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Stuart Dalgleish 3rd Aug 2015 - 11:45

Midweek UCL and UEL Opta Facts - 4-6 August

Champions League

Karabagh v Celtic


  • Qarabag fell at the third qualifying round last season to Red Bull Salzburg (3-2 on agg). It is the furthest they have got in CL qualifying.
  • Celtic have kept a clean sheet in three of their last five away legs at this stage of qualifying. However, they've conceded seven goals across the two games they did concede.
  • No Azerbaijan side has ever made it past the third Champions League qualifying round.
  • Dedryck Boyata has scored in two of the three qualifying legs Celtic have played so far.
  • Qarabag are unbeaten in their three previous home legs in Champions League qualifying, conceding just one goal in that time (W2 D1).
  • The Bhoys have only conceded more than one goal in two of their last 19 Champions League qualifying fixtures.


Europa League

Aberdeen v Kairat Almaty


  • Aberdeen have lost all five legs at this stage of qualifying for the Europa League.
  • Kairat have reached the third round of Europa League qualifying for the first time, after dispatching Red Star Belgrade and Alashkert.
  • The Dons have won just one of their last seven home European games (D4 L2).
  • However, Aberdeen have kept three clean sheets in their last five home matches in Europe.
  • Kairat Almaty's only away win in European competition came earlier in their qualifying run, beating Red Star Belgrade (D1 L5).
  • Kenny McLean has scored in two of his last three games in this competition.



FC Astra Giurgiu v West Ham


  • West Ham have won just one of their previous five games against Romanian opposition in Europe (D2 L2),
  • Astra have lost just two of their previous 15 Europa League qualifying matches (W8 D5).
  • The Hammers have received red cards in all three qualifying rounds (Diafra Sakho, James Tompkins and James Collins).
  • Astra have lost only one of their last seven Europa League qualifying matches at home, though four of those have been draws (W2).
  • West Ham have lost three of their last four away games in Europe (W1), failing to score in each of those games.
  • Astra scored with two of their three shots on target at Upton Park.
  • The Hammers' previous two trips to Romania have ended in defeat (1-0 to FC Politehnica Timisoara in 1980 and 2-0 to Steaua Bucharest in 1999).
  • In the last nine times a Romanian side has hosted English opposition in Europe, the home side has won only once (D2 L6).



Vitesse Arnhem v Southampton


  • The first leg victory for Southampton's was their first in European competition since 1981.
  • Vitesse have never beaten an English side in European competition (D1 L4) and haven't scored in any of those five matches.
  • The Saints haven't scored in any of their last four away games in Europe.
  • Vitesse have gone 11 European matches without a clean sheet.
  • Graziano Pelle had more shots than any other Saints player in the first leg (3).
  • Vitesse mustered just one shot on target in the first leg at St Mary's.
  • Southampton have been victorious in two of their 12 European away matches (D4 L6, includes Inter-Cities Fair Cup).
  • Vitesse Arnhem have lost three of their last four home games in European competition (W1).


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