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Mining the Opta databases to pull out the best contextual insights.

2 - Sergio Aguero is only the second player to score a CL hat-trick against Bayern Munich (after Roy Makaay for Deportivo in '02). Surge. 9 hours ago

11 - Sergio Aguero has now scored 11 goals in 11 Champions League appearances since the start of last season. Hero. 9 hours ago

3 - All three of Lionel Messi's goals tonight for Barcelona have been scored with his right foot. Banter. 9 hours ago

10 - Sergio Aguero has now scored 10 goals in 11 Champions League appearances since the start of last season. Deadly. 9 hours ago

5 - Chelsea have scored five goals away from home in the Champions League for only the second time (5-0 vs Galatasaray in 1999). Romp. 10 hours ago

145 - Xavi has now made 145 appearances in the Champions League, more than any other player (Casillas - 144). Icon. 10 hours ago

34 - Lionel Messi has now scored 34 goals in his last 31 Champions League appearances. Mayhem. 10 hours ago

72 - Lionel Messi has now scored more goals in the Champions League/European Cup than any other player. Unstoppable. http://t.co/nIwtrGT5rk 10 hours ago

2 - Man City have now conceded 2+ goals in nine of their last 12 Champions League games. Brittle. 10 hours ago

72 - Lionel Messi is now the outright all-time top scorer in the history of the Champions League/European Cup. Legend. 10 hours ago

Editorial

Finding beauty in the detail

We believe that getting the data into the database is just the start.  The story is told when that data is given context and turned into an enduring narrative.  

We've built our reputation on understanding this context.  Not only do we know who scored the goals, the tries and the runs, we know when they were scored and how.  And most importantly we know what this means in the match, the season and the history of the sport.

An unrivalled team of experts

Our editorial staff have access to a suite of proprietary query tools, allowing us direct and instant access to all of the information that can make the difference between good and great coverage.

We supply our clients with editorial services in a number of different ways.  This can range from pre-prepared reports or Opta Facts to a stats hotline or live chat facility.

Pre-game, during the match or after the final whistle

Our database updates in real-time.  As soon as the data is collected it can be accessed by our editorial team.  This means that we can provide services to media, broadcast and betting clients before a game, after the final whistle or as the action is unfolding.

We'll alert customers as a big milestone is about to be reached, and let them know what the latest incident means in the bigger picture.  We'll help broadcasters better inform their viewers, or give bookmakers the best stats to help encourage betting activity on their website.

Some of our editorial services in action

Opta rugby league data and editorial is used in the Carnegie Challenge Cup Final programme.

Some football match stats used by ESPN on a Premier League broadcast.

SkyBet use some Opta stats on an email marketing promotion in the run up to a big game.

The official England sticker album uses Opta data for player profiles.

Castrol Football uses Opta based stats to power its Twitter account.

France Football magazine use Opta content for a comparison piece between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Sport magazine use some Opta tennis data in a piece on Andy Murray.