Champions League last 16 Wednesday Preview

Reigning champions Real Madrid continue their quest for a third title on Wednesday with Liverpool also in first leg action in Portugal.

Jurgen Klopp takes his side to Porto for their first match in the knockout stages since 2009 but he is insistent that his side are in it to win it and can compete with anyone.

“Now we have to show that we are not only part of the competition, we are quite ambitious. That is how it is and we have to take it seriously,” said Klopp.

Despite being on for a third title, the pressure is on Real boss Zinedine Zidane after a in-different campaign but he is insisting he is not thinking about his future.

“There will always be pressure here, it’s something habitual, but I’m going to keep enjoying myself,” said Zidane.

“Right now I’m not thinking about my future. I’m only thinking about the game as it’s the only thing we can control so we’re focusing on preparing for the game and we’ll see what happens.”

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
FC Porto 19:45 Liverpool

Estadio Do Dragao

TEAM NEWS: Porto come into the game with Felipe suspended and Danilo is ruled out, but they hope striker Vincent Aboubakar could be available. Emre Can is banned for Liverpool, whilst Nathaniel Clyne and Joe Gomez are ruled out.
KEY FACT: Liverpool yet to lose to Porto
MATCH ODDS: Porto 9/4 Draw 12/5 Liverpool 13/10
GRAEME SAYS: I think Liverpool will win here, and a good win at that…1-3
BOYLESPORTS PICK: Liverpool win and Both Teams to Score @16/5 
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Mo Salah is still one of the best buys on the Index

First leg
Real Madrid 19:45 Paris Saint Germain

Santiago Bernabeu

TEAM NEWS: Dani Carvajal is suspended for Real, whilst Jesus Vallejo is ruled out. Kevin Trapp misses out for PSG and there are doubts over Thiago MottaEdinson Cavani and Layvin Kurzawa
KEY FACT: Real have reached the semi-finals in each of the past seven Champions League campaigns.
ODDS: Real 13/10 Draw 13/5 PSG 2/1
GRAEME SAYS: Tough call but I can see PSG getting something here…2-2
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Neymar number one in Index, is he still value?

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