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The Punt Podcast
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The Punt Podcast

The Punt is William Hill’s top flight football podcast, concentrating on the Premier League clubs in the top flight, FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League, Europa League and international action.

Dave Kelner and Lee Phelps are with you every Monday and Friday, with a special guest ahead of the weekend games.

This week it’s International Friendlies and they discuss special bets surrounding the Falcao move to Manchester United

 

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The FWA Podcast

The FWA Podcast

The FWA Podcast features the best football writers in Britain discussing the biggest stories every week
This week it’s Neil Custis from The Sun talking Manchester United and Crystal Palace.

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The FWA Podcast

The FWA Podcast

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

This week it’s Neil Custis from The Sun talking Manchester United and Crystal Palace.

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The Specials Podcast

The Specials Podcast

The Specials Podcast looks at all the best TV and specials betting

‘Reality’ Rob Dixon and Lee Phelps look at  Factor, Celebrity Big Brother, Strictly and Tumble

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The Specials Podcast

The Specials Podcast

The Specials Podcast looks at all the best TV and specials betting

‘Reality’ Rob Dixon and Lee Phelps look at  Factor, Celebrity Big Brother, Strictly and Tumble

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The League Podcast

The League Podcast

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

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The League Podcast

The League Podcast

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

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The League Podcast.

The League Podcast.

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

The League Podcast.

The League Podcast.

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

League Two Opta Facts – Aug 30

League Two Opta Facts – Aug 30

 

Wimbledon v Stevenage

 

This will be the first meeting between the two sides in the Football League.

Stevenage won the most recent clash in the Capital One Cup in 2012, as they secured their place in the Second Round with a 3-1 victory.

Matt Tubbs has scored in four of his five appearances in all competitions this season for AFC Wimbledon.

The Dons have dropped a league-high five points from leading positions at home this season.

Stevenage have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 games in league competition.

 

Bury v Accrington


Bury have won four of their last five home league clashes with Accrington Stanley, losing the other.

Accrington have failed to score in three of their last four encounters with the Shakers, winning the other 1-0.

Bury’s Danny Rose has netted three goals from three shots on target in 2014/15.

Accrington have conceded a joint-league-high two goals from the penalty spot, three short of their total last term.

Stanley have conceded a league-high six goals in the first half, with five of those arriving in the fifteen minutes before half time.

 

Cambridge v Carlisle


Cambridge are unbeaten in their last six matches against Carlisle in the Football League, winning three (D3).

Carlisle have conceded in each of their last seven trips to Cambridge in the Football League.

Cambridge United have fired in a league-high 54 shots this term.

The Cumbrians have lost six and drawn four of their last 10 league matches.

Kwesi Appiah has attempted 17 shots so far this season, six more than any other League Two player.

 

Cheltenham v Hartlepool


The Robins have netted in each of their last nine against Hartlepool in league competition, winning five (D2 L2).

Pools have shipped two or more goals in four of their previous six league trips to Cheltenham (W1 D2 L3).

Indeed, Hartlepool have never kept a clean sheet away to Cheltenham in the Football League.

Cheltenham have avoided defeat in their opening four games this season (W3 D1). They last went unbeaten in their opening five matches of the season in 2005/06.

Marlon Harewood ended a run of 767 minutes without a goal in the league by scoring against AFC Wimbledon last weekend.

 

Mansfield v Burton


Mansfield have yet to score against Burton in the Football League.

Only one goal has been scored in the two previous meetings in the Football League (Burton 1-0 Mansfield – 2013). That goal came from the recently departed Billy Kee.

Including clashes in the Conference, Mansfield are winless in four against Burton Albion, losing on three occasions (D1).

Burton have kept a clean sheet in each of those aforementioned four clashes in all competitions.

The Stags have picked up four victories from their last six home league matches, losing twice.

The Brewers have won only one of their last eight away games in League Two (D4 L3).

 

Northampton v Exeter


Northampton have won seven and lost two of their last nine against Exeter in league competition.

Exeter City have kept just one clean sheet in their last 31 league trips to Northampton Town (W4 D10 L17).

No side has fired in fewer shots this term than the Grecians (22).

In contrast, Exeter have faced more shots than any other League Two outfit this season (61).

The Cobblers have lost only one of their last six in League Two, winning three (D2).

 

Oxford Utd v Dag & Red


Oxford United have lost eight successive league games for the first time in their Football League history.

The Daggers have scored in each of their previous three league outings to Oxford, winning once (L2).

Oxford have scored exactly two goals in each of their three home Football League encounters with Dagenham.

Jamie Cureton has provided three assists this season, no player in League Two has registered more.

Indeed, Cureton has either scored or assisted seven goals in his last eight appearances in the fourth tier.

 

Plymouth v Southend


Plymouth have drawn five and won two of their last seven home league games against Southend.

Both teams have scored in six of the last seven clashes at Home Park in league competition.

Reuben Reid has netted four in his last four matches in all competitions

The Shrimpers are unbeaten in their last seven away games, winning three and drawing four.

The Pilgrims have committed a league-high 59 fouls this season, 13 more than their total after four games in 2013/14.

 

Portsmouth v Newport


Pompey won the most recent clash between the sides, 2-1. Jed Wallace and Ryan Taylor secured the points for the South Coast side.

Newport County were shown three red cards in three clashes with Portsmouth last term (all comps).

Portsmouth are unbeaten in their last 11 League Two matches, winning eight (D3).

The Exiles have conceded a league-high three goals via headers this season.

Newport have yet to score in the second half this season, a joint-league-low with Exeter City.

 

Shrewsbury v Luton


The Shrews have won only one of their last 12 league encounters with the Hatters, losing eight (D3).

Luton have netted in eight of their last nine league trips to Shrewsbury, though they failed to score in the last match there (0-3).

No side has faced fewer shots this season than Shrewsbury Town (26).

The Hatters have won just one of their last 11 games in the fourth tier (D6 L4).

Shrewsbury have netted in each of their last 10 games in league competition, scoring 17 in the process.

 

Tranmere v Morecambe

 

This will be the first meeting between the two sides in the Football League.

Morecambe’s only victory over Tranmere came in the Football League Trophy (1-0, September 2007).

Rovers have won just one of their last nine games, losing six and drawing two.

Morecambe’s Paul Mullin has scored three goals in his first three league games as a professional footballer.

Morecambe have scored four goals via headers, a league-high.

Tranmere have dropped a league-high six points from leading positions this term.

 

York v Wycombe


York have won five and lost one of their last six games at home to Wycombe in the Football League.

Wycombe have failed to find the back of the net in five of their previous seven visits to York City in the Football League.

The Minstermen have gone 21 games unbeaten in league competition excluding the playoffs (W11 D10), last tasting defeat back in January (v Chesterfield, 0-2).

If York avoid defeat to the Chairboys, they will set a new club record for longest run of games without defeat.

All three of Peter Murphy’s efforts on goal this season have resulted in a goal.


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League Two Opta Facts – Aug 30

League Two Opta Facts – Aug 30

 

Wimbledon v Stevenage

 

This will be the first meeting between the two sides in the Football League.

Stevenage won the most recent clash in the Capital One Cup in 2012, as they secured their place in the Second Round with a 3-1 victory.

Matt Tubbs has scored in four of his five appearances in all competitions this season for AFC Wimbledon.

The Dons have dropped a league-high five points from leading positions at home this season.

Stevenage have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 games in league competition.

 

Bury v Accrington


Bury have won four of their last five home league clashes with Accrington Stanley, losing the other.

Accrington have failed to score in three of their last four encounters with the Shakers, winning the other 1-0.

Bury’s Danny Rose has netted three goals from three shots on target in 2014/15.

Accrington have conceded a joint-league-high two goals from the penalty spot, three short of their total last term.

Stanley have conceded a league-high six goals in the first half, with five of those arriving in the fifteen minutes before half time.

 

Cambridge v Carlisle


Cambridge are unbeaten in their last six matches against Carlisle in the Football League, winning three (D3).

Carlisle have conceded in each of their last seven trips to Cambridge in the Football League.

Cambridge United have fired in a league-high 54 shots this term.

The Cumbrians have lost six and drawn four of their last 10 league matches.

Kwesi Appiah has attempted 17 shots so far this season, six more than any other League Two player.

 

Cheltenham v Hartlepool


The Robins have netted in each of their last nine against Hartlepool in league competition, winning five (D2 L2).

Pools have shipped two or more goals in four of their previous six league trips to Cheltenham (W1 D2 L3).

Indeed, Hartlepool have never kept a clean sheet away to Cheltenham in the Football League.

Cheltenham have avoided defeat in their opening four games this season (W3 D1). They last went unbeaten in their opening five matches of the season in 2005/06.

Marlon Harewood ended a run of 767 minutes without a goal in the league by scoring against AFC Wimbledon last weekend.

 

Mansfield v Burton


Mansfield have yet to score against Burton in the Football League.

Only one goal has been scored in the two previous meetings in the Football League (Burton 1-0 Mansfield – 2013). That goal came from the recently departed Billy Kee.

Including clashes in the Conference, Mansfield are winless in four against Burton Albion, losing on three occasions (D1).

Burton have kept a clean sheet in each of those aforementioned four clashes in all competitions.

The Stags have picked up four victories from their last six home league matches, losing twice.

The Brewers have won only one of their last eight away games in League Two (D4 L3).

 

Northampton v Exeter


Northampton have won seven and lost two of their last nine against Exeter in league competition.

Exeter City have kept just one clean sheet in their last 31 league trips to Northampton Town (W4 D10 L17).

No side has fired in fewer shots this term than the Grecians (22).

In contrast, Exeter have faced more shots than any other League Two outfit this season (61).

The Cobblers have lost only one of their last six in League Two, winning three (D2).

 

Oxford Utd v Dag & Red


Oxford United have lost eight successive league games for the first time in their Football League history.

The Daggers have scored in each of their previous three league outings to Oxford, winning once (L2).

Oxford have scored exactly two goals in each of their three home Football League encounters with Dagenham.

Jamie Cureton has provided three assists this season, no player in League Two has registered more.

Indeed, Cureton has either scored or assisted seven goals in his last eight appearances in the fourth tier.

 

Plymouth v Southend


Plymouth have drawn five and won two of their last seven home league games against Southend.

Both teams have scored in six of the last seven clashes at Home Park in league competition.

Reuben Reid has netted four in his last four matches in all competitions

The Shrimpers are unbeaten in their last seven away games, winning three and drawing four.

The Pilgrims have committed a league-high 59 fouls this season, 13 more than their total after four games in 2013/14.

 

Portsmouth v Newport


Pompey won the most recent clash between the sides, 2-1. Jed Wallace and Ryan Taylor secured the points for the South Coast side.

Newport County were shown three red cards in three clashes with Portsmouth last term (all comps).

Portsmouth are unbeaten in their last 11 League Two matches, winning eight (D3).

The Exiles have conceded a league-high three goals via headers this season.

Newport have yet to score in the second half this season, a joint-league-low with Exeter City.

 

Shrewsbury v Luton


The Shrews have won only one of their last 12 league encounters with the Hatters, losing eight (D3).

Luton have netted in eight of their last nine league trips to Shrewsbury, though they failed to score in the last match there (0-3).

No side has faced fewer shots this season than Shrewsbury Town (26).

The Hatters have won just one of their last 11 games in the fourth tier (D6 L4).

Shrewsbury have netted in each of their last 10 games in league competition, scoring 17 in the process.

 

Tranmere v Morecambe

 

This will be the first meeting between the two sides in the Football League.

Morecambe’s only victory over Tranmere came in the Football League Trophy (1-0, September 2007).

Rovers have won just one of their last nine games, losing six and drawing two.

Morecambe’s Paul Mullin has scored three goals in his first three league games as a professional footballer.

Morecambe have scored four goals via headers, a league-high.

Tranmere have dropped a league-high six points from leading positions this term.

 

York v Wycombe


York have won five and lost one of their last six games at home to Wycombe in the Football League.

Wycombe have failed to find the back of the net in five of their previous seven visits to York City in the Football League.

The Minstermen have gone 21 games unbeaten in league competition excluding the playoffs (W11 D10), last tasting defeat back in January (v Chesterfield, 0-2).

If York avoid defeat to the Chairboys, they will set a new club record for longest run of games without defeat.

All three of Peter Murphy’s efforts on goal this season have resulted in a goal.


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Opta Facts La Liga Matchday 2 / August 29th-31st 2014

Opta Facts La Liga Matchday 2 / August 29th-31st 2014

Getafe v Almeria
Getafe are unbeaten in five previous home meetings with Almeria in La Liga, winning two and drawing three.
All three draws between these sides at the Alfonso Perez have finished 2-2.
Francisco has now managed more top-flight games than any other Almeria manager (39), though he is still third for most wins (11, one behind Hugo Sanchez and three short of Unai Emery).
The Blues have netted at least twice in all five previous home La Liga meetings with Almeria.
Almeria have never won away from home against a side from Madrid in the Primera (D5 L11).
Getafe only won two home league games under Cosmin Contra last term, but they were both 1-0 and both came against Andalusian sides.
Angel Lafita had more shots than any other player who didn’t score last weekend (six).
Fernando Soriano has now overtaken Albert Crusat (14) as the top scoring midfielder in Almeria’s top-flight history (15).
Vicente Guaita faced more shots on target than any other goalkeeper on MD1 (nine).

Valencia v Malaga
Valencia have won their last five home league meetings with Malaga, their best ever run against the Andalusian side.
Nuno’s side had the youngest starting eleven on the opening round of La Liga matches (an average of 24 years and 178 days).
Malaga have played 13 La Liga games at the Mestalla without winning; at no ground have they played more often without a victory (level with the Bernabeu).
Malaga have the opportunity to win their opening two La Liga games for only the second time in their history (after 2002/03).
Valencia have conceded in their last seven home league games, last keeping a clean sheet in a 5-0 demolition of Real Betis in February.
On the opening day, Malaga won a La Liga game despite receiving two red cards for the first time since 2000 against Valladolid.
Lucas Orban was the only substitute to score last weekend.
Luis Alberto last week became the first Malaga player to both miss a penalty and score in the same La Liga game since Joaquin in 2012.
Nuno faced Malaga on two occasions as a Primera goalkeeper and failed to pick up a win (D1 L1).

Athletic Club v Levante
Athletic have won six of their last seven home league meetings with Levante (L1).
Los Granotas put themselves into the history books by becoming the last team to win a La Liga game at the old San Mames (1-0 in 2013).
Jose Luis Mendilibar has lost eight of his 11 league meetings with Athletic as a manager (W2 D1).
Athletic gained a league-high 21 points from losing positions last season, with 15 of them coming on home soil.
Levante have only lost three of their last nine away league games (W2 D4).
Gorka Iraizoz became the first Athletic goalkeeper to both concede and save a penalty in the same league game since Inaki Lafuente in 2004.
Levante won the ball with 88% of their tackles last weekend; a league-high proportion.
Against no side has Aritz Aduriz scored more La Liga goals for Athletic than he has against Levante (six).
Athletic have seen a red card shown in three of their last four league meetings with Levante.

 

Cordoba v Celta Vigo
Cordoba have not won any of their two previous La Liga meetings with Celta Vigo (D1 L1), failing to score on both occasions.
The last three clashes between the sides outside the top tier have all ended goalless.
Cordoba beat Barcelona 1-0 in their last La Liga home game, though it came back in 1972.
Celta Vigo won more away games last term than in any previous top-flight campaign (8).
Nolito has scored 12 goals in 2014 so far, that’s the same total that Iago Aspas managed in his final season with Celta (2012/13).
Celta Vigo had more shots than any other side on MD1 (20, including blocked).
Ryder Matos and Fidel were the only two Cordoba players to manage a shot on target last weekend.
Nolito and Joaquin Larrivey were the only two players to both score and assist a goal on the opening weekend of La Liga action.
Juan Carlos made six saves last weekend; a joint-high with Vicente Guaita.

Atletico Madrid v Eibar
This will be the first top-flight meeting between Atletico Madrid and Eibar.
The Red-and-Whites beat Eibar 1-0 on the last competitive meeting, back in the Segunda Division in 2002.
Atleti have lost three of their previous five La Liga debut matches against Basque sides, winning the other two.
Eibar remained unbeaten in four meetings with Madrid-based sides last season, winning two, drawing two and keeping four clean sheets.
Atletico are without a win in four league games (D3 L1); they are just one short of their longest winless run under Diego Simeone (five).
Eibar became the first La Liga side to win their first game since Almeria in 2007.
Atletico Madrid’s 0-0 draw last weekend saw them become the first reigning champion to start the campaign with a stalemate since Barcelona in 2005 (0-0 v Alaves).
Mario Mandzukic scored his first Atleti goal in his first competitive home game against Real Madrid in the Supercopa.
Javi Lara became the first player to score a free kick on his La Liga debut since Betis’s Fabian Monzon against Barcelona in 2008.

Espanyol v Sevilla
Espanyol are without a win in nine league games (D3 L6); their worst run since October 2012 (12).
Until this season, Sevilla had only started one La Liga campaign with a draw since their most recent promotion; that was in 2008/09 when they finished third.
Sevilla have won more games (62) and scored more goals (215) against Espanyol than against any other side in their top-flight history.
If Sevilla win this game, they will have won four consecutive games against los Pericos for the first time in the Primera.
Sevilla ended a run of 22 away league games without a win (D8 L14) with victory in this fixture; it was their third longest away drought.
Undiano Mallenco was also the referee when Sevilla won 3-2 at Espanyol on the final day of the 2010/11 season; a result which saw them finish fifth.
Against no side has Sergio Garcia netted more often in La Liga than he has against Sevilla (5). Indeed the Catalan player scored both of his team’s goals against the Andalusian side last term.
Garcia participated in a higher percentage of his team’s goals than any other Primera player in 2013/14 (12 goals, nine assists).
No side received more yellow cards on MD1 than Sevilla (four).
Sevilla’s only win without Beto in La Liga last season came on the final day against Elche (D2 L2, both defeats coming away from home).

Villarreal v Barcelona
Villarreal have beaten Barcelona on eight different occasions in the league, that’s four times as many victories as against Real Madrid (two wins).
The Catalans have won four and drawn one of their last five league games at El Madrigal, however.
Barcelona came from two goals down to win this fixture 3-2 last season, drawing level with two own goals.
Marcelino Garcia Toral has never beaten Barca as a La Liga manager (D2 L6).
Villarreal only won two of their last seven home league games last season, drawing three and losing two.
Indeed Barcelona only won three of their last seven league games on the road last term, with their most recent win coming against Villarreal.
Luis Enrique’s Barcelona had a league-high 71.6% of possession on MD1.
Lionel Messi has scored seven goals in his last six league meetings with the Yellow Submarine.
Munir El Haddadi, who scored on his La Liga debut last week, is currently the youngest player to have scored in the top five European leagues this week (born 1/9/95).
Neymar scored his first La Liga brace against Villarreal at the Camp Nou last term.

Deportivo La Coruna v Rayo Vallecano
Rayo Vallecano have never won at the Riazor in La Liga, though they have drawn six of their nine visits.
Despite that, los Rayistas have only lost one of their eight trips to Galicia in La Liga from 2001 onwards (W3 D4), keeping three successive clean sheets.
50% of the 18 clashes between these sides have ended level, including the most recent one (0-0 at the Riazor in March 2013).
Rayo have only won away from home three times in 2014, with their most recent away win coming at Granada in April (3-0).
Of Deportivo’s last 12 La Liga goals against Rayo, only one has been scored by a Spanish player (Juan Carlos Valeron in May 2001).
There has been a red card shown in the last four meetings between these sides at the Riazor (three for Depor, one for Rayo).
Deportivo La Coruna committed a league-high 26 fouls last weekend.
Indeed no player in Europe’s top five leagues conceded more fouls than Juan Dominguez (seven) last weekend.
Roberto Trashorras, who made a league-high 3,640 touches last season, was only beaten in this category (112) by Rakitic (130) and Iniesta (126) on MD1 of this campaign.

Real Sociedad v Real Madrid
Real Sociedad have lost seven and drawn one of their eight meetings with Real Madrid since returning to La Liga in 2010.
Indeed the Whites are unbeaten in seven league trips to the Anoeta (W5 D2).
Real Madrid have averaged 4.2 goals per game over their last five league clashes with Sociedad.
Real Sociedad’s last home win over the side from Madrid came back in 2004, with Valery Karpin grabbing the only goal of the game.
Real Sociedad have not lost their opening two games in La Liga since 2001/02, when they finished the campaign in 13th.
Only nine of Karim Benzema’s 73 league goals for Real Madrid have been headers (12.3%).
Cristiano Ronaldo has netted seven times in his last three meetings with Real Sociedad.
Xabi Prieto has scored six of his side’s last eight goals against the Whites, including a hat-trick at the Bernabeu in 2013.
Indeed the Real Sociedad captain remains the last player to score a league hat-trick against Iker Casillas.
Asier Illarramendi has only scored twice in 82 previous La Liga appearances, but one of those came on his return to the home of former side Real Sociedad in this fixture last term.

Elche v Granada
Elche started this season in exactly the same way as they finished the last, by conceding three goals away from home.
Despite that, only league winners Atleti (10) conceded fewer home goals than los Ilicitanos last term (12).
Granada were the only team to win from behind in La Liga on MD1.
The Andalusian side will return, in this game, to the ground that saw them clinch promotion to the Primera Division (1-1 in the second leg of the segunda play-off final).
If they win this game, Granada will have won three successive league games for the first time since returning to La Liga.
Both meetings between these teams last term ended in 1-0 wins to Granada.
Los Franjiverdes have only won one of their last nine home games against sides from Andalusia in the top-flight (D4 L4).
Babin and Lucas Orban were the only two defenders to score last weekend.
Granada and Sevilla (both one) were the only two teams to concede the same number of goals as they faced (shots on target) last weekend (Barcelona didn’t face a single shot on target).
Elche, the lowest scorers on home soil last term, scored 10 of their 13 home goals in the second-half.

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Opta Facts La Liga Matchday 2 / August 29th-31st 2014

Opta Facts La Liga Matchday 2 / August 29th-31st 2014

Getafe v Almeria
Getafe are unbeaten in five previous home meetings with Almeria in La Liga, winning two and drawing three.
All three draws between these sides at the Alfonso Perez have finished 2-2.
Francisco has now managed more top-flight games than any other Almeria manager (39), though he is still third for most wins (11, one behind Hugo Sanchez and three short of Unai Emery).
The Blues have netted at least twice in all five previous home La Liga meetings with Almeria.
Almeria have never won away from home against a side from Madrid in the Primera (D5 L11).
Getafe only won two home league games under Cosmin Contra last term, but they were both 1-0 and both came against Andalusian sides.
Angel Lafita had more shots than any other player who didn’t score last weekend (six).
Fernando Soriano has now overtaken Albert Crusat (14) as the top scoring midfielder in Almeria’s top-flight history (15).
Vicente Guaita faced more shots on target than any other goalkeeper on MD1 (nine).

Valencia v Malaga
Valencia have won their last five home league meetings with Malaga, their best ever run against the Andalusian side.
Nuno’s side had the youngest starting eleven on the opening round of La Liga matches (an average of 24 years and 178 days).
Malaga have played 13 La Liga games at the Mestalla without winning; at no ground have they played more often without a victory (level with the Bernabeu).
Malaga have the opportunity to win their opening two La Liga games for only the second time in their history (after 2002/03).
Valencia have conceded in their last seven home league games, last keeping a clean sheet in a 5-0 demolition of Real Betis in February.
On the opening day, Malaga won a La Liga game despite receiving two red cards for the first time since 2000 against Valladolid.
Lucas Orban was the only substitute to score last weekend.
Luis Alberto last week became the first Malaga player to both miss a penalty and score in the same La Liga game since Joaquin in 2012.
Nuno faced Malaga on two occasions as a Primera goalkeeper and failed to pick up a win (D1 L1).

Athletic Club v Levante
Athletic have won six of their last seven home league meetings with Levante (L1).
Los Granotas put themselves into the history books by becoming the last team to win a La Liga game at the old San Mames (1-0 in 2013).
Jose Luis Mendilibar has lost eight of his 11 league meetings with Athletic as a manager (W2 D1).
Athletic gained a league-high 21 points from losing positions last season, with 15 of them coming on home soil.
Levante have only lost three of their last nine away league games (W2 D4).
Gorka Iraizoz became the first Athletic goalkeeper to both concede and save a penalty in the same league game since Inaki Lafuente in 2004.
Levante won the ball with 88% of their tackles last weekend; a league-high proportion.
Against no side has Aritz Aduriz scored more La Liga goals for Athletic than he has against Levante (six).
Athletic have seen a red card shown in three of their last four league meetings with Levante.

 

Cordoba v Celta Vigo
Cordoba have not won any of their two previous La Liga meetings with Celta Vigo (D1 L1), failing to score on both occasions.
The last three clashes between the sides outside the top tier have all ended goalless.
Cordoba beat Barcelona 1-0 in their last La Liga home game, though it came back in 1972.
Celta Vigo won more away games last term than in any previous top-flight campaign (8).
Nolito has scored 12 goals in 2014 so far, that’s the same total that Iago Aspas managed in his final season with Celta (2012/13).
Celta Vigo had more shots than any other side on MD1 (20, including blocked).
Ryder Matos and Fidel were the only two Cordoba players to manage a shot on target last weekend.
Nolito and Joaquin Larrivey were the only two players to both score and assist a goal on the opening weekend of La Liga action.
Juan Carlos made six saves last weekend; a joint-high with Vicente Guaita.

Atletico Madrid v Eibar
This will be the first top-flight meeting between Atletico Madrid and Eibar.
The Red-and-Whites beat Eibar 1-0 on the last competitive meeting, back in the Segunda Division in 2002.
Atleti have lost three of their previous five La Liga debut matches against Basque sides, winning the other two.
Eibar remained unbeaten in four meetings with Madrid-based sides last season, winning two, drawing two and keeping four clean sheets.
Atletico are without a win in four league games (D3 L1); they are just one short of their longest winless run under Diego Simeone (five).
Eibar became the first La Liga side to win their first game since Almeria in 2007.
Atletico Madrid’s 0-0 draw last weekend saw them become the first reigning champion to start the campaign with a stalemate since Barcelona in 2005 (0-0 v Alaves).
Mario Mandzukic scored his first Atleti goal in his first competitive home game against Real Madrid in the Supercopa.
Javi Lara became the first player to score a free kick on his La Liga debut since Betis’s Fabian Monzon against Barcelona in 2008.

Espanyol v Sevilla
Espanyol are without a win in nine league games (D3 L6); their worst run since October 2012 (12).
Until this season, Sevilla had only started one La Liga campaign with a draw since their most recent promotion; that was in 2008/09 when they finished third.
Sevilla have won more games (62) and scored more goals (215) against Espanyol than against any other side in their top-flight history.
If Sevilla win this game, they will have won four consecutive games against los Pericos for the first time in the Primera.
Sevilla ended a run of 22 away league games without a win (D8 L14) with victory in this fixture; it was their third longest away drought.
Undiano Mallenco was also the referee when Sevilla won 3-2 at Espanyol on the final day of the 2010/11 season; a result which saw them finish fifth.
Against no side has Sergio Garcia netted more often in La Liga than he has against Sevilla (5). Indeed the Catalan player scored both of his team’s goals against the Andalusian side last term.
Garcia participated in a higher percentage of his team’s goals than any other Primera player in 2013/14 (12 goals, nine assists).
No side received more yellow cards on MD1 than Sevilla (four).
Sevilla’s only win without Beto in La Liga last season came on the final day against Elche (D2 L2, both defeats coming away from home).

Villarreal v Barcelona
Villarreal have beaten Barcelona on eight different occasions in the league, that’s four times as many victories as against Real Madrid (two wins).
The Catalans have won four and drawn one of their last five league games at El Madrigal, however.
Barcelona came from two goals down to win this fixture 3-2 last season, drawing level with two own goals.
Marcelino Garcia Toral has never beaten Barca as a La Liga manager (D2 L6).
Villarreal only won two of their last seven home league games last season, drawing three and losing two.
Indeed Barcelona only won three of their last seven league games on the road last term, with their most recent win coming against Villarreal.
Luis Enrique’s Barcelona had a league-high 71.6% of possession on MD1.
Lionel Messi has scored seven goals in his last six league meetings with the Yellow Submarine.
Munir El Haddadi, who scored on his La Liga debut last week, is currently the youngest player to have scored in the top five European leagues this week (born 1/9/95).
Neymar scored his first La Liga brace against Villarreal at the Camp Nou last term.

Deportivo La Coruna v Rayo Vallecano
Rayo Vallecano have never won at the Riazor in La Liga, though they have drawn six of their nine visits.
Despite that, los Rayistas have only lost one of their eight trips to Galicia in La Liga from 2001 onwards (W3 D4), keeping three successive clean sheets.
50% of the 18 clashes between these sides have ended level, including the most recent one (0-0 at the Riazor in March 2013).
Rayo have only won away from home three times in 2014, with their most recent away win coming at Granada in April (3-0).
Of Deportivo’s last 12 La Liga goals against Rayo, only one has been scored by a Spanish player (Juan Carlos Valeron in May 2001).
There has been a red card shown in the last four meetings between these sides at the Riazor (three for Depor, one for Rayo).
Deportivo La Coruna committed a league-high 26 fouls last weekend.
Indeed no player in Europe’s top five leagues conceded more fouls than Juan Dominguez (seven) last weekend.
Roberto Trashorras, who made a league-high 3,640 touches last season, was only beaten in this category (112) by Rakitic (130) and Iniesta (126) on MD1 of this campaign.

Real Sociedad v Real Madrid
Real Sociedad have lost seven and drawn one of their eight meetings with Real Madrid since returning to La Liga in 2010.
Indeed the Whites are unbeaten in seven league trips to the Anoeta (W5 D2).
Real Madrid have averaged 4.2 goals per game over their last five league clashes with Sociedad.
Real Sociedad’s last home win over the side from Madrid came back in 2004, with Valery Karpin grabbing the only goal of the game.
Real Sociedad have not lost their opening two games in La Liga since 2001/02, when they finished the campaign in 13th.
Only nine of Karim Benzema’s 73 league goals for Real Madrid have been headers (12.3%).
Cristiano Ronaldo has netted seven times in his last three meetings with Real Sociedad.
Xabi Prieto has scored six of his side’s last eight goals against the Whites, including a hat-trick at the Bernabeu in 2013.
Indeed the Real Sociedad captain remains the last player to score a league hat-trick against Iker Casillas.
Asier Illarramendi has only scored twice in 82 previous La Liga appearances, but one of those came on his return to the home of former side Real Sociedad in this fixture last term.

Elche v Granada
Elche started this season in exactly the same way as they finished the last, by conceding three goals away from home.
Despite that, only league winners Atleti (10) conceded fewer home goals than los Ilicitanos last term (12).
Granada were the only team to win from behind in La Liga on MD1.
The Andalusian side will return, in this game, to the ground that saw them clinch promotion to the Primera Division (1-1 in the second leg of the segunda play-off final).
If they win this game, Granada will have won three successive league games for the first time since returning to La Liga.
Both meetings between these teams last term ended in 1-0 wins to Granada.
Los Franjiverdes have only won one of their last nine home games against sides from Andalusia in the top-flight (D4 L4).
Babin and Lucas Orban were the only two defenders to score last weekend.
Granada and Sevilla (both one) were the only two teams to concede the same number of goals as they faced (shots on target) last weekend (Barcelona didn’t face a single shot on target).
Elche, the lowest scorers on home soil last term, scored 10 of their 13 home goals in the second-half.

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Opta Facts Bundesliga Matchday 2 / August 29th-31st 2014

Opta Facts Bundesliga Matchday 2 / August 29th-31st 2014

FC Augsburg – Borussia Dortmund

Augsburg vs. Dortmund isn’t just the only meeting this weekend between two of matchday 1′s losing sides, but it is also a battle between the sides sitting at the foot of the BL table.

FCA are back at the bottom of the table for the first time since matchday 14 of the 2012/13 season. It’s the first time Borussia have been last in the Bundesliga table since matchday 2 of the 2007/08 campaign.

Augsburg’s first BL home game last season (on matchday 1) also saw them host BVB and they suffered the biggest home defeat in their top-flight history (4-0).

FCA haven’t beaten Dortmund in any of their six competitive meetings (four defeats).

The season has started with two competitive defeats for Augsburg, something that last happened in 2007/08, when the then second-division side lost their first three competitive games.

FCA are unbeaten in their last four Bundesliga home games (three wins), while Borussia haven’t tasted defeat in any of their last six BL matches on the road
(five wins).

Markus Feulner spent two years at BVB (2009-11) and won the 2011 Bundesliga title with Borussia.

Halil Altintop scored a hat-trick against BVB for Kaiserslautern in October 2005 – they are also his most recent goals against Dortmund.

Stefan Reuter played for Dortmund between 1992 and 2004 and won the German Championship (1995, 1996, 2002), as well as the Champions League and Intercontinental Cup in 1997.

Between 1992 and 1998, Stefan Reuter and current Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc were teammates at BVB.

Marco Reus didn’t take a shot in 75 minutes during the game against Leverkusen – that last happened to him in a 2-1 defeat to Hoffenheim on matchday 34 of the 2012/13 season.

With three goals and two assists (in three games), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been involved in the most BVB goals in competitive games this season. The Gabon international became the first Dortmund player to score a hat-trick on their BL debut on matchday 1 in 2013/14.

 

SV Werder Bremen – TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

Bremen have lost just one of their 13 competitive matches against Hoffenheim (W8, D4). They suffered a 4-1 Bundesliga defeat in Sinsheim on 21st August 2010.

Werder have collected a respectable seven points from their last three home games and have even scored in each of their last eight games at the Weserstadion.

Hoffenheim have won just one of their last 10 Bundesliga away games (D4, L5) and have now been waiting 22 BL away matches for a clean sheet – currently the longest run of its kind in the league.

TSG have won their last three competitive games on a run stretching back to last season, something they last managed in summer 2013 – back then it was a four-game winning streak.

The 2-0 win over Augsburg was Hoffenheim’s second consecutive clean sheet in a competitive match, something they last managed in March 2013. They kept just five clean sheets in 38 competitive games in 2013/14.

For the first time since matchday 3 of the 2010/11 season (and for the 15th time overall), TSG are back at the top of the Bundesliga table (together with Leverkusen).

Werder have lost each of their last six meetings with a BL table-topper, conceding an average of 3.7 goals per game and failing to score in four of those
six matches.

During their 2-2 draw in Berlin, Bremen scored their second goal 125 seconds after their first, while Hoffenheim needed just 97 seconds to double their lead in their 2-0 win over Augsburg.

Robin Dutt, who has collected an average of 1.14 points per game as Werder manager (his predecessor Thomas Schaaf 1.62), is unbeaten in his last six BL meetings with TSG, collecting an impressive 14 of a possible 18 points in the process.

Oliver Baumann is the 10th goalkeeper that has featured in the Bundesliga for Hoffenheim. His predecessors have only made an average of 23 BL appearances for TSG.

 

Sport-Club Freiburg – Borussia Mönchengladbach

Against no other current Bundesliga side have SC Freiburg collected as many points at home on average as they have against Gladbach (2.15 per game). They have won each of their last five home meetings with Borussia.

Gladbach have won just two of their last 11 competitive games against Freiburg (D3, L6). They have netted just seven goals in their last 10 BL games against SCF, failing to find the back of the net in five of those matches.

Freiburg have won four of their last five Bundesliga home games – the 2013/14 season finale is their only home defeat in that timeframe (2-0 against Schalke). The most recent of those four wins was against today’s opponents from Gladbach (4-2).

Streich’s men have lost their last three top-flight games and have been waiting four Bundesliga games for a win (one draw). The last time Freiburg lost four BL games in a row was between February and March 2011.

Borussia have collected 14 of a possible 18 points from their last six Sunday games. However, Gladbach’s only win from their last five away matches on a Sunday came against Schalke (1-0, otherwise D1, L3).

Max Kruse made 34 BL appearances for Freiburg in 2012/13 (11 goals, 8 assists). He has missed the first three competitive fixtures of the season and a potential appearance against his former club is doubtful.
(Correct ahead of the Europa League play-off match vs. Sarajevo)

In Roman Bürki and Yann Sommer, two of the goalkeepers battling for the number 1 spot in the Switzerland national team will go head to head. Freiburg’s Admir Mehmedi and Gladbach’s Granit Xhaka also took part at the World Cup with Switzerland.

New Gladbach signing Andre Hahn could make his 50th Bundesliga appearance during the match in Freiburg. He scored 12 goals in 48 matches for Augsburg, before making his debut for Borussia during their 1-1 draw with Stuttgart on matchday 1.

On 20th September 2009, SC Freiburg won 4-0 against a Hertha Berlin side coached by Lucien Favre. It remains the current Gladbach manager’s biggest home defeat in the Bundesliga.

Hamburger SV – SC Paderborn 07

These two sides have met twice before in competitive fixtures, both times in the first round of the DFB Cup. HSV won 3-1 in Paderborn in 1996/97. The second meeting was won 4-2 by SCP in 2004/05. However, referee Robert Hoyzer later admitted to match fixing.

Hamburger SV have been waiting nine competitive matches for a win. Their last four games have ended in draws.

Paderborn haven’t lost any of their last six league games (W4, D2), scoring twice in each match. Their last defeat was on matchday 29 at home to Düsseldorf (2-1).

HSV kept a clean sheet on matchday 1 after a run of conceding in 12 consecutive BL games.

Only Hannover 96 (40.0%) have a better chance-conversion rate than SC Paderborn 07 (33.3%).

Rafael van der Vaart assisted the most shots on matchday 1 (5). There was also no player involved in more shots than him on the opening weekend (9).

SCP manager Andre Breitenreiter played for HSV between 1994 and 1997, scoring 12 goals in 71 BL appearances.

If Mirko Slomka loses the home game against Paderborn, he will have a record of three wins, three draws and nine defeats after 15 BL games in the HSV dugout – his predecessor Bert van Marwijk was fired in February with the exact same record.

Slomka has never waited as long for a competitive win during his managerial career in the BL. He went eight competitive matches without a win at 96 between September and November 2013 – his current run of nine successive winless games is his worst ever.

Mirko Slomka didn’t make a single change on matchday 1. The last time that a Bundesliga manager played through 90 minutes with his starting XI was on matchday 10 of the 2011/12 season – Robin Dutt’s Leverkusen side lost 1-0 to Schalke back then.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen – Hertha BSC

Bayer Leverkusen are unbeaten in their last six matches against Hertha. After a run of four successive draws, they won both meetings during the 2013/14 season. Berlin’s last win over Leverkusen was a 1-0 home victory in March 2009.

Leverkusen lead the Bundesliga table together with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. Bayer 04 last topped the standings on matchday 23 of the 2009/10 season.

Bayer 04 are unbeaten in their last six Bundesliga games (W5, D1). The last time they put a longer undefeated run together was between March and August 2013 (11 games – W9, D2).

Berlin haven’t won any of their last six away games in the top flight (D2, L4). Their last victory on the road was a 2-1 win over Stuttgart in February.

Karim Bellarabi’s opening goal against BVB after nine seconds was the quickest goal in Bundesliga history. Bayer 04 also scored the fastest goal last season, when Kießling netted after 40 seconds in their most recent meeting with Hertha.

All four goals that Hertha have conceded in competitive games this season have come between the 53rd and 67th minute.

Hertha are on the verge of their 400th Bundesliga defeat. Alongside 399 losses, they have also recorded 383 wins and 265 draws in their 1,047 top-flight games.

Berlin manager Jos Luhukay has faced Bayer 04 in five Bundesliga games and has ended up on the losing side each time – with a goal record of 3-12.

Julian Schieber was the only Bundesliga player to score two goals on
matchday 1. The former BVB striker went without a goal in 12 appearances for Dortmund last season.

Jens Hegeler switched Leverkusen for Hertha during the summer. Hegeler made 48 Bundesliga appearances over four seasons for Bayer 04 (three goals, three assists). Johannes van den Bergh and Hajime Hosogai are also former Leverkusen players.

Stefan Kießling didn’t just score the final goal in Leverkusen’s 2-0 win in Dortmund on matchday 1, but he was also involved in the most challenges on the opening weekend (60, winning 50% of them) and had the most touches of the ball of all Bayer 04 players (70).

1.FSV Mainz 05 – Hannover 96

Mainz have lost just one of their last seven competitive games against
Hannover 96 (W3, D3). The only defeat came exactly one year ago, on 31st August 2013 in Hannover (4-1).

Hannover have started the campaign with two competitive wins for the fourth season in a row.

96 have won each of their last two Bundesliga away games. Another win in Mainz would see them equal their club record in the BL from the 2006/07 season.

The 05ers are also set to match a club record: Mainz have won their last four home games. The only time they have won more on the spin was between August and September 2009.

Hannover have collected 16 of a possible 18 points from their last six BL games – only Bayer 04 Leverkusen can boast the same record.

Mainz have already conceded 10 goals in their four competitive matches this season, all of which have come from the 30th minute onwards.

With an average of 1.5 points per game, Tayfun Korkut is the most successful manager in Hannover 96′s Bundesliga history.

New signing Joselu has scored three of Hannover’s five competitive goals this season.

Shinji Okazaki is only the second Japanese player to score 26 BL goals. Yasuhiko Okudera is the only Japanese player to reach that tally in Germany’s top flight (for 1. FC Köln and Werder Bremen between 1977 and 1986).

Leon Andreasen was on loan at Mainz from Bremen during the second half of 2006/07 and played 15 games for the 05ers (4 goals).


FC Schalke 04 – FC Bayern München

Bayern have won their last seven games against Schalke, their longest winning streak against the Royal Blues. If FCB beat S04 on matchday 2, they would become the first club to record four successive Bundesliga wins away at Schalke.

Schalke have lost their first two competitive games of the season for the first time in 16 years – that last happened in 1998 under Huub Stevens. The last time they suffered three straight competitive defeats at the start of a campaign was in 1987 under Rolf Schafstall.

S04 have won 10 of their last 12 Bundesliga home games (D1, L1). They have lost just one of their last 18 opening home games in the BL (W11, D6) – they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Hannover 96 on matchday 2 of the 2010/11 campaign.

Bayern have lost just one of their last 36 away games in the league (W31, D4) –
a 1-0 defeat at FC Augsburg on matchday 29 last season.

Last season’s top scorer Robert Lewandowski is without a goal in his first three competitive games for FC Bayern. He had to wait until matchday 4 to open his account in his first season at Dortmund, scoring in a 3-1 win away at Schalke.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has scored nine times in his last 11 Bundesliga games. His tally of 11 goals makes him the most prolific BL goalscorer in 2014 together with Josip Drmic.

Manuel Neuer has won all six of his Bundesliga games against his former club, conceding just one goal. He was at Schalke between 1991 and 2011, making
156 BL appearances for the Royal Blues.

Bayern’s Jerome Boateng is the half-brother of Schalke’s Kevin-Prince Boateng. They played together at Hertha BSC for 2 BL games in 2007. There was a 2-2 draw between Jerome’s Germany and Kevin-Prince’s Ghana during the 2014 World Cup group phase.

Thomas Müller has recorded five goals and four assists in eight BL games against the Royal Blues – all in just 641 minutes. The Germany international has therefore been involved in a goal against Schalke every 71 minutes.

Jens Keller has lost all three of his BL games against Bayern as a manager, with his sides scoring once and letting in 13.

VfB Stuttgart – !. FC Köln

Köln have their noses in front in the head-to-head record, with 33 wins to Stuttgart’s 26 (23 draws), making VfB the team that the Billy Goats have secured the most victories against in their Bundesliga history.

This match-up hasn’t seen a home win in the Bundesliga since October 2000. There have been seven draws in the last 15 meetings, with the visitors taking all three points home in the other eight fixtures.

Köln are unbeaten in their last nine Bundesliga games away at VfB (W5, D4). They have only had a record like that once before in the top flight (1981-1991 away at Karlsruher SC). Should 1. FC Köln get at least a point in Stuttgart, they would set a new club record in the BL.

Stuttgart have dropped points in their last three Bundesliga games due to last-minute goals. Christoph Kramer denied VfB victory in Gladbach, while they suffered last-minute defeats to Bayern and Wolfsburg at the end of last season.

1. FC Köln set a new record in the second division during 2013/14, conceding just 20 goals in 34 games. They were also solid at the back in the Bundesliga opener: Timo Horn saved all four shots that were on target.

The Billy Goats haven’t won any of their last 10 Bundesliga games (D3, L7). Their last victory in the top flight came in a 1-0 win over Hertha during March 2012.

Köln have lost each of their last five BL away games. Their last point on the road came in a 1-1 draw at Hoffenheim in March 2012.

VfB Stuttgart have won just one of their last six BL matches (D3, L3) – a 3-1 victory over FC Schalke 04 on matchday 31 last season.

No side had a worse tackle-success rate on matchday 1 than VfB (44.8%) – Köln were only a little better though with 45.2% of challenges won (16th).

New Köln signing Simon Zoller returns to his former club. Zoller was in VfB’s youth setup in 2006/07, before joining SSV Ulm 1846′s youth department. He signed for Köln from Kaiserslautern this summer.


VfL Wolfsburg – Eintracht Frankfurt

Frankfurt have won just two of their last 17 Bundesliga meetings with Wolfsburg (D8, L7). On top of that, Eintracht have been victorious in only one of their
12 away games at the Wolves (D4, L7).

Against no other current Bundesliga team have Eintracht collected fewer points on average than they have against Wolfsburg (0.83 per game).

VfL are unbeaten in their last five home games (W3, D2). Their last defeat in their own stadium was a 6-1 thumping against Bayern in early March.

Frankfurt have won just one of their last eight away games (D2, L5) – a 5-2 victory against Nürnberg on matchday 26. Eintracht have collected just one point from their last four games on the road – a 0-0 draw in Hoffenheim on matchday 32.

Wolfsburg have scored in each of their last 27 league games. However, VfL haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last 15 matches. They are both currently the longest runs in the league.

Ivica Olic has had a hand in eight goals in his last eight Bundesliga games, scoring six and setting up the other two.

Eintracht defender Carlos Zambrano won all seven of his challenges on
matchday 1, making him the outright league leader in that statistic.

New VfL signing Aaron Hunt made 184 Bundesliga appearances for Bremen under current Frankfurt manager Thomas Schaaf (39 goals, 27 assists).

While in charge of Werder, Thomas Schaaf inflicted both the heaviest home defeat and away defeat on Wolfsburg in their Bundesliga history (7-2 in Wolfsburg in 1999/2000, a 6-1 in Bremen in 2005/06).

Sebastian Jung moved from Frankfurt to Wolfsburg during the summer. He made 115 BL appearances for the Eagles, scoring two goals and assisting a further 10.

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Opta Facts Bundesliga Matchday 2 / August 29th-31st 2014

Opta Facts Bundesliga Matchday 2 / August 29th-31st 2014

FC Augsburg – Borussia Dortmund

Augsburg vs. Dortmund isn’t just the only meeting this weekend between two of matchday 1′s losing sides, but it is also a battle between the sides sitting at the foot of the BL table.

FCA are back at the bottom of the table for the first time since matchday 14 of the 2012/13 season. It’s the first time Borussia have been last in the Bundesliga table since matchday 2 of the 2007/08 campaign.

Augsburg’s first BL home game last season (on matchday 1) also saw them host BVB and they suffered the biggest home defeat in their top-flight history (4-0).

FCA haven’t beaten Dortmund in any of their six competitive meetings (four defeats).

The season has started with two competitive defeats for Augsburg, something that last happened in 2007/08, when the then second-division side lost their first three competitive games.

FCA are unbeaten in their last four Bundesliga home games (three wins), while Borussia haven’t tasted defeat in any of their last six BL matches on the road
(five wins).

Markus Feulner spent two years at BVB (2009-11) and won the 2011 Bundesliga title with Borussia.

Halil Altintop scored a hat-trick against BVB for Kaiserslautern in October 2005 – they are also his most recent goals against Dortmund.

Stefan Reuter played for Dortmund between 1992 and 2004 and won the German Championship (1995, 1996, 2002), as well as the Champions League and Intercontinental Cup in 1997.

Between 1992 and 1998, Stefan Reuter and current Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc were teammates at BVB.

Marco Reus didn’t take a shot in 75 minutes during the game against Leverkusen – that last happened to him in a 2-1 defeat to Hoffenheim on matchday 34 of the 2012/13 season.

With three goals and two assists (in three games), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been involved in the most BVB goals in competitive games this season. The Gabon international became the first Dortmund player to score a hat-trick on their BL debut on matchday 1 in 2013/14.

 

SV Werder Bremen – TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

Bremen have lost just one of their 13 competitive matches against Hoffenheim (W8, D4). They suffered a 4-1 Bundesliga defeat in Sinsheim on 21st August 2010.

Werder have collected a respectable seven points from their last three home games and have even scored in each of their last eight games at the Weserstadion.

Hoffenheim have won just one of their last 10 Bundesliga away games (D4, L5) and have now been waiting 22 BL away matches for a clean sheet – currently the longest run of its kind in the league.

TSG have won their last three competitive games on a run stretching back to last season, something they last managed in summer 2013 – back then it was a four-game winning streak.

The 2-0 win over Augsburg was Hoffenheim’s second consecutive clean sheet in a competitive match, something they last managed in March 2013. They kept just five clean sheets in 38 competitive games in 2013/14.

For the first time since matchday 3 of the 2010/11 season (and for the 15th time overall), TSG are back at the top of the Bundesliga table (together with Leverkusen).

Werder have lost each of their last six meetings with a BL table-topper, conceding an average of 3.7 goals per game and failing to score in four of those
six matches.

During their 2-2 draw in Berlin, Bremen scored their second goal 125 seconds after their first, while Hoffenheim needed just 97 seconds to double their lead in their 2-0 win over Augsburg.

Robin Dutt, who has collected an average of 1.14 points per game as Werder manager (his predecessor Thomas Schaaf 1.62), is unbeaten in his last six BL meetings with TSG, collecting an impressive 14 of a possible 18 points in the process.

Oliver Baumann is the 10th goalkeeper that has featured in the Bundesliga for Hoffenheim. His predecessors have only made an average of 23 BL appearances for TSG.

 

Sport-Club Freiburg – Borussia Mönchengladbach

Against no other current Bundesliga side have SC Freiburg collected as many points at home on average as they have against Gladbach (2.15 per game). They have won each of their last five home meetings with Borussia.

Gladbach have won just two of their last 11 competitive games against Freiburg (D3, L6). They have netted just seven goals in their last 10 BL games against SCF, failing to find the back of the net in five of those matches.

Freiburg have won four of their last five Bundesliga home games – the 2013/14 season finale is their only home defeat in that timeframe (2-0 against Schalke). The most recent of those four wins was against today’s opponents from Gladbach (4-2).

Streich’s men have lost their last three top-flight games and have been waiting four Bundesliga games for a win (one draw). The last time Freiburg lost four BL games in a row was between February and March 2011.

Borussia have collected 14 of a possible 18 points from their last six Sunday games. However, Gladbach’s only win from their last five away matches on a Sunday came against Schalke (1-0, otherwise D1, L3).

Max Kruse made 34 BL appearances for Freiburg in 2012/13 (11 goals, 8 assists). He has missed the first three competitive fixtures of the season and a potential appearance against his former club is doubtful.
(Correct ahead of the Europa League play-off match vs. Sarajevo)

In Roman Bürki and Yann Sommer, two of the goalkeepers battling for the number 1 spot in the Switzerland national team will go head to head. Freiburg’s Admir Mehmedi and Gladbach’s Granit Xhaka also took part at the World Cup with Switzerland.

New Gladbach signing Andre Hahn could make his 50th Bundesliga appearance during the match in Freiburg. He scored 12 goals in 48 matches for Augsburg, before making his debut for Borussia during their 1-1 draw with Stuttgart on matchday 1.

On 20th September 2009, SC Freiburg won 4-0 against a Hertha Berlin side coached by Lucien Favre. It remains the current Gladbach manager’s biggest home defeat in the Bundesliga.

Hamburger SV – SC Paderborn 07

These two sides have met twice before in competitive fixtures, both times in the first round of the DFB Cup. HSV won 3-1 in Paderborn in 1996/97. The second meeting was won 4-2 by SCP in 2004/05. However, referee Robert Hoyzer later admitted to match fixing.

Hamburger SV have been waiting nine competitive matches for a win. Their last four games have ended in draws.

Paderborn haven’t lost any of their last six league games (W4, D2), scoring twice in each match. Their last defeat was on matchday 29 at home to Düsseldorf (2-1).

HSV kept a clean sheet on matchday 1 after a run of conceding in 12 consecutive BL games.

Only Hannover 96 (40.0%) have a better chance-conversion rate than SC Paderborn 07 (33.3%).

Rafael van der Vaart assisted the most shots on matchday 1 (5). There was also no player involved in more shots than him on the opening weekend (9).

SCP manager Andre Breitenreiter played for HSV between 1994 and 1997, scoring 12 goals in 71 BL appearances.

If Mirko Slomka loses the home game against Paderborn, he will have a record of three wins, three draws and nine defeats after 15 BL games in the HSV dugout – his predecessor Bert van Marwijk was fired in February with the exact same record.

Slomka has never waited as long for a competitive win during his managerial career in the BL. He went eight competitive matches without a win at 96 between September and November 2013 – his current run of nine successive winless games is his worst ever.

Mirko Slomka didn’t make a single change on matchday 1. The last time that a Bundesliga manager played through 90 minutes with his starting XI was on matchday 10 of the 2011/12 season – Robin Dutt’s Leverkusen side lost 1-0 to Schalke back then.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen – Hertha BSC

Bayer Leverkusen are unbeaten in their last six matches against Hertha. After a run of four successive draws, they won both meetings during the 2013/14 season. Berlin’s last win over Leverkusen was a 1-0 home victory in March 2009.

Leverkusen lead the Bundesliga table together with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. Bayer 04 last topped the standings on matchday 23 of the 2009/10 season.

Bayer 04 are unbeaten in their last six Bundesliga games (W5, D1). The last time they put a longer undefeated run together was between March and August 2013 (11 games – W9, D2).

Berlin haven’t won any of their last six away games in the top flight (D2, L4). Their last victory on the road was a 2-1 win over Stuttgart in February.

Karim Bellarabi’s opening goal against BVB after nine seconds was the quickest goal in Bundesliga history. Bayer 04 also scored the fastest goal last season, when Kießling netted after 40 seconds in their most recent meeting with Hertha.

All four goals that Hertha have conceded in competitive games this season have come between the 53rd and 67th minute.

Hertha are on the verge of their 400th Bundesliga defeat. Alongside 399 losses, they have also recorded 383 wins and 265 draws in their 1,047 top-flight games.

Berlin manager Jos Luhukay has faced Bayer 04 in five Bundesliga games and has ended up on the losing side each time – with a goal record of 3-12.

Julian Schieber was the only Bundesliga player to score two goals on
matchday 1. The former BVB striker went without a goal in 12 appearances for Dortmund last season.

Jens Hegeler switched Leverkusen for Hertha during the summer. Hegeler made 48 Bundesliga appearances over four seasons for Bayer 04 (three goals, three assists). Johannes van den Bergh and Hajime Hosogai are also former Leverkusen players.

Stefan Kießling didn’t just score the final goal in Leverkusen’s 2-0 win in Dortmund on matchday 1, but he was also involved in the most challenges on the opening weekend (60, winning 50% of them) and had the most touches of the ball of all Bayer 04 players (70).

1.FSV Mainz 05 – Hannover 96

Mainz have lost just one of their last seven competitive games against
Hannover 96 (W3, D3). The only defeat came exactly one year ago, on 31st August 2013 in Hannover (4-1).

Hannover have started the campaign with two competitive wins for the fourth season in a row.

96 have won each of their last two Bundesliga away games. Another win in Mainz would see them equal their club record in the BL from the 2006/07 season.

The 05ers are also set to match a club record: Mainz have won their last four home games. The only time they have won more on the spin was between August and September 2009.

Hannover have collected 16 of a possible 18 points from their last six BL games – only Bayer 04 Leverkusen can boast the same record.

Mainz have already conceded 10 goals in their four competitive matches this season, all of which have come from the 30th minute onwards.

With an average of 1.5 points per game, Tayfun Korkut is the most successful manager in Hannover 96′s Bundesliga history.

New signing Joselu has scored three of Hannover’s five competitive goals this season.

Shinji Okazaki is only the second Japanese player to score 26 BL goals. Yasuhiko Okudera is the only Japanese player to reach that tally in Germany’s top flight (for 1. FC Köln and Werder Bremen between 1977 and 1986).

Leon Andreasen was on loan at Mainz from Bremen during the second half of 2006/07 and played 15 games for the 05ers (4 goals).


FC Schalke 04 – FC Bayern München

Bayern have won their last seven games against Schalke, their longest winning streak against the Royal Blues. If FCB beat S04 on matchday 2, they would become the first club to record four successive Bundesliga wins away at Schalke.

Schalke have lost their first two competitive games of the season for the first time in 16 years – that last happened in 1998 under Huub Stevens. The last time they suffered three straight competitive defeats at the start of a campaign was in 1987 under Rolf Schafstall.

S04 have won 10 of their last 12 Bundesliga home games (D1, L1). They have lost just one of their last 18 opening home games in the BL (W11, D6) – they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Hannover 96 on matchday 2 of the 2010/11 campaign.

Bayern have lost just one of their last 36 away games in the league (W31, D4) –
a 1-0 defeat at FC Augsburg on matchday 29 last season.

Last season’s top scorer Robert Lewandowski is without a goal in his first three competitive games for FC Bayern. He had to wait until matchday 4 to open his account in his first season at Dortmund, scoring in a 3-1 win away at Schalke.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has scored nine times in his last 11 Bundesliga games. His tally of 11 goals makes him the most prolific BL goalscorer in 2014 together with Josip Drmic.

Manuel Neuer has won all six of his Bundesliga games against his former club, conceding just one goal. He was at Schalke between 1991 and 2011, making
156 BL appearances for the Royal Blues.

Bayern’s Jerome Boateng is the half-brother of Schalke’s Kevin-Prince Boateng. They played together at Hertha BSC for 2 BL games in 2007. There was a 2-2 draw between Jerome’s Germany and Kevin-Prince’s Ghana during the 2014 World Cup group phase.

Thomas Müller has recorded five goals and four assists in eight BL games against the Royal Blues – all in just 641 minutes. The Germany international has therefore been involved in a goal against Schalke every 71 minutes.

Jens Keller has lost all three of his BL games against Bayern as a manager, with his sides scoring once and letting in 13.

VfB Stuttgart – !. FC Köln

Köln have their noses in front in the head-to-head record, with 33 wins to Stuttgart’s 26 (23 draws), making VfB the team that the Billy Goats have secured the most victories against in their Bundesliga history.

This match-up hasn’t seen a home win in the Bundesliga since October 2000. There have been seven draws in the last 15 meetings, with the visitors taking all three points home in the other eight fixtures.

Köln are unbeaten in their last nine Bundesliga games away at VfB (W5, D4). They have only had a record like that once before in the top flight (1981-1991 away at Karlsruher SC). Should 1. FC Köln get at least a point in Stuttgart, they would set a new club record in the BL.

Stuttgart have dropped points in their last three Bundesliga games due to last-minute goals. Christoph Kramer denied VfB victory in Gladbach, while they suffered last-minute defeats to Bayern and Wolfsburg at the end of last season.

1. FC Köln set a new record in the second division during 2013/14, conceding just 20 goals in 34 games. They were also solid at the back in the Bundesliga opener: Timo Horn saved all four shots that were on target.

The Billy Goats haven’t won any of their last 10 Bundesliga games (D3, L7). Their last victory in the top flight came in a 1-0 win over Hertha during March 2012.

Köln have lost each of their last five BL away games. Their last point on the road came in a 1-1 draw at Hoffenheim in March 2012.

VfB Stuttgart have won just one of their last six BL matches (D3, L3) – a 3-1 victory over FC Schalke 04 on matchday 31 last season.

No side had a worse tackle-success rate on matchday 1 than VfB (44.8%) – Köln were only a little better though with 45.2% of challenges won (16th).

New Köln signing Simon Zoller returns to his former club. Zoller was in VfB’s youth setup in 2006/07, before joining SSV Ulm 1846′s youth department. He signed for Köln from Kaiserslautern this summer.


VfL Wolfsburg – Eintracht Frankfurt

Frankfurt have won just two of their last 17 Bundesliga meetings with Wolfsburg (D8, L7). On top of that, Eintracht have been victorious in only one of their
12 away games at the Wolves (D4, L7).

Against no other current Bundesliga team have Eintracht collected fewer points on average than they have against Wolfsburg (0.83 per game).

VfL are unbeaten in their last five home games (W3, D2). Their last defeat in their own stadium was a 6-1 thumping against Bayern in early March.

Frankfurt have won just one of their last eight away games (D2, L5) – a 5-2 victory against Nürnberg on matchday 26. Eintracht have collected just one point from their last four games on the road – a 0-0 draw in Hoffenheim on matchday 32.

Wolfsburg have scored in each of their last 27 league games. However, VfL haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last 15 matches. They are both currently the longest runs in the league.

Ivica Olic has had a hand in eight goals in his last eight Bundesliga games, scoring six and setting up the other two.

Eintracht defender Carlos Zambrano won all seven of his challenges on
matchday 1, making him the outright league leader in that statistic.

New VfL signing Aaron Hunt made 184 Bundesliga appearances for Bremen under current Frankfurt manager Thomas Schaaf (39 goals, 27 assists).

While in charge of Werder, Thomas Schaaf inflicted both the heaviest home defeat and away defeat on Wolfsburg in their Bundesliga history (7-2 in Wolfsburg in 1999/2000, a 6-1 in Bremen in 2005/06).

Sebastian Jung moved from Frankfurt to Wolfsburg during the summer. He made 115 BL appearances for the Eagles, scoring two goals and assisting a further 10.

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Opta Facts Serie A Matchday 1 / August 29th-31st 2014

Opta Facts Serie A Matchday 1 / August 29th-31st 2014

Atalanta – Verona

Verona have won four of their last five Serie A meetings against Atalanta, including the last three.
Atalanta have scored in each of their last nine games against Verona in the top-flight.
Prior to last April’s 2-1 loss, Atalanta were unbeaten for 11 consecutive home games against Verona in Serie A (W7, D4).
Verona have failed to score in five of their last six visits to Atalanta in the top-flight.
Over their last four Serie A campaigns, Atalanta have picked up just one point in their opening game (2-2 vs Genoa in September 2011).
Last season, Verona started Serie A beating AC Milan at the Bentegodi, though they lost their first two away games against Roma and Juventus.
Atalanta have lost 24 games on their Serie A debut – more than any other side.
Verona have conceded goals on MD1 in each of their last eight Serie A campaigns.
Last season Atalanta drew just five Serie A games – only Juventus shared the points fewer times (three).
Verona faced 674 shots last season in Serie A – more than any other side.

Only seven of Luca Toni’s 20 league goals last season were scored away from home.
Germán Denis scored in both games against Verona last season.

Cesena – Parma

Parma are unbeaten in Serie A against Cesena (W3, D3).
Their three previous meetings at the Manuzzi ended with two draws and a win for the visitors.
Over these six previous meetings in the top-flight neither side has ever scored more than two goals.
Cesena have never won their first game over their 12 Serie A participations (D5, L7).
Parma have drawn 12 of their last 15 debut games in Serie A, winning only one in the process.
47 of Parma’s goals last season were scored by Italian players – no side have scored more goals courtesy of Italians in 13-14.
Last season Roberto Donadoni’s side picked up just two points from their first four Serie A fixtures.
Cesena instead opened their Serie B campaign with two wins in their first two games, against Varese and Crotone.
Antonio Cassano was the player who created the most goal scoring chances last season in Serie A (95, including six assists).
Two of Gabriel Paletta’s five Serie A goals have come against Cesena, in the two clashes played in the 2011-12 season.

Chievo – Juventus

Chievo have won only one of their 22 previous meetings against Juventus in Serie A (1-0 in January 2010).
Juve have won their last four games against Chievo, always scoring 2+ goals.
The last two league meetings at the Bentegodi ended 2-1 for the Bianconeri.
Chievo have never managed to score more than one goal at home against Juventus.
On the two previous occasions these two sides have met on the opening match-day of the season, Juve have won 1-0.
Juventus have won 52 times on the opening match-day – more than any other Club in Serie A.
Over their last 30 Serie A campaigns, Juventus have only lost once in their debut game (0-1 vs Bari in 2010), winning 22.
Last season, Chievo won just one of their first 12 league games.
Juventus had the best attack (80 goals scored) and defence (23 conceded) of the last Serie A.
Carlos Tévez was the player with the most shots on target in the Serie A 2013-14 (54).
Maxi López has failed to score in his previous four league games against Juventus.
Last season Patrice Evra delivered the most assists (five) and won the most tackles (73) among Manchester Utd defenders.

Genoa – Napoli

Genoa have won just one of their last nine games against Napoli in Serie A (3-2 at home in January 2012).
Over the last six meetings between these two sides there has been an average of four goals per game.
There have been no draws over their last seven meetings in Genova in Serie A.
Napoli have always won on their debut in Serie A over their last three campaigns, scoring nine goals and conceding just one.
Genoa lost their first two games of the last Serie A campaign, and won just one of the first seven.
Napoli instead remained unbeaten over the first seven match-days (W6, D1).
Genoa recorded only 288 shots in the last Serie A – a league-low.
Napoli scored the most first-half goals in the last Serie A (43).
Alessandro Matri has scored five league goals against Napoli, his joint-best tally against a Serie A side.
Michu had the biggest decline from one season to the next in a single Premier League season in terms of goals (16 – 18 goals in 2012-13, 2 goals in 2013-14) since Kevin Phillips in 2000-01 (30 in 1999-00, 14 in 2000-01).

AC Milan – Lazio

AC Milan have won only one of their last nine Serie A games against Lazio.
Last season both games between these two sides ended 1-1.
In fact, AC Milan have drawn 56 times against Lazio in Serie A – more than against any other opponent.
However, AC Milan are unbeaten against Lazio at the San Siro since September 1989 (a run of 24 games).
This will be the seventh time AC Milan and Lazio meet on the opening match-day of the season: the Rossoneri lead by two wins to one, with three draws.
AC Milan have failed to win on their debut in each of the last three Serie A campaigns (draw vs Lazio in September 2011, before losing to Sampdoria and Verona the following years).
Lazio have drawn 28 times on match-day 1 in Serie A – more than any other side.
The Biancocelesti have scored in 16 of their last 17 debut games in the top-flight.
AC Milan won just one of their first five games of the Serie A 13-14.
Lazio instead lost their first two on the road, but won the first three at home.
Last season Lazio scored goals with players from 13 different nationalities – a league-high.
During his three-year spell at Roma, Jérémy Menez didn’t score or assist any goals in six league appearances against Lazio.
Giampaolo Pazzini has scored seven league goals against Lazio, his joint-best tally against a Serie A side.


Palermo – Sampdoria

Palermo are unbeaten in their last eight Serie A meetings against Sampdoria (W5, D3).
Palermo have conceded goals in seven of their last eight opening match in Serie A (conceding 16 goals in the process).
Palermo have won 19 games in Serie A against Sampdoria, more than against any other side.
Before losing last season against Juventus, Sampdoria had remained unbeaten on their season debut for five Serie A campaigns (W4, D1).
Sampdoria made 661 fouls last season, more than any other Club in Serie A.
Last season under Gennaro Gattuso, Palermo started their Serie B campaign winning only two of their first six games of the season.
Sampdoria were winless in their first seven games of the season in the Serie a 13-14 (D3, L4).
Palermo conceded only 28 goals last season in Serie B, fewer than any other side.
Manolo Gabbiadini has scored in both his last two league meetings against Palermo (for Bologna in the 2012-13 season).
Paulo Dybala scored his first two Serie A goals against Sampdoria in November 2012, when he was almost 19 year old.
Edgar Barreto delivered 10 assists in the last Serie B season: only Lanciano’s Carlo Mammarella did better (12 assists).

 

Roma – Fiorentina

Roma vs Fiorentina is the fixture that has been played the most often on match-day 1 in Serie A so far – this will be their ninth meeting (four wins aside so far).
Roma have won their last four Serie A games against Fiorentina.
These two sides have shared just one draw over their last 13 meetings in the top-flight (2-2 in Florence in March 2011).
Roma have won seven of the last eight meetings against the Viola at the Olimpico, losing one.
Last season Roma won the first 10 games they played in Serie A, setting an all-time record in the competition.
Fiorentina started the 2013-14 season with three wins and a draw, before losing away to Inter.
Fiorentina have conceded 97 goals overall in their opening games of the Serie A.
Last season Roma were the only team with two players who made 10 assists (Francesco Totti and Gervinho).
Roma recorded 473 shots in the Serie A 2013-14, more than any other side.
Daniele De Rossi finished the last Serie A campaign with 2360 passes – a record in the competition.
Fiorentina were the only side in the Serie A 13-14 to take more points from their away games (34) that from those at home (31).
Juan Iturbe has scored in both of his Serie A appearances against Fiorentina: only against Lazio has he managed to do the same.
Over his four-year spell at Barcelona, Seydou Keita conceded 173 fouls, more than any other teammate.


Sassuolo – Cagliari

Last season both meetings between these two sides ended as draws.
Sassuolo started their Serie A record with four losses in the first four games last season, but eventually ended the campaign with three wins in the last five match-days.
Cagliari lost their last three games of the season last term, without scoring a single goal.
Sassuolo were the only side to score all goals with Italian players in Serie A in 2013-14.
Cagliari conceded the most headed goals in the 2013-14 Serie A (13).
The Sardinians were also the only side who failed to score with defenders last term in Serie A.
Domenico Berardi was the only Serie A player to score more than one hat-trick last season (three).
Sergio Floccari has scored five goals in 15 Serie A meetings against Cagliari: only against Napoli has he netted more in the Italian top-flight (six goals)
Sime Vrsaljko attempted 109 crosses from open play last season in the league, more than any other Genoa player.
This will be the first meeting between the two managers. Zdenek Zeman took Eusebio Di Francesco’s place in charge of Pescara in summer 2011.


Torino – Inter

Inter are unbeaten in Serie A against Torino since February 1994 – 2-0 at home for the Granata: since then, Inter have won 15 times, drawing five against Torino in the top-flight.
Prior to last season’s 3-3 draw, Torino had lost nine home games in a row against Inter in Serie A.
Torino remained unbeaten in the last eight match-days of the last Serie A campaign (W5, D3).
Inter started off last season with four wins and two draws in the first six match-days, but at the end won just one of the last four games.
In the four previous occasions these two sides met on match-day 1 of the Serie A, Inter didn’t concede a single goal.
Torino were unbeaten in the opening match-day of the last five Serie A campaigns (W2, D3).
Inter have failed to score just once over their last 26 opening games of the season in Serie A (0-0 vs Bologna in 2010).
Last season Inter were the only side not to score a single penalty in Serie A.
The Nerazzurri shared 15 draws last term – more than any other side in this competition.
Rodrigo Palacio scored three goals in last season’s two Serie A meetings between Inter and Torino.
Fabio Quagilarella has netted just one goal in 15 league meetings against Inter.
Nemanja Vidic had 264 clearances in the last Premier League, at least 83 more than any other teammate.


Udinese – Empoli

These two sides have met 16 times so far in Serie A: Udinese lead by six wins to three.
Udinese have lost only one of their last six Serie A clashes with Empoli (two wins, three draws).
Empoli have never scored more than two goals in Serie A against Udinese.
Empoli have won only one of their last eight Serie A trips to Udine, losing four times.
The only previous meeting between these two sides on the opening game of the Serie A was in August 2005 – it was Antonio Di Natale’s first game against his former team Empoli.
Empoli have never drawn their opening game of the Serie A (W3, L6).
Antonio Di Natale has reached double figures for goals scored in each of the last eight Serie A season, scoring 17+ goals in six of the last seven.
Allan attempted 136 tackles in Serie A last season, more than any other player.
Davide Bassi was one of the only three players to play all 3780 minutes in the last Serie B season.
Massimo Maccarone has scored four goals in the top-flight against Udinese, his joint-best tally against a Serie A side.

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Opta Facts Serie A Matchday 1 / August 29th-31st 2014

Opta Facts Serie A Matchday 1 / August 29th-31st 2014

Atalanta – Verona

Verona have won four of their last five Serie A meetings against Atalanta, including the last three.
Atalanta have scored in each of their last nine games against Verona in the top-flight.
Prior to last April’s 2-1 loss, Atalanta were unbeaten for 11 consecutive home games against Verona in Serie A (W7, D4).
Verona have failed to score in five of their last six visits to Atalanta in the top-flight.
Over their last four Serie A campaigns, Atalanta have picked up just one point in their opening game (2-2 vs Genoa in September 2011).
Last season, Verona started Serie A beating AC Milan at the Bentegodi, though they lost their first two away games against Roma and Juventus.
Atalanta have lost 24 games on their Serie A debut – more than any other side.
Verona have conceded goals on MD1 in each of their last eight Serie A campaigns.
Last season Atalanta drew just five Serie A games – only Juventus shared the points fewer times (three).
Verona faced 674 shots last season in Serie A – more than any other side.

Only seven of Luca Toni’s 20 league goals last season were scored away from home.
Germán Denis scored in both games against Verona last season.

Cesena – Parma

Parma are unbeaten in Serie A against Cesena (W3, D3).
Their three previous meetings at the Manuzzi ended with two draws and a win for the visitors.
Over these six previous meetings in the top-flight neither side has ever scored more than two goals.
Cesena have never won their first game over their 12 Serie A participations (D5, L7).
Parma have drawn 12 of their last 15 debut games in Serie A, winning only one in the process.
47 of Parma’s goals last season were scored by Italian players – no side have scored more goals courtesy of Italians in 13-14.
Last season Roberto Donadoni’s side picked up just two points from their first four Serie A fixtures.
Cesena instead opened their Serie B campaign with two wins in their first two games, against Varese and Crotone.
Antonio Cassano was the player who created the most goal scoring chances last season in Serie A (95, including six assists).
Two of Gabriel Paletta’s five Serie A goals have come against Cesena, in the two clashes played in the 2011-12 season.

Chievo – Juventus

Chievo have won only one of their 22 previous meetings against Juventus in Serie A (1-0 in January 2010).
Juve have won their last four games against Chievo, always scoring 2+ goals.
The last two league meetings at the Bentegodi ended 2-1 for the Bianconeri.
Chievo have never managed to score more than one goal at home against Juventus.
On the two previous occasions these two sides have met on the opening match-day of the season, Juve have won 1-0.
Juventus have won 52 times on the opening match-day – more than any other Club in Serie A.
Over their last 30 Serie A campaigns, Juventus have only lost once in their debut game (0-1 vs Bari in 2010), winning 22.
Last season, Chievo won just one of their first 12 league games.
Juventus had the best attack (80 goals scored) and defence (23 conceded) of the last Serie A.
Carlos Tévez was the player with the most shots on target in the Serie A 2013-14 (54).
Maxi López has failed to score in his previous four league games against Juventus.
Last season Patrice Evra delivered the most assists (five) and won the most tackles (73) among Manchester Utd defenders.

Genoa – Napoli

Genoa have won just one of their last nine games against Napoli in Serie A (3-2 at home in January 2012).
Over the last six meetings between these two sides there has been an average of four goals per game.
There have been no draws over their last seven meetings in Genova in Serie A.
Napoli have always won on their debut in Serie A over their last three campaigns, scoring nine goals and conceding just one.
Genoa lost their first two games of the last Serie A campaign, and won just one of the first seven.
Napoli instead remained unbeaten over the first seven match-days (W6, D1).
Genoa recorded only 288 shots in the last Serie A – a league-low.
Napoli scored the most first-half goals in the last Serie A (43).
Alessandro Matri has scored five league goals against Napoli, his joint-best tally against a Serie A side.
Michu had the biggest decline from one season to the next in a single Premier League season in terms of goals (16 – 18 goals in 2012-13, 2 goals in 2013-14) since Kevin Phillips in 2000-01 (30 in 1999-00, 14 in 2000-01).

AC Milan – Lazio

AC Milan have won only one of their last nine Serie A games against Lazio.
Last season both games between these two sides ended 1-1.
In fact, AC Milan have drawn 56 times against Lazio in Serie A – more than against any other opponent.
However, AC Milan are unbeaten against Lazio at the San Siro since September 1989 (a run of 24 games).
This will be the seventh time AC Milan and Lazio meet on the opening match-day of the season: the Rossoneri lead by two wins to one, with three draws.
AC Milan have failed to win on their debut in each of the last three Serie A campaigns (draw vs Lazio in September 2011, before losing to Sampdoria and Verona the following years).
Lazio have drawn 28 times on match-day 1 in Serie A – more than any other side.
The Biancocelesti have scored in 16 of their last 17 debut games in the top-flight.
AC Milan won just one of their first five games of the Serie A 13-14.
Lazio instead lost their first two on the road, but won the first three at home.
Last season Lazio scored goals with players from 13 different nationalities – a league-high.
During his three-year spell at Roma, Jérémy Menez didn’t score or assist any goals in six league appearances against Lazio.
Giampaolo Pazzini has scored seven league goals against Lazio, his joint-best tally against a Serie A side.


Palermo – Sampdoria

Palermo are unbeaten in their last eight Serie A meetings against Sampdoria (W5, D3).
Palermo have conceded goals in seven of their last eight opening match in Serie A (conceding 16 goals in the process).
Palermo have won 19 games in Serie A against Sampdoria, more than against any other side.
Before losing last season against Juventus, Sampdoria had remained unbeaten on their season debut for five Serie A campaigns (W4, D1).
Sampdoria made 661 fouls last season, more than any other Club in Serie A.
Last season under Gennaro Gattuso, Palermo started their Serie B campaign winning only two of their first six games of the season.
Sampdoria were winless in their first seven games of the season in the Serie a 13-14 (D3, L4).
Palermo conceded only 28 goals last season in Serie B, fewer than any other side.
Manolo Gabbiadini has scored in both his last two league meetings against Palermo (for Bologna in the 2012-13 season).
Paulo Dybala scored his first two Serie A goals against Sampdoria in November 2012, when he was almost 19 year old.
Edgar Barreto delivered 10 assists in the last Serie B season: only Lanciano’s Carlo Mammarella did better (12 assists).

 

Roma – Fiorentina

Roma vs Fiorentina is the fixture that has been played the most often on match-day 1 in Serie A so far – this will be their ninth meeting (four wins aside so far).
Roma have won their last four Serie A games against Fiorentina.
These two sides have shared just one draw over their last 13 meetings in the top-flight (2-2 in Florence in March 2011).
Roma have won seven of the last eight meetings against the Viola at the Olimpico, losing one.
Last season Roma won the first 10 games they played in Serie A, setting an all-time record in the competition.
Fiorentina started the 2013-14 season with three wins and a draw, before losing away to Inter.
Fiorentina have conceded 97 goals overall in their opening games of the Serie A.
Last season Roma were the only team with two players who made 10 assists (Francesco Totti and Gervinho).
Roma recorded 473 shots in the Serie A 2013-14, more than any other side.
Daniele De Rossi finished the last Serie A campaign with 2360 passes – a record in the competition.
Fiorentina were the only side in the Serie A 13-14 to take more points from their away games (34) that from those at home (31).
Juan Iturbe has scored in both of his Serie A appearances against Fiorentina: only against Lazio has he managed to do the same.
Over his four-year spell at Barcelona, Seydou Keita conceded 173 fouls, more than any other teammate.


Sassuolo – Cagliari

Last season both meetings between these two sides ended as draws.
Sassuolo started their Serie A record with four losses in the first four games last season, but eventually ended the campaign with three wins in the last five match-days.
Cagliari lost their last three games of the season last term, without scoring a single goal.
Sassuolo were the only side to score all goals with Italian players in Serie A in 2013-14.
Cagliari conceded the most headed goals in the 2013-14 Serie A (13).
The Sardinians were also the only side who failed to score with defenders last term in Serie A.
Domenico Berardi was the only Serie A player to score more than one hat-trick last season (three).
Sergio Floccari has scored five goals in 15 Serie A meetings against Cagliari: only against Napoli has he netted more in the Italian top-flight (six goals)
Sime Vrsaljko attempted 109 crosses from open play last season in the league, more than any other Genoa player.
This will be the first meeting between the two managers. Zdenek Zeman took Eusebio Di Francesco’s place in charge of Pescara in summer 2011.


Torino – Inter

Inter are unbeaten in Serie A against Torino since February 1994 – 2-0 at home for the Granata: since then, Inter have won 15 times, drawing five against Torino in the top-flight.
Prior to last season’s 3-3 draw, Torino had lost nine home games in a row against Inter in Serie A.
Torino remained unbeaten in the last eight match-days of the last Serie A campaign (W5, D3).
Inter started off last season with four wins and two draws in the first six match-days, but at the end won just one of the last four games.
In the four previous occasions these two sides met on match-day 1 of the Serie A, Inter didn’t concede a single goal.
Torino were unbeaten in the opening match-day of the last five Serie A campaigns (W2, D3).
Inter have failed to score just once over their last 26 opening games of the season in Serie A (0-0 vs Bologna in 2010).
Last season Inter were the only side not to score a single penalty in Serie A.
The Nerazzurri shared 15 draws last term – more than any other side in this competition.
Rodrigo Palacio scored three goals in last season’s two Serie A meetings between Inter and Torino.
Fabio Quagilarella has netted just one goal in 15 league meetings against Inter.
Nemanja Vidic had 264 clearances in the last Premier League, at least 83 more than any other teammate.


Udinese – Empoli

These two sides have met 16 times so far in Serie A: Udinese lead by six wins to three.
Udinese have lost only one of their last six Serie A clashes with Empoli (two wins, three draws).
Empoli have never scored more than two goals in Serie A against Udinese.
Empoli have won only one of their last eight Serie A trips to Udine, losing four times.
The only previous meeting between these two sides on the opening game of the Serie A was in August 2005 – it was Antonio Di Natale’s first game against his former team Empoli.
Empoli have never drawn their opening game of the Serie A (W3, L6).
Antonio Di Natale has reached double figures for goals scored in each of the last eight Serie A season, scoring 17+ goals in six of the last seven.
Allan attempted 136 tackles in Serie A last season, more than any other player.
Davide Bassi was one of the only three players to play all 3780 minutes in the last Serie B season.
Massimo Maccarone has scored four goals in the top-flight against Udinese, his joint-best tally against a Serie A side.

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Opta Facts Ligue 1 Matchday 4 / August 29th-31st 2014

Opta Facts Ligue 1 Matchday 4 / August 29th-31st 2014

Marseille – Nice

o Nice have won their last three competitive encounters against Marseille; their best run.
o Nice have lost 48 Ligue 1 games against Marseille, more than against any other team.
o Marseille have failed to score in their last two encounters with Nice in Ligue 1. They have never failed to score in three in a row.
o Nice have failed to score in their last 393 minutes of play away from home in Ligue 1; the longest current drought.
o André Ayew has scored five goals against Nice; only against Ajaccio he bagged more (six).
o André-Pierre Gignac has scored six goals against Nice in Ligue 1; only against Sochaux has the Marseille striker found the net more (10 goals).
o Dario Cvitanich has scored two of Nice’s last four goals against Marseille in Ligue 1.
o Claude Puel has won just 26% of his Ligue 1 games against Marseille; only against Monaco has the current Nice manager managed a lower win rate (25%).

Monaco – Lille

o Lille have won six of their last eight Ligue 1 games against Monaco (D1, L1).
o Monaco have failed to score more than one goal in their last 10 league games against Lille.
o Monaco have won none of their last three home league games (D2, L1).
o Monaco have scored in their last 10 league games; the best current run alongside Bordeaux.
o Lille are unbeaten in their last eight away league games (W4, D4); the longest current run.
o Falcao has scored with his two shots on target in Ligue 1 this season.
o Leonardo Jardim had beaten René Girard twice when they faced each other in the Champions League in 2012/13 (2-1 & 3-1).
o René Girard has only won once in his previous eight encounters with Monaco in Ligue 1 (D4, L3).

Caen – Rennes

o Rennes have only won once in their nine trips to Caen in Ligue 1 (D5, L3).
o Caen have only won twice in their last 13 matches with Rennes in Ligue 1 (D7, L4).
o Caen have won twice in their last three league games, as many as in their previous 14.
o Rennes have lost seven of their last eight league games against promoted teams (W1).
o None of Rennes’ last 14 trips to a promoted team in Ligue 1 have ended in a draw (W6, L8).
o Rennes have scored on average with every 3.5 shots in Ligue 1 2014/15; the best ratio in the top-flight.
o Rennes have failed to score in their last two away league games.
o N’Golo Kanté has scored the opening goal twice in Ligue 1 this season; more than any other player.

Lens – Reims

o Only three of the last 31 encounters between Lens and Reims in Ligue 1 have ended in a draw.
o Reims have only won once in their 11 games against promoted teams since their come-back in the top-flight in 2012/13 (D5, L5).
o Reims have won none of their last five league games (D1, L4); the worst current run.
o Reims have only won once in their last 14 league games (D4, L9).
o Reims have only won once in their last eight trips to promoted teams in Ligue 1 (D1, L6).
o Reims have lost five points from winning position in Ligue 1 this season; the most by any side thus far.
o Lens have failed to score more than one goal in their last eight league games.
o Reims have conceded six goals in the 2nd half in Ligue 1 2014/15; more than any other team.

 

Lorient – Guingamp

o The four league encounters between these teams have averaged 4.75 goals per game.
o Guingamp have conceded eight goals in their two trips to Lorient in Ligue 1.
o Lorient have failed to score in their last two league games; a worst current run.
o Guingamp have registered the same number of points after MD3 as last season (3).
o Guingamp have lost three of their last four league games (W1).
o Lorient have only won twice in their last 10 home league games (D5, L3).
o Mustapha Yatabaré scored a brace against Lorient last season; his only one in Ligue 1.
o Jérémy Pied has been involved in 13 goals (5 goals, 8 assists) in 89 Ligue 1 games.

 

Nantes – Montpellier

o Nantes are unbeaten in their last three encounters with Montpellier in Ligue 1 (W2, D1).
o Montpellier have only won once in their 18 trips to Nantes in Ligue 1 (D7, L10).
o Nantes have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine league games against Montpellier.
o The last seven league encounters between these teams has produced six red cards.
o Nantes have only won once in their last seven league games (D4, L2).
o Montpellier have registered six points after MD3 for the 1st time since 2011/12 (9).
o Serge Gakpé has been involved in Nantes’ last two goals against Montpellier in Ligue 1 (1 goals, 1 assist).
o Morgan Sanson has been involved in two of Montpellier’s last three league goals (1 goal, 1 assist).

 

Toulouse – Evian TG

o Toulouse are unbeaten in their three home games against Evian TG in Ligue 1 (W1, D2).
o Evian TG have only won five of their last 32 away league games (D8, L19).
o Toulouse’s four goals in Ligue 1 this season have been scored in the 1st half.
o Toulouse have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last seven league games; a longest current run.
o Evian TG have conceded nine goals in Ligue 1 this season; the highest figure thus far.
o Wissam Ben has scored two goals in his four league games against Evian TG.
o Cédric Mongongu has been involved in Evian TG’s last two goals against Toulouse in Ligue 1 (1 goal, 1 assist).
o Daniel Wass has scored seven of Evian TG’s last 11 Ligue 1 goals.

Bordeaux – Bastia

o Bastia have only won twice in their 31 trips to Bordeaux in Ligue 1 (D7, L22).
o Bastia have failed to score in their last three trips to Bordeaux in Ligue 1.
o Bordeaux have only lost once in their last 13 Ligue 1 games (W5, D7).
o Bordeaux have lost none of their last five home league games (W2, D3).
o The last eight league games played at Chaban-Delmas have averaged 3.75 goals per game.
o Bordeaux have scored six of their eight goals in the 2nd half in Ligue 1 2014/15.
o All four of Diego Rolan’s goals in Ligue 1 have been scored at home.
o Bordeaux have won six points from losing positions in Ligue 1 this season; a league-high.

 

Metz – Lyon

o Lyon have won eight of their last nine league games against Metz (D1).
o Lyon have scored 26 goals and only conceded five in this run.
o Lyon have scored nine goals in their last two trips to Metz in Ligue 1.
o Metz have only won once in their last 13 Ligue 1 games (D5, L7).
o Metz have only won four of their last 26 home league games (D5, L17).
o Lyon have only lost three of their 11 trips to promoted teams in Ligue 1 (W5, D3).
o Metz have failed to keep a clean sheet in their 14 home league games.
o Only 34% of Lyon’s shots have been on target in Ligue 1 this season; the worst ratio in the top-flight.


Paris SG – St Etienne

o St Etienne have only won 19.7% of their league games against PSG; their lowest ratio against an opponent faced at least 10 times.
o PSG have only lost three of their 33 home league games against St Etienne (W21, D9).
o St Etienne have won none of their last 11 trips to the title-holder in Ligue 1 (D2, L9).
o PSG have scored in each of their last 28 home league games.
o St Etienne are unbeaten in their last 12 league games (W8, D4); best current run.
o PSG have only won 40% of their games without Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Ligue 1 since 2012/13, 71% with him.
o Laurent Blanc has only lost once in his previous eight encounters with St Etienne as a manager in Ligue 1 (W3, D4).
o Ricky van Wolfswinkel has failed to score in his last 1358 minutes of play in league competition.

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European Football Podcast – Episode 16: 28th August

European Football Podcast – Episode 16: 28th August

Alex Dunn and Ray Drewett look ahead to the best games across Europe on this edition of the William Hill European Football Podcast.
The boys offer their thought on Serie A, the Bundesliga, La Liga, the Eredivisie, the Jupiler League and the Primeir…

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European Football Podcast – Episode 16: 28th August

European Football Podcast – Episode 16: 28th August

Alex Dunn and Ray Drewett look ahead to the best games across Europe on this edition of the William Hill European Football Podcast.
The boys offer their thought on Serie A, the Bundesliga, La Liga, the Eredivisie, the Jupiler League and the Primeir…

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