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The Punt podcast

The Punt podcast

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

On this edition, Derek McGovern, Dave Kelner and Mark Walton preview the Friday night international friendlies and the Champions League Final.

 

 

 

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The League Podcast

The League Podcast

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

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The Punt Podcast

The Punt Podcast

Derek McGovern and Dave Kelner join Jack Critchley to discuss the FA Cup Final between Crystal Palace and Manchester United

They also reflect on the announcement of the England squad and take a look at Sunday’s friendly with Turkey

Tune in to inplayradio.co.uk for all the In-Play betting.

Enjoy.

 

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LATEST ODDS FOR CRYSTAL PALACE V MAN UNITED

 

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European Football Podcast – Episode 85: 19th May

European Football Podcast – Episode 85: 19th May

Dave Kelner and Sam Norris look ahead to a cup final weekend across Europe.
Enjoy.
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FWA Podcast

FWA Podcast

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

This week, John Cross joins Dave Kelner to discuss the England squad and the FA Cup final.

Enjoy.

 

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FA Cup Final OPTA Facts – May 21

FA Cup Final OPTA Facts – May 21


FA Cup Final

Crystal Palace v Manchester United

 

Saturday 21 May 2016 (17:30)

Wembley, London

 

 

These sides met in the 1990 FA Cup final – Crystal Palace’s only FA Cup final to date – United won 1-0 after a replay following a 3-3 draw. Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew played in both of those games for the Eagles.

United have reached their first FA Cup final since 2007, and 19th overall (W11 L7). Only Arsenal (12) have won the trophy more times than the Red Devils.

Manchester United haven’t won the trophy since 2004, and haven’t won it at Wembley since 1999.

Crystal Palace have never beaten Man United in the FA Cup (D2 L2).

The Eagles’ last win in any competition against the Manchester outfit came in November 2011 (2-1 at Old Trafford in the League Cup).

Manchester United have won 15 of their last 20 games against the Eagles in all competitions (D4 L1).

The London side have won their last three games at Wembley Stadium, including both games since it was reopened in 2007 (both against Watford).

This will be Man United’s 14th game at the new Wembley Stadium – no team has played more games there (Chelsea also 14).

Manchester United have won five of their last seven games at the new Wembley (L2), after failing to win any of their opening six (D5 L1).

Palace have won six of their last seven FA Cup ties against fellow Premier League sides (L1).

The Red Devils have won their last two FA Cup matches against fellow Premier League sides, after failing to win any of the five before that (D2 L3).

Only Reading (14) have scored more goals than Manchester United in this season’s FA Cup (12).

Anthony Martial has been involved in exactly half of Manchester United’s 12 FA Cup goals this season (two goals, four assists).

Eight different players have scored for Man United in the FA Cup this season, more than any other team.

However, Crystal Palace have had the joint-second highest number of scorers (7, level with five other clubs).

Should Crystal Palace win, 83% of their opponents in the competition this year will have been from the top flight – the highest proportion since Liverpool in 2006 (also 83%).

Anthony Martial has been directly involved in 25 goals in all competitions this season (17 goals, eight assists); four many than any other Man Utd player.

Juan Mata has assisted more goals in all competitions for the Red Devils this term than any other player (9), although the Spaniard has set up just one goal in his last eight appearances.

Marcus Rashford has scored eight goals from just 14 shots on target for Manchester United in all competitions.

Since his first team debut on February 25th, no Manchester United player has scored as many goals for the club as Marcus Rashford (8).

Manchester United have won eight and lost two of their last 11 matches in all competitions (D1).

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Europa League Final Opta Facts

Europa League Final Opta Facts

 

Opta Facts Europa League

Final

18 May 2016

Liverpool – Sevilla

o   This is the first ever meeting between Liverpool and Sevilla.

o   Sevilla and Liverpool have both won all of their finals in the Europa League/UEFA Cup: 4/4 and 3/3 respectively. Actually, no team has won the competition as often as the side from Andalucia.

o   It is Liverpool’s first European final since 2007, when they faced AC Milan in the Champions League showpiece, losing 2-1.

o   It will be Liverpool’s 12th major European final, having previously reached seven Champions League/European Cup finals, three Europa League/UEFA Cup finals and one in the Cup Winners Cup. They have won eight of them (73%).

o   Liverpool have won each of their two European finals against Spanish opposition, beating Real Madrid in the 1981 European Cup and Alavés in the 2001 UEFA Cup.

o   Liverpool have lost only one of their 14 games in the Europa League this season (W6 D7), that was against Villarreal in the semi-final first leg (1-0).

o   Liverpool have never scored more than one goal away from Anfield in the Europa League this season.

o   Liverpool have had 11 different scorers in this season’s Europa League, more than any other team.

o   Only one of the last 10 finals in the Europa League/UEFA Cup has seen the team scoring first not lift the trophy (Dnipro, against Sevilla in 2015).

o   Sevilla have won four of the last 10 Europa League/UEFA Cup finals. They could become the first ever team in the competition to win the trophy three years in a row.

o   Sevilla have now reached each of the last three Europa League finals, the first side to ever reach the final of this competition in three consecutive years.

o   In fact, Spanish clubs have won seven of the last 12 editions of the Europa League/UEFA Cup (Sevilla 4, Atlético Madrid 2, Valencia 1).

o   Sevilla have won three of their eight European games against English opposition (D2 L3), including a 4-0 win over Middlesbrough in the 2006 UEFA Cup final.

o   Sevilla have won 13 of their last 18 games in the Europa League (D3 L2).

o   Sevilla played at St. Jakob Park earlier this campaign in the Europa League against Basel, drawing 0-0 in March.

o   Kevin Gameiro has had a hand in nine (seven goals, two assists) of Sevilla’s 14 goals in this season’s Europa League, including eight in his last five games (six goals, two assists).

o   Emre Can has attempted (41) and completed (34) more tackles than any other player in this season’s Europa League.

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has lost his last four finals: the Champions League with Borussia Dortmund in 2013 (v Bayern Munich), the German Cup in 2014 (v Bayern Munich) and 2015 (v Wolfsburg); the League Cup with Liverpool in 2016 (v Manchester City).

 

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Premier League Opta Facts – 15 May

Premier League Opta Facts – 15 May

Arsenal v Aston Villa

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games Arsenal wins Draws Aston Villa wins Arsenal goals Aston Villa goals
Overall: 47 25 14 8 81 40
At home: 23 13 5 5 43 20
Average Goals scored per Game 2.57

o Arsenal have averaged 1.5 goals per game scored at home this season in the Barclays Premier League, their lowest return since 1994-95 (1.3).
o Aston Villa have lost nine of their last 11 meetings with the Gunners in all competitions (W1 D1).
o Arsenal have scored 14 goals without reply in the last four meetings in all competitions with Aston Villa.
o Only against Man Utd (87) and Liverpool (82) have Aston Villa conceded more goals in the Premier League than they have against Arsenal (81).
o Olivier Giroud has scored in each of his last five appearances against Aston Villa in all competitions.
o The Villans have won none of their last 17 Premier League away games, losing 14 in that run. Their only win this season on the road so far was on the opening day against Bournemouth.
o Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 10 games on the final day of the season (W8 D2). The last team to beat them on the final day of a Premier League season was Birmingham City in 2005.
o Aston Villa have scored just seven goals in their last 14 Premier League road trips.
o Arsenal have now secured a top four finish for 20 consecutive top-flight seasons. Only Man Utd (22) in 2012/13 have managed more.
o Petr Cech has conceded more goals from outside the box than any other goalkeeper this season (10).

Overall Recent Form
Recent League Form Arsenal Aston Villa
Last five games DWDWD DLLLL

Managers records – All-time
All-time English Barclays Premier League Record P W D L GF GA GD PTS PTS/P
Arsène Wenger 751 433 187 131 1406 712 694 1486 1.98
Eric Black 8 0 1 7 6 18 -12 1 0.13

Chelsea v Leicester City

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games Chelsea wins Draws Leicester City wins Chelsea goals Leicester City goals
Overall: 19 11 4 4 38 22
At home: 9 6 2 1 16 7
Average Goals scored per Game 3.16

o Chelsea had won six straight league games against Leicester City before the Foxes’ 2-1 win back in December.
o Leicester City have lost just two of their last 21 Barclays Premier League away games (W13 D6 L2).
o The Foxes will end the season with the most points away from home in the Premier League this season (38 currently).
o Chelsea have won just five Premier League games at home this season; against the bottom four and Arsenal.
o The Foxes have played seven away matches on the final day of a Premier League campaign, winning just one (W1 D1 L5).
o The Blues have gone 11 Premier League matches at Stamford Bridge without a clean sheet.
o Leicester have equalled the record for penalties won in a single Premier League season (13), set by Crystal Palace in 2004-05.
o Chelsea have played at home on the final day more than any other team in Premier League history (15 times W11 D2 L2).
o Claudio Ranieri can register his 100th Premier League win in this game (W99 D48 L36), thus becoming the 18th manager to hit that milestone in the competition.
o If Wes Morgan plays the full 90 minutes in this game he’ll become only the third outfield player to play every minute of a Premier League title-winning season (after Gary Pallister in 92/93 and John Terry in 14/15).

Overall Recent Form
Recent League Form Chelsea Leicester City
Last five games DLDWL WDWDW

Managers records – All-time
All-time English Barclays Premier League Record P W D L GF GA GD PTS PTS/P
Guus Hiddink 33 18 11 4 61 34 27 65 1.97
Claudio Ranieri 183 99 48 36 329 177 152 345 1.89

Everton v Norwich City

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games Everton wins Draws Norwich City wins Everton goals Norwich City goals
Overall: 15 4 7 4 18 22
At home: 7 3 2 2 8 9
Average Goals scored per Game 2.67

o Six of the last eight meetings between Everton and Norwich City in all competitions have ended as draws.
o Norwich have visited Goodison Park once already this season, drawing 1-1 in the Capital One Cup before losing 3-4 on penalties.
o The Canaries have won just one of the last 11 Premier League meetings against Everton (W1 D6 L4).
o Norwich City’s last win at Goodison Park (in 1993) saw Efan Ekoku become the first player to score four goals in a Premier League match as the Canaries ran out 5-1 winners.
o Even if Everton win this game, this will be their lowest total for points at home in a single Premier League season (currently on 20, previous low of 25 in 1996/97).
o Norwich have lost eight of their last nine Premier League away matches (W1).The Canaries have failed to score in seven of those nine matches.
o Midfielder Gareth Barry has made more Premier League starts than any other player, 572, one more than David James.
o Norwich have now been relegated from the Premier League a joint-high four times, level with Crystal Palace.
o The Toffees have registered just one win in their last 10 top-flight games (D3 L6).
o The Canaries have kept a league-low five clean sheets in the top-flight this season.
Overall Recent Form
Recent League Form Everton Norwich City
Last five games LLWLD WLLLL

Managers records – All-time
All-time English Barclays Premier League Record P W D L GF GA GD PTS PTS/P
Roberto Martinez 265 81 77 107 331 419 -88 320 1.21
Alex Neil 37 9 7 21 39 64 -25 34 0.92

Manchester United v Bournemouth

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games Manchester United wins Draws Bournemouth wins Manchester United goals Bournemouth goals
Overall: 1 0 0 1 1 2
At home: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Average Goals scored per Game 3.00

o Manchester United have conceded fewer goals than any other team in the Barclays Premier League on home soil this season (8).
o There have been just 32 goals in the Premier League at Old Trafford, fewer than on any other ground in the top flight this season.
o Bournemouth have lost just three of their last 12 Premier League away matches (W5 D4 L3).
o The Red Devils have taken 19 points from a possible 21 in their last seven Premier League games at Old Trafford.
o Bournemouth have visited Old Trafford four times in all competitions, losing all four without scoring.
o Wayne Rooney has scored just seven Premier League goals this season; he’s never before failed to reach double-figures in a top-flight campaign with Manchester United.
o The Cherries have won just one of their last seven Premier League matches (W1 D1 L5).
o The Red Devils have netted just 46 top-flight goals this season so far; their lowest goal tally in a completed Premier League campaign is 58 in 04/05.
o Bournemouth full-back Charlie Daniels has provided five assists in the Premier League this season, more than any other defender.
o Manchester United have won just 18 league games this season; if they don’t beat Bournemouth, they’ll set a new club record for fewest wins in a full Premier League season (current record is 19 in 13/14).

Overall Recent Form
Recent League Form Manchester United Bournemouth
Last five games LWDWW DLLLW

Managers records – All-time
All-time English Barclays Premier League Record P W D L GF GA GD PTS PTS/P
Louis van Gaal 75 38 19 18 108 71 37 133 1.77
Eddie Howe 37 11 9 17 44 64 -20 42 1.14

Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games Newcastle United wins Draws Tottenham Hotspur wins Newcastle United goals Tottenham Hotspur goals
Overall: 43 20 6 17 67 65
At home: 21 11 5 5 40 27
Average Goals scored per Game 3.07

o Newcastle United have lost just one of their last eight Barclays Premier League games at St James Park (W4 D3).
o The Magpies have won just one of their last five Premier League home matches against Tottenham Hotspur (W1 D2 L2).
o Newcastle have kept just one clean sheet in their last 22 Premier League matches against Spurs.
o Only Leicester (38) have picked up more points away from home than Spurs this season (34).
o Mauricio Pochettino’s side have lost just one of their last 17 Premier League away matches (W9 D7 L1).
o Spurs have allowed fewer shots on target against them than any other team in the Premier League this season (112).
o Spurs have now recorded their highest tally of goals in a single Premier League season (68).
o If Spurs win this fixture, they will beat their highest ever points tally in a single season set in 2012-13 (72)
o Rafa Benitez’s side are unbeaten in five in the Premier League, their best run since November 2014 (six matches unbeaten).
o Harry Kane needs one goal in this game to equal the record for most away goals in a Premier League campaign, currently held by Kevin Phillips with 16 in 1999/00 (Kane currently on 15).

Overall Recent Form
Recent League Form Newcastle United Tottenham Hotspur
Last five games DWDDW LDDWW

Managers records – All-time
All-time English Barclays Premier League Record P W D L GF GA GD PTS PTS/P
Rafael Benítez 263 143 65 55 433 220 213 494 1.88
Mauricio Pochettino 129 57 38 34 199 149 50 209 1.62

 

Southampton v Crystal Palace

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games Southampton wins Draws Crystal Palace wins Southampton goals Crystal Palace goals
Overall: 13 8 4 1 19 9
At home: 6 5 1 0 10 3
Average Goals scored per Game 2.15

o Crystal Palace’s 1-0 win earlier this season was their first in the Barclays Premier League against the Saints, having lost eight and drawn four of the previous 12 meetings.
o The Eagles have won none of their last 10 Premier League games on the road (D5 L5).
o Southampton have won seven and lost just one of their last nine Premier League games at St Mary’s (D1).
o Yohan Cabaye has scored in both of his Premier League appearances against Southampton.
o Palace have won none of their four final day Premier League games away from home (D2 L2).
o Saints have lost just one of their final day Premier League games on home soil (W4 D4 L1).
o Dusan Tadic has been involved in eight goals in his last four Premier League games (scored two, assisted six).
o Only West Ham (15) have scored more headed goals this season in the top-flight than Southampton (14).
o Palace have scored the highest percentage of goals from set pieces in the Premier League this season (47%).
o The Eagles have also conceded the lowest percentage of goals from set pieces of any team this season (21%).

Overall Recent Form
Recent League Form Southampton Crystal Palace
Last five games WWWDW WLLDD

Managers records – All-time
All-time English Barclays Premier League Record P W D L GF GA GD PTS PTS/P
Ronald Koeman 75 35 15 25 109 73 36 120 1.60
Alan Pardew 284 104 60 120 346 412 -66 372 1.31

Stoke City v West Ham United

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games Stoke City wins Draws West Ham United wins Stoke City goals West Ham United goals
Overall: 13 4 5 4 13 14
At home: 6 2 2 2 8 7
Average Goals scored per Game 2.08

o Stoke City are unbeaten in their last five Barclays Premier League matches against West Ham (W2 D3).
o The Hammers have won just one of their six final day Premier League matches away from home (W1 D1 L4).
o Stoke have won none of their last four Premier League matches at the Britannia Stadium (D2 L2). Not beating West Ham would see them equal their longest run without a home win in the Premier League (five games September 2012).
o West Ham are unbeaten in their last five Premier League away games (W2 D3), scoring at least two goals in each of those matches.
o Stoke City have the lowest shooting accuracy in the Premier League this season hitting the target with just 39% of their attempts.
o West Ham will finish the season with a positive goal difference (currently +15) for the first time in a top-flight campaign since 1985/86.
o The Potters have kept just one clean sheet in their last 15 Premier League games.
o The Hammers have already registered their best-ever points haul in a Premier League campaign (62, five more than their next best return of 57 in 1998/99).
o Austrian attacker Marko Arnautovic needs one goal to become Stoke’s outright top-scorer in a single Premier League campaign (currently level on 11 with Ricardo Fuller 08/09 and Mame Biram Diouf 14/15).
o Dimitri Payet has been involved in 11 goals in his last 12 Premier League appearances (scoring three, assisting eight).
Overall Recent Form
Recent League Form Stoke City West Ham United
Last five games LDLLL WLWWD

Managers records – All-time
All-time English Barclays Premier League Record P W D L GF GA GD PTS PTS/P
Mark Hughes 383 138 103 142 486 501 -15 517 1.35
Slaven Bilic 37 16 14 7 64 49 15 62 1.68

Swansea City v Manchester City

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games Swansea City wins Draws Manchester City wins Swansea City goals Manchester City goals
Overall: 9 1 1 7 7 19
At home: 4 1 1 2 5 7
Average Goals scored per Game 2.89

o Wilfried Bony has scored in both of his Barclays Premier League matches against former club Swansea City.
o Bony also scored three goals in his last two appearances in this fixture for Swansea against Man City.
o Manchester City have won six and lost none of the last seven Premier League meetings with Swansea.
o Yaya Toure has scored four goals in his last four Premier League games against Swansea.
o Swansea have conceded just three goals in their last seven Premier League games at Liberty Stadium
o The Swans have won their last four Premier League home matches, their best run of home results in the history of the competition.
o Manchester City have won only one of their six final day Premier League games that they have played away from home (D2 L3).
o Bafetimbi Gomis has scored on both of his last two Premier League appearances against Man City.
o Sergio Aguero has scored in six Premier League game in a row, his longest ever run in the competition.
o Swansea could become the second team to beat Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City and Man United at home in a single Premier League season, after Blackburn in 1993/94.

Overall Recent Form
Recent League Form Swansea City Manchester City
Last five games WWLLW DLWDW

Managers records – All-time
All-time English Barclays Premier League Record P W D L GF GA GD PTS PTS/P
Francesco Guidolin 15 7 3 5 21 21 0 24 1.60
Manuel Pellegrini 113 70 20 23 255 115 140 230 2.04

Watford v Sunderland

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games Watford wins Draws Sunderland wins Watford goals Sunderland goals
Overall: 3 1 0 2 3 5
At home: 1 0 0 1 2 3
Average Goals scored per Game 2.67

o Watford’s win over Sunderland earlier this season ended a run of six league games without a win over the Black Cats (D2 L4).
o Sunderland have won just one of their last seven Premier League away matches (W1 D4 L2).
o Only one team (West Ham) have stopped Sunderland from scoring in the Black Cats’ last 13 Premier League away games.
o Sunderland have won just one and lost 11 of their 14 final day fixtures in the Premier League (D2).
o Troy Deeney has assisted Odion Ighalo seven times this season in the Premier League – no player has assisted another more often (Alli to Kane also 7).
o The Black Cats have scored four times directly from a free-kick this season in the Premier League, no club has scored more (level with Chelsea and West Ham).
o In 2016, Watford have averaged just 0.83 points per game in the top-flight (W4 D3 L11), compared to 1.53 points per game in the first-half of the season (W8 D5 L6).
o Sunderland have named the same starting XI for the last seven games in succession, something they’ve never done before in the Premier League.
o A league-low eight different players have scored for the Hornets in the top-flight this season.
o The Black Cats spent 237 days in the relegation zone this season but still survived; only Southampton in 1998/99 were in the drop-zone for longer without being relegated (252).

Overall Recent Form
Recent League Form Watford Sunderland
Last five games LLWLW WWDDW

Managers records – All-time
All-time English Barclays Premier League Record P W D L GF GA GD PTS PTS/P
Quique Sánchez Flores 37 12 8 17 38 48 -10 44 1.19
Sam Allardyce 466 157 128 181 555 635 -80 599 1.29

West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games West Bromwich Albion wins Draws Liverpool wins West Bromwich Albion goals Liverpool goals
Overall: 19 4 3 12 13 37
At home: 9 2 2 5 6 19
Average Goals scored per Game 2.63

o Liverpool have lost none of the last five Barclays Premier League games against West Bromwich Albion (W2 D3).
o Daniel Sturridge has scored in both of his Premier League appearances for Liverpool against West Brom.
o Liverpool have lost each of their last three final day fixtures in the Premier League which have been away from Anfield (2011, 2012 and 2015).
o Tony Pulis’ side have lost their last three Premier League matches at the Hawthorns without scoring. The last time they went four without finding the net was January 2005.
o West Brom have won just one of their nine final day Premier League matches (W1 D5 L3).
o Six of Christian Benteke’s nine Premier League goals for Liverpool have come as a substitute – more than any other player has managed this season in the top-flight.
o West Brom have fired in fewer shots on target than any other team in the Premier League (106).
o The Reds have found the back of the net in each of their last 13 Premier League games, their longest scoring run in the competition since April 2014 (25).
o James Milner has provided 11 assists in the Premier League this season, two more than any other English player (Dele Alli next on nine).
o The Baggies have failed to score from four of their five Premier League penalties this season, the most misses by a side in this campaign.

Overall Recent Form
Recent League Form West Bromwich Albion Liverpool
Last five games DLDLL DWLDW

Managers records – All-time
All-time English Barclays Premier League Record P W D L GF GA GD PTS PTS/P
Tony Pulis 271 84 79 108 266 345 -79 331 1.22
Jürgen Klopp 29 13 8 8 54 39 15 47 1.62

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Premier League Opta Facts – 10-11 May

Premier League Opta Facts – 10-11 May

 

 

West Ham United v Manchester United

 

 

Tuesday 10 May 2016 (19:45)

Boleyn Ground, London

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games

West Ham United wins

Draws

Manchester United wins

West Ham United goals

Manchester United goals

Overall: 39

4

10

25

33

82

At home: 19

2

9

8

23

36

Average Goals scored per Game

2.95

 

 

o    Manchester United have lost none of their last 14 Barclays Premier League games against West Ham United (W11 D3 L0).

o    Wayne Rooney has scored 11 goals in 15 Premier League appearances against West Ham for Manchester United as well as a record seven as an opposition player at the Boleyn Ground in the competition.

o    The Red Devils have had a player sent off in two of the last three Premier League games against the Hammers.

o    The Irons have failed to score in eight of their last 13 Premier League matches against Man Utd.

o    Manchester United have averaged 2.19 points from Premier League games played on a Tuesday (P43 W28 D10 L5), the best rate of any side in the competition.

o    Conversely, of teams to play at least 25 Premier League games on a Tuesday, West Ham have posted the lowest points per game average – 0.93 (P29 W6 D9 L14).

o    Manchester United have kept more clean sheets than any other Premier League team this season (18).

o    This will be West Ham’s 384th and final Premier League game at the Boleyn Ground, and a win will take the Hammers to 601 points won on home soil in the competition (W167 D97 L119).

o    Louis van Gaal’s side have lost only once in their last seven games in the Premier League (W5 D1).

o    Dimitri Payet has been involved in nine goals in his last 11 Premier League appearances (scoring three, assisting six).

Overall Recent Form

Recent League Form

West Ham United

Manchester United

Last five games

LWWDD

WDWWL

 

Managers records – All-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

PTS/P

Slaven Bilic

36

15

14

7

61

47

14

59

1.64

Louis van Gaal

74

38

19

17

106

68

38

133

1.80

 

 

 

Norwich City v Watford

 

 

Wednesday 11 May 2016 (19:45)

Carrow Road, Norwich

 

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games

Norwich City wins

Draws

Watford wins

Norwich City goals

Watford goals

Overall: 1

0

0

1

0

2

At home: 0

0

0

0

0

0

Average Goals scored per Game

2.00

 

 

o    Watford have won four of their last six league visits to Carrow Road (W4 D0 L2).

o    Norwich City managed just one shot on target in their 0-2 defeat to Watford back in December.

o    Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes conceded six goals against Norwich in the Championship last season, double the amount that he shipped against any other side.

o    Norwich City had scored in 22 successive league meetings with Watford before failing to find the net at Vicarage Road in December.

o    The Canaries are unbeaten at Carrow Road in their last 11 top-flight clashes with promoted teams (W7 D4), last losing at home to a promoted side in the Premier League in April 1995 (0-1 v Nottm Forest).

o    Norwich City have won just one of their last eight Premier League matches at Carrow Road (W1 D2 L5).

o    Watford hitman Odion Ighalo has failed to score in his last 12 top-flight appearances after bagging 14 in 23 before that.

o    The Canaries have failed to find the back of the net in a league-high 10 top-flight games in 2016, with Watford next on nine (Aston Villa also on nine).

o    Indeed, Norwich have now gone four consecutive Premier League games without scoring; only once before have they gone five without finding the back of the net in the competition (January 1993).

o    A league-low eight different players have scored for Watford in the Premier League this season.

 

Overall Recent Form

Recent League Form

Norwich City

Watford

Last five games

LLLLW

LWLWD

 

Managers records – All-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

PTS/P

Alex Neil

36

8

7

21

35

62

-27

31

0.86

Quique Sánchez Flores

36

12

8

16

36

44

-8

44

1.22

 

 

 

Sunderland v Everton

 

 

Wednesday 11 May 2016 (19:45)

Stadium of Light, Sunderland

 

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games

Sunderland wins

Draws

Everton wins

Sunderland goals

Everton goals

Overall: 29

8

6

15

29

51

At home: 14

5

4

5

14

12

Average Goals scored per Game

2.76

 

 

o    Sunderland have won just one of their last 10 Barclays Premier League home matches against Everton (W1 D4 L5).

o    The Black Cats have netted just six goals in that run of 10 matches.

o    Jermain Defoe netted just three goals in 17 Premier League games against Everton before joining Sunderland but has scored in both games for the Black Cats against the Toffees.

o    Everton netted six goals from eight shots on target in the reverse fixture earlier this season at Goodison Park, while Sunderland scored twice from nine efforts on target.

o    Arouna Koné has netted three goals in two top-flight meetings with Sunderland (all via a hat-trick in the 6-2 win in November), against no side has he scored more Premier League goals (also 3 v West Brom).

o    Two of the five occasions Everton has scored 6+ goals in a Premier League game have come against Sunderland (7-1 in November 2007 and 6-2 in November 2015).

o    Sunderland have lost just one of their last nine Premier League games, winning two and drawing six.

o    The Toffees have registered just one win in their last nine top-flight games, drawing three and losing five.

o    With 143 goals in total in the Premier League, Jermain Defoe is just one away from joining Robin Van Persie (144) as the joint 10th highest scorer in the competition.

o    Romelu Lukaku is now without a goal in his last seven top-flight appearances, his longest goal drought in the Premier League since January 2015 (eight).

Overall Recent Form

Recent League Form

Sunderland

Everton

Last five games

WDDWL

LWLDD

 

Managers records – All-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

PTS/P

Sam Allardyce

465

156

128

181

552

635

-83

596

1.28

Roberto Martinez

264

81

77

106

331

416

-85

320

1.21

 

 

 

 

 

Liverpool v Chelsea

 

 

Wednesday 11 May 2016 (20:00)

Anfield, Liverpool

 

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games

Liverpool wins

Draws

Chelsea wins

Liverpool goals

Chelsea goals

Overall: 47

18

10

19

56

59

At home: 23

13

4

6

40

26

Average Goals scored per Game

2.45

 

 

o    Victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge earlier this season ended a run of six Premier League games without a win against the Blues for the Reds (D3 L3).

o    Liverpool have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine Premier League games against Chelsea and conceded two goals in each of the last three meetings at Anfield.

o    Chelsea have kept just one clean sheet in their last 11 Premier League games against Liverpool.

o    The first goal of the game has been scored in the opening 10 minutes in four of the last five Premier League meetings between Liverpool and Chelsea.

o    The Blues have scored in each of their last nine Premier League clashes with Liverpool; only against Southampton (12) are they enjoying a longer current scoring run (only incl. current PL sides).

o    If Liverpool win it will be the 27th home win in this fixture in the Premier League (currently 13 each) – no Premier League fixture has had more (Liverpool v Newcastle also 27).

o    Chelsea have conceded 50+ goals in a Premier League season (51) for the first time since 1996/97 when they conceded a joint-club-record 55 in the competition (also in 1994/95).

o    Liverpool have scored in each of their last 12 Premier League games, their best scoring run in the top-flight since April 2014 (25).

o    The Reds have thrown away a joint-league-high 14 points from leading positions at home in the Premier League this season (level with Chelsea).

o    Diego Costa has been involved in 14 goals in his last 14 Premier League games for Chelsea (nine goals, five assists).

 

Overall Recent Form

Recent League Form

Liverpool

Chelsea

Last five games

WLDWW

LDWLL

 

Managers records – All-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

PTS/P

Jürgen Klopp

28

13

7

8

53

38

15

46

1.64

Guus Hiddink

32

18

10

4

60

33

27

64

2.00

 

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Championship Opta Facts – 7 May

Championship Opta Facts – 7 May

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Blackburn Rovers v Reading

Blackburn have never lost at home to Reading in league competition, winning three (D4).

Three of the last six league meetings between the sides have ended goalless.

Rovers haven’t won any of their previous four league games at Ewood Park (D1 L3), which is their joint longest run without a win on home soil this season.

Only Hull City (476) have faced fewer shots on goal than Reading (480) in the Championship this season.

Danny Graham has scored three goals in his last three league games for Blackburn – as many as in his previous 26 combined.

Reading midfielder Oliver Norwood is the only player in the Championship to have created more than 100 chances this season (105). Blackburn’s Craig Conway is second on 97.

 

Cardiff City v Birmingham City

Cardiff have won four of their last five home league meetings with Birmingham (L1).

The Blues defeated the Bluebirds earlier this season at St Andrew’s but haven’t done the double over their opponents since the 1994/95 season.

Cardiff have lost just one of their last 18 league games on home soil (W10 D7).

Birmingham have won just one of their last 11 league games (D5 L5).

Only relegated Charlton (10) have made more errors leading to goals than Birmingham this season (9).

Clayton Donaldson is Birmingham’s top goalscorer (11) and leading assister (7) this season.

 

Charlton Athletic v Burnley

Charlton’s only win in their last 12 league games (D1 L10) against Burnley came in a 1-0 win in November 2012 courtesy of a Danny Haynes goal.

The Clarets are unbeaten in their last five league visits to the Valley, winning four (D1).

The Addicks have won just two of their last 14 league games at the Valley (D6 L6).

No Championship player has supplied more assists for his team than Johann Berg Gudmundsson (11) this season.

Burnley have been promoted to the Premier League for the third time; only Crystal Palace, Leicester, Sunderland and WBA (4) have done so more often.

Burnley will win the Championship if they can beat Charlton or if Middlesbrough and Brighton draw. If Burnley draw and Middlesbrough or Brighton win, the Clarets could still win the league on goal difference.

Burnley have made just 28 changes to their starting XI this season; fewer than any other Championship team.

 

Derby County v Ipswich Town

Derby have won 1-0 in their last two league games against the Tractor Boys, last winning three consecutively in November 1991.

Ipswich are unbeaten in their last seven trips to the iPro Stadium (W4 D3).

Derby have gone six games unbeaten, winning four and drawing two.

Ipswich Town have scored more headed goals than any other Championship team this season (16), while only Fulham (19) and Charlton (18) have conceded more in this fashion than the Tractor Boys (14).

Johnny Russell has been directly involved in seven of Derby’s last 10 league goals (four goals, three assists).

Ipswich’s last seven goals have all been scored by different players.

 

Fulham v Bolton Wanderers

Fulham are on a 14-game home league unbeaten run against the Trotters (W10 D4) last tasting defeat in November 1992.

Bolton have won just one of their last 13 league games against Fulham (D5 L7).

Ross McCormack has scored or assisted a larger share of his team’s goals than any other Championship player this campaign (involved in 46% of Fulham’s goals).

Bolton have won just 30 points this season; their lowest total since 1995/96 (29), when they were relegated from the Premier League.

Fulham have dropped the most points from leading positions this season, squandering 28 points in total.

The Cottagers have kept just three clean sheets this season; their joint-lowest total in their league history (also 3 in 1953/54).

 

Huddersfield Town v Brentford

Huddersfield are unbeaten in four home league games against Brentford, winning two (D2).

The Bees have won their last two league encounters with the Terriers, hitting four goals in each game (4-1 and 4-2).

There have been 31 goals scored in the last six league meetings between the sides, an average of 5.2 per game.

The Bees’ last win at the John Smith’s Stadium was in February 2007, a 2-0 win courtesy of goals from Charlie Ide and Jo Kuffour.

Huddersfield haven’t lost their last game of the season since May 2010, when they lost 2-1 against Exeter. They are unbeaten in five since (W2 D3).

Brentford’s Scott Hogan has the best minutes-per-goal ratio of any Championship player to have scored at least five goals this season (21 minutes).

 

Hull City v Rotherham United

There has been one goal in the last three league meetings between the sides at Hull, a 1-0 win in January 1999 courtesy of a Mark Bonner goal.

Rotherham have lost only one of their last 12 league games against the Tigers, winning eight (D3).

The Millers have failed to score in each of their last two league games, while a third without a goal would equal their previous longest dry spell of the season (three games in February).

18 different players have scored for both Hull and Rotherham this season; a joint-league-high.

Rotherham have used more players in this campaign than any other Championship side (38).

Hull are winless in each of their last 11 games on the final day of the season (D4 L7).

 

Middlesbrough v Brighton & Hove Albion

Boro have won three of their last four league encounters with the Seagulls (D1).

Brighton haven’t conceded a goal in any of their last three trips to the Riverside, winning two (D1).

Middlesbrough will be promoted to the Premier League for the fourth time if they avoid defeat against Brighton. The Seagulls need to win to assure automatic promotion.

Brighton have gone 13 games unbeaten, winning nine and drawing four.

Boro have kept more clean sheets in league competition than any other team in the top four tiers this season (22).

Tomer Hemed’s 17 goals have won Brighton 16 points this season; only Andre Gray’s goals (22 points won) have been more valuable.

Brighton have scored the first goal in more matches than any other team this season (28); with Chris Hughton’s men avoiding defeat in all of those games (W21 D7).

Aitor Karanka’s charges have won six and lost none of their last nine matches in league competition.

 

MK Dons v Nottingham Forest

The only previous meeting between the sides in Milton Keynes was in January 2006, a 1-0 win for MK Dons courtesy of a Izale McLeod winner.

Forest have won two of the three league encounters between the two, including a 2-1 win earlier this season.

Dean Lewington has made more tackles than any other player in the Championship this season (169).

Nottingham Forest have scored with just 9% of their shots this season; the lowest shot conversion rate in the division.

The Tricky Trees are the only side in the Championship yet to concede a goal from the penalty spot this season.

MK Dons have lost six and won none of their last 10 league games.

 

Preston North End v Leeds United

Preston faced Leeds on the last day of the 2005/06 season, winning 2-0 thanks to goals from Brian Stock and Brett Ormerod.

Leeds have won three of their last four league games against the Lilywhites, losing the other 6-4 in September 2010.

No side has used fewer players in the Championship team this season than Leeds (25).

Preston have seen just 13 players score for them this season; no side has seen fewer goalscorers this term.

Both teams have found the back of the net in nine of Leeds’ last 10 games.

Preston are without a win in their last five at Deepdale, losing two and drawing three.

 

QPR v Bristol City

The Hoops are unbeaten in 11 home league games against Bristol City (W6 D5).

The Robins’ only league win in their last nine against QPR came in August 2009, a 1-0 victory thanks to a goal from Nicky Maynard.

QPR captain Nedum Onuoha has played in every minute of this Championship campaign for the R’s (4050 minutes).

Jonathan Kodjia has scored 19 league goals for Bristol City this season; the last Robins’ player to hit 20 in a season was Sam Baldock in 2013/14 (24).

QPR have lost more points after scoring the first goal in games than any other Championship team this season (27).

Aden Flint has scored more goals than any other Championship defender this season (6). In fact since the start of last term, Flint has scored 20 league goals, seven more than any other defender in the top four tiers.

 

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Sheffield Wednesday

Wolves have lost just one of their last 12 home league games against the Owls, winning six (D5).

The Owls won this fixture 4-1 earlier this season at Hillsborough – they haven’t done the double over Wolves since the 1932/33 season.

Should Wolves draw this game 0-0, they will become the first team in Football League history to draw five consecutive home games 0-0.

Sheffield Wednesday have drawn 15 league games 0-0 since the start of last season, the most in the top four tiers.

Sheffield Wednesday have won more points from behind than any other team in the league this season (17).

Lucas Joao has scored more goals as a substitute than any other player this season in the Championship (5).

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La Liga Opta Facts – 8 May

La Liga Opta Facts – 8 May

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Real Sociedad – Rayo Vallecano

o   Real Sociedad have won just one of their last five games against Rayo in La Liga (D1 L3).

 

o   Real Sociedad have lost their last two league games at Anoeta against Rayo.

 

o   Rayo have kept just one clean sheet in their last 13 league games (2-0 against Getafe).

 

o   Real Sociedad have won just one of their last six league games at Anoeta (D2 L3), a 1-0 win against Barcelona.

 

o   The last eight Real Sociedad goals in La Liga this season have been scored by different players (including Krychowiak’s own goal at Nervion).

 

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

 

o   Alongside John Guidetti, Manucho is the La Liga player to have made the most appearances from the bench this season (22).

 

o   Bar Real Madrid (318) and Barcelona (267), Rayo Vallecano are the side with the most shots away from home in La Liga this season (217).

 

o   Roberto Trashorras is the La Liga player to have the most touches this season (3160).

 

o   Rayo have conceded the most goals in La Liga this season (70).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Real Madrid – Valencia

 

o   Real Madrid will not claim the title if they do not win their game and Barcelona win theirs.

 

o   Real Madrid have lost just one of their last 13 league games against Valencia (W7 D5), but they have gone four without a win (D3 L1).

 

o   In their last five league meetings, Real Madrid and Valencia have scored an average of two goals per game.

 

o   At the Bernabeu, the last four games with Valencia in La Liga have ended in draws.

 

o   The Whites have recorded four wins in a row at Bernabeu in La Liga, the last three without conceding and scoring an average of 4.5 goals.

 

o   Valencia have won in three of their last six league trips in La Liga (D1 L2), one win more than in their previous 12 away games this season (two).

 

o   Just once in La Liga history have Valencia had 44 points or fewer (three points per win) after the opening 36 games: 42 in 1987/88.

 

o   Gareth Bale (three goals) and Lucas Vazquez (one goal and one assist) have been involved in the last four Real Madrid goals.

 

o   The last five Real Madrid goals against Valencia at Bernabeu in La Liga have been scored by different players (Higuain, Ramos, Cristiano, Pepe and Isco).

 

o   Paco Alcacer has scored four of the last six Valencia goals in La Liga.

 

 

Villarreal – Deportivo

 

o   Villarreal could play the Champions League for the fourth time in history.

 

o   Deportivo will avoid the relegation if they win this game, although they are the side with the fewest points in 2016 (12).

 

o   Villarreal are, following Atletico (7), the side with the fewest goals conceded at home in La Liga this season (10).

 

o   The Yellow Submarine have won just one of their last four league games at El Madrigal (D2 L1), 2-0 against Getafe.

 

o   Deportivo have lost five league games in a row at El Madrigal, the last four without scoring.

 

o   Deportivo have gone two league seasons without a win in the Valencian Community (D3 L3) and this is their last chance to do it this term.

 

o   The Galician side have not won any of their last eleven away games in La Liga (D7 L4), conceding an average of 1.8 goals per game.

 

o   Deportivo have lost just two of the 13 games they have played without Celso Borges (W2 D8).

 

o   Villarreal have scored the fewest headed goals in the top five European Leagues this season (1).

 

o   Roberto Soldado has assisted more goals than in any other previous La Liga season (10), as many as in the last three terms for Valencia combined.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getafe – Sporting de Gijón

 

 

o   Juan Eduardo Esnaider’s Getafe have won seven of the last nine points available to them in La Liga (W2 D1).

 

o   Getafe equaled their worst run last season with seven games at home without winning (D3 L4), with an average of 1.7 goals conceded per game.

 

o   Getafe have not lost in La Liga against Sporting at Coliseum Alfonso Perez (W3 D1), scoring an average of 2.75 goals per game.

 

o   Getafe have scored just two goals in their four trips to El Molinon, without scoring in two of them.

 

o   Sporting have gone six league games in a row without a win away from home (D3 L3) and they have not scored in four of those games.

 

o   Getafe have conceded the most penalty goals in La Liga this season (7) and one of the sides with the fewest penalty goals scored (1):

 

o   Only Malaga (8) have won more points than Sporting (7, alongside Villarreal) after having scored in the last five minutes of games in La Liga this season.

o   Sporting have fired the fewest shots on target in La Liga this season (112).

 

o   Pedro Leon has scored more goals for Getafe in the top-flight than any other midfielder (23 goals).

 

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

 

 

Eibar – Real Betis

 

 

o   Betis just need one point at Ipurua in order to avoid relegation.

 

o   Eibar have gone 12 league games in a row without keeping a clean sheet (conceding 2.08 goals per game in average) – they have never gone 13 without a shutout in the competition.

 

o   The only previous top-flight meeting between these two sides came previously this season, with a comfortable victory for Eibar (0-4).

 

o   Betis have lost their last two league games 2-0, against Sevilla and Barcelona.

 

o   Betis have gone four games in a row without a win away (D1 L3), conceding an average of 2.75 goals per game.

 

o   Eibar have scored in the first half in 12 of the 14 league games when they have netted at Ipurua this season.

 

o   Eibar have conceded the most goals in the last 15 minutes of the first half this season (12, alongside Getafe).

 

o   Antonio Adan is the goalkeeper with the most saves this season in La Liga (121).

 

o   Ruben Castro has scored 17 goals in La Liga 2015/16 and he is just one off his record in a La Liga season (18 in 2012/13).

 

o   Ander Capa has lost the most balls in La Liga this season (771).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barcelona – Espanyol

 

o   Barça would claim they title by defeating Espanyol and if Atletico de Madrid lose in Orriols as well as Real Madrid failing to beat Valencia.

 

o   Barcelona have gone 13 league games without a defeat against Espanyol (W10 D3) and they have kept 10 clean sheets in that period.

 

o   Barcelona have won their last three league games in a row scoring an average of 5.3 goals per game and keeping their clean sheet in all three of them.

 

o   Should Barcelona find the net, they would have scored in all their home games in a La Liga season for the first time since 2013/14.

 

o   Espanyol have picked up six defeats in a row at Camp Nou, scoring a single goal in that period.

 

o   Barcelona have defeated Espanyol in the Copa del Rey’s Last 16 this season and they won 4-1 at Camp Nou.

 

o   Lionel Messi has scored eight goals in his last four Barcelona derbies at Camp Nou in La Liga.

 

o   The Periquitos have conceded the joint-most goals from outside the box in La Liga this season (9, alongside Celta).

 

o   Luis Suarez is the second Barcelona player to have scored 35 goals in a single La Liga season, following Lionel Messi (three times).

 

o   Among players with at least 30 games played in La Liga this season, Hernan Perez has conceded the most fouls per game (2.67).

 

 

Sevilla – Granada

 

 

 

o   Sevilla will play in Europe for the 12th time in the last 13 seasons.

 

o   Sevilla have lost just one of their last 17 games at Sanchez Pizjuan against Granada in the top flight (W14 D2), 1-2 in 2011.

 

o   Unai Emery has lost just one of his eight games as a La Liga manager against Granada (W6 D1), which was the reverse fixture this season.

 

o   Sevilla have scored in each of their last 17 games at home, their best run since 2008 (18).

 

o   Jose Gonzalez’s side have lost just two of their last eight league games (W2 D4).

 

o   Sevilla have lost just one of their last 16 Andalusian derbies in La Liga, which was 2-1 against Granada previously this season (W12 D3).

 

o   Sevilla did not fire a single shot on target in their last game against Espanyol for the first time since November 2014, also in Barcelona.

 

o   Kevin Gameiro has scored more goals than in any other previous La Liga season (16) and has scored in three games in a row for the first time since April 2014 (4).

 

o   Kevin Gameiro has scored in his two games at Sanchez Pizjuan against Granada in La Liga (two goals).

 

o   Youssef El-Arabi has scored in his last three league games (five goals). He has not scored in four in a row since November 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Las Palmas – Athletic

 

 

o   Athletic would avoid the Europa League qualifying round if they win against Las Palmas and Celta do not win against Malaga.

 

o   Las Palmas have not lost in their last three league games at Gran Canaria (W2 D1) and if they do not lose this game this would be their best run this season without a defeat at home.

 

o   Three of the last four league games between Las Palmas and Athletic have finished with draws (W1 for Athletic).

 

o   Athletic have lost just one of their last six games played in La Liga (W3 D2).

 

o   Athletic have gone seven league trips in a row scoring, the longest such run in a single season since January 2013.

 

o   This is Athletic fourth best return of points (three points per win) after the opening 36 games in history: 68 in 2013/14, 61 in 1997/98 and 60 in 1987/88 (58).

 

o   Quique Setien’s first goal in La Liga as a starting player came against Athletic in March 19, 1978.

 

o   Aritz Aduriz has already equaled his goalscoring record in a top-flight season for any side (18, alongside 2014/15).

 

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

 

o   Viera scored in his last league appearance against Granada, his second brace in La Liga but the first for Las Palmas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celta – Málaga

o   Celta have lost just one of their last twelve La Liga games against Andalusian sides (W5 D6), previously this season at La Rosaleda (2-0).

 

o   In their last five wins against Celta in the top-flight, Malaga have kept a clean sheet.

 

o   Celta also kept three clean sheets in their three wins at Balaidos against Malaga in La Liga.

 

o   Celta have not lost any of their last eight La Liga games at Balaidos (W4 D4) and they have not gone nine in a row without losing in La Liga since 2003.

 

o   Malaga have won just one of their last six league trips (D3 L2).

 

o   The last six Malaga goals against Celta in La Liga have been scored in the first half.

 

o   Fabrice Olinga became the youngest ever La Liga scorer Celta and Malaga back in by scoring in this fixture in August 2012.

 

o   Malaga had never scored as few goals in the opening 36 games in the top-flight (34).

 

o   Iago Aspas has already scored as many goals in La Liga this season as in the two previous combined (14).

 

o   Duje Cop has been involved in four of the last five Malaga goals in La Liga (three goals and one assist).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Levante – Atlético de Madrid

 

 

o   Atletico will not win the title if they lose this game and Barcelona win against Espanyol at home.

 

o   The last Atletico defeat in their last title-winning season came at Ciutat de Valencia (2-0 in 2013-2014).

 

o   That is the only Levante win against Atletico in their last seven league games (D2 L4).

 

o   However, in Valencia, Levante have not lost any of their last five league games against Atletico (W3 D2), all three wins by 2-0.

 

o   Atletico have won their last six league games, without conceding in the last four, their best run this season.

 

o   Levante have been relegated from the top-flight for the first time since 2007/08.

 

o   Levante have not lost any of their last four games at Ciutat (W2 D2), their best such run with Rubi in charge.

 

o   The last time Diego Simeone’s side recorded as many wins in a row in La Liga was in 2014 (nine) and they finished the run at Ciutat.

 

o   Levante have scored the first goal of the game fewer times than any other side in La Liga this season (8) but they have not lost any of those games.

 

o   Fernando Torres is the only Spanish player to have scored for Atletico against Levante in the last nine goals scored by Atleti players.

 

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Premier League Opta Facts – 7 – 8 May

Premier League Opta Facts – 7 – 8 May

 

 

Norwich City v Manchester United

 

 

Saturday 07 May 2016 (12:45)

Carrow Road, Norwich

 

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games

Norwich City wins

Draws

Manchester United wins

Norwich City goals

Manchester United goals

Overall: 15

3

1

11

10

27

At home: 7

2

0

5

5

10

Average Goals scored per Game

2.47

 

o    Norwich City have won just one of their last seven Premier League matches at Carrow Road (W1 D2 L4).

o    Manchester United have never lost home and away to a promoted side in the same Premier League season – Norwich won at Old Trafford back in December.

o    The Canaries have lost five of their previous seven home Premier League games to Manchester United, winning the other two in April 2005 and November 2012.

o    The Red Devils have won just two of their last 10 Premier League away games (W2 D3 L5), but those came against Man City and Liverpool.

o    Louis van Gaal’s side have scored just four goals in their last six Premier League away matches.

o    Juan Mata has scored more Premier League goals against Norwich City than any other opponent (4).

o    Only Aston Villa (13) have lost more Premier League games in 2016 than Alex Neil’s side (11, level with Palace).

o    The Canaries have given away nine penalties and conceded eight penalty goals this season, both Premier League-highs.

o    Anthony Martial has scored 15 goals in all competitions this season, more than any other Man United player.

o    Norwich’s joint top-scorers in the Premier League have just five goals each (Dieumerci and Redmond); no team has a lower top scoring player in the top-flight this season (Crystal Palace also five).

Overall Recent Form

Recent League Form

Norwich City

Manchester United

Last five games

LLLWW

DWWLW

 

Managers records – All-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

PTS/P

Alex Neil

35

8

7

20

35

61

-26

31

0.89

Louis van Gaal

73

37

19

17

105

68

37

130

1.78

 

 

 

Aston Villa v Newcastle United

 

 

Saturday 07 May 2016 (15:00)

Villa Park, Birmingham

 

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games

Aston Villa wins

Draws

Newcastle United wins

Aston Villa goals

Newcastle United goals

Overall: 43

8

13

22

39

64

At home: 21

6

7

8

22

22

Average Goals scored per Game

2.40

 

o    Aston Villa have won none of their last nine Premier League games against Newcastle United (W0 D4 L5).

o    The Magpies have scored just 13 goals in their last 24 Premier League away games, but five of those have come in the last three away trips.

o    Aston Villa have lost their last 11 Premier League games – only one side in Premier League history has lost more in a row (Sunderland, 20 between January 2003 and September 2005).

o    Another defeat for Villa in this game would set a new club record for the longest run of league defeats, with Villa also recording 11 successive losses in 1963.

o    A draw in their last Premier League away game at Anfield ended a run of nine consecutive away defeats for Newcastle United and secured the Magpies their only away point in 2016 so far.

o    There have been just four goals scored in the last four Premier League meetings between these two teams.

o    Newcastle (W2 D2) have gone four games unbeaten in the Premier League for the first time since October-November 2014 (six unbeaten in that run under Alan Pardew).

o    The Villans have made a league-low 82 substitutions this season, eight fewer than any other side (Everton next on 90).

o    Andros Townsend has scored more Premier League goals for Newcastle in just 11 appearances for the club (4) than he managed for Tottenham in 50 games (3).

o    Only Leicester’s N’Golo Kanté has made more tackles (158) and interceptions (148) than Idrissa Gueye in the top-flight this season (134 tackles, 139 interceptions).

 

Overall Recent Form

Recent League Form

Aston Villa

Newcastle United

Last five games

LLLLL

WDDWL

 

Managers records – All-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

PTS/P

Eric Black

7

0

0

7

6

18

-12

0

0.00

Rafael Benítez

262

143

64

55

433

220

213

493

1.88

 

 

 

Bournemouth v West Bromwich Albion

 

 

Saturday 07 May 2016 (15:00)

Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth

 

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games

Bournemouth wins

Draws

West Bromwich Albion wins

Bournemouth goals

West Bromwich Albion goals

Overall: 1

1

0

0

2

1

At home: 0

0

0

0

0

0

Average Goals scored per Game

3.00

 

o    Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion have played each other 11 times in the league, winning four times each.

o    West Brom won 1-0 on their last league visit to Bournemouth, in the third tier in January 1993. It is their only win away to the Cherries (D1 L3).

o    The Cherries have lost their last three Premier League matches on home soil, conceding 10 goals along the way.

o    The Baggies have won just one of their last 13 Premier League road trips (W1 D6 L6).

o    Bournemouth have now lost three consecutive Premier League matches for the first time since November (four in a row).

o    Only neighbours Aston Villa (11) are waiting longer for a win in the Premier League than Tony Pulis’ side, who are winless in seven (D2 L5).

o    No Premier League side has scored more goals in the opening 15 minutes this season than Bournemouth (9, level with Manchester City).

o    The Baggies’ next goal will be their 400th in the Premier League.

o    A league-high 10 of the Cherries goals this season have come courtesy of defenders.

o    West Brom have posted the oldest starting 11 on average in the top-flight this season (29y 209d), yet have fielded the only player born in 1999 or beyond to play in the Premier League (17-year-old Jonathan Leko).

Overall Recent Form

Recent League Form

Bournemouth

West Bromwich Albion

Last five games

LLLWL

LDLLL

 

Managers records – All-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

PTS/P

Eddie Howe

36

11

8

17

43

63

-20

41

1.14

Tony Pulis

270

84

78

108

265

344

-79

330

1.22

 

 

 

Crystal Palace v Stoke City

 

 

Saturday 07 May 2016 (15:00)

Selhurst Park, London

 

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games

Crystal Palace wins

Draws

Stoke City wins

Crystal Palace goals

Stoke City goals

Overall: 5

3

1

1

7

5

At home: 2

1

1

0

2

1

Average Goals scored per Game

2.40

 

o    Crystal Palace have won four and lost none of the last five matches in all competitions against Stoke City.

o    Stoke City have gone nine Barclays Premier League games on the road without a clean sheet, conceding 22 in that run.

o    Crystal Palace have won just one of their last nine Premier League games at Selhurst Park (W1 D2 L6).

o    The Eagles have scored just six goals in their last 10 Premier League games on home soil.

o    There have been three penalties scored in the last two Premier League meetings between these two sides.

o    In 2016, Palace have picked up just eight points in the top-flight (W1 D5 L11), a joint-low along with bottom side Aston Villa.

o    No Stoke player has scored more goals in a Premier League season than Marko Arnautovic has managed in this campaign (11, level with Diouf in 14/15 and Fuller in 08/09).

o    Scott Dann has scored five goals this season, a league-high among defenders (and as many as any other Crystal Palace player).

o    The Potters are now without a win in five top-flight games (D2 L3), their worst run since the start of the season (six without victory).

o    No side has scored more goals from corner situations in the Premier League this season than Crystal Palace (10, level with Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur).

 

Overall Recent Form

Recent League Form

Crystal Palace

Stoke City

Last five games

LLDDW

DLLLD

 

Managers records – All-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

PTS/P

Alan Pardew

283

103

60

120

344

411

-67

369

1.30

Mark Hughes

382

138

103

141

485

499

-14

517

1.35

 

 

 

 

Sunderland v Chelsea

 

 

Saturday 07 May 2016 (15:00)

Stadium of Light, Sunderland

 

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games

Sunderland wins

Draws

Chelsea wins

Sunderland goals

Chelsea goals

Overall: 29

6

2

21

36

70

At home: 14

3

2

9

20

25

Average Goals scored per Game

3.66

 

o    Sunderland have lost nine of their last 11 home Premier League games against Chelsea (D2). They last beat the Blues in October 2000 at the Stadium of Light.

o    Chelsea have won 19 and lost just two of their last 22 Premier League games against Sunderland.

o    Sunderland have failed to score in their last three Premier League games at home. Only once in Premier League history have they gone four on home soil without finding the net, back in December 2005.

o    Chelsea have won six and lost just one of their last nine Premier League away matches, conceding just four times in that run.

o    Sam Allardyce’s side have won just one of their last nine league games (D6 L2).

o    Cesc Fabregas has scored four Premier League goals against Sunderland, his joint-best haul against any opponent (along with Everton).

o    Just three of Jermain Defoe’s 14 goals for the Black Cats in the Premier League this season have been scored at the Stadium of Light.

o    Former Blues forward Fabio Borini has scored in two of his three Premier League appearances against Chelsea for Sunderland.

o    A league-high 19 different players have scored for Chelsea in the Premier League this season.

o    Sunderland have netted a league-low two headed goals this season (both courtesy of Steven Fletcher, who has since moved to Marseille).

 

Overall Recent Form

Recent League Form

Sunderland

Chelsea

Last five games

DDWLD

DWLLW

 

Managers records – All-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

PTS/P

Sam Allardyce

464

155

128

181

549

633

-84

593

1.28

Guus Hiddink

31

18

10

3

58

30

28

64

2.06

 

 

 

 

West Ham United v Swansea City

 

 

Saturday 07 May 2016 (15:00)

Boleyn Ground, London

 

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games

West Ham United wins

Draws

Swansea City wins

West Ham United goals

Swansea City goals

Overall: 7

3

3

1

7

5

At home: 3

3

0

0

6

1

Average Goals scored per Game

1.71

 

o    West Ham have won three and lost none of their last six Premier League games against Swansea (D3).

o    Swansea haven’t won an away league game against the Hammers since August 1956 (D1 L7).

o    Andy Carroll has scored four goals in four Premier League appearances against Swansea for the Hammers.

o    Swansea City have won their last two league games against London clubs (2-1 v Arsenal and 1-0 v Chelsea). They hadn’t won any of their previous eight (D5 L3).

o    West Ham United have already achieved their highest points tally in a Premier League season (59), beating their previous best of 57 in 1998/99.

o    Only one team has stopped the Hammers from finding the net at Upton Park in their last 21 Premier League home matches.

o    Gylfi Sigurdsson has had a hand in 41 Premier League goals for Swansea overall (25 goals, 16 assists), 10 more than any other Swans’ player (Wilfried Bony is next on 31).

o    No Premier League side is on a longer unbeaten run than Slaven Bilic’s side currently (10 games, W5 D5, level with Leicester).

o    The Swans have conceded a league-high 14 goals from corner situations this season.

o    Mark Noble has been involved in 11 goals for the Hammers in the Premier League this season (scoring seven, assisting four), four more than in any previous campaign.

 

Overall Recent Form

Recent League Form

West Ham United

Swansea City

Last five games

WWDDD

WLLWD

 

Managers records – All-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

PTS/P

Slaven Bilic

35

15

14

6

60

43

17

59

1.69

Francesco Guidolin

14

6

3

5

17

20

-3

21

1.50

 

 

 

 

Leicester City v Everton

 

 

Saturday 07 May 2016 (17:30)

King Power Stadium, Leicester

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games

Leicester City wins

Draws

Everton wins

Leicester City goals

Everton goals

Overall: 19

2

13

4

25

26

At home: 9

1

6

2

10

10

Average Goals scored per Game

2.68

 

o    The last five matches between these two sides on Leicester’s home ground have all been draws.

o    The Toffees have lost just one of their last 12 Premier League games against Leicester, but this was the reverse meeting in December (W2 D9).

o    68% of the games Leicester City and Everton have played in the Premier League have been draws; the highest ratio of any fixture in the history of the competition that has been played more than 10 times.

o    Claudio Ranieri’s side have won nine and lost none of their last 14 Premier League games at the King Power Stadium.

o    Since their last home Premier League defeat where they conceded five against Arsenal, the Foxes have shipped just seven goals in 14 games at the King Power Stadium, keeping nine clean sheets in that run.

o    Everton have lost just three of their last 18 Premier League away matches (W6 D9 L3), but haven’t won any of their last four (D2 L2).

o    Leicester go into this game as Premier League champions, making them the 24th team to win the English top-flight title.

o    Leighton Baines could make his 350th Premier League appearance in this match. 277 of them have come for the Toffees, a haul only Tim Howard (353), Leon Osman (350) and David Unsworth (302) can better.

o    Only Ipswich (1957-1962) have won each of the top three tiers in a shorter space of time than Leicester City (2009-2016).

o    Claudio Ranieri is the 8th different manager to win the Premier League title.

Overall Recent Form

Recent League Form

Leicester City

Everton

Last five games

DWDWW

WLDDD

 

Managers records – All-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

PTS/P

Claudio Ranieri

182

98

48

36

326

176

150

342

1.88

Roberto Martinez

263

81

77

105

330

413

-83

320

1.22

 

 

 

Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton

 

 

Sunday 08 May 2016 (13:30)

White Hart Lane, London

 

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games

Tottenham Hotspur wins

Draws

Southampton wins

Tottenham Hotspur goals

Southampton goals

Overall: 33

17

6

10

55

35

At home: 16

12

2

2

38

15

Average Goals scored per Game

2.73

 

o    Tottenham Hotspur have won six and lost none of their last seven Premier League meetings with Southampton.

o    Saints have lost just two of their last eight Premier League away games (W4 D2 L2).

o    Spurs have lost none of their last seven Premier League matches at White Hart Lane, winning five.

o    Mauricio Pochettino was Southampton boss prior to Ronald Koeman, winning 35% of his games in charge. Koeman has won 46%, the best rate of any Southampton manager in Premier League history.

o    The Lilywhites have won a league-high 19 points from losing positions this season, however they’ve also lost 17 points from leading positions, a figure inferior only to Liverpool (19) and Everton (18).

o    Southampton need just three points from their remaining games to equal their best ever points total in a Premier League season, which was set last season by Koeman (60).

o    Only Darren Anderton (14 in 94/95) has provided more assists in a single Premier League season for Tottenham than Christian Eriksen has in this campaign (13).

o    Sadio Mané has scored seven goals in his last six Premier League games for Southampton; this after a run of 19 league appearances without finding the back of the net.

o    Harry Kane has scored 14 goals in his last 15 Premier League appearances for Spurs.

o    Ronald Koeman’s side have collected 33 points in 2016, behind only the current top two in the Premier League (Leicester 38 and Tottenham 35).

Overall Recent Form

Recent League Form

Tottenham Hotspur

Southampton

Last five games

DDWWD

WWDWL

 

Managers records – All-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

PTS/P

Mauricio Pochettino

128

57

38

33

198

147

51

209

1.63

Ronald Koeman

74

34

15

25

107

72

35

117

1.58

 

 

 

Liverpool v Watford

 

 

Sunday 08 May 2016 (16:00)

Anfield, Liverpool

 

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games

Liverpool wins

Draws

Watford wins

Liverpool goals

Watford goals

Overall: 5

3

0

2

8

6

At home: 2

1

0

1

2

1

Average Goals scored per Game

2.80

 

o    The reverse fixture saw Liverpool’s biggest defeat against a newly promoted side since November 1993 (Newcastle 3-0 Liverpool).

o    Watford’s 3-0 win versus Liverpool was their biggest ever victory over the Merseyside team.

o    Liverpool have lost just one of their last 11 Premier League matches at Anfield (W5 D5 L1).

o    The Hornets have scored just four goals in their last eight matches away from home.

o    The Reds have not lost both games to a promoted team in the same season since 2010/11, when Blackpool beat them home and away 2-1.

o    Watford’s only win in any competition at Anfield came in August 1999, in which Tommy Mooney scored the only goal of a Premier League clash (D1 L9).

o    By scoring last weekend, Troy Deeney became only the second Watford player to score 10+ Premier League goals (11), after Odion Ighalo managed it earlier this campaign (14).

o    Daniel Sturridge has scored in six of his last eight Premier League appearances for Liverpool (six goals in total).

o    The Hornets have scored just 12 Premier League goals in 2016, a joint-league-low with Aston Villa.

o    Liverpool have used a joint-league-high 33 players in the top-flight this season (level with Manchester United).

Overall Recent Form

Recent League Form

Liverpool

Watford

Last five games

LDWWW

WLWDL

 

Managers records – All-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

PTS/P

Jürgen Klopp

27

12

7

8

51

38

13

43

1.59

Quique Sánchez Flores

35

12

8

15

36

42

-6

44

1.26

 

 

 

 

 

Manchester City v Arsenal

 

 

Sunday 08 May 2016 (16:00)

Etihad Stadium, Manchester

 

 

Head-to-Head Record – Results

Games

Manchester City wins

Draws

Arsenal wins

Manchester City goals

Arsenal goals

Overall: 37

6

8

23

32

63

At home: 18

5

2

11

21

33

Average Goals scored per Game

2.57

 

o    Manchester City have lost 23 Premier League games against Arsenal, more than against any other side.

o    The Gunners are unbeaten in their last four Premier League matches against City, winning the last two (W2 D2).

o    City’s win percentage against Arsenal in the Premier League is 16%, their lowest against any opponent in the history of the competition.

o    Theo Walcott has scored three goals in his last two Premier League appearances against Manchester City.

o    Mesut Ozil provided his 14th and 15th assists of the season at the Emirates against Man City in December. Since then, he has just three assists in 18 Premier League games.

o    Arsenal have lost just one of their last eight Premier League away matches, but five of these have been draws (W2).

o    Manchester City’s next defeat in the Premier League will be their 250th, becoming the ninth team to reach this milestone.

o    The Gunners have kept three clean sheets in a row in the top-flight, last managing four successive league clean sheets in May 2014.

o    Kelechi Iheanacho’s 86.9 minutes per goal rate is the best in Premier League history for any player to score three or more goals.

o    Danny Welbeck has equalled his Premier League goal tally from last season for Arsenal (4), but has played only 10 games this season compared to 25 in the last campaign.

Overall Recent Form

Recent League Form

Manchester City

Arsenal

Last five games

LWDWW

WDWDD

 

Managers records – All-time

All-time English Barclays Premier League Record

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

PTS/P

Manuel Pellegrini

112

70

19

23

253

113

140

229

2.04

Arsène Wenger

750

433

186

131

1404

710

694

1485

1.98

 

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Premier League OPTA Facts – May 7th & 8th

Premier League OPTA Facts – May 7th & 8th

 

Norwich City v Manchester United

 

Saturday 07 May 2016 (12:45)

Carrow Road, Norwich

 

 

o Norwich City have won just one of their last seven Premier League matches at Carrow Road (W1 D2 L4).

o Manchester United have never lost home and away to a promoted side in the same Premier League season – Norwich won at Old Trafford back in December.

o The Canaries have lost five of their previous seven home Premier League games to Manchester United, winning the other two in April 2005 and November 2012.

o The Red Devils have won just two of their last 10 Premier League away games (W2 D3 L5), but those came against Man City and Liverpool.

o Louis van Gaal’s side have scored just four goals in their last six Premier League away matches.

o Juan Mata has scored more Premier League goals against Norwich City than any other opponent (4).

o Only Aston Villa (13) have lost more Premier League games in 2016 than Alex Neil’s side (11, level with Palace).

o The Canaries have given away nine penalties and conceded eight penalty goals this season, both Premier League-highs.

o Anthony Martial has scored 15 goals in all competitions this season, more than any other Man United player.

o Norwich’s joint top-scorers in the Premier League have just five goals each (Dieumerci and Redmond); no team has a lower top scoring player in the top-flight this season (Crystal Palace also five).

 

 

 

Aston Villa v Newcastle United

 

Saturday 07 May 2016 (15:00)

Villa Park, Birmingham

 

 

o Aston Villa have won none of their last nine Premier League games against Newcastle United (W0 D4 L5).

o The Magpies have scored just 13 goals in their last 24 Premier League away games, but five of those have come in the last three away trips.

o Aston Villa have lost their last 11 Premier League games – only one side in Premier League history has lost more in a row (Sunderland, 20 between January 2003 and September 2005).

o Another defeat for Villa in this game would set a new club record for the longest run of league defeats, with Villa also recording 11 successive losses in 1963.

o A draw in their last Premier League away game at Anfield ended a run of nine consecutive away defeats for Newcastle United and secured the Magpies their only away point in 2016 so far.

o There have been just four goals scored in the last four Premier League meetings between these two teams.

o Newcastle (W2 D2) have gone four games unbeaten in the Premier League for the first time since October-November 2014 (six unbeaten in that run under Alan Pardew).

o The Villans have made a league-low 82 substitutions this season, eight fewer than any other side (Everton next on 90).

o Andros Townsend has scored more Premier League goals for Newcastle in just 11 appearances for the club (4) than he managed for Tottenham in 50 games (3).

o Only Leicester’s N’Golo Kanté has made more tackles (158) and interceptions (148) than Idrissa Gueye in the top-flight this season (134 tackles, 139 interceptions).

 

 

 

 

Bournemouth v West Bromwich Albion

 

Saturday 07 May 2016 (15:00)

Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth

 

 

 

o Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion have played each other 11 times in the league, winning four times each.

o West Brom won 1-0 on their last league visit to Bournemouth, in the third tier in January 1993. It is their only win away to the Cherries (D1 L3).

o The Cherries have lost their last three Premier League matches on home soil, conceding 10 goals along the way.

o The Baggies have won just one of their last 13 Premier League road trips (W1 D6 L6).

o Bournemouth have now lost three consecutive Premier League matches for the first time since November (four in a row).

o Only neighbours Aston Villa (11) are waiting longer for a win in the Premier League than Tony Pulis’ side, who are winless in seven (D2 L5).

o No Premier League side has scored more goals in the opening 15 minutes this season than Bournemouth (9, level with Manchester City).

o The Baggies’ next goal will be their 400th in the Premier League.

o A league-high 10 of the Cherries goals this season have come courtesy of defenders.

o West Brom have posted the oldest starting 11 on average in the top-flight this season (29y 209d), yet have fielded the only player born in 1999 or beyond to play in the Premier League (17-year-old Jonathan Leko).

 

 

 

 

Crystal Palace v Stoke City

 

Saturday 07 May 2016 (15:00)

Selhurst Park, London

 

 

o Crystal Palace have won four and lost none of the last five matches in all competitions against Stoke City.

o Stoke City have gone nine Barclays Premier League games on the road without a clean sheet, conceding 22 in that run.

o Crystal Palace have won just one of their last nine Premier League games at Selhurst Park (W1 D2 L6).

o The Eagles have scored just six goals in their last 10 Premier League games on home soil.

o There have been three penalties scored in the last two Premier League meetings between these two sides.

o In 2016, Palace have picked up just eight points in the top-flight (W1 D5 L11), a joint-low along with bottom side Aston Villa.

o No Stoke player has scored more goals in a Premier League season than Marko Arnautovic has managed in this campaign (11, level with Diouf in 14/15 and Fuller in 08/09).

o Scott Dann has scored five goals this season, a league-high among defenders (and as many as any other Crystal Palace player).

o The Potters are now without a win in five top-flight games (D2 L3), their worst run since the start of the season (six without victory).

o No side has scored more goals from corner situations in the Premier League this season than Crystal Palace (10, level with Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur).

 

 

 

 

Sunderland v Chelsea

 

Saturday 07 May 2016 (15:00)

Stadium of Light, Sunderland

 

 

 

o Sunderland have lost nine of their last 11 home Premier League games against Chelsea (D2). They last beat the Blues in October 2000 at the Stadium of Light.

o Chelsea have won 19 and lost just two of their last 22 Premier League games against Sunderland.

o Sunderland have failed to score in their last three Premier League games at home. Only once in Premier League history have they gone four on home soil without finding the net, back in December 2005.

o Chelsea have won six and lost just one of their last nine Premier League away matches, conceding just four times in that run.

o Sam Allardyce’s side have won just one of their last nine league games (D6 L2).

o Cesc Fabregas has scored four Premier League goals against Sunderland, his joint-best haul against any opponent (along with Everton).

o Just three of Jermain Defoe’s 14 goals for the Black Cats in the Premier League this season have been scored at the Stadium of Light.

o Former Blues forward Fabio Borini has scored in two of his three Premier League appearances against Chelsea for Sunderland.

o A league-high 19 different players have scored for Chelsea in the Premier League this season.

o Sunderland have netted a league-low two headed goals this season (both courtesy of Steven Fletcher, who has since moved to Marseille).

 

 

 

 

West Ham United v Swansea City

 

Saturday 07 May 2016 (15:00)

Boleyn Ground, London

 

 

 

o West Ham have won three and lost none of their last six Premier League games against Swansea (D3).

o Swansea haven’t won an away league game against the Hammers since August 1956 (D1 L7).

o Andy Carroll has scored four goals in four Premier League appearances against Swansea for the Hammers.

o Swansea City have won their last two league games against London clubs (2-1 v Arsenal and 1-0 v Chelsea). They hadn’t won any of their previous eight (D5 L3).

o West Ham United have already achieved their highest points tally in a Premier League season (59), beating their previous best of 57 in 1998/99.

o Only one team has stopped the Hammers from finding the net at Upton Park in their last 21 Premier League home matches.

o Gylfi Sigurdsson has had a hand in 41 Premier League goals for Swansea overall (25 goals, 16 assists), 10 more than any other Swans’ player (Wilfried Bony is next on 31).

o No Premier League side is on a longer unbeaten run than Slaven Bilic’s side currently (10 games, W5 D5, level with Leicester).

o The Swans have conceded a league-high 14 goals from corner situations this season.

o Mark Noble has been involved in 11 goals for the Hammers in the Premier League this season (scoring seven, assisting four), four more than in any previous campaign.

 

 

 

 

Leicester City v Everton

 

Saturday 07 May 2016 (17:30)

King Power Stadium, Leicester

 

 

o The last five matches between these two sides on Leicester’s home ground have all been draws.

o The Toffees have lost just one of their last 12 Premier League games against Leicester, but this was the reverse meeting in December (W2 D9).

o 68% of the games Leicester City and Everton have played in the Premier League have been draws; the highest ratio of any fixture in the history of the competition that has been played more than 10 times.

o Claudio Ranieri’s side have won nine and lost none of their last 14 Premier League games at the King Power Stadium.

o Since their last home Premier League defeat where they conceded five against Arsenal, the Foxes have shipped just seven goals in 14 games at the King Power Stadium, keeping nine clean sheets in that run.

o Everton have lost just three of their last 18 Premier League away matches (W6 D9 L3), but haven’t won any of their last four (D2 L2).

o Leicester go into this game as Premier League champions, making them the 24th team to win the English top-flight title.

o Leighton Baines could make his 350th Premier League appearance in this match. 277 of them have come for the Toffees, a haul only Tim Howard (353), Leon Osman (350) and David Unsworth (302) can better.

o Only Ipswich (1957-1962) have won each of the top three tiers in a shorter space of time than Leicester City (2009-2016).

o Claudio Ranieri is the 8th different manager to win the Premier League title.

 

 

 

Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton

 

Sunday 08 May 2016 (13:30)

White Hart Lane, London

 

 

 

o Tottenham Hotspur have won six and lost none of their last seven Premier League meetings with Southampton.

o Saints have lost just two of their last eight Premier League away games (W4 D2 L2).

o Spurs have lost none of their last seven Premier League matches at White Hart Lane, winning five.

o Mauricio Pochettino was Southampton boss prior to Ronald Koeman, winning 35% of his games in charge. Koeman has won 46%, the best rate of any Southampton manager in Premier League history.

o The Lilywhites have won a league-high 19 points from losing positions this season, however they’ve also lost 17 points from leading positions, a figure inferior only to Liverpool (19) and Everton (18).

o Southampton need just three points from their remaining games to equal their best ever points total in a Premier League season, which was set last season by Koeman (60).

o Only Darren Anderton (14 in 94/95) has provided more assists in a single Premier League season for Tottenham than Christian Eriksen has in this campaign (13).

o Sadio Mané has scored seven goals in his last six Premier League games for Southampton; this after a run of 19 league appearances without finding the back of the net.

o Harry Kane has scored 14 goals in his last 15 Premier League appearances for Spurs.

o Ronald Koeman’s side have collected 33 points in 2016, behind only the current top two in the Premier League (Leicester 38 and Tottenham 35).

 

 

 

 

Liverpool v Watford

 

Sunday 08 May 2016 (16:00)

Anfield, Liverpool

 

 

 

o The reverse fixture saw Liverpool’s biggest defeat against a newly promoted side since November 1993 (Newcastle 3-0 Liverpool).

o Watford’s 3-0 win versus Liverpool was their biggest ever victory over the Merseyside team.

o Liverpool have lost just one of their last 11 Premier League matches at Anfield (W5 D5 L1).

o The Hornets have scored just four goals in their last eight matches away from home.

o The Reds have not lost both games to a promoted team in the same season since 2010/11, when Blackpool beat them home and away 2-1.

o Watford’s only win in any competition at Anfield came in August 1999, in which Tommy Mooney scored the only goal of a Premier League clash (D1 L9).

o By scoring last weekend, Troy Deeney became only the second Watford player to score 10+ Premier League goals (11), after Odion Ighalo managed it earlier this campaign (14).

o Daniel Sturridge has scored in six of his last eight Premier League appearances for Liverpool (six goals in total).

o The Hornets have scored just 12 Premier League goals in 2016, a joint-league-low with Aston Villa.

o Liverpool have used a joint-league-high 33 players in the top-flight this season (level with Manchester United).

 

 

 

Manchester City v Arsenal

 

Sunday 08 May 2016 (16:00)

Etihad Stadium, Manchester

 

 

 

o Manchester City have lost 23 Premier League games against Arsenal, more than against any other side.

o The Gunners are unbeaten in their last four Premier League matches against City, winning the last two (W2 D2).

o City’s win percentage against Arsenal in the Premier League is 16%, their lowest against any opponent in the history of the competition.

o Theo Walcott has scored three goals in his last two Premier League appearances against Manchester City.

o Mesut Ozil provided his 14th and 15th assists of the season at the Emirates against Man City in December. Since then, he has just three assists in 18 Premier League games.

o Arsenal have lost just one of their last eight Premier League away matches, but five of these have been draws (W2).

o Manchester City’s next defeat in the Premier League will be their 250th, becoming the ninth team to reach this milestone.

o The Gunners have kept three clean sheets in a row in the top-flight, last managing four successive league clean sheets in May 2014.

o Kelechi Iheanacho’s 86.9 minutes per goal rate is the best in Premier League history for any player to score three or more goals.

o Danny Welbeck has equalled his Premier League goal tally from last season for Arsenal (4), but has played only 10 games this season compared to 25 in the last campaign.

 

 

Europa League Opta Facts – Semi Final 2nd Leg

Europa League Opta Facts – Semi Final 2nd Leg

 

Liverpool v Villarreal

o   59% of teams to win 1-0 at home in the first leg of Europa League knockout ties have gone on to progress to the next round (since 2009/10, 16 of 27).

o   The Reds have progressed from three of their previous five semi-finals in European competition after losing the first leg away from home.

o   The Reds have won their last seven home second leg ties in European semi-finals; conceding just one goal in that time.

o   Liverpool have won three of their last four home European matches during the knockout stages versus sides from Spain; conceding only twice in that time (L1).

o   Liverpool have lost four of their last five games against Spanish clubs whilst Villarreal have failed to win any of their last five visits to England in European competitions; scoring just one goal in that run (D2 L3).

o   This is Liverpool’s fourth European semi-final against a Spanish side; they’ve progressed from two of those but were eliminated last time versus Atletico Madrid in the 2009/10 Europa League semi-finals.

o   Villarreal have faced English opposition in a major European semi-final before, they were knocked out of the 2005/06 Champions League by Arsenal at this stage.

o   The Yellow Submarine have only failed to score in one of their last 32 Europa League matches (including qualifiers) whilst Liverpool have only scored in one of their most recent five games played in European competition versus Spanish opposition.

o   If Villarreal progress from this round, it’ll be the first time they have reached a major European competition final (three Intertoto Cup finals).

o   Villarreal have gone 12 European games unbeaten (nine wins, three draws); that’s a new club record.

o   Klopp was the victorious manager in his only previous major semi-final in European competition as a coach, seeing off Real Madrid over two legs (W1 L1; 4-3 on aggregate) in the 2012/13 Champions League.

o   Daniel Sturridge has only scored one goal in 13 previous Europa League appearances.

o   Villarreal’s Denis Suárez assisted Adrián’s stoppage time winner during the first leg; he’s recorded more assists than any other player this season in the Europa League (7).

o   Only Aduriz (10, Athletic Bilbao) has scored more Europa League goals than Villarreal’s Cédric Bakambu this season (9).

o   Roberto Soldado (Villarreal) and Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) have registered 37 shots in the 2015/16 Europa League; a joint-high in the competition.

 

 

Sevilla v Shakhtar Donetsk

o   80% of teams to draw 2-2 away from home in the first leg of a Europa League knockout tie have gone onto progress to the next round (since 2009/10, 8 of 10).

o   The Ukrainian side have gone five matches without a win over Spanish opposition in European competition (D2 L3); failing to score at all in three of those games.

o   Sevilla have faced Ukrainian opposition six times previously in European competition; they have never lost (W4 D2).

o   Shakhtar come into this match having won their last three Europa League matches on the road in a row; conceding just one goal in that time.

o   Sevilla however, have managed to win 11 of their last 12 home games in this competition; losing the most recent Europa League match at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium though (1-2, v Athletic Bilbao).

o   Sevilla have reached the semi-final stage of the Europa League for the third successive season; they went on to lift the trophy in the previous two campaigns.

o   Sevilla could become the first team since Juventus in 1998, to reach a major European competition final three times in a row; Juventus managed it four times in a row between 1995 and 1998.

o   Both of these teams have never been eliminated in a European competition semi-final; both teams have always go on to win the trophy.

o   All three of the previous matches played out between these teams have seen Sevilla and Shakhtar both score at least twice.

o   The last seven goals scored by Shakhtar have come from seven different players (excluding own-goals).

o   Nine of Sevilla’s last 10 home goals in the Europa League have come from open play whilst eight of Shakhtar’s last 10 on the road in this competition have come from open play.

o   Unai Emery will record his 100th European game as manager; his counterpart Mircea Lucescu however has more experience (213 games) than the other three semi-final coaches combined (186).

o   Kevin Gameiro has been involved in six goals across his last four Europa League appearances (four scored and two assists) as well as getting on the scoresheet in each of his last four home appearances in this competition.

o   In fact, Gameiro has been involved in six of the last seven Europa League goals for Sevilla (two assists and four goals).

o   Marlos (Shakhtar Donetsk) has scored twice and assisted two goals in the Europa League this season in seven games, the same as he managed in 14 Europa League games for Metallist Kharkiv.

 

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European Football Podcast – Episode 82: 29th April

European Football Podcast – Episode 82: 29th April

Dave Kelner and Sam Norris look ahead to the best of the weekend’s action across Europe.
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European Football Podcast – Episode 84: 13th May

European Football Podcast – Episode 84: 13th May

Dave Kelner and Lee Phelps look ahead to the best of the weekend’s action across Europe.
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Champions League Semi Final Second Leg

Champions League Semi Final Second Leg

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

Bayern Munich – Atlético Madrid

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

Real Madrid – Manchester City

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

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Championship Opta facts – 29 – 30 April

Championship Opta facts – 29 – 30 April

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Birmingham City v Middlesbrough

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

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

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

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

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

 

Bolton Wanderers v Hull City

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

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

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

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

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

 

Brentford v Fulham

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

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

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

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

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

 

Bristol City v Huddersfield Town

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

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

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

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

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

 

Ipswich Town v MK Dons

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

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

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

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

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

 

Leeds United v Charlton Athletic

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

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

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

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

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

 

Nottingham Forest v Wolverhampton Wanderers

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

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

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

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

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

 

Reading v Preston North End

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

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

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

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

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

 

Rotherham United v Blackburn Rovers

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

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

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

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

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

 

Sheffield Wednesday v Cardiff City

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

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

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

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

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

 

Brighton & Hove Albion v Derby County

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

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

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

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

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

 

Burnley v Queens Park Rangers

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

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

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

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

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

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Europa League Opta Facts 28 April

Europa League Opta Facts 28 April

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

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

 

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La Liga Opta facts – 29 Apr – 02 May

La Liga Opta facts – 29 Apr – 02 May

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Sporting – Eibar

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Real Sociedad – Real Madrid

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Atlético de Madrid – Rayo Vallecano

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Real Betis – Barcelona

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Granada – Las Palmas

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Athletic – Celta de Vigo

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Espanyol – Sevilla

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Deportivo – Getafe

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

Valencia – Villarreal

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Málaga – Levante

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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