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Callum Jones 11th Oct 2014 - 20:06

UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifiers Opta Facts - October 12th – 14th

Estonia v England

The only previous international meetings between England and Estonia came in the qualification campaign for Euro 2008. The Three Lions won home and away 3-0 in 2007.

England are unbeaten in 10 qualifiers away from home, last losing to Ukraine in October 2009 (W6 D4). They have drawn three of their six under Roy Hodgson, however.

Estonia have lost just one of their last nine internationals at home (W4 D4).

The Blueshirts' last three goals on home soil have all arrived in the final four minutes of games.

The Three Lions have kept four clean sheets for the first time since October 2006, when they equalled their record run of six. That run ended with a 2-0 defeat in Croatia in which Gary Neville scored a famous own goal.

Wayne Rooney's penalty against San Marino took his international tally to 42; he is now two behind Jimmy Greaves and just seven behind all-time top scorer Bobby Charlton.

Danny Welbeck has scored seven goals in his last eight games for club and country, including three in his last two for the Three Lions.

Estonia goalkeeping coach Mart Poom is the only player from his country to play in the English Premier League; he made 138 appearances across spells at Derby County, Sunderland and Arsenal.

James Milner created nine chances in England's last game (against San Marino); the last player to record more in a match was Steven Gerrard against Moldova in September 2013 (10).

This is England's first qualifying game on a Sunday since September 1996, when they beat Moldova 3-0 in a 1998 World Cup qualifier.

Two of England's last three games on a Sunday have seen them eliminated from major tournaments (4-1 v Germany in 2010, 2-2 v Italy in 2012); the other was a 0-0 friendly draw with Brazil in June 2013.

England's heaviest ever defeat, the infamous 7-1 loss to Hungary in 1954, was also played on a Sunday.

 

Wales v Cyprus

Wales have won three of their four competitive matches against Cyprus, but did lose their most recent clash with them in October 2007 (3-1 away).

Cyprus's win in Bosnia-Herzegovina in the opening matchday ended a run of 10 consecutive defeats on the road.

Wales have managed just three clean sheets in their last 21 matches.

The last time the Welsh kept consecutive clean sheets was in October 2011; in Euro 2012 qualifiers against Switzerland and Bulgaria.

Chris Coleman's side have failed to score in two of their last three matches.

Gareth Bale has scored three of Wales' five goals in 2014 so far.

Cyprus have managed two clean sheets in their last 10 matches.

The Dragons have won four and lost just two of their last nine home games (D3).

 

Germany v Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland haven't won any of their last five internationals against Germany (D2 L5).

The two sides met in qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. The eventual winners of that competition Germany put nine past Ireland in two games in qualifying.

Mesut Özil, who will miss this game due to injury, scored in both games against Ireland in the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign.

The Republic of Ireland have failed to score in three of their last four against Germany.

Germany are unbeaten in 18 tournament qualifiers at home, winning 15 and drawing three.

Germany have not lost consecutive competitive international matches since June 2000 (at Euro 2000 v Portugal and England).

The Green Army have lost only two of their last 18 qualifiers away from home, though both of those defeats have come in the last three (W8 D8).

Robbie Keane's hat-trick versus Gibraltar made it eight goals in his last four games for club and country - and his 65th international goal overall.

 

Poland v Scotland

Scotland have beaten Poland just twice across eight international matches, but one of those wins did come in a friendly this year. Scott Brown netted the only goal in March in Warsaw.

The Tartan Army have scored exactly one goal in five of their last six internationals against Poland.

Scotland have lost five of their last seven qualifiers away from home, winning the other two by a single goal.

Scotland have kept a clean sheet in five of their last seven matches.

Poland have won their last three internationals, including a famous win over Germany on Saturday.

The Poles have not won four internationals in a row since February 2008.

 

Greece v Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland have lost four of their five internationals against Greece.

The Green and White Army's only victory over Greece came in October 1961 in a World Cup qualifier.

Greece have lost back-to-back home games, having avoided defeat in their previous eight games on home soil.

Northern Ireland's win in Hungary was their first away from home in four years, a run of 15 games on the road (D5 L10).

Northern Ireland are looking to win three successive internationals for the first time since April 2009.

Kyle Lafferty has scored in Northern Ireland's last two internationals - this after scoring just once in their last 39 international games.

 

 

 
 
 

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