Champions League last 16 Tuesday Preview – Second-legs

The first teams into the Champions League quarter-finals will be decided on Tuesday, with Liverpool and Real Madrid carrying healthy first-leg advantages.

However, whilst the second leg in Paris looks intriguing to say the least – the clash on Merseyside looks like an almost dead rubber.

Liverpool claimed a brilliant 5-0 win over Porto in the Estadio do Dragao, meaning they have more than one foot in the last eight.

Jurgen Klopp admits his side need to guard against any possible reaction from the Portuguese giants and said: “If I was in a similar situation I would want to see a real reaction from my team.”

In France, and PSG need to come from 3-1 down to end Real Madrid’s dreams of a third successive title.

Real boss Zinedine Zidane comes into the game in confident mood that they can defend their first leg success.

“We are here to play a great game of football and we are all prepared, we are focused and ready to play,” he said.

“Starting with the scoreboard in your favour means nothing. We must be ready for the unexpected. We’ll have to play a great game for 90 minutes or longer. We are used to the pressure.”

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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Second leg
Liverpool 19:45 FC Porto (agg 5:0)


TEAM NEWS: Nathaniel Clyne could be involved for Liverpool, but Ben Woodburn and Gigi Wijnaldum are sidelined as Jurgen Klopp looks set to make a number of changes. For Porto, they are hoping RicardoMoussa Marega and Vincent Aboubakar could feature but Francisco SoaresAlex Telles and Danilo are ruled out.
KEY FACT: Porto have not scored on last four Champions League trips to England
MATCH ODDS: Liverpool 1/2 Draw 16/5 Porto 13/2
GRAEME SAYS: Won’t be 5-0 again, but Liverpool will win this without too many issues…2-0
LEON SAYS: Liverpool Half-time/Liverpool Full-time @5/4
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Sadio Mane is an excellent investment

Second leg
Paris Saint Germain 19:45 Real Madrid (agg 1:3)
Parc des Princes

TEAM NEWS: Brazilian star Neymar is missing with his broken foot, but that aside PSG have a near fully fit squad. Real also have a virtually full squad to pick from but Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are doubts.
KEY FACT: PSG have eliminated Real Madrid in their two previous knockout encounters
MATCH ODDS: PSG 20/23 Draw 16/5 Real 11/4
GRAEME SAYS: I think PSG will win on the night, but think Real might just hang on, but will be close…2-1 
LEON SAYS: PSG to win @20/23
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Cristiano Ronaldo in the top-four, still worth a go?

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