Euro 2016 – Can Republic of Ireland finally defeat Belgium?

UefaeuropeanchampionshiptrophyWith some cracking games lined up this weekend in the Euro 2016 tournament, SBC brings some more bite-size facts about some of this week’s games, as provided by iSportGenius.

Italy vs Sweden: Kick-off Friday June 17, 2:00pm BST

  • Including friendlies, Italy is undefeated in its last four internationals against Sweden, winning three and drawing one.
  • Including friendlies, each of Italy’s last six wins against Sweden have come by a margin of one goal.
  • Including friendlies, Sweden hasn’t scored a first-half goal in any of its last five internationals against Italy.

Croatia vs Czech Republic: Kick-off Friday June 17, 5:00pm BST

  • Including friendlies, both teams have scored during the first half in each of the two previous internationals between the Czech Republic and Croatia.
  • Including friendlies, Croatia has never lost to the Czech Republic.
  • The Czech Republic has played 17 consecutive UEFA Euro matches without a draw.

Spain vs Turkey: Kick-off Friday June 17, 8:00pm BST

  • Including qualifiers, Spain has not lost any of its last five matches against Turkey at either the World Cup or UEFA Euro championships.
  • Including qualifiers, Spain has only lost one of its last 40 matches at the UEFA Euro championships.
  • Including qualifiers, Spain has kept a clean sheet in each of its last nine UEFA Euro fixtures.

Belgium vs Republic of Ireland: Kick-off Saturday June 18, 2:00pm BST

  • Five of the seven internationals contested between Belgium and the Republic of Ireland have resulted in a draw.
  • Across their seven internationals, the Republic of Ireland has never defeated Belgium.
  • Including qualifiers, nine of the Republic of Ireland’s last 11 matches at the UEFA Euros have seen two or less goals scored.

Iceland vs Hungary: Kick-off Saturday June 18, 5:00pm BST

  • Including friendlies, Hungary has won each of its last five matches against Iceland.
  • Including friendlies, each of the last three internationals between Iceland and Hungary have seen at least four goals scored.
  • Including friendlies, none of the eight internationals between Iceland and Hungary have resulted in a draw.
  • Including qualifiers, in four of the last six meetings between Iceland and Hungary at a major tournament, the team which scored the first goal went on to lose.

Portugal vs Austria: Kick-off Saturday June 18, 8:00pm BST

  • Including friendlies, three of the last four internationals between Portugal and Austria have resulted in a 1-1 draw.
  • Including friendlies, both teams have scored during five of the last six internationals between Portugal and Austria.
  • Austria has never won a match at the UEFA Euros.

Romania vs Albania: Kick-off Sunday June 19, 8:00pm BST

  • Including friendlies, Romania is unbeaten in its last 13 international meetings with Albania, winning 10 of them.
  • Including friendlies, in the last five meetings between the two teams, 10 of Romania’s 11 goals have come after half-time.
  • Including friendlies, Albania has never scored more than one goal in a match against Romania.

Switzerland vs France: Kick-off Sunday June 19, 8:00pm BST

  • Including friendlies, France is unbeaten in its last six matches against Switzerland.
  • Switzerland hasn’t scored a first-half goal in any of its last four internationals against France.
  • Including friendlies, France has won each of its last six internationals.

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