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Champions League match preview; Liverpool plays host to Bayern Munich as Barcelona make trip to face unbeaten Lyon in the another round of 16 clash.

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Liverpool – Bayern Munich

Liverpool

Coach of Liverpool Jurgen Kloop has his gaze set on silverware this season. They head into this knockout stages of the Champions League even as they stay as league leaders. Being in contention for both could surely have an after effect but the Reds will be looking to finish both on a high.

Taking a look at the performance during the group stages one can’t be overly convinced of their form. In actuality, they lost half their total number of games in a group that could be referred to as the group of death. It housed PSG, Red star Belgrade and Napoli. Liverpool lost all the away fixtures and won all their home fixtures. This makes this 1st leg tie quite special as Kloop’s would be looking to kill off the game at Anfield.

Bayern Munich

The big boys of Bundesliga football are having one of their worst seasons in their history. Their dominance of German football knows no equal, but this season has them in 2nd place behind league leaders Borussia Dortmund. Although the gap between the sides has now been reduced to a mere 2 points Bayern do look like an improved side.

Their struggles so far can be attributed to a slow start in getting to top form with their win over the weekend, they now boast of 10 wins in 15 games. The home side is set to be without Virgil Van Dijk but Bayerns attack would also be missing Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller. It’s going to be a tight affair but the Reds should be able to steal the show. .

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Home win Draw no bet

Lyon – Barcelona

Lyon

The top French side only managed to make it past the group stages of this Champions League campaign as the drew away to Shakthar in the last group match the hold a 2 point advantage intact. They also had to defeat German side Hoffenheim but we’re 5 points behind group leaders Manchester City.

Their 2nd place finish has put them in an equally more difficult position as they now come up against the Catalan giants.

Considering how Lyon made it to the round of 16 they do have some reasons to stay optimistic about the clash. As we would recall they pulled off a win at the Etihad before drawing the reverse leg of the fixture. Most recently, they also defeated PSG to bring the league leaders unbeaten run to an end.

Barcelona

Barcelona are also another side who managed to stay unbeaten through the group stages. They had to do so with draws against Inter Milan and Tottenham, which just goes to show their vulnerability.

Back in the domestic league it hasnt exactly been smooth sailing even though the still lead the table. Last weekend they narrowly won by a single goal against Real Valladolid. That result brought an end to a 3 match winless run.
On away form their results have been far from impressive as they have recorded just 1 win in the last 4 matches with 2 losses and 1 draw.

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Both teams to score

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  1. Barthok says:

    Good one there. Both game could still end goal goal.

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