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Stuart Dalgleish 6th Dec 2015 - 22:16

Champions League Opta Facts 8-9 December

Paris Saint-Germain - Shakhtar Donetsk

o Paris Saint-Germain won the only previous meeting with Shakhtar Donetsk, when they faced off earlier this season (0-3).
o Shakhtar have claimed victory in their last three visits to France in European competition.
o The Ukrainian club have only managed to win once in their last eight attempts away from home in the Champions League (D2 L5).
o PSG have not lost at home in the group stages of the Champions League since December 2004 (1-3 v CSKA Moscow); a run of 11 matches (W9 D2).
o PSG will finish 2nd in Group A, regardless of the final score.
o So long as Donetsk match (or better) the result recorded by Malmö in Madrid, the Ukrainian side will progress to the Europa League round of 32.
o Paris SG have conceded the fewest goals in the Champions League this season (1)
o 48.7% of PSG's passes have been in the opposition half this campaign; a league-low share.
o Shakhtar have scored seven goals in their last two Champions League games; they had failed to score a single goal in their previous three games this season.
o Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been caught offside more times than any other player this season in the Champions League (13).
o Edinson Cavani has failed to score in his last four Champions League games, his longest ever drought in the competition.
o Kevin Trapp has the best save percentage of any keeper to record at least 10 stops in this competition during 2015/16 (94.7%).
o Alex Teixeira has scored three goals in his last two Champions League games with Shakhtar Donetsk, all from the 73rd minute onwards.

 

Real Madrid - Malmö FF

o Real Madrid won the previous match these teams played out during this Champions League campaign (0-2); the only time they have faced each other.
o Malmö have lost nine of their last 10 matches played on the road in European competition (W1).
o Real Madrid have won 31 of their last 38 games in the group stages of the Champions League, drawing six times and losing only once (2-1 defeat v Borussia Dortmund in October 2012).
o Los Blancos have lost only once in their last 26 home Champions League matches (W22 D3).
o Real Madrid will top Group A regardless of the result in this game.
o Malmö need to better the result registered by Shakhtar in Paris in order to go through to the next round of the Europa League.
o Malmö have lost all five of their away games in the Champions League, scoring two goals and conceding 17.
o The Swedish club have conceded five headed goals this term in the Champions League; more than any other side.
o When these sides met back in September 2015, Real Madrid completed 91.7% of their passes compared to the 66% mustered by Malmö.
o Malmö have recorded 29.5% possession in the Champions League this season, the lowest ratio among the 32 teams.
o Cristiano Ronaldo posted a season-high seven shots on target in the reverse fixture, the most by any player (scoring with two of them).
o Ronaldo has scored 69 goals in 68 Champions League games with Real Madrid.
o If Real Madrid win this game, it'll be the 50th Champions League victory of Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema's respective careers.
o Markus Rosenberg has scored four of Malmö's five goals in the Champions League.

 

VfL Wolfsburg - Manchester United

 

o Wolfsburg have played the Red Devils three times previously in the Champions League; losing all of them.
o The German club have lost their last seven meetings with English sides in Europe (Man Utd, Fulham and Everton).
o Manchester United have only lost once in their previous six visits to Germany in the Champions League group stages (W3 D2); scoring eight goals over their most recent two visits.
o Only one of Wolfsburg's 11 Champions League games has ended in a draw (0-0 v Besiktas in October 2009). They have won five and lost five.
o Wolfsburg have won both of their home Champions League matches this term, keeping clean sheets in those games.
o Manchester Utd have won only one of their last nine away games in the Champions League (5-0 v Leverkusen, November 2013), drawing four and losing four.
o Manchester United will guarantee their place in the next round with a win and although they could do so with a point, they'll need PSV to fail to win at home against CSKA.
o The German side need just a point to progress to the knockout phase.
o Half of United's conceded goals this season have come inside the opening 15 minutes (two of four).
o André Schürrle comes into this game having scored his first Champions League goal for Wolfsburg in his most recent outing in the competition.
o Juan Mata scored as well as claiming an assist when these sides met back in September 2015, helping the Red Devils to a 2-1 home victory.
o Anthony Martial has only managed to score one Champions League goal in the 841 minutes that he has featured in.

 

 

PSV - CSKA Moscow

 

o PSV have played CSKA Moscow three times previously in this competition, winning both fixtures in the 2007/08 edition but they did lose the meeting in Russia earlier in this campaign.
o CSKA have lost eight of their last nine Champions League matches played away from home (W1); failing to score in any of their last three on the road.
o PSV have won three of their last four at home in the Champions League group stage (L1), including their two home games this season.
o PSV will secure a place in the knockout stage with a win; they'll win the group if the game in Wolfsburg ends in a draw and they manage to win by a three goal margin.
o CSKA cannot progress in this competition but they can claim a spot in the Europa League if they manage to win this game.
o All six of PSV's goals in the Champions League this season have been scored from the 45th minute onwards.
o PSV have never scored more than two goals in their last 35 Champions League games. The last time they did, was in the 2005 semi-final second leg against AC Milan (3-1).
o Seydou Doumbia managed to record two shots on target in the reverse fixture, scoring with both of them.
o Maxime Lestienne (PSV) scored for the first time in the Champions League when these teams met last; he scored a brace in that game.

 

Galatasaray - FC Astana

o The reverse fixture ended in a 2-2 draw earlier this season; the first time these sides had played against each other.
o Galatasaray have won only one of their last 13 Champions League games (2-1 v Benfica this season), drawing three and losing nine.
o Galatasaray have failed to keep a clean sheet in 10 of their last 11 Champions League home games.
o This will be the second time Galatasaray will have hosted opposition from Kazakhstan in European competition, beating Tobyl Qostanai 2-0 in Europa League qualifying in July 2009.
o Galatasaray cannot progress to the next phase of the Champions League but they will enter the Europa League with a point in this game.
o Astana have to win this match in Turkey in order to go through to the Europa League.
o Winless in this season's Champions League group stage, Astana have lost their two away games (0 goals scored, 6 conceded).
o Astana are the only team, along with Lyon and Maccabi Tel Aviv, to still be without a win in the Champions League group stages this season.
o Astana's Nenad Eric has made more saves from shots taken inside the box than any other goalkeeper this season in the Champions League (20).
o There were three own goals scored in the reverse meeting; the joint-most ever seen in a single Champions League game.
o Lukas Podolski has scored 11 goals in his last 14 starts in the Champions League.

 

Benfica - Atlético Madrid

o Benfica have failed to score in four of their last five meetings with Spanish opposition in European competition.
o The Portuguese side were victorious when these teams met in their only previous encounter, back in September 2015 (1-2).
o Benfica have won seven of their last 10 Champions League games at home (D2 L1).
o Atlético have managed to record clean sheets in nine of their last 10 Champions League group games.
o Benfica will top the group if they avoid defeat in this match but Atlético will secure the number one spot if they managed to win this game.
o Atlético Madrid have won only one of their last five Champions League games away from home (D2 L2), it was against Galatasaray earlier in this season's competition.
o Only Bayern Munich (44) have managed to record more shots on target this term than Atlético Madrid (39) in the Champions League.
o Benfica have recorded 14 shots on target from efforts taken outside of the penalty area; they have not scored any of them however.
o Atlético have been awarded a competition-high 41 corners thus far; no team has scored more from a corner this term (2).
o Nicolás Gaitán scored and assisted in the reverse meeting with Atlético Madrid.
o Fernando Torres has played eight games in the Champions League for Atlético but has failed to score once in that time.
o Antoine Griezmann has scored four goals in five Champions League games this season, all against Galatasaray.

 

Manchester City - Borussia Mönchengladbach

o Manchester City have only tasted defeat once from seven previous home matches against German opposition in European competition (W4 D2).
o These teams have met three times previously, all three outcomes have come from those games (a win apiece and a draw).
o Borussia Mönchengladbach have failed to score in either away game this season in the Champions League (D1 L1).
o City have not claimed a Champions League clean sheet at the Etihad Stadium since December 2011 (Bayern Munich), a run of 13 games.
o None of Manchester City's 33 Champions League games has ended goalless. They have kept four clean sheets in these 33 games. Only Basel have played more games in the competition without ever registering a goalless draw (46).
o Manuel Pellegrini's men have already qualified for the next phase of the Champions League but in order to secure top spot, they have to win this game and hope Sevilla win at home to Juventus.
o Mönchengladbach will guarantee a spot in the Europa League if they win.
o No team has conceded more goals in the final 15 minutes than Borussia Mönchengladbach this term (4).
o The German side has conceded more goals from penalties (4) than any other team in this competition this season, including Sergio Aguero's injury time winner in the reverse fixture.
o City had 25 shots in that very game; they have never managed more in a single Champions League match.
o Manchester City's eight goals in this season's Champions League have been scored by eight different players: Demichelis, Agüero, De Bruyne, Sterling, Fernandinho, Bony and two own goals (Chiellini and Rami).

 

Sevilla - Juventus

o Juventus won the reverse meeting with Sevilla; the only time they have met in European competition.
o Sevilla have won 10 of their last 11 home games in European competition (L1).
o Juventus have only managed to secure one win in eight Champions League group game visits to Spain (D4 L3).
o Juventus have only lost once in their last 15 Champions League games (W9 D5).
o The 2014/15 Champions League finalists will claim top spot so long as they avoid defeat in Spain.
o If Sevilla win this match and Borussia Mönchengladbach lose in Manchester, the Spanish side will move across to the Europa League.
o Sevilla have lost their last four Champions League games, that's as many defeats as in their previous 17 games in the competition.
o Sevilla have scored three of their seven goals this season from the penalty spot in the Champions League.
o Sevilla could only manage one shot in their last meeting with Juventus during matchday two.
o Both of Éver Banega's Champions League goals have come from the penalty spot.
o Paul Pogba is the player who has had the most attempts without finding the back of the net in this season's Champions League: 17 shots, 0 goals.

 

Bayer 04 Leverkusen - Barcelona

o The last six Champions League matches played between these two teams have all been won by Barcelona.
o Leverkusen have claimed a home Champions League victory over Barcelona however (2-1 in September 2001).
o The German club have only lost one of their last six home Champions League games (W4 D1); scoring four goals in successive home matches heading into this one.
o Barcelona have only managed to register one win in their last five Champions League visits to Germany (D2 L2).
o Barcelona have already confirmed their status as group winners but Bayer Leverkusen need to better Roma's result against BATE in order to finish 2nd.
o Barcelona have won 14 of their last 16 Champions League games, the only exceptions being a 3-2 defeat against Bayern Munich in last season's semi-final second leg and a 1-1 draw against Roma this season.
o Barcelona have scored more second half goals than any other team this season in the Champions League (9).
o Barcelona have seen four of their goals come from a substitute; the highest number of any side in this year's competition.
o Bayer Leverkusen have misplaced more passes than any other team up to this point (567).
o Admir Mehmedi has scored three of Leverkusen's last four Champions League goals.
o Luis Suarez has scored 12 goals and delivered five assists in 15 Champions League games with Barcelona.

 

Roma - BATE Borisov

o BATE Borisov claimed a 3-2 win when these sides met for the first time, earlier this season in the Champions League.
o BATE have been involved in four matches away at Italian opposition previously (including two Champions League games); they did not score a single goal across those fixtures (D1 L3).
o Roma have only managed one win in their last 10 Champions League games (D4 L5).
o That being said, Roma will cement their place in the next round with a win in this game.
o If BATE win this game and Bayer Leverkusen fail to claim all three points at home to Barcelona, then BATE will progress to the next stage of the Champions League for the first time in their history.
o No team has scored more goals in this season's Champions League during the opening 15 minutes than BATE Borisov (4); only scoring one goal outside of that time period.
o Their opponents from Italy have conceded the most goals (4) in the opening 15 minutes this season in this campaign's competition.
o Roma have conceded more goals than any other team this term in the Champions League (16). If they qualify, they will have established the worst defensive record for a team to have made it to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
o Roma could score their 100th Champions League goal in this match (currently on 98).
o BATE have attempted the fewest shots in the Champions League this season (30 in five games). They have scored five goals.
o Edin Dzeko has scored in back-to-back Champions League appearances for the first time since a run of three games which ended in December 2009 (Wolfsburg).

 

Olympiakos - Arsenal

o Arsenal have lost all three previous Champions League away games against Olympiakos, all of those have taken place on matchday six.
o The Greek side are currently unbeaten in six home Champions League ties against English opposition; winning five of those games (D1).
o Arsenal have failed to keep a clean sheet in 11 of their last 12 away games in the group stage of this competition.
o The Gunners will progress ahead of their Greek opponents if they win this game by at least two goals; a 3-2 win would suffice because of their superior goal difference.
o Arsenal have never failed to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League since the inception of the new format in 2003/04.
o Olympiakos will reach the Last 16 so long as they avoid defeat; a 0-1 or 1-2 loss will also be enough for the Greek side.
o Arsenal have conceded a competition-high three goals from corners whilst no side has scored more from a corner this season than Olympiakos (2) in the Champions League.
o Olympiakos scored three goals from just four shots on target when these sides met earlier this season.
o Arsenal could be without Alexis Sanchez, he has been directly involved in seven of Arsenal's nine Champions League goals this season (three scored and four assists).
o Felipe Pardo has been involved in three of the last four Champions League goals scored by Olympiakos (two scored and an assist); he scored in the reverse fixture too.

 

Dinamo Zagreb - Bayern Munich

o Bayern Munich were 5-0 victors when they played Dinamo Zagreb earlier this season; the only time these sides have met in the Champions League.
o The German club have lost two of their last three away games in the Champions League group stage (W1).
o Dinamo Zagreb have lost 17 of their last 20 Champions League games (W1 D2), failing to keep a single clean sheet in those 20 games.
o Bayern Munich will finish top of Group F regardless of the result in Croatia.
o The result of this game also does not affect Dinamo Zagreb as they will finish bottom of the group.
o Bayern Munich have only won one of their last six Champions League games away from home (D1 L4), it was against Olympiakos back in September.
o Bayern Munich have scored more goals than any other side this season in the Champions League (17). They've also had the most shots (112).
o Dinamo Zagreb have made three errors leading to goals this season; the most by any side in this competition.
o No player has delivered more assists than Kingsley Coman and Thiago Alcántara in the Champions League this season (4 each).
o Three Bayern players recorded 100+ touches in the reverse meeting (Alaba, Thiago Alcántara and Kimmich) but no Dinamo player managed more than 50.
o Thomas Müller has scored five goals in four starts in this season's Champions League.

 

Chelsea - FC Porto

o Chelsea have won all three home Champions League games played versus Porto; the London side have scored exactly one less goal from the meeting before however, they scored once last time.
o Porto have never kept a clean sheet against the Blues (seven previous meetings).
o Porto have travelled to England 16 times previously in European competitions but have never won there (D2, L14); failing to score a single goal in four of their last five visits.
o Chelsea have only lost once in their last 37 home Champions League matches in the group stage (W28 D8), that was against Basel in September 2013.
o Porto are unbeaten in their last five away games in the Champions League group stages, scoring at least two goals in each of those outings.
o Chelsea will win Group G if they claim all three points and although they would qualify with just a point, it won't guarantee the top spot.
o If Porto were to claim victory they'll progress as group winners but if they draw and Dynamo Kiev win, it will come down to a three way mini-league which Porto would lose on goal difference, thus going into the Europa League.
o Chelsea have scored four goals from outside the penalty area; more than any other team, all of those have come from one player (Willian).
o Just two of Chelsea's last seven Champions League goals have come from open play.
o Chelsea have recorded 178 touches in the opposition box; more than any other team in this edition of the Champions League.
o Willian has attempted five shots from free kicks this campaign in the Champions League; four of them have been goals.
o Vincent Aboubakar has been directly involved in four goals across his five appearances for Porto this season in the Champions League (three scored and one assist).

 

 

Dynamo Kiev - Maccabi Tel Aviv

 

o Dynamo Kiev have never lost to Maccabi Tel Aviv (W1 D2).
o Maccabi Tel Aviv have lost all five of their Champions League matches on the road, scoring only once in that time.
o The Ukrainian side have managed only one win in their seven matchday six games (D3 L3, since the inception of the current Champions League group stage format).
o Dynamo Kiev have only been defeated once in their last six Champions League outings (W2 D3).
o Both of Dynamo Kiev's home games in this season's Champions League have ended in draws (2-2 v Porto, 0-0 v Chelsea).
o Dynamo Kiev must win to seal their place in the next round and they will top the group if they claim victory and the game between Chelsea and Porto ends in a draw.
o Maccabi Tel Aviv cannot achieve a spot in the Champions League or Europa League regardless of the result of this game.
o Maccabi Tel Aviv are the only team this season to have lost every game in the Champions League.
o Dynamo Kiev have conceded more fouls than any other team this season in the Champions League (96).
o All seven of Kiev's goals have come from inside the penalty area this term.
o Derlis González recorded two assists for Dynamo in the reverse fixture.

 

Valencia - Lyon

o This will be the fourth time these two teams have played each other in the Champions League; all of the previous meetings have been won by Valencia.
o Only once in 10 Champions League matches away at Spanish opposition have Lyon managed to claim victory (D3 L6).
o Valencia have lost back-to-back matches in this competition, they haven't lost three in a row since November 2007.
o Valencia have won only one of their last four Champions League games at home (D1 L2), that was in their last outing at Mestalla (2-1 v Gent).
o Valencia have to win and hope Gent fail to win their game in order to claim a place in the Last 16.
o Lyon are the only team, along with Astana and Maccabi Tel Aviv, to still be winless in the Champions League group stages this season.
o Lyon have lost their last four Champions League games, their worst ever run in the competition.
o Lyon will finish bottom of the group even if they manage to win this game.
o Valencia have been fouled 89 times; a competition-high this season.
o Three red cards have been shown to teams facing Lyon this season; a competition-high.
o When these sides last met, Valencia could only manage two shots on target but it was enough to record a 1-0 away victory.
o Sofiane Feghouli scored in the reverse fixture, he's also been responsible for four of the last eight Valencia home Champions League goals.
o Christophe Jallet has been directly involved in two of Lyon's three total Champions League strikes this season (one scored and one assist).

 

KAA Gent - Zenit St Petersburg

o Zenit won the reverse fixture 2-1 earlier this campaign, the only ever meeting between these sides.
o Zenit St Petersburg have travelled to Belgium five times in the past (W2 D1 L2, including qualifiers).
o Including qualifiers, Gent have lost only once in their last eight home games in Europe (W5 D2).
o Gent could become the first ever Belgian side to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League.
o Gent have won their last two Champions League games (1-0 v Valencia, 2-1 v Lyon) after failing to win any of their previous three.
o Zenit will finish top of Group H regardless of whatever happens in this game.
o Zenit St Petersburg are the only team with a perfect record this term (W5).
o Zenit have scored on average every 4.6 shots in the Champions League this season, the best ratio out of all 32 teams.
o Only Bayern Munich (15) have scored more goals from open play this season than Zenit in the Champions League this season (11).
o Artem Dzyuba has been involved in each of Zenit's last four goals in this competition (three goals and one assist).
o Dzyuba has become only the second Zenit player to score five Champions League goals in a season (after Roman Shirokov in 2011/12).
o Thomas Matton scored for Gent in the reverse meeting; it was their only effort on target in that game.

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