Champions League Last 16 preview: PSG look to break through against Barcelona as Arsenal face season-defining trip to Bayern

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Champions League Last 16 preview: PSG look to break through against Barcelona as Arsenal face season-defining trip to Bayern

Jack Rathborn

PSG vs Barcelona: Draw and BTTS (10/3 Boyle Sports)

Unai Emery’s moment has arrived: making the difference in the Champions League is why the Spaniard replaced Laurent Blance last summer.

PSG lost both legs to Barcelona two seasons ago in the quarter-finals but Emery’s intimate knowledge of the Blaugrana offers some added hope along with a more fluid side less dependent on playing for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Marco Verratti returned from injury on Friday and Edinson Cavani is relishing his increased responsibility with nine goals in his last six games, but the irresistible trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez will be tough to outscore.

A score draw – a result that would not disappoint either side too much – looks to be value at 16/5.

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Benfica vs Dortmund: Benfica to win (2/1 Ladbrokes)

Dortmund suffered the humiliation of defeat at bottom-of-the-table Darmstadt and Benfica conjured up one of their finest performances of the season at the weekend.

Jonas and Konstantinos Mitroglu combined well in the 3-0 win over over Arouca and the Estadio da Luz always provides an intimidating atmosphere on European nights.

A home win at this stage last season vs Zenit was followed by handing Bayern a brief scare in a 2-2 draw, meaning the lengthy 2/1 on offer for a home win, knowing they must surely carry a lead back to the Westfalenstadion, will boost any accumulator.

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Real Madrid vs Napoli: Both teams to score (8/13 Ladbrokes)

Napoli may well be quietly confident of pulling an upset here after a series of swashbuckling performances and an additional day’s rest following Friday’s 2-0 win over Genoa.

The European champions handled Osasuna easily enough, but Cristiano Ronaldo looked completely disjointed in attack – despite his goal.

The Partenopei are well balanced and pack a real threat in transitions, meaning they should thrive in the Bernabeu environment and with Real only able to keep one clean sheet in seven, both teams to score looks to be on at 8/13.

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Bayern Munich vs Arsenal: Bayern Munich to win and Robert Lewandowski to score (1/1 Ladbrokes)

Arsenal seem boosted by previous success at the Allianz Arena – having won once and drawn in their last three visits, though the Germans inflicted a 5-1 thrashing last season.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side have morphed into a less slick machine than they were under Pep Guardiola in previous years, but the winning habit remains.

Bayern’s away record in the knock-out stages is poor though, with their win coming three years ago – admittedly against the Gunners – but a win here should be imperative to qualification given Arsenal’s current fragile state. But the straight win is very short, at 1.5, so the wincast with Robert Lewandowski – who has scored in four of his six Champions League games this term, with five overall, at evens is the play here.

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Throw all these together for an acca that pays over 40/1 with a £10 bet returning £418.27.