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Champions League Round of 16

The Champions League resumes on the 13th February and we are into the knockout stages of the competition.  This is where the tournament comes alive and every team knows one mistake or one moment of magic could be the difference between progression and elimination.

We have some fantastic ties to look forward to in the 2017/18 Champions League Round of 16 but Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain is the one which jumps off the page.

One look at the 888 sport football betting odds show both teams are considered favourites to go far and possibly lift the trophy.  However, Real Madrid have not been at their best this season and having won the Champions League in each of their previous two campaigns, their reign could be about to come to an end.

Indeed, Paris Saint-Germain come into this tie as the favourites in the eyes of many bookmakers to progress to the quarter-final.  The French club have a great squad and Kylian Mbappe and Neymar are playing superbly in attack. 

Real Madrid on the other hand have not seen the best of Cristiano Ronaldo this season and both Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale have been struggling with injury.  Could this be the end of an era in the Spanish capital as Real Madrid bow out of the Champions League at the first knockout round?

Another standout tie in the Champions League Round of 16 is the meeting between Premier League champions Chelsea and Barcelona.

Who can forget the last meeting between these teams in 2012?  Chelsea secured a 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou, despite being down to 10 men and went on to lift the trophy in the final against Bayern Munich.

Analysing the 888 sport football betting odds ahead of this game, the bookies give Chelsea little chance of staging a repeat of that result and Barcelona come in as favourites to not only win the tie but also to win the first leg at Stamford Bridge.

The Catalan giants sit top of La Liga and look set to cruise home in the Spanish title race this season.  This should allow them to focus more on the Champions League while Chelsea battle for a place in the top four of the Premier League.

Barcelona know they will face a tough match having lost to Chelsea in 2012 but they have rediscovered their best form this season and should have enough to eliminate Antonio Conte’s team.

The final intriguing tie in the Champions League Round of 16 is between Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur. 

Given their pedigree in this competition, Juventus naturally come in as the favourites to win this tie but Tottenham Hotspur have proved more than a match for both Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in Europe this season.

With the Premier League title out of reach, Mauricio Pochettino will see the Champions League as Spurs’ best chance of winning a major trophy this season.  If they can produce a similar display to that which earned them a draw at the Santiago Bernabeu in the group stages, the second leg at Wembley will be a massive occasion.

Juventus may be the bookmaker’s favourites but do not be surprised to see Harry Kane lead Tottenham Hotspur to another big European result.