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Jon Riley 5th Dec 2011 - 15:17

Champions League Opta Facts - 6 - 7 December

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Group A

Manchester City v Bayern Munich

  • Bayern have already won Group A, while Manchester City must beat the German side and hope that Napoli do not beat Villarreal in order for Roberto Mancini's side to qualify for the Last 16.
  • Bayern have won just two of 16 European matches played in England (W2 D7 L7), losing the last three in a row.
  • Man City have won two and lost none of their three home games in Europe against German opposition.
  • Man City have lost just one of 31 games on home soil in European competition (excluding qualifiers) and that was to another English club (W22 D8 L1).
  • Bayern have lost just one of their last seven Champions League away games (W5 D1 L1).
  • Mario Gomez has scored six goals in his five Champions League appearances this season and is joint-top scorer with Lionel Messi in the competition so far, four of his six goals have been from inside the six-yard box.
  • Toni Kroos has delivered four assists and scored two goals in his five Champions League appearances for Bayern this term.
  • No side have been as susceptible from conceding shots from fast breaks in the Champions League so far this season as Man City (9).
  • Bayern Munich have scored more first-half goals than any other side this season in the Champions League (nine).

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Villarreal v Napoli

  • Napoli must beat Villarreal to guarantee qualification for the Last 16, but if Manchester City do not beat Bayern, the Italian side will progress regardless of their own result.
  • Napoli have scored three headed goals from just four headers on target this season in the Champions League.
  • Edinson Cavani has scored four goals from just four shots on target in this season's Champions League.
  • Villarreal lost just two of their first 38 European home games (excluding qualifiers), but have lost the last two to now make it four defeats (W25 D11 L4).
  • If they lose, Villarreal will become the first ever Spanish side to finish with 0 points in the group stage in Champions League history.
  • Napoli have won none of their last nine games away from home in European competition (D4 L5, excluding qualifiers). One of the games in that run was a 1-2 defeat to Villarreal in February in the Europa League.
  • Napoli playmaker Marek Hamsik has scored in his last two European appearances against Villarreal.
  • This will be the fourth encounter between Villarreal and Napoli, both teams have won once and a draw completes the record.
  • No Italian side has ever won at El Madrigal in European competition (one draw and four defeats, excluding qualifiers).

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Group B

Inter Milan v CSKA Moscow

  • Inter have already qualified for the Last 16 as Group winners.
  • In order to qualify for the Last 16, CSKA must beat Inter and hope that Lille against Trabzonspor ends as a draw.
  • If CSKA draw, they must hope the other game does not end as a draw in order to qualify for the Europa League Last 32.
  • Victory over Lille in their last home match ended a run of three consecutive defeats at the San Siro in the Champions League for Inter.
  • Inter haven't lost any of their eight European home matches against Russian opponents, winning seven and drawing one, including two victories over CSKA.
  • CSKA have won just one of their last eight European matches (W1 D3 L4).
  • CSKA have won two, drawn one and lost three of six European away games in Italy.
  • Inter Milan have won all of their previous five Champions League encounters against CSKA Moscow, scoring 11 goals in the process.
  • 11 of the 16 goals scored in the previous encounters between these teams have come from South American players.
  • No Russian club has ever managed an away win on Italian soil in the Champions League/European Cup.

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Lille v Trabzonspor

  • A victory for Lille will see the French side qualify for the Last 16, while victory for Trabzonspor will see the Turkish club progress.
  • The first leg of this encounter saw fewer shots than any other Champions League match this season (12).
  • If this match ends as a draw, Trabzonspor will qualify for the Last 16 and Lille for the Europa League as long as CSK do not win against Inter.
  • If the game ends as a draw and CSKA do beat Inter, Trabzonspor will make the Europa League while Lille will be eliminated from Europe.
  • Trabzonspor have posted the worst shooting accuracy in the Champions League this season, hitting the target with just 29% of attempts.
  • Lille have won just three of their 12 home matches in the Champions League (W3 D7 L2).
  • Trabzonspor have won two and lost seven of their European Cup/Champions League away games.
  • Lille remain unbeaten against Turkish opposition in European competition, winning once and drawing twice.
  • Trabzonspor are unbeaten against French opposition in European competition with two wins and one draw, scoring nine goals in the process.
  • Turkish clubs have lost eight of their last nine Champions League trips to France.

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Group C

Basel v Manchester Utd

  • If Basel beat Manchester United, the Swiss side will qualify for the Last 16 of the Champions League and they will win the group if Benfica do not beat Otelul Galati.
  • If Manchester United avoid defeat, it will be the English champions who qualify for the Last 16. They will win the group if they take three points and Benfica do not beat Otelul Galati or if they draw and Benfica lose.
  • Manchester United have committed fewer fouls than any other team in the Champions League this season (48).
  • Manchester United have lost just one of their last 25 Champions League away games (W16 D8 L1).
  • The Red Devils have conceded just one goal in their last eight Champions League away games.
  • Basel have kept just one clean sheet in their last 16 games in European competition (excluding qualifiers).
  • Basel have won just one of their five European games at home against English opposition (W1 D1 L3), conceding exactly three goals in each of the four games they did not win.
  • Both teams have scored in all three meetings between Basel and Manchester United.
  • The three Champions League meetings between Basel and Manchester United have witnessed 12 goals.
  • The Red Devils are unbeaten against Basel, winning once and drawing twice.
  • The three Champions League meetings between Basel and Manchester United have seen three players score braces: Ruud van Nistelrooy, Danny Welbeck and Alexander Frei.

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Benfica v Otelul Galati

  • Benfica have already qualified, but they will top the group if they win this match, or if they draw and the match between Basel and Manchester United also ends all square.
  • Otelul Galati have conceded more fouls (92) than any other team in the Champions League this season and conceded the most penalties (three).
  • Benfica have lost just one of their last 15 home games in European competition (W11 D3 L1 excl. qualifiers) and just one of their last 13 overall (W7 D 5 L1 excl. qualifiers).
  • The Portuguese side have conceded exactly one goal in each of their last six home European matches (excl. qualifiers) and failed to keep a clean sheet in their last eight.
  • Benfica have won two (including their first game versus Otelul Galati this season) and drawn one of their previous three matches against Romanian sides in the Champions League (excl. qualifiers).
  • Romanian sides have lost nine and drawn one of their last 10 matches in the Champions League.
  • A Romanian club have won an away game in the Champions League on only three of a possible 26 occasions since 1995/96.
  • No player has assisted more goals in the Champions League so far this season than Benfica's Nicolas Gaitán (4).

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Group D

Dinamo Zagreb v Lyon

  • In order to qualify to the last 16 stage, first Lyon need to win and hope Ajax lose against Real Madrid, then the French side must match Ajax's overall goal difference.
  • Dinamo Zagreb have lost their last seven games in European competition (excl. qualifiers), failing to score in six of them.
  • Dinamo Zagreb have lost two and drawn one of their previous three Champions League meetings with French sides.
  • Lyon have scored in just one of their five Champions League games this season and have failed to score in their last three.
  • Lyon could fail to reach the Champions League knockout stage for the first time since 2002/03.
  • Lyon have not failed to find the net in four successive Champions League games since October 2007.
  • Lyon are the only side yet to attempt a headed shot on target in the Champions League this season.
  • Dinamo have been successful with more dribbles than any other side in the competition so far this term (66).

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Ajax Amsterdam v Real Madrid

  • Ajax will qualify for the Last 16 if they avoid defeat against Real, or if they lose and their overall goal difference is still superior to Lyon's.
  • Ajax and Real have kept a joint-competition high four clean sheets apiece this season.
  • The Dutch side have won 40 corners in the Champions League this season (eight a game on average); the second highest total behind Lille (43).
  • Real Madrid have won, and kept a clean sheet, in their last three Champions League encounters with Ajax.
  • Ajax have won just one of their last seven Champions League encounters with Spanish sides (W1, D2, L4).
  • Real Madrid have scored 15 goals in their last four Champions League games combined, an average of 3.8 a match.
  • Jose Mourinho's side have hit 111 shots in the Champions League this season; an average of over 22 a game - the most in the competition so far.
  • Ajax's players have created 16 goalscoring chances from set piece situations this season in the Champions League; more than any other side.
  • Ajax have offered the biggest aerial threat in front of goal; attempting a competition-high 18 headed shots in 2011/12 so far.

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Group E

Chelsea v Valencia

  • Chelsea will qualify for the Last 16 if they draw 0-0 or beat Valencia and Leverkusen do not lose. If Leverkusen lose, Chelsea will only qualify if they beat Valencia.
  • The Blues will win the group if they beat Valencia and Leverkusen do not beat Genk.
  • If Valencia beat Chelsea or earn a score draw, they will qualify for the Last 16. With a 0-0 they only qualify for the last 16 if Leverkusen lose.
  • Valencia will win the group if they beat Chelsea and Leverkusen do not win.
  • Five of Chelsea's last six Champions League encounters with Spanish sides have ended in a draw.
  • Chelsea have never lost a Champions League game against Valencia, but have won only two of these encounters (three draws).
  • Valencia have won none of their last seven Champions League matches against English clubs (D4, L3).
  • Roberto Soldado has the best minutes per goal ratio in the Champions League era (one goal every 79 minutes).
  • No side have attempted more shots on target than Chelsea (48) in the Champions League so far this season.

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Genk v Bayer Leverkusen

  • Leverkusen have already qualified for the Last 16 and a win will guarantee first place.
  • If the German side draw, they will finish second to the winner of Chelsea versus Valencia, or they will finish first if the game at Stamford Bridge also ends as a draw.
  • Genk have scored fewer goals than any other team this season in the Champions League (one).
  • A defeat for Leverkusen would see them finish second in the group if the other game has a winner and finish first in the group if the other game is drawn.
  • Genk have converted the lowest percentage of shots into goals in the Champions League this season, scoring with just 3% of attempts.
  • Genk have conceded the joint-most goals this season in the Champions League (15).
  • Genk have allowed their opponents more shots on target against them than any other team in the Champions League this season (46).
  • Overall, Belgian clubs have won just one of their last 18 Champions League games.
  • No German side has ever lost to a Belgian team in the Champions League era (W9, D2).
  • Leverkusen have won none of their last 10 Champions League games away from home (L8, D2).

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Group F

Olympiakos v Arsenal

  • Arsenal have already won Group F.
  • If Olympiakos win this match and Marseille do not beat Dortmund, the Greek side will qualify for the Last 16.
  • If Olympiakos draw, it is possible that a heavy Dortmund win could still see Olympiakos finish second.
  • Arsenal have posted the best shooting accuracy in the Champions League, hitting the target with 70% of their attempts.
  • Three of Olympiakos' five Champions League goals this season have been headers.
  • Arsenal have failed to win any of their last eight final group games which have been away from home (L7 D1). Their last defeat on the final matchday away from home was against Olympiakos in December 2009.
  • The Greek side have lost only two of their last 11 Champions League games at home, winning five; including that 1-0 victory over Arsenal in December 2009.
  • Olympiakos have won only two of their previous 11 Champions League games against English clubs, but both of these victories have come at home.
  • The Gunners have lost two and drawn one of their last three Champions League matches away at Greek sides, failing to score in both of the defeats.
  • Olympiakos centre halves Olof Mellberg (69) and Avraam Papadopoulos (58) have made the most clearances this season in the Champions League.

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Borussia Dortmund v Marseille

  • If Marseille win they will qualify for the Last 16.
  • If Marseille draw and Olympiakos do not win, they will also qualify for the Last 16.
  • Dortmund have to beat Marseille by at least a four goal margin and hope that Olympiakos lose to Arsenal in order to qualify for the Last 16, or win by a five goal or more margin and hope that Olympiakos do not beat the Gunners.
  • Three of the four goals Dortmund have scored this season in the Champions League have been netted from outside the box.
  • Dortmund have lost just one of their last 12 home games in the Champions League. During this run, they have never conceded more than one goal.
  • Marseille have failed to score in three successive Champions League matches; their longest ever drought run in the competition.
  • Marseille have posted the highest goalkeeper(s) saves to shots ratio in the Champions League this season in the Champions League: Steve Mandanda has saved 91% of the shots he has faced.
  • In the first leg of this encounter, Marseille striker Loïc Rémy scored one goal, assisted another and won a penalty.

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Group G

Porto v Zenit St Petersburg

  • Porto must beat Zenit in order to qualify for the Last 16 and if APOEL lose to Shakhtar, that victory would be enough to win the group.
  • Zenit must avoid defeat to qualify for the Last 16. In order to top their group, the Russians must win and hope APOEL do not take all three points against Shakhtar.
  • Porto have attempted 68 shots from outside the box, 23 more than any other team in the Champions League.
  • Alongside Barcelona, Zenit St Petersburg have hit the woodwork the most times in the Champions League this term (5).
  • No side have won more fouls in the Champions League this season than Zenit (80).
  • Porto have been caught offside only three times in their five Champions League games this season, a competition low.
  • Porto have lost just one of their previous five Champions League games against Russian sides, but this defeat was against Zenit earlier this season.
  • Zenit have won only one of their previous five Champions League away matches.
  • Porto striker Hulk is the only player to have scored from two direct free kicks after the five matchdays this season.

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APOEL Nicosia v Shakhtar Donetsk

  • APOEL have already qualified for the Last 16. To win the group they must win their game, or draw and hope Zenit do not win, or if they lose, hope the other game ends as a draw.
  • APOEL have attempted fewer shots (32) than any other team in the Champions League this season.
  • The Cypriot side have the best chance conversion rate in the Champions League this season (24%).
  • APOEL Nicosia have blocked 32 opposition shots in the Champions League this season; more than any other side.
  • Both sides have fielded six Brazilian players this season; a league-high alongside FC Porto.
  • Shakhtar have failed to win their last seven Champions League matches, losing five of those games, this is their longest run without a victory in the competition.
  • Only one of Shakhtar's previous 22 Champions League away games has ended in a draw.
  • No Cypriot side have ever kept a clean sheet at home in the Champions League era (nine matches).
  • APOEL are unbeaten in seven successive Champions League matches (excl. qualifiers), but five of these games have ended in a draw.

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Group H

Barcelona v BATE Borisov

  • BATE Borisov must beat Barcelona and hope Viktoria Plzen lose in order to qualify for the Europa League last 32.
  • Barcelona have scored three headed goals from just four headers on target.
  • Barcelona have allowed their opponents fewer shots on target than any other team (7).
  • Only five players have scored more goals than Lionel Messi (43) in the Champions League era.
  • Barcelona have lost just one of their last 19 Champions League matches (W14 D4 L1).
  • Barcelona have averaged 73.1% possession in the Champions League this term; the highest rate in the competition.
  • Barcelona have completed 2146 more passes than BATE this season in the Champions League.
  • Barcelona have scored the joint-most goals this season in the Champions League (16 alongside Real Madrid).
  • BATE have never won a Champions League game, drawing five and losing six of their matches in the competition so far (2008-09 and 2011-12 combined).

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Viktoria Plzen v AC Milan

  • If Viktoria Plzen avoid defeat or if BATE do not beat Barcelona, then the Czech side will qualify for the Last 32 in Europa League.
  • Plzen have averaged only 33% possession in the Champions League so far this season; the lowest in the competition.
  • Viktoria Plzen have seen six players booked for dissent in the Champions League this season; more than any other team.
  • In nine previous meetings between Czech and Italian clubs in the Champions League era, the Czech side have ended victorious only once (Sparta Prague 1-0 Lazio in 2003).
  • Milan have scored in all five of their Champions League games so far this season, netting exactly two goals in four of these matches.
  • AC Milan are unbeaten in their seven previous encounters against Czech opposition in European competition (excl. qualifiers).
  • AC Milan have won only one of their last eight Champions League matches away from home.
  • Milan have won their final Champions League group stage match on just one of the last four occasions.

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