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Rupert Wyman 18th Oct 2009 - 12:55

Champions League Opta Facts - 20 October

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Debreceni v Fiorentina

  • No Hungarian side has ever won a home match in the Champions League; in six attempts.
  • The Hungarian side are among four teams to have conceded the most goals this season in the competition - five.
  • Fiorentina have only won twice in their previous 10 away fixtures in the Champions League.
  • Fiorentina have met Hungarian opposition four times in European competition (three wins, one defeat), scoring at least once in each match.
  • Fiorentina's last three European goals have come from 19 year-old Stevan Jovetic.
  • Debreceni have allowed their opponents the most shots in the Champions League this season - 35 in only two matches.

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Liverpool v Lyon

  • Liverpool have won six of their eight Champions League encounters against French sides, conceding only three goals in the process.
  • Steven Gerrard has scored four goals in his last three Champions League appearances against French opposition.
  • Miralem Pjanic has scored or assisted four of Lyon's five goals this season in this competition.
  • Lyon have never won or kept a clean sheet in six matches against English opposition in the Champions League.
  • Lyon have scored 13 goals in their last four away matches in the Champions League.
  • Liverpool have been defeated just once at home in the Champions League group stages since 2002 - by another French side, Olympique Marseille in October 2007.

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Barcelona v Rubin Kazan

  • No Russian side has managed a win in Spain in the Champions League since CSKA Moscow won in Barcelona in the inaugural competition in November 1992.
  • Barcelona have kept a clean sheet in their last three Champions League matches.
  • The Russian side are without a win in three away matches in all competitions.
  • Rubin Kazan's two Champions League goals have both been scored by striker Alejandro Dominguez, and both were the first goal of the game.
  • Only six visiting teams have managed to keep a clean sheet in 71 matches at the Camp Nou in the Champions League.
  • Pep Guardiola's men have won all five of their competitive home matches this season.

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Internazionale v Dinamo Kiev

  • The sides met in the 2003/04 Champions League, with Inter winning 2-1 at home and drawing 1-1 in Kiev.
  • Inter have failed to score a single goal in their last three home matches in the Champions League, and have scored just two in their last six.
  • Jose Mourinho's men have gone seven consecutive Champions League matches without a win.
  • Dinamo's only win on Italian soil in the Champions League was awarded by default, against Roma in September 2004.
  • Jose Mourinho has just a 20% win ratio with Inter Milan in the Champions League; it was 48% when he managed Chelsea.
  • No Eastern European side has ever won at the San Siro in the Champions League, whether against Inter or AC Milan. 

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Rangers v Unirea Urziceni

  • No side has conceded more goals than Rangers so far in the competition (5).
  • Rangers have won none of their last six Champions League fixtures.
  • Rangers have conceded seven goals in their last two home matches in this competition (two defeats).
  • The only Romanian side Rangers have previously met in European competition is Steaua Bucharest, who failed to win any of their three trips to Glasgow (two defeats and one draw).
  • Rangers have only won one of their last seven home matches in this competition.
  • Romanian teams have only claimed eight victories in 52 Champions League matches (15% win ratio).

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Stuttgart v Sevilla

  • These sides have met just once before, in the group stage of the 2008/09 UEFA Cup, Sevilla won 2-0 at home.
  • Luis Fabiano has been directly involved in 83% of Sevilla's goals after two match days (two goals, three assists).
  • Sevilla have scored more headed goals (3) than any other side this season in the Champions League.
  • The Germans have only won one of their last 11 Champions League matches.
  • Stuttgart have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last eight fixtures in this competition.
  • Former Spurs striker Frederic Kanoute has scored eight goals in his last 11 European appearances.

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AZ Alkmaar v Arsenal

  • AZ have only lost once in their 34 home matches in European competition.
  • Arsenal have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last eight away matches in the Champions League, and have won just twice in this period.
  • Arsenal have conceded just five goals and never more than one in their 10 Champions League encounters against Dutch sides.
  • Four of Arsenal's five goals have been scored after the 75th minute. No other team has scored more than two during that period.
  • By winning the Eredivisie last season, AZ became the first side other than Ajax, Feyenoord or PSV to claim the Dutch title in 28 years.

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Olympiakos v Standard Liege

  • Olympiakos have kept a clean sheet in their last four home matches in this competition, shutting out teams such as Real Madrid and Chelsea.
  • The Greek side are unbeaten in their last six home fixtures in this competition.
  • The four Champions League encounters between Greek and Belgian teams have all ended in draws.
  • Standard Liege have the lowest average possession in the Champions League after two match days, 34%.
  • No Belgian team has ever reached the knock out stages of the Champions League.

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