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Champions League preview and betting tips – Last sixteen gets underway

Bayern Munich are favourites to go all the way


The Champions League is back this week and with just sixteen teams left in the competition, eight will be in action on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, including favourite Bayern Munich.

Bayern are running away with the Bundesliga this season and the bookmakers believe that they can emulate this with success in the Champions League. Pep Guardiola’s side are favourites at 11/4 to become European champions and they will take a step further to this goal when they travel to Ukraine where they go head-to-head with Donetsk in the first leg tie.

Premier League title favourites Chelsea face PSG on Tuesday evening for the second successive season, the Blues high in the outright betting market at 15/2 to repeat their success of 2012. Nevertheless, the French champions will provide them with a stern test, however Chelsea are a superior side to that of last year when they lost the first leg in Paris 3-1 and will be expected to take an advantage back to Stamford Bridge.

The action continues on Wednesday evening with another favourite, Real Madrid clashing with FC Schalke. There will be few who could forget the thrilling comeback by Real in last season’s final when they managed a late equaliser against arch city rivals Atletico to force extra time and a subsequent three goals. William Hill are going 3/1 for the La Liga side to manage back-to-back success in the competition this time around.

The final match is between two sides who are both at the wrong end of the betting market. FC Basel host FC Porto on Wednesday evening and the betting is that whoever wins this clash won’t last in the competition beyond the following round.


Tuesday 17th February

PSG versus Chelsea

Shakhtar Donetsk versus Bayern Munich


Wednesday 18th February

FC Basel versus FC Porto

FC Schalke versus Real Madrid


The action continues next week with the four remaining ties involving Juventus ( 29/1 ), Barcelona ( 5/1 ), Manchester City ( 20/1 ), Arsenal ( 20/1 ), Dortmund ( 35/1 ), Leverkusen ( 150/1 ), Monaco ( 200/1 ) and Atletico Madrid ( 18/1 ).