Opta Stats: Struggling Schalke to be muted by Chelsea

Schalke lost 1-4 at Borussia Monchengladbach at the weekend
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Michael Lintorn offers an Opta stat and a bet for matches involving Man City, Roma, Chelsea and Athletic Bilbao...

"Schalke have never scored in their four games against Chelsea."

Recommended Bet: Back Chelsea to win to nil @ 2.226/5

(All games start at 19:45 on Wednesday, and are on Sky Sports Red Button unless stated otherwise)

Bayern Munich v Man City (Sky Sports 5)

Bayern Munich have won only one of their last five Champions League games against English clubs at the Allianz Arena

This is one of several Opta trends indicating that Man City will avoid defeat in their Group E opener, with others including the fact they won at the Allianz last season and Bayern being on a sequence of three losses in seven in the competition compared to three in 24 previously. Pep Guardiola's men have been far from infallible so far this term, losing to Borussia Dortmund and being held by Schalke.

Recommended Bet: Lay Bayern Munich to win @ 1.695/7

Roma v CSKA Moscow

Roma didn't keep a clean sheet in any of their last eight Champions League games

There aren't many examples of Roma failing to score under Rudi Garcia - three in 23 home contests in fact - but there is no guarantee that they will shut CSKA Moscow out, especially without their decisive 2013/14 centre-back pairing due to Leandro Castan's injury and Mehdi Benatia's sale to Bayern Munich. Opta note that Roma's three previous Champions League ties at the Olimpico yielded six goals for and eight against.

Recommended Bet: Back both teams to score @ 2.186/5

Chelsea v Schalke (Sky Sports 1 and Sky 1)

Schalke have never scored in their four games against Chelsea

Chelsea haven't been in stern defensive form in the Premier League, but the same was true in the first half of last season and it didn't stop them from obtaining four Champions League group stage wins to nil, two of those against Schalke. The German team are without a win in 2014/15, being beaten on all three of their road trips, so arrive in west London wielding minimal momentum.

Recommended Bet: Back Chelsea to win to nil @ 2.226/5

Athletic Bilbao v Shakhtar Donetsk

Shakhtar's last four away games against Spanish sides in all competitions have produced 17 goals

That above is one of numerous stats hinting that Athletic Bilbao's return to the Champions League proper after 16 years away will be goal-kissed. Supporting that stance further is the knowledge that the two legs of Athletic's challenging play-off clash with Napoli delivered a combined six goals, as did Shakhtar's two meetings with the other great Basque club Real Sociedad in this round last year.

Recommended Bet: Back over 2.5 goals @ 2.1211/10

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