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Andrew Tibot 6th Oct 2015 - 11:53

Euro 2016 Qualifiers Opta Facts - October 8 - 10

Rep of Ireland v Germany

The Republic of Ireland are winless in six previous meetings against Germany, since beating them in a friendly prior to the 1994 World Cup (D3 L3).

Germany have scored 10 goals in their last three internationals against the Green Army.

John O'Shea scored a 90th minute equaliser between the two in October 2014. In fact, Ireland's last three goals against Germany have been scored in the 90th minute.

Thomas Müller has scored six times in his last four European qualifiers.

Martin O'Neill's side have let in just six goals in their last 11 internationals, and only one in their last four. O'Neill has lost just one of those 11 matches (W6 D4).

Toni Kroos has made 859 passes during qualification so far, at least 153 more than any other player.

Germany have also had the most shots in qualifying so far (147), 28 more than next best Belgium (119).

John O'Shea is the only Irish player to play every minute in the group so far.

 

Scotland v Poland

A defeat to Poland would end Scotland's chances of qualification for Euro 2016. Failing to better the Republic of Ireland's result would also see them eliminated.

Poland have never lost an international in Scotland (W2 D1).

The Tartan Army are unbeaten in their last four internationals against Poland, but three of these have been draws (W1).

Robert Lewandowski is the leading goalscorer in qualifying going into this round of fixtures (10).

Gordon Strachan has lost his last two internationals - he's not lost three in a row as Scotland boss before.

Arkadiusz Milik is leading the way for assists in Euro 2016 qualifying with five.

Scotland have failed to score just once in their last 10 competitive games under Strachan.

Russell Martin is the only outfield player to play every minute of the campaign for Scotland.

 

Northern Ireland v Greece

Northern Ireland have met Greece six times on the international stage, with the Green and White Army winning twice (L4), including once already in this qualifying campaign back in October 2014 (2-0).

Kyle Lafferty, who got on the scoresheet in the aforementioned meeting, has netted seven goals in eight games in qualifying; only Robert Lewandowski (10) and Thomas Muller (8) have scored more. However, the talismanic Lafferty misses out through suspension.

Greece won on their last visit to Northern Ireland (2-0) back in April 2003, courtesy of a brace from Angelos Charisteas.

Michael O'Neill's charges have lost only one of their last nine competitive matches, winning five (D3).

Only San Marino (1) have scored fewer goals in qualifying than Greece (2).

Greece have hit the target with just 28.9% of their shots in qualifying; a competition-low.

Since their last match against Greece, Northern Ireland have kept just one clean sheet in seven games.

Greece are without a win in 11 matches, losing six and drawing five.

 

England v Estonia
England have won all three of their previous meetings with Estonia, scoring seven and conceding none.
The last time they met at Wembley, England won 3-0 in October 2007 with Wayne Rooney on the scoresheet.
Indeed, Rooney has scored in both of his games against Estonia.
Only Robert Lewandowski (10) and Thomas Muller (8) have scored more goals than Rooney in this qualifying campaign (7).
England have scored 26 goals in this qualifying campaign. Only Poland have scored more (29).
Estonia have a shot conversion rate of 6.35% in this campaign. Only four teams have lower (Greece, Moldova, San Marino and Gibraltar).
Estonia also have the second lowest shooting accuracy (30.16%, ahead of Greece).
England are unbeaten in their last 13 fixtures (W10 D3), their best run since a 15 game streak between October 2005 and October 2006.
The Three Lions are also unbeaten in 18 competitive matches at Wembley (W15 D3). It's their best run since a run of 20 between 1984 and 1996.
Rooney has scored in his last seven competitive fixtures at Wembley Stadium for England, including his record-breaking penalty against Switzerland that saw him become England's all-time greatest goalscorer.
Harry Kane is averaging a goal every 57.3 minutes for England, with all three of his strikes coming from the substitutes bench.
Only Romania (7) have kept more clean sheets in qualifying than England (6).

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina v Wales

Wales have yet to beat Bosnia and Herzegovina in three attempts; losing 0-2 in a friendly in August 2012 and drawing on two occasions (February 2003 & October 2014).

Wales have failed to score in their last two meetings with Bosnia, including last October in this qualifying campaign (0-0).

Chris Coleman's side have won six and lost none of their last 10 competitive matches.

Overall the Dragons have lost only one of their last 13 internationals, winning seven and drawing five.

Bosnia have found the net in each of their last five matches, winning three (D1 L1).

Gareth Bale has been involved in eight of Wales' nine goals in qualifying (six goals, two assists).

Edin Dzeko has scored seven in seven appearances for Bosnia in Euro 2016 qualification.

A win for Wales will secure their place in the 2016 European Championships. They will also qualify regardless of their result, providing Israel fail to beat Cyprus.

 
 
 

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