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Die Meister! Die Besten Les grandes équipes! The champions! In a couple of months we’ll be hearing the banger that is the Champions League anthem on the reg as the competition hots up.
The round of 16 guarantees plenty of thrills and spills as the knockout format sorts out the men from the boys – and there is plenty of Premier League interest as all four English clubs progressed from their groups. We haven’t even got the games and there’s already been controversy as UEFA mucked up the draw.
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The last-16 draw took place at 11am on Monday but a “technical problem” involving Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and Manchester United resulted in the ties being declared void so the balls were plucked from the hat from a second time.
Last season’s Champions League winners Chelsea were sweating after failing to top their group, which meant they were unseeded. Thomas Tuchel and co. will no doubt be relieved after matching with Lille is both attempts at the draw.
Liverpool were handed a dream tie against RB Salzburg in the original draw and won’t be too concerned by the second draw spitting out a tie with Inter Milan.
Manchester City are up against Sporting Lisbon after initially being drawn against Villarreal, while Manchester United fans will also be thanking their lucky stars after swapping a two-legged tie with PSG for a match-up with Atletico Madrid.
It’s possible we could have an all-English final but there are plenty more miles to clock up on the road to the Gazprom Arena in St Petersburg, Russia. You’ll find all the Champions League last-16 fixtures, dates and Paddy Power’s odds below.
Champions League Last 16 Fixtures
RB Salzburg v Bayern Munich
Sporting Lisbon v Manchester City
Benfica v Ajax
Chelsea v Lille
Atletico Madrid v Manchester United
Villarreal v Juventus
Inter Milan v Liverpool
PSG v Real Madrid
The first legs will take place across four February evenings on the 15th, 16th, 22nd and 23rd. The reverse fixtures will be staged in March on the 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th.
Champions League Odds
Manchester City are the favourites to break their Champions League duck after cruising through their group and being handed a nice draw in the last 16.
Bayern Munich – the winners in 2019/20 – retain their prominent place in our outright betting market after easing to the last 16 and pairing with RB Salzburg in the knockout rounds.
Liverpool are also prominent in our outright betting market after nailing their six group games with a 100 per cent record.
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