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Opta Facts La Liga Matchday 10
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Opta Facts La Liga Matchday 10

 

Deportivo de La Coruña-Getafe

Deportivo won their most recent game at Riazor in La Liga; they had failed to win any of their previous four matches there (D1 L3).

Since March, Getafe have not tasted victory for three games on the road after claiming victory in La Liga; they won the last game away from home in Anoeta (1-2).

Deportivo have not won against Getafe in five home matches in league competition (D4 L1).

Deportivo La Coruña have scored in each of their eight top-flight league meetings with Getafe at home.

Four of Deportivo’s last five goals scored versus Getafe have come from the penalty spot.

Deportivo de La Coruña (4) have conceded more goals from outside the penalty area than any other side this season.

Yoda (two goals and one assist) has been involved in three of Getafe’s last four goals in La Liga.

In their 10 previous Primera División campaigns before this one, Getafe have always scored more than six goals (what they have managed this term) across their opening nine matches.

Toché is the only Deportivo striker to have bagged at least one goal this term; Depor have the third lowest proportion of their goals coming from a striker this season (18%).

Fabricio has kept clean sheets in both of his appearances in goal this season compared to the rate of 2.71 goals conceded per game by Gérman Lux.

 

Granada-Real Madrid

Real Madrid lost to Granada in the only game where they failed to score since los nazaríes sealed promotion back to the top tier (W5).

Granada have lost their last two league games at home in Los Cármenes to nil.

Los blancos have claimed three points in six successive league matches.

Real Madrid have scored 15 goals across their last three La Liga games on the road.

The 13 Real Madrid goals registered against los nazaríes across the last three league seasons have been scored by four different players (Ronaldo, Benzema, Ramos and Higuaín – excluding the own goal by Cortés).

Toni Kroos has recorded more passes than any other player (670) this term and currently has the best accuracy rate of anyone to have attempted at least 200 passes this season.

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored six away goals; half of the number he managed on the road across all of last season.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s only own goal in Spain came against Granada at Los Cármenes (February 2013).

Real Madrid have scored 33 goals in their opening nine league games for the first time since the 1959-60 campaign.

Granada have lost the most points from winning positions this season (7).

 

Atlético de Madrid-Córdoba

Atlético de Madrid have won both of their games against sides from Andalucia to nil this season (Almería and Sevilla).

Atlético have not lost at home in La Liga since May 2013 when they tasted defeat against Barcelona.

Of the seven goals conceded by the Madrid side this season, six have arrived in the first half.

In fact, los colchoneros have conceded 43% of their goals this season in the opening 15 minutes; a league-high share.

Los madrileños have scored in 13 successive league games at home; they have kept clean sheets in eight of them.

Atlético for their part, have the highest percentage of goals being headed this season (nine of 15, 60%).

Antoine Griezmann has attempted the most shots (including blocked) without having scored in the top tier this campaign (18).

Córdoba have failed to win any of their games in Madrid this season (D1 L1).

Córdoba are the only team yet to secure a win in La Liga this term.

Córdoba have seen 83% of their goals arrive in the second half; they face the side who have shipped a league-low share of their goals in the second half (14%).

 

Barcelona – Celta

Celta have not beaten Barcelona in La Liga since 2004 at home in Balaídos.

Barcelona have won seven of the last eight league meetings with los vigueses (D1).

Los culés have scored exactly three goals in five of the last six matches played out between these sides.

Neymar has scored nine goals this season which is as many as he managed throughout all of last season.

Neymar (5) and Messi (4) have scored nine of the last 10 goals recorded for Barcelona in league competition.

Barca conceded their first goals of the season at the Santiago Bernabéu having previously recorded their best run of opening clean sheets in their history (eight games).

Despite conceding three goals against Real Madrid, Claudio Bravo has the best save percentage of any goalkeeper to have played three games this season (84%).

Celta have only recorded one away win this season; they managed a club record of eight wins on the road last term.

Despite playing just nine games, Joaquín Larrivey has already scored half of the goals (6) and assists (2) that he managed last season with Rayo Vallecano.

Nolito has registered more assists this season (4) than he had amassed across his previous three campaigns in the Primera División (3).

Real Sociedad-Málaga

Malaga are unbeaten in six games against Real Sociedad (D2 L4).

Malaga failed to score in either La Liga meeting last season with Real Sociedad.

Real Sociedad have lost three of their last five games at Anoeta (W1 D1).

Málaga have only won one of their last seven league games away from home (D2 L4).

Carlos Vela has scored three goals in his last four appearances versus Málaga.

Six points from Real Sociedad’s opening nine games is their worst start since the club’s promotion to the top flight.

Real Sociedad have dropped more points as result of goals conceded in the final five minutes this season in La Liga.

Amrabat (two goals and an assist) has been directly involved in four of the last five goals recorded by Málaga this term.

After Real Madrid (6), Real Sociedad have claimed the most points from losing positions this season in La Liga (5).

Málaga have been awarded more red cards than any other side this season in La Liga (5).

Athletic-Sevilla

Athletic have won four straight home matches against Sevilla in La Liga; scoring 10, conceding twice.

Sevilla have not won in Bilbao since 2009 when they registered a 0-4 victory, their biggest win in the old San Mamés (Primera División).

Los Leones are without a win in three games at San Mamés in the league (D2 L1), their worst run in the new stadium.

Sevilla have made their best start ever to a La Liga campaign after nine games (22 points).

Markel Susaeta has scored in his last three appearances against Sevilla in la Liga (three goals).

His last goal was against Sevilla in April of this year.

Éver Banega is the only player to have scored from the penalty spot in the new San Mamés against Athletic Bilbao.

Artiz Aduriz has been involved in 50% of Athletic’s goals this season; a league-high share by a player for a single club.

Carlos Bacca’s goals this season have earned the most points this season in La Liga (level with Nolitio, six points).

Sevilla have given away the most fouls this season in La Liga (163); Athletic have given away the third fewest (115).

Villarreal-Valencia

Villarreal have won four and drawn two of their last six home league games against Valencia.

Only against Real Madrid (11.4%) have Valencia got a worse winning record at home than against Villarreal (14.3%) in la Liga (10+ games played).

Since the 1-0 win against Levante in April, Villarreal have alternated between a win and a loss at El Madrigal.

Valencia have only won one of their last 12 league games (0-3 away at Getafe) but have drawn seven of those (L4).

Valencia have lost their last four local derbies away from home in the league; the last time they did manage it however was in el Madrigal during 2012 (2-2).

Giovani dos Santos has scored the last three goals by Villarreal against Valencia in the league.

Santo’s men have scored their last four goals from a corner; three of them assisted by Pablo Piatti.

Marcelino García Toral is unbeaten as Villarreal coach in four meetings at home against Valencia in the league.

Valencia have had 11 different goalscorers this term; a league-high (11, excluding own goals).

Levante-Almería

Levante have won four of their six games against Almería in Primera División (D1 L1); three of those coming at home.

Almería have lost all three previous visits to the Ciutat de València in La Liga; failing to score once.

If they don’t score in this match, the Ciutat de València will be the ground where Almería have gone the longest without scoring in La Liga (four, already three games).

The last time that a Levante player bagged a hat-trick in La Liga was precisely against Almería in 2007 (Christian Riganò, 3-0).

If Levante lose this game, this will be their worst home run ever in the Primera División (five successive defeats, currently four).

Levante have gone four consecutive home games without scoring in the league; their longest drought in the Primera.

Almería have won four of their last six matches away from home in La Liga (L2).

Lucas Alcaraz has lost three of the last four home games he has been in charge in La Liga (W1); that win coming against Barcelona in April (1-0).

Levante are the only team (along with Athletic Bilbao) to see only Spanish players score for them this season.

Elche-Espanyol

Elche have only won once against Espanyol across the last seven meetings (D2 L4); this victory came last season (2-1).

This 2-1 win was the first registered by Elche after their promotion to the top-flight; Coro scored a brace against his former club.

Elche have recorded more wins against Espanyol than any other side in the Primera División (13).

Elche have lost three successive home games; their worst run since returning to the Primera.

Sergio González’s men have recorded clean sheets in four of their last five league matches.

Elche have conceded a league-high seven headed goals this term.

Christian Stuani has scored three goals as a substitute; a joint-league-high (with Luciano Vietto).

Jonathas has been involved in five of the last six goals registered by Elche in La Liga (three goals and two assists).

Espanyol have not won any of their last 21 league games without Sergio García (D9 L12).

Rayo Vallecano-Eibar

This will be the first meeting between these two sides in the Primera División.

Los franjirrojos won three of the last four matches against los armeros in league competition (L1).

Rayo Vallecano have only won three of their last 12 league games (D2 L7), those three wins coming this campaign.

Only Córdoba (5) have recorded more draws than Eibar (4) in the top tier this season.

Léo Baptistão scored in two of the three wins claimed by Rayo this season (two braces).

No side has conceded more goals in the opening 15 minutes this term than Eibar; level with Real Sociedad (4).

The nine goals scored by Eibar this term have come from different players (including Pedro López’ own goal); four of those were from outside the penalty area.

Rayo Vallecano have recorded more points from goals scored in the final 10 minutes than any other side this season in La Liga (4).

Eibar have scored 67% of their goals in the first half this campaign; a joint-league-high share with Atlético.

 

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Opta Facts La Liga Matchday 10
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Opta Facts La Liga Matchday 10

 

Deportivo de La Coruña-Getafe

Deportivo won their most recent game at Riazor in La Liga; they had failed to win any of their previous four matches there (D1 L3).

Since March, Getafe have not tasted victory for three games on the road after claiming victory in La Liga; they won the last game away from home in Anoeta (1-2).

Deportivo have not won against Getafe in five home matches in league competition (D4 L1).

Deportivo La Coruña have scored in each of their eight top-flight league meetings with Getafe at home.

Four of Deportivo’s last five goals scored versus Getafe have come from the penalty spot.

Deportivo de La Coruña (4) have conceded more goals from outside the penalty area than any other side this season.

Yoda (two goals and one assist) has been involved in three of Getafe’s last four goals in La Liga.

In their 10 previous Primera División campaigns before this one, Getafe have always scored more than six goals (what they have managed this term) across their opening nine matches.

Toché is the only Deportivo striker to have bagged at least one goal this term; Depor have the third lowest proportion of their goals coming from a striker this season (18%).

Fabricio has kept clean sheets in both of his appearances in goal this season compared to the rate of 2.71 goals conceded per game by Gérman Lux.

 

Granada-Real Madrid

Real Madrid lost to Granada in the only game where they failed to score since los nazaríes sealed promotion back to the top tier (W5).

Granada have lost their last two league games at home in Los Cármenes to nil.

Los blancos have claimed three points in six successive league matches.

Real Madrid have scored 15 goals across their last three La Liga games on the road.

The 13 Real Madrid goals registered against los nazaríes across the last three league seasons have been scored by four different players (Ronaldo, Benzema, Ramos and Higuaín – excluding the own goal by Cortés).

Toni Kroos has recorded more passes than any other player (670) this term and currently has the best accuracy rate of anyone to have attempted at least 200 passes this season.

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored six away goals; half of the number he managed on the road across all of last season.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s only own goal in Spain came against Granada at Los Cármenes (February 2013).

Real Madrid have scored 33 goals in their opening nine league games for the first time since the 1959-60 campaign.

Granada have lost the most points from winning positions this season (7).

 

Atlético de Madrid-Córdoba

Atlético de Madrid have won both of their games against sides from Andalucia to nil this season (Almería and Sevilla).

Atlético have not lost at home in La Liga since May 2013 when they tasted defeat against Barcelona.

Of the seven goals conceded by the Madrid side this season, six have arrived in the first half.

In fact, los colchoneros have conceded 43% of their goals this season in the opening 15 minutes; a league-high share.

Los madrileños have scored in 13 successive league games at home; they have kept clean sheets in eight of them.

Atlético for their part, have the highest percentage of goals being headed this season (nine of 15, 60%).

Antoine Griezmann has attempted the most shots (including blocked) without having scored in the top tier this campaign (18).

Córdoba have failed to win any of their games in Madrid this season (D1 L1).

Córdoba are the only team yet to secure a win in La Liga this term.

Córdoba have seen 83% of their goals arrive in the second half; they face the side who have shipped a league-low share of their goals in the second half (14%).

 

Barcelona – Celta

Celta have not beaten Barcelona in La Liga since 2004 at home in Balaídos.

Barcelona have won seven of the last eight league meetings with los vigueses (D1).

Los culés have scored exactly three goals in five of the last six matches played out between these sides.

Neymar has scored nine goals this season which is as many as he managed throughout all of last season.

Neymar (5) and Messi (4) have scored nine of the last 10 goals recorded for Barcelona in league competition.

Barca conceded their first goals of the season at the Santiago Bernabéu having previously recorded their best run of opening clean sheets in their history (eight games).

Despite conceding three goals against Real Madrid, Claudio Bravo has the best save percentage of any goalkeeper to have played three games this season (84%).

Celta have only recorded one away win this season; they managed a club record of eight wins on the road last term.

Despite playing just nine games, Joaquín Larrivey has already scored half of the goals (6) and assists (2) that he managed last season with Rayo Vallecano.

Nolito has registered more assists this season (4) than he had amassed across his previous three campaigns in the Primera División (3).

Real Sociedad-Málaga

Malaga are unbeaten in six games against Real Sociedad (D2 L4).

Malaga failed to score in either La Liga meeting last season with Real Sociedad.

Real Sociedad have lost three of their last five games at Anoeta (W1 D1).

Málaga have only won one of their last seven league games away from home (D2 L4).

Carlos Vela has scored three goals in his last four appearances versus Málaga.

Six points from Real Sociedad’s opening nine games is their worst start since the club’s promotion to the top flight.

Real Sociedad have dropped more points as result of goals conceded in the final five minutes this season in La Liga.

Amrabat (two goals and an assist) has been directly involved in four of the last five goals recorded by Málaga this term.

After Real Madrid (6), Real Sociedad have claimed the most points from losing positions this season in La Liga (5).

Málaga have been awarded more red cards than any other side this season in La Liga (5).

Athletic-Sevilla

Athletic have won four straight home matches against Sevilla in La Liga; scoring 10, conceding twice.

Sevilla have not won in Bilbao since 2009 when they registered a 0-4 victory, their biggest win in the old San Mamés (Primera División).

Los Leones are without a win in three games at San Mamés in the league (D2 L1), their worst run in the new stadium.

Sevilla have made their best start ever to a La Liga campaign after nine games (22 points).

Markel Susaeta has scored in his last three appearances against Sevilla in la Liga (three goals).

His last goal was against Sevilla in April of this year.

Éver Banega is the only player to have scored from the penalty spot in the new San Mamés against Athletic Bilbao.

Artiz Aduriz has been involved in 50% of Athletic’s goals this season; a league-high share by a player for a single club.

Carlos Bacca’s goals this season have earned the most points this season in La Liga (level with Nolitio, six points).

Sevilla have given away the most fouls this season in La Liga (163); Athletic have given away the third fewest (115).

Villarreal-Valencia

Villarreal have won four and drawn two of their last six home league games against Valencia.

Only against Real Madrid (11.4%) have Valencia got a worse winning record at home than against Villarreal (14.3%) in la Liga (10+ games played).

Since the 1-0 win against Levante in April, Villarreal have alternated between a win and a loss at El Madrigal.

Valencia have only won one of their last 12 league games (0-3 away at Getafe) but have drawn seven of those (L4).

Valencia have lost their last four local derbies away from home in the league; the last time they did manage it however was in el Madrigal during 2012 (2-2).

Giovani dos Santos has scored the last three goals by Villarreal against Valencia in the league.

Santo’s men have scored their last four goals from a corner; three of them assisted by Pablo Piatti.

Marcelino García Toral is unbeaten as Villarreal coach in four meetings at home against Valencia in the league.

Valencia have had 11 different goalscorers this term; a league-high (11, excluding own goals).

Levante-Almería

Levante have won four of their six games against Almería in Primera División (D1 L1); three of those coming at home.

Almería have lost all three previous visits to the Ciutat de València in La Liga; failing to score once.

If they don’t score in this match, the Ciutat de València will be the ground where Almería have gone the longest without scoring in La Liga (four, already three games).

The last time that a Levante player bagged a hat-trick in La Liga was precisely against Almería in 2007 (Christian Riganò, 3-0).

If Levante lose this game, this will be their worst home run ever in the Primera División (five successive defeats, currently four).

Levante have gone four consecutive home games without scoring in the league; their longest drought in the Primera.

Almería have won four of their last six matches away from home in La Liga (L2).

Lucas Alcaraz has lost three of the last four home games he has been in charge in La Liga (W1); that win coming against Barcelona in April (1-0).

Levante are the only team (along with Athletic Bilbao) to see only Spanish players score for them this season.

Elche-Espanyol

Elche have only won once against Espanyol across the last seven meetings (D2 L4); this victory came last season (2-1).

This 2-1 win was the first registered by Elche after their promotion to the top-flight; Coro scored a brace against his former club.

Elche have recorded more wins against Espanyol than any other side in the Primera División (13).

Elche have lost three successive home games; their worst run since returning to the Primera.

Sergio González’s men have recorded clean sheets in four of their last five league matches.

Elche have conceded a league-high seven headed goals this term.

Christian Stuani has scored three goals as a substitute; a joint-league-high (with Luciano Vietto).

Jonathas has been involved in five of the last six goals registered by Elche in La Liga (three goals and two assists).

Espanyol have not won any of their last 21 league games without Sergio García (D9 L12).

Rayo Vallecano-Eibar

This will be the first meeting between these two sides in the Primera División.

Los franjirrojos won three of the last four matches against los armeros in league competition (L1).

Rayo Vallecano have only won three of their last 12 league games (D2 L7), those three wins coming this campaign.

Only Córdoba (5) have recorded more draws than Eibar (4) in the top tier this season.

Léo Baptistão scored in two of the three wins claimed by Rayo this season (two braces).

No side has conceded more goals in the opening 15 minutes this term than Eibar; level with Real Sociedad (4).

The nine goals scored by Eibar this term have come from different players (including Pedro López’ own goal); four of those were from outside the penalty area.

Rayo Vallecano have recorded more points from goals scored in the final 10 minutes than any other side this season in La Liga (4).

Eibar have scored 67% of their goals in the first half this campaign; a joint-league-high share with Atlético.

 

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Opta Facts Bundesliga Matchday 10
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Opta Facts Bundesliga Matchday 10

 

FC Schalke 04 – FC Augsburg

 

Augsburg haven’t won any of their last seven competitive meetings with Schalke (D2 L5).

 

Schalke have scored at least three goals in each of their three home matches against Augsburg, although they haven’t kept a clean sheet (3-1, 3-1, 4-1).

 

S04 have 11 points after nine games – the Royal Blues have never finished in the top five when they have had fewer than 14 points at this stage before.

 

Schalke have already lost more games after nine matchdays this season (4) than they did in the whole of the second half of 2013/14 (3) and have been in the top half just once (9th after matchday 8).

 

Augsburg have lost five of their six competitive away games in 2014/15. Only three of the 12 points they have collected have come on the road and they are 15th in the Bundesliga away table, though they are at least level on points with Champions League participants Schalke and Dortmund.

 

Schalke have lost just one of 12 competitive home games since their 6-1 hammering at the hands of Real Madrid in the 2013/14 UCL last 16. S04 are unbeaten in their last seven competitive matches on home soil (W4 D3).

 

FCA are the only team in German professional football yet to record a draw this season. They have won four and lost six of their 10 competitive matches.

 

In a Bundesliga table representing the second half of games only, Augsburg would have 18 points and sit second, level on points with leaders Bayern.

 

Schalke have allowed the most shots in the league this season (145). On top of that, only Köln (81) have taken fewer shots than the Royal Blues (85), who had four shots on goal in their recent 1-0 loss to Leverkusen.

 

So far this season, Schalke have collected the most yellow cards (21, the same as Augsburg), as well as the most sending-offs (3, the same as Leverkusen).

 

Both Schalke’s Ralf Fährmann (75) and Augsburg’s Marwin Hitz (64) had the most touches of the ball for their respective teams on the last matchday.

 

FSV Mainz 05 – SV Werder Bremen

Whilst managed by Jürgen Klopp, 1. FSV Mainz 05 lost 6-1 at home to Werder Bremen on 27th October 2006 – it remains the club’s biggest ever Bundesliga defeat.

 

Mainz beaten Werder 3-0 the last time the sides met, ending an almost 10-year wait for a home win against Bremen. All three goals in the meeting on matchday 30 of 2013/14 came in the first half.

 

The 05ers suffered their first Bundesliga defeat of the season on the last matchday against Wolfsburg (3-0), putting an end to a nine-game unbeaten run in the top flight.

 

Bremen are without a win after nine games for the first time in their 51-year Bundesliga history and are also having the worst start to a season in their history with just four points to their name.

 

Mainz’s last five Bundesliga goals have come in the first half – FSV have failed to find the back of the net after the break in each of their last five top-flight matches.

 

1. FSV Mainz 05 have conceded 399 goals in 281 Bundesliga games and are on the verge of conceding 400 goals; an unwanted record.

 

Shinji Okazaki (five league goals) has now gone three Bundesliga games without a goal, with his last one coming on 23rd September in Frankfurt (2-2 draw on matchday 5).

 

Raphael Wolf has saved just 50% of the shots at his goal (league low) and has also conceded the most goals in the division (23).

 

Viktor Skripnik has been at Werder for over 18 years (1996-2004 as a player, since 2004 as a coach) – the Skripnik/Frings duo took over Bremen’s reserves in 2013 and led them to a second-place finish in the Regionalliga Nord in 2013/14.

 

Skripnik’s predecessors Thomas Schaaf (against Schalke) and Robin Dutt (in Braunschweig) both began their tenures as SV Werder Bremen manager with 1-0 wins.

 

Hannover 96 – Eintracht Frankfurt

Hannover have lost just one of their last 16 Bundesliga home games against Frankfurt (W9 D6) and are unbeaten in their last 10 Bundesliga home fixtures against the Eagles. Eintracht’s last win in Hannover came in November 1987 (2-1).

 

96 have set a new club record low, having netted just six goals after nine matchdays. However, never before has a Bundesliga side with a maximum of six goals to their name been as high in the table at this stage as Hannover are currently (7th).

 

Frankfurt led twice against VfB Stuttgart on the last matchday and ended up losing. The Eagles have dropped eight points from winning positions this season (league high). Hannover are one of four teams yet to drop a point after going in front.

 

With 17 goals scored, Eintracht have the second-best attack in the league (together with Leverkusen) – only Bayern have scored more often (21 goals). Also, the Eagles have netted the most goals from set pieces (7).

 

However, Frankfurt have conceded 18 goals – the last time they had let in as many at this stage was in 1995/96 (20). 10 of those 18 goals have gone in over the last three games.

 

With six goals to his name, Alexander Meier tops the Bundesliga goalscoring charts together with Mario Götze. The last time a Frankfurt player led the rankings in that regard was on matchday 17 in 2010/11 – Theofanis Gekas had 14 goals.

 

96-striker Joselu was on loan at Frankfurt last season and netted nine goals in 24 BL games for them.

 

Ron-Robert Zieler made his first Bundesliga appearance in a 3-0 win over Frankfurt in January 2011. He has missed just two top-flight games since then – no other player has played as many Bundesliga games as Zieler in that timeframe (126).

 

Christian Schulz won the league and cup double under current Frankfurt manager Thomas Schaaf back in 2004 while at Bremen.

 

Frankfurt have played 11 Bundesliga games without Carlos Zambrano since signing him in summer 2012 (W1 D2 L8) and have conceded 30 goals in the process (almost 3 per game on average, compared to 1.4 with him in the side).

VfB Stuttgart – VfL Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg have won each of their last 4 Bundesliga games against Stuttgart and have scored in each of the last 14 meetings.

 

The only time Wolfsburg have had more points on the board after nine matchdays than they do at the moment (17) was in 2004/05 (21). Their tally of nine goals conceded in 2014/15 has been as low at this stage of the season twice before; 2004/05 & 2006/07 – but never lower.

 

Stuttgart have the league’s second-worst defence (19), behind Bremen (23 goals conceded). They have let in 10 goals in their last three matches alone.

 

VfB’s tally of goals conceded has never been higher after nine games than it is currently (also 19 in 1969/70 and 1974/75).

 

VfL Wolfsburg are the only side to have won their last four Bundesliga games. The last time they recorded five straight wins or more within one season was from February to April 2009 (10).

 

VfB have collected four points from losing positions in their recent games against Leverkusen (3-3 draw from 3-0 down) and in Frankfurt (5-4 win from both 1-0 and 4-3 down). Only Leverkusen and Frankfurt have claimed more points from games in which they have trailed this season (5 each).

 

After collecting just one point from their first four Bundesliga games this season, VfB have claimed eight points from their last five games (W2 D2 L1).

 

Only Stuttgart (11) have scored more goals after the break than Wolfsburg (10, the same as Paderborn). Seven of VfB’s last nine goals have come in the second half.

 

Dieter Hecking is on the brink of his 100th win as a Bundesliga manager (currently 99 in 266 games). With an average of 1.68 points per game, Hecking has the best record of all Wolfsburg BL coaches in that regard (Lorenz-Günther Köstner 2nd with 1.67).

 

Armin Veh was the Wolves’ manager from July 2009 until January 2010, but won just six of his 19 Bundesliga games in charge (D6 L7).

 

Christian Gentner, who has had a hand in the most VfB goals (5), played for Wolfsburg from 2007-10 and won the Bundesliga with VfL in 2009.

 

Daniel Caligiuri has scored three goals in the last two games, more than in his 30 previous Bundesliga matches for the Wolves (1).


Hamburger SV – Bayer 04 Leverkusen

The most recent meeting between the two sides was won by HSV (2-1 at home in April 2014), although they failed to beat Leverkusen in their nine previous encounters (D4 L5).

 

With just three goals scored after nine games, HSV have the worst attack in Bundesliga history. The previous low was four goals from the first nine matches (Eintracht Frankfurt in 1970/71 and 2005/06, Schalke in 1967/68).

 

With only six points after nine Bundesliga matchdays, HSV have equalled their worst start to a league season. They had as many points at this stage in 1972/73 (assuming three points for a win), although they had a better goal difference (-5 compared to -9 this season).

 

Including last season, HSV have won just one of their last 14 Bundesliga games (1-0 at BVB on matchday 7) and have lost 10 of those matches (3 draws).

 

Hamburg are without a win in their last six home games (D2 L4) – their longest drought in over two and a half years (7 home matches from December 2011 until April 2012). Their last victory on home soil was a 2-1 win over upcoming opponents Leverkusen on 4th April 2014.

 

Hakan Calhanoglu faces his former club Hamburg for the first time since joining Bayer 04, who he signed for in summer 2014.

 

Calhanoglu scored his sixth Bundesliga goal from a direct free-kick in the 1-0 win against Schalke on matchday 9. Four of the 11 goals he scored last season, which played a big part keeping HSV up, also came from direct free-kicks.

 

Heung-Min Son joined Leverkusen from Hamburg in summer 2013 (20 goals in 73 Bundesliga games for HSV). He scored the first hat-trick of his Bundesliga career in the first meeting with his former club (November 2013, 5-3 win in Leverkusen).

 

Pierre-Michel Lasogga, who played for Leverkusen’s youth team in 2009/10, hasn’t scored against any other top-flight club as often has he has against Bayer 04 (5 times in 3 games). He averages a Bundesliga goal against his former club every 43 minutes.

 

Rene Adler joined Bayer 04′s youth department as a 15-year-old. He made 138 Bundesliga appearances and became a Germany international while at Leverkusen, before making the switch to HSV in summer 2012.


FC Bayern München – Borussia Dortmund

Only two teams have won the Bundesliga title more than once over the past 21 seasons: Bayern (12) and Dortmund (5), who have won 17 of those 21 championships between them.

 

FC Bayern are without a Bundesliga home win against Dortmund in their last four attempts (D1 L3).

 

The last time Dortmund were as low in the table (currently 15th) going into a meeting with Bayern was in November 1987 – they were 16th back then. BVB beat the second-placed FCB 3-1 away from home.

 

Dortmund have just seven points on the board after nine games, their worst record in 29 years. BVB have only been worse off twice before, in 1984/85 and 1985/86 (6 points each time when converted to the 3-points-per-win system).

 

FC Bayern are unbeaten in their last 13 Bundesliga games (W10 D3), the longest run of its kind in the top flight at present. Their last league defeat was a 3-0 loss to Dortmund on matchday 30 last season.

 

BVB have lost each of their last four matches, something that last happened in the league in March/April 2000 (a run of 6 straight defeats).

 

Dortmund have collected more points from their three Champions League games (9) than they have from their nine Bundesliga fixtures (7).

 

No side has suffered as many defeats as BVB this season (6). No team has recorded as many wins as FCB (6).

 

Bayern are the only side yet to concede a first-half goal in the Bundesliga this season. Including the last campaign, FCB haven’t let in a goal before the break in any of their last 11 top-flight matches.

 

Robert Lewandowski played for BVB between 2010 and 2014 and netted 103 times for Borussia in 187 competitive matches. Mario Götze wore Dortmund colours between 2001 and 2013 and made 83 Bundesliga appearances for BVB (22 goals).

Borussia Mönchengladbach – TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

Mönchengladbach have won just two of their 15 competitive matches against Hoffenheim (D5 L8) and are without a win in three against TSG (D2 L1).

 

Borussia have won just 17% of their 12 Bundesliga games against Hoffenheim – only against Augsburg is their win percentage as low. The Foals have collected an average of just 0.83 points per game against TSG, fewer than against any other team.

 

Borussia are unbeaten after nine Bundesliga matches for the third time in their history. They also achieved that feat in 1970/71 and 1976/77, both title-winning seasons (first defeat on matchday 14 in both campaigns).

 

For the first time in their Bundesliga history, Hoffenheim are unbeaten after the opening nine matchdays. Including last season, TSG are unbeaten in 10 games – a club record. Across the division, only Bayern are on a longer run of matches without loss at present (13).

 

22 of the 26 teams (85%) that have been unbeaten after nine Bundesliga matchdays have ended the campaign in the top four.

 

This will be Gladbach’s sixth Sunday game of the season. Borussia have recorded draws in each of their five so far.

 

Hoffenheim are unbeaten in their last four Bundesliga away games (W1 D3), a run they last managed in 2010 (5 games, April to September), which remains a club record. TSG would match that if they avoid defeat in Mönchengladbach.

 

Lucien Favre celebrates his 57th birthday on the day of the match. He has an average of 1.62 points per game from his 123 Bundesliga matches in charge of Borussia so far – only Hennes Weisweiler (1.74) and Udo Lattek (1.72) have better records.

 

Gladbach’s Max Kruse has had a hand in the most goals in the league (7, 5 goals + 2 assists).

 

Borussia’s Branimir Hrgota could make his 50th Bundesliga appearance. He hasn’t played the full 90 minutes in any of his 49 games so far, a first in the top flight.

 

FC Köln – Sport-Club Freiburg

Köln have won just two of their last 11 competitive games against Freiburg – the two most recent meetings in Cologne (otherwise D3 L6).

 

SCF have won just one of their 10 Bundesliga games in Cologne (D2 L7) – a 1-0 victory in February 2001. On top of that, Freiburg have scored just four goals away at the Billy Goats, failing to find the back of the net in seven of those 10 Bundesliga meetings.

 

Stöger’s side have recorded back-to-back wins for the first time this season thanks to their recent results against Dortmund (2-1) and in Bremen (1-0). Apart from Köln, only Wolfsburg have collected maximum points from the last two matchdays.

 

Freiburg are without a win in their last 12 Bundesliga matches (D6 L6), a run they last suffered from December 2009 to March 2010 (also 12 games). Freiburg had to wait until matchday 11 for their first win of the campaign in 2013/14 (3-0 away at Nürnberg).

 

Köln have conceded just seven goals in their opening nine Bundesliga games this season. Only two promoted sides have managed this before: Bielefeld in 2004/05 and FC Bayern in 1965/66. If they manage to keep a clean sheet, it would be a new record for a promoted side in the top flight after 10 games.

 

The Rhineland club have lost just one of their last 11 competitive games at home (W6 D4) – a 2-0 defeat to Bayern on matchday 6. However, Köln have the worst home attack in the league together with Bremen and Hamburg (2 goals scored at home each).

 

Köln’s tally of 7 goals scored after nine matchdays this season (the same as in 2001/02) has only been lower at this stage of the campaign once before (6 in 2009/10). The only time Freiburg have netted fewer goals after nine Bundesliga matchdays than they have this season (8) was in 1995/96 (5).

 

Only Köln and HSV have failed to score from a set piece this season. SCF, on the other hand, have the highest proportion of set-play goals (5 of their 8 in total, 62.5%).

 

Sascha Riether made 33 Bundesliga appearances for Köln in their 2011/12 relegation campaign, before joining Fulham. Sebastian Freis wore the Rhineland club’s colours in 48 top-flight matches from 2009-12 (4 goals).

 

Köln sporting director Jörg Schmadtke made 131 Bundesliga appearances for Freiburg between 1993 and 1997 and sensationally helped them qualify for the UEFA Cup after a third-place finish in 1994/95.

 

SC Paderborn 07 – Hertha BSC

It’s the first top-flight meeting between the two sides. They have faced each other four times in the second division, with Hertha winning twice and Paderborn once (1 draw).

 

After nine games in the Bundesliga this season, SCP have collected more points (12), scored more goals (13) and conceded fewer goals (12) than they had at the same stage of the 2013/14 second-division campaign (9 points, 10-18 goal record), which they ended in second.

 

Paderborn have only lost to top four sides this season: Bayern (currently 1st), Gladbach (2nd) and Hoffenheim (4th). SCP have collected 12 points from their other six matches.

 

Hertha are the worst away team in the league (1 point from 4 away games, a league low). Including last season, they haven’t won any of their last 10 Bundesliga away matches (D3 L7), the longest run of its kind in the division at present.

 

Berlin have failed to score in six of their last 10 Bundesliga away games. Hertha have netted just six goals in total in that timeframe.

 

Hertha have converted 71% of their clear-cut chances (10 from 14) – a league high.

 

Paderborn have scored six goals in the final 15 minutes of matches, a league high equalled by Bayern.

 

Berlin have netted four goals from counter attacks, a league high together with Hoffenheim.

 

Änis Ben-Hatira has had a hand in three of his club’s last four Bundesliga goals (2 goals + 1 assist). He scored a brace in Hertha’s 3-0 win over HSV on the last matchday.

 

Jos Luhukay faces his former club. He led the then newly-promoted second-division side to a ninth-place finish in 2005/06. Paderborn was his first managerial post at a professional club.

 

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Opta Facts Bundesliga Matchday 10

 

FC Schalke 04 – FC Augsburg

 

Augsburg haven’t won any of their last seven competitive meetings with Schalke (D2 L5).

 

Schalke have scored at least three goals in each of their three home matches against Augsburg, although they haven’t kept a clean sheet (3-1, 3-1, 4-1).

 

S04 have 11 points after nine games – the Royal Blues have never finished in the top five when they have had fewer than 14 points at this stage before.

 

Schalke have already lost more games after nine matchdays this season (4) than they did in the whole of the second half of 2013/14 (3) and have been in the top half just once (9th after matchday 8).

 

Augsburg have lost five of their six competitive away games in 2014/15. Only three of the 12 points they have collected have come on the road and they are 15th in the Bundesliga away table, though they are at least level on points with Champions League participants Schalke and Dortmund.

 

Schalke have lost just one of 12 competitive home games since their 6-1 hammering at the hands of Real Madrid in the 2013/14 UCL last 16. S04 are unbeaten in their last seven competitive matches on home soil (W4 D3).

 

FCA are the only team in German professional football yet to record a draw this season. They have won four and lost six of their 10 competitive matches.

 

In a Bundesliga table representing the second half of games only, Augsburg would have 18 points and sit second, level on points with leaders Bayern.

 

Schalke have allowed the most shots in the league this season (145). On top of that, only Köln (81) have taken fewer shots than the Royal Blues (85), who had four shots on goal in their recent 1-0 loss to Leverkusen.

 

So far this season, Schalke have collected the most yellow cards (21, the same as Augsburg), as well as the most sending-offs (3, the same as Leverkusen).

 

Both Schalke’s Ralf Fährmann (75) and Augsburg’s Marwin Hitz (64) had the most touches of the ball for their respective teams on the last matchday.

 

FSV Mainz 05 – SV Werder Bremen

Whilst managed by Jürgen Klopp, 1. FSV Mainz 05 lost 6-1 at home to Werder Bremen on 27th October 2006 – it remains the club’s biggest ever Bundesliga defeat.

 

Mainz beaten Werder 3-0 the last time the sides met, ending an almost 10-year wait for a home win against Bremen. All three goals in the meeting on matchday 30 of 2013/14 came in the first half.

 

The 05ers suffered their first Bundesliga defeat of the season on the last matchday against Wolfsburg (3-0), putting an end to a nine-game unbeaten run in the top flight.

 

Bremen are without a win after nine games for the first time in their 51-year Bundesliga history and are also having the worst start to a season in their history with just four points to their name.

 

Mainz’s last five Bundesliga goals have come in the first half – FSV have failed to find the back of the net after the break in each of their last five top-flight matches.

 

1. FSV Mainz 05 have conceded 399 goals in 281 Bundesliga games and are on the verge of conceding 400 goals; an unwanted record.

 

Shinji Okazaki (five league goals) has now gone three Bundesliga games without a goal, with his last one coming on 23rd September in Frankfurt (2-2 draw on matchday 5).

 

Raphael Wolf has saved just 50% of the shots at his goal (league low) and has also conceded the most goals in the division (23).

 

Viktor Skripnik has been at Werder for over 18 years (1996-2004 as a player, since 2004 as a coach) – the Skripnik/Frings duo took over Bremen’s reserves in 2013 and led them to a second-place finish in the Regionalliga Nord in 2013/14.

 

Skripnik’s predecessors Thomas Schaaf (against Schalke) and Robin Dutt (in Braunschweig) both began their tenures as SV Werder Bremen manager with 1-0 wins.

 

Hannover 96 – Eintracht Frankfurt

Hannover have lost just one of their last 16 Bundesliga home games against Frankfurt (W9 D6) and are unbeaten in their last 10 Bundesliga home fixtures against the Eagles. Eintracht’s last win in Hannover came in November 1987 (2-1).

 

96 have set a new club record low, having netted just six goals after nine matchdays. However, never before has a Bundesliga side with a maximum of six goals to their name been as high in the table at this stage as Hannover are currently (7th).

 

Frankfurt led twice against VfB Stuttgart on the last matchday and ended up losing. The Eagles have dropped eight points from winning positions this season (league high). Hannover are one of four teams yet to drop a point after going in front.

 

With 17 goals scored, Eintracht have the second-best attack in the league (together with Leverkusen) – only Bayern have scored more often (21 goals). Also, the Eagles have netted the most goals from set pieces (7).

 

However, Frankfurt have conceded 18 goals – the last time they had let in as many at this stage was in 1995/96 (20). 10 of those 18 goals have gone in over the last three games.

 

With six goals to his name, Alexander Meier tops the Bundesliga goalscoring charts together with Mario Götze. The last time a Frankfurt player led the rankings in that regard was on matchday 17 in 2010/11 – Theofanis Gekas had 14 goals.

 

96-striker Joselu was on loan at Frankfurt last season and netted nine goals in 24 BL games for them.

 

Ron-Robert Zieler made his first Bundesliga appearance in a 3-0 win over Frankfurt in January 2011. He has missed just two top-flight games since then – no other player has played as many Bundesliga games as Zieler in that timeframe (126).

 

Christian Schulz won the league and cup double under current Frankfurt manager Thomas Schaaf back in 2004 while at Bremen.

 

Frankfurt have played 11 Bundesliga games without Carlos Zambrano since signing him in summer 2012 (W1 D2 L8) and have conceded 30 goals in the process (almost 3 per game on average, compared to 1.4 with him in the side).

VfB Stuttgart – VfL Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg have won each of their last 4 Bundesliga games against Stuttgart and have scored in each of the last 14 meetings.

 

The only time Wolfsburg have had more points on the board after nine matchdays than they do at the moment (17) was in 2004/05 (21). Their tally of nine goals conceded in 2014/15 has been as low at this stage of the season twice before; 2004/05 & 2006/07 – but never lower.

 

Stuttgart have the league’s second-worst defence (19), behind Bremen (23 goals conceded). They have let in 10 goals in their last three matches alone.

 

VfB’s tally of goals conceded has never been higher after nine games than it is currently (also 19 in 1969/70 and 1974/75).

 

VfL Wolfsburg are the only side to have won their last four Bundesliga games. The last time they recorded five straight wins or more within one season was from February to April 2009 (10).

 

VfB have collected four points from losing positions in their recent games against Leverkusen (3-3 draw from 3-0 down) and in Frankfurt (5-4 win from both 1-0 and 4-3 down). Only Leverkusen and Frankfurt have claimed more points from games in which they have trailed this season (5 each).

 

After collecting just one point from their first four Bundesliga games this season, VfB have claimed eight points from their last five games (W2 D2 L1).

 

Only Stuttgart (11) have scored more goals after the break than Wolfsburg (10, the same as Paderborn). Seven of VfB’s last nine goals have come in the second half.

 

Dieter Hecking is on the brink of his 100th win as a Bundesliga manager (currently 99 in 266 games). With an average of 1.68 points per game, Hecking has the best record of all Wolfsburg BL coaches in that regard (Lorenz-Günther Köstner 2nd with 1.67).

 

Armin Veh was the Wolves’ manager from July 2009 until January 2010, but won just six of his 19 Bundesliga games in charge (D6 L7).

 

Christian Gentner, who has had a hand in the most VfB goals (5), played for Wolfsburg from 2007-10 and won the Bundesliga with VfL in 2009.

 

Daniel Caligiuri has scored three goals in the last two games, more than in his 30 previous Bundesliga matches for the Wolves (1).


Hamburger SV – Bayer 04 Leverkusen

The most recent meeting between the two sides was won by HSV (2-1 at home in April 2014), although they failed to beat Leverkusen in their nine previous encounters (D4 L5).

 

With just three goals scored after nine games, HSV have the worst attack in Bundesliga history. The previous low was four goals from the first nine matches (Eintracht Frankfurt in 1970/71 and 2005/06, Schalke in 1967/68).

 

With only six points after nine Bundesliga matchdays, HSV have equalled their worst start to a league season. They had as many points at this stage in 1972/73 (assuming three points for a win), although they had a better goal difference (-5 compared to -9 this season).

 

Including last season, HSV have won just one of their last 14 Bundesliga games (1-0 at BVB on matchday 7) and have lost 10 of those matches (3 draws).

 

Hamburg are without a win in their last six home games (D2 L4) – their longest drought in over two and a half years (7 home matches from December 2011 until April 2012). Their last victory on home soil was a 2-1 win over upcoming opponents Leverkusen on 4th April 2014.

 

Hakan Calhanoglu faces his former club Hamburg for the first time since joining Bayer 04, who he signed for in summer 2014.

 

Calhanoglu scored his sixth Bundesliga goal from a direct free-kick in the 1-0 win against Schalke on matchday 9. Four of the 11 goals he scored last season, which played a big part keeping HSV up, also came from direct free-kicks.

 

Heung-Min Son joined Leverkusen from Hamburg in summer 2013 (20 goals in 73 Bundesliga games for HSV). He scored the first hat-trick of his Bundesliga career in the first meeting with his former club (November 2013, 5-3 win in Leverkusen).

 

Pierre-Michel Lasogga, who played for Leverkusen’s youth team in 2009/10, hasn’t scored against any other top-flight club as often has he has against Bayer 04 (5 times in 3 games). He averages a Bundesliga goal against his former club every 43 minutes.

 

Rene Adler joined Bayer 04′s youth department as a 15-year-old. He made 138 Bundesliga appearances and became a Germany international while at Leverkusen, before making the switch to HSV in summer 2012.


FC Bayern München – Borussia Dortmund

Only two teams have won the Bundesliga title more than once over the past 21 seasons: Bayern (12) and Dortmund (5), who have won 17 of those 21 championships between them.

 

FC Bayern are without a Bundesliga home win against Dortmund in their last four attempts (D1 L3).

 

The last time Dortmund were as low in the table (currently 15th) going into a meeting with Bayern was in November 1987 – they were 16th back then. BVB beat the second-placed FCB 3-1 away from home.

 

Dortmund have just seven points on the board after nine games, their worst record in 29 years. BVB have only been worse off twice before, in 1984/85 and 1985/86 (6 points each time when converted to the 3-points-per-win system).

 

FC Bayern are unbeaten in their last 13 Bundesliga games (W10 D3), the longest run of its kind in the top flight at present. Their last league defeat was a 3-0 loss to Dortmund on matchday 30 last season.

 

BVB have lost each of their last four matches, something that last happened in the league in March/April 2000 (a run of 6 straight defeats).

 

Dortmund have collected more points from their three Champions League games (9) than they have from their nine Bundesliga fixtures (7).

 

No side has suffered as many defeats as BVB this season (6). No team has recorded as many wins as FCB (6).

 

Bayern are the only side yet to concede a first-half goal in the Bundesliga this season. Including the last campaign, FCB haven’t let in a goal before the break in any of their last 11 top-flight matches.

 

Robert Lewandowski played for BVB between 2010 and 2014 and netted 103 times for Borussia in 187 competitive matches. Mario Götze wore Dortmund colours between 2001 and 2013 and made 83 Bundesliga appearances for BVB (22 goals).

Borussia Mönchengladbach – TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

Mönchengladbach have won just two of their 15 competitive matches against Hoffenheim (D5 L8) and are without a win in three against TSG (D2 L1).

 

Borussia have won just 17% of their 12 Bundesliga games against Hoffenheim – only against Augsburg is their win percentage as low. The Foals have collected an average of just 0.83 points per game against TSG, fewer than against any other team.

 

Borussia are unbeaten after nine Bundesliga matches for the third time in their history. They also achieved that feat in 1970/71 and 1976/77, both title-winning seasons (first defeat on matchday 14 in both campaigns).

 

For the first time in their Bundesliga history, Hoffenheim are unbeaten after the opening nine matchdays. Including last season, TSG are unbeaten in 10 games – a club record. Across the division, only Bayern are on a longer run of matches without loss at present (13).

 

22 of the 26 teams (85%) that have been unbeaten after nine Bundesliga matchdays have ended the campaign in the top four.

 

This will be Gladbach’s sixth Sunday game of the season. Borussia have recorded draws in each of their five so far.

 

Hoffenheim are unbeaten in their last four Bundesliga away games (W1 D3), a run they last managed in 2010 (5 games, April to September), which remains a club record. TSG would match that if they avoid defeat in Mönchengladbach.

 

Lucien Favre celebrates his 57th birthday on the day of the match. He has an average of 1.62 points per game from his 123 Bundesliga matches in charge of Borussia so far – only Hennes Weisweiler (1.74) and Udo Lattek (1.72) have better records.

 

Gladbach’s Max Kruse has had a hand in the most goals in the league (7, 5 goals + 2 assists).

 

Borussia’s Branimir Hrgota could make his 50th Bundesliga appearance. He hasn’t played the full 90 minutes in any of his 49 games so far, a first in the top flight.

 

FC Köln – Sport-Club Freiburg

Köln have won just two of their last 11 competitive games against Freiburg – the two most recent meetings in Cologne (otherwise D3 L6).

 

SCF have won just one of their 10 Bundesliga games in Cologne (D2 L7) – a 1-0 victory in February 2001. On top of that, Freiburg have scored just four goals away at the Billy Goats, failing to find the back of the net in seven of those 10 Bundesliga meetings.

 

Stöger’s side have recorded back-to-back wins for the first time this season thanks to their recent results against Dortmund (2-1) and in Bremen (1-0). Apart from Köln, only Wolfsburg have collected maximum points from the last two matchdays.

 

Freiburg are without a win in their last 12 Bundesliga matches (D6 L6), a run they last suffered from December 2009 to March 2010 (also 12 games). Freiburg had to wait until matchday 11 for their first win of the campaign in 2013/14 (3-0 away at Nürnberg).

 

Köln have conceded just seven goals in their opening nine Bundesliga games this season. Only two promoted sides have managed this before: Bielefeld in 2004/05 and FC Bayern in 1965/66. If they manage to keep a clean sheet, it would be a new record for a promoted side in the top flight after 10 games.

 

The Rhineland club have lost just one of their last 11 competitive games at home (W6 D4) – a 2-0 defeat to Bayern on matchday 6. However, Köln have the worst home attack in the league together with Bremen and Hamburg (2 goals scored at home each).

 

Köln’s tally of 7 goals scored after nine matchdays this season (the same as in 2001/02) has only been lower at this stage of the campaign once before (6 in 2009/10). The only time Freiburg have netted fewer goals after nine Bundesliga matchdays than they have this season (8) was in 1995/96 (5).

 

Only Köln and HSV have failed to score from a set piece this season. SCF, on the other hand, have the highest proportion of set-play goals (5 of their 8 in total, 62.5%).

 

Sascha Riether made 33 Bundesliga appearances for Köln in their 2011/12 relegation campaign, before joining Fulham. Sebastian Freis wore the Rhineland club’s colours in 48 top-flight matches from 2009-12 (4 goals).

 

Köln sporting director Jörg Schmadtke made 131 Bundesliga appearances for Freiburg between 1993 and 1997 and sensationally helped them qualify for the UEFA Cup after a third-place finish in 1994/95.

 

SC Paderborn 07 – Hertha BSC

It’s the first top-flight meeting between the two sides. They have faced each other four times in the second division, with Hertha winning twice and Paderborn once (1 draw).

 

After nine games in the Bundesliga this season, SCP have collected more points (12), scored more goals (13) and conceded fewer goals (12) than they had at the same stage of the 2013/14 second-division campaign (9 points, 10-18 goal record), which they ended in second.

 

Paderborn have only lost to top four sides this season: Bayern (currently 1st), Gladbach (2nd) and Hoffenheim (4th). SCP have collected 12 points from their other six matches.

 

Hertha are the worst away team in the league (1 point from 4 away games, a league low). Including last season, they haven’t won any of their last 10 Bundesliga away matches (D3 L7), the longest run of its kind in the division at present.

 

Berlin have failed to score in six of their last 10 Bundesliga away games. Hertha have netted just six goals in total in that timeframe.

 

Hertha have converted 71% of their clear-cut chances (10 from 14) – a league high.

 

Paderborn have scored six goals in the final 15 minutes of matches, a league high equalled by Bayern.

 

Berlin have netted four goals from counter attacks, a league high together with Hoffenheim.

 

Änis Ben-Hatira has had a hand in three of his club’s last four Bundesliga goals (2 goals + 1 assist). He scored a brace in Hertha’s 3-0 win over HSV on the last matchday.

 

Jos Luhukay faces his former club. He led the then newly-promoted second-division side to a ninth-place finish in 2005/06. Paderborn was his first managerial post at a professional club.

 

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Opta Facts Ligue 1 October 31st-November 2nd

Monaco – Reims

 

o   Reims are winless in their last nine games against Monaco in Ligue 1 (D2 L7).

o   Reims have lost their last four away games in Monaco in Ligue 1 (2 goals scored, 9 conceded).

o   Reims have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 15 Ligue 1 games against Monaco.

o   Monaco have won four of their last six league games (D1 L1).

o   Monaco have scored in 17 of their last 18 games in the top-flight.

o   Reims are unbeaten in their last three league games (W2 D1), their best run in 2014.

o   Reims have failed to score more than one goal in their last six league games.

o   Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco has been involved in Monaco’s last four goals in Ligue 1 (2 goals, 2 assists).

 

Lorient – Paris SG

 

o   Paris SG are unbeaten in their last five league games against Lorient (W4 D1), winning the last three.

o   Lorient have only won two of their 10 home games in Ligue 1 against Paris SG (D3 L5) and are winless in the last six (D2 L4).

o   Lorient have lost six of their last seven games in Ligue 1 (W1).

o   Lorient have only won three of their last 14 home games in the top-flight (D5 L6).

o   Lorient have failed to score in seven of their 11 games in Ligue 1 this season.

o   Paris SG have only lost three of their last 60 games in Ligue 1 (W41 D16) and have only lost one of their last 17 away games in the top-flight (W9 D7).

o   Paris SG are the only unbeaten side in Ligue 1 2014/15 (W5 D6).

o   Lucas Moura has scored five goals in 11 leagues games this season, as many as in his two previous seasons in Ligue 1 (5 goals in 46 games).

Guingamp – Bastia

 

o   Bastia have never won in Guingamp in Ligue 1 (D2 L6).

o   Guingamp have lost 26 games since the beginning of last season in Ligue 1, more than any other team.

o   Guingamp have lost more games (8) and conceded more goals (21) than any other team in Ligue 1 2014/15.

o   Guingamp have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine league games.

o   None of Guingamp’s last 13 games in Ligue 1 have ended in a draw (W4 L9).

o   Bastia have lost seven of their last 10 away games in Ligue 1 (W2 D1).

o   Bastia have failed to score more than one goal in their last 10 Ligue 1 games.

o   Floyd Ayité has scored Bastia’s last two away goals in Ligue 1.

 

Lille – St Etienne

 

o   St Etienne have won none of their last 13 away games in Lille in Ligue 1 (D4 L9), failing to keep a clean sheet in this run.

o   St Etienne have failed to score in seven of their last 10 league games in Lille.

o   Lille have conceded 160 goals against St Etienne in Ligue 1, more than against any other team.

o   Lille have lost four of their last five leagues games (W1), as many as in their previous 27.

o   St Etienne have failed to score more than one goal in their last nine league games (six goals in total).

o   Lille and St Etienne have both kept six clean sheets in Ligue 1 this season, the joint best tally.

o   St Etienne have only lost two of their last nine away games in Ligue 1 (W6 D1).

o   Ricky van Wolfswinkel has been involved in four of St Etienne’s last five goals in Ligue 1 (one goal, three assists).

 

Metz – Caen

 

o   Metz have won their last three league games against Caen in Ligue 1.

o   Metz have won six of their last eight competitive games against Caen (L2).

o   Metz are unbeaten in their last six home games in the top-flight (W4 D2).

o   Metz have failed to score in their last three games in Ligue 1, longest current drought.

o   Caen have drawn their last three away games in Ligue 1.

o   Caen have only kept one clean sheet in their last eight leagues games.

o   Caen have conceded six penalties in Ligue 1 2014/15, more than any other team.

o   Caen have scored 50% of their goals this season in Ligue 1 in the last 15 minutes of play (6/12).

 

Montpellier – Evian TG

 

o   Montpellier have only won one of their six Ligue 1 games against Evian TG (D3 L2).

o   Evian TG are unbeaten in their three away games in Montpellier in the league (W1 D2).

o   Evian TG have failed to keep a clean sheet in their six games against Montpellier in Ligue 1.

o   Monptellier have only won one of their last six games in Ligue 1 (D2 L3).

o   None of Montpellier’s last eight home games in Ligue 1 have ended in a draw (W4 L4).

o   Montpellier have won three of their last four home games in Ligue 1 (L1).

o   Evian TG have lost six of their last eight away games in Ligue 1 (W2).

o   Daniel Wass has been involved in 50% of Evian TG’s last 24 goals in Ligue 1 (10 goals, two assists).

 

Nice – Lyon

 

o   Lyon have won 40 games against Nice in Ligue 1, more than against any other team.

o   Lyon have only lost one of their last 13 away games in Nice in the top-flight (W8 D4).

o   Nice have only won two of their last 27 league games against Lyon (D8 L17).

o   Nice have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 12 games against Lyon in Ligue 1.

o   Lyon are unbeaten in their last seven league games (W5 D2), only PSG are on a better run (13).

o   Lyon are the only winless team away from home in Ligue 1 this season (D2 L2).

o   Lyon have scored 14 goals during the second half of matches in Ligue 1 this season, more than any other team.

o   Alexandre Lacazette has been involved in 12 goals this season in Ligue 1 (8 goals, 4 assists), more than any other player.

 

Nantes – Rennes

 

o   Rennes have won three of their last four away games in Nantes in Ligue 1 (D1).

o   Nantes have only won one of their last seven league games against Rennes (D2 L4), failing to score in five of these seven games.

o   Nantes are unbeaten in their last six league games (W3 D3), their best run in the top-flight since 2003/04.

o   Nantes have only lost two of their last 12 home games in Ligue 1 (W5 D5).

o   Rennes have kept a clean sheet in their last three games in Ligue 1, best current run.

o   Rennes have failed to score in four of their last six away games in the top-flight.

o   Jordan Veretout has been involved in Nantes’s last five goals in Ligue 1 (two goals, three assists).

o   Paul-Georges Ntep has been involved in Rennes’s last four goals in the top-flight (two goals, two assists).

 

Bordeaux – Toulouse

 

o   Toulouse are unbeaten in their last three league games against Bordeaux (W1 D2).

o   Only four goals have been scored in the last four games between these two teams in Ligue 1.

o   Toulouse have only won four of their 25 away games in Bordeaux in the top-flight (D5 L16), keeping a clean sheet only twice in this run.

o   Bordeaux have won none of their last three league games (D1 L2), their longest drought this season.

o   Bordeaux are unbeaten in their last nine home games in Ligue 1 (W4 D5), the best current run.

o   Bordeaux have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 10 league games.

o   Toulouse have already lost as many games in Ligue 1 in 2014 than in 2013 (12).

o   Cheick Diabaté has scored three goals in three starts against Toulouse in Ligue 1, but none at Chaban-Delmas.

 

Marseille – Lens

o   Marseille are unbeaten in their last four competitive games against Lens (W3 D1).

o   Lens have won none of their last three away games in Marseille in Ligue 1 (D1 L2).

o   Lens have only kept three clean sheets in 45 away games against Marseille in the top-flight.

o   Marseille have won six of their last seven home games in Ligue 1 (L1), scoring 16 goals for only five conceded.

o   Marseille have not conceded more than one goal in any of their last nine league games.

o   Lens have only won one of their last seven league games (D2 L4).

o   Lens have only lost two of their last 22 Ligue 1 games played in November (W10 D10).

o   Antoine Kombouaré has lost six of his seven away games in Marseille as a manager in Ligue 1 (D1).

 

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Opta Facts Serie A 2014/15 – Week 10
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Opta Facts Serie A 2014/15 – Week 10

 

Serie A 2014/15 – Week 10

 

 

Cesena-Verona

 

These two teams have met 14 times in Serie A, the last one back in 1990. The Bianconeri lead by six wins to four, with four draws.

Verona have not found the net in the last six clashes against Cesena in Serie A, with the Bianconeri winning four of these games (D2, 0-0).

Verona’s last win over Cesena in the top flight dates back to May 1983, 2-1 away from home.

Cesena are winless in their last eight league fixtures (three draws, five defeats).

Bisoli’s side has only won one of the last 14 home games in the league, against Parma on MD1 of the current Serie A (D6, L7).

Verona have won only once in their last six Serie A games and have lost three of the last five league fixtures.

Cesena have fired only 58 shots (including blocked) so far this season, at least 33 fewer than any other Serie A side.

Eight of Verona’s last nine league goals have come in the second half of games.

The Venetians have conceded eight goals in their last two away games, after having kept a clean sheet in the first two matches on the road in this league.

Last Thursday, Luca Toni found the net after six league appearances without scoring; his longest drought since he joined Verona.

 

 

Chievo-Sassuolo

 

The only two meetings between these two teams in Serie A have seen an away win, both 1-0.

The 1-0 success over Chievo in the last Serie A term was the only 1-0 win gained by Sassuolo in the top flight.

If Chievo lose this game, they will repeat the same losing streak of last season, when they were beaten in each game from MD6 to MD10.

Chievo have conceded goals in each of their last seven league fixtures (on average, two goals per game).

Chievo have lost six of their last eight home league games (W1, D1).

Sassuolo have won their last two Serie A games – they have never won three successive league matches in Serie A.

Sassuolo have scored five goals in total in their last two away games after being goalless in the first two matches on the road.

Chievo have attempted on average 304 passes per game, fewer than any other Serie A side this term.

In the last games against Empoli, Domenico Berardi scored his first headed goal in Serie A (19 goals in total).

In that game, Berdardi also missed his first penalty in the top flight after converting each of the seven taken before.

Sergio Floccari has found the net in each of his last two appearances – he has never managed to score in three consecutive Serie A games in his career.

 

 

Empoli-Juventus

 

These two teams have met 16 times in the top flight: the Bianconeri have won 11 times (D3, L2) and kept 10 clean sheets.

Empoli’s last success against Juventus came in April 1999 (1-0 at home); since then, six wins for Juventus and two draws.

Empoli’s worst two defeats in Serie A came against Juventus (in 2005) and against Cagliari on last match day.

Empoli lost their last two league games and they have won only once in this Serie A so far (3-0 against Palermo).

The Tuscans have kept a clean sheet only once in their last eight Serie A home games.

Juventus lost against Genoa in the mid-week round, after a 15-game unbeaten streak in Serie A (14 wins, one draw).

The Bianconeri have hit the woodwork nine times so far, more than any other Serie A side this season.

Levan Mchedlidze scored his only goal in Serie A against Juventus, back in October 2008 for Palermo.

Sebastian Giovinco’s debut in the top flight came with Empoli: his record with the Tuscans shows 35 appearances and six goals in 2007/08 season.

Claudio Marchisio played at Empoli in that same season, collecting 26 appearances and no goals.

 

 

Lazio-Cagliari

 

This will be the 59th Serie A clash between these two sides: Lazio lead by 27 wins to 17, with 14 draws.

They haven’t shared a draw in their last 15 encounters in the league, with the Biancocelesti winning 10 times in the process.

Lazio have won five of the last six Serie A matches against Cagliari, suffering just two goals in the process.

Cagliari have lost their last four trips to the Olimpico versus Lazio in Serie A.

Lazio are unbeaten in their last five Serie A fixtures: four consecutive wins, followed by a 1-1 draw away to Verona.

Lazio have won their last two league games at home – they haven’t won three Serie A home matches in a row since September 2013.

Cagliari are unbeaten in their last three league games, and have lost only one of the last five.

The Sardinians have scored 11 goals in the first half, a joint-high in this Serie A along with Roma.

Cagliarli have won two of their last three games on the road, after winning only once in 27 previous trips away from home.

Antonio Candreva has scored three goals – all from the penalty spot – in Serie A against Cagliari, his favourite target.

Marco Sau has been directly involved in six of Cagliari’s 14 league goals (four scored, two assisted).

 

Milan-Palermo

 

AC Milan and Palermo have met 52 times in the top flight: 31 wins for the Rossoneri, 11 for the Sicilians, with 10 draws.

AC Milan are unbeaten in their last four games against Palermo in Serie A, winning three times and scoring 11 goals in the process.

At home, the Rossoneri have won 22 out of 26 clashes against Palermo in the league (D2, L2), including the last three.

AC Milan are unbeaten in their last six Serie A match-days, but have drawn four of these games.

Five of AC Milan’s last six league games have seen both teams score at least one goal.

The Rossoneri have not conceded more than a goal in any of the last nine games played at home, gaining seven wins in the process.

Palermo have won two of their last three league fixtures – the Rosanero have not won back-to-back Serie A games since April 2013.

The Sicilians have lost five of their last six away games in Serie A, drawing the other one 3-3 versus Napoli back in September.

AC Milan boast the highest shot conversion rate in this Serie A campaign (21%).

Stephan El Shaarawy’s last Serie A goal came on February 24th 2013, in the Derby against Inter: since then, he has failed to score in his following 24 league appearances.

 

Napoli-Roma

 

This will be the 135th challenge between Napoli and Roma in Serie A: Roma lead by 47 wins to 39, with 48 draws.

There hasn’t been any draws between these two sides over the last two Serie A seasons: both teams have won their home games respectively.

Napoli have won three of the last four league meetings against Roma at the San Paolo, losing the other one in December 2011.

Napoli are unbeaten in their last six league fixtures (W3 D3). However, the Partenopei have picked up 15 points so far, seven fewer than last season after nine match-days.

The Azzurri are unbeaten at home in three league matches (W2, D1): scoring 11 goals and conceding six in the process.

On the other hand, the Giallorossi have taken just one point in their last two away matches after having won the previous two on the road.

Roma have kept the most clean sheets in this Serie A season, seven.

Roma have scored four goals in the opening 15 minutes of play, a league-high in Serie A this term.

Miralem Pjanic has scored his only Serie A brace right against Napoli, last season at the Stadio Olimpico.

Three of Mattia Destro’s four league goals in this Serie A campaign have come in the opening 10 minutes of play.

Gonzalo Higuaín has already failed to score two penalty kicks, more than any other Serie A player this season.

 

 

Parma-Inter

 

Parma and Inter have met 46 times so far in Serie A: the Nerazzurri lead by 19 wins to 14 (13 draws).

Inter are unbeaten in their last three league encounters with Parma (two wins, one draw).

Parma lost their last home league match against Inter, after they had won each of the previous three.

The Ducali have lost their last six Serie A fixtures: they have never been beaten in seven games in a row in the top-flight.

Parma are the only Serie A side yet to keep a clean sheet this season.

Parma have lost four consecutive home games for the first time in their history in a single Serie A campaign.

Inter have won back-to-back league games for the first time this season (both by 1-0). The last time they won three consecutive Serie A fixtures was back in November 2012.

Last Wednesday against Cesena, Inter won their first away encounter in this Serie A campaign – their previous league win on the road came right against Parma, last April.

Rodrigo Palacio has netted nine goals over his nine league appearances against Parma, his favourite target in Serie A.

Against the Ducali he also scored his first goal in the Italian top-flight, in December 2009, when he was playing for Genoa.

On the other side, Antonio Cassano netted his first Serie A goal against Inter, in December 1999 for Bari. He has netted five league goals against the Nerazzurri in total.

 


Sampdoria-Fiorentina

 

Sampdoria and Fiorentina have met 124 times in the Italian top-flight: they have drawn the most times so far, 46 – the Tuscans have won 45 times, the Blucerchiati 33 times.

Sampdoria are without a win against Fiorentina in the league since October 2010 (three draws, two defeats).

Samp haven’t scored any goals in their last two league encounters against Fiorentina at Marassi: they have never failed to score in three consecutive home meetings in Serie A against the Viola.

The Blucerchiati are winless in their last three league fixtures: prior to these, they had won three Serie A games in a row.

Sinisa Mihajlovic’s side have failed to score in back-to-back league games for the first time since last April.

Sampdoria are unbeaten at home in this Serie A campaign: three consecutive wins followed by one draw, just one goal conceded in the process.

Fiorentina are yet to win two consecutive Serie A games this season, but have lost only once in their last eight league fixtures.

Vincenzo Montella’s side are unbeaten in their last three away league games (W1 D2). However, thay have never managed to score more than one goal on the road in this Serie A campaign.

80% of Sampdoria’s league goals (four out of five) have come in the second half – the highest percentage in this Serie A season.

Khouma El Babacar has scored four goals in his last five Serie A appearances: he had netted just one in the previous 26.

Manolo Gabbiadini has netted three of Sampdoria’s last four league goals. Ha has attempted just one shot on target in his last two appearances though.

 

Torino-Atalanta

 

This will be the 91st Serie A match between Torino and Atalanta: the Granata lead by 37 wins to 19 (34 draws).

The last draw between these two sides in Serie A came in October 2007; since then, there have been five wins for Torino, two for Atalanta.

Torino have won each of their last four home meetings against Atalanta in Serie A. Prior to these, they had obtained just one win in 12 matches against the Nerazzurri at home in the top-flight.

Torino have scored in each of their last six Serie A fixtures (seven goals in total), after they had failed to score in their opening three league games.

The Granata have not conceded goals in their last two home league games: the last time they have kept three consecutive clean sheets at home in Serie A was back in April 2007.

Atalanta have lost five of their last seven Serie A fixtures, scoring only two goals in the process.

Atalanta have lost six of their last seven away league outings, winning the other at Cagliari.

Atalanta boast the worst attack in this Serie A campaign, with just four goals scored.

Along with Fiorentina, the Nerazzurri are one of the two sides yet to score from set-piece situation in this Serie A.

Fabio Quagliarella has netted eight goals in Serie A against Atalanta – his joint-best tally along with Chievo – but has failed to score in each of his last five appearances against the Nerazzurri.

Last Wednesday against Parma, Matteo Darmian scored his first Serie A goal, in his 90th appearance in the Italian top-flight.

Germán Denis found the net against Napoli after a nine-game goal scoring drought in Serie A.

 

 

Udinese-Genoa

 

Udinese and Genoa have met 40 times so far in Serie A: the Rossoblu lead by 15 wins to 14, 11 draws complete the record.

Over the last eight league meetings between these two sides, there has never been the same result in back-to-back games – the last match ended in a 3-3 draw at Genoa.

Genoa have scored just one goal in their last five league outnigs away to Udinese, none in the last three.

The last four meetings between these two sides at the Friuli have seen only four goals in total.

Udinese have won only once in their last four league fixtures, after they had obtained four wins in their opening five games in this Serie A season.

Udinese are unbeaten in their last eight home league games (five wins, three draws).

Genoa have not lost any of their last four league fixtures (W3 D1): the last time they remained unbeaten in five Serie A games in a row was in November 2013.

Genoa have won their last two away league games, after they had obtained just one win in their previous 15 Serie A fixtures on the road.

Moreover, the last time the Rossoblu managed to win three away Serie A games in a row was back in January 2009.

Genoa have scored the most headed goals in this Serie A season, five.

Antonio Di Natale has found the net in four of his last six Serie A games against Genoa.

Luis Muriel’s last Serie A goal came right against Genoa, on February 16th 2014. Since then, he has failed to score in 18 consecutive league appearances.

Andrea Bertolacci netted his only brace in Serie A right against Udinese (in April 2011, for Lecce).

 

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Premier League Opta Facts: November 1-3
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Premier League Opta Facts: November 1-3

 

Newcastle United v Liverpool

  • Newcastle have had five players sent off in their last four Premier League games against Liverpool.
  • Liverpool have scored more goals against Newcastle United in the Premier League (84) than versus any other opponent.
  • The Reds have scored 598 goals away from home in Premier League history.
  • No fixture in Premier League history has produced more goals than clashes between Liverpool and Newcastle United (129).
  • Against no side have Liverpool won more often than they have against Newcastle United in the Premier League (23 wins – level with their record v Aston Villa).
  • Daniel Sturridge has scored six goals in eight Barclays Premier League games against Newcastle including four in three for Liverpool. He is likely to miss this game through injury, however.
  • Fabio Borini has scored three goals in three Premier League games against the Magpies – he’s not scored more than once against any other opponent.
  • Only Everton (13 v Liverpool) have earned more red cards against one single opponent than Newcastle against Liverpool (11).
  • Liverpool have won four and lost just one of their last seven Premier League games against the Magpies (D2).
  • However, Newcastle United have won two and lost just one of the last four home games against the Reds in the Premier League.
  • Papiss Demba Cisse has scored a goal every 61 minutes so far this season; the best record in the Premier League of all players to have scored more than once.

Arsenal v Burnley

  • Arsenal have been behind at some point in each of their four Barclays Premier League home games this season.
  • Burnley were the first lower league team ever to beat an Arsene Wenger Arsenal team in a cup competition when they won 2-0 in the 2008-09 League Cup.
  • Arsenal have won their last three home matches in all competitions against the Clarets.
  • Burnley have conceded 12 goals in their last four games in the Barclays Premier League – this after previously keeping three clean sheets in a row.
  • Arsene Wenger’s side are unbeaten in their last 22 home Premier League matches, winning 14 and drawing eight.
  • However, they have kept just two clean sheets in their last 10 PL games at the Emirates.
  • Theo Walcott is the only player to score in the two 2009/10 Premier League meetings between these sides to still be at either club.
  • Just 16.5% of Burnley’s attempts on goal this season have been fashioned from set piece situations, a Premier League low.
  • Burnley are the 12th side to fail to win any of their opening nine Premier League matches of a single season – seven of the previous 11 sides were relegated.
  • Just nine teams have previously failed to win any of their opening 10 games in a Premier League season – the last occasions being Reading and QPR in 2012-13.
  • Jason Shackell is the first Premier League player to make over 100 clearances this season (101).

Chelsea v Queens Park Rangers

  • Chelsea have failed to score in three of the last four Premier League games against west London rivals QPR.
  • QPR’s last visit to Stamford Bridge saw QPR win 1-0 thanks to former Blues player Shaun Wright-Phillips (January 2013).
  • Cesc Fabregas has been involved in nine goals (one goal, eight assists) in nine league games for Chelsea.
  • Queens Park Rangers have won just one of their last 18 away trips to rival London clubs in the Premier League (D3 L14).
  • Harry Redknapp has lost just one of his last six Premier League clashes with Chelsea (W2 D3).
  • However, he has seen his teams lose all five league clashes with Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea.
  • In their last 12 league matches at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have kept 10 clean sheets and conceded just four goals in total.
  • The last time a side in the Premier League relegation zone went to the home of the league leaders and won was September 2001 (Southampton beating Sam Allardyce’s Bolton 1-0). Since then, the league leaders have won 24 of their 26 home matches against a side in the relegation zone (D2).
  • Charlie Austin has scored 23 league goals for QPR since the beginning of last season (incl. play-offs); 17 more than any other player (Ravel Morrison – 6).
  • Steven Caulker is the only QPR player to have started every league game so far this season. By contrast, seven of Chelsea’s players have started each and every PL game so far; a joint-league high with Southampton.

Everton v Swansea City

  • Romelu Lukaku has scored in three of his five Premier League appearances against Swansea.
  • Swansea beat Everton 3-0 earlier this season in the League Cup which was their first win against the Toffees in any competition after 15 defeats and five draws.
  • Everton have never lost to Swansea City in the league (18 games). This is the most league games between two teams without any defeat ever by one team against another in the top four tiers of English league football.
  • Ross Barkley scored the winning goal in each of last season’s two league games between Everton and Swansea City.
  • Wilfried Bony has now scored 20 Premier League goals for Swansea City – the joint most for the Swans in the competition alongside Michu.
  • The Toffees have won 199 home games in Premier League history.
  • Swansea City have used just 18 players this season, fewer than any other team in the Premier League.
  • Roberto Martinez’s men are so far the most accurate shooters in the top flight this season, hitting the target with 54% of efforts.
  • The Toffees have scored a joint league-high four goals from outside the area (alongside West Ham).
  • Conversely, Swansea are one of four sides yet to concede a goal from outside the box in the Premier League this season.
  • The Swans have seen four of their efforts cleared off the line; more than any other in the Premier League this season.

Hull City v Southampton

  • Hull City have drawn five of their nine Premier League games this season – they only drew seven in the whole of 2013-14.
  • Southampton have won their last four league games against Hull and lost just one of the last 16 in all comps (W10 D5 L1), incl. a meeting in the Full Members Cup in 1986/87.
  • Southampton have won six of their opening nine games to a top-flight season for the first time in their history.
  • Ronald Koeman’s side have conceded just five league goals this season; fewer than any other team in England’s top four divisions.
  • Four of those five goals have been conceded on the road, with the Saints managing just one clean sheet in four games away from St Mary’s in the PL this term.
  • Southampton have won every game that they have scored first in this season in the Premier League (5/5).
  • No-one has dropped more points from leading positions this season than Hull City (8 – level with Swansea City).
  • Hull (11 points, 10th position) are exactly where they were after nine games of the season in 2013/14, although they have lost only two games this season (W2 D5) compared to four at this season last season (W3 D2).
  • The Tigers have scored exactly two goals in each of their last three home league games (W1 D1 L1).
  • No side have caught their opponents offside on fewer occasions this season than Hull City (6; level with Stoke).

Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion

  • The Foxes have failed to score in three of their last four Premier League games.
  • West Brom have won seven and lost just one of their last nine matches in all competitions against Leicester City.
  • Despite this being both West Brom and Leicester’s ninth different season as a Premier League club, this will be their first meeting the competition.
  • No side has conceded the first goal in more games this season than Leicester City (7; level with Newcastle and QPR).
  • Leonardo Ulloa has attempted 10 of Leicester’s 59 shots (excl. blocked) so far this season. However, the striker hasn’t managed a single one in his last four league appearances.
  • The Baggies have won just one of their last seven away trips in the Premier League (D1 L5); with that win coming in September against Tottenham (1-0).
  • WBA have scored just four goals in their last nine away games in the league, firing blanks in five of these games.
  • This is the fourth time in their nine Premier League seasons that Leicester have failed to reach 10 points from their opening nine games. In the previous three, they have been relegated.
  • Saido Berahino is the top scoring English player in the Premier League this season (seven goals).
  • Berahino has scored in West Brom’s last four Premier League matches. The last WBA player to score in five successive PL games was Peter Odemwingie in May 2011.

Stoke City v West Ham United

  • Stoke have won eight of their last 12 Premier League home games (L3 D1).
  • West Ham have now scored in eight successive Premier League games; their best run in the competition since Nov 2009 (10 games).
  • Diafra Sakho became only the second player in Premier League history to score in his first six starts in the competition thanks to his goal versus Man City (after Mick Quinn). No-one has ever scored in their first seven.
  • Stoke City have allowed their opponents fewer shots on target than any other side in the Premier League (22).
  • West Ham are seven points better off compared to their equivalent matches against the same opposition from last season; the best such record in the Premier League.
  • Just six goals have been scored at the Britannia Stadium so far this season, fewer than any other Premier League ground.
  • Mark Arnautovic is yet to hit the target with any of his 11 shots in the Premier League this season (incl. blocked).
  • If he features, Carlton Cole will play his 200th Premier League game for West Ham. Only two players Steve Potts (204) and Mark Noble (201 currently) have featured more.
  • Only Paolo Di Canio (47) has scored more Premier League goals for West Ham than Cole (41).
  • The Hammers squad have had 35 headed shots in the Premier League so far this season, 17 more than any other team (Sunderland, Chelsea and QPR all on 18). They have scored seven headed goals; a league high.

Manchester City v Manchester United

  • Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero have both scored four goals in five Barclays Premier League appearances against Manchester United.
  • Manchester City have won five and lost just one of the last six Premier League Manchester derbies.
  • Yaya Toure has scored in three of his last four Premier League appearances against Man Utd.
  • Wayne Rooney has scored four goals in his last five Premier League appearances at the Etihad Stadium, including three in his last two games there.
  • Rooney is the top scorer in Manchester derbies, both overall and in the Premier League – 11 in all comps and eight in the Premier League.
  • Man City have won the last three Manchester derbies in the Premier League. They have not won four in a row in the league since December 1970.
  • Since he made his Premier League debut in August 2010, no player has assisted as many goals (41) or created as many goalscoring chances (389) as David Silva.
  • Despite being only nine games in to the Premier League season, David De Gea is the only Man Utd player to have appeared in all nine matches so far this season.
  • Since the beginning of last season, Edin Dzeko is the only Premier League player to have scored at least four goals with his head, his left foot and his right foot.
  • Manchester United have made their worst start to a Premier League season, gaining just 13 points from their opening nine games. Last season under David Moyes, they had 14 points.

Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur

  • Aston Villa have scored just one goal in their last six Premier League matches against Tottenham, including failing to score in the last four meetings in a row.
  • Emmanuel Adebayor has scored more goals against Aston Villa (7) than versus any other opponent in the Barclays Premier League.
  • Adebayor has netted four in four Premier League starts for Spurs against the Villans.
  • Tottenham have won eight and lost none of the last 11 Premier League matches against Aston Villa (D3).
  • Andros Townsend has scored on his last two Premier League visits to Villa Park.
  • Aston Villa have become the ninth different side to lose five successive Premier League games without scoring a single goal. The PL record is seven (Ipswich Town in 1995).
  • The last time that Aston Villa went five league games without scoring was March 1992. They have never failed to score in six consecutive league games.
  • Andreas Weimann has played a hand in 75% of Aston Villa’s league goals so far this season, scoring two and assisting another.
  • Tottenham have not drawn any of their last 37 Premier League games 0-0 – the longest run of its kind among the 20 current PL clubs.
  • Spurs have scored more goals in the opening 30 minutes of their matches (5) than Aston Villa have managed all season (4).

Crystal Palace v Sunderland

  • Crystal Palace have won their last four home games in all competitions against Sunderland.
  • The Eagles’ last three Premier League games on a Monday have produced 17 goals in total, including last season’s 3-3 draw with Liverpool. Palace failed to win any of those games (D1 L2).
  • Sunderland haven’t won any of their last 20 Premier League matches on a Monday (D8 L12). Their last win on a Monday in the Premier League was against Leicester City in April 2002 (2-1 at home).
  • Of current Premier League sides Liverpool are on the second longest “Monday drought”, having failed to win any of their last seven (D4 L3).
  • The Black Cats have won two of their last five league trips to London (L3), including a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge in April.
  • Since the beginning of last season, nine of Crystal Palace’s 15 Premier League wins (60%) have come at Selhurst Park.
  • Only Robert Green (32) has been forced to make more saves this season than Sunderland’s Vito Mannone (30).
  • However, the Sunderland ‘keeper has made three errors leading to a goal (all coming in his last two games); more than any other player in the Premier League this season.
  • No side has conceded more goals in the final 15 minutes of PL matches this season than Crystal Palace (5 – level with Everton and Chelsea).
  • Mile Jedinak didn’t score or assist a single goal in any of his first 34 Premier League appearances, but he has scored four and assisted two in his last 13.
  • Jedinak has conceded more fouls than any other player in the Premier League this season (23).

 

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European Football Podcast – Episode 23: 30th October
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European Football Podcast – Episode 23: 30th October

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 thoughts on the German Bundesliga, Serie A and La Liga.
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European Football Podcast – Episode 23: 30th October
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European Football Podcast – Episode 23: 30th October

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 thoughts on the German Bundesliga, Serie A and La Liga.
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The Punt Podcast
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The Punt is William Hill’s top flight football podcast, concentrating on the Premier League clubs in the top flight, FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League, Europa League and international action.
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Scottish Premiership Opta Facts – October 24/25/26
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Scottish Premiership Opta Facts – October 24/25/26

 

Aberdeen v Motherwell

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

Dundee v Hamilton

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

Inverness CT v Dundee Utd

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

Partick Thistle v St Johnstone

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

St Mirren v Ross County

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

 

Celtic v Kilmarnock

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

 

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

 

Wimbledon v Tranmere

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

 

Cambridge v Hartlepool

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

 

Carlisle v Oxford Utd

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

 

Luton v Northampton

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

 

Newport v Accrington

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

 

Plymouth v Cheltenham

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

 

Shrewsbury v Portsmouth

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

 

Southend v Bury

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

 

Stevenage v Burton

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

 

Wycombe v Dag & Red

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

 

York v Mansfield

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

 

Morecambe v Exeter

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

 

 

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

 

Barnsley V Bristol City

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

Coventry V Peterborough

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

Crewe V Sheff Utd

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

Doncaster V MK Dons

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

Gillingham V Crawley

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

Oldham V Bradford

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

Port Vale V Leyton Orient

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

Preston V Fleetwood

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

Scunthorpe V Notts County

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

Swindon V Colchester

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

Walsall V Chesterfield

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

Yeovil V Rochdale

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

 

 

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

 

Fulham V Charlton

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

Millwall V Cardiff

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

Birmingham V Bournemouth

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

Bolton V Brentford

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

Brighton V Rotherham

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

Derby V Wigan

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

Ipswich V Huddersfield

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

Leeds V Wolves

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

M’boro V Watford

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

Nottm Forest V Blackburn

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

Reading V Blackpool

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

Sheff Wed V Norwich

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

 

 

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

 

Fulham V Charlton

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

Millwall V Cardiff

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

Birmingham V Bournemouth

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

Bolton V Brentford

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

Brighton V Rotherham

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

Derby V Wigan

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

Ipswich V Huddersfield

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

Leeds V Wolves

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

M’boro V Watford

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

Nottm Forest V Blackburn

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

Reading V Blackpool

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

Sheff Wed V Norwich

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

West Ham United v Manchester City

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Liverpool v Hull City

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Southampton v Stoke

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sunderland v Arsenal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Swansea City v Leicester City

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Burnley v Everton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Manchester United v Chelsea

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Queens Park Rangers v Aston Villa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

West Ham United v Manchester City

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Liverpool v Hull City

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Southampton v Stoke

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sunderland v Arsenal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Swansea City v Leicester City

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Burnley v Everton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Manchester United v Chelsea

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Queens Park Rangers v Aston Villa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

West Ham United v Manchester City

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Liverpool v Hull City

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Southampton v Stoke

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sunderland v Arsenal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Swansea City v Leicester City

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Burnley v Everton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Manchester United v Chelsea

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Queens Park Rangers v Aston Villa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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