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King of Stats: The Champions League numbers are crunched

| 18.09.2013

Boom! The Champions League is back, and if your thinking of having a dabble on any of the opening matches then make sure you consult the oracle of stats himself.

1 – The number of away wins for Manchester City in six away group games over the last two seasons, while they’ve lost the other five. Viktoria Plzen are 11/10 in the double chance market.

10 – The amount of Champions League group stage home games Jose Mourinho oversaw in his first stint as Chelsea boss, winning seven and drawing three. Chelsea are 11/1 to record the same 3-1 scorleline that they beat Basel by in last season’s Europa League at Stamford Bridge.

9 – The amount of away games that Arsenal have won consecutively in all competitions ahead of their trip to face Marseille, where the Gunners are 6/4 to defeat the French side.

6 – The number of straight home wins against German opposition in European competition Manchester United will be searching for, when they take on Bayer Leverkusen at Old Trafford. The Red Devils are 8/11 to beat Leverkusen.

65 – Benfica’s 3-1 win against FC Pacos de Ferreira preceding their opening Champions League game against Anderlecht was the 65th time in a row that the Portuguese had scored in a home league match. Benfica’s in-form Serbian Lazar Markovic is 10/3 to score any time against the Belgians.

0 – PSG goals conceded in all seven of their contests against Greek sides, winning six and drawing one. A win to nil for the French visitors is priced at 21/10 with Ladbrokes.

7 – The amount of games that hosts Milan are unbeaten in against Scottish opposition at the San Siro, posting six wins and a draw. Celtic are 10/3 to leave Italy with a point.

2 – Consecutive defeats at home for Serie A leaders Napoli in European competition as they prepare to face last season’s beaten finalists Borussia Dortmund. The Germans are priced at 6/4 to leave Naples with the spoils.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.