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Opta Facts – Euros final: Portugal v France

Opta Facts – Euros final: Portugal v France

Portugal v France

o This will be the fourth meeting between Portugal and France in a major tournament. The French have won the previous three, all in semi-finals (EURO 1984, EURO 2000, World Cup 2006).
o France have won their last 10 games against Portugal, their best current run against any team after their 13 consecutive wins against Luxembourg.
o Portugal’s last victory against France dates back to April 1975, in a friendly (2-0). They have only scored one goal in their last four games against the French national team, a penalty by Ricardo Quaresma in October 2014.
o This is Portugal’s second major tournament final after EURO 2004 which they lost against Greece (0-1) – however, it’s their first final outside Portugal. In the 2004 showpiece, they conceded from Greece’s only shot on target in the whole game.
o Portugal have played the most games in the history of the European Championships without ever winning the tournament: 34 games, 0 trophy.
o Before Portugal, the only previous cases of third-placed teams in the group stages to reach the final of a major tournament (World Cup + EURO) were Argentina in the 1990 World Cup and Italy in the same tournament four years later. None of them lifted the trophy.
o Portugal are unbeaten in their 13 competitive fixtures under Fernando Santos (W9, D4). Eight of those nine wins were decided by a single goal.
o In major tournaments, Portugal have only lost one of their last 13 games, that was against Germany in the group stages of the 2014 World Cup.
o Portugal have conceded only one goal in their last five knockout games at the European Championships, it was against Poland in this year’s quarter-finals.
o This will be France’s fifth major tournament final. They have won three of their previous four (EURO 1984 & 2000, World Cup 1998), losing the last one they were involved in (World Cup 2006). 
o France have the opportunity to win their third consecutive major tournament on home soil after EURO 1984 and World Cup 1998. They are already the first ever European nation to take part in three major tournament finals at home.
o France are unbeaten in their last 18 major tournament games played on home soil, winning 16 and drawing two. Their last defeat dates back to July 1960 in the inaugural European Championships against Czechoslovakia (0-2).
o Only Germany and Spain (3) have won more European Championships than France (2).
o France are the top scorers at EURO 2016 with 13 goals in six games. They hadn’t netted that many in a major tournament since EURO 2000 (13).
o 11 of France’s 13 goals at EURO 2016 have been scored from the 42nd minute onwards.
o Portugal have lost their two games at the Stade de France, both against the French national team (0-4 in April 2001, 1-2 in October 2014).
o The French national team are unbeaten at the Stade de France in major tournaments (5 wins & 1 draw at World Cup 1998/EURO 2016). They have scored 11 goals in three games at the St Denis stadium in 2016.
o Portugal have won three of their four penalty shoot-outs at major tournaments (75%). Among European nations to have taken part in at least four shootouts, only Germany boast a better ratio (86%, 6 out of 7).
o However, Portugal are to yet to score a penalty in normal time/extra time at the European Championships (34 games). Their only penalty was against Austria in this year’s group stages but it was missed by Cristiano Ronaldo.
o Meanwhile, France have a 50% success rate in penalty shoot-outs, having won three of the six they’ve taken part in.
o The last three EURO finals have been won by the team scoring first whilst 2000 was the last time a team won after conceding the opening goal (2-1 for France after golden goal against Italy).
o Cristiano Ronaldo has played in more games than any other player at the European Championships (20). None of his three goals and two assists at EURO 2016 have come outside the Parc Olympique Lyonnais.
o Ronaldo has now equalled Michel Platini’s record of nine goals in the European Championships. He has never scored against France (234 minutes of play).
o Ronaldo has failed to score with any of his 43 direct free-kicks at major tournaments (World Cup + EURO). All nine of his goals at the European Championships have been scored from inside the box.
o Only one of Portugal’s eight goals at EURO 2016 hasn’t seen Ronaldo or Nani involved as scorer or assist provider; it was Ricardo Quaresma’s goal against Croatia which nonetheless followed a Ronaldo shot saved by the goalkeeper.
o Antoine Griezmann has scored/assisted more goals than any other player at EURO 2016 (6 goals, 2 assists). He has the opportunity to become the third French player to finish as sole top scorer at a major tournament after Just Fontaine (World Cup 1958) and Michel Platini (1984).
o Griezmann’s six goals at EURO 2016 is the most by a French player in a major tournament since Michel Platini at EURO 1984 (9 goals).
o 12 of France’s 13 goals at EURO 2016 have been scored by Antoine Griezmann (6), Olivier Giroud (3) and Dimitri Payet (3).
o Didier Deschamps could become the second person to win the European Championships as a player and as a manager after Berti Vogts (unused sub in 1972, winning manager in 1996). Deschamps was the winning captain for France at World Cup 1998 and EURO 2000.

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Euro 2016 Quarter-Final Opta Facts

Euro 2016 Quarter-Final Opta Facts

Poland – Portugal

o   This will be Poland and Portugal’s third encounter at a major tournament, their first in the European Championships. They have so far won one each: 1-0 to Poland at the 1986 World Cup and 4-0 to Portugal at the 2002 World Cup.

o   Poland are unbeaten in their last three head-to-heads with Portugal (W1 D2).

o   Portugal’s last six goals against Poland have all been scored in the second-half.

o   Poland have made it to the quarter-finals of the EURO for the first time in their history. The only previous time they reached the semis of a major tournament was in the 1982 World Cup.

o   Portugal are the only team to have reached the quarter-finals of the European Championships in every tournament since 1996 (6 in a row). They have the chance to reach the semis for the fifth time in seven EURO participations.

o   Poland have never scored more than one goal in a single game at the EURO (10 games). Actually, none of their 10 games in the competition has produced more than two goals (scored + conceded).

o   Poland are in fact the lowest scoring side amongst those to have made it to the quarter-finals (3 goals in 4 games).

o   Poland have yet to trail at any point in a game at this year’s European Championships. They’ve only conceded one goal so far in four games.

o   Poland’s last win in the knockout stages of a major tournament without resorting to penalty kicks was in 1982 against France (3-2, third place final).

o   Portugal have played the most games in the history of the European Championships without ever winning the tournament: 32 games, 0 trophy.

o   Portugal are unbeaten in their 11 competitive fixtures under Fernando Santos (W8, D3), all eight of their wins in that run being decided by a single goal (including extra time win against Croatia).

o   The last three goals conceded by Portugal at the EURO have all followed the same pattern: all have been scored from set-pieces and from outside the box.

o   Portugal have picked up the fewest cards at EURO 2016 among the teams to have made it to the quarter-finals (3 in four games).

o   This will be Portugal’s third game at Marseille’s Vélodrome stadium at a major tournament. Their previous two were at EURO 1984: they drew 1-1 with Spain in the group stages and lost 3-2 after extra-time against France in the semis.

o   Meanwhile, Poland’s only previous game in Marseille was a 1-0 win against Ukraine in this year’s group stages.

o   Robert Lewandowski scored in the 17th minute of his first game at the EURO (v Greece in 2012). Since then, he’s failed to find the net or deliver an assist in the competition in 643 minutes.

o   Jakub Blaszczykowski has been directly involved in all five of Poland’s goals in the last two EURO tournaments (3 goals, 2 assists).

o   Cristiano Ronaldo has played in more games than any other player in EURO finals (18). He’s now only one goal short of Michel Platini’s record of nine goals in the competition.

o   Ronaldo has only scored two goals in 12 knockout games at major tournaments (semi-final at EURO 2004; quarter-final at EURO 2012).

o   Ronaldo has now also attempted 40 direct free-kicks at major tournaments with Portugal but is yet to score with any of these efforts.

o   Ricardo Quaresma is the most prolific substitute so far at EURO 2016 with one assist (v Hungary) and one goal (v Croatia) after coming off the bench.

 

 

Wales – Belgium

o   Wales were unbeaten against Belgium in their EURO 2016 qualifiers, with Chris Coleman’s men winning 1-0 in Cardiff after a goalless draw in Brussels.

o   This is the first time these teams have met in the finals of a major tournament.

o   Wales and Belgium’s last three encounters have produced only three goals.

o   Wales have reached the knockout stages in their two major tournament participations (World Cup 1958, EURO 2016). In 1958, they were knocked out in the quarter-finals by eventual winners Brazil.

o   Wales have lost only two of their nine games at major tournaments, both by a one-goal difference: against Brazil in 1958 (0-1) and England in 2016 (1-2).

o   Wales only had one shot on target in their last game against Northern Ireland, it was from a Gareth Bale free-kick.

o   Injury time included, Wales have trailed for only 2 minutes and 31 seconds in total over their first four games at EURO 2016.

o   All three goals conceded by Wales at EURO 2016 have come from the 56th minute onwards. They’ve also all been scored by substitutes.

o   Wales have kept two consecutive clean sheets for the first time in their major tournament history.

o   Meanwhile, Belgium haven’t conceded a single goal in their last three games, their longest run of clean sheets at major tournaments.

o   Belgium have made the quarter-finals for a second consecutive major tournament after World Cup 2014. The last time they made the semis of a major competition was 30 years ago, at the 1986 World Cup.

o   Belgium have won seven of their last nine games at major tournaments (L2), that’s as many victories as in their previous 23 games.

o   Since Belgium’s defeat to Italy in their opening game at EURO 2016, the Red Devils have scored eight goals and conceded none. They are the top scoring side after the Last 16.

o   Seven of Belgium’s eight goals at EURO 2016 have been scored after half-time, including six in the last half hour.

o   Gareth Bale is Wales’ top-scorer in major tournaments (3 goals), netting one more than Ivor Allchurch (2, all in the 1958 World Cup).

o   Aaron Ramsey has scored/assisted three of the last five goals netted by Welsh players.

o   Kevin De Bruyne is directly involved in 12 goals in his last 12 games with Belgium (5 goals, 7 assists). He’s the last Belgian player to score against Wales, back in October 2013 (1-1).

o   The top European assist providers at the last two major tournaments combined (WC 2014, EURO 2016) are both Belgian: Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard (5 assists each in total).

o   Hazard has scored/assisted four of Belgium’s last six goals at EURO 2016. He completed 12 dribbles against Hungary on Sunday night, the most in a EURO game (since 1980).

 

Germany – Italy

o   Germany have never beaten Italy at a major tournament (D4 L4). Worse still, they have lost all four of their games against Italy in the knockout stages: three times at the World Cup (semi-final in 1970, final in 1982, semi-final in 2006) and once at the European Championships (semi-final in 2012).

o   Germany and Italy’s last encounter was earlier this year on 29 March: Joachim Low’s men won 4-1 in Munich.

o   15 of the 18 goals scored in Germany and Italy’s previous eight encounters at major tournaments have come after half-time, including seven in extra-time (39%).

o   Italy’s next goal will be their 50th against Germany.

o   Germany have reached the semi-finals in their last five major tournaments (WC 2006, EURO 2008, WC 2010, EURO 2012, WC 2014).

o   Germany have won 14 of their last 17 games at major tournaments, drawing two and losing one (1-2 v Italy in the EURO 2012 semi-finals).

o   Germany are the only team yet to concede a single goal so far at EURO 2016. The only previous time they kept clean sheets in their first four games at a major tournament was in the 1978 World Cup.

o   In major tournaments (WC + EURO), Germany haven’t conceded a goal in the last 480 minutes. The last player to score past Manuel Neuer was Oscar in the 2014 World Cup semi-final.

o   Germany have averaged 69% possession over their first four games, the highest ratio so far at EURO 2016.

o   Italy have kept 19 clean sheets in 37 EURO games, more than any other team in the history of the tournament and just ahead of Germany (18 clean sheets in 47 games). They’ve only conceded one goal at EURO 2016.

o   Italy have picked up more cards than any other team at EURO 2016 (13 in four games).

o   Italy have already won three games at EURO 2016 (shoot-outs excluded), their highest tally in a EURO tournament since the 2000 edition (4 wins).

o   Italy are still in contention to reach the final of the EURO in consecutive tournaments for the first time in their history.

o   Italy’s only previous game in Bordeaux in a major tournament was a 2-2 draw against Chile in the 1998 World Cup group stages.

o   Thomas Müller hasn’t scored a single goal in nine games at the EURO. He has 10 goals in 13 World Cup games.

o   Mario Gomez has scored the joint-most goals for Germany at the EURO alongside Jürgen Klinsmann (5).

o   Gomez has scored 21 goals in his last 27 starts for Germany, including one goal in each of his four starts in 2016.

o   Bastian Schweinsteiger has played in 36 games at major tournaments. Only Miroslav Klose (37) has featured more times for any nation at the World Cup and European Championships.

o   Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo Bonucci are the only players to have started all four of Italy’s games at EURO 2016.

o   Graziano Pellè’s two goals at EURO 2016 have come in the 92nd and 91st minute.

 

France – Iceland

o   Iceland have never beaten France in their 11 encounters (D3 L8). Their last head-to-head dates back to May 2012, a game France won 3-2 after having been 2-0 behind.

o   The last two encounters between France and Iceland have produced 10 goals, both finishing 3-2 to the French.

o   France have reached the quarter-finals for the third consecutive major tournament (EURO 2012, World Cup 2014, EURO 2016), their best run since 1996-2000. The last time they made the semis was 10 years ago, at the 2006 World Cup.

o   France are unbeaten in their last 16 major tournament games played on home soil, winning 14 and drawing two. Their last defeat dates back to July 1960 in the inaugural European Championships against Czechoslovakia (0-2).

o   The two goals France have conceded at EURO 2016 have been from the penalty spot (v Romania and Republic of Ireland).

o   France have conceded fewer shots on target than any other team at this year’s European Championships (3 in 4 games).

o   11 of France’s last 12 goals at the EURO have been scored after half-time.

o   50% of France’s goals at EURO 2016 have been headers (3 out of 6).

o   France have attempted 44 more shots than Iceland at EURO 2016 but have scored the same number of goals (6).

o   Iceland – taking part in their first ever major tournament – are still unbeaten at EURO 2016, drawing their first two games and winning the next two. In fact, they have only lost once across their last 10 competitive matches (W5 D4).

o   Iceland are one of two teams, alongside Wales, to have scored in all of their games at EURO 2016.

o   All four of Iceland’s games at EURO 2016 have seen both teams score.

o   Iceland’s six goals at EURO 2016 have been scored by six different players (Bjarnason, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Bödvarsson, Traustason, Ragnar Sigurdsson & Sigthorsson).

o   The two goals scored from throw-ins at EURO 2016 have both come from Iceland. Kari Arnason has been the assist provider both times.

o   Iceland have averaged the lowest possession at EURO 2016 so far (29.7%).

o   Iceland have started with the same lineup in all four of their games at EURO 2016.

o   None of France’s last 16 games at the Stade de France has ended in a draw (W11 L5). No team has ever beaten them there in a major tournament (W4 D1 at World Cup 1998 and EURO 2016).

o   Meanwhile, Iceland’s two previous games at the Stade de France have ended 3-2 to the French in October 1999 and 2-1 to Iceland against Austria in this year’s European Championships.

o   Paul Pogba has attempted 20 shots in major tournaments (10 at World Cup 2014, 10 at EURO 2016) but only one of them has found the back of the net.

o   Antoine Griezmann has scored three of France’s last four goals. However he’s never found the net for the French national team at the Stade de France (603 minutes).

o   Griezmann is the first French player to score three goals in a EURO since Zinedine Zidane in 2004.

o   Birkir Bjarnason’s first goal for Iceland was against France in May 2012. He scored his country’s first goal at EURO 2016, against Portugal.

 

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Euro 2016 Round of 16 Opta Facts

Euro 2016 Round of 16 Opta Facts

Switzerland v Poland

o Switzerland have won only one of their 10 games against Poland, it was in a friendly 40 years ago (2-1 in May 1976). Meanwhile, the Poles have won four and drawn five.
o Poland have only failed to score once in 10 encounters with Switzerland, in a goalless draw back in May 1972.
o All three games played in St Etienne at EURO 2016 have ended in a draw.
o Both Switzerland and Poland have made it to the knockout stages of the EURO for the first time in their history. The Swiss team haven’t reached the quarter-finals of a major tournament since the 1954 World Cup, on home soil.
o Switzerland are unbeaten in their last four EURO games (2 wins followed by 2 draws), after having lost six of their previous eight matches in the competition.
o In 12 EURO games, Switzerland have scored more than one goal on only one occasion (2-0 v Portugal, 15 June 2008).
o Switzerland’s two goals at EURO 2016 have both been scored from corners. Out of the 16 teams who have made it to the knockout stages, they are the only one yet to score from open play.
o Switzerland’s last shot on target was 103 minutes ago, against Romania.
o Switzerland have conceded only one goal so far at EURO 2016, it was from the penalty spot against Romania.
o Poland have never scored more than one goal at the EURO (9 games). However, they haven’t conceded a single goal in this year’s group stages, the only team to do so alongside Germany.
o Switzerland strikers Haris Seferovic and Breel Embolo have so far had 11 shots combined at EURO 2016 but have failed to score.
o Robert Lewandowski scored in the 17th minute of his first game at the EURO (v Greece in 2012). Since then, he’s failed to find the net or deliver an assist in the competition in 523 minutes.
o Jakub Blaszczykowski has been directly involved in four of Poland’s five goals in EURO history (2 goals, 2 assists).

 

Croatia v Portugal

o Portugal have won all three of their encounters with Croatia, scoring six goals and conceding none.
o Their only previous encounter in a major tournament ended in a 3-0 win for Portugal in the group stages at EURO 1996.
o Croatia are unbeaten in their last 10 internationals (W8 D2), the longest current run among all teams involved at EURO 2016.
o This is the second time Croatia have finished top of their group in a major tournament after EURO 2008 – they were then knocked out on penalties by Turkey in the quarter-finals.
o In the third round of group matches, Croatia were responsible for ending Spain’s record EURO run of 14 games without a defeat.
o Croatia have lost only one of their last 10 games at the EURO (0-1 v Spain in June 2012), winning six and drawing three.
o However, World Cup 1998 is the only time Croatia have actually won a game in the knockout stages of a major tournament – they won three games to finish 3rd.
o Croatia have only failed to score once in their last 12 games at the European Championships, it was against Spain in 2012.
o Croatia’s only previous game at Lens’ Bollaert stadium was a 3-1 win v Jamaica in the 1998 World Cup group stages.
o Portugal, still winless at EURO 2016 (D3), have made it to the knockout stages in all seven of their European Championship participations.
o Portugal have played the most games in the history of the European Championships without ever winning the tournament: 31 games, 0 trophy.
o Portugal are unbeaten in their last 10 competitive fixtures (W7, D3), all seven of their wins in that run coming by a single goal.
o 75% of the goals conceded by Portugal at EURO 2016 have come from outside the box (3 out of 4).
o Only Davor Suker has scored/assisted more goals (9 goals, 1 assist) than Ivan Perisic for Croatia at major tournaments (4 goals, 3 assists).
o Portugal’s last seven goals at the European Championships have been scored by Cristiano Ronaldo (5) or Nani (2).
o Ronaldo has now played in more games than any other player in EURO finals (17). He’s become the first player to score in four different European Championships and is now only one goal short of Michel Platini’s record of nine goals in the competition.
o Ronaldo has now also attempted 40 direct free-kicks at major tournaments with Portugal but is yet to score with any of these efforts.

Wales v Northern Ireland

 

o Northern Ireland have won none of their last eight games against Wales (D4 L4). Their last victory dates back to May 1980 (1-0 in Cardiff, goal by Noel Brotherston). It’s the first encounter between two British teams in the knockout stages of a major tournament.
o Wales have reached the knockout stages in their two major tournament participations (World Cup 1958, EURO 2016). In 1958, they were knocked out in the quarter-finals by eventual winners Brazil.
o Wales have lost only two of their eight games at major tournaments, both by a one-goal difference: against Brazil in 1958 (0-1) and England in 2016 (1-2).
o Injury time included, Wales have trailed for only 2 minutes and 31 seconds in total over their first three games at EURO 2016.
o Wales were the joint-top scorers in the EURO 2016 group stages along with Hungary (6 goals). Four of their goals came in the first-half.
o All three goals conceded by Wales at EURO 2016 have come from the 56th minute onwards. They’ve also all been scored by substitutes.
o This is the first time Northern Ireland have made it to the knockout stages of a major tournament since the 1958 World Cup, where they were eliminated by France in the quarter-finals.
o Northern Ireland did also make it out of the first round of group stages in the 1982 World Cup by finishing top but they then failed to make it out of a second round of group stages.
o Northern Ireland have only lost two of their last 15 internationals (W7 D6). However, these two defeats have come in their last three games (v Poland and Germany at EURO 2016).
o Northern Ireland have never conceded more than one goal in their last 16 internationals. The last time their nets were rattled more than once was in November 2014 against Romania (0-2).
o Seven of Northern Ireland’s last 10 goals in competitive games have come from set-pieces (4 from corners, 3 from indirect free-kicks).
o Northern Ireland only had a grand total of four shots (one on target) in their two games against Germany and Poland in the EURO 2016 group stages.
o Northern Ireland have recorded the lowest possession average so far at EURO 2016 (28.5%). They’ve also had the fewest shots (17 in three games).
o Gareth Bale became the first player to score in all three group games at EURO finals since Milan Baros and Ruud van Nistelrooy did it in 2004.
o Bale is also now Wales’ top-scorer in major tournaments (3 goals), netting one more than Ivor Allchurch (2, all in the 1958 World Cup).
o Aaron Ramsey has scored (1) or assisted (2) three of Wales’ last five goals.

 

Hungary v Belgium

o Belgium have won six of their last eight encounters with Hungary (including the last four) whilst drawing the other two. Hungary’s last victory dates back to November 1958, in a friendly (3-1).
o None of the 12 encounters between Hungary and Belgium has ended 0-0.
o Belgium have scored in each of their last 10 games against Hungary, including at least two goals in each of the last five encounters.
o Hungary have made it out of the group stages at a major tournament for the first time since the 1966 World Cup – they were eventually knocked out in the quarter-finals by the USSR.
o It’s also the first time Hungary have remained unbeaten in the group stages at a major tournament since the 1962 World Cup.
o Hungary were the joint-top scorers in the group stages alongside Wales (6 goals each). 50% of their goals came from outside the box (3 out of 6).
o Belgium have made it to the knockout stages of the European Championships for the first time since 1980, when they reached the final (1-2 v West Germany).
o Belgium have not drawn any of their last 10 European Championship games, winning four and losing six since their last stalemate – a 0-0 draw against Italy in 1980.
o Belgium have actually just won back-to-back games for the first time at the European Championships.
o Belgium have also kept clean sheets in each of their last two games, which hadn’t happened since March 2015.
o Belgium’s last five EURO goals have all been scored in the second-half.
o Only Spain (83%) and Germany (82%) have recorded a better passing accuracy in the final third of the pitch than Belgium (80%) at EURO 2016.
o Zoltan Gera became the second oldest goalscorer in the history of the EURO (37 years and 61 days old) behind Ivica Vastic (38 years and 256 days old).
o Thomas Vermaelen’s only international goal with Belgium was against Hungary, in November 2009. He’s made the most interceptions at EURO 2016 alongside James Chester (13 each).
o Eden Hazard has assisted Belgium’s last two goals. However, he’s still goalless in 637 minutes at major tournaments with the Red Devils.

Germany v Slovakia

o Germany have won seven of their 10 encounters with Slovakia (L3) including their two competitive head-to-heads back in the EURO 2008 qualifiers (6 goals scored, 2 conceded).
o However, their most recent fixture ended in a 3-1 victory for Slovakia last month. Slovakia scored with three of their four shots on target in that game.
o The last time Germany failed to make it out of the group stages of a major tournament was at EURO 2004. Since then, they’ve made the last four at every single major competition.
o Germany have won 13 of their last 16 games at major tournaments, drawing two and losing one (1-2 v Italy in the EURO 2012 semi-finals).
o Only one of Germany’s 44 shots in their last two games has found the back of the net.
o Germany haven’t conceded a single goal so far at EURO 2016, the only team to do so alongside Poland. The last time they kept three clean sheets in all their group games at a major tournament was at EURO 1996, a tournament they eventually won.
o This will be Germany’s second game at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in this year’s tournament. The first one was a 2-0 win against Ukraine. Similarly, Slovakia’s only previous game at Pierre-Mauroy saw them beat Russia 2-1 in this year’s group stages.
o Germany have averaged 71.9% possession over their first three games, the highest ratio so far at EURO 2016.
o Slovakia have reached the knockout stages of a major tournament for the second time in as many participations (World Cup 2010, EURO 2016). In 2010, they were eliminated in the Last 16 by the Netherlands (1-2).
o Slovakia have won only two of their seven games at major tournaments (3-2 v Italy at World Cup 2010, 2-1 v Russia at EURO 2016).
o Slovakia have only kept one clean sheet in seven games at major tournaments, it was in their last outing against England (0-0).
o Thomas Müller hasn’t scored a single goal in eight games at the EURO. He has 10 goals in 13 World Cup games.
o Only Jürgen Klinsmann has scored more goals (5) than Mario Gomez (4) for Germany at the EURO.
o Bastian Schweinsteiger has played in 35 games at major tournaments. Only Miroslav Klose (37) and Lothar Matthäus (36) have featured more times at the World Cup and European Championships for Germany.
o Marek Hamsik is directly involved in four goals in his last four competitive games with Slovakia (3 goals, 1 assist). He’s the only player along with Martin Skrtel and Jan Durica to have featured in all seven of Slovakia’s games at major tournaments.
o 23 of Slovakia’s 26 attempts at EURO 2016 have seen Hamsik, Vladimir Weiss or Robert Mak involved, either as the shot taker or shot assister.

Italy v Spain

 

o This will be the 35th encounter between Italy and Spain. The record is perfectly balanced so far with 10 wins each and 14 draws.
o It will also be the sixth encounter between Italy and Spain in the European Championships (including four in the last three editions), making this the most played fixture in the history of the tournament.
o Spain have eliminated Italy in their two previous encounters in the knockout stages of the EURO: 0-0 (4-2 after penalties) in 2008; 4-0 in the 2012 final.
o Italy’s last victory against Spain in a major tournament was in the quarter-finals of the 1994 World Cup (2-1 thanks to goals from Dino and Roberto Baggio).
o Italy have reached the knockout stages of the EURO for the sixth time in eight participations since 1980. It’s only the second time they’ve topped their group in the competition after 2000, when they reached the final.
o Italy’s only outright victory in their last six EURO knockout games (ie without going to penalties) was in the 2012 semi-final against Germany (2-1).
o Italy have failed to score in three of their last four knockout games at the EURO.
o Italy have used more players than any other team at EURO 2016 (22).
o Italy’s only previous game at the Stade de France in the knockout stages of a major tournament was in World Cup 1998: they lost 4-3 on penalties after a goalless draw against France in the quarter-finals.
o Meanwhile, Spain’s record at the Stade de France reads two wins and two defeats, all against France. They played, and were defeated, in the inaugural game in the stadium back in January 1998 (0-1).
o Spain have won the last two Euros (2008, 2012), which had never happened before in the history of the tournament. They reached the final the last time the EURO was held in France (1984). They were beaten by the hosts (0-2).
o Spain have lost three of their last six games at the World Cup and EURO, as many defeats as in their previous 31 major tournament games.
o Spain’s starting line-up was the same in all three of their group games at EURO 2016.
o Youri Djorkaeff is the last player to score against Spain in the EURO knockout stages, it was in June 2000. Since then, they haven’t conceded a goal in 646 minutes.
o Cesc Fabregas has delivered at least one assist in each of his six major tournaments with Spain. Since 1980, only Karel Poborksy has amassed more assists (6) at the EURO than Fabregas (5).
o Only Fernando Torres (5) and David Villa (4) have scored more goals at the EURO for Spain than 23-year-old Alvaro Morata (3).
o Sergio Ramos has featured in 27 games at major tournaments, the joint-record for a Spanish outfield player alongside Fernando Torres. None of his 48 shots in the World Cup and EURO have found the back of the net.
o Aritz Aduriz has scored only one goal in eight caps for Spain, it was against Italy last March.
o Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo Bonucci are the only players to have started all three of Italy’s games at EURO 2016.

France v Republic of Ireland

 

o France are unbeaten in their last five games against the Republic of Ireland (W2 D3). The Republic’s last win dates back to October 1981 in a World Cup qualifier (3-2).
o The last five encounters between France and the Republic of Ireland have produced only four goals (3 for France, 1 for R.O.I.).
o The last encounter between France and the Republic of Ireland was in November 2009 in a two legged World Cup play-off. Raymond Domenech’s men won 1-0 in Dublin whilst the return match ended 1-1 after extra-time.
o The last time France finished top of their group in a EURO tournament was in 2004. They were then knocked out in the quarter-finals by Greece.
o France are unbeaten in their last 15 major tournament games played on home soil, winning 13 and drawing two. Their last defeat dates back to July 1960 in the inaugural European Championships against Czechoslovakia (0-2).
o The last time France won a game in the knockout stages of a EURO was the 2000 final against Italy (2-1 in extra-time, after golden goal). Since then, they have lost against Greece in 2004 and Spain in 2012.
o France have kept two clean sheets in a row, which hadn’t happened in a EURO tournament since 1996 (over 120 minutes v both Netherlands & Czech Republic). The only goal they’ve conceded so far was from the penalty spot against Romania in the opening game.
o In fact, France last conceded a shot on target 205 minutes ago. It was Romania’s penalty in the opening game.
o Nine of France’s last 10 goals at the EURO have been scored after half-time. At EURO 2016, three of their four goals have come from the 89th minute onwards.
o France have hit the woodwork more times (5) than they’ve scored goals (4) at EURO 2016.
o The Republic of Ireland are in the knockout stages of the European Championships for the first time in their history. Their victory against Italy on Wednesday night was only their second in the tournament after the one against England in 1988.
o Hugo Lloris has captained France on 54 occasions, a joint-record alongside current head-coach Didier Deschamps (54).
o Dimitri Payet has scored (2) or assisted (1) three of France’s four goals at this year’s EURO.
o Paul Pogba has attempted 18 shots in major tournaments (10 at World Cup 2014, 8 at EURO 2016) but only one of them has found the back of the net.
o Wes Hoolahan is involved in both of the Republic’s goals at EURO 2016: goalscorer against Sweden and assist provider against Italy.

England v Iceland

o This will be the third encounter between England and Iceland. So far, England are unbeaten, having drawn 1-1 in June 1982 and won 6-1 in June 2004.
o England and Iceland’s two previous encounters have produced nine goals.
o This is the first time England have reached the knockout stages in two consecutive EURO tournaments (2012, 2016).
o England are unbeaten in their last 10 games at the European Championships, shoot-outs excluded (W5 D5). Their last defeat dates back to 13 June 2004 against France.
o However, England’s last four knockout games at the EURO have all gone to penalties. They won the first shoot-out (v Spain in 1996) but have since then lost the last three (v Germany in 1996, v Portugal in 2004, v Italy in 2012).
o England have had 46 more shots than their direct opponents (Russia, Wales, Slovakia) over their first three games at EURO 2016 but have only scored one more goal.
o England’s three goals at EURO 2016 have all been scored from the 56th minute onwards.
o Iceland are unbeaten at EURO 2016 so far (W1 D2). In fact, they have only lost once across their last nine competitive matches (W4 D4).
o All three of Iceland’s group games at EURO 2016 have seen both teams score.
o Iceland were the only team, along with Spain, to start with the same lineup in all three of their group games.
o If Wayne Rooney plays, it will be his 115th cap which would equal David Beckham’s record for most games by an outfield player for England. He scored a brace against Iceland in his only previous game versus the Nordic island, back in June 2004.
o Rooney scored four goals in his first three games at a major tournament with England (all at EURO 2004). Since then, he’s netted two goals in 17 games.
o Iceland striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson has only has two shots in 245 minutes at EURO 2016. None of them have been on target.
o Iceland’s Hannes Thór Halldórsson has made more saves than any other goalkeeper at this year’s EURO (18).
o Halldórsson has found Sigthorsson with 30 passes/long kicks, the most prolific route from a goalkeeper to a striker at EURO 2016.

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Euro 2016 Opta Facts Final Group Games – Groups D – F

Euro 2016 Opta Facts Final Group Games – Groups D – F

Italy – Republic of Ireland

o   This will be the 14th meeting between these sides; Italy have won eight of the previous 13 while the Republic of Ireland have won two (D3).

o   Italy defeated Ireland 2-0 at the last edition of the EURO in 2012, thanks to a goal apiece from Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli.

o   Italy and Ireland’s meeting at the EURO in 2012 was the most recent of three games between the sides in major tournaments having met twice previously at the World Cup; Italy beat Ireland 1-0 in the 1990 quarter-final while Ireland won by the same score line in the Group Stage four years later.

o   Not since the first two meetings between the sides, both 3-0 victories for Italy, has either team managed to score more than two goals in fixtures between the sides.

o   Italy have reached the knockout stages of the EURO for the sixth time in eight participations since 1980.

o   The only previous time Italy won their first two EURO games was in 2000, when they eventually reached the final.

o   Italy are unbeaten in their 12 competitive games under Antonio Conte (W9 D3). Their last defeat was against Uruguay at the 2014 World Cup.

o   Italy have never scored more than two goals in their 35 games at the European Championships.

o   Italy have kept a clean sheet in each of their last four games, their longest run since the 2006 World Cup, which they eventually won.

o   Italy have only lost two of their 23 games in the group stages of the European Championships (W12 D9).

o   If Gianluigi Buffon plays, it will be his 30th EURO/World Cup game. Only Paolo Maldini has made more appearances for Italy at a major tournament (36).

o   In their last game, Republic of Ireland failed to have a shot on target in a major tournament game for the first time since the 1994 World Cup (vs Norway).

o   The Green Army are winless in their last seven EURO fixtures (D2, L5), since winning their first ever game in the competition against England in 1988.

o   Ireland have never scored more than one goal in a EURO game, failing to find the net in four of their eight games in  the competition and scoring just four goals in total.

 

 

 

Sweden – Belgium

o   Sweden and Belgium have met 14 times previously, Sweden winning five and Belgium winning seven (D2).

o   Despite Belgium winning this fixture more often, Sweden (30) have scored eight goals more than the Belgians (22) in their 14 encounters.

o   These sides have met just once in a major tournament, with that fixture coming in the opening game of EURO 2000; Belgium, the hosts, won 2-1 thanks to goals from Bart Goor and Emile Mpenza.

o   In the last six meetings between the sides, the EURO 2000 clash was the only game in which both teams found the net; the other five games in that run saw four 2-0 wins and a scoreless draw.

o   Prior to that run, there had been an average of 5.1 goals per game between the two nations with 41 goals in eight matches.

o   Sweden have been knocked out in the group stages of the European Championships in three of their last four tournaments.

o   Sweden have lost five of their last seven games at the European Championships (W1 D1). They’ve also kept only one clean sheet in that run.

o   Since the group stages were introduced in 1980, Sweden are the first team who have failed to hit a shot on target in their first two games of a European Championship.

o   Zlatan Ibrahimovic has yet to hit a single shot on target or set up a single attempt for Sweden over the first two games of EURO 2016.

o   Romelu Lukaku has scored six goals in his last six games for Belgium.

o   Kevin De Bruyne has had a hand in 10 goals in his last 10 appearances for Belgium (five goals, five assists).

o   Belgium’s three goal win against Ireland equaled their biggest victory at a major tournament (also 3-0 v El Salvador at the 1970 World Cup).

o   Belgium have not drawn any of their last nine European Championship games, winning three and losing six since their last stalemate – a 0-0 draw against Italy in 1980.

o   After winning their last game against Ireland, the Red Devils have the opportunity to win back to back games at the European Championships for the first time.

 

 

Czech Republic – Turkey

o   This will be the 20th meeting between the sides; Czech Republic (including Czechoslovakia) won 12 of the previous 19 while Turkey won four (D3).

o   This will be just the second meeting between the sides at a major tournament after the two met at EURO 2008 with Turkey winning 3-2, despite trailing 2-0 with less than 20 minutes of the match remaining thanks to goals from Arda Turan and Nihat (2).

o   That result meant Turkey qualified for the knockout stages of EURO 2008 at the expense of the Czech Republic who finished third in the group; Turkey were eventually knocked out at the semi-final stage.

o   Czech Republic and Turkey also met in qualifying for EURO 2016; Czech Republic finished top of Group A while Turkey qualified as the best third placed team.

o   The sides shared one win apiece in their 2016 qualifying clashes, with the away side on the day winning in each fixture.

o   There have been 31 goals in the last nine games between these two nations, with at least two goals being scored in each of those nine fixtures.

o   Since the formation of the Czech Republic in 1993, the country has reached the knockout stages in three of its five EURO participations (1996, 2004, 2012).

o   The Czech Republic have scored in 12 of their last 13 group games at the European Championships.

o   If Petr Cech plays, he will equal the Czech record for most games at major tournaments: 17, currently held by Karel Poborsky. Only Peter Schmeichel has conceded more goals (20) than Cech (19) in EURO history.

o   Czech striker Tomas Necid has scored twice as many goals as a substitute (8) than as a starter (4) for the national team.

o   Tomas Rosicky has only scored two goals and delivered one assist in 13 games at major tournaments with the Czech Republic.

o   Turkey have suffered defeat in each of their last three games at the EURO, their worst run in the competition since losing their first four games in the competition between 1996 and 2000.

o   Turkey have had a player booked in each of their last 17 games at major tournaments, last avoiding a booking against Italy at Euro 2000.

o   Turkey haven’t kept a clean sheet at the Euros since a 2-0 win over Belgium at Euro 2000 – they’ve conceded 15 goals in eight games since then.

o   Against Spain, Turkey failed to have a shot on target in a major tournament game for the first time since Euro 1996 against Croatia.

 

Croatia – Spain

o   This will be the sixth meeting between Spain and Croatia; Spain have won three of the previous five meetings, while Croatia have won just once (D1).

o   Croatia’s victory against Spain came in their first ever meeting in 1994 (2-0), since then they have managed just two goals in four games against La Roja (L3 D1).

o   Spain and Croatia met in the last edition of the EURO in 2012, their only clash in a major tournament, with Spain claiming a 1-0 victory thanks to an 88th minute winner from Jesus Navas.

o   Croatia have reached the knockout stages of the European Championships in 50% of their previous participations (2/4): in 1996 and 2008.

o   Croatia have lost only one of their last eight group games in the European Championships (W5 D2).

o   Croatia have only failed to score once in their last 11 games in the European Championships, it was against Spain in 2012.

o   Spain are unbeaten in 14 games at the Euros (W11 D3), and haven’t conceded a goal in 690 minutes of action.

o   Spain have scored in each of their last eight group games at the EURO, last failing to find the net in 2004, in a 1-0 defeat to Portugal.

o   Croatia have had 20 more shots than their opponents over their first two games at EURO 2016 but have only scored one more goal.

o   Croatia played twice in Bordeaux in the 1998 World Cup, at the Parc Lescure stadium. They lost 1-0 against Argentina in the group stages and won 1-0 against Romania in the Last 16.

o   If Darijo Srna plays, it will be his 17th game at a major tournament with Croatia, a new record.

o   Alvaro Morata became the fifth player to score 2+ goals in a EURO game for Spain, following Alfonso Perez, David Villa (hat-trick vs Russia), Fernando Torres and Xabi Alonso.

 

o   Andrés Iniesta has made 177 successful passes in the competition so far, more than any other Spain player, while no Croatian has made more than 100 (Luka Modric – 93).

 

 

Iceland – Austria

o   Iceland and Austria have met just three times previously; Austria won one of those games while the remaining two both ended in a draw.

o   There have been just five goals scored in those three games between the sides, with Austria netting three times to Iceland’s two.

o   The most recent fixture between these two nations came in May 2014 as the sides shared a 1-1 draw, courtesy of a goal each from Austria’s Marcel Sabitzer and Iceland’s Kolbeinn Sigthorsson.

o   Austria have lost all three of their visits to the Stade de France (1-2 v Italy in the 1998 World Cup, 0-1 v France in 2007, 1-3 v France in 2009).

o   Iceland’s only previous visit to the Stade de France ended in a 3-2 defeat against France in October 1999. Eidur Gudjohnsen came on as a second-half substitute in that game.

o   Austria have not progressed from the group stage of a major tournament since reaching the second round at the 1982 World Cup; they’ve since been eliminated at the group stage at the World Cup in 1990 and 1998 and at EURO 2008.

o   Iceland have only lost once across their last eight competitive matches (W3 D4).

o   In their last game Austria kept their first clean sheet at a major tournament since 1982 vs Algeria, they had conceded at least one goal in all 13 games since then.

o   None of Austria’s last 32 shots at the European Championships have found the back of the net.

o   After two match days no side had faced more shots than Iceland (38) or Austria (37), the most and joint second most respectively.

o   Iceland have averaged just 28% possession and made just 298 successful passes so far in the competition, the lowest of any team after the first two match days.

o   Five of Gylfi Sigurdsson’s last seven goals for Iceland have come from the penalty spot.

o   David Alaba has found a teammate with just 52 of 73 (71%) attempted passes so far for Austria. His passing accuracy in the Bundesliga in 2015/16 was 92%.

 

Hungary – Portugal

 

o   This will be the 11th meeting between these two sides; Portugal are yet to taste defeat against Hungary winning seven of the previous 10 (D3).

o   Hungary have failed to score in each of their last three matches against Portugal and haven’t found the net in 328 minutes of action while Portugal have scored 10 goals in that time

o   These sides have met just once previously at a major tournament; Portugal beat Hungary 3-1 at the World Cup in 1966, in the only match that tournament top goal scorer Eusebio failed to find the net for Portugal.

o   Portugal are unbeaten in their last nine competitive fixtures (W7, D2), all seven of their wins in that run came by a single goal.

o   If Cristiano Ronaldo plays, it will be his 30th game at a major tournament with Portugal, more than any other player; he has scored nine goals in his previous 29 appearances.

o   It will also be Ronaldo’s 17th game in EURO finals, more than any other player in the history of the tournament.

o   Against Austria Cristiano Ronaldo missed his first penalty at a major tournament in normal time (scored v Iran in 2006 World Cup). He’s missed four of his last five for club and country.

o   Ronaldo became the first player to miss a penalty (excl. shootouts) for Portugal at a major tournament.

o   Ronaldo has now also attempted 36 direct free-kicks at major tournaments for Portugal but is yet to score with any of these efforts.

o   This is Hungary’s first appearance in the EURO since the introduction of the group stage, however they have failed to progress to the knockouts in their last three World Cup appearances (1978, 1982 & 1986).

o   Portugal have never failed to make it out of their group at the European Championships, reaching the knockout stage in all six of their previous EURO finals participations.

o   No side has faced fewer shots (incl. blocks) than Portugal (8) at EURO 2016 so far; despite this they have conceded one goal.

o   In contrast Portugal have attempted 49 shots at goal so far, no other side had hit more than 36 after their opening two games.

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Euro 2016 Opta Facts Final Group Games – Groups A – C

Euro 2016 Opta Facts Final Group Games – Groups A – C

Romania – Albania

o   Romania are unbeaten in their last 13 games against Albania (W10 D3). Albania’s last win was in May 1948 (1-0 in Bucharest).

o   Albania have never scored more than one goal in their 16 games against Romania.

o   None of the last three games between Romania and Albania has produced more than two goals.

o   Despite never meeting in the EURO, these sides have face each other six times in European Championship qualifying, with Romania winning four and drawing two, however those two draws both came in the most recent qualifiers between the teams (2010-11).

o   Romania were knocked out in the group stages the last time the EURO was held in France (1984). They’ve only made it to the knockout stages of the competition once, back in 2000.

o   Romania have only won one of their 15 games at the European Championships. It came in June 2000 against England (3-2).

o   Romania have also kept only one clean sheet in their 15 games at the European Championships (0-0 v France in June 2008).

o   Albania have lost their last three internationals – their worst run since October 2013.

o   Albania have only had two shots on target over their first two games at this year’s tournament, both in their opener against Switzerland.

o   Only Turkey have failed to score in their first ever three games at EURO finals. Albania could join them if they fail to find the net against Romania.

o   Bogdan Stancu has scored Romania’s two goals at EURO 2016, both from the penalty spot. He’s the third player to net two penalties in the same EURO tournament after Frank Arnesen (1984) and Gaizka Mendieta (2000).

o   Romania’s last goal from open play at the EURO was scored by Dorinel Munteanu against England in June 2000.

 

 

 

Switzerland – France

o   This will be the 38th meeting between these sides; France have won 16 of the previous 37, with Switzerland winning 12 (D9).

o   Switzerland’s last victory against France was in May 1992 (2-1 in Lausanne). Since then, they have failed to win any of their six games against their neighbours (D3 L3).

o   France and Switzerland are in the same group for the fourth time in the last seven major tournaments (EURO 2004, World Cup 2006, World Cup 2014, EURO 2016).

o   France are unbeaten in their three previous meetings with Switzerland in major tournaments, winning against the Swiss at EURO 2004 and World Cup 2014, and drawing in the 2006 World Cup.

o   There were seven goals between the teams in their last meeting at the 2014 World Cup (France 5-2 Switzerland), more than there had been in the four meetings prior (6 goals).

o   The seven goals between France and Switzerland at the 2014 World Cup all came from different players.

o   France’s only previous game at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy ended in an 8-0 win against Jamaica back in June 2014.

o   This is the third time France have opened up a EURO with two wins, after 1984 and 2000. They lifted the trophy on the two previous occasions.

o   France have won their last seven games on home soil in the European Championships (5 in 1984, 2 in 2016).

o   France are the only team among the 24 present at this year’s EURO to have won all their games in 2016 (6 out of 6). A seventh win in a row against Switzerland would be their best run since their record 14-game winning streak from March 2003 to February 2004.

o   France haven’t had a single shot on target so far before half-time at EURO 2016.

o   Nine of France’s last 10 goals at the EURO have been scored after half-time. At EURO 2016, three of their four goals have come from the 89th minute onwards.

o   Switzerland have never made it to the knockout stages of the European Championships.

o   Switzerland’s two goals at EURO 2016 have both been scored from corners. They were already the top scoring side from corners during the qualifiers (7 goals).

o   This will be Didier Deschamps’ 50th game in charge of France (W30 D8 L11). He’s the fifth manager to reach the 50-game barrier with France after Michel Hidalgo, Aimé Jacquet, Roger Lemerre and Raymond Domenech.

o   Hugo Lloris has captained France on 53 occasions. He’s only one short of record holder Didier Deschamps (54).

o   Dimitri Payet has scored (2) or assisted (1) three of France’s four goals at this year’s EURO.

o   Stephan Lichtsteiner has played in more major tournament games for Switzerland than any other player (12).

o   Granit Xhaka has made 67 more touches than any other Swiss player after their first two games at EURO 2016.

o   Five of Haris Seferovic’s seven shots have been on target. However, none of them have found the back of the net.

 

 

 

Russia – Wales

o   Russia have won each of the last three meetings with Wales, outscoring them by six goals to two in that run.

o   Joe Ledley and James Collins scored those two goals for Wales, as John Toshack’s side lost 2-1 and 3-1 in their World Cup 2010 qualifying matches against Guus Hiddink’s Russia.

o   In their last four games against Wales, Russia have successively scored 0 goal, 1 goal, 2 goals and finally 3 goals.

o   Russia have qualified for the knockout stages of the EURO only once in their four participations since the breakup of the USSR. It was in 2008.

o   Russia have won only one of their last seven internationals (D2 L4), a 3-0 victory against Lithuania back in March.

o   Russia have kept two clean sheets in their last 17 games at the EURO finals.

o   Four of Russia’s last five goals scored in the European Championships have come in the final 11 minutes of games.

o   Russia’s last three goals at the EURO finals have all been headers.

o   Wales have reached the knockout stages in their only previous major tournament participation, back in the 1958 World Cup. They were knocked out in the quarter-finals by eventual winners Brazil.

o   Only nine of Russia’s 21 shots over the first two games have been taken from inside the box.

o   Wales have scored with their opening shot on target in each of their first two games at EURO 2016; both were direct free-kicks from Gareth Bale.

o   Wales have conceded in each of their last six internationals, their longest run without a clean sheet since March 2013 (11).

o   Since the start of the EURO 2016 qualifiers, Gareth Bale has scored or assisted 11 of Wales’ 14 goals in competitive games (79%), the highest ratio among teams to have made it to this year’s finals.

o   Bale has scored two goals from direct free-kick in his first two games, only Michel Platini (1984) and Thomas Hässler (1992) have scored as many in a EURO tournament since 1980.

 

 

 

Slovakia – England

o   England and Slovakia have met on three occasions previously, with the Three Lions winning all three.

o   Seven of England’s eight goals against Slovakia have been scored after the 60th minute.

o   England won 4-0 the last time these sides met in a friendly in 2009, with England captain Wayne Rooney scoring a brace of goals – his 20th and 21st for England (Heskey and Lampard also scored one each).

o   Slovakia have never kept a clean sheet in a major tournament (6 games).

o   Only one of Slovakia’s six games at a major tournament has ended in a draw (1-1 v New Zealand at the 2010 World Cup).

o   England’s only previous game at St Etienne’s Geoffroy-Guichard stadium was against Argentina at World Cup 1998, in the last 16 (2-2, lost 4-3 on penalties).

o   Since 1980, England have reached the knockout stages of the EURO only three times in seven participations (1996, 2004, 2012).

o   England are unbeaten in their last nine games at the European Championships, shoot-outs excluded (W5 D4). Their last defeat dates back to 13 June 2004 against France.

o   England scored two goals via their substitutes against Wales (Vardy and Sturridge). Their subs had only scored four goals in their 90 previous games at major tournaments.

o   England have had 21 more shots than their opponents over their first two games at EURO 2016 but have only scored one more goal.

o   Jamie Vardy is England’s top scorer in 2016 (4 goals in 5 games).

o   Marek Hamsik has been directly involved in four goals in his last three competitive games with Slovakia (3 goals, 1 assist).

o   20 of Slovakia’s 22 attempts at EURO 2016 have seen Hamsik, Vladimir Weiss or Robert Mak involved, either as the shot taker or shot assister.

o   If Wayne Rooney plays, it will be his 20th game at a major tournament. Only Ashley Cole and Steven Gerrard have featured more times for England (22 games).

 

 

Ukraine – Poland

o   Ukraine and Poland have met seven times previously, with Ukraine winning three games to Poland’s two (D2).

o   Ukraine are unbeaten in the last five meetings between the two sides (W3, D2), winning the last two. Poland’s last victory was in September 2000 when they won 3-1 in Kiev in a World Cup qualifier.

o   This will be the first meeting between the two sides in a major tournament however.

o   Just once in the last five games between Ukraine and Poland has either team managed to score more than once (Poland 1-3 Ukraine, March 2013); the remaining four games in that run have seen just six goals scored in total.

o   Ukraine will not make it to the knockout stages for the second time in two EURO participations (2012, 2016). They are certain of finishing bottom of Group C.

o   Since winning their first game at the EURO finals (2-1 v Sweden in 2012), Ukraine have lost their last four games in the tournament without scoring a single goal (7 goals conceded).

o   Ukraine failing to score in their last four games at the EURO is a joint-record in the history of the tournament.

o   Poland have never scored more than one goal at the EURO (8 games). Their last shot on target at this year’s EURO was 98 minutes ago, in their opener against Northern Ireland.

o   Poland can reach the knockout stages of the EURO for the first time in their history, after two fruitless attempts (2008, 2012).

o   Andriy Shevchenko, currently part of the coaching staff, is the only player to have scored for Ukraine at the EURO (2 goals in 2012).

o   Andriy Yarmolenko, Ukraine’s top scorer in qualifying, scored in each of the last two meetings between these sides during 2014 World Cup qualifying (2 goals, 1 assist).

o   Robert Lewandowski scored in the 17th minute of his first game at the EURO (v Greece in 2012). Since then, he’s failed to find the net or deliver an assist in the competition in 433 minutes.

o   Jakub Blaszczykowski has been directly involved in Poland’s last three goals at the EURO (1 goal, 2 assist).

 

Northern Ireland – Germany

o   These two nations have met 14 times previously, with Germany winning eight to Northern Ireland’s two (D4).

o   Germany have won the last four meetings between the sides, scoring 14 goals and conceding just two in that run; prior to that run Germany were winless in five against Northern Ireland (D3, L2).

o   Germany beat Northern Ireland 4-1 in Belfast in their last encounter, a friendly back in June 2005. David Healy was the lone scorer for the Green and Whites, whilst the last German to get on the scoresheet was Lukas Podolski.

o   Northern Ireland’s last victory against Germany dates back to 16 November 1983. They won 1-0 in Hamburg thanks to a goal by Norman Whiteside.

o   This will be the second meeting between Germany and Northern Ireland in a major international tournament; the sides drew 2-2 in the group stage at the 1958 World Cup.

o   Although this is Northern Ireland’s first EURO, the two sides have met four times previously in qualifying for the tournament, winning twice each.

o   Northern Ireland’s two wins over West Germany in qualifying for the 1984 EURO remains the only occasion that a team has beaten Die Mannschaft home and away in a qualifying campaign.

o   Northern Ireland have only lost one of their last 14 internationals (0-1 v Poland in their EURO 2016 opener), winning seven and drawing six along the way.

o   Northern Ireland have never conceded more than one goal in their last 15 internationals. The last time their nets were rattled more than once was in November 2014 against Romania (0-2).

o   Seven of Northern Ireland’s last 10 goals in competitive games have come from set-pieces (4 from corners, 3 from indirect free-kicks).

o   Northern Ireland went from two shots (0 on target) in their EURO 2016 opener against Poland to 13 shots (7 on target) in their second outing against Ukraine.

o   The last time Germany failed to make it out of the group stages of a major tournament was at EURO 2004. Since then, they’ve made the last four at every single major competition.

o   Germany have won 12 of their last 15 games at major tournaments, drawing two and losing one (1-2 v Italy in the EURO 2012 semi-finals).

o   However Germany have only won one of their four competitive games at the Parc des Princes (D1 L2), it was against USA at World Cup 1998. Their only previous EURO game in PSG’s home stadium ended in a 1-0 defeat against Spain on 20 June 1984.

o   Meanwhile, Northern Ireland’s last visit to the Parc des Princes ended in a goalless draw against France in February 1986.

o   Central defender Gareth McAuley has had the most shots for Northern Ireland over the first two games at EURO 2016 (3 attempts, 1 goal).

o   Thomas Müller hasn’t scored or assisted a single goal in seven games at the EURO (he’s only had one shot on target in 180 minutes at EURO 2016). He has 10 goals and six assists in 13 World Cup games.

Italy – Republic of Ireland

o This will be the 14th meeting between these sides; Italy have won eight of the previous 13 while the Republic of Ireland have won two (D3).
o Italy defeated Ireland 2-0 at the last edition of the EURO in 2012, thanks to a goal apiece from Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli.
o Italy and Ireland’s meeting at the EURO in 2012 was the most recent of three games between the sides in major tournaments having met twice previously at the World Cup; Italy beat Ireland 1-0 in the 1990 quarter-final while Ireland won by the same score line in the Group Stage four years later.
o Not since the first two meetings between the sides, both 3-0 victories for Italy, has either team managed to score more than two goals in fixtures between the sides.
o Italy have reached the knockout stages of the EURO for the sixth time in eight participations since 1980.
o The only previous time Italy won their first two EURO games was in 2000, when they eventually reached the final.
o Italy are unbeaten in their 12 competitive games under Antonio Conte (W9 D3). Their last defeat was against Uruguay at the 2014 World Cup.
o Italy have never scored more than two goals in their 35 games at the European Championships.
o Italy have kept a clean sheet in each of their last four games, their longest run since the 2006 World Cup, which they eventually won.
o Italy have only lost two of their 23 games in the group stages of the European Championships (W12 D9).
o If Gianluigi Buffon plays, it will be his 30th EURO/World Cup game. Only Paolo Maldini has made more appearances for Italy at a major tournament (36).
o In their last game, Republic of Ireland failed to have a shot on target in a major tournament game for the first time since the 1994 World Cup (vs Norway).
o The Green Army are winless in their last seven EURO fixtures (D2, L5), since winning their first ever game in the competition against England in 1988.
o Ireland have never scored more than one goal in a EURO game, failing to find the net in four of their eight games in the competition and scoring just four goals in total.

Sweden – Belgium

o Sweden and Belgium have met 14 times previously, Sweden winning five and Belgium winning seven (D2).
o Despite Belgium winning this fixture more often, Sweden (30) have scored eight goals more than the Belgians (22) in their 14 encounters.
o These sides have met just once in a major tournament, with that fixture coming in the opening game of EURO 2000; Belgium, the hosts, won 2-1 thanks to goals from Bart Goor and Emile Mpenza.
o In the last six meetings between the sides, the EURO 2000 clash was the only game in which both teams found the net; the other five games in that run saw four 2-0 wins and a scoreless draw.
o Prior to that run, there had been an average of 5.1 goals per game between the two nations with 41 goals in eight matches.
o Sweden have been knocked out in the group stages of the European Championships in three of their last four tournaments.
o Sweden have lost five of their last seven games at the European Championships (W1 D1). They’ve also kept only one clean sheet in that run.
o Since the group stages were introduced in 1980, Sweden are the first team who have failed to hit a shot on target in their first two games of a European Championship.
o Zlatan Ibrahimovic has yet to hit a single shot on target or set up a single attempt for Sweden over the first two games of EURO 2016.
o Romelu Lukaku has scored six goals in his last six games for Belgium.
o Kevin De Bruyne has had a hand in 10 goals in his last 10 appearances for Belgium (five goals, five assists).
o Belgium’s three goal win against Ireland equaled their biggest victory at a major tournament (also 3-0 v El Salvador at the 1970 World Cup).
o Belgium have not drawn any of their last nine European Championship games, winning three and losing six since their last stalemate – a 0-0 draw against Italy in 1980.
o After winning their last game against Ireland, the Red Devils have the opportunity to win back to back games at the European Championships for the first time.

Czech Republic – Turkey

o This will be the 20th meeting between the sides; Czech Republic (including Czechoslovakia) won 12 of the previous 19 while Turkey won four (D3).
o This will be just the second meeting between the sides at a major tournament after the two met at EURO 2008 with Turkey winning 3-2, despite trailing 2-0 with less than 20 minutes of the match remaining thanks to goals from Arda Turan and Nihat (2).
o That result meant Turkey qualified for the knockout stages of EURO 2008 at the expense of the Czech Republic who finished third in the group; Turkey were eventually knocked out at the semi-final stage.
o Czech Republic and Turkey also met in qualifying for EURO 2016; Czech Republic finished top of Group A while Turkey qualified as the best third placed team.
o The sides shared one win apiece in their 2016 qualifying clashes, with the away side on the day winning in each fixture.
o There have been 31 goals in the last nine games between these two nations, with at least two goals being scored in each of those nine fixtures.
o Since the formation of the Czech Republic in 1993, the country has reached the knockout stages in three of its five EURO participations (1996, 2004, 2012).
o The Czech Republic have scored in 12 of their last 13 group games at the European Championships.
o If Petr Cech plays, he will equal the Czech record for most games at major tournaments: 17, currently held by Karel Poborsky. Only Peter Schmeichel has conceded more goals (20) than Cech (19) in EURO history.
o Czech striker Tomas Necid has scored twice as many goals as a substitute (8) than as a starter (4) for the national team.
o Tomas Rosicky has only scored two goals and delivered one assist in 13 games at major tournaments with the Czech Republic.
o Turkey have suffered defeat in each of their last three games at the EURO, their worst run in the competition since losing their first four games in the competition between 1996 and 2000.
o Turkey have had a player booked in each of their last 17 games at major tournaments, last avoiding a booking against Italy at Euro 2000.
o Turkey haven’t kept a clean sheet at the Euros since a 2-0 win over Belgium at Euro 2000 – they’ve conceded 15 goals in eight games since then.
o Against Spain, Turkey failed to have a shot on target in a major tournament game for the first time since Euro 1996 against Croatia.

 

Croatia – Spain

o This will be the sixth meeting between Spain and Croatia; Spain have won three of the previous five meetings, while Croatia have won just once (D1).
o Croatia’s victory against Spain came in their first ever meeting in 1994 (2-0), since then they have managed just two goals in four games against La Roja (L3 D1).
o Spain and Croatia met in the last edition of the EURO in 2012, their only clash in a major tournament, with Spain claiming a 1-0 victory thanks to an 88th minute winner from Jesus Navas.
o Croatia have reached the knockout stages of the European Championships in 50% of their previous participations (2/4): in 1996 and 2008.
o Croatia have lost only one of their last eight group games in the European Championships (W5 D2).
o Croatia have only failed to score once in their last 11 games in the European Championships, it was against Spain in 2012.
o Spain are unbeaten in 14 games at the Euros (W11 D3), and haven’t conceded a goal in 690 minutes of action.
o Spain have scored in each of their last eight group games at the EURO, last failing to find the net in 2004, in a 1-0 defeat to Portugal.
o Croatia have had 20 more shots than their opponents over their first two games at EURO 2016 but have only scored one more goal.
o Croatia played twice in Bordeaux in the 1998 World Cup, at the Parc Lescure stadium. They lost 1-0 against Argentina in the group stages and won 1-0 against Romania in the Last 16.
o If Darijo Srna plays, it will be his 17th game at a major tournament with Croatia, a new record.
o Alvaro Morata became the fifth player to score 2+ goals in a EURO game for Spain, following Alfonso Perez, David Villa (hat-trick vs Russia), Fernando Torres and Xabi Alonso.

o Andrés Iniesta has made 177 successful passes in the competition so far, more than any other Spain player, while no Croatian has made more than 100 (Luka Modric – 93).

Iceland – Austria

o Iceland and Austria have met just three times previously; Austria won one of those games while the remaining two both ended in a draw.
o There have been just five goals scored in those three games between the sides, with Austria netting three times to Iceland’s two.
o The most recent fixture between these two nations came in May 2014 as the sides shared a 1-1 draw, courtesy of a goal each from Austria’s Marcel Sabitzer and Iceland’s Kolbeinn Sigthorsson.
o Austria have lost all three of their visits to the Stade de France (1-2 v Italy in the 1998 World Cup, 0-1 v France in 2007, 1-3 v France in 2009).
o Iceland’s only previous visit to the Stade de France ended in a 3-2 defeat against France in October 1999. Eidur Gudjohnsen came on as a second-half substitute in that game.
o Austria have not progressed from the group stage of a major tournament since reaching the second round at the 1982 World Cup; they’ve since been eliminated at the group stage at the World Cup in 1990 and 1998 and at EURO 2008.
o Iceland have only lost once across their last eight competitive matches (W3 D4).
o In their last game Austria kept their first clean sheet at a major tournament since 1982 vs Algeria, they had conceded at least one goal in all 13 games since then.
o None of Austria’s last 32 shots at the European Championships have found the back of the net.
o After two match days no side had faced more shots than Iceland (38) or Austria (37), the most and joint second most respectively.
o Iceland have averaged just 28% possession and made just 298 successful passes so far in the competition, the lowest of any team after the first two match days.
o Five of Gylfi Sigurdsson’s last seven goals for Iceland have come from the penalty spot.
o David Alaba has found a teammate with just 52 of 73 (71%) attempted passes so far for Austria. His passing accuracy in the Bundesliga in 2015/16 was 92%.

Hungary – Portugal

o This will be the 11th meeting between these two sides; Portugal are yet to taste defeat against Hungary winning seven of the previous 10 (D3).
o Hungary have failed to score in each of their last three matches against Portugal and haven’t found the net in 328 minutes of action while Portugal have scored 10 goals in that time
o These sides have met just once previously at a major tournament; Portugal beat Hungary 3-1 at the World Cup in 1966, in the only match that tournament top goal scorer Eusebio failed to find the net for Portugal.
o Portugal are unbeaten in their last nine competitive fixtures (W7, D2), all seven of their wins in that run came by a single goal.
o If Cristiano Ronaldo plays, it will be his 30th game at a major tournament with Portugal, more than any other player; he has scored nine goals in his previous 29 appearances.
o It will also be Ronaldo’s 17th game in EURO finals, more than any other player in the history of the tournament.
o Against Austria Cristiano Ronaldo missed his first penalty at a major tournament in normal time (scored v Iran in 2006 World Cup). He’s missed four of his last five for club and country.
o Ronaldo became the first player to miss a penalty (excl. shootouts) for Portugal at a major tournament.
o Ronaldo has now also attempted 36 direct free-kicks at major tournaments for Portugal but is yet to score with any of these efforts.
o This is Hungary’s first appearance in the EURO since the introduction of the group stage, however they have failed to progress to the knockouts in their last three World Cup appearances (1978, 1982 & 1986).
o Portugal have never failed to make it out of their group at the European Championships, reaching the knockout stage in all six of their previous EURO finals participations.
o No side has faced fewer shots (incl. blocks) than Portugal (8) at EURO 2016 so far; despite this they have conceded one goal.
o In contrast Portugal have attempted 49 shots at goal so far, no other side had hit more than 36 after their opening two games.

 

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Euros Punt Podcast: Friday 17th June

Euros Punt Podcast: Friday 17th June

On this edition of the Euros Punt Podcast, Michael Wood spins through the betting for Friday’s action.
He looks at Italy against Sweden and Croatia against the Czech Republic.
Football experts Karl Matchett and Emre Sarigul also give their thoughts …

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Euro 2016 Opta Facts 2nd Group Games – Groups D – F

Euro 2016 Opta Facts 2nd Group Games – Groups D – F

Czech Republic – Croatia

o   Czech Republic have played Croatia twice before and are yet to claim victory against them (D1 L1).

o   Nikola Kalinic’s brace helped Croatia secure a 4-2 win over Czech Republic when these teams last met in 2011.

o   This is the first time Czech Republic and Croatia have met in a game that wasn’t a friendly.

o   Six of the eight goals in matches between these countries have come in the first half.

o   The Czech Republic have lost six of their last nine EURO games (W3).

o   None of the Czech Republic’s last 20 games at a major tournament has ended in a draw (W9 L11). Their last draw was in the semi-finals of EURO 1996 against France (0-0, 6-5 on pens).

o   The Czech Republic have never failed to score in two consecutive games at the European Championships.

o   Croatia have won five of their last eight group games in the European Championships (D2 L1).

o   Croatia have only failed to score once in their last 10 games in the European Championships, it was against Spain in 2012. They’ve also never conceded more than one goal in their last eight games in the competition.

o   Croatia struck the woodwork three times against Turkey, only the fourth time this had happened in a EURO game since 1980.

o   Croatia tied their record for most shots in a 90-minute EURO game with their 19 attempts against Turkey. 15 of those came from inside the box.

o   Luka Modric scored with his only shot against Turkey. He also had more touches (79) and completed more passes (52) than any other player in that game.

o   Czech striker Tomas Necid has scored more goals as a substitute (7) than as a starter (4) for the national team.

 

 

 

Spain – Turkey

o   Turkey have only registered one win in 10 games against Spain (D4 L5). That sole win came in Istanbul on 14th March 1954; 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier.

o   Spain have conceded only one goal in their last six matches versus Turkey, however that goal did come in their last meeting (2009 – 2-1)

o   This will be the first time that Spain have faced Turkey in the finals of a major tournament.

o   Spain have won the last two Euros (2008, 2012), which had never happened before in the history of the tournament. They reached the final the last time the EURO was held in France (1984). They were beaten by the hosts (0-2).

o   Spain are unbeaten in their last 13 games at the European Championships (W10 D3), the longest run in the history of the competition. Their last defeat in the tournament dates back to June 2004 against Portugal (0-1).

o   Spain have only conceded one goal in their last 10 games in the tournament, it was scored by Italy’s Antonio Di Natale on 10 June 2012 (1-1).

o   Spain haven’t conceded a single goal in their last 600 minutes at the European Championships, the longest run in the history of the tournament.

o   Turkey have won only three of their 13 games at the European Championships (D2 L8). They’ve also only kept two clean sheets in those 13 games.

o   Turkey have improved on their position each time they have qualified for the European Championships; they were knocked out in the group stages in 1996 before reaching the quarter-finals in 2000 and the semis in 2008.

o   Only one of Turkey’s 11 goals at the European Championships has been scored before the 45th minute.

o   Andres Iniesta delivered his fourth assist in the EURO by setting up Gerard Pique against the Czech Republic, the joint-most for Spain alongside Cesc Fabregas and David Silva.

o   Gerard Piqué’s first international goal for Spain was against Turkey in March 2009. His goal against the Czech Republic last Monday was his first in a major tournament with La Roja.

o   David De Gea hasn’t conceded a goal in four competitive games with Spain.

o   Turkey striker Cenk Tosun didn’t have a shot or set up an attempt in his 69 minutes against Croatia. He completed only two passes in the opposition half.

 

Italy – Sweden

o   Italy are currently on a four game unbeaten run against Sweden (W3 D1). The Scandinavians’ last victory dates back to June 1998, in a friendly (1-0).

o   However, Italy have gone six competitive matches against Sweden without keeping a clean sheet (W2 D1 L3).

o   Sweden have never scored more than once in their last eight matches versus Italy, a run dating back to 1984.

o   This will be the third time Italy have met Sweden in the European Championships; the Azzurri claiming victory in the 2000 edition (2-1) whilst the meeting four years later ended as a draw (1-1).

o   Seven of the last nine Italy goals against Sweden have come in the first-half.

o   Italy are unbeaten in their 11 competitive games under Antonio Conte (W8 D3). Their last defeat dates back to June 2014 against Uruguay.

o   Italy have never scored more than two goals in their 34 games at the European Championships.

o   The only previous time Italy won their first two EURO games was in 2000, when they eventually reached the final.

o   Italy have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three games, their longest run since 2013. A fourth clean sheet in a row against Sweden would be their best streak since the 2006 World Cup, which they eventually won.

o   Italy have only lost two of their 22 games in the group stages of the European Championships (W11 D9).

o   Sweden have only won three of their last 15 games at the European Championships (D5 L7).

o   Sweden scored despite not having a single shot on target in their opening game against Republic of Ireland.

o   Giorgio Chiellini’s first half headed goal helped Italy to a 1-0 win versus Sweden when these sides last met in a 2009 friendly.

o   Antonio Candreva has been directly involved in three goals in his last two appearances with Italy (one goal, two assists).

o   Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the last Swedish player to score against Italy, back in June 2004 at the Euros (1-1). None of his four shots against the Republic of Ireland were on target.

 

Belgium – Republic of Ireland

 

o   Belgium are unbeaten in their last six matches versus the Republic of Ireland (W2 D4). They haven’t faced each other since November 1997, when Belgium beat the Republic 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier.

o   The Republic of Ireland have not beaten Belgium since May 1966 (3-2 win in a friendly).

o   This will be the first time that these teams have faced off in the finals of a major tournament.

o   The Republic of Ireland have lined up against Belgium seven times before in competitive matches; failing to win any of them (D5 L2).

o   In fact, the Republic of Ireland have only been able to record one clean sheet in their seven competitive matches played versus Belgium.

o   Belgium have lost six of their last eight games at the EURO (W2), including the last three by the same 0-2 scoreline.

o   Belgium have conceded a goal in each of their last eight games, their longest run without a clean sheet for 30 years (9 games, May to September 1986).

o   The Republic of Ireland have never gone past the group stages of the EURO in their two previous participations (1988, 2012).

o   The Republic of Ireland won their first game at the EURO finals (1-0 v England in 1988) but have failed to win any of their subsequent six games (D2 L4).

o   The Republic of Ireland have never scored more than one goal in a game at the European Championships. However, they had four shots on target against Sweden in their opening game; their best ever tally in a EURO game.

o   Only five of Belgium’s 18 shots in their opener against Italy were struck from inside the box.

o   Emile Mpenza was the last player to score for Belgium at the EURO; it was back in June 2000 against Sweden.

o   Eden Hazard has yet to score in 458 minutes at major tournaments (World Cup + EURO).

o   Robbie Keane has scored 11 goals in his last 13 starts with the Republic of Ireland.

 

Iceland – Hungary

o   Hungary have beaten Iceland in five successive matches coming into this fixture. Iceland’s last victory was in June 1995 (2-1 in a Euro qualifier).

o   Iceland have conceded at least three goals in each of their last three games played versus Hungary.

o   There have been 14 goals in the last three encounters between Iceland and Hungary, an average of 4.7 per game.

o   Iceland and Hungary have faced each other 10 times previously, but none of these games has ended as a draw (3 wins for Iceland, 7 for Hungary).

o   Iceland have either scored exactly twice (five games) or not at all (also five games) across their 10 previous meetings with Hungary.

o   Iceland have only lost once across their last seven competitive matches (W3 D3).

o   The last seven goals recorded by Iceland have all been scored by different players (including friendlies).

o   Iceland had the lowest possession of any side during the first round of group games (27.8% v Portugal).

o   Hungary come into this game having only lost twice in their last 13 matches (including friendlies, W6 D5).

o   Hungary’s opponents have seen red cards in two of their last three games at a major tournament; Austria’s Aleksandar Dragović as well as Mike Sweeney for Canada at the 1986 World Cup.

o   Hannes Thór Halldórsson (Iceland) made eight saves in the match against Portugal; the most of any player in a EURO finals match since Joe Hart v Italy in 2012.

o   Zoltán Gera has scored three goals in two appearances against Iceland.

o   Gera made more tackles than any other player over the first round of group matches (seven against Austria).

 

 

Portugal – Austria

o   Portugal are currently unbeaten in four matches against Austria (W1 D3). Their last meeting was back in October 1995 (1-1 in a Euro qualifier) whilst Austria’s last victory was in November 1979 (2-1 in Lisbon, Euro qualifier).

o   Three of the last four meetings between these sides have ended in a 1-1 draw (1-0 Portugal in 1994); neither team has managed to score more than once during this time.

o   Austria have conceded exactly once to Portugal in each of their last five matches against them.

o   Portugal and Austria are playing each other in the finals of a major tournament for the very first time.

o   Austria registered a 9-1 win over Portugal in a World Cup qualifier in September 1953; they have never managed to score more in a single game (also 9-0 vs Malta 1977).

o   Austria come into this game having lost three of their last four matches (including friendlies, W1 L3). That win came against Malta.

o   Portugal have only claimed one victory in their last five games (D3 L1) played at major tournaments (World Cup and European Championships).

o   Austria have never kept a clean sheet at the European Championships; conceding at least once each of their four games.

o   In fact, Austria have gone 13 games without a clean sheet at a major tournament, last keeping one against Algeria at the 1982 World Cup.

o   Portugal had 26 shots in their opening game; the most of any nation across the first round Euro 2016 matches.

o   None of Austria’s last 28 shots at the European Championships have found the back of the net.

o   Cristiano Ronaldo will become Portugal’s outright most capped player if he features in this match; he’s currently level with Luis Figo (127).

o   Cristiano Ronaldo has now had 34 direct free-kick shots in major tournaments for Portugal (World Cup and European Championships); he hasn’t scored with any of them.

o   Ronaldo attempted 10 shots versus Iceland; four more than anybody else across the opening round of group games. However, only one of those efforts were on target.

 

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Euro 2016 Opta Facts 2nd Group Games – Groups A – C

Euro 2016 Opta Facts 2nd Group Games – Groups A – C

 

Romania – Switzerland

o   The record between Romania and Switzerland is perfectly balanced with five wins each and two draws (D2).

o   Romania have never scored more than one goal in their last eight matches against Switzerland. The last time they netted more than one was in November 1968 (2-0).

o   Switzerland’s 4-1 win over Romania in the 1994 World Cup is the only previous instance of these teams facing off at the finals stage of a major competition. Anghel Iordanescu was the Romania manager.

o   Gheorghe Grozav’s goal for Romania proved to be the difference between these sides when they last met in May 2012 (friendly).

o   Romania were knocked out in the group stages the last time the EURO was held in France (1984).

o   Romania have only won one of their 14 games at the European Championships. It came in June 2000 against England (3-2).

o   Romania have kept only one clean sheet in their 14 games at the European Championships (0-0 v France in June 2008).

o   In the opening game against France, Romania conceded as many goals as they did over the whole qualifying campaign for EURO 2016 (2).

o   They also had 35.6% possession at the Stade de France, their lowest ratio in any of their 14 games at the European Championships.

o   Bogdan Stancu was responsible for both of Romania’s shots on target against France in the opening game, including the goal from the penalty spot.

o   After beating Albania in their opening game, Switzerland will be aiming to win two games in a EURO finals campaign for the first time.

o   Granit Xhaka created the joint-most goalscoring chances (3), made more passes (115) and had the most touches (129) of any player in Switzerland’s opening game.

o   Xherdan Shaqiri has had a hand in nine goals in his last eight competitive appearances for Switzerland (4 goals, 5 assists).

 

 

France – Albania

o    France have won four of the six matches played against Albania but have failed to win either of the last two meetings (D1 L1).

o    Ergys Kace‘s free-kick effort helped Albania to a 1-0 victory over France when they last met in June 2015.

o    Albania have never scored more than once in a game against France (three goals scored in six matches).

o    Albania have never beaten Les Bleus in France; conceding nine goals across three games and have only scored once in return (D1 L2).

o    France have lost just once in their last 11 matches at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille (vs Argentina 2009 – W7 D3).

o    Les Bleus have played at this venue twice before in the European Championships; losing to Czechoslovakia in 1960 (0-2) but beating Portugal in 1984 (3-2), both games saw them concede twice.

o    France have won their last six games on home soil in the European Championships (5 in 1984, 1 in 2016).

o    France have only kept two clean sheets in their last 17 games at the EURO (against Romania in 2008 and Ukraine in 2012).

o    France’s five shots on target (including their two goals) in the opening game against Romania all came in the second-half.

o    In fact, seven of France’s last eight goals at the EURO have been scored after half-time.

o    N’Golo Kanté made more touches (101), more passes (86), more interceptions (5) and more tackles (3) than any other French player in the opening game against Romania.

o    Olivier Giroud has scored eight goals in his last six starts for France.

o    Against Romania, Dimitri Payet became the first French player to score and assist in the same EURO game since Thierry Henry in 2000 (v Czech R.).

o    Payet scored six goals and delivered nine assists in his last 17 league games at the Stade Vélodrome as a Marseille player.

o    Albania have lost their last two internationals – they’ve not lost three in a row since October 2013.

 

Russia – Slovakia

o   This will be the ninth time these sides have faced each other; Russia have claimed three wins to Slovakia’s two (D3).

o   Neither of these teams have been able to score more than once across their last six meetings, with just seven goals scored in total in these matches.

o   This will be the first time Russia have taken on Slovakia in the European Championships, although they have met twice previously in qualifying for the tournament; each claiming a 1-0 away victory.

o   Slovakia are without a goal in 243 minutes against Russia. They have scored only one goal in their last four games versus Russia.

o   Russia have kept just two clean sheets in their last 16 games at the EURO finals.

o   Slovakia lost their EURO 2016 opener to Wales but they have not lost back-to-back matches since October 2013.

o   Russia come into this game having only claimed victory once in their last six matches (D2 L3).

o   Three of Russia’s last four goals scored in the European Championships have come in the final 11 minutes of games.

o   Russia have only managed to score twice in their last four meetings with Slovakia, those two efforts were recorded by Alexander Kerzhakov (2014) and Alan Dzagoev (2011); both have been omitted from the Russian EURO 2016 squad.

o   Vasili Berezutski’s late goal against England was Russia’s first attempt on target since the 17th minute of the game.

o   In fact, Berezutski’s goal was Russia’s latest ever in normal time in a EURO finals game (91:15).

o   Ondrej Duda scored after just 52 just seconds after coming off the bench in Slovakia’s 2016 opener v Wales; the fastest EURO finals goal by a substitute since Valeron on 12/06/04 v Russia (39 secs).


England – Wales

o   This will be the 102nd time that England and Wales have played each other, although this is the first instance of them facing off in the finals of a major tournament.

o   Wales have failed to beat England in seven of their last eight attempts (W1, D1, L6); their most recent win against their neighbours came back in May 1984, a 1-0 victory in Wrexham.

o   This is only the second time England are facing another country from the United Kingdom in a major tournament, after beating Scotland 2-0 at Euro 1996.

o   The Three Lions have played in Lens once before, securing a 2-0 victory over Colombia in the Stade Bollaert-Delelis during the 1998 World Cup.

o   Wales have only scored twice across their last eight meetings with England; failing to get on the scoresheet in the last four matches played against their neighbours.

o   Mark Hughes is the last Welsh player to score against England; it was in May 1984 (1-0).

o   England have scored at least once in six of their last seven attempts versus the Dragons, but never more than twice in this run, the last time they scored three or more was in 1978 (3-1 in Cardiff).

o   Wales have conceded in each of their last five games (including friendlies), their worst run of conceding since March 2013 (11).

o   England have failed to score more than once in 13 of their last 14 matches at a major tournament (World Cup and EURO finals).

o   England mustered nine shots against Russia in the first-half, their most in a EURO finals match in the opening 45 minutes since 2004 (11 v Croatia).

o   At 25y 293d, England’s starting 11 against Russia was their second-youngest ever at a major finals after the 2002 World Cup clash with Sweden (25y 206d).

o   Ramsey has had a hand in three goals in his last three games for Wales (two goals, one assist).

o   Jamie Vardy has scored in three of his last four appearances for the Three Lions.

o   Gareth Bale has scored 14 of the 31 Wales goals under Chris Coleman since he took charge of his first game in February 2012 (45%).

o   Wayne Rooney has scored in seven of his last eight competitive appearances for England.

 

Ukraine – Northern Ireland

o   Northern Ireland have never beaten Ukraine (D2 L2). However the last two meetings have ended in goalless draws.

o   Northern Ireland have only ever managed to score one goal against Ukraine in their four meetings; that goal being scored by Iain Dowie in April 1997 (World Cup Qualifier, lost 2-1).

o   This is the first time these sides have met in a major tournament; the previous meetings have been in World Cup (two) and EURO (two) qualifiers.

o   Ukraine were knocked out in the group stages in their only previous EURO  appearance (2012). Andriy Shevchenko, currently part of the coaching staff, is the only player to have scored for Ukraine at the finals (2 goals).

o   Since winning their first game at the EURO finals (2-1 v Sweden in 2012), Ukraine have lost their last three games in the tournament without scoring a single goal (5 goals conceded).

o   However, friendlies included, Ukraine have only lost three of their last 19 games: against the defending EURO champions Spain (twice) and World Cup champions Germany (once).

o   Northern Ireland have won only one of their last 10 games at a major tournament (D4 L5), that was against Spain in the 1982 World Cup.

o   Northern Ireland only had two shots against Poland in their opening outing, both in the last half hour of the game. None of them were on target.

o   Northern Ireland are taking part in the European Championships for the first time in their history. It’s also their first major tournament since the 1986 World Cup – they didn’t make it past the group stages.

o   56% of Northern Ireland’s goals in the qualifying campaign came from set-pieces (6 from corners, 3 from indirect free-kicks), the highest ratio among the 24 sides who made it to the 2016 edition.

o   Kyle Lafferty was involved in half of Northern Ireland’s goals in qualifying (8 out of 16), scoring seven and assisting one. In the opening game against Poland, he had more touches in his own box (3) than in the opposition’s (1).

o   Only Yaroslav Rakitskiy had more touches (59) than goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov (52) in Ukraine’s opening game against Germany.

 

 

Germany – Poland

o   Poland have only won one of their 20 games against Germany (D6 L13), it was in October 2014 (Euro qualifiers).

o   However, Poland have only lost once in their last four matches versus Germany (W1 D2).

o   Poland have never beaten Germany at a major tournament (D1 L3 at World Cup/EURO). They’ve also never scored against them in those tournaments.

o   Lukas Podolski’s brace saw Germany claim a 2-0 win over Poland in EURO 2008; the only other instance of these teams meeting in the competition. It’s also the only time Poland have conceded more than one goal in the competition.

o   Germany have kept eight clean sheets in their last 12 games against Poland.

o   Germany have won eight of their last 10 games in the European Championships, losing twice (2008 final v Spain & 2012 semi-final v Italy).

o   Germany have only failed to score once in their last 13 games at the EURO, it was in the 2008 final against Spain (1-0 defeat).

o   However, Germany haven’t found the net in three of their last four matches at the Stade de France (all vs France – W1 D1 L2).

o   Poland won their opening game against Northern Ireland, putting to an end their run of six games without a victory in the European Championships. It was also the first time they kept a clean sheet in the tournament.

o   Poland have never scored more than one goal at the EURO (7 games).

o   Robert Lewandowski has scored in two of his three appearances for Poland against Germany. He didn’t have a single shot in his first game at this year’s tournament against Northern Ireland.

o   Jakub Blaszczykowski has been directly involved in Poland’s last three goals at the EURO (1 goal, 2 assist).

o   Mesut Özil has delivered eight assists in the World Cup and EURO since 2010 (4 in each competition), more than any other player.

o   Thomas Müller hasn’t scored or assisted a single goal in six games at the EURO. On the other hand, he has 10 goals and six assists in 13 World Cup games.

o   Joachim Löw has taken charge of 12 games as manager at the EURO, the most in the history of the tournament.

 

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The Euros Punt Podcast looks ahead to every game of the Euros, with a host of tipsters and trivia for the teams in action in France.

 

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Euro 2016 Opta Facts – 1st group games

Euro 2016 Opta Facts – 1st group games

France – Romania

o France are unbeaten in their last 10 games against Romania (W5 D5). However, four of their last five encounters have ended in draws.
o Romania’s last victory against France was in April 1972. It was in a friendly in Bucharest (2-0).
o France and Romania’s first ever encounter on French soil ended in a Romanian win, it was back in March 1967 in a friendly at the Parc des Princes (2-1). Since then, Romania have lost five of their seven away games against France (D2), scoring only two goals.
o This will be France and Romania’s third encounter at the EURO, all in the group stages. The two previous games produced only one goal, France winning in 1996 (1-0) before a goalless draw in 2008.
o France have won six and drawn one of their seven tournament games at the Stade de France (World Cup, Confederations Cup).
o France are taking part in their ninth European Championship finals. They have won it twice: in 1984 as tournament hosts and in 2000. Only Germany and Spain have lifted the trophy on more occasions (3 each).
o France won all five of their games the last time they hosted the EURO finals back in 1984. This was also the last time the host nation won the EURO.
o Since (and including) 2004, only Ukraine in 2012 have won their opening game as tournament host or co-host.
o France have won only one of their last eight games at the European Championships (2-0 v Ukraine on 15 June 2012), drawing two and losing five.
o France have also failed to score in five of their last eight games at EURO finals.
o Romania were knocked out in the group stages the last time the EURO was held in France (1984).
o Romania have only won one of their 13 games at the European Championships. It came in June 2000 against England (3-2).
o Romania have kept only one clean sheet in their 13 games at the European Championships (0-0 v France in June 2008).
o Romania have never won their opening game at the EURO (D3 L1).
o Romania had the best defensive record in the qualifiers, conceding only two goals in 10 games.
o Didier Deschamps is leading France to their second major tournament as manager, after the 2014 World Cup (quarter finalists). He was captain the last time France won the EURO in 2000.
o Anghel Iordanescu is taking charge of Romania at a major tournament for the fourth time after World Cup 1994, EURO 1996 and World Cup 1998. His previous best performance was reaching the quarter-finals with Gheorghe Hagi & co at USA 1994.

 

Albania – Switzerland

o Switzerland are unbeaten in their six encounters with Albania (W5 D1).
o Switzerland have also never failed to score in their six games against Albania.
o This is Switzerland’s fourth European Championships. They have never yet gone past the group stages.
o Switzerland have only won one of their nine games at the European Championships (2-0 v Portugal in June 2008). That win came after the Swiss side had already been knocked out of EURO 2008.
o Switzerland have never won their opening game at the EURO (D2 L1).
o Switzerland scored seven goals from corners in the qualifying campaign (29% of their total goals), more than any other side.
o This is the first time Albania have qualified for a major tournament.
o Albania scored the fewest goals in the qualifying campaign among the 24 teams who made it to EURO 2016: 7 goals in 7 games effectively played (the game against Serbia was awarded as a 3-0 win to Albania).
o No Albanian player scored more than one goal during the qualifying campaign.
o Xherdan Shaqiri has scored in each of his two games with Switzerland against Albania.
o This is Vladimir Petkovic’s first major international tournament as a manager. He took charge of Switzerland after the 2014 World Cup.
o Albania’s Italian head-coach Gianni De Biasi is taking part in his first major tournament as manager.

 

Wales – Slovakia

 

o The two previous encounters between Wales and Slovakia produced 13 goals. Both were played in the EURO 2008 qualifiers (5-1 to Slovakia in Cardiff, 5-2 to Wales in Trnava).
o Wales are making their European Championships debut. It’s only their second major tournament after the 1958 World Cup when they were knocked out in the quarter-finals by the eventual winners, Brazil.
o Slovakia are taking part in the European Championships for the first time in their history as an independent state.
o This is Slovakia’s second major tournament after the 2010 World Cup where they were knocked out in the Last 16 by the Netherlands.
o Slovakia’s 17 goals in the qualifying campaign were scored either from open play (14) or indirect free-kick (3).
o Vladimir Weiss made six assists in the qualifying campaign, the joint-highest total alongside Poland’s Arkadiusz Milik and Israel’s Eran Zahavi.
o Only four players scored for Wales in the qualifying campaign, fewer than any of the teams that have made it to EURO 2016.
o Gareth Bale’s first ever goal for Wales was against Slovakia in October 2006. He scored from a direct free-kick.
o Bale scored or assisted nine of Wales’ 11 goals (82%), the highest ratio in the EURO qualifying campaign among teams to have made it the 2016 finals.
o Bale had 52 shots in the qualifying campaign, more than any other player from any team. That equated to 39% of Wales’ total attempts (52 out of 134).
o This is Chris Coleman’s first major tournament as an international manager. He won 32 caps with Wales as a player.
o This is Jan Kozak’s first major tournament as manager. He played all four games with Czechoslovakia at EURO 1980, finishing third.

England – Russia

o Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russia and England have met twice; it was in the EURO 2008 qualifiers. England won at Wembley (3-0) whilst Russia won in Moscow (2-1).
o England’s last game against Russia/USSR at the EURO was in 1988. The Soviets were victors in the group stages (3-1). Their only previous encounter in the tournament was in 1968, which England won 2-0 (third-place final).
o England are taking part in their ninth European Championship finals. They didn’t qualify the last time the tournament was held in France (1984).
o England have never made it past the semi-finals at the EURO. They finished third in 1968 and were knocked out in the semis by Germany in 1996. England have been knocked out on penalties in three of their last four EURO finals (1996, 2004, 2012).
o England have never won their opening game at the EURO (D4 L4).
o Four of England’s last six goals at the EURO have been scored from set-pieces (3 from corner, 1 from indirect free-kick).
o England were the only team to win all their games in the EURO 2016 qualifiers (10 out of 10).
o USSR included, this is Russia’s 11th European Championship finals, the second most after Germany (12).
o As the Soviet Union, they won the first ever European Championships in 1960. They beat Yugoslavia 2-1 after extra-time in the final. They have lost their subsequent three EURO finals: 1964, 1972 and 1988.
o Russia have only kept two clean sheets in their last 15 games at the European Championships (v Greece & Sweden in June 2008).
o Russia’s last two opening games at the EURO have both ended 4-1 (defeat against Spain in 2008, win against Czech Republic in 2012).
o Artem Dzyuba was directly involved in 50% of Russia’s goals in the qualifying campaign, scoring eight and assisting one of Russia’s 18 goals. Only Gareth Bale (82%) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (58%) had a bigger impact on their team’s goals among the 24 qualified nations for EURO 2016.
o Roy Hodgson is leading England to a major tournament for the third time after EURO 2012 and World Cup 2014. It’s the most for an England manager since Sven Göran Eriksson (World Cup 2002, EURO 2004, World Cup 2006). He’s the oldest head-coach among the ones present at EURO 2016 (68 years old).
o This is Leonid Slutsky’s first major tournament as an international manager. He’s the youngest head-coach among the ones to have reached EURO 2016 (44 years old).

Poland – Northern Ireland

o Northern Ireland are unbeaten in their last two games against Poland (W1 D1), that’s after having lost their previous three.
o None of the nine encounters between Poland and Northern Ireland have ended goalless.
o This will be Poland’s third European Championships, their third in a row. They have never progressed past the group stages.
o Poland have yet to win a single game at the European Championships. They’ve played six times, drawing three and losing three. That’s the most games without a win for a team in EURO history.
o Poland have also yet to keep a clean sheet at the EURO (6 games).
o Poland were the top scorers in the EURO 2016 qualifiers with 33 goals in 10 games. 13 of those goals were scored by Robert Lewandowski, more than any other player in the qualifying campaign.
o Northern Ireland are taking part in the European Championships for the first time in their history. It’s also their first major tournament since the 1986 World Cup – they didn’t make it past the group stages.
o 56% of Northern Ireland’s goals in the qualifying campaign came from set-pieces (6 from corners, 3 from indirect free-kicks), the highest ratio among the 24 sides who made it to the 2016 edition.
o Kyle Lafferty was involved in exactly half of Northern Ireland’s goals in qualifying (8 out of 16), scoring seven and assisting one in his nine games.
o Arkadiusz Milik made six assists in the qualifying campaign, the joint-highest total alongside Slovakia’s Vladimir Weiss and Israel’s Eran Zahavi. Four of Milik’s assists were for Lewandowski.
o Adam Nawałka is taking part in his first major tournament as manager. He won 34 caps with Poland as a player.
o Michael O’Neill will be enjoying his first major tournament as manager. He won 31 caps with Northern Ireland as a player.

 

Germany – Ukraine

o Germany are unbeaten against Ukraine (W2 D3). Their last two games have produced 11 goals (7 for Germany, 4 for Ukraine).
o Nine of the last 13 goals in games between Germany and Ukraine have been scored before half-time.
o This is Germany and Ukraine’s first encounter in a major tournament.
o This is Germany’s 12th EURO, more than any other team. They have won it three times (1972, 1980, 1996), the most alongside Spain (1964, 2008, 2012).
o Germany have won seven of their last nine games in the European Championships, losing twice (2008 final v Spain & 2012 semi-final v Italy).
o Germany have only failed to score once in their last 12 games at the EURO, it was in the 2008 final against Spain (1-0 defeat).
o Germany have never lost their opening game at the EURO (W6 D5).
o Germany – then known as West Germany – failed to make it out of the group stages the last time the EURO was held in France (1984).
o This is the Ukraine’s second appearance at the EURO finals. However, it’s the first time they’ve qualified for the tournament (they were co-hosts in 2012).
o Ukraine were knocked out in the group stages in their only previous appearance at the EURO finals (2012). Andriy Shevchenko is the only player so far to have scored for Ukraine at the EURO finals (2 goals).
o Ukraine never conceded more than one goal in their 12 qualifying games (play-offs included). In total, they conceded only five goals in 12 matches.
o Thomas Müller has no goal and no assist in five games at the EURO. On the other hand, he has 10 goals and six assists in 13 World Cup games.
o Joachim Löw has taken charge of 11 games as manager at the EURO, the joint-most alongside Berti Vogts. He has led Germany since 2006, the longest current tenure among managers who made it to EURO 2016.
o Ukraine head-coach Mykhaylo Fomenko is taking charge at a major tournament for the first time. He earned 24 caps as a player with the USSR.

Turkey – Croatia

o This is Turkey and Croatia’s third encounter at the EURO. Croatia won 1-0 in the EURO 1996 group stages whilst Turkey won on penalties in the quarter finals at EURO 2008 (1-1, 3-1 on pens).
o Turkey have won none of their six games against Croatia (D4 L2). They knocked them out in the EURO 2008 quarter finals but that was after a penalty shoot-out.
o Turkey have never led at any point in their six games against Croatia.
o Turkey are appearing in their fourth EURO, with those four qualifications coming in the last six tournaments. They had failed to qualify for any of the previous nine European Championships.
o Turkey have improved on their position each year they have qualified for the European Championships; they were knocked out in the group stages in 1996 before reaching the quarter-finals in 2000 and the semis in 2008.
o Turkey have lost just one of their last four games in the European Championships (W2, D1) scoring eight goals in the process.
o However, Turkey have lost all three of their opening games at EURO tournaments.
o This is Croatia’s fifth appearance at the European Championships, failing to qualify for the tournament just once in their history (2000).
o In their four previous appearances Croatia have reached the quarter-finals twice; however they finished third in the group stage four years ago.
o Croatia have lost just one of their last six group games in the European Championships (W4, D1).
o Mario Mandzukic scored three of Croatia’s four goals at EURO 2012.
o Fatih Terim is taking charge of Turkey for the third time in the European Championships after guiding them to EURO 1996 and EURO 2008; he has had three separate spells as national team manager.
o Ante Čačić will lead Croatia into this tournament after replacing Niko Kovac as manager with two games of qualifying left.

Spain – Czech Republic

o Spain are unbeaten in their four encounters with Czech Republic, winning their last three.
o The Czech Republic have scored only one goal in their four games against Spain (Jaroslav Plasil in March 2011).
o This is Spain and the Czech Republic’s first encounter in a major tournament.
o Spain are taking part in their 10th European Championship finals. They have won the last two editions (2008, 2012) which had never happened before in the history of the tournament.
o Spain reached the final the last time the EURO was held in France (1984). They were beaten by the hosts (0-2).
o Spain are unbeaten in their last 12 games at the European Championships (W9 D3), the longest run in the history of the competition. Their last defeat in the tournament dates back to June 2004 against Portugal (0-1).
o Spain have only conceded one goal in their last nine games in the tournament, it was scored by Italy’s Antonio Di Natale on 10 June 2012 (1-1).
o Spain haven’t conceded a single goal in their last 510 minutes at the European Championships, the longest run in the history of the tournament.
o Only Lilian Thuram and Edwin van der Sar (16) have played more games at the European Championships than Iker Casillas (14). No goalkeeper has more clean sheets in EURO history than Casillas (9).
o The Czech Republic are taking part in their ninth European Championship finals. They have won it once, as Czechoslovakia, in 1976.
o The Czech Republic conceded 14 goals in the qualifying campaign, more than any other team among the ones to have made it to the 2016 finals.
o None of the Czech Republic’s last 16 games at the European Championships has ended in a draw (W8 L8). Their last draw was in the semi-finals in 1996 edition when they eventually beat France on penalties (0-0, 6-5 on pens).
o The Czech Republic have won seven of their last 10 games in the group stages of the EURO (L3). They’ve also scored in each of their last 11 games in the group stages.
o No players have delivered more assists than Cesc Fabregas and David Silva at the EURO since 2008 (4 each).
o Vicente Del Bosque is taking charge of Spain at a major tournament for the fourth time after World Cup 2010, EURO 2012 and World Cup 2014. He won the first two.
o Pavel Vrba, who became Czech Republic manager in 2014, is taking charge of his first major finals with the Central European nation.

 

Republic of Ireland – Sweden

 

o Sweden have won 50% of their encounters with the Republic of Ireland (5 out of 10), drawing twice and losing three times.
o Sweden have failed to score in three of their last four games against the Republic of Ireland.
o The Republic of Ireland and Sweden are facing each other in a major tournament for the first time.
o This will be the Republic of Ireland’s third appearance at the EURO finals after 1988 and 2012. They have never gone past the group stages.
o The Republic of Ireland won their first game at the EURO finals (1-0 v England in 1988) but have failed to win any of their subsequent five games, losing the last four (the longest current losing run among the 24 teams to have made it to France 2016).
o The Republic of Ireland have never scored more than one goal in a game at the European Championships.
o The Republic of Ireland had the oldest squad in the qualifiers for EURO 2016 (29 years & 8 months as of the end of the play-offs).
o This is Sweden’s sixth appearance at the EURO finals, their fifth in a row.
o Sweden have reached the knockout stages of the EURO only twice in their five previous appearances: 1992 (eliminated by Germany in the semi-finals) and 2004 (knocked out on penalties by the Netherlands in the quarter-finals).
o Sweden have only won three of their last 14 games at the European Championships (D4 L7).
o Robbie Keane has scored two goals in three starts against Sweden.
o Zlatan Ibrahimovic has never scored in three games played against the Republic of Ireland. He could become – along with Cristiano Ronaldo – the first player to score in four different editions of the EURO. He is also only three goals short of Michel Platini’s record in the tournament (9 goals).
o Sweden head-coach Erik Hamrén is leading Sweden at a major tournament for the second time after EURO 2012, a tournament in which his team failed to progress to the knockout stages.
o Republic of Ireland head-coach Martin O’Neill is taking charge at a major tournament for the first time as manager. He played five games with Northern Ireland at the 1982 World Cup.

 

Belgium – Italy

o Italy are unbeaten in their three games with Belgium at major tournaments (W2 D1). Two of those games were played at the European Championships (0-0 in 1980, 2-0 to Italy in 2000).
o The last five encounters between Belgium and Italy have produced 18 goals, an average of 3.6 per game.
o Belgium are talking part in their fifth European Championships, their first since 2000 when they were co-hosts.
o Belgium have qualified for the EURO for the first time since 1984 (2000 excluded, automatically qualified as co-hosts), when the finals were last played in France. They failed to make it out of the group stages.
o Belgium’s best performance in the EURO finals was in 1980 – they were runners-up after losing the final against West Germany (2-1).
o Belgium have lost five of their last seven games in the European Championships.
o However, Belgium have won their last two opening games of a EURO tournament (v Yugoslavia in 1984, v Sweden in 2000).
o Of sides to qualify, Belgium fielded the youngest squad in the EURO 2016 qualifiers at an average of 25 years and 8 months old (as of the end of the qualification period).
o Italy are taking part in their ninth European Championship finals. They have won it (1968) but have also been beaten finalists in two of the last four tournaments (2000, 2012).
o Italy were one of four teams (alongside Austria, England and Romania) to remain unbeaten in the 2016 qualifying campaign.
o Italy have only lost two of their 21 games in the group stages of the European Championships (W10 D9).
o Italy have drawn more games than any other side in EURO history (15). They have also recorded the most goalless draws (8).
o Six of Italy’s last nine goals at the EURO have been scored from set-pieces.
o Current head-coaches Marc Wilmots and Antonio Conte were in the starting line up the last time Belgium and Italy faced each other at the EURO. It was in 2000 (2-0 to Italy in the group stages).
o This is Marc Wilmots’ second major tournament as Belgium manager. He took the Red Devils to the quarter-finals in the 2014 World Cup. He also played three games with Belgium at EURO 2000 – he didn’t score.
o Antonio Conte has reached his first major tournament as Italy manager. He played three games at EURO 2000 with the Squadra Azzurra; he was an unused sub in the final.

 

Austria – Hungary

 

o Hungary are unbeaten in their last three games against Austria (W2 D1). Their only previous encounter in a major tournament was in the 1934 World Cup: Austria won 2-1 in the quarter finals.
o This is Austria’s second EURO finals. However, it’s the first time they’ve qualified for the tournament after having taken part in 2008 as co-hosts.
o Austria hadn’t qualified for a major tournament since the 1998 World Cup (EURO 2008 excluded, automatically qualified as co-hosts), also held in France. They failed to make it past the group stages.
o Austria have been knocked out in the group stages in each of their last three major tournaments (World Cup 1990, World Cup 1998, EURO 2008).
o Austria only converted one of their 46 shots at EURO 2008, their only previous appearance in the finals.
o Austria’s three games at EURO 2008 produced only four goals (1 scored, 3 conceded).
o This is Hungary’s third appearance at the EURO, their first since 1972. Their best performance in a major tournament was as a beaten finalist in the 1938 and 1954 World Cup.
o Hungary’s only win to date at the European Championships came in June 1964 against Denmark (3-1 in the third place final). They have lost the other three games.
o Hungary recorded the lowest goal difference in the qualifiers of all teams who made it to EURO 2016 (+2, play-offs excluded).
o Marcel Koller is participating in his first major tournament as manager. He played two games for Switzerland at EURO 1996 (draw against England followed by a defeat against Scotland).
o Bernd Storck, Hungary’s German head-coach, is taking charge of a team at a major tournament for the first time in his career. He joined the Magyars in July 2015. Previously, he had managed Kazakhstan from 2008 to 2010.

 

Portugal – Iceland

o Portugal have won their two previous games against Iceland by an aggregate score of 8-4. Both were in the EURO 2012 qualifiers.
o This will be Portugal’s seventh European Championships. They have reached the semi-finals in four of their six previous appearances.
o Portugal have made it to the semi-finals of the European Championships the most times without ever lifting the trophy (4).
o Portugal made it to the semi-finals the last time the European Championships were held in France (1984), only to be knocked out by the hosts (3-2 after extra-time).
o This is Iceland’s first major tournament.
o Iceland used only 20 players during their qualifying campaign, the lowest tally alongside Austria.
o Iceland’s average age in the qualifying campaign was 28 years and 8 months (as of the end of the qualifiers), the second oldest among the 24 teams that have made it to the finals after the Republic of Ireland.
o Cristiano Ronaldo could become – along with Zlatan Ibrahimovic – the first player to score in four different editions of the European Championships (2 goals in 2004, 1 in 2008, 3 in 2012).
o Since his EURO debut in 2004, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored/assisted nine of Portugal’s 21 goals in the tournament (43%).
o Fernando Santos is taking part in his third major tournament as manager, his first with Portugal. He led Greece to the quarter finals of EURO 2012 and to the Last 16 at World Cup 2014.
o This is Lars Lagerbäck’s seventh major tournament as manager. He took charge of Sweden in tandem with Tommy Söderberg at EURO 2000, World Cup 2002 and EURO 2004. He was also in sole charge at World Cup 2006 and EURO 2008. His last major tournament was as Nigeria boss at World Cup 2010.

 

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The Punt podcast

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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

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Every week William Hill looks at featured games from the Football League on two podcasts.
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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

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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.
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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.

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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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