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Stuart Dalgleish 1st Apr 2013 - 18:30

Europa League Opta Facts - quarter-finals

Benfica v Newcastle United


  • These two sides have never met before in a competitive game.
  • The Magpies have met Portuguese teams on 11 previous occasions, winning four, drawing five and losing just twice.
  • These clashes have tended not to be very high-scoring, with the last seven games between Newcastle and Portuguese opposition producing a total of just 11 goals, with only one team in one game scoring more than one goal in that period.
  • At St James Park, the home side are unbeaten against Portuguese teams, winning four and drawing two of their six games.
  • Benfica are without a victory in their last five clashes with English teams, losing three and drawing two.
  • Newcastle have suffered just one defeat in their last 10 European games, winning four, drawing five and keeping a clean sheets in each of the last four clashes.
  • On home soil, the Magpies are unbeaten in 22 European clashes, winning 18 and drawing four.
  • 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 in the Europa League this season (25%), having netted seven of their 28 shots.


Chelsea v Rubin Kazan


  • This will be the fifth occasion that Chelsea have played a Russian side in Europe (excl. quals), with the Blues winning each of the previous four, conceding just one goal overall.
  • Since the start of 2011-12, Chelsea have remained unbeaten at Stamford Bridge in their 11 European games there (W9 D2).
  • During those 11 games, Chelsea have scored 32 times - an average of 2.9 goals a game.
  • Rubin Kazan will be making only their second trip to England, having lost their first 0-1 against Tottenham Hotspur in the 2011-12 Europa League group stages.
  • Excluding qualifiers, Rubin Kazan have won only four of their 19 European games outside of Russia, but two of these victories have come this season (Neftchi Baku and Atlético Madrid).
  • Rubin have been in fantastic defensive form in the Europa League this season; conceding only four goals in their 10 games and keeping a joint-competition-high seven clean sheets.
  • There have been four red cards given in Rubin Kazan's last four 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 (29) - no player has mustered more in the competition.
  • Rubin Kazan have scored the first goal of the game in seven of their 10 matches in the competition this season.


Tottenham v FC Basel


  • Spurs have won four and drawn one of their Europa League matches at White Hart Lane this season.
  • Basel have conceded only two goals in total in their last seven Europa League matches.
  • Excluding qualifiers, FC Basel have won just two of their 13 matches against English sides in Europe, but one of these came against Manchester United (2-1) in their last clash with an English team (Nov 2011).
  • Tottenham have scored in eight of their last nine Europa League games, but have also conceded in seven of these.
  • There have been six red cards given in the 10 Europa League games involving Basel this season (three for Basel, three for their opponents).
  • Basle have scored six goals in the 80th minute or later in the Europa League this season; more than any other side.
  • The Swiss side have conceded just one goal after half-time this season in the Europa League; this despite playing in 10 matches.


Fenerbahce v Lazio


  • 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 versus Stuttgart.
  • The last eight Europa League games that Fenerbahce have played in have produced only 11 goals (1.4 a game).
  • Excluding qualifiers, the Turkish side have netted in 19 of their last 21 European games at home.
  • Lazio are unbeaten in their 12 Europa League matches (including qualifiers) this season (W8 D4).
  • Lazio have won three of their previous four European games in Turkey (L1, excl. qualifiers).
  • Fenerbahce have scored the first goal of the game in seven of their 10 Europa League matches this season.




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