Previewing This Week’s Best Champions League Matches
The standout tie in the draw for the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League has pitted holders Real Madrid against Ligue 1 leaders PSG.
Zinedine Zidane’s side have been lacklustre this season and they trail La Liga leaders Barcelona by 16 points. Success in this competition would surely save the Frenchman’s job but his side must first overcome a difficult opponent across two legs.
Los Blancos warmed up for this game in perfect fashion, with Cristiano Ronaldo firing in a hat-trick against Real Sociedad on February 10. PSG were knocked out by Barcelona at this stage last season with the Catalan club somehow overcoming a four-goal deficit to progress to the next round and they’ll be keen to avoid a similar embarrassing outcome here. The hosts are 13/10 favourites with Paddy Power, with the aforementioned Cristiano Ronaldo priced at 39/40 to score anytime during the 90 minutes.
Sergio Aguero was in red-hot form against Leicester on February 10th and he’ll be hoping to continue his scoring streak when Manchester City take on Basel at St. Jakob Park. The striker scored four times against the Foxes and he is 4/5 with William Hill to find the net again in Switzerland.
Spurs Can’t Afford to Waste Chances Against Juventus
Juventus won 2-0 in Florence on February 9 and continued their imperious record at the back. The Bianconeri have conceded just one in 16 games and are back in the ascendancy in the race for Scudetto. They have been drawn against Spurs and are 10/11 favourites for this first leg clash in Turin. The visitors saw off rivals Arsenal by a single goal on February 10 but spurned a number of opportunities against the Gunners. Mauricio Pochettino’s men will need to be clinical against a Juventus side who will offer them limited opportunities.
Liverpool face FC Porto and despite being the away team in the first leg, they are 13/10 favourites to prevail. The Reds have scored plenty of goals in the competition so far but this will be tough and Jurgen Klopp’s side cannot afford any more sloppiness at the back.