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Jon Riley 17th Apr 2012 - 16:19

Europa League Opta Facts - Semi-Final First Legs

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Europa League Opta Facts
Semi-final First Leg

Atlético Madrid vs Valencia

  • Atlético are on a run of nine straight wins in the Europa League.
  • In this match, the rojiblancos can become the first-ever side to win 10 straight games in the UEFA Cup/Europa League.
  • These two sides were drawn together in the 2009/10 Quarter-finals of this competition. Atlético went through following a 2-2 draw at Valencia and a 0-0 at home.
  • Atlético are unbeaten at home in all-Spain ties in European competitions (exc.Qualifiers): W2 D1.
  • Valencia have never won away to another Spanish side in a European competition (D3 L1).
  • Los Che have only managed one win from their last nine away games in Europe (exc. Qualifiers), and have failed to score more than once in any of these matches.
  • Falcao has scored 25 goals in 26 matches in the Europa League.
  • The Colombian striker has scored in each of his last three appearances in the competition.
  • Valencia central defender Rami has scored three goals and picked up one red card in Valencia's last three Europa League games.

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Sporting CP vs Athletic Bilbao

  • The last two seasons have produced only Iberian semi-finalists in the Europa League: three Spanish and one Portuguese this season and three Portuguese and one Spanish last season.
  • Athletic's only previous visit to Sporting came in the 1985/86 UEFA Cup when they lost 3-0 in the third round.
  • The Basque side have won four of their six European matches on the road this season, averaging 2.2 goals per game.
  • Athletic have scored in every Europa League match this season.
  • Bielsa's men have won four of their six meetings with Portuguese sides in European competitions (exc. Qualfiiers): D1 L1.
  • Sporting have won only one of their last 10 meetings with Spanish sides in Europe (exc. Qualifiers): D4 L5.
  • The Portuguese side are unbeaten at home in Europe (exc. Qualifiers) in the last three seasons, winning 11 and drawing four of 15 games.
  • Sporting have won all six games at home in Europe this season (exc. Qualifiers), conceding just two goals.
  • Fernando Llorente has bagged four goals in Athletic's last four Europa League games.
  • Athletic have conceded the joint-most penalties in the Europa League this season.

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