International Opta Facts - March 26th
International Opta Facts - March 26
Serbia v Scotland
- Excluding games played as Yugoslavia, the 0-0 between these sides in September 2012 was the first ever clash.
- Scotland are now without a win in six competitive games (D2 L4).
- Scotland have only failed to score in one of their last eight away internationals (all competitions).
- On the other hand, Gordon Strachan's side have only mustered one clean sheet in 11 games on the road.
- Serbia have lost their last three qualifiers without scoring a single goal, conceding six themselves.
- Serbia lost 0-3 against Belgium in their last home game, ending a run of five unbeaten games on home soil (W3 D2).
Wales v Croatia
- Wales goalkeeper Boaz Myhill has conceded five more goals (nine) than he has made saves (four) in World Cup 2014 qualification.
- Wales and Croatia have met three times before, and Wales are yet to pick up their first victory (D1 L2).
- It has now been 45 games since one involving Wales last ended in a draw (0-0 v Germany in November 2007).
- In their 2-1 victory over Scotland last Friday, Wales scored in a game without Gareth Bale netting for the first time since September 2011 (2-1 v Montenegro).
- Croatia have won their last four internationals in all competitions and are unbeaten in six (W5 D1).
- Croatia have caught their opponents offside just twice in World Cup 2014 qualifying, the lowest figure of all teams.
Republic of Ireland v Austria
- Austria have won eight and lost just two of their 12 previous meetings with Republic of Ireland (D2).
- Since beating Austria 3-2 in Dublin in October 1963, Ireland have lost all four competitive clashes with Austria, scoring three and conceding 16.
- Against Sweden on Friday, Ireland failed to muster a shot on target for the first time in a competitive game under Giovanni Trapattoni.
- Ireland have only failed to score in one of their last nine home internationals (0-1 in a friendly against Greece).
- Marc Janko has netted three times in his last four appearances for Austria combined.
- Austria have only won one of their last 18 internationals on the road: a 4-1 victory in Azerbaijan in October 2011.
Northern Ireland v Israel
- Northern Ireland have only faced Israel twice before (1982 World Cup qualification), winning one, drawing one and managing clean sheets in both.
- Northern Ireland are now without a win in 12 international fixtures (D5, L7), though they have drawn five of their last six.
- Michael O'Neill is yet to see his Northern Ireland side claim their first victory, though after three defeats in his first four games he has lead the Green and White Army to four successive draws.
- Since September 2011, no Northern Ireland player has scored more than a single goal for his country (seven different scorers).
- Only Edin Dzeko (seven) has scored more goals than Israel's Tomer Hemed (six) in European World Cup 2014 qualification.
- Hemed scored a hat-trick in his last away international appearance (v Luxembourg) and has six in his last five in all competitions for Israel.
Montenegro v England
- England have never lost a World Cup or European Championships qualifier in the month of March, winning 12 and drawing three of 15.
- England and Montenegro have faced each other twice before (Euro 2012 qualifying) with both games ending level: 0-0 at Wembley and 2-2 in Podgorica.
- Indeed, Montenegro are one of only two teams (with Saudi Arabia) that England have faced more than once but never beaten.
- England recorded their biggest win since October 1987 (8-0 v Turkey) in their last game against San Marino (also 8-0).
- The Three Lions had six different scorers in a single game (excluding own goals) for the first time since December 1982 v Luxembourg.
- Wayne Rooney has scored in four successive England appearances and in five of his last six.
- England have averaged 2.9 goals in their last 10 away games (excluding neutral venues), scoring in each game in this run.
- Excluding penalty shootout defeats, the Three Lions are unbeaten in 11 competitive games not played at Wembley, winning seven and drawing four. Only three times in their history have they gone longer without defeat in competitive away/neutral games, with the last time being in 1983 (12 games).
- Montenegro have won four successive qualifiers without conceding a goal (11 goals scored in total).
- Overall, Branko Brnovic‘s side are unbeaten in eight internationals, winning six and drawing two.