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How Teams Stand, Going Into The Second Legs Of The UEFA Champions League Round of 16

How Teams Stand Going into The Second Legs Of The UCl Round of 16.

The UEFA champions league first round of Sixteen knockout matches have been completed, I break down each team form guide and chances of qualification ahead of the return legs beginning from March 9th 2021.

 

  • Juventus VS Porto (9TH March): first leg 1-2

 

Italian champions Juventus have a first-leg deficit to overcome. Their recent form has not been convincing enough but with an away goal in their favour, they should be able to utilise home comforts to turn the tie on its head.FC Porto is also not in terrific form but a performance like the first leg should see them past the Italian Champions.

 

Juventus
Last six games: WWDWLL
Latest outing: Juventus 3-1 Lazio, 06/03
Next match: Juventus vs Porto (UEFA Champions League round of 16-second leg), 09/03
Where they stand: 3rd in Serie A, Coppa Italia final

Porto
Last six games: WLDWWD
Latest outing: Gil Vicente 0-2 Porto, 06/03
Next match: Juventus vs Porto (UEFA Champions League round of 16-second leg), 09/03
Where they stand: 2nd in Liga

 

My prediction: Juventus to progress.

 

  • Dortmund VS Sevilla (9th March): First leg 3-2

 

Borussia Dortmund is in a great place going into the return leg at home with three (3) away goals against the Europa League champions Sevilla. The result puts them in a strong position to progress to the next stage. The form of Haaland, who is the competition’s top scorer is also cause for positivity for the German side. They have to be wary of complacency though, as this Sevilla side always seem to find the back of the net. Sevilla was undone by a ruthless display from Haaland and they have it all to do in the return leg. They have to find ways to attack Dortmund and still keep a tight hold on defensive proceedings. Going by the form of Dortmund and their ability on the break, this looks highly unlikely.

 

Dortmund
Last six games: LWWWWD
Latest outing: Bayern 4-2 Dortmund, 06/03
Next match: Dortmund v Sevilla (UEFA Champions League round of 16-second leg), 09/03
Where they stand: 6th in Bundesliga, German Cup semi-finals

Sevilla
Last six games: LLLWLW
Latest outing: Elche 2-1 Sevilla, 06/03
Next match: Dortmund v Sevilla (UEFA Champions League round of 16-second leg), 09/03
Where they stand: 4th in Liga

 

My prediction: Dortmund to progress

 

  • PSG vs Barcelona (10 March): first leg 4-1

 

French Champions PSG returns to the Parc De Princes with four (4) away goals and a healthy 3 goals advantage over Barcelona. The tie looks like a done deal, but they need no reminder of Barcelona’s four goals comeback against them in 2017. Starman Mbappe took the Barcelona defence to the cleaners and a similar performance could be expected in the return leg. Neymar may return just in time to face his former club. Di Maria may also be available for selection. For Barcelona, they face a daunting task in trying to overturn this result as they need to score at least four (4) goals and prevent PSG from scoring. A team with Messi always has an advantage, but it is difficult to see how this weakened Barcelona team will perform against the odds to progress to the next stage.

 

Paris
Last six games: WWWLWW
Latest outing: Brest 0-3 Paris (French Cup round of 32), 06/03
Next match: Paris vs Barcelona (UEFA Champions League round of 16-second leg), 10/03
Where they stand: 2nd in Ligue 1, French Cup round of 16

 

Barcelona


Last six games: WWWWDL
Latest outing: Osasuna 0-2 Barcelona, 06/03
Next match: Paris vs Barcelona (UEFA Champions League round of 16-second leg), 10/03
Where they stand: 2nd in Liga, Copa del Rey final

 

My prediction: PSG to progress

 

  • Liverpool vs Leipzig (10 March): first leg 2-0

 

Premier League champions Liverpool are in command of the tie after a defensive nightmare showing by Leipzig. Liverpool will expect a strong showing at Anfield to ensure progression to the next stage. Liverpool’s form is a concern for worry and opens the door for a fascinating contest at Anfield. Leipzig found the spaces to hurt Liverpool but poor finishing and a string of defensive errors condemned them to a two goals defeat. They have a lot of work to do to overcome the deficit to progress.

Liverpool
Last six games: LWLWLL
Latest outing: Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea, 04/03
Next match: Liverpool vs Fulham, 07/03
Where they stand: 7th in Premier League

Leipzig
Last six games: WWWWLW
Latest outing: Freiburg 0-3 Leipzig, 06/03
Next match: Liverpool vs Leipzig (UEFA Champions League round of 16-second leg), 10/03
Where they stand: 2nd in Bundesliga, German Cup semi-finals

 

My prediction: Liverpool to progress

 

  • Real Madrid vs Atalanta (16 March): first leg 1-0

Spanish Champions Real Madrid had a lacklustre performance against Atlanta who played with ten men for over 75 minutes. They return home with a slender one-goal lead and will need to make the most of home advantage to ensure progression. Atlanta can rue a harsh sending off for the defeat, but with a well-balanced return leg, can look to play with better discipline and attacking intent.

 

Atalanta
Last six games: WWLWWW
Latest outing: Atalanta 5-1 Crotone, 03/03
Next match: Inter vs Atalanta, 08/03
Where they stand: 4th in Serie A, Coppa Italia final

Real Madrid
Last six games: DWWWWW
Latest outing: Real Madrid 1-1 Real Sociedad, 01/03
Next match: Atlético vs Real Madrid, 07/03
Where they stand: 3rd in Liga

 

My prediction: Real Madrid to progress

 

 

Manchester City go into the return leg at home, as huge favourites against the German side after a professional performance in Germany. It is hard to see any sort of comeback at the Etihad for the Germans. City has a fully fit squad to call upon and, except we witness a huge collapse at home, are clear favourites to progress.

 

Manchester City
Last six games: WWWWWW
Latest outing: Man. City 4-1 Wolves, 02/03
Next match: Man. City vs Man. United, 07/03
Where they stand: 1st in Premier League, FA Cup quarter-finals, League Cup final

Monchengladbach
Last six games: LLLLLD
Latest outing: Monchengladbach 0-1 Leverkusen, 06/03
Next match: Augsburg vs Monchengladbach, 12/03
Where they stand: 10th in Bundesliga

 

My prediction: Manchester City to progress

 

  • Chelsea vs Atlético (17 March): first leg 1-0

 

Thomas Tuchel’s resurgent blues return to Stamford Bridge with an away goal after an impressive performance that just lacked more cutting edge and goals. They will need a repeat of such performance at home to see off the Laliga table toppers. Atletico Madrid know fully well that an away goal puts  them right back into the tie, but they need to improve on their away outing where they could not muster any shot on target for 90+ minutes 

 

Chelsea
Last six games: WDWDWW
Latest outing: Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea, 04/03
Next match: Chelsea vs Everton, 08/03
Where they stand: 4th in Premier League, FA Cup quarter-finals

Atlético
Last six games: WLLDWD
Latest outing: Villarreal 0-2 Atlético, 28/02
Next match: Atlético vs Real Madrid, 07/03
Where they stand: 1st in Liga.

 

My prediction: Chelsea to progress

 

  • Bayern vs Lazio (17 March): first leg 4-1

 

European Champions Bayern Munich are Heavy favourites for the return leg after a comprehensive victory away from home. Lazio are technically out of the tie as they have to make up for the awful defensive disaster at home, and still prevent Bayern from scoring more goals.

 

Bayern
Last six games: WWWLDW
Latest outing: Bayern 4-2 Dortmund, 06/03
Next match: Bremen vs Bayern, 13/03
Where they stand: 1st in Bundesliga, Club World Cup winners

Lazio
Last six games: LLLWLW
Latest outing: Juventus 3-1 Lazio, 06/03
Next match: Lazio vs Crotone, 12/03
Where they stand: 7th in Serie A

My prediction: Bayern to progress

 

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