Champions League Last 16: Chance for Spurs to Make History at Wembley5 min read
Two of the three Premier League sides who are in midweek Champions League last sixteen action take a big lead into their home ties, but the standout games are in Paris and at Wembley where Spurs and Juventus are all-square after the first leg in Turin.
I’ve taken a look at the four fixtures and given my thoughts on the action.
Liverpool v FC Porto (5-0 Agg.)
No team has progressed to the next round of the Champions League having lost the first leg 5-0 at home and I expect Liverpool to make serene progress into the quarter-finals.
Jurgen Klopp is likely to make changes to his starting XI given the Reds travel to Old Trafford at the weekend, but he has a squad full of quality and I expect to see players such as Adam Lallana get some valuable first-team action.
Liverpool have scored 25 goals in their last five games in the competition and Porto have never won a Champions League game in England – I think it’ll a comfortable home win.
Liverpool to win to nil at
PSG v Real Madrid (1-3 Agg.)
The statistics suggest Real Madrid are favourites to go through to the last eight – given just 1 in 3 sides who have lost a first leg knockout tie 3-1 away from home have made it through to the next round of the Champions League – and I agree.
Neymar is a huge loss to PSG and much will be expected of Kylian Mbappe and Edison Cavani. Los Blancos have only conceded one goal in their three previous Champions League ties against the French champions but Paris have a proud home record and it promises to be a wonderful occasion.
The hosts must be wary of Madrid on the break and a certain Cristiano Ronaldo who has scored in every Champions League game so far this season. I expect to see goals.
Edison Cavani to-score-in 90 minutes at
Manchester City v FC Basel (4-0 Agg)
City are unbeaten in their last 12 Champions League games at the Etihad and Basel’s record in the knockout stages of the competition on the road (0-11 in two games) does not exactly give cause for optimism if you are a supporter of the Swiss outfit.
City have shown no sign of a dip in form in recent weeks despite their loss to Wigan in the FA Cup and three wins and three cleans sheets against Arsenal and Chelsea in the last week suggests they continue to go from strength to strength.
Gabriel Jesus is likely to get a start midweek and he will be eager to get back among the goals following his recent injury.
Gabriel Jesus to score at anytime at
Tottenham Hotspur v Juventus (2-2 Agg.)
Spurs are one of only three teams unbeaten in the Champions League so far this season – alongside Liverpool and Barcelona – but they have only kept one clean sheet in their six Champions League games at Wembley and I expect a tight, tense encounter against the Old Lady of Italian Football.
Juve have kept a clean sheet in their last three away games in the knockout stages of the competition, but if Spurs score then the Italians need two to progress and I feel the Premier League side will gain a famous Wembley win.
Spurs to win at
My midweek treble:
Liverpool, City and Spurs at