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Stuart Dalgleish 23rd Oct 2013 - 21:31

Europa League Opta Facts | 24 October

Swansea City v Kuban Krasnodar

  • After winning all four games in the qualifying rounds (two two-legged ties), Kuban have lost both games in the Europa League proper 0-2.
  • All four goals that the Russian side have conceded in this competition so far have come after the half-time break.
  • Including qualifiers, Ivelin Popov has scored three goals in three European away games this season.
  • Never in their history have Swansea won three successive games in a major European competition - they have won their last two going into this clash.
  • Russian sides are winless in 21 European away games against sides from English football (excluding qualifiers), losing 14 including the last six in a row.
  • The last Russian outfit to win an away game against a Premier League side were Spartak Moscow, who won 1-0 at Blackburn in the 1995/96 European Cup.
  • Wilfried Bony has scored four goals in five European games this season (including qualifiers).
  • Russian and Welsh sides have only been drawn together once before in major European competition. In the 1968 Cup Winners Cup quarter-final, Cardiff City beat Torpedo Moscow in a play-off after the teams were level after two legs.
  • Swansea have the best passing accuracy in the Europa League after two games (89.8%).
  • Jose Canas has completed 137 of his 140 passes in this competition; of all players to have made over 15 passes, he has the highest accuracy figure (98%).


Wigan Athletic v Rubin Kazan

  • Rubin are the top scorers in the Europa League at this stage, with nine goals scored in their two games.
  • The Russian side have also mustered a competition-high 35 shots so far (excluding blocked).
  • The Latics are unbeaten in six home games in all competitions this season (W4 D2) and have won their last four.
  • Nick Powell has scored three goals in his last three appearances at the DW Stadium, including two in the Europa League against Maribor last time out.
  • Including qualifiers, Rubin have won all eight European games this term, scoring 22 and conceding just five.
  • Owen Coyle's side have scored a 90th minute (or later) goal in four of their six home games this season, including the last three in a row.


Sheriff Tiraspol v Tottenham Hotspur

  • This is Tottenham's second meeting with a Moldovan side; in the 1999/00 UEFA Cup, they eliminated FC Zimbru Chisinau 3-0 on aggregate in the first round (0-0 away).
  • Indeed, that tie is the only previous occasion in which an English side has faced a Moldovan side in a major European competition.
  • Including qualifiers, Tottenham have won all four European games this season, scoring 13 goals and not conceding once.
  • Jermain Defoe has scored five goals in his last three European games (including qualifiers).
  • No player in the Europa League (excl. qualifiers) this term has delivered more assists than Lewis Holtby (two) this season.
  • Tottenham have only won two of their last 11 European away games (excluding qualifiers), drawing six and losing three.
  • Sheriff have won just two of their 14 previous European games (excluding qualifiers), though both of these victories came on home soil.
  • Tottenham have made (1489) and completed (1311) more passes than any other side in the Europa League this season.
  • Spurs are the only side in the competition yet to receive a single yellow card so far this term.
  • Hugo Lloris has made just two saves in 180 minutes of action in the Europa League so far this season.




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