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Andrew Tibot 1st Sep 2015 - 13:01

Euro 2016 Qualifiers Opta Facts - Sep 3-6

Cyprus v Wales: 19:45 - Thursday 3rd September

Wales have won four of their six previous matches against Cyprus, though both defeats came away from home.

Cyprus' only competitive victory against Wales arrived back in October 2007 in a Euro 2008 qualifier (3-1).

Wales have scored in five of their six meetings with Cyprus; failing to score in November 2005 in Nicosia (0-1).

Gareth Bale has scored or assisted seven of Wales' eight goals in European Championship qualification so far (five goals, two assists).

Only Andorra (26) and Gibraltar (35) have seen more goals scored in their qualifiers in this qualification campaign than Cyprus (23).

Only Romania (5) have kept more clean sheets in qualification than Wales (4).


Georgia v Scotland: 17:00 - Friday 4th September

Scotland have won two of their three previous meetings with Georgia on the international stage, losing the other.

Georgia have won their only match versus Scotland on home soil; 2-0 in October 2007 (Euro 2008 qualifier).

Shaun Maloney, who is Scotland's top scorer so far in qualifying, has scored with four of his six shots on target.

Gordon Strachan's side have lost just one of their last eight matches, winning five (D2).

Georgia have lost four of their last five matches (W1), conceding 12 goals across those four defeats.

Scotland have found the net in each of their last 12 internationals, netting 19 goals in the process.


Gibraltar v R. of Ireland: 19:45 - Friday 4th September

Ireland won the reverse of this fixture 7-0 in October 2014, with Robbie Keane netting a hat-trick within the first 18 minutes.

Ireland have lost just one competitive fixture under Martin O'Neill (W2 D3).

Gibraltar have conceded 34 goals in this qualifying campaign so far, at least 11 more than any other nation.

The Green Army have won just one of their last nine games on the road (D5 L3), scoring just four goals in that time.

Two of Gibraltar's three home qualifying games have ended in 7-0 defeats.

James McLean has scored with two of his three shots on target in this qualifying campaign so far.


Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland: 19:45 - Friday 4th September

Northern Ireland are unbeaten in their five previous meetings with the Faroe Islands (W3 D2).

Indeed, the Green and White Army won the reverse of this fixture 2-0 back in October 2014, with goals from Gareth McAuley and Kyle Lafferty.

Both of Faroe Islands victories in this qualifying campaign have come against Greece.

Michael O'Neill's side have won four of their opening six games, their best return in a qualifying campaign since March 2007 (Euro 2008 qualifying).

Kyle Lafferty has been involved in six of Northern Ireland's eight goals in qualifying (5 goals, 1 assist).

Northern Ireland have scored twice or not at all in their opening six qualifying matches.


San Marino v England: 17:00 - Saturday 5th September

England have played minnows San Marino five times, winning all five by an aggregate score of at least five each time (6-0, 7-1, 5-0, 8-0, 5-0).

In their most recent meeting last October, England won 5-0 at Wembley with goals from Phil Jagielka, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Andros Townsend and an Alessandro Dalle Valle own goal.

England have netted 31 goals against San Marino, conceding once.

Two England players have scored four goals in one game against San Marino - David Platt in a 6-0 win in February 1993 and Ian Wright in the 7-1 win in November 1993.

Despite their goal haul in these fixtures, England have never scored in the opening 10 minutes in a game against San Marino.

Two of Wayne Rooney's four goals against San Marino have been penalties.

While England have had the third highest number of shots on target in Euro 2016 Qualifying (48), San Marino have had the least amount (4).

San Marino are yet to register goal in any of their qualifiers so far. Their last competitive goal was scored in September 2013 by Alessandro Dalle Valle in a 5-1 defeat to Poland.

England have scored 15 goals in two away games at San Marino.

Rooney has scored in each of his three appearances against San Marino (4 goals). He needs one goal to equal Bobby Charlton's record of 49 for the Three Lions.

The Three Lions hit five first-half goals in their previous away game at San Marino, the first time they'd done so since September 1999, when they netted five against Luxembourg.

England are currently unbeaten in 11 games; if they avoid defeat against San Marino it will be their longest run without losing since a 15-game sequence between October 2005 and October 2006.


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