International Opta Facts - November 14th
International Opta Facts - November 14th
- Northern Ireland have faced Azerbaijan twice and never lost. They won their only home game against them 2-0 and drew an away clash 0-0.
- At Windsor Park, Northern Ireland have won three and lost just one of their last six World Cup qualifiers.
- Azerbaijan have lost 20 of their 21 away World Cup qualifiers, beating Liechtenstein 2-0 in the other. They failed to score in 18 of those WCQ matches.
- Should Northern Ireland avoid defeat, it will be the first time since November 2010 that they will have gone three matches unbeaten.
- Current Northern Ireland under-21 manager Stephen Robinson played in the last meeting between the two in September 2005.
- Aberdeen forward Niall McGinn has scored in eight of his last 10 games for club and country, including a strike in last month's 1-1 draw with Portugal.
- Michael O'Neill is still waiting on his first win as Northern Ireland manager. He has three draws and three defeats from his first six games in charge.
- Greece and the Republic of Ireland have only ever met in friendly matches. The last time Greece travelled to Dublin (2000) they left with a 1-0 win. The other match (2002) ended in a 0-0 draw.
- Ireland have won four, lost four and drawn four of their last 12 matches.
- In their last home game, the Republic of Ireland conceded six goals to Germany; two more than they had conceded in their previous nine at home.
- The Repulic of Ireland's last nine goals have been netted by nine different scorers.
- Greece have won four and lost none of their last five matches.
- The Greeks have kept three successive clean sheets in international games and haven't conceded in 318 minutes of action.
- England have won two and lost just one of their last seven clashes with Sweden. Both victories came in the last two games; with the most recent fixture during Euro 2012 (3-2).
- England have failed to score just once in their last 22 international matches.
- Of their last eight away matches, England have won six and lost none. They have managed to keep five clean sheets in that run.
- Sweden have won three and lost none of their last four matches, including a dramatic 4-4 draw with Germany last time out.
- The Swedes have won seven and lost just one (to Brazil) of their last eight home internationals; although Wednesday's game is at a brand new stadium.
- Joleon Lescott (849 minutes) has featured more than any other player under Roy Hodgson for England.
- Theo Walcott have been used as a sub by Roy Hodgson seven times for England. No other players have been subbed on more than four times (Henderson and Oxlade-Chamberlain). Walcott has started just once under Hodgson.
- England have scored just three goals in their last seven trips to Stockholm and have won none of these games (L4 D3).
- Both England goals on their last two trips to Stockholm (1992 and 1998) came in the opening five minutes of each game. Sweden came back to win 2-1 on both occasions.
- Roy Hodgson has won seven and lost none of his 11 games in charge of England so far (excluding penalties).
Should he play, Steven Gerrard will make his 100th appearance for England, becoming the sixth player to play 100 times for England and the first since David Beckham in March 2008.
- Danny Welbeck has scored with all four of his shots on target for England.
- Scotland have lost three and won just one of their last seven matches.
- Scotland have kept just a single clean sheet in their last 10 matches away from home and that was against Liechtenstein.
- Luxembourg have lost five and won none of their last six matches.
- Luxembourg's 1-1 draw with Northern Ireland in September was the only time in their last 11 away trips that they have avoided defeat.
Billy Stark's Scotland under-21 team had won three and lost just one of their last eight matches before he was placed, temporarily at least, in charge of the senior squad. That run included two
- victories (5-1 and 3-0) over the Luxembourg under-21 team.