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Eden Jon 11th Feb 2013 - 17:04

Champions League Opta Facts - February 12-13

Celtic - Juventus

o Celtic and Juventus have met four times in the past, each of their encounters ending in a home win.
o Their last encounter dates back to October 2001, in the Champions League group stages. The Bhoys won 4-3 at Celtic Park.
o The last two competitive encounters between Celtic and Juventus have produced 12 goals.
o This is the first time Celtic have reached the last 16 of the Champions League since 2007/08. They've never progressed further.
o Juventus hadn't reached the knockout stages of the Champions League since 2008/09.
o No Italian club has won at Celtic Park in the Champions League (two defeats, two draws).
o Celtic have suffered only two defeats in 23 home games in the Champions League, both against Barcelona.
o Juventus are one of four teams unbeaten in the Champions League this season with Borussia Dortmund, Malaga and Schalke.
o Celtic have scored the joint-most headed goals in the Champions League this season, alongside Galatasaray (4). Three of them have been netted by Georgios Samaras.
o Only PSG conceded fewer goals (3) than Juventus (4) in the Champions League group stages this season. They've kept a clean sheet in their last three games.
o Juventus have the most prolific substitutes in the Champions League this season with four goals from players who have come off the bench.
o Juventus had the joint-most shots in the group stages this season, alongside Real Madrid (126, including blocked shots).
o Andrea Pirlo completed the most crosses during the group stages (23).
o Fraser Forster was the busiest goalkeeper in the group stages among the teams who reached the last 16 with 25 saves.

 


Valencia - Paris SG

o This is the first ever competitive meeting between Valencia and PSG.
o Valencia have won all six of their encounters with French clubs in the Champions League (since 1992/93).
o Nantes are the only French club to beat Valencia in European competition over 90 minutes. It was back in April 1980 in the Cup Winners' Cup semi-finals. Since then, Valencia have won 13 and drawn four of their competitive encounters with French clubs.
o No French club has ever kept a clean sheet against Valencia in European competition.
o Valencia are unbeaten in their last nine games at the Mestalla in the Champions League (six wins, three draws), scoring 28 goals during that run.
o PSG hadn't reached the knockout stages of the Champions League since 1994/95.
o PSG have won their last four Champions League games, the best run currently.
o PSG have conceded at least two goals in six of their last seven competitive games against Spanish sides.
o PSG have lost only two of their last six competitive away games in Spain, winning three (against Real Madrid, Deportivo La Coruna and Sevilla) and drawing one.
o PSG had the best defensive record in the Champions League group stages this season, conceding only three goals in six games.
o All 14 of PSG's goals in the Champions League this season have been scored from inside the box.
o Valencia benefited from the most penalties in the Champions League group stages this season (3). They have converted all of them.
o Roberto Soldado has scored 14 goals in his last 14 Champions League starts.
o Jonas has netted three goals in two starts at the Mestalla in the Champions League this season.
o Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the top assist provider in the Champions League this season (5).
o Ibrahimovic has only scored four goals in 27 games in the knockout stages of the Champions League.



Shakhtar Donetsk - Borussia Dortmund

o Borussia Dortmund have won their two previous meetings with Shakhtar Donetsk. It was in the Champions League play-offs back in August 2001. BVB won 2-0 in Ukraine and 3-1 in Germany.
o No Ukrainian team has ever beaten Borussia Dortmund in European competition (including qualifiers) (five losses, one draw).
o Borussia Dortmund are one of four teams unbeaten in the Champions League this season with Juventus, Malaga and Schalke.
o Shakhtar Donetsk have only won 2 of their last 7 Champions League games at home (three defeats, two draws).
o This is only the second time Shakhtar have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League after 2010/11 when they were eventually knocked out in the quarter-finals.
o Shakhtar are unbeaten in their last 4 encounters with German clubs in European competition (three wins, one draw).
o Borussia Dortmund have won only one of their last six away games in the Champions League. It was against Ajax in this season's group stages.
o Dortmund have kept only one clean sheet in their last 19 away games in the Champions League.
o No side picked up fewer bookings than Dortmund in the group stages this season (6).
o Luiz Adriano has scored three goals from three shots on target in the Champions League this season.
o Marco Reus has scored in each of his thee away games in the Champions League this season.



Real Madrid - Manchester Utd

o The eight European Cup/Champions League encounters between Real Madrid and Manchester Utd have produced 31 goals (3.9/game).
o Manchester Utd have never won away against Real Madrid (two defeats, two draws).
o The Red Devils have conceded exactly three goals in three of their four trips to the Santiago Bernabeu.
o Their last encounter was 10 years ago, in April 2003. Real Madrid won 6-5 on aggregate in the Champions League quarter-finals.
o Manchester Utd have only won two of their 13 away Champions League games in Spain (seven draws, four defeats).
o Real Madrid have only failed to score once in their last 31 Champions League games, that was against Barcelona at the Bernabeu in April 2011.
o Since that semi-final when they failed to hit the back of the net against Barcelona, Real Madrid have scored 33 goals in nine Champions League games at the Bernabeu.
o Real Madrid have failed to keep a clean sheet in this season's competition. They have conceded nine goals in the Champions League this season, the most among the 16 teams qualified for the knockout stages.
o Manchester Utd have conceded the opening goal in each of their last five Champions League games.
o Real Madrid had the joint-most shots (incl. blocked) in the group stages this season, alongside Juventus (126). They've scored the most goals from outside the box (6).
o Manchester Utd have seen their woodwork rattled five times, the most in the group stages this season.
o Cristiano Ronaldo was the joint-top scorer in the group stages alongside Galatasaray's Burak Yilmaz (6 goals).
o Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez have scored six of Manchester Utd's nine goals in the Champions League this season (three each). All three of van Persie's goals have come away from home.
o Alex Ferguson has only won two of his 14 competitive encounters with Jose Mourinho (six draws, six defeats).



Porto - Malaga

o This is the first ever competitive meeting between Porto and Malaga.
o Malaga are one of four teams unbeaten in the Champions League this season with Borussia Dotrmund, Juventus and Schalke.
o Malaga have never trailed in a Champions League game so far this season.
o Porto are unbeaten in their last seven Champions League games against Spanish opposition (three wins, four draws). Real Madrid are the last Spanish side to beat Porto in Europe's premier competition, in October 2003.
o Porto have only ever lost one of their 11 Champions League games at home in the knockout stages (v Manchester Utd, April 2009).
o Malaga have only lost one of their 24 games in European competition, qualifiers included. However, that defeat was in Porto against Boavista back in March 2003 (UEFA Cup quarter-finals).
o Malaga's last three Champions League games have all ended in a draw.
o Only PSG conceded fewer goals (3) than Porto (4) in the Champions League group stages this season.
o Malaga are the only team yet to concede a first-half goal in the Champions League this season.
o Joao Moutinho completed 310 passes in the opposition half in the group stages, only Xavi made more (551).
o Jackson Martinez has scored three goals in his last four Champions League games for Porto.
o Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero had the best saves-to-shots ratio in this season's group stages (86.4%) (over 90 mins played).
o All three of Eliseu's goals in the Champions League this season have come away from home.


Arsenal - Bayern Munich

o Arsenal and Bayern Munich have met four times before in the Champions League, with the Bavarians winning twice, Arsenal one and the other being a draw.
o Their last encounter dates back to the 2004/05 Champions League last 16 when Bayern won 3-2 on aggregate.
o Arsenal have won six of their last seven home Champions League games against German opposition, the only defeat coming against Schalke in this season's group stages.
o Arsenal have only lost two of their 17 knockout games at home in the Champions League (v Chelsea in April 2004 & v Manchester Utd in May 2009).
o Bayern Munich have lost on each of their last four trips to England in the Champions League. The Bavarians' last win in England dates back to April 2001 at Old Trafford in the Champions League quarter-finals.
o Bayern Munich have scored in each of their last 12 Champions League games, the last team to stop them from netting being Basel in February 2012.
o Arsenal had the fewest shots in this season's group stages among the 16 teams qualified for the knockout phase (47). However, they were the most efficient, scoring every 4.7 shots.
o Bayern Munich conceded the fewest shots on target in the group stages (17).
o Bayern Munich had more shots on target from outside the box than any other team in the group stages (17).
o Bayern Munich had the most goalscorers in this season's group stages (9).
o Olivier Giroud has delivered four assists in the group stages of the Champions League this season, only Ibrahimovic has more (5).
o Lukas Podolski has scored three goals from three shots on target in the Champions League this season.
o Mario Gomez has scored 25 goals in 26 Champions League starts.



Galatasaray - Schalke

o This is the first ever competitive meeting between Galatasaray and Schalke.
o Schalke are one of four teams unbeaten in the Champions League this season with Borussia Dotrmund, Juventus and Malaga.
o Galatasaray hadn't reached the knockout stages of the Champions League since 2000/01 when they were knocked out by Real Madrid in the quarter-finals.
o Schalke have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League for the third time after 2007/08 and 2010/11.
o Galatasaray have won their last three Champions League games. They have never won four on the bounce in the competition.
o Galatasaray have won none of their last five home games against German opposition (two defeats, three draws).
o Schalke are unbeaten against Turkish opposition (two wins, two draws).
o Schalke's two away games in Turkey have both ended in a 3-3 scoreline, against Trabzonspor in October 1996 (UEFA Cup) and Fenerbahce in October 2005 (Champions League).
o Galatasaray have scored only seven goals in six Champions League games this season, the joint-lowest among the 16 teams qualified for the knockout stages.
o Galatasaray struck the woodwork more times than any other team in the group stages this season (6).
o 13 of the 17 goals scored by Galatasaray and Schalke combined in the group stages came in the second-half.
o Burak Yilmaz scored six of Galatsaray's seven goals in the group stages this season. He was the joint-top scorer in the group phase with Cristiano Ronaldo.
o Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has scored four goals in five starts in the Champions League this season.
o Didier Drogba has scored 39 goals in the Champions League, only Lionel Messi (56) and Cristiano Ronaldo (44) have been more prolific among current players in the competition. He's netted seven goals and delivered two assists in his last nine CL games.


AC Milan - Barcelona

o Barcelona are unbeaten in their last seven meetings with AC Milan, winning 4 and drawing 3.
o This is their fifth encounter in the last two seasons of the Champions League.
o AC Milan's last win against Barcelona dates back to October 2004 at the San Siro in the group stages of the Champions League (1-0).
o Among the teams in the Champions League last 16, AC Milan are the only one who have yet to win at home in this season's competition. Their last home win the competition was a year ago, against Arsenal (4-0, 15 February 2012).
o AC Milan have only scored one goal in their last four games at the San Siro in the Champions League. They have had 58 shots (incl. blocked) at home in the Champions League this season but only one of them has found the back of the net.
o AC Milan have only won one of their last 10 knockout games in the Champions League, against Arsenal at home in the last 16 last season.
o Barcelona have only lost two of their last 24 Champions League games, both in Britain (at Chelsea and Celtic).
o Barcelona have the highest possession in the Champions League this season with an average of 75.8%.
o No side picked up more bookings than AC Milan in the group stages this season (17).
o Lionel Messi has scored 56 goals in 74 Champions League games, only Raul has scored more in the competition (71 goals in 142 games).
o Three of the four players who completed the most passes in the opposition half during the group stages play for Barcelona: Xavi (551), Messi (303) and Iniesta (302).

 

 
 
 

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