The International Titan Battles: Champions League Round of 16

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Champions League Round of 16 is in full swing which obviously means that there are brilliant matches happening every week. This time around, there are two clashes that are definitely worth a watch: the Bayern Munich and Juventus meet, and the Arsenal and Barcelona game. The first leg often sets the tone, so what is it going to be?

There is no doubt that Bayern playing Juventus is going to be a proper treat. According to the TonyBet bookies, the Italians are going to work very hard: their odds at a victory are at 2/1, while the Germans got a much more favourable 38/25. However, the latter team is struggling with multiple injuries, and Juventus is a no easy opponent.

The Italians are leading in their home Serie A, although Napoli are just two points behind. Juve hasn’t lost for 14 games straight, of which thirteen were victories and only the last one – a goalless draw against Bologna. The last time they faced defeat was last year against Sevilla, however, they have done more than enough to prove that it’s not going to be something that you see very often.

Both of the teams are going to go into this game riddled with injuries to their key players: Juventus most notable casualty is Alex Sandro, while Bayern is without Jerome Boateng, Medhi Benatia, Javi Martinez, and Holger Badstuber, or in other words, they’re without their central defence. Considering that their strength is attack though, they’re still a notable threat to Juventus.

Barcelona, Arsenal, Champions League, Round of 16

Then, of course, there’s the Arsenal and Barcelona clash. TonyBet bookies are in strong favour of the Spanish team to say the least: they have been given the odds of 67/100 at a victory, while the Gunners only got 19/5.  Knowing their history playing together, it seems more than a fair assumption, as the English have only managed to win one out of the seven games that they’ve played, however, it’s been five years since they last met on the field.

Arsenal, as per usual, has a few injuries on their squad, but their key players – Mesut Ozil, Francis Coquelin, and Olivier Giroud being a few of them – are fit and ready to attack. The fitness hasn’t saved them from drawing a second division team in FA Cup though, and their contenders only have a single injury on their hands. It’s not looking good for the Gunners, but they are prone to winning in unfavourable situations, and in any case, they’re not going to give up without a fight.

The second leg games are not a long wait away, either – they’re taking place on March. However, the first meet can be very defining, and the winner gets a certain edge, not to mention it reflects the changes in the team after the break, the transfer changes, and the exhaustion after so many games already having been played. It’s guaranteed to be entertaining though – so tune in, and support your favourites!