Champions League Round of 16 1st Legs Preview

This week sees the return of Champions League action for half of the teams involved in the Round of 16. The 16 teams that qualified from the group stages were drawn against their opponents prior to Christmas in Nyon and the first four of the eight games to be played (each over two legs) will take place across Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th February.

British fans will be interested with all five of the British representatives making it into the Round of 16 from the group phase and three of those teams are involved in action this week, with the remaining two playing their first leg matches next week.

Let’s now preview each of the four first leg ties being played this week and for each game we will give you a selection of our top tips as well as all the details you need to make your decision on which bets to place.

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Champions League Round of 16 First Legs

Tuesday 13th February

FC Basel v Manchester City

FC Basel Team News: It is worth remembering that FC Basel have a good record against English sides (as Chelsea, Liverpool, Man Utd and Arsenal can attest to) and they have beaten Manchester United on home soil in this competition during the group phase. However, City are in such good form at the moment and playing superb football it is hard to make a case here for Basel to get anything from the game. Granit Xhaka’s brother Taulant should start in midfield, with ex-Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel only likely to start from the bench.

FC Basel probable team: (5-4-1): Vaclik, Petretta, Lang, Alvarez, Suchy, Akanji, Xhaka, Die, Steffen, Elyounoussi, Oberlin.

Man City Team News: City come into this game on the back of a thumping 5-1 win over Leicester City with Sergio Aguero grabbing four goals and Raheem Sterling the other. Mancini may opt to bring in Danilo at right back ahead of Zinchenko if he feels he needs more experience, but the youngster has done superbly well since being selected and I’d expect Guardiola to keep faith in the player. With injuries ruling out the likes of David Silva, Gabriel de Jesus and Leroy Sane, City will likely name an unchanged team here in my view.

Man City probable team: (4-1-4-1): Ederson, Walker, Laporte, Otamendi, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Sterling, Aguero

Match Result Tip: Manchester City to win (4/11 with Coral Sport)

Correct Score Tip: Manchester City to win 3-1 (10/1 with Coral Sport)

First Goalscorer Tip: Kevin De Bruyne (13/2 with Coral Sport)

Juventus v Tottenham Hotspur

Juventus Team News: Juventus will be without several first team players with Juan Cuadrado, Blaise Matuidi and perhaps most disappointingly, Pablo Dybala all unfit and unlikely to feature. Brazilian winger Douglas Costa could come back into the team in place of Bernardeschi or Mandzukic, but it is most likely he will start from the bench. Juventus have now gone 16 games conceding just one goal in that period and winning 15 of those matches and they will start as the hot favourites at home.

Juventus probable team: (4-3-3): Buffon, Lichsteiner, Sandro, Chiellini, Benatia, Khedira, Pjanic, Marchisio, Bernardeschi, Mandzukic, Higuain

Tottenham Team News: Tottenham come into this game in great spirits after picking up seven points from games with Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal in their last three games. Spurs performed well in the group stages, drawing away against Real Madrid and beating the holders at Wembley to top their group but this is a very tough draw against a team that reached the final in two of the past three years. A draw, or even a loss by a single goal, especially if Spurs can penetrate that Juventus defence once, would not be a bad result for the English team here.

Tottenham probable team: (4-2-3-1): Lloris, Trippier, Davies, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Dembele, Dier, Alli, Erikssen, Son, Kane.

Match Result Tip: Juventus to win (19/20 with Coral Sport)

Correct Score Tip: Juventus to win 1-0 (5/1 with Coral Sport)

First Goalscorer Tip: Gonzalo Higuain (10/3 with Coral Sport)

Wednesday 14th February

FC Porto v Liverpool

FC Porto Team News: Porto will be without their Brazilian centreback Felipe who is suspended for this game which will allow Telles to come back into the team. Casillas and Brahimi will also likely return to the team after they were rested in Porto’s 4-0 away win at Chaves at the weekend. They will be missing several key players however with Andrew, Marcano and striker Aboubakar all rated as doubts for the game. Porto have not beaten Liverpool in two previous European knockout games, drawing both at home in Portugal before losing at Anfield in the return.

FC Porto probable team: (4-4-2): Casillas, Perreira, Telles, Reyes, Osorio, Otavio, Herrera, Oliveira, Brahimi, Tiquinho, Marega

Liverpool Team News: Liverpool will be without the suspended German midfielder Emre Can for this game but will likely recall Jordan Henderson into the midfield to replace him and I’d also expect James Milner to start ahead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for this one. Alberto Moreno may also come in at left back for Robertson as Jurgen Klopp tries to keep things fresh over a busy period for the reds. Karius should continue in goal, unless Klopp decides to rotate in Mignolet, a move which has had distinctly poor results when used in the past.

Liverpool probable team: (4-3-3): Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Moreno, Van Dijk, Matip, Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Mane, Firmino, Salah

Match Result Tip: The Draw (12/5 with Coral Sport)

Correct Score Tip: FC Porto 2-2 Liverpool (11/1 with Coral Sport)

First Goalscorer Tip: Mohamed Salah (4/1 with Coral Sport)

Real Madrid v Paris St Germain

Real Madrid Team News: Real Madrid will be without the suspended Dani Carvajal for this game and with Jesus Vallejo injured, it means 19 year old Moroccan Achraf Hakimi is in line for a start. Ramos and Varane will need to be at their best to contain Neymar and Mbappe and I expect Zidane to afford them greater cover by sacrificing an attacking player (likely Isco) to play a more solid midfield trio in Modric, Casemiro and Kroos. Isco could replace Bale in attack though, should Zidane opt to play with Bale from the bench, but Ronaldo and Benzema should both start.

Real Madrid probable team: (4-3-3): Navas, Hakimi, Marcelo, Ramos, Varane, Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Bale, Ronaldo, Benzema

Paris St Germain Team News: The biggest team news for Paris St Germain fans is the fitness of two key players, Kurzawa (the left back) and their central striker Cavani. Both look likely to miss this game and Cavani’s absence in particular will be a huge blow. That may mean Di Maria comes into the team, with Mbappe moved into a more central role, allowing Draxler to come into midfield. Alternatively, Di Maria may remain in midfield, with Draxler pushed into a wing role. Areola will continue in goal with Kevin Trapp still out through injury.

Paris St Germain probable team: (4-3-3): Areola, Alves, Kimpembe, Marquinhos, Silva, Veratti, Rabiot, Di Maria, Neymar, Mbappe, Draxler

Match Result Tip: Real Madrid to win (27/20 with Coral)

Correct Score Tip: Real Madrid to win 2-1 (17/2 with Coral)

First Goalscorer Tip: Cristiano Ronaldo (4/1 with Coral)