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How does Arsenal's Champions League form compare with that of Bayern Munich? How do the two clubs fare when they face each other?
Arsenal and Bayern Munich have met four times before in the Champions League, with the Bavarians winning twice, Arsenal once and the other being a draw. Their last encounter came in the 2004/05 Champions League last 16 when Bayern won 3-2 on aggregate.
Arsenal have won six of their last seven home Champions League games against German opposition, the only defeat coming against Schalke in this season’s group stages. The Gunners have only lost two of their 17 knockout games at home in the Champions League (v Chelsea in April 2004 & v Manchester United in May 2009).
Bayern Munich have lost on each of their last four trips to England in the Champions League. The Bavarians’ last win in England dates back to April 2001 at Old Trafford in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has kept 16 cleans sheets in 22 Bundesliga games this season. However, Bayern have conceded seven goals in their six Group E matches.
Bayern have scored in each of their last 12 Champions League games. The last team to stop them from hitting the back of the net was Basel in February 2012.
The Bavarians conceded the fewest shots on target (17) and had more shots on target from outside the box than any other team in the group stages (17). They also had the highest number of goal-scorers in this season’s group stages (nine). Mario Gomez has scored 25 goals in 26 Champions League starts.
Of the 16 teams that qualified for the knockout stages, Arsenal had the fewest shots in this season’s group stages (47). However, the Gunners were the most efficient attackers, scoring a goal every 4.7 shots. Lukas Podolski has scored three goals from three shots on target in the Champions League this season.
Olivier Giroud has delivered four assists in the group stages of the Champions League this season, only Zlatan Ibrahimovic has more (five).
How does Manchester United's Champions League form compare with that of Real Madrid? How do the two European giants fare when they face each other?
The eight European Cup/Champions League encounters between Real Madrid and Manchester United have produced 31 goals (3.9 per game). Their last encounter was 10 years ago, in April 2003. Real Madrid won 6-5 on aggregate in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Manchester United have never won away against Real Madrid (two defeats, two draws). The Red Devils have conceded exactly three goals in three of their four trips to the Santiago Bernabeu. Sir Alex Ferguson's team has won only two of their 13 away Champions League games in Spain (seven draws, four defeats).
Real Madrid have only failed to score once in their last 31 Champions League games, the semi-final against Barcelona at the Bernabeu in April 2011. Since that match, Madrid have scored 33 goals in nine Champions League games at the Bernabeu.
Real Madrid have failed to keep a clean sheet in this season’s competition. They have conceded nine goals in the Champions League this season, the most among the 16 teams qualified for the knockout stages.
Manchester United have conceded the opening goal in each of their last five Champions League games. The Red Devils have seen their woodwork rattled five times, the most in the group stages this season.
Real Madrid had the joint-most shots (including blocked attempts) in the group stages this season, alongside Juventus (126). They’ve scored the most goals from outside the box (six).
Cristiano Ronaldo was the joint-top scorer in the group stages alongside Galatasaray’s Burak Yilmaz (six goals). Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez have scored six of Manchester United’s nine goals in the Champions League this season (three each). All three of van Persie’s goals have come away from home.
Sir Alex Ferguson has only won two of his 14 competitive encounters with Jose Mourinho (two wins, six draws, six defeats).
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- England have won just three of their 23 previous internationals against Brazil, drawing nine and losing 11.
- England’s 13% win percentage over Brazil is their worst against any nation they have faced more than twice in international matches.
- The Three Lions are without a win in eight against Brazil (D4, L4), with Bobby Robson the last England manager to oversee a victory against them back in March 1990 (1-0, Gary Lineker with the goal).
- This run of eight without a win against Brazil is also England’s longest current run without a victory against any side.
- Brazil have only won two of their 10 games against England at Wembley, however, though six of these games have ended level (two England wins).
- England have only lost two of their last 22 internationals in all competitions (W13, D7) and have only been defeated once in 12 under Roy Hodgson (W7, D4, including one defeat after penalties).
- England have scored at least one goal in all but one of their 31 internationals at the new Wembley, with Montenegro the only side to prevent them from scoring back in October 2010.
- Brazil were the last team to prevent England from scoring in a friendly match, beating them 1-0 in Doha in November 2009.
- Danny Welbeck, who finished last year as England’s top scorer, scored with all five of his shots on target for Roy Hodgson’s side in the year 2012.
- Brazil have won 15 and lost just two of their last 18 internationals (all friendlies), with both defeats coming in the space of a week back in June 2012 against Mexico and Argentina.
- Neymar has scored eight goals in his last six appearances for Brazil.
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