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Welcome to the Champions League Preview, where we give a week-by-week preview of the Champions League ties. After an exciting first week of the last 16, with Man City and Liverpool both looking comfortable in their ties and Tottenham coming back to draw 2-2 away at Juventus, it’ll be interesting to see how the English teams do this week.

Our preview features the best bets from OLBG's esteemed bloggers for the English teams left in the competition and hot tips for all the other ties.

Bayern Munich v Besiktas – 19:45pm, BT Sport

The first tie of this week of Champions League football sees Bayern Munich host Besiktas, with the Turkish club having their first ever appearance in the Champions League knockout stages. They performed terrifically in the Group Stages and became the first Turkish side to win their Champions League group. The prize for that was one of the toughest ties they could get with Bayern only finishing 2nd in their group. The main factor in this game could well be the battle between Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski and Besiktas defender Pepe, with Lewandowski scoring all four goals for Dortmund against Pepe while at Real Madrid in a 4-1 win for BVB in the Champions League semi-finals back in the 13/14 season. There may well be more of the same in this game if Lewandowski plays as we know he can.

Stat Attack:

  • Bayern have reached at least the quarter-finals for the last 6 seasons
  • Bayern are in top form, winning their last 13 games
  • Besiktas have kept 3 clean sheets in their 18 away games in all competitions so far this season

Best Bets from the hot tips:

  • risto123 likes Bayern to be leading at Half Time. “I would say that this is a dream draw for Bayern for finishing second in the group and probably worst possible draw if you won the group. Whether is it eventually 6:0 or 2:0, I still expect Bayern to break down opponents very tight defence in the first 45 minutes.” Bayern to be leading at HT is 1/2.

Chelsea v Barcelona – 7:45pm

The tie of the week and arguably the tie of the round sees Chelsea face Barcelona, with Antonio Conte’s men possibly needing a huge result to save their season in many ways. It’s been a bit of doom and gloom around Stamford Bridge recently, with reports Antonio Conte could have been sacked, but their fortunes have turned slightly in recent times with good victories and they’ll need to be on their game here for a result. Eden Hazard will be key for the Blues. Another key thing for Chelsea is that they keep a lid on Lionel Messi, as they have done every time they’ve faced him. Imagine saying that Messi had a poor record against a team. Well a poor record is exactly how to describe his form against Chelsea, having played them 8 times, taking 29 shots and still failing to score a single goal against them. It’ll come as no surprise to most that Messi is Barcelona’s top scorer in La Liga this year with 20 goals and he’ll be desperate to grab a goal against Chelsea in this one.

Match summary:

  • Olivier Giroud could make his European debut for Chelsea
  • Bakayoko & Luiz are set to miss out through injury, with Nelson Semedo missing for Barcelona through suspension.

Chelsea blogger L Flavius bets:

“Eden Hazard is having a really good run and his performance against Atletico Madrid in the group stage of the competition was quite remarkable. The Belgian is expected to step up again and have a huge impact on the match, so a goal against the four-time champions shouldn't be a distant dream.” – Chelsea blogger L Flavius

Sevilla v Man United – 7:45pm

Jose Mourinho should take a lot of positivity going into this game after seeing what the English sides did in the competition last weekend. Mourinho is known for his defensive football, with some critics even calling it negative and it’ll be interesting to see if he goes defensive here or really tries to hit Sevilla with his big guns. The addition of Alexis Sanchez to the Champions League squad is huge for Manchester United and they’ll be hoping he can hit the ground running in the competition with a good game here. Sevilla’s biggest performance of the group stage came against English opposition in Liverpool, with the Spanish side coming back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 against Jurgen Klopp’s men. This will give them confidence into this game, along with the fact that they’ve only lost once against English teams at home, losing 3-1 to United’s rivals Manchester City back in the 15/16 season. With all this in mind you have to feel that it’ll be an exciting game on Wednesday night.

Stat Attack:

  • Man United’s record in two-legged ties against Spanish clubs is won 6 lost 7.
  • Jose Mourinho won 7 of his 8 games against Sevilla while manager of Real Madrid.

Hot Tips bet on our app:

Shakhtar v Roma – 7:45pm

It’s fair to say that in terms of the Round of 16 games this year, this game between Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk and Italian team Roma has well and truly gone under the radar. This is a bit of a shame as it could be an absolute classic, with both teams having a good style of football that is sure to bring goals in this tie. The two sides have met in this stage of the competition before back in 2010/11, with Shakhtar winning 6-2 on aggregate and the Ukrainian team will be hoping for more of the same here. Roma hit a bit of a rough patch over the Winter period and were without a win in seven games, but the Giallorossi are now unbeaten in their last three games, winning all three and will be looking to take that form into the Champions League. Turkish wonderkid Cengiz Ünder has been a big part of those games and it’ll be interesting to see if he plays in this game. If he does then he’s definitely one to keep an eye on for Roma.

Stat Attack:

  • Roma have lost their last 4 matches in the round of 16. They lost home and away to Real Madrid 2 seasons ago.
  • Shakhtar became the first team to beat Manchester City this season, winning 2-1 at home back in the Group Stage this season.

Bet from the hot tips:

Roma goalkeeper Alisson has been impressive so far this season:

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