The Champions League has reached the knockout stage and there are two first leg matches today in the round of the last sixteen. Ties are played on a home and away basis and away goals count double if the scores are level after both matches. Not conceding at home in low-scoring ties is important and a goalless draw with home-field advantage in the first match is not a bad result.
The draw for the round of the last 16 had to be made twice due to an error with putting the balls in the right pot. You can’t play a team from your own country at this stage or a team you played against in the groups. The quarter-finals are based on an open draw which can produce ties between sides from the same leagues.
Here are our Champions League picks for two matches this evening.
Champions League Picks For Tonight
RB Salzburg vs Bayern Munich
Champions League Pick – RB Salzburg vs Bayern Munich draw at (+440) with Pointsbet
Bayern Munich are one of the favorites to win the Champions League and the shortest priced away team in the round of the last 16. Despite the retirement of some long-established players, the German champions are still one of the best teams in Europe. They are one of just five clubs to have won the three major European competitions and the only German team to achieve that feat.
Bayern won six times in six matches in their group, scoring 22 goals and conceding three. They had the best goal difference of any Group winner. Barcelona were third in their section so didn’t qualify for this stage of the competition. The most successful team in Germany should take care of RB Salzburg over two legs and the visitors should return to Munich in control of the tie.
Salzburg were second in their group with 10 points. They qualified for the competition as champions of the Austrian Bundesliga which they have now won for five seasons in a row. Only the city of Vienna has produced more champions of Austria. In terms of squad strength and depth, they are a significantly inferior outfit than Bayern who can secure a draw in Salzburg tonight.
Inter Milan vs Liverpool
Champions League Pick – Both Team To Score (-115) at PointsBet
Liverpool were also faultless in qualifying from their group. Their six fixtures produced six wins, with 17 goals scored and six conceded. They have won the European Cup or Champions League six times and have won some memorable matches at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp has created a dynamic team with few flaws and they should be too strong for Inter Milan tonight.
The champions of Italy are currently second in Serie A, one point behind AC Milan with a game in hand. However, they have won just one point from their last two matches, including a defeat to their city rivals. It’s not in Liverpool’s nature to play for a draw and even if they don’t dominate possession, they should score at least one goal in the San Siro in the first leg.