Thursday, November 22, 2012

Helsingborg vs Levante UD @ 19:00

Olympia - Helsingborg 22/11/2012 - 19:00CET (19:00 local time)

from UEFA Europa League:

Helsingborgs IF will look to throw a spanner in the works for Levante UD, with defeat in Sweden having the potential to make things tough for the Spanish side in UEFA Europa League Group L.

• Helsingborg must win both of their remaining games to have any chance of a round of 32 place. Levante would make it through to the round of 32 in their first European campaign with a win in Sweden, but a draw or a defeat could leave them vulnerable to being caught on matchday six.

Previous meetings
• Levante won 1-0 when the sides met in Valencia on matchday one. Former Spanish international Juanfran was the unlikely match winner, the left-back scoring his first goal since rejoining the club in 2010. It was Levante's first experience of Swedish opposition and Helsingborg's first UEFA game against a team from Spain.

• The 26 past UEFA club competition ties between teams from the two countries have finished largely in the Spanish teams' favour. Spanish clubs' record against their Swedish counterparts reads W19 D4 L3 (W13 D2 L0 at home – W6 D2 L3 in Sweden). Those home results include the away leg of FC Barcelona's 1974/75 European Cup Winners' Cup quarter-final against Åtvidabergs FF, which was also played at the Camp Nou.

• The Spanish side have won the last ten meetings between Spanish and Swedish clubs since AIK Solna held Barcelona to a 1-1 home draw in a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup game on 20 March 1997. There have been 13 meetings since the last Swedish win: IFK Göteborg's 2-1 success against Barça in the UEFA Champions League group stage on 28 September 1994.

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