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Eden Jon 13th Oct 2013 - 8:10

International Opta Facts – October 15th


England vs Poland

  • England are unbeaten in 15 meetings with Poland, last losing to them in 1973 (W9 D6).
  • Since the infamous 1-1 draw between the sides in October 1973, England have won six home games in a row against Poland.
  • England have only won two of their last eight final qualifying matches (excluding play-offs), drawing five and losing one; two of those games came against Poland (W1 D1).
  • Both teams have scored in their past three encounters, with England victorious 2-1 on two occasions. Their previous meeting ended in a 1-1 draw.
  • England have kept just two clean sheets in their last seven games against the Poles.
  • England have only failed to score against Poland once in their last 11 contests.
  • Waldemar Fornalik's side have won just one of their last seven internationals on the road (D2 L4).
  • Should Frank Lampard score, he will become only the 9th England international to score 30 goals.
  • Roy Hodgson's side are currently unbeaten in nine internationals (including friendlies, W5 D4).
  • England have conceded just one goal in their last three World Cup qualifiers.
  • Wayne Rooney has netted six goals in his last five World Cup qualifiers.


Belgium v Wales

  • Belgium have gone eight internationals without defeat (W7 D1).
  • Wales have kept two clean sheets in their last four internationals (including friendlies).
  • Romelu Lukaku heads into this match having scored five goals in his last three appearances (Everton and Belgium).
  • Belgium have won their last seven World Cup qualifying games.
  • Wales have lost their last three encounters with Belgium.
  • Wales have only managed to register one clean sheet in nine previous attempts against Belgium.

Scotland v Croatia

  • Scotland have conceded just two goals in four internationals against Croatia.
  • Croatia have never beaten Scotland in an international game (D3 L1).
  • Scotland have two wins from their last three World Cup qualifying games (L1); including a 1-0 victory over Croatia.
  • Croatia have gone six internationals without a clean sheet.
  • Croatia have gone three games without a win in World Cup qualifying (D1 L2).
  • Ikechi Anya has made a solid start to his Scotland career having scored in his only start for the country.
  • Republic of Ireland v Kazakhstan
  • Republic of Ireland have lost three straight World Cup qualifiers heading into this home fixture against Kazakhstan.
  • Kazakhstan have lost just one of their last four internationals (W2 D1).
  • Republic of Ireland ran out victors in their only previous meeting with Kazakhstan; Kevin Doyle's 90th minute winner gave the Irish a 2-1 victory in September 2012.
  • Republic of Ireland have scored just one goal in their last five internationals.
  • Anthony Stokes has scored just one goal in his last seven appearances (Celtic and Republic of Ireland).
  • Kazakhstan have only kept one clean sheet in their last 17 away internationals.

Israel v Northern Ireland

  • Israel have only ever beaten Northern Ireland once in eight previous meetings, that win however came in the last game played between these teams (2-0, March 2013).
  • Northern Ireland have lost three straight World Cup qualifiers.
  • Gareth McAuley has scored two goals in three appearances for Northern Ireland in World Cup qualifiers.
  • Israel have mustered just one shutout in their last eight games on home soil, with that coming against minnows Luxembourg.
  • Northern Ireland have one win from 17 internationals (D5 L11).
  • Israel have scored exactly one goal in each of their last three World Cup qualifiers.


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