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UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PREVIEW: ROUND OF 16 - LEG 1

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UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PREVIEW: ROUND OF 16 - LEG 1

By: @JieunSuzy (@bryanjon28) 

 

Atlético Madrid F.C. vs Liverpool F.C. on Tuesday, 18th of February 2020, 20:00 GMT

Atlético Madrid will host Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 on Tuesday night. Tuesday’s clash will be just the fifth meeting between Liverpool F.C and Atlético Madrid. It will be the first time that these two teams have faced each other in the Champions League since the group stages of the 2008-09 competition, when both matches finished 1-1.

Atletico have not been so good recently, they only won 1 of their 6 last matches across La liga and and the Spanish Cup. In terms of this season’s Champion league, Atletico also lost two of their six matches in the group stages of the Champions League but still managed to finish second in the table behind Juventus. Atletico will compete against Liverpool without the services of injured forwards Costa and Joao Felix, while former Spurs defender Kieran Trippier will also miss out on the chance to face Liverpool due to a groin issue.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson admitted his team's focus was directly on Atletico Madrid after they won against Norwich City 1-0. Liverpool have been amazing throughout this season, the Reds are now 25 points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table with 25 wins, 1 draw, and 0 loss. As for Liverpool, Mane and James Milner are both fit having made their returns from injuries against Norwich on Saturday, and the former will be in the starting XI on Tuesday night.

Atletico aren’t as fantastic and defensively perfect as they have been in previous years, they have endured a terrible run of form in recent weeks. On the other hand, The Reds have been doing impressively well in the Premier League cup, winning 10 of their last 11 Premier League games. With this impressive results, The Reds most likely will put on a show in this game.

 

Atletico Madrid possible starting lineup:

Oblak; Arias, Savic, Gimenez, Lodi; Vitolo, Koke, Thomas, Saul; Morata, Correa

Liverpool possible starting lineup:

Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane

 

 

Dortmund F.C. vs Paris Saint-Germain F.C. on Tuesday, 18th of February 2020, 20:00 GMT

Dortmund will welcome Paris Saint-Germain to German in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 on Tuesday night. It will actually be just the third meeting between the two teams in history since the group stage of the 2010-2011 Champions League. PSG must be wary of Dortmund, because Dortmund is one of the dangerous German teams in BundesLiga.

Dortmund have put on a show recently, they have won 3 of their 5 last matches. The ‘wonderkid’ of Norwegia’ Erling Haaland helped Dortmund win the games with his hat tricks several times. They defeated Eintracht Frankfurt, Union Berlin, and FC Koln in BundesLiga. However, they have to suffer a 4-3 defeat against Bayer Leverkusen and 3-2 against Werder Bremen. Dortmund will be without the services of both Marco Reus and Thomas Delaney through injury, while an ankle problem is expected to rule Julian Brandt out of the contest.

Not too much different, PSG also put on a show recently. The PSG team got a lot of praise from the fans because they won 4 of their 5 last matches across cups, including a 4-4 draw against Amiens. Not to mention, they also put on a show last week, winning 6-1 against Dijon. In the terms of Champions League, they were very impressive in the group stages of this season's tournament, winning five of their six matches to top Group A by five points from Real Madrid. As for PSG, Colin Dagba and Abdou Diallo are both unavailable through injury, but Neymar is expected to overcome a rib injury to start for the French champions on Tuesday.

With these two teams amazing results over this season, it will be tough enough to decide which sides will win this game.

 

Dortmund possible starting lineup:

Burki; Piszczek, Akanji, Hummels; Hakimi, Can, Witsel, Guerreiro; Sancho, Haaland, Hazard

PSG possible starting lineup:

Navas; Meunier, Marquinhos, Silva, Bernat; Di Maria, Gueye, Verratti, Neymar; Icardi, Mbappe

 

Atalanta B.C. vs Valencia CF on Wednesday, 19th of February 2020, 20:00 GMT

Atalanta will welcome Valencia to Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on Wednesday night. This will be the first encounter between Atalanta and Valencia on italian soil. It's also the first time the team from Bergamo will face Spanish opposition in a competitive fixture.

Atlanta’s now have gone back to their normal rhythm and undefeated in their last 5 matches, after a little slump in mid-January. On Saturday Atalanta managed to turn their meeting against Roma on its head with a score 2-1. All of their last five encounters produced over 2.5 goals scored, as four also saw both involved sides to hit the back of the nets. 

On the other hand, Valencia have not been doing so well recently. They haven’t won any games in their last 3 matches and only triumphed in only 1 of the last 5 games. Prior to the last three games in which the team conceded a combined of 7 goals, Valencia were on a run of keeping a clean sheet in four consecutive meetings.

Valencia and Atalanta have met just one time in history so far. The game took place in the summer of 2017 and served as a preparation for the upcoming season. Atlanta's won with 1-2, after both of their goals were scored by defenders. With these stats and results, it will be tough to decide which one will pull this off, because they only met 1 time in history.

 

Atalanta Predicted Team

Gollini; Tolói, Palomino, Djimsiti; Hateboer, de Roon, Freuler, Gosens; Gómez, Iličić; Zapata

Valencia Predicted Team

Doménech; Gayà, Diakhaby, Mangala, Wass; Parejo, Coquelin, Ferrán Torres, Soler, Maxi Gómez, Rodrigo

 

Tottenham Hotspur F.C. vs RB Leipzig on Wednesday, 19th of February 2020, 20:00 GMT

RB Leipzig will visit Tottenham Hotspur at Tottenham Hotspur stadium on Wednesday night. This will be the first time Tottenham compete against RB Leipzig, and it’s also the first time the team from Leipzig is facing an English club in the competitive fixture.

RB Leipzig have reached the Champions League knockout stage for the first time in their history. The German side has been impressive this season, and currently sit in second place just a point behind leaders Bayern Munich. Last time out in the league, Leipzig picked up their first win in four games in all competitions with a 3-0 win over Werder Bremen. However, RB Leipzig have multiple injuries to deal with. Midfielder Tyler Adams has been ruled out with a groin injury, while his midfield teammate Kevin Kampl is a doubt with a foot problem. Skipper Willi Orban (knee) and fellow defender Ibrahima Konaté (hip) are also on the injury list, while centre-back Dayot Upamecano is suspended for this game.

Spurs finished second in Group B, six points clear of third place. Recent form under boss Jose Mourinho has been impressive and the north London side are currently on a seven-game undefeated streak in all competitions. Last time out, Son Heung Min struck in stoppage time to secure a 3-2 victory over Aston Villa. As for Spurs, will be missing long-term absentees Harry Kane (hamstring) and midfielder Moussa Sissoko (knee surgery). Both winger Erik Lamela and defender Juan Foyth missed the Villa game with groin injuries and are considered doubts to appear on Wednesday.

In terms of form, Spurs are on a better run, they haven’t suffered a defeat since their 0-1 loss to Liverpool on January 11th, and have won their last 3 games in a row. However, Leipzig saw a long unbeaten run snapped on January 25th, and have lost again since.

 

Tottenham Predicted Team:

Lloris; Aurier, Sánchez, Alderweireld, Tanganga; Winks, Lo Celso; Bergwijn, Alli, Son; Lucas

RB Leipzig Predicted Team

Gulácsi; Mukiele, Klostermann, Halstenberg, Angeliño; Laimer, Haidara; Forsberg, Sabitzer; Werner, Schick

 

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