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Eden Jon 9th Dec 2013 - 14:03

Champions League Opta Facts 10-11 December

 

Matchday 6

10-11 December 2013

Manchester Utd v Shakhtar Donetsk

  • Manchester United have failed to score in just one of their last 14 Champions League home games.
  • Manchester Utd are unbeaten against Ukrainian clubs in the Champions League (W3 D2).
  • David De Gea has kept three clean sheets in his last three Champions League games.
  • Man United and Milan are the only teams to have benefited twice from own goals in the CL this season.
  • Wayne Rooney is the top scoring English player in Champions League history with 29 goals.
  • Shakhtar Donetsk are winless in their five European games in England (D1 L4).
  • Shakhtar have always scored against English opposition in the Champions League (seven games).
  • All seven Shakhtar's goals in this Champions League have been scored by Brazilian players.
  • Manchester United have lost two of their last four home matches in the Champions League (W2).

Real Sociedad v Bayer Leverkusen

  • Real Sociedad have only scored one goal in five games in the CL this season, joint-fewest with Austria Wien.
  • Real Sociedad have managed a shot conversion rate of 2.3% (excl. penalties), the lowest in current Champions League campaign.
  • Bayer Leverkusen have won none of their last 14 Champions League away games (four draws, ten defeats).
  • Real Sociedad's last goal at home in the Champions League was scored exactly ten years ago, on 10th December 2003 (against Galatasaray).
  • Leverkusen have reached the knockout stages in their last two appearances in the Champions League without recording an away win in the group stage.
  • Bayer Leverkusen have won just one of their eight away games against Spanish opposition in the Champions League (D1 L6).

Galatasaray v Juventus

  • Juventus will qualify to the knock-out stage if they draw against Galatasaray, while the Turkish side must win in order to to go through to the next round.
  • If the Bianconeri draw, they will be the second side to qualify to the CL knock-out stage since 2003/04 (one group stage) winning only one game. The first team were Glasgow Rangers in 2005/06.
  • The Champions League record between Galatasaray and Juventus is perfectly balanced (1 win each and 3 draws).
  • Galatasaray have scored in each of their five previous encounters with Juventus in the Champions League.
  • Didier Drogba has scored (two) or assisted (two) four of last six Galatasaray CL goals.
  • Didier Drogba is the top scoring African in Champions League history (42 goals).
  • Juventus have taken the most corners in the Champions League this season (43), while Galatasaray have had the fewest (14).
  • Juventus have been awarded the most penalties in the CL this season (four) and scored all of them.
  • Carlos Tevez has attempted the most shots of any player yet to score this season in the Champions League (21). He has not scored a goal in his last 13 CL appearances. Last time he found the back of the net was back in April 2009 for Manchester United (against Porto).
  • Arturo Vidal is the third Juventus player to score a hat-trick in the Champions League, after Filippo Inzaghi (twice) and Alessandro Del Piero.

FC Copenhagen v Real Madrid

  • FC Copenhagen have lost just one of their nine home Champions League games (W5 D3).
  • Real Madrid have won only three of their last nine Champions League away games (D2 L4).
  • FC Copenhagen have only attempted 29 shots (excluding blocked) in the Champions League this season, fewer than any other team.
  • Real Madrid have scored 18 goals in the current Champions League campaign, more than any other team.
  • Real Madrid have won nine of their 11 competitive encounters with Danish clubs, scoring 44 goals and conceding 10.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored eight goals in his four Champions League appearances this season.
  • Real Madrid have lost only one of their last 26 CL group stage matches (20 wins, five draws).
  • Angel Di Maria has assisted the most goals in the competition this season (five).
  • Real Madrid have scored a goal in 30 consecutive CL games, thus overtaking Barcelona's record (29).

Benfica v Paris St Germain

  • Benfica have won both of their two home games against French opposition in the Champions League.
  • Benfica have committed 88 fouls in the current CL campaign, more than any other team.
  • Paris St Germain have scored nine goals in their two previous away fixtures in the Champions League this season.
  • Paris St Germain have scored in each of their five competitive encounters with Benfica.
  • PSG have scored eight of their 15 goals in the first half, the most of all teams in the CL this season.
  • PSG are unbeaten in their last 13 CL games, thus setting a new club record in Europe (W9 D4).
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored eight goals in his last four CL appearances.
  • Only Fernando Morientes has scored more CL goals for a French team in a single campaign (9 with Monaco in 2003/04) than Zlatan Ibrahimovic (8 with PSG this season).
  • All four of Gregory van der Wiel's assists in this CL campaign have been provided for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
  • Laurent Blanc has won 66.7% of games in the Champions League as manager (14 out of 21). Only Jupp Heynckes (67.6%) has a better ratio among managers with at least 10 games under their belt.

Olympiakos v Anderlecht

  • Olympiakos have won five of their last seven home Champions League games (L2).
  • Olyampiakos goalkeeper Roberto has saved two penalties in the current CL campaign, more than any other player.
  • Anderlecht have won just one of their last 17 Champions League matches (D7 L9).
  • No Belgian side has ever made it past the group stages of the Champions League.
  • Anderlecht forward Frank Acheampong has made five appearances as a sub in five CL games this season, more than any other player.
  • However, Anderlecht manager John van den Brom has used only 12 substitutions; no side has used fewer this season in the Champions League.
  • Having scored against Benfica, Anderlecht's defender Chancel Mbemba Mangulu (19 years old) became the youngest player with at least one goal in the current CL.
  • Konstantinos Mitroglou has caught in offside 11 times; more than any other player over this CL campaign.

Bayern Munich v Manchester City

  • After victory against CSKA Moscow, Bayern Munich have become the first team in Champions League history to win 10 games in a row.
  • Apart from David Beckham, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Franck Ribery are the only players in Champions League history to win 11 matches in a row.
  • Bayern Munich have averaged the highest share of possession in the Champions League this season (69.3%).
  • Arjen Robben has scored six and assisted four goals in his last seven Champions League appearances.
  • Bayern Munich have only conceded two goals in this season's campaign, fewer than any other team.
  • Manchester City have failed to score in just two of their 17 CL games, both away to German sides (Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich).
  • Joe Hart has kept just one clean sheet in his last 10 Champions League appearances for Manchester City.
  • Manchester City have already managed their best Champions League group stage record (12 points from five games).
  • Alvaro Negredo has scored five times in his five Champions League appearances for Manchester City.

Viktoria Plzen v CSKA Moscow

  • Viktoria Plzen have conceded the most goals in the Champions League this season (16).
  • Plzen goalkeeper Matus Kozacik has stopped 34 shots in the 2013/14 CL, more than any other 'keeper.
  • Viktoria have been caught offside more often than any other side (24).
  • Igor Akinfeev has conceded in 20 Champions League games in a row, a longest run in the history of competition.
  • Alongside FC Copenhagen, CSKA have conceded the joint-most headed goals in this CL (four).
  • CSKA Moscow have committed the fewest fouls in current CL campaign (43).

Schalke 04 v Basel

  • Schalke must win this game to secure a place in the last-16 of this Champions League.
  • A draw would be enough for Basel to get to the knockout stage of the Champions League for the second time in the history of the Club.
  • These sides have met only twice so far - the Germans are unbeaten against Basle having claimed a 1-1 draw in the Uefa Cup 2004-05 and a 1-0 win in the reverse fixture earlier in October.
  • Swiss sides are currently without a win in Germany in eight attempts, since Servette won in Berlin against Hertha back in December 2001.
  • German sides haven't conceded a single goal in the last four games played at home against Swiss opponents.
  • Schalke have picked up just one point from their last three Champions League games; failing to score a single goal in the process.
  • Basel are unbeaten in their last three Champions League games, despite scoring only one goal in each of these fixtures.
  • Basel have scored and conceded goals in each of their last four away games played in Europe between this and last season.
  • Julian Draxler (two goals, one assist) has been involved in three of the four Schalke's goals in Champions League this term.

Chelsea v Steaua Bucharest

  • Chelsea have qualified for the knockout stage of the Champions League for the 11th time in their history.
  • Chelsea must win to secure the first place in Group E, while Steaua are already out of the European competition, regardless the result of this game.
  • This will be the 4th meeting between Chelsea and Steaua, with the Blues leading by two wins to one.
  • Romanian sides have won at English soil only twice in European competition: Universitatea Craiova beat Leeds United at Elland Road in the UEFA Cup in November 1979, while CFR Cluj had the better of Manchester United at Old Trafford in December 2012 in Champions League.
  • Chelsea have shared only one draw over their last 19 European games, and won three of the last four.
  • Before losing their last game to Basel 1-0, Chelsea had scored an average of 3.4 goals per game over their previous five Champions League fixtures.
  • Steaua have drawn their last three Champions League games.
  • In the reverse fixture in Bucharest, Ramires scored his first brace in Champions League.

Marseille v Borussia Dortmund

  • Borussia Dortmund could qualify even if they lose or draw this game; only if Napoli fail to better the German's result against Arsenal.
  • Hence, a win would guarantee Borussia a place in the last-16 of this Champions League, while Marseille will end their European campaign after this game.
  • Marseille are on a run of eight losses in a row in Champions League - this is the longest negative run since Dinamo Zagreb's 11 consecutive defeats ended last December.
  • Marseille have picked up only one point from their last five games against a German opponent in Europe.
  • Borussia have won three of their last four Champions League fixtures.
  • Dortmund have won only once in France so far, back in March 1997 (1-0 vs Auxerre), and on that occasion they went on to win the trophy.
  • Dortmund have scored only two goals over their eight trips to France so far in European competitions.
  • Jakub Blaszczykowski scored his first Champions League goal against Marseille, back in December 2011.

Napoli v Arsenal

  • Napoli must win by a three goal margin to secure a place in the last-16, regardless the result of the other game.
  • However, Napoli must do better than Dortmund against Marseille to reach the knockout stage of the Champions League for the second time in the history of the Club.
  • If they win by a one or two goal margin and Borussia Dortmund beat Marseille, Napoli will be the first side to finish at the 3rd place in a CL group picking up 12 points.
  • Napoli have not drawn a game over their last 18 fixtures in European competition.
  • The Partenopei haven't kept a single clean sheet over their last 12 games between Champions League and Europa League.
  • Arsenal are on course to reach the knockout stage of the Champions League for the 11th season in a row.
  • Arsene Wenger's side were defeated 4-0 in their last trip to Italy (vs AC Milan in February 2012) - overall their record in Italy in the Champions League is W3 D3 L3.
  • The Gunners have won five of their last six Champions League fixtures between this and last season.
  • Mesut Özil has scored only once in an away game in the Champions League - at Allianz Arena, back in April 2012.
  • Gonzalo Higuaín has never scored against an English team in the Champions League.

Austria Wien v Zenit

  • Should Zenit win, they would secure a place in the last-16 of this Champions League.
  • The Russian side could progress with a draw or even a loss, if Porto fail to win their game against Atletico in Madrid.
  • The only previous meeting between these two sides was the goalless draw of the reverse fixture in Russia.
  • Russian sides are unbeaten in their last five encounters against Austrian opposition in European competitions (W3, D2).
  • Austria Wien have scored just a goal in this Champions League; the worst attack in the competition alongside Real Sociedad.
  • They've also attempted only 10 shots on target so far; a competition-low.
  • Hulk has attempted 31 shots (including blocked) so far; a competition-high.

Atletico Madrid v Porto

  • Porto must win if they want to qualify to the knockout stage of this Champions League, while Atletico have already secured a place in the last-16 and will top Group G, regardless the result of this game.
  • Atletico have won five of their last six European fixtures, drawing the last against Zenit.
  • Portuguese sides have managed to win at the Calderon only once in seven previous meetings in European competitions (D2 L4).
  • Porto have won just one of their last five away games in the Champions League (D2 L2), and three of the last 10 (D2 L5).
  • Porto have lost their last two away games against Spanish opponents, prior to that they had been unbeaten in Spain for five games in European competition (W3 D2).
  • Porto have had 43 shots go off target so far, more than any other side in this Champions League, while only 27 of their attempts tested the opposition's 'keeper.
  • Diego Costa has scored three goals in his only two appearances in the Champions League.
  • Alex Sandro (Porto) has completed 24 dribbles so far; more than any other player in the Champions League this season.

AC Milan v Ajax

  • AC Milan won their last game 3-0 at Celtic - last time the Rossoneri won back-to-back games in Champions League was between September and October 2011.
  • AC Milan would secure a place in the last 16 if they don't lose against Ajax - it would be the 11th consecutive time the Rossoneri reach the knockout stage of this competition.
  • Ajax need to win in order to reach the last 16; the Dutch side haven't progressed to the knockout stage since 2005-06.
  • AC Milan have conceded only one goal over their last three home games in the Champions League (excl. qualifiers).
  • These two sides have met 11 times so far in the European Cup/Champions League, including the 1995 final won 1-0 by the Dutch - the record is perfectly even with four wins apiece and three draws.
  • The four meetings in Milan (Champions League) have seen two wins apiece, with Ajax having the better in their last visit to the San Siro back in December 2010.
  • Ajax are the only side to have conceded three penalties in this Champions League.
  • Against Celtic, Kakà scored 2212 days after his last goal with the Rossoneri in the Champions League (November 2007 vs Shakhtar Donetsk).

Barcelona v Celtic

  • Barcelona have won only three of their last nine European games between this and last season, losing and drawing also three.
  • The Blaugrana have won four of their last five games in European competition against Celtic (L1).
  • Celtic have failed to score in six of their last seven Champions League fixtures.
  • The Scottish haven't drawn any of their last 12 European fixtures (excl. qualifiers).
  • Celtic have picked up only three draws from their 15 away games in Spain (L12, excl.qualifiers).
  • Only Austria Wien (27%) have recorded a lower shooting accuracy than Celtic (32%) so far this season in this competition.
  • Celtic have also the lowest possession rate in this Champions League (37%) - in the reverse fixture Barcelona set the record of the highest possession in a single CL game this term (82%).
  • Barcelona have allowed their opponents only 34 shots so far - fewer than any other side in this Champions League.
  • Celtic are the only side to have picked up two red cards in Champions League this term.
  • Neymar has attempted 14 shots but he is yet to score a goal in this competition: only Tévez fired more shots (15) without finding the net in Champions League this term.

 

 
 
 

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