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VfL Wolfsburg vs Salzburg UCL Match Preview

Following their 3-1 defeat in Austria on MD3, Wolfsburg could lose each of their first two games against a specific opponent (RB Salzburg) in major European competition for a seventh time, with Shakhtar Donetsk in 2020 being the last side to win their first two against the German team.

FC Red Bull Salzburg have lost five of their eight away games against German sides in major European competition (W2 D1), losing each of their last two such matches, versus Eintracht Frankfurt (4-1) and FC Bayern MĂŒnchen (3-1), both in 2020.

Excluding qualifiers, Wolfsburg haven’t won either of their last two home games in European competition (D1 L1). They have never previously gone three home games in a row in major European competition without recording a victory.

RB Salzburg have conceded at least once in each of their last 18 away games in major European competition (39 goals conceded) – the last time they kept a clean sheet on the road in such games was in December 2017, in a 0-0 draw versus Marseille in the UEFA Europa League.

Wolfsburg have lost just one of their nine home matches in the UEFA Champions League (W6 D2), and remain unbeaten in six on home soil in the competition, since a 1-3 defeat to Man Utd in December 2009

RB Salzburg could become the first Austrian side to win three consecutive European Cup/Champions League matches since SK Rapid Wien in 1982.

The average age of RB Salzburg’s starting XI in this season’s UEFA Champions League is 22y 351d – the youngest in the competition.

Five of RB Salzburg’s six goals in this seasons UEFA Champions League have come from set piece situations (x3 penalties & x2 corners), more than any other side – however, only Malmö FF (5) and RB Leipzig (4) have conceded more goals in the competition this term from set pieces than both Wolfsburg and RB Salzburg (3 each).

RB Salzburg’s Rasmus Kristensen has made five multi-take-ons (player possessions that contain more than one take-on) in the UEFA Champions League this season; the joint-most of any player in the competition, along with Kylian MbappĂ©.

Lukas Nmecha scored Wolfsburg’s only goal against RB Salzburg last time out, becoming the club’s third-youngest scorer in the UEFA Champions League at 22 years and 310 days (behind Maximilian Arnold, 21y 315d, and Julian Draxler, 21y 360d).

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Malmo vs Chelsea UCL Match Preview

Malmö FF have lost their three games against Chelsea in European competition by an aggregate score of 9-1.

Chelsea are unbeaten in their seven meetings with Swedish teams to date, winning four and drawing three against them across all competitions. The last three have all been against Malmö FF, with each of them ending in Chelsea victories.

Malmö FF have lost seven of their eight previous games against English opponents in European competition (W1), including each of the most recent four. The only time they’ve avoided defeat in such games came against Nottingham Forest in September 1995, winning 2-1 in the UEFA Cup.

Since winning 2-0 in their first ever home game in the UEFA Champions League (v Olympiakos in October 2014), Malmö FF have only scored one goal in their last six home games in the competition (W1 L5).

Chelsea lost their opening away game of the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League, losing against Juventus in Turin (0-1) after being unbeaten in six beforehand (W5 D1). The last time they lost consecutive away games in the competition was in November 2012 under Roberto Di Matteo.

As of MD3, no team has conceded more goals than Malmö FF (11) in the UEFA Champions League this season, while only Besiktas (11.1) have a higher expected goals against total than the Swedish side so far (8.7).

Chelsea have made 50 high turnovers (sequences starting within 40 metres of the opposition goal) in the UEFA Champions League this season; the most of any team so far. They also have allowed the fewest opposition passes per defensive action (7.5) in the competition this term.

Since the start of last season, Toni Kroos (17) is the only midfielder who has initiated more shot-ending sequences of play than Chelsea’s Jorginho (16) in the UEFA Champions League.

Malmö FF have the lowest expected goals total (0.99) among all teams in the UEFA Champions League this season, while they’re one of only three teams yet to score, as of MD3. They have also had the fewest touches in the opposition box (23) in the competition this term.

Since the start of last season, Timo Werner has been directly involved in more goals in the UEFA Champions League than any other current Chelsea player (6 – four goals and two assists).

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Dynamo Kyiv vs FC Barcelona UCL Match Preview

Dynamo Kyiv have only won three of their 13 previous meetings with Barcelona in European competition (D1 L9), with the most recent of those victories coming in November 1997 in the UEFA Champions League (4-0). All three of their wins against the Catalan side came during the 1990’s, with two of those coming in this competition (one in qualifying).

Barcelona have won each of their last five games against Dynamo Kyiv in the UEFA Champions League, between 2009 and 2021. The Catalan side have kept a clean sheet in each of the last two, including one in a 1-0 victory in MD3 of this season.

Dynamo Kyiv’s last victory against a Spanish team in the UEFA Champions League came back in March 1999, beating Real Madrid 2-0 in a quarter-final clash. Since then, they’ve faced Spanish opponents on 11 occasions in the competition and failed to win all of them (D3 L8).

Barcelona have only scored one goal in the UEFA Champions League this season, although it did come in a 1-0 victory at home to Dynamo Kyiv. This is their lowest goal tally after three games of a single campaign in the European Cup/UEFA Champions League.

Dynamo Kyiv have kept a clean sheet in each of their last two UEFA Champions League home games (1-0 v FerencvĂĄrosi TC and 0-0 v Benfica), and will be looking to keep three in a row in the competition for the first time since October 2002.

Barcelona lost 3-0 in their last away game in the UEFA Champions League (v Benfica) – the last time they lost consecutive away games in the competition was in April 2017, while the last occasion in the group stage was in September 2014.

Viktor Tsygankov scored in consecutive UEFA Champions League appearances in 2020-21, with one of those games coming against Barcelona. However, since then, he has played five times in the competition without finding the net.

Since scoring in six consecutive UEFA Champions League games for Lyon between September 2019 and August 2020, Memphis Depay has failed to score in each of his last five appearances in the competition. The Dutchman has had more touches in the opposition box (16) than any other Barcelona player so far this season, yet has only mustered one shot attempt in his three games.

Heading into MD4, Dynamo Kyiv have attempted the fewest shots of any team in the UEFA Champions League this season (17). Only eight of these shots have come from inside the box, which is also the lowest tally in the competition so far this term.

Since the start of the 2018-19 season, no full-back has made more assists in the UEFA Champions League than Barcelona’s Jordi Alba (9). The Spaniard’s nine assists in this period are three times as many as any other current Barcelona player (Ousmane DembĂ©lĂ© and Philippe Coutinho, 3).

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Bayern Munich vs Benfica UCL Match Preview

Benfica est l’Ă©quipe que le Bayern Munich a le plus affrontĂ©e en compĂ©tition europĂ©enne sans jamais s’incliner (11 – 8 victoires, 3 nuls).

Benfica a encaissé 30 buts en 11 matches contre le Bayern Munich en compétition européenne pour seulement 7 buts inscrits.

Benfica n’a remportĂ© qu’un seul de ses 13 derniers matches contre des clubs allemands en Ligue des Champions (3 nuls, 9 dĂ©faites), c’Ă©tait contre Dortmund en fĂ©vrier 2017.

Ce sera le 500e match européen du Bayern Munich (289 victoires, 105 nuls et 105 défaites), devenant la 3e équipe à atteindre cette marque aprÚs Barcelone (587) et le Real Madrid (575).

Le Bayern Munich n’a perdu aucun de ses 22 derniers matches Ă  domicile en phase de groupes de Ligue des Champions (21 victoires, 1 nul), inscrivant 69 buts pour seulement 7 encaissĂ©s lors de cette sĂ©rie.

Benfica reste sur 6 matches sans victoire en dĂ©placement en Ligue des Champions (2 nuls, 4 dĂ©faites), son dernier succĂšs remontant Ă  octobre 2018 chez l’AEK AthĂšnes (3-2).

Robert Lewandowski pourrait disputer son 100e match en Ligue des Champions. L’attaquant du Bayern Munich totalise 78 buts dans la compĂ©tition, plus que tout autre joueur au cours de ses 100 premiĂšres apparitions dans la compĂ©tition.

Leroy SanĂ© est impliquĂ© dans 6 buts en Ligue des Champions cette saison (3 buts, 3 assists), le milieu offensif du Bayern Munich n’a fait mieux qu’une seule fois sur un mĂȘme exercice (8 avec Manchester City en 2018/19).

Thomas MĂŒller (Bayern Munich) a Ă©tĂ© impliquĂ© dans 28 buts lors de ses 33 derniĂšres titularisations Ă  l’Allianz Arena en Ligue des Champions (19 buts, 9 assists), dont 2 passes dĂ©cisives lors de la derniĂšre en date contre le Dynamo Kiev.

Darwin NĂșñez a inscrit 2 buts lors de ses 2 titularisations avec Benfica en Ligue des Champions, un seul joueur a rĂ©ussi Ă  marquer plus de buts pour ses 3 premiĂšres rencontres dĂ©butĂ©es avec le club lisboĂšte dans la compĂ©tition, il s’agit de Claudio Caniggia (3).

Bayern Munich are unbeaten in all 11 of their meetings with Benfica in European competition, with eight of those ending in victories for the German side (D3). They have faced Benfica more times without losing than against any of their other opponents in European competition.

Benfica have conceded 30 goals in their 11 meetings with Bayern Munich in European competition, at an average of 2.7 per game. Meanwhile, the Portuguese side have only scored seven goals themselves (0.6) per game.

Benfica have only won one of their last 13 games against German opponents in the UEFA Champions League (D3 L9), with their last such victory coming in February 2017 against Borussia Dortmund.

This will be Bayern Munich’s 500th game across all European competitions (W289 D105 L105), becoming only the third team to reach this milestone, after Barcelona (587) and Real Madrid (575).

Bayern Munich are unbeaten in their last 22 home games in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League (W21 D1), in a run which dates back to the 2014-15 campaign. The German side have scored 69 goals and conceded only seven times across these fixtures.

Benfica are looking for their first away win in the UEFA Champions League since October 2018 (3-2 v AEK Athens), having failed to win each of their last six games on the road in the competition (D2 L4).

Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski could be in line to make his 100th UEFA Champions League appearance (currently on 99). The Polish striker has netted 78 goals in the competition to date, which is already the most by a player through their first 100 appearances in the UEFA Champions League.

Darwin NĂșñez has netted two goals in his first two UEFA Champions League starts for Benfica – only one player has scored more across their first three starts for the club in the competition (Claudio Caniggia, 3).

Leroy Sané has scored three goals and made three assists for Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League this season, with his six direct goal involvements already being only two fewer than his best season tally in the competition (8 for Manchester City in 2018-19).

Bayern Munich’s Thomas MĂŒller has been directly involved in 28 goals in his last 33 starts at the Allianz Arena in the UEFA Champions League, scoring 19 goals and providing nine assists. MĂŒller set up two of Bayern’s goals in their last home game, a 5-0 victory over Dynamo Kyiv.

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Villarreal vs Young Boys UCL Match Preview

Villarreal and Young Boys’ only previous meeting in European competition came in the last matchday (MD3), with the Spanish side winning 4-1 in Switzerland.

Villarreal’s 4-1 win against Young Boys last time out was their joint-biggest victory in the UEFA Champions League, and only the second time they had won by three goals in the competition (also 6-3 v Aalborg BK in October 2008).

Young Boys won their first ever meeting with Spanish opponents in the European Cup/UEFA Champions League (1-0 v Real Madrid in 1986), but have since failed to win the last four (D1 L3).

Young Boys haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last 10 games in the European Cup/UEFA Champions League (W2 D1 L7), with their last one coming back in September 1986 versus Real Madrid (1-0).

Villarreal are looking for their first home win in the UEFA Champions League since October 2008 (6-3 v Aalborg BK), having failed to win any of their last seven home games in the competition (D4 L3).

Young Boys have lost all four of their away games in the UEFA Champions League, while they’ve only managed to score one goal in 360 minutes of play on the road (1-3 v Valencia in November 2018).

The meeting between Villarreal and Young Boys last month had a combined expected goals total of 5.4 – only one game in the UEFA Champions League so far this season has had a higher total (5.5 – Sporting CP v Besiktas).

Arnaut Danjuma scored in his first UEFA Champions League appearance for Villarreal, in a 2-2 draw with Atalanta at the Estadio de la CerĂĄmica on MD1. The Dutchman could become the first player to score in his first two home appearances for the Yellow Submarine in the competition.

Young Boys winger Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu has both attempted (35) and completed (20) the most dribbles of any player in the UEFA Champions League this season. His 13 dribble attempts and eight completions last time out against Villarreal were both single-game highs in the competition this campaign.

Villarreal’s Arnaut Danjuma has generated eight shots following carries (moving 5+ metres with the ball) in the UEFA Champions League this season (six shots and two chances created) – only VinĂ­cius JĂșnior (10) and Jack Grealish (9) have produced more.

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Atalanta vs Manchester United UCL Match Preview

Atalanta have only won one of their five games against English teams in the UEFA Champions League (D1 L3), with that victory coming away at Liverpool last season. Gian Piero Gasperini’s side were beaten 3-2 by Manchester United last time out, despite taking a 2-0 lead in the game.

Manchester United have only lost one of their last 11 games against Italian opponents in the UEFA Champions League (W8 D2), while they’ve picked up victories in five of the last six (L1).

This will be the fourth time Atalanta have hosted an English opponent in European competition (currently W1 D1 L1). Manchester United will be their fourth different opponent in this run, having previously hosted Everton, Manchester City and Liverpool – all since the 2017-18 season.

Manchester United are looking to record their 150th victory in the European Cup/UEFA Champions League, which would make them the first English side to reach this milestone, and fourth overall after Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Barcelona.

Atalanta have only lost two of their last eight home games in the UEFA Champions League (W3 D3), while they won 1-0 against Young Boys on MD2 this season. The Italian side have only won consecutive home games once previously in the competition, beating Dinamo Zagreb and Valencia in 2019-20.

Manchester United have lost their last three away games in the UEFA Champions League, including a defeat to Young Boys on MD1 this term. They have never previously lost four consecutive away games in the European Cup/UEFA Champions League. 

Since the start of last season, DuvĂĄn Zapata has been directly involved in three of Atalanta’s four goals on home soil in the UEFA Champions League. The Colombian scored a brace against Ajax in October 2020, before assisting Matteo Pessina’s winner against Young Boys on MD2 this season.

Since returning to Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in all three of his UEFA Champions League appearances (three goals) – the last player to score in four consecutive appearances for the club in the competition was Ruud van Nistelrooy in April 2003 (in a run of nine).

Davide Zappacosta has been involved in more shot-ending sequences of play than any other Atalanta player in the UEFA Champions League this season (18), while only striker DuvĂĄn Zapata (19) has had more touches in the opposition box than the full-back so far (10).

Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 60 goals in 88 away games in the UEFA Champions League, more than any other player in the competition’s history. The Portuguese has scored in each of his last three away games for the Red Devils in the competition (v FC Porto and Arsenal in 2009 and against Young Boys this season).

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Sevilla vs Lille UCL Match Preview

This will be the fifth meeting between Sevilla and Lille in European competition – after losing the first two, the Spanish side have been unbeaten in the most recent two (W1 D1). This season’s reverse fixture in the UEFA Champions League ended 0-0 at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

Sevilla are unbeaten in their five games against French opponents in the UEFA Champions League (W3 D2), all of which have come since the start of the 2016-17 season. Sevilla have only conceded one goal across these five games, keeping four clean sheets in total.

Lille have only won two of their 14 games against Spanish opponents in European competition (D6 L6), going winless in eight such games since their last victory – 1-0 v Sevilla in the UEFA Cup in March 2006.

Lille have only kept a clean sheet in four of their 14 clashes with Spanish opponents in European competition, however three of these have come against Sevilla, including one in their last game in the UEFA Champions League (0-0 in MD3).

Sevilla have only lost one of their last seven home games in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League (W4 D2), with that lone defeat coming against Chelsea in December 2020; the team who went on to win the tournament last season.

Since the start of the 2019-20 season, Lille have suffered defeats in each of their last four away games in the UEFA Champions League, conceding at least two goals on each trip (11 in total).

Both of Sevilla’s goals in the UEFA Champions League have come from the penalty spot (both by Ivan Rakitic). In fact, each of their last five goals in the competition have been scored from set pieces, with three of those being penalties.

Lille’s only goal in the UEFA Champions League so far this season was scored by Burak Yilmaz from a direct free-kick. Overall, their expected goals total from open play is just 1.3; the third-lowest of any team in the competition heading into MD4, behind Dynamo Kyiv and Malmö FF.

Only 11% of Sevilla’s goals in the UEFA Champions League have been scored by Spanish players, with just nine of their 79 goals in the competition being scored by natives. Suso was the last Spaniard to score for them in the UEFA Champions League, versus Borussia Dortmund back in February.

Since scoring in six consecutive UEFA Champions League appearances between October 2012 and March 2013 for Galatasaray, Lille striker Burak Yilmaz has only scored in three of his last 20 appearances in the competition.

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Juventus vs Zenit UCL Match Preview

Juventus are unbeaten in their previous three meetings with Zenit Saint Petersburg (W2 D1), while the Italian side picked up a 1-0 away victory against them last time out in the UEFA Champions League.

Zenit Saint Petersburg have failed to score in all three of their previous games against Juventus in the UEFA Champions League, despite attempting 37 shots in total.

This will be Juventus’ 10th time facing Russian opponents in European competition, while the Old Lady have won eight of the previous nine (D1) and kept six clean sheets overall.

Zenit Saint Petersburg will be looking for just their second victory against Italian opponents in the UEFA Champions League, with their last one coming against AC Milan in December 2012. Zenit have drawn two and lost four of their other six games against Italian sides in the competition.

Juventus have won eight of their last nine home games in the UEFA Champions League (L1), including the last four in a row – they last had a longer streak of consecutive home victories in the competition in October 2017 under current boss Massimiliano Allegri (six in a row).

Zenit Saint Petersburg are winless in their last nine away games in the UEFA Champions League, suffering defeats in eight of these (D1). This is their longest run without an away win in the European Cup/UEFA Champions League, with their last victory coming in November 2015 (2-0 v Lyon).

Only Dynamo Kyiv (15) have accumulated fewer pressed sequences than Juventus (24) in the UEFA Champions League this season. Pressed sequences are those in which the opposition has three passes or fewer in a sequence and it ends within 40 metres of their own goal. They are averaging eight such sequences per game in the competition this season compared to over 15 last season.

Federico Chiesa has been directly involved in five goals in his five home appearances for Juventus in the UEFA Champions League, scoring four goals and providing one assist. Chiesa has netted in each of his last three home games in the competition, while the last Juventus player to do so in four in a row was David Trezeguet in November 2001.

Zenit Saint Petersburg’s Claudinho has initiated the joint-most sequences of play that have ended in shots in the UEFA Champions League this season (7), along with Bayern Munich’s Leon Goretzka.

Dejan Kulusevski scored the winning goal for Juventus last time out against Zenit Saint Petersburg in the UEFA Champions League (in a 1-0 win). The last Swedish player to score in consecutive appearances for the club in the competition was Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who managed it only once, in October 2005.

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AC Milan vs FC Porto UCL Match Preview

After only losing one of their first six meetings with FC Porto in European competition (W3 D2), AC Milan have since lost two of the last four (W1 D1), including the most recent meeting between the two - 0-1 in MD3 this season.

This will be the fifth time that AC Milan have hosted FC Porto in European competition, but the first instance since September 1996. Both teams have won twice in the previous four, with FC Porto winning 3-2 in the last such meeting.

AC Milan have lost all three of their games in the UEFA Champions League this season, and are one of only four sides to have done so heading into MD4 (along with RB Leipzig, Besiktas and Malmö FF). Overall, they have lost each of their last five games in the competition; their longest run of consecutive defeats in the European Cup/UEFA Champions League.

FC Porto have only lost one of their last five away games in the UEFA Champions League (W3 D1), after losing their previous three away from home in a row.

AC Milan lost their previous home game in the UEFA Champions League, in a 2-1 defeat to AtlĂ©tico Madrid. Excluding extra time, Luis SuĂĄrez’s penalty at 96:21 was the latest game-winning goal in the UEFA Champions League since the start of the 2003-04 season (as far back as Opta have exact goal times).

FC Porto have kept a clean sheet in four of their last five away games in the UEFA Champions League (W3 D1 L1), including in each of their last two trips. They last kept three consecutive away clean sheets in the competition back in November 2012.

AC Milan only attempted four shots in their 1-0 defeat against FC Porto last time out in the UEFA Champions League – their fewest in a game in the competition since December 2013 v Ajax (also four).

FC Porto’s Luis DĂ­az has made 11 successful take-ons in the UEFA Champions League so far this season; only one winger - Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu of Young Boys (20) – has completed more in the competition through the opening three matchdays.

Since scoring four goals from five shots for Chelsea against Sevilla in December 2020, AC Milan’s Olivier Giroud has only scored once in 250 minutes of play in the UEFA Champions League – that goal also came while playing for Chelsea, while he’s yet to score in his three outings in the competition for his current club.

Mehdi Taremi has been directly involved in each of FC Porto’s last three goals in the UEFA Champions League, scoring twice and also proving the assist for their winning goal against AC Milan last time out.

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Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk UCL Match Preview

The previous five games between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk have seen a total of 23 goals scored, at an average of 4.6 per game. Indeed, Los Blancos have scored at least four goals in all three of their victories against Shakhtar in the competition (4-0 and 4-3 in 2015-16, 5-0 this season).

In their 5-0 defeat last time out, Shakhtar Donetsk faced 10 shots on target by Real Madrid. As of MD3, this is one of only three instances of a team facing 10+ attempts on target in a UEFA Champions League game this season, along with FC Porto (13 v Liverpool) and Sheriff Tiraspol (11 v Real Madrid).

Real Madrid have averaged three goals per game against Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Champions League (15 goals in five games). Among opponents they’ve faced on at least five occasions in the competition, the only team they have a higher goals per game ratio against is Galatasaray (3.4).

Ahead of MD4, Shakhtar Donetsk remain just one of three teams yet to score a goal in the UEFA Champions League this season (along with Dynamo Kyiv and Malmö FF). Shakhtar have the highest expected goals total (2.95) of any of the three teams still looking for their first goal.

Real Madrid have lost three of their last eight home games in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League (W3 D2), including their most recent one against Sheriff Tiraspol. They had previously gone unbeaten in 27 consecutive home games in the group stage of the competition between November 2009 and October 2018 (W24 D3).

Shakhtar Donetsk have failed to score in each of their last three away games in the UEFA Champions League (D1 L2). In fact, the last time they netted on the road in the competition was away to Real Madrid, in a 3-2 victory there in October 2020. 

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has scored 10 goals in his last 10 home appearances in the UEFA Champions League, and has only failed to find the net in one of the most recent six (v Liverpool in April).

Shakhtar’s TetĂȘ scored and assisted in a 3-2 win in his previous UEFA Champions League game away at Real Madrid (in October 2020). Since that game, however, the Brazilian hasn’t scored or assisted a goal in eight appearances in the competition.

Real Madrid winger VinĂ­cius JĂșnior has been involved in 34 sequences of play that have ended in shots in the UEFA Champions League this season; the most of any player in the competition. Indeed, the player ranked second in this category is teammate Karim Benzema (31), with both on the scoresheet against Shakhtar last time out.

Shakhtar’s Marlon Santos has made more carries in total (84) and covered more distance with his carries (939 metres) than any other player in the UEFA Champions League this season.

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Manchester City vs Club Brugge UCL Match Preview

Manchester City have won six of their seven games against Belgian opponents in European competition (L1), including a 5-1 victory in their only previous meeting with Club Brugge.

Club Brugge are looking for their first victory against English opponents in European competition since February 1995 (1-0 v Chelsea in the Cup Winners’ Cup), having failed to win any of their last 13 attempts (D3 L10).

Manchester City have scored 21 goals across their previous seven games against Belgian opponents, at an average of three per game. Their 5-1 win against Club Brugge last time out was the joint-most goals a team has scored away to the Belgian side in the UEFA Champions League, along with Paris Saint-Germain’s 5-0 win there in October 2019.

Club Brugge have never won away from home against an English side in European competition, while this will be their 14th attempt at doing so. They’ve lost 11 of their previous 13 such games, drawing twice.

Manchester City have won 80% of their home games in the UEFA Champions League since Pep Guardiola took charge of the club (20/25 – D2 L3). Among those with 20+ home games managed, this is the highest win percentage by a coach with a single club in the competition.

Since losing five consecutive away games in the UEFA Champions League between November 2005 and October 2018, Club Brugge have only lost two of their nine such games since (W3 D4). The Belgian side will be looking to record consecutive away wins for the very first time in the European Cup/UEFA Champions League.

Manchester City’s Jack Grealish has created more chances following carries (moving 5+ metres with the ball) than any other player in the UEFA Champions League this season. Overall, Real Madrid’s VinĂ­cius JĂșnior (10) is the only player who has been directly involved in more shots than Grealish (9 – three shots, six chances created) following a ball carry.

Phil Foden, who set up Manchester City’s opener last time out, already has six assists to his name in the UEFA Champions League. The only player with more assists before turning 22 for England clubs in the UEFA Champions League is Cesc FĂ bregas (10 for Arsenal between 2006 and 2009).

No team has completed a sequence of 10+ passes on fewer occasions than Club Brugge (6) in the UEFA Champions League this season. Meanwhile, since the start of last season, Manchester City have made more than any other team in the competition (361).

Raheem Sterling has been directly involved in 24 goals in 27 home games for Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League, scoring 15 goals and making nine assists. Only Sergio AgĂŒero (27) has more combined goals and assists for the club in home games in the competition.

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Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid UCL  Match Preview

Liverpool registered their first win over Atlético Madrid in the UEFA Champions League last time out (3-2 at the Wanda Metropolitano), having drawn two and lost two of their first four meetings in the competition.

Atlético Madrid are unbeaten in their previous two games against Liverpool at Anfield in the UEFA Champions League (W1 D1), including a 3-2 victory in the Round of 16 on their last trip there in March 2020.

Liverpool have only won two of their 13 home games against Spanish opponents in the European Cup/UEFA Champions League (D6 L5), although one of their two did come during JĂŒrgen Klopp’s reign – a 4-0 win over Barcelona in May 2019.

AtlĂ©tico Madrid have lost just once in their last six away trips to face English opponents in European competition (W2 D3), however that defeat did come in their most recent one – a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea in the Round of 16 last season.

Liverpool have only lost two of their 22 home games in the UEFA Champions League under JĂŒrgen Klopp (W15 D5), however one of those came against Diego Simeone’s AtlĂ©tico Madrid, losing 3-2 in the Round of 16 in 2019-20 to be eliminated from the tournament.

Atlético Madrid have won their last two away games in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, and will be looking to win three in row on the road in the competition for only the second time under Diego Simeone (previously three between 2015 and 2016).

James Milner (12) is currently tied with Steven Gerrard for all-time UEFA Champions League assists for Liverpool. Teammate Roberto Firmino (11) is also within range of the club record, while Trent-Alexander Arnold (7) is already inside the top five.

Luis Suårez has only scored one goal in nine UEFA Champions League appearances for Atlético Madrid, averaging a goal every 650 minutes for them. His only goal for the club in the competition so far came from the penalty spot, with his last strike from open play in the UEFA Champions League coming in August 2020 for Barcelona (v Bayern Munich).

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has scored 13 goals in 20 UEFA Champions League appearances at Anfield. If he finds the net in this game, he will equal Steven Gerrard (14) as the club’s all-time top scorer in the European Cup/UEFA Champions League at their home venue.

Including extra time, seven of AtlĂ©tico Madrid’s last nine away goals in the UEFA Champions League have been scored in the 84th minute or later. This includes three goals in extra time at Anfield in March 2020, while their last away goal in the competition was a 97th minute winner from a Luis SuĂĄrez penalty against AC Milan.

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Sporting CP vs Besiktas UCL Match Preview

Sporting CP are unbeaten in their three meetings with Besiktas in European competition (W2 D1), with the Portuguese side winning 4-1 away from home last time out in the UEFA Champions League on MD3.

Sporting CP’s 4-1 victory against Besiktas on MD3 was the first time they’ve scored 4+ goals in a UEFA Champions League game since November 2014, when they won 4-2 at home to FC Schalke 04.

Besiktas have only won one of their last 11 games against Portuguese teams in European competition (D5 L5), with this lone victory coming against FC Porto back in September 2017.

Sporting CP will be looking to record consecutive wins in the UEFA Champions League for the first time since November 2014, when they won against FC Schalke 04 and Maribor under Marco Silva.

Besiktas have lost each of their last five away games in European competition, conceding 16 goals and only scoring four times in this run. Their last such victory came in November 2018 in the UEFA Europa League, winning 3-2 against Sarpsborg 08 FF.

Sporting CP have lost their last two home games across all European competitions (1-4 v LASK and 1-5 v Ajax), and will be looking to avoid suffering three consecutive defeats on home soil for the first time since September 2007 (0-1 v Bayern Munich, 1-3 v Spartak Moscow and 0-1 v Manchester United, all in the UEFA Champions League).

Paulinho has been directly involved in three of Sporting CP’s five goals in the UEFA Champions League this season (two goals and one assist). The last player to record more combined goals and assists for the club in a single season in the competition was Nani in 2014-15 (6).

Both of Besiktas’ goals in the UEFA Champions League have been assisted by crosses from Miralem Pjanic, with both goals also being headed finishes (Javi Montero v Borussia Dortmund and Cyle Larin v Sporting CP).

Sebastian Coates netted twice for Sporting CP against Besiktas last time out, becoming only the fourth Sporting player to score a brace in the UEFA Champions League and the first since Bas Dost in November 2017 vs Olympiakos.

Michy Batshuayi has had 10 shots for Besiktas in the UEFA Champions League this season but is still looking for his first goal – through the first three matchdays, only Lautaro MartĂ­nez (12) has had more shots without scoring in the competition this term.

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Borussia Dortmund vs Ajax UCL Match Preview

Borussia Dortmund and Ajax have met on five previous occasions in the UEFA Champions League, with the Dutch side winning three of these meetings to date (L2), including this season’s reverse fixture (4-0).

Ajax’s 4-0 win over Borussia Dortmund last time out was the biggest victory by a Dutch team over a German opponent in European competition since November 1976, when Feyenoord won 5-0 against 1. FC Kaiserslautern in the UEFA Cup.

Borussia Dortmund’s only home defeat in the European Cup/UEFA Champions League against a Dutch opponent came against Ajax in 1996 – since then, Dortmund are unbeaten on the three occasions when they have hosted sides from the Netherlands (W1 D2).

Ajax have only won two of their 10 away games against German sides in the European Cup/UEFA Champions League (D4 L4), and are winless in their three such games since their last victory (2-0 v Borussia Dortmund in 1996).

Borussia Dortmund are unbeaten in their last 10 home games in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League (W7 D3), keeping a clean sheet in seven of these fixtures. The last team to beat Dortmund at home in the group stage of this competition was Spurs in November 2017, winning 2-1 under Mauricio Pochettino.

Ajax have only lost one of their last 10 away games in the UEFA Champions League group stage (W5 D4), with that only defeat coming against Liverpool in December 2020. They won 5-1 at Sporting CP on MD1 and will be looking to record consecutive away wins in the group stage for the first time since October 2019.

Ajax have had the most shots (10) and scored the most goals (2) of any side in the UEFA Champions League this season following high turnovers, which are instances where the attacking begin a sequence of play within 40 metres of the opposition goal.

Ajax striker SĂ©bastien Haller has been directly involved in more goals than any other player in the UEFA Champions League this season (8 – six goals, two assists). Among those to have debuted in the competition since 2003-04, this is already the most direct goal involvements in a player’s first four appearances, and one more than Erling Haaland managed (7).

Ajax have amassed an Expected Goals (xG) value of 2.38 from the open play sequences that goalkeeper Remko Pasveer has been involved in this season. Indeed, Pasveer leads all goalkeepers in the competition this campaign for open play xG involvement.

Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus (53) could equal Lukasz Piszczek (54) as the player with the most UEFA Champions League appearances for the club. The German is Dortmund’s top scorer in the competition, netting 18 goals in total.

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Sherrif Tiraspol vs Inter Milan UCL Match Preview

Sheriff Tiraspol and Inter Milan is the only fixture in European competition to have been played by a Moldovan and an Italian team – Inter won 3-1 against them last time out on MD3.

Including qualifiers, Sheriff Tiraspol’s defeat against Inter on MD3 was their first defeat in European competition since August 2020, ending a run of 11 games unbeaten (W8 D3).

Following their win over Sheriff Tiraspol last time out, Inter Milan will be looking to record consecutive wins in the UEFA Champions League for the first time since October 2018 (a run of three).

In major European competition, the last team to beat Sheriff Tiraspol away from home was Tottenham Hotspur in the 2013-14 UEFA Europa League – the Moldovan side are unbeaten in their last five home games across the UEFA Europa League and Champions League (W3 D2).

Sheriff Tiraspol are unbeaten in their last five home games in major European competition (excluding qualifiers), winning each of the last two, including their first ever home game in the UEFA Champions League (2-0 v Shakhtar Donetsk on MD1 this season).

Inter Milan have only lost one of their last five away games in the UEFA Champions League (W2 D2), with their lone defeat in this run coming away to Real Madrid in November 2020.

The average starting distance of Sheriff Tiraspol’s sequences of play in the UEFA Champions League this season is 33.4 metres – the closest to their own goal of any team in the competition this term.

Each of Inter Milan’s last 17 goals away from home in the UEFA Champions League have been scored from open play. Their last goal from a set piece in an away game in the competition came in September 2011, with Brazilian defender LĂșcio scoring from a corner.

Through the opening three matchdays of this season’s UEFA Champions League, no player has recorded more assists than Sheriff’s Cristiano (3), while only Leroy SanĂ© has made as many assists from open play as the Brazilian (3).

Inter Milan had 29 shots against Sheriff last time out, the most the Italian side have registered in a UEFA Champions League match since Opta have full data for shots in the competition (2003-04).



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