The first week of Champions League action after 3,5 months is already in the books. We watched some tough battles, between teams that tried not to risk much ahead of the second leg. This week though, some new contenders enter the Champions League last-16 round, with Liverpool and Real Madrid ready to solve what was left of last year’s final. The Italian and English giants will try to make their life easier. The first matches are on the 21st and 22nd of February, with the rematches being set on the 14 and 15 of March.
Liverpool and Real Madrid will meet once again in the 2014/2015 season. The pair didn’t have to wait long to face each other, as Merengues triumphed over Liverpool last May. Real is in better shape right now, winning the Club World Cup recently, and also chasing Barcelona in the La Liga standings. Liverpool is well out of the title race in the Premier League, finding it tricky even to qualify for the Champions League via the league for next year. For this week, Liverpool is favoured at 2.35, Real Madrid is at 2.90 and the draw is at 3.60.
2021/2022 Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt face the hottest name of this season’s Serie A campaign Napoli, which is heading to its first title since 1989/1990. Kolo Muani keeps Frankfurt’s hopes alive for something good this year, scoring and assisting at ease. Napoli is 15 points ahead of Inter, a differential that can put its full focus on its two games with Frankfurt. Eintracht’s odds are set at 3.25, Napoli’s are at 2.15 and the draw is set at 3.60.
This year, RB Leipzig and Manchester City will square it off in the knockout stage, setting the stakes higher than last season’s encounters. Both teams try to reach the top spot in their respective leagues. RB Leipzig has performed well in recent times despite their 2-1 defeat to Union Berlin in their most recent game. Manchester City beat Arsenal 1-3 at Emirates, stating that the title conversation is not over. According to the bookies, RB Leipzig is favoured at 4.30, Manchester City is at 1.80 and the draw is set at 3.80.
Inter vs Porto is an overlooked matchup, but there is much quality between these two. Inter is up for the challenge ahead, losing just once in 2023. Being second in the group in front of Barcelona is something to brag about. Porto checked its participation in the springtime European football, after a fantastic display on the group stage. The Dragons finished first in front of Club Brugge, Leverkusen and Atletico Madrid. Inter to win is at 1.80, while Porto to win is at 4.60. The draw is set at 3.60.
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