won their last two home league games against Port Vale, they’ve not won three in a row against them since 1965.
  • Port Vale have scored in each of their last seven league encounters against Notts County, winning four (L3).
  • Notts County have won their last two home league games; they’ve not won three in a row at Meadow Lane since March 2012.
  • Port Vale have failed to score in the first half in 10 of their last 12 league matches. Indeed, each of their last six league goals have arrived in the second half.
  • The Magpies have been shown seven red cards this term; no League One side has received more.

 

 

Peterborough v Coventry

  • Posh have only failed to score once in their last eight league matches against the Sky Blues, winning twice (D2 L4).
  • Coventry have won three of their five previous away league fixtures at Peterborough (L2).
  • The Sky Blues have netted a league-high 22 goals in the final 15 minutes this season.
  • Callum Wilson has bagged seven goals in his last eight games for Coventry.
  • Peterborough have won their last two home games 2-0, with Britt Assombalonga and Tommy Rowe each scoring in those fixtures.

 

 

Preston v Carlisle

  • Preston are unbeaten in five against Carlisle in league competition, drawing four (W1).
  • Carlisle have scored exactly three goals in three of their last five league trips to Deepdale (W2 D2 L1).
  • Only Notts County (11) have accumulated fewer points on the road this season than Carlisle (14).
  • Preston have scored a league-high 17 headed goals this term, with Joe Garner bagging six (35%).
  • The Lilywhites have gone nine games without a defeat at Deepdale in league competition, winning five (D4).

 

 

Stevenage v Colchester

  • After scoring six in their first league encounter with Colchester, Stevenage have failed to score in their last four.
  • Colchester have won their last three against Stevenage in league competition.
  • Stevenage have scored 58% of their goals in the first half this campaign; a league-high share.
  • Boro’ have netted a league-low 17 second half goals in 2013/14.
  • Colchester have lost each of their last four matches in League One; only Crawley (6) are currently enduring a longer losing run.

 

 

Swindon v Brentford

  • After going four league games unbeaten against Brentford (W3 D1), Swindon have lost their last three.
  • Brentford have kept one clean sheet in their last 10 league games at Swindon, though this did arrive in the most recent fixture (1-0).
  • Brentford have won 16 points more from their 41 games this season (87) than they had collected at this point last term (17).
  • Swindon have scored a league-high four goals from direct free-kicks this season.
  • The Bees have failed to score in each of their last three away games, drawing twice (L1).

 

 

Tranmere v Shrewsbury

  • Tranmere have lost only once in their last eight home league encounters with Shrewsbury (W5 D2), though this did arrive in the most recent clash.
  • Shrewsbury have kept just one clean sheet in their last 16 league matches with Rovers.
  • Tranmere have dropped a league-low six points from winning positions this season.
  • Shrewsbury have netted just 37 goals in 2013/14; the fewest in League One.
  • Rovers have won 22 points at home this term; a league-low.

 

 

Walsall v Bristol City

  • Walsall have gone four home games without a win against Bristol City in league competition (D2 L2).
  • Bristol City have won their last three league fixtures against Walsall, keeping a shutout in each game.
  • The Saddles are yet to lose in games in which they’ve gone ahead in this season, winning 14 and drawing six.
  • Jay Emmanuel-Thomas has scored 15 and assisted 11 goals this season. The former Arsenal man is just one of three players to have reached double figures in both categories in League One.
  • Walsall have conceded five goals from direct free-kick situations this term; a joint-league-high.

 

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League 2 Opta Facts | 12 April

League 2 Opta Facts | 12 April

Bristol Rovers v Torquay United

 

  • Bristol Rovers are unbeaten in four league games with Torquay, though have only won once (D3).
  • Torquay have scored in five of their last six league trips to face Bristol Rovers but have won just twice (D2 L2).
  • Rovers have scored just three goals in their last six league matches, and never more than once in a single match.
  • Only their opponents Bristol Rovers (11; W1 D8) have picked up fewer points on the road in League Two this season than Torquay (16; W5 D1).
  • Torquay have lost each of their last five away from home in League Two.
  • Should Wycombe win and Torquay lose, they will be relegated from the Football League.

 

 

Dag & Red v Portsmouth

 

  • The Daggers have won just one of their last nine home league games, though this did come last time out against Oxford (D5 L3).
  • Portsmouth won the only previous Football League meeting between the two sides 1-0 at Fratton Park, courtesy of a Romain Padovani goal.
  • Dagenham and Redbridge are one of two teams yet to lose this season after taking the lead (W13 D6; also AFC Wimbledon).
  • Pompey have shipped more second half goals than any other side in the division (35).
  • Portsmouth have won consecutive league matches for the first time this season. The last time they won three in a row was in March 2011 (six in a row).

 

 

Exeter City v Cheltenham Town

 

  • The Grecians have lost all nine of their league clashes with Cheltenham Town.
  • Cheltenham have kept a clean sheet in each of their last four games with Exeter in the league.
  • Exeter have benefitted from five own goals this season; more than any other League Two team this season.
  • Cheltenham have won just one of their last five in League Two (D1 L3).
  • Exeter’s Matt Grimes has had more shots without scoring in League Two this season than any other player yet to find the back of the net (32).

 

 

Fleetwood Town v Morecambe

 

  • Fleetwood have won two of the three previous matches against the Shrimps in the Football League, keeping a clean sheet on both occasions.
  • Morecambe have scored just once against Fleetwood Town in the Football League, though this goal did secure a win over their close rivals on Boxing Day.
  • Fleetwood have lost just one of their last nine in the league (W4 D4).
  • Morecambe have led in just 16 league games this season; a joint-low in League Two along with Torquay.
  • Only Rochdale (40) have scored more second half goals than Fleetwood (37) so far this season.

 

 

Hartlepool United v Chesterfield

 

  • Hartlepool have taken the spoils in six of their last nine home meetings with Chesterfield (L3).
  • The Spireites have won only twice in their previous 10 league clashes with Hartlepool (D2 L6).
  • No team has failed to score in more league matches this season than Hartlepool (18).
  • Chesterfield have netted 30 times in the first half this season; a high in League Two.
  • The Spireites’ league matches this season have produced 100 goals in total (63 scored and 37 conceded).

 

 

Mansfield Town v Rochdale

 

  • Mansfield have scored just five goals in the last 11 league meetings with Rochdale (W3 D1 L7), failing to score in the last three games against them.
  • The Dale have won their last five clashes with the Stags in the Football League.
  • Having gone unbeaten in 11 previous home games against Rochdale (W7 D4), Mansfield have lost their last two against them, conceding six times.
  • Scott Hogan scored a brace in the reverse fixture. The Rochdale player has found the net seven times in his last seven appearances.
  • Mansfield are searching for a fourth consecutive league win, which would be their longest winning streak this season.
  • Rochdale have lost only one of their previous nine away games in League Two, keeping seven clean sheets in that run (W5 D3).

 

 

Newport County v Wycombe Wanderers

 

  • Newport were victorious in the only previous league meeting with Wycombe earlier in the season; Michael Flynn got the winner.
  • Wycombe are winless in five away fixtures in League Two, drawing three and losing twice.
  • Newport County have won none of their last nine home league matches (D4 L5).
  • Wycombe have won just one of their last seven in League Two (D2 L4).
  • 25 of Wycombe’s 41 goals this season have come in the second half (61%).

 

 

Northampton Town v Burton Albion

 

  • Northampton’s failure to score in the reverse fixture on Boxing Day was the first time they’d failed to score against Burton in the Football League.
  • Burton have lost once in four previous Football League trips to Northampton Town, winning twice (D1).
  • The Cobblers have won none of their last five at home in League Two (D3 L2).
  • Only bottom-side Torquay (10.0%) have a poorer shot conversion rate than Burton Albion (10.2%) so far this season.
  • Burton Albion have scored in each of their last 13 home league games; but failed to score in their last three on the road.

 

 

Plymouth Argyle v Oxford United

 

  • Plymouth’s 3-2 win earlier in the season over Oxford was only their second in nine attempts (D3 L4).
  • Oxford’s victory last season in the corresponding fixture was their first at Plymouth since August 1981 (D3 L6).
  • Plymouth’s win over Newport on Tuesday ended a run of three games without victory (D1 L2).
  • Oxford have picked up just five points from their last 10 league games; fewer than any other side in League Two.
  • Plymouth have won none of the 20 matches they have fallen behind in this season (D5 L15).

 

 

Scunthorpe United v Bury

 

  • Scunthorpe have lost five of their last seven home league encounters with Bury (W1 D1).
  • Bury are unbeaten in five league clashes with the Iron (W3 D2).
  • Only Accrington (15) have scored more headed goals than Scunthorpe (13) in League Two this season.
  • Scunthorpe have continued their impressive run of 25 league games unbeaten; the best run this season in England’s top four tiers.
  • Bury themselves are unbeaten in five league matches, including victories in each of their last three (D2).

 

 

Southend United v AFC Wimbledon

 

  • Southend have won four of the five previous meetings with Wimbledon in the top four tiers, losing the other.
  • Three of Wimbledon’s four league goals against Southend came in the corresponding fixture last year, a 3-1 win in March 2013.
  • Southend have won their last three league matches in a row. Earlier this season, they managed a run of four wins.
  • The Dons have scored just twice in the opening 30 minutes of their matches this season; a divisional low.
  • Only Morecambe (32) have battled back to win points from losing positions than AFC Wimbledon (26) this season in League Two.

 

 

York City v Accrington Stanley

 

  • York have won three of their last five home games against Accrington in the league (D1 L1).
  • Accrington Stanley have won just one of their last five away games in League Two, though this was their most recent outing against Exeter (D1 L3).
  • York City have kept 19 clean sheets this season. Only Scunthorpe (20) have managed more in League Two.
  • Accrington have avoided defeat in just one of the 10 away games that they have fallen behind in for far this season (W1).
  • York have conceded fewer headed goals than any other side in League Two this season (3).

 

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Bundesliga Opta Facts | 11 – 13 April

Bundesliga Opta Facts | 11 – 13 April

FC Schalke 04 v Eintracht Frankfurt

  • Frankfurt have won just one of their last 15 Bundesliga games against Schalke (D5 L9). However, Eintracht are unbeaten in their last three meetings with S04 (1-0 win April 2013 and two draws, including a 3-3 draw earlier in the season).
  • Eintracht haven’t won at Schalke since a 3-2 victory in May 1999. They have recorded four draws and six defeats in their 10 trips there since then.
  • Schalke have collected 25 of a possible 27 points at home since a 3-1 loss to BVB at the end of October (W8 D1). They have kept a clean sheet in six of those nine games.
  • Veh’s side have won three of their last four games, with their only defeat in that timeframe a 2-1 loss to Wolfsburg. They are now eight points clear of the relegation zone.
  • Schalke (27) have collected the second most points since the winter break after Bayern (31). Frankfurt (20) sit fifth in a table representing the second half of the season.
  • Alexander Meier is set for his 300th competitive game for Frankfurt. The 31-year-old has scored 98 goals in 299 appearances for the Eagles.
  • Ralf Fährmann was a Frankfurt player from 2009-11 and made 18 Bundesliga appearances for them. Schalke’s number one is second in the league this season in terms of save percentage, with an impressive 81.3% (Manuel Neuer: 82.1%).
  • Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has scored eight of Schalke’s last 14 goals. Only Nürnberg’s Josip Drmic (10) has scored more goals since the winter break than the Dutchman (9).
  • Joselu has scored five goals in his last five Bundesliga games and is Frankfurt’s top scorer with eight goals. His teammate Stefan Aigner is also in good form, having been involved in five of the Eagles’ last seven goals (1 goal, 4 assists).
  • Jens Keller made 50 league appearances for Frankfurt as a player (2002-2005). He captained Eintracht during their promotion to the Bundesliga in 2002/03 (33 games, 3 goals). He had to end his playing career due to injury in 2005.
  • Schalke’s sporting director Horst Heldt was an Eintracht player from 1999-2001 (64 Bundesliga games, 9 goals). He celebrated winning the German championship together with manager Armin Veh as VfB Stuttgart’s sporting director in 2007.

Borussia Mönchengladbach v VfB Stuttgart

  • Gladbach haven’t won any of their last seven home games against Stuttgart (D3 L4) – they have only been waiting longer for a home win in the Bundesliga against Leverkusen (22 games). The last time they beat VfB at home in the top flight was in a 2-0 victory on April 30th 2005.
  • Gladbach have won just three of their 31 Bundesliga meetings with Stuttgart since 1995/96 (D11 L17).
  • Stuttgart’s 7-0 win against Gladbach in September 2010 is Borussia’s joint-heaviest Bundesliga defeat (they also lost 7-0 at home to Bremen in April 1966). Stuttgart have never won by a bigger margin in the top flight (they have won 7-0 on four other occasions).
  • With 32 points and a goal difference of +19, Gladbach sit second in the home table behind only Bayern (40 points) and level on points with Schalke.
  • Stuttgart have collected just one point from their last seven away games – during a 1-1 draw in Bremen on matchday 25.
  • VfB have claimed just eight points since the winter break, a league low. On top of that, only Hoffenheim and Wolfsburg (both 25) have conceded more goals in the second half of the season than Stuttgart (24; including the postponed match against Bayern, it’s 26 in 2014).
  • With 27 points and a -13 goal difference after 29 games, VfB are having their second-worst Bundesliga season. The only time their record has been worse at this stage of the season was in their relegation campaign of 1974/75 (also 27 points but a -28 goal difference).
  • Stuttgart have squandered 28 points from winning positions (19 in 2014 alone), a league high by far. The record high since the three-points-per-win system was introduced was set by Schalke: 34 points dropped after taking the lead during the 1999/2000 season.
  • Stuttgart have already kept two clean sheets in five games under Huub Stevens. They only managed two in the 24 games under Labbadia and Schneider this season.
  • Lucien Favre has picked up 1.61 points-per-game on average as Gladbach manager (109 games, 49 wins). Only Hennes Weisweiler (1.74) and Udo Lattek (1.72) can boast a better record (only Gladbach managers with at least two games in charge considered).

Hannover 96 v Hamburger SV

  • Hannover have lost just one of their last 11 home games against HSV (1-0 in the 2007/08 season). 96 beat Hamburg 5-1 at home last season – Mirko Slomka was in the Hannover dugout back then.
  • 96 have lost their last four Bundesliga games – they last suffered a run like that over four years ago, when they lost as many as nine straight matches in the 2009/10 campaign.
  • HSV have lost six consecutive Bundesliga away games for the first time in almost 12 years. Mirko Slomka has now suffered 12 successive away defeats – the first nine of those came as Hannover manager.
  • Four of Hannover’s five remaining opponents are fighting for survival. HSV, on the other hand, will face only sides from the top half of the table after their meeting with 96.
  • 96 have the second-worst chance-conversion rate in the league (11.9%). They were the best in this regard last season together with Bayern (20.8%).
  • In Ron-Robert Zieler and Rene Adler, the two keepers that have made the most mistakes leading to goals will meet in this fixture (5 each).
  • Hakan Calhanoglu has scored the most goals from distance this season (five – three of them have come from direct free kicks). However, eight of his nine goals have come at home.
  • Andre Hoffmann is out after his sending off in Braunschweig, while Szabolcs Huszti is unavailable having now collected 10 yellow cards. It’s already the third suspension this season for the Hungarian midfielder.
  • Johan Djourou played for Hannover in the second half of the 2012/13 season. Artjoms Rudnevs moved from Hamburg to Hannover during the winter break and has made significantly more starting appearances for 96 (11) than he did for during the first half of the season for HSV (1).
  • Tayfun Korkut has collected an average of just 0.92 points per game. Of the Hannover managers that have been in the dugout for at least 12 Bundesliga games, only Reinhard Saftig (0.58 in 1988/89) has a worse points-per-game average than him.

VfL Wolfsburg v 1. FC Nürnberg

  • Nürnberg have beaten Wolfsburg away from home four times in their last nine attempts (D3 L2) and have collected an average of 1.5 points per away game against VfL, a Bundesliga high for FCN (at least 10 away matches required).
  • Nürnberg have lost six of their last seven Bundesliga games (W1), including each of their last three away matches. The last time FCN suffered a run of four straight away defeats was from September to November 2012.
  • No Bundesliga side has gone as long as Nürnberg without sharing the points (12 games), with FCN’s last draw coming against Schalke on matchday 17 (0-0). However, Nürnberg still remain the side with the most draws in the Bundesliga this season (11).
  • Wolfsburg have scored at least once in each of their last 21 Bundesliga games – currently the longest goalscoring run in the league. They have also matched their club record – the only other time VfL have scored in 21 straight top-flight games was from October 2009 to April 2010.
  • However, VfL have only kept a clean sheet in one of their last 14 Bundesliga matches (in a 3-0 home win against Mainz 05 on matchday 20).
  • FCN also had just 26 points after 29 games in the 2007/08 season and were relegated as the third-bottom side (no relegation play-off back then). The only time they have had fewer points at the same stage of the season was in the 1983/84 campaign (20), which also ended in relegation.
  • FCN have hit the woodwork 24 times this season and have already set a new record for the most shots against the post or crossbar in a Bundesliga campaign. The previous record since Opta started collecting this statistic in 2006/07 was held by BVB (23 times, 2011/12).
  • With 10 goals to his name, Josip Drmic is the top goalscorer in the second half of the season. The Swiss striker has scored 16 of FCN’s 34 goals this season (including eight of their last 12) – no other player has been involved in as big a share of a side’s goals (47%).
  • Javier Pinola is set for his 200th game in Germany’s top flight. He has scored five goals and provided nine assists in 199 games so far (all for FCN). He has picked up 62 yellow cards in his career – more than any other Nürnberg player.
  • Wolfsburg manager Dieter Hecking coached FCN for 112 competitive games between January 2010 and December 2012 and left them for VfL in the winter break of 2012/13.

Sport-Club Freiburg v Eintracht Braunschweig

  • Braunschweig are without a win against Freiburg in 18 competitive matches (D3 L14). Their last victory against SCF was in a second-division encounter in July 1986 (2-0 H) – Joachim Löw was on the pitch for Freiburg back then.
  • The Lions are still without a competitive win in Freiburg – they have lost in each of their last eight trips there (plus two draws).
  • Freiburg have won each of their last five competitive matches against Braunschweig without conceding. Daniel Graf’s goal in October 2005 (4-1 cup defeat) remains Braunschweig’s only goal against SCF in their last nine competitive meetings.
  • Freiburg (first half: 14, second half: 15) and Braunschweig (first half: 11, second half: 14) have already collected more points since the winter break than they did in their 17 matches in the first half of the season. That also applies to only Hoffenheim, Frankfurt and Nürnberg.
  • Braunschweig celebrated their biggest win of the season against Hannover and have collected seven points from their last three games. They are now just two points from safety – the last time they were that close to leaving the relegation zone was on matchday 12.
  • SCF may have won their last two home games, but they are 17th in the Bundesliga’s home table, having collected just 16 points in their own stadium. In Braunschweig, Freiburg host the team with the worst away record in the division.
  • Freiburg haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last 15 Bundesliga home games and are the only professional football team in Germany without a clean sheet at home this season. However, they are about to face the least prolific away side in the league (10 away goals for Eintracht).
  • Braunschweig have scored at least once in each of their last nine Bundesliga games – they hadn’t managed more than a two-game run before that this season. Only Wolfsburg are currently on a longer goalscoring run (21 games).
  • Domi Kumbela has scored seven goals and provided two assists in 11 games since the winter break. He has been involved in nine of Braunschweig’s 17 goals since February (53%).
  • Eintracht’s sporting director Marc Arnold played for Freiburg’s local rivals FFC in 1992/93 – his teammates back then included Christian Streich. Dennis Kruppke made 85 league appearances (four goals) for SC Freiburg between 2003 and 2008.

1. FSV Mainz 05 v SV Werder Bremen

  • Mainz are without a win in six home games against Werder (D2 L3). Bremen also inflicted FSV’s biggest Bundesliga defeat on them, winning 6-1 in Mainz in October 2006. The 05ers’ only home win the top flight against Werder came in their first Bundesliga meeting in October 2004 (2-1).
  • Only against Schalke (9) and Bayern (11) have Mainz suffered more Bundesliga defeats than against Bremen (8). Bayern (43) are the only side that have scored more goals against FSV than Werder (29).
  • Mainz have lost three of their last four Bundesliga games (one win), but they’re still fourth in a table representing the second half of the season.
  • Bremen have won just one of their last 19 away games on a Saturday afternoon (D7, L11) – a 4-1 win in Stuttgart in February 2013. Werder have failed to win their last 10 away games during this timeslot (D4 L6).
  • This is Mainz’s second-best Bundesliga season after 29 games. They have only been better at the same stage during 2010/11 – a campaign they ended in fifth – when they had one point more than they currently have (44).
  • Only Braunschweig (-22) currently have a worse goal difference than Bremen (-21). The last time Werder had a worse goal difference after 29 games was 34 years ago – it was -27 at this stage of the 1979/80 campaign.
  • Werder (483) have allowed the second-most shots after Nürnberg (508) and have conceded 55 goals. However, they have kept nine clean sheets this season (the same as BVB and Mainz) – only Bayern (15) and Schalke (12) have kept more.
  • Only Braunschweig (41%) have had less possession on average than Mainz (44%) and Bremen (42%) this season. Werder have always had more than 50% possession in a season since Opta started collecting detailed statistics in 2004/05.
  • Bremen’s pass accuracy (70.0%) is the worst for a Bundesliga team in three years (2010/11: St. Pauli 68.7% and Hannover 67.9%).
  • Aaron Hunt has scored seven goals in 10 games against Mainz. Against no other team has he scored as many top-flight goals. The midfielder has scored four times in the last four meetings.

FC Bayern München v Borussia Dortmund

  • Bayern won the meeting in Dortmund earlier this season 3-0 – Mario Götze scored the opener as a substitute on his first return to his former club (Arjen Robben and Thomas Müller added the other goals).
  • FC Bayern haven’t won any of their last three Bundesliga meetings with BVB in the Allianz Arena (D1 L2) – FCB’s last home victory against Dortmund in the league was over four years ago (3-1 in February 2010).
  • The Munich side are without a win in their last two Bundesliga games (3-3 draw with Hoffenheim, 1-0 loss in Augsburg) – the last time they went as long without winning was around two years ago (mid-April 2012).
  • BVB have collected a solid 16 of a possible 21 points from the last seven matchdays (W5 D1 L1) – the same amount as FC Bayern.
  • The German champions in the last five seasons have either been Bayern München (2010, 2013, 2014) or Borussia Dortmund (2011, 2012) – before that, VfL Wolfsburg won it in 2009.
  • FCB’s last two defeats in Saturday evening kick-offs have come against Dortmund – both were in 2011 and came in the Allianz Arena (3-1 in February, 1-0 in November).
  • Mario Mandzukic and Robert Lewandowski lead the Bundesliga goalscoring charts after 29 matchdays with 17 goals each – neither of them have won the Golden Boot in Germany’s top flight before.
  • Marco Reus has been involved in BVB’s last six goals – he has scored five times himself and he has also assisted one goal.
  • David Alaba is set for his 100th Bundesliga games – 82 of his previous 99 matches have come for FC Bayern. 17 of them were in 1899 Hoffenheim colours.
  • Pep Guardiola suffered a defeat in his very first competitive game as Bayern manager – a 4-2 loss to Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup on July 27th 2013.
  • This will be Jürgen Klopp’s 200th Bundesliga game as BVB manager – only Ottmar Hitzfeld has coached Dortmund in more top-flight games (208).

Bayer 04 Leverkusen v Hertha BSC

  • Leverkusen have recorded twice as many wins (16) as they have defeats (8) in their 35 Bundesliga meetings with Hertha (11 draws).
  • Bayer 04 are unbeaten in their last five Bundesliga games against Hertha (four draws and most recently a 1-0 away win thanks to Kießling’s goal earlier this season).
  • Hertha are without a win in seven games (D3 L4) – a negative record under Jos Luhukay. The last time Berlin went longer without a victory was in their relegation season of 2011/12 (12 games).
  • Bayer 04 haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last nine Bundesliga games. The last time they failed to stop their opponents scoring in as many games was in the 2008/09 season – a run of 14 games without a clean sheet.
  • Luhukay’s side have already squandered twice as many points from winning positions since the winter break (10) as they did in the first half of the season (5). On top of that, they haven’t secured a single point after going behind since Christmas – they recovered 12 points from losing positions in the first 17 games this season.
  • Sascha Lewandowski has taken over from Sami Hyypiä. The Finn collected 43 of a possible 60 points in his first 20 Bundesliga games in charge, but only secured five of a possible 27 points from his final nine matches.
  • Lewandowski was in charge of Leverkusen between April 2012 and summer 2013 and recorded an impressive average of 1.98 points per game during that timeframe – the best record of all Bundesliga managers at Bayer 04 (at least 5 games in charge).
  • Julian Brandt became Leverkusen’s youngest Bundesliga scorer during his starting debut in the top flight last week against Hamburg (17 years, 11 months, 2 days). He took over from Heiko Herrlich (18 years, 11 months, 21 days).
  • Stefan Kießling is set for his 250th Bundesliga game for Bayer 04. Only seven players have played in more top-flight games for Leverkusen. Kießling is the only Bundesliga player to have featured on each of their last 115 matchdays (last missed a game in December 2010).
  • Heung-Min Son and Sebastian Boenisch could both make their 100th Bundesliga appearance in the match against Hertha.
  • Hertha’s Johannes van den Bergh was a member of Bayer 04′s youth setup between 1999 and 2001. Hajime Hosogai made 17 Bundesliga appearances for Leverkusen last season.

1899 Hoffenheim v FC Augsburg

  • Hoffenheim have only won the first of their five Bundesliga meetings with Augsburg – the last two encounters have both ended in defeat for TSG (D2).
  • Augsburg are just one of four current Bundesliga sides (at least one game) that Hoffenheim have yet to win a home match against (two draws).
  • The game against FCA will be Hoffenheim’s 200th Bundesliga match (and 100th Bundesliga home match) and they could also reach the 250-point mark (currently 249).
  • Hoffenheim are currently unbeaten in four games (W2 D2). After a run of four matches without a victory, Augsburg got back to winning ways by beating Bayern.
  • Augsburg’s 1-0 win against Bayern didn’t just end the Munich side’s goalscoring run (65 consecutive Bundesliga games), but it also put a stop to FCA’s longest run without a clean sheet in the Bundesliga (13 games).
  • Only VfB Stuttgart (28) have squandered more points from winning positions than Hoffenheim and Augsburg (both 21).
  • Only Hoffenheim (21) and Nürnberg (20) have conceded more goals from dead-ball situations than Augsburg (17).
  • Both clubs are enjoying their most prolific seasons in the Bundesliga (Hoffenheim: 64 goals scored, Augsburg: 41 goals scored).
  • Weinzierl has collected seven points from his three Bundesliga meetings with TSG – Hoffenheim are the only Bundesliga side that he has faced at least three times without losing.
  • Andre Hahn, Augsburg’s top goalscorer (10 goals) has served his ban after a yellow-card suspension and returns to the squad.
  • Hoffenheim’s sporting director Alexander Rosen was born in Augsburg and played for FCA’s youth setup and then later for the first team in the Regionalliga Süd.

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