UEFA Champions league: best odds and preview

By start Published March 6, 2018, 11:37

The world's most expensive player will not be able to help PSG back in the Champions League against Real Madrid, and the Parisians have to compensate for two goals deficit. Liverpool and Manchester City already have quarterfinals in their sight, while the most uncertain game is in London where Tottenham will try to defend two valuable goals in away draw 2-2 in Torino against Juventus.

PSG – Real Madrid

Angel Di Maria is likely to replace the injured Neymar as PSG look to overturn a 3-1 deficit in their Champions League last-16 second leg against Real Madrid. Di Maria is likely to face his former club alongside Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani in a front three at the Parc des Princes. PSG have not lost a home Champions League game since April 2015 and they still have enough attacking talent to maintain their excellent home record with a victory at 1.90.

PSG are very well known when it comes to turning round a 3-1 first-leg deficit against the Spanish side. They are at 4.00 to progress to the next round.

Real, 15 points off leaders Barcelona in La Liga, have rested the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo in recent weeks ahead of the Champions League clash. Ronaldo scored two golas in first leg and to score two or more golas again is at 4.50.

Real Madrid are unbeaten in their three previous Champions League encounters with PSG (W2 D1), conceding only one goal. Not to receive a goal from PSG they are at 7.40.

Liverpool – Porto

The Premier League club are in a strong position to reach the quarter-final after their dominant performance in Portugal a few weeks ago, but Klopp said they cannot afford to relax. Jurgen Klopp insists he will only make "two or three changes" to Liverpool's side for their Champions League last-16 second leg against Porto on Tuesday despite the 5-0 advantage.

Liverpool are unbeaten against Porto, having played them five times in all competitions. To win my 2 or more goals margin Liverpool are at 2.38.

Porto have recorded two draws and three defeats in their five games against the Merseyside club. Odds are 4.50 to finish second leg against Liverpool as a draw.

Tiquinho Soares, Moussa Marega and Alex Telles could all miss out for Porto after missing their win over Sporting Lisbon on Friday.

Tottenham – Juventus

A fine first-leg fightback has given Tottenham two valuable away goals as they welcome Juventus to Wembley, although with the scores level at 2-2 the tie remains finely poised. You can get 3.60 for another draw.

Tottenham have by far the less experience of the two – this is just their second last-16 tie – but will not lack confidence having finished top of a section and collected 16 points, more than any other team in this season's competition, including wins in all three home matches. Having scored two away golas they are favourite to qualify at just 1.44. Wining in front of home fans won't be an easy task given the odds 2.17.

Serge Aurier is suspended for Tottenham after his yellow card in the first leg.

Juve opened this season with a 3-0 loss at Barcelona but are unbeaten in their last six games (W3 D3), qualifying for the knockout stages thanks to a 2-0 win at Olympiacos FC on matchday six.

Juan Cuardrado, Mattia De Sciglio and Federico Bernardeschi are all sidelined for Juventus.

Allegri reached the final for the second time in three years last season. Juventus are 3.00 to qualify.

Manchester City – Basel

A 4-0 first-leg win in Switzerland has left Manchester City within sight of a second quarter-final appearance. Another 4-0 win for City is 5.50.

Benjamin Mendy and Fernandinho are both sidelined for Manchester City. Raheem Sterling is a doubt for the home side as he struggles to overcome a hamstring problem.

This is Basel's third appearance in the UEFA Champions League round of 16. In 2011/12 they beat Bayern München 1-0 in the home first leg only to lose 7-0 away – their biggest defeat in UEFA competition. FC Basel will attempt to restore some pride in the second leg of their round of 16 tie. Best they can hope is to score a goal at 2.30 (both teams to score).

Taulant Xhaka serves a one-match ban in this second leg; Éder Balanta and Raoul Petretta are a booking away from a suspension.


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