UEFA Europa League Matchday 2 Insight: Results, Key Stats, Trends, and More

    UEFA Europa League Matchday 2 Insight: Results, Key Stats, Trends, and More
    16/09/22 585

    Due to the postponement of Arsenal vs. PSV Eindhoven, Matchday 2 of the UEFA Europa League dished up 15 games. Still, there are plenty of talking points to discuss from Thursday’s clashes.

    Below, we look at all the important stats and intriguing trends from Matchday 2 of the Europa League – including home and away patterns, goal stats, clean sheets and standout players.

    First, let’s go over the results.

    Europa League Matchday 2 Results

    • Real Sociedad 2-1 Omonia
    • Olympiacos 0-3 SC Freiburg
    • Sheriff 0-2 Manchester United
    • Feyenoord 6-0 Sturm Graz
    • Qarabag 3-0 Nantes
    • Monaco 0-1 Ferencvaros
    • Trazbonspor 2-1 Red Star Belgrade
    • Midtjylland 5-1 Lazio
    • Rennes 2-2 Fenerbahce
    • Bodo/Glimt 2-1 FC Zurich
    • Roma 3-0 HJK
    • Dynamo Kyiv 0-1 AEK Larnaca
    • Braga 1-0 Union Berlin
    • Real Betis 3-2 Ludogorets
    • Union Saint-Gilloise 3-2 Malmo

     

    Manchester United sealed an away victory over Sheriff, while Feyenoord thrashed Sturm Graz 6-0. Elsewhere, Midtjylland crushed Lazio 5-1. There were also big wins for Freiburg, Qarabag and Roma.

    Home and Away Trends – What Did We Learn?

    • Home wins: 10
    • Away wins: 4
    • Draws: 1

    One of the most interesting trends to emerge from Matchday 2 is the lack of draws. Indeed, only one of the 15 games – Rennes 2-2 Fenerbahce – ended all sqaure.

    As you can see, home teams dominated proceedings on Thursday. Ten matches produced home winners, while just four teams managed to win on their travels.

    Europa League Matchday 2 Goal Stats

    • Both teams scored: 7
    • Over 2.5 goals: 11
    • Under 2.5 goals: 4
    • Over 3.5 goals: 5
    • Under 1.5 goals: 3
    • Clean sheets: 8

     

    Less than half of the clashes saw both teams score. However, there were plenty of goals. 11 of the 15 games produced over 2.5 goals, while five dished up over 3.5 goals.

    Eight sides kept clean sheets on Matchday 2 – Freiburg, Man Utd, Feyenoord, Qarabag, Ferencvaros, Roma, AEK Larnaca and Braga.

    Players Who Caught the Eye on Matchday 2

    • Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Feyenoord: 2 goals
    • Michael Gregoritsch, SC Freiburg: 2 goals
    • Evander, Midtjylland: 1 goal, 2 assists
    • Lorenzo Pellegrini, Roma: 1 goal, 1 assist

     

    There were braces for Feyenoord’s Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Freiburg’s Michael Gregoritsch on Matchday 2. Jahanbakhsh netted two of Feyenoord’s six goals against Sturm Graz.

    Evander starred for Midtjylland against Lazio, bagging a goal and two assists. Meanwhile, Roma captain Lorenzo Pellegrini chalked up a goal and an assist in his side’s 3-0 victory over HJK.