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Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg Preview

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Because the outcomes from the second leg of the Champions League RO16 trickle in, we’ve seen Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Actual Madrid and Manchester Metropolis safe their locations within the quarterfinal, with 4 fixtures remaining to determine the ultimate eight of the competitors.

We preview two of the video games beneath.

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Barcelona (1) v Napoli (1) – Tuesday 20:00

Because it stands, Barca and Napoli are stage going into this recreation, with the primary tie ending 1-1. Nonetheless, Barcelona are odds-on at 17/20 to get the higher of their Italian opposition and proceed into the latter phases of the competitors.

Barcelona stay unbeaten of their final 5 conferences with Napoli throughout all competitions, profitable twice and drawing 3 times, and we are able to count on some targets on this subsequent recreation as in every of these 5 fixtures, each groups have managed to hit the again of the web. Champions League veteran Robert Lewandowski will probably be a person on a mission to additional his group’s probabilities of their pursuit of a sixth Champions League title and is as quick as 13/10 to etch his identify onto the scoresheet towards Serie A’s present champions. Including to the firepower of Barcelona’s assault are Vitor Roque (29/20), Ferran Torres (13/8), and Marc Guiu (13/8), who’re no strangers to producing some magic when wanted, particularly on the massive stage.

For Napoli, their probabilities away from dwelling look ever-slimmer given the burden their 1-1 draw within the first leg carries. Napoli have been eradicated in every of their final 11 European campaigns once they have didn’t win the primary leg of a knockout at dwelling. The final time this occurred was towards Barcelona within the 2019/20 season within the Champions League, the place that they had the same 1-1 draw at dwelling within the first leg, adopted by a 3-1 defeat within the return leg. So, ought to they attempt to rewrite the historical past books and defy the statistics, their hopes will lie within the toes of frontman Victor Osimhen, who’s 21/10 to attain at any time throughout the recreation. Osimhen sits at fifth within the prime goalscorer leaderboard within the Serie A this season regardless of Napoli’s fairly disappointing league marketing campaign, with their consecutive title hopes pretty much as good as gone, so that they’ll be throwing the kitchen sink at this one.

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At 29/10, the chances counsel that Napoli will probably be unlikely victors in Spain tomorrow night time, with Barcelona the heavy favourites to proceed into the subsequent spherical.

Atletico Madrid (0) v Inter (1) – Wednesday 20:00

This would be the first time that the Italian outfit head to Atletico’s stadium in each of the membership’s histories and contemplating Inter have gotten the leverage after their 1-0 win away from dwelling mixed with their prowess within the Serie A this season, they appear to be the choose on this recreation at 29/20.

The final 3 times Atletico have misplaced a gap leg within the final 16, they’ve been eradicated within the second tie. Additionally, since beating Liverpool within the 2020 season, Atletico have scored simply three targets in eight of their UEFA Champions League knockout matches, failing to attain on 5 events and given the stature of their opponents, it’s possible this might be the case within the return fixture. Atletico stay the slim outsiders at 19/10 and will probably be hoping that the house benefit proves to be extra useful than ever. Alvaro Morata is the shortest of the Atletico lineup to attain towards Inter at 7/4, with the trio of Angel Correa (21/10), Memphis Depay (2/1), and Antoine Griezmann (11/5) all greater than able to netting.

For Inter, their previous towards Spanish opposition away from dwelling could also be an element to demoralise the Italian outfit, having not received a recreation of their previous 10 Champions League video games towards Spanish sides, final profitable in Spain towards Valencia in 2004. Nonetheless, it’s unimaginable to miss their kind within the Serie A, having gone 22 video games unbeaten, sitting prime of the desk with a 16-point cushion. Lautaro Martinez is the present prime scorer within the league on 23 targets, 8 targets forward of second place Dusan Vlahovic for Juventus, and is 13/8 to web towards the Spanish facet. Different gamers trying to discover the again of the web will probably be Marcus Thuram (23/10), Alexis Sanchez (3/1), and Hakan Calhanoglu (3/1).

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From an outdoor perspective, Inter are definitely the group to beat and them progressing into the quarterfinal appears to be like the likeliest consequence with the one-goal cushion they’ve, nonetheless, given the house benefit for Atletico, their followers will probably be trying to make all of the distinction to push their facet over the road.

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