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Robert Alexander 21st Oct 2013 - 8:25

Champions League Opta Facts | 22-23 October

Steaua Bucharest v Basel

  • This is the first competitive meeting between these two teams.
  • Basel have won their last three Champions League games against Romanian sides (v Cluj and Otelul Galati).
  • Steaua have won only four of their 38 Champions League games (11%). They have lost their last six games in the competition.
  • Steaua are winless in their last 19 Champions League games (4 draws, 15 defeats), their last victory in the competition dating back to September 2006 against Dinamo Kiev.
  • Steaua have failed to score in seven of their last eight Champions League games and each of the last five.
  • Basel have won only four of their 17 Champions League games away from home (5 draws, 8 defeats).
  • Basel have conceded 41 goals in 17 Champions League away games and only kept one clean sheet (v Spartak Moscow, November 2002).
  • Steaua are one of four teams yet to score in the Champions League this season, along with Anderlecht, Austria Vienna and Celtic.

Schalke v Chelsea

  • Schalke are unbeaten in their last 13 Champions League games in the group stages (9 wins, 4 draws).
  • Schalke have scored in each of their last 11 Champions League games.
  • Schalke are winless in their two Champions League encounters with Chelsea in the Champions League (1 draw, 1 defeat) and have failed to score in both games.
  • Schalke's last away Champions League game in London ended in a 2-0 win against Arsenal at the Emirates (October 2012).
  • Schalke have won their two opening games for the first time in a Champions League campaign.
  • Schalke are the only team, along with Barcelona, yet to concede a goal in this season's Champions League.
  • Chelsea have only won one of their seven away Champions League games in Germany (including the 2012 final v Bayern Munich). It was against Vfb Stuttgart in February 2004 (1-0).
  • Chelsea have only failed to score once in their last 22 Champions League games, against Juventus in November 2012 (0-3).
  • Schalke's four Champions League goals this season have been scored in the second-half.
  • Julian Draxler has scored two goals and delivered one assist in his two Champions League games this season.
  • Eden Hazard has never scored in the Champions League (13 games).

Arsenal v Borussia Dortmund

  • Arsenal have won their two opening games of a Champions League campaign for the seventh time in the last nine seasons.
  • Arsenal have won their last three Champions League games, the last time they won four was in 2005 (6, from March to November).
  • Arsenal have won their two home games against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League (4 goals scored, 1 conceded).
  • Dortmund have never kept a clean sheet in four Champions League games against Arsenal.
  • Dortmund's only away win in England in the Champions League dates back to April 1997 against Manchester Utd (1-0). Since then, they have suffered three defeats and a draw.
  • Arsenal have only lost 4 of their last 47 home games in the Champions League (33 wins, 10 draws), but the last 2 defeats have both come against German sides (Schalke and Bayern Munich in 2012/13).
  • Borussia Dortmund have won only one of their last 11 Champions League games played outside Signal Iduna Park (4 draws, 6 defeats), that was against Ajax at the Amsterdam Arena last season.
  • Mesut Ozil has delivered more assists than any other player in the Champions League since 2010/11 (15).
  • Only four of Robert Lewandowski's 13 Champions League goals have been scored away from home.

Marseille v Napoli

  • This is the first competitive meeting between these two teams.
  • Marseille have lost their last five Champions League games, conceding 11 goals in the process. Their record in the competition stands at six defeats in a row, back in 2007 and 2008.
  • Marseille have failed to score in six of their last 10 Champions League games.
  • Since their victory in the final against AC Milan in 1993, Marseille have won only one of their six Champions League games against Italian sides (1 draw, 4 defeats), that was against Inter Milan in February 2012 (1-0).
  • Napoli have won only one of their five away games in the Champions League (1 draw, 3 defeats).
  • Napoli's only away win versus French opposition was against Bordeaux in November 1988 (UEFA Cup). Their last encounter with a French club was over 20 years ago, against Paris SG in the UEFA Cup (lost 2-0 on aggregate).
  • Napoli have failed to score in their last three competitive encounters with French clubs.
  • Elie Baup has won three of his 14 Champions League games as manager.
  • Dimitri Payet has never scored in the Champions League despite 12 games played and 26 shots attempted.
  • Gonzalo Higuain has never scored against a French club in the Champions League (7 games). If he plays, it will be his 50th game in the competition.

Porto v Zenit St Petersburg

  • Zenit are unbeaten against Porto in the Champions League. They met in the 2011/12 group stages, with the Russian side winning 3-1 at home before playing out a goalless draw in Porto.
  • All three Champions League games between Porto and Russian sides at the Dragao have ended 0-0 (twice v CSKA Moscow and once v Zenit).
  • Porto have never scored more than one goal in their last five Champions League games.
  • Porto's only defeat in their last nine Champions League games at the Dragao was in their last home game (v Atletico Madrid).
  • Zenit have won only two of their 11 Champions League games away from home (2 draws, 7 defeats). They have failed to score in six of these games.
  • Porto have conceded the most fouls in the Champions League this season (41).
  • Porto left-back Alex Sandro has completed the most dribbles in the Champions League this season (13).

Austria Vienna v Atletico Madrid

  • Austria Vienna and Atletico Madrid's only previous encounter was in the first round of the 1970/71 European Cup. The Spanish side won both games (2-0 at home and 2-1 in Austria).
  • Qualifiers excluded, Austria Vienna have only won 4 of their last 26 games in European competition (7 draws, 15 defeats).
  • Atletico Madrid have only lost 2 of their 12 games away from home in the Champions League (4 wins, 6 draws).
  • The teams from Vienna are still winless in the Champions League in 14 games (Rapid + Austria).
  • Austrian teams have lost nine of their last 10 Champions League games, drawing the other one.
  • Atletico Madrid have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last seven Champions League games.
  • Atletico Madrid have won their last two Champions League games, which is as many victories as in their previous 13 games in the competition.
  • This is the third time Atletico have won their first two games of a Champions League campaign. They have never opened up with three straight victories.
  • Austria Vienna's games have so far produced only one goal (0 for, 1 conceded), the lowest tally in the Champions League this season.
  • Four of Atletico Madrid's five Champions League goals this season have been scored from set-pieces.
  • Arda Turan has scored two goals and delivered one assist in his two Champions League games this season.

Celtic v Ajax

  • The last competitive encounter between Celtic and Ajax dates back to August 2001 in the Champions League play-offs. Celtic won 3-1 in Holland before losing 1-0 at home.
  • Ajax have won their two Champions League encounters with Scottish sides. It was against Rangers in the 1996/97 campaign (4-1 at home and 1-0 away).
  • Celtic have only suffered 4 defeats in 25 Champions League home games, 3 of these coming against against Barcelona.
  • Celtic have lost their last 4 Champions League games without scoring a single goal. A fifth consecutive defeat would be their worst ever streak in the competition.
  • Celtic have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 9 Champions League games.
  • Ajax have won only one of their last 10 Champions League games (at home v Manchester City last season).
  • Ajax have not kept any clean sheets in their last 9 Champions League games, conceding 24 goals in the process.
  • Celtic are one of four teams yet to score in the Champions League this season, along with Anderlecht, Austria Vienna and Steaua Bucharest.
  • Celtic have completed the fewest passes in the Champions League this season (404).

AC Milan v Barcelona

  • This is the 14th encounter between AC Milan and Barcelona in the Champions League, which equals the record number of encounters between two teams (14 between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid).
  • AC Milan have won only one of their last nine Champions League games against Barcelona (3 draws, 5 defeats).
  • Barcelona have failed to score in their last two away games against AC Milan in the Champions League.
  • Barcelona have only lost one of their last 20 away Champions League games in the group stages (v Celtic, November 2012), winning 13 and drawing six games.
  • AC Milan have won only nine of their last 33 Champions League games.
  • AC Milan have only conceded two goals in their last seven home games in the Champions League, keeping five clean sheets.
  • Barcelona are the only team, along with Schalke, yet to concede a goal in this season's Champions League.
  • AC Milan's three Champions League goals this season have all been scored from the 82nd minute onwards.
  • Lionel Messi has scored 25 goals in his last 22 Champions League games.

CSKA Moscow v Manchester City

  • This is the first competitive meeting between these two teams.
  • CSKA Moscow have failed to score in four of their six Champions League games against English sides. Their only win against English opposition came in October 2006 against Arsenal.
  • CSKA have won 3 of their last 12 Champions League games (3 draws, 6 defeats).
  • The Moscow side have only kept one clean sheet in their last 14 home games in the Champions League.
  • Manchester City have won four of their 14 Champions League games (4 draws, 6 defeats) and only one of their last eight (v Viktoria Plzen).
  • Manchester City have lost five of their seven away games in the Champions League (2 wins).
  • Manchester City's four Champions League goals this season have been scored in the second-half.

Bayern Munich v Viktoria Plzen

  • Bayern Munich and Viktoria Plzen's only previous meeting came in the 1971/72 Cup Winners Cup. The Bavarian side won 1-0 away and 6-1 at home.
  • No Czech side has ever scored more than one goal against German opposition in the Champions League (6 games).
  • Bayern Munich have won their last seven Champions League games (19 goals for, 2 against), their best streak in the competition. They are two wins away from equalling the longest run in the Champions League: Barcelona's nine wins in a row (2002/03).
  • Czech sides have only won two of their last 28 games in the Champions League (8 draws, 18 defeats).
  • Plzen have won only one of their eight games in the Champions League (2 draws, 5 defeats).
  • Plzen's only clean sheet in the Champions League was away against BATE Borisov in November 2011 (1-0 win).
  • Bayern Munich have completed more passes than any other team in the Champions League this season (1355).
  • Arjen Robben has scored in each of his last 5 Champions League games with Bayern Munich, the first player to do so for the Bavarian club.
  • If Manuel Neuer plays, it will be his 50th game in the Champions League. He has so far kept 18 clean sheets in the competition.
  • Pep Guardiola has lost only two of his 25 Champions League home games as manager.

Bayer Leverkusen v Shakhtar Donetsk

  • This is the first competitive meeting between these two teams.
  • Shakhtar Donetsk have played 56 games in the Champions League but have never had a goalless draw, a record.
  • Bayer Leverkusen have won their last seven games at home in the group stages of the Champions League.
  • Bayer Leverkusen have only failed to score twice in 33 home games in the Champions League.
  • Leverkusen's last four Champions League games have produced 21 goals (6 scored, 15 conceded).
  • Leverkusen's Champions League games have historically produced 220 goals (100 for, 120 against), an average of 3.28 per game, the highest among this season's 32 teams.
  • Shakhtar have won only five of their last 18 Champions League games.
  • Shakhtar's only previous encounter with a German side in the Champions League was in February/March of this year in the last 16 against Borussia Dortmund. They drew 2-2 at home before losing 3-0 in Germany.
  • Shakhtar have had 12 shots, the lowest tally in the Champions League this season.

Manchester Utd v Real Sociedad

  • This is the first competitive meeting between these two teams.
  • Manchester Utd have never scored more than one goal in their last 12 Champions League games against Spanish opposition and have won only two games in the process (v Barcelona in April 2008 and Valencia in September 2010).
  • Manchester Utd have only won one of their last six Champions League games (2 draws, 3 defeats).
  • Manchester Utd have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine games in the Champions League, their longest run in the competition.
  • Real Sociedad have won none of their last eight Champions League games (3 draws, 5 defeats), their last win coming against Galatasaray in September 2003. They have even lost their last four games in the competition, scoring only one goal in the process.
  • Manchester Utd have scored five goals from six shots on target in the Champions League this season.
  • Wayne Rooney has scored in only one of his last 10 Champions League games at Old Trafford - his brace in the 4-2 win v Bayer Leverkusen this season

Real Madrid v Juventus

  • Juventus have won their last three Champions League games against Real Madrid. Their only win at the Santiago Bernabeu came in November 2008 (2-0 in the group stages).
  • None of the nine Champions League encounters between Real Madrid and Juventus has ended in a draw (4 Real wins, 5 Juventus wins).
  • Juventus have won more games against Real Madrid than against any other team in the Champions League (5).
  • Real Madrid are unbeaten in their last 13 home games in the Champions League (11 wins, 2 draws). They have scored 43 goals in that run.
  • Real Madrid have scored in each of their last 27 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 (107, since 1992/93).
  • Real Madrid have scored more goals than any other team in the Champions League this season (10). Eight of their 10 goals have been scored in the second-half.
  • Juventus are winless in their last four Champions League games (2 draws, 2 defeats).
  • Only Juventus (53) have had more shots than Real Madrid (41) in the Champions League this season.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 26 goals in his last 21 Champions League games. He's the top scorer this season with five goals in two games.
  • Angel Di Maria has delivered more assists than any other player over the first two Champions League matchdays this season (3).
  • Andrea Pirlo has failed to score in his last 22 Champions League games.

Galatasaray v FC Copenhagen

  • This is the first competitive meeting between these two teams.
  • Copenhagen have won only one of their last eight Champions League games (3 draws, 4 defeats).
  • Copenhagen have failed to score in six of their eight away games in the Champions League.
  • Copenhagen's only away win in the Champions League dates back to September 2010 (v Panathinaikos).
  • Galatasaray have conceded more goals than any other team in the Champions League this season (8). Seven of the eight goals have come in the second-half.
  • Galatasaray have only won five of their last 18 Champions League home games (6 draws, 7 defeats).
  • Didier Drogba is directly involved in two of Galatasaray's three Champions League goals this season (1 goal, 1 assist).
  • Copenhagen goalkeeper Johan Wiland has made the most saves over the first two Champions League games this season (13).

Anderlecht v PSG

  • Anderlecht and PSG's only previous meeting in the competition was in the 1992/93 UEFA Cup. Both of their games were drawn but PSG went through on away goals.
  • PSG are unbeaten in their last 10 Champions League games (7 wins, 3 draws), the longest current run. They have never failed to score during that sequence.
  • PSG have won 52% of their Champions League games (24 out of 46), the best ratio by a French team in the competition.
  • This is the second time that PSG have won their first two CL games of the season, the last being in 1994/95 when they were eventually knocked out in the semi-finals against AC Milan.
  • Five of PSG's seven Champions League goals this season have been scored from corners, including four headed goals.
  • Only Real Madrid (10) have scored more goals than PSG (7) in the Champions League this season.
  • No Belgian side has ever made it past the group stages of the Champions League.
  • Anderlecht have won only two of their last 27 Champions League games (6 draws, 19 defeats).
  • Anderlecht have scored more than one goal only once in their last 19 Champions League home games, that was against AEK Athens (2-2 in December 2006).
  • Anderlecht are one of four teams yet to score in the Champions League this season, along with Austria Vienna, Celtic and Steaua Bucharest.
  • Thiago Motta is involved in four of PSG's seven Champions League goals this season (2 goals, 2 assists). He's made the most touches (267) and completed the most passes (225) in this season's competition.
  • Marquinhos has scored in each of his two Champions League games for PSG. He is the club's youngest goalscorer in the competition (19 years and 4 months).
  • Laurent Blanc has won 66.7% of games in the Champions League as manager (12 out of 18). Only Jupp Heynckes (67.6%) has a better ratio among managers with at least 15 games under their belt.

Benfica v Olympiakos

  • Olympiakos have lost their two away competitive games against Benfica without scoring a goal (4 conceded).
  • Benfica have won their last three home games in the Champions League, scoring exactly two goals each time.
  • Benfica have never managed to score more than two goals in their last 20 Champions League games.
  • Olympiakos have won only five of their 46 Champions League games away from home (8 draws, 33 defeats), but three of them have come in their last five outings.
  • None of Olympiakos' last 17 Champions League games has ended in a draw (8 wins, 9 defeats).
  • Olympiakos have conceded a penalty in both of their Champions League games this season but both have been saved by their goalkeeper Roberto.
  • Olympiakos have been caught offside more times than any other team in the Champions League this season (13).
  • Oscar Cardozo has scored in only one of his last 10 Champions League games - his brace against Spartak Moscow in last season's group stages.
  • Konstantinos Mitroglou has scored eight goals in his last nine Champions League games.

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