The Champions League Last 16 – who we think will progress
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Finally we now enter the business stages of the Champions League. Where the real match ups happen and all the teams get truly tested.
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So taking that into account we thought it would be best to give you our picks for the Last 16 to give you some food for thought.
So first up this evening we have
Benfica v Borussia Dortmund
PSG v Barcelona
For me these 2 picks pick themselves over 2 legs.
Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund.
Both PSG and Benfica finished runner’s up in their respective groups. But PSG’s group was akin to a Sunday Pub League at times, and Dortmund beat Real Madrid to top their group. And well, Barcelona….are Barcelona, after sauntering through their Group of Death with 15 points.
I expect Dortmund to win both legs, and PSG to hold Barca tonight to a draw but Barcelona to win the return leg.
Tomorrow’s games –
Real Madrid v Napoli
Bayern Munich v Arsenal
I expect both home teams to win tomorrow night. Napoli have been unfortunate to draw Real Madrid after winning their group. I just feel that Real will be to much for them tomorrow evening though I do expect them to get a draw in Naples.
As much as I would like to see Arsenal go through, I think this will be the end of the road for them tomorrow night, in what I think will be Wenger’s last season.
I also think they will get a draw in the return leg in London but for me this Arsenal side have turned in to a bunch of bridesmaids.
Next week’s games –
Tuesday the 21st
Man City v Monaco
Bayer Leverkusen v Atletico Madrid
I feel Guardiola has a point to prove here along with this City team. He will be hurting now that they are out of contention for the Premier League, but beware of the wounded animal. And to add to the fact that they are now hitting form. I expect them to romp past Monaco over 2 legs winning both.
Bayer and Atletico is harder to call but I feel that Atletico will shade this one. That said Atletico did top their group easily with Bayern Munich finishing as runners up. I think it will be a draw tomorrow but fancy Atletico to win at home.
I think this team is really hurting after last year’s final defeat. The second in 3 seasons. I expect them to go all the way this year to the final and win it.
Wednesday the 22nd
Porto v Juventus
Sevilla v Leicester
Porto v Juventus
This one for me is a very tough one to call. Juventus are lot of people’s dark horses this year and they ran away with it in their group. But I fancy an upset here and Porto to win this over 2 legs. It will be tight. I fancy Porto to win tomorrow night, Juve to win the return leg but Porto to go through on away goals.
Sevilla v Leicester
Another difficult one to call, and for me the 2 weakest teams left in the tournament. Leicester’s league form is shocking at the moment but they have produced it when it matters in the Champions League. Plus you just never know with Ranieri, and he has a wealth of experience in this tournament.
Sevilla finished second to a strong Juventus in their group which was otherwise a weak group, and only lost once. But I think I will go with Leicester over 2 legs.
Both results I feel will be 1-1 draws and it will go to penalties with Leicester advancing.
So Playnbrag’s Picks over 2 legs of the Last 16 are: