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Champions League – Early Round of 16 Preview

The 2022/23 Champions League campaign will restart in February next year and there are plenty of exciting ties to look forward to with the predictions very close for most ties. The first legs of the round of 16 matches will be played on February 14/15 and February 21/22. The second legs will be contested on March 8/9 and March 15/16, and you watch all Champions League live online here.

Here are key three games to watch

Paris Saint-Germain vs Bayern Munich – February 14 & March 8

Paris Saint-Germain have been longing to lift the Champions League title and they will be hoping to end the wait. Last season, they were 2-0 ahead on aggregate against holders Real Madrid in the last 16 but still lost after a sensational hat-trick from Karim Benzema in the second half of the second leg.

They now face Bayern, who also have a point to prove after the shock loss to Villarreal in the quarter-final last term. The repeat of the 2020 Champions League final should be exciting to watch. Paris Saint-Germain should start as favourites as Bayern no longer possess the mesmerising talents of Robert Lewandowski up front.

Liverpool vs Real Madrid – February 22 & March 15

Liverpool have not been on the winning side against Madrid since 2009. They have suffered five defeats and picked up one draw in the last six competitive meetings with Los Blancos. This has included losses in the 2018 and 2022 Champions League finals. Madrid also eliminated them in the last eight stage in 2021.

Hence, it is a nightmarish fixture for the Reds but they will be hoping to get one over their European rivals this time. The Merseyside giants seem to be preparing for the encounter in advance and recently secured the services of Cody Gakpo, who has a stunning 30 goal contributions at club level this season.

AC Milan vs Tottenham Hotspur – February 15 & March 8

The two teams previously met in the last 16 of the competition in February/March 2011. The Rossoneri lost the tie 1-0 on aggregate after Peter Crouch’s goal in the first leg at San Siro. Milan are scheduled to host Spurs in the first leg again and they will be aiming to avenge the defeat.

Both clubs were far from their best during their group stage campaigns and there is a sense of unpredictability in this tie. Milan will start as slight favourites but their defeats against Chelsea don’t elude much confidence and Spurs will be aiming to capitalise.

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