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King of Stats: Champions League betting gets a royal leg-up

| 11.12.2013

Crunch time is here folks; the wheat gets separated from the chaff on matchday six of the Champions League and to aid would-be punters, the regent of stats himself has compiled some of his finest.

9 – Is the amount of games consecutively involving Shakhtar Donetsk which have passed without both teams finding the net. Manchester United are available at 13/5 for the win to nil.

2 – For all Bayern Munich’s attacking prowess their under-lauded defensive unit, have only conceded twice in Group D and not once at the Allianz Arena. A Bavarian shut-out against Manchester City can be backed 33/20.

8 – Desperate to get the points off already-qualified PSG in order to pip Olympiakos to the knockout stages, Benfica are in the right place. The Portuguese are unbeaten in eight, winning seven of those at the Estadio da Luz – and they’re 11/10 to make it eight wins in nine.

30 – A UEFA Champions League record of scoring in consecutive games by Real Madrid. Senor Bale and co are 1/1 to score 2/3 times in Copenhagen.

6 – Matches on the spin in all competitions in which Chelsea have registered at least twice at Stamford Bridge. The Blues are 1/1 to continue this trend against Group E also-rans Steaua Bucharest.

3 – All three of Napoli’s last three games in all competitions have been goal-filled spectacles. They all breached the 3.5 index and 7/5 says this goal-crazy pattern will continue with Arsenal’s visit in Group E, where the Italians need to win by three clear goals to progress.

0 – Goals on their travels for Celtic in this year’s competition, including the away leg of their play-off with Shakhter Karagandy. Under 0.5 Celtic goals at the Camp Nou against Barcelona is tagged at 3/4 with Ladbrokes.

8 – Goals in his last 11 appearances for club and country for Marseille’s young winger Florian Thauvin. The Frenchman is a 5/1 shot to score anytime against Borussia Dortmund.

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.