The UEFA Champions League makes its long-awaited return on Friday with two round of 16 second legs. The tournament was called off in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. The action kicks off Friday when Juventus hosts Lyon and Manchester City takes on Real Madrid at 3 p.m. ET. Lyon leads Juventus 1-0 after the first leg, while Manchester City takes a 2-1 lead into its home game against Real Madrid.
The latest Champions League odds from William Hill list Juventus as a -185 money line favorite (risk $185 to win $100), while Lyon is going off at +490. Meanwhile, William Hill has installed Manchester City as the -170 money line favorite (risk $170 to win $100), while Real Madrid is being listed at +400 in the latest Champions League odds. Before you lock in your Champions League round of 16 picks or predictions, see what SportsLine’s proprietary soccer model has to say.
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Now, the model has set its sights on this week’s Champions League fixtures and revealed its picks for every match over at SportsLine.
Top Champions League round of 16 predictions
The model is leaning over 3.5 goals in Friday’s showdown between Manchester City and Real Madrid. Manchester City features one of the most potent offensive attacks in Europe. Pep Guardiola’s side scored 102 goals in the English Premier League this season, and they’ve been sensational at home since play resumed followed the three-month hiatus. In fact, the Cityzens have won all six games at the Ethiad since the restart, having recorded five clean sheets and averaging four goals scored per game.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, enters Friday’s match full on confidence after sealing its 34th La Liga title and its first in three years. Real Madrid’s offense, which has scored eight goals in its last four games, is led by forward Karim Benzema. The French striker was a goal scoring machine for Los Blancos this season, recording 21 goals and eight assists in 36 La Liga fixtures. In addition, Real Madrid has scored two or more goals in three of its last four Champions League fixtures, one of the main reasons the model is leaning towards the over on Friday.
How to make Champions League round of 16 picks
The model has also revealed strong money line picks for every Champions League match this week. You absolutely need to see them before you lock in your own picks.
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Champions League schedule
Friday, Aug. 7
Juventus vs. Lyon, 3 p.m. ET
Manchester City vs. Real Madrid, 3 p.m. ET
Saturday, Aug. 8
Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea, 3 p.m. ET
Barcelona vs. Napoli, 3 p.m. ET