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Andrew Tibot 16th Aug 2015 - 16:00

Europa League Play-Off Opta Facts - 1st Leg

Southampton v FC Midtjylland

This will be the first time Southampton will have played a Danish side in European competition.

FC Midtjylland have fallen at the playoffs stage in their last two Europa League campaigns (2012/13 and 2014/15). They were knocked out of Champions League qualifying this season by APOEL Nicosia.

Including the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, the Saints have lost just once at home in European competition (W7 D5).

The Wolves' only previous European tie against an English side came in the UEFA Cup 2nd qualifying round in 2008/09, when they were knocked out on penalties by Mark Hughes' Manchester City. They did win the away leg 1-0 however.

Graziano Pelle scored the opening goal in both legs against Vitesse Arnhem in the third qualifying round.

Midtjylland have won six of their last eight away games in Europe, losing the other two.

If the Saints can stop Midtjylland from scoring in this game, they'll have kept three successive clean sheets in Europe for the first time.



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