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Juventus, Arsenal to upset Champions League group-winning opponents

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno explains why Borussia Dortmund pose a big threat to Juventus ahead of their first leg clash in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno believes this year's clash between City and Barca will be similar to last year when Barcelona won 4-1 on aggregate.

The final four first legs of the Champions League round of 16 take place this week. Here is a statistical look at the four matches this week, complete with Soccer Power Index (SPI) projections.

Manchester City vs. Barcelona

Barcelona is a 74 percent favorite to advance, according to SPI, but was unlucky in its draw, as only Juventus would have been a worse potential opponent of Barca's seven possibilities.

Man City was even unluckier, as it would have been favored against half of its six possible...

Stats in favor of Real Madrid, Bayern ahead of Champions League return

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti disagrees with Alejandro Moreno, saying that PSG should not be written off just yet ahead of their Champions League round of 16 match against Chelsea, as he feels the side can turn its fortunes around.

The Champions League knockout round begins Tuesday. Here is a statistical look at the four matches this week, complete with Soccer Power Index (SPI) projections:

PSG vs. Chelsea (Tuesday)

Chelsea is a 65 percent favorite to advance to the quarterfinals, according to SPI, but despite that, was unlucky to draw PSG. According to SPI, only Juventus would have been a worse possible matchup of the five possible options for Chelsea. It was a middle of the road draw for PSG, who would have been favored...

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Top player stats of 2014 and the 2014-15 season so far

NB: Europe refers to the top five leagues -- English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A and French Ligue 1

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Most touches of the ball in Premier League this season:
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) 1859
Yaya Toure (Man City) 1655
Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) 1472

Most touches of the ball in top Euro leagues this season:
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) 1859
Xabi Alonso (Bayern) 1803
Yaya Toure (Man City) 1655

Most touches of the ball in top Euro leagues per game this season:
Xabi...





ESPN FC  By Dale Johnson

Top club stats of 2014 and the 2014-15 Premier League and Euro season so far

NB: Europe refers to the top five leagues -- English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A and French Ligue 1.

Player stats will be published on Dec. 31.

POINTS

Most points in Premier League in 2014:
Man City 88 (plus-56 GD)
Chelsea 88 (plus-55 GD)
Liverpool 76
Arsenal 70

Most points per game in top Euro leagues in 2014:
Bayern Munich 2.6
Juventus 2.6
Real Madrid 2.4

Fewest points in Premier League in 2014:
Hull 30
West Brom 35
Aston Villa 39
Newcastle 42

Fewest points...











Breaking down the Ballon d'Or shortlist: Messi, Ronaldo and Neuer

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner and Alexis Nunes weigh in on the Ballon d'Or and FIFPro Top Forwards shortlists.

The three finalists for the FIFA Ballon d'Or were announced on Monday: Lionel Messi, Manuel Neuer and Cristiano Ronaldo. Here's a look at the stats that made them great in 2014 and the possible accomplishments that lie before them...

* After one goal in eight previous World Cup games, Lionel Messi scored four times at the 2014 World Cup and won the Golden Ball as the tournament's best player. He's had 52 goals in 62 games for club and country this year, also adding the La Liga and Champions League...

Five Aside: Messi sets second scoring record in a week with hat trick

Barcelona's Lionel Messi becomes the Champions League all-time goals leader with 72.

Lionel Messi scored his 72nd, 73rd and 74th Champions League goals Tuesday against APOEL Nicosia in Cyprus, breaking Raul's all-time record of 71 goals in the tournament.

Here are five stats on the Argentine's scoring record.

* The hat trick scored against APOEL was Messi's fifth career Champions League hat trick, two more than any other player in tournament history.

* In the 47 Champions League games where Messi has scored at least one goal, Barcelona is 38-2-7, losing to Celtic in 2012...