Champions League round of 16 betting tips

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The UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg fixtures rounds off on Wednesday 2004 winners FC Porto playing host to Serie A champions Juventus while Europa Cup holders Sevilla and Leicester City will clash in Spain in the day's other fixture.


FC Porto v Juventus

Porto have gone from third to second and from three points off leaders, Benfica, to just one since the group stage finished. They have dropped just two of the 30 points on offer in that period and scored 25 Liga goals, a tally achieved in part thanks to January signing Francisco Soares' four in three appearances. Porto's only recent disappointment came as they finished bottom of their Portuguese League Cup group.

Juventus have won nine of their ten league fixtures since the end of the group stage and are seven points clear at the top of Serie A table. Friday's victory against Palermo extended their Serie A record of consecutive home victories to 29. The Bianconeri have also reached the Coppa Italia semi-finals, where they will face Napoli, while Gonzalo Higuaín has scored 12 goals in as many games in all competitions.

Prediction

Juventus are unbeaten in three meetings with Porto so the home side have a stiff task on their hands as they seek to reach the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals again. Juve who are targeting their tenth quarter-final in the UEFA Champions League but just their third in the last seven attempts should win this one comfortably. Bet9ja offers a mouth watering 2.25 winning odds in favour of the Italians.

Porto 1-3 Juventus

Sevilla v Leicester City

Leicester City FC face the toughest test yet of their debut UEFA Champions League campaign when they visit Europa League champions Sevilla for the first leg of their round-of-16 tie.

Sevilla are still in contention for a first Liga title since 1946, although they trail leaders Real Madrid by three points having played two games more.

In January, the Andalusian side recorded their biggest ever points total of 42 for the first half of a season and strung together five straight league wins before losing at Espanyol, while they exited the Copa del Rey at the hands of Real Madrid.

Saturday's FA Cup fifth-round defeat at third-tier Millwall, who were down to ten men, continued a miserable run that has left the Leicester only a point above the relegation zone.

Prediction

Leicester have failed to score in their last six Premier League fixtures and also drew a blank in Saturday's 1-0 FA Cup loss at Millwall FC. The English champions have won only two of their 11 league games since matchday six while Sevilla have won eight and drawn two of their 12 fixtures since matchday six. Despite Leicester's poor run in the league, their double chance odds of 2.94 as offered by Bet9ja is good for your money.

Sevilla 0-0 Leicester City

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