Champions League preview: Leicester bid to extend fairy tale and Manchester City set to resume goal fest with Monaco

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Champions League preview: Leicester bid to extend fairy tale and Manchester City set to resume goal fest with Monaco

Jack Rathborn

The final Champions League last 16 ties are rounded up this week and only two appear to still be alive.

Juventus and Atletico Madrid look like serious contenders after ruthlessly winning big away from home in their first legs, while Sevilla will have a testing trip to the King Power after failing to capitalise whilst on top against Leicester in the first leg.

City’s trip to Monaco should wet the appetite after their thrilling first leg, so let’s take a look at where your money should go.

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Juventus vs Porto: Juventus to win 7/10 Boyle Sports ✅

This tie is just about dead after the Old Lady’s 2-0 win at the Dragao in the first leg and Porto faced with the daunting task of winning by two or more at the J-Stadium.

The Bianconeri warmed up for the second leg on Friday by maintaining their 100 percent home record in the league by defeating Milan 2-1 and it’s tough to envisage Massimiliano Allegri allowing complacency to creep in – despite the two-goal lead.

Without Alex Telles due to suspension, Miguel Layun will be tasked with keeping Juan Cuadrado, plus Dani Alves on the overlap, quiet. That battle, which by no means includes Juve’s strongest players, epitomises the versatility of this side.

With Boyle Sports going as long as 7/10 for the home win, there is no need to be too creative here, as Juve still need to consolidate their position as a legitimate threat in this competition.

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Leicester vs Sevilla: Leicester to win 23/10 Ladbrokes ✅

Craig Shakespeare appointment as first team manager until the end of the season has come at the perfect time, with the Foxes set for potentially their last meaningful game of the season.

Logic would suggest Sevilla will have more space to operate in this one, though given the requirement is just 1-0 for the Premier League champions, it could cagey at times.

Jorge Sampaoli’s side have conceded first and early in their last two games to Alaves and Leganes and you can bet that Shakespeare will hope to test the Andalucians aerially.

It just feels like Leicester have one final hurrah in them before this incredible journey comes to a halt and at 23/10 with Ladbrokes for the win looks appealing – especially with the added bonus of Sevilla potentially defending against losing by two, rather than losing in general, should they grab two away goals.

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Monaco vs Manchester City: Monaco to win 6/4 Ladbrokes

The first leg was a thriller and one of the most entertaining games of the season, with many left scratching their heads as to exactly how Monaco lost that one.

With a two-goal margin to make up and playing at home, the Ligue 1 leaders look good value to win at 6/4 across the board.

With Leandro Jardim’s side averaging 2.89 goals per game to lead Europe’s top five leagues – including 31 goals in their last 10 games – Les Rouges et Blancs will be confidently of winning, while Pep Guardiola’s best hopes could be to squeeze through with just a one-goal defeat.

A look at Kylian Mbappe to score at anytime is one to consider at 17/10 with Ladbrokes given he has 10 in his last 10 games and delivered a clinical finish in the first leg.

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Atletico Madrid vs Bayer Leverkusen: Atletico Madrid to win 8/13 Ladbrokes

Another tough one to pick given the nature of the tie after Atletico’s 4-2 victory at the BayArena in the first leg.

Will Leverkusen be motivated for this one, or resigned to their fate? The loss in the first leg has seen them lose two and draw one in their next three Bundesliga games – a late Claudio Pizarro equaliser for Werder Bremen prevented a much-needed win to give the faintest of hope here.

It’s not going to make you rich, but a home win for Diego Simeone’s side, who have tightened up with back-to-back clean sheets leading in to this one, is the safest way to play this.

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Double

Juventus’ incredible home record packaged together with the highest scorers in Europe, Monaco, pushing for a two-goal win against the always attacking Manchester City combining for three or more goals makes for a tidy double at 2.19/1 with Ladbrokes.

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