After weeks away, the Champions League comes back to life with four thrilling encounters over Tuesday & Wednesday evening. Ahead of the big games, we have decided to assess the chances of the four sides playing tonight in going all the way to the final in Kiev. As ever you can watch all the action with beIN SPORTS CONNECT.
The Old Lady is undefeated in 16 games in all competitions, and have only conceded one goal during that period. Massimiliano Allegri’s side may just be a point behind Napoli in the league, but will confident that Juventus can come strong in the business end of the season. Last season’s Champions League finalists have proven pedigree in the competition and will be confident that they have the squad depth to progress to the quarter-finals over two legs. Gonzalo Higuaín has five goals in his last three starts in the league and will be looking to continue that run for the visit of Spurs.
Fresh from a 1-0 win in the North London derby against bitter rivals Arsenal, Tottenham will be full of confidence heading to Turin. Spurs progressed to the knockout phase from as group winners against the likes of Real Madrid & Borussia Dortmund. In Harry Kane, they have one of the form strikers in the European game, who can find the back of the net at the highest level. Spurs will be looking to their 1-1 away draw against Real Madrid in the group stages as the blueprint for their match against the Italian Champions.
Basel will be hoping to shock a club from Manchester for the second time in the Champions League this season. The Swiss side picked up a vital 1-0 win against Manchester United in the group stage to help qualify for the last 16 and will be hoping for a similar performance when they welcome Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side to St Jakob Park on Tuesday evening. Raphaël Wicky’s team will be looking to get the better of City in midfield, and Albanian midfielder Taulant Xhaka could prove to be a difference maker.
Are the Citizens dark horses for the Champions League? Despite having a handsome lead at the top of the Premier League Man City have never done it on the European stage. A semi-final appearance under Manuel Pellegrini in the 2015-2016 season is their best performance in the Champions League and purely based on their blistering form in the league they will be confident of going a step further to the final. After winning Group F at a canter, Guardiola’s side will be quietly confident that they can get the better of Basel over two legs. City will also be boosted by the return of flying winger Leeroy Sané who has returned to training.