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Champions League Preview

Four games set to take place this week

After a long break away, the Champions League is finally set to return this week with the last-16 getting underway.

With 16 teams left and eight games to play, two take place tomorrow evening (Tuesday) and two more take place on Wednesday. The remaining games are next week.

So here is our preview into the first four games of the knockout stage.

Tuesday Night

Benfica vs Zenit St Petersburg

The runners-up of Group C are taking on the winners of Group H.

Benfica of Portugal are hosting Zenit of Russia with the visitors performing superbly during the group stages. In fact, Zenit only lost once in the groups, winning the other five, putting them on a respectable 15 points.

As for Benfica, they finished behind Atletico Madrid in their group, winning three, drawing one and losing two, ending on 10 points.

Looking at their league form, Benfica have won four out of their last five games and currently sit second in the Primeira Liga, whilst Zenit are currently sixth in their league, with just one win in their last five.

Paris Saint-Germain vs Chelsea

The big game of the night sees Ligue 1 champions host the Premier League champions.

PSG finished runners-up in Group A, behind Real Madrid, after winning four, drawing one and losing one. As for Chelsea, they topped Group G with four wins, one draw and one loss.

However, the Blues have been woeful this season in the league, mainly part to Jose Mourinho and their shocking start to the campaign, but under Guus Hiddink, they are unbeaten in their last 11.

As for PSG, they are unbeaten in the entire league so far, winning 22 games and drawing the remaining four.

Wednesday Night

KAA Gent vs Wolfsburg

Runners-up of Group H host the winners of Group B on Wednesday night as Wolfsburg travel to Gent.

Gent finished on 10 points in the group stages, with three wins, one draw and two defeats, whilst Wolfsburg finished on 12 points thanks to four wins and two defeats.

The Belgian side are currently second in the league, and have won four out of their last five games, whilst Wolfsburg sit eighth in the Bundesliga, with just one win in their last five.

AS Roma vs Real Madrid

The big game of Wednesday night comes from Italy as AS Roma host Real Madrid.

Roma finished runners-up in Group E, behind Madrid’s rivals FC Barcelona, despite picking up just six points. The Italian side won only one game, but still managed to progress through to the knockout stages.

Their opponents, Real Madrid, topped their group and did it without losing a single game, winning five and drawing one.

In terms of league form, Roma are currently fourth in the Serie A, winning four out of their last five matches. As for Madrid, they are third in La Liga, also winning four out of their last five matches.

 

Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt

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