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European Football Podcast – Episode 8: 22nd April

European Football Podcast – Episode 8: 22nd April

Alex Dunn and Ray Drewett unite on a special edition of William Hill’s European Football Podcast, and look ahead to the semi-finals of the Europa League.
The boys assess the best markets in the first legs of games between Benfica and Juventus, and Sevi…

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Europa League Opta Facts – SFs first legs

Europa League Opta Facts – SFs first legs

 

Benfica v Juventus

  • Benfica have won three of their four previous European encounters with Juventus, though did lose their last meeting with the Old Lady in 1993.
  • The two sides met in the European Cup semi-final in 1968, with Juventus losing twice and failing to score in either leg.
  • The Eagles have won just one of their last six European fixtures against Italian sides, though this victory came in their last game, against Napoli (D2 L3).
  • Juventus are unbeaten in five games against Portuguese sides in Europa (W4 D1). In fact, their only three losses to sides from Portugal have been against Benfica (W7 D1).
  • Benfica have never lost the first leg of a European semi-final tie when at home, winning five and drawing once (European Cup, UEFA Cup/Europa League, Cup Winners Cup).
  • Juventus have been beaten only once in their last seven European semi-final first legs, their most recent semi-final appearance coming in the Champions League in 2003 (W4 D2).
  • The Eagles have won 15 of their last 17 home games in this competition (D2).
  • The Turin side have won their last three away games in the Europa League without conceding.
  • Rodrigo Lima has scored every 54 minutes in the Europa League this season for Benfica, finding the net three times.
  • Juve have kept seven clean sheets in their last 10 games (in all competitions).

 

 

Sevilla v Valencia

  • This will be Sevilla’s third semi-final appearance in the Europa League (2005/06 and 2006/07 in the UEFA Cup). They didn’t win either of the first legs in those ties (both away) before winning both home return legs.
  • Valencia’s last two semi-final appearances in this competition have been against La Liga sides (Villarreal in 2003/04 and Atletico Madrid in 2011/12). They won neither first leg away from home on those occasions (D1 L1).
  • In fact, Valencia’s only win over a fellow Spanish side in their last eight attempts came in the 2003/04 semi-final against Villarreal; they’ve lost four of those games (D3).
  • The Red and Whites have won only two of their nine encounters with Spanish sides in European competition, including a win over city rivals Real Betis earlier in the competition (D3 L4).
  • This will be the first ever clash between the two Spanish sides in Europe.
  • However, Sevilla have won eight of their last 11 home games against Valencia (La Liga and Copa Del Rey, drawing the other three).
  • Valencia’s last win at the Sanchez Pizjuan came in May 2004.
  • Sevilla have gone five home European games without keeping a clean sheet.
  • Valencia’s loss to Basel in their last away game was their first in nine European away assignments (W7 D1).
  • Kevin Gameiro has scored six times in his last four games for Sevilla.
  • Paco Alcacer has netted seven times in 10 Europa League appearances. Only Jonatan Soriano has scored more than the Valencia player in this year’s competition.
  • Valencia have had 148 shots in total in the competition, more than any other club, while Sevilla have had 121, which ranks them third.

 

 

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Champions League Opta Facts – SFs first legs

Champions League Opta Facts – SFs first legs

Atletico Madrid v Chelsea

 

  • Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 15 clashes with Spanish sides in the Champions League (W6 D9), their last defeat coming against Barcelona at Stamford Bridge in February 2006. Their last four trips to Spain in the competition have all ended in draws.
  • Atletico Madrid and Chelsea have met three times previously, twice in the Champions League and once in the European Super Cup; both teams have won once along with a drawn fixture.
  • Chelsea are unbeaten against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League (W1 D1); having met in the 2009/10 Group Stages.
  • The three competitive encounters between Atletico Madrid and Chelsea have produced 13 goals.
  • Atletico Madrid have won two of their last three games against English sides in European competition (L1).
  • The Madrid club have travelled to England nine times previously in European competition (excluding qualifiers); winning only once (at Leicester in September 1997, D4 L4).
  • Atletico Madrid have reached the semi-finals of the European Cup/Champions League for the first time since 1974 when they eventually lost in the final against Bayern Munich after a replay.
  • Atletico Madrid have only conceded five goals in 10 Champions League games this season, the best defensive tally in the competition.
  • Atletico Madrid are the only team unbeaten in the Champions League this season (8 wins, 2 draws).
  • Atletico Madrid are one of two teams, alongside Bayern Munich, to have scored in every Champions League game this season.
  • 45% of Atletico’s goals in the Champions League this season have been scored in the opening and closing 15 minutes of games (10 out of 22).
  • Atletico Madrid have completed 76.6% of their passes in the Champions League this season, the lowest ratio among the four teams left in the competition. They are also the only team left in the competition with a possession average under 50% (43%).
  • Atletico Madrid have picked up the most yellow cards in the Champions League this season (23).
  • Chelsea have reached the semi-finals of the Champions League for the seventh time since 2003/04, the joint-highest tally with Barcelona.
  • Chelsea have only lost one of their last 10 Champions League matches in the knockout stages (1-3 v PSG in this season’s quarter finals first leg).
  • 61% of Chelsea’s goals in the Champions League this season have been scored in the first-half (11 out of 18).
  • 86% of goals conceded by Chelsea in the Champions League this season have come in the second-half (6 out of 7).
  • Diego Costa has scored seven goals in six Champions League games (1 assist).
  • Thibaut Courtois has saved 82.1% of shots faced in the Champions League this season; Petr Cech has saved 76.7%.
  • It’s the eighth time in 10 full seasons as manager that José Mourinho has reached the semi-finals of the Champions League. It’s the third time with Chelsea after 2005 and 2007; however, he’s never made it to the final with the Blues.
  • Mourinho won three of his four meetings with Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid in all competitions when at Real Madrid (L1).
  • Demba Ba has scored in his last three Champions League games. He finds the net every 47 minutes on average this season, the best ratio of any player with more than 1 goal in the competition.

 

 

Real Madrid – Bayern Munich

 

 

  • Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have won 14 European Cup/Champions League titles between the two of them (9 and 5 respectively).
  • Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have met each other 14 times in the Champions League. The first-leg game will equal the record for most frequent encounter in the competition (15 between Barcelona and AC Milan).
  • Bayern Munich have beaten Real Madrid eight times (out of 14 games), more than any other side in the Champions League.
  • Bayern Munich have lost their last five Champions League games at the Bernabeu (includes their defeat in the 2010 final against Inter Milan).
  • Real Madrid have reached the semi-finals of the Champions League for the fourth consecutive season. However, they haven’t reached the final since 2002.
  • Real Madrid have won 15 of their last 17 Champions League games at the Santiago Bernabeu (2 draws). Their last home defeat dates back to April 2011 v Barcelona.
  • Real Madrid have not failed to score in any of their last 17 Champions League home games, netting 55 goals in the process (3.2/game).
  • Real Madrid have won nine of their last 11 Champions League games (1 draw, 1 defeat). Their only defeat this season came in their last outing at Dortmund (0-2).
  • Real Madrid have scored the most goals in this season’s Champions League. 28 of the 32 netted by the Merengues have come from open play.
  • Real Madrid have also conceded more goals than any of the four teams left in this season’s competition (9).
  • Real Madrid have only converted one of their three penalties in the Champions League this season.
  • Bayern Munich have reached the semi-finals of the Champions League for the fourth time in the last five seasons. They are the defending champions after last season’s win against Borussia Dortmund.
  • Bayern Munich are unbeaten in their last nine games in the knockout stages of the Champions League (7 wins, 2 draws).
  • Bayern Munich have scored in each of their last 15 Champions League games, the longest current run. Arsenal were the last team to keep a clean sheet against the Bavarians (13th March 2013).
  • All seven of Bayern Munich’s goals in this season’s knockout stages of the Champions League have been scored from the 54th minute onwards.
  • Bayern Munich have hit the woodwork eight times, more than any other side in the Champions League this season.
  • 88% of goals conceded by Bayern Munich in the Champions League this season have come in the second-half (7 out of 8).
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 35 goals in his last 27 Champions League games. He has netted 14 this season, the joint-highest tally in a European Cup campaign alongside José Altafini (14 goals with AC Milan in 1962/63) & Lionel Messi (14 with Barcelona in 2011/12).
  • Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria are the top assist providers in the Champions League this season (5 each, level with Wayne Rooney).
  • Arjen Robben has scored seven goals and delivered five assists in his last 11 Champions League games.
  • Carlo Ancelotti has reached the semi-finals of the Champions League for the fifth time as manager, and for the first time since 2007 (4 with AC Milan, 1 with Real Madrid).
  • Ancelotti has never lost against Bayern Munich as manager in the Champions League (4 wins, 2 draws all with AC Milan).
  • Pep Guardiola has reached the semi-finals of the Champions League for the fifth time in as many seasons as manager (4 with Barcelona, 1 with Bayern Munich).
  • Guardiola has lost only two of his 15 managerial encounters with Real Madrid in all competitions (9 wins, 4 draws). His Barcelona side knocked out Real in the semi-finals of the 2010/11 Champions League.

 

 

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Ligue 1 Opta Facts | 23 April

Ligue 1 Opta Facts | 23 April

Paris Saint-Germain v Evian TG

  • PSG have won their 3 competitive games at home against Evian TG (2 in Ligue 1 and 1 in Coupe de France), scoring 3 goals in each of these games.
  • PSG are unbeaten at home in Ligue 1 in their last 28 games (W23 D5, 70 goals scored, 9 goals conceded).
  • PSG are the only team yet to concede a goal at home in Ligue 1 in 2014.
  • Evian TG are unbeaten in their last 4 league games (W2 D2), their best run this season.
  • Evian TG have won only one of their 11 last away games in Ligue 1 (D5 L5).
  • Evian TG have scored 4 goals from direct free-kick in Ligue 1 this season, more than any other team.
  • Edinson Cavani has scored 11 goals in 14 league games at the Parc des Princes.
  • Daniel Wass has scored 3 goals from direct free-kick, which is more than any other player in the top flight this season.

 

Toulouse v Lyon

  • Toulouse have won only 3 of their last 12 games against Lyon in Ligue 1 (D3 L6).
  • Toulouse are unbeaten in their last 7 home games against Lyon (W5 D2) in Ligue 1, keeping a clean sheet in all 7 of these games.
  • Toulouse are winless in their last 4 league games (D2 L2).
  • Toulouse have won only one of their last 9 home games in Ligue 1 (D4 L4).
  • Lyon have won their last 3 league games away from home, longest current run in France’s top-flight.
  • Lyon have lost only 3 of their last 18 Ligue 1 games (W10 D5).
  • Wissam Ben Yedder is involved in 4 goals in his last 3 Ligue 1 games against Lyon (3 goals, 1 assist).
  • Alexandre Lacazette has scored 21 goals in all competitions this season, only Ibrahimovic and Cavani have scored more among Ligue 1 players.

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The Punt podcast: Monday April 21st

The Punt podcast: Monday April 21st

Ron Atkinson and Derek McGovern are back to preview the Champions League semi final first legs.They also look back at the Easter Premier League games and assess the top and bottom of the table.
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The Punt podcast: Friday April 18th

The Punt podcast: Friday April 18th

It’s a bumper Easter weekend of Premier League football with six live games spanning Good Friday to Easter Monday.Ron Atkinson and Robbie Savage are on hand to look at all 10 matches with their thoughts on the relegation and title picture too.
Subscrib…

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European Football Podcast – Episode 7: 18th April

European Football Podcast – Episode 7: 18th April

Alex Dunn and Ray Drewett team up to look ahead to the best of the action across Europe, and offer their selections and best bets.
Games in La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1 feature on this edition.
Alex Dunn – @alexdunn0307
Ray Drewett – @RayDrewett
Enjoy….

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The League Podcast: Thursday April 17th

The League Podcast: Thursday April 17th

The points are becoming all the more important as the season draws to a close and Pete Farries offers his thoughts in six pivotal games in the Championship.
He offers his selections in each of those games before offering his best bets in League One and…

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The FWA Podcast: Thursday April 17

The FWA Podcast: Thursday April 17

Martin Hardy from the Sunday Times is the guest on this week’s edition of the FWA Podcast.
Following an eventful week at both the top and bottom of the Premier League, he tells us who he fancies to win the title, who he expects to secure fourth place a…

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Bundesliga Opta Facts | 18-20 April

Bundesliga Opta Facts | 18-20 April

Eintracht Frankfurt – Hannover 96

  • Frankfurt have won just one of their last six Bundesliga matches against Hannover 96 (D1, L4).

 

  • However, Eintracht have won three of their last four home games against 96 (L1).

 

  • Hannover have lost 12 of their 15 away games this season (W2, D1). No team has collected fewer points on the road in the league (7, the same as Braunschweig).

 

  • Hannover had 31 shots against HSV last weekend; 96′s highest amount in a game since Opta started collecting detailed statistics in 2004/05.

 

  • Frankfurt have won five of their seven home games since the winter break (D1, L1). The Eagles were without a win at home in the first half of the season.

 

  • Eintracht have the third-worst chance-conversion rate in the league (11.9%). Only Hannover (11.5%) and Braunschweig (10.1%) have been less clinical.

 

  • Hannover have only kept one clean sheet in their last 16 Bundesliga matches; a 3-0 win in Berlin on March 15th.

 

  • Alexander Meier is set to play his 200th Bundesliga game for Frankfurt (55 goals). He is the longest-serving player in Eintracht’s first team (arrived July 2004).

 

  • Captain Lars Stindl has been involved in two of Hannover’s last four goals (1 goal, 1 assist) and equalled the season record for the most shots in a single game on the last matchday (10).

 

  • Tranquillo Barnetta made the first of his 236 Bundesliga appearances in September 2004; as a Hannover 96 player in a match against Werder Bremen.

 

  • In Jan Rosenthal (2000-10) and Constant Djakpa (2009-11), two former Frankfurt players could face their old club.

Borussia Dortmund – 1. FSV Mainz 05

 

  • Dortmund haven’t lost any of their last seven matches against Mainz (W6, D1); winning each of the last five. The last Mainz win was four years ago: Adam Szalai scored the only goal as FSV claimed a 1-0 home victory on April 10th 2010.

 

  • Mainz have never won a Bundesliga game in Dortmund (D4, L3).

 

  • FSV have never scored more than one goal in a match against BVB (a total of 11 in 15 games).

 

  • Borussia are unbeaten in five games (4 wins) and won nine of their last 12 league matches.

 

  • BVB have kept a clean sheet in five of their last eight Bundesliga games.

 

  • This is the only meeting between two sides that both won last weekend.

 

  • Jürgen Klopp sent his entire professional playing career at Mainz and has made the 2nd most goals appearances (293) and scored the 2nd most goals (44) in the second-division for FSV.

 

  • At the end of his playing career, Klopp was manager of Mainz for over seven years (February 2001 until June 2008) and led the 05ers to the Bundesliga promotion for the first in their history in 2004.

 

  • Klopp has only lost one of the nine Bundesliga meetings against his former club Mainz and manager Thomas Tuchel (W6, D2). However, Tuchel has a better points-per-game average at Mainz (1.40) than Klopp managed (1.13).

 

  • Niko Bungert is set to play his 100th Bundesliga game (all for Mainz). Only four Mainz players have reached this milestone before.

 

  • Dortmund’s Manuel Friedrich (1995-2002, 2004-07), Neven Subotic (2006-08) and Erik Durm (2010-12) and Mainz’s Julian Koch (2001-13) all used to play for their upcoming opponents.

SV Werder Bremen – 1899 Hoffenheim

 

  • Bremen have lost just one of their 12 competitive matches against Hoffenheim (W7, D4); a 4-1 Bundesliga defeat in Sinsheim on August 21st 2010.

 

 

  • Hoffenheim have 40 points to their name; they only had 24 at this stage last season. As a result, TSG are the Bundesliga side that have made the biggest improvement compared to 2012/13 (16 points more, ahead of Augsburg with 15 and Wolfsburg with 13).

 

 

  • TSG are unbeaten in five games (W3, D2); they have never gone longer without losing within a single Bundesliga season. Hoffenheim also went on a five-game unbeaten run under Gisdol between matchdays 19 and 23.

 

 

  • With 66 goals scored, Hoffenheim have the third-best attack in the top flight after Dortmund (67) and Bayern (82). However, they have conceded the most goals in the league (63).

 

 

  • There have been 129 goals in TSG’s 30 matches this season, an average of 4.3 per game. The Bundesliga record is held by Frankfurt, whose matches in 1981/82 produced 155 goals (83 scored, 72 conceded), an average of 4.6 per game.

 

 

  • Bremen’s passing accuracy of 69.9% is the worst record for a Bundesliga team in three years (2010/11: St. Pauli 68.7% and Hannover 67.9%).

 

 

  • Only Braunschweig (41.7%) have had less possession on average than Bremen this season (42.1%). Werder haven’t ended a season with less than 50% possession since Opta starting collecting these details in 2004/05.

 

 

  • Sejad Salihovic scored his 10th Bundesliga goal from a direct free kick in last week’s game against FCA.

 

 

  • Roberto Firmino has scored 14 goals and assisted another 10 this season. No player has played a hand in more goals than him (level with Marco Reus).

 

 

  • TSG captain Andreas Beck is suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card and will miss a competitive game for Hoffenheim for the first time this season. Bremen’s Zlatko Junuzovic is also absent due to suspension.

Sport – Club Freiburg – Borussia Mönchengladbach

 

  • Gladbach have lost in each of their last four trips to Freiburg without scoring a single goal. 372 goalless minutes have passed since Oliver Neuville scored Borussia’s last Bundesliga goal at SCF in August 2004 (1-1 draw).

 

  • Against no other current Bundesliga side does Freiburg have as good a points-per-game average at home (2.08) as they do against Gladbach (at least 2 Bundesliga games). SCF have only celebrated more home wins against Stuttgart (8) than they have against Borussia (7).

 

  • HSV are the only side Freiburg have recorded as many Bundesliga draws against as they have against Gladbach. SCF and Borussia have shared the spoils on 10 occasions (otherwise, Freiburg have 8 wins to Gladbach’s 7).

 

  • Freiburg and Gladbach have both collected 13 points over the last six matchdays (the same as BVB). Only Schalke have claimed more (14).

 

  • SCF have won three straight home games for the first time in around a year. SCF only won two of their 13 Bundesliga home games before that.

 

  • Mönchengladbach (33) collected more than twice as many points as SCF (14) in the first half of the season. Freiburg (18) have claimed more than Borussia (16) since the winter break though.

 

  • Seven of Freiburg’s eight wins this season have come against sides who were positioned 11th or worse in the table at the time (other than a 3-2 win against Leverkusen). Apart from Hannover, SCF will only face sides from the top six for the remainder of the season.

 

  • Max Kruse made 34 Bundesliga appearances for SCF in 2012/13 (11 goals, 8 assists) and decided the last meeting between the two sides in Freiburg practically on his own with a brace in SCF’s 2-0 win.

 

  • Mike Hanke joined SCF from Gladbach at the start of the season. He made 77 Bundesliga appearances for the Foals, scoring 13 goals and providing 10 assists in the process.

 

  • After previously failing to score for a year and a half, Freiburg captain Julian Schuster has scored three goals in his last five Bundesliga appearances.

FC Augsburg – Hertha BSC

 

  • Augsburg are still unbeaten against Hertha in the Bundesliga (W1 D2). FCA are the only current Bundesliga side that Berlin have yet to claim victory against.

 

  • With just nine points and a goal difference of -11, Hertha are the worst team in the second half of the season. They ended the first half of the campaign in sixth place.

 

  • Berlin have lost five of their last six matches and are now without a win in eight games for the first time under Jos Luhukay. Their last victory was on matchday 22 in Stuttgart (2-1).

 

  • FC Augsburg have only won one of their last six games; a 1-0 victory against Bayern. Otherwise, they have recorded one draw and four defeats.

 

  • The Berlin side have collected just one point from their last four away games. They have only scored two goals in those matches.

 

  • Hertha have scored 16 of their 38 goals this season (42.1%) from set-pieces, a league high. Seven of their last 11 goals have come from dead-ball situations.

 

  • On matchday 30 in Leverkusen, Hertha conceded a goal from a counterattack for the fourth time in the second half of the season; only Hoffenheim have conceded more in that timeframe (6). Berlin were the only side that didn’t concede a goal in this manner prior to the winter break.

 

  • Only Bayern (98) and Dortmund (100) have allowed fewer shots on target than Hertha (124) and Augsburg (128).

 

  • Jos Luhukay managed FCA from April 2009 to June 2012 and got promoted to the Bundesliga with them in 2011. In Markus Weinzierl (1.17 points per Bundesliga game) and Jos Luhukay (1.12), FCA have only had two different managers in the top flight.

 

  • Marcel Ndjeng (2009-12), Sebastian Langkamp (2011-13) and Hajime Hosogai (2011-12) used to play for FCA, all under current Hertha manager Luhukay.

 

  • Augsburg’s Andreas Ottl played for Berlin during their relegation campaign in 2011/12.

 

  • Luhukay has made at least four changes to his starting XI in each of the last five matches (25 changes in total). Hertha have only collected one point in that timeframe.

Eintracht Braunschweig – FC Bayern München

 

  • FC Bayern have won each of their last six competitive matches against Braunschweig. In fact they haven’t conceded in that last five of those games.

 

  • The last meeting in Braunschweig was in the first round of the 2011/12 German Cup, when Bayern won 3-0 thanks to goals from Gomez, Schweinsteiger and Müller.

 

  • Eintracht’s last competitive win against Bayern was at home in the second round of the 1982/83 German Cup (2-0).

 

  • Braunschweig are unbeaten in their last five home games (W3, D2); their last defeat in their own stadium was on matchday 19 in a 2-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund.

 

  • Bayern have failed to win any of their last three Bundesliga games (D1, L2).The last time they had a negative run like this in Germany’s top flight was in August/September 2010 under manager Louis van Gaal.

 

  • Eintracht Braunschweig (7 points, 8:7 goal record) have a better record over the last five Bundesliga games than FC Bayern (7 points, 8:8 goal record).

 

  • The German record champions have now suffered two straight Bundesliga defeats without scoring a goal; that last happened to FCB 11 years ago (April 2003).

 

  • The last time a league leader lost to the side at the foot of the table was exactly three years ago. On matchday 31 of the 2010/11 season, Gladbach beat Dortmund 1-0 and eventually achieved Bundesliga survival via the relegation play-offs.

 

  • Bayern’s last defeat against the side at the bottom of the table was over six years ago. Energie Cottbus won 2-0 at home against the Munich side on matchday 24 of the 2007/08 campaign.

 

  • Pep Guardiola suffered his biggest competitive defeat as a manager in last week’s 3-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund. His previous one was a 3-1 loss to Inter Milan as Barcelona boss in the Champions League in April 2010.
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Hamburger SV – VfL Wolfsburg

 

  • Hamburg have failed to win any of their last six Bundesliga home games against Wolfsburg (D4, L2). Their last home win against the Wolves was on April 1st 2007 (1-0).

 

  • HSV have recorded three wins and two draws from their five home games under Mirko Slomka. They haven’t conceded more than one goal in any of those matches.

 

  • The Wolves have scored at least once in each of their last 22 Bundesliga games; currently the longest goalscoring run in the league and also a club record. The last time VfL failed to bag a goal was in their 2-0 loss to Braunschweig at the start of October.

 

  • HSV have failed to win in the late Saturday kick-off in their last 14 attempts (D6 L8). The last time they won in a Saturday evening game was a 1-0 victory at S04 in January 2011 (Ruud van Nistelrooy scored).

 

  • Never before in their over 50-year Bundesliga history have HSV had only 27 points after 30 games. They have already lost more games this season (17) than in the whole of any other previous campaign.

 

  • Wolfsburg have conceded the most goals in the second half of the season (26). Only Hoffenheim (63) have conceded more goals across the entire campaign than Hamburg (62).

 

  • With four goals from direct free kicks this season, Hakan Calhanoglu is leading the rankings in this regard. Calhanoglu has been involved in six of the last nine HSV goals (5 goals and 1 assist).

 

  • Ivica Olic has scored in four of his last five games and is Wolfsburg’s top scorer with 12 goals. He scored 29 goals in 78 Bundesliga games for HSV between January 2007 and summer 2009.

 

  • With six assists, Kevin De Bruyne is the best assist provider in the second half of the season. However, he has yet to score for Wolfsburg. He netted 10 times in 33 games for Bremen in 2012/13.

 

  • Mirko Slomka has won his last six Bundesliga games against Dieter Hecking. If he is victorious again this time, it would be his 100th win as a Bundesliga manager.

FC Nürnberg – Bayer 04 Leverkusen

 

  • This is the 50th Bundesliga meeting between the two sides. Leverkusen (24) have recorded twice as many wins as Nürnberg (12; 13 draws).

 

  • Bayer 04 have won each of the last four meetings (with a goal record of 10:1); winning the last three encounters without conceding a single goal.

 

  • The only time Nürnberg have had fewer points after 30 Bundesliga games than they do currently (26) was in 1983/84 (20, assuming three points for a win). That campaign ended in relegation for FCN.

 

  • Nürnberg have recorded the most draws in the Bundesliga this season (11). However, they haven’t drawn any of their last 13 matches; the longest run in the league.

 

  • After four wins in their first five games after the winter break (L1), FCN have only won one of their last eight matches (L7).

 

  • FCN have lost their last two Bundesliga home games on a Sunday, conceding five goals each time (5-0 against Hamburg, 5-2 against Frankfurt).

 

  • Leverkusen (51) have collected almost twice as many points as FCN (26), although Nürnberg have gathered more points in the second half of the season (15) than Bayer 04 (14).

 

  • Stefan Kießling was a Nürnberg player from 2002 to 2006 and scored 13 times in 59 Bundesliga appearances. He has scored six times in his last four games against his former club.

 

  • Philipp Wollscheid left Nürnberg for Leverkusen in summer 2012 after 52 Bundesliga games for FCN. Jens Hegeler was on loan at Nürnberg from Bayer 04 between 2010 and 2012 (65 Bundesliga appearances). Roberto Hilbert spent five years in FCN’s youth setup.

 

  • Hanno Balitsch spent a total of five years at Leverkusen with spells from 2002 to early 2005 and from 2010 until the start of 2012 (96 Bundesliga games), before linking up with FCN.

 

  • Bayer 04 have won their last six Bundesliga games with Sascha Lewandowski in the dugout and are unbeaten in their last nine top-flight matches under him (W7, D2).

 

  • Javier Pinola is set to make his 200th Bundesliga appearance. He was missing in Wolfsburg due to the birth of his daughter. Only two Argentines have featured more often in the top flight; Rodolfo Cardoso (220 games) and Diego Klimowicz (213).

VfB Stuttgart – FC Schalke 04

 

  • Against no other side have Stuttgart claimed as many top-flight wins as they have against Schalke (41).

 

  • S04 have only lost to Bayern more often in the Bundesliga (45 times).

 

  • VfB have won each of their last three home games against the Royal Blues.

 

  • With 28 points after 30 games, Stuttgart are having their second-worst Bundesliga season ever. The only time they have had fewer points at this stage of the campaign was in 1974/75 (27, assuming three points for a win), a season that ended in relegation.

 

  • Schalke haven’t lost in seven games (W5, D2), the longest unbeaten run in the league.

 

  • On top of that, the Royal Blues (30 points) are the second-best team in the second half of the season behind only Bayern (31).

 

  • Stuttgart have already squandered 30 points from winning positions; a tally last reached by Hoffenheim in 2010/11 (32 points dropped after taking a lead). If VfB had collected those 30 points, they would have the same points tally as Schalke.

 

  • Stuttgart have scored the most goals in the opening 15 minutes of games (12), but they have also conceded the most goals in the final quarter of an hour in matches (18).

 

  • Schalke’s Ralf Fährmann has saved 81.8% of the shots on his goal, the best save percentage of all regular goalkeepers. He has conceded just 14 goals in 18 games and has kept 10 clean sheets. Only Manuel Neuer has kept more (14).

 

  • Thanks to his goal against Frankfurt, Schalke’s Max Meyer is the youngest Bundesliga player ever to score six goals. Stuttgart’s Timo Werner has four top-flight goals to his name and is around six months younger than Meyer, but he hasn’t found the back of the net yet in 2014.

 

  • Schalke will be without the suspended Julian Draxler (5 yellow cards). The Germany international has only scored once this season. He netted 10 times in the last campaign.

 

  • No less than three Stuttgart players’ birthdays fall around the day of the match. Carlos Gruezo turns 19 one day before the game, Thorsten Kirschbaum turns 27 on the matchday itself, while Ibrahima Traore celebrates his 26th birthday one day later.

 

  • Schalke’s Jens Keller was a player, youth coach, assistant coach and head coach at VfB.

 

  • Huub Stevens had two spells in charge of Schalke and won the UEFA Cup with the Royal Blues in 1997, as well as lifting the German Cup twice as the Schalke boss (2001, 2002).

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Championship Opta Facts  | 18-19 April

Championship Opta Facts | 18-19 April

Blackburn v Yeovil

  • Blackburn’s 1-0 win at Huish Park in December was their first ever competitive meeting with Yeovil.
  • The Glovers have only won one of their last eight away league games (D3 L4).
  • Yeovil have dropped a league-high 31 points from leading positions this season.
  • Rovers have conceded 10 goals from the penalty spot this term; the most in the Championship.
  • Jordan Rhodes has scored four goals in his last four appearances for Blackburn.
  • Blackburn have scored two or more goals in each of their last six league fixtures and are unbeaten in their last eight (W3 D5); the current longest run in the division.

Bournemouth v Sheff Wed

  • Bournemouth have won five and lost just one of nine previous league meetings with Sheffield Wednesday (D3).
  • The Owls have never won away at Bournemouth in the Football League, drawing twice and losing twice in four visits.
  • No side has scored more goals from the penalty spot this season than the Cherries (9).
  • Bournemouth have picked up 23 points from their last 10; the most in the division.
  • The Owls have conceded 15 goals in the 15 minutes leading up to half time this season; a league-high.

Charlton v Bolton

  • Charlton have only won two of their last 12 league meetings with Bolton, drawing four and losing six.
  • The Trotters have only kept one clean sheet in their last 15 league games at The Valley (1-0 in 2005).
  • Charlton have netted a league-low 10 first half goals in the Championship this term.
  • Bolton have scored 32 first half goals this campaign; one more than Charlton have managed in total.
  • 68% of Charlton’s goals have been scored in the second half this season; a league-high share.

Huddersfield v Brighton

  • The Terriers have only kept one clean sheet in their last 11 home league meetings with Brighton.
  • Leonardo Ulloa scored a hat-trick against Huddersfield in March 2013 on only his sixth league appearance for the Seagulls.
  • The Terriers hammered Brighton 7-1 in August 2009; the only time they have scored seven or more in a league game since 1999.
  • Brighton are unbeaten in four matches, winning twice (D2).
  • Huddersfield are without a win at home in four attempts, losing three and failing to score in their last two (D1).
  • Brighton have scored in each of their last seven away league games at Huddersfield, winning three (D1 L3).

Wigan v Reading

  • Wigan have won three consecutive league games against Reading and are unbeaten in four (D1).
  • The Royals have only won two of their 18 previous league games in Wigan (D6 L10).
  • Reading are yet to lose in games in which they’ve gone ahead, winning 17 and drawing five.
  • The Latics have dropped just six points from leading positions this season; fewer than any other side.
  • Indeed, Wigan have picked up a league-high 15 points from losing positions at home this campaign.
  • Wigan have scored 18 goals in the final 15 minutes this season; only Leicester (19) have scored more.

Blackpool v Burnley

  • The Seasiders have won their last two league games against Burnley at Bloomfield Road; they have not won three in a row since 1955.
  • Burnley have won five of their last seven league games against Blackpool (L2).
  • The Clarets have used a joint-league-low 23 different players in Championship fixtures this season (Leicester the other).
  • Blackpool have picked up just 10 points in 2014; the fewest in the top four tiers of English Football.
  • The Tangerines have been shown 10 red cards this season; the most in the top four tiers.
  • Burnley are unbeaten in their last 10 away league fixtures, winning five (D5); only Leicester (11) are on a longer run.

Doncaster v Derby

  • There has never been a draw between Doncaster and Derby in league competition in Yorkshire, with Rovers winning four and losing five.
  • Derby have won three consecutive league games against Rovers, scoring eight and conceding two.
  • Derby County have scored 40 second half goals this season, two more than Doncaster have managed in total.
  • Donny have lost their last three Championship matches despite scoring exactly one goal in each game.
  • Craig Bryson has scored 16 goals this season; more than any other midfielder in the division.

Leicester v QPR

  • The Foxes have won just one of their last five home league games against Queens Park Rangers, drawing once and losing three times.
  • QPR have only kept one clean sheet in their last 11 league games in Leicester.
  • QPR have scored seven goals in the 90th minute this season; more than any other Championship team.
  • Leicester City have recovered 23 points from losing positions in 2013/14; more than any other side in the division.
  • Nine of QPR’s 11 league defeats this season have arrived on the road.
  • Leicester City’s highest ever points total was the 96 they achieved in the 2008/09 League One campaign.

Barnsley v Leeds

  • Barnsley have won four consecutive home league games against Leeds, scoring 14 times in the process.
  • Leeds have not kept a clean sheet at Oakwell in the league since September 1986, conceding in eight successive games at the home of their rivals.
  • The Tykes have kept a league-low six clean sheets this season.
  • Leeds United have scored just three goals in their last seven away games in league competition and never more than once in each game that they’ve netted in.
  • Indeed, the Whites have lost their last four away league games, conceding 10 goals in the process.
  • Only Nottm Forest (4) have picked up fewer points from their last 10 games than Leeds (6).

Middlesbrough v Millwall

  • After a run of 11 wins and a draw in 12 home league meetings with Millwall between 1970 and 1994, ‘Boro are without a win in three (D1 L2).
  • The Lions have only kept one clean sheet in their last 16 league games in Teesside.
  • Millwall have used 40 different players in the Championship this season; a league-high.
  • Middlesbrough have won their last four league games, keeping three clean sheets in the process.
  • No Championship side has conceded more first half goals this season than Millwall (31).
  • Middlesbrough have kept 11 clean sheets in 2014; the most in the division.

Nottingham Forest v Birmingham

  • Forest have only won one of their last nine against the Blues in the league (D5 L3).
  • Birmingham’s last eight league wins have all come away from home, the longest such run in English league history.
  • Nottingham Forest are winless in 12 league games, the current longest run in the division (D5 L7).
  • Forest have scored a league-high 20 headed goals this season.
  • The Blues have conceded in each of their last 12 league matches; the current longest run in the division.

Watford v Ipswich

  • Watford have won 12 and lost just one of their last 17 league games against Ipswich (D4).
  • Ipswich have scored exactly once in each of their last five league games at Vicarage Road (W1 L4).
  • Watford have scored a league-high 15 goals from outside the area in open play this campaign.
  • Daryl Murphy has scored four goals in his last six games for the Tractor Boys and needs just one more goal to reach 14 for the season; twice as many as he managed in the 2012/13 campaign (7).
  • Troy Deeney has bagged eight goals in his last seven appearances at Vicarage Road.

·         Gabriele Angella has scored six goals this season; more than any other Championship defender.

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Scottish Premiership Opta Facts | 18-19 April

Scottish Premiership Opta Facts | 18-19 April

Inverness CT v Aberdeen

  • Inverness Caledonian Thistle have only managed one win in their last four home league games against Aberdeen (D1 L2).
  • The Dons have won two of the last three league meetings with Caley (L1).
  • Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) has recorded four goals in his last four appearances (all competitions).
  • There has only been one draw in the last 20 league games played between these sides.
  • 25% of Caley’s goals this season have arrived in the opening 15 minutes; a league-high.

Motherwell v Celtic

  • Motherwell have lost three successive league games to nil against Celtic.
  • Celtic have scored in each of their last 12 matches in league competition against Motherwell.
  • John Sutton has scored in four of his last five home appearances for Motherwell.
  • Motherwell have lost just one of their last eight league games at home (W6 D1).
  • The Bhoys have scored at least once in each of their last 51 Scottish Premiership games.

Hearts v Ross County

  • Hearts have lost none of their last three at home to Ross County in the top-flight (W1 D2).
  • Ross County have one win in six league games against Hearts (D3 L2).
  • No defender has been awarded more yellow cards this season that Hearts’ Jamie Hamill (9).
  • The hosts are currently unbeaten in three league games, having previously gone five matches without a win (W2 D1).
  • Ross County have lost more points from leading positions away from home than any other side this season (14).

Kilmarnock v Partick Thistle

  • Kilmarnock are currently unbeaten in eight league games against Partick Thistle (W5 D3).
  • The Jags have lost all five previous league visits to Kilmarnock.
  • Paul Gallacher (Partick Thistle) has kept the fewest clean sheets of any keeper this season to have featured in at least 10 Scottish Premiership games (1).
  • Partick Thistle have lost 23 points this season from leading positions; a league-high.
  • Kilmarnock have conceded more goals during the 15 minutes following on from half time this season than any other team (12).

St Johnstone v Dundee Utd

  • St Johnstone have lost only once in their last seven Scottish Premiership meetings with Dundee United (W3 D3).
  • The Terrors have only lost once in their last 12 top-flight visits to St Johnstone however, this defeat came in their most recent outing there (W7 D4).
  • Nadir Ciftci has scored five goals in his last four appearances away from home in all competitions.
  • St Johnstone are currently unbeaten in four league games (W3 D1).
  • St Johnstone have scored five league goals in the final 15 minutes this season; a league-low.

St Mirren v Hibernian

  • St Mirren have only managed one home win in six league attempts against Hibernian (D1 L4).
  • Hibs have kept clean sheets in three of the last five top-flight games against St Mirren.
  • No player has been booked more often than James Goodwin (St Mirren, 12).
  • St Mirren have scored the fewest second half goals this season (18).
  • Hibs have lost four successive league games; failing to score in their last three.

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Barclays Premier League Opta Facts-April 19-21

Barclays Premier League Opta Facts-April 19-21

Tottenham Hotspur v Fulham

  • Tottenham have won seven of their last eight Barclays Premier League meetings with Fulham, losing the other.
  • No side has taken fewer points from Premier League London derbies this season than Fulham (six).
  • Tottenham have made 19 errors leading directly to a goal this season, more than any other side.
  • Fulham have drawn only three games all season. The Premier League low for draws in an entire season is three by Chelsea in 1997-98.
  • None of Fulham’s last 46 Premier League games have ended 0-0 – the longest current run of all Premier League teams.
  • Christian Eriksen has scored four goals and assisted three more in his last four Premier League appearances for Tottenham.
  • With 93 goals, Emmanuel Adebayor is the current Premier League player with less than 100 goals nearest to reaching that landmark.
  • Fulham have conceded 17 goals in London derbies this season, more than any other side.
  • Tottenham have scored only six goals in eight London derby games this season.

Aston Villa v Southampton

  • Aston Villa have conceded just six goals in their last 12 home league games against Southampton, and never more than one in a game in this run.
  • Rickie Lambert has scored three goals in three Barclays Premier League meetings with Villa, including the winning goal at Villa Park last season.
  • Aston Villa have lost four Premier League games in a row. They last lost five on the spin in January 2001.
  • Southampton’s last six clean sheets away from home have coincided with their last six away wins. They have not won a Premier League away game when they’ve conceded since November 2012.
  • Grant Holt has managed only one shot on target in eight appearances for Aston Villa (but scored with it).
  • Adam Lallana has provided only one assist in his last 15 Premier League appearances.
  • Gabriel Agbonlahor has not scored or assisted a goal in any of his last eight Premier League games. Despite this he is Villa’s top assister this season with five.
  • The Villans have mustered only 42 goals in 36 Premier League home games under Paul Lambert.
  • Villa have made fewer substitutions than any other Premier League side this season (78).
  • Southampton have allowed fewer shots from open play than any other Premier League side this season.

Cardiff City v Stoke City

  • Cardiff are without a win in seven against the Potters in all competitions, drawing three and losing four.
  • Jonathan Walters scored two goals in extra-time on Stoke City’s last trip to Cardiff, in an FA Cup replay in January 2011 (2-0 win).
  • Only 10 of Stoke’s 43 points this season have come away from home.
  • Cardiff have not won back to back top-flight games since April 1962.
  • Cardiff have made fewer tackles than any other Premier League side this season.
  • Cardiff’s Steven Caulker and Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross are two of only three outfield players in the Premier League this season to play every minute of every game for his club.
  • In the mini-table of the six teams named City in the Premier League this season, Stoke are bottom with only nine points from nine games. Cardiff are third with 12.
  • Cardiff have conceded a league high nine goals in the 90th minute this season.
  • Cardiff are the only Premier League side not to have conceded an own goal this season.
  • Peter Crouch needs one more assist this season to match his best ever haul in a single Premier League campaign (6 – recorded four times before).

Newcastle United v Swansea City

  • The Magpies have lost six of their last eight home league games, failing to score in all six defeats (W2).
  • Swansea have won their last three Barclays Premier League meetings with Newcastle, scoring six and conceding just once.
  • Sunderland (3) have scored more goals at St James’ Park in 2014 than Newcastle (2) have.
  • If the Premier League had begun on January 1, Swansea would be in 18th and Newcastle only one point and one place above them.
  • The Magpies are the only team yet to reach double figures for goals in 2014.
  • Three players (Suarez, Sturridge & Gerrard) have scored more goals than Newcastle in 2014.
  • Garry Monk has picked up only two points from five Premier League away games as Swansea supremo.
  • The Swans have gone 14 Premier League away games without keeping a clean sheet.
  • Swansea have benefited from eight own goals this season, more than any other side. Only Wilfried Bony has scored more for the Swans.
  • No team has scored fewer goals from corners than the Magpies this season (2).

West Ham United v Crystal Palace

  • West Ham have only lost one of their 12 previous home league games against Crystal Palace (W6 D5).
  • Crystal Palace have won just five of their 24 away London derbies in the Barclays Premier League (D5 L14).
  • Against Everton in midweek Palace scored 3+ goals in successive away games for the first time in their top-flight history.
  • Only once in top-flight history have Palace won five games in a row before (December 1992).
  • If the season had started when Tony Pulis took charge of Palace, the Eagles would be in eighth place.
  • Only Chelsea (14) have conceded fewer goals than Palace (20) in the period Pulis has been in charge.
  • Palace have conceded fewer goals (20) in Pulis’ 22 games in charge than they did in the previous 12 this season (21).
  • West Ham have lost five of their last seven Premier League games.
  • Palace have scored only 16 goals from open play this season yet have 40 points.
  • The last time both of these sides were in the top-flight and both avoided relegation was the 1971-72 season.

Hull City v Arsenal

  • Hull City have lost nine of their last 10 games against Arsenal in all competitions (W1).
  • Nicklas Bendtner has scored in three of his four Barclays Premier League appearances against Hull City.
  • Arsenal have conceded 15 goals in their last five Premier League away games.
  • The Gunners have scored a total of one goal in their last four Premier League away games.
  • All of Hull’s league goals since February have come between the 30th and 50th minutes.
  • The Tigers have conceded only five first half goals in their last 13 Premier League outings.
  • All but one of Tom Huddlestone’s 11 Premier League goals (eight for Tottenham, three for Hull) have come from outside the box (nine from open play, one direct free-kick)
  • All 22 Premier League appearances Alex Bruce has made (16 for Hull this season, six for Birmingham in 2005-06) have come in teams where his father is the manager.
  • Arsenal’s Premier League win percentage with Mesut Ozil in the team (59%) is virtually the same as when he has been absent (58%) this season.
  • Oliver Giroud’s goal against West Ham in midweek was his 25th in the Premier League. Only seven of them have come away from home.

Norwich City v Liverpool

  • Norwich have lost eight and won none of their last nine Barclays Premier League games against Liverpool, conceding five goals in each of the last three.
  • Luis Suarez has scored 11 goals in five Barclays Premier League meetings with Norwich, including a PL-record three hat-tricks.
  • Liverpool have scored 93 goals already this season, more than they ever have before in a top-flight season.
  • No team has scored more than 90 goals in the English top-flight and not won the title since West Brom in 1965-66 (came sixth).
  • Liverpool last won 11+ top-flight games in succession in October 1990 (12 in total). Only once have they won 11 in a row within a single season (May 1982).
  • Liverpool’s last two wins have come without Suarez or Sturridge scoring, their only such victories of the season.
  • Martin Skrtel is the top scoring defender in the Premier League this season (seven goals).
  • Norwich have conceded only 13 home goals in the Premier League this season, fewer than Liverpool at Anfield and a figure bettered by only three teams.
  • Suarez has scored more goals against Norwich than 24 Premier League teams have managed.
  • Liverpool need one more goal to reach 50 in the Premier League in 2014.

Chelsea v Sunderland

  • Chelsea have won 17 of their last 18 Barclays Premier League meetings with Sunderland (L1).
  • The Black Cats have failed to score in six of their last nine Barclays Premier League games at Stamford Bridge.
  • Chelsea have conceded only nine times at home this season, fewer than any other side, and are the only unbeaten home team in the top four English divisions this season.
  • Demba Ba has scored four goals in his last five appearances for Chelsea (all comps).
  • Chelsea have kept clean sheets in each of their last six Premier League home games. The club’s record run is nine, set in November 2010.
  • Only WBA have scored more than once at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League since Jose Mourinho’s return to Chelsea.
  • Frank Lampard needs four goals in Chelsea’s last four games to become the first player in Premier League history to score 10+ goals in 11 consecutive seasons.
  • All 11 of Samuel Eto’o's goals for Chelsea have come at Stamford Bridge.
  • Nemanja Matic has assisted three of Chelsea’s last five Premier League goals.
  • Lee Cattermole has scored one Premier League goal for every 66.8 fouls he has conceded.

Everton v Manchester United

  • Romelu Lukaku scored a hat-trick in his only previous home league game against Manchester United; a 5-5 draw for West Bromwich Albion on the final day of the 2012/13 season.
  • Manchester United have only won one of their last five Barclays Premier League games at Goodison Park (D2 L2).
  • Manchester United have picked up more points away from home than any other Premier League team this season (33 – could be overtaken by Liverpool earlier on Sunday).
  • Juan Mata has four assists and three goals in 11 Premier League appearances for Man Utd, compared to two assists and no goals in 13 for Chelsea earlier in the season.
  • Wayne Rooney has scored only four goals in 15 Premier League appearances against former club Everton.
  • Everton will attempt to complete a league double over Man Utd for the first time since the 1969-70 season.
  • United have won only three of their last eight Premier League games against Everton after winning 21 of the previous 26.
  • Leighton Baines’ assist in midweek took him to 36 in the Premier League, joint-most for Everton in the Premier League along with Mikel Arteta.
  • Javier Hernandez is the only player in Premier League history to score 10+ goals away from home as a substitute.
  • Wayne Rooney has scored more Premier League goals on a Sunday than any other player (52).

Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion

  • Sergio Aguero has scored three goals in four previous Barclays Premier League games against the Baggies.
  • West Bromwich Albion have taken just two points from six previous Barclays Premier League games at the Etihad Stadium (D2 L4).
  • WBA have taken six points from their last three Premier League away games.
  • Four of the Throstles’ last seven league goals have come inside 10 minutes.
  • City have won only one of their last four Premier League games.
  • City have conceded seven goals in their last four games after recording clean sheets in each of the five games before then.
  • City have scored four goals in the opening three minutes of games this season, a total only Liverpool can match.
  • Man City have not gone two Premier League home games without a win since December 2012.
  • The Citizens have failed to score in only one of their last 66 Premier League home games (scoring 177 in that spell).
  • Samir Nasri has two goals and two assists in his last six Premier League appearances.

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The European Football Podcast: Episode 6

The European Football Podcast: Episode 6

The El Classico Copa Del Ray Final demands an extra midweek podcast and here it is!
Ray Drewett is on hand to pick out his favourite bets in the match.
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The Punt podcast: Monday April 14th

The Punt podcast: Monday April 14th

A brilliant Premier League weekend is followed by three more midweek matches for Ron Atkinson and Derek McGovern to look at.They also discuss the title and relegation odds.
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Barclays Premier League Opta Facts – April 15-16

Barclays Premier League Opta Facts – April 15-16

 

Arsenal v West Ham United

  • Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 11 Barclays Premier League games against West Ham (W9 D2 L0), including winning the last six in a row.
  • West Ham won their last Barclays Premier League away game – 2-1 at Sunderland. They haven’t won two successive PL away matches since December 2007.
  • Lukas Podolski has scored in his last two league appearances against West Ham, Santi Cazorla has scored two in three games and Olivier Giroud three in three against the Hammers.
  • West Ham are the only team that Arsenal have beaten after falling behind in the Premier League this season (W1 D4 L7).
  • The only teams to have won more Premier League points against West Ham than Arsenal (73) are Liverpool (74) and Manchester United (80).
  • The Gunners have won more points in London derbies than any other side this season in the Premier League (22).
  • Arsenal have not lost a Premier League home game since the opening day of the 2013-14 season; winning 10 and drawing five of their 15 games at the Emirates Stadium since.
  • The Gunners have kept a clean sheet in eight of their last 12 Premier League home games, but they have conceded in each of their last three games there.
  • West Ham’s last three Premier League games have ended with a 2-1 scoreline (two wins, one defeat).

 

Everton v Crystal Palace

  • Everton have won three and lost none of the last five meetings with Crystal Palace in all competitions.
  • The Eagles have failed to find the net in five of their last seven away games in the Barclays Premier League.
  • Romelu Lukaku has scored in four of his last six Premier League appearances at Goodison Park.
  • Crystal Palace last won back to back Premier League away matches in November 1997.
  • The Toffees have won seven successive Premier League matches at Goodison Park – they last won eight home league games in a row in April 1990.
  • Everton have won their last seven Premier League games, they last won eight league games in a row in May 1985.
  • Palace have won their last three Premier League games in a row; they last won four on the spin in the top-flight in November 1994.
  • Over the past nine games, Everton are the second best team in the Premier League (21 points), while Palace are eighth (14 points).
  • Jason Puncheon has scored three of the Eagles’ last four Premier League goals.
  • Everton’s last two Premier League goals have been scored by the opposition.

 

Manchester City v Sunderland

  • Man City have won just two of the last eight Barclays Premier League meetings with Sunderland (W2 D2 L4), with all four of Sunderland’s victories being 1-0 wins.
  • Sunderland have lost four successive Barclays Premier League away games, conceding 13 goals in total during this run.
  • James Milner has scored five goals against Sunderland in the Premier League; more than against any other Premier League opponent. This includes his first ever goal in the competition.
  • The Citizens have won 14 of their last 15 Premier League home matches, with the only blip on their record being a 0-1 home defeat to Chelsea in February.
  • City have already scored 52 goals at home in the Premier League this season – just six sides have scored more at home in a single PL campaign (the record being 68 by Chelsea in 2009-10)
  • Man City last suffered back to back Premier League defeats in October 2010.
  • Sunderland have collected just one point from their last eight Premier League games.
  • Since playing City in the Capital One Cup final, Sunderland have scored just three goals in six Premier League games.
  • Sergio Aguero has scored 13 goals in his last 12 Premier League starts.
  • Sunderland (15) have scored more away goals than they have at home this season (14).

 

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Barclays Premier League Opta Facts – April 15-16

Barclays Premier League Opta Facts – April 15-16

 

Arsenal v West Ham United

  • Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 11 Barclays Premier League games against West Ham (W9 D2 L0), including winning the last six in a row.
  • West Ham won their last Barclays Premier League away game – 2-1 at Sunderland. They haven’t won two successive PL away matches since December 2007.
  • Lukas Podolski has scored in his last two league appearances against West Ham, Santi Cazorla has scored two in three games and Olivier Giroud three in three against the Hammers.
  • West Ham are the only team that Arsenal have beaten after falling behind in the Premier League this season (W1 D4 L7).
  • The only teams to have won more Premier League points against West Ham than Arsenal (73) are Liverpool (74) and Manchester United (80).
  • The Gunners have won more points in London derbies than any other side this season in the Premier League (22).
  • Arsenal have not lost a Premier League home game since the opening day of the 2013-14 season; winning 10 and drawing five of their 15 games at the Emirates Stadium since.
  • The Gunners have kept a clean sheet in eight of their last 12 Premier League home games, but they have conceded in each of their last three games there.
  • West Ham’s last three Premier League games have ended with a 2-1 scoreline (two wins, one defeat).

 

Everton v Crystal Palace

  • Everton have won three and lost none of the last five meetings with Crystal Palace in all competitions.
  • The Eagles have failed to find the net in five of their last seven away games in the Barclays Premier League.
  • Romelu Lukaku has scored in four of his last six Premier League appearances at Goodison Park.
  • Crystal Palace last won back to back Premier League away matches in November 1997.
  • The Toffees have won seven successive Premier League matches at Goodison Park – they last won eight home league games in a row in April 1990.
  • Everton have won their last seven Premier League games, they last won eight league games in a row in May 1985.
  • Palace have won their last three Premier League games in a row; they last won four on the spin in the top-flight in November 1994.
  • Over the past nine games, Everton are the second best team in the Premier League (21 points), while Palace are eighth (14 points).
  • Jason Puncheon has scored three of the Eagles’ last four Premier League goals.
  • Everton’s last two Premier League goals have been scored by the opposition.

 

Manchester City v Sunderland

  • Man City have won just two of the last eight Barclays Premier League meetings with Sunderland (W2 D2 L4), with all four of Sunderland’s victories being 1-0 wins.
  • Sunderland have lost four successive Barclays Premier League away games, conceding 13 goals in total during this run.
  • James Milner has scored five goals against Sunderland in the Premier League; more than against any other Premier League opponent. This includes his first ever goal in the competition.
  • The Citizens have won 14 of their last 15 Premier League home matches, with the only blip on their record being a 0-1 home defeat to Chelsea in February.
  • City have already scored 52 goals at home in the Premier League this season – just six sides have scored more at home in a single PL campaign (the record being 68 by Chelsea in 2009-10)
  • Man City last suffered back to back Premier League defeats in October 2010.
  • Sunderland have collected just one point from their last eight Premier League games.
  • Since playing City in the Capital One Cup final, Sunderland have scored just three goals in six Premier League games.
  • Sergio Aguero has scored 13 goals in his last 12 Premier League starts.
  • Sunderland (15) have scored more away goals than they have at home this season (14).

 

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European Football Podcast – Episode 5: 11th April

European Football Podcast – Episode 5: 11th April

Alex Dunn and Ray Drewett team up to look ahead to the best of the action, and offer their selections and best bets.
With the battle for supremacy in La Liga hotting up, the boys look ahead to the feature games from Spain, as well as taking in selected…

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The Punt Podcast: Friday April 11th

The Punt Podcast: Friday April 11th

The FA Cup semi finals and a huge weekend of Premier League action is on the agenda for Ron Atkinson and Derek McGovern.They pick out bets in all 10 matches, as well as discussing the latest big stories surrounding the top flight.
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The FWA Podcast: Friday April 11th

The FWA Podcast: Friday April 11th

David McDonnell from the Daily Mirror is this week’s podcast guest.He’s talking about his trip to Munich to see Manchester United, the Champions league semi-final draw, the LMA Manager of the Year odds and this weekend’s TV games.
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