What you need to know as UEFA Champions League returns for last-16 matches

    European soccer’s biggest annual tournament is back this week.

    The UEFA Champions League returns to action with the start of its knockout stages after a two-month hiatus that followed the group stage. Sixteen teams remain in the tournament and are set to play the first of two legs in the round of 16 over the next two weeks.

    This week, F.C. Copenhagen, last year’s Danish Superliga champions, host Manchester City of the English Premier League in its second knockout stage appearance ever and first since 2010-11. In addition, the German Bundesliga’s RB Leipzig host the Spanish La Liga’s Real Madrid; Paris Saint-Germain of the French Ligue 1 face La Liga’s Real Sociedad; and Lazio of Italy’s Serie A host the Bundesliga’s Bayern Munich.

    Next week features the remaining games in the round of 16’s first leg: PSV Eindhoven of the Dutch Eredivisie host Dortmund of the Bundesliga; Serie A’s Inter Milan host La Liga’s Atlético Madrid; Portuguese Premeira Liga’s F.C. Porto host Arsenal of the Premier League; and Serie A’s Napoli hosts La Liga’s F.C. Barcelona.

    Here’s what to know ahead of the 2023-24 Champions League’s last-16 matches.

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    UEFA Champions League: Predictions for Feb. 13 matches

    Copenhagen vs. Man City predictions

    The Telegraph: Manchester City pulls ahead in second half after halftime draw

    Jamie Griffith writes, “City’s star power will eventually shine too bright, but back the hosts to use the Parken atmosphere to buoy them to a positive first-half performance.”

    The Independent: Man City to win by at least two goals

    Greg Lea writes, “City should have too much quality for a team that are only third in the Danish top flight. A two-goal victory appears to be well within the holders’ reach.”

    RB Leipzig vs. Real Madrid predictions

    The Telegraph: Madrid wins, but both teams score

    Adrian Mills writes, “Die Bullen have the firepower to test an unfamiliar central defensive pairing of Nacho and Aurelien Tchouameni, but may also struggle to handle a star-studded Real attack.”

    The London Evening Standard: Real Madrid 2, RB Leipzig 1

    Jonathan Gorrie writes, “It would be a surprise not to see Madrid pick up a victory, albeit being without Bellingham is a blow.”

    UEFA Champions League: Predictions for Feb. 14 matches

    PSG vs. Real Sociedad predictions

    The London Evening Standard: PSG 2, Real Sociedad 0

    Alex Young writes, “PSG need to turn up to do so, of course, but have been building momentum and have not tasted defeat in any competition since November.”

    Pickswise: Take Real Sociedad or Draw

    Andrew Wilsher writes, “PSG’s last 2 Champions League games have ended 1-1 and Real Sociedad have tied 3 of their last 4 games.”

    Lazio vs. Bayern Munich predictions

    The London Evening Standard: Bayern Munich 3, Lazio 1

    Alex Young writes, “Bayern continue to juggle injuries but should still have enough about them to leave Italy with a healthy first-leg advantage.”

    Pickswise: Take Lazio or Draw

    Joe Casey writes, “Lazio have proven they can be difficult to beat at the Stadio Olimpico this season, with their only loss in their last 15 home games coming against runaway Serie A leaders Inter Milan, and they could be set to frustrate the 6-time Champions League winners.”

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    UEFA Champions League: Predictions for Feb. 20 matches

    PSV vs. Dortmund predictions

    Predictions to be updated closer to matchday.

    Inter Milan vs. Atlético Madrid predictions

    Predictions to be updated closer to matchday.

    UEFA Champions League: Predictions for Feb. 21 matches

    Porto vs. Arsenal predictions

    Predictions to be updated closer to matchday.

    Napoli vs. Barcelona predictions

    Predictions to be updated closer to matchday.

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    UEFA Champions League odds and lines

    All odds courtesy of BetMGM as of Monday afternoon.

    Copenhagen vs. Man City

    RB Leipzig vs. Real Madrid

    PSG vs. Real Sociedad

    Lazio vs. Bayern Munich

    PSV vs. Dortmund

    Inter Milan vs. Atlético Madrid

    Porto vs. Arsenal

    Napoli vs. Barcelona

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    This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Champions League predictions: Picks, odds ahead of round of 16

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