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Eden Jon 13th Nov 2013 - 12:09

International Opta Facts – November 15-16

England v Chile

  • Roy Hodgson has lost just one of his 22 games as England manager - the friendly against Sweden last November (W13 D8).
  • England have lost just two of their last 31 games at Wembley (W23 D6), both of which were in non-competitive internationals (vs France and Netherlands).
  • Wayne Rooney has scored nine goals in his last 10 England internationals.
  • England's last meeting with Chile came in February 1998 at Wembley, losing 2-0. Chile's all-time top scorer Marcelo Salas got both the goals.
  • It is England's only defeat against Chile in five meetings with them (W2 D2).
  • England have failed to score in their last 3 games against Chile, last scoring against them in 1953.
  • The Three Lions have let in just 1 goal in their last four games, scoring 10 in the process.
  • La Roja are unbeaten in nine internationals, winning six and drawing three.
  • There have been 13 goals in Chile's last 3 internationals, averaging out at 4.33 a game.
  • Alexis Sanchez has found the net six times in his last six international appearances. He has also scored five goals in his last five appearances for Barcelona in all competitions.
  • Chile have scored 19 times in their last six international fixtures, averaging 3.33 a game, though have kept just two clean sheets in this period.


Turkey v Northern Ireland

  • Northern Ireland lead the head-to-head international record against Turkey, winning five of 11 previous meetings and losing four (D2).
  • Turkey have won their last three meetings with Norn Iron without conceding, however, including a 2-0 victory in the only previous friendly back in May 2010.
  • None of the last eight meetings between these sides have seen both teams score, with Turkey failing to net four times and Northern Ireland six times.
  • Michael O'Neill's side have only won one of their last 18 internationals, drawing six and losing 11.
  • Northern Ireland have kept a clean sheet in each of their last four wins; they have not won when they have conceded since March 2009 (3-2 v Poland).
  • Turkey have only won one of their last nine home internationals (D4 L4).


Republic of Ireland v Latvia

  • Ireland's new managerial duo of Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane met three times as Premier League gaffers, when in charge of Aston Villa and Sunderland respectively. Each manager won one game, with the other ending 1-1.
  • Republic of Ireland have won all four previous meetings with Latvia, scoring 11 and conceding just once.
  • Latvia's one goal against the Irish did come in Dublin, however, in a 1-2 defeat at October 1995.
  • Ireland have lost four of their last six internationals, winning one and drawing one.
  • In each of the last four games that Ireland have scored in, Robbie Keane has been one of the goal scorers; the skipper has netted seven of Ireland's 11 goals in this period.
  • Latvia have only won one of their last 10 games (D4 L5); a 2-1 home win against Baltic rivals Lithuania.


Scotland v USA

  • Scotland and USA have a perfectly even record in six previous international meetings with two wins apiece and two draws.
  • On home soil, Scotland are unbeaten against United States however; they won 6-0 in 1952 and drew 1-1 in 2005.
  • None of Scotland's last 11 internationals have ended level (W5 L6).
  • Gordon Strachan's side have only failed to score three times in their last 17 home games.
  • USA beat Scotland 5-1 in Jacksonville the last time the two sides met in May 2012 - Scotland's heaviest international defeat since the 4-0 loss to Norway in 2009.
  • Jurgen Klinsmann's side have won 15 of their last 16 internationals, losing once to Costa Rica.
  • Jozy Altidore has scored eight goals in his last eight games for the USMNT.
  • In 2013, Scotland's nine goals have been scored by eight different players - only Robert Snodgrass has scored more than once.


Wales v Finland

  • In 11 previous international meetings, Wales and Finland share an equal record. They have each won four and drawn three.
  • After winning their first two home meetings with Finland, the Dragons have failed to win any of their last four (D2 L2).
  • Wales have only scored two goals in their last four home internationals combined.
  • Finland have won five and lost only two of their last 10 away internationals (D3).
  • Only in one of their last 13 away games have Finland failed to score, but that was their most recent one (0-3 v France).
  • Gareth Bale has scored eight goals in his last 13 international appearances.

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Greece v Romania


  • Romania have never lost a competitive game against the Greeks, winning three and drawing three.
  • Greece have won five of their last eight encounters with Romania (L3).
  • The Tricolours have lost just two of their last ten internationals (W6 D2).
  • Greece kept the most clean sheets of any nation in European World Cup qualifying (8). Only Spain (3) conceded fewer goals than them (4).
  • Romania’s Ciprian Marica has scored seven times in his last eight international appearances – all of them coming in home games.
  • Fernando Santos’ side have gone 577 minutes without conceding in international football, last letting in a goal against Bosnia & Herzegovina in March.
  • Romania have kept clean sheets in four of their last six games, scoring 14 and shipping just three. Only against Turkey did they fail to score.
  • There have been five red cards in Greece’s last four international fixtures, two of which have been picked up by them.


Portugal v Sweden


  • Four of the last five meetings between Portugal and Sweden have ended in draws, three of which have been goalless.
  • Sweden haven’t beaten Portugal in their last seven attempts (D5 L2), with their last win coming in World Cup qualifying in 1984.
  • Kim Kallstrom was the last Swedish goalscorer against Portugal, in a 2-2 draw in 2004.
  • Paulo Bento’s side had the most shots in European World Cup qualifying – 171, 95 of which were off target.
  • Helder Postiga and Zlatan Ibrahimovic both managed to score six times in nine appearances in the qualifying round. Ibrahimovic also had six assists.
  • Though he failed to find the net, Joao Moutinho assisted eight times in qualifying, more than any other player.
  • Portugal’s defeat to Brazil in September is their only loss in nine games (W5 D3).
  • Sweden have shipped nine goals in their last five internationals, including five in their last game against Germany. They have found the net in each of their previous eight games however.


Ukraine v France


  • France have never been beaten by Ukraine (W4 D3).
  • Ukraine have only found the net three times against France, failing to score in five of those seven meetings.
  • The two sides last met in Euro 2012, with France running out 2-0 winners.
  • Roman Bezus scored three goals for Ukraine in the qualifying group, despite playing just 108 minutes, the best minutes per goal of any player who scored more than once (36).
  • Ukraine are unbeaten in their last 11 internationals, last losing to Montenegro 1-0 in October 2012 (W9 D2)
  • Franck Ribery has scored four goals in his last three caps for Les Bleus.
  • Mykhaylo Fomenko’s side haven’t conceded an international goal in 640 minutes, last shipping a goal to Moldova in March.
  • France have scored 13 times in their last three internationals, after failing to find the net in the previous five.
  • Ukraine have scored 18 times in their previous four games, though 17 of these came against San Marino.


Iceland v Croatia


  • Croatia have won both of the previous two clashes between the countries, 4-0 and 3-1 in 2005.
  • Eidur Gudjohnsen is Iceland’s only goalscorer against the Croatians, scoring the opener in their last meeting.
  • This is Nico Kovac’s first match as Croatia boss, following the departure of Igor Stimac. He scored twice against Iceland in March 2005.
  • Iceland are unbeaten in five international fixtures (W3 D2), after alternating between victory and defeat in the previous eight (W4 L4).
  • The Blazers have won just two of their last seven internationals (D1 L4), and haven’t won in four competitive games (D1 L3).
  • Kolbeinn Sigthorsson has scored in each of his last five games for Iceland.
  • Croatia’s last six goals have all come from different scorers.
  • Despite scoring five in his last five for Bayern Munich, Mario Mandzukic has just one in six for the national side.
  • Iceland have won their last three home internationals, while Croatia have lost just one of their last 12 outside of Croatia (W7 D4).





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