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Premier League Opta Facts – 4th & 5th October

Premier League Opta Facts – 4th & 5th October

Hull City v Crystal Palace

The away side had a player sent off in both Barclays Premier League meetings between these two sides last season which were both won 1-0 by Crystal Palace.

The Eagles are unbeaten in their last eight league matches against the Tigers, winning four and drawing four.

Hull City have won just one of their last 11 Premier League matches since their FA Cup semi-final win in April (W1 D4 L6).

The Tigers have won none of their last five Premier League games at the KC Stadium (W0 D2 L3).

Crystal Palace have lost just one of their last seven Premier League away games (W4 D2 L1).

Crystal Palace have committed 91 fouls so far, more than any other side in the top flight.

Since the start of last season, Ahmed Elmohamady has fired in 275 crosses from open play; 51 more than any other player.

Mile Jedinak has made more tackles (33) and interceptions (23) than any other player this season in the Premier League; two categories that he also led in last term.

Steve Bruce has won 41% of his games in charge of Hull City (all comps), the only club he managed a higher win ratio in charge of was Crystal Palace (61%).

Crystal Palace have the lowest average possession figure in the Premier League so far this season (34.6%).

 

Leicester City v Burnley

Leicester have won five and lost none of the last seven league meetings with Burnley.

Burnley have scored with just two percent of their shots this season, the lowest conversion rate in the Premier League.

In contrast, the Foxes have netted with 23% of their shots at goal, a figure only Chelsea (26%) can better.

Nigel Pearson’s side have lost just one of their last 18 league games on home soil (W12 D5 L1). They have scored in every game in that 18-match run. In that solitary defeat, Leonardo Ulloa scored two goals against Leicester in a 4-1 win for Brighton.

In their last home game, Leicester scored five goals from just five shots on target.

Leonardo Ulloa has scored five goals in six Premier League games, four of them in three at the Walkers Stadium.

Burnley have lost just two of their last 15 league games away from home (W6 D7 L2), but those two have come in their three Premier League outings (W0 D1 L2).

Lukas Jutkiewicz has attempted the most shots (excl. blocked) without scoring in the Premier League so far this season (14).

Burnley pair Kieran Trippier (32) and Ben Mee (30) have made more long throws than any other player in the Premier League this season.

12 of the 18 players that Burnley have used in the Premier League this season have been English; more than any other side. Leicester City have used 11 English players.

 

Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion

Daniel Sturridge has scored in three of his five Barclays Premier League appearances against West Brom including both games for Liverpool.

West Brom have won three and lost just one of their last five Premier League games against Liverpool.

The Baggies have only scored 10 Premier League goals against Liverpool, the earliest being in the 43rd minute and nine coming in the second half.

West Brom have only ever won back to back away Premier League matches on three occasions, the last time in November 2012.

After a run of 40 points from a possible 42 at Anfield, Liverpool have won just two of their last five home Premier League games (W2 D1 L2).

The Reds have kept just one clean sheet in their last 12 Premier League matches.

Jonas Olsson is the only player to have made more than one error leading to an opposition goal in the Premier League this season (2).

Alan Irvine has already won as many competitive games as West Brom manager (three wins from eight games) as Pepe Mel did (three wins from 17 games).

This is the third time in the last five Premier League seasons that Liverpool have won seven points or fewer from their opening six games (2014-15, 2012-13 and 2010-11).

The Baggies have scored more goals from corners than any other team in the Premier League this season (3).

 

Sunderland v Stoke City

Peter Odemwingie has scored four goals in seven Barclays Premier League appearances against Sunderland.

There has been a red card in four of the last five Premier League games between Sunderland and Stoke.

There have been only six goals scored in the last five Premier League games between the Black Cats and the Potters.

After winning four games in a row in April/May, Sunderland have now gone seven games without a victory (L2 D5).

Of first-choice goalkeepers in the Premier League this season, Vito Mannone has the best saves to shots ratio (76%).

After having a save to shots ratio ranging between 71-75% in his four previous seasons as first choice Stoke goalkeeper, Asmir Begovic has only saved 58% of shots in 2014-15.

Peter Crouch is looking to score in three successive Premier League appearances for the first time since December 2008.

Crouch has scored 43 headed goals in the Premier League, only Alan Shearer (46) and Dion Dublin (45) have scored more.

Sunderland have failed to score in their last two PL games – they haven’t got three games without scoring in the Premier League since a run of four games in April 2012.

Stoke City are unbeaten in five successive PL away games (W2 D3) – if they avoid defeat in this game, they’ll equal their longest unbeaten away run in the Premier League of six games set in between Feb-Apr 2010.

 

Swansea City v Newcastle United

Swansea City have won the last four Barclays Premier League games against Newcastle United.

In each of the last three Premier League meetings, Swansea haven’t had a single player booked, while Newcastle have had only two players shown a yellow card.

Rémy Cabella has created the most goalscoring chances without having assisted a Premier League goal this season (17).

Swansea City have had the fewest touches in the opposition box (62) in the Premier League this season.

Newcastle have used as many French players in the Premier League this season as French Ligue 1 sides Paris Saint Germain and Toulouse have so far in 2014-15 (6).

Alan Pardew has a better win percentage as Newcastle manager in the Premier League (36%) than any other last five Magpies’ managers in the competition.

Of the 17 ever-present Premier League sides in 2014, Newcastle have won the fewest points (19), scored the fewest goals (19) and conceded the most (47).

Despite leaving in January, the only player to have scored more Premier League goals for Newcastle than Yohan Cabaye (7) since the start of last season is the now-departed Loic Remy (14).

Swansea have 11 players that have appeared in every Premier League game so far this season; more than any other side.

Alan Pardew has gone seven games without a win in the Premier League (L4 D3), his worst run of results in the competition at Newcastle United.

 

Aston Villa v Manchester City

Manchester City have won five and lost one of their last six Barclays Premier League meetings with Aston Villa.

Villa have failed to score in four of the last five Premier League games against City, the exception being the 3-2 win over the champions last season at Villa Park.

Sergio Aguero has scored 10 goals in his last 12 Premier League away games.

Edin Dzeko scored three goals in two appearances against the Villans last season.

Frank Lampard has scored 13 Premier League goals against Aston Villa, more than he has netted against any other opponent, including eight in his last six starts against them.

Aston Villa have attempted just nine shots on target in six Premier League games this season; fewer than any other side.

Manchester City have scored in 18 of their last 19 Premier League games. Indeed Manuel Pellegrini’s side have scored at least twice in their last six Premier League away games.

David Silva now has 41 Premier League assists for Manchester City; 17 more than any other player for the club.

31 of Edin Dzeko’s 48 Premier League goals have come away from home (65%).

Manchester City have lost just one of their last 16 Premier League away games (W11 D4 L1).

 

Manchester United v Everton

Only four players have ever scored a hat-trick in the Barclays Premier League against Manchester United and two of them could play for Everton in this match: Samuel Eto’o and Romelu Lukaku.

Manchester United have won just one of the last five Premier League games against Everton (W1 D1 L3).

Alex Ferguson and David Moyes both lost their first Premier League home games as United boss against Everton.

Everton have lost 299 Premier League games, which is more than any other team in the competition.

Roberto Martinez’s side have dropped more points from winning positions than any other team in the Premier League (7).

Robin van Persie is the second non-British player (after Dwight Yorke) to score 40+ Premier League goals for two different clubs

Everton have won five and lost just one of their last eight Premier League away matches.

Manchester United have lost eight Premier League games at Old Trafford since the start of last season, as many as they had lost in the previous five campaigns from 2008-09 to 2012-13.

Phil Jagielka could make his 250th Premier League appearance in this match. This could also be his 200th start for Everton in the competition.
The Red Devils have already used 29 players in the Premier League this season; six more than any other team. They used 30 different players in the whole of 2013-14.

 

Chelsea v Arsenal

Didier Drogba has scored 15 goals in 15 appearances against Arsenal in all competitions (including Emirates Cup).

Arsenal have lost just one of their last 14 Barclays Premier League games since defeat at Stamford Bridge in March.

The last time these two sides met was Arsene Wenger’s 1000th competitive game in charge of Arsenal and turned out to be his heaviest defeat (0-6).

Jose Mourinho has never lost as an opposition coach against Arsene Wenger in any competition (W6 D5 L0).

Arsenal have won away at Stamford Bridge more often than any other visiting side in the Barclays Premier League (7).

The last five Premier League wins Arsenal have enjoyed at Stamford Bridge have all seen the Gunners come from behind to win.

Arsenal have won none of their last 14 Premier League meetings against Chelsea, Man Utd or Man City (W0 D7 L7).

Former Gunner Cesc Fabregas leads the league with six goal assists and has 76 overall ranking him seventh in the all-time Premier League list.

Arsenal and Chelsea have both recovered six points from losing positions this season, the joint-most in the Premier League.

Chelsea have scored with 26% of their shots this season, the best chance conversion in the Premier League.

Arsenal have conceded 199 goals in Premier League London derbies while Chelsea have conceded 198.

 

Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton

Two Spurs players scored braces in 3-2 wins over Southampton in last season’s Barclays Premier League games (Adebayor & Eriksen).

Mauricio Pochettino comes up against his former club who he coached for 54 Premier League games with a record of W19 D18 L17.

Tottenham have won all four Premier League games against Saints since the south coast club’s return to the top flight.

Southampton’s total of 13 points from six games is their best since claiming 14 in 1983-84.

Spurs have lost their last two home Premier League games. The last time they lost three in a row on home soil was in September 2008 under Juande Ramos.

Southampton have won three of their last five Premier League away games (W3 D1 L1).

Graziano Pelle has scored four goals in his last four Premier League outings.

Since August 2012, Pelle has scored 54 goals in 63 league appearances.

Sadio Mane has made five assists in five league games this season (Premier League & Austrian Bundesliga).

The 19 players to have made a Premier League appearance for Southampton this season are made up of 14 different nationalities; the most diverse of PL teams.

 

West Ham United v Queens Park Rangers

There have been red cards in three of the last five Barclays Premier League meetings between West Ham and QPR

West Ham ended their game vs QPR in October 2012 with eight players on a yellow card, more than any team has had in any game in Premier League history.

QPR have won none of their last five Premier League London derbies (W0 D2 L3), losing the last three in a row.

Diafra Sakho has scored in all three of his Premier League starts for West Ham United.

Harry Redknapp has overseen just 12 goals in 15 Premier League away games as The R’s boss.

QPR have won just two of their last 35 Premier League away games (W2 D7 L26).

Each of West Ham’s last three home Premier League wins have been followed up by back to back home defeats.

Rio Ferdinand could make his 500th Premier League appearance in this match and would become the 11th player to reach this landmark.

Ferdinand has conceded just two fouls and has not been given a single card in his last 35 Premier League appearances.

Queens Park Rangers have picked up the fewest yellow cards (6) and have committed the fewest fouls (49) in the Premier League so far this season.

Stewart Downing has created more goalscoring chances than any other English player since the start of 2013-14 in the Premier League (82).

 

Premier League Opta Facts – 4th & 5th October

Premier League Opta Facts – 4th & 5th October

Hull City v Crystal Palace

The away side had a player sent off in both Barclays Premier League meetings between these two sides last season which were both won 1-0 by Crystal Palace.

The Eagles are unbeaten in their last eight league matches against the Tigers, winning four and drawing four.

Hull City have won just one of their last 11 Premier League matches since their FA Cup semi-final win in April (W1 D4 L6).

The Tigers have won none of their last five Premier League games at the KC Stadium (W0 D2 L3).

Crystal Palace have lost just one of their last seven Premier League away games (W4 D2 L1).

Crystal Palace have committed 91 fouls so far, more than any other side in the top flight.

Since the start of last season, Ahmed Elmohamady has fired in 275 crosses from open play; 51 more than any other player.

Mile Jedinak has made more tackles (33) and interceptions (23) than any other player this season in the Premier League; two categories that he also led in last term.

Steve Bruce has won 41% of his games in charge of Hull City (all comps), the only club he managed a higher win ratio in charge of was Crystal Palace (61%).

Crystal Palace have the lowest average possession figure in the Premier League so far this season (34.6%).

 

Leicester City v Burnley

Leicester have won five and lost none of the last seven league meetings with Burnley.

Burnley have scored with just two percent of their shots this season, the lowest conversion rate in the Premier League.

In contrast, the Foxes have netted with 23% of their shots at goal, a figure only Chelsea (26%) can better.

Nigel Pearson’s side have lost just one of their last 18 league games on home soil (W12 D5 L1). They have scored in every game in that 18-match run. In that solitary defeat, Leonardo Ulloa scored two goals against Leicester in a 4-1 win for Brighton.

In their last home game, Leicester scored five goals from just five shots on target.

Leonardo Ulloa has scored five goals in six Premier League games, four of them in three at the Walkers Stadium.

Burnley have lost just two of their last 15 league games away from home (W6 D7 L2), but those two have come in their three Premier League outings (W0 D1 L2).

Lukas Jutkiewicz has attempted the most shots (excl. blocked) without scoring in the Premier League so far this season (14).

Burnley pair Kieran Trippier (32) and Ben Mee (30) have made more long throws than any other player in the Premier League this season.

12 of the 18 players that Burnley have used in the Premier League this season have been English; more than any other side. Leicester City have used 11 English players.

 

Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion

Daniel Sturridge has scored in three of his five Barclays Premier League appearances against West Brom including both games for Liverpool.

West Brom have won three and lost just one of their last five Premier League games against Liverpool.

The Baggies have only scored 10 Premier League goals against Liverpool, the earliest being in the 43rd minute and nine coming in the second half.

West Brom have only ever won back to back away Premier League matches on three occasions, the last time in November 2012.

After a run of 40 points from a possible 42 at Anfield, Liverpool have won just two of their last five home Premier League games (W2 D1 L2).

The Reds have kept just one clean sheet in their last 12 Premier League matches.

Jonas Olsson is the only player to have made more than one error leading to an opposition goal in the Premier League this season (2).

Alan Irvine has already won as many competitive games as West Brom manager (three wins from eight games) as Pepe Mel did (three wins from 17 games).

This is the third time in the last five Premier League seasons that Liverpool have won seven points or fewer from their opening six games (2014-15, 2012-13 and 2010-11).

The Baggies have scored more goals from corners than any other team in the Premier League this season (3).

 

Sunderland v Stoke City

Peter Odemwingie has scored four goals in seven Barclays Premier League appearances against Sunderland.

There has been a red card in four of the last five Premier League games between Sunderland and Stoke.

There have been only six goals scored in the last five Premier League games between the Black Cats and the Potters.

After winning four games in a row in April/May, Sunderland have now gone seven games without a victory (L2 D5).

Of first-choice goalkeepers in the Premier League this season, Vito Mannone has the best saves to shots ratio (76%).

After having a save to shots ratio ranging between 71-75% in his four previous seasons as first choice Stoke goalkeeper, Asmir Begovic has only saved 58% of shots in 2014-15.

Peter Crouch is looking to score in three successive Premier League appearances for the first time since December 2008.

Crouch has scored 43 headed goals in the Premier League, only Alan Shearer (46) and Dion Dublin (45) have scored more.

Sunderland have failed to score in their last two PL games – they haven’t got three games without scoring in the Premier League since a run of four games in April 2012.

Stoke City are unbeaten in five successive PL away games (W2 D3) – if they avoid defeat in this game, they’ll equal their longest unbeaten away run in the Premier League of six games set in between Feb-Apr 2010.

 

Swansea City v Newcastle United

Swansea City have won the last four Barclays Premier League games against Newcastle United.

In each of the last three Premier League meetings, Swansea haven’t had a single player booked, while Newcastle have had only two players shown a yellow card.

Rémy Cabella has created the most goalscoring chances without having assisted a Premier League goal this season (17).

Swansea City have had the fewest touches in the opposition box (62) in the Premier League this season.

Newcastle have used as many French players in the Premier League this season as French Ligue 1 sides Paris Saint Germain and Toulouse have so far in 2014-15 (6).

Alan Pardew has a better win percentage as Newcastle manager in the Premier League (36%) than any other last five Magpies’ managers in the competition.

Of the 17 ever-present Premier League sides in 2014, Newcastle have won the fewest points (19), scored the fewest goals (19) and conceded the most (47).

Despite leaving in January, the only player to have scored more Premier League goals for Newcastle than Yohan Cabaye (7) since the start of last season is the now-departed Loic Remy (14).

Swansea have 11 players that have appeared in every Premier League game so far this season; more than any other side.

Alan Pardew has gone seven games without a win in the Premier League (L4 D3), his worst run of results in the competition at Newcastle United.

 

Aston Villa v Manchester City

Manchester City have won five and lost one of their last six Barclays Premier League meetings with Aston Villa.

Villa have failed to score in four of the last five Premier League games against City, the exception being the 3-2 win over the champions last season at Villa Park.

Sergio Aguero has scored 10 goals in his last 12 Premier League away games.

Edin Dzeko scored three goals in two appearances against the Villans last season.

Frank Lampard has scored 13 Premier League goals against Aston Villa, more than he has netted against any other opponent, including eight in his last six starts against them.

Aston Villa have attempted just nine shots on target in six Premier League games this season; fewer than any other side.

Manchester City have scored in 18 of their last 19 Premier League games. Indeed Manuel Pellegrini’s side have scored at least twice in their last six Premier League away games.

David Silva now has 41 Premier League assists for Manchester City; 17 more than any other player for the club.

31 of Edin Dzeko’s 48 Premier League goals have come away from home (65%).

Manchester City have lost just one of their last 16 Premier League away games (W11 D4 L1).

 

Manchester United v Everton

Only four players have ever scored a hat-trick in the Barclays Premier League against Manchester United and two of them could play for Everton in this match: Samuel Eto’o and Romelu Lukaku.

Manchester United have won just one of the last five Premier League games against Everton (W1 D1 L3).

Alex Ferguson and David Moyes both lost their first Premier League home games as United boss against Everton.

Everton have lost 299 Premier League games, which is more than any other team in the competition.

Roberto Martinez’s side have dropped more points from winning positions than any other team in the Premier League (7).

Robin van Persie is the second non-British player (after Dwight Yorke) to score 40+ Premier League goals for two different clubs

Everton have won five and lost just one of their last eight Premier League away matches.

Manchester United have lost eight Premier League games at Old Trafford since the start of last season, as many as they had lost in the previous five campaigns from 2008-09 to 2012-13.

Phil Jagielka could make his 250th Premier League appearance in this match. This could also be his 200th start for Everton in the competition.
The Red Devils have already used 29 players in the Premier League this season; six more than any other team. They used 30 different players in the whole of 2013-14.

 

Chelsea v Arsenal

Didier Drogba has scored 15 goals in 15 appearances against Arsenal in all competitions (including Emirates Cup).

Arsenal have lost just one of their last 14 Barclays Premier League games since defeat at Stamford Bridge in March.

The last time these two sides met was Arsene Wenger’s 1000th competitive game in charge of Arsenal and turned out to be his heaviest defeat (0-6).

Jose Mourinho has never lost as an opposition coach against Arsene Wenger in any competition (W6 D5 L0).

Arsenal have won away at Stamford Bridge more often than any other visiting side in the Barclays Premier League (7).

The last five Premier League wins Arsenal have enjoyed at Stamford Bridge have all seen the Gunners come from behind to win.

Arsenal have won none of their last 14 Premier League meetings against Chelsea, Man Utd or Man City (W0 D7 L7).

Former Gunner Cesc Fabregas leads the league with six goal assists and has 76 overall ranking him seventh in the all-time Premier League list.

Arsenal and Chelsea have both recovered six points from losing positions this season, the joint-most in the Premier League.

Chelsea have scored with 26% of their shots this season, the best chance conversion in the Premier League.

Arsenal have conceded 199 goals in Premier League London derbies while Chelsea have conceded 198.

 

Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton

Two Spurs players scored braces in 3-2 wins over Southampton in last season’s Barclays Premier League games (Adebayor & Eriksen).

Mauricio Pochettino comes up against his former club who he coached for 54 Premier League games with a record of W19 D18 L17.

Tottenham have won all four Premier League games against Saints since the south coast club’s return to the top flight.

Southampton’s total of 13 points from six games is their best since claiming 14 in 1983-84.

Spurs have lost their last two home Premier League games. The last time they lost three in a row on home soil was in September 2008 under Juande Ramos.

Southampton have won three of their last five Premier League away games (W3 D1 L1).

Graziano Pelle has scored four goals in his last four Premier League outings.

Since August 2012, Pelle has scored 54 goals in 63 league appearances.

Sadio Mane has made five assists in five league games this season (Premier League & Austrian Bundesliga).

The 19 players to have made a Premier League appearance for Southampton this season are made up of 14 different nationalities; the most diverse of PL teams.

 

West Ham United v Queens Park Rangers

There have been red cards in three of the last five Barclays Premier League meetings between West Ham and QPR

West Ham ended their game vs QPR in October 2012 with eight players on a yellow card, more than any team has had in any game in Premier League history.

QPR have won none of their last five Premier League London derbies (W0 D2 L3), losing the last three in a row.

Diafra Sakho has scored in all three of his Premier League starts for West Ham United.

Harry Redknapp has overseen just 12 goals in 15 Premier League away games as The R’s boss.

QPR have won just two of their last 35 Premier League away games (W2 D7 L26).

Each of West Ham’s last three home Premier League wins have been followed up by back to back home defeats.

Rio Ferdinand could make his 500th Premier League appearance in this match and would become the 11th player to reach this landmark.

Ferdinand has conceded just two fouls and has not been given a single card in his last 35 Premier League appearances.

Queens Park Rangers have picked up the fewest yellow cards (6) and have committed the fewest fouls (49) in the Premier League so far this season.

Stewart Downing has created more goalscoring chances than any other English player since the start of 2013-14 in the Premier League (82).

 

European Football Podcast – Episode 20: 2nd October

European Football Podcast – Episode 20: 2nd October

Alex Dunn and official Ray Drewett stand in Mark Walton look ahead to the best games across Europe on this edition of the William Hill European Football Podcast.
The boys offer their thoughts on La Liga, Serie A and the Ligue 1.
Alex Dunn – @alexd…

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European Football Podcast – Epsiode 20: 2nd October

European Football Podcast – Epsiode 20: 2nd October

Alex Dunn and official Ray Drewett stand in Mark Walton look ahead to the best games across Europe on this edition of the William Hill European Football Podcast.
The boys offer their thoughts on La Liga, Serie A and the Ligue 1.
Alex Dunn – @alexd…

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The Punt Podcast
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The Punt Podcast

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

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

This week it’s the Capital One Cup.

 

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William Hill Scottish Cup Trophy Tour – Where Will It Be This Week?
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William Hill Scottish Cup Trophy Tour – Where Will It Be This Week?

William Hill Scottish Cup Trophy Tours

The William Hill Scottish Cup is going on tour this week, giving fans the chance to get their photo taken with the oldest national football trophy in the world.

 

On Friday the cup will be at our Leven shop (36/38 High Street, Leven, KY8 4LX, over 18s only) between 1pm and 3pm. Players from EastFife will also be in the shop so remember to bring your autograph books!

 

Saturday morning the Cup will be in Bo’ness ahead of the Bo’ness United v Culter match. Get along to our shop (67 North Street, Bo’ness, EH51 9ND, over 18s only) between 11am and 1pm for your chance to get a photo with the cup.

 

For the latest prices on the William Hill Scottish Cup click here

 

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William Hill Scottish Cup Trophy Tour – Where Will It Be This Week?
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William Hill Scottish Cup Trophy Tour – Where Will It Be This Week?

William Hill Scottish Cup Trophy Tours

The William Hill Scottish Cup is going on tour this week, giving fans the chance to get their photo taken with the oldest national football trophy in the world.

 

On Friday the cup will be at our Leven shop (36/38 High Street, Leven, KY8 4LX, over 18s only) between 1pm and 3pm. Players from EastFife will also be in the shop so remember to bring your autograph books!

 

Saturday morning the Cup will be in Bo’ness ahead of the Bo’ness United v Culter match. Get along to our shop (67 North Street, Bo’ness, EH51 9ND, over 18s only) between 11am and 1pm for your chance to get a photo with the cup.

 

For the latest prices on the William Hill Scottish Cup click here

 

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League 1 Opta Facts – 30th Sept & 1st Oct
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League 1 Opta Facts – 30th Sept & 1st Oct

Crewe v Notts County

Crewe have gone eight games without a win against Notts County, drawing two and losing six.

The Magpies have been victorious in each of their last four trips to Crewe.

Crewe have won just two of their last 11 on home soil, losing six (D3). They’ve kept just one clean sheet in that run also.

Notts County are unbeaten in their last five on the road, drawing four and winning the other.

 

 

 

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Championship Opta Facts – 30th Sept & 1st Oct
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Championship Opta Facts – 30th Sept & 1st Oct

Brighton V Cardiff

Brighton have gone five league games unbeaten against Cardiff City, winning two and drawing three.

Cardiff have failed to score in each of their last two clashes with the Seagulls, they’ve never gone three without reply.

Last weekend’s result means Brighton have failed to score in three successive league games for the first time since March 2014. They’ve not gone four without a goal since December 2011.

Cardiff City’s Sean Morrison became the first player to both score a goal for his side and score an own goal in the same Championship game this season.

Derby V Bournemouth

Derby are unbeaten in four against the Cherries, winning three (D1).

Bournemouth have failed to score in three of those four matches, netting just once in the process.

No player has provided more assists so far this season than Matt Ritchie (5).

Chris Martin has bagged five goals in his last six Championship appearances for Derby County.

Middlesbrough V Blackpool

Middlesbrough have gone five home games without keeping a clean sheet against Blackpool.

After winning four of their previous five clashes with Boro since the turn of the century (D1), the Seasiders are winless in their last three (D1 L2).

Middlesbrough have scored a league-high four goals from the penalty spot this term.

Blackpool have lost eight and drawn two of their last 10 league clashes.

Millwall V Birmingham

Millwall have failed to win any of their last eight league encounters with Birmingham City (D3 L5).

The Blues have netted 25 goals in those eight matches, an average of 3.1 goals per game.

Millwall have lost three of their last four league fixtures, shipping two or more goals in each defeat (D1).

Despite leading 1-0 versus Fulham, Birmingham suffered a 1-2 defeat – they have lost a league-high 11 points from winning positions this season in the Championship.

Norwich V Charlton

Norwich have won two and drawn two of their last four home games against the Addicks, keeping two clean sheets.

Charlton have gone five games without keeping a clean sheet against the Canaries.

Charlton have now drawn six of their opening nine Championship games this season; two more than any other side.

Norwich City have recovered a league-high 10 points from losing positions this season.

 

Rotherham V Blackburn

Rotherham have won five of their last seven games against Blackburn on home soil (D1 L1).

Blackburn’s last victory away to Rotherham came back in February 1980, 3-1.

Rotherham have managed just one first half goal in 2014/15, no side has scored fewer in that period.

Blackburn attempted 23 shots at goal versus Watford at the weekend – the joint-highest tally witnessed in a Championship game this season.

Sheff Wed V Ipswich

Sheffield Wednesday have picked up just one win from their last 10 league encounters with the Tractor Boys (D5 L4).

Ipswich have avoided defeat in each of their last five trips to Hillsborough, winning two (D3).

No side has kept more clean sheets than the Owls this term (5). Indeed, only two of those shutouts have come at Hillsborough.

The last time Ipswich lost when Daryl Murphy had scored in a match was back in January 2013 versus Bristol City. Their record since that game stands at 13 wins and four draws.

Watford V Brentford

Watford have won six and drawn four of their last 10 clashes against Brentford.

Brentford have lost their last four matches away to Watford, failing to score in three.

Watford have lost only once in their last 14 games at Vicarage Road, winning 10 (D3).

Brentford’s Alex Pritchard (19) has created more goalscoring chances without actually providing an assist than any other Championship player this season.

Wigan V Nottm Forest

Wigan have never lost at home to Nottm Forest in league competition winning one and drawing two.

Forest have gone four games without a win against the Latics (D2 L2).

Wigan have fired in a joint-league-low 26 shots on target in 2014/15.

Nottm Forest have scored a six goals via headers this term, more than any other team.

Leeds V Reading

Leeds are winless in eight against the Royals, losing their last four (D4).

Reading have kept a clean sheet in five of their last six clashes with the Whites.

The Whites have won three of their last four league clashes at Elland Road (L1), keeping a clean sheet in each win.

Reading have shipped five goals in the 15 minutes directly after half time, a league-high.

Wolves V Huddersfield

Wolves have lost eight and drawn two of their last 10 league encounters with Huddersfield.

Huddersfield are unbeaten in their last seven trips to Wolves, winning their last three (D4).

Nahki Wells has scored six goals in his last nine competitive appearances for Huddersfield Town.

Wolves have won their last eight games at Molineux. Indeed, the Black Country side have not lost at home since December 2013 (W14 D2).

Fulham V Bolton

Fulham are unbeaten in 10 against Bolton, winning six and drawing four.

Bolton have failed to find the back of the net in each of their last five against Fulham.

Fulham have shipped a league-high six goals in the final 15 minutes this season.

 

In contrast, Bolton have conceded more first half goals than any other side (10).

 

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CSKA Moscow v Bayern Munich

This will be the third European meeting between these two sides, after they also met in the 2013-14 Champions League group stages.

Bayern won both games against CSKA last season, netting three goals on both occasions – 3-0 at home, 3-1 away.

Arjen Robben scored in both of Bayern Munich’s Champions League meetings with CSKA Moscow last season.

Just four of the previous 20 Champions League meetings between Russian and German clubs have been won by the Russian side (W4 D3 L13). Three of these four victories have come in Russia.

CSKA Moscow have lost seven of their last eight Champions League matches (W1), including the last five in a row.

German champions Bayern have won just three of their last eight Champions League matches (W3 D2 L3).

All eight of Bayern Munich’s Champions League goals in 2014 have come in the second half of matches.

CSKA have conceded 26 goals in their last eight CL matches; an average of 3.3 per game.

Robert Lewandowski has not scored in his last three Champions League appearances – he’s never gone four in a row without scoring.

Bayern Munich are looking for their 100th Champions League win in this game and become the fourth team to reach this landmark.

 

APOEL Nicosia v Ajax

APOEL Nicosia have lost five of their last six Champions League games (W1), including their last three in a row.

The Cypriot side have won just three of their previous 17 Champions League matches (W3 D6 L8), but all three of these victories have come at home.

Gustavo Manduca has scored three of APOEL’s last four Champions League goals.

Ajax have scored just nine goals in their last 14 Champions League away matches.

The Dutch side have not won any of their last seven away games in the Champions League (D3 L4).

Ajax have won three of their previous four matches against sides from Cyprus, including their record victory in the European Cup/Champions League (10-0 vs Omonia Nicosia in October 1979).

Four of the last six goals that Ajax have scored in the Champions League have been scored (3) or assisted (1) by Lasse Schöne.

There have only ever been three wins by a Cypriot side in the Champions League group stages – all three have come at home.

APOEL Nicosia held just 28.7% possession in their opening group game against Barcelona – the lowest proportion on MD1 of the 2014-15 Champions League.

 

BATE Borisov v Athletic Club

BATE Borisov have lost five successive Champions League group stage matches.

Their 0-6 defeat to FC Porto on MD1 was their biggest defeat in European Cup/Champions League history.

BATE Borisov have lost all eight of their previous European encounters with Spanish sides, failing to score in six of these games.

Athletic Bilbao have won just one of their last 11 Champions League/European Cup matches (W1 D6 L4).

Athletic Bilbao have scored just one goal after half-time in their previous seven Champions League games.

Overall, BATE have won just two of their previous 19 Champions League games (D5 L12).

No club to have played more than six Champions League games has a better defensive record in the competition than Athletic Bilbao (0.86 goals conceded per game).

BATE Borisov only attempted one cross (excl. corners) on MD1; fewer than any other side.

BATE Borisov made four errors leading to a goal in their opening game against Porto – the other 31 teams on MD1 made seven collectively.

 

FC Schalke 04 v NK Maribor

NK Maribor have won just one of their previous seven Champions League matches (W1 D2 L4) – this coming in their first ever game in the competition.

Maribor have scored only one goal in their four previous European games against German clubs (D2 L2).

Schalke have won only one of their last seven Champions League matches (W1 D2 L4).

The Germans have scored only one first half goal in their last six Champions League games at the VELTINS-Arena, with eight of their nine goals in this period coming after half-time.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has scored in six of his 10 Champions League appearances since the turn of 2012.

Maribor are yet to score a goal in the first half of a Champions League game, despite this being their eighth game in the competition.

No side made fewer touches in the opposition box than Schalke (5) on MD1 of the 2014-15 Champions League.

Maribor were forced in to making 39 clearances and 10 blocks against Sporting Lisbon on MD1; more than any other side in the competition.

 

Manchester City v Roma

Manchester City have lost three successive Champions League matches; their worst-ever run in European competition.

Man City have won just one of their last seven European meetings with Italian sides (L4 D2).

Roma have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last nine Champions League matches, conceding an average of two goals a game during this run (18 goals conceded).

Roma’s 5-1 win over CSKA Moscow on MD1 was their best-ever victory in the Champions League.

Three of Manchester City’s last four European meetings with Italian clubs have ended 1-1.

Sergio Aguero has averaged a goal every two games in the Champions League for Manchester City (nine goals in 18 appearances).

Aguero has scored five goals in his last five Champions League appearances at the Etihad Stadium.

Ashley Cole could become only the 11th English player to play for a non-British side in the Champions League.

Cole could become the fifth English player to play against a Premier League team for a non-British side in the Champions League.

The top three passers on MD1 of the 2014-15 Champions League were Roma players – Miralem Pjanic (116), Radja Nainggolan (111) and Seydou Keita (103).

The last English team to lose their opening two group stage games in the Champions League were Blackburn Rovers in 1995-96.

Roma had the two oldest players on MD1 of the 2014-15 Champions League – Totti (37y 355 d) and De Sanctis (37y 175d).

 

Paris Saint Germain v Barcelona

These two sides met in the Quarter final of the 2012-13 Champions League – both games ended as a score draw (2-2 and 1-1).

10 of the 11 goals scored in the previous four Champions League meetings between PSG and Barcelona have been netted after half-time.

PSG are unbeaten in 29 successive European home games (incl. qualifiers), winning 19 and drawing 10.

Paris Saint Germain’s last European defeat at Parc des Princes came back in November 2006 versus Hapoel Tel Aviv (2-4) in a UEFA Cup group stage game.

Barca have won just four of their last 13 Champions League away matches (W4 D3 L6).

Barcelona are unbeaten in their last nine European meetings with French sides (W5 D4), but four of the last five games have ended in a draw.

If he appears in this match, Xavi will make his 143rd Champions League appearance; overtaking Raul’s record of 142 apps in the competition (excl. quals).

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had a hand in 20 goals (13 goals, seven assists) in 18 Champions League appearances for PSG.

Should Ibrahimovic score in this game, it’ll be the eighth successive Champions League season that the Swede has scored in.

Lionel Messi has scored 11 goals in his last 12 Champions League appearances.

Messi has gone three CL apps without a goal; his longest run since May 2009. He last went four CL apps without a goal in September 2008.

 

Shakhtar Donetsk v FC Porto

Shakhtar Donetsk have won just one of their last eight European matches (W1 D4 L3).

Including qualifiers, Porto have won all three of their European games this season and have kept a clean sheet in each of these matches.

FC Porto won 6-0 versus BATE Borisov on MD1; their record win in the Champions League.

Porto are unbeaten in their four previous European meetings with Shakhtar Donetsk (W3 D1).

With his treble against BATE Borisov, Yacine Brahimi became the seventh player to score a hat-trick on his CL debut and the first since Wolfsburg’s Grafite in September 2009.

FC Porto have lost more games in the Champions League than any other team (50).

Shakhtar have failed to find the net in four of their last five Champions League games, but have also kept a clean sheet in three of their last four.

Jackson Martinez has scored only one goal in seven CL apps away from home, compared to five in eight at Estadio do Dragão.

 

Sporting Lisbon v Chelsea

This will be Sporting Lisbon’s first Champions League home game in five and a half years (since Feb 2009). They lost their last one 0-5 versus Bayern Munich.

In fact, Sporting Lisbon have conceded exactly five goals in their last two Champions League home matches (2-5 v Barcelona in Nov 2008 and 0-5 v Bayern Munich in Feb 2009).

Sporting have won their last three European matches at Estádio José Alvalade against English sides, keeping a clean sheet on each occasion.

Chelsea have failed to win their last three Champions League matches (D2 L1) – they have never failed to win four successive games in the competition.

There have been four meetings between English and Portuguese clubs in the Champions League since the turn of 2012, with the English clubs winning all four games.

Didier Drogba has scored 42 goals and made 88 appearances in the Champions League – more than any other African player in the history of the competition.

John Terry could make his 100th Champions League appearance in this match – the sixth English player to reach this landmark.

Diego Costa has scored eight goals in his 10 Champions League appearances, including one in his only previous CL app against a Portuguese side (versus Porto).

Nani scored one goal and assisted two more in his final two Premier League appearances against Chelsea.

 

Zenit St Petersburg v Monaco

Zenit St Petersburg are unbeaten in their three previous European home games against French opponents (W2 D1).

The Russian side have kept a clean sheet in their last four European games in 2014-15, conceding just one goal in their five games overall so far.

Monaco have only ever won four Champions League away games (in 22 attempts), losing 12 and drawing six.

Monaco have the fifth best goals per game ratio in Champions League history (1.78 per game).

Dimitar Berbatov has scored just one goal in his last 24 Champions League appearances.

João Moutinho has had a hand in five goals (three goals, two assists) in his last five Champions League appearances.

Hulk has scored in three successive Champions League appearances for Zenit. He has never scored in four successive CL games.

Just 39.4% of Zenit’s passes versus Benfica were in the opposition half; a lower proportion than any other side on MD1 of the 2014-15 Champions League.

 

Arsenal v Galatasaray

This will be only the second occasion that these two sides have met in a European game – the first being the 2000 UEFA Cup final that ended 0-0 before Galatasaray won 4-1 on penalties.

Excluding penalty shootouts, Arsenal have never lost a game against a Turkish opponent (W5 D4), keeping a clean sheet in eight of these nine games.

The Gunners have won just one of their last six Champions League games (W1 D2 L3 incl. qualifiers); this victory came against Turkish opposition in Beskitas, however.

Galatasaray have never won a European game away against an English side (D3 L6).

The Turkish side are three goals away from the 100-goal mark in the Champions League (97).

Of the 32 teams in the 2014-15 Champions League, Galatasaray have been given a red card the most frequently on average (one every six games).

Burak Yilmaz scored his ninth Champions League goal on MD1 against Anderlecht. Only one Turkish player has scored more goals in the Champions League – Hakan Sükür (13).

Galatasaray have kept a clean sheet in one of their last 14 Champions League games.

Mesut Özil has had a hand in a goal every 243 mins in the CL for Arsenal. At Real Madrid, this ratio was a goal or assist every 129 mins.

 

Atlético Madrid v Juventus
Juventus have won four of their previous five meetings with Atlético Madrid (L1), but these matches were all played between 1963-1965 in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.

Atletico have lost their last two games in European competition – they have not lost three European matches in succession since October 1984.

Los Rojiblancos have won their last five European encounters with Italian sides (Milan twice, Lazio twice and Udinese)

Juventus have kept a clean sheet in six of their nine European matches in 2014 so far.

Juve have received more red cards in the Champions League than any other team (20), but they have only been given one in their last 23 CL games.

Atletico Madrid have played more Champions League games without having been given a red card than any other side (36 games).

Arturo Vidal has scored five goals in his last five Champions League appearances.

After going 14 consecutive Champions League appearances without a goal, Carlos Tevez netted a brace on the opening matchday of the 2014-15 CL season.

Atletico’s MD1 defeat to Olympiakos was only the second that Diego Simeone has suffered in the Champions League as a manager, in what was his 14th game.

 

Bayer 04 Leverkusen v Benfica

Leverkusen have scored only two goals in their last six Champions League matches.

Benfica have met Bayer Leverkusen on four previous occasions, winning two and drawing two.

Benfica have failed to score in three successive European games – they haven’t failed to score in four consecutive games in Europe since September 1977.

The Eagles have won just one of their last nine Champions League away games (W1 D3 L5), but this victory came in their last game on the road in the competition (3-2 v Anderlecht in Nov 2013).

Stefan Kießling has averaged a goal every 179 minutes in his Bundesliga career for Bayer Leverkusen, but in the Champions League this ratio is a goal every 412 mins.

Club captain Luisão made his 43rd Champions League appearance for Benfica on MD1; more than any other player for the club. This is his eighth CL campaign at the club.

Benfica goalkeeper Artur Moraes was sent off on MD1 against Zenit – the first goalkeeper to be sent off for the club in the history of the Champions League.

 

FC Basel v Liverpool

FC Basel have lost last two European matches, conceding five goals in both matches. They have not lost three European games in a row since October 2008.

Basel defeated fellow English side Chelsea both home and away in the 2013-14 Champions League group stages.

These two sides have met just twice before, these coming in the 2002-03 Champions League: they played out two score draws (1-1 and 3-3).

Liverpool have not lost any of their last nine matches against Swiss opponents (W6 D3).

The last five European games that Liverpool have played against Swiss teams have seen 29 goals scored; an average of 5.8 goals per game.

Mario Balotelli only managed two goals and didn’t assist a single goal in the 2013-14 CL for AC Milan. He already has one goal in one CL app for Liverpool.

Balotelli has 10 touches in the opposition box on MD1 – no player managed more than this.

Breel Embolo (17y 214d) was one of only two 17 year olds to play on MD1 of the Champions League this season.

 

Ludogorets Razgrad v Real Madrid

This will be Ludogorets eighth game in the Champions League already this season, having come through three qualifying rounds to get to the group stages.

Of these previous seven games, Ludogorets have only won two (D3 L2).

Bulgarian sides have played seven games in the Champions League; losing on all seven occasions and scoring only two goals.

Real Madrid have won both of their previous two European games against Bulgarian sides; defeating Levski Sofia 1-0 away and 2-0 at home in 1979.

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 68 goals in 104 Champions League appearances – three away from Raul’s CL record of 71 goals.

Anicet is only the second Madagascan player to play in the Champions League, after Franck Rabarivony for Auxerre in 1996-97.

Gareth Bale has scored five goals and assisted five more in his last eight Champions League appearances.

Karim Benzema has played a part in 13 goals in his last 13 CL apps for Real Madrid (seven goals, six assists).

Benzema has now scored a goal in each of the last 10 seasons of the UEFA Champions League.

 

Malmo FF v Olympiakos

Malmo will be looking for their first victory in the Champions League/European Cup since beating Besiktas 3-2 in September 1990.

Malmo’s last five victories in the Champions League/European Cup have all come at home.

There have been 13 games played by Swedish teams in the Champions League since 1999-2000 – only one of these has ended in victory (W1 D3 L9).

Olympiakos have won three of their last four Champions League matches (L1).

Kostas Mitroglou has scored nine goals in his last 13 Champions League appearances.

Malmo are the only one of the 130 different teams to have played in the Champions League yet to score in the competition.

Malmo attempted fewer passes (240) and had a lower passing accuracy (66.3%) than any other side on the opening matchday of the 2014-15 Champions League.

Malmo played the highest proportion of passes long (23.5%) on MD1 of the tournament.

 

Anderlecht v Borussia Dortmund

Anderlecht are on a run of nine successive European matches without a victory (L6 D3).

Borussia Dortmund lost their only previous away trip to Anderlecht; 0-1 in the 1990-91 UEFA Cup.

No German side has lost against Belgian opposition in the Champions League (W9 D3).

In the 12 previous Champions League meetings between Belgian and German sides, the German side has always scored.

Dortmund have lost just two of their 13 CL group stage games since September 2012 (W9 D2).

Borussia Dortmund attempted more shots (21) than any other side on MD1 of the 2014-15 Champions League.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang attempted more shots than any other player on the opening matchday of the 2014-15 Champions League (6) and also more than six teams overall.

Anderlecht’s Youri Tielemans was the youngest player to play on MD1 of the 2014-15 Champions League (17y 132d).

 

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CSKA Moscow v Bayern Munich

This will be the third European meeting between these two sides, after they also met in the 2013-14 Champions League group stages.

Bayern won both games against CSKA last season, netting three goals on both occasions – 3-0 at home, 3-1 away.

Arjen Robben scored in both of Bayern Munich’s Champions League meetings with CSKA Moscow last season.

Just four of the previous 20 Champions League meetings between Russian and German clubs have been won by the Russian side (W4 D3 L13). Three of these four victories have come in Russia.

CSKA Moscow have lost seven of their last eight Champions League matches (W1), including the last five in a row.

German champions Bayern have won just three of their last eight Champions League matches (W3 D2 L3).

All eight of Bayern Munich’s Champions League goals in 2014 have come in the second half of matches.

CSKA have conceded 26 goals in their last eight CL matches; an average of 3.3 per game.

Robert Lewandowski has not scored in his last three Champions League appearances – he’s never gone four in a row without scoring.

Bayern Munich are looking for their 100th Champions League win in this game and become the fourth team to reach this landmark.

 

APOEL Nicosia v Ajax

APOEL Nicosia have lost five of their last six Champions League games (W1), including their last three in a row.

The Cypriot side have won just three of their previous 17 Champions League matches (W3 D6 L8), but all three of these victories have come at home.

Gustavo Manduca has scored three of APOEL’s last four Champions League goals.

Ajax have scored just nine goals in their last 14 Champions League away matches.

The Dutch side have not won any of their last seven away games in the Champions League (D3 L4).

Ajax have won three of their previous four matches against sides from Cyprus, including their record victory in the European Cup/Champions League (10-0 vs Omonia Nicosia in October 1979).

Four of the last six goals that Ajax have scored in the Champions League have been scored (3) or assisted (1) by Lasse Schöne.

There have only ever been three wins by a Cypriot side in the Champions League group stages – all three have come at home.

APOEL Nicosia held just 28.7% possession in their opening group game against Barcelona – the lowest proportion on MD1 of the 2014-15 Champions League.

 

BATE Borisov v Athletic Club

BATE Borisov have lost five successive Champions League group stage matches.

Their 0-6 defeat to FC Porto on MD1 was their biggest defeat in European Cup/Champions League history.

BATE Borisov have lost all eight of their previous European encounters with Spanish sides, failing to score in six of these games.

Athletic Bilbao have won just one of their last 11 Champions League/European Cup matches (W1 D6 L4).

Athletic Bilbao have scored just one goal after half-time in their previous seven Champions League games.

Overall, BATE have won just two of their previous 19 Champions League games (D5 L12).

No club to have played more than six Champions League games has a better defensive record in the competition than Athletic Bilbao (0.86 goals conceded per game).

BATE Borisov only attempted one cross (excl. corners) on MD1; fewer than any other side.

BATE Borisov made four errors leading to a goal in their opening game against Porto – the other 31 teams on MD1 made seven collectively.

 

FC Schalke 04 v NK Maribor

NK Maribor have won just one of their previous seven Champions League matches (W1 D2 L4) – this coming in their first ever game in the competition.

Maribor have scored only one goal in their four previous European games against German clubs (D2 L2).

Schalke have won only one of their last seven Champions League matches (W1 D2 L4).

The Germans have scored only one first half goal in their last six Champions League games at the VELTINS-Arena, with eight of their nine goals in this period coming after half-time.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has scored in six of his 10 Champions League appearances since the turn of 2012.

Maribor are yet to score a goal in the first half of a Champions League game, despite this being their eighth game in the competition.

No side made fewer touches in the opposition box than Schalke (5) on MD1 of the 2014-15 Champions League.

Maribor were forced in to making 39 clearances and 10 blocks against Sporting Lisbon on MD1; more than any other side in the competition.

 

Manchester City v Roma

Manchester City have lost three successive Champions League matches; their worst-ever run in European competition.

Man City have won just one of their last seven European meetings with Italian sides (L4 D2).

Roma have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last nine Champions League matches, conceding an average of two goals a game during this run (18 goals conceded).

Roma’s 5-1 win over CSKA Moscow on MD1 was their best-ever victory in the Champions League.

Three of Manchester City’s last four European meetings with Italian clubs have ended 1-1.

Sergio Aguero has averaged a goal every two games in the Champions League for Manchester City (nine goals in 18 appearances).

Aguero has scored five goals in his last five Champions League appearances at the Etihad Stadium.

Ashley Cole could become only the 11th English player to play for a non-British side in the Champions League.

Cole could become the fifth English player to play against a Premier League team for a non-British side in the Champions League.

The top three passers on MD1 of the 2014-15 Champions League were Roma players – Miralem Pjanic (116), Radja Nainggolan (111) and Seydou Keita (103).

The last English team to lose their opening two group stage games in the Champions League were Blackburn Rovers in 1995-96.

Roma had the two oldest players on MD1 of the 2014-15 Champions League – Totti (37y 355 d) and De Sanctis (37y 175d).

 

Paris Saint Germain v Barcelona

These two sides met in the Quarter final of the 2012-13 Champions League – both games ended as a score draw (2-2 and 1-1).

10 of the 11 goals scored in the previous four Champions League meetings between PSG and Barcelona have been netted after half-time.

PSG are unbeaten in 29 successive European home games (incl. qualifiers), winning 19 and drawing 10.

Paris Saint Germain’s last European defeat at Parc des Princes came back in November 2006 versus Hapoel Tel Aviv (2-4) in a UEFA Cup group stage game.

Barca have won just four of their last 13 Champions League away matches (W4 D3 L6).

Barcelona are unbeaten in their last nine European meetings with French sides (W5 D4), but four of the last five games have ended in a draw.

If he appears in this match, Xavi will make his 143rd Champions League appearance; overtaking Raul’s record of 142 apps in the competition (excl. quals).

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had a hand in 20 goals (13 goals, seven assists) in 18 Champions League appearances for PSG.

Should Ibrahimovic score in this game, it’ll be the eighth successive Champions League season that the Swede has scored in.

Lionel Messi has scored 11 goals in his last 12 Champions League appearances.

Messi has gone three CL apps without a goal; his longest run since May 2009. He last went four CL apps without a goal in September 2008.

 

Shakhtar Donetsk v FC Porto

Shakhtar Donetsk have won just one of their last eight European matches (W1 D4 L3).

Including qualifiers, Porto have won all three of their European games this season and have kept a clean sheet in each of these matches.

FC Porto won 6-0 versus BATE Borisov on MD1; their record win in the Champions League.

Porto are unbeaten in their four previous European meetings with Shakhtar Donetsk (W3 D1).

With his treble against BATE Borisov, Yacine Brahimi became the seventh player to score a hat-trick on his CL debut and the first since Wolfsburg’s Grafite in September 2009.

FC Porto have lost more games in the Champions League than any other team (50).

Shakhtar have failed to find the net in four of their last five Champions League games, but have also kept a clean sheet in three of their last four.

Jackson Martinez has scored only one goal in seven CL apps away from home, compared to five in eight at Estadio do Dragão.

 

Sporting Lisbon v Chelsea

This will be Sporting Lisbon’s first Champions League home game in five and a half years (since Feb 2009). They lost their last one 0-5 versus Bayern Munich.

In fact, Sporting Lisbon have conceded exactly five goals in their last two Champions League home matches (2-5 v Barcelona in Nov 2008 and 0-5 v Bayern Munich in Feb 2009).

Sporting have won their last three European matches at Estádio José Alvalade against English sides, keeping a clean sheet on each occasion.

Chelsea have failed to win their last three Champions League matches (D2 L1) – they have never failed to win four successive games in the competition.

There have been four meetings between English and Portuguese clubs in the Champions League since the turn of 2012, with the English clubs winning all four games.

Didier Drogba has scored 42 goals and made 88 appearances in the Champions League – more than any other African player in the history of the competition.

John Terry could make his 100th Champions League appearance in this match – the sixth English player to reach this landmark.

Diego Costa has scored eight goals in his 10 Champions League appearances, including one in his only previous CL app against a Portuguese side (versus Porto).

Nani scored one goal and assisted two more in his final two Premier League appearances against Chelsea.

 

Zenit St Petersburg v Monaco

Zenit St Petersburg are unbeaten in their three previous European home games against French opponents (W2 D1).

The Russian side have kept a clean sheet in their last four European games in 2014-15, conceding just one goal in their five games overall so far.

Monaco have only ever won four Champions League away games (in 22 attempts), losing 12 and drawing six.

Monaco have the fifth best goals per game ratio in Champions League history (1.78 per game).

Dimitar Berbatov has scored just one goal in his last 24 Champions League appearances.

João Moutinho has had a hand in five goals (three goals, two assists) in his last five Champions League appearances.

Hulk has scored in three successive Champions League appearances for Zenit. He has never scored in four successive CL games.

Just 39.4% of Zenit’s passes versus Benfica were in the opposition half; a lower proportion than any other side on MD1 of the 2014-15 Champions League.

 

Arsenal v Galatasaray

This will be only the second occasion that these two sides have met in a European game – the first being the 2000 UEFA Cup final that ended 0-0 before Galatasaray won 4-1 on penalties.

Excluding penalty shootouts, Arsenal have never lost a game against a Turkish opponent (W5 D4), keeping a clean sheet in eight of these nine games.

The Gunners have won just one of their last six Champions League games (W1 D2 L3 incl. qualifiers); this victory came against Turkish opposition in Beskitas, however.

Galatasaray have never won a European game away against an English side (D3 L6).

The Turkish side are three goals away from the 100-goal mark in the Champions League (97).

Of the 32 teams in the 2014-15 Champions League, Galatasaray have been given a red card the most frequently on average (one every six games).

Burak Yilmaz scored his ninth Champions League goal on MD1 against Anderlecht. Only one Turkish player has scored more goals in the Champions League – Hakan Sükür (13).

Galatasaray have kept a clean sheet in one of their last 14 Champions League games.

Mesut Özil has had a hand in a goal every 243 mins in the CL for Arsenal. At Real Madrid, this ratio was a goal or assist every 129 mins.

 

Atlético Madrid v Juventus
Juventus have won four of their previous five meetings with Atlético Madrid (L1), but these matches were all played between 1963-1965 in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.

Atletico have lost their last two games in European competition – they have not lost three European matches in succession since October 1984.

Los Rojiblancos have won their last five European encounters with Italian sides (Milan twice, Lazio twice and Udinese)

Juventus have kept a clean sheet in six of their nine European matches in 2014 so far.

Juve have received more red cards in the Champions League than any other team (20), but they have only been given one in their last 23 CL games.

Atletico Madrid have played more Champions League games without having been given a red card than any other side (36 games).

Arturo Vidal has scored five goals in his last five Champions League appearances.

After going 14 consecutive Champions League appearances without a goal, Carlos Tevez netted a brace on the opening matchday of the 2014-15 CL season.

Atletico’s MD1 defeat to Olympiakos was only the second that Diego Simeone has suffered in the Champions League as a manager, in what was his 14th game.

 

Bayer 04 Leverkusen v Benfica

Leverkusen have scored only two goals in their last six Champions League matches.

Benfica have met Bayer Leverkusen on four previous occasions, winning two and drawing two.

Benfica have failed to score in three successive European games – they haven’t failed to score in four consecutive games in Europe since September 1977.

The Eagles have won just one of their last nine Champions League away games (W1 D3 L5), but this victory came in their last game on the road in the competition (3-2 v Anderlecht in Nov 2013).

Stefan Kießling has averaged a goal every 179 minutes in his Bundesliga career for Bayer Leverkusen, but in the Champions League this ratio is a goal every 412 mins.

Club captain Luisão made his 43rd Champions League appearance for Benfica on MD1; more than any other player for the club. This is his eighth CL campaign at the club.

Benfica goalkeeper Artur Moraes was sent off on MD1 against Zenit – the first goalkeeper to be sent off for the club in the history of the Champions League.

 

FC Basel v Liverpool

FC Basel have lost last two European matches, conceding five goals in both matches. They have not lost three European games in a row since October 2008.

Basel defeated fellow English side Chelsea both home and away in the 2013-14 Champions League group stages.

These two sides have met just twice before, these coming in the 2002-03 Champions League: they played out two score draws (1-1 and 3-3).

Liverpool have not lost any of their last nine matches against Swiss opponents (W6 D3).

The last five European games that Liverpool have played against Swiss teams have seen 29 goals scored; an average of 5.8 goals per game.

Mario Balotelli only managed two goals and didn’t assist a single goal in the 2013-14 CL for AC Milan. He already has one goal in one CL app for Liverpool.

Balotelli has 10 touches in the opposition box on MD1 – no player managed more than this.

Breel Embolo (17y 214d) was one of only two 17 year olds to play on MD1 of the Champions League this season.

 

Ludogorets Razgrad v Real Madrid

This will be Ludogorets eighth game in the Champions League already this season, having come through three qualifying rounds to get to the group stages.

Of these previous seven games, Ludogorets have only won two (D3 L2).

Bulgarian sides have played seven games in the Champions League; losing on all seven occasions and scoring only two goals.

Real Madrid have won both of their previous two European games against Bulgarian sides; defeating Levski Sofia 1-0 away and 2-0 at home in 1979.

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 68 goals in 104 Champions League appearances – three away from Raul’s CL record of 71 goals.

Anicet is only the second Madagascan player to play in the Champions League, after Franck Rabarivony for Auxerre in 1996-97.

Gareth Bale has scored five goals and assisted five more in his last eight Champions League appearances.

Karim Benzema has played a part in 13 goals in his last 13 CL apps for Real Madrid (seven goals, six assists).

Benzema has now scored a goal in each of the last 10 seasons of the UEFA Champions League.

 

Malmo FF v Olympiakos

Malmo will be looking for their first victory in the Champions League/European Cup since beating Besiktas 3-2 in September 1990.

Malmo’s last five victories in the Champions League/European Cup have all come at home.

There have been 13 games played by Swedish teams in the Champions League since 1999-2000 – only one of these has ended in victory (W1 D3 L9).

Olympiakos have won three of their last four Champions League matches (L1).

Kostas Mitroglou has scored nine goals in his last 13 Champions League appearances.

Malmo are the only one of the 130 different teams to have played in the Champions League yet to score in the competition.

Malmo attempted fewer passes (240) and had a lower passing accuracy (66.3%) than any other side on the opening matchday of the 2014-15 Champions League.

Malmo played the highest proportion of passes long (23.5%) on MD1 of the tournament.

 

Anderlecht v Borussia Dortmund

Anderlecht are on a run of nine successive European matches without a victory (L6 D3).

Borussia Dortmund lost their only previous away trip to Anderlecht; 0-1 in the 1990-91 UEFA Cup.

No German side has lost against Belgian opposition in the Champions League (W9 D3).

In the 12 previous Champions League meetings between Belgian and German sides, the German side has always scored.

Dortmund have lost just two of their 13 CL group stage games since September 2012 (W9 D2).

Borussia Dortmund attempted more shots (21) than any other side on MD1 of the 2014-15 Champions League.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang attempted more shots than any other player on the opening matchday of the 2014-15 Champions League (6) and also more than six teams overall.

Anderlecht’s Youri Tielemans was the youngest player to play on MD1 of the 2014-15 Champions League (17y 132d).

 

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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.
Just scroll down the playlist above to find each one every Friday.
Commentator Pete Farries preview the Championship, while Sam Ashoo from www.the72.co.uk lo…

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League Two Opta Facts – September 27
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Accrington V Plymouth

Accrington have gone seven games without a win against Plymouth (D6 L1), with each of the last four ending level.
Plymouth have never lost on their travels to Accrington Stanley (W1 D3).
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League One Opta Facts – September 27
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League One Opta Facts – September 27

Barnsley v Swindon Town

Barnsley have lost only one of their last seven league clashes with Swindon (W2 D4).
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Sky Bet League One Opta Facts – September 27th 2014
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Sky Bet League One Opta Facts – September 27th 2014

 

Barnsley v Swindon Town

  • Barnsley have lost only one of their last seven league clashes with Swindon (W2 D4).
  • Swindon’s last league win at Oakwell came in December 1998. They’ve lost two and drawn three of their away games against the Tykes since that victory.
  • Conor Hourihane has netted six goals in as many league appearances for the Tykes.
  • Swindon have alternated between a draw and a win in their last six League One games. They won 5-2 at home to Sheffield United last weekend.
  • Jonathan Obika has scored five times in his first four games for Swindon, in all competitions.

 

Bradford City v Port Vale

  • Bradford’s victory over Vale in February ended a run of 10 fixtures without a win against them (D3 L7).
  • Port Vale have failed to score in three of their last four games against the Bantams (in all comps).
  • Bradford have both scored and conceded five headed goals this season; both are league-highs.
  • Port Vale are one of three sides still awaiting their first clean sheet of the season, along with Crewe and Scunthorpe.
  • Vale have attempted the most shots on target in the division so far (54).

 

Bristol City v MK Dons

  • Former player Sam Baldock scored all of Bristol City’s four goals against MK Dons last season, both in 2-2 draws.
  • MK Dons are yet to beat the Robins in seven previous meetings in all competitions (D3 L4).
  • Bristol City are the only unbeaten side in League One, winning six and drawing three of their games.
  • MK Dons boast the best shot conversion rate in League One – 23.1%.
  • The Robins have only let in one home goal in four matches at Ashton Gate Stadium.

 

Chesterfield v Notts County

  • Chesterfield have lost their last three matches against Notts County, having won three in a row beforehand.
  • The Magpies have scored in 10 of their last 11 games against the Spireites.
  • The Spireites have only lost one of their last 20 home league games, losing 1-0 to MK Dons in August.
  • County are unbeaten in four away league games (D3 W1); their best run since March 2013.
  • Chesterfield have conceded exactly once in each of their last six in front of their own fans.
  • Notts County have not kept three successive away clean sheets since April 2012.

 

Coventry v Preston North End

  • Coventry scored in injury time twice (95th and 97th minute) to salvage points against Preston last season.
  • Preston conceded four goals in their last away game against Coventry, in a 4-4 draw, having let in five goals in their previous seven away games against the Sky Blues.
  • The Sky Blues are yet to concede in the opening 15 minutes this season, along with three other sides.
  • Joe Garner has scored 19 goals this calendar year. The only player to score more than him in the top four tiers is Britt Assombalonga (21, including playoffs).
  • Preston North End are the only League One side to have found the net in each of their games so far (eight matches).

 

Crawley Town v Yeovil Town

  • Crawley were beaten in their only home game against the Glovers 1-0 in November 2012 – former player David Hunt scored an own goal in the 90th minute.
  • Yeovil are unbeaten in two previous meetings with Crawley (W1 D1).
  • Crawley have scored the fewest goals in League One this season (4), though three of those have come in home matches.
  • Yeovil Town kept their first clean sheet of the season in their last match against Peterborough. This ended a run of 11 league games without a shutout.
  • The Red Devils have converted just 6.1% of their efforts on goal this season, the lowest tally in the division.

 

Crewe Alexandra v Colchester United

  • Crewe Alexandra have won 10 of their previous 11 league encounters with the U’s, drawing once (the most recent encounter in April).
  • Colchester’s last league victory at Crewe came in April 1986 and haven’t won in nine trips since (D3 L6).
  • Both of these sides have lost eight points from leading positions in League One this season, a league-high figure.
  • Second-bottom Colchester have had the most shots on goal in League One (126 including blocked), while bottom side Crewe have had the fewest (57).
  • Crewe have conceded the most goals in the first half this season (8) and the joint-most in the second half (13).

 

Leyton Orient v Rochdale

  • Leyton Orient are unbeaten in five games against Rochdale in the league (W4 D1).
  • Rochdale have won only two of their previous 18 away matches against the O’s (D3 L13).
  • The O’s have netted just one home goal in three games so far. They had scored 13 in their first four of last season.
  • Only Bristol City (11) have scored more goals on the road in League One than Rochdale this season (10).
  • No player has recorded more assists in League One than Matt Done (4).

 

Oldham Athletic v Scunthorpe United

  • Oldham have lost only one of their last eight home games against Scunthorpe (W3 D4).
  • Scunthorpe however have been beaten just once in their last five league games against Oldham (W2 D2).
  • The Latics have scored in all but one of their 20 home league matches against the Iron, way back in November 1952.
  • The Iron are winless in six away games in the league, losing four and drawing two.
  • Jonathan Forte has netted five goals in seven appearances for Oldham this season.
  • Paddy Madden has played a hand in six of Scunthorpe’s eight goals this campaign (scoring four and assisting two).

 

Peterborough United v Fleetwood Town

  • Peterborough have lost just one of their last nine home matches (W6 D2).
  • Fleetwood have failed to score in their last two away games in League One, having kept two clean sheets in their two previous away matches in the division.
  • This will be the first ever meeting between these two sides.
  • Since winning their opening three games in the third tier, Fleetwood have failed to win any of their next six (D4 L2).
  • The Posh has scored a joint-league high four times from outside the area in open play this season.
  • Fleetwood have had as many shots on target as off this season in League One (52 each).

 

Sheffield United v Gillingham

  • Sheffield United are winless in six home matches against the Gills (D4 L2).
  • Gillingham have failed to score in four of their previous six games against the Blades.
  • Ben Davies has scored three and assisted once in Sheffield United’s last two games.
  • The Gills are one of five sides still searching for their first away win of the season (D1 L3).
  • The Blades have scored five times in the final 15 minutes this season, a joint-league high.

 

Walsall v Doncaster Rovers

  • The Saddlers have scored just five goals in their last six home matches against Doncaster, and never more than once in those games.
  • Doncaster have won only one of their last five away games in Walsall, though this was a 3-0 victory in their last visit there in August 2012 (D2 L2).
  • Walsall have failed to score in three of their last four matches. In total, they have drawn a blank in five of their opening nine games, no side has managed more.
  • Rovers have been caught offside just nine times this season. Only Crewe have recorded fewer than them (8).
  • Only Crawley have netted fewer first-half goals (0) than the Saddlers (1).

 

 

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Sky Bet Championship Opta Facts – Sept 27-28
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Birmingham V Fulham

  • The Blues have scored just six goals in their last nine encounters with Fulham and never more than once in that run (W2 D3 L4).
  • Fulham won on their most recent visit to Birmingham City in May 2011, courtesy of a brace from Brede Hangeland.
  • Birmingham’s David Cotterill has created 27 goalscoring chances for his teammates this term, more than any other player.
  • Fulham have gone 12 games without keeping a clean sheet in league competition. Indeed, the Whites have failed to win in that run of games, losing nine (D3).
  • Since the start of last season, Ross McCormack has scored more Championship goals than any other player (30).
  • Fulham have shipped 12 second half goals this season, a league-high and two more than Birmingham

 

Blackburn V Watford

  • Blackburn have won their last three home clashes against Watford; their longest ever winning streak versus the Hornets.
  • Watford’s last league victory at Ewood Park was back in September 2000, when they came from 2-0 down to claim a 4-3 win.
  • Jordan Rhodes has scored four goals in his last five appearances. Indeed, Rhodes scored in this exact fixture last season as Blackburn won 1-0.
  • Watford have conceded a penalty in each of their last three games, though the last two have been missed.
  • Since the turn of the year, Craig Conway has provided 16 assists in league competition, seven more than any other in the top four tiers.
  • The Hornets have picked up just three wins from their last 21 fixtures on the road (D9 L9).

 

Blackpool V Norwich

  • Blackpool have gone three games unbeaten against Norwich, winning twice (D1).
  • Norwich have conceded in each of their last eight matches against Blackpool.
  • Blackpool have fired in a league-low 23 shots on target so far this season. In contrast, opponents Norwich have registered the most (50).
  • No side has recovered more points from losing positions than Norwich (7).
  • Blackpool have failed to score in five of their eight games this season, a league-high. Indeed, Blackpool are one of two sides yet to win in 2014/15 – Fulham the other.
  • All three sides that were relegated from the Championship last season have won more second tier games in 2014 than Blackpool (3).
  • Cameron Jerome has bagged six goals in five games (all comps) since joining Norwich City. Indeed, Jerome has scored as many goals in 2014/15 as he managed in his previous two seasons combined.

 

Bolton V Derby

  • Bolton have gone six games unbeaten against Derby County, though four of those games have ended level (W2).
  • Derby have gone six games without a clean sheet away to Bolton Wanderers, losing three times (W1 D2).
  • Craig Davies (21) has committed more fouls without actually receiving a card than any other Championship player in 2014/15.
  • Derby have yet to score a header this season, a joint-low with Leeds.
  • The Trotters have won just once in their last nine matches, losing five (D3).
  • Derby’s Craig Bryson, who was the Championship’s top scoring midfielder last season has netted just two goals in his last 15 league games (incl. play-offs).

 

Bournemouth V Wigan

  • Bournemouth have won five and drawn three of their last eight home matches against Wigan, keeping a clean sheet in seven of those games.
  • Wigan have won only once in their last seven encounters with the Cherries, losing two and drawing four.
  • Eddie Howe’s men have dropped 10 points from leading situations this season, a league-high.
  • Both of Martyn Waghorn’s goals this season have come as substitute.
  • Bournemouth are one of three sides to have scored in every league game this season (Charlton & Blackburn the other teams).
  • Wigan have yet to win away from this season (D1 L3).

 

Brentford V Leeds

  • Brentford have gone four home games unbeaten against Leeds, winning two and drawing two.
  • The two sides have met just twice since the turn of the century with both games ending level.
  • No side has made more errors leading to goals this season than Brentford (3) – level with Huddersfield.
  • Brentford have made just 59 fouls so far this term, nine fewer than any other team.
  • Leeds have conceded exactly three goals in both the opening and closing 15 minutes of matches this season.
  • Souleymane Doukara has scored four goals in his last five games in all competitions for Leeds.

 

Cardiff V Sheff Wed

  • Cardiff have won their last three against Sheffield Wednesday; they’ve never won four in a row.
  • The Owls have lost their last four away trips to Cardiff, failing to score in three of those games.
  • Cardiff are the only team yet to score in the final 30 minutes of games this season.
  • No side has kept more clean sheets this season than Sheffield Wednesday (5).
  • Sheffield Wednesday are the only Championship side yet to concede in the opening 30 minutes in 2014/15.
  • Cardiff are winless in five league games, losing three (D2).

 

Charlton V Middlesbrough

  • Charlton are winless in six against Middlesbrough, losing five and drawing the other.
  • Middlesbrough have won four of their last five league trips to the Valley (L1).
  • The Addicks have scored four times in the opening 15 minutes this term, a joint-league-high with Reading.
  • Middlesbrough have won each of the five games in which they’ve gone ahead this season.
  • Charlton are one of two Championship sides yet to taste defeat this season, Nottm Forest the other.
  • Boro have bagged four goals from the penalty spot in 2014/15, more than any other team.

 

Huddersfield V Millwall

  • Huddersfield have won their last three games against Millwall without reply.
  • Millwall have failed to find the back of the net in four of their last five encounters with Huddersfield.
  • The Terriers have never won four consecutive matches against the Lions.
  • Millwall have gone 12 games without keeping a clean sheet away to Huddersfield (W2 L10).
  • Huddersfield have won 10 of the last 11 home clashes with Millwall, losing the other.
  • Millwall’s last victory away at Huddersfield came back in March 2009, 2-1.

 

Ipswich V Rotherham

  • Ipswich have won their last four against the Millers which is their joint-longest winning run against them
  • Rotherham have won just two of their last 17 league encounters with the Tractor Boys (D6 L9).
  • Christophe Berra has scored more goals than any other defender this term (3).
  • Rotherham have netted just one first half goal in their last 12 matches in the second tier of English football.
  • The last time Ipswich lost when Daryl Murphy had scored in a match was back in January 2013 versus Bristol City. Their record since that game stands at 12 wins and four draws.
  • No player has attempted more shots without actually finding the back of the net than Rotherham’s Paul Taylor (20).

 

Nottm Forest V Brighton

  • Forest have won only one of their last seven matches against the Seagulls (D4 L2).
  • Brighton have avoided defeat in each of their last four trips to the City Ground (W1 D3).
  • Nottingham Forest have scored a league-high six goals via headers this season.
  • Since the turn of the year Britt Assombalonga has scored 21 goals in league competition (incl. play-offs), more than any other player in the top four tiers.
  • Brighton failed to score in their last two matches; they’ve not gone three without a goal since March 2014.
  • Michail Antonio has provided a league-high five assists this season, two more than his total for 2013/14.

 

Reading V Wolves

  • Reading have won three and drawn one of their last four against Wolves.
  • Wolves have gone six games without keeping a clean sheet against Reading (W2 D1 L3).
  • The Royals have scored in each of their last nine games at home.
  • Wolves have lost only once in their last 18 league games, winning 13 and drawing four.
  • Reading have lost only one of their last eight on home soil, winning four (D3).
  • No side has been shown fewer yellow cards this season than Wolves (7).

 

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Championship Opta Facts – September 27
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Championship Opta Facts – September 27

Birmingham V Fulham

The Blues have scored just six goals in their last nine encounters with Fulham and never more than once in that run (W2 D3 L4).
Fulham won on their most recent visit to Birmingham City in May 2011, courtesy of a brace from Brede Ha…

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European Football Podcast – Episode 19: 25th September
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European Football Podcast – Episode 19: 25th September

Alex Dunn and Ray Drewett look ahead to the best games across Europe on this edition of the William Hill European Football Podcast.
The boys offer their thought on La Liga, the Bundesliga, and the Portuguese Primeira Liga.
Alex Dunn – @alexdunn0…

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Premier League Opta Facts: Sept 27 – 29
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Premier League Opta Facts: Sept 27 – 29

 

Liverpool v Everton

  • Liverpool have lost only one of their last 15 Merseyside derbies in the Barclays Premier League.
  • Everton have scored only five goals in their last 12 Premier League games at Anfield.
  • The Toffees have not won away at Liverpool in the league since September 1999 (L7 D7 since).
  • Raheem Sterling has been involved in nine goals (six goals, three assists) in his last 10 Premier League appearances.
  • Mario Balotelli has scored just one goal in his last 19 Premier League games, this despite attempting 37 shots (excl. blocked) in these games.
  • In his final 19 games in the Premier League, Luis Suarez scored 12 goals.
  • There have been a league-high 24 goals in Everton’s Premier League games this season, an average of 4.8 per game.
  • Last season, Liverpool’s Premier League games averaged a league-high 4.0 goals per game (151 in 38 matches).
  • Liverpool have kept only one clean sheet in their last 11 Premier League games.
  • Everton have scored at least two goals in each of their last seven Premier League games. The Toffees have never scored 2+ goals in eight successive PL games before.

Chelsea v Aston Villa

  • Chelsea have scored 27 goals in their last seven Barclays Premier League home games against Aston Villa, including a 7-1 win and an 8-0.
  • Aston Villa have attempted just eight shots on target in five Premier League games this season; fewer than any other side.
  • 10 of the 13 points (from nine games) that Jose Mourinho has taken against Aston Villa in the Barclays Premier League have come at Stamford Bridge.
  • Diego Costa (11) has had three more shots on target in the Premier League than Aston Villa (8) this season.
  • Only two of Andre Schurrle’s 10 Premier league goals have come at Stamford Bridge.
  • Villa are the only Premier League team yet to concede an away goal this season.
  • Seven different nationalities have scored for Chelsea in the Premier League this season, a wider spread than at any other club.
  • Chelsea have kept only one clean sheet in their last six Premier League games.
  • Thibaut Courtois has kept only one clean sheet in his opening five Premier League games, three fewer than Petr Cech (4) did in his first five.
  • Aston Villa have not won three Premier League away games in a row since April 2010.

Crystal Palace v Leicester City

  • The last time this fixture was played in the English top-flight, Palace were being managed by Attilio Lombardo (April 1998).
  • Leicester’s Andy King scored in both league fixtures between these sides two seasons ago.
  • Three of Leonardo Ulloa’s five Premier League goals this season have come within two minutes of the opposition scoring.
  • After conceding only one set-piece goal under Tony Pulis, Palace have already let in five this season (excl. penalties).
  • Palace are in danger of going five Premier League home games without a win for the first time since returning to the top-flight.
  • Jamie Vardy has won two penalties this season (both versus Man Utd); more than the 19 other Premier League clubs this season.
  • The Foxes have a shot conversion rate of 43% inside the penalty area this season, higher than any other side.
  • Leicester are the only Premier League side yet to hit the woodwork this season.
  • Neil Warnock is looking to go four Premier League games unbeaten for the first time since December 2006 when he was Sheffield United boss.
  • The Foxes have won none of their last 15 Premier League games in London (D3 L12).

Hull City v Manchester City

  • Hull have lost only one of their three Premier League home encounters with Manchester City.
  • City played with 10 men for 80 minutes of this fixture last season and still won 2-0.
  • Frank Lampard has now scored in 18 consecutive Premier League seasons.
  • Nikica Jelavic has scored three goals in his last four Premier League appearances, after scoring three times in the previous 13.
  • Croatian striker Jelavic has scored three goals from four shots on target this season.
  • Manchester City have eight points from five games; the last time they had fewer was in 2006-07 (4).
  • Manchester City have been booked 15 times in the Premier League this season, already 21% of the total they recorded in 2013-14.
  • No team saw more opponents sent off than Hull last season (six).
  • Hull’s last two Premier League games have ended 2-2. Only one team (Liverpool in 2002) have recorded three in a row.
  • Manchester City have scored in 17 of their last 18 Premier League games.

Manchester United v West Ham United

  • Manchester United’s total of five points from five games is their worst haul at this stage since 1989-90.
  • The Hammers have scored nine goals in 18 Premier League games at Old Trafford and never more than one in a single game.
  • Manchester United have taken 31 points from their last 11 Barclays Premier League games against West Ham.
  • West Ham have netted a league-high four goals from outside the box this season.
  • Eight goals conceded after five games is Man Utd’s highest total since leaking 10 in their opening five in 2001-02.
  • Sam Allardyce’s side have the best cross completion rate in the top-flight this season (24.36%) while only Arsenal’s is lower than Manchester United’s (12.12%).
  • Manchester United have conceded six penalties in their last 15 Premier League games – before this run, they hadn’t conceded one in 85 PL matches.
  • Wayne Rooney has two goals and two assists in five Premier League games this season.
  • Man Utd have lost 10 of their last 25 Premier League home games. The previous 10 defeats came across a period of 148 games.
  • West Ham have scored five goals in their last two Premier League away games, more than they managed in the previous six on the road (4).

Southampton v Queens Park Rangers

  • Southampton have won three of their last five Barclays Premier League games against QPR after winning none of the previous five.
  • Queens Park Rangers have had more shots from outside the box than any other Premier League team this season (27).
  • Last weekend Victor Wanyama became the first Kenyan player to score in the Premier League. Players from 91 different nations have now scored in the PL.
  • Southampton have conceded the fewest goals in the Premier League this season (3).
  • The Saints are the only PL team yet to concede a home goal this season.
  • Southampton have scored four goals in three of their last seven Premier League home games.
  • QPR have failed to score in each of their last five Premier League away games.
  • Harry Redknapp has overseen just 11 goals in 14 Premier League away games as The R’s boss.
  • Redknapp has a Premier League win percentage of 17% at QPR, he managed 18% at Southampton in the competition.
  • QPR are the only side yet to score an open play goal in the Premier League this season.

Sunderland v Swansea City

  • Sunderland conceded seven goals to Swansea last season, only Arsenal and Tottenham scored as many against the Black Cats.
  • Along with Liverpool, Swansea are one of two teams yet to draw this season. Sunderland have drawn a league-high four times this term.
  • After winning four games in a row in April/May, Sunderland have now gone six games without a victory (L2 D4).
  • Sunderland have kept three clean sheets in four Premier League home games against Welsh sides.
  • Swansea have kept only three clean sheets in their last 18 Premier League games.
  • Jonjo Shelvey has been booked in three of his five Premier League appearances this season.
  • Swansea have won just eight corners in five league games this season.
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson has assisted four Premier League goals this season; he has never recorded more than four in a single campaign in England.
  • Garry Monk’s Premier League win percentage of 42% is better than Brendan Rodgers (32%) or Michael Laudrup (27%) recorded for the Swans.
  • Gus Poyet’s win percentage of 28% at Sunderland is level with former Black Cats managers Steve Bruce and Roy Keane. Peter Reid (33%) and Martin O’Neill (29%) are the only bosses with a higher rate.

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur

  • Arsenal have won four of their last five Barclays Premier League games against Tottenham (two 1-0 wins and two 5-2 wins).
  • Tottenham have won just one of their last 21 Barclays Premier League games away at Arsenal.
  • Arsenal last failed to score at home to Spurs in the Premier League in November 1998. Since then the Gunners have scored 38 times in 15 games.
  • Tottenham have conceded six penalties in the Premier League in 2014, only Manchester United have conceded as many.
  • Arsenal took 25 points from their 10 London derbies in the Premier League last season (W8 D1 L1) and defeated Crystal Palace on the opening weekend this season.
  • Six of Tottenham’s seven league points this season have come in London derbies.
  • If there are four goals in this game then it will become the outright highest scoring fixture in Premier League history (currently 126 goals).
  • Seven points from five games is Tottenham’s slowest start since gaining just two under Juande Ramos in 2008-09.
  • Arsenal (154) and Tottenham (125) are first and third respectively for dribbles attempted this season.
  • Emmanuel Adebayor has scored more goals than any other player in north London derby history (8 for Arsenal and 2 for Spurs).

West Bromwich Albion v Burnley

  • WBA have conceded a league high four goals from outside the box this season.
  • Burnley have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 19 games against West Brom (all competitions).
  • The last time Burnley failed to score against WBA was six games ago in November 2006. Mike Duff was playing for the Clarets that day.
  • This game is the 786th different fixture combination in Premier League history.
  • WBA have only scored three times this season but have five points to their name.
  • Burnley have gained three points from just one goal in the Premier League this season.
  • The Clarets have collected only five points from their 21 Premier League away games (W1 D2 L18).
  • Burnley’s clean sheet at Selhurst Park in their last road trip was the first they have recorded away from home in PL history.
  • Burnley did not draw any of their first 40 games 0-0 but each of the last three matches have ended goalless.
  • The only teams to draw 0-0 for four Premier League games in a row are Arsenal (twice) and Tottenham.

Stoke City v Newcastle United

  • Stoke have won three of their last four Barclays Premier League home games against Newcastle.
  • The Magpies have only mustered one clean sheet in 10 previous Premier League encounters with the Potters.
  • After 10 Premier League appearances without a goal or assist, Peter Crouch both scored & assisted against QPR last time out.
  • Alan Pardew’s side have conceded two or more goals in 10 of their last 13 league games.
  • Stoke are the only team yet to score a home goal in the Premier League this season.
  • Newcastle have been caught offside just once in five games this season.
  • Three of Stoke’s last four Premier League home games have ended as 0-1 home defeats.
  • Stoke’s last three Premier League games on a Monday have ended 1-1
  • This fixture was on a Monday night in 2011-12 and Demba Ba scored a perfect hat-trick (header, left-foot, right-foot) as Newcastle won 3-1.
  • Newcastle have lost their last four Premier League games on a Monday, conceding 12 goals in the process.

 

 

 

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Serie A Opta Facts – Week 4 – 23rd and 24th September
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Serie A Opta Facts – Week 4 – 23rd and 24th September

 

Cagliari – Torino

- Both Cagliari and Torino have found the net in their last three Serie A clashes, an average of 4.3 goals per game.

- Torino won their last league meeting against Cagliari (2-1, back in March); prior to that, the Rossoblu had remained unbeaten for six games (W5 D1).

- Cagliari are unbeaten at home in Serie A against Torino since September 1991 (W6 D4).

- Back in May 1993, Cagliari won 5-0 against Torino: that remains one of the Sardinians’ largest wins in the top-flight.

- Torino have conceded in seven of their last nine games away to Cagliari in the top-flight.

- The Rossoblu have lost four of their last six home games in Serie A (W2 L4).

- Torino have lost their only away game of this season, after they had ended last campaign with two wins and two draws on the road.

- Last time Torino lost their first two away games of the season in Serie A was in 2002/03.

- Torino remain the only side yet to score a goal in this Serie A campaign.

- Daniele Conti has scored four goals in his last three Serie A appearances against Torino.

- Torino are the only side to have already failed to convert two penalties in this Serie A campaign (one by Omar El Kaddouri, the other by Marcelo Larrondo).

 

 

Empoli – AC Milan

- Empoli have won only two of their 18 Serie A games against AC Milan (D4 L12).

- The Tuscans have never won a home game against the Rossoneri in the top-flight (D4 L5).

- Empoli have never scored more than a single goal against AC Milan in Serie A.

- The Rossoneri have failed to score only in two of their nine games away to Empoli in Serie A.

- AC Milan have not been involved in any draws over their last 12 Serie A fixtures between this and last season (W9, L3).

- AC Milan have conceded goals in their last four away games in Serie A (on average 2.25).

- Massimo Maccarone has found the net four times in his 10 Serie A appearances against AC Milan.

- Diego Laxalt made his debut in Serie A against the Rossoneri – he also bagged a brace in that game (Bologna v AC Milan in September 2013).

- Ignazio Abate played for Empoli in his first Serie A game of his career (24, in 2007/08) – he scored a goal during that term.

- Last weekend against Cesena, Francesco Tavano ended his goal scoring drought in Serie A; finding the net for the frst time since April 2010.

 

 

Fiorentina – Sassuolo

 

- These two teams have only met twice in Serie A; one win apiece, both on the road.

- Fiorentina are on a streak of four consecutive home games without a win (D2 L2) – the longest run for the Viola since May 2012.

- Fiorentina have failed to score in four of their last eight home games between this and last Serie A.

- Prior to drawing 0-0 against Genoa in their last home game, Fiorentina had conceded in eight league games in a row at the Franchi.

- Sassuolo lost their last away game 7-0 against Inter – their worst ever away loss in Serie A.

- Prior to that game, Eusebio Di Francesco’s side had found the net in four away matches in a row in Serie A (winning three of them).

- Fiorentina are one of the two sides yet to score from inside the box in this Serie A campaign, the other is Torino (still goalless).

- The Viola have already picked-up nine yellow cards – a joint-most in this competition.

 

 

Inter – Atalanta

 

- These two sides have met 106 times so far in Serie A – Inter have won 57 times, Atalanta 22.

- Atalanta are unbeaten in their last six Serie A clashes against Inter (W3 D3) – it is the longest streak for the Bergamaschi since September 1959 (when they went seven undefeated).

- Both teams have found the net in the last four Serie A meetings.

- Inter are winless in the last three home games against Atalanta – they have never remained without a win for four consecutive matches at the Meazza against the Bergamaschi.

- Inter have found the net in 15 of their last 16 home games with Atalanta in Serie A.

- Inter have drawn their 10th game since the start of 2014 – no Serie A side has shared the points more in this period.

- Atalanta have won their first away game of this campaign – last time they won their first two games on the road in Serie A was in 2000/01.

- Inter have already scored three goals from outside the box this term – a league-high.

- German Denis has found seven goals in his 10 Serie A appearances against Inter – all of these goals have come with Atalanta’s jersey.

- Mateo Kovacic has scored in his last two Serie A appearances after failing to score for the previous 46.

 

 

Juventus – Cesena

 

- Cesena’s biggest defeat in Serie A came right against Juventus, in September 1981 (6-1 in Turin).

- Juventus have won four of their last five Serie A clashes against Cesena – overall, the Old Lady are unbeaten in their last 11 matches against the Romagnoli.

- Cesena have only won once against Juventus in Turin: 2-0, back in November 1987.

- That remains the only home game in which Juventus couldn’t find the net against Cesena in Serie A.

- If Juventus take the three points, they will equal Torino’s all-time record of 21 consecutive home wins in Serie A.

- Cesena haven’t won any of their last 13 Serie A games on the road (D3 L10) – the Romagnoli have found only two goals in their last eight matches away from home.

- Juventus have won their first three games of the season without conceding a single goal – last time they didn’t concede for the first three match-days was in 2004/05.

- Emmanuel Cascione has scored two goals so far in Serie A, both against Juventus (in November 2012 and April 2013).

- Carlos Tevez has already scored four goals and assisted one so far in his four appearances in all competitions this season.

 

 

Lazio – Udinese

 

- Lazio are – along with Atalanta – one of Udinese’s favourite targets in Serie A: the Bianconeri have won 23 times against the Biancocelesti.

- There has been a perfect balance in the last seven league meetings between these two sides: three wins apiece and one draw.

- However, Lazio have won three of their last four clashes against Udinese.

- Udinese have failed to score only once over their last 15 matches against Lazio in the top-flight.

- The Biancocelesti are unbeaten in their last five home clashes against Udinese (W4 D1) – they have scored an average of 2.6 goals per game over these matches.

- Udinese haven’t won any of their last eight Serie A games on the road between this and last season (D3 L5).

- Antonio Candreva has scored two goals and made one assist over his last two Serie A appearances against Udinese.

- Candreva made his Serie A debut with Udinese (against Inter), back in January 2008.

- Antonio Di Natale has scored 13 times over his 20 appearances against Lazio in the top-flight – the Biancocelesti are his favourite target in Serie A (along with Roma).

Napoli – Palermo

 

- Napoli and Palermo have met 40 times in Serie A so far: the azzurri lead by 20 wins to eight.

- Napoli have won their last four league games against Palermo, without conceding any goals in the last three.

- These two sides have shared the points only once in their last 12 Serie A fixtures: 0-0 back in January 2010.

- Palermo’s last win at the San Paolo was back in December 1951 – 10 wins for the Azzurri and four draws since then.

- Napoli have lost their last two games against Chievo and Udinese – they’ve never lost three in a row under Rafa Benitez.

- Napoli have also failed to score in back-to-back games for the second time in Serie A under Benitez.

- Palermo have won only one of their last 24 away matches in Serie A.

- Napoli have made 43 shots in this Serie A – more than any other side, but only 17 were on target and just two found the back of the net.

- Marek Hamsik has scored seven goals against Palermo: the Rosanero are his favourite target in the Italian top-flight.

- Franco Vázquez has scored a goal in his last two Serie A appearances, after failing to score in the previous 15.

 

Parma – Roma

 

- This will be the 47th meeting between Parma and Roma in Serie A: the Giallorossi have won 28 times, the Emiliani only nine.

- In fact, Parma have lost against Roma more times than against any other Serie A opponent.

- Parma have won only one of their last 16 Serie A games against Roma.

- The Giallorossi have won five times in their last six clashes with Parma in the league.

- Parma have failed to score in five of their last eight home matches against Roma in Serie A.

- Roma had failed to find the net only in one of their last 10 league games played at the Tardini.

- In 2014, the Giallorossi have shared the points only once away from home in Serie A.

- Parma’s last two Serie A games have produced a total of 14 goals.

- The Ducali have already conceded five goals before half-time so far in this campaign.

- Francesco Totti has scored 19 goals against Parma: the Emiliani are his favourite target in Serie A.

- Antonio Cassano recorded 118 appearances with Roma in Serie A from 2011 to 2006 – scoring 39 times in that period.

- Gervinho has already scored three goals and made two assists in his three starts between Serie A and Champions League this term.

 

 

 

Sampdoria – Chievo

 

- Chievo have won only two of their 18 Serie A matches against Sampdoria.

- The Blucerchiati have won the last three games against Chievo in the league.

- These two sides have met nine times at the Ferraris in Serie A: six wins for Sampdoria, only one for the Veneti.

- Sampdoria have failed to score only once in their nine home games against Chievo in Serie A.

- The Blucerchiati are one of the five Serie A side still unbeaten in this campaign (W1, D2).

- Sampdoria haven’t conceded goals in their last two league games, the last time they went without conceding for three games was in March 2013.

- Chievo haven’t shared a draw in their last 20 league fixtures (W7, L13) – it is currently the longest run in Serie A.

- Chievo have won three of their last four away games between this and last season.

- Maxi Lopez played 28 Serie A games for Sampdoria over the previous two seasons, scoring five times in that period.

- Mariano Izco has been involved in two of Chievo’s three goals so far this season, scoring one and making one assist.

 

 

Verona – Genoa

- One win apiece for Verona and Genoa in their two meetings last seasons, as well as in the previous two back in 1991/92.

- These four games have always ended with a home win.

- These two sides have met nine times in Verona in Serie A: five wins for the Veneti, only one for Genoa.

- Genoa haven’t conceded in their last two Serie A games – last time they kept three clean sheets in a row in Serie A was back in November.

- Though, Genoa are winless in their last eight fixtures away from home (D4, L4), while Verona have lost just one of their last eight at home (W4, D3).

- Verona have collected seven points after three games – it is their best start to a Serie A campaign since 1984/85.

- Genoa have recorded 41% possession so far this term – only Cesena and Chievo have had lower.

- Mauricio Pinilla has scored four goals over his last six Serie A appearances – he is the only player to have scored two headed goals already this term.

- Luca Toni played 16 Serie A games (three goals) for Genoa, back in 2010/11.

 

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