- The first two UEFA Champions League round of 16 games take place on Tuesday, February 15 at 3:00 pm ET
- In Paris, it is PSG vs Real Madrid and in Lisbon, it’s Sporting vs Man City
- We preview both games, look at the odds, and offer some picks below
It is the first round of games in the round of 16 of the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League this week, starting on Tuesday with PSG vs Real Madrid and Sporting Lisbon vs Manchester City. They kick off simultaneously on Tuesday, February 15 at 3:00 pm ET.
We preview PSG vs Real Madrid and Sporting Lisbon vs Manchester City and offer below the best picks from the Champions League odds for these two huge clashes. For further info on how to bet soccer, take a look at SBD’s guide.
PSG vs Real Madrid Odds
|Paris Saint-Germain vs Real Madrid||PSG -0.5 (-103) | RMA +0.5 (-118)||PSG -100 | DRAW +270 | RMA +265||Ov 2.5 (-152) | Un 1.5 (+123)|
Odds as of February 14 at Barstool Sportsbook
Ligue 1 All But Decided
Two of Europe’s heavyweights have been drawn together in this round of 16 clash, meaning an early exit from Europe’s elite club competition for one. Both of them are leading their respective domestic league, with Real’s relatively slender four-point lead at the top of La Liga being blown away by PSG’s 13-point cushion at the top of Ligue 1. For PSG, in particular, their domestic title is all but sewn up so their priority will shift now to the Champions League.
Les Parisiens warmed up nicely for this tie with a 1-0 home win over Rennes on Friday night and will have had more rest than Los Blancos who had to wait another 24 hours to play their weekend fixture, a disappointing goalless draw away at Villarreal.
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) February 14, 2022
PSG has injury problems ahead of this game with Sergio Ramos and Andre Herrera both still in the treatment room but there is some good news as Neymar is available again after recovering from a long-term injury and key midfielder Idrissa Gueye is also available again after returning from Senegal’s victorious Africa Cup of Nations campaign.
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Benzema a Doubt
Los Blancos have injury worries of their own with Karim Benzema missing the weekend’s draw with Villarreal with a thigh injury, but he has traveled to Paris and his fitness will be assessed late on Tuesday afternoon. He is, however, a doubt, while left-back Ferland Mendy is another who will be given every chance of playing despite not being fit enough to play at the weekend.
— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) February 13, 2022
The first legs of big European ties are usually tight affairs with both teams determined to have something to play for going into the second leg, and I expect this to be no different. PSG though will want to grab the initiative and with Messi likely to lead their line against his old foes, they have the edge in terms of both incentive and quality. I predict a narrow home win for the Parisiens.
Picks: PSG to win (-100) / Under 1.5 goals (+123)
Sporting vs Manchester City Odds
|Sporting vs Man City||SPO +1.5 (+100) | MNC -1.5 (-120)||SPO +1050 | DRAW +475| MNC -360||Ov 2.5 (-167) | Un 1.5 (+135)|
City in Brilliant Form
City will be desperate to go one better in this season’s competition after missing out in last year’s final against Chelsea despite starting the game as favorites. They are big favorites here to beat Sporting and take a comfortable lead back to Manchester for the second leg, and with good reason. On the domestic front, they look imperious and at the weekend they easily beat Norwich City 4-0 to open up a nine-point gap.
— Sporting Clube de Portugal 🏆 (@Sporting_CP) February 14, 2022
Red Card Fest for Sporting
For Sporting, things are not going as well domestically. They currently trail Porto by six points after drawing 2-2 with their big rivals on Friday night; a game notable for five red cards. The defense of their Primeira League title is now looking a little shaky and so they would love nothing more than a run to the latter stages of this competition.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 13, 2022
Sporting manager Rúben Amorim has a few injury concerns. The main one being the absence of vital midfielder Pedro Goncalves – dubbed the new Bruno Fernandes. City coach Pep Guardiola, however, was able to rest a few key players at the weekend for the game at Norwich, including Aymeric Laporte, Kevin De Bruyne, Joao Cancelo, and Rodri, but he will be without Kyle Walker, Gabriel Jesus, and Jack Grealish.
While no game at this level is easy, City’s form has been so outstanding it is hard to see them slipping up. A two-goal win for the visitors is quite conceivable.
Picks: Man City to win (-360) / Man City to win 2-0 (+540)