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King of Stats: All the digits on the latest Europa League clashes

| 25.10.2012

Europa League action returns this week and we’ve been busy putting together our regal stats package to assist punters in identifying the historical pitfalls and pin-point where the trends are going to be bucked.

The British sides may not have it all their own way, while Sporting Lisbon could be in for a Belgian surprise and Napoli are going to struggle in Ukraine.

17 – the number of goals scored in four Group A matches so far in the competition, which averages at over four goals per game. Back Liverpool v Anzhi to yield over 2.5 goals at 5/6, while Young Boys v Udinese is a 4/5 shot to produce the same result.

5 – Newcastle have amassed five wins from as many games when taking on Belgian opposition and Club Brugge, the next visitors to the Sports Direct Arena, have not won in four away trips this campaign. The Toon are relatively short at 8/13 when taking all this into consideration.

8 – Genk have not lost in eight successive European home matches, including qualifiers, and Sporting are without a single win on the road this term. It would make sense to back the Belgians here at 11/8.

1 – Bayern Munich are the only German side to record a victory in Vienna over Rapid, though Bayer Leverkusen have never lost on three visits to Austria. Still, this definitely detracts value from their 8/11 favouritism here.

5 – the number of wins Ukranian sides have in eight meetings with representatives from Serie A. This adds value to Juande Ramos’ Dnipro to beat Napoli at 11/10, while the Italians have lost their last two European away days by a three-goal margin.

19 – including qualifiers, this is the amount of goals Hannover have scored in six Europa League clashes this season. For them to notch either two or three goals at Helsingborg is priced up at 5/4, something they have not failed to do in any of the six games they’ve competed in this competition.

1 – the amount of forays onto the continent Tottenham have lost from five, yet Maribor won’t be pushovers – they’ve won five on the spin without conceding a goal at home, including surprising Panathinaikos in their first Group J match this term. They’re 6/5 to win with Tottenham no bet.

17 – Partizan travel to Milan to face Inter having lost this number of their last 18 group games in either the Champions or Europa League. The Nerazurri are electric with five wins from five and for them to overcome a two-goal handicap and beat the Belgrade club is a 12/5 shot, though the one game Partizan managed to avoid defeat came on their last visit to Italy, when they held Lazio.

All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date



James Middleton