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Stuart Dalgleish 1st Oct 2013 - 12:29

Champions League Opta Facts | 1-2 October

Zenit St Petersburg - Austria Vienna

  • This will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides.
  • The only Champions League encounter between Russian and Austrian sides was in the 1998/99 group stages between Spartak Moscow and Sturm Graz. The Russians won 2-0 in Graz before a 0-0 draw in the Russian capital.
  • Austrian teams are on a run of 9 consecutive defeats in the Champions League (Sturm Graz + Rapid Vienna + Austria Vienna).
  • Qualifiers excluded, Austria Vienna have only won 4 of their last 25 games in European competition (6 draws, 15 defeats).
  • Zenit have lost only one of their last 9 Champions League home games (4 wins, 4 draws).
  • Zenit's last four home games in the Champions League have produced 15 goals.
  • Austria Vienna had the worst passing success rate on the opening matchday of this season's Champions League (71.7%).
  • Zenit attempted the fewest crosses from open play on the first matchday of the Champions League (4).


Porto - Atletico Madrid

  • Porto are unbeaten in the Champions League against Atletico Madrid (2 wins, 2 draws).
  • Atletico Madrid have failed to score in their last 3 Champions League games against Porto.
  • Porto have kept a clean sheet in each of their last 4 Champions League games against Spanish sides at the Dragao.
  • Qualifiers excluded, Atletico Madrid have never won an away game against a Portuguese side (3 draws, 4 defeats).
  • Porto have kept 8 clean sheets in their last 11 Champions League games.
  • Porto have won their last 4 home games in the Champions League. They are unbeaten in their last 8 at the Dragao (6 wins, 2 draws), their last defeat dating back to November 2009 against Chelsea.
  • Atletico Madrid are winless in their last 6 away games in the Champions League (4 draws, 2 defeats).
  • However, they have only lost 2 of their 11 games away from home in the competition (3 wins, 6 draws).
  • Atletico Madrid have scored only one goal in their last 5 away Champions League games.
  • Porto completed the most dribbles on the opening matchday of the Champions League this season (20).


Ajax - AC Milan

  • AC Milan are unbeaten in their last three away games in the Champions League against Ajax (1 win, 2 draws).
  • Ajax have only won one of their six Champions League games against AC Milan since their victory against the Rossoneri in the 1995 final (2 draws, 3 defeats).
  • AC Milan have won none of their last five Champions League games against Dutch sides (2 draws, 3 defeats).
  • Ajax have won only 2 of their last 17 Champions League games against Italian sides (5 draws, 10 defeats).
  • Ajax have lost their last 3 Champions League games, conceding 4 goals each time.
  • Ajax have won only one of their last 9 Champions League games (at home v Manchester City last season).
  • Ajax have not kept any clean sheets in their last 8 Champions League games, conceding 23 goals in the process.
  • AC Milan have won only 3 of their last 15 away games in the Champions League (6 draws, 6 defeats).
  • Former Ajax midfielder Nigel de Jong made the most interceptions (7) on the opening matchday of this season's Champions League.

 

Celtic - Barcelona

  • Celtic have won only one of their six Champions League games against Barcelona (1 draw, 4 defeats). That solitary win came in last season's group stages at Celtic Park.
  • Barcelona completed 1,501 more passes than Celtic over their 2 Champions League encounters last season.
  • Celtic have only suffered 3 defeats in 24 Champions League home games, but 2 of these were against Barcelona.
  • Celtic have lost their last 3 Champions League games without scoring a single goal.
  • Celtic have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 8 Champions League games.
  • Barcelona have only won 2 of their last 8 Champions League games away from home (2 draws, 4 defeats).
  • Barcelona have failed to score in 4 of their last 8 Champions League games.
  • Celtic only had 1 shot on target on the first matchday, the lowest tally alongside Viktoria Plzen.
  • Lionel Messi has netted 62 goals in the Champions League, only Raul (71) has more goals to his name in the competition. He has netted more hat-tricks (3+ goals) than any other player in the competition (4).


Basel - Schalke

  • Schalke and Basel have only met once competitively, it was in the group stages of the 2004/05 UEFA Cup (1-1 in Gelsenkirchen).
  • Basel have conceded 12 goals in 4 Champions League games against German sides (1 win, 3 defeats).
  • Schalke have scored in each of their last 10 Champions League games.
  • Basel have won 4 of their last 5 Champions League games (1 defeat). Their last 3 wins have been against Manchester Utd, Bayern Munich and Chelsea.
  • None of Basel's last 13 Champions League home games has ended in a draw (6 wins, 7 defeats).
  • Schalke are unbeaten in their last 4 Champions League games away from home (2 wins, 2 draws). Their last defeat dates back to May 2011 against Manchester Utd at Old Trafford in the semi-finals.
  • Schalke are unbeaten in their last 12 Champions League games in the group stages (8 wins, 4 draws).
  • Basel only had 6 shots against Chelsea, the lowest tally on the opening matchday alongside Shakhtar.

 

Steaua Bucharest - Chelsea

  • This will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides.
  • Steaua have lost their two Champions League games against English opposition, it was when they met Arsenal in the 2007/08 group stages.
  • Only one Romanian club has beaten English opposition in the Champions League, it was Cluj against Manchester Utd at Old Trafford last season.
  • No Romanian club has ever scored more than one goal against English opposition in the Champions League (8 games).
  • Steaua have won only four of their 37 Champions League games (11%).
  • Steaua are winless in their last 18 Champions League games (4 draws, 14 defeats), their last victory in the competition dating back to September 2006 against Dinamo Kiev.
  • Steaua have failed to score in six of their last seven Champions League games and each of the last four.
  • Steaua have only ever scored more than one goal once in 18 home games in the Champions League, during their 3-5 defeat against Lyon in October 2008.
  • Steaua's last home win the Champions League was back in October 1996, against Widzew Lodz (1-0), that's a drought of 10 games on home soil.
  • Chelsea have won only 2 of their last 10 Champions League games away from home (3 draws, 5 defeats).
  • Chelsea attempted the most long passes on the opening matchday of this season's Champions League (87).
  • José Mourinho has failed to win his last 3 CL games with Chelsea (1 draw, 2 defeats).

 

Borussia Dortmund - Marseille

  • Marseille have won both their encounters with Borussia Dortmund. It was in the 2011/12 group stages: Marseille won 3-0 at the Vélodrome and 3-2 at the Westfalenstadion.
  • Marseille boast a 100% win record against 4 teams in the Champions League: Borussia Dortmund (2 wins out of 2), Club Brugge (2/2), FC Zürich (2/2) and MSK Zilina (2/2).
  • Marseille are the only side against which Dortmund have played at least twice in the Champions League and lost each time (2/2).
  • Borussia Dortmund have lost their last 3 Champions League games, conceding exactly 2 goals each time.
  • Borussia Dortmund have won their last 6 Champions League games at home.
  • Dortmund have found the net in each of their last 11 Champions League home games. The last time they failed to score was against AC Milan in December 2002 (0-1).
  • Marseille have lost their last 4 Champions League games, conceding exactly 2 goals each time.
  • Marseille's last away win in the Champions League was back in December 2011 against...Borussia Dortmund (3-2).
  • Dortmund were the only team to pick up a red card on the opening matchday of this season's Champions League (Roman Weidenfeller).
  • Elie Baup won three of his 13 Champions League games as manager.
  • André Ayew has scored three goals in two Champions League games against Dortmund.
  • Mathieu Valbuena completed the most passes in the final third on the opening matchday (40).

 

Arsenal - Napoli

  • This will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides.
  • Arsenal have kept a clean sheet in each of their last five home games against Italian sides, qualifiers included (4 wins, 1 draw).
  • The last Italian team to beat Arsenal in London were Inter Milan, 10 years ago in the Champions League group stages (17 September 2003).
  • Since that game, Arsenal have only lost 4 of their 46 home games in the Champions League (32 wins, 10 draws), but two of those defeats have come in the last three games.
  • Napoli have never won an away game in England, in all competitions (1 draw, 4 defeats).
  • Napoli have conceded 13 goals in their 5 away games against English sides.
  • Napoli have won only 1 of their 4 away games in the Champions League (1 draw, 2 defeats).
  • Arsenal have made it past the group stages in the last 10 seasons but have been knocked out at the last 16 stage in the last three campaigns.
  • Napoli have scored in all nine of the Champions League games they have played.
  • Arsène Wenger has won none of his 4 Champions League games against Rafael Benitez (2 draws, 2 defeats).
  • Benitez has won 54% of Champions League games as manager (45 out of 84). A better ratio than Wenger (46%).
  • Benitez has never managed a winning side away at Arsenal losing five and drawing four of his visits as a coach.
  • Qualifiers included, Aaron Ramsey has scored 4 goals in 3 European games this season.

 


CSKA Moscow - Viktoria Plzen

  • This will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides.
  • Czech clubs are unbeaten against Russian opposition in the Champions League (2 home wins, 2 draws away).
  • CSKA have only won 2 of their last 11 Champions League games (3 draws, 6 defeats).
  • The Moscow side have only kept one clean sheet in their last 13 home games in the Champions League.
  • Czech sides have only won 2 of their last 27 games in the Champions League (8 draws, 17 defeats).
  • Plzen have won only one of their seven games in the Champions League (2 draws, 4 defeats).
  • Plzen have failed to score in over half of their Champions League games (4 out of 7).
  • Plzen only had 1 shot on target on the first matchday, the lowest tally alongside Celtic.
  • CSKA Moscow were the only side that failed to have a shot from inside the opposition's penalty box on the opening matchday.

 

Shakhtar Donetsk - Manchester Utd

  • This will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides.
  • The record between Shakhtar and English opposition in the Champions League is perfectly balanced (3 home wins, 3 away defeats).
  • Shakhtar have won all three of their home games against English opposition in the Champions League (7 goals for, 2 against).
  • Shakhtar have always scored against English opposition in the Champions League (6 games).
  • Manchester Utd are unbeaten against Ukrainian clubs in the Champions League (3 wins, 1 draw).
  • Shakhtar Donetsk have played 55 games in the Champions League but have never had a goalless draw, a record.
  • Shakhtar have won only 2 of their last 8 home games in the Champions League (3 draws, 3 defeats). Their last home win was against an English side, Chelsea in October 2012 (2-1).
  • Manchester Utd have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 8 games in the Champions League.
  • Manchester Utd scored with 4 of their 5 shots on target against Bayer Leverkusen on the opening matchday.
  • Shakhtar only had 6 shots against Real Sociedad, the lowest tally on the opening matchday alongside Basel.
  • Wayne Rooney is the top English scorer in the Champions League (29 goals since 1992/93).
  • Robin van Persie has now scored in each of the last 10 Champions League seasons.

 

Bayer Leverkusen - Real Sociedad

  • This will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides.
  • Bayer Leverkusen have lost their last three Champions League games against Spanish sides, conceding a total of 13 goals.
  • Bayer Leverkusen have won four of their last six Champions League home games against Spanish sides (2 defeats).
  • Real Sociedad have never won an away game against German opposition, in all competitions (1 draw, 2 defeats).
  • Real Sociedad have won none of their last 7 Champions League games (three draws, four defeats).
  • Bayer Leverkusen have won their last 6 games at home in the group stages of the Champions League.
  • However, Bayer Leverkusen have lost their last 3 Champions League games, conceding 14 goals in the process.
  • Bayer Leverkusen have only failed to score twice in 32 home games in the Champions League.
  • Real Sociedad have failed to score in each of their last 3 Champions League games.
  • Real Sociedad had the most shots without scoring on the opening matchday of this season's Champions League (14).
  • Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno saved only 1 of the 5 shots on target he faced against Manchester Utd on the opening matchday, letting in the other 4.

 

Juventus - Galatasaray

  • The record between Juventus and Galatasaray is perfectly balanced (1 win each and 2 draws).
  • There has been no away win in the four competitive encounters between Juventus and Galatasaray.
  • Juventus have scored exactly two goals in each of their three home games against Turkish opposition in Europe (2 wins, 1 draw).
  • Galatasaray have never won in Italy in European competition (4 draws, 6 defeats).
  • Juventus have lost only two of their last 22 home games in the Champions League (14 wins, 6 draws), both of them against Bayern Munich.
  • Galatasaray have not kept a clean sheet in their last 13 away games in the Champions League.
  • Galatasaray conceded the most goals (6) and the most shots on target (12) on the opening matchday of this season's Champions League.
  • Juventus had the most shots on the first matchday of this season's Champions League: 27 (1 goal). They also made the most touches in the opposition box (40).
  • They also made the most crosses: 49. That's 15 more than any other side (Marseille with 34).
  • Galatasaray had the oldest players on the opening matchday with an average age of 28 years and 9 months. Then followed AC Milan (28 years, 6 months) and Juventus (28 years, 3 months).
  • The attacking duo of Galatasaray (Yilmaz and Drogba) didn't get a single shot on target on the opening matchday despite a combined 123 minutes on the pitch.


Real Madrid - FC Copenhagen

  • This will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides.
  • Real Madrid have won eight of their 10 competitive encounters with Danish clubs, scoring 40 goals and conceding 10.
  • Odense are the only Danish side to have beaten Real Madrid. It was in December 1994 in the UEFA Cup.
  • No Danish side has ever beaten Spanish opposition in the Champions League (2 draws, 4 defeats).
  • Real Madrid have scored in each of their last 26 Champions League games, the longest current run. The last time they failed to find the net was against Barcelona in April 2011.
  • Real Madrid have won more games than any other club in the history of the Champions League (106, since 1992/93).
  • Copenhagen have won only one of their last 7 Champions League games (3 draws, 3 defeats).
  • Real Madrid are unbeaten in their last 12 home games in the Champions League (10 wins, 2 draws). They have scored 39 goals in that run.
  • Copenhagen have failed to score in 5 of their 7 away games in the Champions League.
  • Copenhagen's only away win in the Champions League dates back to September 2010 (v Panathinaikos).
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 24 goals in his last 20 Champions League games.
  • Isco has scored 4 goals and delivered 3 assists in 9 Champions League starts.
  • Copenhagen goalkeeper Johan Wiland made the most saves on the opening matchday of this season's Champions League (10).


Paris SG - Benfica

  • No Portuguese side has ever beaten PSG at the Parc des Princes in European competition (2 draws, 4 defeats).
  • Benfica are unbeaten in their last three competitive encounters with PSG (2 wins, 1 draw).
  • Benfica are actually unbeaten in their last five encounters with French clubs (4 wins, 1 draw).
  • Both teams have always scored in each of their four competitive encounters.
  • Benfica have not managed to score more than two goals in a match their last 19 Champions League games.
  • PSG are unbeaten in their last nine Champions League games (6 wins, 3 draws), the longest current run. They have never failed to score during that sequence.
  • PSG are unbeaten at home in their last 24 games in European competition, qualifiers included (15 wins, 9 draws). Their last defeat dates back to 23 November 2006 in the group phase of the UEFA Cup, against Hapoel Tel-Aviv (2-4).
  • PSG's last defeat in the Champions League was against a Portuguese side: in October 2012 against Porto.
  • PSG have won 51% of their Champions League games (23 out of 45), the best ratio by a French team in the competition.
  • Benfica have won none of their last 6 away games in the Champions League (3 draws, 3 defeats).
  • Ezequiel Lavezzi has scored 5 goals and delivered 2 assists in his last 7 Champions League games.
  • Thiago Motta was involved in 3 of PSG's 4 goals against Olympiakos (2 goals, 1 assist).
  • Laurent Blanc has won 64.7% of games in the Champions League as manager (11 out of 17). Only Jupp Heynckes (67.6%) has a better ratio among managers with at least 10 games under their belt.


Anderlecht - Olympiakos

  • Anderlecht and Olympiakos have met once in the past. It was back in the 1974/75 European Cup. Anderlecht won 5-1 at home before losing 3-0 in Greece.
  • No Greek side has ever won at Anderlecht (2 draws, 4 defeats).
  • Olympiakos have lost their 2 away games against Belgian opposition, conceding 7 goals.
  • No Belgian side has ever made it past the group stages of the Champions League.
  • Anderlecht have won only two of their last 26 Champions League games (6 draws, 18 defeats).
  • Anderlecht have scored more than one goal only once in their last 18 Champions League home games, that was against AEK Athens (2-2 in December 2006).
  • Olympiakos have won only four of their 45 Champions League games away from home (8 draws, 33 defeats).
  • None of Olympiakos' last 16 Champions League games has ended in a draw (7 wins, 9 defeats).
  • Olympiakos have not kept a clean sheet in their last 8 Champions League games.
  • Anderlecht picked up the joint-most yellow cards on the opening matchday (5, with Shakhtar).

 

Manchester City - Bayern Munich

  • Manchester City and Bayern Munich have met once in the past. It was in the group stages of the 2011/12 Champions League. Both games were won 2-0 by the home side.
  • Bayern Munich have won only 1 of their last 6 away games against English opposition in the Champions League (1 draw, 4 defeats), that was against Arsenal in last season's knockout stages.
  • Manchester City are unbeaten at home against German opposition in European competition (3 wins, 2 draws).
  • Bayern Munich have won their last 6 Champions League games (16 goals for, 1 against).
  • Manchester City have won 4 of their 13 Champions League games (four draws, five defeats).
  • Manchester City are unbeaten at home in the Champions League (2 wins, 4 draws). Their last CL win at the Etihad was in December 2011 against...Bayern Munich (2-0).
  • Manchester City have never failed to score at home in the Champions League but have never netted more than two goals at the Etihad in the competition.
  • Bayern Munich have won all 4 of their Champions League games played outside the Allianz Arena in 2013.
  • Bayern Munich have not failed to score in their last eight Champions League away games. The last time they couldn't find the net on the road was in Basel in February 2012.
  • Sergio Agüero has scored in each of his last 3 starts for Manchester City in the Champions League.
  • Arjen Robben has scored in each of his last 4 Champions League games with Bayern Munich (two assists).
  • Frank Ribéry made more touches than any other player on the opening matchday (123).
  • Manuel Pellegrini lost 7 of his 8 encounters with Pep Guardiola in La Liga (1 draw).

 

 

 
 
 

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