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Andrew Tibot 16th Aug 2015 - 15:00

Champions League Play-Off Opta Facts - 1st Leg

Celtic v Malmo

Celtic have kept three clean sheets in four Champions League qualifiers this season, scoring seven and conceding just once in total (W3 D1).

This is the fourth consecutive season that Celtic are appearing in the play-off round; they qualified in 2012/13 and 2013/14 but were eliminated by NK Maribor last term.

The Bhoys have won 10 of their last 11 Champions League qualifying games at Parkhead, keeping eight clean sheets and conceding only three times in total.

Malmo have never faced Celtic before, though they have eliminated Scottish sides from Europe in two of the last four seasons (Rangers in CL qualifying in 2011/12, Hibs in EL qualifying in 2013/14).

Celtic have never conceded a goal in four previous European games against Swedish sides (W3 D1).

Malmo featured in the Champions League group stages last season; the first time they had played in the European Cup proper since 1990/91, when they lost to Dynamo Dresden in the second round.

 

Manchester United v Club Brugge

Manchester United have won all four previous Champions League qualifying ties, their last being a 6-0 aggregate win over Debrecen in 2005/06.

Indeed the Red Devils' home record in CL qualifying reads four wins from four games, with 13 goals scored and none conceded.

Club Brugge have not reached the group phase since 2005/06, when they were eliminated from a group that involved Juventus and Bayern Munich (despite two wins over Rapid Wien).

The Belgian giants have not beaten an English side since February 1995 (1-0 v Chelsea), drawing two and losing four since.

Overall, Belgian teams have won just one of their last 31 away games against English sides in Europe (Wigan 1-2 Zulte Waregem in 2013).

Manchester United's three home games against Belgian teams (all v Anderlecht) have seen them win 10-0, 3-0 and 5-1.

 

 
 
 

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