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With the return of domestic soccer all over Europe, teams will be gearing up for a hectic final five months of the 2022-23 season. 


But along with all the domestic league action, there will also be domestic cups, and for 16 teams, February will also see the return of the UEFA Champions League. 


The group stages ended three weeks before the World Cup started, and we know the eight matchups that will kick off  in the third week of February.  


Here are the ties, if you have forgotten: 


Champions League Round of 16 draw results 

Match* 1st Leg 2nd Leg 
Manchester City vs. RB Leipzig Feb. 22 March 14 
Benfica vs. Club Brugge Feb. 15 March 7 
Real Madrid vs. Liverpool Feb. 21 March 15 
Tottenham vs. AC Milan Feb. 14 March 8 
Napoli vs. Eintracht Frankfurt Feb. 21 March 15 
Chelsea vs. Borussia Dortmund Feb. 15 March 7 
Porto vs. Inter Milan Feb. 22 March 14 
Bayern Munich vs. PSG Feb. 14 March 8 


With this in mind, what are the best bets for the Champions League Round of 16? 


Let’s take a look. 


1- Best English team, Manchester City, -150: the Cityzens are the favorites to win the competition, and they have one of the easier Round of 16 ties. Liverpool has a 2022 final rematch against Real Madrid, and Tottenham has to face reigning Serie A winners AC Milan. Chelsea could be in decent shape against Borussia Dortmund: the Blues are priced at -225 with New York online sports betting sites to advance to the quarterfinals. The Betrivers sportsbook by the way have a good offer right now. 


2-PSG to qualify for next round, -112: with Manuel Neuer out for the rest of the season after a skiing accident, PSG could have an edge here. With Kylian Mbappe in the fold, they might have anyway. Look for PSG to make a deep run. 


3-Erling Håland to score two goals, tbd.: as long as he is healthy for the first leg, Håland is going to get on the scoresheet against a Leipzig team he used to terrorize with Dortmund. The better play here is to take him to score 2+ goals. 


4-Benfica to beat Club Brugge in the first leg, +110: this is a Benfica team that had not lost once in Liga Nos heading into the World Cup break, and also finished ahead of PSG in the Group Stage. They are plus money against Brugge? Yes, thank you. 


5-Napoli over 1.5 goals in first leg against Eintracht Frankfurt, +105: did you see what the current Serie A leaders just did in the Group stage? They scored 20 goals in the first five matches, as they cruised to the top spot ahead of Liverpool and Ajax. Napoli scores goals for fun, and should be able to get the two goals needed to put itself well on the way to the quarterfinals. 

Here are the futures odds with New York sports books to win the title on June 10, 2023 in Istanbul: 


Odds to win UEFA Champions League  

Team Odds 
Manchester City +170 
Bayern Munich +700 
PSG +800 
Liverpool +800 
Real Madrid +1100 
Napoli +1200 
Chelsea +1400 
Tottenham +1600 
Benfica +1800 
Inter Milan +3500 
AC Milan +5000 
BorussiaDortmund +5000 
RB Leipzig +8000 
FC Porto +8000 
Eintracht Frankfurt +10000 
Club Brugge +15000 

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