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Nic Ladds 15th Feb 2010 - 16:51

Europa League Opta Facts - 16-18 February

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Europa League Opta Facts

Everton v Sporting Lisbon

  • Everton's only previous encounters with Portuguese opposition came earlier this season in the competition, losing 5-0 away and 2-0 at home to Benfica.
  • Sporting have won on just one of their last four trips to play in England, losing twice.
  • The Toffees have scored just one goal over the course of their last four matches in the Europa League.
  • Everton have lost their last two Europa League matches at home, failing to score in either.
  • The Portuguese side have lost only one of their last six matches in the Europa League.
  • Four of Sporting Lisbon's eight goals in Europe this season have come in the 85th minute or later.

Fulham v Shakhtar Donetsk

  • Fulham meet Ukrainian opposition for the first time in a competitive match.
  • Fulham are unbeaten in eight matches on home soil in European competition.
  • Fulham are the third English side Shakhtar have faced, and the third from London, after Arsenal (2000/01) and Spurs (2007/08).
  • Last season's UEFA Cup winners have drawn once (vs Spurs) and lost once (vs Arsenal) in London.
  • The Whites have scored exactly once in five of their last six matches in the Europa League.
  • Fulham have opened the scoring in their last five matches in Europe.
  • Defeat in their last match in the competition (1-0 vs Partizan), ended a run of 13 matches unbeaten in the Europa League/UEFA Cup for Shakhtar.
  • The Ukrainian side has not conceded more than once in any of its last 17 matches in Europe (excluding qualifiers).

Liverpool v Unirea Urziceni

  • Liverpool have lost just one of their 11 matches against Romanian opposition, and have progressed to the next stage each time they have met them in European competition.
  • The Reds have conceded just one goal in their last four clashes with sides from Romania.
  • Unirea find themselves playing English opposition for the first time in European competition.
  • Liverpool have lost three of their last four matches on home soil in European competition.
  • The Reds have not scored more than once in a match in Europe this season.
  • Unirea have scored in their last five matches in Europe (all Champions League).

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