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Eden Jon 20th Nov 2012 - 20:35

Europa League Opta Facts - Nov 22nd

Statistics and facts to help your football betting are available every week at William Hill courtesy of Opta Sportsdata, Europe's leading provider of sports performance statistics.

Liverpool v Young Boys


  • These two sides have only met once before, in the reverse fixture back in September, when Liverpool won 5-3 in Berne.
  • That win was the first time the Reds had netted five or more goals in Europe since November 2007, when they beat Besiktas 8-0 in the Champions League at Anfield.
  • Liverpool have faced Swiss opposition nine times in Europe so far (excl. qualifiers), losing just once (W6 D2) in their first ever clash with a Swiss side (1-2 v Servette in 1971).
  • On three of the last four times that the Reds have faced a Swiss team, they have conceded exactly three goals (shipping one in the other game), while they netted a total of 15 goals in total in those four fixtures.
  • At Anfield, Liverpool are unbeaten against Swiss opposition, winning three and drawing one.
  • The Reds have enjoyed wins in just three of their last 10 European games (all Europa League, excl. quals), losing three (including two of their last three) and drawing four.
  • On home soil, the Reds have suffered just one defeat in their last 11 games in Europe (excl. quals), winning eight and drawing two, although they have only won one of the last three at Anfield.
  • Young Boys have won their last two games (scoring exactly three in both) in the Europa League after losing three in a row before that (excl. quals).
  • On the road, they have lost 14 of their last 15 European fixtures (excl. quals), although that victory did come last time out - 3-2 away at Udinese.
  • Liverpool are the most accurate passers in the competition so far, finding a team-mate with 89.3% of their passes.

Newcastle United v Maritimo

  • These two sides have only ever met once before, in the reverse fixture this season, when the game ended 0-0 in Portugal in September.
  • The Magpies have suffered just one defeat in their last six games against Portuguese opposition (excl. quals), winning two and drawing three.
  • In their last seven games against teams from Portugal (excl. quals), Newcastle have failed to score more than one goal on every occasion (netting once five times and failing to score twice).
  • In five meetings at St James' Park, the Magpies have never lost to a team from Portugal, winning four and drawing one.
  • Maritimo have met English teams on five previous occasions now (excl. quals), winning two, losing two and drawing one, although those defeats did both come in England.
  • Portuguese sides have only enjoyed one win on English soil against English opponents in their last 11 visits, losing eight and drawing two (excl. quals).
  • The Magpies have suffered just one defeat in their last 14 European fixtures (excl. qualifiers), winning 10 and drawing three.
  • At St James' Park, Newcastle are unbeaten in 22 UEFA Cup/Europa League games (W18 D4, excl. qualifiers), a run that stretches back to the March 1997.
  • Maritimo have only managed one goal so far in the Europa League proper, a joint-competition-low.
  • Newcastle have kept a clean sheet in three of their four Europa League games so far.

Lazio v Tottenham Hotspur

  • These two sides have only met once before, in the reverse fixture this season in September, when the game ended goalless.
  • The Lilywhites are unbeaten in their last four meetings with Italian opposition (two wins followed by two draws) and have lost just two of their eight fixtures with Serie A sides in total in Europe (excl. quals).
  • At White Hart Lane, Spurs are unbeaten against Italian teams, winning the first two before drawing the two most recent clashes (both 0-0).
  • Liverpool's defeat to Udinese last month was the first time in 11 European clashes that an Italian team had won on English soil (excl. quals).
  • Italian teams are without a victory in London in their last seven visits, losing four and drawing four, what their last win coming in March 2012, when Inter Milan beat Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge (all excl. quals).
  • The north Londoners are unbeaten in five European games (excl. quals), winning two and drawing three.
  • Lazio are unbeaten in four Euopean fixtures (excl. quals), drawing two and winning two.
  • Away from Rome, the Biancocelesti are without a win in eight European games (L4 D4) and have enjoyed just one away victory in their last 14 games in European competition (excl. quals).
  • Only Bayer Leverkusen (0) have shipped fewer goals in the Europa League proper this season than Lazio (1).
  • Spurs have only shipped a total of five goals at White Hart Lane in their last eight European games, keeping four clean sheets in the process.


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