An international break is here with the final games of World Cup qualifying with a number of spots in Russia up for grabs. Here are some stats for the games involving the Home Nations:
Thursday October 5
England vs Slovenia (19:45)
- England have won four and drawn one of their five previous meetings with Slovenia, with the draw coming under Gareth Southgate back in October 2016.
- The Three Lions have won both previous meetings against Slovenia at Wembley – winning 2-1 in a friendly and a 3-1 victory in November 2014.
- Slovenia have lost six of their last 10 away World Cup qualifiers (W3, D1).
- Only Germany and Northern Ireland (2) have conceded fewer goals in European World Cup qualification so far than England (3).
- Seven of England’s last nine goals have either been scored or assisted by Tottenham players.
- Harry Kane is England’s top scorer under Southgate with five goals. Kane is 16/5 to score two or more goals under the Wembley arch.
- Josip Ilicic has been directly involved in seven goals in qualifying for Slovenia (three goals & four assists). He is 13/2 to net for the visitors.
Scotland vs Slovakia (19:45)
- This is only the second ever meeting between the two sides following the reverse fixture, which saw Slovakia triumph 3-0.
- Scotland are unbeaten in their last five World Cup qualifiers at home (W3, D2). The Tartan Army are 7/5 to win.
- Scotland have won their last two WCQ and are looking to win three successive games in the same World Cup qualifying campaign for the first time since 1998.
- Leigh Griffiths has been involved in six goals in his last three internationals (three goals & three assists). The Celtic man is 9/4 to score in the game.
- 71% (10 of 14) of Scotland’s goals in these qualifiers have been scored in the second half.
- Adam Nemec has scored or assisted more goals in this qualifying campaign than any other Slovakia player (three goals, three assists). He is 17/5 to find the net.
Northern Ireland vs Germany (19:45)
- This will be the 17th meeting between the sides with Northern Ireland only having record two wins (D4, L10).
- Germany are unbeaten in their last 17 matches in all competitions, winning 14 and drawing three.
- Northern Ireland have won their last five internationals – their longest ever winning run.
- Both sides have only conceded two goals so far – a competition low.
- Michael McGovern has kept more clean sheets that any other goalkeeper in European WCQ with seven. He’s 8/1 to keep another clean sheet.
- Thomas Muller has had a hand in 10 goals in qualifying (five goals, five assists). The veteran forward is 13/10 to score.
Friday October 6
Georgia vs Wales (17:00)
- This will be the fifth time the sides have met with Wales yet to beat Georgia having drawn one and lost three. The draw was played out in this qualifying campaign when it finished 1-1 at the Cardiff City Stadium. A repeat of that 1-1 outcome is 6/1.
- Over those previous four matches, Wales have only scored two goals – Gareth Bale and Jason Koumas) while they’ve conceded nine.
- The only previous meeting in Tbilisi saw Wales thrashed 5-0 in a Euro 1996 qualifier under Mike Smith – current gaffer Chris Coleman played the full 90 minutes.
- Gareth Bale is two goals away from equalling Ian Rush’s record for the national team (28).
- Wales have won just one of their last seven games away from home (D3, L3), however they are unbeaten away from home in their last five WCQ (W1, D4).
- That win came in their most recent away game in Moldova last month.
- Georgia have won just one of their last 30 WCQ (D12, L17). That win came at home to Belarus in September 2012.
Republic of Ireland vs Moldova (19:45)
- This will be just the second ever meeting after Republic of Ireland won the reverse fixture 3-1.
- ROI are winless in their last four WCQ (D3, L1) scoring just two goals in the process.
- The defeat to Serbia last month was ROI’s first defeat in their last nine WCQs having won four and drawn four.
- James McClean is Ireland’s top goalscorer in 2018 qualifying (3), but he has failed to net in any of his previous four qualifiers.
- Two of McClean’s three goals came against Moldova back in October 2016 in the 3-1 win.
- Moldova are winless in their last 18 EURO & WC qualifiers (D4, L14). Their previous win was a 5-2 victory over Montenegro away from home back in October 2013.
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