The Uefa Champions League reaches the first knockout stage this midweek, with the first legs of the first four last 16 fixtures on Tuesday and Wednesday across the continent.
Barcelona and last season’s beaten finalists Paris Saint-Germain supply a heavyweight clash at the Camp Nou, as they meet at the earliest hurdle in Catalonia.
Neymar misses out on a reunion with Lionel Messi and Co thanks to injury, while new PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino is also sweating on the fitness of Marco Verratti ahead of a daunting mission against Ronald Koeman’s men.
Liverpool and RB Leipzig are also in UCL action on Tuesday, with their first leg fixture switched to Budapest’s Puskas Arena due to the German government’s Covid-19 restrictions.
It’s a match that pits master against apprentice as Jurgen Klopp goes toe-to-toe with countryman Julian Nagelsmann, who is two decades his junior.
The reigning English Premier League champions are enduring an injury nightmare in defence, giving Klopp and his team a real headache as they head to Hungary to face last season’s semi-finalists.
There’s plenty of intrigue in Portugal on Wednesday as UCL mainstays FC Porto tackle Cristiano Ronaldo and his Juventus side at the first knockout stage.
The Serie A champions waltzed into the last 16 alongside Barcelona in Group G, booking themselves a date with the club that stormed to European glory under Jose Mourinho in 2004.
Sevilla and Dortmund complete the first half of the last 16 draw as they go head-to-head in Spain.
The serial Europa League winners cruised through a kind pool containing Krasnodar and Rennes, while the Bundesliga side topped Group F ahead of Italian side Lazio.
Uefa Champions League predictions for 16-17 February
Prediction methodology explained: The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.
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