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Stuart Dalgleish 2nd Sep 2016 - 10:10

International Opta Facts - Home Nations

Slovakia v England

o This will be Sam Allardyce's first game in charge of England - he is the 14th full-time manager of the international team.
o The last eight England managers have all won their first game in charge of the Three Lions. In fact the only England manager to not win his first game was Sir Alf Ramsey in 1963.
o England have won three of their four previous internationals against Slovakia, drawing 0-0 in Euro 2016 against them.
o In that match, England had 29 shots on goal (inc blocks) compared to four by Slovakia. The 29 attempts were the most in a match without scoring under Roy Hodgson.
o Slovakia have scored just twice in four previous internationals against England, failing to score in the last two meetings against them.
o The Three Lions have won their last 12 qualifying matches for tournaments, winning all 10 games on the road to Euro 2016.
o Indeed, England's last qualifying defeat came in October 2009 against Ukraine (W22 D9).
o Slovakia have won just two of their last eight competitive internationals (D2 L4).
o The Three Lions have not lost back-to-back internationals since June 2014 at the World Cup.
o Slovakia have lost only once in their last 14 internationals contested at home (W10 D3).
o Wayne Rooney will become the outright leader for appearances made by an outfield player if he features in this match (currently tied with David Beckham on 115).

Czech Republic v Northern Ireland

o Northern Ireland have never beaten the Czech Republic in four previous meetings since 2001 (D2 L2).
o The Green and White Army have scored only once in those four games, with Phil Mulryne scoring in a 3-1 defeat in June 2001.
o Northern Ireland did beat Czechoslovakia twice in the 1958 World Cup, one in the group stage then again in a playoff match to decide who made it through to the quarter finals.
o The Czech Republic have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last six home competitive games.
o The Green and White Army won just one of their qualification matches for the 2014 World Cup (D4 L5), though this was followed by six wins in 10 Euro 2016 qualifiers (D3 L1).
o The Czech Republic have failed to score in four of their last six World Cup qualifiers, including a 0-0 draw with Northern Ireland in October 2009.
o Northern Ireland have failed to score in four of their last five internationals, the exception being the 2-0 win over Ukraine at Euro 2016.
o Norn Iron haven't conceded more than once in an international since November 2014 (14 goals conceded in the following 21 games).

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Malta v Scotland

o Scotland have won four of their five previous internationals against Malta, drawing the other.
o The last meeting between the sides was in a friendly in June 1997, which Scotland won 3-2 thanks to goals from Christian Dailly and two from Darren Jackson.
o Malta haven't won a qualifying game since a 1-0 win over Armenia in June 2013 (D2 L12).
o The Tartan Army haven't lost three successive internationals since November 2009 at the end of George Burley's reign. This was also the last time they went three games without scoring.
o The Knights of Malta have won just two of their last 14 home internationals (D3 L9).
o Scotland have won just three of their last 11 World Cup qualifying matches, though all three of these wins were under Gordon Strachan in 2013 (D2 L6).
o Steven Fletcher has scored four times in his last five internationals for Scotland.
o Scotland have won just one of their last six opening World Cup qualifiers, a 1-0 win over Latvia in 2000 (D3 L2).


Serbia v Republic of Ireland

o The Republic of Ireland have never beaten Serbia in three previous encounters (D2 L1).
o Their only visit to Serbia resulted in a goalless draw in a friendly in August 2012.
o Serbia have only lost one home World Cup qualifier in their last 10, a 3-0 reverse to Belgium in October 2012 (W7 D2).
o Ireland haven't scored in any of their last three away World Cup qualifiers, all during their World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign (Germany, Austria and Sweden).
o Serbia have lost three of their last four competitive home matches (W1).
o Ireland have only won one of their last seven games (1-0 v Italy at Euro 2016), drawing three and losing three.
o Serbia have won four of their last six home games (D1 L1).
o Ireland's 2-0 defeat to France in November 1976 was the last time they lost their opening World Cup qualifier, winning seven and drawing two openers since.


Wales v Moldova

o Wales have played Moldova twice before, winning once and losing once during Euro 1996 qualification.
o In the only previous meeting in Wales in September 1995, Gary Speed scored the only goal of the game to give Wales victory.
o Moldova have won one of their last 21 games (1-0 v Andorra), losing 14 and drawing six.
o Wales are unbeaten in six home competitive games (W4 D2); they last went seven unbeaten between October 1990 and October 1993 under Terry Yorath.
o All of Moldova's last four victories have been away from home, stretching back to October 2013.
o In their last World Cup qualification campaign, Wales kept only one clean sheet in 10 games and conceded 20 goals.
o However, Wales have kept eight clean sheets in their last 13 competitive games.
o Moldova won three of their 10 qualifiers for the last World Cup, having won just two of their previous 38 beforehand.

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