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The Punt Podcast
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The Punt Podcast

The Punt is William Hill’s top flight football podcast.
On this edition, Sam Norris is joined by Dave Kelner to look ahead to the Champions League and Europa League.

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The League Podcast
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The League Podcast

Every week William Hill looks at featured games from the Football League on two podcasts.
Just scroll down the playlist above to find each one every Thursday.
Commentator Pete Farries previews the Championship, Gav Puszczalowskyi gives his best Lea…

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The League Podcast
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The League Podcast

Every week William Hill looks at featured games from the Football League on two podcasts.
Just scroll down the playlist above to find each one every Thursday.
Commentator Pete Farries previews the Championship, Gav Puszczalowskyi gives his best Lea…

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The League Podcast
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The League Podcast

Every week William Hill looks at featured games from the Football League on two podcasts.
Just scroll down the playlist above to find each one every Thursday.
Commentator Pete Farries previews the Championship, Gav Puszczalowskyi gives his best Lea…

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FWA Podcast
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FWA Podcast

The FWA Podcast features the best football writers in Britain discussing the biggest stories every week.
This week, the Chairman of the FWA, Paddy Barclay, talks to Dave Kelner about the weekend’s televised Premier League matches.

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European Football Podcast – Episode 98: 24th November
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European Football Podcast – Episode 98: 24th November

Dave Kelner and Sam Norris are with you to offer their thoughts on the best of the action across Europe this weekend, including Saturday’s El Clasico.
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European Football Podcast – Episode 96: 17th November
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European Football Podcast – Episode 96: 17th November

Steve Harrison and Sam Norris are with you to offer their thoughts on the best of the action across Europe this weekend.
Enjoy.

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European Football Podcast – Episode 96: 17th November
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European Football Podcast – Episode 96: 17th November

Steve Harrison and Sam Norris are with you to offer their thoughts on the best of the action across Europe this weekend.
Enjoy.

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European Football Podcast – Episode 95: 3rd November
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European Football Podcast – Episode 95: 3rd November

Alex Dunn, Steve Harrison and Sam Norris are with you to offer their thoughts on the best of the action across Europe this weekend.
Enjoy.

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The League Podcast
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The League Podcast

Every week William Hill looks at featured games from the Football League on two podcasts.
Just scroll down the playlist above to find each one every Thursday.
Commentator Pete Farries previews the Championship, Gav Puszczalowskyi gives his best League …

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The Punt podcast

The Punt podcast

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

On this edition, Dave Kelner, Thom Kirwin and Derek McGovern preview all 10 Premier League matches this weekend.

 

 

 

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International Opta Facts – Home Nations
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International Opta Facts – Home Nations

Slovakia v England
o This will be Sam Allardyce’s first game in charge of England – he is the 14th full-time manager of the international team.o The last eight England managers have all won their first game in charge of the Three Lions. In fact the onl…

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Andy Holding – Tipperary Preview: 25th August

Andy Holding – Tipperary Preview: 25th August

Tonight’s Irish action comes courtesy of a 7 race card at Tipperary and our Irish Racing expert Andy Holding has a selection in each race.
Listen to Andy analyse all 7 races before offering his picks.
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Europa League Playoff Second Leg Opta Facts

Europa League Playoff Second Leg Opta Facts

West Ham v Astra Giurgiu


o   West Ham have won only one of their last six European games, all Europa League qualifiers (D2 L3).

o   Although Astra Giurgiu have lost five of their last seven away European games (W1 D1), their two unbeaten games were on British soil, winning 1-0 at Inverness and drawing 2-2 with West Ham in 2015.

o   The Hammers have won three of their last four Europa League home qualifiers (D1), although those games were all played at Upton Park.

o   Astra Giurgiu have only qualified for the Europa League once before, in 2014/15. They were eliminated in the group stage.

o   The Hammers’ last participation in a European competition proper was in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup, when they were eliminated in the first round by Palermo.

o   Mark Noble has scored a penalty in two of West Ham’s three Europa League qualifiers in 2016/17, including one in the first leg of this tie.

Astra Giurgiu have shipped 26 goals in their last 12 away European games, keeping only one clean sheet (1-0 v Inverness).

 

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Champions League Playoff Second Leg Opta facts

Champions League Playoff Second Leg Opta facts

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Manchester City – Steaua Bucharest

o   Manchester City’s 5-0 win in the first leg qualifier equalled their biggest ever European win (also 5-0 v Lierse in 1969/70 Cup Winners’ Cup and 5-0 v The New Saints in 2003/04 UEFA Cup qualifying).

o   City’s 5-0 advantage is the biggest first leg lead recorded since the introduction of the Champions League playoff round in 2009/10.

o   The Citizens have won all three of their previous games against Romanian opposition, scoring eight and conceding none.

o   Steaua Bucharest have lost their last four games against English sides, failing to score in the last three.

o   Steaua have played in England on nine previous occasions in European competition, losing seven and drawing twice. Their highest profile trip on English soil was in the UEFA Cup semi-final v Middlesbrough in April 2006, losing 4-2 on the night.

o   Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick in the first leg, but also missed two penalties. The last player to miss two spotkicks in a Champions League qualifier before him was Ivica Vrdoljak for Legia Warsaw v Celtic in July 2014.

 

 

Hapoel Be’er Sheva – Celtic

o   Celtic have qualified from eight of their last nine European qualifiers in which they’ve taken a lead into the second leg – the exception was last season’s Champions League play-off against Malmo.

o   Hapoel Be’er Sheva are unbeaten in their last four home European games (W2 D2).

o   Leigh Griffiths has scored five goals in his last four European games for Celtic.

o   Since the Champions League play-offs were introduced in 2009/10, no side has ever recovered a three-goal deficit from the first leg.

o   The Bhoys have kept only one clean sheet in their last 13 European games, conceding 21 goals.

o   Should Hapoel qualify, they would be the fourth Israeli side to play in the Champions League proper after Maccabi Haifa, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Tel Aviv.

 

 

Legia Warsaw – Dundalk

o   Legia are unbeaten in their last seven home Champions League qualifiers (W3 D4).

o   Dundalk have won only two of their last 19 away European games, both in the Europa League qualifying phase in 2014/15 (D3 L14).

o   Warsaw have conceded only one goal in this season Champions League qualifiers and are on a run of four consecutive clean sheets.

o   The only side to overcome a two-goal deficit from the first leg of a Champions League play-off qualifier was Celtic in 2013/14 against Shakhtyor Qaraghandy.

o   Should Legia Warsaw qualify, they will be the first Polish side to qualify for the Champions League since Widzew Lodz in 1996/97 and the first time Warsaw have qualified since their sole participation in 1995/96.

If Dundalk qualify, they will be the first ever Irish team to play in the Champions League.

 

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EFL Cup 2nd Round Opta Stats

EFL Cup 2nd Round Opta Stats

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QPR v Rochdale

o   QPR’s only win in their three previous meetings with Rochdale was a 3-0 victory back in April 1959 in Division Three, drawing one and losing the other.

o   Rochdale won the last meeting between these sides, 2-0 at Loftus Road at this stage of the League Cup in August 2011.

o   The Hoops have fallen at this stage in each of the last three seasons, each time against opposition from a lower tier.

o   The only time Rochdale have reached the third round of the League Cup since they reached the 1962 final was in 2011-12 – after beating QPR in round two.

 

Scunthorpe v Bristol City

o   Scunthorpe have only progressed from two of their last 12 League Cup ties against higher ranked opposition (vs Blackburn in 2014-15 and Derby via penalties in 2012-13).

o   The Robins have won their last four meetings with Scunthorpe in all competitions, winning each game by a 2-0 scoreline.

o   The Iron haven’t reached the third round of the League Cup since the 2010-11 season, where they eventually lost to Manchester United.

o   Bristol City have reached the third round of the League Cup in just one of the last 12 seasons (2013-14).

 

Watford v Gillingham

o   The last meeting between these sides was their only previous meeting in this competition – Watford won 3-0 in a first round tie in August 2007.

o   Gillingham’s last win at Vicarage Road in all competitions came in a second tier league meeting in March 2003 (1-0), losing two and drawing one since then.

o   The Hornets have reached the third round of the League Cup in just one of the previous seven seasons (2013-14).

o   Meanwhile, Gillingham haven’t progressed past the second round since 2005-06, beating Portsmouth 3-2 at Priestfield – which was also the last time they beat Premier League opposition in the competition.

 

Peterborough v Swansea

o   This will be the fourth tie between these sides in the League Cup, with the Posh progressing on two of the previous three occasions.

o   However, Swansea won the last meeting between the sides, 3-1 in the third round in September 2010, thanks to a Scott Sinclair hat-trick.

o   Peterborough have lost seven and drawn one of their last eight League Cup games against top-flight opposition, seeing them eliminated from six ties. Their last win came against Liverpool in 1991-92.

o   Meanwhile, 2013 winners Swansea were knocked out by lower league opposition in last season’s tournament, going down 1-0 against Championship Hull.

 

Everton v Yeovil

o   This will be the first meeting of any kind between these two sides.

o   Since beating Sunderland in the 1949 FA Cup fourth round, Yeovil have lost all 12 of their meetings with top flight opposition in all competitions.

o   Everton have progressed from 15 of their last 17 League Cup ties against lower tiered opposition, losing out only to Brentford in 2010-11 and Leeds in 2012-13.

o   The Glovers have never progressed past the second round of the League Cup.

 

Millwall v Nottingham Forest

o   These sides have played each other four times across three League Cup ties previously (one replay), with Millwall progressing on two occasions.

o   However, Forest won the last such meeting, winning 2-1 at this stage in the 2013-14 campaign.

o   The Lions have lost their last two Round 2 ties, last reaching the third round back in 2011.

o   Nottingham Forest have won their last four away League Cup ties against lower ranked opposition.

 

Sunderland v Shrewsbury

o   Sunderland have never lost against Shrewsbury, winning six and drawing two of their eight second tier league meetings between 1979 and 1989.

o   This will be Shrewsbury’s 31st consecutive League Cup tie against higher ranked opposition. They’ve won five of their last seven, with both defeats coming against Premier League clubs.

o   The Black Cats have reached the third round in seven of the last eight seasons, including reaching the final in 2014.

o   Indeed, David Moyes’ last games in the League Cup were with Man United in the 2014 semi-finals – losing out to Sunderland on penalties.

 

Luton v Leeds

o   This will be the fourth meeting between these sides in the League Cup, with Luton winning the most recent clash 2-0 back in November 1988, en route to reaching the final (L2).

o   Leeds haven’t won at Kenilworth Road since December 1991, in a top-flight clash the season Leeds were crowned champions (D2 L1 since).

o   The Hatters have won five of their last seven League Cup ties against Championship sides, with both defeats coming against Reading (2005 and 2008).

o   The Whites are unbeaten in 13 League Cup ties against fourth-tier opponents, winning the last 11 in a row (D2). Their last defeat was against Mansfield in September 1994.

 

Chelsea v Bristol Rovers

o   This is the first time Chelsea have played in Round 2 of the League Cup since the 1996-97 season, where they beat Blackpool 5-4 on aggregate before losing out to Bolton in Round 3.

o   The Pirates won the last meeting between these sides, in a Division Two match back in March 1981 (1-0).

o   The Blues have won their last eight League Cup ties against lower ranked opposition, since losing on penalties to Burnley in November 2008.

o   Bristol Rovers haven’t reached Round 3 of the League Cup since 2000-01, where they eliminated Premier League side Everton at this stage via penalties.

 

Burton v Liverpool

o   This will be the first ever meeting between these sides.

o   Liverpool have lost none of their last 12 League Cup games against lower ranked opponents (W8 D4), though one of those draws ended in a shootout loss to Northampton in September 2010.

o   Burton have faced Premier League opposition in two of the previous three League Cup campaigns, beating QPR in 2014-15, but losing out on penalties to Fulham in 2013-14.

o   Liverpool have reached the semi-final in three of the last five League Cup campaigns, including reaching the final twice (winning in 2012 but losing on penalties to Man City last season).

 

Blackburn v Crewe

o   Blackburn won the only previous League Cup meeting between these sides, 1-0 back in October 1998 courtesy of a Chris Sutton goal.

o   Crewe have scored just one goal in their last six meetings with Blackburn in all competitions.

o   Rovers have been eliminated from five of their last six League Cup ties against lower ranked opposition, the exception being their first round win against Mansfield.

o   The Railwaymen haven’t won a Round 2 League Cup tie since 2008-09, when they beat Bristol City before being knocked out by Liverpool in Round 3.

 

Burnley v Accrington

o   This will be the first ever meeting between these two sides.

o   Stanley have never beaten Premier League opposition in any competition (D1 L3). They also lost on penalties following the solitary draw, against Watford in the League Cup in September 2006.

o   Burnley have failed to score in their last three League Cup games. They’ve never gone four games without a goal in the competition.

o   Accrington have never progressed past the second round in League Cup history.

 

Crystal Palace v Blackpool

o   Palace have never lost a League Cup match against Blackpool (W2 D1), winning the most recent meeting 3-1 in October 2003.

o   However, since that defeat, Blackpool have lost just one of their 10 meetings with the Eagles in all competitions (W3 D6).

o   Alan Pardew’s men have won their last three League Cup games lower tiered opposition, netting 11 goals in the process.

o   Blackpool have progressed from three of their last five League Cup ties against Premier League opposition.

 

Morecambe v Bournemouth

o   Morecambe have faced Premier League opposition on two occasions in the League Cup, losing both encounters in the second round of the competition, 2-0 at Sunderland in 2012 and 2-0 at home to Newcastle in 2013.

o   Bournemouth reached the quarter-finals of the League Cup in 2015; their best ever run in the competition before losing 3-1 at home to Liverpool.

o   This will be the first time Morecambe and Bournemouth have met in a domestic cup competition.

o   Morecambe’s Jack Dunn is the current League Cup top goalscorer with three goals.

Preston v Oldham

o   Preston have never made it beyond Round 4 of the League Cup.

o   Oldham reached the final of the League Cup in 1990 but were defeated 1-0 by Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest.

o   These sides have met once before in the League Cup, in 1969, when Preston progressed to the second round after beating Oldham 1-0 in a first round replay.

o   Preston won both League One meetings between the two sides in 2014/15, with an aggregate score of 5-0. PNE also defeated Oldham 10-9 in the EFL Trophy on penalties.

 

Oxford v Brighton

o   This will be the second League Cup meeting between the two sides. The first was a 2-0 first round home win for Brighton in 1968.

o   Oxford won the 1986 League Cup, beating Queens Park Rangers 3-0 in the final.

o   Brighton have never progressed beyond the quarter-final of the League Cup.

o   Oxford are unbeaten in their last eight matches against Brighton (W5 D3).

 

Reading v MK Dons

o   The only two previous meetings between these two sides came in the Championship last season. MK Dons were relegated but were unbeaten against Reading during the campaign (W1 D1).

o   MK Dons’ first ever League Cup match was a 3-0 away win against Peterborough in 2004.

o   Reading have never scored against MK Dons, in two previous meetings.

o   Reading 5-7 Arsenal in October 2012 holds the record for the most goals in a single League Cup match, along with Brentford 6-6 Dagenham and Redbridge in August 2014.


Fulham v Middlesbrough

o   Fulham and Middlesbrough have only ever met once in a cup competition, the final of the 1975 Anglo-Scottish Cup. Middlesbrough won 1-0.

o   Fulham have failed to score in four of their last five matches against Middlesbrough.

o   Middlesbrough reached back to back League Cup finals in 1997 and 1998 but lost both to Leicester City and Chelsea.

o   Middlesbrough won the League Cup in in 2004 with a 2-1 win over Bolton Wanderers.

 

Newcastle v Cheltenham

o   Newcastle have played Cheltenham just once in their history, a 2-0 fourth round FA Cup win in 2006.

o   Newcastle have won their last nine consecutive League Cup Round 2 matches.

o   Cheltenham have never won a second round League Cup match (L5).

o   Cheltenham’s first second round League Cup match was a 7-0 defeat to Crystal Palace in 2002.

 

Exeter v Hull

o   The second ever meeting between Exeter and Hull was a second round League Cup match in 1963/64 (Hull won 1-0).

o   Hull have won five of their last seven matches against Exeter, dating back to 1999/00 (D1 L1).

o   Nine of Exeter’s last 11 League Cup games have been at home (W2 L7).

o   Exeter have never beaten a Premier League opponent in the League Cup (L2).

 

Derby v Carlisle

o   Derby are unbeaten in the last three meetings between these two sides, which have all been in the League Cup (W2 D1).

o   Derby have won just one of their last seven home matches against Carlisle in all competitions (D2 L4).

o   Carlisle have scored exactly two goals in four of their last five second round League Cup matches (W3 L2).

o   Carlisle lost 5-1 on aggregate to West Brom in the semi-finals of the 1969/70 League Cup.

 

Northampton v West Brom

o   Northampton have never beaten West Brom in a competitive match (D2 L4).

o   The last time Northampton faced Premier League opposition in the second round of the League Cup, they lost 4-1 to Newcastle United at St James’ Park.

o   West Brom lost three League Cup finals between 1966 and 1970, against West Ham United, Queens Park Rangers and Manchester City.

o   West Brom have won their last three second round League Cup matches away from home, scoring 10 goals.


Wolves v Cambridge

o   The first two matches between these two sides were second round League Cup matches in 1980/81. Cambridge won the first leg 3-1 and the second leg 1-0.

o   Wolves are unbeaten in their last six Round 2 League Cup matches (W4 D2).

o   Wolves won the League Cup in 1974 and 1980, beating Manchester City 2-1 and Nottingham Forest 1-0 respectively.

o   Cambridge United last reached the second round of the League Cup in 2002/03.

 

Stevenage v Stoke

o   This will be the first ever competitive meeting between these two sides.

o   Stoke progressed from their last second round League Cup match by beating Luton 8-7 on penalties (after an initial 1-1 draw).

o   Stevenage have never gone beyond the second round of the League Cup.

o   The last time Stevenage drew Premier League opposition in Round 2 of the League Cup, they lost 2-1 away at Everton in 2013/14.

 

Norwich v Coventry

o   This will be the first ever League Cup fixture between the two sides.

o   Norwich have won just two of their last 10 meetings with Coventry (D4 L4).

o   Norwich have played lower ranked opposition in each of their last five Round 2 League Cup matches (W4 L1) with their only defeat coming against MK Dons in 2011/12.

Coventry’s win over Portsmouth marked the first time they have advanced past the first round of the League Cup since 2012/13.

 

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European Football Podcast – Episode 86: 18th August

European Football Podcast – Episode 86: 18th August

It’s a brand new season for the European Football Podcast and William Hill Senior Football Trader Steve Harrison is the gues on week one.
Steve joins Sam Norris to preview matches in Serie A and La Liga on the opening weekend of their seasons.
Enjoy.

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Premier League Opta Facts

Premier League Opta Facts

Hull City v Leicester City

Saturday 13 August 2016 (12:30)
KCOM Stadium, Hull

Head-to-Head Record – Results
Games Hull City wins Draws Leicester City wins Hull City goals Leicester City goals
Overall: 2 0 1 1 0 1
At home: 1 0 0 1 0 1
Average Goals scored per Game 0.50

o Hull City are winless in their last five league meetings with Leicester City (D2 L3).
o Leicester City haven’t conceded a goal in any of their last three league games against Hull City, including in both Premier League meetings in 2014-15.
o The reigning Premier League champions have never lost the opening game of their title defence in the competition’s history (W19 D4).
o In fact, this is the first time that a Premier League champion will kick off the season in the history of the competition.
o A newly promoted side hasn’t won on the opening weekend of a Premier League campaign since August 2012 when West Ham beat Aston Villa (1-0).
o Jamie Vardy has only failed to score against three of the 22 different opponents that he’s faced in the Premier League and Hull City are one of these (alongside Man City & Swansea).
o No player scored the first goal of the game more often than Jamie Vardy (12 – level with Gonzalo Higuaín) in the big five Euro leagues in 2015-16.
o Abel Hernández scored 21 times for Hull in the Championship last season (including play-offs); more than twice as many any other player for the club (M.Diamé – 10 goals, the next most).
o Hull City failed to score in their final three games of the 2014-15 Premier League season and are currently without a goal in their last five hours and four minutes in the competition.
o Claudio Ranieri will be looking to secure his 100th Premier League win as a manager in this game – he will be only the fifth non-British/Irish manager to reach this landmark.
o Hull City have lost all five of their early Saturday kick-off games in the Premier League.

Managers records – All-time
All-time English Premier League Record P W D L GF GA GD PTS PTS/P
Mike Phelan (Caretaker) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Claudio Ranieri 184 99 49 36 330 178 152 346 1.88

Burnley v Swansea City

Saturday 13 August 2016 (15:00)
Turf Moor, Burnley

Head-to-Head Record – Results
Games Burnley wins Draws Swansea City wins Burnley goals Swansea City goals
Overall: 2 0 0 2 0 2
At home: 1 0 0 1 0 1
Average Goals scored per Game 1.00

o Burnley have found the back of the net in 17 of their last 18 opening day matches, failing to score against Stoke in the Premier League in 2009/10.
o Swansea have won four of their last five league meetings with Burnley (W4 D0 L1), including two 1-0 wins over Burnley in the 2014-15 Premier League season.
o This will be the ninth occasion in the last 10 seasons that Swansea have opened their league campaign away from home.
o There have been 21 goals scored in Swansea’s five previous Premier League matches on the opening weekend, an average of 4.2 per game.
o Burnley striker Andre Gray was the Championship top goalscorer last season with 25 goals (23 for Burnley, two for Brentford).
o Burnley didn’t manage to win a Premier League game until November 8th (11th match) in their last Premier League season back in 2014-15.
o Swansea are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games played in the month of August (W5 D2 L0).
o Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s six goals earned Charlton six points in the Championship last season, more than any other Addicks player.
o No Swansea player has scored more Premier League goals than Gylfi Sigurdsson (25, level with Wilfried Bony).
o Since 2007-08, 47 of Fernando Llorente’s 104 league goals have been headers (45%) – only Cristiano Ronaldo (48) has scored more with his head in the big five Euro Leagues in this period.

Managers records – All-time
All-time English Premier League Record P W D L GF GA GD PTS PTS/P
Sean Dyche 38 7 12 19 28 53 -25 33 0.87
Francesco Guidolin 16 7 4 5 22 22 0 25 1.56

Crystal Palace v West Bromwich Albion

Saturday 13 August 2016 (15:00)
Selhurst Park, London

Head-to-Head Record – Results
Games Crystal Palace wins Draws West Brom wins Crystal Palace goals West Brom goals
Overall: 8 3 2 3 14 12
At home: 4 3 0 1 8 3
Average Goals scored per Game 3.25

o Crystal Palace have won just three of their last 13 home matches in the league against West Bromwich Albion (W3 D6 L4).
o Of all current Premier League teams to have played three or more opening weekend matches, WBA have the lowest win rate, winning one of their 10 previous games (10%).
o Crystal Palace have won only one of their last eight season openers held at Selhurst Park (D4 L3) – 3-2 versus Leicester in 2010.
o Of clubs still in the Premier League in 2016-17, Crystal Palace have won the fewest points in 2016 so far (11).
o The Eagles have lost 12 of their 19 Premier League matches in 2016 so far (W2 D5 L12).
o Crystal Palace lost the 2016 FA Cup final to Manchester United – the previous two losing FA Cup finalists have been relegated from the Premier League in the following season (Hull City and Aston Villa).
o West Bromwich Albion have scored just 53 goals in 56 Premier League games under Tony Pulis.
o Tony Pulis (1.46) is the only permanent manager to have a better Premier League points per game as Crystal Palace coach than current boss Alan Pardew (1.30).
o West Bromwich Albion ended 2015-16 on a nine match winless streak in the Premier League (W0 D4 L5), with their last Premier League victory coming on March 6th.
o The Baggies scored just 20% of their Premier League penalties last season (1/5). The only team to score a lower % are Liverpool in 2011/12 (1/6 – minimum one successful penalty).

Managers records – All-time
All-time English Premier League Record P W D L GF GA GD PTS PTS/P
Alan Pardew 285 104 60 121 347 416 -69 372 1.31
Tony Pulis 272 84 80 108 267 346 -79 332 1.22

Everton v Tottenham Hotspur

Saturday 13 August 2016 (15:00)
Goodison Park, Liverpool

Head-to-Head Record – Results
Games Everton wins Draws Tottenham Hotspur wins Everton goals Tottenham Hotspur goals
Overall: 48 8 18 22 47 67
At home: 24 5 11 8 20 23
Average Goals scored per Game 2.38

o Everton are winless in their last seven Premier League meetings with Tottenham Hotspur (W0 D4 L3).
o No Premier League team has lost more games on the opening weekend than Spurs (9) – level with West Ham.
o Everton have drawn their last three opening day matches 2-2, with Ross Barkley scoring two of their six goals in this run.
o Ronald Koeman has won just one of his four Premier League games against Spurs (W1 D1 L2), but this was in their last meeting in May (Spurs 1-2 Southampton).
o Harry Kane’s next Premier League goal will be his 50th – if he scores in this match, he’ll have reached the landmark in 87 games. Only eight players have needed fewer apps to reach 50 PL goals, and Kane will be level with Ian Wright (87 apps).
o Kane is on the current longest run of consecutive appearances in the Premier League without missing a game for his team (68).
o This will be the 20th Premier League season that Gareth Barry has played in – only Ryan Giggs (22) has played in more, while only Rio Ferdinand & Frank Lampard (20) have played in as many.
o Vincent Janssen topped the Dutch Eredivisie goalscoring charts in 2015-16 with 27 goals.
o Everton’s new signing Idrissa Gueye made 144 tackles and 141 interceptions in the Premier League last season – only N’Golo Kante made more.
o Tottenham ended the 2015-16 campaign with two successive losses – they’ve not lost three Premier League games in a row since November 2012.

Managers records – All-time
All-time English Premier League Record P W D L GF GA GD PTS PTS/P
Ronald Koeman 76 36 15 25 113 74 39 123 1.62
Mauricio Pochettino 130 57 38 35 200 154 46 209 1.61

Middlesbrough v Stoke City

Saturday 13 August 2016 (15:00)
Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough

Head-to-Head Record – Results
Games Middlesbrough wins Draws Stoke City wins Middlesbrough goals Stoke City goals
Overall: 2 1 0 1 2 2
At home: 1 1 0 0 2 1
Average Goals scored per Game 2.00

o Middlesbrough have won just four of their last 15 league meetings with Stoke City (W4 D3 L8).
o Of the teams to be in the 2016-17 Premier League season, Stoke City have conceded the most Premier League goals in 2016 so far (36).
o Middlesbrough have won just two of their 14 previous season openers in the Premier League, including in their last campaign in the top-flight vs Tottenham in 2008/09 (2-1).
o Indeed, they’ve never won on the opening weekend of a Premier League season as a newly-promoted team (D2 L1).
o Stoke’s only previous win on the opening day of a Premier League season came against Burnley in 2009.
o The Potters are winless in their last six Premier League opening weekend matches, losing four (D2).
o New Middlesbrough midfielder Marten de Roon made the most tackles (122) & the second most interceptions (132) in Serie A while at Atalanta last season.
o Álvaro Negredo scored eight goals in his first 17 Premier League appearances, but netted just once in his subsequent 15 apps in the competition for Manchester City in 2013-14.
o Mark Hughes has lost just one of his last eight Premier League meetings with Middlesbrough as manager, winning six (D1).
o Stoke haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last 10 away Premier League games. They haven’t conceded in 11 consecutive away games since a run of 12 ending in August 2014.

Managers records – All-time
All-time English Premier League Record P W D L GF GA GD PTS PTS/P
Aitor Karanka 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mark Hughes 384 139 103 142 488 502 -14 520 1.35

Southampton v Watford

Saturday 13 August 2016 (15:00)
St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton

Head-to-Head Record – Results
Games Southampton wins Draws Watford wins Southampton goals Watford goals
Overall: 4 2 1 1 6 3
At home: 2 2 0 0 4 0
Average Goals scored per Game 2.25

o Southampton are unbeaten in their last five league meetings with Watford (W3 D2 L0).
o Watford haven’t scored in any of their last four league games versus Southampton.
o The Hornets managed just one shot on target in 180 minutes of Premier League action against Saints in 2015-16.
o Only Leicester City (42) have won more Premier League points in 2016 than Southampton (39).
o Watford haven’t won any of their three previous season openers in the Premier League (D1 L2), but they are unbeaten in their last nine league matches on opening day (W5 D4 L0).
o Claude Puel will become the seventh different French manager in Premier League history – just three of the previous six have managed over 20 matches in the competition.
o Odion Ighalo has scored just two goals in 18 Premier League appearances in 2016 so far; this after netting 13 goals in 19 PL apps for Watford in 2015.
o The top two goalscorers for Southampton in the Premier League last season have both left the club this summer – Graziano Pellè and Sadio Mané (11 goals each).
o This will be the first time two opposing managers have faced each other in their first ever Premier League games since the opening day of the 2004-05 season (Iain Dowie v Nigel Worthington and Jacques Santini v Rafael Benitez).
o The last Southampton manager to win their opening Premier League game in charge was Paul Sturrock back in March 2004 (2-0 vs Liverpool).

Managers records – All-time
All-time English Premier League Record P W D L GF GA GD PTS PTS/P
Claude Puel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Walter Mazzarri 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Manchester City v Sunderland

Saturday 13 August 2016 (17:30)
Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Head-to-Head Record – Results
Games Manchester City wins Draws Sunderland wins Manchester City goals Sunderland goals
Overall: 24 16 3 5 51 23
At home: 12 10 2 0 35 14
Average Goals scored per Game 3.08

o Manchester City have won their last four Premier League meetings with Sunderland.
o Sunderland have never won away at Manchester City in the Premier League (W0 D2 L10).
o Manchester City are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League opening weekend fixtures (W6 D1), including winning each of the last five. The Citizens have yet to lose a Premier League season opener played on home soil (W3 D5).
o Pep Guardiola has won the opening league game of the season as a manager in each of his last six seasons (three for Barcelona, three for Bayern) – he lost his first league game as Barcelona boss (0-1at Numancia), however.
o Sergio Aguero is the top scoring player in the Premier League so far in 2016 (17 goals in 18 games).
o Aguero has scored three goals and assisted two more in his last three Premier League appearances against Sunderland.
o Jermain Defoe has scored in 15 different Premier League seasons and will be looking to become only the eighth different player to net in 16+ seasons in 2016/17.
o David Moyes is 5th in the all-time Premier League standings for most games managed (P461 W190 D129 L142).
o Moyes has met Guardiola previously, with his Manchester United team being eliminated in the 2013/14 Champions League quarter-final by Guardiola’s Bayern Munich.
o The newly appointed Sunderland boss has won five times at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League – the only visiting manager with more wins is Arsene Wenger (6).

Managers records – All-time
All-time English Premier League Record P W D L GF GA GD PTS PTS/P
Josep Guardiola 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
David Moyes 461 190 129 142 624 543 81 699 1.52

Bournemouth v Manchester United

Sunday 14 August 2016 (13:30)
Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth

Head-to-Head Record – Results
Games Bournemouth wins Draws Manchester United wins Bournemouth goals Manchester United goals
Overall: 2 1 0 1 3 4
At home: 1 1 0 0 2 1
Average Goals scored per Game 3.50

o Bournemouth are unbeaten in their last four home meetings with Manchester United in all competitions (W2 D2 L0), including a 2-1 Premier League win in 2015-16.
o Four of Manchester United’s five opening day defeats in the Premier League have come away from home.
o These two teams faced each other in the final match of the 2015-16 Premier League season (3-1 to Man Utd) – there are only 89 days between that match and this fixture.
o Wayne Rooney has scored more goals on the opening weekend than any other player currently playing in the Premier League (6).
o Jose Mourinho has won six and drawn one of his previous seven Premier League opening matchday fixtures.
o Bournemouth lost all five of the Premier League games that they played on a Sunday in 2015-16.
o Henrikh Mkhitaryan assisted the most goals (15) & created the third highest amount of chances (83) in the German Bundesliga last season.
o Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored 38 goals in 31 league games for Paris Saint Germain in French Ligue 1 last season – the only player in the big five Euro leagues to score more was Luis Suarez (40 for Barcelona).
o Ibrahimovic scored in 23 different league games last season for PSG – the only player in the big five Euro leagues to score in more was Gonzalo Higuaín (25).
o No player provided more assists in Serie A last season than Paul Pogba (12).

Managers records – All-time
All-time English Premier League Record P W D L GF GA GD PTS PTS/P
Eddie Howe 38 11 9 18 45 67 -22 42 1.11
José Mourinho 212 140 44 28 377 152 225 464 2.19

Arsenal v Liverpool

Sunday 14 August 2016 (16:00)
Emirates Stadium, London

Head-to-Head Record – Results
Games Arsenal wins Draws Liverpool wins Arsenal goals Liverpool goals
Overall: 48 15 17 16 59 67
At home: 24 9 9 6 30 20
Average Goals scored per Game 2.63

o Arsenal have lost just one of their last nine Premier League meetings with Liverpool (W4 D4 L1).
o Liverpool have only won one of their last 20 away trips to Arsenal in all competitions (W1 D8 L11) and have collected just eight points in 10 Premier League games at the Emirates Stadium.
o The Gunners have lost just two of their last 15 home games on opening day (W10 D3), although those defeats have come in the last three attempts.
o Liverpool v Arsenal has seen more hat-tricks than any other fixture in Premier League history (5).
o Liverpool have scored more Premier League goals than any other team in 2016 so far (41).
o Roberto Firmino has had a hand in 13 goals (nine goals, four assists) in 15 Premier League appearances in 2016 so far, including two goals versus Arsenal in January.
o Olivier Giroud has scored four goals in his last four Premier League meetings with Liverpool.
o Liverpool played the most Premier League games on a Sunday in 2015-16 (18), while Arsenal played the third most (15).
o This will be Arsene Wenger’s 21st season in charge of Arsenal since taking the job in September 1996 – no other current Premier League manager has been in charge of their current club for more than five consecutive seasons.
o Games between these sides have seen 16 goals in the 90th minute or later, more than any other Premier League fixture (Liverpool 9, Arsenal 7).

Managers records – All-time
All-time English Premier League Record P W D L GF GA GD PTS PTS/P
Arsène Wenger 752 434 187 131 1410 712 698 1489 1.98
Jürgen Klopp 30 13 9 8 55 40 15 48 1.60

Chelsea v West Ham United

Monday 15 August 2016 (20:00)
Stamford Bridge, London

Head-to-Head Record – Results
Games Chelsea wins Draws West Ham United wins Chelsea goals West Ham United goals
Overall: 40 22 7 11 74 39
At home: 20 12 4 4 40 18
Average Goals scored per Game 2.83

o Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League meetings with West Ham United at Stamford Bridge (W7 D3) and have not lost at home to them in the league since September 2002 (2-3).
o West Ham were unbeaten against Chelsea in the Premier League last season (W1 D1); the first time that they have achieved this since 2002-03.
o Chelsea have won more points than any other Premier League side on the opening weekend of action (51 points).
o Chelsea are unbeaten in each of their last 13 season opening fixtures played at Stamford Bridge (W10 D3).
o Antonio Conte has lost just one of his last 30 league games as a club manager (W27 D2 L1).
o Conte is currently unbeaten in 28 successive league home matches as a club manager (W26 D2 L0), last suffering a home defeat in January 2013 (Juventus 1-2 Sampdoria).
o Diego Costa has scored five goals in seven Premier League appearances for Chelsea in the month of August.
o Dimitri Payet had a hand in 11 goals in his last 12 Premier League appearances of 2015-16 (three goals, eight assists).
o Chelsea haven’t won any of their last four Premier League games on a Monday (W0 D2 L2).
o Avram Grant is the only Chelsea manager to lose his opening Premier League game in the Roman Abramovich era (0-2 vs Man Utd, September 2007).

Managers records – All-time
All-time English Premier League Record P W D L GF GA GD PTS PTS/P
Antonio Conte 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Slaven Bilic 38 16 14 8 65 51 14 62 1.63

 

 

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League Cup Opta Facts – First Round

League Cup Opta Facts – First Round

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Carlisle v Port Vale

These sides have met once before in the League Cup, with Port Vale winning 3-2 over two legs in the second round in September 1996.

Carlisle have lost their last three meetings with the Valiants in all competitions, last facing them in the Football League Trophy last season (0-1).

Port Vale have made it past the first round of the League Cup in each of the last two season, falling at the second round each time.

The Cumbrians reached the third round last season, eventually losing out on penalties to Liverpool.

Rotherham v Morecambe

Rotherham have won two and lost just one of their last four meetings with Morecambe. These games have seen a total of 17 goals.

Morecambe won the last meeting between these sides – 2-1 in April 2013. This is their first meeting in the League Cup.

The Millers – who reached the final of the first ever League Cup – have won their last three first round ties, all of them coming at home.

Morecambe have fallen at the first hurdle of the League Cup in the last two seasons, losing both games 0-1.

Accrington v Bradford

Stanley have scored in each of their last 10 meetings with Bradford (W3 D5 L2).

Bradford won the last meeting between the sides – 2-1 in December 2012. This is their first meeting in the League Cup.

Accrington have only progressed past the first round of the League Cup once in the last five seasons, beating Middlesbrough 2-1 in August 2013.

The Bantams have been knocked out in the first round in two of the last three seasons. The season before that, they reached the final, losing 0-5 to Swansea at Wembley.

Rochdale v Chesterfield

Rochdale have won just two of their last 12 meetings with Chesterfield in all competitions (D6 L4), though these have come in the last four matches between the sides.

These sides have met twice before in the League Cup, both times in the first round. Chesterfield won 4-2 on aggregate over two legs in August 1999, while Rochdale won 3-2 in August 2011.

Rochdale – who reached the final in 1962 – have progressed past the first round in just one of the last four seasons, though it was in last season’s competition.

Chesterfield have lost each of their last nine first round games in the League Cup. The last time they made it past the first round was in 2006-07, reaching the fourth round.

Mansfield v Blackburn

Mansfield have won just one of their six previous meetings with Blackburn (D3 L2).

This will be the first meeting between these sides since April 1980, with Rovers winning 1-0 in Mansfield in the old Division Three.

The Stags have been eliminated from the first round in each of their last four League Cup participations.

Blackburn – winners in 2002 – have been knocked out at the first hurdle in each of their last four seasons (second round in 2012/13, first round in the last three seasons).

Barnsley v Northampton

This will be the first meeting between these sides in the League Cup. Their last game against each other was in the FA Cup first round in November 2004 – Northampton winning 1-0 at Sixfields.

Indeed, the Cobblers have won their last three meetings with Barnsley in all competitions, keeping a clean sheet in two of those.

Northampton have only been knocked out in the first round in two of their last nine seasons (vs Southampton in 2009/10 and MK Dons in 2013/14).

Barnsley have kept just one clean sheet in their last 12 League Cup games, shipping 27 goals in total.

Cambridge v Sheffield Wednesday

The last meetings between these sides were in the League Cup second round in September 1998 – Cambridge winning 2-1 on aggregate.

After winning eight of their first 11 meetings with the U’s in all competitions (D2 L1), the Owls have won just one of the last four (D1 L2).

Cambridge have lost each of their last four first round League Cup matches, dating back to August 2003.

The Owls – winners in 1991 and runners-up in 1993 – reached the quarter-finals last season, their best run in the competition since reaching the semi-finals in 2002.

Derby v Grimsby

The last meeting between these sides was in this competition in August 2005 – Grimsby winning 1-0 at Pride Park.

Indeed, Grimsby have won their last two meetings with Derby in all competitions, this after a winless run of 13 games against the Rams (D4 L9).

Derby lost to fourth-tier opposition at this stage of the competition last season, losing 1-2 at Portsmouth.

This is Grimsby’s first appearance in the League Cup since 2009-10, where they lost 0-4 at Tranmere in the first round.

Oldham v Wigan

Both league meetings between these sides last season ended as draws – this is their first ever meeting in the League Cup.

Wigan are unbeaten in their last eight against Oldham in all competitions (W5 D3).

Oldham have fallen at the first round of the League Cup in each of the last seven seasons, with the last four defeats coming against Championship sides.

Wigan – finalists in 2006 – have been knocked out in the first round in each of the last two seasons.

Scunthorpe v Notts County

The Iron are winless in their last eight games against Notts County in all competitions (D3 L5).

Notts County have won all three of their League Cup games against Scunthorpe – 2-0 in the second round in 1976, and both legs (1-0 and 3-0) in the first round in 1978.

Three of Scunthorpe’s last four first round ties in the League Cup have gone to penalties, with the Iron winning one and losing two.

The Magpies’ last nine League Cup ties have produced 41 goals (F17 A24).

Doncaster v Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest have won all three games against Doncaster in the League Cup, including an 8-0 win in the first round first leg in August 1997.

Indeed, that result was Forest’s biggest ever win and Doncaster’s biggest ever defeat in the competition.

Doncaster have progressed past the first round of the League Cup in each of the last five seasons.

Forest – four time winners of the competition – have found the net in each of their last 13 games in the League Cup.

Burton v Bury

Burton have won just one of their 11 previous meetings with Bury in all competitions (D4 L6).

This will be the first League Cup meeting between these sides – Bury were unbeaten against Burton in league competition last season (W1 D1).

Since losing their first three games in the competition, the Brewers have lost just three of their last 10 in the League Cup (W5 D2), and never in the first round in that run.

The Shakers have conceded at least once in their last 13 League Cup games, shipping 30 goals in total. However, the last eight ties have also seen them score.

Fleetwood v Leeds

This will be the first ever competitive meeting between these sides.

Leeds have been eliminated from the League Cup by lower ranked sides in each of the last two seasons – Bradford in 2014/15 and Doncaster last season.

The Cod Army have lost all four of their League Cup first round ties, three of them by a 1-0 scoreline.

The Whites have reached the final of the League Cup twice – beating Arsenal in 1968 but losing to Aston Villa in 1996.

Sheffield United v Crewe

The home side won both league meetings between these sides last season, with the Blades triumphing 3-2 at Bramall Lane.

This will be the first meeting between the sides in the League Cup. The last cup meeting between them was in the 2014-15 FA Cup – Crewe were eliminated 0-2 at Bramall Lane in a first round replay.

Sheffield United reached the semi-finals of the League Cup in 2014-15, losing out 2-3 on aggregate to Tottenham Hotspur.

Crewe have been knocked out of the League Cup in the first round in two of the last three seasons.

Shrewsbury v Huddersfield

Shrewsbury progressed on the only previous occasions they’ve faced Huddersfield in the League Cup, winning 4-3 on aggregate in the 1985-86 second round.

The Terriers have lost just one of their last eight meetings with Shrewsbury in all competitions (W3 D4), though this will be their first meeting since April 1995.

Shrewsbury’s last 35 games in the League Cup have been against sides from a higher division (W11 D5 L19).

Huddersfield have conceded in each of their last 10 League Cup games, shipping 25 goals in total.

Preston v Hartlepool

Preston have won their last four meetings with Hartlepool in all competitions, scoring eight and conceding none – their last meeting was in January 2013.

This will be the first League Cup meeting between these sides. Pools lost their last visit to Deepdale 0-5 in September 2012.

North End have progressed past the first round in each of the last eight seasons, last falling against Morecambe back in August 2007.

Hartlepool’s last four first round matches have been away from home (W1 L3). They kept a clean sheet in the victory, but shipped 14 goals across the three defeats.

Blackpool v Bolton

This will be the first ever meeting between these sides in the League Cup – the last two games between them both ended 1-1.

Bolton haven’t won at Bloomfield Road since December 1977, drawing seven and losing five in all competitions since then.

Blackpool have been eliminated from the first round of the League Cup in each of the last five seasons, failing to score on four occasions.

The Trotters – runners up in 1995 and 2004 – were eliminated by Burton in the first round last season, their first elimination at that stage since the 2000/01 season.

Round 1 – Southern Section

 

Peterborough v AFC Wimbledon

This will be the first meeting between the two sides in any competition.

The Posh have progressed from Round 1 of the League Cup in six of the last seven seasons.

The Dons have never gone beyond Round 1 since their first appearance in the competition in 2011/12, losing all five games in the League Cup.

Peterborough’s last four League Cup games at home have contained 17 goals, with 13 scored by themselves (4.25 per game).

Bristol Rovers v Cardiff

These two sides last met in the League Cup in the second round in 2009/10, with the Bluebirds winning 3-1 at home.

Bristol Rovers have lost six of their last seven games in the League Cup, drawing the other against Watford which they won on penalties.

Since reaching the final in 2012, Cardiff City have not gone beyond the third round of this competition.

This will be the first time the Gas have hosted Cardiff in any competition since October 1999, where they drew 1-1 in the third tier.

Coventry v Portsmouth

This will be the first meeting in the League Cup between Coventry and Portsmouth since September 1968, in which the Sky Blues won 2-0 in Round 2.

Coventry have exited the competition at the first round stage in each of the last three seasons.

Pompey have failed to score in their last three away games in the League Cup.

However, Portsmouth have won their last two Round 1 ties against sides ranked higher up the pyramid than them (1-0 v Peterborough in 2014/15 and 2-1 v Derby last season).

Luton v Aston Villa

Luton and Aston Villa last met in the League Cup in the second round in 2002/03 – Dion Dublin scored twice in a 3-0 win for the Villans.

Aston Villa’s last appearance in the first round of the League Cup was in August 1972, beating Hereford United 4-1.

The Hatters have won three of their last four League Cup ties against second tier sides.

Both teams have scored in each of Villa’s last six away games in this competition.

Brighton v Colchester

Brighton have progressed both of their previous League Cup ties against Colchester United, beating them in Round 1 in 1967/68 and 1992/93.

The Seagulls have won four of their last five ties against sides from lower leagues in the League Cup but did fall in Round 2 last season to Walsall.

Colchester are winless in their last six League Cup games, losing five inside 90 minutes and the other on penalties to Wycombe in August 2011.

The U’s have shipped 12 goals in their last four away matches in this competition’s (three per game on average).

Cheltenham v Charlton

Cheltenham have progressed from the first round on just five occasions since their first appearance in the competition in 1999/2000. They’ve never gone beyond the second round.

The Addicks have put four goals past their first round opponents in each of the last three seasons.

Charlton have progressed from Round 1 in four of the last five seasons, losing only to Leyton Orient on penalties in 2012.

This will be the first meeting between the two sides in any competition.

Birmingham v Oxford

This will be the first cup meeting between Birmingham City and Oxford United

The last contest between the two came in the second tier in December 1998, in which Birmingham won 7-1.

The Blues have not lost to a fourth tier in the League Cup since September 1974, winning each of their last 17 ties against sides from that division.

Oxford are looking to progress from the first round for the third successive season. They beat Championship side Brentford 4-0 in this round last season.

Southend v Gillingham

Southend have exited the competition in Round 1 in each of the last five seasons.

The Gills have won three of their last four away from home in this competition, but did lose 2-0 to Birmingham last time out.

The two sides last met in the League Cup in 1998/99, in which Southend secured two 1-0 wins over two legs in the first round.

Gillingham’s last three away games in Round 1 of the League Cup have all ended in 2-1 wins.

Wolves v Crawley

Wolves and Crawley’s only previous meetings came in League One in 2013/14, in which both recorded 2-1 wins at home.

Wolves haven’t kept a clean sheet in nine League Cup games.

Since their first appearance in the competition in 2011/12, Crawley have made it beyond Round 1 just twice (2012/13 and 2014/15).

Wolves have progressed from eight of their last 10 League Cup ties at home.

Leyton Orient v Fulham

This is the fourth first round League Cup meeting between the sides, with Fulham progressing in 1970 and 1971 and Orient going through in 1978.

Fulham have won only two of their last nine games against the O’s in all competitions, drawing two and losing five.

Orient have lost all of their last seven home League Cup games against clubs from a higher division, their last win coming against QPR in September 2002.

Fulham have progressed from each of their last nine first round ties, stretching back to 1993.

Ipswich v Stevenage

This is the third time in the past four seasons that these sides have met in the League Cup first round, with each side sharing a win apiece.

Ipswich won last season’s encounter 2-1, with a debut goal from Josh Yorwerth and another from Jay Tabb cancelling out Christophe Berra’s first-half own-goal.

The Tractor Boys have won five of their last six League Cup ties on home soil (L1), although their defeat came against fourth tier opposition in August 2011 against Northampton.

Stevenage have progressed to the second round in just two of their previous six participations, although one of these was against Ipswich in August 2013.

Wycombe v Bristol City

Wycombe have won four of their last five games (L1) at Adams Park against Bristol City in all competitions.

The Robins won the only previous League Cup meeting between the two sides 1-0 in August 2004 with a goal from Leroy Lita.

The Chairboys have been eliminated in each of their last five League Cup ties.

Five of the last six teams to eliminate Bristol City from the League Cup have been sides in the fourth tier.

Walsall v Yeovil

Walsall have failed to win any of their last five home meetings with Yeovil (D2 L3), last triumphing in February 2009.

The Glovers have lost only one of their previous nine games against the Saddlers, winning four and drawing four.

Walsall have won each of their last four League Cup first round ties.

Yeovil have lost each of their last four League Cup ties against sides from a higher division, conceding at least three goals in three of those four games.

Exeter v Brentford

Exeter haven’t beaten Brentford in any of their last seven meetings (D3 L4).

The Bees have lost only two of their last 26 games against the Grecians in all competitions (W17 D7).

The Grecians have kept one clean sheet in their last 23 games in the League Cup (2-0 v Yeovil in August 2011), conceding 54 goals.

Similarly, Brentford haven’t kept a single clean sheet in any of their last 22 League Cup encounters, conceding 57 goals including 16 in the last four games alone.

QPR v Swindon

The Hoops have won five of their last six home games against Swindon in all competitions (L1), although that defeat came in the League Cup in August 2013.

Indeed, that 2-0 win for Swindon in August 2013 was their only clean sheet in their last 27 games against QPR at Loftus Road in all competitions. They last kept back to back clean sheets there in January 1928.

Five of the last six teams to eliminate QPR from the League Cup have been from the third tier or below.

Swindon have won four of their last five League Cup first round ties, although their defeat in this run was last season’s 2-1 loss to Exeter.

Barnet v Millwall

This is the second consecutive season these two sides have met in the first round of the League Cup, with Barnet winning 2-1 last season in extra-time thanks to goals from John Akinde and Andy Yiadom.

Millwall have lost both previous games against Barnet – their last away trip was to Underhill in the Football League Trophy in August 2009, losing 2-0.

This is Barnet’s first home League Cup tie since August 2009, when they lost 2-0 to Watford. Their last six ties have all been away from home (W2 L4).

The Lions’ last four away League Cup trips to sides from a lower division have resulted in victory.

Reading v Plymouth

Reading have lost only one of their last seven home games against Plymouth in all competitions (W4 D2).

Plymouth’s last clean sheet against Reading was in February 2005 – they have failed to stop the Royals scoring in each of their last six against them.

The Royals have won eight of their last nine League Cup first round games, with their only failure coming in August 2011 against Charlton.

Plymouth haven’t won an away League Cup game since October 1990, when they won 2-0 at Wimbledon. In 22 games since, they’ve drawn four and lost 18.

 

Newport v MK Dons

This will be the first ever meeting between the two sides.

MK Dons eliminated Welsh opposition in last season’s League Cup, winning 2-1 against Cardiff in the second round.

The Exiles haven’t kept a League Cup clean sheet in any of their last 10 games, conceding 27 goals since a 1-0 win over Exeter in September 1986.

The Dons have progressed from 10 of their 12 first round League Cup ties, including each of their last six since a 4-1 defeat to Swindon in August 2009.

 

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League Cup Opta Facts – First Round

League Cup Opta Facts – First Round

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Carlisle v Port Vale

These sides have met once before in the League Cup, with Port Vale winning 3-2 over two legs in the second round in September 1996.

Carlisle have lost their last three meetings with the Valiants in all competitions, last facing them in the Football League Trophy last season (0-1).

Port Vale have made it past the first round of the League Cup in each of the last two season, falling at the second round each time.

The Cumbrians reached the third round last season, eventually losing out on penalties to Liverpool.

Rotherham v Morecambe

Rotherham have won two and lost just one of their last four meetings with Morecambe. These games have seen a total of 17 goals.

Morecambe won the last meeting between these sides – 2-1 in April 2013. This is their first meeting in the League Cup.

The Millers – who reached the final of the first ever League Cup – have won their last three first round ties, all of them coming at home.

Morecambe have fallen at the first hurdle of the League Cup in the last two seasons, losing both games 0-1.

Accrington v Bradford

Stanley have scored in each of their last 10 meetings with Bradford (W3 D5 L2).

Bradford won the last meeting between the sides – 2-1 in December 2012. This is their first meeting in the League Cup.

Accrington have only progressed past the first round of the League Cup once in the last five seasons, beating Middlesbrough 2-1 in August 2013.

The Bantams have been knocked out in the first round in two of the last three seasons. The season before that, they reached the final, losing 0-5 to Swansea at Wembley.

Rochdale v Chesterfield

Rochdale have won just two of their last 12 meetings with Chesterfield in all competitions (D6 L4), though these have come in the last four matches between the sides.

These sides have met twice before in the League Cup, both times in the first round. Chesterfield won 4-2 on aggregate over two legs in August 1999, while Rochdale won 3-2 in August 2011.

Rochdale – who reached the final in 1962 – have progressed past the first round in just one of the last four seasons, though it was in last season’s competition.

Chesterfield have lost each of their last nine first round games in the League Cup. The last time they made it past the first round was in 2006-07, reaching the fourth round.

Mansfield v Blackburn

Mansfield have won just one of their six previous meetings with Blackburn (D3 L2).

This will be the first meeting between these sides since April 1980, with Rovers winning 1-0 in Mansfield in the old Division Three.

The Stags have been eliminated from the first round in each of their last four League Cup participations.

Blackburn – winners in 2002 – have been knocked out at the first hurdle in each of their last four seasons (second round in 2012/13, first round in the last three seasons).

Barnsley v Northampton

This will be the first meeting between these sides in the League Cup. Their last game against each other was in the FA Cup first round in November 2004 – Northampton winning 1-0 at Sixfields.

Indeed, the Cobblers have won their last three meetings with Barnsley in all competitions, keeping a clean sheet in two of those.

Northampton have only been knocked out in the first round in two of their last nine seasons (vs Southampton in 2009/10 and MK Dons in 2013/14).

Barnsley have kept just one clean sheet in their last 12 League Cup games, shipping 27 goals in total.

Cambridge v Sheffield Wednesday

The last meetings between these sides were in the League Cup second round in September 1998 – Cambridge winning 2-1 on aggregate.

After winning eight of their first 11 meetings with the U’s in all competitions (D2 L1), the Owls have won just one of the last four (D1 L2).

Cambridge have lost each of their last four first round League Cup matches, dating back to August 2003.

The Owls – winners in 1991 and runners-up in 1993 – reached the quarter-finals last season, their best run in the competition since reaching the semi-finals in 2002.

Derby v Grimsby

The last meeting between these sides was in this competition in August 2005 – Grimsby winning 1-0 at Pride Park.

Indeed, Grimsby have won their last two meetings with Derby in all competitions, this after a winless run of 13 games against the Rams (D4 L9).

Derby lost to fourth-tier opposition at this stage of the competition last season, losing 1-2 at Portsmouth.

This is Grimsby’s first appearance in the League Cup since 2009-10, where they lost 0-4 at Tranmere in the first round.

Oldham v Wigan

Both league meetings between these sides last season ended as draws – this is their first ever meeting in the League Cup.

Wigan are unbeaten in their last eight against Oldham in all competitions (W5 D3).

Oldham have fallen at the first round of the League Cup in each of the last seven seasons, with the last four defeats coming against Championship sides.

Wigan – finalists in 2006 – have been knocked out in the first round in each of the last two seasons.

Scunthorpe v Notts County

The Iron are winless in their last eight games against Notts County in all competitions (D3 L5).

Notts County have won all three of their League Cup games against Scunthorpe – 2-0 in the second round in 1976, and both legs (1-0 and 3-0) in the first round in 1978.

Three of Scunthorpe’s last four first round ties in the League Cup have gone to penalties, with the Iron winning one and losing two.

The Magpies’ last nine League Cup ties have produced 41 goals (F17 A24).

Doncaster v Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest have won all three games against Doncaster in the League Cup, including an 8-0 win in the first round first leg in August 1997.

Indeed, that result was Forest’s biggest ever win and Doncaster’s biggest ever defeat in the competition.

Doncaster have progressed past the first round of the League Cup in each of the last five seasons.

Forest – four time winners of the competition – have found the net in each of their last 13 games in the League Cup.

Burton v Bury

Burton have won just one of their 11 previous meetings with Bury in all competitions (D4 L6).

This will be the first League Cup meeting between these sides – Bury were unbeaten against Burton in league competition last season (W1 D1).

Since losing their first three games in the competition, the Brewers have lost just three of their last 10 in the League Cup (W5 D2), and never in the first round in that run.

The Shakers have conceded at least once in their last 13 League Cup games, shipping 30 goals in total. However, the last eight ties have also seen them score.

Fleetwood v Leeds

This will be the first ever competitive meeting between these sides.

Leeds have been eliminated from the League Cup by lower ranked sides in each of the last two seasons – Bradford in 2014/15 and Doncaster last season.

The Cod Army have lost all four of their League Cup first round ties, three of them by a 1-0 scoreline.

The Whites have reached the final of the League Cup twice – beating Arsenal in 1968 but losing to Aston Villa in 1996.

Sheffield United v Crewe

The home side won both league meetings between these sides last season, with the Blades triumphing 3-2 at Bramall Lane.

This will be the first meeting between the sides in the League Cup. The last cup meeting between them was in the 2014-15 FA Cup – Crewe were eliminated 0-2 at Bramall Lane in a first round replay.

Sheffield United reached the semi-finals of the League Cup in 2014-15, losing out 2-3 on aggregate to Tottenham Hotspur.

Crewe have been knocked out of the League Cup in the first round in two of the last three seasons.

Shrewsbury v Huddersfield

Shrewsbury progressed on the only previous occasions they’ve faced Huddersfield in the League Cup, winning 4-3 on aggregate in the 1985-86 second round.

The Terriers have lost just one of their last eight meetings with Shrewsbury in all competitions (W3 D4), though this will be their first meeting since April 1995.

Shrewsbury’s last 35 games in the League Cup have been against sides from a higher division (W11 D5 L19).

Huddersfield have conceded in each of their last 10 League Cup games, shipping 25 goals in total.

Preston v Hartlepool

Preston have won their last four meetings with Hartlepool in all competitions, scoring eight and conceding none – their last meeting was in January 2013.

This will be the first League Cup meeting between these sides. Pools lost their last visit to Deepdale 0-5 in September 2012.

North End have progressed past the first round in each of the last eight seasons, last falling against Morecambe back in August 2007.

Hartlepool’s last four first round matches have been away from home (W1 L3). They kept a clean sheet in the victory, but shipped 14 goals across the three defeats.

Blackpool v Bolton

This will be the first ever meeting between these sides in the League Cup – the last two games between them both ended 1-1.

Bolton haven’t won at Bloomfield Road since December 1977, drawing seven and losing five in all competitions since then.

Blackpool have been eliminated from the first round of the League Cup in each of the last five seasons, failing to score on four occasions.

The Trotters – runners up in 1995 and 2004 – were eliminated by Burton in the first round last season, their first elimination at that stage since the 2000/01 season.

Round 1 – Southern Section

 

Peterborough v AFC Wimbledon

This will be the first meeting between the two sides in any competition.

The Posh have progressed from Round 1 of the League Cup in six of the last seven seasons.

The Dons have never gone beyond Round 1 since their first appearance in the competition in 2011/12, losing all five games in the League Cup.

Peterborough’s last four League Cup games at home have contained 17 goals, with 13 scored by themselves (4.25 per game).

Bristol Rovers v Cardiff

These two sides last met in the League Cup in the second round in 2009/10, with the Bluebirds winning 3-1 at home.

Bristol Rovers have lost six of their last seven games in the League Cup, drawing the other against Watford which they won on penalties.

Since reaching the final in 2012, Cardiff City have not gone beyond the third round of this competition.

This will be the first time the Gas have hosted Cardiff in any competition since October 1999, where they drew 1-1 in the third tier.

Coventry v Portsmouth

This will be the first meeting in the League Cup between Coventry and Portsmouth since September 1968, in which the Sky Blues won 2-0 in Round 2.

Coventry have exited the competition at the first round stage in each of the last three seasons.

Pompey have failed to score in their last three away games in the League Cup.

However, Portsmouth have won their last two Round 1 ties against sides ranked higher up the pyramid than them (1-0 v Peterborough in 2014/15 and 2-1 v Derby last season).

Luton v Aston Villa

Luton and Aston Villa last met in the League Cup in the second round in 2002/03 – Dion Dublin scored twice in a 3-0 win for the Villans.

Aston Villa’s last appearance in the first round of the League Cup was in August 1972, beating Hereford United 4-1.

The Hatters have won three of their last four League Cup ties against second tier sides.

Both teams have scored in each of Villa’s last six away games in this competition.

Brighton v Colchester

Brighton have progressed both of their previous League Cup ties against Colchester United, beating them in Round 1 in 1967/68 and 1992/93.

The Seagulls have won four of their last five ties against sides from lower leagues in the League Cup but did fall in Round 2 last season to Walsall.

Colchester are winless in their last six League Cup games, losing five inside 90 minutes and the other on penalties to Wycombe in August 2011.

The U’s have shipped 12 goals in their last four away matches in this competition’s (three per game on average).

Cheltenham v Charlton

Cheltenham have progressed from the first round on just five occasions since their first appearance in the competition in 1999/2000. They’ve never gone beyond the second round.

The Addicks have put four goals past their first round opponents in each of the last three seasons.

Charlton have progressed from Round 1 in four of the last five seasons, losing only to Leyton Orient on penalties in 2012.

This will be the first meeting between the two sides in any competition.

Birmingham v Oxford

This will be the first cup meeting between Birmingham City and Oxford United

The last contest between the two came in the second tier in December 1998, in which Birmingham won 7-1.

The Blues have not lost to a fourth tier in the League Cup since September 1974, winning each of their last 17 ties against sides from that division.

Oxford are looking to progress from the first round for the third successive season. They beat Championship side Brentford 4-0 in this round last season.

Southend v Gillingham

Southend have exited the competition in Round 1 in each of the last five seasons.

The Gills have won three of their last four away from home in this competition, but did lose 2-0 to Birmingham last time out.

The two sides last met in the League Cup in 1998/99, in which Southend secured two 1-0 wins over two legs in the first round.

Gillingham’s last three away games in Round 1 of the League Cup have all ended in 2-1 wins.

Wolves v Crawley

Wolves and Crawley’s only previous meetings came in League One in 2013/14, in which both recorded 2-1 wins at home.

Wolves haven’t kept a clean sheet in nine League Cup games.

Since their first appearance in the competition in 2011/12, Crawley have made it beyond Round 1 just twice (2012/13 and 2014/15).

Wolves have progressed from eight of their last 10 League Cup ties at home.

Leyton Orient v Fulham

This is the fourth first round League Cup meeting between the sides, with Fulham progressing in 1970 and 1971 and Orient going through in 1978.

Fulham have won only two of their last nine games against the O’s in all competitions, drawing two and losing five.

Orient have lost all of their last seven home League Cup games against clubs from a higher division, their last win coming against QPR in September 2002.

Fulham have progressed from each of their last nine first round ties, stretching back to 1993.

Ipswich v Stevenage

This is the third time in the past four seasons that these sides have met in the League Cup first round, with each side sharing a win apiece.

Ipswich won last season’s encounter 2-1, with a debut goal from Josh Yorwerth and another from Jay Tabb cancelling out Christophe Berra’s first-half own-goal.

The Tractor Boys have won five of their last six League Cup ties on home soil (L1), although their defeat came against fourth tier opposition in August 2011 against Northampton.

Stevenage have progressed to the second round in just two of their previous six participations, although one of these was against Ipswich in August 2013.

Wycombe v Bristol City

Wycombe have won four of their last five games (L1) at Adams Park against Bristol City in all competitions.

The Robins won the only previous League Cup meeting between the two sides 1-0 in August 2004 with a goal from Leroy Lita.

The Chairboys have been eliminated in each of their last five League Cup ties.

Five of the last six teams to eliminate Bristol City from the League Cup have been sides in the fourth tier.

Walsall v Yeovil

Walsall have failed to win any of their last five home meetings with Yeovil (D2 L3), last triumphing in February 2009.

The Glovers have lost only one of their previous nine games against the Saddlers, winning four and drawing four.

Walsall have won each of their last four League Cup first round ties.

Yeovil have lost each of their last four League Cup ties against sides from a higher division, conceding at least three goals in three of those four games.

Exeter v Brentford

Exeter haven’t beaten Brentford in any of their last seven meetings (D3 L4).

The Bees have lost only two of their last 26 games against the Grecians in all competitions (W17 D7).

The Grecians have kept one clean sheet in their last 23 games in the League Cup (2-0 v Yeovil in August 2011), conceding 54 goals.

Similarly, Brentford haven’t kept a single clean sheet in any of their last 22 League Cup encounters, conceding 57 goals including 16 in the last four games alone.

QPR v Swindon

The Hoops have won five of their last six home games against Swindon in all competitions (L1), although that defeat came in the League Cup in August 2013.

Indeed, that 2-0 win for Swindon in August 2013 was their only clean sheet in their last 27 games against QPR at Loftus Road in all competitions. They last kept back to back clean sheets there in January 1928.

Five of the last six teams to eliminate QPR from the League Cup have been from the third tier or below.

Swindon have won four of their last five League Cup first round ties, although their defeat in this run was last season’s 2-1 loss to Exeter.

Barnet v Millwall

This is the second consecutive season these two sides have met in the first round of the League Cup, with Barnet winning 2-1 last season in extra-time thanks to goals from John Akinde and Andy Yiadom.

Millwall have lost both previous games against Barnet – their last away trip was to Underhill in the Football League Trophy in August 2009, losing 2-0.

This is Barnet’s first home League Cup tie since August 2009, when they lost 2-0 to Watford. Their last six ties have all been away from home (W2 L4).

The Lions’ last four away League Cup trips to sides from a lower division have resulted in victory.

Reading v Plymouth

Reading have lost only one of their last seven home games against Plymouth in all competitions (W4 D2).

Plymouth’s last clean sheet against Reading was in February 2005 – they have failed to stop the Royals scoring in each of their last six against them.

The Royals have won eight of their last nine League Cup first round games, with their only failure coming in August 2011 against Charlton.

Plymouth haven’t won an away League Cup game since October 1990, when they won 2-0 at Wimbledon. In 22 games since, they’ve drawn four and lost 18.

 

Newport v MK Dons

This will be the first ever meeting between the two sides.

MK Dons eliminated Welsh opposition in last season’s League Cup, winning 2-1 against Cardiff in the second round.

The Exiles haven’t kept a League Cup clean sheet in any of their last 10 games, conceding 27 goals since a 1-0 win over Exeter in September 1986.

The Dons have progressed from 10 of their 12 first round League Cup ties, including each of their last six since a 4-1 defeat to Swindon in August 2009.

 

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