Posted on 08th Feb 2018
The UEFA Champions League is back next week and all five English clubs are still in the competition. Both Manchester City and Manchester United will fancy their chances, along with Liverpool who have also been handed a favourable draw. However, Tottenham and Chelsea face tougher tasks to reach the last eight of Europe’s premier competition.
The demand for Champions League tickets continue to rise as we reach the knockout stages of competition. Customers who have already purchased their match tickets or are searching any last minute deals on Football Ticket Pad for cheap tickets we hope that our scout report into the English sides opponents next week can help you decide what games to watch as they look forward to welcoming some of the biggest clubs from across Europe.
The last 16 ties kick-off on Tuesday with some mouthwatering fixtures to look forward to over the next month. We start with Juventus v Tottenham. Spurs have been handed one of the tougher of the last 16 ties and will travel to Turin for their first leg to take on the Italian champions. However, Mauricio Pochettino’s side have impressed in Europe this season and have already registered victories against both Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid as they went on to top their group.
Juve are once again leaning heavily on their defence. They kept clean sheets in three of their six group stage matches, including a goalless draw with group winners Barcelona as Gianluigi Buffon aims to conclude his playing career with a Champions League triumph.
The Bianconeri do have a few injury concerns to contend with ahead of the first-leg in Turin. Paulo Dybala is nearing full fitness and could feature next week. However, Blaise Matuidi and Juan Cuadrado are both ruled out. Andrea Barzagli, Sami Khedira, Daniele Rugani and Douglas Costa are all set to return for Juve in what will be a thrilling clash in Italy.
Tottenham will be looking to remain watertight at the back and try to sneak an away goal to take back to Wembley Stadium for the second-leg in London. Buy tickets now for the return fixture with Tottenham v Juventus tickets still available to buy!
Elsewhere, Basel and Manchester City have both found the UEFA Champions League round of 16 a sizeable obstacle in years gone by, and will be eager to take a significant step towards progressing to the last eight. Pep Guardiola is something of a master in Europe and his talented City squad have been tipped as the favourites to win the competition.
City are undoubtedly one of the best teams to watch in Europe and fans with Manchester City tickets can expect a thrilling display of attacking full-throttle football in both the home and away leg fixtures. Basel will carry a threat of their own and will be looking to cause an upset in the first-leg and disrupt the free-flowing attack of City.
Basel beat Manchester United on Matchday 5 in Group A and sealed a second placed finish with 12 points - their highest ever return in the competition. Right-back Michael Lang is a threat and can often be found marauding down the right-flank to join the attacks, however the likes of Leroy Sane will look to pin him back in his own half and expose such forward runs with a quick counter-attack. Former Norwich City forward Ricky van Wolfswinkel will be a familiar name to their Premier League opponents and the pace of striker Dimitri Oberlin will look to expose Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones.
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Meanwhile, Liverpool’s love affair with the Champions League continues when they travel to Portugal to take on Porto at Estadio Dragao on Wednesday 14th February. Porto v Liverpool tickets are still listed to buy but remain extremely popular with fans from all over the world.
Porto are a side unbeaten in the Portuguese league this season, yet their European form has differed and Jurgen Klopp’s side will be hoping to take full advantage of any slip-ups in Portugal. Liverpool will be buoyed by the fact that their opponents have shipped ten goals in their six Champions League matches so far, the same number they have conceded in 20 league games. Liverpool are so fluid going forward with the likes of Mohammed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, yet their achilles heel has been their defensive frailties and they will need Loris Karius and the back four to be at their best if they want to give themselves the best chance of qualifying.
The likes of Jesus Corona, a fleet-footed Mexican forward, marauding left-back Alex Telles and Yacine Brahimi, their super-talented Algerian wide player, have admirers across Europe and will be players that Liverpool will need to keep tabs on. In terms of goals, Vincent Aboubakar carries the bulk of the responsibility. He has 26 in all competitions this season, including five in six group stage matches in the Champions League.
The vast experience in the shape of captain Hector Herrera and full-back Maxi Pereira offer a balanced looking team who will hope to still be in with a shout of victory when they travel to Anfield later this month. Grab Liverpool tickets now with huge deals still available to buy at Football Ticket Pad. Anfield will be rocking for the second leg and this will be one not to miss!
The following week, Chelsea v Barcelona tickets provide one of the biggest matches of the round. Fans will be eager to see who comes out victories and Stamford Bridge will be a sell out for the first-leg when Lionel Messi and his Barca team-mates come to London on 20th February.
Barcelona, Five-time Champions League winners offer formidable opponents and when these two sides meet they are often compelling fixtures. The teams have faced each other 12 times in UEFA competition with four Chelsea wins to three for Barça and five draws.
Barca have not quite reached top gear in the competition and Chelsea will be looking to exploit them. Lionel Messi is the obvious danger man, alongside Luis Suarez. However, Philippe Coutinho is cup-tied following his involvement earlier in the competition with Liverpool.
The Blues will be desperate for European glory and there aren’t many bigger scalps than the Catalan giants. Grab your Chelsea Champions League tickets now as they continue their European quest against one of the greatest sides in Europe!
Meanwhile, Sevilla v Manchester United tickets are selling fast for their first leg clash on 21st February at Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium in Seville. A limited number of Away Section tickets remain as United travel to Spain to take on a side who have a fine pedigree in European competition. These two sides have never met in the UEFA Champions League and this will be a thrilling contest between both the 2016 and 2017 Europa League champions.
Sevilla have never surpassed the round of 16 stage and face a tall order against a Manchester United side who have lost only one of their last eight matches in Spain. Wissam Ben Yedder is the joint second top scorer in the competition with six goals and he will carry the main attacking threat to United. Ever Banega has also been a key player in the middle of midfield and has completed the most passes in the Champions League this season with 613 passes.
Buy Manchester United tickets online today with a 100% money-back guarantee and see if Jose Mourinho can make it back-to-back European success following their Europa League triumph last season. Fans planning to go to this season’s UEFA Champions League Final are also reminded that Football Ticket Pad will have a huge selection of Champions League Final Tickets available for the match in Kiev on 26th May 2018.