Published 26 October 2021 4 min read
England Women's Senior Team

Opta Facts: Latvia v England

Written by:

Harvey Downes

It's England Women's first ever meeting with Latvia on Tuesday evening, so take a look at the latest Opta facts

England face Latvia in their next Women's World Cup qualifier on Tuesday evening, in what will be the first meeting between the two nations' women's teams.

Ahead of the match, which takes place at the Daugavas Stadium in the Latvian capital of Riga and will be live in the UK on ITV, read the latest from Opta.

● This will be England Women’s first ever meeting with Latvia in any competition.

● The Lionesses are unbeaten in their last 34 matches when facing an opposing nation for the first time (W27 D7), winning each of their last nine such fixtures by an aggregate scoreline of 45-1. They last lost to a team when facing them for the first time back in November 1990, a 1-4 defeat to Germany in a Euro qualifier.

● England have won each of their three games in this World Cup qualifying campaign by an aggregate scoreline of 22-0. Only France (24) and Denmark (23) have scored more goals than the Lionesses.

● England haven’t lost a qualifier for a major tournament (World Cup/EUROs – including play-offs) since a 1-0 loss to France in November 2002. Since that defeat, the Lionesses have gone 63 qualifying games without losing (W54 D9), winning 15 of their last 16 such matches.

● Latvia come into this game having lost each of their last 14 matches across all competitions, scoring just five goals and conceding 65 in return.

● England have lost two of their last five away matches in all competitions (W3), as many defeats as in their previous 22 matches on the road combined.

Last time out against Northern Ireland, substitute Beth Mead became the first player to score a competitive hat-trick for England since Jodie Taylor in July 2017 against Scotland. Mead has been involved in five of England’s last eight goals in World Cup qualifying (three goals, two assists).

● England have had seven goals scored by substitutes in this World Cup qualifying campaign (including all four goals against Northern Ireland last time out) – more than any other side.