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Stuart Dalgleish 20th Nov 2012 - 21:12

Champions League Opta Facts - MD5

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Nordsjælland v Shakhtar Donetsk

  • If Shakhtar and Chelsea win their games on Match Day Five, both sides will progress to the Last 16.
  • Nordsjælland have been knocked out of the Champions League, but still have an outside chance of qualifying for the Europa League if they win both remaining games and other results go their way.
  • Nordsjælland have fired in just 27 shots in the Champions League this season, fewer than any other team.
  • Shakhtar have won all three matches they have played in European competition against Danish opposition.
  • Shakhtar have won just one of their last six Champions League away games (W1 D1 L4).
  • Nordsjælland managed only three shots when they met Shakhtar on Match Day One, but all of them were on target.
  • Only Manchester City (33) have allowed the opposition more shots on target against them than Nordsjælland (32).
  • 10 players have started every single Champions League game for Shakhtar and 10 have started every single game for Nordsjælland this season, the joint-most for all teams in the competition.

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Juventus v Chelsea

  • If Shakhtar and Chelsea win their games on Match Day Five, both sides will progress to the Last 16.
  • Juventus have won just one of their last 14 games in Europe against English opposition (W1 D6 L7) including one defeat and two draws with Chelsea.
  • Juventus are unbeaten in their last five home games against English opposition, but four of those have been draws.
  • Chelsea have won just one of their last six Champions League games against Italian opposition (W1 D2 L3).
  • The Blues have only won one of their 11 European games away from home in Italy (W1 D 5 L5).
  • Chelsea have hit the target with a higher percentage of shots on target than any other team in the Champions League this season (64%).
  • Juventus have allowed fewer shots on target against them from inside the penalty area than any other team in the competition (4).
  • Oscar has scored four goals in four Champions League appearances from just six shots on target.
  • Chelsea have only won two of their last nine Champions League away games (W2 D3 L4).

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BATE Borisov v Lille

  • BATE Borisov have committed more fouls (73) than any other team in the Champions League.
  • Mickael Landreau has the lowest saves to shots ratio of any goalkeeper in the Champions League who has faced at least 10 shots on target (45%).
  • Lille have won just one of their last 13 European games away from home (W1 D4 L8).
  • Lille have won just one of their last 12 matches in European competition (W1 D4 L7).
  • Lille have conceded the most goals in the Champions League this season (12) and half of them have been from outside the box.
  • In fact there have been seven goals from outside the box netted in Lille's four games (one scored six conceded), more than any other team.
  • Lille have conceded 83% of their goals shipped in the first half, a competition-high proportion.
  • BATE Borisov are unbeaten in three games in Europe against French opposition with a win over Lille and two draws with PSG in the 2010-11 Europa League.

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Valencia v Bayern Munich

  • Bayern have allowed their opponents fewer shots on target against them than any other team in the Champions League this season (10).
  • Jonas has scored six goals in seven Champions League starts for Valencia.
  • Roberto Soldado has scored 15 goals in his last 14 Champions League starts.
  • Valencia have won nine and lost just one of their last 12 home matches in European competitions, that defeat coming against fellow Spanish side Atletico Madrid.
  • Valencia have won just two of their last 17 European games against German opposition (excluding qualifiers), W2 D8 L7.
  • Valencia have lost only one of 13 home European matches against German sides, but have drawn five and won only one of the last seven.
  • Bayern have lost only one of eight European meetings with Valencia, including a victory on penalties over the Spanish side in the 2001 Champions League final.
  • Bayern have never won at the Mestalla, drawing two and losing one of their three visits.

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Spartak Moscow v Barcelona

  • A win for Barcelona would see the Catalan club progress to the Last 16, while if Benfica do not beat Celtic, Tito Villanova's side will qualify regardless.
  • Spartak Moscow have the worst disciplinary record in the Champions League this season with 12 yellow cards and two dismissals.
  • Xavi has created more chances from open play than any other player in this season's Champions League (14).
  • Lionel Messi has scored (54) or assisted (17) 71 goals in 72 Champions League appearances.
  • Barcelona have lost just two of their last 22 Champions League games (W16 D4 L2).
  • Spartak have won just one and lost eight of their last 10 European matches against Spanish opposition.
  • Barcelona have lost just one of their last nine Champions League games against Russian opposition (W5 D3 L1), but have never lost away from home in Russia (W1 D5 L0).
  • Barcelona have posted the best passing accuracy in the Champions League, completing 93% of their 3652 attempted passes. Their total of passes is over 1000 more than the second-nighest team (Manchester United 2528).

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Benfica v Celtic

  • If Celtic beat Benfica or manage a score draw, the Scottish champions will progress to the Last 16.
  • Five of the nine goals scored between Benfica and Celtic in this season's Champions League have been headers.
  • Celtic & Benfica have mustered six headers on target each in the Champions League this season, a joint-competition high.
  • In fact, 60% of Celtic's attempts at goal have come from set plays, a competition high proportion.
  • Celtic have mustered just 10 attempts at goal from open play, a competition-low this season.
  • Benfica have won all four European games at home against Scottish opposition, without conceding a goal.
  • Celtic have made three trips to the Stadium of Light losing them all without scoring.
  • Overall, Celtic have won just two of their 10 trips to Portugal in European competition (W2 D2 L6).

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Galatasaray v Manchester United

  • Manchester United have already qualified as Group winners after Match Day Four.
  • Burak Yilmaz has scored all of Galatasaray's four goals in their last two Champions League matches.
  • Javier Hernandez has scored three goals in his last two Champions League games.
  • Robin van Persie has scored six goals in his last seven Champions League appearances.
  • Manchester United have lost just one of their last 17 Champions League Group Stage away games (W12 D4 L1).
  • United have scored in their last 20 European matches in a row.
  • Galatasaray hit the woodwork three times in their defeat to United on Match Day One.
  • Manchester United have fallen behind in each of their last three Champions League matches, but come back to win on each occasion.

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CFR Cluj v Braga

  • Alan has scored four goals in his last three Champions League appearances.
  • Cluj have won just two and lost seven of their 11 home games in Europe excluding qualifying games.
  • In each of their four European campaigns (including this one), Cluj have won their opening group match and failed to win any other matches. Their previous two Champions League campaigns have seen them win one game, draw one and lose four. So far they have won one, drawn one and lost two this time around.
  • Cluj have scored five goals, despite having only fired in six shots on target in the competition.
  • Braga have lost just two of their last nine European matches away from home (W3 D4 L2).
  • Only Anderlecht (17%) have hit the target with a lower percentage of their shots than Cluj (22%).
  • Cluj have completed just 65% of their passes this season, a lower percentage than any other team.
  • Both sides have scored five goals so far despite Braga (70) having almost twice as many shots as the Romanian side (36).

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Porto v Dinamo Zagreb

  • Porto have already qualified for the Last 16 of the Champions League, while Dinamo Zagreb have already been eliminated.
  • Dinamo Zagreb have lost their last six away games in European competition, failing to score in five of them.
  • Porto and Dinamo Zagreb have picked up the joint-fewest cards in the Champions League, just three yellow cards each, along with Real Madrid.
  • Porto are unbeaten in their last six Champions League matches (W4 D2), keeping five clean sheets in that run.
  • Porto and Zagreb have met seven times in European competition with the both sides winning three games apiece.
  • Dinamo have lost their last six European away games in Portugal after winning their first (a 2-1 Fairs Cup victory over Porto in 1962).
  • Dinamo Zagreb have failed to score in eight of their last 10 Champions League games.
  • Dinamo have won none of their last 13 Champions League matches, losing 12 of them, including the last 10 in a row.
  • Zagreb have committed fewer fouls than any other side in the Champions League (32).

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Dynamo Kyiv v Paris St Germain

  • Kyiv need to win this match in order to keep their qualification hope alive, whereas a point will see PSG qualify and still have a chance of topping the group if they get the right result on Match Day Six against Porto.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic has the most assists in this season's Champions League (4), all of them coming in his last appearance against Zagreb where he set up all PSG's goals.
  • Ibrahimovic has netted seven goals and assisted eight in his last 12 Champions League appearances.
  • Dynamo Kyiv are unbeaten in their last 11 European home games (excluding qualifiers) winning five and drawing six.
  • Dynamo Kyiv have won only one of their last nine Champions League games (W1 D3 L5)
  • Paris have won just two of their last 16 Champions League away games (W2 D5 L9).
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Arsenal v Montpellier

  • If Arsenal and Schalke both win their games on Match Day Five, both sides will qualify for the next stage.
  • Montpellier are already eliminated from the Champions League, but can still qualify for the Europa League if they win both remaining games and Olympiakos lose both of theirs.
  • Only Nordsjælland (27) have fired in fewer shots than Arsenal (30) after four Match Days of this season's Champions League.
  • Montpellier have won just one of their last 12 matches in European competition (W1 D4 L7).
  • Defeat against Schalke ended a run of 14 home games without defeat for Arsenal in the Champions League (W12 D2).
  • The Gunners have only conceded 18 goals in 30 Champions League matches at the Emirates, keeping 16 clean sheets.
  • Ahead of the north London derby against Tottenham this weekend, Arsenal had kept just one clean sheet in their last 14 games in all competitions.
  • Montpellier have won just 42% of their 50/50 duels in the Champions League this season, a lower percentage than any other team.

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Schalke 04 v Olympiacos

  • If Arsenal and Schalke both win their games on Match Day Five, both sides will qualify for the next stage.
  • If Olympiakos avoid defeat, they will still have a chance of qualifying on the final Match Day.
  • Klaas Jan Huntelaar has scored in each of his four Champions League appearances this season.
  • Konstantinos Mitroglou has scored in four of his last five Champions League matches.
  • Schalke have kept just one clean sheet in their last 11 European home matches.
  • The German side have won 10 and lost none of their last 15 Group matches in Europe (CL & EL).
  • Olympiacos have not drawn any of their last 13 Champions League games, winning six and losing seven.
  • Olympiacos have only won four of their 58 away Champions League/European Cup matches, losing 44.

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Zenit St Petersburg v Malaga

  • Malaga have already qualified for the Last 16, but one point from either of their two remaining games will see them win the group.
  • If Anderlecht v Milan ends as a draw, Zenit will have a chance to make the Last 16 on the final Match Day whatever their result against Malaga. A win for either the Belgians or Italians and Zenit will need at least a point to keep their hopes alive.
  • Malaga have lost just one of their seven European away matches (W4 D2 L1), conceding just four goals.
  • Malaga have only ever lost one match in European competition, winning nine out of the 14 they have played.
  • Malaga have only conceded five goals in their 14 matches in Europe.
  • Zenit have won 11 and lost one of the last 15 home games in European competition.
  • Only two teams (Anderlecht 17% & Dinamo Zagreb 22%) have a lower shooting accuracy than Zenit this season. The Russians have hit the target with just 35% of their attempts.
  • Only Malaga (119) have made fewer long passes over 35 metres than Zenit (126) in the Champions League this season.

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Anderlecht v AC Milan

  • If Milan win and Zenit do not beat Malaga, the Italian side will qualify for the last 16.
  • Anderlecht have hit the target with just 17% of their attempts at goal, the lowest shooting accuracy in the Champions League.
  • Anderlecht ended a run of no wins in their last 10 Champions League home games (D2 L8) when they beat Zenit 1-0 on Match Day Four..
  • Anderlecht have won just two of the last 23 Champions League matches (W2 D5 L16).
  • Milan have conceded just two goals in 11 games against Belgian opponents in the European Cup, but have scored only nine in those games themselves.
  • Milan and Anderlecht have met five times in European competition, with three games ending as 0-0 draws and Milan winning the other two matches.
  • Anderlecht have scored one goal in five European games against the Rossoneri.
  • The Belgian side have won just one of 16 European away games in Italy and that was in April 1970 in the Fairs Cup. They have lost nine and drawn six of the other games, scoring just 10 goals across all their visits.

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Ajax Amsterdam v Borussia Dortmund

  • If Ajax lose and Real Madrid avoid defeat against Man City, Ajax will be eliminated. If they match or better Real's result, they will have a chance to qualify against the Spanish champions on the final Match Day.
  • If Dortmund avoid defeat against Ajax, their place in the Last 16 will be secured.
  • Four of Ajax's six goals in the Champions League this season have come from corners, a competition high.
  • Dortmund have won none of their last seven away games in European competition (D4 L3).
  • Ajax have scored with all three headers on target that they have mustered so far.
  • Ajax have played 16 European games at home to German clubs, winning 15 and losing none.
  • Borussia Dortmund have lost just one of the last six European matches (W2 D3 L1) against Dutch opposition, the 2002 UEFA Cup final versus Feyenoord.
  • Dortmund have made 266 blocks, clearances and interceptions, the highest total of defensive actions of any team in the Champions League.

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Manchester City v Real Madrid

  • Manchester City will be eliminated from the Champions League if they do not win this match.
  • Only two teams have ever had two points or fewer after four match days and qualified for the next stage (Lokomotiv 2002-03 & Porto 2004-05).
  • If Madrid win and Ajax do not beat Dortmund, then the Spanish champions will progress to the Last 16. If they draw and Ajax lose, Madrid will also qualify.
  • Real Madrid have fired in 92 shots in the Champions League this season, more than any other club in the competition.
  • Manchester City have allowed their opponents more shots on target against them than any other team in the competition (33).
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 15 goals in his last 13 Champions League appearances and has netted in four of his last six appearances against Manchester City.
  • Manchester City have played 36 home games in European competition excluding qualifiers and lost just one (W25 D10 L1). They have never lost to an overseas team as their only defeat came against Chelsea.
  • Real Madrid have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 Champions League games.
  • 60% of Real Madrid's goals have been netted in the final 15 minutes of games (including all three in their opening match against City); a competition high proportion.

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