Champions League: Messi out to destroy Man City again

Lionel Messi will be looking to build on his superb run of form when Barcelona take on Manchester City, while Mesut Ozil will hope for another hat-trick in Arsenal's away game against Ludogorets.

Lionel Messi Barcelona v Manchester City FC UEFA Champions League 19102016

The last five goals recorded by Barcelona against Manchester City has seen the direct involvement of Lionel Messi (three goals and two assists).

Lionel Messi will be looking to build on his superb run of form when Barcelona take on Manchester City, while Mesut Ozil will hope for another hat-trick in Arsenal's away game against Ludogorets.

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Atletico Madrid, meanwhile, can make it four wins from as many games as it meets Rostov, with only Barcelona and Leicester City joining it in still holding a 100 per cent record.

Elsewhere, Bayern Munich travel to PSV, with Robert Lewandowski out to build on his fine goalscoring record in Europe. 

We take a look at the best stats ahead of Tuesday's eight group-stage matches. 

LUDOGORETS v ARSENAL

- Arsenal and Ludogorets met for the first time ever in matchday three; the English club securing a 6-0 home victory on that occasion.
- Arsenal has remained unbeaten in its first three Champions League group games for the first time since the 2011-12 campaign.
- Ludogorets has always scored at home in the Champions League (four games).
- None of Arsenal’s last 39 away games in the Champions League have ended goalless. The last 0-0 was at Slavia Prague in November 2007.
Mesut Ozil scored a hat-trick when these sides met in the previous matchday; the first German to do so in the Champions League since March 2012 (Mario Gomez recorded four in a game versus Basel). 

BASEL v PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN 

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- Since its return to the Champions League in 2012-13, Paris Saint-Germain has won 19 of its 27 group games.
Basel is winless in its last seven Champions League games, scoring just three goals in those seven games and failing to keep a single clean sheet.
- None of Basel’s 24 home games in the Champions League has ever ended goalless.
- Edinson Cavani has been directly involved in five of PSG’s seven Champions League goals this campaign (scoring four and registering one assist).
- Basel has only lost one of its last seven Champions League home games, against Real Madrid in November 2014 (0-1).

BESIKTAS v NAPOLI

- Besiktas has lost both of its previous home matches against Italian opposition in the Champions League 0-2.
- Napoli has only failed to score once in 17 Champions League games, against Arsenal in October 2013.
- Besiktas has lost seven of its last 11 Champions League home games, keeping only one clean sheet in those 11 fixtures.
- None of Napoli’s eight Champions League games away from home have ended goalless.
- Dries Mertens has scored eight goals in his last eight appearances for Napoli in European competition.

BENFICA v DYNAMO KIEV 

- Benfica has won successive matches versus Dynamo Kiev in Europe; keeping clean sheets in both of those games (April 1992 European Cup and 2016-17 Champions League).
- Dynamo Kiev has won only seven of its last 42 Champions League games.
- Only one of the five goals conceded by Benfica this campaign has come from open play.
- Dynamo Kiev has only lost one of its last six away Champions League games.
- Eduardo Salvio comes into this match having scored in successive Champions League matches for the first time.

BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH v CELTIC 

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- Borussia Monchengladbach has won only one of its four home games in the Champions League.
- Celtic has lost nine of its last 11 Champions League games.
- The last time a Scottish club won an away game against German opposition was back in October 1998 when Rangers defeated Bayer Leverkusen in the UEFA Cup.
- Celtic’s last four goals away from home in this competition have come from set-pieces
- Lars Stindl has been directly involved in five of BMG's last seven Champions League goals (two goals and three assists); scoring and claiming an assist in the reverse fixture.

MANCHESTER CITY v BARCELONA

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- Barcelona has won all five of its previous encounters with Manchester City; conceding only twice.
- Manchester City is unbeaten in its last six Champions League home games, but it has never gone seven consecutive games without a defeat at the Etihad in the competition.
- Barcelona has scored in its last 20 away games in the Champions League group stages.
- The last five goals recorded by Barcelona against City has seen the direct involvement of Lionel Messi (three goals and two assists).
- There has been five red cards shown across the five previous meetings between these sides; four of which being awarded to City players.

ATLETICO MADRID v ROSTOV

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- Atletico is one of only three teams to have won all three Champions League games so far in 2016/17 (Leicester City and Barcelona being the other two).
Under Diego Simeone, Atlético Madrid has won 14 of its 18 Champions League games at the Vicente Calderon.
- Rostov’s only previous Champions League away game ended in a 5-0 defeat, against Bayern Munich last September. 
Yannick Carrasco has scored in three of his last four Champions League appearances for Atletico Madrid.
- Atletico’s Jan Oblak has a save percentage of 100 per cent this season in the Champions League; the only goalkeeper to manage this feat (10+ saves).

PSV v BAYERN MUNICH

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- Since last season, PSV has only lost one of its five Champions League games at the Philips Stadion.
- Bayern Munich hasn't won any of its four away Champions League games in 2016.
Robert Lewandowski has scored in three of his last four appearances for Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
- PSV has missed all four of its penalties (shoot-outs excluded) in the Champions League since 2003-04, including two this season.
- Bayern Munich is winless in its four away trips against Dutch sides in the Champions League.

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