The Champions League round of 16 is upon us and a few crackers are present in the draw, notably Manchester United against Real Madrid and a potential limelight stealer between Borussia Dortmund and Shakhtar.
The King of Stats has been sifting through some interesting research in the hope of uncovering some lucrative betting opportunities to make watching these matches even more interesting.
0 – Bayern Munich have never won in London in five trips and have lost on each of their last four visits to England. This makes Bayern hard to back at 11/10 to triumph at the Emirates against Arsenal, although it is hard to oppose the 1/3 that they qualify for the quarter finals. After all, Arsenal have exited at this stage in the last two seasons.
16 – The number of games Juventus have remained unbeaten in UEFA competition, with their last away defeat coming back in 2010 against Fulham. Meanwhile, Celtic are unbeaten at Parkhead in this year’s competition, which includes a win over Barcelona. A draw stands out in the first-leg here at 5/2.
11 – The number of goals Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in Real Madrid’s last six home games in all competitions, including back-to-back hat-tricks against Getafe and Sevilla. Ronaldo is 14/1 to score a treble at the Bernabeu against former club Manchester United and 9/2 to score three or more across the two legs.
9 – No team scored more second-half goals in the group stages than the nine converted by Valencia, while Real Madrid were the only other club to net more goals after the interval than PSG. This suggests things may hot up after the break at the Mestalla and it is 1/1 that the second half has the most goals.
6 – Meanwhile, alongside Valencia, Schalke were the only other team to score in the second half of all six of their group encounters. Schalke are 11/5 to win the second half of their trip to Galatasaray.
5 – AC Milan failed to score in the first half of five of their six encounters in Group C, converting less goals in the opening period than anybody else still alive in the competition. Barcelona are 1/2 to keep a half-time clean sheet at the San Siro and a tempting 5/4 to win the opening 45 minutes to nil.
4 – Both teams were on target in four of the six group games involving Shakhtar and the same for Dortmund, including all three on their travels. This stands out at 8/13 to occur again in the Ukraine.
3 – Porto scored in the final 15 minutes of all three of their home games in Group A, alongside two of their last three at the Estadio Do Dragao in Portuguese league action. Therefore, 7/2 is a fair price that they score in the period between the 75th minute and the final whistle at home to Malaga.
All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date