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Simon Gott 10th Apr 2013 - 17:45

Europa League Opta Facts – April 11th

 

Newcastle United v Benfica

The Magpies' first leg defeat was only their third in 12 encounters with Portuguese sides in Europe (W4 D5).

Benfica have won just one of their last six clashes with English teams (L3 D2) - this coming in the 3-1 first leg victory at Estádio da Luz.

No side have kept more clean sheets in the Europa League (excl. qualifiers) than Newcastle United this season (7).

Benfica have the best shot conversion rate of the eight sides left in the Europa League this season (21%), having netted 10 of their 48 shots.

Benfica attempted 20 shots in the first leg of this tie; six more than Newcastle have faced in any other Europa League game this season.

At St James Park, the home side are unbeaten against Portuguese teams, winning four and drawing two of their six games.

On home soil, the Magpies are unbeaten in 22 European clashes, winning 18 and drawing four.

Papiss Demba Cisse has scored in four successive appearances at St James Park for Newcastle, with the last three of these all being netted in the 90th minute or later.

Excluding penalty shootouts, Benfica haven't lost a competitive game since 23rd October 2012; a 35 game run (W30 D5).

Benfica have netted 23 goals in their last six competitive games; an average of 3.8 goals a game.


Rubin Kazan v Chelsea

This will be the sixth occasion that Chelsea have played a Russian side in Europe (excl. quals), with the Blues winning each of the previous five, conceding just two goals overall.

Rubin have kept a joint-competition-high seven clean sheets; alongside Newcastle United.
There have been four red cards given in Rubin Kazan's last five games in the competition; three of which have been handed to the Russian side.

Salomón Rondón has netted five goals for Rubin in the Europa League this season and has attempted more shots (30) than any other player in the competition.

Rubin Kazan have scored the first goal of the game in seven of their 11 matches in the competition this season.

Chelsea have won three successive games in all competitions and will be looking to secure four wins in a row for the first time in 2013 (last won four successive games in Dec 2012).

After failing to score with any of his first 15 shots at goal (excl. blocked) in the Europa League this season, Fernando Torres has scored with three of his last seven (43%).

Rubin Kazan have conceded only three goals in their last eight European home matches (excl. quals). However, two of these goals contributed to two 0-1 defeats.

 

FC Basel v Tottenham Hotspur

Basel have conceded only four goals in total in their last eight Europa League matches; but two of these came in the first leg of this tie.
Excluding qualifiers, FC Basel have won just two of their 14 matches against English sides in Europe.

Tottenham have scored in nine of their last 10 Europa League games, but have also conceded in eight of these.

The Swiss side have conceded just two goals after half-time this season in the Europa League; this despite playing in 11 matches.

Basel have not lost a competitive home match since August 23rd 2012, winning 12 of their 15 matches at St. Jakob-Park (D3).

Spurs have won just one of their last nine games away from home in European competition (W1 D5 L3).

Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has scored six goals in his last 10 appearances for club and country; including a goal in each of his last two competitive appearances for Spurs.

Spurs have conceded as many goals in their last two Europa League games as they had in their previous nine matches in the competition this season (6).

 

Lazio v Fenerbahce

Lazio's Libor Kozák is the top scorer in the 2012-13 Europa League with eight goals so far, including a hat-trick in his last appearance in the competition at the Stadio Olimpico.
Lazio's first leg defeat (0-2) was their first this season in the Europa League (including qualifiers - W8 D4 L1).

Fenerbahce have scored the first goal of the game in eight of their 11 Europa League matches this season.

The Turkish side have won six of their last seven competitive matches, drawing the other.

Lazio have won five and drawn one of their six European matches at home this season, including a win in the qualifying stages.
In those six games at the Stadio Olimpico, Lazio have conceded just two goals.

 

 
 
 

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