King of Stats: Key numbers ahead of the Champions League’s return
The Champions League resumes this week with some mouth-watering clashes for fans to feast upon and, with that in mind, here are some key figures for those looking to make a bit of money on game week three.
6 – the pitiful number of goals Celtic have scored in their last 14 Champions League away days, 12 of which they lost, including their last seven. Lump on Barcelona to win to nil at 4/7.
0 – the total number of Man United’s defeats at Old Trafford to Portuguese opposition, however, Braga are undefeated in seven successive European away days. It’s 4/1 for the match to finish level, meaning both sides’ records remain intact.
5 – PSG have won six games this season, however, they’ve been ahead at both half time and full time in five of these. A sixth occurrence of this outcome is priced up at 6/5 ahead of their trip to Dinamo Zagreb.
3 – the number of games Shakhtar have won out of four versus English clubs at home, their most recent being a 2-1 triumph over Arsenal in 2010/11, yet Chelsea have only lost twice in 11 Champions League road trips. The hosts are a 29/20 shot to make it three from 12 for the Blues.
1 – Spartak Moscow’s number of wins at their Luhzniki Stadium from a total of 15 Champions League games, they also finished both campaigns in which they lost their first two games pointless; back Benfica to heap more misery on them at 8/5.
45 – the amount of games Arsenal have gone in this competition without defeat to non-English opposition on home soil, since Inter beat them 3-0 in 2003. Meanwhile, Schalke have failed to win in five visits to England, losing four times. The Gunners are 10/11 to hand them a fifth defeat on these shores.
22 – the number of trips to Germany that Real Madrid have failed to win out of 23, however, they have lost just one Champions League away game in 13 under Jose Mourinho; the draw in this one is priced at 5/2.
32 – the number of years since Ajax beat an English team at home, yet Man City have lost three of their four games on the road in this competition. This renders the 8/11 for them to win in the Amsterdam Arena worth side-stepping.
All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date