Champions League Opta Stats: Script written for Ronny

Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Old Trafford on Tuesday

It's second leg time in the Champions League as Christian Crowther compiles a few bets to go with those all-knowing Opta Stats...

"Only Didier Drogba has scored more headed goals (8) than Cristiano Ronaldo (7) in the Champions League since 2003/04."
Recommended Bet: Back Cristiano Ronaldo to score @ 2.35/4

Dortmund v Shakhtar, Tuesday 19:45, Sky Sports 2

Borussia Dortmund have won all three of their home games in the Champions League this season, conceding only one goal
Mats Hummels' late equaliser in Donetsk undoubtedly tipped the scales heavily in Dortmund's favour ahead of this match at Westfalenstadion. With two invaluable away goals as insurance, the German champions know they'll likely qualify at the expense of the Ukrainians if they can keep things tight. After beating both Ajax and Manchester City 1-0 in the group stage, and only conceding once in their last two home games, a win to nil should be achievable for Jurgen Klopp's men.
Recommended Bet: Back Dortmund to win to nil @ 3.39/4

Mario Götze is involved in four of Dortmund's last six goals in the Champions League (one goal, three assists)
Nothing is more pleasing for a club than to see one of their own coming through the youth ranks to flourish at senior level. Dortmund's 20-year-old playmaker Gotze is already a full German international after helping his team to successive Bundesliga titles since breaking through as a precocious teenager. Gotze has already surpassed his tally from last season hitting 13 goals for his club this campaign and has relished playing on the biggest stage of all.
Recommended Bet: Back Mario Gotze to score @ 3.02/1

Man United v Real Madrid, Tuesday 19:45, ITV

The two Champions League encounters between Manchester Utd and Real Madrid at Old Trafford have produced 12 goals
Whoever qualifies from this intriguing encounter will justifiably be labelled as one of the favourites to have their name scribed on this year's trophy. The first leg produced just two goals, however, that was mainly down to the unusual combination of United's wastefulness and some goalkeeping heroics from David De Gea to keep Real at bay. After notching five in two games against Barcelona, Jose Mourinho's men are playing their best football of the season, while six in two matches for the Premier League's sharpest shooters points towards a glut of goals.
Recommended Bet: Back Over 3.5 goals @ 2.588/5
Only Didier Drogba has scored more headed goals (8) than Cristiano Ronaldo (7) in the Champions League since 2003/04
When you look at the technique Cristiano Ronaldo employed in heading his side in front at the Bernabeu, stats such as the above one come as no surprise at all. Real Madrid's main man continues relentlessly racking up scoring statistics faster than Greece do debt, adding two more against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey last week to make it 39 for the season so far. As the Portuguese star returns to his old stomping ground, the script has never looked more written.
Recommended Bet: Back Cristiano Ronaldo to score @ 2.35/4

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