Liverpool and Manchester City strong favourites in Champions League ties

The top two teams in the Premier League, Liverpool and Manchester City, have both put themselves in to a great position to reach the quarter-finals of this seasons Champions League, after two excellent results in their first leg ties two weeks ago.

They can each complete the job in their second leg games with both clubs playing at home. Here we preview the games involving the English teams next week and a look at who might join them from the other ties.

Can Liverpool progress against Inter Milan?

Liverpool produced an excellent performance in the first leg at the San Siro to beat Inter Milan 2-0. Two second half goals from Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah has given the Reds a great opportunity to complete the job and reach the quarter-finals when they welcome Inter to Anfield on Tuesday, March 8.

Liverpool, who after their Carabao Cup success are still going for an unprecedented quadruple, will go into the game as the strong 4/7 favourites to win the match with William Hill. But with a two goal cushion and big games coming up in the Premier League title race, Jurgen Klopp might decide to rest a few of his regular starters.

Inter need to come out and win the game, which should make for a much more attacking tie, and they are 24/5 to win with William Hill who also offer 3/1 for the draw. Goals should be expected and both teams to score is 8/11, while over 2.5 goals is 4/6.

Manchester City have one foot in the quarter-finals

Manchester City welcome Sporting Lisbon to the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday, March 9, having all but booked their place in the last eight already. City swept Sporting aside two weeks ago at the Estádio José Alvalade, beating their hosts 5-0.

Goals from Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling, and a Bernado Silva brace, showed the firepower City possess as they took a huge step to the quarter-finals. That result also saw City become the clear 9/4 favourites to win the competition with William Hill.

Pep Guardiola will surely give some of his fringe players the chance to finish the job with the benefit of a five goal cushion, but City are still strong 1/8 favourites to win the game. It will be interesting to see how Sporting approach the game with them all but out of the competition. They have been priced at a generous 20/1 with William Hill just to win the tie, with the draw offered at 7/1.

Goals are again likely and both teams to score looks good value at 11/8. If Sporting do go out and try to overturn the five goal deficit it could lead to an open game, so over 3.5 goals could be good value at 11/10 with William Hill.

Who might also make the last eight next week?

Bayern Munich were surprisingly held to a 1-1 draw by Salzburg in their first leg, but are expected to come through the test in the second leg at the Allianz Arena. Robert Lewandoski has been among the goals again in this year’s competition, and he can add to his nine strikes so far to help Bayen progress to the quarter-finals.

There is a huge game at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu to look forward to as well as two of Europe’s powerhouses go head-to-head again. Real Madrid welcome Paris SG with the French side coming into the game with a one goal advantage after Kyllian Mbappe’s late goal gave them a 1-0 first leg success.

Here are the full set of results from the first legs of the Round of 16:

  • Salzburg 1-1 Bayern Munich
  • Sporting Lisbon 0-5 Manchester City
  • Benfica 2-2 Ajax
  • Chelsea 2-0 Lille
  • Atletico Madrid 1-1 Manchester United
  • Villareal 1-1 Juventus
  • Inter Milan 0-2 Liverpool
  • Paris SG 1-0 Real Madrid
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