Europa League - quarter-final Opta Facts
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Benfica v Liverpool
- Liverpool and Benfica have met in four previous two-legged European ties, with the Reds winning all but the most recent one.
- In their 2005/06 UEFA Champions League first knockout round matches, Liverpool were defeated 1-0 away and 2-0 at Anfield.
- Liverpool have lost each of their last three meetings with Benfica without scoring.
- Benfica have defeated Liverpool's rivals Everton 5-0 (home) and 2-0 (away) already in the Europa League this term.
- Since the start of the Europa League group stage, Benfica have scored 21 goals, meaning they are the highest scoring side still left in the competition.
- Benfica manager Jorge Jesus (previously SC Braga) has an impressive record against English sides, winning all three of his meetings in Europe against them, scoring 10 goals and keeping a clean sheet in each.
- Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo has scored more goals than any player left in the competition (6) and has scored five goals in his last eight appearances for the Eagles.
- Fernando Torres has scored seven goals in his last four appearances for Liverpool, including two in their last Europa League game against Lille.
Fulham v Wolfsburg
- This will be the first-ever meeting between these two sides in a competitive fixture.
- The Cottagers have faced German opposition just once in Europe. In the 2002/03 UEFA Cup, Fulham lost 2-1 away and drew 0-0 at home with Hertha Berlin at the third round stage.
- Wolfsburg have won just one of their previous three meetings with an English side in Europe, losing their two matches against Manchester United earlier this season in the Champions League.
- Edin Dzeko has scored in all three of Wolfsburg's previous matches against English sides (Portsmouth in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup & both games against Manchester United in the 2009/10 Champions League).
- Fulham have won their last three Europa League matches at Craven Cottage.
- Zoltan Gera has scored four goals in his last three Europa League appearances at home for Fulham.
- Wolfsburg have drawn both of their away legs in the Europa League so far, going on to win the tie with a home victory.
- Wolfsburg have lost just once in their last 10 competitive fixtures, but this came to bottom of the league Hertha Berlin (5-1) at home.
Hamburg v Standard Liege
- Hamburg have won just twice in seven previous meetings with Belgian clubs in Europe, but one of these came in the last round meeting with Anderlecht at home (3-1).
- Standard Liege have not won in five matches in Germany, this since defeating VfB Stuttgart 2-0 in the 1996 UEFA Intertoto Cup group stage.
- In fact, Liege have won just six of their previous 23 games against German opposition in Europe.
- Hamburg are undefeated in six consecutive home games in the Europa League, winning five and drawing one.
- On the last occasion that Standard reached the quarter final stage of a European competition, they finished as losing finalists - in the 1981/82 Cup Winners Cup.
- Standard Liege have won three and drawn one of their Europa League matches so far this term.
- However, away from home, Liege have won just once in their last five attempts in all competitions.
Valencia v Atletico Madrid
- This will be their first-ever meeting in a European competition, but their head to head record in the Spanish League is fairly even, with Valencia winning 53 and Atletico winning 51 of their previous 140 La Liga encounters.
- Atletico have won just 16 of their previous 68 league meetings with Valencia at the Mestalla.
In the clubs' most recent two-legged knockout tie, Valencia defeated Atletico in the 2007/08 Spanish Cup quarter-finals on away goals. They eventually won the competition that season.
- Valencia have won all four of their previous two-legged European ties against Spanish opposition in Europe.
- Atletico have lost all four of their previous away games in Europe against fellow Spanish sides, whereas Valencia have won all four of their previous home meetings with Spanish sides in European competition.
- Valencia are yet to lose a home game under manager Unai Emery in Europe (10 games).
- Valencia have picked up 30 yellow cards and four red cards in the Europa League this season, the worst disciplinary record of any side in the competition since the group stages.