Brazil soccer star Neymar

World-class soccer player Neymar leads the Brazil team at the Olympics.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar are set to go head-to-head after Real Madrid and PSG were drawn against each other in the last-16 of the UEFA Champions League.
The numbers behind CR7 and Neymar's showdown
Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar are set to go head-to-head after Real Madrid and PSG were drawn against each other in the last-16 of the UEFA Champions League.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar are set to go head-to-head after Real Madrid and PSG were drawn against each other in the last-16 of the UEFA Champions League.
The numbers behind CR7 and Neymar's showdown
Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar are set to go head-to-head after Real Madrid and PSG were drawn against each other in the last-16 of the UEFA Champions League.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar are set to go head-to-head after Real Madrid and PSG were drawn against each other in the last-16 of the UEFA Champions League.
The numbers behind CR7 and Neymar's showdown
Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar are set to go head-to-head after Real Madrid and PSG were drawn against each other in the last-16 of the UEFA Champions League.
Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar has returned to his native Brazil to deal with a family matter and will miss their League Cup tie at Strasbourg on December 13, 2017 (AFP Photo/Tobias SCHWARZ)
Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar has returned to his native Brazil to deal with a family matter and will miss their League Cup tie at Strasbourg on December 13, 2017
Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar has returned to his native Brazil to deal with a family matter and will miss their League Cup tie at Strasbourg on December 13, 2017 (AFP Photo/Tobias SCHWARZ)
Amid speculation linking Neymar with Real Madrid, all eyes will be fixed on how the Brazilian performs when his PSG side face the Spanish giants in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Neymar to face Madrid
Amid speculation linking Neymar with Real Madrid, all eyes will be fixed on how the Brazilian performs when his PSG side face the Spanish giants in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Amid speculation linking Neymar with Real Madrid, all eyes will be fixed on how the Brazilian performs when his PSG side face the Spanish giants in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Neymar to face Madrid
Amid speculation linking Neymar with Real Madrid, all eyes will be fixed on how the Brazilian performs when his PSG side face the Spanish giants in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Amid speculation linking Neymar with Real Madrid, all eyes will be fixed on how the Brazilian performs when his PSG side face the Spanish giants in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Neymar to face Madrid
Amid speculation linking Neymar with Real Madrid, all eyes will be fixed on how the Brazilian performs when his PSG side face the Spanish giants in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar is traveling home for unspecified "personal matters" (AFP Photo/Christof STACHE)
Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar is traveling home for unspecified "personal matters"
Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar is traveling home for unspecified "personal matters" (AFP Photo/Christof STACHE)
Juventus v Tottenham First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm European Pedigree Juventus Winners in 1985 and 1996, Juventus have come close in recent years to adding a third European triumph to the honours board. However, despite being finalists in two of the past three seasons, the challenges of Barcelona and Real Madrid have proved a bridge too far. Tottenham The quarter-finals in 2011 has been the best Spurs have had it in the Champions League, as an emerging Gareth Bale and wise Rafael van der Vaart starred. It is now over to the prolific Harry Kane and meticulous Christian Eriksen to push them further. Prediction Having topped a group with Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in it, Spurs would have hoped for a kinder tie. They have never faced Juventus before and are up against one of the Champions League’s wiliest team, though not (yet) the force of last season. But Spurs can do it. Winner Tottenham Hotspur Outright odds Juventus – 20/1 Tottenham – 25/1 Basel v Man City First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm European pedigree Basel Having reached the round of 16 for a third time, Basel will be looking to progress to the quarter-finals for the first time. Raphael Wicky’s men finished second in a group topped by Manchester United, a side they defeated at home on the fifth matchday. Manchester City City emphatically topped their group, with only the matchday six defeat away by Shakhtar Donetsk blotting their copy book and will be desperate to at least match their semi-final finish of 2016, in a competition their manager has won twice. Prediction City have been installed as Champions League favourites after the draw and it would be a major shock if they failed to get past the Swiss club. It is perhaps the kindest draw, not least in terms of travel and logistics, and while St Jakob-Park can create a hostile atmosphere, City will get through. Winner Manchester City Outright odds Basel – 500/1 Manchester City – 11/4 (favourites) Porto v Liverpool First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Porto Winners under Jose Mourinho in 2004, the Portuguese heavyweights will be looking to go one better than last year, when defeated by eventual runners-up Juventus. They will be looking to capitalise on Liverpool’s far from watertight back line. Liverpool will have to keep Porto's Vincent Aboubakar quiet in the last 16 Credit: Gualter Fatia/Getty Images Liverpool Winners in 2005, it would take a huge turn in fortunes for Liverpool to repeat such a feat this time around. Despite putting seven past Maribor and Spartak Moscow, without reply, a late collapse at Sevilla and a turgid draw in Moscow suggest this will be tough for Jürgen Klopp’s men. Prediction Liverpool are unbeaten in their four previous meetings with Porto and will be happy with this draw. Porto are back on top of the Portuguese league and undoubtedly carry a threat, having disposed of Monaco in the group stages, but Liverpool should progress, especially with the second leg at Anfield. Winner Liverpool Outright odds Porto – 100/1 Liverpool – 16/1 Sevilla v Man Utd First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Sevilla Entering last season’s competition having won the Europa League three times on the bounce, they failed to carry such form into Europe’s premier club competition. Defeat by Leicester City in the round of 16 marked their first European knockout loss in three seasons. Marcus Rashford scores United's second against CSKA Moscow Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Manchester United Having topped their group, United will view this as a favourable draw, having avoided the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. But they will need to be at their best to beat technically adept opponents. Prediction The Spaniards have been cup specialists in recent seasons and have shown how dangerous they can be at home by pulling back a three-goal deficit against Liverpool while also drawing at Anfield. But they finished runners-up in that group and are not quite the force they were. United will relish the tie. WinnerManchester United Outright odds Sevilla – 100/1 Manchester United – 14/1 Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Shakhtar Donetsk Having won all three home matches in the group stage, Shakhtar finished second in Group F behind Manchester City. They did overcome the group winners on matchday six, as they reached the knockout stage for the first time since 2015. Roma's Radja Nainggolan is heading to Ukraine Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images Roma The Italian club defied the odds to top a group ahead of Chelsea and last year’s semi-finalists Atlético Madrid. Victory at home over the Blues, combined with an exciting 3-3 draw at the Bridge sit as standout results, helping to produce a winnable round-of-16 tie. Prediction As the Ukrainians showed in finishing ahead of Napoli, and beating Manchester City, they are a dangerous side with an excellent coach in Paulo Fonseca. But Roma also performed impressively as they finished ahead of Chelsea and were unlucky not to beat them away, as well as at home. Could be a tight tie. Winner Roma Outright odds Shakhtar Donetsk – 100/1 Roma – 50/1 Chelsea v Barcelona First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 7.45pm European pedigree ChelseaWinners in 2012 under Roberto Di Matteo, Chelsea remarkably defeated their round-of-16 opponents at the semi-final stage that term. However, in recent years, last-16 exits at the hands of Paris St-Germain make that final triumph over Bayern seem a distant memory. Fernando Torres scored a 92nd-minute equaliser for 10-man Chelsea in the 2011-12 semi-final away leg against Barcelona Credit: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images Barcelona Boasting five European Cups, a team spearheaded by the mercurial Lionel Messi will be determined to better their last-16 exits of the past two campaigns. Winners most recently in 2015, Barcelona topped their group unbeaten, ahead of Juventus. Prediction Chelsea have a history of epic battles with Barcelona, not least in beating them to reach the 2012 Champions League final. Neither club will have wanted this draw and it could easily go either way. But Chelsea could well pay the price for not winning their group, especially if Lionel Messi can finally score against them. Winner Barcelona Outright odds Chelsea – 25/1 Barcelona – 7/1 Real Madrid v PSG First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Real Madrid European pedigree should be followed by, see Real Madrid. The 12-time winners also became the first team to successfully defend the European Cup in its modern format last May. However, a tough test lies ahead after a sub-standard group stage, remembered for that sobering defeat at Wembley. Paris St-Germain With domestic troubles non-existent, the Parisians topped their group, having only fell to defeat on the final matchday at Bayern Munich. Thumping defeats over Celtic home and away, whilst eye-catching, must now transform into knockout prowess, if anything to banish the memory of last year’s exit at the hands of Barcelona. Neymar will renew battle with a familiar foe Credit: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images Prediction Undoubtedly the tie of the round, a truly heavyweight contest with the holders against the young pretenders. Mbappe v Ronaldo. Neymar v Bale. Cavani v Benzema. PSG need to exorcise last season’s traumatic exit against Barcelona and what better way to do it, even if Real will be regarded as favourites. Could be a goal-fest. Winner Paris St-Germain Outright odds Real Madrid – 7/1 Paris St-Germain – 5/1 Besiktas v Bayern Munich First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 5pm European pedigree Besiktas Hailing from Istanbul, Besiktas have emerged from the shadows of near-city rivals to top their group. Knocked out at that stage in both 2007 and 2009, on this occasion they did not to look back after a 3-1 victory away to Porto. Bayern Munich Following heartbreak in 2012 when they lost the final in their own backyard, Bayern are seeking their sixth European Cup, following victory a year later at Wembley. Having drawn one of the most sought-after sides at this stage, there will be an expectation to match semi-final finishes of the past three campaigns. The genius of Pep Guardiola: Eight things he has done to make Man City so frighteningly good Prediction Make no mistake, Besiktas are dangerous as they showed in winning their group ahead of Porto, RB Leipzig and Monaco, and the Turkish side also travel far better than they used to. But Bayern appear back on track under Jupp Heynckes, although not quite the force of old, and should have too much class and know-how. Winner Bayern Munich Outright odds Bayern Munich – 5/1 Besiktas – 200/1
Champions League last 16 match-ups, pedigree and predictions
Juventus v Tottenham First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm European Pedigree Juventus Winners in 1985 and 1996, Juventus have come close in recent years to adding a third European triumph to the honours board. However, despite being finalists in two of the past three seasons, the challenges of Barcelona and Real Madrid have proved a bridge too far. Tottenham The quarter-finals in 2011 has been the best Spurs have had it in the Champions League, as an emerging Gareth Bale and wise Rafael van der Vaart starred. It is now over to the prolific Harry Kane and meticulous Christian Eriksen to push them further. Prediction Having topped a group with Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in it, Spurs would have hoped for a kinder tie. They have never faced Juventus before and are up against one of the Champions League’s wiliest team, though not (yet) the force of last season. But Spurs can do it. Winner Tottenham Hotspur Outright odds Juventus – 20/1 Tottenham – 25/1 Basel v Man City First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm European pedigree Basel Having reached the round of 16 for a third time, Basel will be looking to progress to the quarter-finals for the first time. Raphael Wicky’s men finished second in a group topped by Manchester United, a side they defeated at home on the fifth matchday. Manchester City City emphatically topped their group, with only the matchday six defeat away by Shakhtar Donetsk blotting their copy book and will be desperate to at least match their semi-final finish of 2016, in a competition their manager has won twice. Prediction City have been installed as Champions League favourites after the draw and it would be a major shock if they failed to get past the Swiss club. It is perhaps the kindest draw, not least in terms of travel and logistics, and while St Jakob-Park can create a hostile atmosphere, City will get through. Winner Manchester City Outright odds Basel – 500/1 Manchester City – 11/4 (favourites) Porto v Liverpool First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Porto Winners under Jose Mourinho in 2004, the Portuguese heavyweights will be looking to go one better than last year, when defeated by eventual runners-up Juventus. They will be looking to capitalise on Liverpool’s far from watertight back line. Liverpool will have to keep Porto's Vincent Aboubakar quiet in the last 16 Credit: Gualter Fatia/Getty Images Liverpool Winners in 2005, it would take a huge turn in fortunes for Liverpool to repeat such a feat this time around. Despite putting seven past Maribor and Spartak Moscow, without reply, a late collapse at Sevilla and a turgid draw in Moscow suggest this will be tough for Jürgen Klopp’s men. Prediction Liverpool are unbeaten in their four previous meetings with Porto and will be happy with this draw. Porto are back on top of the Portuguese league and undoubtedly carry a threat, having disposed of Monaco in the group stages, but Liverpool should progress, especially with the second leg at Anfield. Winner Liverpool Outright odds Porto – 100/1 Liverpool – 16/1 Sevilla v Man Utd First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Sevilla Entering last season’s competition having won the Europa League three times on the bounce, they failed to carry such form into Europe’s premier club competition. Defeat by Leicester City in the round of 16 marked their first European knockout loss in three seasons. Marcus Rashford scores United's second against CSKA Moscow Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Manchester United Having topped their group, United will view this as a favourable draw, having avoided the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. But they will need to be at their best to beat technically adept opponents. Prediction The Spaniards have been cup specialists in recent seasons and have shown how dangerous they can be at home by pulling back a three-goal deficit against Liverpool while also drawing at Anfield. But they finished runners-up in that group and are not quite the force they were. United will relish the tie. WinnerManchester United Outright odds Sevilla – 100/1 Manchester United – 14/1 Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Shakhtar Donetsk Having won all three home matches in the group stage, Shakhtar finished second in Group F behind Manchester City. They did overcome the group winners on matchday six, as they reached the knockout stage for the first time since 2015. Roma's Radja Nainggolan is heading to Ukraine Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images Roma The Italian club defied the odds to top a group ahead of Chelsea and last year’s semi-finalists Atlético Madrid. Victory at home over the Blues, combined with an exciting 3-3 draw at the Bridge sit as standout results, helping to produce a winnable round-of-16 tie. Prediction As the Ukrainians showed in finishing ahead of Napoli, and beating Manchester City, they are a dangerous side with an excellent coach in Paulo Fonseca. But Roma also performed impressively as they finished ahead of Chelsea and were unlucky not to beat them away, as well as at home. Could be a tight tie. Winner Roma Outright odds Shakhtar Donetsk – 100/1 Roma – 50/1 Chelsea v Barcelona First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 7.45pm European pedigree ChelseaWinners in 2012 under Roberto Di Matteo, Chelsea remarkably defeated their round-of-16 opponents at the semi-final stage that term. However, in recent years, last-16 exits at the hands of Paris St-Germain make that final triumph over Bayern seem a distant memory. Fernando Torres scored a 92nd-minute equaliser for 10-man Chelsea in the 2011-12 semi-final away leg against Barcelona Credit: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images Barcelona Boasting five European Cups, a team spearheaded by the mercurial Lionel Messi will be determined to better their last-16 exits of the past two campaigns. Winners most recently in 2015, Barcelona topped their group unbeaten, ahead of Juventus. Prediction Chelsea have a history of epic battles with Barcelona, not least in beating them to reach the 2012 Champions League final. Neither club will have wanted this draw and it could easily go either way. But Chelsea could well pay the price for not winning their group, especially if Lionel Messi can finally score against them. Winner Barcelona Outright odds Chelsea – 25/1 Barcelona – 7/1 Real Madrid v PSG First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Real Madrid European pedigree should be followed by, see Real Madrid. The 12-time winners also became the first team to successfully defend the European Cup in its modern format last May. However, a tough test lies ahead after a sub-standard group stage, remembered for that sobering defeat at Wembley. Paris St-Germain With domestic troubles non-existent, the Parisians topped their group, having only fell to defeat on the final matchday at Bayern Munich. Thumping defeats over Celtic home and away, whilst eye-catching, must now transform into knockout prowess, if anything to banish the memory of last year’s exit at the hands of Barcelona. Neymar will renew battle with a familiar foe Credit: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images Prediction Undoubtedly the tie of the round, a truly heavyweight contest with the holders against the young pretenders. Mbappe v Ronaldo. Neymar v Bale. Cavani v Benzema. PSG need to exorcise last season’s traumatic exit against Barcelona and what better way to do it, even if Real will be regarded as favourites. Could be a goal-fest. Winner Paris St-Germain Outright odds Real Madrid – 7/1 Paris St-Germain – 5/1 Besiktas v Bayern Munich First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 5pm European pedigree Besiktas Hailing from Istanbul, Besiktas have emerged from the shadows of near-city rivals to top their group. Knocked out at that stage in both 2007 and 2009, on this occasion they did not to look back after a 3-1 victory away to Porto. Bayern Munich Following heartbreak in 2012 when they lost the final in their own backyard, Bayern are seeking their sixth European Cup, following victory a year later at Wembley. Having drawn one of the most sought-after sides at this stage, there will be an expectation to match semi-final finishes of the past three campaigns. The genius of Pep Guardiola: Eight things he has done to make Man City so frighteningly good Prediction Make no mistake, Besiktas are dangerous as they showed in winning their group ahead of Porto, RB Leipzig and Monaco, and the Turkish side also travel far better than they used to. But Bayern appear back on track under Jupp Heynckes, although not quite the force of old, and should have too much class and know-how. Winner Bayern Munich Outright odds Bayern Munich – 5/1 Besiktas – 200/1
Juventus v Tottenham First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm European Pedigree Juventus Winners in 1985 and 1996, Juventus have come close in recent years to adding a third European triumph to the honours board. However, despite being finalists in two of the past three seasons, the challenges of Barcelona and Real Madrid have proved a bridge too far. Tottenham The quarter-finals in 2011 has been the best Spurs have had it in the Champions League, as an emerging Gareth Bale and wise Rafael van der Vaart starred. It is now over to the prolific Harry Kane and meticulous Christian Eriksen to push them further. Prediction Having topped a group with Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in it, Spurs would have hoped for a kinder tie. They have never faced Juventus before and are up against one of the Champions League’s wiliest team, though not (yet) the force of last season. But Spurs can do it. Winner Tottenham Hotspur Outright odds Juventus – 20/1 Tottenham – 25/1 Basel v Man City First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm European pedigree Basel Having reached the round of 16 for a third time, Basel will be looking to progress to the quarter-finals for the first time. Raphael Wicky’s men finished second in a group topped by Manchester United, a side they defeated at home on the fifth matchday. Manchester City City emphatically topped their group, with only the matchday six defeat away by Shakhtar Donetsk blotting their copy book and will be desperate to at least match their semi-final finish of 2016, in a competition their manager has won twice. Prediction City have been installed as Champions League favourites after the draw and it would be a major shock if they failed to get past the Swiss club. It is perhaps the kindest draw, not least in terms of travel and logistics, and while St Jakob-Park can create a hostile atmosphere, City will get through. Winner Manchester City Outright odds Basel – 500/1 Manchester City – 11/4 (favourites) Porto v Liverpool First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Porto Winners under Jose Mourinho in 2004, the Portuguese heavyweights will be looking to go one better than last year, when defeated by eventual runners-up Juventus. They will be looking to capitalise on Liverpool’s far from watertight back line. Liverpool will have to keep Porto's Vincent Aboubakar quiet in the last 16 Credit: Gualter Fatia/Getty Images Liverpool Winners in 2005, it would take a huge turn in fortunes for Liverpool to repeat such a feat this time around. Despite putting seven past Maribor and Spartak Moscow, without reply, a late collapse at Sevilla and a turgid draw in Moscow suggest this will be tough for Jürgen Klopp’s men. Prediction Liverpool are unbeaten in their four previous meetings with Porto and will be happy with this draw. Porto are back on top of the Portuguese league and undoubtedly carry a threat, having disposed of Monaco in the group stages, but Liverpool should progress, especially with the second leg at Anfield. Winner Liverpool Outright odds Porto – 100/1 Liverpool – 16/1 Sevilla v Man Utd First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Sevilla Entering last season’s competition having won the Europa League three times on the bounce, they failed to carry such form into Europe’s premier club competition. Defeat by Leicester City in the round of 16 marked their first European knockout loss in three seasons. Marcus Rashford scores United's second against CSKA Moscow Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Manchester United Having topped their group, United will view this as a favourable draw, having avoided the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. But they will need to be at their best to beat technically adept opponents. Prediction The Spaniards have been cup specialists in recent seasons and have shown how dangerous they can be at home by pulling back a three-goal deficit against Liverpool while also drawing at Anfield. But they finished runners-up in that group and are not quite the force they were. United will relish the tie. WinnerManchester United Outright odds Sevilla – 100/1 Manchester United – 14/1 Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Shakhtar Donetsk Having won all three home matches in the group stage, Shakhtar finished second in Group F behind Manchester City. They did overcome the group winners on matchday six, as they reached the knockout stage for the first time since 2015. Roma's Radja Nainggolan is heading to Ukraine Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images Roma The Italian club defied the odds to top a group ahead of Chelsea and last year’s semi-finalists Atlético Madrid. Victory at home over the Blues, combined with an exciting 3-3 draw at the Bridge sit as standout results, helping to produce a winnable round-of-16 tie. Prediction As the Ukrainians showed in finishing ahead of Napoli, and beating Manchester City, they are a dangerous side with an excellent coach in Paulo Fonseca. But Roma also performed impressively as they finished ahead of Chelsea and were unlucky not to beat them away, as well as at home. Could be a tight tie. Winner Roma Outright odds Shakhtar Donetsk – 100/1 Roma – 50/1 Chelsea v Barcelona First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 7.45pm European pedigree ChelseaWinners in 2012 under Roberto Di Matteo, Chelsea remarkably defeated their round-of-16 opponents at the semi-final stage that term. However, in recent years, last-16 exits at the hands of Paris St-Germain make that final triumph over Bayern seem a distant memory. Fernando Torres scored a 92nd-minute equaliser for 10-man Chelsea in the 2011-12 semi-final away leg against Barcelona Credit: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images Barcelona Boasting five European Cups, a team spearheaded by the mercurial Lionel Messi will be determined to better their last-16 exits of the past two campaigns. Winners most recently in 2015, Barcelona topped their group unbeaten, ahead of Juventus. Prediction Chelsea have a history of epic battles with Barcelona, not least in beating them to reach the 2012 Champions League final. Neither club will have wanted this draw and it could easily go either way. But Chelsea could well pay the price for not winning their group, especially if Lionel Messi can finally score against them. Winner Barcelona Outright odds Chelsea – 25/1 Barcelona – 7/1 Real Madrid v PSG First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Real Madrid European pedigree should be followed by, see Real Madrid. The 12-time winners also became the first team to successfully defend the European Cup in its modern format last May. However, a tough test lies ahead after a sub-standard group stage, remembered for that sobering defeat at Wembley. Paris St-Germain With domestic troubles non-existent, the Parisians topped their group, having only fell to defeat on the final matchday at Bayern Munich. Thumping defeats over Celtic home and away, whilst eye-catching, must now transform into knockout prowess, if anything to banish the memory of last year’s exit at the hands of Barcelona. Neymar will renew battle with a familiar foe Credit: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images Prediction Undoubtedly the tie of the round, a truly heavyweight contest with the holders against the young pretenders. Mbappe v Ronaldo. Neymar v Bale. Cavani v Benzema. PSG need to exorcise last season’s traumatic exit against Barcelona and what better way to do it, even if Real will be regarded as favourites. Could be a goal-fest. Winner Paris St-Germain Outright odds Real Madrid – 7/1 Paris St-Germain – 5/1 Besiktas v Bayern Munich First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 5pm European pedigree Besiktas Hailing from Istanbul, Besiktas have emerged from the shadows of near-city rivals to top their group. Knocked out at that stage in both 2007 and 2009, on this occasion they did not to look back after a 3-1 victory away to Porto. Bayern Munich Following heartbreak in 2012 when they lost the final in their own backyard, Bayern are seeking their sixth European Cup, following victory a year later at Wembley. Having drawn one of the most sought-after sides at this stage, there will be an expectation to match semi-final finishes of the past three campaigns. The genius of Pep Guardiola: Eight things he has done to make Man City so frighteningly good Prediction Make no mistake, Besiktas are dangerous as they showed in winning their group ahead of Porto, RB Leipzig and Monaco, and the Turkish side also travel far better than they used to. But Bayern appear back on track under Jupp Heynckes, although not quite the force of old, and should have too much class and know-how. Winner Bayern Munich Outright odds Bayern Munich – 5/1 Besiktas – 200/1
Champions League last 16 match-ups, pedigree and predictions
Juventus v Tottenham First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm European Pedigree Juventus Winners in 1985 and 1996, Juventus have come close in recent years to adding a third European triumph to the honours board. However, despite being finalists in two of the past three seasons, the challenges of Barcelona and Real Madrid have proved a bridge too far. Tottenham The quarter-finals in 2011 has been the best Spurs have had it in the Champions League, as an emerging Gareth Bale and wise Rafael van der Vaart starred. It is now over to the prolific Harry Kane and meticulous Christian Eriksen to push them further. Prediction Having topped a group with Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in it, Spurs would have hoped for a kinder tie. They have never faced Juventus before and are up against one of the Champions League’s wiliest team, though not (yet) the force of last season. But Spurs can do it. Winner Tottenham Hotspur Outright odds Juventus – 20/1 Tottenham – 25/1 Basel v Man City First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm European pedigree Basel Having reached the round of 16 for a third time, Basel will be looking to progress to the quarter-finals for the first time. Raphael Wicky’s men finished second in a group topped by Manchester United, a side they defeated at home on the fifth matchday. Manchester City City emphatically topped their group, with only the matchday six defeat away by Shakhtar Donetsk blotting their copy book and will be desperate to at least match their semi-final finish of 2016, in a competition their manager has won twice. Prediction City have been installed as Champions League favourites after the draw and it would be a major shock if they failed to get past the Swiss club. It is perhaps the kindest draw, not least in terms of travel and logistics, and while St Jakob-Park can create a hostile atmosphere, City will get through. Winner Manchester City Outright odds Basel – 500/1 Manchester City – 11/4 (favourites) Porto v Liverpool First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Porto Winners under Jose Mourinho in 2004, the Portuguese heavyweights will be looking to go one better than last year, when defeated by eventual runners-up Juventus. They will be looking to capitalise on Liverpool’s far from watertight back line. Liverpool will have to keep Porto's Vincent Aboubakar quiet in the last 16 Credit: Gualter Fatia/Getty Images Liverpool Winners in 2005, it would take a huge turn in fortunes for Liverpool to repeat such a feat this time around. Despite putting seven past Maribor and Spartak Moscow, without reply, a late collapse at Sevilla and a turgid draw in Moscow suggest this will be tough for Jürgen Klopp’s men. Prediction Liverpool are unbeaten in their four previous meetings with Porto and will be happy with this draw. Porto are back on top of the Portuguese league and undoubtedly carry a threat, having disposed of Monaco in the group stages, but Liverpool should progress, especially with the second leg at Anfield. Winner Liverpool Outright odds Porto – 100/1 Liverpool – 16/1 Sevilla v Man Utd First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Sevilla Entering last season’s competition having won the Europa League three times on the bounce, they failed to carry such form into Europe’s premier club competition. Defeat by Leicester City in the round of 16 marked their first European knockout loss in three seasons. Marcus Rashford scores United's second against CSKA Moscow Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Manchester United Having topped their group, United will view this as a favourable draw, having avoided the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. But they will need to be at their best to beat technically adept opponents. Prediction The Spaniards have been cup specialists in recent seasons and have shown how dangerous they can be at home by pulling back a three-goal deficit against Liverpool while also drawing at Anfield. But they finished runners-up in that group and are not quite the force they were. United will relish the tie. WinnerManchester United Outright odds Sevilla – 100/1 Manchester United – 14/1 Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Shakhtar Donetsk Having won all three home matches in the group stage, Shakhtar finished second in Group F behind Manchester City. They did overcome the group winners on matchday six, as they reached the knockout stage for the first time since 2015. Roma's Radja Nainggolan is heading to Ukraine Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images Roma The Italian club defied the odds to top a group ahead of Chelsea and last year’s semi-finalists Atlético Madrid. Victory at home over the Blues, combined with an exciting 3-3 draw at the Bridge sit as standout results, helping to produce a winnable round-of-16 tie. Prediction As the Ukrainians showed in finishing ahead of Napoli, and beating Manchester City, they are a dangerous side with an excellent coach in Paulo Fonseca. But Roma also performed impressively as they finished ahead of Chelsea and were unlucky not to beat them away, as well as at home. Could be a tight tie. Winner Roma Outright odds Shakhtar Donetsk – 100/1 Roma – 50/1 Chelsea v Barcelona First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 7.45pm European pedigree ChelseaWinners in 2012 under Roberto Di Matteo, Chelsea remarkably defeated their round-of-16 opponents at the semi-final stage that term. However, in recent years, last-16 exits at the hands of Paris St-Germain make that final triumph over Bayern seem a distant memory. Fernando Torres scored a 92nd-minute equaliser for 10-man Chelsea in the 2011-12 semi-final away leg against Barcelona Credit: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images Barcelona Boasting five European Cups, a team spearheaded by the mercurial Lionel Messi will be determined to better their last-16 exits of the past two campaigns. Winners most recently in 2015, Barcelona topped their group unbeaten, ahead of Juventus. Prediction Chelsea have a history of epic battles with Barcelona, not least in beating them to reach the 2012 Champions League final. Neither club will have wanted this draw and it could easily go either way. But Chelsea could well pay the price for not winning their group, especially if Lionel Messi can finally score against them. Winner Barcelona Outright odds Chelsea – 25/1 Barcelona – 7/1 Real Madrid v PSG First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Real Madrid European pedigree should be followed by, see Real Madrid. The 12-time winners also became the first team to successfully defend the European Cup in its modern format last May. However, a tough test lies ahead after a sub-standard group stage, remembered for that sobering defeat at Wembley. Paris St-Germain With domestic troubles non-existent, the Parisians topped their group, having only fell to defeat on the final matchday at Bayern Munich. Thumping defeats over Celtic home and away, whilst eye-catching, must now transform into knockout prowess, if anything to banish the memory of last year’s exit at the hands of Barcelona. Neymar will renew battle with a familiar foe Credit: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images Prediction Undoubtedly the tie of the round, a truly heavyweight contest with the holders against the young pretenders. Mbappe v Ronaldo. Neymar v Bale. Cavani v Benzema. PSG need to exorcise last season’s traumatic exit against Barcelona and what better way to do it, even if Real will be regarded as favourites. Could be a goal-fest. Winner Paris St-Germain Outright odds Real Madrid – 7/1 Paris St-Germain – 5/1 Besiktas v Bayern Munich First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 5pm European pedigree Besiktas Hailing from Istanbul, Besiktas have emerged from the shadows of near-city rivals to top their group. Knocked out at that stage in both 2007 and 2009, on this occasion they did not to look back after a 3-1 victory away to Porto. Bayern Munich Following heartbreak in 2012 when they lost the final in their own backyard, Bayern are seeking their sixth European Cup, following victory a year later at Wembley. Having drawn one of the most sought-after sides at this stage, there will be an expectation to match semi-final finishes of the past three campaigns. The genius of Pep Guardiola: Eight things he has done to make Man City so frighteningly good Prediction Make no mistake, Besiktas are dangerous as they showed in winning their group ahead of Porto, RB Leipzig and Monaco, and the Turkish side also travel far better than they used to. But Bayern appear back on track under Jupp Heynckes, although not quite the force of old, and should have too much class and know-how. Winner Bayern Munich Outright odds Bayern Munich – 5/1 Besiktas – 200/1
Juventus v Tottenham First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm European Pedigree Juventus Winners in 1985 and 1996, Juventus have come close in recent years to adding a third European triumph to the honours board. However, despite being finalists in two of the past three seasons, the challenges of Barcelona and Real Madrid have proved a bridge too far. Tottenham The quarter-finals in 2011 has been the best Spurs have had it in the Champions League, as an emerging Gareth Bale and wise Rafael van der Vaart starred. It is now over to the prolific Harry Kane and meticulous Christian Eriksen to push them further. Prediction Having topped a group with Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in it, Spurs would have hoped for a kinder tie. They have never faced Juventus before and are up against one of the Champions League’s wiliest team, though not (yet) the force of last season. But Spurs can do it. Winner Tottenham Hotspur Outright odds Juventus – 20/1 Tottenham – 25/1 Basel v Man City First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm European pedigree Basel Having reached the round of 16 for a third time, Basel will be looking to progress to the quarter-finals for the first time. Raphael Wicky’s men finished second in a group topped by Manchester United, a side they defeated at home on the fifth matchday. Manchester City City emphatically topped their group, with only the matchday six defeat away by Shakhtar Donetsk blotting their copy book and will be desperate to at least match their semi-final finish of 2016, in a competition their manager has won twice. Prediction City have been installed as Champions League favourites after the draw and it would be a major shock if they failed to get past the Swiss club. It is perhaps the kindest draw, not least in terms of travel and logistics, and while St Jakob-Park can create a hostile atmosphere, City will get through. Winner Manchester City Outright odds Basel – 500/1 Manchester City – 11/4 (favourites) Porto v Liverpool First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Porto Winners under Jose Mourinho in 2004, the Portuguese heavyweights will be looking to go one better than last year, when defeated by eventual runners-up Juventus. They will be looking to capitalise on Liverpool’s far from watertight back line. Liverpool will have to keep Porto's Vincent Aboubakar quiet in the last 16 Credit: Gualter Fatia/Getty Images Liverpool Winners in 2005, it would take a huge turn in fortunes for Liverpool to repeat such a feat this time around. Despite putting seven past Maribor and Spartak Moscow, without reply, a late collapse at Sevilla and a turgid draw in Moscow suggest this will be tough for Jürgen Klopp’s men. Prediction Liverpool are unbeaten in their four previous meetings with Porto and will be happy with this draw. Porto are back on top of the Portuguese league and undoubtedly carry a threat, having disposed of Monaco in the group stages, but Liverpool should progress, especially with the second leg at Anfield. Winner Liverpool Outright odds Porto – 100/1 Liverpool – 16/1 Sevilla v Man Utd First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Sevilla Entering last season’s competition having won the Europa League three times on the bounce, they failed to carry such form into Europe’s premier club competition. Defeat by Leicester City in the round of 16 marked their first European knockout loss in three seasons. Marcus Rashford scores United's second against CSKA Moscow Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Manchester United Having topped their group, United will view this as a favourable draw, having avoided the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. But they will need to be at their best to beat technically adept opponents. Prediction The Spaniards have been cup specialists in recent seasons and have shown how dangerous they can be at home by pulling back a three-goal deficit against Liverpool while also drawing at Anfield. But they finished runners-up in that group and are not quite the force they were. United will relish the tie. WinnerManchester United Outright odds Sevilla – 100/1 Manchester United – 14/1 Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Shakhtar Donetsk Having won all three home matches in the group stage, Shakhtar finished second in Group F behind Manchester City. They did overcome the group winners on matchday six, as they reached the knockout stage for the first time since 2015. Roma's Radja Nainggolan is heading to Ukraine Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images Roma The Italian club defied the odds to top a group ahead of Chelsea and last year’s semi-finalists Atlético Madrid. Victory at home over the Blues, combined with an exciting 3-3 draw at the Bridge sit as standout results, helping to produce a winnable round-of-16 tie. Prediction As the Ukrainians showed in finishing ahead of Napoli, and beating Manchester City, they are a dangerous side with an excellent coach in Paulo Fonseca. But Roma also performed impressively as they finished ahead of Chelsea and were unlucky not to beat them away, as well as at home. Could be a tight tie. Winner Roma Outright odds Shakhtar Donetsk – 100/1 Roma – 50/1 Chelsea v Barcelona First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 7.45pm European pedigree ChelseaWinners in 2012 under Roberto Di Matteo, Chelsea remarkably defeated their round-of-16 opponents at the semi-final stage that term. However, in recent years, last-16 exits at the hands of Paris St-Germain make that final triumph over Bayern seem a distant memory. Fernando Torres scored a 92nd-minute equaliser for 10-man Chelsea in the 2011-12 semi-final away leg against Barcelona Credit: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images Barcelona Boasting five European Cups, a team spearheaded by the mercurial Lionel Messi will be determined to better their last-16 exits of the past two campaigns. Winners most recently in 2015, Barcelona topped their group unbeaten, ahead of Juventus. Prediction Chelsea have a history of epic battles with Barcelona, not least in beating them to reach the 2012 Champions League final. Neither club will have wanted this draw and it could easily go either way. But Chelsea could well pay the price for not winning their group, especially if Lionel Messi can finally score against them. Winner Barcelona Outright odds Chelsea – 25/1 Barcelona – 7/1 Real Madrid v PSG First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Real Madrid European pedigree should be followed by, see Real Madrid. The 12-time winners also became the first team to successfully defend the European Cup in its modern format last May. However, a tough test lies ahead after a sub-standard group stage, remembered for that sobering defeat at Wembley. Paris St-Germain With domestic troubles non-existent, the Parisians topped their group, having only fell to defeat on the final matchday at Bayern Munich. Thumping defeats over Celtic home and away, whilst eye-catching, must now transform into knockout prowess, if anything to banish the memory of last year’s exit at the hands of Barcelona. Neymar will renew battle with a familiar foe Credit: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images Prediction Undoubtedly the tie of the round, a truly heavyweight contest with the holders against the young pretenders. Mbappe v Ronaldo. Neymar v Bale. Cavani v Benzema. PSG need to exorcise last season’s traumatic exit against Barcelona and what better way to do it, even if Real will be regarded as favourites. Could be a goal-fest. Winner Paris St-Germain Outright odds Real Madrid – 7/1 Paris St-Germain – 5/1 Besiktas v Bayern Munich First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 5pm European pedigree Besiktas Hailing from Istanbul, Besiktas have emerged from the shadows of near-city rivals to top their group. Knocked out at that stage in both 2007 and 2009, on this occasion they did not to look back after a 3-1 victory away to Porto. Bayern Munich Following heartbreak in 2012 when they lost the final in their own backyard, Bayern are seeking their sixth European Cup, following victory a year later at Wembley. Having drawn one of the most sought-after sides at this stage, there will be an expectation to match semi-final finishes of the past three campaigns. The genius of Pep Guardiola: Eight things he has done to make Man City so frighteningly good Prediction Make no mistake, Besiktas are dangerous as they showed in winning their group ahead of Porto, RB Leipzig and Monaco, and the Turkish side also travel far better than they used to. But Bayern appear back on track under Jupp Heynckes, although not quite the force of old, and should have too much class and know-how. Winner Bayern Munich Outright odds Bayern Munich – 5/1 Besiktas – 200/1
Champions League last 16 match-ups, pedigree and predictions
Juventus v Tottenham First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm European Pedigree Juventus Winners in 1985 and 1996, Juventus have come close in recent years to adding a third European triumph to the honours board. However, despite being finalists in two of the past three seasons, the challenges of Barcelona and Real Madrid have proved a bridge too far. Tottenham The quarter-finals in 2011 has been the best Spurs have had it in the Champions League, as an emerging Gareth Bale and wise Rafael van der Vaart starred. It is now over to the prolific Harry Kane and meticulous Christian Eriksen to push them further. Prediction Having topped a group with Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in it, Spurs would have hoped for a kinder tie. They have never faced Juventus before and are up against one of the Champions League’s wiliest team, though not (yet) the force of last season. But Spurs can do it. Winner Tottenham Hotspur Outright odds Juventus – 20/1 Tottenham – 25/1 Basel v Man City First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm European pedigree Basel Having reached the round of 16 for a third time, Basel will be looking to progress to the quarter-finals for the first time. Raphael Wicky’s men finished second in a group topped by Manchester United, a side they defeated at home on the fifth matchday. Manchester City City emphatically topped their group, with only the matchday six defeat away by Shakhtar Donetsk blotting their copy book and will be desperate to at least match their semi-final finish of 2016, in a competition their manager has won twice. Prediction City have been installed as Champions League favourites after the draw and it would be a major shock if they failed to get past the Swiss club. It is perhaps the kindest draw, not least in terms of travel and logistics, and while St Jakob-Park can create a hostile atmosphere, City will get through. Winner Manchester City Outright odds Basel – 500/1 Manchester City – 11/4 (favourites) Porto v Liverpool First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Porto Winners under Jose Mourinho in 2004, the Portuguese heavyweights will be looking to go one better than last year, when defeated by eventual runners-up Juventus. They will be looking to capitalise on Liverpool’s far from watertight back line. Liverpool will have to keep Porto's Vincent Aboubakar quiet in the last 16 Credit: Gualter Fatia/Getty Images Liverpool Winners in 2005, it would take a huge turn in fortunes for Liverpool to repeat such a feat this time around. Despite putting seven past Maribor and Spartak Moscow, without reply, a late collapse at Sevilla and a turgid draw in Moscow suggest this will be tough for Jürgen Klopp’s men. Prediction Liverpool are unbeaten in their four previous meetings with Porto and will be happy with this draw. Porto are back on top of the Portuguese league and undoubtedly carry a threat, having disposed of Monaco in the group stages, but Liverpool should progress, especially with the second leg at Anfield. Winner Liverpool Outright odds Porto – 100/1 Liverpool – 16/1 Sevilla v Man Utd First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Sevilla Entering last season’s competition having won the Europa League three times on the bounce, they failed to carry such form into Europe’s premier club competition. Defeat by Leicester City in the round of 16 marked their first European knockout loss in three seasons. Marcus Rashford scores United's second against CSKA Moscow Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Manchester United Having topped their group, United will view this as a favourable draw, having avoided the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. But they will need to be at their best to beat technically adept opponents. Prediction The Spaniards have been cup specialists in recent seasons and have shown how dangerous they can be at home by pulling back a three-goal deficit against Liverpool while also drawing at Anfield. But they finished runners-up in that group and are not quite the force they were. United will relish the tie. WinnerManchester United Outright odds Sevilla – 100/1 Manchester United – 14/1 Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Shakhtar Donetsk Having won all three home matches in the group stage, Shakhtar finished second in Group F behind Manchester City. They did overcome the group winners on matchday six, as they reached the knockout stage for the first time since 2015. Roma's Radja Nainggolan is heading to Ukraine Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images Roma The Italian club defied the odds to top a group ahead of Chelsea and last year’s semi-finalists Atlético Madrid. Victory at home over the Blues, combined with an exciting 3-3 draw at the Bridge sit as standout results, helping to produce a winnable round-of-16 tie. Prediction As the Ukrainians showed in finishing ahead of Napoli, and beating Manchester City, they are a dangerous side with an excellent coach in Paulo Fonseca. But Roma also performed impressively as they finished ahead of Chelsea and were unlucky not to beat them away, as well as at home. Could be a tight tie. Winner Roma Outright odds Shakhtar Donetsk – 100/1 Roma – 50/1 Chelsea v Barcelona First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 7.45pm European pedigree ChelseaWinners in 2012 under Roberto Di Matteo, Chelsea remarkably defeated their round-of-16 opponents at the semi-final stage that term. However, in recent years, last-16 exits at the hands of Paris St-Germain make that final triumph over Bayern seem a distant memory. Fernando Torres scored a 92nd-minute equaliser for 10-man Chelsea in the 2011-12 semi-final away leg against Barcelona Credit: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images Barcelona Boasting five European Cups, a team spearheaded by the mercurial Lionel Messi will be determined to better their last-16 exits of the past two campaigns. Winners most recently in 2015, Barcelona topped their group unbeaten, ahead of Juventus. Prediction Chelsea have a history of epic battles with Barcelona, not least in beating them to reach the 2012 Champions League final. Neither club will have wanted this draw and it could easily go either way. But Chelsea could well pay the price for not winning their group, especially if Lionel Messi can finally score against them. Winner Barcelona Outright odds Chelsea – 25/1 Barcelona – 7/1 Real Madrid v PSG First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Real Madrid European pedigree should be followed by, see Real Madrid. The 12-time winners also became the first team to successfully defend the European Cup in its modern format last May. However, a tough test lies ahead after a sub-standard group stage, remembered for that sobering defeat at Wembley. Paris St-Germain With domestic troubles non-existent, the Parisians topped their group, having only fell to defeat on the final matchday at Bayern Munich. Thumping defeats over Celtic home and away, whilst eye-catching, must now transform into knockout prowess, if anything to banish the memory of last year’s exit at the hands of Barcelona. Neymar will renew battle with a familiar foe Credit: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images Prediction Undoubtedly the tie of the round, a truly heavyweight contest with the holders against the young pretenders. Mbappe v Ronaldo. Neymar v Bale. Cavani v Benzema. PSG need to exorcise last season’s traumatic exit against Barcelona and what better way to do it, even if Real will be regarded as favourites. Could be a goal-fest. Winner Paris St-Germain Outright odds Real Madrid – 7/1 Paris St-Germain – 5/1 Besiktas v Bayern Munich First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 5pm European pedigree Besiktas Hailing from Istanbul, Besiktas have emerged from the shadows of near-city rivals to top their group. Knocked out at that stage in both 2007 and 2009, on this occasion they did not to look back after a 3-1 victory away to Porto. Bayern Munich Following heartbreak in 2012 when they lost the final in their own backyard, Bayern are seeking their sixth European Cup, following victory a year later at Wembley. Having drawn one of the most sought-after sides at this stage, there will be an expectation to match semi-final finishes of the past three campaigns. The genius of Pep Guardiola: Eight things he has done to make Man City so frighteningly good Prediction Make no mistake, Besiktas are dangerous as they showed in winning their group ahead of Porto, RB Leipzig and Monaco, and the Turkish side also travel far better than they used to. But Bayern appear back on track under Jupp Heynckes, although not quite the force of old, and should have too much class and know-how. Winner Bayern Munich Outright odds Bayern Munich – 5/1 Besiktas – 200/1
Juventus v Tottenham First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm European Pedigree Juventus Winners in 1985 and 1996, Juventus have come close in recent years to adding a third European triumph to the honours board. However, despite being finalists in two of the past three seasons, the challenges of Barcelona and Real Madrid have proved a bridge too far. Tottenham The quarter-finals in 2011 has been the best Spurs have had it in the Champions League, as an emerging Gareth Bale and wise Rafael van der Vaart starred. It is now over to the prolific Harry Kane and meticulous Christian Eriksen to push them further. Prediction Having topped a group with Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in it, Spurs would have hoped for a kinder tie. They have never faced Juventus before and are up against one of the Champions League’s wiliest team, though not (yet) the force of last season. But Spurs can do it. Winner Tottenham Hotspur Outright odds Juventus – 20/1 Tottenham – 25/1 Basel v Man City First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm European pedigree Basel Having reached the round of 16 for a third time, Basel will be looking to progress to the quarter-finals for the first time. Raphael Wicky’s men finished second in a group topped by Manchester United, a side they defeated at home on the fifth matchday. Manchester City City emphatically topped their group, with only the matchday six defeat away by Shakhtar Donetsk blotting their copy book and will be desperate to at least match their semi-final finish of 2016, in a competition their manager has won twice. Prediction City have been installed as Champions League favourites after the draw and it would be a major shock if they failed to get past the Swiss club. It is perhaps the kindest draw, not least in terms of travel and logistics, and while St Jakob-Park can create a hostile atmosphere, City will get through. Winner Manchester City Outright odds Basel – 500/1 Manchester City – 11/4 (favourites) Porto v Liverpool First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Porto Winners under Jose Mourinho in 2004, the Portuguese heavyweights will be looking to go one better than last year, when defeated by eventual runners-up Juventus. They will be looking to capitalise on Liverpool’s far from watertight back line. Liverpool will have to keep Porto's Vincent Aboubakar quiet in the last 16 Credit: Gualter Fatia/Getty Images Liverpool Winners in 2005, it would take a huge turn in fortunes for Liverpool to repeat such a feat this time around. Despite putting seven past Maribor and Spartak Moscow, without reply, a late collapse at Sevilla and a turgid draw in Moscow suggest this will be tough for Jürgen Klopp’s men. Prediction Liverpool are unbeaten in their four previous meetings with Porto and will be happy with this draw. Porto are back on top of the Portuguese league and undoubtedly carry a threat, having disposed of Monaco in the group stages, but Liverpool should progress, especially with the second leg at Anfield. Winner Liverpool Outright odds Porto – 100/1 Liverpool – 16/1 Sevilla v Man Utd First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Sevilla Entering last season’s competition having won the Europa League three times on the bounce, they failed to carry such form into Europe’s premier club competition. Defeat by Leicester City in the round of 16 marked their first European knockout loss in three seasons. Marcus Rashford scores United's second against CSKA Moscow Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Manchester United Having topped their group, United will view this as a favourable draw, having avoided the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. But they will need to be at their best to beat technically adept opponents. Prediction The Spaniards have been cup specialists in recent seasons and have shown how dangerous they can be at home by pulling back a three-goal deficit against Liverpool while also drawing at Anfield. But they finished runners-up in that group and are not quite the force they were. United will relish the tie. WinnerManchester United Outright odds Sevilla – 100/1 Manchester United – 14/1 Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Shakhtar Donetsk Having won all three home matches in the group stage, Shakhtar finished second in Group F behind Manchester City. They did overcome the group winners on matchday six, as they reached the knockout stage for the first time since 2015. Roma's Radja Nainggolan is heading to Ukraine Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images Roma The Italian club defied the odds to top a group ahead of Chelsea and last year’s semi-finalists Atlético Madrid. Victory at home over the Blues, combined with an exciting 3-3 draw at the Bridge sit as standout results, helping to produce a winnable round-of-16 tie. Prediction As the Ukrainians showed in finishing ahead of Napoli, and beating Manchester City, they are a dangerous side with an excellent coach in Paulo Fonseca. But Roma also performed impressively as they finished ahead of Chelsea and were unlucky not to beat them away, as well as at home. Could be a tight tie. Winner Roma Outright odds Shakhtar Donetsk – 100/1 Roma – 50/1 Chelsea v Barcelona First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 7.45pm European pedigree ChelseaWinners in 2012 under Roberto Di Matteo, Chelsea remarkably defeated their round-of-16 opponents at the semi-final stage that term. However, in recent years, last-16 exits at the hands of Paris St-Germain make that final triumph over Bayern seem a distant memory. Fernando Torres scored a 92nd-minute equaliser for 10-man Chelsea in the 2011-12 semi-final away leg against Barcelona Credit: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images Barcelona Boasting five European Cups, a team spearheaded by the mercurial Lionel Messi will be determined to better their last-16 exits of the past two campaigns. Winners most recently in 2015, Barcelona topped their group unbeaten, ahead of Juventus. Prediction Chelsea have a history of epic battles with Barcelona, not least in beating them to reach the 2012 Champions League final. Neither club will have wanted this draw and it could easily go either way. But Chelsea could well pay the price for not winning their group, especially if Lionel Messi can finally score against them. Winner Barcelona Outright odds Chelsea – 25/1 Barcelona – 7/1 Real Madrid v PSG First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Real Madrid European pedigree should be followed by, see Real Madrid. The 12-time winners also became the first team to successfully defend the European Cup in its modern format last May. However, a tough test lies ahead after a sub-standard group stage, remembered for that sobering defeat at Wembley. Paris St-Germain With domestic troubles non-existent, the Parisians topped their group, having only fell to defeat on the final matchday at Bayern Munich. Thumping defeats over Celtic home and away, whilst eye-catching, must now transform into knockout prowess, if anything to banish the memory of last year’s exit at the hands of Barcelona. Neymar will renew battle with a familiar foe Credit: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images Prediction Undoubtedly the tie of the round, a truly heavyweight contest with the holders against the young pretenders. Mbappe v Ronaldo. Neymar v Bale. Cavani v Benzema. PSG need to exorcise last season’s traumatic exit against Barcelona and what better way to do it, even if Real will be regarded as favourites. Could be a goal-fest. Winner Paris St-Germain Outright odds Real Madrid – 7/1 Paris St-Germain – 5/1 Besiktas v Bayern Munich First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 5pm European pedigree Besiktas Hailing from Istanbul, Besiktas have emerged from the shadows of near-city rivals to top their group. Knocked out at that stage in both 2007 and 2009, on this occasion they did not to look back after a 3-1 victory away to Porto. Bayern Munich Following heartbreak in 2012 when they lost the final in their own backyard, Bayern are seeking their sixth European Cup, following victory a year later at Wembley. Having drawn one of the most sought-after sides at this stage, there will be an expectation to match semi-final finishes of the past three campaigns. The genius of Pep Guardiola: Eight things he has done to make Man City so frighteningly good Prediction Make no mistake, Besiktas are dangerous as they showed in winning their group ahead of Porto, RB Leipzig and Monaco, and the Turkish side also travel far better than they used to. But Bayern appear back on track under Jupp Heynckes, although not quite the force of old, and should have too much class and know-how. Winner Bayern Munich Outright odds Bayern Munich – 5/1 Besiktas – 200/1
Champions League last 16 match-ups, pedigree and predictions
Juventus v Tottenham First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm European Pedigree Juventus Winners in 1985 and 1996, Juventus have come close in recent years to adding a third European triumph to the honours board. However, despite being finalists in two of the past three seasons, the challenges of Barcelona and Real Madrid have proved a bridge too far. Tottenham The quarter-finals in 2011 has been the best Spurs have had it in the Champions League, as an emerging Gareth Bale and wise Rafael van der Vaart starred. It is now over to the prolific Harry Kane and meticulous Christian Eriksen to push them further. Prediction Having topped a group with Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in it, Spurs would have hoped for a kinder tie. They have never faced Juventus before and are up against one of the Champions League’s wiliest team, though not (yet) the force of last season. But Spurs can do it. Winner Tottenham Hotspur Outright odds Juventus – 20/1 Tottenham – 25/1 Basel v Man City First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm European pedigree Basel Having reached the round of 16 for a third time, Basel will be looking to progress to the quarter-finals for the first time. Raphael Wicky’s men finished second in a group topped by Manchester United, a side they defeated at home on the fifth matchday. Manchester City City emphatically topped their group, with only the matchday six defeat away by Shakhtar Donetsk blotting their copy book and will be desperate to at least match their semi-final finish of 2016, in a competition their manager has won twice. Prediction City have been installed as Champions League favourites after the draw and it would be a major shock if they failed to get past the Swiss club. It is perhaps the kindest draw, not least in terms of travel and logistics, and while St Jakob-Park can create a hostile atmosphere, City will get through. Winner Manchester City Outright odds Basel – 500/1 Manchester City – 11/4 (favourites) Porto v Liverpool First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Porto Winners under Jose Mourinho in 2004, the Portuguese heavyweights will be looking to go one better than last year, when defeated by eventual runners-up Juventus. They will be looking to capitalise on Liverpool’s far from watertight back line. Liverpool will have to keep Porto's Vincent Aboubakar quiet in the last 16 Credit: Gualter Fatia/Getty Images Liverpool Winners in 2005, it would take a huge turn in fortunes for Liverpool to repeat such a feat this time around. Despite putting seven past Maribor and Spartak Moscow, without reply, a late collapse at Sevilla and a turgid draw in Moscow suggest this will be tough for Jürgen Klopp’s men. Prediction Liverpool are unbeaten in their four previous meetings with Porto and will be happy with this draw. Porto are back on top of the Portuguese league and undoubtedly carry a threat, having disposed of Monaco in the group stages, but Liverpool should progress, especially with the second leg at Anfield. Winner Liverpool Outright odds Porto – 100/1 Liverpool – 16/1 Sevilla v Man Utd First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Sevilla Entering last season’s competition having won the Europa League three times on the bounce, they failed to carry such form into Europe’s premier club competition. Defeat by Leicester City in the round of 16 marked their first European knockout loss in three seasons. Marcus Rashford scores United's second against CSKA Moscow Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Manchester United Having topped their group, United will view this as a favourable draw, having avoided the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. But they will need to be at their best to beat technically adept opponents. Prediction The Spaniards have been cup specialists in recent seasons and have shown how dangerous they can be at home by pulling back a three-goal deficit against Liverpool while also drawing at Anfield. But they finished runners-up in that group and are not quite the force they were. United will relish the tie. WinnerManchester United Outright odds Sevilla – 100/1 Manchester United – 14/1 Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Shakhtar Donetsk Having won all three home matches in the group stage, Shakhtar finished second in Group F behind Manchester City. They did overcome the group winners on matchday six, as they reached the knockout stage for the first time since 2015. Roma's Radja Nainggolan is heading to Ukraine Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images Roma The Italian club defied the odds to top a group ahead of Chelsea and last year’s semi-finalists Atlético Madrid. Victory at home over the Blues, combined with an exciting 3-3 draw at the Bridge sit as standout results, helping to produce a winnable round-of-16 tie. Prediction As the Ukrainians showed in finishing ahead of Napoli, and beating Manchester City, they are a dangerous side with an excellent coach in Paulo Fonseca. But Roma also performed impressively as they finished ahead of Chelsea and were unlucky not to beat them away, as well as at home. Could be a tight tie. Winner Roma Outright odds Shakhtar Donetsk – 100/1 Roma – 50/1 Chelsea v Barcelona First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 7.45pm European pedigree ChelseaWinners in 2012 under Roberto Di Matteo, Chelsea remarkably defeated their round-of-16 opponents at the semi-final stage that term. However, in recent years, last-16 exits at the hands of Paris St-Germain make that final triumph over Bayern seem a distant memory. Fernando Torres scored a 92nd-minute equaliser for 10-man Chelsea in the 2011-12 semi-final away leg against Barcelona Credit: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images Barcelona Boasting five European Cups, a team spearheaded by the mercurial Lionel Messi will be determined to better their last-16 exits of the past two campaigns. Winners most recently in 2015, Barcelona topped their group unbeaten, ahead of Juventus. Prediction Chelsea have a history of epic battles with Barcelona, not least in beating them to reach the 2012 Champions League final. Neither club will have wanted this draw and it could easily go either way. But Chelsea could well pay the price for not winning their group, especially if Lionel Messi can finally score against them. Winner Barcelona Outright odds Chelsea – 25/1 Barcelona – 7/1 Real Madrid v PSG First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Real Madrid European pedigree should be followed by, see Real Madrid. The 12-time winners also became the first team to successfully defend the European Cup in its modern format last May. However, a tough test lies ahead after a sub-standard group stage, remembered for that sobering defeat at Wembley. Paris St-Germain With domestic troubles non-existent, the Parisians topped their group, having only fell to defeat on the final matchday at Bayern Munich. Thumping defeats over Celtic home and away, whilst eye-catching, must now transform into knockout prowess, if anything to banish the memory of last year’s exit at the hands of Barcelona. Neymar will renew battle with a familiar foe Credit: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images Prediction Undoubtedly the tie of the round, a truly heavyweight contest with the holders against the young pretenders. Mbappe v Ronaldo. Neymar v Bale. Cavani v Benzema. PSG need to exorcise last season’s traumatic exit against Barcelona and what better way to do it, even if Real will be regarded as favourites. Could be a goal-fest. Winner Paris St-Germain Outright odds Real Madrid – 7/1 Paris St-Germain – 5/1 Besiktas v Bayern Munich First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 5pm European pedigree Besiktas Hailing from Istanbul, Besiktas have emerged from the shadows of near-city rivals to top their group. Knocked out at that stage in both 2007 and 2009, on this occasion they did not to look back after a 3-1 victory away to Porto. Bayern Munich Following heartbreak in 2012 when they lost the final in their own backyard, Bayern are seeking their sixth European Cup, following victory a year later at Wembley. Having drawn one of the most sought-after sides at this stage, there will be an expectation to match semi-final finishes of the past three campaigns. The genius of Pep Guardiola: Eight things he has done to make Man City so frighteningly good Prediction Make no mistake, Besiktas are dangerous as they showed in winning their group ahead of Porto, RB Leipzig and Monaco, and the Turkish side also travel far better than they used to. But Bayern appear back on track under Jupp Heynckes, although not quite the force of old, and should have too much class and know-how. Winner Bayern Munich Outright odds Bayern Munich – 5/1 Besiktas – 200/1
Juventus v Tottenham First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm European Pedigree Juventus Winners in 1985 and 1996, Juventus have come close in recent years to adding a third European triumph to the honours board. However, despite being finalists in two of the past three seasons, the challenges of Barcelona and Real Madrid have proved a bridge too far. Tottenham The quarter-finals in 2011 has been the best Spurs have had it in the Champions League, as an emerging Gareth Bale and wise Rafael van der Vaart starred. It is now over to the prolific Harry Kane and meticulous Christian Eriksen to push them further. Prediction Having topped a group with Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in it, Spurs would have hoped for a kinder tie. They have never faced Juventus before and are up against one of the Champions League’s wiliest team, though not (yet) the force of last season. But Spurs can do it. Winner Tottenham Hotspur Outright odds Juventus – 20/1 Tottenham – 25/1 Basel v Man City First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm European pedigree Basel Having reached the round of 16 for a third time, Basel will be looking to progress to the quarter-finals for the first time. Raphael Wicky’s men finished second in a group topped by Manchester United, a side they defeated at home on the fifth matchday. Manchester City City emphatically topped their group, with only the matchday six defeat away by Shakhtar Donetsk blotting their copy book and will be desperate to at least match their semi-final finish of 2016, in a competition their manager has won twice. Prediction City have been installed as Champions League favourites after the draw and it would be a major shock if they failed to get past the Swiss club. It is perhaps the kindest draw, not least in terms of travel and logistics, and while St Jakob-Park can create a hostile atmosphere, City will get through. Winner Manchester City Outright odds Basel – 500/1 Manchester City – 11/4 (favourites) Porto v Liverpool First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Porto Winners under Jose Mourinho in 2004, the Portuguese heavyweights will be looking to go one better than last year, when defeated by eventual runners-up Juventus. They will be looking to capitalise on Liverpool’s far from watertight back line. Liverpool will have to keep Porto's Vincent Aboubakar quiet in the last 16 Credit: Gualter Fatia/Getty Images Liverpool Winners in 2005, it would take a huge turn in fortunes for Liverpool to repeat such a feat this time around. Despite putting seven past Maribor and Spartak Moscow, without reply, a late collapse at Sevilla and a turgid draw in Moscow suggest this will be tough for Jürgen Klopp’s men. Prediction Liverpool are unbeaten in their four previous meetings with Porto and will be happy with this draw. Porto are back on top of the Portuguese league and undoubtedly carry a threat, having disposed of Monaco in the group stages, but Liverpool should progress, especially with the second leg at Anfield. Winner Liverpool Outright odds Porto – 100/1 Liverpool – 16/1 Sevilla v Man Utd First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Sevilla Entering last season’s competition having won the Europa League three times on the bounce, they failed to carry such form into Europe’s premier club competition. Defeat by Leicester City in the round of 16 marked their first European knockout loss in three seasons. Marcus Rashford scores United's second against CSKA Moscow Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Manchester United Having topped their group, United will view this as a favourable draw, having avoided the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. But they will need to be at their best to beat technically adept opponents. Prediction The Spaniards have been cup specialists in recent seasons and have shown how dangerous they can be at home by pulling back a three-goal deficit against Liverpool while also drawing at Anfield. But they finished runners-up in that group and are not quite the force they were. United will relish the tie. WinnerManchester United Outright odds Sevilla – 100/1 Manchester United – 14/1 Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Shakhtar Donetsk Having won all three home matches in the group stage, Shakhtar finished second in Group F behind Manchester City. They did overcome the group winners on matchday six, as they reached the knockout stage for the first time since 2015. Roma's Radja Nainggolan is heading to Ukraine Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images Roma The Italian club defied the odds to top a group ahead of Chelsea and last year’s semi-finalists Atlético Madrid. Victory at home over the Blues, combined with an exciting 3-3 draw at the Bridge sit as standout results, helping to produce a winnable round-of-16 tie. Prediction As the Ukrainians showed in finishing ahead of Napoli, and beating Manchester City, they are a dangerous side with an excellent coach in Paulo Fonseca. But Roma also performed impressively as they finished ahead of Chelsea and were unlucky not to beat them away, as well as at home. Could be a tight tie. Winner Roma Outright odds Shakhtar Donetsk – 100/1 Roma – 50/1 Chelsea v Barcelona First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 7.45pm European pedigree ChelseaWinners in 2012 under Roberto Di Matteo, Chelsea remarkably defeated their round-of-16 opponents at the semi-final stage that term. However, in recent years, last-16 exits at the hands of Paris St-Germain make that final triumph over Bayern seem a distant memory. Fernando Torres scored a 92nd-minute equaliser for 10-man Chelsea in the 2011-12 semi-final away leg against Barcelona Credit: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images Barcelona Boasting five European Cups, a team spearheaded by the mercurial Lionel Messi will be determined to better their last-16 exits of the past two campaigns. Winners most recently in 2015, Barcelona topped their group unbeaten, ahead of Juventus. Prediction Chelsea have a history of epic battles with Barcelona, not least in beating them to reach the 2012 Champions League final. Neither club will have wanted this draw and it could easily go either way. But Chelsea could well pay the price for not winning their group, especially if Lionel Messi can finally score against them. Winner Barcelona Outright odds Chelsea – 25/1 Barcelona – 7/1 Real Madrid v PSG First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Real Madrid European pedigree should be followed by, see Real Madrid. The 12-time winners also became the first team to successfully defend the European Cup in its modern format last May. However, a tough test lies ahead after a sub-standard group stage, remembered for that sobering defeat at Wembley. Paris St-Germain With domestic troubles non-existent, the Parisians topped their group, having only fell to defeat on the final matchday at Bayern Munich. Thumping defeats over Celtic home and away, whilst eye-catching, must now transform into knockout prowess, if anything to banish the memory of last year’s exit at the hands of Barcelona. Neymar will renew battle with a familiar foe Credit: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images Prediction Undoubtedly the tie of the round, a truly heavyweight contest with the holders against the young pretenders. Mbappe v Ronaldo. Neymar v Bale. Cavani v Benzema. PSG need to exorcise last season’s traumatic exit against Barcelona and what better way to do it, even if Real will be regarded as favourites. Could be a goal-fest. Winner Paris St-Germain Outright odds Real Madrid – 7/1 Paris St-Germain – 5/1 Besiktas v Bayern Munich First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 5pm European pedigree Besiktas Hailing from Istanbul, Besiktas have emerged from the shadows of near-city rivals to top their group. Knocked out at that stage in both 2007 and 2009, on this occasion they did not to look back after a 3-1 victory away to Porto. Bayern Munich Following heartbreak in 2012 when they lost the final in their own backyard, Bayern are seeking their sixth European Cup, following victory a year later at Wembley. Having drawn one of the most sought-after sides at this stage, there will be an expectation to match semi-final finishes of the past three campaigns. The genius of Pep Guardiola: Eight things he has done to make Man City so frighteningly good Prediction Make no mistake, Besiktas are dangerous as they showed in winning their group ahead of Porto, RB Leipzig and Monaco, and the Turkish side also travel far better than they used to. But Bayern appear back on track under Jupp Heynckes, although not quite the force of old, and should have too much class and know-how. Winner Bayern Munich Outright odds Bayern Munich – 5/1 Besiktas – 200/1
Champions League last 16 match-ups, pedigree and predictions
Juventus v Tottenham First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm European Pedigree Juventus Winners in 1985 and 1996, Juventus have come close in recent years to adding a third European triumph to the honours board. However, despite being finalists in two of the past three seasons, the challenges of Barcelona and Real Madrid have proved a bridge too far. Tottenham The quarter-finals in 2011 has been the best Spurs have had it in the Champions League, as an emerging Gareth Bale and wise Rafael van der Vaart starred. It is now over to the prolific Harry Kane and meticulous Christian Eriksen to push them further. Prediction Having topped a group with Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in it, Spurs would have hoped for a kinder tie. They have never faced Juventus before and are up against one of the Champions League’s wiliest team, though not (yet) the force of last season. But Spurs can do it. Winner Tottenham Hotspur Outright odds Juventus – 20/1 Tottenham – 25/1 Basel v Man City First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm European pedigree Basel Having reached the round of 16 for a third time, Basel will be looking to progress to the quarter-finals for the first time. Raphael Wicky’s men finished second in a group topped by Manchester United, a side they defeated at home on the fifth matchday. Manchester City City emphatically topped their group, with only the matchday six defeat away by Shakhtar Donetsk blotting their copy book and will be desperate to at least match their semi-final finish of 2016, in a competition their manager has won twice. Prediction City have been installed as Champions League favourites after the draw and it would be a major shock if they failed to get past the Swiss club. It is perhaps the kindest draw, not least in terms of travel and logistics, and while St Jakob-Park can create a hostile atmosphere, City will get through. Winner Manchester City Outright odds Basel – 500/1 Manchester City – 11/4 (favourites) Porto v Liverpool First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Porto Winners under Jose Mourinho in 2004, the Portuguese heavyweights will be looking to go one better than last year, when defeated by eventual runners-up Juventus. They will be looking to capitalise on Liverpool’s far from watertight back line. Liverpool will have to keep Porto's Vincent Aboubakar quiet in the last 16 Credit: Gualter Fatia/Getty Images Liverpool Winners in 2005, it would take a huge turn in fortunes for Liverpool to repeat such a feat this time around. Despite putting seven past Maribor and Spartak Moscow, without reply, a late collapse at Sevilla and a turgid draw in Moscow suggest this will be tough for Jürgen Klopp’s men. Prediction Liverpool are unbeaten in their four previous meetings with Porto and will be happy with this draw. Porto are back on top of the Portuguese league and undoubtedly carry a threat, having disposed of Monaco in the group stages, but Liverpool should progress, especially with the second leg at Anfield. Winner Liverpool Outright odds Porto – 100/1 Liverpool – 16/1 Sevilla v Man Utd First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Sevilla Entering last season’s competition having won the Europa League three times on the bounce, they failed to carry such form into Europe’s premier club competition. Defeat by Leicester City in the round of 16 marked their first European knockout loss in three seasons. Marcus Rashford scores United's second against CSKA Moscow Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Manchester United Having topped their group, United will view this as a favourable draw, having avoided the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. But they will need to be at their best to beat technically adept opponents. Prediction The Spaniards have been cup specialists in recent seasons and have shown how dangerous they can be at home by pulling back a three-goal deficit against Liverpool while also drawing at Anfield. But they finished runners-up in that group and are not quite the force they were. United will relish the tie. WinnerManchester United Outright odds Sevilla – 100/1 Manchester United – 14/1 Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Shakhtar Donetsk Having won all three home matches in the group stage, Shakhtar finished second in Group F behind Manchester City. They did overcome the group winners on matchday six, as they reached the knockout stage for the first time since 2015. Roma's Radja Nainggolan is heading to Ukraine Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images Roma The Italian club defied the odds to top a group ahead of Chelsea and last year’s semi-finalists Atlético Madrid. Victory at home over the Blues, combined with an exciting 3-3 draw at the Bridge sit as standout results, helping to produce a winnable round-of-16 tie. Prediction As the Ukrainians showed in finishing ahead of Napoli, and beating Manchester City, they are a dangerous side with an excellent coach in Paulo Fonseca. But Roma also performed impressively as they finished ahead of Chelsea and were unlucky not to beat them away, as well as at home. Could be a tight tie. Winner Roma Outright odds Shakhtar Donetsk – 100/1 Roma – 50/1 Chelsea v Barcelona First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 7.45pm European pedigree ChelseaWinners in 2012 under Roberto Di Matteo, Chelsea remarkably defeated their round-of-16 opponents at the semi-final stage that term. However, in recent years, last-16 exits at the hands of Paris St-Germain make that final triumph over Bayern seem a distant memory. Fernando Torres scored a 92nd-minute equaliser for 10-man Chelsea in the 2011-12 semi-final away leg against Barcelona Credit: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images Barcelona Boasting five European Cups, a team spearheaded by the mercurial Lionel Messi will be determined to better their last-16 exits of the past two campaigns. Winners most recently in 2015, Barcelona topped their group unbeaten, ahead of Juventus. Prediction Chelsea have a history of epic battles with Barcelona, not least in beating them to reach the 2012 Champions League final. Neither club will have wanted this draw and it could easily go either way. But Chelsea could well pay the price for not winning their group, especially if Lionel Messi can finally score against them. Winner Barcelona Outright odds Chelsea – 25/1 Barcelona – 7/1 Real Madrid v PSG First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Real Madrid European pedigree should be followed by, see Real Madrid. The 12-time winners also became the first team to successfully defend the European Cup in its modern format last May. However, a tough test lies ahead after a sub-standard group stage, remembered for that sobering defeat at Wembley. Paris St-Germain With domestic troubles non-existent, the Parisians topped their group, having only fell to defeat on the final matchday at Bayern Munich. Thumping defeats over Celtic home and away, whilst eye-catching, must now transform into knockout prowess, if anything to banish the memory of last year’s exit at the hands of Barcelona. Neymar will renew battle with a familiar foe Credit: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images Prediction Undoubtedly the tie of the round, a truly heavyweight contest with the holders against the young pretenders. Mbappe v Ronaldo. Neymar v Bale. Cavani v Benzema. PSG need to exorcise last season’s traumatic exit against Barcelona and what better way to do it, even if Real will be regarded as favourites. Could be a goal-fest. Winner Paris St-Germain Outright odds Real Madrid – 7/1 Paris St-Germain – 5/1 Besiktas v Bayern Munich First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 5pm European pedigree Besiktas Hailing from Istanbul, Besiktas have emerged from the shadows of near-city rivals to top their group. Knocked out at that stage in both 2007 and 2009, on this occasion they did not to look back after a 3-1 victory away to Porto. Bayern Munich Following heartbreak in 2012 when they lost the final in their own backyard, Bayern are seeking their sixth European Cup, following victory a year later at Wembley. Having drawn one of the most sought-after sides at this stage, there will be an expectation to match semi-final finishes of the past three campaigns. The genius of Pep Guardiola: Eight things he has done to make Man City so frighteningly good Prediction Make no mistake, Besiktas are dangerous as they showed in winning their group ahead of Porto, RB Leipzig and Monaco, and the Turkish side also travel far better than they used to. But Bayern appear back on track under Jupp Heynckes, although not quite the force of old, and should have too much class and know-how. Winner Bayern Munich Outright odds Bayern Munich – 5/1 Besiktas – 200/1
Juventus v Tottenham First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm European Pedigree Juventus Winners in 1985 and 1996, Juventus have come close in recent years to adding a third European triumph to the honours board. However, despite being finalists in two of the past three seasons, the challenges of Barcelona and Real Madrid have proved a bridge too far. Tottenham The quarter-finals in 2011 has been the best Spurs have had it in the Champions League, as an emerging Gareth Bale and wise Rafael van der Vaart starred. It is now over to the prolific Harry Kane and meticulous Christian Eriksen to push them further. Prediction Having topped a group with Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in it, Spurs would have hoped for a kinder tie. They have never faced Juventus before and are up against one of the Champions League’s wiliest team, though not (yet) the force of last season. But Spurs can do it. Winner Tottenham Hotspur Outright odds Juventus – 20/1 Tottenham – 25/1 Basel v Man City First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm European pedigree Basel Having reached the round of 16 for a third time, Basel will be looking to progress to the quarter-finals for the first time. Raphael Wicky’s men finished second in a group topped by Manchester United, a side they defeated at home on the fifth matchday. Manchester City City emphatically topped their group, with only the matchday six defeat away by Shakhtar Donetsk blotting their copy book and will be desperate to at least match their semi-final finish of 2016, in a competition their manager has won twice. Prediction City have been installed as Champions League favourites after the draw and it would be a major shock if they failed to get past the Swiss club. It is perhaps the kindest draw, not least in terms of travel and logistics, and while St Jakob-Park can create a hostile atmosphere, City will get through. Winner Manchester City Outright odds Basel – 500/1 Manchester City – 11/4 (favourites) Porto v Liverpool First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Porto Winners under Jose Mourinho in 2004, the Portuguese heavyweights will be looking to go one better than last year, when defeated by eventual runners-up Juventus. They will be looking to capitalise on Liverpool’s far from watertight back line. Liverpool will have to keep Porto's Vincent Aboubakar quiet in the last 16 Credit: Gualter Fatia/Getty Images Liverpool Winners in 2005, it would take a huge turn in fortunes for Liverpool to repeat such a feat this time around. Despite putting seven past Maribor and Spartak Moscow, without reply, a late collapse at Sevilla and a turgid draw in Moscow suggest this will be tough for Jürgen Klopp’s men. Prediction Liverpool are unbeaten in their four previous meetings with Porto and will be happy with this draw. Porto are back on top of the Portuguese league and undoubtedly carry a threat, having disposed of Monaco in the group stages, but Liverpool should progress, especially with the second leg at Anfield. Winner Liverpool Outright odds Porto – 100/1 Liverpool – 16/1 Sevilla v Man Utd First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Sevilla Entering last season’s competition having won the Europa League three times on the bounce, they failed to carry such form into Europe’s premier club competition. Defeat by Leicester City in the round of 16 marked their first European knockout loss in three seasons. Marcus Rashford scores United's second against CSKA Moscow Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Manchester United Having topped their group, United will view this as a favourable draw, having avoided the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. But they will need to be at their best to beat technically adept opponents. Prediction The Spaniards have been cup specialists in recent seasons and have shown how dangerous they can be at home by pulling back a three-goal deficit against Liverpool while also drawing at Anfield. But they finished runners-up in that group and are not quite the force they were. United will relish the tie. WinnerManchester United Outright odds Sevilla – 100/1 Manchester United – 14/1 Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Shakhtar Donetsk Having won all three home matches in the group stage, Shakhtar finished second in Group F behind Manchester City. They did overcome the group winners on matchday six, as they reached the knockout stage for the first time since 2015. Roma's Radja Nainggolan is heading to Ukraine Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images Roma The Italian club defied the odds to top a group ahead of Chelsea and last year’s semi-finalists Atlético Madrid. Victory at home over the Blues, combined with an exciting 3-3 draw at the Bridge sit as standout results, helping to produce a winnable round-of-16 tie. Prediction As the Ukrainians showed in finishing ahead of Napoli, and beating Manchester City, they are a dangerous side with an excellent coach in Paulo Fonseca. But Roma also performed impressively as they finished ahead of Chelsea and were unlucky not to beat them away, as well as at home. Could be a tight tie. Winner Roma Outright odds Shakhtar Donetsk – 100/1 Roma – 50/1 Chelsea v Barcelona First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 7.45pm European pedigree ChelseaWinners in 2012 under Roberto Di Matteo, Chelsea remarkably defeated their round-of-16 opponents at the semi-final stage that term. However, in recent years, last-16 exits at the hands of Paris St-Germain make that final triumph over Bayern seem a distant memory. Fernando Torres scored a 92nd-minute equaliser for 10-man Chelsea in the 2011-12 semi-final away leg against Barcelona Credit: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images Barcelona Boasting five European Cups, a team spearheaded by the mercurial Lionel Messi will be determined to better their last-16 exits of the past two campaigns. Winners most recently in 2015, Barcelona topped their group unbeaten, ahead of Juventus. Prediction Chelsea have a history of epic battles with Barcelona, not least in beating them to reach the 2012 Champions League final. Neither club will have wanted this draw and it could easily go either way. But Chelsea could well pay the price for not winning their group, especially if Lionel Messi can finally score against them. Winner Barcelona Outright odds Chelsea – 25/1 Barcelona – 7/1 Real Madrid v PSG First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Real Madrid European pedigree should be followed by, see Real Madrid. The 12-time winners also became the first team to successfully defend the European Cup in its modern format last May. However, a tough test lies ahead after a sub-standard group stage, remembered for that sobering defeat at Wembley. Paris St-Germain With domestic troubles non-existent, the Parisians topped their group, having only fell to defeat on the final matchday at Bayern Munich. Thumping defeats over Celtic home and away, whilst eye-catching, must now transform into knockout prowess, if anything to banish the memory of last year’s exit at the hands of Barcelona. Neymar will renew battle with a familiar foe Credit: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images Prediction Undoubtedly the tie of the round, a truly heavyweight contest with the holders against the young pretenders. Mbappe v Ronaldo. Neymar v Bale. Cavani v Benzema. PSG need to exorcise last season’s traumatic exit against Barcelona and what better way to do it, even if Real will be regarded as favourites. Could be a goal-fest. Winner Paris St-Germain Outright odds Real Madrid – 7/1 Paris St-Germain – 5/1 Besiktas v Bayern Munich First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 5pm European pedigree Besiktas Hailing from Istanbul, Besiktas have emerged from the shadows of near-city rivals to top their group. Knocked out at that stage in both 2007 and 2009, on this occasion they did not to look back after a 3-1 victory away to Porto. Bayern Munich Following heartbreak in 2012 when they lost the final in their own backyard, Bayern are seeking their sixth European Cup, following victory a year later at Wembley. Having drawn one of the most sought-after sides at this stage, there will be an expectation to match semi-final finishes of the past three campaigns. The genius of Pep Guardiola: Eight things he has done to make Man City so frighteningly good Prediction Make no mistake, Besiktas are dangerous as they showed in winning their group ahead of Porto, RB Leipzig and Monaco, and the Turkish side also travel far better than they used to. But Bayern appear back on track under Jupp Heynckes, although not quite the force of old, and should have too much class and know-how. Winner Bayern Munich Outright odds Bayern Munich – 5/1 Besiktas – 200/1
Champions League last 16 match-ups, pedigree and predictions
Juventus v Tottenham First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm European Pedigree Juventus Winners in 1985 and 1996, Juventus have come close in recent years to adding a third European triumph to the honours board. However, despite being finalists in two of the past three seasons, the challenges of Barcelona and Real Madrid have proved a bridge too far. Tottenham The quarter-finals in 2011 has been the best Spurs have had it in the Champions League, as an emerging Gareth Bale and wise Rafael van der Vaart starred. It is now over to the prolific Harry Kane and meticulous Christian Eriksen to push them further. Prediction Having topped a group with Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in it, Spurs would have hoped for a kinder tie. They have never faced Juventus before and are up against one of the Champions League’s wiliest team, though not (yet) the force of last season. But Spurs can do it. Winner Tottenham Hotspur Outright odds Juventus – 20/1 Tottenham – 25/1 Basel v Man City First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm European pedigree Basel Having reached the round of 16 for a third time, Basel will be looking to progress to the quarter-finals for the first time. Raphael Wicky’s men finished second in a group topped by Manchester United, a side they defeated at home on the fifth matchday. Manchester City City emphatically topped their group, with only the matchday six defeat away by Shakhtar Donetsk blotting their copy book and will be desperate to at least match their semi-final finish of 2016, in a competition their manager has won twice. Prediction City have been installed as Champions League favourites after the draw and it would be a major shock if they failed to get past the Swiss club. It is perhaps the kindest draw, not least in terms of travel and logistics, and while St Jakob-Park can create a hostile atmosphere, City will get through. Winner Manchester City Outright odds Basel – 500/1 Manchester City – 11/4 (favourites) Porto v Liverpool First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Porto Winners under Jose Mourinho in 2004, the Portuguese heavyweights will be looking to go one better than last year, when defeated by eventual runners-up Juventus. They will be looking to capitalise on Liverpool’s far from watertight back line. Liverpool will have to keep Porto's Vincent Aboubakar quiet in the last 16 Credit: Gualter Fatia/Getty Images Liverpool Winners in 2005, it would take a huge turn in fortunes for Liverpool to repeat such a feat this time around. Despite putting seven past Maribor and Spartak Moscow, without reply, a late collapse at Sevilla and a turgid draw in Moscow suggest this will be tough for Jürgen Klopp’s men. Prediction Liverpool are unbeaten in their four previous meetings with Porto and will be happy with this draw. Porto are back on top of the Portuguese league and undoubtedly carry a threat, having disposed of Monaco in the group stages, but Liverpool should progress, especially with the second leg at Anfield. Winner Liverpool Outright odds Porto – 100/1 Liverpool – 16/1 Sevilla v Man Utd First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Sevilla Entering last season’s competition having won the Europa League three times on the bounce, they failed to carry such form into Europe’s premier club competition. Defeat by Leicester City in the round of 16 marked their first European knockout loss in three seasons. Marcus Rashford scores United's second against CSKA Moscow Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Manchester United Having topped their group, United will view this as a favourable draw, having avoided the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. But they will need to be at their best to beat technically adept opponents. Prediction The Spaniards have been cup specialists in recent seasons and have shown how dangerous they can be at home by pulling back a three-goal deficit against Liverpool while also drawing at Anfield. But they finished runners-up in that group and are not quite the force they were. United will relish the tie. WinnerManchester United Outright odds Sevilla – 100/1 Manchester United – 14/1 Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Shakhtar Donetsk Having won all three home matches in the group stage, Shakhtar finished second in Group F behind Manchester City. They did overcome the group winners on matchday six, as they reached the knockout stage for the first time since 2015. Roma's Radja Nainggolan is heading to Ukraine Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images Roma The Italian club defied the odds to top a group ahead of Chelsea and last year’s semi-finalists Atlético Madrid. Victory at home over the Blues, combined with an exciting 3-3 draw at the Bridge sit as standout results, helping to produce a winnable round-of-16 tie. Prediction As the Ukrainians showed in finishing ahead of Napoli, and beating Manchester City, they are a dangerous side with an excellent coach in Paulo Fonseca. But Roma also performed impressively as they finished ahead of Chelsea and were unlucky not to beat them away, as well as at home. Could be a tight tie. Winner Roma Outright odds Shakhtar Donetsk – 100/1 Roma – 50/1 Chelsea v Barcelona First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 7.45pm European pedigree ChelseaWinners in 2012 under Roberto Di Matteo, Chelsea remarkably defeated their round-of-16 opponents at the semi-final stage that term. However, in recent years, last-16 exits at the hands of Paris St-Germain make that final triumph over Bayern seem a distant memory. Fernando Torres scored a 92nd-minute equaliser for 10-man Chelsea in the 2011-12 semi-final away leg against Barcelona Credit: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images Barcelona Boasting five European Cups, a team spearheaded by the mercurial Lionel Messi will be determined to better their last-16 exits of the past two campaigns. Winners most recently in 2015, Barcelona topped their group unbeaten, ahead of Juventus. Prediction Chelsea have a history of epic battles with Barcelona, not least in beating them to reach the 2012 Champions League final. Neither club will have wanted this draw and it could easily go either way. But Chelsea could well pay the price for not winning their group, especially if Lionel Messi can finally score against them. Winner Barcelona Outright odds Chelsea – 25/1 Barcelona – 7/1 Real Madrid v PSG First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Real Madrid European pedigree should be followed by, see Real Madrid. The 12-time winners also became the first team to successfully defend the European Cup in its modern format last May. However, a tough test lies ahead after a sub-standard group stage, remembered for that sobering defeat at Wembley. Paris St-Germain With domestic troubles non-existent, the Parisians topped their group, having only fell to defeat on the final matchday at Bayern Munich. Thumping defeats over Celtic home and away, whilst eye-catching, must now transform into knockout prowess, if anything to banish the memory of last year’s exit at the hands of Barcelona. Neymar will renew battle with a familiar foe Credit: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images Prediction Undoubtedly the tie of the round, a truly heavyweight contest with the holders against the young pretenders. Mbappe v Ronaldo. Neymar v Bale. Cavani v Benzema. PSG need to exorcise last season’s traumatic exit against Barcelona and what better way to do it, even if Real will be regarded as favourites. Could be a goal-fest. Winner Paris St-Germain Outright odds Real Madrid – 7/1 Paris St-Germain – 5/1 Besiktas v Bayern Munich First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 5pm European pedigree Besiktas Hailing from Istanbul, Besiktas have emerged from the shadows of near-city rivals to top their group. Knocked out at that stage in both 2007 and 2009, on this occasion they did not to look back after a 3-1 victory away to Porto. Bayern Munich Following heartbreak in 2012 when they lost the final in their own backyard, Bayern are seeking their sixth European Cup, following victory a year later at Wembley. Having drawn one of the most sought-after sides at this stage, there will be an expectation to match semi-final finishes of the past three campaigns. The genius of Pep Guardiola: Eight things he has done to make Man City so frighteningly good Prediction Make no mistake, Besiktas are dangerous as they showed in winning their group ahead of Porto, RB Leipzig and Monaco, and the Turkish side also travel far better than they used to. But Bayern appear back on track under Jupp Heynckes, although not quite the force of old, and should have too much class and know-how. Winner Bayern Munich Outright odds Bayern Munich – 5/1 Besiktas – 200/1
Neymar, Ronaldo, Ramos? Three battles which will decide PSG v Real Madrid
Neymar, Ronaldo, Ramos? Three battles which will decide PSG v Real Madrid
Neymar, Ronaldo, Ramos? Three battles which will decide PSG v Real Madrid
No club has won the European Cup three years running since Bayern in the 1970s, underlining how big an achievement it would be if Ronaldo's Real could get past Neymar's PSG and go on to win the trophy again in May (AFP Photo/Lluis GENE)
No club has won the European Cup three years running since Bayern in the 1970s, underlining how big an achievement it would be if Ronaldo's Real could get past Neymar's PSG and go on to win the trophy again in May
No club has won the European Cup three years running since Bayern in the 1970s, underlining how big an achievement it would be if Ronaldo's Real could get past Neymar's PSG and go on to win the trophy again in May (AFP Photo/Lluis GENE)
PSG - Real Madrid : un match taillé pour Neymar
PSG - Real Madrid : un match taillé pour Neymar
PSG - Real Madrid : un match taillé pour Neymar
PSG - Real Madrid : un match taillé pour Neymar
PSG - Real Madrid : un match taillé pour Neymar
PSG - Real Madrid : un match taillé pour Neymar
PSG - Real Madrid : un match taillé pour Neymar
PSG - Real Madrid : un match taillé pour Neymar
PSG - Real Madrid : un match taillé pour Neymar
PSG - Real Madrid : un match taillé pour Neymar
PSG - Real Madrid : un match taillé pour Neymar
PSG - Real Madrid : un match taillé pour Neymar
<p>Real Madrid, the 12-time European champion, will play Paris St-Germain, who broke the world transfer record in the summer, in the pick of the Champions League last-16 ties that were drawn on Monday in Nyon, Switzerland. There will also be a renewal of rivalries for Barcelona and Chelsea when the knockout stage begins in February.</p><p>Here&#39;s a breakdown of all eight ties.</p><p><strong>JUVENTUS vs. TOTTENHAM</strong></p><p>Last season was dismal for Tottenham in Europe, but it has learned quickly. Whereas previously it seemed they could only win games by dominating the ball, this season they have developed and recorded three wins and a draw from four games against Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund having less than 50% possession in each game. The squad, though, is slim, so much will depend on who is available come February. It never looks as solid at the back without Toby Alderweireld who is expected back early in the New Year following his hamstring injury. Their manager Mauricio Pochettino had said that after playing Madrid and Dortmund, the draw could not be tougher. Perhaps not, but it is probably equally tough.</p><p>The first half of this season has felt like something of a struggle for Juve as it adapts to life after Leonardo Bonucci, but such matters are relative. Although last season’s losing finalists were held to a goalless draw at home by Inter on Saturday, its win away to Napoli suggested a side returning to form. At home, particularly, it remains formidable, having lost only two games in Turin since the beginning of the 2013-14 season.</p><p><strong>BASEL vs. MANCHESTER CITY</strong></p><p>Manchester City began the season in extraordinary form, breaking goalscoring records over the first dozen league games of the season, partly because of the signings the club had made in the summer and partly because players who struggled at times with Pep Guardiola’s methods last season have adapted to his philosophy. Victory away to Manchester United on Sunday took it 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League; it can afford to rest players to prioritize the Champions League. Raheem Sterling has been in the form of his life, while Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva offer great variety and creativity. Defensive concerns, however, remain. The Swiss champion Basel is at this stage for the first time in three years. It has a habit of unsettling English sides, eliminating Manchester United from the Champions League in 2011-12 and beating Tottenham on penalties in the Europa League quarter-final a year later. Its coach Raphael Wicky has benefited from relative stability, with few outgoings and the only major arrival that of the Dutch striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel. He hasn’t played since the end of September, though, and the sense is that Basel has become a better-balanced side as a result, with the right-winger Michael Lang emerging as a key presence.</p><p><strong>PORTO vs. LIVERPOOL</strong></p><p>No Premier League side has ever scored more in the group stage than the 23 Liverpool managed. Its front four of Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohammed Salah gives the impression of being able to blow any side away with its pace and invention but Liverpool’s problem is that if sides can get through the press and can attack it is extremely vulnerable – as Everton demonstrated in pinching a draw on Sunday. When it concedes goals it tends to concede in batches: four times this season Liverpool has conceded three or more in a game. Porto leads the Portuguese league on goal difference from Sporting and in the end made it through the group relatively comfortably. Only Sevilla of the sides who made it to this stage conceded more goals, but Vincent Aboubakar, who scored the winner for Cameroon in the Cup of Nations final in February, has begun the season in such form that he can turn a game with a half-chance. The sides have been drawn together twice before, in the UEFA Cup in 2000-01 and in the Champions League in 2007-08. On both occasions , Liverpool won at Anfield and drew in Portugal.</p><p><strong>SEVILLA vs. MANCHESTER UNITED </strong></p><p>Manchester United qualified comfortably enough for the last 16, the one game in which it dropped points, the away game in Basel, the result of sloppiness rather than anything else. As ever, Jose Mourinho has improved his side significantly in its second season. United has proved capable of playing with both a back three and a back four this season, it has the tallest side left in the competition meaning it can physically dominate sides and when Paul Pogba is on form, his link up with Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard offers a fluency that has been missing from United for some time. Sevilla is another example of what feels like a very modern trait in football. Going forward it can be devastating, but get beyond that and it&#39;s extremely vulnerable defensively – no side who made the last 16 conceded more than the 12 it did. The club let in four against Valencia and five against both Spartak Moscow and Real Madrid. It also gave up a three-goal start to Liverpool at home before coming back to draw 3-3. Mourinho had said he is “never lucky in draws” but this could have been a lot worse.</p><p><strong>REAL MADRID vs. PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN</strong></p><p>The stand out as tie of the round: the old money against the nouveaux riches. PSG sets a new record for goals scored during the group stage, banging in 25 in six games, and it&#39;s streets clear in Ligue Un. It responded to last season’s collapse against Barcelona in the last 16 by agreeing record-breaking deals to being in Neymar and Kylian Mbappe and the result has been a side capable of spectacular attacking football. The question, though, is over their defense which is so rarely tested that it’s very hard to assess. The way it leaked goals in losing its final group game 3-1 to Bayern – when a four-goal defeat would have seen it lose top spot – only added to the concerns.</p><p>The defending champion, the first side to win the tournament in successive seasons since the change to the Champions League format, has begun the season slowly. Madrid was well-beaten by Tottenham at Wembley and has dozed through a number of games this season. But then it was the same last season and still won both league and Champions League. Whatever questions remain about Zinedine Zidane’s tactical acumen, it has such attacking quality – plus Luka Modric to knit everything together - that it can never be written off. The sides have only been drawn together once before, in the group stage in 2015-16 when they drew 0-0 in Paris before Nacho scored the only goal at the Bernabeu.</p><p><strong>SHAKHTAR vs. ROMA</strong></p><p>When Roma was outplayed at home by Atletico Madrid in its opening group game, clinging on for a 0-0 draw, the suspicion was that it would take new coach Eusebio Di Francesco time to adapt to the Champions League. As it turned out, that process of adaptation didn’t take long at all. Although it lost in Madrid, Roma didn’t concede at all at home and took four points off Chelsea, coming from 2-0 down to draw 3-3 at Stamford Bridge and hammering the Premier League side 3-0 at home. Considering what Shakhtar has been through, having to relocate to Kharkiv because of the war in Donetsk, to reach this stage is a remarkable achievement. This side remains based around Brazilian imports, but that process has stalled with no new signings from Brazil in four years. The fear was that the departure of Mircea Lucescu last year would undermine it, but its enjoyed a new lease of life under Paulo Fonseca, who dressed up as Zorro to celebrate the team&#39;s progress from the group stage.</p><p><strong>CHELSEA vs. BARCELONA</strong></p><p>When Barcelona was beaten 5-1 on aggregate by Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup this looked like being a season of toil. It lost Neymar over the summer while the player it brought in to replace him, Ousmane Dembele, was soon ruled out with a serious hamstring problem. He should be back by the time the knockouts begin. Yet the crisis never materialized as Lionel Messi, seemingly fired by anger at the mess of a summer, inspired the Spanish giants to the top of la Liga. With Antonio Conte having effectively written off the Premier League following Saturday’s defeat away to West Ham, the Champions League probably becomes the focus as it’s a trophy Conte has never won but for all the doubts about how Juve performed in the competition under him, Chelsea produced its best performance of the season, perhaps even its best performance under the Italian. There is a reliance on Eden Hazard and, to a lesser extent, Alvaro Morata but, with everybody fit, Chelsea will be a threat. The sides have developed a strange long-distance rivalry over seven ties (and 15 games), most notably in Champions League semi-finals. In 2009, Andres Iniesta scored an injury-time equalizer in a controversial second leg at Stamford Bridge to take Barca through; three years later, Chelsea ground out a 1-0 at home before drawing 2-2 at the Camp Nou on its way to the trophy.</p><p><strong>BESIKTAS vs. BAYERN MUNICH</strong></p><p>After a difficult start to the season that saw Carlo Ancelotti sacked, Bayern has improved dramatically since Jupp Heynckes took over. The German team is well-clear at the top of the Bundesliga and, while nobody would suggest its playing in the way they did when they won the trophy in 2013, Heynckes has always reached at least the final in three seasons with Bayern, and there is a sense that its slowly improving. Bayern misses its inspirational goalkeeper Manuel Neuer who is expected to be out till April with a broken bone in his foot but both Arjen Robben and Thiago Alcantara should be back in time for the first leg, The Turkish champion was arguably the revelations of the group stage, passing unbeaten through six games and winning all three away matches. Senol Gunes’s side are ideally set up to play on the break, with a well-balanced front three. Ricardo Quaresma stays wide on the right, Cenk Tosun is a mobile center forward who offers an aerial threat, and Ryan Babel is dangerous coming on off the left flank to attack the back post.</p>
Champions League: What to Expect from a Mouthwatering Knockout Stage

Real Madrid, the 12-time European champion, will play Paris St-Germain, who broke the world transfer record in the summer, in the pick of the Champions League last-16 ties that were drawn on Monday in Nyon, Switzerland. There will also be a renewal of rivalries for Barcelona and Chelsea when the knockout stage begins in February.

Here's a breakdown of all eight ties.

JUVENTUS vs. TOTTENHAM

Last season was dismal for Tottenham in Europe, but it has learned quickly. Whereas previously it seemed they could only win games by dominating the ball, this season they have developed and recorded three wins and a draw from four games against Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund having less than 50% possession in each game. The squad, though, is slim, so much will depend on who is available come February. It never looks as solid at the back without Toby Alderweireld who is expected back early in the New Year following his hamstring injury. Their manager Mauricio Pochettino had said that after playing Madrid and Dortmund, the draw could not be tougher. Perhaps not, but it is probably equally tough.

The first half of this season has felt like something of a struggle for Juve as it adapts to life after Leonardo Bonucci, but such matters are relative. Although last season’s losing finalists were held to a goalless draw at home by Inter on Saturday, its win away to Napoli suggested a side returning to form. At home, particularly, it remains formidable, having lost only two games in Turin since the beginning of the 2013-14 season.

BASEL vs. MANCHESTER CITY

Manchester City began the season in extraordinary form, breaking goalscoring records over the first dozen league games of the season, partly because of the signings the club had made in the summer and partly because players who struggled at times with Pep Guardiola’s methods last season have adapted to his philosophy. Victory away to Manchester United on Sunday took it 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League; it can afford to rest players to prioritize the Champions League. Raheem Sterling has been in the form of his life, while Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva offer great variety and creativity. Defensive concerns, however, remain. The Swiss champion Basel is at this stage for the first time in three years. It has a habit of unsettling English sides, eliminating Manchester United from the Champions League in 2011-12 and beating Tottenham on penalties in the Europa League quarter-final a year later. Its coach Raphael Wicky has benefited from relative stability, with few outgoings and the only major arrival that of the Dutch striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel. He hasn’t played since the end of September, though, and the sense is that Basel has become a better-balanced side as a result, with the right-winger Michael Lang emerging as a key presence.

PORTO vs. LIVERPOOL

No Premier League side has ever scored more in the group stage than the 23 Liverpool managed. Its front four of Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohammed Salah gives the impression of being able to blow any side away with its pace and invention but Liverpool’s problem is that if sides can get through the press and can attack it is extremely vulnerable – as Everton demonstrated in pinching a draw on Sunday. When it concedes goals it tends to concede in batches: four times this season Liverpool has conceded three or more in a game. Porto leads the Portuguese league on goal difference from Sporting and in the end made it through the group relatively comfortably. Only Sevilla of the sides who made it to this stage conceded more goals, but Vincent Aboubakar, who scored the winner for Cameroon in the Cup of Nations final in February, has begun the season in such form that he can turn a game with a half-chance. The sides have been drawn together twice before, in the UEFA Cup in 2000-01 and in the Champions League in 2007-08. On both occasions , Liverpool won at Anfield and drew in Portugal.

SEVILLA vs. MANCHESTER UNITED

Manchester United qualified comfortably enough for the last 16, the one game in which it dropped points, the away game in Basel, the result of sloppiness rather than anything else. As ever, Jose Mourinho has improved his side significantly in its second season. United has proved capable of playing with both a back three and a back four this season, it has the tallest side left in the competition meaning it can physically dominate sides and when Paul Pogba is on form, his link up with Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard offers a fluency that has been missing from United for some time. Sevilla is another example of what feels like a very modern trait in football. Going forward it can be devastating, but get beyond that and it's extremely vulnerable defensively – no side who made the last 16 conceded more than the 12 it did. The club let in four against Valencia and five against both Spartak Moscow and Real Madrid. It also gave up a three-goal start to Liverpool at home before coming back to draw 3-3. Mourinho had said he is “never lucky in draws” but this could have been a lot worse.

REAL MADRID vs. PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN

The stand out as tie of the round: the old money against the nouveaux riches. PSG sets a new record for goals scored during the group stage, banging in 25 in six games, and it's streets clear in Ligue Un. It responded to last season’s collapse against Barcelona in the last 16 by agreeing record-breaking deals to being in Neymar and Kylian Mbappe and the result has been a side capable of spectacular attacking football. The question, though, is over their defense which is so rarely tested that it’s very hard to assess. The way it leaked goals in losing its final group game 3-1 to Bayern – when a four-goal defeat would have seen it lose top spot – only added to the concerns.

The defending champion, the first side to win the tournament in successive seasons since the change to the Champions League format, has begun the season slowly. Madrid was well-beaten by Tottenham at Wembley and has dozed through a number of games this season. But then it was the same last season and still won both league and Champions League. Whatever questions remain about Zinedine Zidane’s tactical acumen, it has such attacking quality – plus Luka Modric to knit everything together - that it can never be written off. The sides have only been drawn together once before, in the group stage in 2015-16 when they drew 0-0 in Paris before Nacho scored the only goal at the Bernabeu.

SHAKHTAR vs. ROMA

When Roma was outplayed at home by Atletico Madrid in its opening group game, clinging on for a 0-0 draw, the suspicion was that it would take new coach Eusebio Di Francesco time to adapt to the Champions League. As it turned out, that process of adaptation didn’t take long at all. Although it lost in Madrid, Roma didn’t concede at all at home and took four points off Chelsea, coming from 2-0 down to draw 3-3 at Stamford Bridge and hammering the Premier League side 3-0 at home. Considering what Shakhtar has been through, having to relocate to Kharkiv because of the war in Donetsk, to reach this stage is a remarkable achievement. This side remains based around Brazilian imports, but that process has stalled with no new signings from Brazil in four years. The fear was that the departure of Mircea Lucescu last year would undermine it, but its enjoyed a new lease of life under Paulo Fonseca, who dressed up as Zorro to celebrate the team's progress from the group stage.

CHELSEA vs. BARCELONA

When Barcelona was beaten 5-1 on aggregate by Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup this looked like being a season of toil. It lost Neymar over the summer while the player it brought in to replace him, Ousmane Dembele, was soon ruled out with a serious hamstring problem. He should be back by the time the knockouts begin. Yet the crisis never materialized as Lionel Messi, seemingly fired by anger at the mess of a summer, inspired the Spanish giants to the top of la Liga. With Antonio Conte having effectively written off the Premier League following Saturday’s defeat away to West Ham, the Champions League probably becomes the focus as it’s a trophy Conte has never won but for all the doubts about how Juve performed in the competition under him, Chelsea produced its best performance of the season, perhaps even its best performance under the Italian. There is a reliance on Eden Hazard and, to a lesser extent, Alvaro Morata but, with everybody fit, Chelsea will be a threat. The sides have developed a strange long-distance rivalry over seven ties (and 15 games), most notably in Champions League semi-finals. In 2009, Andres Iniesta scored an injury-time equalizer in a controversial second leg at Stamford Bridge to take Barca through; three years later, Chelsea ground out a 1-0 at home before drawing 2-2 at the Camp Nou on its way to the trophy.

BESIKTAS vs. BAYERN MUNICH

After a difficult start to the season that saw Carlo Ancelotti sacked, Bayern has improved dramatically since Jupp Heynckes took over. The German team is well-clear at the top of the Bundesliga and, while nobody would suggest its playing in the way they did when they won the trophy in 2013, Heynckes has always reached at least the final in three seasons with Bayern, and there is a sense that its slowly improving. Bayern misses its inspirational goalkeeper Manuel Neuer who is expected to be out till April with a broken bone in his foot but both Arjen Robben and Thiago Alcantara should be back in time for the first leg, The Turkish champion was arguably the revelations of the group stage, passing unbeaten through six games and winning all three away matches. Senol Gunes’s side are ideally set up to play on the break, with a well-balanced front three. Ricardo Quaresma stays wide on the right, Cenk Tosun is a mobile center forward who offers an aerial threat, and Ryan Babel is dangerous coming on off the left flank to attack the back post.

The Brazilian moved to PSG from Barcelona in the summer for &#34;new challenges&#34; and he has an early chance to prove his worth in the Champions League
Neymar's €222m test against Real & Ronaldo to prove he's the world's best
The Brazilian moved to PSG from Barcelona in the summer for "new challenges" and he has an early chance to prove his worth in the Champions League
The Brazilian moved to PSG from Barcelona in the summer for &#34;new challenges&#34; and he has an early chance to prove his worth in the Champions League
Neymar's €222m test against Real & Ronaldo to prove he's the world's best
The Brazilian moved to PSG from Barcelona in the summer for "new challenges" and he has an early chance to prove his worth in the Champions League
The Brazilian moved to PSG from Barcelona in the summer for &#34;new challenges&#34; and he has an early chance to prove his worth in the Champions League
Neymar's €222m test against Real & Ronaldo to prove he's the world's best
The Brazilian moved to PSG from Barcelona in the summer for "new challenges" and he has an early chance to prove his worth in the Champions League
A €222 million transfer has the forward&#39;s every move being dissected in minute detail, but he is expected to thrive under that kind of pressure
'Neymar has unique potential' - Brazilian backed to rewrite PSG history by Nene
A €222 million transfer has the forward's every move being dissected in minute detail, but he is expected to thrive under that kind of pressure
A €222 million transfer has the forward&#39;s every move being dissected in minute detail, but he is expected to thrive under that kind of pressure
'Neymar has unique potential' - Brazilian backed to rewrite PSG history by Nene
A €222 million transfer has the forward's every move being dissected in minute detail, but he is expected to thrive under that kind of pressure
A €222 million transfer has the forward&#39;s every move being dissected in minute detail, but he is expected to thrive under that kind of pressure
'Neymar has unique potential' - Brazilian backed to rewrite PSG history by Nene
A €222 million transfer has the forward's every move being dissected in minute detail, but he is expected to thrive under that kind of pressure
A €222 million transfer has the forward&#39;s every move being dissected in minute detail, but he is expected to thrive under that kind of pressure
'Neymar has unique potential' - Brazilian backed to rewrite PSG history by Nene
A €222 million transfer has the forward's every move being dissected in minute detail, but he is expected to thrive under that kind of pressure
Angel Di Maria, Javier Pastore and Kylian Mbappe all featured on the scoresheet as the Ligue 1 champions recorded a 3-1 win at Parc des Princes
Neymar-less PSG pick up three points vs Lille
Angel Di Maria, Javier Pastore and Kylian Mbappe all featured on the scoresheet as the Ligue 1 champions recorded a 3-1 win at Parc des Princes
Angel Di Maria, Javier Pastore and Kylian Mbappe all featured on the scoresheet as the Ligue 1 champions recorded a 3-1 win at Parc des Princes
Neymar-less PSG pick up three points vs Lille
Angel Di Maria, Javier Pastore and Kylian Mbappe all featured on the scoresheet as the Ligue 1 champions recorded a 3-1 win at Parc des Princes
The Ligue 1 champions are without star forward Neymar as the Brazilian serves a one-match suspension
LIVE: PSG vs Lille
The Ligue 1 champions are without star forward Neymar as the Brazilian serves a one-match suspension
David Moyes has said his preferred way of stopping Eden Hazard in tomorrow’s London derby would be to man-mark the Chelsea forward - if only he had the players capable of doing so. The West Ham United manager said he does not have a player in his squad who he believes is able to go toe-to-toe with Hazard at the London Stadium. Moyes used similar tactics during his time as Everton manager, when he once asked midfielder Jack Rodwell to man-mark Manchester City’s David Silva. Hazard has been in irrepressible form for Chelsea in recent weeks, scoring eight goals in his last 11 games as Antonio Conte’s side have rediscovered some of the cutting-edge that propelled them to the Premier League title last season. “There are occasions when I would consider man-marking,” said Moyes. “Hazard is a player who would definitely come into that category. “The problem is that I don’t know if I have got someone who is that type of player to be a man-marker. You’ve heard the saying ‘if he goes to the toilet, follow him’. I don’t know if I have got that. “It needs to be people who are athletic and quick. You say to them, ‘don’t you think about doing anything else, this is your job’, because he is that important. West Ham have gone eight games without a win in the league Credit: afp “Looking through the squad we have got at the moment, I couldn’t really identify anyone who could do that, but tactically it would not be a bad idea to stop him.” Conte said Hazard, who finished only 19th in the prestigious Ballon d’Or rankings earlier this week, has the characteristics to rival the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as one of the best players in the world. “He is an important player for us and during games he can make the difference for us,” the Chelsea manager said. “I like to call it a ‘sacred fire’, when you have it inside you, the will to win every game, to score goals. “Every one of us, we have this sacred fire and we have to find the right solution to improve it. At this level you must have this type of situation. Then the flame can be big or little. When you have an inferno it means you are like Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar. “Eden has the right characteristics to try to fight with these giants. He has the characteristics, so then he has to try to do this.” West Ham host Chelsea having gone eight games without a win in the league. They have conceded 32 goals in 15 games this season, more than any other Premier League side. “The goals against column would tell you the defence has not protected the goalkeeper enough, and not been good enough and strong enough,” said Moyes. The West Ham manager is expected to drop goalkeeper Joe Hart from the side after Spanish goalkeeper Adrian impressed in Hart’s absence against Manchester City last week, when the Englishman was ineligible. David Moyes has a tough decision to make in goal Credit: REUTERS But Moyes has no intention of allowing Hart’s season-long loan deal from City to be cut short, even if he has fallen behind Adrian in the pecking order. “I don’t think we could work here without two top goalkeepers,” said Moyes. “What if we got an injury? Who would we play?” Hart remains England’s first-choice goalkeeper, but may be unable to keep his place in Gareth Southgate’s side if he is no longer playing at a domestic level. Southgate has made it clear that players need to be featuring regularly for their club sides if they hope to make the England team ahead of next summer’s World Cup.
'West Ham do not have anyone capable of man-marking Eden Hazard,' says David Moyes
David Moyes has said his preferred way of stopping Eden Hazard in tomorrow’s London derby would be to man-mark the Chelsea forward - if only he had the players capable of doing so. The West Ham United manager said he does not have a player in his squad who he believes is able to go toe-to-toe with Hazard at the London Stadium. Moyes used similar tactics during his time as Everton manager, when he once asked midfielder Jack Rodwell to man-mark Manchester City’s David Silva. Hazard has been in irrepressible form for Chelsea in recent weeks, scoring eight goals in his last 11 games as Antonio Conte’s side have rediscovered some of the cutting-edge that propelled them to the Premier League title last season. “There are occasions when I would consider man-marking,” said Moyes. “Hazard is a player who would definitely come into that category. “The problem is that I don’t know if I have got someone who is that type of player to be a man-marker. You’ve heard the saying ‘if he goes to the toilet, follow him’. I don’t know if I have got that. “It needs to be people who are athletic and quick. You say to them, ‘don’t you think about doing anything else, this is your job’, because he is that important. West Ham have gone eight games without a win in the league Credit: afp “Looking through the squad we have got at the moment, I couldn’t really identify anyone who could do that, but tactically it would not be a bad idea to stop him.” Conte said Hazard, who finished only 19th in the prestigious Ballon d’Or rankings earlier this week, has the characteristics to rival the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as one of the best players in the world. “He is an important player for us and during games he can make the difference for us,” the Chelsea manager said. “I like to call it a ‘sacred fire’, when you have it inside you, the will to win every game, to score goals. “Every one of us, we have this sacred fire and we have to find the right solution to improve it. At this level you must have this type of situation. Then the flame can be big or little. When you have an inferno it means you are like Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar. “Eden has the right characteristics to try to fight with these giants. He has the characteristics, so then he has to try to do this.” West Ham host Chelsea having gone eight games without a win in the league. They have conceded 32 goals in 15 games this season, more than any other Premier League side. “The goals against column would tell you the defence has not protected the goalkeeper enough, and not been good enough and strong enough,” said Moyes. The West Ham manager is expected to drop goalkeeper Joe Hart from the side after Spanish goalkeeper Adrian impressed in Hart’s absence against Manchester City last week, when the Englishman was ineligible. David Moyes has a tough decision to make in goal Credit: REUTERS But Moyes has no intention of allowing Hart’s season-long loan deal from City to be cut short, even if he has fallen behind Adrian in the pecking order. “I don’t think we could work here without two top goalkeepers,” said Moyes. “What if we got an injury? Who would we play?” Hart remains England’s first-choice goalkeeper, but may be unable to keep his place in Gareth Southgate’s side if he is no longer playing at a domestic level. Southgate has made it clear that players need to be featuring regularly for their club sides if they hope to make the England team ahead of next summer’s World Cup.
David Moyes has said his preferred way of stopping Eden Hazard in tomorrow’s London derby would be to man-mark the Chelsea forward - if only he had the players capable of doing so. The West Ham United manager said he does not have a player in his squad who he believes is able to go toe-to-toe with Hazard at the London Stadium. Moyes used similar tactics during his time as Everton manager, when he once asked midfielder Jack Rodwell to man-mark Manchester City’s David Silva. Hazard has been in irrepressible form for Chelsea in recent weeks, scoring eight goals in his last 11 games as Antonio Conte’s side have rediscovered some of the cutting-edge that propelled them to the Premier League title last season. “There are occasions when I would consider man-marking,” said Moyes. “Hazard is a player who would definitely come into that category. “The problem is that I don’t know if I have got someone who is that type of player to be a man-marker. You’ve heard the saying ‘if he goes to the toilet, follow him’. I don’t know if I have got that. “It needs to be people who are athletic and quick. You say to them, ‘don’t you think about doing anything else, this is your job’, because he is that important. West Ham have gone eight games without a win in the league Credit: afp “Looking through the squad we have got at the moment, I couldn’t really identify anyone who could do that, but tactically it would not be a bad idea to stop him.” Conte said Hazard, who finished only 19th in the prestigious Ballon d’Or rankings earlier this week, has the characteristics to rival the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as one of the best players in the world. “He is an important player for us and during games he can make the difference for us,” the Chelsea manager said. “I like to call it a ‘sacred fire’, when you have it inside you, the will to win every game, to score goals. “Every one of us, we have this sacred fire and we have to find the right solution to improve it. At this level you must have this type of situation. Then the flame can be big or little. When you have an inferno it means you are like Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar. “Eden has the right characteristics to try to fight with these giants. He has the characteristics, so then he has to try to do this.” West Ham host Chelsea having gone eight games without a win in the league. They have conceded 32 goals in 15 games this season, more than any other Premier League side. “The goals against column would tell you the defence has not protected the goalkeeper enough, and not been good enough and strong enough,” said Moyes. The West Ham manager is expected to drop goalkeeper Joe Hart from the side after Spanish goalkeeper Adrian impressed in Hart’s absence against Manchester City last week, when the Englishman was ineligible. David Moyes has a tough decision to make in goal Credit: REUTERS But Moyes has no intention of allowing Hart’s season-long loan deal from City to be cut short, even if he has fallen behind Adrian in the pecking order. “I don’t think we could work here without two top goalkeepers,” said Moyes. “What if we got an injury? Who would we play?” Hart remains England’s first-choice goalkeeper, but may be unable to keep his place in Gareth Southgate’s side if he is no longer playing at a domestic level. Southgate has made it clear that players need to be featuring regularly for their club sides if they hope to make the England team ahead of next summer’s World Cup.
'West Ham do not have anyone capable of man-marking Eden Hazard,' says David Moyes
David Moyes has said his preferred way of stopping Eden Hazard in tomorrow’s London derby would be to man-mark the Chelsea forward - if only he had the players capable of doing so. The West Ham United manager said he does not have a player in his squad who he believes is able to go toe-to-toe with Hazard at the London Stadium. Moyes used similar tactics during his time as Everton manager, when he once asked midfielder Jack Rodwell to man-mark Manchester City’s David Silva. Hazard has been in irrepressible form for Chelsea in recent weeks, scoring eight goals in his last 11 games as Antonio Conte’s side have rediscovered some of the cutting-edge that propelled them to the Premier League title last season. “There are occasions when I would consider man-marking,” said Moyes. “Hazard is a player who would definitely come into that category. “The problem is that I don’t know if I have got someone who is that type of player to be a man-marker. You’ve heard the saying ‘if he goes to the toilet, follow him’. I don’t know if I have got that. “It needs to be people who are athletic and quick. You say to them, ‘don’t you think about doing anything else, this is your job’, because he is that important. West Ham have gone eight games without a win in the league Credit: afp “Looking through the squad we have got at the moment, I couldn’t really identify anyone who could do that, but tactically it would not be a bad idea to stop him.” Conte said Hazard, who finished only 19th in the prestigious Ballon d’Or rankings earlier this week, has the characteristics to rival the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as one of the best players in the world. “He is an important player for us and during games he can make the difference for us,” the Chelsea manager said. “I like to call it a ‘sacred fire’, when you have it inside you, the will to win every game, to score goals. “Every one of us, we have this sacred fire and we have to find the right solution to improve it. At this level you must have this type of situation. Then the flame can be big or little. When you have an inferno it means you are like Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar. “Eden has the right characteristics to try to fight with these giants. He has the characteristics, so then he has to try to do this.” West Ham host Chelsea having gone eight games without a win in the league. They have conceded 32 goals in 15 games this season, more than any other Premier League side. “The goals against column would tell you the defence has not protected the goalkeeper enough, and not been good enough and strong enough,” said Moyes. The West Ham manager is expected to drop goalkeeper Joe Hart from the side after Spanish goalkeeper Adrian impressed in Hart’s absence against Manchester City last week, when the Englishman was ineligible. David Moyes has a tough decision to make in goal Credit: REUTERS But Moyes has no intention of allowing Hart’s season-long loan deal from City to be cut short, even if he has fallen behind Adrian in the pecking order. “I don’t think we could work here without two top goalkeepers,” said Moyes. “What if we got an injury? Who would we play?” Hart remains England’s first-choice goalkeeper, but may be unable to keep his place in Gareth Southgate’s side if he is no longer playing at a domestic level. Southgate has made it clear that players need to be featuring regularly for their club sides if they hope to make the England team ahead of next summer’s World Cup.
David Moyes has said his preferred way of stopping Eden Hazard in tomorrow’s London derby would be to man-mark the Chelsea forward - if only he had the players capable of doing so. The West Ham United manager said he does not have a player in his squad who he believes is able to go toe-to-toe with Hazard at the London Stadium. Moyes used similar tactics during his time as Everton manager, when he once asked midfielder Jack Rodwell to man-mark Manchester City’s David Silva. Hazard has been in irrepressible form for Chelsea in recent weeks, scoring eight goals in his last 11 games as Antonio Conte’s side have rediscovered some of the cutting-edge that propelled them to the Premier League title last season. “There are occasions when I would consider man-marking,” said Moyes. “Hazard is a player who would definitely come into that category. “The problem is that I don’t know if I have got someone who is that type of player to be a man-marker. You’ve heard the saying ‘if he goes to the toilet, follow him’. I don’t know if I have got that. “It needs to be people who are athletic and quick. You say to them, ‘don’t you think about doing anything else, this is your job’, because he is that important. West Ham have gone eight games without a win in the league Credit: afp “Looking through the squad we have got at the moment, I couldn’t really identify anyone who could do that, but tactically it would not be a bad idea to stop him.” Conte said Hazard, who finished only 19th in the prestigious Ballon d’Or rankings earlier this week, has the characteristics to rival the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as one of the best players in the world. “He is an important player for us and during games he can make the difference for us,” the Chelsea manager said. “I like to call it a ‘sacred fire’, when you have it inside you, the will to win every game, to score goals. “Every one of us, we have this sacred fire and we have to find the right solution to improve it. At this level you must have this type of situation. Then the flame can be big or little. When you have an inferno it means you are like Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar. “Eden has the right characteristics to try to fight with these giants. He has the characteristics, so then he has to try to do this.” West Ham host Chelsea having gone eight games without a win in the league. They have conceded 32 goals in 15 games this season, more than any other Premier League side. “The goals against column would tell you the defence has not protected the goalkeeper enough, and not been good enough and strong enough,” said Moyes. The West Ham manager is expected to drop goalkeeper Joe Hart from the side after Spanish goalkeeper Adrian impressed in Hart’s absence against Manchester City last week, when the Englishman was ineligible. David Moyes has a tough decision to make in goal Credit: REUTERS But Moyes has no intention of allowing Hart’s season-long loan deal from City to be cut short, even if he has fallen behind Adrian in the pecking order. “I don’t think we could work here without two top goalkeepers,” said Moyes. “What if we got an injury? Who would we play?” Hart remains England’s first-choice goalkeeper, but may be unable to keep his place in Gareth Southgate’s side if he is no longer playing at a domestic level. Southgate has made it clear that players need to be featuring regularly for their club sides if they hope to make the England team ahead of next summer’s World Cup.
'West Ham do not have anyone capable of man-marking Eden Hazard,' says David Moyes
David Moyes has said his preferred way of stopping Eden Hazard in tomorrow’s London derby would be to man-mark the Chelsea forward - if only he had the players capable of doing so. The West Ham United manager said he does not have a player in his squad who he believes is able to go toe-to-toe with Hazard at the London Stadium. Moyes used similar tactics during his time as Everton manager, when he once asked midfielder Jack Rodwell to man-mark Manchester City’s David Silva. Hazard has been in irrepressible form for Chelsea in recent weeks, scoring eight goals in his last 11 games as Antonio Conte’s side have rediscovered some of the cutting-edge that propelled them to the Premier League title last season. “There are occasions when I would consider man-marking,” said Moyes. “Hazard is a player who would definitely come into that category. “The problem is that I don’t know if I have got someone who is that type of player to be a man-marker. You’ve heard the saying ‘if he goes to the toilet, follow him’. I don’t know if I have got that. “It needs to be people who are athletic and quick. You say to them, ‘don’t you think about doing anything else, this is your job’, because he is that important. West Ham have gone eight games without a win in the league Credit: afp “Looking through the squad we have got at the moment, I couldn’t really identify anyone who could do that, but tactically it would not be a bad idea to stop him.” Conte said Hazard, who finished only 19th in the prestigious Ballon d’Or rankings earlier this week, has the characteristics to rival the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as one of the best players in the world. “He is an important player for us and during games he can make the difference for us,” the Chelsea manager said. “I like to call it a ‘sacred fire’, when you have it inside you, the will to win every game, to score goals. “Every one of us, we have this sacred fire and we have to find the right solution to improve it. At this level you must have this type of situation. Then the flame can be big or little. When you have an inferno it means you are like Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar. “Eden has the right characteristics to try to fight with these giants. He has the characteristics, so then he has to try to do this.” West Ham host Chelsea having gone eight games without a win in the league. They have conceded 32 goals in 15 games this season, more than any other Premier League side. “The goals against column would tell you the defence has not protected the goalkeeper enough, and not been good enough and strong enough,” said Moyes. The West Ham manager is expected to drop goalkeeper Joe Hart from the side after Spanish goalkeeper Adrian impressed in Hart’s absence against Manchester City last week, when the Englishman was ineligible. David Moyes has a tough decision to make in goal Credit: REUTERS But Moyes has no intention of allowing Hart’s season-long loan deal from City to be cut short, even if he has fallen behind Adrian in the pecking order. “I don’t think we could work here without two top goalkeepers,” said Moyes. “What if we got an injury? Who would we play?” Hart remains England’s first-choice goalkeeper, but may be unable to keep his place in Gareth Southgate’s side if he is no longer playing at a domestic level. Southgate has made it clear that players need to be featuring regularly for their club sides if they hope to make the England team ahead of next summer’s World Cup.
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