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Champions League Opta Stats: Soldado to hurt PSG

Roberto Soldado is prolific in the Champions League

"Roberto Soldado has scored 14 goals in his last 14 Champions League starts."
Recommended Bet: Back Soldado to score @ 3.052/1

Christian Crowther trawls the Opta stats and picks out four bets to go with Tuesday night's big clashes...

Celtic v Juventus, Tuesday 19:45, ITV

Celtic and Juventus have met four times in the past, each of their encounters ending in a home win
In front of their own support, the Bhoys make as formidable an opponent as any in Europe, especially during this particular campaign as the near-unstoppable Barcelona found out to their peril. In fact, the Catalan giants, whom they met in both 2004/05 and 2007/08, are the only team to have triumphed in Glasgow in Celtic's last 23 home ties in Europe's top competition (excluding qualifiers). 
Recommended Bet: Back Celtic to beat Juventus @ 5.04/1

The last two competitive encounters between Celtic and Juventus have produced 12 goals
The last time these sides clashed on Scottish soil, they produced a Champions League classic, with the Hoops triumphing 4-3 at the end of an enthralling encounter. Celtic have been particularly prolific at home lately, albeit against lesser opposition than their visitors - notching exactly four goals in four of their last five outings at Celtic Park - as well as bagging twice in their last two home Champions League matches.
Recommended Bet: Back Celtic to score two or more goals @ 4.67/2


Valencia v Paris St Germain, Tuesday 19:45, Sky Sports 2

Valencia have won all six of their encounters with French clubs in the Champions League (since 1992/93)
The last and only French club to triumph over Valencia inside 90 minutes of European football was Nantes, who beat them in the 1980 Cup Winners' Cup semi-final. Since then, Valencia have amassed a formidable record over French clubs, racking up 13 wins and four draws prior to PSG's visit. Valencia are also unbeaten in their last nine Champions League games at the Mestalla, prevailing on six occasions, including a two-out-of-three strike rate in the group stage.
Recommended Bet: Back Valencia to beat PSG @ 2.466/4

Roberto Soldado has scored 14 goals in his last 14 Champions League starts
Valencia's leading scorer this season has netted an impressive 17 goals from just 30 appearances to date. The Spanish centre forward clearly relishes playing on the biggest stage of all, smashing in a hat-trick against BATE Borisov in the group stage of this season's competition. Given Valencia have earned the highest amount of penalties in the competition with three, their designated spot kicker is a great bet to get on the scoresheet once more.
Recommended Bet: Back Roberto Soldado to score @ 3.052/1

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11 February 2013

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