Wednesday night in Iberia

Published by on February 22, 2017

Several of the Champions League last-16 ties are already practically done and dusted, but a few sides still have to play their first leg.

Arsenal and Barcelona are both clinging onto their hopes of progressing by a thread after receiving thrashings, and there could be more big margins on the cards when Sevilla meet Leicester and Juventus travel to Porto.

Sevilla vs Leicester

Despite their impressive form in the Champions League, Leicester are 8/1 to go back to England with an advantage. This is going to be the Foxes’ first really serious test in European football, and it’s unlikely to go well for them.

Claudio Ranieri’s men couldn’t even keep a clean sheet against Championship Milwall in the FA Cup, and haven’t done so since January 2 against Middlesbrough. If Sevilla do score, as seems inevitable, Leicester’s heads are likely to drop and the floodgates could open. Wissam Ben Yedder or Stevan Jovetic is the best bet to score first, with the La Liga star having scored 15 already this season in all competitions.

Porto vs Juventus

SkyBet are offering 13/1 on Gonzalo Higuain scoring first and Juventus winning 1-0. That seems a decent bet given that the Old Lady will just be hoping for an away goal, and Porto are in good form, winning their last five Primeira Liga games in a row.

Higuain has netted 22 goals in an incredible debut season for the Bianconeri. The big Argentine is undoubtedly their biggest threat, though Paulo Dybala has also been impressive in the Champions League.

If this competition is all about prestige, it’s a no-brainer to back Juve – they’ve won it twice, and they’re among the favourites to do so again.