Previewing This Week’s Best Champions League and Europa League Matches
The Champions League Round of 16 continues to provide plenty of entertainment, with Barcelona’s trip to West London arguably the highlight of an all-star set of fixtures. Chelsea warmed up for this crucial game in perfect style with a crushing 4-0 victory over Championship outfit Hull in the FA Cup. Antonio Conte has already pinpointed Barcelona’s weak spots and is hoping to shock the runaway La Liga leaders.
Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United were the epitome of efficiency when easing past Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium at the weekend courtesy of a Romelu Lukaku brace. The Red Devils are likely to face a much tougher test at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium when they face in-form Sevilla. Betfair make the visitors the 6/4 favourites for this Champions League clash.
Italian side Roma face a tough trip to Shakhtar Donetsk on February 21st and, despite a convincing 2-0 victory over in-form Udinese at the weekend, they will be expected to struggle in Ukraine.
Celtic Hoping to Cling onto a Precious Lead in St.Petersburg
Celtic surprised many on February 15th with a 1-0 victory over Russian Premier League side Zenit. The visitors may have been a little rusty having not playing a competitive game in 2018 but Brendan Rodgers’ side were clinical and kept things tight at the back. They now face the tough task of holding onto that advantage when they travel to St.Petersburg for the second leg.
The hosts start as odds-on favourites for this clash but the SPL leaders are 5/1 to pull off a huge coup and secure their place in the next round of the Europa League.