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European Football Podcast – Episode 82: 29th April

European Football Podcast – Episode 82: 29th April

Dave Kelner and Sam Norris look ahead to the best of the weekend’s action across Europe.
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FWA Podcast

FWA Podcast

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

This week, Paul McCarthy, from the Football Writers Association, joins Dave Kelner to preview the televised matches in the Premier League.

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The Punt podcast

The Punt podcast

The Punt is William Hill’s top flight football podcast.

On this edition Sam Norris, Derek McGovern and Dave Kelner look ahead to this weekend’s Premier League games.

 

 

 

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Champions League Semi Final Second Leg

Champions League Semi Final Second Leg

Opta Facts Champions League
Semi-final – Second Leg
3-4 May 2016

Bayern Munich – Atlético Madrid

o 69% of teams who have won 1-0 at home in the first leg of a Champions League knockout tie have progressed to the next round (20 out of 29).
o Atlético Madrid and Bayern Munich’s only previous competitive encounter before this season was in the 1974 European Cup final. The Bavarians were victorious 4-0 in a replay after the teams played out a 1-1 draw (after extra-time) in the initial final.
o Atlético Madrid have always progressed in their last six home/away knockout encounters with German sides in European competition. Dynamo Dresden were the last German team to eliminate them, back in the 1979/80 UEFA Cup first round.
o Atlético Madrid have reached the European Cup/Champions League final twice (1974 and 2014), losing on both occasions.
o Meanwhile, Bayern Munich have made it to the final of the competition on 10 occasions, the third-most behind Real Madrid (13, before this season) and AC Milan (11).
o Bayern Munich have won their last 11 Champions League home games, scoring 41 goals and conceding only six along the way. If they beat Atlético, they will equal the all-time Champions League record of 12 consecutive home wins currently held by Manchester Utd.
o The last team to stop Bayern Munich winning at the Allianz Arena in the Champions League were another Madrid side: Real in April 2014 (0-4).
o Bayern Munich have made it to the Champions League semi-finals in six of the last seven seasons. However, they have been knocked out at this stage by a Spanish team in each of the last two campaigns (Real Madrid in 2013/14, Barcelona in 2014/15).
o Bayern Munich were the winners the last time the Champions League final was held in Milan, back in 2001 (1-1 a.e.t., 5-4 on pens v Valencia).
o Bayern Munich have kept only one clean sheet in their five Champions League knockout games this season (1-0 v Benfica, quarter-final first leg), the lowest total among the four semi-finalists.
o Meanwhile, Atlético have kept 15 clean sheets in their last 20 Champions League games, including four in five knockout games this season.
o Atlético have won their last two games in the Champions League knockout stages after failing to win any of their previous five (D3 L2).
o Of the four semi-finalists, Atlético are the only side yet to score from outside the box in this season’s Champions League.
o Pep Guardiola has reached the semi-finals in each of his seven seasons as manager in the Champions League but has been knocked out at this stage in each of the previous three campaigns. The last time he made it to the final was in 2010/11 with Barcelona (3-1 v Manchester Utd).
o Thomas Müller has scored 15 goals in his last 17 Champions League starts.
o Robert Lewandowski has failed to score in his last three Champions League games, his longest drought since he joined Bayern Munich.
o Arturo Vidal has scored (2) or assisted (1) three of Bayern Munich’s last four Champions League goals.
o Saul Ñíguez has been directly involved in 50% of Atlético’s last six Champions league goals (2 goals, 1 assist).

Real Madrid – Manchester City

o 31% of teams who have drawn 0-0 at home in the first leg of a Champions League knockout tie have progressed to the next round (9 out of 29). The last team to do so were Atlético Madrid in the 2014 semi-finals (vs Chelsea).
o Real Madrid have hosted Manchester City once before at the Santiago Bernabéu; the Spanish side scored two goals in the final three minutes to win 3-2 during a Champions League group stage match in September 2012.
o Real Madrid are unbeaten in their last nine games against English sides in the Champions League (W6 D3). The last English team to knock Real out in the competition were Liverpool in 2008/09 (5-0 on aggregate in the Last 16).
o For the sixth time in a row since last season, Real Madrid will play at home in the second-leg of a Champions League knockout tie.
o Real Madrid have reached the European Cup/Champions League final 13 times, more than any other team. Meanwhile, this is the first time that Manchester City have even made it past the Last 16. Their only previous European final was in the 1969/70 Cup Winners’ Cup (2-1 v Górnik Zabrze).
o Manchester City are currently unbeaten in six Champions League matches; their longest run ever in the competition (W3 D3).
o City have lost three of their last four Champions League matches away in Spain; although they did claim victory in their most recent outing in the country (2015/16 group stage v Sevilla).
o Real Madrid have played five times at home in the Champions League this season; keeping a clean sheet in all of them.
o Eight Manchester City players have scored away from home this season in the Champions League; a competition-high.
o Cristiano Ronaldo has only missed seven of Real Madrid’s 80 Champions League games since his arrival at the club in 2009. In that time, the Merengues have won 71% of their matches when he has featured (52 out of 73) compared to 43% (3 out of 7) when he’s been absent.
o Ronaldo, who might be absent, has scored/assisted 77% of Real Madrid’s goals in this season’s competition (20 out of 26). He’s only goal away from the Champions League record for most goals in a Champions League campaign, a record he currently holds (17 in 2013/14).
o Karim Benzema has scored in two of his three Champions League games against Manchester City. However, he’s failed to find the net in his last four Champions League games; only once has he gone on a longer drought in this competition (five games, December 2009-November 2010).
o Keylor Navas has kept 10 clean sheets in 11 games in his Champions League career. He’s saved 30 of the 32 shots on target he’s faced in the competition.
o Sergio Agüero hasn’t had a shot on target in the Champions League for 432 minutes. His last one was his goal against Dynamo Kiev in February.
o Agüero has failed to score in his last four Champions League games, his longest drought in the competition since his run of five games without a goal between November 2011 and October 2012.

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The League Podcast

The League Podcast

Every week William Hill looks at featured games from the Football League on two podcasts.
Just scroll down the playlist above to find each one every Thursday.
Commentator Pete Farries previews the Championship, while Jason Lewis looks at League One …

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Championship Opta facts – 29 – 30 April

Championship Opta facts – 29 – 30 April

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Birmingham City v Middlesbrough

Birmingham have lost just one of their last 15 home league games against Middlesbrough, winning nine (D5).

Boro’s only clean sheet in their last 11 league trips to St. Andrews came in a 3-0 win in August 2005, with Mark Viduka scoring a brace and Franck Queudrue adding a third.

The Blues are winless in five home league games (D2 L3), conceding exactly two goals in each of their last four at St Andrew’s.

Jordan Rhodes has scored three goals in his last three league games for Middlesbrough, having scored just twice in his first 13 for the club.

Aitor Karanka has won all eight of his Championship games on Friday, keeping six clean sheets in that run.

 

Bolton Wanderers v Hull City

Bolton haven’t lost at home to Hull in league competition since March 1935, winning 11 and drawing six since then.

Hull have lost only one of their last six games against the Trotters, winning three (D2).

Only Crewe (15) are on a current longer winless run in English league football than Bolton (14).

Steve Bruce’s side are unbeaten in five league games, scoring exactly twice in each match (W3 D2).

The Tigers have had more (215) and faced fewer (140) shots on target than any other Championship side.

 

Brentford v Fulham

There hasn’t been a league draw between the sides at Griffin Park since February 1987, with both sides winning four games apiece since then.

Fulham have won four of their last five games at Griffin Park in all competitions, though they lost the most recent one.

Brentford won their last game at Griffin Park (2-1 vs Cardiff), but they’ve not won back-to-back home league games since December 2015.

The Cottagers have lost a league-high 28 points from leading positions this season.

Games involving Fulham have seen 141 goals this season (F65 A76), more than any other Championship side.

 

Bristol City v Huddersfield Town

The Robins have lost only one of their last six home league games against Huddersfield (W2 D3).

The Terriers have won three of their last five games against Bristol City (D1 L1), though lost the most recent game 2-1 in December 2015.

Jonathan Kodjia has scored in his last two league games for Bristol City – he’s never scored in three in a row for the Robins.

Huddersfield are one of two Championship teams yet to score a penalty this season (along with Charlton).

David Wagner’s side have scored a league-high 21 goals in the last 15 minutes of games this season.

 

Ipswich Town v MK Dons

This is the first ever meeting between the sides at Portman Road.

The sides have met twice before – once in the League Cup in August 2007 (a 3-3 draw, MK Dons won on penalties) and also earlier this season (1-0 win for Ipswich), both times at Stadium MK.

The Tractor Boys are winless in seven league games, though five of those have ended level (L2).

Already relegated MK Dons are winless in nine league games (D4 L5), netting just six goals in that run and never more than once in a match.

No side has conceded fewer goals in the final 15 minutes of Championship games this season than Ipswich (6), while only Bolton (22) has conceded more in that time than MK Dons (19).

 

Leeds United v Charlton Athletic

Leeds have failed to win in any of their last seven at home to Charlton (D5 L2), last winning in October 2000 with a brace from Mark Viduka and one from Alan Smith securing a 3-1 win for the Whites.

The Addicks have lost only one of their last 10 games against Leeds, winning four (D5).

Chris Wood has scored three goals in his last three games for Leeds, the same number he’d scored in his previous 16.

Charlton are the only side in the top four tiers yet to be awarded a penalty this season.

Leeds have been shown a league-high 94 yellow cards this season, three more than the 91 they received last season.

 

Nottingham Forest v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Forest have won three of their last five against Wolves (D1 L1), though haven’t won either of their most recent two encounters.

Wolves won their last trip to the City Ground in March 2015 but haven’t won back to back games there since August 1976.

Paul Williams’ side have won just one of their last eight home league games (D2 L5), netting just four goals in the process.

Four of Wolves’ last five away league games have ended in a 2-1 scoreline, with three of those in favour of the home team.

Forest have scored a league-low 18 second half goals this season.

 

Reading v Preston North End

Reading are unbeaten in their last 15 home league games against Preston, winning 10 (D5) since a defeat in October 1982.

Preston have scored exactly once in their last five encounters with the Royals (W1 D1 L3).

The Royals are winless in five league games, losing four.

North End have kept just one clean sheet in their last 12 Championship away games, having kept four in the five games prior to that.

Reading have scored a league-high 13 goals in the opening fifteen minutes of games in the Championship this season.

 

Rotherham United v Blackburn Rovers

Rotherham have won their last three home league games against Rovers, losing just one of their last eight on home soil (W6 D1).

Blackburn have won four of their last five games against the Millers in all competitions (L1).

The Millers’ are unbeaten in 11 league games – their longest such run in the second tier since April 1966. Their only longer run in this tier was 16 games, ending in December 1959.

Each of Blackburn’s last three league goals has been scored by Danny Graham.

Rotherham have conceded just one goal in their last four league games.

 

Sheffield Wednesday v Cardiff City

Wednesday are winless in their last six games against Cardiff (D2 L4).

The Bluebirds are unbeaten in their last two games at Hillsborough (W1 D1) – they’ve never gone three games unbeaten there in their entire history.

After a run of four consecutive wins, the Owls are winless in four Championship games, though the last three have ended level.

Cardiff have lost their last two away games by a 2-1 scoreline, shipping three of those four goals in the final seven minutes.

If Cardiff fail to win, Sheffield Wednesday will secure a place in the play-offs.

 

Brighton & Hove Albion v Derby County

Brighton have won just one of their last seven games against Derby, losing five (L1).

Derby have won two of their last three away games at the Amex Stadium, including a 2-1 play-off semi-final victory in May 2014.

Only Burnley (21) are on a current longer unbeaten run that Brighton (12) in the Championship.

The Rams have won their last two away league games – they’ve not won three in a row on the road since September 2015.

The Seagulls have scored at least twice in their last seven league games. They last did this in eight games in a row back in December 1964, in the old Fourth Division.

 

Burnley v Queens Park Rangers

Burnley have won eight of their last 10 home league games against the Hoops (D1 L1).

QPR’s only victory in their last 10 league trips to Turf Moor came in December 2007, a 2-0 win courtesy of goals from Damion Stewart and Rowan Vine.

Sean Dyche’s side are unbeaten in 21 games – the joint-longest such run in the Championship this season (level with Brighton).

The Hoops haven’t won away from home in eight Championship games, though six of those have ended level (L2).

Andre Gray has had a hand in 32 goals this season (24 goals, 8 assists), more than any other Championship player.

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Europa League Opta Facts 28 April

Europa League Opta Facts 28 April

Opta Facts – Europa League
Semi-finals (1st Leg) – 28 April 2016

Villarreal v Liverpool
o This will be the first meeting between Villarreal and Liverpool in Europe.
o Villarreal are winless in their last 10 games against English opposition (D6 L4) whilst Liverpool have lost three of their last four games against Spanish clubs.
o This will be Liverpool’s fourth European semi-final against a Spanish side; they’ve progressed from two of those but were eliminated last time versus Atletico Madrid in the 2009/10 Europa League semi-finals.
o Villarreal have faced English opposition in a major European semi-final before, they were knocked out of the 2005/06 Champions League by Arsenal at this stage.
o The Yellow Submarine have only failed to score in one of their last 31 Europa League matches (including qualifiers) whilst Liverpool have only scored in three of their most recent six games played in this competition versus Spanish opposition.
o 11 players have scored for Liverpool in the 2015/16 Europa League; a competition-high this term.
o Jurgen Klopp is yet to lose a European tie in charge of Liverpool; winning five and drawing five.
o Klopp was the victorious manager in his only previous major semi-final in European competition as a coach, seeing off Real Madrid over two legs (W1, L1) in the 2012/13 Champions League.
o Only Aduriz (10, Athletic Bilbao) has scored more Europa League goals than Villarreal’s Cédric Bakambu (9) this term; the Villarreal striker (84.8) has a better minutes per goal rate than Aduriz (90.7).
o Bakambu has recorded braces in three of his last four Europa League appearances for Villarreal.
Shakhtar Donetsk v Sevilla
o These sides have met in European competition before; Sevilla edging out Shakhtar Donetsk over two legs (5-4 on aggregate) in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup.
o The Ukrainian side have gone four matches without a win over Spanish opposition (D1 L3); failing to score at all in three of those games.
o Across the last 13 instances of a Ukrainian side hosting a Spanish team in any European competition; only once has the team from Spain lost (W8 D4).
o Sevilla have faced Ukrainian opposition five times previously; they have never lost (W4 D1).
o Sevilla have reached the semi-final stage of the Europa League for the third successive season; they went on to lift the trophy in the previous two campaigns.
o Shakhtar have made it to the semi-final of a major European competition for only the second time; they won the UEFA Cup in 2008/09.
o Shakhtar Donetsk have won five consecutive matches in Europe; they’ve never been on a longer winning streak (including qualifiers).
o Although Sevilla have won 11 of their last 12 home matches in the Europa League, they have failed to score in two of their last three on the road in this competition.
o Kevin Gameiro has been involved in four goals across his last three Europa League appearances (three scored and one assist).
o Andrés Palop was the last goalkeeper to score in a UEFA Cup/Europa League match; he managed it for Sevilla in the game against Shakhtar Donetsk nine years ago (15/03/2007).

 

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La Liga Opta facts – 29 Apr – 02 May

La Liga Opta facts – 29 Apr – 02 May

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Sporting – Eibar

o   Eibar have won their last two games against Sporting – their final meeting in Segunda, as well as previously this season, keeping clean sheets in both.

 

o   Sporting have gone 12 league games in a row conceding at least one goal at home, which is their worst run in the top flight since 1997/98 (14).

 

o   Eibar have gone eight successive league games away from home without a win (D2 L6).

 

o   32 points taken from 35 games is the second worst haul by Sporting in a La Liga season (three points per win), following 1997/98 when they acquired just 12.

 

o   Eibar are the team with the most points dropped due to goals conceded in the second half of La Liga games this season (19).

 

o   Sporting (42.4%) and Eibar (44.02%) are the two teams with the lowest possession rate in La Liga this season.

 

o   Sporting have attempted the fewest shots on target in La Liga this season (109), and have also allowed the most on their own goal (189).

 

o   Mendilibar’s side have scored fewer goals than any other team in the last ten La Liga rounds (6).

 

o   Only one of the last five Sporting league goals at El Molinon came in the first half, and it was an own goal (Krychowiak against Sevilla).

o   Adrian has already scored as many goals in La Liga this season (5) as in the previous seven combined in the top flight.

Real Sociedad – Real Madrid

 

o   Real Sociedad have won just one of their last 17 league games against Real Madrid (D3 L13), 4-2 in August 2014.

 

o   The Basque side have lost two of their last three La Liga games at Anoeta (W1).

 

o   The Whites have won nine La Liga games in a row, which is their best run since 2014 with Ancelotti in charge (12).

 

o   Away from home, Real Madrid have not lost any of their last nine league games (W6 D3), scoring an average of 2.33 goals per game.

 

o   Real Madrid are the team with the most seasons scoring 100 or more goals (eight) in the Top 5 European Leagues.

 

o   Real Sociedad have scored each of their last six league goals in the first half of their games (including Krychowiak’s own goal).

 

o   Gareth Bale has scored more headed goals than any other player in the Top 5 European Leagues this season (8).

 

o   Danilo has been involved in more La Liga goals than any other defender (two goals and five assists) this season.

 

o   Cristiano Ronaldo has scored at least twice in each of his last four league games against Real Sociedad (a total of nine).

o   Xabi Prieto has scored more goals against Real Madrid than against any other La Liga side (9).

Atlético de Madrid – Rayo Vallecano

 

 

o   Atletico have lost just one of their last 12 La Liga games against Rayo (W8 D3), 2-1 at Vallecas in February 2013.

 

o   Atletico have won their last five league games against Rayo at the Vicente Calderon, which is their best run against Rayo in the top-flight.

 

o   Atletico have gone 17 Madrid derbies without a defeat (W14 D3), conceding goals in five of them.

 

o   Simeone’s side have won their last five league games, while they have not gone six or more in a row since April 2014 (9).

 

o   Rayo have gone 15 league games in a row away from home without a win (D7 L8), conceding at least once in each.

 

o   Atletico have kept 22 clean sheets in La Liga 2015/16, which is their best season total in club history.

 

o   Rayo have the highest rate of goals scored in the first 15 minutes of their games in La Liga this season (31%).

 

o   Only Celta (12) have won more games by a one goal margin than Atletico (11) in La Liga this season.

 

o   Filipe Luis has already assisted more goals in La Liga this season than in any of the previous eight (4).

 

o   Trashorras has been involved in two of the last three Rayo goals against Atletico in La Liga (one goal and one assist).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Real Betis – Barcelona

o   Betis have gone nine league games against Barcelona without a win (D2 L7), losing the last five.

 

o   At the Villamarin, Betis have not won any of their last four games against Barcelona in La Liga (D2 L2), but they have scored at least once in each of the last 12.

 

o   Juan Merino’s side have suffered just one defeat in their last eight home games (W4 D3), 1-0 against Malaga.

 

o   Barcelona have scored 14 goals in their last two league games, without conceding in either.

 

o   Luis Enrique has won each of his three La Liga games as a manager against Betis.

 

o   By avoiding defeat against Barcelona, Betis would officially secure their league status for the season.

 

o   Barcelona are the team in the Top 5 European Leagues with the most games having been awarded at least two penalties this season (three games).

 

o   Betis are the side with the most points won, having scored in the last ten minutes of their games in La Liga this season (8, alongside Malaga and Villarreal), while Barcelona are the only yet to have won in that period.

 

o   Luis Suarez has scored eight goals in the last two league games.

 

o   Ruben Castro has been involved in six of the last nine Betis goals against Barcelona in La Liga (five goals and one assist).

Granada – Las Palmas

 

o   Granada have lost just one of their 12 games at home in La Liga against Las Palmas (W8 D3), 1-0 in 1967).

 

o   Granada have gone five league games in a row without a defeat at Los Carmenes (W2 D3), their best run under a single manager since their last promotion.

 

o   Las Palmas have lost just one of their last six league games (W4 D1), 1-0 against Betis in their last trip.

 

o   Las Palmas have not won any of their last nine games in Andalusia in La Liga (D3 L6).

 

o   Las Palmas have won 43 points in the opening 35 games, which is their best record in a single La Liga season (equaling 2000/01).

 

o   Las Palmas are, alongside Barcelona, the side with the fewest goals scored from outside the box in La Liga this season (1).

 

o   El-Arabi has scored 14 goals in La Liga 2015/16. The last African player to have scored 15 goals in a single season was Arouna Koné for Levante in 2011/12 (15).

 

o   El-Arabi scored a hat-trick in his last league game at Los Carmenes against Levante, which was his second hat-trick for Granada in the competition.

 

o   Jonathan Viera has been involved in three of the last four Las Palmas goals in La Liga (one goal and two assists).

 

o   Viera has achieved a new personal scoring record (8) this season, and has also assisted more goals than in any of his previous La Liga campaigns (9).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Athletic – Celta de Vigo

 

o   Athletic have gone eight league games without a defeat against Celta (W4 D4).

 

o   Ernesto Valverde have not lost as a La Liga manager against Celta (W7 D3).

 

o   Athletic have lost just one of their last five league games (W2 D2) – their most recent one at San Mames against Atletico (1-0).

 

o   Celta have gone seven games in a row without a defeat in La Liga (W4 D3), which is the best current run without a defeat by a team, following Real Madrid (9).

 

o   Only Atletico (337) and Barcelona (351) have conceded fewer shots (including blocked) in La Liga this season than Athletic (363).

 

o   The Basque side have not lost a home game in La Liga this season when they have scored the first goal (W7 D2).

 

o   Iago Aspas has scored 14 goals in La Liga this season. The last Celta player to have scored 15 in a single top-flight season was Fernando Baiano in 2006/07 (15).

 

o   In his last league appearance against Levante, Iñaki Williams assisted two goals for the first time in a game for Athletic (in all competitions).

 

o   Orellana has assisted three of Celta’s last four goals in La Liga away from home.

 

o   Aduriz has been involved in goals in his last three league appearances against the Galician side (two goals and one assist).

Espanyol – Sevilla

 

o   Espanyol have lost more games in a row in La Liga against Sevilla than against any other side (six, as many as against Real Madrid).

 

o   Espanyol have not won a league game against Sevilla since January 2011 – 2-1 at the Sanchez Pizjuan (D3 L7).

 

o   Espanyol have gone ten league games conceding at least one goal, which is their worst run in a single La Liga season since 2008/09 (20).

 

o   Sevilla are the only side in the Top 5 European Leagues yet to have won away from home this season.

 

o   Their previous longest run without an away win in La Liga (22 games between 2012 and 2013) ended with a 3-1 win at Cornella.

 

o   Emery has lost just two of his 16 games as a manager against Espanyol in La Liga (W13 D1), with both coming during his time at Valencia.

 

o   The Catalan side have drawn more games in La Liga than any other club in the last seven seasons (27).

 

o   Espanyol have conceded the most fouls in La Liga this season (599).

 

o   Krychowiak is the first Sevilla player to have scored two own goals in a single La Liga season since Aitor Ocio in 2004/05.

 

o   Asensio has been involved in two of the last Espanyol’s last three goals in La Liga (one goal and two assists).

 

 

 

 

 

Deportivo – Getafe

o   Deportivo have gone eight La Liga games without a win against Getafe (D3 L5), which is their worst run against the Blues in the competition.

 

o   The Galician side have won just one of their last 19 league games (D10 L8), 2-1 against Levante in March.

 

o   Getafe won their last league game away from home (2-1 against Real Sociedad), after seven defeats in a row and six trips without scoring beforehand.

 

o   Deportivo are the side with the fewest wins since the start of the second half of the league campaign (one).

 

o   The Blues have dropped the fewest points due to goals conceded in the second half of their games in La Liga this season (5).

 

o   Deportivo’s substitutes have scored fewer goals than any other side in La Liga this season (one – Oriol Riera against Sevilla).

 

o   Getafe are the side with the most goals conceded from the penalty spot in La Liga this season (7).

 

o   Deportivo are the team with the lowest rate of goals scored in the first 15 minutes of their games in La Liga this season (7%).

 

o   Sarabia, Getafe’s top goalscorer (7) and assistant (5) in La Liga this season, assisted a goal in each of the last two games against Deportivo last season.

 

o   Lucas Perez is the Deportivo player to have been involved in the most goals in a single La Liga campaign (24, 16 goals and 8 assists) since Roy Makaay in 2002/03 (32, 29 goals and 3 assists).

 

 

 

 

Valencia – Villarreal

o   Valencia have gone six league games in a row at Mestalla without defeat against Villarreal, which is their best run in La Liga against the Yellows (W4 D2).

 

o   Valencia have not lost any of their last four league games (W3 D1), which is their best run this season.

 

o   Villarreal have lost their last two league trips, while they have not gone three in a row in the competition since March 2012.

 

o   Valencia have not lost any of their last 16 league derbies against Valencian sides at Mestalla (W10 D6), keeping clean sheets in each of the last three.

 

o   Only Atletico (90) have conceded fewer shots on target than Villarreal in La Liga this season (122).

 

o   Marcelino’s side have attempted the fewest shots away from home (including blocked) of any team in La Liga this season (117).

 

o   Valencia are the side with the lowest rate of goals conceded in the first half of their games in La Liga this season (33%).

 

o   Dani Parejo is the first player to have scored four free kick goals in a single La Liga season since Cristiano Ronaldo in 2012/13.

 

o   In the last league game at Mestalla, Paco Alcacer scored his first ever hat-trick in the competition.

 

o   Soldado has played against Valencia more times without scoring than against any other current La Liga side (6).

 

 

 

 

 

Málaga – Levante

 

 

 

o   Malaga have not lost at La Rosaleda in La Liga against Levante (W5 D1), conceding just one goal in that time.

 

o   Malaga have gone five league games without a win (D3 L2).

 

o   Levante have gone eleven successive league games without a win away from home – nine of them ending in defeats (D2).

 

o   Javi Gracia has won just one of his five La Liga games against Levante (D1 L3).

 

o   Levante have lost their last six league games against Andalusian sides, all of them with Rubi as manager.

 

o   Levante have conceded the first goal of the game on more occasions than of any other team in La Liga this season (25).

 

o   Malaga have scored the fewest goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half of their games in La Liga this season (3).

 

o   Last season’s Malaga-Levante meeting saw more corners awarded than any other game in the last two La Liga campaigns (21, alongside Real Madrid-Valencia).

 

o   Duda scored his most recent goal of the current season in the reverse fixture against Levante (from a free kick).

 

o   Among Levante players with at least five goals scored, Rossi has the highest shot conversion rate across the last four league seasons (25%).

 

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Premier League Opta Facts – 30 Apr – 2 May

Premier League Opta Facts – 30 Apr – 2 May

 

 

Everton v Bournemouth

 

 

Saturday 30 April 2016 (15:00)

Goodison Park, Liverpool

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games

Everton wins

Draws

Bournemouth wins

Everton goals

Bournemouth goals

Overall: 1

0

1

0

3

3

At home: 0

0

0

0

0

0

Average Goals scored per Game

6.00

 

o    Everton have never lost against Bournemouth in the five matches they have played in all competitions (W4 D1).

o    The five meetings between the Cherries and the Toffees have averaged four goals per game.

o    Romelu Lukaku has scored in both of his appearances against Bournemouth this season, once in the Premier League and once in the FA Cup.

o    Lukaku has gone five Premier League appearances without a goal – he hasn’t gone six in a row without a goal since January 2015 (eight in a row).

o    Bournemouth mustered 10 shots on target against Everton back in November, the most they have ever managed in a single Premier League match.

o    The two latest goals in the Premier League this season have been scored against Everton including Junior Stanislas’ late equaliser for Bournemouth in the reverse fixture back in November (97:13).

o    Ross Barkley hasn’t scored or assisted a single goal in any of his last 10 Premier League appearances for Everton.

o    Everton are winless in seven Premier League matches (W0 D3 L4) – they haven’t gone eight without a win in the competition since December 1999 under Walter Smith.

o    Bournemouth have lost their last two Premier League games and haven’t lost three in a row in the competition since November (four in a row).

o    Eddie Howe’s side have lost just one of their last seven Premier League away matches (W3 D3 L1).

Overall Recent Form

Recent League Form

Everton

Bournemouth

Last five games

LDDDL

LLWLL

 

Managers records – All-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

PTS/P

Roberto Martinez

262

80

77

105

328

412

-84

317

1.21

Eddie Howe

35

11

8

16

42

61

-19

41

1.17

 

 

 

 

Newcastle United v Crystal Palace

 

 

Saturday 30 April 2016 (15:00)

St. James’ Park, Newcastle

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games

Newcastle United wins

Draws

Crystal Palace wins

Newcastle United goals

Crystal Palace goals

Overall: 11

6

3

2

18

14

At home: 5

2

2

1

8

7

Average Goals scored per Game

2.91

 

o    The meeting earlier this season was the first time since March 1998 that Newcastle had lost against Crystal Palace in all competitions (W8 D3).

o    Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse has scored in all three of his Barclays Premier League matches against Crystal Palace.

o    Emmanuel Adebayor has scored six goals and assisted six more in his last nine Premier League games against Newcastle United. He jointly holds the Premier League record for most assists in a single game (four for Spurs v Newcastle – February 2012).

o    Crystal Palace have won the fewest Premier League games in 2016 so far (1).

o    The Magpies have won more points in their last three Premier League games (5) than they did in their previous 10 (4).

o    Newcastle are unbeaten in their last three games (W1 D2 L0) and they haven’t gone four games unbeaten in the Premier League since Alan Pardew’s tenure (six games in Oct-Nov 2014).

o    Crystal Palace have won six competitive matches in 2016, but five of these have come in the FA Cup and only one in the Premier League.

o    Palace have won a joint-league low tally of eight points in the Premier League in 2016, alongside already relegated Aston Villa.

o    The Eagles haven’t won a Premier League away game since December 19th 2015 – they have picked up just five points in nine road trips since (W0 D5 L4).

o    Just 54.9% of the passes that Newcastle have made this season in the Premier League have been in the opposition half; a league-low.

Overall Recent Form

Recent League Form

Newcastle United

Crystal Palace

Last five games

DDWLL

LDDWD

 

Managers records – All-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

PTS/P

Rafael Benítez

261

142

64

55

432

220

212

490

1.88

Alan Pardew

282

103

60

119

344

410

-66

369

1.31

 

 

 

 

Stoke City v Sunderland

 

 

Saturday 30 April 2016 (15:00)

Britannia Stadium, Stoke

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games

Stoke City wins

Draws

Sunderland wins

Stoke City goals

Sunderland goals

Overall: 15

4

4

7

10

19

At home: 7

4

2

1

8

4

Average Goals scored per Game

1.93

 

o    Sunderland have lost just one of their last nine Premier League meetings with Stoke (W5 D3 L1).
Stoke have won five and lost just one of their last eight league meetings with Sunderland at home (W5 D2 L1).

o    The Black Cats have failed to score in four of their last seven away league trips to Stoke, netting just four goals in total in this period.

o    Sunderland have allowed their opponents a league-high 200 shots on target in the Premier League this season.

o    Stoke have lost their last three Premier League matches – they haven’t lost four in a row since February 2012.

o    Stoke’s last three Premier League games have seen them concede 12 goals and score just once.

o    Sunderland have kept a clean sheet in three of their last four Premier League games, including in each of their last two. They haven’t kept three in a row in the top-flight since May 2015.

o    However, the Black Cats have also failed to score in three of their last four Premier League matches.

o    Jermain Defoe is enjoying his best goalscoring season in the Premier League (13 goals) since 2009-10 at Tottenham Hotspur (18 goals). This is his highest tally of away goals in a single Premier League season, however (10 goals).

o    Jack Butland saved 74% of shots this season in the Premier League prior to his injury, but his replacements Shay Given and Jakob Haugaard have saved just 33% of shots combined.

Overall Recent Form

Recent League Form

Stoke City

Sunderland

Last five games

LLLDW

DWLDD

 

Managers records – All-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

PTS/P

Mark Hughes

381

138

102

141

484

498

-14

516

1.35

Sam Allardyce

463

155

127

181

548

632

-84

592

1.28

 

 

 

 

 

Watford v Aston Villa

 

 

Saturday 30 April 2016 (15:00)

Vicarage Road, Watford

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games

Watford wins

Draws

Aston Villa wins

Watford goals

Aston Villa goals

Overall: 5

1

1

3

3

9

At home: 2

0

1

1

0

1

Average Goals scored per Game

2.40

 

o    Watford will be looking to secure two league wins in a single season against Aston Villa for the first time since 1969-70.

o    Aston Villa have kept a clean sheet in four of their last five league games against Watford, but shipped three goals in their Premier League meeting earlier this season at Villa Park (2-3).

o    The Hornets have lost just one of their previous eight league meetings against Aston Villa at Vicarage Road (W4 D3 L1); this coming in August 1999.

o    After Odion Ighalo (14) and Troy Deeney (9), ‘own goals’ is Watford’s third top goalscorer in the Premier League this season (3). One of those OG’s was Alan Hutton’s in the reverse fixture.

o    Odion Ighalo has averaged a goal every 1200 mins in the Premier League since New Year (1 in 1200 mins), compared to a goal every 122 mins before January 1st (13 goals in 1591 mins).

o    Heurelho Gomes (11 clean sheets) needs one more clean sheet this season in the Premier League to equal his best ever tally in the English top-flight (12 for Spurs in both 2008-09 and 2009-10).

o    Watford have won 13 points from their last 17 Premier League matches (W3 D4 L10), compared to a tally of 28 in their first 17 PL games of 2015-16 (W8 D4 L5).

o    Troy Deeney has been involved in a league-high 408 aerial duels this season, also winning the most (210).

o    Aston Villa have lost 10 successive league matches – their longest sequence of league defeats since May 1963 (11 in a row).

o    Villa have lost 25 Premier League games this season – the record tally of defeats in a single Premier League season is 29; set by Derby in 2007-08, Sunderland in 2005-06 and Ipswich in 1994-95.

Overall Recent Form

Recent League Form

Watford

Aston Villa

Last five games

LWDLL

LLLLL

 

Managers records – All-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

PTS/P

Quique Sánchez Flores

34

11

8

15

33

40

-7

41

1.21

Eric Black

6

0

0

6

4

15

-11

0

0.00

 

 

 

 

West Bromwich Albion v West Ham

 

 

Saturday 30 April 2016 (15:00)

The Hawthorns, West Bromwich

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games

West Brom wins

Draws

West Ham United wins

West Brom goals

West Ham United goals

Overall: 15

3

7

5

18

21

At home: 7

2

2

3

9

10

Average Goals scored per Game

2.60

 

o    Seven of the last 10 Barclays Premier League meetings between West Bromwich Albion and West Ham have ended in a draw.

o    West Ham have lost just two of their last 11 league away trips to West Brom (W5 D4 L2).

o    Andy Carroll has scored six goals in his last six competitive appearances for West Ham United.

o    Over half of Andy Carroll’s 23 Premier League goals for the Hammers have been scored with his head (12 – 52%).

o    Dimitri Payet has created 102 goalscoring chances for West Ham this season; more than twice as many as any other West Ham player.

o    Payet (102) has created 75 more chances for his teammates than Darren Fletcher (27), who is West Brom’s most creative player this season in the Premier League.

o    West Ham United have seen a league-high nine opposition players sent off in the Premier League this season.

o    WBA have played 21.8% of their passes long in the Premier League this season; a higher proportion than any other side.

o    West Bromwich Albion have crafted a league-low 169 goalscoring attempts from open play this season.

o    14 of the 18 Premier League goals that Saido Berahino has scored since the start of last season have come at the Hawthorns (78%).

Overall Recent Form

Recent League Form

West Bromwich Albion

West Ham United

Last five games

DLLLD

WDDDD

 

Managers records – All-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

PTS/P

Tony Pulis

269

84

78

107

265

341

-76

330

1.23

Slaven Bilic

34

14

14

6

57

43

14

56

1.65

 

 

 

 

 

Arsenal v Norwich City

 

 

Saturday 30 April 2016 (17:30)

Emirates Stadium, London

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games

Arsenal wins

Draws

Norwich City wins

Arsenal goals

Norwich City goals

Overall: 15

7

6

2

32

17

At home: 7

4

2

1

21

11

Average Goals scored per Game

3.27

 

o    Arsenal have won eight of their last 12 league home games against the Canaries (W8 D3 L1).

o    Just one of the last 14 league meetings between these two clubs has ended in a Norwich City win. They have lost seven and drawn six against the Gunners in this period.

o    This game will be Arsene Wenger’s 750th Premier League match in charge of Arsenal – only Sir Alex Ferguson (810) has managed more in the competition.

o    Mesut Ozil has now gone eight successive Premier League appearances without an assist, despite having a league-high 18 in total this season.

o    Ozil has created a league-high 137 goalscoring chances for team-mates this season in the top-flight, more than any other player in a single Premier League campaign since 2003/04.

o    Olivier Giroud has now gone 14 Premier League games without scoring, his longest goal-drought in the competition.

o    Arsenal have failed to win seven Premier League games that they have led in at some point this season (D5 L2); their highest tally since 2004-05 (also seven games).

o    No team in the Premier League has a lower scoring top scorer than Norwich City this season – Redmond and Mbokani (five goals).

o    Arsenal have made the most touches in the opposition box this season (1158), while opponents Norwich City have made the fewest (569).

o    Of players to have had 10+ clear cut chances in the Premier League this season, Norwich striker Cameron Jerome has the worst conversion rate of these chances (2/12 – 16.7%).

Overall Recent Form

Recent League Form

Arsenal

Norwich City

Last five games

DWDDW

LLWWD

 

Managers records – All-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

PTS/P

Arsène Wenger

749

432

186

131

1403

710

693

1482

1.98

Alex Neil

34

8

7

19

35

60

-25

31

0.91

 

 

 

 

 

Swansea City v Liverpool

 

 

Sunday 01 May 2016 (12:00)

Liberty Stadium, Swansea

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games

Swansea City wins

Draws

Liverpool wins

Swansea City goals

Liverpool goals

Overall: 9

1

3

5

7

17

At home: 4

1

2

1

3

3

Average Goals scored per Game

2.67

 

o    Swansea City have won just one of their nine Barclays Premier League meetings with Liverpool (W1 D3 L5), losing the last four in a row.

o    Daniel Sturridge has scored four goals in four Premier League starts for Liverpool against Swansea.

o    Sturridge has scored in six of his last seven Premier League appearances (six goals), including each of the last four.

o    Swansea City’s last five Premier League home wins have all been by a 1-0 scoreline.

o    Liverpool have scored 17 goals in their last six Premier League away games.

o    The Swans have kept six clean sheets in their last nine Premier League matches at Liberty Stadium.

o    Swansea didn’t manage a single shot on target when they visited Anfield back in November, losing 0-1.

o    The Swans have converted just 31% of their clear-cut chances in the Premier League this season; a league-low.

o    Liverpool have lost a league-high 19 points from winning positions in the Premier League this season.

o    Gylfi Sigurdsson has scored the most goals (11), had the most shots on target (30) and created the most goalscoring chances (54) for Swansea in the Premier League this season.

 

Overall Recent Form

Recent League Form

Swansea City

Liverpool

Last five games

LLWDW

DWWWD

 

Managers records – All-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

PTS/P

Francesco Guidolin

13

5

3

5

14

19

-5

18

1.38

Jürgen Klopp

26

12

7

7

50

35

15

43

1.65

 

 

 

 

 

Manchester United v Leicester City

 

 

Sunday 01 May 2016 (14:05)

Old Trafford, Manchester

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games

Manchester United wins

Draws

Leicester City wins

Manchester United goals

Leicester City goals

Overall: 19

12

5

2

42

17

At home: 9

6

2

1

16

6

Average Goals scored per Game

3.11

 

o    After winning nine Premier League games in a row against Leicester, the Red Devils have now won just one of their last three against the Foxes (D1 L1).

o    Leicester City have now won 22 league games this season – their highest tally in a top-flight season, overtaking both 1928-29 and 1965-66 (21 wins).

o    Manchester United need to win five points in their remaining four league games to equal their lowest points tally in a Premier League campaign (64 in 2013-14).

o    Claudio Ranieri has won just two of his previous nine Premier League matches as a manager against Manchester United (W2 D5 L2); these coming in December 2001 and November 2003 as Chelsea boss.

o    Coming in to this matchday, Riyad Mahrez is the only player to have reached double figures for both goals (17) and assists (11) in the Premier League this season.

o    Wayne Rooney has currently scored 99 Premier League goals at Old Trafford – the only player to have scored 100+ at a single ground in the competition is Thierry Henry at Highbury (114).

o    Leicester are one of just three clubs which Wayne Rooney has faced with Man Utd in the top-flight without scoring (also Blackpool and Derby). He did, however, score two in the PL versus the Foxes for Everton.

o    Rooney only has seven Premier League goals this season – he’s only failed to reach double figures in two league campaigns; 2002-03 at Everton (6) and 2003-04 at Everton (9).

o    If they win this match, Leicester City will become the first team to win their first top-flight league title in England since Nottingham Forest in 1977-78.

o    Leicester City could become the 24th different team to win the English top-flight league title, doing so against the team that has won the most top-flight titles in England (Manchester United – 20).

Overall Recent Form

Recent League Form

Manchester United

Leicester City

Last five games

WWLWW

WDWWW

 

Managers records – All-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

PTS/P

Louis van Gaal

72

37

18

17

104

67

37

129

1.79

Claudio Ranieri

181

98

47

36

325

175

150

341

1.88

 

 

 

Southampton v Manchester City

 

 

Sunday 01 May 2016 (16:30)

St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games

Southampton wins

Draws

Manchester City wins

Southampton goals

Manchester City goals

Overall: 23

5

6

12

24

36

At home: 11

2

4

5

9

14

Average Goals scored per Game

2.61

 

o    Southampton have won just one of their last nine Premier League games versus Manchester City (W1 D2 L6).

o    Raheem Sterling has had a hand in five goals in his last four Premier League matches against Southampton (three goals, two assists).

o    Joe Hart could make his 300th Premier League appearance in this match and would be the sixth English goalkeeper to reach this landmark in the competition.

o    Sergio Aguero has scored in each of his last five Premier League appearances, but has never scored in six in a row in the competition.

o    Southampton have fired in the most open play crosses in the Premier League this season (654) and have scored the most headed goals (14).

o    Virgil van Dijk has won 74% of his 206 aerial duels in the Premier League this season; the highest ratio of any player to have been involved in 100+ aerials.

o    This is now Shane Long’s best goalscoring season in the Premier League (9 goals) and the Irish striker has had a hand in eight goals in his last eight league appearances (four goals, four assists).

o    Sadio Mane has scored four goals in his last five Premier League games for Southampton; this after a run of 19 league apps without scoring.

o    Man City have conceded a goal every 78 minutes without Vincent Kompany on the pitch this season, compared to a goal conceded every 180 minutes when he has been on the pitch (incl. injury time).

o    Kevin De Bruyne has created the most goalscoring chances for Man City this season in the Premier League (71) despite appearing in only 23 of their 35 games.

Overall Recent Form

Recent League Form

Southampton

Manchester City

Last five games

WDWLW

WDWWW

 

Managers records – All-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

PTS/P

Ronald Koeman

73

33

15

25

103

70

33

114

1.56

Manuel Pellegrini

111

70

19

22

251

109

142

229

2.06

 

 

 

 

Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur

 

 

Monday 02 May 2016 (20:00)

Stamford Bridge, London

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games

Chelsea wins

Draws

Tottenham Hotspur wins

Chelsea goals

Tottenham Hotspur goals

Overall: 47

25

18

4

88

42

At home: 23

15

8

0

46

14

Average Goals scored per Game

2.77

 

o    Chelsea have not lost a league home game against Tottenham Hotspur since February 1990; winning 17 and drawing eight of their 25 meetings at Stamford Bridge since.

o    Tottenham have lost 25 Premier League games against Chelsea; only against Manchester United (31) have they suffered more in the competition.

o    The Blues lost their last Premier League home game against Manchester City – they haven’t lost two in a row in the competition at Stamford Bridge since November 2011.

o    Spurs have lost just one of their last 10 Premier League London derbies (W5 D4 L1).

o    Tottenham Hotspur have attempted 131 more shots on target than they have allowed their opponents this season (236 v 105); the biggest differential by a Premier League side in 2015-16.

o    Chelsea have currently suffered 199 defeats in the Premier League (in 920 matches).

o    Tottenham have currently lost 199 Premier League away matches (460 played overall).

o    Cesc Fabregas now has 95 assists in the Premier League – only Ryan Giggs (162) and Frank Lampard (102) have more in the history of the competition.

o    Harry Kane is two goals away from scoring 50 Premier League goals – if he does it in this game then he’ll be the 8th quickest player to 50 goals in the competition (in his 84th app).

o    Harry Kane has scored 13 goals in his last 14 Premier League appearances for Spurs.

 

Overall Recent Form

Recent League Form

Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur

Last five games

WLLWD

DWWDW

 

Managers records – All-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

PTS/P

Guus Hiddink

30

18

9

3

56

28

28

63

2.10

Mauricio Pochettino

127

57

37

33

196

145

51

208

1.64

 

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Premier League Opta Facts – 30 April – 2 May

Premier League Opta Facts – 30 April – 2 May

 

 

Everton v Bournemouth

 

 

Saturday 30 April 2016 (15:00)

Goodison Park, Liverpool

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games

Everton wins

Draws

Bournemouth wins

Everton goals

Bournemouth goals

Overall: 1

0

1

0

3

3

At home: 0

0

0

0

0

0

Average Goals scored per Game

6.00

 

o    Everton have never lost against Bournemouth in the five matches they have played in all competitions (W4 D1).

o    The five meetings between the Cherries and the Toffees have averaged four goals per game.

o    Romelu Lukaku has scored in both of his appearances against Bournemouth this season, once in the Premier League and once in the FA Cup.

o    Lukaku has gone five Premier League appearances without a goal – he hasn’t gone six in a row without a goal since January 2015 (eight in a row).

o    Bournemouth mustered 10 shots on target against Everton back in November, the most they have ever managed in a single Premier League match.

o    The two latest goals in the Premier League this season have been scored against Everton including Junior Stanislas’ late equaliser for Bournemouth in the reverse fixture back in November (97:13).

o    Ross Barkley hasn’t scored or assisted a single goal in any of his last 10 Premier League appearances for Everton.

o    Everton are winless in seven Premier League matches (W0 D3 L4) – they haven’t gone eight without a win in the competition since December 1999 under Walter Smith.

o    Bournemouth have lost their last two Premier League games and haven’t lost three in a row in the competition since November (four in a row).

o    Eddie Howe’s side have lost just one of their last seven Premier League away matches (W3 D3 L1).

Overall Recent Form

Recent League Form

Everton

Bournemouth

Last five games

LDDDL

LLWLL

 

Managers records – All-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

PTS/P

Roberto Martinez

262

80

77

105

328

412

-84

317

1.21

Eddie Howe

35

11

8

16

42

61

-19

41

1.17

 

 

 

 

Newcastle United v Crystal Palace

 

 

Saturday 30 April 2016 (15:00)

St. James’ Park, Newcastle

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games

Newcastle United wins

Draws

Crystal Palace wins

Newcastle United goals

Crystal Palace goals

Overall: 11

6

3

2

18

14

At home: 5

2

2

1

8

7

Average Goals scored per Game

2.91

 

o    The meeting earlier this season was the first time since March 1998 that Newcastle had lost against Crystal Palace in all competitions (W8 D3).

o    Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse has scored in all three of his Barclays Premier League matches against Crystal Palace.

o    Emmanuel Adebayor has scored six goals and assisted six more in his last nine Premier League games against Newcastle United. He jointly holds the Premier League record for most assists in a single game (four for Spurs v Newcastle – February 2012).

o    Crystal Palace have won the fewest Premier League games in 2016 so far (1).

o    The Magpies have won more points in their last three Premier League games (5) than they did in their previous 10 (4).

o    Newcastle are unbeaten in their last three games (W1 D2 L0) and they haven’t gone four games unbeaten in the Premier League since Alan Pardew’s tenure (six games in Oct-Nov 2014).

o    Crystal Palace have won six competitive matches in 2016, but five of these have come in the FA Cup and only one in the Premier League.

o    Palace have won a joint-league low tally of eight points in the Premier League in 2016, alongside already relegated Aston Villa.

o    The Eagles haven’t won a Premier League away game since December 19th 2015 – they have picked up just five points in nine road trips since (W0 D5 L4).

o    Just 54.9% of the passes that Newcastle have made this season in the Premier League have been in the opposition half; a league-low.

Overall Recent Form

Recent League Form

Newcastle United

Crystal Palace

Last five games

DDWLL

LDDWD

 

Managers records – All-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

PTS/P

Rafael Benítez

261

142

64

55

432

220

212

490

1.88

Alan Pardew

282

103

60

119

344

410

-66

369

1.31

 

 

 

 

Stoke City v Sunderland

 

 

Saturday 30 April 2016 (15:00)

Britannia Stadium, Stoke

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games

Stoke City wins

Draws

Sunderland wins

Stoke City goals

Sunderland goals

Overall: 15

4

4

7

10

19

At home: 7

4

2

1

8

4

Average Goals scored per Game

1.93

 

o    Sunderland have lost just one of their last nine Premier League meetings with Stoke (W5 D3 L1).
Stoke have won five and lost just one of their last eight league meetings with Sunderland at home (W5 D2 L1).

o    The Black Cats have failed to score in four of their last seven away league trips to Stoke, netting just four goals in total in this period.

o    Sunderland have allowed their opponents a league-high 200 shots on target in the Premier League this season.

o    Stoke have lost their last three Premier League matches – they haven’t lost four in a row since February 2012.

o    Stoke’s last three Premier League games have seen them concede 12 goals and score just once.

o    Sunderland have kept a clean sheet in three of their last four Premier League games, including in each of their last two. They haven’t kept three in a row in the top-flight since May 2015.

o    However, the Black Cats have also failed to score in three of their last four Premier League matches.

o    Jermain Defoe is enjoying his best goalscoring season in the Premier League (13 goals) since 2009-10 at Tottenham Hotspur (18 goals). This is his highest tally of away goals in a single Premier League season, however (10 goals).

o    Jack Butland saved 74% of shots this season in the Premier League prior to his injury, but his replacements Shay Given and Jakob Haugaard have saved just 33% of shots combined.

Overall Recent Form

Recent League Form

Stoke City

Sunderland

Last five games

LLLDW

DWLDD

 

Managers records – All-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

PTS/P

Mark Hughes

381

138

102

141

484

498

-14

516

1.35

Sam Allardyce

463

155

127

181

548

632

-84

592

1.28

 

 

 

 

 

Watford v Aston Villa

 

 

Saturday 30 April 2016 (15:00)

Vicarage Road, Watford

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games

Watford wins

Draws

Aston Villa wins

Watford goals

Aston Villa goals

Overall: 5

1

1

3

3

9

At home: 2

0

1

1

0

1

Average Goals scored per Game

2.40

 

o    Watford will be looking to secure two league wins in a single season against Aston Villa for the first time since 1969-70.

o    Aston Villa have kept a clean sheet in four of their last five league games against Watford, but shipped three goals in their Premier League meeting earlier this season at Villa Park (2-3).

o    The Hornets have lost just one of their previous eight league meetings against Aston Villa at Vicarage Road (W4 D3 L1); this coming in August 1999.

o    After Odion Ighalo (14) and Troy Deeney (9), ‘own goals’ is Watford’s third top goalscorer in the Premier League this season (3). One of those OG’s was Alan Hutton’s in the reverse fixture.

o    Odion Ighalo has averaged a goal every 1200 mins in the Premier League since New Year (1 in 1200 mins), compared to a goal every 122 mins before January 1st (13 goals in 1591 mins).

o    Heurelho Gomes (11 clean sheets) needs one more clean sheet this season in the Premier League to equal his best ever tally in the English top-flight (12 for Spurs in both 2008-09 and 2009-10).

o    Watford have won 13 points from their last 17 Premier League matches (W3 D4 L10), compared to a tally of 28 in their first 17 PL games of 2015-16 (W8 D4 L5).

o    Troy Deeney has been involved in a league-high 408 aerial duels this season, also winning the most (210).

o    Aston Villa have lost 10 successive league matches – their longest sequence of league defeats since May 1963 (11 in a row).

o    Villa have lost 25 Premier League games this season – the record tally of defeats in a single Premier League season is 29; set by Derby in 2007-08, Sunderland in 2005-06 and Ipswich in 1994-95.

Overall Recent Form

Recent League Form

Watford

Aston Villa

Last five games

LWDLL

LLLLL

 

Managers records – All-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

PTS/P

Quique Sánchez Flores

34

11

8

15

33

40

-7

41

1.21

Eric Black

6

0

0

6

4

15

-11

0

0.00

 

 

 

 

West Bromwich Albion v West Ham

 

 

Saturday 30 April 2016 (15:00)

The Hawthorns, West Bromwich

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games

West Brom wins

Draws

West Ham United wins

West Brom goals

West Ham United goals

Overall: 15

3

7

5

18

21

At home: 7

2

2

3

9

10

Average Goals scored per Game

2.60

 

o    Seven of the last 10 Barclays Premier League meetings between West Bromwich Albion and West Ham have ended in a draw.

o    West Ham have lost just two of their last 11 league away trips to West Brom (W5 D4 L2).

o    Andy Carroll has scored six goals in his last six competitive appearances for West Ham United.

o    Over half of Andy Carroll’s 23 Premier League goals for the Hammers have been scored with his head (12 – 52%).

o    Dimitri Payet has created 102 goalscoring chances for West Ham this season; more than twice as many as any other West Ham player.

o    Payet (102) has created 75 more chances for his teammates than Darren Fletcher (27), who is West Brom’s most creative player this season in the Premier League.

o    West Ham United have seen a league-high nine opposition players sent off in the Premier League this season.

o    WBA have played 21.8% of their passes long in the Premier League this season; a higher proportion than any other side.

o    West Bromwich Albion have crafted a league-low 169 goalscoring attempts from open play this season.

o    14 of the 18 Premier League goals that Saido Berahino has scored since the start of last season have come at the Hawthorns (78%).

Overall Recent Form

Recent League Form

West Bromwich Albion

West Ham United

Last five games

DLLLD

WDDDD

 

Managers records – All-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

PTS/P

Tony Pulis

269

84

78

107

265

341

-76

330

1.23

Slaven Bilic

34

14

14

6

57

43

14

56

1.65

 

 

 

 

 

Arsenal v Norwich City

 

 

Saturday 30 April 2016 (17:30)

Emirates Stadium, London

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games

Arsenal wins

Draws

Norwich City wins

Arsenal goals

Norwich City goals

Overall: 15

7

6

2

32

17

At home: 7

4

2

1

21

11

Average Goals scored per Game

3.27

 

o    Arsenal have won eight of their last 12 league home games against the Canaries (W8 D3 L1).

o    Just one of the last 14 league meetings between these two clubs has ended in a Norwich City win. They have lost seven and drawn six against the Gunners in this period.

o    This game will be Arsene Wenger’s 750th Premier League match in charge of Arsenal – only Sir Alex Ferguson (810) has managed more in the competition.

o    Mesut Ozil has now gone eight successive Premier League appearances without an assist, despite having a league-high 18 in total this season.

o    Ozil has created a league-high 137 goalscoring chances for team-mates this season in the top-flight, more than any other player in a single Premier League campaign since 2003/04.

o    Olivier Giroud has now gone 14 Premier League games without scoring, his longest goal-drought in the competition.

o    Arsenal have failed to win seven Premier League games that they have led in at some point this season (D5 L2); their highest tally since 2004-05 (also seven games).

o    No team in the Premier League has a lower scoring top scorer than Norwich City this season – Redmond and Mbokani (five goals).

o    Arsenal have made the most touches in the opposition box this season (1158), while opponents Norwich City have made the fewest (569).

o    Of players to have had 10+ clear cut chances in the Premier League this season, Norwich striker Cameron Jerome has the worst conversion rate of these chances (2/12 – 16.7%).

Overall Recent Form

Recent League Form

Arsenal

Norwich City

Last five games

DWDDW

LLWWD

 

Managers records – All-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

PTS/P

Arsène Wenger

749

432

186

131

1403

710

693

1482

1.98

Alex Neil

34

8

7

19

35

60

-25

31

0.91

 

 

 

 

 

Swansea City v Liverpool

 

 

Sunday 01 May 2016 (12:00)

Liberty Stadium, Swansea

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games

Swansea City wins

Draws

Liverpool wins

Swansea City goals

Liverpool goals

Overall: 9

1

3

5

7

17

At home: 4

1

2

1

3

3

Average Goals scored per Game

2.67

 

o    Swansea City have won just one of their nine Barclays Premier League meetings with Liverpool (W1 D3 L5), losing the last four in a row.

o    Daniel Sturridge has scored four goals in four Premier League starts for Liverpool against Swansea.

o    Sturridge has scored in six of his last seven Premier League appearances (six goals), including each of the last four.

o    Swansea City’s last five Premier League home wins have all been by a 1-0 scoreline.

o    Liverpool have scored 17 goals in their last six Premier League away games.

o    The Swans have kept six clean sheets in their last nine Premier League matches at Liberty Stadium.

o    Swansea didn’t manage a single shot on target when they visited Anfield back in November, losing 0-1.

o    The Swans have converted just 31% of their clear-cut chances in the Premier League this season; a league-low.

o    Liverpool have lost a league-high 19 points from winning positions in the Premier League this season.

o    Gylfi Sigurdsson has scored the most goals (11), had the most shots on target (30) and created the most goalscoring chances (54) for Swansea in the Premier League this season.

 

Overall Recent Form

Recent League Form

Swansea City

Liverpool

Last five games

LLWDW

DWWWD

 

Managers records – All-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

PTS/P

Francesco Guidolin

13

5

3

5

14

19

-5

18

1.38

Jürgen Klopp

26

12

7

7

50

35

15

43

1.65

 

 

 

 

 

Manchester United v Leicester City

 

 

Sunday 01 May 2016 (14:05)

Old Trafford, Manchester

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games

Manchester United wins

Draws

Leicester City wins

Manchester United goals

Leicester City goals

Overall: 19

12

5

2

42

17

At home: 9

6

2

1

16

6

Average Goals scored per Game

3.11

 

o    After winning nine Premier League games in a row against Leicester, the Red Devils have now won just one of their last three against the Foxes (D1 L1).

o    Leicester City have now won 22 league games this season – their highest tally in a top-flight season, overtaking both 1928-29 and 1965-66 (21 wins).

o    Manchester United need to win five points in their remaining four league games to equal their lowest points tally in a Premier League campaign (64 in 2013-14).

o    Claudio Ranieri has won just two of his previous nine Premier League matches as a manager against Manchester United (W2 D5 L2); these coming in December 2001 and November 2003 as Chelsea boss.

o    Coming in to this matchday, Riyad Mahrez is the only player to have reached double figures for both goals (17) and assists (11) in the Premier League this season.

o    Wayne Rooney has currently scored 99 Premier League goals at Old Trafford – the only player to have scored 100+ at a single ground in the competition is Thierry Henry at Highbury (114).

o    Leicester are one of just three clubs which Wayne Rooney has faced with Man Utd in the top-flight without scoring (also Blackpool and Derby). He did, however, score two in the PL versus the Foxes for Everton.

o    Rooney only has seven Premier League goals this season – he’s only failed to reach double figures in two league campaigns; 2002-03 at Everton (6) and 2003-04 at Everton (9).

o    If they win this match, Leicester City will become the first team to win their first top-flight league title in England since Nottingham Forest in 1977-78.

o    Leicester City could become the 24th different team to win the English top-flight league title, doing so against the team that has won the most top-flight titles in England (Manchester United – 20).

Overall Recent Form

Recent League Form

Manchester United

Leicester City

Last five games

WWLWW

WDWWW

 

Managers records – All-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

PTS/P

Louis van Gaal

72

37

18

17

104

67

37

129

1.79

Claudio Ranieri

181

98

47

36

325

175

150

341

1.88

 

 

 

Southampton v Manchester City

 

 

Sunday 01 May 2016 (16:30)

St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games

Southampton wins

Draws

Manchester City wins

Southampton goals

Manchester City goals

Overall: 23

5

6

12

24

36

At home: 11

2

4

5

9

14

Average Goals scored per Game

2.61

 

o    Southampton have won just one of their last nine Premier League games versus Manchester City (W1 D2 L6).

o    Raheem Sterling has had a hand in five goals in his last four Premier League matches against Southampton (three goals, two assists).

o    Joe Hart could make his 300th Premier League appearance in this match and would be the sixth English goalkeeper to reach this landmark in the competition.

o    Sergio Aguero has scored in each of his last five Premier League appearances, but has never scored in six in a row in the competition.

o    Southampton have fired in the most open play crosses in the Premier League this season (654) and have scored the most headed goals (14).

o    Virgil van Dijk has won 74% of his 206 aerial duels in the Premier League this season; the highest ratio of any player to have been involved in 100+ aerials.

o    This is now Shane Long’s best goalscoring season in the Premier League (9 goals) and the Irish striker has had a hand in eight goals in his last eight league appearances (four goals, four assists).

o    Sadio Mane has scored four goals in his last five Premier League games for Southampton; this after a run of 19 league apps without scoring.

o    Man City have conceded a goal every 78 minutes without Vincent Kompany on the pitch this season, compared to a goal conceded every 180 minutes when he has been on the pitch (incl. injury time).

o    Kevin De Bruyne has created the most goalscoring chances for Man City this season in the Premier League (71) despite appearing in only 23 of their 35 games.

Overall Recent Form

Recent League Form

Southampton

Manchester City

Last five games

WDWLW

WDWWW

 

Managers records – All-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

PTS/P

Ronald Koeman

73

33

15

25

103

70

33

114

1.56

Manuel Pellegrini

111

70

19

22

251

109

142

229

2.06

 

 

 

 

Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur

 

 

Monday 02 May 2016 (20:00)

Stamford Bridge, London

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games

Chelsea wins

Draws

Tottenham Hotspur wins

Chelsea goals

Tottenham Hotspur goals

Overall: 47

25

18

4

88

42

At home: 23

15

8

0

46

14

Average Goals scored per Game

2.77

 

o    Chelsea have not lost a league home game against Tottenham Hotspur since February 1990; winning 17 and drawing eight of their 25 meetings at Stamford Bridge since.

o    Tottenham have lost 25 Premier League games against Chelsea; only against Manchester United (31) have they suffered more in the competition.

o    The Blues lost their last Premier League home game against Manchester City – they haven’t lost two in a row in the competition at Stamford Bridge since November 2011.

o    Spurs have lost just one of their last 10 Premier League London derbies (W5 D4 L1).

o    Tottenham Hotspur have attempted 131 more shots on target than they have allowed their opponents this season (236 v 105); the biggest differential by a Premier League side in 2015-16.

o    Chelsea have currently suffered 199 defeats in the Premier League (in 920 matches).

o    Tottenham have currently lost 199 Premier League away matches (460 played overall).

o    Cesc Fabregas now has 95 assists in the Premier League – only Ryan Giggs (162) and Frank Lampard (102) have more in the history of the competition.

o    Harry Kane is two goals away from scoring 50 Premier League goals – if he does it in this game then he’ll be the 8th quickest player to 50 goals in the competition (in his 84th app).

o    Harry Kane has scored 13 goals in his last 14 Premier League appearances for Spurs.

 

Overall Recent Form

Recent League Form

Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur

Last five games

WLLWD

DWWDW

 

Managers records – All-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

PTS/P

Guus Hiddink

30

18

9

3

56

28

28

63

2.10

Mauricio Pochettino

127

57

37

33

196

145

51

208

1.64

 

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Champions League Opta Facts 26-27 April

Champions League Opta Facts 26-27 April

Manchester City – Real Madrid

o Manchester City and Real Madrid’s only previous competitive encounter was in the 2012/13 Champions League group stages. The Merengues won 3-2 at the Bernabéu before a 1-1 draw at the Etihad.
o Real Madrid are unbeaten in their last eight games against English sides in the Champions League (W6 D2). The last English team to knock Real out in the competition were Liverpool in 2008/09 (5-0 on aggregate in the Last 16).
o For the sixth time in a row since last season, Real Madrid will play the first-leg of a Champions League knockout tie away from home.
o Manchester City have reached the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time in their history. They have only won one of their four home games in the knockout stages, against PSG in this season’s quarter-finals (D1 L2).
o Manchester City have kept a clean sheet in each of their last two Champions League games at the Etihad (v Dynamo Kiev & Paris SG). They had only kept one clean sheet in their previous 17 home games in the competition.
o Manchester City have only kept one clean sheet in their 10 Champions League games against Spanish opposition, a 3-0 away win against Villarreal in November 2011.
o Six of Manchester City’s last nine shots on target in the Champions League have found the back of the net.
o Manchester City have scored more goals in the final 15 minutes than any other team in the Champions League this season (7).
o Manchester City are the only team left in the semi-finals who have averaged under 50% possession in the Champions League this season (48.6%).
o Real Madrid have reached the semi-finals of the Champions League in each of the last six seasons, the longest current run. It’s also their 27th appearance in the final four of the Champions League/European Cup, more than any other team.

o Real Madrid have won only one of their last four away games in the Champions League knockout stages (D1 L2), that was against Roma in this season’s Last 16.
o Real Madrid have kept more clean sheets than any other team in this season’s Champions League (8 in 10 games). They’ve also won more games than any other team in this campaign (8).
o Cristiano Ronaldo has scored/assisted 77% of Real Madrid’s goals in this season’s competition (20 out of 26). He’s only goal away from the Champions League record for most goals in a Champions League campaign, a record he currently holds (17 in 2013/14).
o Ronaldo has also scored exactly twice as many goals (16 to 8) and had exactly twice as many shots (82 to 41) as any other player in this season’s tournament.
o Karim Benzema has scored in each of his two Champions League games against Manchester City. However, he’s failed to find the net in his last three Champions League games, his longest drought in the competition since October-December 2013.
o Since 2012/13, no player has completed as many passes in the Champions League as Toni Kroos (2927).
o Sergio Agüero has failed to score in his last three Champions League games, his longest drought in the competition since his run of five games without a goal between November 2011 and October 2012.
o In fact, Agüero hasn’t had a shot on target in the Champions League for 342 minutes. His last one was his goal against Dynamo Kiev in February.
o Fernandinho has committed 32 fouls in this season’s Champions League, that’s 10 more than any other player this season (Casemiro 22).

Atlético Madrid – Bayern Munich

o Atlético Madrid and Bayern Munich’s only previous competitive encounter was in the 1974 European Cup final. The Bavarians were victorious 4-0 in a replay after the teams played out a 1-1 draw (after extra-time) in the initial final.
o Atlético Madrid have always progressed in their last six home/away knockout encounters with German sides in European competition. Dynamo Dresden were the last German team to eliminate them, back in the 1979/80 UEFA Cup first round.
o Atlético Madrid have reached the semi-finals of the Champions League/European Cup for the fifth time. Meanwhile, it’s Bayern’s 18th appearance in the final four of the competition, only Real Madrid can boast more (27).
o Bayern Munich, the top attacking side in this Champions League campaign (28 goals), have scored exactly twice as many goals as Atlético (14) in the 2015/16 edition.
o Bayern Munich have also completed 2392 more passes than Atlético in this season’s competition, the biggest differential in these semi-finals.
o Atlético have won only one of their last six Champions League games in the knockout stages (D3 L2), their last outing against Barcelona (2-0).
o However, Atlético have won 12 of their 16 Champions League games at the Calderón under Diego Simeone (D3 L1).
o Atlético have kept a clean sheet in 13 of their last 15 Champions League matches at the Calderón. Benfica’s Gonçalo Guedes is the last player to score past Jan Oblak at Atlético’s ground, that was 429 minutes ago.
o Of the four semi-finalists, Atlético are the only side yet to score from outside the box in this season’s Champions League.
o Bayern Munich have made it to the Champions League semi-finals in six of the last seven seasons. However, they have been knocked out at this stage by a Spanish team in each of the last two campaigns (Real Madrid in 2013/14, Barcelona in 2014/15).
o Bayern Munich were the winners the last time the Champions League final was held in Milan, back in 2001 (1-1 a.e.t., 5-4 on pens v Valencia).
o Bayern Munich are winless in their last seven away games in the Champions League knockout stages (D4 L3).
o Pep Guardiola has reached the semi-finals in each of his seven seasons as manager in the Champions League but has been knocked out at this stage in each of the last three campaigns. The last time he made it to the final was in 2010/11 with Barcelona (3-1 v Manchester Utd).
o Thomas Müller has scored 15 goals in his last 17 Champions League starts.
o Robert Lewandowski has failed to score in seven of his last eight Champions League games outside the Allianz Arena.
o If David Alaba plays this game, it will be his 50th appearance in the Champions league, more than any other Austrian player.
o Antoine Griezmann has scored six goals in the Champions League this season (3 braces). He’s directly involved in 50% of Atlético’s goals in the competition this season, that’s seven out of 14 (6 goals, 1 assist).
o Diego Godín has made more interceptions (32) and defensive clearances (59) than any other defender in this season’s Champions League.

 

 

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La Liga Opta Facts – 22-25 April

La Liga Opta Facts – 22-25 April

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Las Palmas – Espanyol

o   UD Las Palmas have won 10 of their last 12 games at home against Espanyol in the top tier (D1 L1).

 

o   Further more, Canaries have kept seven clean sheets in those 10 wins over Espanyol at home.

 

o   The Canary team have conceded a goal in each of their last four league games (W2 D1 L1).

 

o   Espanyol have only won one of their last 13 away games in this La Liga season (D2 L10) – this was 2-4 against Sporting.

 

o   Pericos have won six of their last 10 meetings with the Canaries on the top tier (L4) but only won one of them away (0-2 on 1988).

 

o   The last UD Las Palmas’ player to net against Espanyol in La Liga was Nacho González in 2012 – he was the last goalkeeper to score from penalty spot in the competition (six goals overall).

 

o   Espanyol have conceded 63 goals in this La Liga season, their highest tally in a La Liga season by MD 34.

 

o   Marco Asensio has assisted in 26% of Espanyol’s goals this season, the highest percentage of a player for a single team.

 

o   Jonathan Viera is UD Las Palmas top assister in this La Liga season with seven – three of them for William Jose’s goals

 

o   Espanyol have scored the fewest right-footed goals (10) in this La Liga season and the have conceded the most left-footed goals (22, same as Rayo).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rayo Vallecano – Real Madrid

 

o   Real Madrid have won each of their last fifteen La Liga games against Rayo Vallecano, their best run in the competition against any team.

 

o   In their meeting at Bernabéu back in December, Rayo conceced 10 goals; the most goals in a single La Liga game in all their history (10-2).

 

o   Rayo have lost the most often to Real Madrid at Estadio de Vallecas on the top tier (12 times).

 

o   Paco Jémez has faced Madrid seven times in La Liga, losing in all of them but seeing his side have superior ball possession in six of these matches (they conceded 29 goals).

 

o   Real Madrid have  won eight La Liga games in a row, their best run since December 2014 under Carlo Ancelotti (12).

 

o   Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in eight of his nine La Liga meetings with Rayo (12 goals), scoring in all games that he’s played at Vallecas (five goals).

 

o   Real Madrid have lost the last two away league games that Cristiano Ronaldo missed (4-2 at Anoeta on August 2014 and 2-0 at Balaídos on May 2014).

 

o   Gareth Bale has scored seven goals against Rayo, more than against any other side in La Liga.

 

o   Jozabed is the fourth player to have scored against both Real Madrid and Barcelona in this La Liga season (Iago Aspas, Nolito, William José).

 

o   Karim Benzema has scored the most goals in games between Madrilenian teams this season (7)

 

Atlético de Madrid – Málaga

 

o   Atlético have just lost one of their last nine league games against Málaga under Simeone,  (4W 4D), that defeat coming at La Rosaleda (1-0).

 

o   Málaga have earned points in three of their last six league trips to Vicente Calderón (W2 D1), last one on 2014 (1-1).

 

o   That 1-1 draw under Bernd Schuster on MD 37 of 2013-14 prevented Atlético from winning the title (which they eventually managed on the last MD of the season).

 

o   Javi Gracia has beaten Simeone twice as La Liga manager. Only Luis Enrique (4), and José Mourinho (3) have won against Diego Simeone more often in the competition.

 

o   Antoine Griezmann has scored three goals in three games for Atlético against Málaga in La Liga.

 

o   Atlético have kept 21 clean sheets in this La Liga season, their best tally in a single season in their history.

 

o   Fernando Torres has scored in his last four league games (four goals). He never scored in five in a row in his whole league career (La Liga, Premier League, Serie A).

 

o   Atlético have not conceded a single goal in seven La Liga games with Savic in the starting XI.

 

o   Koke has provided 13 assists, the player with the second most after Luis Suárez (15) with six of them going to Antoine Griezman

 

o   Málaga have scored the fewest goals in second half of games in this La Liga season (equal to Sporting with 17 each).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barcelona – Sporting de Gijón

o   Barcelona have won 10 times in a row against Sporting in La Liga at Camp Nou, keeping clean sheets in five of them.

 

o   The last time that Sporting won points at Camp Nou was on 1992 (1-1) with Abelardo as Sporting’s centre-back.

 

o   Barcelona have scored against Sporting in 12 successive league games, netting 32 goals overall (2,66 per game).

 

o   Luis Enrique has won in all of his meetings for Barcelona against Sporting in La Liga – as player (three wins with two goals scored) and as manager (one win).

 

o   Sporting are one of the four sides yet to concede a goal to Leo Messi at Camp Nou in La Liga (Las Palmas, Xerez and Hércules).

 

o   Barcelona have lost their last two home league games. Only twice in their history they lost three home league games in a row (1987 and 1965).

 

o   Luis Suárez has reached 30 La Liga goals this season. Excluding Lionel Messi, the last player to reach that tally for Barcelona was Samuel Eto’o in 2008/09 (30 goals).

 

o   Sporting have only lost one of their last five La Liga games (W2 D2) – 0-1 to Celta at El Molinón.

 

o   Barcelona have scored the most goals from set pieces (23) and Sporting have scored the fewest (5).

 

o   Neymar has completed the most dribbles this league season (123); Alen Halilovic is the player with the third most completed (79).

Eibar – Deportivo

 

o   Deportivo were the first side to beat Eibar at Ipurúa in the top-flight, 0-1 last season.

 

o   Deportivo have beaten Eibar in all their three meetings in the top tier, keeping three clean sheets in the process.

 

o   Only Getafe (8) have won fewer points in the second half of this La Liga season than both Eibar and Deportivo (11).

 

o   Lucas Pérez have scored in two out of three games against Armeros on the top tier (two goals).

 

o   Iván Ramis is the only current Eibar player to have scored against Deportivo in La Liga; a headed goal when he played for Mallorca on 2004.

 

o   Eibar have lost four of their last six league home games, twice as many in the rest of the season (2).

 

o   Deportivo have drawn 17 games this season. No side have ever drawn 18 in a single La Liga season.

 

o   No defender has had a hand in more goals than Ander Capa in this La Liga season (two goals, four assists; equal to Danilo).

 

o   Borja Bastón is top Spanish goalscorer of this La Liga season alongside to Aduriz and Rubén Castro (17 goals each).

 

o   Lucas Pérez have reached 16 goals in this La Liga season. The last player to score as many goals in the top tier for Deportivo was Diego Tristán in 2001/02 (21 goals).

 

 

 

 

 

Levante – Athletic

o   Levante have lost each of their last five La Liga games against Athletic and have failed to score a single goal in the last three.

 

o   Vizcaínos have won in four of their last six league trips to Ciutat de Valencia (D2), scoring twice in all four wins.

 

o   Granotas have won five of their last eight home games in La Liga (D1 L2), keeping clean sheets in three of the last five.

 

o   Levante have only lost one of their last five home league games (W3 D1)

 

o   Athletic have already won seven games on the road in this La Liga season and they are one away from equaling their best away wins tally in a single campaign (8 on 01/02, 55/56 and 32/33).

 

o   Levante currently have 28 points this season. The only time that a team has avoided relegation with such few points after MD34  was Granada; who had 25 points at this stage last season.

 

o   Three of five Raul Garcia’s goals this season have been headed.

 

o   Giuseppe Rossi has scored five goals for Levante in La Liga, more than any other player in this second half of the season.

 

o   Athletic have lost two of their three games without Aduriz in the league this season (W1).

 

o   Levante suffered their biggest defeat under Rubi in their last La Liga game versus Granada (5-1 at Los Cármenes).

 

Sevilla – Real Betis

 

 

o   Sevilla are winless five Sevillian derbies in a row against Real Betis (W4 D1 in all competitions) and have stopped Betis from scoring in all of them.

 

o   The last Betis win in a Sevillian derby was on March 2014 in the first leg of Europa League last 16 (0-2 at Sánchez-Pizjuán).

 

o   Excluding that defeat, Sevilla have beaten Betis in their last three meetings at Sánchez-Pizjuán, all of them by four goal margins (5-1 on 2012 and 4-0 on 2013 in La Liga and 4-0 in the same season in Spanish Cup).

 

o   Sánchez-Pizjuan hasn’t seen a draw in a Sevillian derby in La Liga since October 2003 (2-2). That season was the last one with the teams drawing in both league meetings of the season.

 

o   Sevilla have seen five players sent off in the last 10 Sevillian derbies in La Liga – Betis have seen four reds in this period.

 

o   José Antonio Reyes is the only player to have scored in a derby for Seville in three different competitions (La Liga, Copa del Rey and European competition).

 

o   Sevilla are winless in their last five La Liga games (D1 L4); their worst run of the season.

 

o   Federico Fazio has scored three headed goals against Real Betis, more than against any other team.

 

o   Rubén Castro has scored 53% of Betis’ goals in La Liga this season, the highest percentage of a single player for a team.

 

 

 

 

Getafe – Valencia

 

 

o   Getafe have just won just one of their last seven league games against Valencia (D1 L5), it was at Mestalla on March 2014 (3-1)

 

o   Ches have won in their last three visits to Coliseum in La Liga, all three without conceding a single goal.

 

o   Getafe ended the last MD on their second longest winless run on the top tier (13) – the previous was a 15 winless run in 2003-04.

 

o   Valencia have won two league games under Pako Ayestarán, only one fewer than under Gary Neville’s management.

 

o   Getafe are the only side that Álvaro Negredo has scored against for all three teams that he has played in La Liga for. (seven goals overall).

 

o   Paco Álcacer is the only player, alonside with Neymar and Suárez, to have scored against the four Madrilenian teams in this La Liga season.

 

o   Álvaro Vázquez scored Getafe’s first goal from penalty spot of the season in their last match.

 

o   Paco Alcácer is the first Valencia’s player to have scored a perfect hat-trick (a left-footed goal, a right footed goal and a headed) in the  21st century.

 

o   Getafe have conceded 62 goals in this La Liga season, only two fewer than their highest tally in a whole season (64 in 2014/15).

 

o   Pablo Sarabia has had a hand in more goals than any other Getafe player this league season (7 goals, 5 assists).

 

 

 

 

 

Villarreal – Real Sociedad

 

 

o   Villarreal are unbeaten against Real Sociedad in La Liga under Marcelino García Toral (W4 D1).

 

o   Txuri-urdins have not scored in their last three league games against Yellows – the last Donostiarras’ goal was scored by Carlos Vela in May 2014.

 

o   Villarreal have only lost one of their last eight meetings against Real Sociedad at El Madrigal (W4 D3); 0-2 on April 2006.

 

o   Marcelino’s side have only won in two of the last seven league games (D1 L4) and in just one of their last three games at home (D1 L1).

 

o   Real Sociedad have won three of their last six away games (W3 D3) – more wins away from Anoeta than in the rest of this season (two).

 

o   Villarreal have lost two La Liga games on the road and they never have lost three or more in a row under Marcelino.

 

o   Denis Suárez have only recorded one brace in La Liga; this coming against Real Sociedad earlier this season.

 

o   Roberto Soldado has scored five goals in his last four league games against Real Sociedad.

 

o   Carlos Vela has only scored five goals in this La Liga season, his worst tally since his first season in the competition (three goals for Osasuna in 2007/08).

 

o   Real Sociedad have the highest proportion of first half goals scored in this La Liga season (57% of their goals).

 

 

 

 

 

Celta de Vigo – Granada

 

 

o   Celta de Vigo have gone 10 league home games without a defeat against Granada (W6 D4), keeping clean sheets in seven of them.

 

o   Since their last promotion to the top tier, Granadinos have only won one of their seven league games against Celta (D3 L3); the first one (2-1 at Los Cármenes on 2012).

 

o   Galicians are unbeaten in seven league games in a row (W3 D3), their last defeat was at Bernabéu on March (7-1).

 

o   Iago Aspas has scored in all of his three games against Granada in La Liga; netting three goals for Celta de Vigo.

 

o   Granada have only lost two of their nine league games under José González (W2 D4).

 

o   Celta de Vigo have earned the most points with goals in the last quarter of games in this La Liga season (12 points)

 

o   On the other hand, Granada have lost the most points with goals conceded in the last quarter of the games in this La Liga season (10 points).

 

o   On Thursday night, Isaac Success became the youngest player to have both scored and assisted in a single La Liga game this season.

 

o   Fabián Orellana has assisted four of Celta’s last six goals in La Liga, two of them scored by Nolito. Both are Granada’s former players.

 

Granada recorded their biggest win of the league season on Thursday night; 5-1 to Levante

 

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Scottish Premiership Opta Facts – April 22-24

Scottish Premiership Opta Facts – April 22-24

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St Johnstone v Aberdeen
St Johnstone have won just two of their last 10 home Scottish Premiership games against Aberdeen (D3 L5).
Saints midfielder Liam Craig has scored two goals in three league games against Aberdeen this season.
The Dons have lost their last two away league games after winning five of their previous seven trips on the road (L2).
Simon Church has scored six in 10 league appearances since joining Aberdeen on loan – as many league goals as he scored in his previous 71 league games for Charlton and MK Dons.
St Johnstone (314) and Aberdeen (348) have committed fewer fouls than any other Scottish Premiership side this season.
No side has gained more points from losing positions at home than St Johnstone (15) but no side has won as many away points from losing positions as Aberdeen (9).

Motherwell v Hearts
Eleven of Motherwell’s 33 Scottish Premiership games this season have ended in a 2-1 scoreline (W5 L6), including each of the last four fixtures, winning three of them.
Motherwell have failed to win any of their three league games against Hearts this season (L2 D1) having won each of their three encounters in the 2013-14 season.
The Steelmen last went four games without a win in this fixture in September 2007 (8 games).
Hearts’ 6-0 victory over Motherwell in their last encounter was their biggest league win since 2001 (7-1 v Dunfermline).
Hearts have kept eight clean sheets in 2016 – more than any other side – while Motherwell have kept the fewest (2).
No side has kept more clean sheets on the road this season than Hearts (8), while only Dundee United (1) have had fewer shutouts on home soil than Motherwell (2).

Partick Thistle v Dundee
Dundee are unbeaten in their last 13 Scottish Premiership encounters with Partick Thistle (W9 D4).
Dundee forward Kane Hemmings has scored in his last two games against the Jags.
Partick haven’t beaten Dundee at home in seven Scottish Premiership fixtures (L5 D2).
Partick have lost once in the 15 games they’ve led in the Scottish Premiership this season (W11 D3) while Dundee have only won once when they have fallen behind (D7 L10).
The Jags have kept a clean sheet in their last two home games – the last time they kept three consecutive clean sheets at home was in May 2015 (4).
Partick have scored just 17 goals at home this season – only Inverness have scored fewer than them (16).

Inverness CT v Kilmarnock
Inverness are unbeaten in eight Scottish Premiership games at home against Kilmarnock (W4 D4).
Inverness have won all five of their home Scottish Premiership games in which they have taken the lead this season, while Kilmarnock have lost eight of the 10 away games they have fallen behind in (D2).
Inverness have failed to win any of their last three home league games (L2 D1), last going four games without a home win in April 2015 (five games).
Kilmarnock have kept a clean sheet in both of their last two league games, last keeping three consecutive clean sheets in October 2014.
Greg Kiltie has scored two goals in three games against Inverness this season, scoring the first goal on both occasions.
Inverness have scored the fewest number of home goals in the league this season (16), while Kilmarnock have scored just 16 goals on the road – one more than joint lowest scorers Partick, Dundee United and Hamilton.

Celtic v Ross County
Celtic have lost just once in their last 13 Scottish Premiership fixtures against Ross County (3-2 at in March 2013) – winning the last four in a row, but the Staggies did win 3-1 earlier this season in the Scottish League Cup.
Alex Schalk scored in that League Cup success, and the Ross County striker has netted in both of his last two league games.
The Hoops have lost one of their last 21 home league games (2-1 against Motherwell in December 2015), winning 17 of them (D3).
Leigh Griffiths has scored four goals in four games against Ross County this season.
Ross County have failed to score in their last three trips to Celtic Park in the Scottish Premiership.
Celtic have won 12 of 13 games in which they have gone ahead at home this season (L1), while Ross County have lost eight of 10 away league matches where they have fallen behind (W1 D1).

Dundee United v Hamilton
Only Aberdeen (9) have gained more points from losing positions away from home than Hamilton (8), while Dundee United have dropped the highest number of points at home this season from winning positions (10).
Dundee United have dropped 24 points from leading positions – more than any other side in the Scottish Premiership.
Hamilton midfielder Ali Crawford scored in his last game against Dundee, and he has two goals and an assist in his last five games against the Tangerines.
Dundee United have failed to keep a clean sheet in 10 Scottish Premiership home games (conceding 19), but Hamilton have scored the joint fewest number of away league goals this term (15).

League Two Opta Facts – April 23

League Two Opta Facts – April 23

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Accrington v York
Accrington have won both meetings against York in all competitions this season (one league, one FA Cup), after failing to win any of the previous six (D4 L2).
The Minstermen are unbeaten in three league visits to Accrington (W1 D2), scoring on each trip.
Josh Windass has scored in three consecutive games against York in all competitions.
With anything less than a victory at the Crown Ground, York’s relegation from League Two will be confirmed (if Newport avoid defeat at Luton, York will be relegated regardless).

AFC Wimbledon v Leyton Orient
These two sides have met just once before, with the Dons securing a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture thanks to an 80th minute equaliser courtesy of Adebayo Akinfenwa.
Indeed, Orient scored with their only shot on target against Wimbledon, with the O’s going down to 10 men when John Marquis saw red.
Lyle Taylor has scored five of Wimbledon’s last seven league goals.
The O’s lost their last away game at Barnet, while they haven’t lost back-to-back away trips in the league since April 2015 (when they were in League One).

Bristol Rovers v Exeter
Bristol Rovers have won three of their last four home league games against Exeter (L1).
The Grecians have only recorded one league victory on the road against Rovers in the league since October 1931 (W1 D11 L14).
Matty Taylor has scored 12 goals in his last 11 games for the hosts, as many as he scored in his previous 22 games beforehand.
Ollie Watkins has racked up eight goals in his last 10 league games for the Grecians, including goals in each of their last four away games.

Crawley v Carlisle
Three of the five league meetings between these sides have ended level, with one win apiece.
The Cumbrians only previous league win against Crawley was in the reverse fixture back in November, 3-1 thanks to two Charlie Wyke goals and one from Jabo Ibehre.
Crawley have shipped 15 goals in their last six league games – only Morecambe (20) have conceded more during the same period.
Carlisle are the only League Two team to have drawn at least 10 of their away games this season (W5 D10 L6).

Luton v Newport   
The home side has won this fixture on each of the last four occasions (all comps), including a 3-0 win for Luton in the exact game last season.
Newport won the reverse of this fixture 3-0 back in November, thanks to a hat-trick from Oliver McBurnie.
The Hatters are currently riding a three-game winning streak in the league, while a fourth would equal their best run of the season.
Newport haven’t won any of their previous eight league games (D2 L6), picking up a league-low two points during this period.

Mansfield v Barnet
Both teams had a player sent off in the reverse fixture, as Mansfield ran out 3-1 winners at the Hive.
Barnet are winless in their last four meetings with the Stags (D2 L2).
Mansfield have scored 13 goals in their last five league games, at an average of 2.6 goals per game.
In their last 13 games away from home in the league, Barnet have won on just two occasions (D6 L5).

Morecambe v Stevenage   
Morecambe have failed to win any of their five previous Football League meetings with Stevenage (D3 L2).
The Boro won the reverse fixture 4-3, thanks to a hat-trick from Chris Whelpdale.
The Shrimps have conceded the most goals at home of any League Two side this season (42).
Stevenage’s last five away games have seen them score just twice – no other side in the division has scored fewer goals across the same period.

Notts County v Cambridge
The Magpies have won their last two home games against Cambridge, both by a 2-1 scoreline.
The U’s have won just one of their last six league meetings with Notts County (D2 L3), though it was in the reverse fixture back in November (3-1).
Notts County have the worst goal difference in League Two since the start of 2016 (-19).
Cambridge have kept three consecutive clean sheets in the league, while only four other teams have managed four or more at any point in this campaign.

Oxford Utd v Hartlepool
Danny Hylton has scored Oxford’s last two league goals against Hartlepool, including the winner in the reverse fixture in November.
Pools have won three of their last four league visits to Oxford, losing the other.
No other League Two side has scored more goals than Oxford this season (77).
Hartlepool have scored seven goals in their last six away league games, despite failing to score on four occasions.

Plymouth v Dag & Red
Plymouth have lost just one of their 11 league meetings with the Daggers (W6 D4).
Dagenham have scored just two goals in their five previous league visits to Home Park.
Only Wycombe (38) have conceded fewer goals than Plymouth (41) in League Two this season.
Contrastingly, only Yeovil (38) have scored fewer league goals than Dagenham (39) this season.

Portsmouth v Wycombe
Pompey have never lost in their five previous league meetings with Wycombe, though four of those have been draws.
Wycombe have scored first in three of those four draws against Portsmouth, with the other ending goalless.
Porsmouth have failed to score just once in their last 11 games, scoring 20 in total – only Bristol Rovers (26) and Oxford (24) have more during this period.
The Chairboys have drawn their last four away league games. They’ve not had five consecutive draws on the road since December 1998.

Yeovil v Northampton
The Glovers are unbeaten in their last four home games against Northampton, keeping a clean sheet in each of the last three (W2 D2).
The away side has lost this fixture on each of the last four occasions, failing to score each time.
Yeovil have scored just two goals in their last seven league games, winning only one of those (D3 L3).
Northampton haven’t lost in 21 League Two games (W14 D7). If they avoid defeat here they will set a new club record for league games unbeaten.

FA Cup Semi-Final Opta Facts – 23-24 April

FA Cup Semi-Final Opta Facts – 23-24 April

Everton v Manchester United

  • Everton have progressed from six of their last seven FA Cup semi-finals, the exception being their last appearance at this stage in 2012 v Liverpool. They have needed extra time or penalties to make the final in four of those six progressions.
  • Manchester United have lost their last two FA Cup semi-finals, to Everton on penalties in 2009 and to Manchester City in 2011. They had progress in the previous 13 appearances at this stage between 1976 and 2007.
  • The Red Devils haven’t lost three successive FA Cup semi-final ties since 1970 (also lost in 1965 and 1966).
  • Romelu Lukaku has scored in each of his five FA Cup appearances for Everton (six goals).
  • Anthony Martial has more assists in the FA Cup than any other player still in the competition (3).
  • The Toffees are yet to concede a single goal in the FA Cup this season.
  • Manchester United have scored just once in their last four matches against Everton at Wembley, but that goal from Norman Whiteside was to win the FA Cup in 1985. They lost by the same scoreline to them in 1995, courtesy of a Paul Rideout goal.
  • Ross Barkley has been involved in more goals than any other Everton in their FA Cup campaign so far (four, two goals and two assists).
  • Louis van Gaal’s only previous game at Wembley as a manager came while at Barcelona, beating Arsenal 4-2 in the Champions League group stage there in October 1999.
  • Roberto Martinez has lost 10 of his 14 meetings with Manchester United as a manager (W4), but three of those four wins have come during his time as Everton boss (W3 L3).

 

Crystal Palace v Watford

 

  • This is Crystal Palace’s first appearance in the FA Cup semi-final since 1995. They’ve been eliminated in three of their four previous semi-final appearances, the exception being in 1990 when they beat Liverpool 4-3.
  • Watford have reached the FA Cup semi-final for the first time since 2007. They’ve lost four of their five previous games at this stage, but did beat Plymouth Argyle in 1984 to reach the final.
  • The Hornets have scored exactly one goal in each of their five FA Cup semi-finals.
  • The two sides met at Wembley in 2013, with Crystal Palace beating Watford 1-0 in the Championship playoff final after extra time.
  • Indeed, the Eagles have won three of their last four visits to Wembley.
  • Troy Deeney scored twice in Watford’s 2-1 win at Selhurst Park in the Premier League in February.
  • Palace have lost only two of their last 11 meetings with the Hornets in all competitions (W7 D2).
  • However, Watford hold the edge in the FA Cup, losing just one of the previous six FA Cup games against Palace (W3 D2). Their last meeting ended in a 4-3 in Round 4 in 2009.
  • The Eagles could keep four successive clean sheets in the FA Cup for the first time since 1924 if they shutout Watford in this match.
  • A penalty has been scored in four of the last five games between Palace and Watford (three for Palace, one for Watford).

 

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La Liga Opta Facts – 19-21 April

La Liga Opta Facts – 19-21 April

Espanyol – Celta de Vigo

o    Espanyol have won their last five home games against Celta in La Liga, conceding just one goal in that period.

 

o    La Liga’s Galician contingent have played eight games at RCDE Stadium without scoring (since April 2009).

 

o    Celta’s last win in Barcelona against the Pericos came in October 2003, with now-manager Eduardo Berizzo involved as a player (0-4).

 

o    With a Celta win in this fixture, they will have won three away games in a row in the league for the first time since 2006/07.

 

o    Espanyol have conceded at least once in their last eight league games, which is their worst run since January 2015 (9).

 

o    Prior to their game against Levante, the Periquitos had not finished a league game without any of their players being booked since October 2014.

 

o    Each of the players to have supplied assists for Hernan Perez in La Liga (12 goals) have been Spaniards.

 

o    With a Celta win in this fixture, Espanyol would become – alongside Sevilla – the team to have suffered the most defeats against the Galicians in La Liga (35).

 

o    Celta are currently second in La Liga for the most recoveries (1882), trailing only Atletico Madrid. Espanyol, meanwhile, have made the fewest (1651).

 

o    Jonny has already assisted more goals in the current league campaign (4) than in his previous three for Celta combined (3).

 

 

Real Betis – Las Palmas

o    Betis have not lost against Las Palmas at Heliopolis in La Liga since March 1978 (W6 D2).

 

o    The Andalusian side have lost just one game in La Liga at La Palmera with Juan Merino in charge (W3 D3).

 

o    Las Palmas have lost just one of their last eight league games (W6 D1).

 

o    Las Palmas are the team with the fewest big chances missed in La Liga this season (19).

 

o    The Yellows have attempted the fewest crosses in La Liga this season (406).

 

o    Only Real Madrid (12) have won more points than Las Palmas over the last four league games (10).

 

o    Betis have scored just one goal in four of their last five games in La Liga.

 

o    Only Sevilla (481) have allowed more shots in La Liga (including blocked) than Betis (455) this season.

 

o    Las Palmas’ top scorer in La Liga this season, Willian Jose, scored his first goal in the competition against Betis in the reverse fixture.

 

o    Ruben Castro (4) and N’Diaye (2) have scored Betis’ last six goals in La Liga.

 

 

Deportivo – Barcelona

o    Barcelona are on their best winning run in La Liga at Riazor (4), scoring an average of four goals per game through this period.

 

o    Against Barça in October 2012, Deportivo fell to defeat with the most goals scored in Riazor’s history (4-5).

 

o    Should Barcelona fail to win this game, this would be their longest away run without a victory for the first time since April/May 2011 (3).

 

o    Barcelona have lost three games in a row in La Liga for the first time since February 2003.

 

o    The Galician side have won just one of their last 17 league games (D9 L7) – 2-1 against Levante in March.

 

o    Luis Enrique’s side have not picked up any points in the league in April – only Getafe have done the same.

 

o    Deportivo are one draw away from the record for the most draws by a side in a single La Liga season (18).

 

o    Among goals (16) and assists (8), Lucas Perez has been involved in 57.14% of Deportivo goals in La Liga this season.

 

o    Luis Suarez has gone three league games without scoring, his longest such run at Barcelona since September 2015.

 

o    With at least ten games played, Leo Messi’s highest rate of goals against a single opposition is Deportivo de La Coruña (1.25).

 

Valencia – Eibar

o    Valencia have not lost against Eibar in La Liga (W2 D1).

 

o    Eibar have won just two points from their last 21 available away from home in La Liga (D2 L5) – their worst such run this season.

 

o    In their previous meeting this season both sides had players sent off.

 

o    Valencia ended their worst run of home defeats in eight years in their last game at Mestalla (3), beating Sevilla 2-1

 

o    Eibar have lost the most balls in La Liga this season (5902).

 

o    Mendilibar has won just two of his 11 games as a manager against Valencia in La Liga (D2 L7).

 

o    Valencia have the lowest rate of goals conceded in the first 15 minutes of their games (8%).

 

o    Only Getafe (5) have won fewer points in the second half of the season than Eibar (11, alongside Deportivo).

 

o    With his goal last weekend against Real Sociedad, Sergi Enrich ended his worst run without scoring in La Liga as an Eibar player (12 games).

 

o    Paco Alcacer is the only Valencia player to have scored more than once in La Liga against Eibar (2).

 

Sporting de Gijón – Sevilla

o    Since 2009, one Sporting win against Sevilla has been followed by two victories for the Andalusians.

 

o    Sevilla have won just one of their last seven league trips to El Molinon (D1 L5), 1-0 in December 2009, with Kanoute scoring.

 

o    Sporting have won just one of their last seven league games at home (D2 L4), 2-1 against Atletico.

 

o    Sevilla have gone 16 games away from home in a row in La Liga without a win (D9 L7), their second-worst run in the 21st Century.

 

o    Five of Sporting’s last six goals in La Liga have arrived in the second half, a period when Sevilla have conceded in their last six trips (eight goals).

 

o    There have been five red cards shown in the last six La Liga games between these two sides (four for the Asturians and one for the Andalusians).

 

o    Gonzalez Gonzalez refereed a Sporting-Sevilla game in October 2010 – Sporting won the game 2-0.

 

o    Emery has lost just one of his nine games as a manager in La Liga against Sporting (W5 D3).

 

o    The last six Sevilla goals away from home in La Liga have been scored by different players.

 

o    Jony has been involved in three of the last four Sporting goals in La Liga (one goal and two assists).

 

 

Athletic – Atlético de Madrid

o    Athletic have gone five league games against Atletico without a win (D1 L4).

 

o    With Simeone in charge, Athletic have won just one game against Atletico in La Liga (D1 L6).

 

o    Ernesto Valverde has won just five of his 15 games as a La Liga manager against Atletico (D3 L7), with only one for Athletic.

 

o    The Basque side have lost just one of their last 13 league games at San Mames (W8 D4) – 1-0 against Real Sociedad.

 

o    Simeone’s side have won four of their last five away games in La Liga (L1).

 

o    Athletic’s last nine goals in La Liga against Atletico have been scored by different players.

 

o    Since 2003/04, Athletic have scored the most headed goals in La Liga (186).

 

o    Raul Garcia has won six points for Athletic with his five goals in La Liga this season.

 

o    Against Malaga last time out, Iraizoz completed his most saves in a single game this season (7).

 

o    Torres has scored in three La Liga games in a row for Atletico for the first time since March 2005.

 

Málaga – Rayo Vallecano

o    Malaga have suffered defeat at home against Rayo just once in La Liga history (W5 D2), 2-1 in November 2012.

 

o    Malaga have won just two of their last ten league games (D5 L3).

 

o    Rayo have gone 14 away games in La Liga without a win, their worst run since 2002 (22).

 

o    Malaga have hit the woodwork the fewest times of any team in La Liga this season (4).

 

o    Javi Gracia has not drawn a single game in La Liga against Rayo in his five games against them as a manager (W3 L2).

 

o    Rayo have not scored 45 or more goals after the opening 33 league games of a season since 2011/12 (49).

 

o    In the last seven seasons when Rayo had 34 points or more at this stage, they were not relegated.

 

o    Rayo have the joint-fewest goals scored from outside the box in La Liga this season. (two, alongside Espanyol and Athletic)

 

o    Manucho has been involved in three of the last five Rayo goals away from home in La Liga (two goals and one assist).

 

o    Recio has assisted three of Malaga’s last six goals in La Liga, with all three coming as headed finishes.

 

 

Real Madrid – Villarreal

o    Real Madrid are unbeaten in La Liga at the Santiago Bernabeu against Villarreal (W11 D4).

 

o    In the 15 league games played at the Bernabeu between Real Madrid and Villarreal, the “Blancos” have only failed to score on one occasion (0-0 August 2006).

 

o    Zidane’s team have won all of their last seven games in La Liga, scoring an average of 3.85 goals per game.

 

o    Villarreal have won only one of their last seven games away from home in La Liga (D4 L2).

 

o    Marcelino has won only two of his 11 games as manager in La Liga against Real Madrid (D2 L7).

 

o    Real Madrid are the team with the most shots in La Liga this season, including blocked, (626) while Villarreal have the least (299).

 

o    No team in the Top 5 European Leagues has scored fewer headed goals than Villarreal this season (1).

 

o    Musacchio is the player in La Liga to have played the most games this season without suffering a defeat (12).

 

o    Benzema has now surpassed his best record in a La Liga campaign with Real Madrid – the 21 goals scored in 2011/12 (22).

 

o    Bale has scored in nine of his last 13 games in La Liga (14 goals).

 

 

Real Sociedad – Getafe

o    Real Sociedad have lost just one of their last eight games at Anoeta in La Liga against Getafe (W2 D5) – the last time they played there (2-1 in October 2014).

 

o    The Basque side have lost just one of their last eight league games at home (W4 D3) – 1-0 against Las Palmas in March.

 

o    The Blues have gone 13 games in a row without a win in La Liga (D3 L11), scoring in just four of those.

 

o    Should they lose at Anoeta, Getafe would set a new club record for successive away defeats in La Liga (8).

 

o    This season Getafe have been placed in the last position more times than in any other La Liga campaign (two different matchdays).

 

o    The Madrid side have conceded the fewest offsides in La Liga this season (55).

 

o    No team in La Liga this season has conceded fewer penalties than Real Sociedad and Getafe (one apiece, alongside Levante and Deportivo).

 

o    Real Sociedad and Werder Bremen are the only sides in the Top 5 European Leagues yet to have conceded errors leading to clear shots for the opponent.

 

o    In the last three league games, the Txuri-Urdin side have scored their first goal before the 7th minute of the game.

 

o    All of uri’s assists in La Liga for Real Sociedad have come in Guipuzkoa.

 

Granada – Levante

o    Granada have lost their last two games at Los Carmenes against Levante in the top-flight without scoring.

 

o    Granada have gone four league games at home without a defeat – their best run with Jose Gonzalez in charge (W1 D2).

 

o    Levante have won just one of their last 18 away games in La Liga (D3 L14) – 3-0 against Sporting in November 2015.

 

o    Levante have the lowest conversion rate in La Liga this season (10.03%).

 

o    Granada are the team that has conceded in the most games (29) in La Liga this season.

 

o    Levante have the highest rate of goals conceded in the second half of the game in La Liga this season (67%).

 

o    Rossi has scored three of the Levante’s last four goals in La Liga.

 

o    Levante are the team with the most different players scoring free kicks (3) in La Liga this season: Verza, Camarasa and Rossi.

 

o    Joan Verdu has not assisted a goal from a set piece situation in La Liga since February 2012, against Levante.

 

o    El-Arabi is just two goals away from equalling his best record in a La Liga season (12 in 2013/14).

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Championship Opta facts – 19 April

Championship Opta facts – 19 April

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Sky Bet Championship Opta Facts

April 19

Birmingham v Preston

Birmingham have won just one of their last seven league encounters with Preston (D1 L5).

Preston have been victorious in two of their previous three trips to St. Andrew’s in league competition.

The Blues have lost each of the last three league games at home, with each result ending 2-1. They haven’t lost four in a row at home since October 2014.

The Lilywhites have kept just one clean sheet in 11 Championship away games (W4 D2 L5).

 

Brentford v Cardiff

Brentford have lost four of their last five league meetings with Cardiff, winning the other.

Indeed, Cardiff have won back to back games away to Brentford in the league, this after losing the four previous to this run.

Brentford have secured 10 points in their last four league games, after losing the previous four.

The Bluebirds have won just once in the last six Championship games on the road (D3 L2).

 

Brighton v QPR

Brighton have gone six league games without defeat to QPR, winning two and drawing four.

QPR have lost four of their last five trips to Brighton in the league, winning the other.

Brighton have won five of their last six games (D1), netting 14 times, with five of those goals coming last time out.

Six of the R’s previous seven league away trips have ended in a stalemate (L1), with the games ending either 0-0 or 1-1.

 

Bristol City v Derby

The Robins are winless in their last five clashes with the Rams, losing on four of those occasions.

Derby have kept three consecutive clean sheets against Bristol City, netting nine in the process (W3). Bristol City’s last three games at Ashton Gate have seen them score 11 goals (W2 D1), netting four in their last home fixture.

For the fourth time this season, Derby are on a run of three successive league victories, they haven’t won more than four in a row since April 2014 (five wins).

 

Burnley v Middlesbrough

Burnley are winless in their last five clashes with Middlesbrough, losing on four of those occasions.

There have been just three goals scored in the last four meetings between these two sides, with Boro netting all three.

The Clarets are unbeaten in 19 league games (W13 D6), only Northampton (20 games unbeaten), have a better current record in the top four tiers.

Middlesbrough have won six consecutive league games; they haven’t won seven in a row since May 1987 when sealing promotion to the second tier.

 

Ipswich v Fulham

Ipswich have won six and lost none of their last eight matches against Fulham.

Fulham have scored 10 goals in a league game on two occasions, one of which came away to Ipswich in December 1963 (10-1).

The Tractor Boys have failed to win any of their last five games (D3 L2), with both loses coming at Portman Road.

The Cottagers have both scored and conceded in 31 league games this season, more than any other side in the top four tiers.

 

Leeds v Wolves

Leeds (2) have lost as many home games against Wolves in their last three as they did in the previous 22 combined.

Wolves have scored two or more goals in each of their last four meetings with Leeds (10 in total).

Chris Wood has scored three goals in the last two league outings at Elland Road, as many as in his first 14 for the Yorkshire club.

Wolves have lost just one of their last seven matches (W2 D4 L1), although, that defeat was last time out.

 

Nottm Forest v Blackburn

Nottm Forest have won just two of their last 10 home games against Blackburn (D3 L5).

Rovers are unbeaten in their last three against the Tricky Trees (W1 D2).

Forest have scored just five goals in their last 12 league games, registering just one victory (D2 L9).

In contrast, Blackburn have only scored four goals in their last 11 league games on the road, also winning just once (D3 L7).

 

Rotherham v Huddersfield

Rotherham have won only one of their previous 12 league clashes with Huddersfield Town (D4 L7).

Huddersfield haven’t lost in the league away to Rotherham since October 1992, winning two and drawing three since then.

Neil Warnock’s men are unbeaten in nine games (W6 D9), with his charges failing to lose at home whilst as manager (W3 D3).

Nakhi Wells has scored four goals in his last seven away trips in the league with Huddersfield.

 

Sheff Wed v MK Dons

Sheffield Wednesday have never lost at home to MK Dons in all competitions (W1 D3).

MK Dons’ 2-1 win in the reverse fixture was their first ever victory in league competition against the Owls.

Sheffield Wednesday have lost just once at Hillsborough in the league in their last 18 (W11 D6).

MK Dons have failed to win any of their last seven matches (D3 L4), including a run of four losses, stopping that run last time out.

 

Bolton v Charlton

Bolton are winless in their last six games against Charlton (D4 L2). They last beat the Addicks in December 2012, winning 2-0.

Charlton have recorded just two clean sheets in their last 14 league games against Bolton.

The Trotters have conceded 18 goals in the last six matches (3 goals per game), registering losses in each.

In contrast, Charlton have conceded 31 goals in their last 12 games on the road in the Championship (2.6 goals per game).

 

Reading v Hull

Reading have conceded in each of their last 11 matches against Hull.

Hull have won their last three games against Reading and are unbeaten in five overall (D2).

Reading have lost three successive league games, they last lost four in a row back in December of last year.

Hull haven’t won on the road since February (D1 L3), failing to score on three of those occasions.

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Premier League Opta facts – 19-21 April

Premier League Opta facts – 19-21 April

 

 

Newcastle United v Manchester City

 

 

Tuesday 19 April 2016 (19:45)

St. James’ Park, Newcastle

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games

Newcastle United wins

Draws

Manchester City wins

Newcastle United goals

Manchester City goals

Overall: 33

7

6

20

30

62

At home: 16

6

2

8

19

22

Average Goals scored per Game

2.79

 

o    Newcastle United have won none of the last 18 Barclays Premier League meetings against Manchester City (D2 L16), losing the last 12 in a row.

o    Indeed, if Man City win they’ll equal the record of consecutive Premier League wins against a specific opponent (13 – Manchester United against Wigan Athletic).

o    City have won seven and lost none of their last eight visits to St James Park.

o    Newcastle have scored just one goal in their last six Premier League games against Manchester City, conceding 23 in that time.

o    Sergio Aguero has scored 10 goals in just eight Premier League appearances against Newcastle United.

o    The Argentinian’s tally of 10 goals is the joint-most he has against any opponent in his Premier League career (along with Spurs).

o    Aguero has scored 99 Premier League goals in 146 Premier League games – if he scores in this game then he’ll be the 2nd quickest to 100 goals in the competition after Alan Shearer (124 apps).

o    David Silva has five goals and four assists in his last seven Premier League appearances against the Magpies.

o    Man City have scored at least two goals in each of their last 15 Premier League games against Newcastle and 11 in the last two meetings.

o    Manuel Pellegrini’s next victory will be his 100th as Manchester City manager in all competitions.

Overall Recent Form

Recent League Form

Newcastle United

Manchester City

Last five games

WLLDL

WWWLD

 

Managers records – All-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

PTS/P

Rafael Benítez

259

142

62

55

429

217

212

488

1.88

Manuel Pellegrini

109

69

18

22

246

108

138

225

2.06

 

 

 

 

 

West Ham United v Watford

 

 

Wednesday 20 April 2016 (19:45)

Boleyn Ground, London

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games

West Ham United wins

Draws

Watford wins

West Ham United goals

Watford goals

Overall: 5

2

1

2

4

5

At home: 2

1

0

1

1

1

Average Goals scored per Game

1.80

 

o    West Ham United have won just one of their last seven matches against Watford in all competitions (W1 D2 L4).

o    The Hornets have scored one goal in each of their last three visits to the Boleyn Ground, winning two and losing none of those visits.

o    Watford have scored just seven goals in their last 13 Premier League games and have averaged just three shots on target per game in this period (39 shots on target overall).

o    The Hornets have already won twice as many league away games this season (6) as in their two previous Premier League campaigns combined (3 in 1999-00 & 2006-07 combined).

o    There have been 23 goals scored in the last five Premier League games involving Slaven Bilic’s side, with West Ham both scoring and conceding at least twice in each game.

o    West Ham are unbeaten in eight successive games in the Premier League (W3 D5 L0), but the last four of these have been draws. They haven’t gone nine unbeaten in the top-flight since a run of 18 games between August-December 1985.

o    West Ham haven’t suffered a home league defeat since August 22nd 2015 and are currently on a 14-game unbeaten league run at the Boleyn Ground (W7 D7 L0). They have never gone 15 in a row there without defeat in the top-flight.

o    Dimtri Payet needs one more goal to become just the second West Ham midfielder to score 10+ goals in a Premier League season, after Kevin Nolan in 2012/13.

o    Andy Carroll has scored eight Premier League goals this season; his best return since 2010/11 (13). Indeed, Carroll has netted five goals in his last four league games.

o    Just seven different players have scored a goal for Watford in the Premier League this season (excl. own goals) – the lowest spread of any team in the competition.

Overall Recent Form

Recent League Form

West Ham United

Watford

Last five games

DDDDW

WDLLL

 

Managers records – All-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

PTS/P

Slaven Bilic

33

13

14

6

54

42

12

53

1.61

Quique Sánchez Flores

33

11

8

14

32

37

-5

41

1.24

 

 

 

Liverpool v Everton

 

 

Wednesday 20 April 2016 (20:00)

Anfield, Liverpool

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games

Liverpool wins

Draws

Everton wins

Liverpool goals

Everton goals

Overall: 47

19

19

9

62

44

At home: 23

10

11

2

31

16

Average Goals scored per Game

2.26

 

o    Liverpool v Everton is the fixture with the most red cards in Barclays Premier League history (20), but there have been none in the last eight meetings.

o    Christian Benteke has scored four goals in five Premier League games against Everton.

o    Romelu Lukaku has scored five goals in his last seven Premier League appearances against Liverpool.

o    Liverpool are unbeaten in the last 10 Premier League Merseyside derbies (W3 D7 L0).

o    Six of the last seven Premier League meetings between these two sides have ended as draws.

o    Liverpool haven’t won back to back Premier League games at Anfield since May 2015.

o    Roberto Firmino has been involved in 12 goals in his last 10 Premier League games (8 goals, 4 assists).

o    The Toffees have won just three points in their last six Premier League games (W0 D3 L3).

o    Liverpool have won five and lost just one of their last seven Premier League matches (W5 D1 L1).

o    Daniel Sturridge has scored in four of his last five Premier League appearances (four goals).

 

Overall Recent Form

Recent League Form

Liverpool

Everton

Last five games

WWDLW

DDDLL

 

Managers records – All-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

PTS/P

Jürgen Klopp

24

11

6

7

44

33

11

39

1.63

Roberto Martinez

261

80

77

104

328

408

-80

317

1.21

 

 

 

 

 

Manchester United v Crystal Palace

 

 

Wednesday 20 April 2016 (20:00)

Old Trafford, Manchester

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games

Manchester United wins

Draws

Crystal Palace wins

Manchester United goals

Crystal Palace goals

Overall: 13

10

3

0

24

4

At home: 6

6

0

0

14

2

Average Goals scored per Game

2.15

 

o    Manchester United have never lost to Crystal Palace in the Barclays Premier League (W10 D3).

o    The Eagles have failed to score in 10 of their 13 Premier League games against Manchester United and five of six at Old Trafford.

o    Manchester United have won their last eight home league matches against Crystal Palace.

o    Crystal Palace have kept only one clean sheet away to Manchester United in league competition in 18 attempts – October 1970 (1-0).

o    Juan Mata has scored in two of his last three Premier League appearances against the Eagles, netting the winner in this exact fixture last term.

o    Marcus Rashford has scored seven goals in his 12 appearances for Manchester United so far, despite attempting only 10 shots on target.

o    Crystal Palace have won six Premier League points (W1 D3 L0) in April so far, more than in January, February and March combined (two points – W0 D2 L9).

o    Wayne Rooney has scored 99 Premier League goals at Old Trafford – the only player to have scored 100+ at a single Premier League ground is Thierry Henry at Highbury (114).

o    Palace are winless in their last eight Premier League away matches (W0 D5 L3) since their last win on the road back on December 19th 2015 at Stoke City.

o    All three of Emmanuel Adebayor’s Premier League goals against Manchester United have been scored at Old Trafford.

Overall Recent Form

Recent League Form

Manchester United

Crystal Palace

Last five games

WLWWL

DDWDL

 

Managers records – All-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

PTS/P

Louis van Gaal

71

36

18

17

102

67

35

126

1.77

Alan Pardew

281

103

60

118

344

408

-64

369

1.31

 

 

 

 

 

Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion

 

 

Thursday 21 April 2016 (19:45)

Emirates Stadium, London

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games

Arsenal wins

Draws

West Bromwich Albion wins

Arsenal goals

West Bromwich Albion goals

Overall: 19

13

3

3

40

20

At home: 9

7

1

1

22

8

Average Goals scored per Game

3.16

 

o    West Bromwich Albion beat Arsenal 2-1 at the Hawthorns earlier this season, despite only having one shot on target.

o    Only one of the 13 Barclays Premier League meetings between Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal and a side managed by Tony Pulis has ever ended as an away win. Pulis has lost all seven visits to the Emirates Stadium.

o    The Gunners had been unbeaten in nine Premier League games against the Baggies before their defeat at the Hawthorns back in November (W7 D2).

o    West Bromwich Albion have won just one of their last 11 Premier League away games (W1 D5 L5).

o    Alexis Sanchez has scored or assisted seven goals in his last six Premier League games (four goals, three assists) after delivering just one in his previous 10.

o    West Brom have averaged lower than a goal a game under Tony Pulis in the Premier League (0.98 – 50 goals in 51 games).

o    However, the Baggies have kept a clean sheet in 21 of Tony Pulis’ 51 Premier League games in charge of the club (41% of matches).

o    Arsenal have won just four of their last 13 Premier League games (W4 D6 L3), only one more victory than West Brom in their last 13 PL matches (three wins).

o    Saido Berahino has scored just four goals in 28 Premier League appearances this season, after netting 14 in 2014-15.

o    The Gunners are currently on 499 Premier League victories – only Manchester United (583) have won more in the competition.

Overall Recent Form

Recent League Form

Arsenal

West Bromwich Albion

Last five games

DDWWD

LLDLW

 

Managers records – All-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

PTS/P

Arsène Wenger

747

431

185

131

1401

710

691

1478

1.98

Tony Pulis

267

84

77

106

264

338

-74

329

1.23

 

 

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European Football Podcast – Episode 80: 14th April

European Football Podcast – Episode 80: 14th April

Alex Dunn and Sam Norris look ahead to the best of the weekend’s action across Europe.
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European Football Podcast – Episode 80: 14th April

European Football Podcast – Episode 80: 14th April

Alex Dunn and Sam Norris look ahead to the best of the weekend’s action across Europe.
Enjoy.
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