Who are Edinson Cavani's favourite opponents?

Edinson Cavani returned to Napoli on matchday four; how do the Uruguayan's goalscoring stats stack up between Paris and Naples?

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UEFA competition top scorer for Paris and Napoli, Edinson Cavani returned to the Stadio San Paolo on matchday four for the first time since moving to the French capital in 2013. UEFA.com breaks down the 31-year-old's goalscoring habits.

• With 28 goals, Cavani is Paris's top UEFA Champions League scorer, and also Napoli's top UEFA competition scorer with 19 European goals from 2010-13, though Marek Hamšík (15) and Dries Mertens (18) are closing fast. Cavani's goals-per-game average in all competitions was markedly higher with the Italian club (0.76 to 0.58).

Cavani has fond memories of matchday four
Cavani has fond memories of matchday four

• Both Cavani's European hat-tricks came for the Partenopei in the UEFA Europa League – a treble in a 3-3 draw with Utrecht in December 2010 and a four-goal haul against Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in November 2012.

El Matador in reflective mood
El Matador in reflective mood©AFP/Getty Images

• The striker's longest drought came between 30 September 2015 and 16 February 2016 – a run of 380 minutes that included matchdays two through to six. Introduced as a 74th-minute substitute against Chelsea in the round of 16 first leg, Cavani struck four minutes later to end his barren run.

• Although Cavani has scored more goals in the UEFA Champions League (33 in 56 games) than the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League (14 in 19 games, including qualifying), he boasts a better goals-per-game average in the latter competition (0.74) than the former (0.59).

• Cavani's European average of one goal every 129m2s is impressive, though not quite as dramatic as those of Lionel Messi (a goal every 100m7s) or Cristiano Ronaldo (one every 112m52s).

Who has Cavani scored against in UEFA competition?

Opponents
by club
Games Minutes Goals Minutes
per goal
AIK 1 90 1 90m
Ajax 2 180 3 60m
Anderlecht 3 254 2 127m
APOEL 2 180 2 90m

Arsenal

2 180 2 90m

Barcelona

6 530 2 265m

Basel

2 180 1 180m
Bayern 4 351 1 351m

Benfica

2 151 1 151m
Celtic 2 180 4 45m
Chelsea 8 624 3 208m
Crvena zvezda 1 90 1 90m
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 2 128 5 25m36s

Elfsborg

2 118 2 59m
FCSB 2 180 2 90m
Leverkusen 1 85 - -
Liverpool 3 260 - -
Ludogorets
2 180 3 60m
Malmö 2 180 1 180m
Man. City 4 347 3 115m40s
Mladá Boleslav 2 210 - -
Napoli 2 89 - -
Olympiacos 2 180 2 90m
PSV 2 110 1 110m
Real Madrid 4 313 1 313m
Shakhtar 2 101 - -
Utrecht 2 180 3 60m
Viktoria Plzeň 2 134 - -
Villarreal 4 280 1 280m
TOTAL 75 6065 47 129m2s

• Cavani has struck more goals against English clubs (eight) than any other nation; Chelsea, Arsenal and Man. City have all been breached by the Uruguayan, who has however never scored against Liverpool in three attempts. He will have another chance to rectify that when the Reds visit the French capital on matchday five.

• Former club Napoli are one of only six clubs against whom Cavani has never found the net in UEFA competition – the others are Liverpool, Leverkusen, Shakhtar and Czech league rivals Mladá Boleslav and Viktoria Plzeň. Indeed, the only nations whose clubs Cavani has never scored against are the Czech Republic and Italy.

• German defences have also proved stubborn – Cavani has only scored once in five games against Bundesliga sides – but Scottish and Ukrainian clubs have been more obliging, with the Uruguayan on target once every 45 minutes or so.

Which nations' clubs has Cavani scored against?

Opponents
by nationality
Games Minutes Goals Minutes
per goal
Belgium 3 254 2 127m
Bulgaria 2 180 3 60m
Cyprus 2 180 2 90m
Czech Republic 4 344 - -
England 17 1411 8 176m23s
Germany 5 436 1 436m
Greece 2 180 2 90m
Italy 2 89 - -
Netherlands 6 470 7 67m9s
Portugal 2 151 1 151m
Romania 2 180 2 90m
Scotland 2 180 4 45m
Serbia 1 90 1 90m
Spain 14 1123 4 280m45s
Sweden 5 388 4 97m
Switzerland 2 180 1 180m
Ukraine 4 229 5 45m48s
TOTAL 75 6065 47 129m2s

When Cavani has scored his UEFA Champions League goals

• Beware Cavani in the closing stages: the Uruguayan has scored nine of his 47 goals almost 20% after the 85-minute mark.

• The Paris No9 has never missed a penalty in UEFA competition, converting two for the French giants and four for Napoli.

Time Goals (penalties)
0-10  4
11-20  6 (1)
21-30  2
31-40  5
41-half-time  4 (1)
FIRST HALF  21
46-55  4
56-65  4
66-75  5 (2)
76-85  4
85-full-time  9 (2)
SECOND HALF  26
TOTAL  47

Last updated: 13/11/18

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