Europa League Opta Facts 28 April
Opta Facts - Europa League
Semi-finals (1st Leg) - 28 April 2016
Villarreal v Liverpool
o This will be the first meeting between Villarreal and Liverpool in Europe.
o Villarreal are winless in their last 10 games against English opposition (D6 L4) whilst Liverpool have lost three of their last four games against Spanish clubs.
o This will be Liverpool's fourth European semi-final against a Spanish side; they've progressed from two of those but were eliminated last time versus Atletico Madrid in the 2009/10 Europa League semi-finals.
o Villarreal have faced English opposition in a major European semi-final before, they were knocked out of the 2005/06 Champions League by Arsenal at this stage.
o The Yellow Submarine have only failed to score in one of their last 31 Europa League matches (including qualifiers) whilst Liverpool have only scored in three of their most recent six games played in this competition versus Spanish opposition.
o 11 players have scored for Liverpool in the 2015/16 Europa League; a competition-high this term.
o Jurgen Klopp is yet to lose a European tie in charge of Liverpool; winning five and drawing five.
o Klopp was the victorious manager in his only previous major semi-final in European competition as a coach, seeing off Real Madrid over two legs (W1, L1) in the 2012/13 Champions League.
o Only Aduriz (10, Athletic Bilbao) has scored more Europa League goals than Villarreal's Cédric Bakambu (9) this term; the Villarreal striker (84.8) has a better minutes per goal rate than Aduriz (90.7).
o Bakambu has recorded braces in three of his last four Europa League appearances for Villarreal.
Shakhtar Donetsk v Sevilla
o These sides have met in European competition before; Sevilla edging out Shakhtar Donetsk over two legs (5-4 on aggregate) in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup.
o The Ukrainian side have gone four matches without a win over Spanish opposition (D1 L3); failing to score at all in three of those games.
o Across the last 13 instances of a Ukrainian side hosting a Spanish team in any European competition; only once has the team from Spain lost (W8 D4).
o Sevilla have faced Ukrainian opposition five times previously; they have never lost (W4 D1).
o Sevilla have reached the semi-final stage of the Europa League for the third successive season; they went on to lift the trophy in the previous two campaigns.
o Shakhtar have made it to the semi-final of a major European competition for only the second time; they won the UEFA Cup in 2008/09.
o Shakhtar Donetsk have won five consecutive matches in Europe; they've never been on a longer winning streak (including qualifiers).
o Although Sevilla have won 11 of their last 12 home matches in the Europa League, they have failed to score in two of their last three on the road in this competition.
o Kevin Gameiro has been involved in four goals across his last three Europa League appearances (three scored and one assist).
o Andrés Palop was the last goalkeeper to score in a UEFA Cup/Europa League match; he managed it for Sevilla in the game against Shakhtar Donetsk nine years ago (15/03/2007).