Champions League Round Of 16 Fixtures

The draw for the Round Of 16 in the Champions League has been done and it’s given us some fantastic fixtures to look forward to!

Unfortunately, it is now time for a break in the Champions League as the group stages have now finished. However, with that over it now means we are into the knockout stages of the competition. Up first is the Round of 16, where the remaining 16 teams will be reduced to eight for the quarter-finals.

The games will be played over four different weeks. The first legs will be played on the 18/19/25/26 of February and the second legs on 10/11/17/18 of March. This means there will be two games on each of the dates above.

The draw has given us some really fantastic ties and we’re going to take a look at the best ones!

Borussia Dortmund vs PSG (18/02 & 11/03)

The first tie to get drawn was this one, and what a tie it is. Two teams who love to attack, having scored 76 league goals between them this season. PSG will go into this game as the favourites given the players they have in Mbappe and Neymar. On top of this, they have now balanced out their team with the signings of Gueye and Herrera in the summer.

PSG are unbeaten in the Champions League this season, which has included two games against Real Madrid. They looked more clinical in this years group stages and harder to breakdown. However, Dortmund aren’t to be underestimated. They have some great players of their own in Reus and Sancho. Dortmund at home are a very hard team to beat and if they can keep PSG quiet at home, they have every chance. The only thing they may be worrying about it whether Sancho will still be there come February. He has been so good for them this season but has had disciplinary issues this season. This game will be a very interesting one, hopefully with lots of goals. Dortmund are at 9/4 on Paddy Power to qualify, with PSG priced at 1/3 to get through to the quarters.

Atletico Madrid vs Liverpool (18/02 & 11/03)

Last years winners are returning to the ground they won it in, in this very interesting tie. The two sides haven’t met for years and so deciding which way it goes makes it even harder. Liverpool are Paddy Powers favourites to get through this round at 1/3 with Atletico at 9/4. Both of these teams have great sides with a lot of talent going to be on show. Liverpool will know though that they have the comfort of the second leg being at Anfield. This has helped them many times, none more so than when they turned around their 3-0 first-leg loss to Barca last year in the semis.

Atletico have been very solid at the back this season, conceding only 10 in all games in the league. Liverpool, on the other hand, haven’t been as solid as we’ve come to expect. This will make the game a highly entertaining one. Liverpool’s front line is as good as it gets, likewise with the Atletico defence. How these two will try and cope with each other will be fascinating. In terms of form, it doesn’t get much better than how Liverpool are now. Unbeaten in the league and 10 points clear they are flying. However, this game is still two months away and should Klopp’s side pick up an injury over the busy Christmas period, it could really swing it into Atletico’s favour.

Real Madrid vs Man City (26/02 & 17/03)

The biggest game in this round is the 13-time winner’s vs the side still waiting for their first Champions League trophy. However, even though Madrid are the far more experienced side, they still don’t go into this as the favourites. You can get Real at 21/10 to get into the next round with Man City at 4/11. City on paper have a better squad than Real Madrid. Zidane’s side is ageing now and they’ve seemed to struggle since losing Ronaldo, even after signing Hazard. Pep’s side though have been plagued with injuries this season and they’ll be hoping to have Laporte back for this one. Neither side is shy when it comes to spending money, so January could have a big impact on this tie.

In terms of form this season, Real are doing better than City. They are top of the league, on level points with Barca whereas City are in third and 14 points off the top. IN terms of in the Champions League, City were unbeaten in there six games, with Real losing once to PSG. They were unable to beat PSG over the two legs which give you some indication how this tie could go. However, even though the odds may say one thing, either side on their day could beat each other in this one. One thing that is for sure is that there will be goals, they scored 30 goals between them in the group stage matches.

Chelsea vs Bayern Munich (25/02 & 18/03)

A repeat of the 2012 Champions League final is what awaits these two sides. The final was also played at the Allianz Arena and Chelsea came away the winners on penalties. Bayern have the much better and far more experienced squad. Chelsea lost Hazard last summer and weren’t allowed to sign any players. This put pressure on their new manager Lampard to use their youth players, which has actually turned out very well. Due to Bayern being the more experienced of the two sides they go in as the 2/9 favourites with Lampard’s side at 31/10.

Chelsea only just qualified this year with a win on the final game week. Bayern, on the other hand, were on fire and won all of their games including beating Spurs 7-2! The German side have had a bad start to the year in the league though but seem to be getting back to their best of late. Chelsea’s form is up and down in the league due to the lack of experience in the side. Good news for them though is that their ban has been lifted. This now means they are able to sign players in January, which you would expect them to do!

There are also four more games, all of which Paddy Power has odd available now. 

Atalanta vs Valencia

Lyon vs Juventus

Spurs vs RB Leipzig

Napoli vs Barcelona