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Robben’s favourite opponents

FC Bayern versus CSKA Moscow is not a European fixture with a long history, as the teams met for the first time last season and cross swords for only the fourth time in all on Wednesday evening. However, the prestigious German-Russian showdown has thrown up plenty of fascinating facts and figures, compiled and dissected here by fcbayern.de:

Possible record

FC Bayern could finish with their best-ever record in a Champions League group stage, as FCB can finish the preliminary phase with 15 points for the third time in their history, a figure beaten by no other German team. Prior to the final group match against Moscow, Pep Guardiola’s men have 12 points with 13 goals scored and only four conceded. A win by a four-goal margin would give the Reds a better goal difference than ever before when finishing with five wins.

Last chance for CSKA

FC Bayern won Group E in a German record time, but everything is still at stake for CSKA on Wednesday evening. The three teams below Bayern are all level on five points, with goal difference and goals scored currently determining the order in the standings: Manchester City are second, AS Roma third and CSKA fourth. Every outcome is still possible for the Russians, from a place in the last sixteen, a Europa League, to elimination from Europe. These are the permutations:
CSKA finish second by: winning in Munich, if Roma fail to beat City.
CSKA finish third by: winning or drawing in Munich, if Roma beat City.
CSKA finish fourth by: losing in Munich, if Roma fail to beat City.

Bayern’s perfect record

Bayern have won all three of their meetings with CSKA Moscow, all of them in the Champions League. Germany’s biggest club won 3-0 at home and 3-1 away last term, with the game in Moscow this season ending 1-0 to FCB.

FCB v Russia, CSKA Moscow v Germany

Bayern’s overall record against Russian clubs is very positive, as the men from Munich have lost only two of 17 European meetings, with nine wins and six draws. By contrast, CSKA’s record against German clubs is negative with five defeats and two wins in seven games. Moscow have also lost all three of their previous visits to Germany: 3-2 in Hamburg (2006/07), 3-1 in Wolfsburg (2009/10) and 3-0 in Munich last season.

Clean sheets for FCB

Bayern won their last two Champions League home fixtures without conceding a goal, the only team to do so along with Monaco and Atletico Madrid. On the other hand, CSKA have conceded at least once in their last 15 Champions League games. Of this season’s starting field, only BATE Borisov have gone longer (17 matches) without keeping a clean sheet. In their last 15 matches, the Russians have let in 35 goals (2.3 per game).

Robben’s favourite opponents

Arjen Robben has scored more often against CSKA Moscow than against any other team in the Champions League. The Dutchman has three goals and an assist on four meetings to date.

CSKA’s sharpshooter

Seydou Doumbia is the most dangerous striker in CSKA Moscow’s rankswith an average of 0.71 goals per Champions League appearance (10 in 14 games). A better strike rate (based on a minimum of six goals scored in the Champions League) has only been achieved by Ruud van Nistelrooy (0.77) and Lionel Messi (0.81). The Ivorian has scored three of Moscow’s last five goals in the competition and is especially dangerous away from home: 7 of his last 10 (and five of his last six) strikes were away from the Russian capital.