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Football League Opta Facts – 21-22 April

Football League Opta Facts – 21-22 April

 

Blackburn v Millwall

  • The last two fixtures between these sides have ended 2-2, with each team having a player sent off across those two games.
  • Millwall have won just one of their last six league visits to Ewood Park, losing the other five.
  • Both teams have scored in seven of the last eight meetings between these sides, with one team netting at least twice each time.
  • No side has won fewer points from losing positions on the road this season than Millwall (2).
  • Rudy Gestede has scored four times in his last three appearances at Ewood Park.

 

 

Reading v Birmingham

  • Reading have won four of their last five at home to Birmingham in the league, losing the other.
  • Birmingham won the reverse of this fixture 6-1, thanks in part to Demarai Gray’s first-half hat-trick.
  • The Royals have won just one of their five games immediately following an FA Cup fixture this season (D2 L2).
  • Reading have failed to score in five of their last seven games at home.
  • The Blues have gone eight games without keeping a clean sheet, shipping 14 in the process.
  • No Championship player has created more goalscoring chances this season than David Cotterill (115).

 

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MK Dons v Doncaster

  • The Dons have not conceded in 274 minutes of league football against Doncaster.
  • Doncaster have won three and lost just one of their previous seven Football League meetings with MK Dons (D3).
  • Will Grigg has scored eight goals in his last six games for MK Dons.
  • MK Dons have scored five or more goals in six games this season, more than any other English league team.

 

 

Notts County v Preston

  • Jake Cassidy’s opener at Deepdale earlier this season is Notts County’s only goal in their last seven league meetings with the Lilywhites.
  • Preston are unbeaten in nine meetings with County in all competitions (W5 D4), including a win and a draw this season.
  • Notts County have gone 10 games without a win, drawing six and losing four.
  • Joe Garner has scored six goals in his last seven away games for the Lilywhites.

 

 

Rochdale v Leyton Orient

  • Rochdale have found the net in all but one of their last 18 league meetings with Leyton Orient.
  • The O’s won 2-0 on their last trip to Spotland in 2011; they have not won consecutive league games in Rochdale since 1988-1989.
  • Rochdale have lost their last two games; they’ve yet to lose three in a row this season.
  • Leyton Orient have conceded 11 goals in their last four games, including six last time out.

 

 

Scunthorpe v Bradford

  • The Iron have won three and lost just one of their last eight league clashes with Bradford (D4).
  • Indeed the Bantams have won only one of their last nine at Glanford Park with that victory coming back in 1981.
  • No League One side has conceded more goals from the penalty spot this season than the Iron (8).
  • Bradford have lost three of their last four games, failing to score in each defeat (D1).

 

 

Swindon v Walsall

  • Swindon have won four and lost just one of their last 10 league meetings with the Saddlers (D5).
  • Walsall have only lost one of their last seven league trips to Swindon (W2 D4).
  • The Robins have alternated between a win and a defeat in each of their last eight games at the County Ground; they lost last time out.
  • Tom Bradshaw has scored three goals in his last four league games for Walsall, having gone eight games without one.

 

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Bury v Southend

  • Neither side has managed more than one goal in any of the last 11 meetings between these sides in all competitions.
  • Indeed six of those 11 games have finished 1-1, with four ending 1-0 (three in favour of Southend, one Bury) and one 0-0 draw.
  • The Shakers have won seven of their last eight in league competition, losing the other.
  • Southend have won five consecutive league games; they’ve not recorded six consecutive victories since October 2005 (a run of eight).

 

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Champions League Opta Facts – 21-22 April

Champions League Opta Facts – 21-22 April

Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid

 

  • Both Madrid derbies in the Champions League have finished level after 90 minutes (1-1 in the 2013/14 CL final and 0-0 in the first leg of the quarterfinals this season).
  • Atletico de Madrid have not lost any of their last seven Madrid derbies in all competitions, their best ever such run (W4 D3).
  • Atletico have progressed in their last two two-legged KO rounds against Real Madrid in all competitions for the first time since May 1969. Should they make it to the semi-finals they would equal their best such run.
  • Los Blancos have lost only one of their last eight games against a Spanish team in European competitions (W4, D3).
  • Meanwhile, Atletico have lost only one of their last ten games against Spanish sides in Europe (W5 D4), but that defeat came precisely against Real Madrid in the 2014 final (1-4).
  • Real Madrid lost their last Champions League home game (3-4 against Schalke) after their longest winning streak at the Santiago Bernabéu in the competition (11).
  • The Whites had not conceded more than once in any of those eleven games, keeping seven clean sheets in the process.
  • Atletico Madrid’s last four Champions League games have seen just two goals scored in total (two of those games finished with scoreless draws).
  • Real Madrid have scored five headed goals in the Champions League this season, more than any other side, but Atletico have netted only one fewer than them (4).
  • Indeed, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mario Mandzukic have scored more headed goals than any other player in the Champions League this season (three apiece).
  • Atletico de Madrid have conceded the fewest goals amongst teams still in the competition (4).
  • Real Madrid have attempted more shots (165) and more shots on target (70) than any other side in the Champions League this season.
  • Raul García is, alongside Alex Sandro, the player with the joint-most fouls conceded in the Champions League this season (23).
  • In no other Champions League season has Iker Casillas conceded fewer goals than in the current term (6), but five of them have come at the Santiago Bernabéu.

 

Monaco v Juventus

 

 

  • Monaco have lost their two European away games against Juventus, but they won their only meeting with the Bianconeri at home (3-2 in the 1997/98 semifinals).
  • Monaco have lost just one of their five European games at home against Italian sides (W3 D1), the first trip of any Italian club to the Principality (1-3 against Inter in the 1963/64 European Cup first round).
  • Juventus have lost just one of their last seven games in European competitions against French sides (W4 D2).
  • Monaco have lost two successive Champions League games for the first time since March 2005.
  • Monaco have kept three clean sheets in their last four CL games at home, but they have not scored in two of them either.
  • Juventus have won five of their last six CL games (D1), keeping four clean sheets in the process.
  • La Vecchia Signora have won two successive CL games away from home for the fourth time in the competition’s history but they have never win three in a row.
  • Monaco have lost three games in the Champions League this season, more than any other quarter-finalist (W4 D2).
  • Monaco are the only quarter-finalist in the CL this season with no players with more than one goal scored.
  • Carlos Tévez has been involved in five out of the last seven Juventus goals in the Champions League (four goals and one assist).
  • Danijel Subasic (28) and Gianluigi Buffon (24) are the two goalkeepers with the most saves amongst those still in the competition.
  • Monaco have won only one of their five quarter-final games in the Champions League (D2, L2), but they have progressed to the semi-finals in their two previous opportunities.
  • Monaco have attempted more tackles than any other side in the CL this season (229), but they have also lost the most in the competition (57).
  • Monaco (10,77%) and Juventus (13%) have the lowest shot conversion rates amongst teams in the quarter-finals.

 

 

FC Bayern Munich v Porto

 

 

  • In the six European meetings between Bayern Munich and Porto, each side has won twice (D2), both scoring and conceding eight goals in those games.
  • Bayern’s first leg defeat ended a run of 15 unbeaten in European competition against Portugese sides (W10 D5).
  • FC Porto have lost just one of their last seven European games against German sides (W4 D2).
  • Bayern Munich have won their last four CL games at home without conceding in any of them.
  • Porto are the only quarter-finalist yet to lose a game in the Champions League this season (W6 D3).
  • Bayern Munich and FC Porto are the sides with the joint-most goals scored in the Champions League this season (24).
  • Porto have scored seven goals from outside the box in the Champions League this season, four more than any other side.
  • Meanwhile, Bayern have scored 21 goals from inside the box in the Champions League this term.
  • Alex Sandro is, alongside Raul García, the player with the joint-most fouls conceded in the Champions League this season (23).
  • Bayern Munich are the only quarter-finalist to have seen more than one red card in the CL this season (2).
  • Bayern Munich are, alongside Chelsea, the side with the joint-most goals scored from the penalty spot in the Champions League this season (4 excluding shootouts).
  • FC Porto are the only side in the CL this season to have missed more than one penalty (2) in regular play.
  • However, the Portuguese side have scored more free kick goals than any other CL club this term (3).
  • Robert Lewandowski has attempted more headed shots than any other player in the CL this season (11), but he has the lowest conversion rate from headers amongst those players who have netted at least once in the competition (9%).

 

 

Barcelona v Paris Saint-Germain

 

 

  • Barcelona have won just two CL games against PSG, but they were their last two meetings (D3 L2).
  • Barcelona have lost just one of their last twelve European games against French clubs (W7 D4).
  • Paris Saint Germain have won just one of their Champions League trips to Spain (D2 L2), scoring and conceding in all those games (8 scored and 10 conceded).
  • PSG are the third French club to have been defeated by Barcelona in a Champions League home game, after Lyon (2-3 in 2001) and Monaco (0-1 in 1994).
  • Barcelona have won seven Champions League games in a row, just two victories behind their best run in the competition (9 in February 2003).
  • Paris have not won any of their last four CL games (D2 L2), remaining the only quarter-finalist yet to win in this season’s knockout rounds.
  • Barcelona are the only quarter-finalist yet to draw a game in the Champions League this season (W8 L1).
  • Barcelona are the only quarter-finalist to have scored an own goal in the Champions League this season (Jeremy Mathieu against PSG in the first leg).
  • Since Lionel Messi made his CL debut, only Xavi (23), Ryan Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo (22) have provided more CL assists than him (21)
  • With his first goal in the first leg against PSG, Luis Suarez scored the 400th goal for Barcelona in CL history.
  • Indeed, only Real Madrid (436) have scored more goals than the Culés in Champions League history (401).
  • Neymar has scored in all three CL appearances against PSG (three goals).
  • Barcelona have had the fewest players booked in the Champions League this season amongst teams that have made it to the quarter-final (12).
  • Marc-André ter Stegen is the only goalkeeper amongst teams in the quarter-final to have saved a penalty in the Champions League this campaign.

 

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The FWA Podcast

The FWA Podcast

The FWA Podcast features the best football writers in Britain discussing the biggest stories every week
This week it’s Andy Dunn on Jurgen Klopp’s future and the FA Cup semi-finals.

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The League Podcast

The League Podcast

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

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European Football Podcast – Episode 43: 16th April

European Football Podcast – Episode 43: 16th April

Alex Dunn and Ray Drewett look ahead to the best games across Europe on this edition of the William Hill European Football Podcast.
The boys focus on the big games in the Bundesliga, La Liga and Serie A on t…

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La Liga Opta Facts – 17-20 April

La Liga Opta Facts – 17-20 April

Levante v Espanyol

 

  • Levante have only lost one of the last nine home meetings with Espanyol in the top-flight (W6 D2).
  • Los valencianos have won the last four league matches against Espanyol in the Ciutat de Valencia, scoring exactly three goals in the last three meetings.
  • In the last five top-flight meetings between these sides, both sides have won twice and there has been one drawn fixture (nine goals for Levante and seven for Espanyol).
  • Five of the last six goals scored in La Liga matches between these two teams have come in the first half.
  • Levante have suffered two consecutive defeats at home in the league for the first time with Lucas Alcaraz as manager.
  • Sergio González’s side have gone five league matches without defeat; they haven’t managed a run of six games since February 2013.
  • Levante have recorded fewer shots on target this season than any other side (87).
  • David Barral needs one more goal to equal his best ever return in a single Primera campaign (10 in 2008/09 with Sporting), Sergio Garcia is also one short of equalling his best tally (12 last season).
  • Lucas Vázquez has been fouled more times than any other player in this La Liga campaign (96).

 

 

Barcelona v Valencia

 

  • Barcelona have only lost one of their last 15 league games against Valencia (W10 D4) but it took place at the Camp Nou last season (2-3).
  • Barcelona have won the seven matches played against sides from the Comunidad Valenciana region with Luis Enrique in charge; conceding only once in this time.
  • Barcelona have lost two of the 15 league games played at the Camp Nou this season (W13), those two defeats coming when they failed to score (v Celta and Málaga).
  • Valencia are unbeaten in five away games in the league (W3 D2), they haven’t managed six in a row since March 2011.
  • Last season Valencia ended Barcelona’s run of 31 home games without defeat by claiming a 2-3 victory there (W30 D1).
  • Only once in their history have Valencia recorded 65 or more points (66) after 31 games played in La Liga; it was in the title-winning season of 2003/04.
  • Nuno’s men have been fouled more often than any other side this season in La Liga (495) and Barca have committed the fewest (304).
  • Only two of Valencia’s last 10 goals away from home have come in the first half.
  • Barcelona have been caught offside 100 times this season; a league-high.
  • Feghouli has assisted Valencia’s last two goals scored against Barcelona in the league.
  • Against no other side has Leo Messi bagged more hat-tricks than he has managed against Valencia (three, level with Osasuna).
  • Leo Messi has scored more goals against Diego Alves than any other goalkeeper in La Liga (15).

 

 

Deportivo de La Coruña v Atlético de Madrid

 

  • Deportivo have only won one of their last 12 matches against Atlético Madrid in the league (D1 L10).
  • In the last six league meetings between these sides, Deportivo haven’t scored a single goal and have shipped 14.
  • The last league meeting in the Riazor was the first goalless draw between these sides in this exact fixture since February 1997.
  • In Víctor Sánchez’s first season as Deportivo player, they went on to win the La Liga title (1998-99).
  • Deportivo have gone nine league games without a win (D4 L5); they have not gone 10 or more games without claiming victory in the Primera (11) since May 2010.
  • Simeone’s side have gone eight league matches without defeat (W4 D4), their best run this season and have scored exactly two goals in their last four.
  • Deportivo are 12 league games without a home win versus sides from Madrid (D6 L6).
  • No team has scored fewer goals from outside the area this season than Depor (one).
  • Atlético have scored more headed goals than any other team in the top five European leagues this term (23).
  • Griezmann has scored in the last three league games (four goals); he hasn’t netted in four successive games since January 2014 with Real Sociedad.
  • The last four Deportivo goals against Atlético in the Primera have been scored by foreign players (Filipe Luis, Bodipo, Guardado and Colotto).

 

 

Real Madrid v Málaga

 

  • Málaga have never won at the Santiago Bernabeu in the league, only claiming two draws across their 13 previous visits and they have never managed a clean sheet there.
  • Los costasoleños have conceded goals in their last 15 league visits to Madrid; winning only twice in this time (D2 L11) and have lost all three of these fixtures played this season.
  • The biggest defeat inflicted upon Málaga in the Primera División was a 7-0 defeat to Real Madrid in Concha Espina during March 2011; Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a hat-trick and Benzema claimed a brace.
  • The last five goals scored by Málaga players versus Real Madrid have come from foreigners; Isco’s effort in December 2012 being the last time a Spaniard scored for them in this fixture.
  • Carlo Ancelotti is currently enjoying his longest unbeaten run at the Santiago Bernabeu in La Liga; 12 wins and one draw.
  • Vicandi Garrido refereed the previous league encounter between these sides earlier this season; he awarded a red card to Real Madrid’s Isco.
  • The Whites have scored in their last 30 home league games; their best run since March 2010 (41).
  • Málaga have lost three straight away games and have not scored a single goal in that time; the last time they suffered four successive away defeats in a single season was between April and May 2013.
  • Only once in the history of Real Madrid have they scored more than 92 goals after 31 league games (100 in the 2011-12 campaign).
  • Only Barca (1) have conceded fewer goals from outside the penalty area this season than Gracia’s men (2).
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has already equalled his record for assists in a La Liga campaign for Real Madrid (12, also in 2011-12).

 

 

Athletic v Getafe

 

  • Athletic have recorded three consecutive victories against Getafe, all three have occurred since the return of Valverde to the club.
  • The Bilbao side have won their last two league games against teams from Madrid, both ending 1-0 and have not managed three straight wins against them since the 2000-01 season.
  • Getafe’s last six visits to San Mamés have produced two home wins, two for the visitors and two draws with there being seven Athletic goals and five for Getafe.
  • Athletic have gone four home league games without losing (W3 D1); they haven’t managed five or more in a row since February 2014 (12).
  • In their last away match (v Elche), Getafe ended a run of 16 matches on the road without claiming a clean sheet.
  • Ernesto Valverde has never registered a draw in his 12 previous matches versus Getafe as a manager (W9 L3).
  • Getafe have scored the fewest goals in the opening 15 minutes this season (one).
  • Valverde’s side have not won any of the 13 matches they have conceded first in this season (D2 L11).
  • Aduriz is level with Jonathas as the footballer to have won the most points with his goals this season (12).
  • The last seven goals recorded by the Madrid side in La Liga have come from different scorers.

 

 

Rayo Vallecano v Almería

 

  • Rayo have won the three matches played in the Primera against Almería and have kept clean sheets in two of them.
  • Last week, Rayo conceded six goals in La Liga for the fourth time with Jémez as manager (Valladolid, Barcelona on two occasions and Celta).
  • Almería have never won in the top-flight away at a Madrid side (D5 L13).
  • Four of the six goals scored in La Liga matches between these two sides have come between the 72nd and 86th minute marks.
  • Rayo Vallecano have gone 29 Liga games without a draw (W12 L17), the longest run of this kind in the competition since Sporting de Gijon’s streak of 34 matches in April 2009.
  • Almería won last week against Granada, ending a run of eight without claiming the three points (D3 L5).
  • Almería have faced more shots (458) and more shots on target (181) than any other team this season. However, five sides have conceded more goals than them (50).
  • Rayo Vallecano have gained 16 points from losing positions this season; a joint-league-high with Real Sociedad.
  • Alberto Bueno has been involved in 44% of his team’s goals in this La Liga campaign (16 of 36); the highest percentage in the competition.

 

 

Granada v Sevilla

 

  • If Sevilla win this game against Granada and Málaga lose at the Santiago Bernabeu, they will mathematically qualify for Europe.
  • Granada have lost their last four league matches against Sevilla, the four played since the arrival of Emery.
  • The Sevilla club are unbeaten in seven league matches (W5 D2) and have scored exactly twice in their last four matches.
  • Sevilla have claimed 15 points from their five matches played against fellow Andalusia sides whilst Granada have managed just four points from six this term.
  • Only three of the 22 teams that have reached this point of a season with 24 points or less have managed to survive.
  • Sevilla have only lost one of their last 10 visits to Granada in La Liga (W4 D5) although they lost the first six meetings in a row against them.
  • Substitutes for Sevilla (10) have scored more goals in La Liga than substitutes from any other team whilst Granda have seen a joint-league-low, level with Athletic (1).
  • Sevilla have seen 16 different goalscorers this season; a league-high.
  • The last red card shown to a Sevilla goalkeeper in La Liga was Diego López against Granada in August 2012.
  • Sevilla have not lost any of their Liga matches this season against the sides currently in the bottom seven (W9 D2).

 

 

Villarreal v Córdoba

 

  • This will be the first time Córdoba visit Villarreal’s stadium in the history of the Primera División.
  • The meeting between these sides earlier in the season was the first time they had met in La Liga and saw Villarreal’s top scorers this term get on the scoresheet: Luciano Vietto and Ikechukwu Uche.
  • Villarreal have won their last five league matches against Córdoba (Primera and Segunda División), keeping a clean sheet in their last three.
  • Villarreal have gone five games without a win (D3 L2), their worst run since March 2012 when they suffered a six game winless drought; the season they were relegated.
  • Furthermore, the Yellow Submarine have only scored one goal in this run and it came from the penalty spot (Ikechukwu Uche).
  • Córdoba have gone 13 league matches without a win (D2 L11), their worst run of this kind in the competition; equalling their run of 13 earlier this season (D7 L6) and in March 1969 (D6 L7).
  • Córdoba have claimed just 18 points from 31 games, the worst record since Levante in 2007/08. The other sides to have managed 18 points or less at this stage have all finished the season in last.
  • No side has scored fewer headed goals this season than Córdoba (2), whilst Villarreal have scored just 7% of their goals in this way; a league-low share.
  • Córdoba have lost a league-high 20 points from winning positions this season whilst Villarreal have won all the games they have taken the lead in at El Madrigal this season.

 

 

Eibar v Celta

 

  • This will be Celta’s first visit to Ipurua in the Primera División.
  • Eibar have not lost any of their last seven league games (Primera or Segunda) against Celta de Vigo (W6 D1), registering clean sheets in three of those matches.
  • In the reverse fixture, Manu del Moral scored his first goal for Eibar in La Liga and it was his first in the competition for nine months and 20 days.
  • Eibar have only won one of their last 13 La Liga matches, losing 10 of them (D2) and scoring an average of 0.38 goals per game in this time.
  • However in the last match at Ipurua, los armeros managed to end a run of five consecutive defeats by winning 1-0 against Málaga.
  • In their last La Liga game, Celta scored six goals for the first time since March 2002 (6-1 v Athletic at San Mamés).
  • Away from home, los celtiñas have lost one of their last five league matches (W2 D2); scoring in every game).
  • Celta de Vigo have scored 31% of their goals in the first half which is a league-low share and they have conceded a league-high 69% in this period.
  • Nolito has recorded more assists than any other Spaniard this season (11).

 

 

Elche v Real Sociedad

 

  • Real Sociedad have not lost any of their last 10 Liga games versus Elche (W6 D4).
  • However, Real Sociedad have only won one of their last seven trips to Elche (D4 L2); conceding at least once in all of those.
  • Elche (level with Betis) are the team that Carlos Vela has scored the most La Liga goals against, including a hat-trick in the reverse fixture.
  • If they lose this game, Elche will equal their worst run for successive defeats at home this season (L3).
  • Elche have only won one of their last five league games, failing to score in three of those but that victory did come in their most recent match against Córdoba (2-0).
  • Real Sociedad have only won one of their last 16 matches away from home in La Liga (D8 L7), not scoring in seven of those games.
  • 8% of Real Sociedad’s goals have in fact been own goals which is a league-high share whilst Elche have not benefitted from a single one this term.
  • Elche have scored a league-high 23% of their goals from outside the penalty area.
  • Real Sociedad are level with Rayo as the team to have gained the most points from losing positions this season (16).
  • No player has won more points for his team this season than Jonathas for Elche (12 points from nine goals).

 

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Bundesliga Opta Facts – 17-19 April

Bundesliga Opta Facts – 17-19 April

FC Augsburg v VfB Stuttgart

 

  • Augsburg have won each of their last four BL games against Stuttgart – only against HSV (also a currently ongoing sequence) have FCA recorded as many consecutive victories in their BL history.
  • Stuttgart have had a man sent off in each of their last three meetings with Augsburg.
  • FCA have picked up just one point from their last four matches. The 1-0 victory over Wolfsburg on matchday 24 remains Augsburg’s only win in their last nine games (D3, L5).
  • VfB haven’t won any of their last eight games that have kicked off on a Saturday evening (D3, L5). Stuttgart’s last victory in that timeslot came in February 2011, when they won 3-2 in Mönchengladbach.
  • Stuttgart haven’t won back-to-back Bundesliga games since September 2013.
  • Markus Weinzierl’s side haven’t scored in any of their last two BL home games – three home matches in a row without a goal would be a new negative club record.
  • FCA have lost each of their last four games against teams in the bottom half of the table. Three of those matches have been sides sitting 17th, as Stuttgart are currently.
  • Augsburg have picked up 12 points from 11 games since the winter break – FCA’s worst tally at this stage of the second half of the season in their Bundesliga history.
  • VfB have scored seven goals in their last three BL games, more than in their previous 12 put together (6). Four of those seven goals have been scored by Daniel Ginczek, courtesy of his first two BL braces.
  • Stuttgart will be without Martin Harnik (6 goals and 2 assists) for the match in Augsburg. He was sent off for two bookable offences last weekend.
  • FCA sporting director Stefan Reuter faced Stuttgart 34 times in the Bundesliga during his playing days (W13 D9 L12) – no other player has faced VfB as often in the history of the German top flight.

 

 

Hertha BSC v 1. FC Köln

 

 

  • This will be the 50th meeting in the Bundesliga between Hertha and Köln. The capital club have won four of the last six competitive clashes (D1, L1) and are unbeaten in their last three games against the Billy Goats (W2, D1).
  • Hertha are unbeaten in six league games (W3, D3), something they last did in 2008/09 under Lucien Favre (also 6 games, April/May 2009). Their last defeat came on matchday 22 with a 2-1 loss in Wolfsburg.
  • Köln have picked up just one point from their last four away games (0-0 draw in Dortmund). The Billy Goats have also scored just one goal in that run (in the 4-1 loss to Bayern). Their last win on the road came on matchday 18 in Hamburg (2-0).
  • However, Köln have lost just one of their last five league matches (W2, D2) – a 1-0 defeat in Freiburg on matchday 27.
  • The capital club have scored a goal after the 80th minute in five of their last six games. Four of those goals have led to Hertha collecting six points more.
  • Hertha may have produced the second-fewest clear-cut chances in the league (36, Hamburg 31), but they have converted a remarkable 63.9% of them – a league best by far.
  • Anthony Ujah scored his 10th league goal of the season in the 3-2 win over Hoffenheim. The Nigerian has netted 34% of the Billy Goats’ goals.
  • Berlin’s Valentin Stocker failed to score in any of his first 18 BL games, but has found the back of the net once on each of the last two matchdays.
  • Hertha’s Peter Niemeyer could make his 100th BL appearance in the meeting with Köln (67 for Berlin, 32 for Bremen).
  • Berlin’s Marcel Ndjeng played in Köln’s youth setup and for their reserves and has also never lost against the Rhineland club in seven competitive meetings (W4, D3). He netted the winner in the 2-1 victory earlier this season via a deflected free kick.

 

 

SV Werder Bremen v Hamburger SV

 

 

  • This will be the 102nd BL meeting between the two sides – no other match-up has taken place as often in the German top flight.
  • Werder have won each of their last four BL home games against HSV – a record run for SVW against their local rivals on home soil. Hamburg’s last victory in Bremen came over eight years ago (2-0 in February 2007).
  • Bremen have collected just five points from their last six BL games (W1, D2) and are without a win in four. SVW remained unbeaten between matchdays 17 and 22, picking up an impressive 16 of a possible 18 points during that run.
  • 25 points after 28 games is HSV’s second-worst record in their Bundesliga history – they had just 24 points at this stage last season.
  • HSV are on a five-game or 495-minute goal drought. Ivica Olic has now gone 963 minutes without scoring, while Lasogga has been waiting 771 minutes for a Bundesliga goal. Hamburg’s tally of 16 goals scored is the worst in the league.
  • Bremen have the joint-worst defence in the division, having conceded 57 goals (the same as Eintracht Frankfurt).
  • Bremen are set to play their 863rd home game in the top flight and could record their 500th BL win at the Weserstadion (D207, L156). Their first goal of the game would also be SVW’s 150th in the Bundesliga against HSV.
  • Peter Knäbel became the first HSV coach since Kuno Klötzer in 1973 to lose his first two games in charge. Bruno Labbadia is now the man in the Hamburg dugout, his second spell at the club following a stint between July 2009 and April 2010. He also wore HSV colours as a player, making 41 BL appearances between 1987 and December 1988 (11 goals).
  • Labbadia played for Werder Bremen between January 1996 and 1998 (63 BL appearances, 18 goals) – Viktor Skripnik was one of his teammates from summer 1996.
  • Hamburg-born Levin Öztunali, the grandson of HSV legend Uwe Seeler, spent seven years at the club (2006 to 2013) and has been on loan at Bremen since the winter break (on loan from Leverkusen).

 

 

Borussia Dortmund v SC Paderborn 07

 

 

  • This is only the second competitive meeting between BVB and SC Paderborn 07, following the 2-2 draw earlier this season. SCP’s previous incarnation TuS Paderborn-Neuhaus met Dortmund in the second round of the 1985/86 DFB Cup, losing 4-2.
  • Borussia have collected just two points from three games so far against the two promoted sides from Paderborn and Köln. They have never finished a Bundesliga season without beating a newly promoted team.
  • After back-to-back defeats and collecting just five points from their last five BL games (W1, D2), BVB now find themselves six points off sixth place. Borussia only accrued five points from their last six games before the winter break.
  • Paderborn ended a six-game winless run (D1, L5) with their victory over Augsburg. In addition to that, the newly promoted side scored their first goal in almost 10 hours (598 minutes).
  • Gladbach inflicted a 13th BL defeat of the campaign on BVB on matchday 28 – the same number of losses Dortmund suffered in their two previous seasons combined (6 in 2012/13, 7 in 2013/14).
  • SCP have lost their last three away matches without scoring a goal. They also went on a three-game losing streak on the road in autumn 2014. Paderborn have never recorded four or more consecutive BL away defeats.
  • Dortmund are currently suffering a two-game or 184-minute goal drought at home. Their last goal in the Signal Iduna Park was scored by Marco Reus during the 3-0 derby win over Schalke. BVB have never failed to score in three consecutive BL home games.
  • Marvin Ducksch (6 BL matches), Uwe Hünemeier (5), Lukas Kruse, Mario Vrancic, Marvin Bakalorz and Mahir Saglik (each for the reserves) have all played for Dortmund.

 

 

Eintracht Frankfurt v Borussia Mönchengladbach

 

 

  • Frankfurt have won each of their last two BL games against Gladbach (including what remains Borussia’s only home defeat this season), but they were knocked out of the DFB Cup by the Foals in late October (2-1 loss at home).
  • Borussia are unbeaten in their last eight games (W6, D2), the longest run in the league at present. Their last defeat came on matchday 20 away to Schalke (1-0). Gladbach have won each of their last four BL matches.
  • No team has picked up more points than Gladbach in 2015 (26, the same as Wolfsburg) – Frankfurt’s tally isn’t even half of that (12). The only other time the Foals have collected as many points from their first 11 games in the second half of the season was in 1973/74 (converted to the 3-points-per-win system).
  • Eintracht are unbeaten in their last eight home matches (W5, D3) – only Wolfsburg are on a longer run (19 games). The last time Frankfurt went as long without losing on home soil was in 2000 (15 games). Their last home defeat was on matchday 11 against Bayern (4-0).
  • Gladbach have the second-best defence in the league having let in just 22 goals. Frankfurt’s tally of 57 goals conceded gives them the worst defence (together with Bremen). The Eagles have scored more goals (51, 4th place) than Borussia though (44, 5th place).
  • Matches involving Eintracht this term have produced 108 goals – a league high. There have been 3.9 goals per Frankfurt game on average, the most in Europe’s top five leagues.
  • Frankfurt are without a win in their last seven Friday games in the BL (D3, L4). Borussia have struggled on Fridays lately too though, losing each of their last three without scoring.
  • The Eagles have conceded 31 goals in the final 30 minutes of games – no other side has let in more than 25 goals in that timeframe, while Gladbach have shipped just seven.
  • Eintracht’s Alexander Meier is top of the goalscoring charts with 19 goals, but he is expected to miss the rest of the season through injury.
  • Patrick Herrmann has had a hand in six goals in his last four BL games (4 goals + 2 assists) and is Gladbach’s top scorer this season with 10 league goals to his name.

 

 

Sport-Club Freiburg v 1. FSV Mainz 05

 

 

  • The two clubs have met 13 times before in the Bundesliga, with Freiburg recording just two wins compared to Mainz’s seven (4 draws).
  • Mainz 05 are unbeaten in their last eight BL games against SCF (W4, D4) – Freiburg’s last win in this fixture came at home in November 2010 (1-0).
  • Against no other club have SCF averaged fewer BL goals per game than they have against the 05ers (0.77). Their record here is only as poor against FC Bayern München.
  • Freiburg are unbeaten in their last three games, picking up seven points in that timeframe. The last time they went longer without losing was between matchday 4 and 7 this season, when they recorded four consecutive draws.
  • FSV are without a win in their last three games (D2, L1). The last time they collected all three points was on matchday 25 in Augsburg (2-0).
  • SCF haven’t conceded in any of their last three matches. The last time Freiburg kept three successive clean sheets in the Bundesliga was in February 2001 (5 in a row back then – club record in the top flight).
  • Only Frankfurt (23) and upcoming opponents Mainz (19) have dropped more points from winning positions than Freiburg (14), who have let 10 points slip in the last three minutes of games alone.
  • 14 of Freiburg’s 27 league goals this season have come from set pieces (52%) – proportionally speaking, a league high. Opponents Mainz aren’t far behind them in fourth place (46%, 17 of 37).
  • Mainz have already scored 18 goals in 2015, just one fewer than in the entire first half of the season (19). Only Hoffenheim (185) and Dortmund (180) have taken more shots than the 05ers since the winter break (169).
  • Freiburg have won just one of the last 18 BL games in which Julian Schuster has led the team out as captain (D8, L9).

 

 

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim v FC Bayern München

 

  • FC Bayern have never lost a competitive game against Hoffenheim – nine of the 13 clashes (all in the Bundesliga) have ended in victory for the record champions (4 draws). TSG’s heaviest top-flight defeat also came at the hands of FCB in March 2012 (7-1 in Munich).
  • Bayern München haven’t played against any other side as often in the Bundesliga without losing as they have against TSG. FCB are the only top-flight team Hoffenheim have never beaten.
  • Hoffenheim have lost each of their last three competitive games, while FCB have won eight of their nine most recent BL matches (1 defeat).
  • TSG, who could qualify for Europe for the first time in their history, are just two points behind sixth.
  • The earliest Bayern can wrap up their 25th German Championship is on matchday 30 in their home meeting with Hertha Berlin. The title was already confirmed as theirs after matchday 27 last season – a Bundesliga record.
  • FCB have kept a clean sheet in 19 of their 28 games this term, a first in the history of the Bundesliga. They could still yet break the BL season record set in 2012/13 as well (21 clean sheets).
  • With just 13 goals conceded, Bayern have equalled their record from the 2012/13 campaign. They could set a new season record in this regard too (18 goals conceded after 34 games in 2012/13).
  • The injured Tom Starke (58 BL games, 2010-12) and David Alaba (17 BL games and 2 goals in the second half of 2010/11) used to play for Hoffenheim.
  • Thomas Müller and Robert Lewandowski have scored nine of the record champions’ last 10 BL goals (Lewandowski 5, Müller 4).
  • Robert Lewandowski, last season’s top scorer in the Bundesliga with 20 goals, could be the first player since Ulf Kirsten (1997 and 1998) to defend his crown. He has 16 goals currently, behind
  • Alexander Meier (19) and Arjen Robben (17).

 

 

Bayer 04 Leverkusen v Hannover 96

 

 

  • Hannover have had real problems against Leverkusen in recent times. They have won just one of their last 11 meetings with Bayer 04 (D4, L6).
  • Bayern 04 have won each of their last seven home games against Hannover, conceding just one goal in the process – against no other current Bundesliga side have Leverkusen put as a good a home run together.
  • 96 were fourth and two points clear of Leverkusen (6th) ahead of the meeting earlier this season, which Bayer 04 won 3-1 in Hannover. The Rhineland club are now a whopping 22 points ahead of the Lower Saxony outfit.
  • Roger Schmidt’s side are on a six-game winning run in the Bundesliga – a feat they last achieved across two seasons between April and August 2013 (8 wins in a row back then).
  • Leverkusen are the only side to have won each of their last six matches. They have also scored the most goals (16) and conceded the fewest (2) during that timeframe.
  • Tayfun Korkut’s side haven’t claimed victory in any of their last 12 BL games (D6, L6) – their longest winless run since 2009/10 (13 games in a row back then). No other Bundesliga side has been waiting for a win longer than 96:
  • Over the last 15 seasons, only HSV in 2013/14 avoided relegation despite being the worst team in the second half of the season (via the play-offs).
  • Bernd Leno has set a new club record in the Bundesliga, having gone 527 consecutive minutes without conceding, beating the old record held by Rüdiger Vollborn, who went “just” 485 minutes without letting in a goal in autumn 1986.
  • After previously failing to find the back of the net in seven consecutive league appearances, Stefan Kießling has scored three goals in his last two BL games.

 

 

VfL Wolfsburg v FC Schalke 04

 

 

  • Schalke have won five of their last six games against VfL, meaning they have failed to claim all three points just once since early 2012 – in a 4-0 loss in Wolfsburg during August 2013.
  • However, S04 have won just two of their 19 competitive games in Wolfsburg (D10, L7), with the most recent victory there coming in March 2013, when Draxler (2), Farfan and Huntelaar providing the goals in a 4-1 win.
  • With 60 points after 28 games, Wolfsburg are having the best BL season in their club history – they even had three points fewer at this stage of their 2008/09 title-winning campaign.
  • With 26 points to their name and a +16 goal difference, Wolfsburg are top of a table representing 2015.
  • Just like in 2010/11, Schalke have collected just 14 points from 11 games in the second half of the season. The last time they had fewer was in 1991/92, when they had accrued 10 points at this stage (converted to the 3-points-per-win system).
  • VfL are the league’s best home team (38 points) and are unbeaten in 19 BL games on home soil (W15, D4). The meeting with Schalke could see them equal their club record of 20 consecutive home games without defeat between May 2008 and August 2009.
  • Schalke have failed to score in three straight BL games for the first time since February/March 2001. Their goal drought 14 years go went on for four matches.
  • Having set up 17 goals this season, Kevin De Bruyne is the best assist provider in Europe’s top five leagues (as of 13th April 2015). He is only one assist shy of equalling the Bundesliga record held by Zvjezdan Misimovic (also with VfL Wolfsburg, 2008/09).
  • Bas Dost set up both goals against HSV and has now had a hand in 17 goals in 16 top-flight games this term. Only Arjen Robben (24 in 21 games) has also been involved in more BL goals than he has made BL appearances this season.
  • Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is on a 1,008-minute or 11-game goal drought in the BL. In terms of minutes without a goal, it’s a new negative record for the Hunter (previously 1,003 minutes).
  • Schalke’s Marco Höger is suspended after picking up his 10th yellow card this term. VfL’s Luiz Gustavo, on the other hand, has served his ban after doing the same and is available again. They are the only two players in the league to have been booked 10 times.

 

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Serie A Opta Facts – 18-20 April

Serie A Opta Facts – 18-20 April

Cagliari v Napoli

 

  • This will be the 60th Serie A meeting between Cagliari and Napoli: the Partenopei lead by 22 wins to 13, with 24 draws.
  • Napoli are unbeaten in Serie A against Cagliari since April 2009 (6W 5D).
  • Cagliari have scored just one goal in total in their last four home games against Napoli in Serie A.
  • Cagliari have lost each of their last three league games: the Sardinians have taken only a point from their last four games since return of Zeman.
  • Cagliari have conceded in each of their last 15 Serie A matches (32) – the Sardinians are the only Serie A team yet to keep a clean sheet in 2015.
  • Napoli scored three times in their last game against Fiorentina, as many as they netted in total in their previous five match-days.
  • Napoli have lost their last four league away games – they haven’t lost five away matches in a row in a single campaign since February 2009.
  • Napoli have scored the most second-half goals (31) in Serie A this season, while Cagliari have shipped the most (30) before half-time.
  • Diego Farias’ only brace in Serie A came against Napoli in the reverse fixture, on his first and only league appearance against Napoli.
  • Marek Hamsik has either scored (3) or assisted (2) five of Napoli’s last seven goals in the league.

 

 

Chievo v Udinese

 

  • These two teams have met 25 times in Serie A, with six wins for the Gialloblu and 10 for the Bianconeri.
  • Chievo have won only one of their last 12 league clashes with Udinese (5D, 6L).
  • However, Chievo are unbeaten in their last three home matches against Udinese, thanks to a win and two draws.
  • Chievo have kept seven clean sheets in 2015, a joint-record in Serie A alongside Lazio and Juventus.
  • In each of the last seven Serie A games involving Chievo, at least one of the two sides playing has failed to score.
  • Chievo have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three home games in the league: the last time they recorded four consecutive home clean sheets (in a sinlge season) was back in January 2012.
  • Udinese are winless in their last five games (3D, 2L) – the last time they went six games without winning in a single Serie A campaign was back in January 2010.
  • Udinese’s last away win in Serie A came on the 26th of January; since then, they’ve recorded two draws and three defeats, with two goals scored and six conceded.
  • Udinese have claimed the most points from losing positions in Serie A this season (14) while Chievo have recouped the fewest from trailing situations (2).
  • Antonio Di Natale has scored eight goals against Chievo in Serie A, with each of them coming with Udinese.

 

 

Empoli v Parma

 

 

  • These two teams have drawn only one of their 15 Serie A meetings, with the Tuscans winning four times and Parma winning 10.
  • That draw came during the last clash between the two sides at Empoli’s ground (1-1 in April 2008).
  • Empoli have lost their last two Serie A games without scoring a single goal.
  • Empoli have conceded just four goals in total in their last nine league games at home (3W, 5D, 1L), keeping six clean sheets in the process.
  • Parma have failed to find the net in 10 of the last 20 Serie A match-days, scoring just 10 goals in the process.
  • The Gialloblu have taken just two points from the last 12 league matches on the road, picking up just five points away from home all season.
  • Empoli’s next draw will be their 100th in their Serie A history.
  • Moreover, the Tuscans are one goal away from recording 200 goals scored at home in the top-flight.
  • Empoli have scored just one goal from outside the box so far this season, fewer than any other team in Serie A.
  • Francesco Tavano’s last Serie A goal came in the reverse fixture – in fact, he hasn’t found the net in any of his last 12 league appearances.
  • Parma are Tavano’s favourite target in the top-flight: he has scored five goals in nine Serie A appearances against the Ducali.

 

 

Fiorentina v Verona

 

  • Fiorentina have won 25 times against Verona in their 51 Serie A meetings, losing 11.
  • The Viola have won each of their last four league clashes with Verona, scoring an average of 3.3 goals per game.
  • On the other hand, Verona have managed only one win in their last seven league games at the Franchi, losing the other six.
  • Fiorentina are unbeaten at home in the league since last November (4W 4D).
  • Verona have picked-up just one point in their last three Serie A fixtures, scoring three goals and condeding eight in the process.
  • Verona have conceded in each of their last six games on the road (on average 2.7 per game).
  • Fiorentina and Verona are currently tied for the most goals scored by subs in Serie A this season (seven each).
  • Alessandro Diamanti’s next game will be his 150th appearance in Serie A.
  • Borka Valero has scored three goals in his three league appearances against Verona, including his only brace in Serie A.
  • Luca Toni scored 55 goals in his 94 league appearances for the Viola.

 

 

Inter v Milan

 

  • This will be the 162nd derby between Inter and AC Milan in Serie A: the Nerazzurri lead by 60 wins to 50.
  • Neither side has managed to score more than a single goal in the last five Serie A Milan derbies.
  • The last time a team did score more than once in a Serie A Milan derby was in May 2012 (4-2 for the Nerazzurri).
  • AC Milan have won only one of their last seven games against Inter in Serie A (losing four).
  • Inter’s five-game winless streak (3D 2L) came to an end last weekend when they beat Verona at the Bentegodi.
  • AC Milan have both scored and conceded goals in each of their last five league fixtures.
  • AC Milan have conceded the joint-most headed goals in the league this season (nine).
  • Inter have conceded the joint-fewest headed goals (only three, along with Lazio).
  • The Rossoneri have the record for most points lost from leading situations in Serie A this season (21).
  • Rodrigo Palacio has netted four goals in his last seven league appearances – he had netted only two in his previous 20 games before that.
  • Samir Handanovic saved his fourth penalty of the season last weekend against Verona – a record in the top five European leagues this season.
  • Giacomo Bonaventura has scored four goals in his five Serie A appearances against Inter so far – more than against any other opponent.

 

 

Juventus v Lazio

 

 

  • Juventus are unbeaten in their last 20 league games against Lazio (14W 6D).
  • Juventus’ unbeaten run of 20 league games (14W 6D) came to an end last weekend against Parma.
  • Juventus were behind for 30 minutes against Parma – previously they had been trailing only for 31 minutes overall in the whole 14/15 campaign.
  • Lazio have put together eight wins in a row in Serie A for the first time since April 2007.
  • Their record in the league is nine consecutive wins, recorded in the 1998/99 season.
  • Lazio have the best attack (25 goals scored) and defence (six conceded) in the second half of the season so far.
  • Lazio and Juventus are two of the three sides with the most clean sheets (seven) in Serie A in 2015 – the other being Chievo.
  • Lazio have scored the most headed goals in Serie A this season (10).
  • Juve’s next defeat will be their 500th in Serie A.
  • Arturo Vidal has scored four goals in his seven league appearances against Lazio – making them his favourite opponent in Serie A.
  • Lazio have lost each of the three games played in this campaign without Stefan de Vrij (vs Udinese, Napoli and Cesena).

 

Palermo v Genoa

 

  • Palermo and Genoa have met 33 times so far in Serie A: the Grifoni lead by 10 wins to nine.
  • Their last three league meetings have all ended in a draw.
  • Genoa’s last win away to Palermo was back in March 2008 (3-2), since then the Rosanero have won three and drawn two at the Barbera.
  • Genoa have failed to score on three of their last four visits to Palermo.
  • Palermo got back to winning ways last Sunday against Udinese, after picking up only two points from their previous six games.
  • In fact, Palermo are winless in their last three home fixtures, scoring only one goal in the process.
  • Genoa have won their last two Serie A games keeping a clean sheet in each – the last time they had won two consecutive league games without conceding was back in December.
  • Genoa have scored exactly one goal in six of their last seven away games, losing four of those.
  • 64% of Palermo’s goals (27 out of 42) have been scored before half-time – the highest proportion in the competition this season.
  • Paulo Dybala scored in his only league appearance against Genoa to date.
  • Only Felipe Anderson (7) has more goals from midfield in Serie A in 2015 than Iago Falque (6).

 

 

Roma v Atalanta

 

 

  • These two sides have met 105 times so far in Serie A: Roma lead by 51 wins to 22.
  • Both sides have found the net in their last four meetings (an average of 3.5 goals per game scored in these fixtures).
  • Roma have scored in 25 of their last 26 games played against Atalanta in Serie A.
  • Atalanta have netted 111 goals so far in Serie A against Roma, more than against any other opponent.
  • Roma have managed to score more than a single goal in only one of their last 12 league games (2-1 vs Cagliari).
  • Before beating Napoli in their last home game, Roma had drawn six in a row at the Olimpico in the league.
  • Atalanta won their last league game after a run of three draws and five losses since February.
  • Roma’s last four goals have all been scored by midfielders. Their last goal netted by a striker was Totti’s against Verona back in February.
  • Francesco Totti has scored six goals in 18 Serie A games against Atalanta, although none of these have come since January 2008.
  • Germán Denis has bagged five in 13 appearances against the Giallorossi, against who he also made his Serie A debut in August 2008, when he was at Napoli.

 

 

Sampdoria v Cesena

 

  • Sampdoria lead by eight wins to four in their 21 Serie A meetings against Cesena.
  • Cesena have failed to score in four of their last six games against Sampdoria.
  • Samp have taken just one point from their last two league games, after winning each of their previous four.
  • The Blucerchiati have failed to score in only one of their last 13 league games (vs Fiorentina).
  • Cesena’s last league win came in March against Udinese – since then, they have registered three draws and two losses.
  • Sampdoria are still unbeaten at home in this campaign – a record they share with Juventus.
  • Cesena have enjoyed the fewest wins in the 14/15 Serie A campaign (only four).
  • Cesena have scored only one goal in the opening 15 minutes of play so far this season – no side have scored fewer.
  • The Romagnoli have conceded nine headed goals in Serie A this season – a joint-high figure.
  • Stefano Okaka has made the most fouls so far this season: 101, at least 27 more than anyone else.

 

 

Sassuolo v Torino

 

 

  • These two sides have met only three times in Serie A: Torino have won two, Sassuolo one.
  • None of these meetings have produced more than two goals while none of the three games have seen both sides score.
  • Sassuolo have lost five of their seven games played early on Sunday morning in Serie A, winning the other two.
  • Torino have won only one of their 10 early Sunday games so far, losing five.
  • Sassuolo have lost six of their last eight league fixtures, winning the other two.
  • However, the Neroverdi have won their last two home games (vs Parma and Chievo).
  • Torino haven’t repeated the same result for two consecutive games over the course of their last 11 league fixtures (4W 5D 2L).
  • Domenico Berardi has scored 10 goals in this campaign, three of which have come in his last four appearances.
  • Davide Biondini next appearance will be his 300th in Serie A.
  • Marco Benassi’s first ever Serie A goal came in January 2014 against Sassuolo, when he was at Livorno.

 

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Premier League Opta Facts – 18-19 April

Premier League Opta Facts – 18-19 April

 

Crystal Palace v West Bromwich Albion

  • The Eagles have won both of their previous Premier League games against WBA at Selhurst Park, scoring exactly three goals on both occasions.
  • West Brom have won just one of their previous five Premier League meetings with Crystal Palace (L2 D2).
  • Glenn Murray has scored six goals and assisted three more in his last six Premier League appearances.
  • Alan Pardew has now won 51 points in the Premier League this season; enough to put him eighth in the table had he been at one club all season.
  • However, Crystal Palace have kept only one clean sheet under Alan Pardew (in 12 PL games).
  • Tony Pulis is looking to avoid losing four Premier League games in a row for the first time since he was Stoke manager (did so four times with the Potters).
  • If Palace score four goals in this game they will have matched their total under Tony Pulis last season (26 goals in 26 games) in only 13 matches under Alan Pardew (22 so far)
  • West Brom conceded seven goals in Tony Pulis’s first nine PL games in charge but have conceded 10 in the last three.
  • WBA have conceded 3+ goals in each of their last three league games. They have not done in four successive top-flight games since September 1985.
  • Last weekend Yannick Bolasie became the first Congolese player to score a Premier League hat-trick, the 39th nation to contribute one in the competition’s history.

Everton v Burnley

  • Everton have won more points in their last four Premier League games (10) than they had in their previous 12 (7).
  • Burnley have failed to score in five of their last six league matches, netting once against Man City in the other.
  • Aaron Lennon has netted two goals in his last three PL games after failing to score in his 32 previous league appearances, a drought which went all the way back to the end of 2013.
  • Everton have made only three errors leading to a goal in their last 12 Premier League games after making 11 in the 20 matches before that.
  • Burnley have outrun their opponents in all 32 of their Premier League games this season.
  • Everton have conceded only two goals in their last five Premier League home games.
  • However, the Toffees have taken only two wins from their last seven at Goodison Park (D4 L1).
  • Burnley have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last 13 Premier League away games.
  • The Clarets have only ever won two of their 34 Premier League away games.
  • Ben Mee has been booked in four of his last five Premier League appearances for Burnley.

 

 

Leicester City v Swansea City

  • The home side has won the last seven competitive meetings between Leicester City and Swansea City.
  • Swansea are unbeaten in their last three PL games (W2 D1) – They haven’t gone four PL games without a defeat in a single season since January 2013.
  • Leicester have scored 2+ goals in three successive Premier League games for the first time since November 2003. They have not done it in four consecutive PL games since May 2000.
  • Esteban Cambiasso has scored four goals from five shots on target in the Premier League.
  • Leicester have won both of their games so far in April this season, after a run of 17 Premier League games in April without a win before that.
  • Swansea have taken 10 points from their last four Premier League games in April (W3 D1).
  • Swansea have conceded exactly one goal in their last six Premier League games in April.
  • David Nugent needs one more goal to match his best total of six goals in a Premier League campaign. Four of his five PL goals this season have come away from home, though.
  • Bafétimbi Gomis has three goals in his last three Premier League appearances.
  • Last season the team who were bottom after 31 games avoided the drop (Sunderland).

 

 

Stoke City v Southampton

  • On the last occasion that these two sides met at the Britannia Stadium in the Premier League, goalkeeper Asmir Begovic scored in the opening minute.
  • Four of the previous five Premier League meetings between these two clubs have ended in a draw.
  • Stoke have gone four games without a win (L3 D1), their longest run without one in the Premier League this season.
  • Only Tottenham (seven) have picked up more points courtesy of goals netted in the 90th minute or later than Stoke (four).
  • Stoke have kept only four clean sheets in their last 17 Premier League home games.
  • Southampton have only conceded 22 goals in 32 games this season. This is the same record that Arsenal had on their way to the title in 2004.
  • Saints have conceded just two goals in their last five games and have not conceded more than once away from home since the opening weekend of the season.
  • Graziano Pelle has had more shots off target than any other Premier League player this season (53).
  • Pelle and Stoke’s Peter Crouch have made 325 flick-ons between them this season, more than 11 Premier League sides have in total.
  • Stoke have hit the target with only 37% of their shots this season, the lowest rate in the division this season.

 

 

Chelsea v Manchester United

  • Chelsea have lost just one of their last 12 Barclays Premier League home games against Manchester United (W7 D4 L1).
  • Manchester United have suffered more Premier League defeats against Chelsea than versus any other side (15).
  • Chelsea have scored 100 goals in 47 games this season (2.13 per game) while United have 68 in 38 matches (1.79).
  • Juan Mata has three goals and an assist in his last three Premier League games.
  • Manchester United have 65 points, one more than they collected in the whole of 2013-14 (64).
  • No duo have combined for more goals than Fabregas and Eden Hazard in the Premier League this season (six times, level with Costa & Fabregas).
  • Chelsea’s last home defeat in the Premier League came almost exactly one year ago (April 19, 2014 vs Sunderland).
  • Wayne Rooney has scored or assisted 120 Premier League goals away from home, the fourth highest total in the division’s history.
  • Cesc Fabregas has not scored or assisted a goal in any of his last seven Premier League games at Stamford Bridge.
  • Manchester United now have the best shot conversion rate in the Premier League (18.6%) this season.

 

 

Manchester City v West Ham United

  • Man City have lost two league matches in April this season already – they have not lost three PL games in a single month since November 2008.
  • West Ham defeated Man City 2-1 in the Premier League earlier this season – they have never won both games against them in a single PL campaign.
  • Man City have won Frank Lampard’s last three starts in the Premier League, scoring eight goals in the process.
  • Man City have already lost five league games in 2015, one more than in the whole of 2014 (4).
  • West Ham have lost seven points from goals scored in the 90th minute (and injury time) this season, more than any other team.
  • Man City have outrun their opponents only six times in the Premier League this season, fewer than any other side.
  • Sergio Aguero has scored 100 goals in 158 competitive games for Manchester City.
  • If the season had started on Boxing Day, West Ham would be only one point clear of the relegation zone.
  • If the season had started on Boxing Day then Man City would be ninth, 17 points behind leaders Arsenal.
  • West Ham have scored a league-high 15 headed goals this season, 11 more than Manchester City have (4).

 

 

Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur

  • Newcastle have lost just one of their last eight PL home games against Spurs (W5 D2 L1), but this defeat came last season.
  • Since defeating Arsenal in February, Tottenham have won just three of their eight Premier League matches (W3 D2 L3).
  • Since the start of last season Newcastle have picked up 11 Premier League red cards, more than any other team in that period.
  • If the season had started on Boxing Day Newcastle would be only one point clear of the relegation zone.
  • Newcastle have lost their last five games. If they lose this it will match their worst ever Premier League run of defeats, set last spring.
  • Tottenham have gone 202 minutes without a goal away from home in the Premier League.
  • Harry Kane has not gone three Premier League appearances without scoring since December.
  • Kane is tied with Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa on 19 goals currently. The last season to see the top scorer end with fewer than 20 goals was 2008-09 (Anelka finished with 19).
  • Newcastle substitutes have contributed a league-high nine goals this season.
  • Tottenham have conceded seven penalties in the Premier League this season, more than any other side.

 

 

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Premier League Opta Facts – 18-19 April

Premier League Opta Facts – 18-19 April

 

Crystal Palace v West Bromwich Albion

  • The Eagles have won both of their previous Premier League games against WBA at Selhurst Park, scoring exactly three goals on both occasions.
  • West Brom have won just one of their previous five Premier League meetings with Crystal Palace (L2 D2).
  • Glenn Murray has scored six goals and assisted three more in his last six Premier League appearances.
  • Alan Pardew has now won 51 points in the Premier League this season; enough to put him eighth in the table had he been at one club all season.
  • However, Crystal Palace have kept only one clean sheet under Alan Pardew (in 12 PL games).
  • Tony Pulis is looking to avoid losing four Premier League games in a row for the first time since he was Stoke manager (did so four times with the Potters).
  • If Palace score four goals in this game they will have matched their total under Tony Pulis last season (26 goals in 26 games) in only 13 matches under Alan Pardew (22 so far)
  • West Brom conceded seven goals in Tony Pulis’s first nine PL games in charge but have conceded 10 in the last three.
  • WBA have conceded 3+ goals in each of their last three league games. They have not done in four successive top-flight games since September 1985.
  • Last weekend Yannick Bolasie became the first Congolese player to score a Premier League hat-trick, the 39th nation to contribute one in the competition’s history.

Everton v Burnley

  • Everton have won more points in their last four Premier League games (10) than they had in their previous 12 (7).
  • Burnley have failed to score in five of their last six league matches, netting once against Man City in the other.
  • Aaron Lennon has netted two goals in his last three PL games after failing to score in his 32 previous league appearances, a drought which went all the way back to the end of 2013.
  • Everton have made only three errors leading to a goal in their last 12 Premier League games after making 11 in the 20 matches before that.
  • Burnley have outrun their opponents in all 32 of their Premier League games this season.
  • Everton have conceded only two goals in their last five Premier League home games.
  • However, the Toffees have taken only two wins from their last seven at Goodison Park (D4 L1).
  • Burnley have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last 13 Premier League away games.
  • The Clarets have only ever won two of their 34 Premier League away games.
  • Ben Mee has been booked in four of his last five Premier League appearances for Burnley.

 

 

Leicester City v Swansea City

  • The home side has won the last seven competitive meetings between Leicester City and Swansea City.
  • Swansea are unbeaten in their last three PL games (W2 D1) – They haven’t gone four PL games without a defeat in a single season since January 2013.
  • Leicester have scored 2+ goals in three successive Premier League games for the first time since November 2003. They have not done it in four consecutive PL games since May 2000.
  • Esteban Cambiasso has scored four goals from five shots on target in the Premier League.
  • Leicester have won both of their games so far in April this season, after a run of 17 Premier League games in April without a win before that.
  • Swansea have taken 10 points from their last four Premier League games in April (W3 D1).
  • Swansea have conceded exactly one goal in their last six Premier League games in April.
  • David Nugent needs one more goal to match his best total of six goals in a Premier League campaign. Four of his five PL goals this season have come away from home, though.
  • Bafétimbi Gomis has three goals in his last three Premier League appearances.
  • Last season the team who were bottom after 31 games avoided the drop (Sunderland).

 

 

Stoke City v Southampton

  • On the last occasion that these two sides met at the Britannia Stadium in the Premier League, goalkeeper Asmir Begovic scored in the opening minute.
  • Four of the previous five Premier League meetings between these two clubs have ended in a draw.
  • Stoke have gone four games without a win (L3 D1), their longest run without one in the Premier League this season.
  • Only Tottenham (seven) have picked up more points courtesy of goals netted in the 90th minute or later than Stoke (four).
  • Stoke have kept only four clean sheets in their last 17 Premier League home games.
  • Southampton have only conceded 22 goals in 32 games this season. This is the same record that Arsenal had on their way to the title in 2004.
  • Saints have conceded just two goals in their last five games and have not conceded more than once away from home since the opening weekend of the season.
  • Graziano Pelle has had more shots off target than any other Premier League player this season (53).
  • Pelle and Stoke’s Peter Crouch have made 325 flick-ons between them this season, more than 11 Premier League sides have in total.
  • Stoke have hit the target with only 37% of their shots this season, the lowest rate in the division this season.

 

 

Chelsea v Manchester United

  • Chelsea have lost just one of their last 12 Barclays Premier League home games against Manchester United (W7 D4 L1).
  • Manchester United have suffered more Premier League defeats against Chelsea than versus any other side (15).
  • Chelsea have scored 100 goals in 47 games this season (2.13 per game) while United have 68 in 38 matches (1.79).
  • Juan Mata has three goals and an assist in his last three Premier League games.
  • Manchester United have 65 points, one more than they collected in the whole of 2013-14 (64).
  • No duo have combined for more goals than Fabregas and Eden Hazard in the Premier League this season (six times, level with Costa & Fabregas).
  • Chelsea’s last home defeat in the Premier League came almost exactly one year ago (April 19, 2014 vs Sunderland).
  • Wayne Rooney has scored or assisted 120 Premier League goals away from home, the fourth highest total in the division’s history.
  • Cesc Fabregas has not scored or assisted a goal in any of his last seven Premier League games at Stamford Bridge.
  • Manchester United now have the best shot conversion rate in the Premier League (18.6%) this season.

 

 

Manchester City v West Ham United

  • Man City have lost two league matches in April this season already – they have not lost three PL games in a single month since November 2008.
  • West Ham defeated Man City 2-1 in the Premier League earlier this season – they have never won both games against them in a single PL campaign.
  • Man City have won Frank Lampard’s last three starts in the Premier League, scoring eight goals in the process.
  • Man City have already lost five league games in 2015, one more than in the whole of 2014 (4).
  • West Ham have lost seven points from goals scored in the 90th minute (and injury time) this season, more than any other team.
  • Man City have outrun their opponents only six times in the Premier League this season, fewer than any other side.
  • Sergio Aguero has scored 100 goals in 158 competitive games for Manchester City.
  • If the season had started on Boxing Day, West Ham would be only one point clear of the relegation zone.
  • If the season had started on Boxing Day then Man City would be ninth, 17 points behind leaders Arsenal.
  • West Ham have scored a league-high 15 headed goals this season, 11 more than Manchester City have (4).

 

 

Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur

  • Newcastle have lost just one of their last eight PL home games against Spurs (W5 D2 L1), but this defeat came last season.
  • Since defeating Arsenal in February, Tottenham have won just three of their eight Premier League matches (W3 D2 L3).
  • Since the start of last season Newcastle have picked up 11 Premier League red cards, more than any other team in that period.
  • If the season had started on Boxing Day Newcastle would be only one point clear of the relegation zone.
  • Newcastle have lost their last five games. If they lose this it will match their worst ever Premier League run of defeats, set last spring.
  • Tottenham have gone 202 minutes without a goal away from home in the Premier League.
  • Harry Kane has not gone three Premier League appearances without scoring since December.
  • Kane is tied with Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa on 19 goals currently. The last season to see the top scorer end with fewer than 20 goals was 2008-09 (Anelka finished with 19).
  • Newcastle substitutes have contributed a league-high nine goals this season.
  • Tottenham have conceded seven penalties in the Premier League this season, more than any other side.

 

 

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Europa League Opta Facts – 16 April

Europa League Opta Facts – 16 April

 

Club Brugge v Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk

 

  • Club Brugge have now won five successive Europa League matches; scoring at least two goals in every game.
  • Overall in the Europa League this season (inc. qualifiers); Brugge have won 11 and drawn three of their 14 matches.
  • This is the furthest that Club Brugge have got in European competition since 1994-95, when they reached the Cup Winners’ Cup quarter final (losing to Chelsea).
  • Dnipro have won just one of their last nine European matches away from home (L5 D3 – inc. qualifiers).
  • This will be Dnipro’s first European quarter final appearance since 1989/90, when they played in the European Cup.
  • Of the eight remaining sides in the Europa League, Dnipro have the lowest average possession figure in the competition this season (44.7%).

 

Dynamo Kiev v Fiorentina

 

  • Dynamo Kiev have won their home leg but lost their away leg in both the last 32 and last 16 stages of the 2014-15 Europa League.
  • D.Kiev have been eliminated from Europe on the two previous occasions that they have been drawn against Fiorentina (European Cup in 1969-70 and UEFA Cup in 1989-90).
  • Dynamo Kiev has won each of their five Europa League home games so far this season, netting 15 goals in the process.
  • Fiorentina have lost just one of their 10 Europa League games this season (W6 D3).
  • The Florence-based side have drawn the first leg and won the second leg in both the last 32 and last 16 stages of the Europa League this season.
  • This is the furthest that Fiorentina have reached in a European competition since 2007-08, when they got to the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup.
  • Andriy Yarmolenko has more assists than any other player in the 2014-15 Europa League (7).

 

 

Sevilla v Zenit St Petersburg

 

  • Sevilla are on a run of five successive wins in the Europa League.
  • This will be a repeat of the 2005-06 UEFA Cup quarter finals, where Sevilla prevailed 5-2 on aggregate over Zenit over two legs.
  • Sevilla won the home leg of that 2005-06 UEFA Cup quarter final tie, 4-1.
  • The Seville side have won seven successive European games at home – their last on home soil coming against fellow Spaniards Real Betis in March 2014.
  • This will be Zenit’s 15th European game this season (inc. qualifiers) – they have kept nine clean sheets in the previous 14.
  • This is the furthest that Zenit have got in European competition since lifting the UEFA Cup back in 2007-08.

 

 

VfL Wolfsburg v Napoli

 

  • Wolfsburg defeated another Italian side in the last round – winning both legs of their tie against Inter Milan.
  • The German side have conceded just two goals in their last five Europa League matches.
  • Napoli have conceded just four goals in 10 Europa League games this season, keeping seven clean sheets in the process.
  • This is the furthest that Napoli have gone in a European competition since they won the 1988-89 UEFA Cup against Stuttgart.
  • No player has created more goalscoring chances in the Europa League this season than Kevin De Bruyne (48).
  • These two sides have attempted the most shots in the 2014-15 Europa League – Napoli (145) & Wolfsburg (144).
  • Wolfsburg have netted a competition high three direct free kicks in the Europa League this season.

 

 

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Europa League Opta Facts – 16 April

Europa League Opta Facts – 16 April

 

Club Brugge v Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk

 

  • Club Brugge have now won five successive Europa League matches; scoring at least two goals in every game.
  • Overall in the Europa League this season (inc. qualifiers); Brugge have won 11 and drawn three of their 14 matches.
  • This is the furthest that Club Brugge have got in European competition since 1994-95, when they reached the Cup Winners’ Cup quarter final (losing to Chelsea).
  • Dnipro have won just one of their last nine European matches away from home (L5 D3 – inc. qualifiers).
  • This will be Dnipro’s first European quarter final appearance since 1989/90, when they played in the European Cup.
  • Of the eight remaining sides in the Europa League, Dnipro have the lowest average possession figure in the competition this season (44.7%).

 

Dynamo Kiev v Fiorentina

 

  • Dynamo Kiev have won their home leg but lost their away leg in both the last 32 and last 16 stages of the 2014-15 Europa League.
  • D.Kiev have been eliminated from Europe on the two previous occasions that they have been drawn against Fiorentina (European Cup in 1969-70 and UEFA Cup in 1989-90).
  • Dynamo Kiev has won each of their five Europa League home games so far this season, netting 15 goals in the process.
  • Fiorentina have lost just one of their 10 Europa League games this season (W6 D3).
  • The Florence-based side have drawn the first leg and won the second leg in both the last 32 and last 16 stages of the Europa League this season.
  • This is the furthest that Fiorentina have reached in a European competition since 2007-08, when they got to the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup.
  • Andriy Yarmolenko has more assists than any other player in the 2014-15 Europa League (7).

 

 

Sevilla v Zenit St Petersburg

 

  • Sevilla are on a run of five successive wins in the Europa League.
  • This will be a repeat of the 2005-06 UEFA Cup quarter finals, where Sevilla prevailed 5-2 on aggregate over Zenit over two legs.
  • Sevilla won the home leg of that 2005-06 UEFA Cup quarter final tie, 4-1.
  • The Seville side have won seven successive European games at home – their last on home soil coming against fellow Spaniards Real Betis in March 2014.
  • This will be Zenit’s 15th European game this season (inc. qualifiers) – they have kept nine clean sheets in the previous 14.
  • This is the furthest that Zenit have got in European competition since lifting the UEFA Cup back in 2007-08.

 

 

VfL Wolfsburg v Napoli

 

  • Wolfsburg defeated another Italian side in the last round – winning both legs of their tie against Inter Milan.
  • The German side have conceded just two goals in their last five Europa League matches.
  • Napoli have conceded just four goals in 10 Europa League games this season, keeping seven clean sheets in the process.
  • This is the furthest that Napoli have gone in a European competition since they won the 1988-89 UEFA Cup against Stuttgart.
  • No player has created more goalscoring chances in the Europa League this season than Kevin De Bruyne (48).
  • These two sides have attempted the most shots in the 2014-15 Europa League – Napoli (145) & Wolfsburg (144).
  • Wolfsburg have netted a competition high three direct free kicks in the Europa League this season.

 

 

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Sky Bet League Two Opta Facts April 14-15

Sky Bet League Two Opta Facts April 14-15

Bury V Shrewsbury
Bury have failed to score in their last two games against Shrewsbury; they’ve not gone three without reply since September 1993.
Shrewsbury have gone five games without an away win versus Bury (D2 L3).
Bury’s 5-0 loss in the reverse fixture was their heaviest ever loss to Shrewsbury in the Football League.
The Shrews have won six consecutive league games for the second time this season. The only side to win seven on the spin are Luton.
Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro’s brace against Exeter ended a run of 13 league games without a strike.

Cheltenham V Cambridge
Cheltenham won the reverse fixture 2-1 thanks to goals from Matt Richards and Terry Gornell.
Cambridge have scored in each of their five previous games against Cheltenham in the Football League.
The Robins have won fewer points at home this season than any other League Two side (20).
22 of the last 23 league goals conceded by Cambridge have come from open play.
Cheltenham have lost each of their last five league fixtures. The only side to lose more in succession this season are Luton (7).

Dag & Red V Luton
Both sides have scored in all three previous meetings in the Football League, one win for Dagenham and two for Luton.
Luton won the reverse of this game back in October courtesy of a hat-trick from Mark Cullen (3-1).
Four of Dagenham’s last six league goals have been scored by Jamie Cureton.
Eight of the Hatters’ last nine games has ended in defeat, but they did win their last away game against Tranmere.
Mark Cullen has scored only one goal in his last 11 league games.

Hartlepool V Accrington
Hartlepool have won four of their last five games at home to Accrington, including each of the last three (D1).
Accrington’s last league win away to Hartlepool United arrived back in April 1955.
Hartlepool have won six of their nine home games in 2015, losing the other three.
No side has kept fewer clean sheets than Accrington in League Two this season (5).
Scott Flinders has made more saves than any other keeper in League Two (151).

Mansfield V Tranmere
Mansfield have lost only one of their last 13 home games against Rovers, winning five (D7).
Tranmere have won three of their last five against Mansfield in league competition (D1 L1).
Vadaine Oliver and Rakish Bingham have each scored four league goals at Field Mill this season; the joint-most for Mansfield.
Tranmere have kept a clean sheet in each of their last two games in all comps vs Mansfield.
The Stags have lost three of their last four at home in league competition, winning the other.
Tranmere haven’t lost consecutive away games against Mansfield since March 1958.

Oxford Utd V Northampton
Oxford have won their last four at home to Northampton, this after losing the previous two.
Northampton have never kept a clean sheet away to Oxford in the league, conceding in all 10 trips.
Oxford have been adjudged offside the fewest number of times in League Two (54).
Northampton have been shown more yellow cards than any other League Two sides (79).
James Gray has scored three times in his last four games for the Cobblers.

Plymouth V Wimbledon
Plymouth have won only one of their seven previous clashes against the Dons in the Football League (D3 L3).
Wimbledon are unbeaten in five against the Pilgrims, winning two.
Only Shrewsbury (21) have kept more clean sheets than the Pilgrims this season (20).
AFC Wimbledon have lost 27 points from leading positions this campaign, more than any other side in the top four tiers. They’re also one of four League Two sides yet to win from behind.
The Dons are the only League Two side yet to win away from home in 2015 (D4 L6).
Bobby Reid and George Francomb have recorded 10 assists this season. No League Two player has more.

Southend V Newport
Southend have failed to score in their last two games against Newport; they’ve not gone three without reply since April 1939.
Newport have lost just one of their last nine matches against Southend, winning five.
Southend are unbeaten in five home league matches, keeping a clean sheet in four of those games (W3 D2).
Only one of Newport’s last 26 goals hasn’t come from open play (Chapman penalty v Carlisle in January).
Barry Corr has scored nine times in his last 11 games for Southend. No League Two player has more goals than him in 2015 (10).

Stevenage V Portsmouth
Stevenage have won both of their previous two home games against Portsmouth in all competitions by a 2-1 scoreline.
Portsmouth won the reverse of this fixture back in October, 3-2, with Jed Wallace, Miles Storey and Joe Devera bagging the goals.
Only one of Stevenage’s last 13 league games has ended in defeat (W6 D6)
Andy Awford won just two of his final 10 league games as Portsmouth manager (D4 L4).
The last four goals shipped by Stevenage in League Two have come in the eight minutes leading up to half-time.

Wycombe V Exeter
Wycombe have lost just one of their five home games against Exeter, though three have been draws (W1).
Exeter have found the net in 10 of their previous 11 meetings with Wycombe in the Football League.
While Wycombe top the league table for away form, they sit just 12th based on games at Adams Park (W9 D7 L5).
Exeter have gained 27 points from behind this season in League Two, more than any other club.
The Grecians have scored four times directly from free-kicks this season, more than any other side. Wycombe have three.

York V Morecambe
York have lost just one of their five games against Morecambe, though three have been draws (W1).
Jack Redshaw scored a 90th minute equaliser for Morecambe in the reverse fixture after Michael Coulson opened the scoring for York.
York have gone three league games without conceding. They last kept more successive clean sheets in April 2014 (a run of seven games).
Morecambe haven’t lost on the road in League Two since February (W3 D3).
Alex Kenyon had scored just once in 71 league appearances for Morecambe prior to today’s brace against Portsmouth.

Burton V Carlisle
Burton have failed to score in two of their three previous meetings in all competitions against Carlisle, though they scored four against them back in October.
Six of the seven goals scored in the reverse fixture this season arrived in the first half.
Stuart Beavon (8) has had a hand in more league goals at the Pirelli Stadium this term than any other Burton player (four goals, four assists).
Carlisle’s only competitive win over Burton was back in April 2005 in the Conference (1-0).
The Brewers have lost only one of their last 14 league games at home, winning 10 (D3).
Kyle Dempsey (8) has had a hand in more league goals on the road than any other Carlisle player this season (three goals, five assists).

 

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Sky Bet League One Opta Facts April 14

Sky Bet League One Opta Facts April 14

Bradford v Bristol City
Bradford have won six and lost none of their last 11 meetings with Bristol City, with the last three ending level.
The Robins have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 14 league visits to Bradford. They’ve also failed to score more than once in a game in that time.
Bradford have failed to find the net in their last two league home games – they haven’t failed to score in three successive home games in league competition since October 2007.
Bristol City have won 40 points and scored 40 goals away from home in League One this season – both more than any other side.

Chesterfield v Colchester
The Spireites have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 18 league meetings with Colchester.
Colchester have won five of their last seven visits to Chesterfield in league competition (D1 L1).
Three of Chesterfield’s last five goals against the U’s have come in the opening six minutes.
The U’s won the reverse of this fixture back in October, coming from behind to win 2-1 thanks to goals from Rhys Healey and Freddie Sears.
Chesterfield have won three consecutive home games without conceding. Indeed, they’ve not conceded in any of their last six home wins.
Colchester have scored on each of their last nine visits to Chesterfield, netting 20 goals in total.

Coventry v Oldham
Coventry have never lost or failed to score at home to Oldham in league competition (W6 D3).
Jonathan Forte scored twice as Oldham won the reverse of this fixture 4-1 in October.
Coventry have won just one of their last five League One home games (D1 L3).
None of Oldham’s last 12 League One away games have ended in a draw (W5 L7).

Fleetwood v MK Dons
Fleetwood’s 2-1 defeat in the reverse of this fixture was the first ever meeting between the sides.
In that match, all the goals were scored after half-time as MK Dons came from behind to claim all three points.
Fleetwood Town have collected a league-high 86 yellow cards in League One this season.
Fleetwood have been awarded just one penalty in League One this season; fewer than any other side.
Will Grigg has scored seven goals in his last six appearances for MK Dons.

Leyton Orient v Doncaster
Orient’s 2-0 win in the reverse of this fixture was their first win in nine against Rovers (D3 L5).
Donny are unbeaten in four league visits to Brisbane Road (W2 D2), since an 8-0 defeat in December 1997.
Doncaster have conceded a league-high 12 goals in the opening 15 minutes of games this season.
Leyton Orient are looking to go five league games unbeaten for the first time this season (W2 D2 of their last four).

Notts County v Barnsley
The Magpies have lost just one of their last 10 in the league against Barnsley (W4 D5).
Barnsley threw away a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 in the reverse of this fixture.
Both teams have scored in the last six meetings between these sides at Meadow Lane.
Notts County have won a league-low 17 points in home games this season.
County have now drawn four successive league games – the record in League One this season is five in a row (Crawley Town).

Peterborough v Crewe
The Posh were reduced to nine men as they lost 1-0 to Crewe in the reverse of this fixture; their first defeat in nine against them (W3 D5).
The Railwaymen have won none of their last five trips to London Road (D2 L3), losing 4-2 on each of their last two visits there.
Peterborough have now failed to score in four successive League One games (423 mins in total).
16 of Peterborough’s goals have come from outside of the box this season; more than any other side.
Crewe have conceded over half (51%) of their League One goals this season in the final 30 minutes of matches.

Preston v Gillingham
Preston have won their last three league games against Gillingham, their best ever sequence against them.
The Gills have kept just one clean sheet in nine against Preston, this after a run of five without conceding against them.
Preston are currently on a league-best 14 game unbeaten run in League One (W10 D4).
North End have only failed to score in two League One games this season; the best record in the division.

Rochdale v Swindon
Bastien Hery scored a 90th minute winner as Dale won the reverse of this fixture 3-2. It was Swindon’s first home defeat of the season.
Swindon are winless in four against Rochdale, though three of these ended level (L1).
The last three games between these sides have produced 13 goals – one more than in the previous six combined (12).
Rochdale have scored a league-high 19 headed goals in the competition this season.
Swindon Town have missed four of the eight penalties that they have been given this season – no side have missed more.

Scunthorpe v Port Vale
Scunthorpe are unbeaten in 13 home games against Port Vale in all competitions (W6 D7).
Vale have failed to score in nine of those 13 visits, netting just six goals in total.
Scunthorpe have won their last two league games at home – they have not won three in a row there since January 2014.
Port Vale have won just one point in their last seven League One games (D1 L6).

Walsall v Crawley
Walsall have never beaten Crawley in league competition – three draws followed by two defeats.
Five of Crawley’s seven goals against Walsall have arrived in the second half.
Walsall have drawn 15 League One games this season; more than any other side.
A league-high eight of these draws have ended 0-0.
Crawley Town have allowed their opponents more shots on target than any other side in League One this season (255).

Yeovil v Sheff Utd
Yeovil have lost five of their seven league meetings with Sheffield United (including play-offs) winning the other two. They’ve failed to score in each defeat, while keeping a clean sheet in both wins.
The Blades have won both of their previous visits to Huish Park (excluding play-offs) by a 1-0 scoreline.
Yeovil Town have failed to find the net in half (21) of their 42 league games this season; more often than any other side.
The Glovers have conceded a goal in each of their last 15 League One matches.
No side have scored more penalties in League One this season than Sheffield United (7).

 

 

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Sky Bet Championship Opta Facts April 14-15

Sky Bet Championship Opta Facts April 14-15

Birmingham V Blackburn
Lee Novak has scored four goals in two appearances against Blackburn in league competition (two for Birmingham).
Rudy Gestede scored a hat-trick in this exact fixture last season as Blackburn ran out 4-2 winners.
Jordan Rhodes has had a hand in four goals in his last four games against Birmingham (three goals, one assist).
Birmingham came from behind to win a match for the first time in the Championship this season in their game against Wolves on Saturday.
Rovers are unbeaten in seven away games in all competitions (W3 D4), conceding just three goals.
No side has hit the woodwork more than Blackburn in the Championship this season (22).

Brighton V Huddersfield
Brighton are unbeaten in five against Huddersfield, winning two (D3).
Both teams have scored in six of the last seven meetings between the two in league competition, with the other match ending goalless.
The Seagulls have lost their last three league matches without reply. They’ve not lost four on the trot since December 2011.
The Terriers have scored exactly once in each of their last four away games (W1 D2 L1).
Brighton have kept a league-low four clean sheets in home games this season.
Huddersfield have yet to lose a game in which they’ve been ahead this season (W13 D4), dropping a joint league-low eight points from leading positions.

Derby V Blackpool
Chris Martin has scored five goals in his last three league games against Blackpool for Derby, including a hat-trick in this exact fixture last season.
Blackpool have lost six of their last seven matches against Derby, winning the other.
Following a run of four straight wins at the Ipro Stadium, Derby in winless in four at home (D3 L1).
Relegated Blackpool are the only side in England’s top four tiers yet to win away from home this season.
Darren Bent has scored in his last three league games. He’s not scored in four consecutively since October 2009 (a run of five for Sunderland).
Blackpool have conceded a league-high 50 second-half goals this season, four more than Derby have in total (46).

Ipswich V Cardiff
Ipswich have found the back of the net in 11 of their last 12 against Cardiff City.
Cardiff have lost three of their last four trips to Portman Road but did win last time out in October 2012 (2-1).
The Tractor Boys are unbeaten in five home games (W3 D2), alternating between a win and a draw in each.
The Bluebirds meanwhile, have lost none of their last seven away games (W4 D3).
Freddie Sears has scored five goals in his last five games at Portman Road.
Both of these sides have scored a league-high 16 headed goals this season.

Leeds V Norwich
Leeds have won three and lost none of their last five games at home to Norwich in league competition.
Gary Hooper has scored three goals in his last three appearances against Leeds.
The Whites have lost their last three league games, conceding nine goals in the process.
Promotion-chasing Norwich have yet to lose an away game in 2015 (W7 D2).
Leeds have scored a league-low four headed goals this season.
Norwich have scored a league-high 52 second-half goals this season, five more than Leeds have in total (47).

Middlesbrough V Wolves
Middlesbrough have won 13 and lost none of their last 21 home league games against Wolves. They last lost at home to them in April 1951.
Wolves have won three of their last four league meetings with Middlesbrough, losing the other.
Boro have won 10 of their last 11 games, two sets of five straight victories sandwiching a defeat. They’ve conceded just four goals in that run.
No player in English football has scored more goals than Benik Afobe in all competitions this season (30).
On Saturday, Middlesbrough missed their first penalty of the season, scoring the previous eight.
Wolves have scored in each of their last 11 Championship games, netting 25 goals in total.

Millwall V Wigan
Millwall have lost only one of their 10 previous home clashes against Wigan, winning seven (D2).
Wigan have kept just one clean sheet in those aforementioned 10 matches.
The Lions have won just one of their last 11 league games (D3 L7).
The Latics have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last seven games.
No team has scored fewer (11) or conceded more (33) first-half goals than Millwall this season.
Meanwhile, Wigan have scored a league-low 17 goals in the second half of games this season.

Sheff Wed V Brentford
Sheffield Wednesday have won just one of their last eight league fixtures against the Bees (D4 L3).
Brentford have avoided defeat in each of their last five trips to Hillsborough, winning three (D2).
Three of Wednesday’s last six goals have been assisted by Lewis McGugan.
The Bees have both scored and conceded in their last eight Championship games (W3 D4 L1).
No team has scored (3) or conceded (2) fewer goals in the opening 15 minutes of games this season than Sheffield Wednesday.
Brentford have scored 24 goals in the final 15 minutes of games this season, at least five more than any other side.

Bolton V Charlton
Eidur Gudjohnsen has scored four and assisted another in his last six league appearances against Charlton.
The Addicks are winless in six away to Bolton, losing three (D3).
Bolton’s last five home goals have been scored by either Gudjohnsen (2) or Adam Le Fondre (3).
Charlton have only failed to score once in their last 15 games, netting in each of the last nine.
Only Ipswich (0) have received fewer red cards than Bolton this season (1).
The Addicks’ last two games have ended 1-1, with Johann Berg Gudmundsson netting both of their goals.

Reading V Bournemouth
Reading have lost only one of their last 10 games at home to the Cherries (W4 D5), though it arrived in most recent match.
Bournemouth have won four of their last six league encounters with Reading, drawing the other two.
The Royals are winless in five, with the last three ending level (L2).
The Cherries have four players to have reached double figures for goals this season, a league-high alongside Norwich.
Reading have only won once in their fixture immediately before an FA Cup game this season (D1 L3).
Bournemouth have only failed to score in four league games this season, a league-low number.
No team has scored more (46) or conceded fewer (20) away goals this season than Bournemouth.

Nottm Forest V Watford
Michail Antonio has scored four goals in his last three games against the Hornets.
Matej Vydra has found the back of the net five times in just three previous appearances against Nottingham Forest for Watford.
After a run of five straight wins in which they scored 13 goals at home, Forest have lost their last two at the City Ground, scoring just once.
Watford are unbeaten in seven on the road (W5 D2), scoring at least twice in each game.
Forest have won a league-high seven games from losing positions this season. Watford are the next highest with six.
No player in England has more league goals in 2015 than Odion Ighalo (15).

Fulham V Rotherham
Fulham have lost only once in their last 15 games at home to the Millers in league competition, winning eight (D6).
Rotherham have kept just one clean sheet away to Fulham in their league history (1992, 1-0).
The Cottagers are winless in four at home (D1 L3), conceding 14 goals in that run.
The Millers have lost six of their last seven on the road (W1), conceding at least twice in each defeat.
Ross McCormack has scored in three successive games for the first time for Fulham.
No team has scored fewer goals in the opening 15 minutes this season than Rotherham (3), while no side has conceded more in that time than Fulham (14).

 

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Champions League Opta Facts: 14/15 April

Champions League Opta Facts: 14/15 April

Atletico Madrid – Real Madrid

  • It will be the second Derby madrileño in the Champions League, after the last Champions League final (Real Madrid won 4-1 after the extra time).
  • Diego Pablo Simeone’s side have lost only one (after ET) of their last eight games against Real Madrid in all competitions (W4, D3).
  • Atlético de Madrid have scored one goal in each of their four European games against Real Madrid.
  • Real Madrid have played only a quarter final in Europe against Spanish sides: they have won 8-0 at home against Sevilla and drawn 2-2 away in 1957/58.
  • The Blancos have lost only one of their last seven games against a Spanish team in Europe (W4, D2).
  • Atlético have faced a Spanish side only one time in the CL quarter-final: Barcelona in the Champions League 2013/14 (1-1 away, 1-0 at home).
  • Atlético de Madrid are unbeaten at home against Spanish sides in Europe (W5, D1): they’ve kept four clean sheets.
  • Real Madrid have scored 21 goals over this Champions League – only FC Bayern München (23) have scored more.
  • On the other hand the Blancos have conceded six goals – only PSG conceded more (10) amongst teams still in the competition.
  • Atlético have conceded only four goals, joint-best record in this competition.
  • Real Madrid have fired 106 shots (excl. blocks) in this competition, only FC Bayern München have more (116).
  • Real Madrid have scored five headed goals, record in the CL 2014/15, but Atlético have not conceded.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has played a hand in four of the last five Real Madrid goals in the Champions League (three goals, one assist).
  • Ronaldo have fired 23 shots on target, record in the Champions League 2014/15.

Juventus – Monaco

  • Juventus and Monaco have met twice in Europe, in the Champions League 1997/98 semi-final: the Bianconeri have won at home (4-1) and lost away (2-3).
  • Juventus have lost only one of their last six games against French opponents (W3, D2).
  • Juventus are unbeaten at home against French opponents: they have won 10 games (D2).
  • Monaco have played 11 games against Italian sides; the Red and White have won only three times (D2, L6).
  • Monaco have scored only two goals in six away games against Italian sides.
  • Juventus have played the Champions League quarter-final eight times: they have progressed five and they were eliminated in the last three (vs Liverpool, Arsenal and FC Bayern München).
  • Monaco have won only one of their four quarter-final games in Champions League (D2, L1), but they have always progressed to the semi-finals.
  • Monaco have scored only seven goals in the Champions League 2014/15: five fewer than Juventus, second to last amongst teams progressed to the quarter-final.
  • Monaco have fired 51 shots – excl. blocks – (21 on target), two negative records amongst teams qualified to the quarter-final.
  • Only Atlético de Madrid and FC Bayern München (six) have kept more clean sheets than Monaco (five) in the Champions League 2014/15.
  • The French side have conceded only four goals, joint record in this competition.
  • Monaco have won the most tackles (153) amongst teams in the quarter-final; Juventus have won only 95, fewer than any other team.
  • Danijel Subasic (24) and Gianluigi Buffon (20) are the two goalkeepers with the most saves amongst those still in the competition.
  • Carlos Tévez has scored six goals in the Champions League 2014/15 (eight games played): he scored six in his previous 33 Champions League appearances.

Porto – FC Bayern München

  • These two teams have already met twice in the quarterfinals of the European Cup/Champions League, with FC Bayern München progressing in both occasions (1990/91 and 1999/00).
  • Porto will play the European Cup/Champions League quarterfinal for the seventh time in their history: the Portuguese have made it through the semis only twice so far (1986/87 against Brøndby and 2003/04 against Lyon), going on to win the trophy both year though.
  • Porto are unbeaten in nine consecutive European home games, winning six of the last seven matches played on their soil.
  • However, Bayern have lost only two of their last 15 games in European competitions on the road (W10, D3), and failed to find the net only twice in the last 18 away matches.
  • The German side will play their 26th quarterfinal in this competition: they have progressed 16 times so far, including the last four times they have reached this stage.
  • FC Bayern München have conceded only two goals in the last six games played at this round of the competition, keeping four clean sheets in the process and averaging two goals per game in the process.
  • Bayern have fired the most shots (153, incl. blocked) and the joint-most shots on target (62) in this Champions League term among the eight teams still in the race.
  • On the other hand, Porto are the team (among the eight left) to have faced the fewest shots so far, 50.
  • Porto and Bayern are two of the three teams to have ever managed 4+ goals from outside the box in a Champions League game since 2002/03 (the third one being Man Utd): the Germans did it against Lille in 2012, while the Portuguese did it against Basel last March.
  • Five of the last six goals scored by Porto have come from outside the box (including two direct free-kick), consequence of the highest shot conversion rate from outside the box (16%) among the eight teams still in the competition.
  • FC Bayern München have 10 different goalscorers in this Champions League season, more than any other team still in race.
  • Héctor Herrera has delivered four assists – no player has assisted more goals so far.
  • Yacine Brahimi is the only player to have netted two goals from a direct free-kick in the competition this season (against BATE Borisov and Basel).
  • Thomas Müller has scored five goals and delivered one assist in his last five Champions League appearances (including a brace against Shakhtar).

Paris SG – Barcelona

  • PSG are the only team who have managed to beat Barcelona in this Champions League season, as well as the only one able to score 3+ goals against the Spanish side since the 2013/14 edition.
  • Barcelona have won six consecutive games in this competition for the first time since 2011/12, scoring 2.5 goals per game on average in the process.
  • This will be the third Champions League quarterfinal played between these two sides: the French team progressed in the 1994/95 season while the Spanish one made it through the semifinal in 2012/13.
  • Each of the six Champions League clashes between these two sides have seen both teams finding the net, with exactly 10 goals scored apiece.
  • Barcelona have found the back of the net in all the last 18 European games against a French opponent, while PSG have failed to score only once over the last 13 meetings in Europe versus a Spanish side.
  • However, Barcelona are yet to win a European game away to France since October 2001 against Lyon: since then, the Spanish have drawn three games and lost one.
  • Barcelona will play the Champions League quarterfinals stage for the 18th time in their history: Luis Enrique’s side have progressed 9 times, including seven of the last eight times they’ve reached this round.
  • On the other hand, PSG have stepped into this stage three times previously, failing to progress in the last two editions of the competition (2012/13 and 2013/14).
  • The French side have conceded the most goals (10) in this Champions League among the eight teams left on the battle field.
  • 17 of Barcelona’s 18 goals scored in this Champions League have come from open play, a competition-high this season.
  • David Luiz’s goal on the 30th of September 2014 was the only one scored by a defender in the Champions League meetings between these two teams since 1995.
  • Lionel Messi has scored 43 goals this season in all competitions, reaching 40+ goals in a single campaign for the sixth time in a row with Barcelona.
  • The Argentinian has scored 20 goals and assisted 13 in his 19 appearances for Barcelona in 2015 (all competitions).
  • PSG have lost none of the 17 games this season (all competitions) in which Zlatan Ibrahimovic have not been in the starting eleven, winning 12 and drawing five.

 

 

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Champions League Opta Facts: 11/12 April

Champions League Opta Facts: 11/12 April

Atletico Madrid – Real Madrid

  • It will be the second Derby madrileño in the Champions League, after the last Champions League final (Real Madrid won 4-1 after the extra time).
  • Diego Pablo Simeone’s side have lost only one (after ET) of their last eight games against Real Madrid in all competitions (W4, D3).
  • Atlético de Madrid have scored one goal in each of their four European games against Real Madrid.
  • Real Madrid have played only a quarter final in Europe against Spanish sides: they have won 8-0 at home against Sevilla and drawn 2-2 away in 1957/58.
  • The Blancos have lost only one of their last seven games against a Spanish team in Europe (W4, D2).
  • Atlético have faced a Spanish side only one time in the CL quarter-final: Barcelona in the Champions League 2013/14 (1-1 away, 1-0 at home).
  • Atlético de Madrid are unbeaten at home against Spanish sides in Europe (W5, D1): they’ve kept four clean sheets.
  • Real Madrid have scored 21 goals over this Champions League – only FC Bayern München (23) have scored more.
  • On the other hand the Blancos have conceded six goals – only PSG conceded more (10) amongst teams still in the competition.
  • Atlético have conceded only four goals, joint-best record in this competition.
  • Real Madrid have fired 106 shots (excl. blocks) in this competition, only FC Bayern München have more (116).
  • Real Madrid have scored five headed goals, record in the CL 2014/15, but Atlético have not conceded.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has played a hand in four of the last five Real Madrid goals in the Champions League (three goals, one assist).
  • Ronaldo have fired 23 shots on target, record in the Champions League 2014/15.

Juventus – Monaco

  • Juventus and Monaco have met twice in Europe, in the Champions League 1997/98 semi-final: the Bianconeri have won at home (4-1) and lost away (2-3).
  • Juventus have lost only one of their last six games against French opponents (W3, D2).
  • Juventus are unbeaten at home against French opponents: they have won 10 games (D2).
  • Monaco have played 11 games against Italian sides; the Red and White have won only three times (D2, L6).
  • Monaco have scored only two goals in six away games against Italian sides.
  • Juventus have played the Champions League quarter-final eight times: they have progressed five and they were eliminated in the last three (vs Liverpool, Arsenal and FC Bayern München).
  • Monaco have won only one of their four quarter-final games in Champions League (D2, L1), but they have always progressed to the semi-finals.
  • Monaco have scored only seven goals in the Champions League 2014/15: five fewer than Juventus, second to last amongst teams progressed to the quarter-final.
  • Monaco have fired 51 shots – excl. blocks – (21 on target), two negative records amongst teams qualified to the quarter-final.
  • Only Atlético de Madrid and FC Bayern München (six) have kept more clean sheets than Monaco (five) in the Champions League 2014/15.
  • The French side have conceded only four goals, joint record in this competition.
  • Monaco have won the most tackles (153) amongst teams in the quarter-final; Juventus have won only 95, fewer than any other team.
  • Danijel Subasic (24) and Gianluigi Buffon (20) are the two goalkeepers with the most saves amongst those still in the competition.
  • Carlos Tévez has scored six goals in the Champions League 2014/15 (eight games played): he scored six in his previous 33 Champions League appearances.

Porto – FC Bayern München

  • These two teams have already met twice in the quarterfinals of the European Cup/Champions League, with FC Bayern München progressing in both occasions (1990/91 and 1999/00).
  • Porto will play the European Cup/Champions League quarterfinal for the seventh time in their history: the Portuguese have made it through the semis only twice so far (1986/87 against Brøndby and 2003/04 against Lyon), going on to win the trophy both year though.
  • Porto are unbeaten in nine consecutive European home games, winning six of the last seven matches played on their soil.
  • However, Bayern have lost only two of their last 15 games in European competitions on the road (W10, D3), and failed to find the net only twice in the last 18 away matches.
  • The German side will play their 26th quarterfinal in this competition: they have progressed 16 times so far, including the last four times they have reached this stage.
  • FC Bayern München have conceded only two goals in the last six games played at this round of the competition, keeping four clean sheets in the process and averaging two goals per game in the process.
  • Bayern have fired the most shots (153, incl. blocked) and the joint-most shots on target (62) in this Champions League term among the eight teams still in the race.
  • On the other hand, Porto are the team (among the eight left) to have faced the fewest shots so far, 50.
  • Porto and Bayern are two of the three teams to have ever managed 4+ goals from outside the box in a Champions League game since 2002/03 (the third one being Man Utd): the Germans did it against Lille in 2012, while the Portuguese did it against Basel last March.
  • Five of the last six goals scored by Porto have come from outside the box (including two direct free-kick), consequence of the highest shot conversion rate from outside the box (16%) among the eight teams still in the competition.
  • FC Bayern München have 10 different goalscorers in this Champions League season, more than any other team still in race.
  • Héctor Herrera has delivered four assists – no player has assisted more goals so far.
  • Yacine Brahimi is the only player to have netted two goals from a direct free-kick in the competition this season (against BATE Borisov and Basel).
  • Thomas Müller has scored five goals and delivered one assist in his last five Champions League appearances (including a brace against Shakhtar).

Paris SG – Barcelona

  • PSG are the only team who have managed to beat Barcelona in this Champions League season, as well as the only one able to score 3+ goals against the Spanish side since the 2013/14 edition.
  • Barcelona have won six consecutive games in this competition for the first time since 2011/12, scoring 2.5 goals per game on average in the process.
  • This will be the third Champions League quarterfinal played between these two sides: the French team progressed in the 1994/95 season while the Spanish one made it through the semifinal in 2012/13.
  • Each of the six Champions League clashes between these two sides have seen both teams finding the net, with exactly 10 goals scored apiece.
  • Barcelona have found the back of the net in all the last 18 European games against a French opponent, while PSG have failed to score only once over the last 13 meetings in Europe versus a Spanish side.
  • However, Barcelona are yet to win a European game away to France since October 2001 against Lyon: since then, the Spanish have drawn three games and lost one.
  • Barcelona will play the Champions League quarterfinals stage for the 18th time in their history: Luis Enrique’s side have progressed 9 times, including seven of the last eight times they’ve reached this round.
  • On the other hand, PSG have stepped into this stage three times previously, failing to progress in the last two editions of the competition (2012/13 and 2013/14).
  • The French side have conceded the most goals (10) in this Champions League among the eight teams left on the battle field.
  • 17 of Barcelona’s 18 goals scored in this Champions League have come from open play, a competition-high this season.
  • David Luiz’s goal on the 30th of September 2014 was the only one scored by a defender in the Champions League meetings between these two teams since 1995.
  • Lionel Messi has scored 43 goals this season in all competitions, reaching 40+ goals in a single campaign for the sixth time in a row with Barcelona.
  • The Argentinian has scored 20 goals and assisted 13 in his 19 appearances for Barcelona in 2015 (all competitions).
  • PSG have lost none of the 17 games this season (all competitions) in which Zlatan Ibrahimovic have not been in the starting eleven, winning 12 and drawing five.

 

 

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Champions League Opta Facts: 11/12 April

Champions League Opta Facts: 11/12 April

Atletico Madrid – Real Madrid

  • It will be the second Derby madrileño in the Champions League, after the last Champions League final (Real Madrid won 4-1 after the extra time).
  • Diego Pablo Simeone’s side have lost only one (after ET) of their last eight games against Real Madrid in all competitions (W4, D3).
  • Atlético de Madrid have scored one goal in each of their four European games against Real Madrid.
  • Real Madrid have played only a quarter final in Europe against Spanish sides: they have won 8-0 at home against Sevilla and drawn 2-2 away in 1957/58.
  • The Blancos have lost only one of their last seven games against a Spanish team in Europe (W4, D2).
  • Atlético have faced a Spanish side only one time in the CL quarter-final: Barcelona in the Champions League 2013/14 (1-1 away, 1-0 at home).
  • Atlético de Madrid are unbeaten at home against Spanish sides in Europe (W5, D1): they’ve kept four clean sheets.
  • Real Madrid have scored 21 goals over this Champions League – only FC Bayern München (23) have scored more.
  • On the other hand the Blancos have conceded six goals – only PSG conceded more (10) amongst teams still in the competition.
  • Atlético have conceded only four goals, joint-best record in this competition.
  • Real Madrid have fired 106 shots (excl. blocks) in this competition, only FC Bayern München have more (116).
  • Real Madrid have scored five headed goals, record in the CL 2014/15, but Atlético have not conceded.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has played a hand in four of the last five Real Madrid goals in the Champions League (three goals, one assist).
  • Ronaldo have fired 23 shots on target, record in the Champions League 2014/15.

Juventus – Monaco

  • Juventus and Monaco have met twice in Europe, in the Champions League 1997/98 semi-final: the Bianconeri have won at home (4-1) and lost away (2-3).
  • Juventus have lost only one of their last six games against French opponents (W3, D2).
  • Juventus are unbeaten at home against French opponents: they have won 10 games (D2).
  • Monaco have played 11 games against Italian sides; the Red and White have won only three times (D2, L6).
  • Monaco have scored only two goals in six away games against Italian sides.
  • Juventus have played the Champions League quarter-final eight times: they have progressed five and they were eliminated in the last three (vs Liverpool, Arsenal and FC Bayern München).
  • Monaco have won only one of their four quarter-final games in Champions League (D2, L1), but they have always progressed to the semi-finals.
  • Monaco have scored only seven goals in the Champions League 2014/15: five fewer than Juventus, second to last amongst teams progressed to the quarter-final.
  • Monaco have fired 51 shots – excl. blocks – (21 on target), two negative records amongst teams qualified to the quarter-final.
  • Only Atlético de Madrid and FC Bayern München (six) have kept more clean sheets than Monaco (five) in the Champions League 2014/15.
  • The French side have conceded only four goals, joint record in this competition.
  • Monaco have won the most tackles (153) amongst teams in the quarter-final; Juventus have won only 95, fewer than any other team.
  • Danijel Subasic (24) and Gianluigi Buffon (20) are the two goalkeepers with the most saves amongst those still in the competition.
  • Carlos Tévez has scored six goals in the Champions League 2014/15 (eight games played): he scored six in his previous 33 Champions League appearances.

Porto – FC Bayern München

  • These two teams have already met twice in the quarterfinals of the European Cup/Champions League, with FC Bayern München progressing in both occasions (1990/91 and 1999/00).
  • Porto will play the European Cup/Champions League quarterfinal for the seventh time in their history: the Portuguese have made it through the semis only twice so far (1986/87 against Brøndby and 2003/04 against Lyon), going on to win the trophy both year though.
  • Porto are unbeaten in nine consecutive European home games, winning six of the last seven matches played on their soil.
  • However, Bayern have lost only two of their last 15 games in European competitions on the road (W10, D3), and failed to find the net only twice in the last 18 away matches.
  • The German side will play their 26th quarterfinal in this competition: they have progressed 16 times so far, including the last four times they have reached this stage.
  • FC Bayern München have conceded only two goals in the last six games played at this round of the competition, keeping four clean sheets in the process and averaging two goals per game in the process.
  • Bayern have fired the most shots (153, incl. blocked) and the joint-most shots on target (62) in this Champions League term among the eight teams still in the race.
  • On the other hand, Porto are the team (among the eight left) to have faced the fewest shots so far, 50.
  • Porto and Bayern are two of the three teams to have ever managed 4+ goals from outside the box in a Champions League game since 2002/03 (the third one being Man Utd): the Germans did it against Lille in 2012, while the Portuguese did it against Basel last March.
  • Five of the last six goals scored by Porto have come from outside the box (including two direct free-kick), consequence of the highest shot conversion rate from outside the box (16%) among the eight teams still in the competition.
  • FC Bayern München have 10 different goalscorers in this Champions League season, more than any other team still in race.
  • Héctor Herrera has delivered four assists – no player has assisted more goals so far.
  • Yacine Brahimi is the only player to have netted two goals from a direct free-kick in the competition this season (against BATE Borisov and Basel).
  • Thomas Müller has scored five goals and delivered one assist in his last five Champions League appearances (including a brace against Shakhtar).

Paris SG – Barcelona

  • PSG are the only team who have managed to beat Barcelona in this Champions League season, as well as the only one able to score 3+ goals against the Spanish side since the 2013/14 edition.
  • Barcelona have won six consecutive games in this competition for the first time since 2011/12, scoring 2.5 goals per game on average in the process.
  • This will be the third Champions League quarterfinal played between these two sides: the French team progressed in the 1994/95 season while the Spanish one made it through the semifinal in 2012/13.
  • Each of the six Champions League clashes between these two sides have seen both teams finding the net, with exactly 10 goals scored apiece.
  • Barcelona have found the back of the net in all the last 18 European games against a French opponent, while PSG have failed to score only once over the last 13 meetings in Europe versus a Spanish side.
  • However, Barcelona are yet to win a European game away to France since October 2001 against Lyon: since then, the Spanish have drawn three games and lost one.
  • Barcelona will play the Champions League quarterfinals stage for the 18th time in their history: Luis Enrique’s side have progressed 9 times, including seven of the last eight times they’ve reached this round.
  • On the other hand, PSG have stepped into this stage three times previously, failing to progress in the last two editions of the competition (2012/13 and 2013/14).
  • The French side have conceded the most goals (10) in this Champions League among the eight teams left on the battle field.
  • 17 of Barcelona’s 18 goals scored in this Champions League have come from open play, a competition-high this season.
  • David Luiz’s goal on the 30th of September 2014 was the only one scored by a defender in the Champions League meetings between these two teams since 1995.
  • Lionel Messi has scored 43 goals this season in all competitions, reaching 40+ goals in a single campaign for the sixth time in a row with Barcelona.
  • The Argentinian has scored 20 goals and assisted 13 in his 19 appearances for Barcelona in 2015 (all competitions).
  • PSG have lost none of the 17 games this season (all competitions) in which Zlatan Ibrahimovic have not been in the starting eleven, winning 12 and drawing five.

 

 

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League One Opta facts – March 31 – April 1

League One Opta facts – March 31 – April 1

Bradford v Chesterfield

Bradford are unbeaten in three against Chesterfield (W1 D2), but have won only one of their last six against them (D4 L1).

Chesterfield have scored just three goals in their last seven trips to Valley Parade.

Billy Clarke’s two goals against Oldham ended a run of six in all comps without a strike.

Gary Roberts has four assists in his last four games for the Spireites.

The Bantams have lost just once at home in League One in 2015 (W3 D3).

 

Coventry v Leyton Orient

Coventry have lost just one of their last 18 home games against Leyton Orient (W13 D4).

Orient have found the back of the net in eight of their last nine clashes with the Sky Blues.

Coventry have lost 26 points from leading situations this season, the most in the division.

Leyton Orient have lost their last two away games both by a 1-0 scoreline.

10 of the last 13 goals shipped by the Sky Blues have come in the second half, and none of those have been scored before than the 40th minute.

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