5 facts before the Champions League home match v Zagreb

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Have you ever been at home watching a match and left wondering where a commentator got a fascinating fact from? We'll give you a little secret - it's all down to good preparation.

To ensure that you know you stuff as well as the pundits ahead of the match against Dinamo Zagreb this Wednesday, we have picked five incredible nuggets out of our archive that you are free to share and impress your fellow spectators with - whether watching at home or at the Red Bull Arena.

#1 | Pressing, pressing & even more pressing


We run until we drop! Our powerful front-foot football has overwhelmed so many opponents, and Dinamo Zagreb are next in line. In the first two match days of the current UEFA Champions League season, no team has lost the ball as much within 40 metres of their own goal as the Croats (33). We are one of eight teams to have won possession high up the field more than 100 times in the competition since the start of last season (107).

#2 | A century full of goals shipped on the road

Our Red Bulls have a really good chance of scoring on Wednesday. Dinamo Zagreb last kept a clean sheet on their travels in the UEFA Champions League in September 1999 in a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford. Since then, the Croats have conceded 52 goals in 18 away matches, an average of 2.9 per match.

#3 | Mr Dependable and Mr Dependable


Our man for Champions League goals this season is Noah Okafor. The Swiss star has scored against both AC Milan and Chelsea. He could become the third Red Bull after Erling Haaland in November 2019 and Mergim Berisha in December 2020 to score in three matches in a row in the competition.

At Zagreb, Mislav Orsic has scored in every one of his past five European matches, netting both of the Croatian side's goals in this season's UEFA Champions League. He has netted 46 % of all goals for his team in UEFA competitions during his spell at the club (6/13).

#4 | Austrian record beckons


We are unbeaten in five home matches in the UEFA Champions League! Since the start of last season, we have taken three wins and two draws, most recently going empty handed at home to Atletico Madrid in December 2020. If we avoid defeat against Zagreb, we will have recorded the longest unbeaten home run of any Austrian team in the competition, beating SK Sturm Graz's run between October 1999 and 2000.

#5 | No joy away

Dinamo Zagreb's last away win in the competition stretches the memories of their fans - for it came a good 22 years ago in November 1998 at Ajax (1-0). Since then, the Croats have 19 Champions League away matches without a win (3 draws, 16 defeats).

+1 | Get set for goosebumps …

The match on Wednesday is a sell out! 28,864 fans (a little less than usual due to security reasons) will see us host Dinamo Zagreb. Everything is therefore set for a real festival of football. If you managed to get tickets, you can find everything you need to know about coming to the stadium in our latest match day info:

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