The return of the Champions League is almost upon us and news.bwin.com have produced a comprehensive infographic by way of celebration.
Depicted are the highest-ranked surviving sides on just about every statistic imaginable, from shots on target to fouls suffered.
The results are both surprising and illuminating.
Chelsea, for example, are 7/1 to win the competition despite outscoring Real Madrid (its most prolific side for shots on target) and FC Bayern Munchen.
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The goals-for column was not the only one topped by Jose Mourinho’s side either, with the west Londoners leading the way for dribbles completed per game and goals from set pieces to boot.
Conversely, no side has struck more often from open play than Barcelona, a point shorter in the betting to lift the trophy at 6/1.
Josep Guardiola may have taken his possession monopolising modus operandi to 2014/15 chart toppers FC Bayern, but the Blaugrana still complete their passes at a higher rate of success.
When it comes the defensive side of the game Leandro Jardim’s unheralded Monaco side qualified with the group stages’ most miserly rearguard.
Despite this, Arsenal remain 2/5 to eliminate the principality at the round of 16 stage.
The numbers suggest Monaco are still likely to be more fun to play against than Bayer Leverkusen, who win more tackles and aerial duels and commit more fouls per outing than any other side left in the competition.
Paired up with Diego Simeone’s yellow-card leaking Atletico Madrid in the first knock out round, both sides look set for a fire and brimstone first leg in Leverkusen.
Last year’s beaten finalists are 7/20 to qualify against the Germans and share 16/1 fifth-favouritism to go one better in this year’s competition with Manchester City.