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FWA Podcast

FWA Podcast

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

This week, the Daily Mirror’s Chief Football Writer, John Cross, joins Dave Kelner to give his predictions for the televised Premier League matches.

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The Punt podcast

The Punt podcast

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

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

 

 

 

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Andy Holding – Tipperary Preview: 25th August

Andy Holding – Tipperary Preview: 25th August

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

Europa League Playoff Second Leg Opta Facts

West Ham v Astra Giurgiu


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Champions League Playoff Second Leg Opta facts

Champions League Playoff Second Leg Opta facts

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Manchester City – Steaua Bucharest

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Hapoel Be’er Sheva – Celtic

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Legia Warsaw – Dundalk

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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EFL Cup 2nd Round Opta Stats

EFL Cup 2nd Round Opta Stats

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QPR v Rochdale

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

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

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

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

 

Scunthorpe v Bristol City

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

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

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

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

 

Watford v Gillingham

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

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

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

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

 

Peterborough v Swansea

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

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

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

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

 

Everton v Yeovil

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

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

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

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

 

Millwall v Nottingham Forest

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

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

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

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

 

Sunderland v Shrewsbury

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

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

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

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

 

Luton v Leeds

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

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

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

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

 

Chelsea v Bristol Rovers

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

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

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

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

 

Burton v Liverpool

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

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

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

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

 

Blackburn v Crewe

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

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

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

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

 

Burnley v Accrington

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

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

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

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

 

Crystal Palace v Blackpool

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

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

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

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

 

Morecambe v Bournemouth

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

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

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

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

Preston v Oldham

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

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

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

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

 

Oxford v Brighton

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

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

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

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

 

Reading v MK Dons

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

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

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

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


Fulham v Middlesbrough

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

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

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

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

 

Newcastle v Cheltenham

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

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

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

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

 

Exeter v Hull

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

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

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

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

 

Derby v Carlisle

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

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

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

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

 

Northampton v West Brom

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

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

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

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


Wolves v Cambridge

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

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

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

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

 

Stevenage v Stoke

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

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

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

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

 

Norwich v Coventry

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

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

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

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

 

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European Football Podcast – Episode 86: 18th August

European Football Podcast – Episode 86: 18th August

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

The League Podcast

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

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Premier League Opta Facts

Premier League Opta Facts

Hull City v Leicester City

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

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

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

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

Burnley v Swansea City

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

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

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

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

Crystal Palace v West Bromwich Albion

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

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

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

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

Everton v Tottenham Hotspur

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

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

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

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

Middlesbrough v Stoke City

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

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

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

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

Southampton v Watford

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

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

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

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

Manchester City v Sunderland

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

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

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

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

Bournemouth v Manchester United

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

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

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

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

Arsenal v Liverpool

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

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

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

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

Chelsea v West Ham United

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

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

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

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

 

 

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League Cup Opta Facts – First Round

League Cup Opta Facts – First Round

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Carlisle v Port Vale

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

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

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

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

Rotherham v Morecambe

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

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

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

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

Accrington v Bradford

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

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

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

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

Rochdale v Chesterfield

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

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

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

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

Mansfield v Blackburn

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

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

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

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

Barnsley v Northampton

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

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

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

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

Cambridge v Sheffield Wednesday

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

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

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

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

Derby v Grimsby

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

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

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

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

Oldham v Wigan

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

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

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

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

Scunthorpe v Notts County

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

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

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

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

Doncaster v Nottingham Forest

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

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

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

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

Burton v Bury

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

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

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

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

Fleetwood v Leeds

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

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

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

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

Sheffield United v Crewe

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

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

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

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

Shrewsbury v Huddersfield

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

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

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

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

Preston v Hartlepool

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

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

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

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

Blackpool v Bolton

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

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

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

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

Round 1 – Southern Section

 

Peterborough v AFC Wimbledon

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

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

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

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

Bristol Rovers v Cardiff

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

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

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

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

Coventry v Portsmouth

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

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

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

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

Luton v Aston Villa

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

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

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

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

Brighton v Colchester

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

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

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

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

Cheltenham v Charlton

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

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

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

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

Birmingham v Oxford

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

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

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

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

Southend v Gillingham

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

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

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

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

Wolves v Crawley

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

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

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

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

Leyton Orient v Fulham

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

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

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

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

Ipswich v Stevenage

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

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

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

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

Wycombe v Bristol City

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

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

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

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

Walsall v Yeovil

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

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

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

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

Exeter v Brentford

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

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

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

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

QPR v Swindon

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

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

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

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

Barnet v Millwall

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

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

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

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

Reading v Plymouth

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

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

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

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

 

Newport v MK Dons

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

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

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

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

 

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League Cup Opta Facts – First Round

League Cup Opta Facts – First Round

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Carlisle v Port Vale

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

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

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

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

Rotherham v Morecambe

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

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

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

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

Accrington v Bradford

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

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

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

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

Rochdale v Chesterfield

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

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

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

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

Mansfield v Blackburn

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

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

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

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

Barnsley v Northampton

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

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

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

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

Cambridge v Sheffield Wednesday

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

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

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

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

Derby v Grimsby

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

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

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

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

Oldham v Wigan

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

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

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

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

Scunthorpe v Notts County

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

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

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

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

Doncaster v Nottingham Forest

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

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

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

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

Burton v Bury

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

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

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

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

Fleetwood v Leeds

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

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

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

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

Sheffield United v Crewe

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

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

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

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

Shrewsbury v Huddersfield

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

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

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

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

Preston v Hartlepool

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

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

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

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

Blackpool v Bolton

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

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

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

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

Round 1 – Southern Section

 

Peterborough v AFC Wimbledon

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

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

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

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

Bristol Rovers v Cardiff

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

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

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

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

Coventry v Portsmouth

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

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

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

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

Luton v Aston Villa

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

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

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

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

Brighton v Colchester

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

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

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

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

Cheltenham v Charlton

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

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

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

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

Birmingham v Oxford

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

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

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

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

Southend v Gillingham

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

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

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

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

Wolves v Crawley

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

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

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

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

Leyton Orient v Fulham

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

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

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

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

Ipswich v Stevenage

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

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

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

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

Wycombe v Bristol City

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

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

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

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

Walsall v Yeovil

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

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

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

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

Exeter v Brentford

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

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

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

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

QPR v Swindon

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

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

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

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

Barnet v Millwall

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

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

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

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

Reading v Plymouth

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

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

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

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

 

Newport v MK Dons

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

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

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

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

 

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The League Podcast – 5th-7th August

The League Podcast – 5th-7th August

Jack Critchley is joined by Pete Farries ahead of the new Football League season to take a look at this weekend’s televised Championship fixtures.

Pete also selects his best bets in the 3pm kick offs on Saturday.

The pair also take a look at the promotion and relegation markets.

In Play Radio’s Gav Pszczalowskyi and Al Ross offer their best bets of the weekend in League One and League Two respectively.

 

You can hear coverage of the new season on In Play Radio on Friday night from 5pm and Saturday from midday.

 

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Community Shield Opta Facts – 7 August

Community Shield Opta Facts – 7 August

This is Leicester City’s first appearance in the Community Shield since 1971/72, in which they beat Liverpool 1-0 at Filbert Street. The Foxes were winners of the second division the season before.
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Community Shield Opta Facts – 7 August

Community Shield Opta Facts – 7 August

This is Leicester City’s first appearance in the Community Shield since 1971/72, in which they beat Liverpool 1-0 at Filbert Street. The Foxes were winners of the second division the season before.
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Opta Facts – Euros final: Portugal v France

Opta Facts – Euros final: Portugal v France

Portugal v France

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

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Euro 2016 Quarter-Final Opta Facts

Euro 2016 Quarter-Final Opta Facts

Poland – Portugal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Wales – Belgium

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Germany – Italy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

France – Iceland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Euro 2016 Round of 16 Opta Facts

Euro 2016 Round of 16 Opta Facts

Switzerland v Poland

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

 

Croatia v Portugal

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

Wales v Northern Ireland

 

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

 

Hungary v Belgium

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

Germany v Slovakia

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

Italy v Spain

 

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

France v Republic of Ireland

 

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

England v Iceland

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

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

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

Italy – Republic of Ireland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Sweden – Belgium

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Czech Republic – Turkey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Croatia – Spain

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

Iceland – Austria

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Hungary – Portugal

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Romania – Albania

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Switzerland – France

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Russia – Wales

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Slovakia – England

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Ukraine – Poland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Northern Ireland – Germany

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Italy – Republic of Ireland

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

Sweden – Belgium

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

Czech Republic – Turkey

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

 

Croatia – Spain

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

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

Iceland – Austria

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

Hungary – Portugal

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

 

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Euros Punt Podcast: Friday 17th June

Euros Punt Podcast: Friday 17th June

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

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