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Champions League last 16 Tuesday Preview

The Champions League last 16 continues on Tuesday with two of the favourites in action in the shape of Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Barcelona take on Chelsea and they visit Stamford Bridge in the first leg.

Blues boss Antonio Conte is confident his side can defy the odds and get the better of Barca.

“It doesn’t matter what the other side has done in the past,” said Conte.

The most important thing against a team like Barcelona is finding what your level is. It’s a great chance for us and we want to get to the next round.”

Barca legend Lionel Messi is yet to score in eight appearances against Chelsea, but Conte insists he remains the danger man.

“We are talking about the best player in the world. Messi has the capacity to solve the situation, to create a chance when you haven’t seen the chance to score,” he said.

Bayern are firm favourites as they host Besiktas in Munich and Jupp Heynckes is confident of success but they are not underestimating the threat from the Turks..

“Besiktas are a team that can play football and it’s no surprise that they are here. They won all three of their away matches in the group stage. They won’t hide, they like to play attacking football – if you let them. That’s the key. They will look for their chances, so we need to be prepared,” he said.

See below for a run-down on the games, including predictions from our own Football Insider Graeme Bailey together with everything you need to know from the bookies – with BoyleSports’s Leon Blanche.

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First leg
Chelsea 19:45 Barcelona

Stamford Bridge

TEAM NEWS: David Luiz and Tiemoue Bakayoko are both missing for Chelsea but Marcos Alonso and Ross Barkley are in contention. Philippe Coutinho is cup-tied but Thomas Vermaelen is involved after travelling to London.
KEY FACT: The London club are unbeaten in their last seven Champions League games against Barcelona
MATCH ODDS: Chelsea 13/5 Draw 23/10 Barcelona 23/20
GRAEME SAYS: Close game but I think Barcelona win this one and take a lead back for second leg…1-2
BOYLESPORTS PICK: Draw & Both Teams to Score @10/3
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Lionel Messi is third in the Index at just over £8

First leg
Bayern Munich 19:45 Besiktas
Allianz Arena

TEAM NEWS: Bayern are without star goalkeeper Manuel Neuer so Sven Ulreich will start but that is the only injury for the home side. Besiktas are without Dusko Tosic, Atinc Nukan, Veli Kavlak and Gokhan Tore.
KEY FACT: Bayern are bidding to reach the quarter-finals for a seventh year in a row
ODDS: Real 13/10 Draw 13/5 PSG 2/1
GRAEME SAYS: Has to be a comfortable home win, don’t see any other result…3-0
BOYLESPORTS PICK: Bayern -2 @21/20
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Robert Lewandowski still just under £3

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