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Scottish Premiership Opta Facts – October 24/25/26
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Scottish Premiership Opta Facts – October 24/25/26

 

Aberdeen v Motherwell

  • The Dons have failed to win their last eight at home to Motherwell; failing to score in their last three.
  • Motherwell have suffered just one defeat across their most recent 17 meetings with Aberdeen (W9 D7).
  • Aberdeen’s Niall McGinn has attempted 24 shots this season but has only scored one goal; a conversion rate of just 4.2%.
  • Aberdeen have conceded two or more goals in five of their last six Scottish Premiership fixtures.
  • If Motherwell lose this match, it will already be the second time this season that they have lost four successive matches.

Dundee v Hamilton

  • Dundee have only lost one of their last seven league matches versus Hamilton (W3 D3).
  • Hamilton have recorded just one victory over their last nine visits to Dens Park in all competitions (D4 L4).
  • Ali Crawford (Hamilton) has bagged five goals in his last five games away from home.
  • Dundee have scored in each of their last eight home games in the Scottish Premiership.
  • No side has gone ahead in more games this term on the road than Hamilton (5); they have not lost from a winning position (W4 D1).

Inverness CT v Dundee Utd

  • Inverness Caledonian Thistle have claimed just one win in seven league meetings with the Terrors (D4 L2).
  • Dundee United have conceded exactly one goal in each of their last five matches against Caley.
  • No player has been awarded more yellow cards this term than Caley’s Ross Draper (5).
  • Inverness are currently on an eight game unbeaten run at home; conceding just three goals.
  • Paul Paton has been involved in three of the last five league goals recorded by Dundee United (one goal and two assists).

Partick Thistle v St Johnstone

  • The Jags have never beaten St Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership (D2 L1).
  • St Johnstone have scored exactly one goal in each of their previous meetings with Partick Thistle in the top-flight.
  • Steven Lawless has assisted three of the last five goals registered by Partick Thistle.
  • Partick Thistle have scored at least once in each of their last 12 home games.
  • Five of St Johnstone’s most recent six goals have arrived in the second half.

St Mirren v Ross County

  • St Mirren have won three of their last four meetings with Ross County at home (L1).
  • Ross County have lost two of their last three against St Mirren (W1).
  • Liam Boyce (Ross County) has been directly involved in more of his team’s goals than any other player this season (42.9%).
  • St Mirren have scored a joint-league-low one goal in the first half this season.
  • Ross County have conceded more goals in both the first half (10) and second half (16) than any other side.

 

Celtic v Kilmarnock

  • Celtic have won five straight matches against Kilmarnock.
  • Kilmarnock have conceded four goals in each of their last two visits to Celtic Park.
  • Celtic’s loan signing John Guidetti has scored four goals in his last four (all competitions) but has managed just one in four at home for his new side.
  • Celtic have gone 10 games without conceding two or more goals.
  • Kilmarnock are unbeaten in five games in the Scottish Premiership (W4 D1).

 

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League Two Opta Facts October 25th & 26th 2014
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League Two Opta Facts October 25th & 26th 2014

 

Wimbledon v Tranmere

  • AFC Wimbledon have kept only one clean sheet across their last nine matches played on a Saturday.
  • This will be the first meeting between these sides; Tranmere have lost their last three matches away at a London club.
  • Adebayo Akinfenwa has had more shots (40) than any other League Two player so far this season.
  • No side has played out more 0-0 draws this season than Tranmere Rovers (3).
  • Tranmere have picked up just one point from their last six in the league, fewer than any other team in the division.

 

Cambridge v Hartlepool

  • Cambridge United are without a win in five matches against Hartlepool United (D3 L2).
  • Hartlepool have failed to score in three of their last four matches away at Cambridge United.
  • Cambridge, the division’s top scorers, have netted just once in the opening 15 minutes of matches this season.
  • Between them, these two sides have scored just three times in the opening quarter of an hour of their games.
  • Hartlepool have managed just 34 shots on target so far this season; fewer than any other side in the division.
  • United have scored nine goals in their last six league games, with eight of those coming in two of those matches (5-1 v Oxford and 3-1 v Burton).

 

Carlisle v Oxford Utd

  • Carlisle United have won four successive home matches against Oxford United; they have never managed five.
  • Oxford United have tasted defeat in four of the last five meetings between these sides on a Saturday (W1).
  • Only Newport (39.1%) have got a poorer shooting accuracy this season than Carlisle (39.3%).
  • Carlisle have lost their last two after winning the previous three with three clean sheets.
  • Oxford have won three of their last four in the league, with their only defeat in that run being the 5-1 loss to Cambridge.

 

Luton v Northampton

  • The Hatters have managed only one clean sheet in their last seven against Northampton Town.
  • The Cobblers have claimed one victory in 23 previous visits to Luton Town (D4 L18).
  • Mark Cullen scored with his left foot, right foot and head on Tuesday evening. He is the first League Two player to complete such a hat-trick this season.
  • No side have scored more headed goals this season than Northampton (10; along with Cambridge).
  • The Hatters have conceded just one header so far this season, a divisional low.
  • Northampton have scored 11 times after the 76th minute this season; more than any other League Two team.

 

Newport v Accrington

  • Newport have mustered one win in their last four versus Accrington Stanley (D2 L1).
  • Accrington Stanley conceded seven goals over their two fixtures against the Exiles last term; an average of 3.5 (D1 L1).
  • Eight of Newport’s 17 goals this season have come from outside the area; more than any other team in the division.
  • Accrington’s games this season have produced more goals than any other League Two side (46).
  • Accrington have bagged 11 goals in the opening 30 minutes of their matches this season; a high in the league.

 

Plymouth v Cheltenham

  • The Pilgrims are unbeaten in three matches against Cheltenham Town (W2 D1).
  • Cheltenham are without a clean sheet in nine games against Plymouth Argyle.
  • Plymouth’s 14 league games this season have produced just 22 goals in total, fewer than any other side in the division.
  • Cheltenham have won back-to-back matches after winning none of the previous seven (D3 L4).
  • Only Luton (18) have picked up more points from their last six games than Exeter (13).

 

Shrewsbury v Portsmouth

  • Shrewsbury Town have lost four of their last five against Pompey (W1).
  • Portsmouth have claimed just one win in eight visits to Shrewsbury (D2 L5).
  • 19 of Shrewsbury’s 24 points so far this season have been earned at home.
  • Town have won six and lost none of their seven home games so far in League Two.
  • Pompey are yet to net a goal from outside the area this season. All 14 of their goals have been scored from inside the area.
  • Portsmouth have won none of their last five on the road, and failed to score in all of those matches.

 

Southend v Bury

  • The Shrimpers have tasted defeat only once in 15 home games against Bury (W7 D7).
  • Bury have conceded exactly one goal in seven of their last nine fixtures against the Essex side; keeping clean sheets in the remaining two.
  • Southend are without a win in four (D1 L3) after winning all of their previous four in the league.
  • Bury have won their last six home games; but lost their last three on the road.
  • Bury conceded five goals against Shrewsbury, the same number as they had allowed in their previous four matches.

 

Stevenage v Burton

  • Stevenage have won three successive matches against the Brewers in all competitions.
  • Burton Albion have lost just two of their last nine matches played on a Saturday (W6 D1).
  • Stevenage have picked up nine points from their last four home league games (W3 L1).
  • Burton have hit the target with more of their shots (53%) than any other side in the division.
  • No side has scored fewer goals after the 76th minute this season than Stevenage (1; along with Oxford).

 

Wycombe v Dag & Red

  • The Chairboys have won three consecutive games against the Daggers at home.
  • Dagenham & Redbridge have conceded just three times over their last four meetings with Wycombe Wanderers; an average of 0.75.
  • The Daggers have dropped a league high 13 points from winning positions so far this season. With those points, Dagenham could be sitting as high as second in League Two.
  • The Wanderers have a conceded league-low one goal in the opening 15 minutes and zero goals in the final 15 minutes of their games so far this season.

 

York v Mansfield

  • The Minstermen have scored exactly one goal in three successive meetings with Mansfield Town in the Football League.
  • Mansfield have gone 11 trips to Bootham Crescent without failing to score.
  • York remain the only League Two side not to record a home league win this season. Leyton Orient and Burnley are the only other sides in the top four divisions in the same situation.
  • Mansfield are the only side yet to recoup a point from a losing position this season. The Stags have lost all six games they have fallen behind in.
  • Mansfield have scored just once in their last five league matches (D3 L2).

 

Morecambe v Exeter

  • Morecambe have lost just one of the last seven matches against the Grecians in all competitions (W3 D3).
  • Exeter City have kept only one clean sheet in six attempts versus Morecambe.
  • Morecambe have lost just one of their last four in the league (W2 D1).
  • The Grecians are one of two sides in England’s top four tiers yet to keep a clean sheet this season (along with Port Vale).
  • They haven’t helped themselves by conceding a league high six goals in the opening 15 minutes of games.

 

 

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League One Opta Facts October 25th 2014
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League One Opta Facts October 25th 2014

 

Barnsley V Bristol City

  • Barnsley have won five and lost two of their last eight home league games against Bristol City.
  • Bristol City have scored two or more goals in eight of their last nine league encounters with Barnsley.
  • Only Crewe (15) have shipped more goals at home than the Tykes (14).
  • The Robins are unbeaten in 20 league games (W12 D8), their longest run without defeat in the top four tiers since 1955 (a run of 20 games also).
  • Despite their strong away form, Bristol City have kept just two clean sheets in their last 31 league games away from home.
  • Devante Cole has been involved in three goals in his last two games for Barnsley (scoring twice, assisting once).

Coventry V Peterborough

  • Coventry are unbeaten in five at home to Peterborough, winning three and drawing two.
  • Peterborough have netted two or more goals in each of their six previous trips to Coventry in league competition.
  • There have been 30 goals scored in six previous meetings between these two sides in Coventry, an average of five goals per game.
  • Coventry have lost their last three league games by a 2-1, 3-1 and 4-1 scoreline.
  • Indeed, the Sky Blues have now gone seven games without a victory, the longest wait currently by a side in League One (D1 L6).
  • No side has received more red cards in the top four tiers than the Posh (3), though two of these came in mid-week.

Crewe V Sheff Utd

  • Crewe have scored in 10 of their last 11 home league matches against the Blades.
  • Sheffield United have alternated between scoring exactly three goals or none at all in each of their last six against Crewe. They failed to score in their last game.
  • The Railwaymen have put together three successive wins in League One, having lost four successively prior to that.
  • Mark McNulty has scored in each of his last four games for the Blades.
  • Crewe have conceded 21 second half goals, as many as Sheffield United have scored this season in total.

Doncaster V MK Dons

  • Doncaster have failed to score in their last two against MK Dons (D1 L1).
  • MK Dons have never won away at Doncaster Rovers, losing once and drawing two.
  • Doncaster have let in just one goal in the final 15 minutes this season, fewer than any other club in League One.
  • Only three of Benik Afobe’s 12 goals this season for MK Dons have come in away fixtures (all comps).
  • MK Dons’ last 10 goals in League One have come after half-time.

Gillingham V Crawley

  • Gillingham won this exact fixture last term thanks to a goal from Charlie Lee.
  • Crawley Town’s only previous league victory at the Priestfield came back in March 2012, 1-0.
  • Gillingham have failed to score in six of their last nine in League One.
  • No team has kept more clean sheets this season than Crawley (6).
  • The Gills have conceded seven headed goals this season, a league-high.

Oldham V Bradford

  • Oldham have won six and drawn two of their last eight matches against Bradford City.
  • Bradford City have gone 13 games without keeping a clean sheet against Oldham Athletic.
  • Oldham have already enjoyed a victory over Bradford City this season in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy (1-0), thanks to Jordan Bove’s first professional goal.
  • The Bantams have netted in 16 of their last 17 away trips to Oldham in the league.
  • Jonson Clarke-Harris scored three times in two appearances versus Bradford last term, though luckily for the away side he no longer plays for the Latics.
  • Bradford have shipped exactly two goals in four of their last six away outings to Oldham.

Port Vale V Leyton Orient

  • Port Vale failed to score in this exact fixture last term as they lost 2-0. It was the first time they had failed to score against the O’s since September 1985.
  • Leyton Orient have won four of their last five against Port Vale (L1).
  • Port Vale are one of two sides in the top four tiers yet to keep a clean sheet this season (the other side being Exeter).
  • Only Bristol City (15) have taken more away points than Leyton Orient this season (13).
  • Jay Simpson has scored four in his last four for the O’s.

Preston V Fleetwood

  • Preston North End are unbeaten in their last 19 games at Deepdale (W12 D7). It is their longest unbeaten run at home since December 2006 (31 games).
  • This will be the first ever competitive meeting between Preston and Fleetwood Town.
  • PNE have won their last five league matches. The last time they managed to put together six consecutive victories in the league was in September 2011 (a run of seven games in total).
  • Fleetwood have lost their last five games away from home, all by a single goal.
  • Preston are the only side to have scored in all of their League One matches this campaign.

Scunthorpe V Notts County

  • Scunthorpe have won only one of their last 11 versus Notts County (January 2000, 1-0).
  • Notts County are unbeaten in their last six against the Iron, winning three (D3).
  • Scunthorpe have dropped the most points from leading situations this season in League One (13).
  • The Magpies have won their last four games in League One. They last won five in a row in April 2010 while in the fourth tier.
  • 75% of the goals conceded by Notts County this season have come in the second half (9/12).

Swindon V Colchester

  • After going eight league games without a clean sheet against Colchester, Swindon have recorded two in their last three against them.
  • Colchester have kept two consecutive clean sheets away to Swindon, they’ve never managed three in a row.
  • Michael Smith has netted five times in five home appearances for Swindon this season.
  • Freddie Sears has scored in four of his last six games for Colchester.
  • Indeed, the Colchester striker has had the most shots on target of anyone in League One (29).

Walsall V Chesterfield

  • Walsall have netted in 10 of their last 11 games against the Spireites.
  • Chesterfield have scored two or more goals in four of their last five matches against Walsall in all competitions.
  • The Saddlers are winless in four League One matches, losing the last three by a single goal.
  • Sam Clucas scored the second quickest goal in League One this season against Colchester, 55 seconds in.
  • Walsall have failed to score in seven of their 14 games in League One this season, a league-high.

Yeovil V Rochdale

  • Yeovil have won two, drawn one and lost one of their four home league matches against Rochdale.
  • Rochdale have never scored more than two goals in a single game versus the Glovers.
  • The Glovers are the only League One side yet to score in the opening 30 minutes at home this season.
  • Rochdale have claimed 10 points from behind this season, no team has managed more in the division. Nine of these have come in away games.
  • Matt Done has been involved in 12 of Rochdale’s 23 goals so far this season (52%), scoring seven and assisting five.

 

 

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Championship Opta Facts – Oct 24-25
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Championship Opta Facts – Oct 24-25

 

Fulham V Charlton

  • Fulham are unbeaten in five against Charlton in league competition, winning two and drawing three.
  • Charlton have conceded exactly two goals in each of their last three against Fulham.
  • In midweek Ross McCormack both scored and assisted in a single Championship game for the first time since February.
  • McCormack has bagged six goals in five league appearances against the Addicks.
  • Charlton have conceded 75% of their goals in the second half this term, a league-high proportion.
  • After keeping back to back clean sheets, Charlton have conceded exactly once in each of the last three.

Millwall V Cardiff

  • Millwall have won none of their last eight encounters with Cardiff, losing three (D5).
  • Cardiff have kept a clean sheet in each of their last four against the Lions.
  • Ricardo Fuller has scored four goals in six games against Cardiff in league competition.
  • Cardiff playmaker Peter Whittingham has scored in consecutive league games for the first time since September 2012, when he bagged in three consecutive fixtures.
  • The Welsh side have yet to keep an away clean sheet this season. Indeed, they’ve not stopped the home team from scoring since April (v Southampton).
  • Adam Le Fondre’s goal against Ipswich in the week ended a run of 665 minutes without a goal in all competitions.

Birmingham V Bournemouth

  • Birmingham City have never beaten Bournemouth at home in the league, losing three (D3).
  • Bournemouth won this exact fixture last term 4-2, courtesy of a Lewis Grabban brace and goals from Matt Ritchie and Ian Harte.
  • 67% of Birmingham’s goals this season have arrived in the first half, a joint-league-high share.
  • After going five games without a goal, Callum Wilson has bagged four in his last three for Bournemouth.
  • Birmingham have won just one of their last 24 home games (D9 L14).
  • No player has provided more assists in the Championship this season than Matt Ritchie (6).

Bolton V Brentford

  • Bolton have kept only one clean sheet in their last 15 league games against Brentford.
  • Brentford have won four of their last five versus the Trotters, losing the other.
  • Bolton have lost five of their last six Championship fixtures, winning the other.
  • The Bees have drawn their last two games nil-nil; they’ve not played out three consecutive goalless draws since January 1981 (a run of four).
  • Only Sheffield Wednesday (5) have seen fewer different players score for them this season than Bolton (6).
  • Brentford have used 20 different players in this campaign, no side has used fewer.

Brighton V Rotherham

  • Brighton have won four and lost none of their last five against Rotherham, keeping a clean sheet in each game.
  • Rotherham have failed to win in each of their last five trips to Brighton, losing three.
  • The Seagulls are winless in nine, though six of those games have been draws (L3).
  • Only David Cotterill (46) has created more goalscoring chances this season than Rotherham’s Ben Pringle (44).
  • No Championship defender has scored more goals than Brighton’s Lewis Dunk (4).
  • In fact, Dunk is Brighton’s top scorer in all competitions this season with five goals.

Derby V Wigan

  • Derby have gone eight games without keeping a clean sheet against Wigan Athletic, last shutting them out in December 1985.
  • Wigan are unbeaten in their last four trips to Derby, winning two and drawing two.
  • The Rams have gone 575 minutes without conceding a goal in all competitions.
  • No goalkeeper has kept more clean sheets this season than Wigan’s Scott Carson (6).
  • Chris Martin has bagged six goals in his last five games for Derby County.
  • The Latics are winless in eight league games, with the last four ending level. Indeed, Wigan have scored just four goals in this period.

Ipswich V Huddersfield

  • Ipswich have scored exactly twice in four of their previous five games against Huddersfield failing to net in the other (W3 D2).
  • Huddersfield have won only once in their last 16 trips to Ipswich (D2 L13), September 1996, 3-1.
  • Ipswich’s defeat to Cardiff in midweek was their first in nine matches (W4 D4).
  • The Terriers have lost all five matches in which they’ve fallen behind this season.
  • Ipswich Town have conceded just three goals in 540 minutes of action at Portman Road this season.
  • Jacob Butterfield has scored in back to back games for the first time since April.

Leeds V Wolves

  • Leeds have lost only once in their last nine at home to Wolves, winning six.
  • Wolves’ last league victory at Elland Road came back in September 2006, courtesy of a goal from Jay Bothroyd.
  • Leeds United remain the only side in the division yet to score a headed goal in 2014/15.
  • Bakary Sako has scored in each of his last four games for Wolverhampton Wanderers.
  • No side has conceded fewer goals at home this term than the Whites (3).
  • Kevin McDonald (Wolves) has made 884 successful passes so far this season, 211 more than any other player in the division.

M’boro V Watford

  • Middlesbrough have scored in 15 of their 16 home league games against Watford.
  • Troy Deeney scored in both fixtures against Middlesbrough last season. In fact Deeney has scored four goals in his last five appearances against Boro.
  • Middlesbrough have won three of the four home matches in which they’ve gone ahead this term (D1).
  • Matej Vydra has scored four and assisted another in his last five games for Watford.
  • Only Derby (10) have conceded fewer goals this season than Middlesbrough (11).
  • Watford have had 10 different players score a goal for them this term, a league-high.

Nottm Forest V Blackburn

  • Nottm Forest have won their last two versus Blackburn, they’ve not won three in a row since January 1977.
  • Blackburn have won only one of their last six trips to the City Ground, drawing three and losing two.
  • Forest have scored eight goals via headers this season, three more than any other team. Last season, no side scored more headed goals than the East Midlands outfit (23).
  • Since August 2013, Alex Baptiste has conceded more penalties than any other Championship player (6).
  • Michail Antonio has been involved in more goals than any other player this season with 13 (7 goals, 6 assists).
  • Blackburn have conceded a joint-league-high three goals via direct free-kicks this season (Millwall are the other side).

Reading V Blackpool

  • Reading are unbeaten in their last 14 at home to Blackpool (W9 D5), winning the last five.
  • Blackpool have never scored more than a single goal in matches away to Reading.
  • Reading have conceded seven headed goals this season, the most in the Championship.
  • The Tangerines are the division’s lowest scorers with just eight goals so far. They’ve also failed to score in the opening and closing 15 minutes this term.
  • Only one player has scored more than once for Blackpool in 2014/15 – Nathan Delfouneso (2).

Sheff Wed V Norwich

  • Sheffield Wednesday have won their last eight league games against Norwich City, keeping four clean sheets in the process.
  • Norwich are winless in five trips to Hillsborough, losing the last four (D1).
  • 82% of Norwich’s goals this term have arrived after half time, a league-high share.
  • Indeed, Norwich have scored 18 second half goals this season, seven more than Wednesday have managed in total.
  • Sheffield Wednesday are one of two sides yet to recover any points from losing positions this season (along with Huddersfield).
  • After scoring five goals in his first five games for Norwich, Lewis Grabban has netted just one in his last eight for them.

 

 

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Championship Opta Facts – Oct 24-25
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Championship Opta Facts – Oct 24-25

 

Fulham V Charlton

  • Fulham are unbeaten in five against Charlton in league competition, winning two and drawing three.
  • Charlton have conceded exactly two goals in each of their last three against Fulham.
  • In midweek Ross McCormack both scored and assisted in a single Championship game for the first time since February.
  • McCormack has bagged six goals in five league appearances against the Addicks.
  • Charlton have conceded 75% of their goals in the second half this term, a league-high proportion.
  • After keeping back to back clean sheets, Charlton have conceded exactly once in each of the last three.

Millwall V Cardiff

  • Millwall have won none of their last eight encounters with Cardiff, losing three (D5).
  • Cardiff have kept a clean sheet in each of their last four against the Lions.
  • Ricardo Fuller has scored four goals in six games against Cardiff in league competition.
  • Cardiff playmaker Peter Whittingham has scored in consecutive league games for the first time since September 2012, when he bagged in three consecutive fixtures.
  • The Welsh side have yet to keep an away clean sheet this season. Indeed, they’ve not stopped the home team from scoring since April (v Southampton).
  • Adam Le Fondre’s goal against Ipswich in the week ended a run of 665 minutes without a goal in all competitions.

Birmingham V Bournemouth

  • Birmingham City have never beaten Bournemouth at home in the league, losing three (D3).
  • Bournemouth won this exact fixture last term 4-2, courtesy of a Lewis Grabban brace and goals from Matt Ritchie and Ian Harte.
  • 67% of Birmingham’s goals this season have arrived in the first half, a joint-league-high share.
  • After going five games without a goal, Callum Wilson has bagged four in his last three for Bournemouth.
  • Birmingham have won just one of their last 24 home games (D9 L14).
  • No player has provided more assists in the Championship this season than Matt Ritchie (6).

Bolton V Brentford

  • Bolton have kept only one clean sheet in their last 15 league games against Brentford.
  • Brentford have won four of their last five versus the Trotters, losing the other.
  • Bolton have lost five of their last six Championship fixtures, winning the other.
  • The Bees have drawn their last two games nil-nil; they’ve not played out three consecutive goalless draws since January 1981 (a run of four).
  • Only Sheffield Wednesday (5) have seen fewer different players score for them this season than Bolton (6).
  • Brentford have used 20 different players in this campaign, no side has used fewer.

Brighton V Rotherham

  • Brighton have won four and lost none of their last five against Rotherham, keeping a clean sheet in each game.
  • Rotherham have failed to win in each of their last five trips to Brighton, losing three.
  • The Seagulls are winless in nine, though six of those games have been draws (L3).
  • Only David Cotterill (46) has created more goalscoring chances this season than Rotherham’s Ben Pringle (44).
  • No Championship defender has scored more goals than Brighton’s Lewis Dunk (4).
  • In fact, Dunk is Brighton’s top scorer in all competitions this season with five goals.

Derby V Wigan

  • Derby have gone eight games without keeping a clean sheet against Wigan Athletic, last shutting them out in December 1985.
  • Wigan are unbeaten in their last four trips to Derby, winning two and drawing two.
  • The Rams have gone 575 minutes without conceding a goal in all competitions.
  • No goalkeeper has kept more clean sheets this season than Wigan’s Scott Carson (6).
  • Chris Martin has bagged six goals in his last five games for Derby County.
  • The Latics are winless in eight league games, with the last four ending level. Indeed, Wigan have scored just four goals in this period.

Ipswich V Huddersfield

  • Ipswich have scored exactly twice in four of their previous five games against Huddersfield failing to net in the other (W3 D2).
  • Huddersfield have won only once in their last 16 trips to Ipswich (D2 L13), September 1996, 3-1.
  • Ipswich’s defeat to Cardiff in midweek was their first in nine matches (W4 D4).
  • The Terriers have lost all five matches in which they’ve fallen behind this season.
  • Ipswich Town have conceded just three goals in 540 minutes of action at Portman Road this season.
  • Jacob Butterfield has scored in back to back games for the first time since April.

Leeds V Wolves

  • Leeds have lost only once in their last nine at home to Wolves, winning six.
  • Wolves’ last league victory at Elland Road came back in September 2006, courtesy of a goal from Jay Bothroyd.
  • Leeds United remain the only side in the division yet to score a headed goal in 2014/15.
  • Bakary Sako has scored in each of his last four games for Wolverhampton Wanderers.
  • No side has conceded fewer goals at home this term than the Whites (3).
  • Kevin McDonald (Wolves) has made 884 successful passes so far this season, 211 more than any other player in the division.

M’boro V Watford

  • Middlesbrough have scored in 15 of their 16 home league games against Watford.
  • Troy Deeney scored in both fixtures against Middlesbrough last season. In fact Deeney has scored four goals in his last five appearances against Boro.
  • Middlesbrough have won three of the four home matches in which they’ve gone ahead this term (D1).
  • Matej Vydra has scored four and assisted another in his last five games for Watford.
  • Only Derby (10) have conceded fewer goals this season than Middlesbrough (11).
  • Watford have had 10 different players score a goal for them this term, a league-high.

Nottm Forest V Blackburn

  • Nottm Forest have won their last two versus Blackburn, they’ve not won three in a row since January 1977.
  • Blackburn have won only one of their last six trips to the City Ground, drawing three and losing two.
  • Forest have scored eight goals via headers this season, three more than any other team. Last season, no side scored more headed goals than the East Midlands outfit (23).
  • Since August 2013, Alex Baptiste has conceded more penalties than any other Championship player (6).
  • Michail Antonio has been involved in more goals than any other player this season with 13 (7 goals, 6 assists).
  • Blackburn have conceded a joint-league-high three goals via direct free-kicks this season (Millwall are the other side).

Reading V Blackpool

  • Reading are unbeaten in their last 14 at home to Blackpool (W9 D5), winning the last five.
  • Blackpool have never scored more than a single goal in matches away to Reading.
  • Reading have conceded seven headed goals this season, the most in the Championship.
  • The Tangerines are the division’s lowest scorers with just eight goals so far. They’ve also failed to score in the opening and closing 15 minutes this term.
  • Only one player has scored more than once for Blackpool in 2014/15 – Nathan Delfouneso (2).

Sheff Wed V Norwich

  • Sheffield Wednesday have won their last eight league games against Norwich City, keeping four clean sheets in the process.
  • Norwich are winless in five trips to Hillsborough, losing the last four (D1).
  • 82% of Norwich’s goals this term have arrived after half time, a league-high share.
  • Indeed, Norwich have scored 18 second half goals this season, seven more than Wednesday have managed in total.
  • Sheffield Wednesday are one of two sides yet to recover any points from losing positions this season (along with Huddersfield).
  • After scoring five goals in his first five games for Norwich, Lewis Grabban has netted just one in his last eight for them.

 

 

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European Football Podcast: Episode 22 – 23rd October – El Clasico Special
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European Football Podcast: Episode 22 – 23rd October – El Clasico Special

Alex Dunn and Ray Drewett look ahead to the big one on this edition of the William Hill European Football Podcast – El Clasico.
Real Madrid host Barcelona at the Bernabeu, and the boys offer their thoughts on the game as well as previewing games in…

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European Football Podcast: Episode 22 – 23rd October – El Clasico Special
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European Football Podcast: Episode 22 – 23rd October – El Clasico Special

Alex Dunn and Ray Drewett look ahead to the big one on this edition of the William Hill European Football Podcast – El Clasico.
Real Madrid host Barcelona at the Bernabeu, and the boys offer their thoughts on the game as well as previewing games in…

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Barclays Premier League Opta Facts 25-27 October
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Barclays Premier League Opta Facts 25-27 October

West Ham United v Manchester City

West Ham have taken just one point from their last six Barclays Premier League encounters with Manchester City (L5 D1).

Sergio Aguero (108 mins) has the best mins-per-goal rate of any player in Barclays Premier League history (excluding players with fewer than 20 goals).

The Hammers lost four times to City last season (twice in the league and both legs of the League Cup semi-final).

City secured the league title against West Ham on the final day of last season with a 2-0 win at the Etihad. The Hammers did not muster a single shot on target.

West Ham have won four league games this season. In 2013-14 they didn’t reach this tally until January.

City have gone five Premier League games without defeat, the second longest current run in the division.

Sergio Aguero’s record of nine goals in his team’s opening eight games has never been bettered in Premier League history.

Aguero has scored four away goals in the Premier League this season. He has never scored more than seven on the road in a single campaign.

Diafra Sakho is only the second player in Premier League history (after Mick Quinn) to score in each of his first five starts in the competition.

West Ham have allowed the opposition fewer clear cut chances (7) than any other Premier League team this season.

 

Liverpool v Hull City

Liverpool have scored 10 goals in three Barclays Premier League home games against Hull City.

The Tigers have only won one of their 18 meetings with the Reds in all competitions (D4 L13), with that win coming on home soil last season.

Neither of Liverpool’s scorers in this fixture last season (Agger, Suarez) remain at the club.

Steven Gerrard has three goals in two starts against Hull at Anfield.

Hull (along with Chelsea and Everton) are one of only three teams to score in every Premier League game this season.

Mario Balotelli has put more clear cut chances off target than any other Premier League player this season (3).

After winning 11 Premier League games in a row between February and April, Liverpool have won just five of the subsequent 11 matches.

The Reds have kept just one clean sheet in their last 14 Premier League matches.

Liverpool have conceded exactly one goal in each of their last five Premier League games at Anfield.

Hull’s last two away games have ended 2-2. Only two teams in Premier League history have recorded three successive 2-2s away from home (Man Utd in 1994 and Newcastle in 2003).

Liverpool have both taken (129) and scored (98 – level with Chelsea) the most penalties in Premier League history.

 

Southampton v Stoke

Each of the last four meetings between Southampton and Stoke have ended as a draw.

Both teams have scored in the last seven games between the Saints and the Potters.

No team with a striped home shirt has finished in the top four of the Barclays Premier League since Newcastle in 2002-03.

Southampton’s record of W5 D1 L2 is their best at this stage of a top-flight season since W5 D2 L1 in 1983-84 (the season in which they went onto finish second).

Southampton have made fewer substitutions than any other Premier League side this season (19).

Southampton’s style under Koeman is illustrated by their total of 199 tackles, more than any other side.

Southampton have hit the most shots on target in the Premier League this season (50) while Stoke have allowed the least on their own goal (20).

Southampton have the best penalty record of any regular team in the Premier League (53 taken, 51 scored).

Fraser Forster has the best saves to shots rate of any regular goalkeeper in the Premier League this season (75%).

Conversely, Stoke’s Asmir Begovic has the lowest saves to shots rate of any regular glovesman (53%).

Southampton have kept clean sheets in three of their last four Premier League home games.


Sunderland v Arsenal

Sunderland have scored 16 own goals since the start of the 2010-11 season, more than any other Barclays Premier League side.

Arsenal are looking to win four Barclays Premier League away games in a row against Sunderland for the first time.

The Black Cats have won just one of their last 21 Premier League games against Arsenal.

Arsenal need two more goals to become the second team (after Man Utd) to score 1500 Premier League goals.

Arsenal’s two league wins this season have come via a 90th minute winner against Crystal Palace in their opening game and 3-0 win at struggling Aston Villa.

Only two Premier League teams have kept a clean sheet after conceding 8+ goals in the preceding match (Arsenal in 2011 after losing 8-2 to Man Utd and Wigan in 2009 after losing 9-1 to Spurs).

Despite conceding eight to Southampton last time out, Sunderland (2) have kept twice as many Premier League clean sheets as Arsenal this season.

If Arsenal fail to win it will be their worst performance after nine games in the Arsene Wenger era (previously 13 in 2011-12).

If Arsenal lose they will have half the number of points they had at this stage last season.

Lee Cattermole has been booked in two of his last three Premier League appearances. His overall record is 65 in 212 games (plus seven red cards).

 

West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace

The previous two Barclays Premier League games between these sides at the Hawthorns have seen four goals in the last 10 minutes, including two in the 90th.

Palace have lost only one of their last eight encounters with WBA in all competitions.

Palace are averaging less possession in the Premier League than any other team this season (34%).

Saido Berahino has scored seven goals in 10 competitive appearances for WBA this season, with six of these coming at the Hawthorns.

No English player has scored as many goals in the Premier League so far this season as Berahino (6).

The Baggies have conceded more long range goals than any other side in the league. Five of the 11 goals they have shipped have come from outside the area.

Palace are five points down based on results in the equivalent fixtures last season. Only Manchester United (nine points) have seen a bigger drop.

WBA have lost only lost two of their last 13 Premier League games against London sides.

Palace have committed more fouls than any other Premier League side this season (118).

Mile Jedinak leads the division in tackles (40) and interceptions (29).

 

Swansea City v Leicester City

The last six meetings between Swansea and Leicester have been home wins.

Leonardo Ulloa scored five goals in his first five Barclays Premier League appearances but has not had a shot in the subsequent three matches.

Wilfried Bony has scored in his last two Premier League appearances for Swansea City – he’s never scored in three successive PL apps for the club.

Gylfi Sigurdsson has had a hand in seven goals (six assists, one goal) in eight PL appearances for Swansea City this season.

Swansea have taken just 17 corners in eight league games this season.

Swansea have scored 10 of the 11 penalties they’ve been awarded in the Premier League.

No team has thrown away more points from leading positions than Swansea (8 – level with Hull) this season.

Leicester have conceded more shots on target (46) than any other Premier League side this season.

Swansea are one of four teams yet to score a header this season in the Premier League (along with Liverpool, Burnley and Aston Villa).

After opening the season with three wins, Swansea have taken just two points from five games.

 

Burnley v Everton

Burnley lost only one of their opening 10 home games in the Barclays Premier League but have won only two of the 13 since then.

Only the top three have scored more goals than Everton (16) this season.

Only Aston Villa have scored as few goals as Burnley so far this season (4).

Everton (along with Chelsea and Hull) are one of only three teams to score in every Premier League game this season.

The average length of Everton’s goals this season has been 16.2 yards. Only Manchester United (16.5) have averaged longer.

Everton have made more errors leading directly to a goal than any other Premier League side this season (5).

No player has been booked for dissent more times than Tim Howard (2) in the Premier League this season.

Romelu Lukaku has now scored 18 Premier League goals for Everton, one more than he notched in a single season at West Brom.

Danny Ings has mustered just one shot on target in five appearances in the Premier League.

Leighton Baines now has 42 Premier League assists. The only defender with more in Premier League history is Graeme Le Saux with 44 (and he often played as a midfielder).

 

Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United

Tottenham have scored at least once in 18 of their last 19 Premier League games against Newcastle.

None of the last 17 league meetings between these sides at White Hart Lane has ended as a draw.

After winning four successive Premier League games in London between May 2013 and January 2014, Newcastle have lost their last three in a row, failing to score in each match.

Christian Eriksen has scored in his last two Premier League appearances but it yet to assist a goal in the top-flight this season (last year he provided eight assists).

Roberto Soldado has assisted as many Premier League goals as he has scored (6).

Tottenham have conceded nine Premier League penalties in 2014, more than any other team.

Papiss Demba Cissé has scored four goals and assisted one more in four Premier League appearances in 2014-15.

Six of Tottenham’s 10 goals this season have come before half-time, while Newcastle have the highest proportion of second half goals in the division in 2014-15 (75%; 6 of 8).

The average length of Newcastle’s goals this season has been 9.02 yards, the shortest distance of any of the 20 teams in the division.

Newcastle have displayed the most effective offside trap in the Premier League this season (22 opponents snared).

 

Manchester United v Chelsea

Manchester United have won only six of their last 22 Barclays Premier League games against Chelsea.

Chelsea have kept clean sheets in their last two Premier League games at Old Trafford. They have not kept 3+ clean sheets in a row there since a spell of five between 1968 and 1972.

United have had a man sent off in two of their last three Premier League encounters with Chelsea.

The last man to score a goal in this fixture (at Old Trafford) was Juan Mata, playing for the Blues.

Angel Di Maria has assisted a goal in four of his last five Premier League games for Manchester United.

Cesc Fabregas has been involved in eight goals (one goal, seven assists) in eight league games for Chelsea.

Robin van Persie has scored six Premier League goals against Chelsea but all of them have come at Stamford Bridge.

Only 14 players have started for Chelsea in the Premier League this season, a smaller spread than any other team, while Manchester United have used 30 players in the Premier League this season, more than any other club.

Chelsea are the only Premier League opponents that Man Utd have lost more games (15) against than won (13) against.

John Terry should make his 430th Premier League appearance in this game; he will overtake Frank Lampard as the player with the most appearances for Chelsea in the competition.


Queens Park Rangers v Aston Villa

In the meeting between QPR & Villa in September 2011, Richard Dunne scored an own goal – last weekend he became the first player in Premier League history to reach a tally of 10 own goals.

Three of the last four meetings between QPR and Aston Villa in the Premier League have been drawn (with both games at Loftus Road ending 1-1).

QPR have conceded at least two goals in each of their last five Premier League games (13 goals in total).

QPR have scored four goals in their last two Premier League home games but have only one point to show for it.

Andreas Weimann has scored two goals from two shots on target this season and they have both been winners.

Villa have lost nine of their last 10 Premier League games against London sides.

QPR have four points from eight games, one more than they did at this stage two seasons ago.

Villa have failed to score in each of their last five Premier League games in London.

Villa’s total of 12 shots on target is fewer than three players after eight matchweeks (Aguero, Costa and Pelle).

Aston Villa are the only team not to score in the closing 15 minutes of games this season.

 

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Barclays Premier League OPTA Facts 25th-27th October
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Barclays Premier League OPTA Facts 25th-27th October

West Ham United v Manchester City

West Ham have taken just one point from their last six Barclays Premier League encounters with Manchester City (L5 D1).

Sergio Aguero (108 mins) has the best mins-per-goal rate of any player in Barclays Premier League history (excluding players with fewer than 20 goals).

The Hammers lost four times to City last season (twice in the league and both legs of the League Cup semi-final).

City secured the league title against West Ham on the final day of last season with a 2-0 win at the Etihad. The Hammers did not muster a single shot on target.

West Ham have won four league games this season. In 2013-14 they didn’t reach this tally until January.

City have gone five Premier League games without defeat, the second longest current run in the division.

Sergio Aguero’s record of nine goals in his team’s opening eight games has never been bettered in Premier League history.

Aguero has scored four away goals in the Premier League this season. He has never scored more than seven on the road in a single campaign.

Diafra Sakho is only the second player in Premier League history (after Mick Quinn) to score in each of his first five starts in the competition.

West Ham have allowed the opposition fewer clear cut chances (7) than any other Premier League team this season.

 

Liverpool v Hull City

Liverpool have scored 10 goals in three Barclays Premier League home games against Hull City.

The Tigers have only won one of their 18 meetings with the Reds in all competitions (D4 L13), with that win coming on home soil last season.

Neither of Liverpool’s scorers in this fixture last season (Agger, Suarez) remain at the club.

Steven Gerrard has three goals in two starts against Hull at Anfield.

Hull (along with Chelsea and Everton) are one of only three teams to score in every Premier League game this season.

Mario Balotelli has put more clear cut chances off target than any other Premier League player this season (3).

After winning 11 Premier League games in a row between February and April, Liverpool have won just five of the subsequent 11 matches.

The Reds have kept just one clean sheet in their last 14 Premier League matches.

Liverpool have conceded exactly one goal in each of their last five Premier League games at Anfield.

Hull’s last two away games have ended 2-2. Only two teams in Premier League history have recorded three successive 2-2s away from home (Man Utd in 1994 and Newcastle in 2003).

Liverpool have both taken (129) and scored (98 – level with Chelsea) the most penalties in Premier League history.

 

Southampton v Stoke

Each of the last four meetings between Southampton and Stoke have ended as a draw.

Both teams have scored in the last seven games between the Saints and the Potters.

No team with a striped home shirt has finished in the top four of the Barclays Premier League since Newcastle in 2002-03.

Southampton’s record of W5 D1 L2 is their best at this stage of a top-flight season since W5 D2 L1 in 1983-84 (the season in which they went onto finish second).

Southampton have made fewer substitutions than any other Premier League side this season (19).

Southampton’s style under Koeman is illustrated by their total of 199 tackles, more than any other side.

Southampton have hit the most shots on target in the Premier League this season (50) while Stoke have allowed the least on their own goal (20).

Southampton have the best penalty record of any regular team in the Premier League (53 taken, 51 scored).

Fraser Forster has the best saves to shots rate of any regular goalkeeper in the Premier League this season (75%).

Conversely, Stoke’s Asmir Begovic has the lowest saves to shots rate of any regular glovesman (53%).

Southampton have kept clean sheets in three of their last four Premier League home games.


Sunderland v Arsenal

Sunderland have scored 15 own goals since the start of the 2010-11 season, more than any other Barclays Premier League side.

Arsenal are looking to win four Barclays Premier League away games in a row against Sunderland for the first time.

The Black Cats have won just one of their last 21 Premier League games against Arsenal.

Arsenal need two more goals to become the second team (after Man Utd) to score 1500 Premier League goals.

Arsenal’s two league wins this season have come via a 90th minute winner against Crystal Palace in their opening game and 3-0 win at struggling Aston Villa.

Only two Premier League teams have kept a clean sheet after conceding 8+ goals in the preceding match (Arsenal in 2011 after losing 8-2 to Man Utd and Wigan in 2009 after losing 9-1 to Spurs).

Despite conceding eight to Southampton last time out, Sunderland (2) have kept twice as many Premier League clean sheets as Arsenal this season.

If Arsenal fail to win it will be their worst performance after nine games in the Arsene Wenger era (previously 13 in 2011-12).

If Arsenal lose they will have half the number of points they had at this stage last season.

Lee Cattermole has been booked in two of his last three Premier League appearances. His overall record is 65 in 212 games (plus seven red cards).

 

West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace

The previous two Barclays Premier League games between these sides at the Hawthorns have seen four goals in the last 10 minutes, including two in the 90th.

Palace have lost only one of their last eight encounters with WBA in all competitions.

Palace are averaging less possession in the Premier League than any other team this season (34%).

Saido Berahino has scored seven goals in 10 competitive appearances for WBA this season, with six of these coming at the Hawthorns.

No English player has scored as many goals in the Premier League so far this season as Berahino (6).

The Baggies have conceded more long range goals than any other side in the league. Five of the 11 goals they have shipped have come from outside the area.

Palace are five points down based on results in the equivalent fixtures last season. Only Manchester United (nine points) have seen a bigger drop.

WBA have lost only lost two of their last 13 Premier League games against London sides.

Palace have committed more fouls than any other Premier League side this season (118).

Mile Jedinak leads the division in tackles (40) and interceptions (29).

 

Swansea City v Leicester City

The last six meetings between Swansea and Leicester have been home wins.

Leonardo Ulloa scored five goals in his first five Barclays Premier League appearances but has not had a shot in the subsequent three matches.

Wilfried Bony has scored in his last two Premier League appearances for Swansea City – he’s never scored in three successive PL apps for the club.

Gylfi Sigurdsson has had a hand in seven goals (six assists, one goal) in eight PL appearances for Swansea City this season.

Swansea have taken just 17 corners in eight league games this season.

Swansea have scored 10 of the 11 penalties they’ve been awarded in the Premier League.

No team has thrown away more points from leading positions than Swansea (8 – level with Hull) this season.

Leicester have conceded more shots on target (46) than any other Premier League side this season.

Swansea are one of four teams yet to score a header this season in the Premier League (along with Liverpool, Burnley and Aston Villa).

After opening the season with three wins, Swansea have taken just two points from five games.

 

Burnley v Everton

Burnley lost only one of their opening 10 home games in the Barclays Premier League but have won only two of the 13 since then.

Only the top three have scored more goals than Everton (16) this season.

Only Aston Villa have scored as few goals as Burnley so far this season (4).

Everton (along with Chelsea and Hull) are one of only three teams to score in every Premier League game this season.

The average length of Everton’s goals this season has been 16.2 yards. Only Manchester United (16.5) have averaged longer.

Everton have made more errors leading directly to a goal than any other Premier League side this season (5).

No player has been booked for dissent more times than Tim Howard (2) in the Premier League this season.

Romelu Lukaku has now scored 18 Premier League goals for Everton, one more than he notched in a single season at West Brom.

Danny Ings has mustered just one shot on target in five appearances in the Premier League.

Leighton Baines now has 42 Premier League assists. The only defender with more in Premier League history is Graeme Le Saux with 44 (and he often played as a midfielder).

 

Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United

Tottenham have scored at least once in 18 of their last 19 Premier League games against Newcastle.

None of the last 17 league meetings between these sides at White Hart Lane has ended as a draw.

After winning four successive Premier League games in London between May 2013 and January 2014, Newcastle have lost their last three in a row, failing to score in each match.

Christian Eriksen has scored in his last two Premier League appearances but it yet to assist a goal in the top-flight this season (last year he provided eight assists).

Roberto Soldado has assisted as many Premier League goals as he has scored (6).

Tottenham have conceded nine Premier League penalties in 2014, more than any other team.

Papiss Demba Cissé has scored four goals and assisted one more in four Premier League appearances in 2014-15.

Six of Tottenham’s 10 goals this season have come before half-time, while Newcastle have the highest proportion of second half goals in the division in 2014-15 (75%; 6 of 8).

The average length of Newcastle’s goals this season has been 9.02 yards, the shortest distance of any of the 20 teams in the division.

Newcastle have displayed the most effective offside trap in the Premier League this season (22 opponents snared).

 

Manchester United v Chelsea

Manchester United have won only six of their last 22 Barclays Premier League games against Chelsea.

Chelsea have kept clean sheets in their last two Premier League games at Old Trafford. They have not kept 3+ clean sheets in a row there since a spell of five between 1968 and 1972.

United have had a man sent off in two of their last three Premier League encounters with Chelsea.

The last man to score a goal in this fixture (at Old Trafford) was Juan Mata, playing for the Blues.

Angel Di Maria has assisted a goal in four of his last five Premier League games for Manchester United.

Cesc Fabregas has been involved in eight goals (one goal, seven assists) in eight league games for Chelsea.

Robin van Persie has scored six Premier League goals against Chelsea but all of them have come at Stamford Bridge.

Only 14 players have started for Chelsea in the Premier League this season, a smaller spread than any other team, while Manchester United have used 30 players in the Premier League this season, more than any other club.

Chelsea are the only Premier League opponents that Man Utd have lost more games (15) against than won (13) against.

John Terry should make his 430th Premier League appearance in this game; he will overtake Frank Lampard as the player with the most appearances for Chelsea in the competition.


Queens Park Rangers v Aston Villa

In the meeting between QPR & Villa in September 2011, Richard Dunne scored an own goal – last weekend he became the first player in Premier League history to reach a tally of 10 own goals.

Three of the last four meetings between QPR and Aston Villa in the Premier League have been drawn (with both games at Loftus Road ending 1-1).

QPR have conceded at least two goals in each of their last five Premier League games (13 goals in total).

QPR have scored four goals in their last two Premier League home games but have only one point to show for it.

Andreas Weimann has scored two goals from two shots on target this season and they have both been winners.

Villa have lost nine of their last 10 Premier League games against London sides.

QPR have four points from eight games, one more than they did at this stage two seasons ago.

Villa have failed to score in each of their last five Premier League games in London.

Villa’s total of 12 shots on target is fewer than three players after eight matchweeks (Aguero, Costa and Pelle).

Aston Villa are the only team not to score in the closing 15 minutes of games this season.

 

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Barclays Premier League OPTA Facts 25th-27th October
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Barclays Premier League OPTA Facts 25th-27th October

West Ham United v Manchester City

West Ham have taken just one point from their last six Barclays Premier League encounters with Manchester City (L5 D1).

Sergio Aguero (108 mins) has the best mins-per-goal rate of any player in Barclays Premier League history (excluding players with fewer than 20 goals).

The Hammers lost four times to City last season (twice in the league and both legs of the League Cup semi-final).

City secured the league title against West Ham on the final day of last season with a 2-0 win at the Etihad. The Hammers did not muster a single shot on target.

West Ham have won four league games this season. In 2013-14 they didn’t reach this tally until January.

City have gone five Premier League games without defeat, the second longest current run in the division.

Sergio Aguero’s record of nine goals in his team’s opening eight games has never been bettered in Premier League history.

Aguero has scored four away goals in the Premier League this season. He has never scored more than seven on the road in a single campaign.

Diafra Sakho is only the second player in Premier League history (after Mick Quinn) to score in each of his first five starts in the competition.

West Ham have allowed the opposition fewer clear cut chances (7) than any other Premier League team this season.

 

Liverpool v Hull City

Liverpool have scored 10 goals in three Barclays Premier League home games against Hull City.

The Tigers have only won one of their 18 meetings with the Reds in all competitions (D4 L13), with that win coming on home soil last season.

Neither of Liverpool’s scorers in this fixture last season (Agger, Suarez) remain at the club.

Steven Gerrard has three goals in two starts against Hull at Anfield.

Hull (along with Chelsea and Everton) are one of only three teams to score in every Premier League game this season.

Mario Balotelli has put more clear cut chances off target than any other Premier League player this season (3).

After winning 11 Premier League games in a row between February and April, Liverpool have won just five of the subsequent 11 matches.

The Reds have kept just one clean sheet in their last 14 Premier League matches.

Liverpool have conceded exactly one goal in each of their last five Premier League games at Anfield.

Hull’s last two away games have ended 2-2. Only two teams in Premier League history have recorded three successive 2-2s away from home (Man Utd in 1994 and Newcastle in 2003).

Liverpool have both taken (129) and scored (98 – level with Chelsea) the most penalties in Premier League history.

 

Southampton v Stoke

Each of the last four meetings between Southampton and Stoke have ended as a draw.

Both teams have scored in the last seven games between the Saints and the Potters.

No team with a striped home shirt has finished in the top four of the Barclays Premier League since Newcastle in 2002-03.

Southampton’s record of W5 D1 L2 is their best at this stage of a top-flight season since W5 D2 L1 in 1983-84 (the season in which they went onto finish second).

Southampton have made fewer substitutions than any other Premier League side this season (19).

Southampton’s style under Koeman is illustrated by their total of 199 tackles, more than any other side.

Southampton have hit the most shots on target in the Premier League this season (50) while Stoke have allowed the least on their own goal (20).

Southampton have the best penalty record of any regular team in the Premier League (53 taken, 51 scored).

Fraser Forster has the best saves to shots rate of any regular goalkeeper in the Premier League this season (75%).

Conversely, Stoke’s Asmir Begovic has the lowest saves to shots rate of any regular glovesman (53%).

Southampton have kept clean sheets in three of their last four Premier League home games.


Sunderland v Arsenal

Sunderland have scored 15 own goals since the start of the 2010-11 season, more than any other Barclays Premier League side.

Arsenal are looking to win four Barclays Premier League away games in a row against Sunderland for the first time.

The Black Cats have won just one of their last 21 Premier League games against Arsenal.

Arsenal need two more goals to become the second team (after Man Utd) to score 1500 Premier League goals.

Arsenal’s two league wins this season have come via a 90th minute winner against Crystal Palace in their opening game and 3-0 win at struggling Aston Villa.

Only two Premier League teams have kept a clean sheet after conceding 8+ goals in the preceding match (Arsenal in 2011 after losing 8-2 to Man Utd and Wigan in 2009 after losing 9-1 to Spurs).

Despite conceding eight to Southampton last time out, Sunderland (2) have kept twice as many Premier League clean sheets as Arsenal this season.

If Arsenal fail to win it will be their worst performance after nine games in the Arsene Wenger era (previously 13 in 2011-12).

If Arsenal lose they will have half the number of points they had at this stage last season.

Lee Cattermole has been booked in two of his last three Premier League appearances. His overall record is 65 in 212 games (plus seven red cards).

 

West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace

The previous two Barclays Premier League games between these sides at the Hawthorns have seen four goals in the last 10 minutes, including two in the 90th.

Palace have lost only one of their last eight encounters with WBA in all competitions.

Palace are averaging less possession in the Premier League than any other team this season (34%).

Saido Berahino has scored seven goals in 10 competitive appearances for WBA this season, with six of these coming at the Hawthorns.

No English player has scored as many goals in the Premier League so far this season as Berahino (6).

The Baggies have conceded more long range goals than any other side in the league. Five of the 11 goals they have shipped have come from outside the area.

Palace are five points down based on results in the equivalent fixtures last season. Only Manchester United (nine points) have seen a bigger drop.

WBA have lost only lost two of their last 13 Premier League games against London sides.

Palace have committed more fouls than any other Premier League side this season (118).

Mile Jedinak leads the division in tackles (40) and interceptions (29).

 

Swansea City v Leicester City

The last six meetings between Swansea and Leicester have been home wins.

Leonardo Ulloa scored five goals in his first five Barclays Premier League appearances but has not had a shot in the subsequent three matches.

Wilfried Bony has scored in his last two Premier League appearances for Swansea City – he’s never scored in three successive PL apps for the club.

Gylfi Sigurdsson has had a hand in seven goals (six assists, one goal) in eight PL appearances for Swansea City this season.

Swansea have taken just 17 corners in eight league games this season.

Swansea have scored 10 of the 11 penalties they’ve been awarded in the Premier League.

No team has thrown away more points from leading positions than Swansea (8 – level with Hull) this season.

Leicester have conceded more shots on target (46) than any other Premier League side this season.

Swansea are one of four teams yet to score a header this season in the Premier League (along with Liverpool, Burnley and Aston Villa).

After opening the season with three wins, Swansea have taken just two points from five games.

 

Burnley v Everton

Burnley lost only one of their opening 10 home games in the Barclays Premier League but have won only two of the 13 since then.

Only the top three have scored more goals than Everton (16) this season.

Only Aston Villa have scored as few goals as Burnley so far this season (4).

Everton (along with Chelsea and Hull) are one of only three teams to score in every Premier League game this season.

The average length of Everton’s goals this season has been 16.2 yards. Only Manchester United (16.5) have averaged longer.

Everton have made more errors leading directly to a goal than any other Premier League side this season (5).

No player has been booked for dissent more times than Tim Howard (2) in the Premier League this season.

Romelu Lukaku has now scored 18 Premier League goals for Everton, one more than he notched in a single season at West Brom.

Danny Ings has mustered just one shot on target in five appearances in the Premier League.

Leighton Baines now has 42 Premier League assists. The only defender with more in Premier League history is Graeme Le Saux with 44 (and he often played as a midfielder).

 

Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United

Tottenham have scored at least once in 18 of their last 19 Premier League games against Newcastle.

None of the last 17 league meetings between these sides at White Hart Lane has ended as a draw.

After winning four successive Premier League games in London between May 2013 and January 2014, Newcastle have lost their last three in a row, failing to score in each match.

Christian Eriksen has scored in his last two Premier League appearances but it yet to assist a goal in the top-flight this season (last year he provided eight assists).

Roberto Soldado has assisted as many Premier League goals as he has scored (6).

Tottenham have conceded nine Premier League penalties in 2014, more than any other team.

Papiss Demba Cissé has scored four goals and assisted one more in four Premier League appearances in 2014-15.

Six of Tottenham’s 10 goals this season have come before half-time, while Newcastle have the highest proportion of second half goals in the division in 2014-15 (75%; 6 of 8).

The average length of Newcastle’s goals this season has been 9.02 yards, the shortest distance of any of the 20 teams in the division.

Newcastle have displayed the most effective offside trap in the Premier League this season (22 opponents snared).

 

Manchester United v Chelsea

Manchester United have won only six of their last 22 Barclays Premier League games against Chelsea.

Chelsea have kept clean sheets in their last two Premier League games at Old Trafford. They have not kept 3+ clean sheets in a row there since a spell of five between 1968 and 1972.

United have had a man sent off in two of their last three Premier League encounters with Chelsea.

The last man to score a goal in this fixture (at Old Trafford) was Juan Mata, playing for the Blues.

Angel Di Maria has assisted a goal in four of his last five Premier League games for Manchester United.

Cesc Fabregas has been involved in eight goals (one goal, seven assists) in eight league games for Chelsea.

Robin van Persie has scored six Premier League goals against Chelsea but all of them have come at Stamford Bridge.

Only 14 players have started for Chelsea in the Premier League this season, a smaller spread than any other team, while Manchester United have used 30 players in the Premier League this season, more than any other club.

Chelsea are the only Premier League opponents that Man Utd have lost more games (15) against than won (13) against.

John Terry should make his 430th Premier League appearance in this game; he will overtake Frank Lampard as the player with the most appearances for Chelsea in the competition.


Queens Park Rangers v Aston Villa

In the meeting between QPR & Villa in September 2011, Richard Dunne scored an own goal – last weekend he became the first player in Premier League history to reach a tally of 10 own goals.

Three of the last four meetings between QPR and Aston Villa in the Premier League have been drawn (with both games at Loftus Road ending 1-1).

QPR have conceded at least two goals in each of their last five Premier League games (13 goals in total).

QPR have scored four goals in their last two Premier League home games but have only one point to show for it.

Andreas Weimann has scored two goals from two shots on target this season and they have both been winners.

Villa have lost nine of their last 10 Premier League games against London sides.

QPR have four points from eight games, one more than they did at this stage two seasons ago.

Villa have failed to score in each of their last five Premier League games in London.

Villa’s total of 12 shots on target is fewer than three players after eight matchweeks (Aguero, Costa and Pelle).

Aston Villa are the only team not to score in the closing 15 minutes of games this season.

 

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Champions League Opta Facts – 21-22 October
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Champions League Opta Facts – 21-22 October

CSKA Moscow v Manchester City

 

  • These two sides have met only twice so far – that was last season in the group stage of the Champions League with the Citizens winning both games.
  • CSKA have faced English opposition 11 times so far in Europe, winning only twice (D3 L6).
  • The Russians are on a streak of six consecutive losses in European competition but they have failed to score only once in this run (vs Bayern).
  • Man City are winless in their last four games in Europe (D3 L1): their last win coming against Bayern Munich in December 2013.
  • The Citizens have conceded goals in each of their last nine matches in Europe, shipping 16 (an average of 1.8 goals per game).
  • CSKA Moscow were the last Russian team to beat an English side in the Champions League (Arsenal in October 2006).
  • Five of the six goals conceded by CSKA Moscow in this Champions League campaign have come in the first 31 minutes of play.
  • Only four of Man City’s 17 total shots in this season’s Champions League have been on target.
  • CSKA have already hit the woodwork three times in two games in this competition – more than any other side.
  • Man City’s last eight Champions League goals have been scored by eight different players.
  • Sergio Agüero found the net four times in the two Champions League fixtures against CSKA Moscow last season.
  • Seydou Doumbia has scored three braces in Champions League so far – one of them came against the Citizens in November 2013.

 

Schalke 04 v Sporting Lisbon

 

  • This will be the first competitive meeting between these two sides.
  • Schalke have lost only once in eight games against Portuguese opposition so far, winning five (D2).
  • Sporting have won just one of their last eight European fixtures (D3, L4).
  • Sporting have won just one of their 14 previous meetings against Germans clubs in all competitions, and managed to score more than a single goal in those games only once (D4 L9).
  • Schalke 04 have drawn their last two games in Champions League. The Germans have never shared the points for three matches in a row in this competition.
  • Schalke have scored exactly one goal in each of their last four clashes in Europe.
  • Only one of the last 11 Schalke’s goals in Champions League has come in the first half.
  • Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has scored three of Schalke’s last four goals in Champions League – including the two they’ve scored in this campaign.
  • Three out of Nani’s six Champions League goals have come right against German sides.
  • Nani has created eight chances in this Champions League so far this season, fewer only than Lionel Messi and David Silva (9).

 

 

BATE Borisov v Shakhtar Donetsk

 

  • This will be the first competitive meeting between these two sides.
  • Shakhtar have won only one of their last nine European fixtures, drawing the first two of this Champions League campaign (D5 L3).
  • BATE Borisov’s 2-1 win against Athletic Club in the last round ended a run of eight consecutive winless games in Europe, and a run of three without scoring (excl. qualifiers).
  • BATE Borisov have faced a Ukrainian side only twice so far: one draw and one defeat against Dynamo Kyiv in the Europa League group stage in 2010/11.
  • On the other hand, Shakhtar Donetsk’s only clash with a Belarussian team dates back to 1996 (Intertoto Cup) – the Ukrainians lost against Ataka Minsk on home soil.
  • BATE have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 14 Champions League games (excluding qualifiers). In fact they’ve managed to shut out the opposition only once in their previous 20 matches in the Champions League.
  • The Belarus side have the lowest passing accuracy (69%) after the first two matchdays of the current Champions League.
  • Only three out of 16 BATE’s goals in Champions League history have been scored by a striker.
  • Alex Teixeira has been involved in five of the last nine Shakhtar’s goals in Champions League (four goals, one assist).
  • Both Denis Polyakov and Aleksandr Karnitski found their very first Champions League goal against Athletic Club in the last round.

 

 

Roma v Bayern Munich

 

  • These two sides met twice in the Group Stage of the Champions League 2010/11, when they shared a home win each.
  • Roma have shared only one draw in their last 16 meetings against German opponents, winning seven times (L8).
  • Bayern have won their last three Champions League games against Italian teams, keeping a clean sheet in the last two.
  • Bayern Munich recorded 919 passes in their last Champions League match against CSKA Moscow, 143 more than any other side has managed in a CL match this season.
  • In fact, Pep Guardiola’s side have made the most passes so far in this season’s Champions League (1582).
  • The Germans also had the most touches in the opposition box over the first two rounds (76).
  • Juan Iturbe is one of only two players to have made two assists in a single game of this season’s Champions League.
  • Five Bayern’s players have already completed more than 100 passes in a game of this Champions League: Xabi Alonso, Philipp Lahm, Dante, Medhi Benatia and David Alaba.
  • In the last round against Manchester City, Francesco Totti became the oldest goalscorer in the history of the Champions League (38 years, 3 days old).

 

Chelsea v Maribor

 

  • Chelsea and Maribor have never met in a competitive game before.
  • Maribor won their last game against an English side, 2-1 against Wigan Athletic in the Europa League in December 2013. However, this is their only win over an English team (D1 L4).
  • The Blues have never met a Slovenian side in Europe before.
  • Chelsea won their last Champions League game against Sporting Lisbon – the Blues have not won back-to-back games in the Champions League since November 2013 (a run of three games).
  • Chelsea haven’t scored more than once in each of their last four Champions League games.
  • However, they scored in each of their last 20 European games at Stamford Bridge, keeping a clean sheet eight times.
  • Maribor are unbeaten after the first two games of this Champions League campaign – this is the first time they avoided defeat in consecutive games in this competition.
  • It was also the first time they found the net in two consecutive Champions League games.
  • Maribor’s last defeat in a European game came last February against Sevilla in the Europa League. Since then, they’ve put together five draws and three wins (incl. qualifiers).
  • Only Galatasaray (56) and Bayer Leverkusen (61) have made more tackles than Chelsea (54) in this season’s Champions League.

 

 

Porto v Athletic Bilbao

 

  • The only two previous meetings between Porto and Athletic came in September 1956 – both were won by Athletic in what was the first European Cup tie for both teams.
  • Porto have won just one of their last seven Champions League fixtures (D3 L3).
  • Porto have lost their last three games against Spanish sides in the Champions League, after they had won the previous three.
  • The last four meetings between Athletic and a Portuguese opponent have seen both sides find the net.
  • Porto have the best attack of this Champions League, scoring eight goals so far.
  • Porto have won their last four home games in European competitions (incl. qualifiers) and are unbeaten in the last six (W4 D2).
  • On the other hand, Athletic Bilbao have lost four of their last five away matches in Europe (exc. qualifiers).
  • Colombian striker Jackson Martinez is the only player to have already scored with his left foot, right foot and a headed goal in this season’s Champions League.
  • Only Lionel Messi (16) has completed more dribbles than Yacine Brahimi (14) over the first two matchdays of the current Champions League.
  • Brahimi’s seven shots in this season’s Champions League have been all on target.
  • Aritz Aduriz has found the net (vs BATE Borisov) with his only shot on target in the current Champions League.
  • Aduriz has scored three of Athletic’s five goals in Europe this season (incl. Champions League qualifiers).

 

 

Barcelona v Ajax

 

  • Barcelona and Ajax have won eight Champions Leagues/European Cups combined (four apiece), however they have only met twice so far in the competition, sharing a win each in 2013/14.
  • The Catalan team have won only one of their last four European games between this and last season (D1 L2).
  • Barcelona have conceded more than one goal only once in their last 11 home fixtures in the Champions League (v Bayern in May 2013).
  • Ajax have drawn their last three Champions League games.
  • The Dutch team are winless in their last eight Champions League clashes away from home (D4 L4).
  • Ajax’s last game against a Spanish club in European competition was against Barcelona in November 2013. That win ended a run of nine losses in a row against Spanish opponents.
  • Barcelona have recorded the best passing accuracy of this Champions League (91.1%), as well as having the most touches in the opposition half (1274).
  • The Catalans have completed the most passes in this CL season (1351).
  • Ajax are the only side yet to be caught offside in this Champions League.
  • Gerard Piqué has a 100% passing accuracy – a record amongst players with more than 25 passes.
  • Lasse Schöne has scored three of the last six Ajax’s goals in Champions League.

 

APOEL v PSG

 

  • These two sides have met only twice in Europe before: that was the first round of the Cup Winners’ Cup 1993-94 with PSG winning both games (1-0 and 2-0).
  • Those were PSG’s only two games against a Cypriot opponent.
  • APOEL Nicosia have faced a French opponent six times so far in Europe: they have never drawn (W2 L4).
  • One of APOEL’s three wins in 18 Champions League matches came right against French opposition (vs Lyon, in March 2012).
  • APOEL have won only three of their last 18 games in European competition (D9 L6).
  • The Cypriots are unbeaten in their last five home European games (W3 D2).
  • PSG have conceded at least a goal in eight of their last nine games in Champions League – they have scored in 19 of their last 20.
  • PSG have won only one of their last four away games in Champions League (D1 L2).
  • APOEL have attempted only three shots on target so far in this competition – a joint-low.
  • APOEL’s last two Champions League goals have come from the penalty spot.
  • Gustavo Manduca has scored four of the last five APOEL’s goals in Champions League.
  • Only one of the last six PSG’s goals has been courtesy of a striker: Edinson Cavani against Ajax.

 

 

Atletico Madrid v Malmö

 

  • These two sides have already met twice: that was in the first round of the European Cup 1966-67.
  • Atlético de Madrid won both games, 2-0 in Sweden and 3-1 in Spain.
  • Those are the only two times Malmö has faced Spanish opposition in Europe.
  • Likewise, it is the only time Atlético de Madrid have faced Swedish opposition in Europe.
  • Spanish sides have won 20 times against a Swedish team (L3 D4), including each of the last 11.
  • Atlético have scored in 15 of their last 16 European games, conceding a goal in eight matches.
  • They have conceded only one goal in the last six European home games, against Milan on March 2014.
  • Malmö have lost their last three away games in Europe: they conceded 2.6 goals per match.
  • Markus Rosenberg has scored four of the last five Malmö’s European goals between Champions League qualifying and the group stage.
  • 50% (three out of six) of Malmö’s goals in the Champions League this season (incl. qualifying) have come in the last 15 minutes of play.
  • On the other hand, two of the three Atletico’s goals so far have been scored in the last 30 minutes.
  • Diego Simeone’s side have made 65 crosses from open play – more than any other side in this competition.
  • Cristian Ansaldi has made 17 open crosses this term, a record amongst Champions League players.

 

Bayer Leverkusen v Zenit

 

  • These two teams have met twice – that was in 2007-08 in the quarter final of the UEFA Cup. Bayer Leverkusen were eliminated, losing 4-1 at home despite winning 1-0 on the road.
  • Bayer Leverkusen have faced Russian opposition five times so far in Europe – they have never scored more than one goal in any of those matches.
  • Zenit St. Petersburg have met 12 times a German opposition in Europe (W5 D3 L4) – they have scored two goals in each of the last four games.
  • Bayer Leverkusen have won three of their last four European games including qualifying, scoring 10 goals and conceding four.
  • Bayer Leverkusen’s last five home games in Europe have seen 4.2 goals scored per game on average.
  • Zenit have lost only one of their last seven games in Europe including qualifying (W5 D1) – they haven’t conceded in the last five matches.
  • Bayer Leverkusen have made 61 tackles in this Champions League 2014-15, more than any other side.
  • Zenit St. Petersburg have received only one yellow card in this season’s Champions League – no team has picked up fewer.
  • Bayer Leverkusen have committed the most fouls (37) in this Champions League.
  • The Germans have allowed their opponents only two shots on target over their first two games of this campaign.
  • Heung-Min Son attempted seven shots in his last game against Benfica – a record for a player in a single game of this season’s Champions League.

 

Galatasaray v Borussia Dortmund

 

  • Galatasaray have faced Borussia Dortmund four times so far, winning only one game (L2 D1).
  • Gala haven’t scored a goal against Borussia in Turkey, conceding one.
  • Galatasaray have faced German opposition 21 times in Europe, winning only five games (L7 D9).
  • Borussia Dortmund have played six games against a Turkish side – they have won four times (L1 D1).
  • Galatasaray’s last win in Europe came back in December 2013 – since then, there have been two draws and two losses for the Turkish side.
  • They have found the net in 20 of their last 21 home games played in Europe – they’ve also conceded at least one goal in 11 of their last 13 home games.
  • The Black and Yellows haven’t drawn a Champions League game since April 2013 (W10 L6).
  • Dortmund have won their last three Champions League games, without conceding any goal.
  • Borussia Dortmund have had the most shots (37) in the Champions League this term, but only 16 have been on target.
  • BVB scored three of their five goals in this Champions League during the second half of play.
  • Moreover, Galatasaray have scored each of their two goals in the second 45 minutes of play.
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has attempted the most shots in the competition so far (12).

 

Anderlecht v Arsenal

 

  • Anderlecht and Arsenal have faced each off only twice in European competition – that was in the final of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1969-70.
  • These two matches ended with one win for each team, but Arsenal lifted the trophy, by winning 4-3 on aggregate.
  • There have been 12 previous meetings between Arsenal and Belgian sides: the Gunners have lost only three times (W7 D2). The Gunners have won each of their last five against teams from Belgium.
  • Anderlecht suffered their worst loss in Europe against an English side: 10-0 against Manchester United in the European Cup preliminary round in 1956/57
  • The Gunners’ joint-biggest win in Europe came against a Belgian team, beating Standard Liège 7-0 in the Cup Winners Cup in 1993/94.
  • Arsenal have found the net only once in their last four away games in European competition, including qualifying.
  • Anderlecht’s last win in Europe came November 2012 (1-0 against Zenit St. Petersburg), with seven losses and three draws since.
  • The Belgians have conceded in each of these 10 matches, 2.6 per game on average.
  • Only one of the last six Anderlecht’s Champions League goals has been netted by a striker.

 

Olympiakos v Juventus

 

  • Juventus have met Olympiakos eight times in Europe, with five wins for the Bianconeri and one win for Olympiakos.
  • Juventus have met Greek oppositions 22 times so far in Europe, losing only four times (14W, 4D).
  • Olympiakos have met Italian sides 20 times, winning five, drawing five and losing 10.
  • Juventus have found the back of the net in each of their last seven matches against Olympiakos. Indeed, there has been only a goalless draw between these two sides: in Greece back in September 1967.
  • The Bianconeri last met the Τhrylos in December 2003, in the group stage of the Champions League, when they won 7-0.
  • Olympiakos have scored more than a single goal against Juventus only once, in December 1999 when the Greeks won 2-1.
  • The Bianconeri have won only one of their last four European games (D1 L2).
  • Olympiakos have won each of their last four home games in Europe, keeping two clean sheets in the process.
  • Juventus’ last win in an away game in the Champions League came back in February 2013: 3-0 against Celtic in the last 16.
  • Four of Juventus’ last seven goals in Europe have come from dead-ball situations (three penalties, one direct free-kick).

 

Liverpool v Real Madrid

 

  • These two sides have met three times: in the final of the European Cup 1980-81 and in the last 16 of the Champions League 2008-09.
  • Liverpool have won all three meetings against Los Blancos, keeping three clean sheets in the process.
  • The Reds are the only team with a 100% win rate against Real Madrid in the Champions League.
  • Real Madrid have failed to find the net against just two sides in the Champions League: Arsenal and Liverpool.
  • In the only game between these two sides played in Liverpool, the Reds won 4-0: that was also the last clash between these two European giants.
  • Los Merengues have faced English opposition 30 times so far in Europe (W11, D9, L10).
  • Liverpool have met Spanish sides 32 times in Europe, winning 14 of those games (D10, L8).
  • Liverpool’s last home defeat in European competition came in October 2012 (2-3 v Udinese); Since then, they have registered three wins and a draw at Anfield.
  • Los Blancos have won each of their last six games in Europe scoring 18 goals and conceding only three.
  • Real Madrid have found the net in 40 of their last 41 European games (112 goals in total, 2.73 per game on average).
  • Real have lost only one of their last seven away games in Europe (W5 D1).
  • If Cristiano Ronaldo scores two goals against Liverpool, he will join Raul as the Champions League joint top-scorer on 71 goals.
  • Ronaldo has scored more goals away from home than at home in the Champions League so far (35 away, 32 home, two neutral).
  • Ronaldo failed to score in five visits to Anfield as a Manchester United player, but did score in his final two appearances against Liverpool (both at Old Trafford).
  • Mario Balotelli has been the victim of the most fouls won in this season’s Champions League, 12.

 

Monaco v Benfica

 

  • Monaco and Benfica have never met in a competitive European match.
  • Benfica have faced French opposition 26 times so far in Europe, winning 13 (D6, L7).
  • The last time Monaco had met a Portuguese side was in May 2004, when they lost the Champions League final 3-0 against Porto.
  • Monaco have played five times against Portuguese opposition (W2, D1, L2).
  • Monaco have now gone 10 European games without conceding more than a single goal in any of those fixtures.
  • Benfica have scored only one goal in total in their last four games in Europe.
  • Monaco have found the back of the net in 18 of their last 19 home games in Europe.
  • Monaco directed only three shots on target in the first two games of this season’s Champions League, a joint-competition-low so far.
  • The Ligue 1 side have scored only one goal in the competition so far, a joint-low total so far.

 

Ludogorets v Basel

 

  • Ludogorets and Basel have met only twice – in the 2013/14 Champions League qualifying phase, wihen Basel won both games.
  • Those are the only occasions that Ludogorets have met ever Swiss opposition.
  • FC Basel have faced Bulgarian opposition four times, winning all these matches and scoring 11 goals (2.75 per game on average).
  • There have been 22 games between Bulgarian and Swiss sides in Europe, with the Alpine sides winning 12 games and the eastern Europeans six (D4).
  • Ludogorets have won only one of their last seven European games (D3, L3).
  • FC Basel have conceded 10 goals in total in their last two away games in Europe.
  • None of Ludogorets Razgard’s last 11 home European games have seen the same result repeated (WLWDWDLWDWL).
  • Ludogorets have picked up the most yellow cards in the Champions League group stages this season (nine).

 

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Championship Opta Facts – 21 October
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Championship Opta Facts – 21 October

Blackburn v Birmingham

  • Jordan Rhodes scored a brace in this exact fixture last term, though Rovers succumbed to a 3-2 defeat.
  • Birmingham have never kept a clean away to Blackburn Rovers in league competition (55 games).
  • Since August 2013, Tom Cairney has created 122 goalscoring chances for Blackburn Rovers, 34 more than any other player for the club.
  • The Blues have dropped more points from leading positions this season than any other side (11).
  • Birmingham City have gone 10 games without keeping a clean sheet, the current longest run in the division.

 

Blackpool v Derby

  • Blackpool have lost five of their last six games against Derby, winning the other.
  • Chris Martin scored four goals in two appearances against Blackpool last term as Derby ran out winners on each occasion.
  • Blackpool have won just four points at home so far this term, a league-low.
  • Derby have kept four consecutive clean sheets in the league for the first time since February 2007. They’ve not kept five in a row since December 1994.
  • Chris Martin has bagged three braces so far this season, one more than his total in 2013/14 (incl. play-offs).

 

Bournemouth v Reading

  • Bournemouth are unbeaten in five against Reading, winning three and drawing two.
  • Reading have won just two of their last 10 trips to Bournemouth in the Football League, losing seven (D1).
  • Matt Ritchie scored three times against the Royals last season as the Cherries did the double over them.
  • After going five games without a goal, Callum Wilson has netted three in his last two for Bournemouth.
  • No side has conceded more headed goals this season than Reading (6).
  • Forward Jamie Mackie has gone 1080 minutes without scoring in all competitions.

Brentford v Sheff Wed

  • Brentford have lost only one of their seven against Sheffield Wednesday in the league (excl. play-offs) (W3 D3), although that defeat did come in their most recent clash in April 2012.
  • Sheffield Wednesday have scored two or more goals in seven of their last eight games away to Brentford in all competitions, failing to score in the other fixture.
  • Brentford have won all five games in which they’ve gone ahead this season.
  • Sheffield Wednesday have conceded four penalties this term, a league-high. Indeed, in 2013/14 the Owls only conceded three.
  • No side has netted more goals in the 15 minutes before half time this season than the Bees (5).

 

Cardiff v Ipswich

  • Cardiff have won only one of their last nine games against Ipswich Town, losing six (D2).
  • The Tractor Boys are unbeaten on their last five trips to Cardiff, winning three and drawing two.
  • Federico Macheda’s decisive goal against Nottm Forest last weekend ended a run of 301 minutes (all comps) without finding the back of the net for the former Manchester United striker.
  • Only Derby (9) are currently enjoying a longer unbeaten run in the Championship than Ipswich Town (W4 D4).
  • Peter Whittingham scored his third league goal of the season last weekend, matching his total from last season.

Charlton v Bolton

  • Last Season, this exact fixture finished goalless for the first time in league competition since November 1949.
  • Bolton have lost three of their last four games at the Valley in all competitions, drawing the other.
  • The Addicks have gone seven games without a defeat on home soil, drawing the last three, having won the previous four.
  • Bolton have allowed their opponents 72 shots on target so far this season, 11 more than any other team.
  • Charlton have scored a league-high five times in the opening 15 minutes this season.

Huddersfield v Brighton

  • Huddersfield have gone eight games without keeping a clean sheet at home to Brighton.
  • Brighton are unbeaten in four against the Terriers, winning two.
  • Both teams have scored in the last six meetings between the sides in Yorkshire (23 goals scored).
  • The Seagulls have kept just one clean sheet in their last 14 trips to Huddersfield in the league.
  • Huddersfield’s 7-1 thrashing of Brighton in August 2009 remains their biggest win over the Seagulls.
  • Brighton’s 4-1 win against the Terriers in March 2013 remains their biggest margin of victory against the Yorkshire outfit.

 

Norwich v Leeds

  • Norwich have won seven, drawn two and lost one of their last 10 home league encounters with Leeds United.
  • Leeds have failed to score more than a single goal on each of their last six trips to Carrow Road.
  • The Canaries have recovered a league-high 11 points from losing positions in 2014/15.
  • Leeds United are the only Championship side yet to score a headed goal in this campaign.
  • Nathan Redmond (40) has created more goalscoring chances so far this season than any other player in the division.

 

Rotherham v Fulham

  • Rotherham are winless in three against the Whites, losing two and drawing the other.
  • The two sides last met in the second tier back in January 1983 when away side Fulham ran out 1-0 winners.
  • This will be the first league meeting between these two sides since April 1994.
  • The Millers have already claimed 15 points so far this season – 52% of their previous total from last time out in the second tier (29).
  • After going 12 without a win in league competition, Fulham have won three of their last four (L1).
  • Only opponents Fulham (7) have conceded more goals in the final 15 minutes this season than Rotherham (6).

 

 

Watford v Nottingham Forest

  • The Hornets have won only two of their last 10 home league games against Forest, drawing five (L3).
  • Nottm Forest won the most recent clash with Watford in January 2014, 4-2. However, none of the scorers from that game still play for the Reds (Jamie Mackie is currently on loan with Reading).
  • Daniel Tözsér has created more goalscoring chances (28) and has provided more assists (3) than any other Watford player in 2014/15.
  • Michail Antonio has been involved in more goals than any other player this season with 11 (5 goals, 6 assists).
  • Matej Vydra has scored more league goals (4) against Nottm Forest than any other team in the top four tiers of English Football.

Wigan v Millwall

  • After winning back to back games against Millwall, the Latics have now lost their last two against the Lions.
  • Millwall have never won three consecutive league games against Wigan.
  • Wigan have failed to score in four of their last six matches, scoring just three in total.
  • Ricardo Fuller’s brace at the weekend was his first in league competition since January 2010 (v Arsenal in the Premier League).
  • Millwall are without a win since August 30th, losing four and drawing three since then.

 

Wolves v Middlesborough

  • Wolves have won their last three games against Middlesbrough at Molineux, after losing the three prior to that.
  • Boro have failed to find the back of the net on eight of their previous 12 trips to Wolves.
  • Bakary Sako has scored three goals in as many games for Wolverhampton Wanderers.
  • Albert Adomah has scored three goals in his last four Championship games. Indeed, the winger has scored in consecutive games for the first time since March 2014.
  • Wolves have conceded 11 goals in their past four games compared to just two in their previous six.

 

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League 1 Opta Facts – 21 October
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League 1 Opta Facts – 21 October

Barnsley v Notts County

  • The Tykes have won just one of their last nine league encounters with Notts County (D5 L3).
  • The Magpies haven’t lost at Oakwell since April 1991, drawing four of the five league meetings since then (W1).
  • Barnsley have won just two of their last 11 home league games, losing eight (D1).
  • Notts County have won their last three league games. They last won four on the trot in August 2012.
  • Stephen McLaughlin assisted three goals in the Magpies’ 5-3 win on Saturday. No player has recorded more assists than the Nottingham Forest loanee this term in League One (5).

 

Bristol City v Bradford City

  • Bristol City are winless in their last 10 league games against Bradford (D4 L6).
  • Three of the last five meetings at Ashton Gate have gone the way of the Bantams with two draws.
  • The Robins are yet to taste defeat this season in the league, one of two sides in the top four tiers to manage this (along with Chelsea).
  • The Bantams have lost their last two league games. They haven’t lost three on the spin since March 2012.
  • Bristol City haven’t lost at Ashton Gate in the league since February, a run of 13 games (W8 D5).

 

Colchester United v Chesterfield

  • Colchester have lost their last two home matches against Chesterfield by a 2-1 scoreline, having won three in a row before that.
  • The Spireites have scored exactly two goals in four of their last six matches against the U’s.
  • Freddie Sears has had the most efforts on goal in League One (44).
  • Eoin Doyle has scored 14 times from just 22 shots on target this season.
  • Chesterfield have converted five penalties this season, while Colchester have yet to score one.

 

Crawley Town v Walsall

  • Crawley Town are yet to taste defeat against Walsall in the Football League (W1 D3).
  • However, Walsall have taken a point in each of their two trips to Crawley so far.
  • The Red Devils have had the fewest shots on target in League One (38).
  • The Saddlers are one of three League One sides yet to win away from home (D3 L3).
  • Both of these sides have managed just three first-half goals this campaign, a joint-league low.

 

Crewe Alexandra v Peterborough United

  • Crewe haven’t won any of their last eight against the Posh in the league (D5 L3).
  • Peterborough have lost just one of their last ten visits to Crewe (W4 D5).
  • Crewe have conceded the most goals in League One this season (30).
  • Marcus Maddison has scored in each of his last three for Peterborough United.
  • Conor Washington has found the net four times in his last four for the Posh.

 

Doncaster Rovers v Leyton Orient

  • Doncaster are unbeaten in eight league games against Orient (W5 D3).
  • Leyton Orient’s last victory over Doncaster came in December 1997, an 8-0 win at home which is their joint-biggest in the Football League. They’ve scored five times against Doncaster since.
  • Nathan Tyson now has four league goals for Doncaster Rovers this season, more than he has managed in the past three seasons combined.
  • 10 of Leyton Orient’s 12 points so far this season have come in away games.
  • Doncaster have scored just five times at home this season. Only Leyton Orient themselves have managed fewer at home (4).

 

Gillingham v Preston North End

  • The Gills have won just once in their last eight against PNE (D3 L4).
  • Preston won both meetings against Gillingham last season, with five different players scoring across the two matches.
  • Gillingham haven’t won any of their last five league games, drawing two and losing three.
  • Preston have won their last four league games, their best run of form since September 2013 when they last won five consecutively.
  • The Gills haven’t scored in their last two home matches. They last failed to net in three in February 2010.
  • Preston North End are the only League One side to score in every league game so far this season.

 

MK Dons v Fleetwood Town

  • This is the first time MK Dons and Fleetwood have met competitively.
  • The Cod Army have lost their last four away games in League One, having won their first two.
  • Both of these sides have kept a league-high five clean sheets this season.
  • Liam McAlinden has played a part in three of Fleetwood’s last four goals (scoring two and assisting once).
  • The Cod Army haven’t conceded in the opening 15 minutes yet this season.

 

Oldham Athletic v Coventry City

  • Oldham haven’t beaten the Sky Blues in the league since September 1991, drawing five and losing four since then.
  • Coventry City have kept a clean sheet in three of their last four trips to Oldham.
  • The Latics have been defeated just once in their last 11 home league games (W4 D6).
  • The Sky Blues have yet to record an away win in League One this season, losing four (D2).
  • Oldham are yet to score in the opening 15 minutes of either half this season at home.
  • All four of Coventry’s away defeats this season have been by a single goal.

 

Port Vale v Scunthorpe United

  • Port Vale have failed to find the net in three of their last four in the league against Scunthorpe.
  • The Iron have been beaten just once in their previous 12 league games against Vale (W5 D6).
  • Vale have conceded seven times from outside the area this season, more than anyone else in the division.
  • Rory Fallon has scored three goals in his last four appearances for Scunthorpe United.
  • Scunthorpe are one of two sides yet to score in the opening 15 minutes this season (along with Sheffield United).

 

Sheffield United v Yeovil Town

  • Sheffield United have won four of their previous six games against the Glovers, with each win coming with a clean sheet (including playoffs).
  • However, Yeovil beat the Blades in their last trip to Bramall Lane in a regular league game, 2-0 in January 2013.
  • Mark McNulty has scored in four of his last five league games for the Blades.
  • Yeovil have lost their last three away matches; having previously won successive league games on the road.
  • All 12 of Yeovil’s goals this season have come from inside the area.

 

Swindon Town v Rochdale

  • Only once in 14 league encounters have the Robins failed to score against Rochdale.
  • Rochdale have never beaten Swindon home or away in the Football League (D6 L8).
  • Swindon have gone nine games unbeaten in League One (W6 D3). Only Bristol are on a longer run currently (13).
  • Rochdale’s away games this season have seen 20 goals, four on average per game.
  • The Robins have kept just one clean sheet in their last seven in League One.

 

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League 2 Opta Facts – 21 October
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Accrington Stanley v Hartlepool

  • Accrington have won just one of their last nine league games against Hartlepool (D2 L6).
  • Pools have won three of their last four against Accrington, drawing the other. Each of those wins has been by a single goal.
  • 67% of Stanley’s goals this campaign have come in the first half, a joint-high share in the division.
  • By contrast, just 25% of Hartlepool’s strikes this season have come in the first half.
  • Only five different players have scored for Hartlepool this season, fewer than any other League Two club.

 

AFC Wimbledon v Plymouth Argyle

  • The Dons are yet to record a home win over Plymouth in three attempts (D2 L1). They’ve scored once in each of those matches.
  • Plymouth’s only win in six previous meetings with AFC Wimbledon came in March 2012 (W1 D2 L3).
  • Adebayo Akinfenwa has netted five in his last three home games for the Dons.
  • The Pilgrims have won three successive league games. The last time they managed to win four consecutively was in February 2008.
  • Indeed, Plymouth have gone 347 minutes without conceding in League Two.

 

Cambridge United v Cheltenham Town

  • Cambridge United have won three of the previous four clashes with Cheltenham in the Football League (L1).
  • Cheltenham have been defeated by a single goal in both of their visits to Cambridge (2-1 in March 2004, 1-0 in February 2005).
  • Ryan Donaldson has recorded six assists this season, more than anybody else in League Two.
  • Terry Gornell has scored three goals in as many games after failing to score in his previous 37 games for Cheltenham Town (all comps).
  • Cheltenham have lost their last three away games in League Two. No side is on a worse run currently than them.

 

Carlisle United v Burton Albion

  • This will be the first meeting between the two sides in the Football League.
  • Burton failed to score in their only previous encounters with Carlisle in the Conference, losing 1-0 at home and drawing 0-0 away in 2004/05.
  • Carlisle’s defeat to Plymouth at the weekend halted a run of three successive wins.
  • The Brewers are the only League Two side yet to concede in the opening 15 minutes.
  • The Cumbrians have kept clean sheets in their last two home games, having gone six prior without a shutout.

 

Exeter City v Wycombe Wanderers

  • The Grecians have failed to score in their last two home games against Wycombe (all comps), having scored in the four prior to that.
  • Wycombe were unbeaten in all competitions against Exeter last season, winning away in the league and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and drawing at home.
  • Exeter City have now failed to keep a clean sheet in every one of their 13 League Two games this season.
  • The Chairboys are the only League Two side without an away defeat this season (W4 D2).
  • Only Southampton (5) have conceded fewer goals than Wycombe in the top four tiers this season (8).

 

Luton Town v Dag & Red

  • Luton were 2-1 victors in this exact fixture in November 2008, the last time the two met. The Daggers won the reverse fixture by the same scoreline
  • Former boss John Still led Dagenham and Redbridge into the Football League in 2007. He oversaw 264 games in the Football League, winning 89 (D60 L115).
  • The Hatters have won five consecutive games in League Two. It is their best run in the Football League since winning six on the spin in April 2005.
  • The Daggers have dropped a league-high 13 points from leading positions this season. Luton haven’t dropped any.
  • Dagenham have shipped nine goals in the final 15 minutes this season, as many as Luton have in total.

 

Morecambe v York City

  • Morecambe failed to score in either game against York City in League Two last season.
  • The Minstermen’s 1-0 win over Morecambe in January 2014 was their first in four Football League meetings (D2 L1).
  • Morecambe have scored three times directly from a free-kick, more than any other side.
  • York City have received red cards in consecutive games (Russ Penn against Newport County and Ryan Jarvis against Shrewsbury Town).
  • York’s winless run now stands at seven games, drawing two and losing five.

 

Newport County v Southend United

  • Newport have lost only one of their previous 12 home league games against the Shrimpers (W9 D2).
  • Southend’s clean sheet against the Exiles in January was their first in 15 games against them.
  • The Exiles are yet to keep a clean sheet in their six league games at home this season.
  • Southend have gone three games without a win (D1 L2), having won four games in a row prior to this.
  • Chris Zebroski has scored in back-to-back games for Newport, for the first time since April.

 

Northampton Town v Oxford United

  • Northampton have won their last seven league games against the U’s at home.
  • In fact, Oxford have only beaten Northampton once in 10 league games at Sixfields, in March 2001 (D1 L8).
  • The injured Marc Richards has scored eight league goals for Northampton this season. No other player at the club has more than three.
  • Oxford are the only League Two side yet to win away from home (D2 L4).
  • Indeed, only two of Oxford’s 13 points so far have come on the road.

 

Portsmouth v Stevenage

  • Portsmouth’s only competitive win over Stevenage came in the League Cup in August 2010.
  • Since then, Stevenage are unbeaten against Pompey, winning twice at home and drawing once at Fratton Park.
  • Portsmouth have failed to score in three of their last four in League Two.
  • All five of Chris Whelpdale’s goals for Stevenage this season have come at home.
  • Pompey are one of two sides yet to score in the opening 15 minutes.

 

Shrewsbury v Bury

  • Shrewsbury have failed to score in four of their last five league games against the Shakers.
  • Bury are unbeaten in seven clashes with the Shrews (W4 D3).
  • The Shrews are the only unbeaten side at home in League Two (W5 D1). Only Bury (18) have collected more points at home than them this season (16).
  • Ryan Lowe has scored in his last three games for the Shakers in all competitions.
  • Bury have scored 16 second half goals this season, as many as Shrewsbury have managed in total.

 

Tranmere Rovers v Mansfield Town

  • Tranmere have won three of their last four league encounters with the Stags, though this is their first meeting since 2003 (L1).
  • Mansfield have put six goals past Tranmere on four separate occasions in the Football League. In fact, they last time they scored six in the Football League was against Rovers (October 2002).
  • Tranmere have lost their last five games in League Two without a win. They last lost six in a row in September 2009.
  • Mansfield are the only League Two side yet to claim a point from behind this season.
  • Rovers have failed to score in six of their last seven league games, including each of the last four.

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The Punt Podcast
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The Punt is William Hill’s top flight football podcast, concentrating on the Premier League clubs in the top flight, FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League, Europa League and international action.
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The Punt Podcast
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The FWA Podcast
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The FWA Podcast features the best football writers in Britain discussing the biggest stories every week
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The League Podcast
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The League Podcast

Every week William Hill looks at featured games from the Football League on three podcasts.
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The League Podcast
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Every week William Hill looks at featured games from the Football League on three podcasts.
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League Two Opta Facts October 18th 2014
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League Two Opta Facts October 18th 2014

 

Burton v Morecambe

  • Burton have won four and lost one of their five home meetings with Morecambe, the defeat coming in last season’s clash at the Pirelli Stadium.
  • Morecambe have netted in each of their five previous outings to the Pirelli Stadium.
  • Three of these four home victories have been by a 3-2 scoreline; they triumphed in the other 5-2.
  • The Shrimps have lost four of their last five in league competition, winning the other.
  • Burton are the only League Two side yet to concede in the opening 15 minutes this term.
  • Albion have won all eight games they have led in this season, dropping zero points.

 

Bury v Portsmouth

  • Bury have lost one of their last seven home clashes with Portsmouth (W4 D2).
  • Portsmouth have won three of their last five meetings with Bury (D1 L1).
  • 15 of Bury’s 20 league goals so far this season have come in the second half (75%).
  • Pompey have managed just two goals in their last four league games (D4).
  • Only Shrewsbury (16) have won more points at home so far this season than Bury (15).

 

Cheltenham v Northampton

  • Cheltenham are unbeaten in eight against Northampton, winning four (D4).
  • Northampton have gone 10 games without keeping a clean sheet against the Robins.
  • No side has picked up fewer points from their last six league matches than Cheltenham (D2 L4).
  • Saints have won just two of their last six in the league (D1 L3).
  • Cheltenham’s last win in all competitions came on September 2nd. They have lost five and drawn three since then.

 

Dagenham and Redbridge v Newport

  • Dagenham and Redbridge and Newport met for the first time last season (one draw, one Dagenham win).
  • Newport have failed to score in their last three away games. They last went four games without a goal in the Football League April 1987.
  • Medy Elito scored twice in the Daggers’ 2-1 win at Rodney Parade, one of two braces he recorded in League Two last season.
  • Only Mansfield (164) have conceded more fouls so far this season than Newport County (156).
  • Dagenham and Redbridge (8) have unfortunately conceded more goals after the 76th minute than any other team in the division.

 

Hartlepool v Luton

  • Pools have failed to score in six of their last seven home games in league competition.
  • Luton have won six of their last nine matches against Hartlepool in all competitions (D1 L2).
  • The Hatters have found the net 20 times in these nine meetings, although they lost the most recent clash 4-0, in 2007/08.
  • Hartlepool have been shown just seven cards so far this season (7Y); fewer than any other side in the division.
  • Luton are the form side in League Two, having won five and lost none of their last six.

 

Mansfield v Cambridge

  • The last three league games between Mansfield and Cambridge were drawn, after none of the preceding 10 meetings ended all-square (five wins apiece).
  • Cambridge’s last victory against the Stags was by a 7-2 scoreline, in 1998/99.
  • No side has netted more goals in the opening 15 minutes than Mansfield (4).
  • Cambridge have scored 10 goals via headers this season which is a league-high total and twice as many as opponents Mansfield.
  • The Stags are the only side in League Two yet to claim any points from losing positions in 2014/15.
  • In contrast, Cambridge have won six points from losing situations, a figure only Wycombe and Shrewsbury can better (both 7).

 

Oxford Utd v Tranmere

  • These teams last met in the third tier of English football in 1978/79 – 12 league clashes since have produced five wins for Oxford and four for Tranmere (D3).
  • Tranmere have won two and drawn two of their last four matches against Oxford in all competitions, the most recent meeting being a 2-0 League Cup victory in 1999/2000.
  • The visitors have failed to score in 335 minutes of league action, and have scored just once in their last six League Two games.
  • Rovers are the only League Two side yet to score a header this season.

 

Plymouth v Carlisle

  • Plymouth are unbeaten in their last seven meetings with Carlisle (W4 D3).
  • Carlisle have not won away against Plymouth since 1977/78 – in 10 games since they have lost nine and drawn once (the most recent clash, in 2010/11).
  • Plymouth have won five of their last eight in the league, losing three.
  • Carlisle have gone 319 minutes without conceding a goal in League Two.
  • Argyle’s last five games in League Two have produced just six goals.

 

Southend v Exeter

  • Just one of the 10 goals that Southend have conceded this season has come from outside the area.
  • Exeter have conceded fewer fouls (100) than any other side in League Two so far this season.
  • The Grecians have allowed their opponents to score in all 12 of their league games so far this season.

 

Stevenage v Accrington

  • Stevenage and Accrington met four times in 2010/11, their only league-level meetings. The season clashes produced an Accrington win and a draw, but the Boro won both play-off semi-final matches.
  • Two Accrington players were sent off in the second of the play-off clashes.
  • The combined age of Stevenage’s two goalkeepers last weekend was 94 (Dave Beasant (55) and Chris Day (39)).
  • Nine of Accrington’s 17 goals so far this season have come in the opening 30 minutes of matches.
  • Stevenage have shipped five goals in their opening 15 minutes of matches this season; a League Two high.

 

Wycombe v AFC Wimbledon

  • Last season’s two clashes between these teams produced three red cards.
  • AFC Wimbledon are unbeaten in their four league matches against Wycombe (W3 D1).
  • Only seven teams have fired in fewer shots this season than the league leaders (104 shots excl. blocked).
  • Adebayo Akinfenwa has conceded 43 fouls so far this season; 17 more than any other player in the division.
  • The Chairboys have earned 25 points from their opening 12 games, half of the 50 they managed during the entire 2013/14 season.

 

York v Shrewsbury

  • York are unbeaten in their last five home matches against Shrewsbury (W3 D2).
  • Shrewsbury’s last league victory away to York came back in April 1996, 2-1.
  • York City are the only team yet to win a home game in League Two so far this season.
  • However, York have only lost one of their six home games so far (D5).
  • The visitors have picked up seven points from losing positions so far this season; a joint league high.

 

 

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