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10 best stats going into the European gameweek

Will Messi retain his lead at the top in the race for the Golden Boot?

WOLFSBURG, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Dortmund celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Bundesliga match between VfL Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund at Volkswagen Arena on September 21, 2016 in Wolfsburg, Germany. (Photo by Ronny Hartmann/Getty Images For MAN)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang travels to his least favourite destination, Berlin this weekend

Barcelona will be riding on a high as they enter Gameweek 27 of the Spanish La Liga with an away game against Deportivo La Coruna. Even though they sit at the top of the table with a one-point lead and a considerably superior goal difference from Real Madrid, the Los Blancos have a game in hand.

Zinedine Zidane’s men play hosts to Real Betis, a game they are favourites to win.

Over in the Bundesliga, Matchday 24 will see Bayern Munich host Frankfurt in a bid to win all three points. Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund, who have turned things around after a sluggish start to the year travel to the capital to take on fifth-place Hertha.

The Serie A, on the other hand, kicks off later tonight with the historic battle between Juventus and AC Milan.

With a lot of interesting developments set to take place this weekend, here are the 12 best statistics going into the European gameweek:

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 04:  Lionel Messi of Barcelona celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and RC Celta de Vigo at the Camp Nou on March 4, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
Lionel Messi travels to his favourite away stadium this weekend

Deportivo la Coruna vs. Barcelona

- The Estadio Riazor is Lionel Messi’s favourite stadium to score in away from home. The Argentine has 10 goals against Deportivo la Coruna and is likely to add to his tally of 23 goals in the league.

- It’s been 13 games since Deportivo last won against the Blaugrana including four draws and nine victories for the visitors. The hosts have also failed to score in eight of those fixtures.

Real Madrid vs. Real Betis 

EIBAR, SPAIN - MARCH 04:  Karim Benzema of Real Madrid celebrates with Pepe after scoring Real's 2nd goal during the La Liga match between SD Eibar and Real Madrid CF at Estadio Municipal de Ipurua on March 4, 2017 in Eibar, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
Real Madrid will look to score in their 48th consecutive game in all competitions

- Real Madrid’s fixture against Real Betis is likely to go the Los Blancos’ way with their last defeat against them coming in October 1998 when the game ended 0-1. Since then, Madrid have gone unbeaten for 13 games with 10 wins and three draws – similar to Barcelona’s record against La Coruna. 

- Real Madrid have now scored in 47 consecutive games in all competitions, the best run by any La Liga side in history and are likely to extend the record to 48 this weekend.

Bayern Munich vs. Eintracht Frankfurt

MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 28:  Philipp Lahm of FC Bayern Muenchen runs with the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Bayern Muenchen at Vicente Calderon Stadium on September 28, 2016 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Philipp Lahm is all set to reach a career landmark

- Frankfurt have already picked up a point against Bayern Munich this season when they held the Bavarians to a 2-2 earlier this season. However, the last time they earned points in both the home and away legs of the fixture in a single Bundesliga season was in 1995-96.

- Philipp Lahm is on the verge of another career landmark. The Bayern captain is just 16 touches away from hitting the 300,000 mark – something that is sure to happen in the capital this week. The record, obviously, does not include players from before official data collection became a practice. 

Hertha BSC vs. Borussia Dortmund 

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10:  Lukasz Piszczek of Borussia Dortmund during the Pre Season Friendly match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on August 10, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
Lukasz Piszczek has scored five goals this season

- Former Hertha defender Lukasz Piszczek scored only three goals in 68 appearances for the side between 2007-10. However, at Borussia Dortmund, he has five goals so far this season, more than any other defender in the league.

- The Olympiastadion is not one of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s favourite destinations. Not only has he never scored against them in the capital but has also suffered defeat there in the DFB Cup finals on three occasions. 

Juventus vs. AC Milan

TURIN, ITALY - JANUARY 25:  Luca Antonelli (R) of AC Milan in action against Miralem Pjanic of Juventus FC during the TIM Cup match between Juventus FC and AC Milan at Juventus Stadium on January 25, 2017 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
Juventus and AC Milan have met each other 163 times in the history of the Serie A

One of the biggest fixtures in Italy, this Friday’s game between Juventus and AC Milan is the 164th meeting between the two sides in the Serie A with Juventus have losing and drawing the most number of league games against AC Milan – 54 draws and 49 losses. 

- After seven consecutive victories against the Rossoneri in the league, Juventus lost their first game in the reverse fixture at the San Siro this season. However, the Bianconeri have an impeccable record against AC Milan at the Juventus Stadium which includes 5 wins and three clean sheets. 

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