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Rupert Wyman 29th Apr 2009 - 12:04

UEFA Cup Opta Facts: 30 April

Football facts to aid your betting from all the major leagues in Europe plus the UEFA Cup.

Opta Sportsdata, Europe's leading supplier of sports performance data, bring you Opta Facts, the key statistics you'll need to make an informed choice with your football betting.

We are down to the final four in this year's UEFA Cup and there are only representatives from two countries left. The first semi-final is an all-Ukrainian affair as Dinamo Kiev face Shakhtar Donetsk. The second semi consists of two German sides as Werder Bremen and Hamburg face-off.

Dinamo Kiev v Shakhtar Donetsk

  • These two sides have a very close record - their last 18 meetings have seen six Dinamo wins and five Shakhtar wins, with both sides scoring 22 goals each.
  • Over the last eight seasons in Ukraine, both sides have won the national league four times and both sides the national cup four times. However, Dinamo have three "Super Cup" wins to Shakhtar's two.
  • Mircea Lucescu's Shakhtar have recently had the advantage in the head-to-head, coming out on top in their last three with their rivals by winning last year's Ukrainian Cup final, the Super Cup (on penalties) and their league encounter back in November.
  • At home, Dinamo Kiev have won 10 of their 16 meetings with Shakhtar in the Ukrainian league, losing just two.
  • Kiev, currently top of the Ukrainian league, have won their last six consecutive home matches in all competitions, conceding just twice in the process.
  • Six of the last seven goals in Dinamo's matches (all comps) have come in the first half.
  • Shakhtar have won their last five matches in all competitions on the trot.
  • In their last nine matches (all comps), Lucescu's side have conceded just three goals.

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Werder Bremen v Hamburger SV

  • This is the second meeting of four in 19 days for the two teams - last week the sides faced off in Germany's DFB-Pokal semifinals at Hamburg's HSH Nordbank Arena. After a 1-1 draw the match was decided on penalties, with Werder winning the spot-kicks 3-1.
  • Werder v Hamburg is the most-played Bundesliga fixture ever, with the sides having met 89 times in the competition.
  • In the Bundesliga the two teams have a very close record - 29 Werder wins and 28 Hamburg wins, with 32 draws.
  • Bremen are unbeaten in eight European matches (three wins, five draws).
  • The Green and Whites have not kept a clean sheet in nine matches in all competitions.
  • Following a run of five straight wins in all competitions, Martin Jol's side have lost four of their last five (including the defeat on penalties against Werder).
  • HSV have conceded in the first half of their last four European matches.
  • Hamburg's José Paolo Guerrero has scored four goals in total in his last three UEFA Cup matches - he also scored last time out against Werder in the Bundesliga.

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