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Champions League Preview: Chelsea host Bayern, City travel to Madrid

In the second week of the round of 16 fixtures in the Champions League, it’s the replay of the 2012 final as Chelsea face Bayern Munich while Manchester City travel to play Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Chelsea and City will look to get better results than the English teams did last week, with 2019 finalists Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool both losing their games against RB Leipzig and Atletico Madrid respectively.

Manchester City travel to Madrid in good form while also welcoming back defender Aymeric Laporte from a long-term injury while Real Madrid lost talisman Eden Hazard to injury on Saturday.

Bayern Munich are back to their best after a poor start to the season, reclaiming the Bundesliga lead as they’ve won five in their last six.

Chelsea – Bayern Munich

The last time the Chelsea faced Bayern was in that 2012 final in Munich, when Didier Drogba inspired the Blues to a famous win after penalties.

This season, Bayern have been perfect in the group stages, with Robert Lewandowski scoring 10 goals as the team scored maximum points.

It wasn’t plain sailing for Chelsea in their group, only making it through because of Ajax’s home loss to Valencia on the final matchday.

Bayern will be the favourites heading into Tuesday night and into the tie as a whole, and the statistics back this up.

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Chelsea have gone out in the round of 16 in their previous three UCL campaigns while Bayern are unbeaten for 12 straight European away games.

Lewandowski has also been in impeccable form while Chelsea defensive midfielder N’Golo Kante is ruled out through injury. This could turn out to be key, with Chelsea struggling to keep clean sheets without the Frenchman.

The Blues will also be without Christian Pulisic while Callum Hudson-Odoi and Pedro are listed as questionable, meaning goal scoring could prove a problem at Stamford Bridge.

Odds (per Paddy Power):

  • Chelsea win: 3/1
  • Draw: 3/1
  • Bayern Munich win: 4/5

Real Madrid – Manchester City

Manchester City are facing Real Madrid at a perfect time from their point of view.

While City just got Laporte, arguably their best defender, back from a long-term injury, Madrid lost their star player Hazard on the weekend.

Los Blancos have won just one game in their last four as well, falling to Levante on Saturday as they gave up first place in La Liga to rivals Barcelona.

Madrid’s top scorer Karim Benzema has also hit a drought recently, netting just twice in his last 12 games. However, the team has never failed to score at home in the knock-out stages for nine straight years.

While Manchester City have struggled to keep up with Liverpool in the Premier League, their Champions League campaign has been comfortable as they ran away as winners in Group C.

Both teams have a winger recovering from ACL injuries in Marco Asensio and Leroy Sane but Raheem Sterling is now listed as questionable as well, although Hazard’s absence will be the most notable one in the tie.

Although City have lost both times they’ve played at the Santiago Bernabeu, but Pep Guardiola’s men will be the favourites on the day as they are favoured by the bookies as well.

Odds (per Paddy Power):

  • Real Madrid win: 7/4
  • Draw: 13/5
  • Manchester City: 13/10

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