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The UEFA Champions League is making a triumphant return this week, with 16 of the best European football teams still present and winning the most coveted award in club play.
This weekend, Manchester United will host Paris Saint-Germain Tuesday, in a tie that could be so different from what many expected in the draw.
In the same night, AS Roma will face FC Porto and two other intriguing ties are to be remembered on Wednesday. Bundesliga leader Borussia Dortmund heads to Tottenham Hotspur, while Real Madrid, the European champion, faces a rejuvenated team from Ajax.
Here are the viewing details of these devices and an overview of two of the most remarkable encounters.
Champions League Timetable (Betting Odds: Home, Draw, Away)
Tuesday, February 12
GMT: Manchester United vs Paris Saint-Germain (23-15, 45-17, 19-10)
8pm GMT: AS Roma vs FC Porto (11-10, 5-2, 47-16)
Wednesday, February 13
20h GMT: Ajax vs Real Madrid (54-19, 41-13, 11-12)
20h GMT: Tottenham Hotspur against Borussia Dortmund (11-8, 13-5, 28-13)
The chances of courtesy of Oddschecker.
In the United Kingdom, the matches will be broadcast on BT Sport and broadcast continuously via the BT Sport website.
In the United States, matches can be streamed via B / R Live.
Manchester United against Paris Saint-Germain
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When this tie was initially drawn, few people gave the Red Devils a chance to beat the French champions on two legs. Now, however, the game is extremely difficult to follow.
This is mainly due to the fact that since Acting Director Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took office at Old Trafford, his team has been rejuvenated. In their football, there has been a thrill that has long been rare under Jose Mourinho; the Norwegian also benefits from the best of the key players.
It can be said that the most significant turnaround was observed by Paul Pogba, who scored two goals in the 3-0 win over Fulham on Saturday.
The French international recently hit the goals:
In 14 Premier League matches with Jose Mourinho this season, Paul Pogba has scored 3 goals and 3 assists. https://t.co/xs7PbR8ppt
PSG also seems vulnerable, and his manager, Thomas Tuchel, will bring a new breath to Old Trafford.
While the return of Marco Verratti was a big boost on Saturday against Bordeaux, Edinson Cavani was replaced by a half-time injury. That means he's going to miss the shock, Neymar being also absent.
United, by comparison, had an ideal preparation:
Another win, three goals, a clean goal and the players rested in front of PSG Tuesday. Afternoon perfect for United and Solskjaer. Pogba, Martial and Herrera are all quality.
It is in this spirit that United will participate in what should be a raucous Old Trafford. The PSG midfield problems will allow the hosts to gain a foothold in the match and the French formation will have a deficit to fill in Paris on March 6th.
Prediction: Manchester United 2-1 Paris Saint-Germain
Ajax against Real Madrid
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After a start of calamity in 2018-2019, Real Madrid immisce into a disturbing groove just in time for the knockout stages of the Champions League.
After a draw in Barcelona in Copa del Rey last week, they went to Atletico Madrid on Saturday and won a brilliant 3-1 win. The authority and quality associated with their three successive successes in the European Cup seem to be making their comeback.
Spanish football journalist David Cartlidge commented on Los Blancos performances at Wanda Metropolitano:
RM, the top team in all aspects and to a certain distance too. Modric, Kroos are the key men in game control, taking initiative when he was there to win it. Reguilón deserves much praise for the way he has behaved, such a solid performer.
However, this is the third tough match in a week for Madrid, and Ajax is not an opponent to take lightly after an impressive performance in the group stage.
In Matthijs de Ligt, Hakim Ziyech and Frenkie de Jong, who will join Barcelona this summer, the Dutch have many young top players.
Even so, you feel that the experience and confidence that Madrid has in the match in Amsterdam will see them getting a positive result that night, even though Ajax has the potential to put in. test the opposition.
Prediction: Ajax 1-2 Real Madrid