Goals guaranteed between Monaco and Man City - CL in Opta numbers

The statistics suggest Antoine Griezmann and Sergio Aguero will be key for Atletico Madrid and Manchester City in the Champions League.

Published : Mar 14, 2017 20:27 IST

Examples from history may serve to both help and hinder Monaco's cause against Manchester City in the second leg of its Champions League round-of-16 tie on Wednesday, while Antoine Griezmann will be expected to play a part in firing Atletico Madrid past Bayer Leverkusen.

Ligue 1 leader Monaco and Premier League heavyweight City played out a thriller at the Etihad Stadium last month, the host coming from behind to win 5-3 and take a slim aggregate lead into the return fixture at Stade Louis II.

Atletico, last season's beaten finalists at the hands of fierce local rival Real Madrid, ran out 4-2 winners over Leverkusen in Germany, also giving them a two-goal advantage but with the potentially crucial benefit of multiple away goals when the Bundesliga team visit the Vicente Calderon.

With the help of Opta data, we examine the trends and past precedents that could be borne out again as we learn the identity of the two teams that will complete line-up for this season's quarter-finals.


Monaco v Manchester City

20 - Since the current format of the tournament has been in place, there have been 20 instances of a side scoring three or more away goals in the first leg of a Champions League knockout tie and all of them have progressed.

 - Manchester City has never lost to French opposition in European competition (W2 D2).

3  - Monaco has come out on top in each of its three Champions League knockout ties with English clubs (versus Manchester United in 1997-98, Chelsea in 2003-04, Arsenal in 2014-15).

1  - Manchester City and Monaco have both only kept one clean sheet in this season's Champions League: Only Real Madrid have had fewer (0) among teams in the round of 16 (with Napoli also on one). 

5  - Only three men (Lionel Messi with 10, Edinson Cavani's seven and Robert Lewandowski with six) have scored more Champions League goals this season than Sergio Aguero's five; the City striker averaging one every 90 minutes this term.


Atletico Madrid v Bayer Leverkusen

100%  - Atletico Madrid has always progressed past the Champions League round of 16 under Diego Simeone (2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16).

2001-02  - Bayer Leverkusen has reached the knockout stages for the fifth time in their last six Champions League campaigns. However, it has not progressed past the round of 16 since 2001-02, when it was beaten finalist.

1/10  - In fact, Bayer Leverkusen has lost nine of its last 10 Champions League knockout games (W1), its only win in that run coming against Atletico Madrid (1-0, February 2015).

1  - Atletico Madrid come into this second leg having conceded only one goal in its last eight home Champions League games; keeping two clean sheets against German side Bayern Munich at the Calderon in that time.

9  - Antoine Griezmann has been directly involved in nine of Atletico's last 10 home Champions League goals (scored seven, two assists).

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