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David Thompson 2nd Oct 2012 - 14:33

Europa League Opta Facts – October 4th

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Europa League Opta Facts - October 4th

Panathinaikos v Tottenham Hotspur

Last season, Spurs were one of three teams to pick up 10 points in the group stages of the Europa League and still be eliminated (W3 D1 L2).

Panathinaikos, defeated 0-3 by Cypriot side Limassol in their first game of this campaign, have now gone nine European games without a win (D2 L7).

The Greek giants have only netted three goals in that nine game run and have failed to trouble the scorers in five of their last six European games.

The Greens have only won one of 16 previous European games against English sides; a 1-0 win at home to Tottenham's north London rivals Arsenal back in September 2001.

Tottenham have been drawn against Greek opponents twice before. They eliminated Olympiakos from the 1973 Uefa Cup (4-1 on aggregate in last 32) but only took one point from six available against PAOK Salonika in the group stages last season.

Tottenham drew more fouls from their opponents than any other side in the first round of the Europa League (22).

Liverpool v Udinese

Udinese will become the eighth Italian team that Liverpool have faced in European competition. Of their 22 previous games, they have won just eight (D5 L9).

The Reds have only lost one of their last 12 Europa League games, winning five and drawing six.

Liverpool netted five goals from five shots on target in their opening Europa League game of the competition (5-3 v Young Boys).

The last team to beat Liverpool at Anfield in European competition (excluding qualifiers) was Italian side Fiorentina in the 2009/10 Champions League. The Reds haven't lost a home UEFA Cup/Europa League game since March 2003 (0-2 v Celtic).

Udinese have only met an English opponent once before in Europe; they beat Tottenham 2-0 at home in the 2008/09 Europa League.

The Italian side have won just one of their last nine away games in Europe; a 3-0 win in Thessaloniki against PAOK back in February. They have drawn three and lost five in that time.

Newcastle United v Bordeaux

Newcastle have never lost a group stage match in the UEFA Cup/Europa League (W6 D3).

The Magpies have won just two of their previous nine European games against French opposition and have lost five (excl. quals).
Newcastle have won 15 and drawn two of their last 17 European matches at home (excl. quals); and are on a run of eight consecutive home wins in Europe currently.

Bordeaux have won nine of their last 10 games in European competition (excl. quals).

The French side have scored in each of their last 12 European matches (excl. quals).

No side hit the woodwork more often than Newcastle on MD1 of the Europa League this season (3).
Bordeaux are currently unbeaten in their last 16 competitive matches, a run that stretches back to April.


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