Champions League Round-of-16 – Football & Racing News – Star Sports

talkSPORT’s chief football correspondent ALEX CROOK was in great form over the weekend with Spurs beating Brighton and both teams finding the back of the net and Manchester United also winning away from home! 

Now, the Star Sports football ambassador’s attention turns to the return of the Champions League…

🇩🇰 COPENHAGEN v MANCHESTER CITY 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

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Manchester City are the short priced favourites to retain the trophy they won in Istanbul last season, and should have no problems qualifying from their last 16 tie with rank outsiders off the field FC Copenhagen

It is only the second time in their history the Danes have made it through to the knockout stages, and face a daunting task of stopping a City side who have won their last ten games in all competitions.

On the face of it is very difficult to back against Pep Guardiola’s men making that 11 in a row, but you do have to factor in their relatively unimpressive recent away record in the competition.

You have to go all the way back to February 2022 for the last time City won a two-legged knockout tie away from the Etihad while Copenhagen were more than competitive against Bayern Munich in the group stage and dumped out Manchester United.

Roony Bardghji is one of the most exciting teenagers in Europe and has already netted against United this season to enhance his glowing reputation.

I love the look of Bardghji to score at any time at 13/2 with starsports.bet, especially as City have found clean sheets hard to come by lately.

🇩🇪 RB LEIPZIG v REAL MADRID 🇪🇸

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The other game on Tuesday sees 14-time winners Real Madrid travel to Germany to take on RB Leipzig.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side were on the wrong end of a 3-2 defeat when these two met in the group stage last season, but will be confident of gaining their revenge having won 27 of their 34 games this season.

They warmed up for the return of their competition they have made their own over the years by thrashing nearest title rivals Girona to extend their lead at the top of La Liga.

Even without talisman Jude, Bellingham they should have too much for the team who currently sit fifth in the Bundesliga.

I do think Leipzig are capable of making home advantage tell by getting on the scoresheet and Real score goals for fun so my biggest selection is Real Madrid to win and BTTS yes at 13/5 with starsports.bet.

I also find backing the in-form Vinicius Junior in the Champions League is usually fruitful so like the look of a build-a-bet of Real to win, over 2.5 goals and Vinicius Junior to score at 4/1 with starsports.bet.

🇮🇹 LAZIO v BAYERN MUNICH 🇩🇪

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Bayern badly need to bounce back from their weekend drubbing at title rivals Bayer Leverkusen as they travel to Rome to take on Lazio on Wednesday.

Mauricio Sarri’s side lost just twice in the group stage and have largely been much better in Europe than in Serie A this season.

They also have a very impressive record of just one defeat in 15 home games and with Bayern not in tip-top form there is a case to be made for the visitors being able to frustrate their illustrious visitors. The draw is 3/1 with starsports.bet.

🇫🇷 PSG v REAL SOCIEDAD 🇪🇸

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PSG will be boosted by the return from injury of talisman Kylian Mbappe as they welcome Real Sociedad to Paris on Wednesday night.

The hosts have crashed out at this stage in each of the last two seasons and made hard work of qualifying from a group including Newcastle United, but I really fancy their chances of building up a commanding first leg lead.

Unsurprisingly, given they are unbeaten in 16 games in all competitions, PSG are favourites to win on the night. However, I was expecting them to be even shorter than the 4/6 currently available with starsports.bet.

To bolster those odds, I am backing Mbappe to pop up with a goal and there to be over 2.5 goals in the game. That build-a-bet returns around 2.22/1 with starsports.bet.

ALEX CROOK

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Author: Eugene Morris