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Champions League: Changes aplenty since knockout draw

The Champions League resumes this week with the first four last-16 first-leg games taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the remaining ties scheduled for the following week.

There are some mouth-watering match-ups, but what state are the respective teams in as we begin the knockout stage of Europe's premier club competition?

And Manchester City (11/4), Paris Saint-Germain (8/1) and Atletico Madrid (33/1) are still searching for their first successes in the competition.

Paris Saint-Germain v Real Madrid

When the draw was made this was immediately marked down as 'tie of the round'. The record 13-time European champions against French giants PSG who, despite all their riches, are still looking for their first-ever Champions League crown.

Both come into the game top of their domestic leagues, but PSG's form overall is better - Mauricio Pochettino's side winning four of their last five games in all competitions with the only defeat in that run being on penalties to Nice in the French Cup.

Real - 19/20 to progress at the expense of PSG - have only won two of their last five in all, losing to Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey and drawing with both Elche and Villarreal in La Liga, the latter taking a point off them on Saturday in a frustrating 0-0 result.

Sporting Lisbon v Manchester City

Manchester City head to Portugal to take on Sporting with plenty of confidence after hammering Norwich City 4-0 on Saturday to maintain their superiority over Liverpool in the Premier League title race.

Pep Guardiola's side have scored 10 goals in their last three games in all competitions, conceding just one in the process, and will expect to register a vital away win in the first leg at the Estadio Jose Alvalade, on offer at 3/10.

Sporting are second domestically, four points behind leaders Porto, who they drew 2-2 with on Friday, with that point ending a run of four straight wins in all competitions for Ruben Amorim's men.

RB Salzburg v Bayern Munich

German champions Bayern Munich are favourites at 3/10 to win in Austria against RB Salzburg, but head into the game on the back of a shock 4-2 league defeat at the hands of Bochum on Saturday.

Again these two are top of their respective leagues and Salzburg know they will need to perform at their best to secure a first-leg lead, available at 8/1.

Matthias Jaissle's men followed up a 3-1 win over LASK in the Cup with a 2-1 come-from-behind success in the league on Friday against Rapid Vienna.

Inter Milan v Liverpool

Inter Milan and Liverpool are second in Italy and England respectively ahead of their San Siro showdown, but the Reds look in slightly better shape, winning their last six games in all competitions, including a 1-0 victory at Burnley on Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp now also has Mo Salah and Sadio Mane back after their exploits at the Africa Cup of Nations, while new signing Luis Diaz has impressed in a couple of outings since he joined from Porto in January.

Inter are only a point behind city rivals AC Milan in Serie A, but missed a great opportunity to take charge of the title race when they lost the Milan derby 2-1 at the start of the month.

They did bounce back to see off Roma 2-0 before being held to a 1-1 draw by Napoli on Saturday.

A home win in this last-16 first leg tie is 12/5, the draw is 13/5 and a Liverpool victory is 21/20.

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Chelsea v Lille

Newly-crowned world champions Chelsea will expect to get the better of struggling French champions Lille in the first of next week's games in the last-16 stage, for which they are 4/11 to win.

The Blues are on a high after winning the Club World Cup and have also progressed to the Carabao Cup final since the Champions League draw was made, although many now believe their Premier League title bid has gone up in smoke thanks to a recent narrow defeat at Man City and a damaging draw against Brighton.

Lille have been unable to follow up last term's shock Ligue 1 title triumph and they are down in eighth place domestically as they prepare for this tough clash at Stamford Bridge.

Jocelyn Gourvennec's side lost successive games to Brest and PSG before getting back to winning ways with a narrow 1-0 success at Monpellier on Saturday.

Villarreal v Juventus

Juventus have moved up to fourth in Serie A after a 10-game unbeaten run in the league, which includes a dramatic 4-3 win at Roma and a goalless draw with leaders AC Milan.

They will want to get ahead in this tie against Villarreal before the home leg back at the Allianz Stadium and are 13/8 to win in Spain, with the draw 12/5.

The Yellow Submarine are sixth in La Liga, but are unbeaten in their last three games and held leaders Real Madrid to a goalless draw on Saturday.

Atletico Madrid v Manchester United

Atletico are likely to be stiff opposition in the last-16 for a stumbling Manchester United, who have thrown away 1-0 leads to draw 1-1 in each of their last three games in all competitions.

Ralf Rangnick continues to try and get the Red Devils playing consistently well, although they are still very much in contention for a top-four place in the Premier League.

Atleti appear out of the title race in Spain as they are fourth and they have had plenty of problems in 2022 so far, losing in cups to Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao, while they were also beaten 4-2 by Barcelona at the Nou Camp, before responding with a 4-3 win over Getafe on Saturday.

An Atletico win in the first leg is 7/5 and the draw is 9/4.

Benfica v Ajax

Ajax remain in superb winning form ahead of their trip to Benfica, and have been victorious in their last eight games in all competitions to stay on course to be crowned Dutch champions for a 36th time.

The visitors are 1/1 to win this first leg and are 1/4 to progress through to the quarter-finals.

Benfica have fallen 10 points behind leaders Porto in Portugal, but have recently won home and away against Tondela and Santa Clara and will expect to put up a good fight against Erik ten Hag's side.

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