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Champions League Round of 16 preview

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The wait is lastly over, the Champions League returns! With the winners of the group levels confirmed, all the eye turns to the ultimate spherical of 16 because the knockout levels begin.

We preview three of the principle fixtures beneath.

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FC Copenhagen v Man Metropolis – Tuesday 20:00

Reigning champions Manchester Metropolis face off towards the Danish league champions FC Copenhagen within the opening leg of the spherical of 16 on the Parken Stadium. Man Metropolis definitely have the sting, regardless of the shortage of residence benefit, contemplating they’ve had a good run of video games within the construct as much as this fixture, whereas FC Copenhagen haven’t performed a aggressive sport since defeating Galatasaray of their last group sport two months in the past.

Metropolis have stepped their sport up within the Premier League and now sit simply two factors behind Liverpool with a sport in hand and Pep Guardiola shall be trying to find as a lot silverware as he can get his fingers on this season. The present champions are 1/5 to dismiss the Danish crew, with the latter underdogs at 11/1.

With Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne again within the first crew following harm, they’ve a star-studded outfit who will look to create a good margin to make the return leg again at residence a easy trip. Haaland is 8/13 to hit the again of the online with Julian Alvarez a eager second at 13/8. For the house crew, Roony Bardghji is 9/2 to get on the scoresheet in entrance of Diogo Goncalves at 24/5.

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RB Leipzig v Actual Madrid – Tuesday 20:00

Champions League veterans Actual Madrid want to reclaim their standing as the highest crew in Europe having dominated the competitors for the final decade. With the addition of English expertise Jude Bellingham who has been tearing issues up in La Liga this season, Los Blancos are in effective type and can search a win in Leipzig regardless of his absence within the first leg.

Having met twice in Champions League historical past, each groups have come away victorious as soon as, and RB Leipzig are to not dismissed forward of this fixture. They at the moment sit fifth within the Bundesliga and are chasing down Borussia Dortmund and VfB Stuttgart for a spot within the prime 4. Actual Madrid are at the moment 11/10 to get a victory away from residence within the first leg, with the hosts solely at 2/1.

Vinicius Jnr. (8/5) and Joselu (17/10) are favourites the rating within the opening leg for Los Blancos as they hunt for a straightforward route into the quarterfinals, taking the stress off within the second leg on the Santiago Bernabéu. Lois Openda is sitting joint fifth within the Champions League prime scorers charts in the meanwhile and is 6/4 to seek out the again of the online for RB Leipzig for the fifth time this marketing campaign, with Benjamin Sesko the following finest wager at 12/5.

Lazio v Bayern Munich – Wednesday 20:00

Lazio will host Bayern Munich on the Stadio Olimpico in Rome to kick off proceedings of their two-legged battle for the quarterfinals. Regardless of the house benefit, Lazio are 19/5 to win the primary leg, which one can solely think about is right down to their poor season within the Serie A compared to their league marketing campaign final 12 months, which noticed them take the silver medal behind Napoli. Bayern however are odds-on favourites at 8/13.

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Bayern comfortably walked out prime of their group on 16 factors, dropping simply two factors of their draw towards FC Copenhagen. Lazio ended up second of their group on 10 factors and have all the pieces to show on this fixture towards the present runners-up within the Bundesliga. Nevertheless, Bayern have not too long ago suffered an enormous 3-0 loss towards Bayer Leverkusen which one can solely think about is a large knock to the arrogance forward of this all-important European conflict, which can depart the door ajar for the Roman giants.

Harry Kane has been all targets this season within the Bundesliga and is 3/4 to hit the again of the nets towards Lazio, with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Mathys Tel in behind at 9/5. For Maurizio Sarri’s aspect, acquainted face Ciro Motionless leads the working to etch his title on the scoresheet at 23/10, with ahead Taty Castellanos subsequent in line at 16/5.

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