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Jon Riley 30th Apr 2013 - 8:43

Europa League Opta Facts - May 2

Europa League Opta Facts - May 2nd

Benfica v Fenerbahce

  • Benfica have won their last five European home games, though three of these have been by the odd goal.
  • Going back further, the Portuguese giants have lost only two of their last 15 at the Estadio de Luz (W11 D2), with those defeats coming against Barcelona and Chelsea.
  • Benfica's one previous home meeting with Fenerbahce was back in September 1975 - they won 7-0.
  • Since that victory, the Eagles have only twice hosted Turkish opposition; they beat Altay S.K. 4-0 in 1980 but lost 0-2 against Galatasaray in 2008.
  • Indeed overall, Turkish teams have won three and lost none of their last four trips to Portugal (excluding qualifiers) in Europe.
  • Fenerbahce have won 13 and lost just two of their last 20 European games.
  • The Yellow Canaries have kept five clean sheets in their last seven games in the Europa League, conceding just two goals in total in this run.
  • Away from home, Aykut Kocaman's side are unbeaten in Europe this term, winning four, drawing two and conceding just three goals.
  • Oscar Cardozo has scored six goals in Europe this season, despite only starting six games.
  • Despite playing only seven games in the competition, Benfica have seen their woodwork hit a joint-high seven times in the Europa League this term.

Chelsea v Basel

  • Chelsea only managed 39% possession in their first leg against Basel, but still managed twice as many shots on target (6-3).
  • Fernando Torres has scored seven goals in 13 appearances in Europe this season; he has managed seven in 32 in the Premier League.
  • Chelsea are unbeaten in 12 European home games (W10 D2) and in 16 against non-English sides (W13 D3).
  • The Blues have only managed one clean sheet in their last nine at Stamford Bridge in Europe, however, shipping exactly one in each of their last four.
  • In 28 European home games played by English sides against teams from Switzerland in Europe (excluding qualifiers), there has only ever been one away win: West Brom 1-3 Grasshoppers Zurich in September 1981.
  • Despite this, the last three clashes between English and Swiss sides on English soil have ended level, with Basel themselves drawing two of those encounters.
  • The Swiss side have only won one of their last 12 European away games (D7 L4).
  • Despite only entering after the Champions League group stages, Chelsea have conceded a joint-high four penalties in the Europa League this season.
  • Basel have received more cards than any other team in the Europa League this term (30 yellows, three reds).
  • Fernando Torres has scored six goals in his last five European home games.


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