The knock-out phase draw has been made in Nyon and involves the 16 teams which qualified as winners and runners-up of each of the eight UCL groups. The first legs will be played on 13, 14, 20 and 21 February so let's take a look at the best soccer picks to get ready for UCL action.
For the 1st time in the Champions League history, 5 of the 16 clubs qualified in the knock-out stages are from the same country, England with 4 of them winning their groups. The previous 2 Europa League winner Sevilla and Manchester United face each other and it seems like the draw was kind for The Red Devils. There is a big chance to see an English winner and the odds for England to be the winning nationality are at +120 with Unibet.
Real Madrid vs. PSG is the clash of the round and could easily be the final of the competition. Real Madrid were 3rd favorites to win the trophy in the pre-draw betting but right now they are +750 with 888sport being 5th favorites. It’s a tough match to call and despite PSG’s huge investments and amazing players, Real Madrid’s Champions League experience should prevail. They are priced at +105 with Ladbrokes to qualify in the quarter-final. We expect both legs to be goal-fests as both teams have amazing attacking firepower, so the best approach is the “goals market”
Manchester City and Liverpool are very happy with the draw being paired with Basel from Switzerland and FC Porto from Portugal respectively. The Citizens are now favorites to win the UCL trophy being priced at +300 with 888sport. Incredible or not, after their group stage amazing performance, Liverpool are the 2nd English side favorite to win the UCL trophy being priced at +1500 with 888sport.
Last year’s runners-up Juventus were handed a tough test in the last 16, being paired with Tottenham who were unbeaten in the group stage, playing in the same group with Real Madrid and Dortmund. After a poor start to their 2017/18 campaign, the Italian side found their shape and we expect them to win their home leg at +105 with Coral. AS Roma won their group and are the 2nd Italian club to play in the knock-out stages facing Shakhtar from Ukraine.
Another exciting tie with huge potential is the match between the Premier League reigning champs Chelsea and Messi’s Barcelona. The 2nd leg will be played at the Nou Camp which makes things easier for Barcelona side but their price to qualify further is very low at -280 with Bet Victor so we will not touch it.
Germany giants Bayern Munich will take on the group stage surprise package Besiktas Istanbul, the 1st Turkish side in the Champions League history to qualify from the 1st place. Bayern should solve the qualification from the 1st leg as they are playing it at home. They are priced at -454 to win on their turf and -833 with 10Bet to win a spot in the quarter finals.