We are halfway through the Champions League Round of 16 second leg ties and we know four of the eight teams that will be in the hat for the quarterfinal draw.

This week we will discover the four other teams that will join them in the draw, which will be made at the end of the week, and which will be free of any seeding or any other restrictions, meaning any team in the draw could be drawn against any other.

Before we get onto the previews for the four games coming up on Tuesday and Wednesday nights (and the associated betting odds and tips on those games with odds provided as always by bet365 Sport), let’s first take a quick look back at how last week’s second leg ties turned out.

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Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg Results

  • Bayern Munich 7-1 Red Bull Salzburg (Bayern win 8-2 on aggregate)

The German side made light work of their Austrian opponents in the home leg after narrowly avoiding defeat in the away leg. Robert Lewandowski’s 11 minute hat-trick in the first half put Bayern well on top and further goals from Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller (who hit a brace) and Leroy Sane handed Bayern a convincing win.

Red Bull’s sole consolation was Kjaergaard’s 70th minute strike but Bayern were in unstoppable form here scoring with seven of their nine shots on target in the game.

  • Liverpool 0-1 Inter Milan (Liverpool win 2-1 on aggregate)

Liverpool hit the woodwork three times and wasted a number of other opportunities against Inter Milan at Anfield, with the Italian side grabbing a rare win on British soil thanks to a fantastic strike from Lautaro Martinez midway through the second half of the game.

However, Alexis Sanchez’s sending off just moments after Martinez’s strike meant Inter played the last quarter of the game with ten men and Liverpool held on fairly comfortably to progress, but they will have to play much much better than this if they are to be serious contenders to win the tournament this year.

  • Manchester City 0-0 Sporting Lisbon (Manchester City win 5-0 on aggregate)

Once again Manchester City dominated possession in this game, with CJ Egan-Riley making a rare start at right back in the absence of the injured Joao Cancelo and the suspended Kyle Walker.

In what was a rather dour and uninspiring game, with City having tied up progress into the next phase from the first leg, it is perhaps not a shock that both sides kind of played in damage limitation mode and in truth, Lisbon never really threatened City and the home side also lacked their usual cutting edge.

No matter though as City progress comfortably to the quarterfinal stages.

  • Real Madrid 3-1 Paris St Germain (Real Madrid win 3-2 on aggregate)

The best game of the week unquestionably came in Madrid where the host turned around a 2-0 deficit with an hour of this game gone to clinch a sensational 3-2 victory, thanks to a hat-trick from Frenchman Karim Benzema.

For the first hour, the tie looked PSG’s all the way. Kylian Mbappe had a goal disallowed before he put PSG 2-0 up in the tie and 1-0 up on the night with a cool finish as Real Madrid struggled to cope with his pace and speed.

However, PSG started to look a little complacent in the second half, but the game turned when their keeper Donnarumma was challenged by Benzema, giving the ball away to Vinicius Jr who squared for Benzema to score a goal.

PSG were furious that the goal stood, but worse was to come as the French side fell apart. Modric’s superb pass put in Benzema to score a second to level the tie, and then straight from kick off Real won possession and Marquinhos could only push the ball into Benzema who rushed in to flick the ball home with his right foot to secure a stunning win for Real.

So who will join Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Manchester City and Real Madrid in the next phase this week? Let’s preview the games to find out.

Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg Ties

Tuesday 15th March

  • Ajax Amsterdam (2) v (2) Benfica

The first leg between these two teams, who have both won this competition in the past when it was the European Cup, was an unexpectedly even and open affair. Ajax twice took the lead in the game, but both times were pegged back by a determined effort from Benfica who proved beating Barcelona to reach this stage of the tournament was no fluke.

The Portuguese side though have a poor record away to Ajax, only winning once in Holland and that came in a pre-season friendly tournament. As such, I am confident Ajax will land the win here, although it may be another close run affair.

Correct Score Prediction – Ajax 2-1 Benfica – 8/1.

  • Manchester United (1) v (1) Atletico Madrid

Anthony Elanga handed Manchester United a vital draw from the first leg tie in Madrid when he converted a chance to cancel out Joao Felix’s fine headed opener. Atletico probably will feel a little disappointed in not winning this first leg tie and they head into Tuesday night’s game as very much the underdogs here.

That said, Manchester United have been very inconsistent this season and I am not convinced that they are going to win this game inside 90 minutes. A 3-2 win over Spurs, thanks to a Ronaldo hat-trick, was good preparation, but Atletico have their own superstars on their team and I think we could see this game needing extra time or even penalties to decide the winner.

Correct Score Prediction – Manchester United 1-1 Atletico Madrid – 5/1

Wednesday 16th March

  • Juventus (1) v (1) Villarreal

The first leg between these teams was a tense game, which saw Juventus score very early through Vlaovic, before Villarreal pegged them back in the second half thanks to Dani Parejo’s strike. Despite that I felt Juventus had the better of this game and I think with the home tie coming up they should be very confident.

Villarreal will join just four other Spanish sides who have beaten Juventus away from home in Europe if they can win but in truth it is hard to see it. Juventus are very solid at home and even with some players a doubt to play through injury, the Italians should have more than enough quality to get the job done here without too much fuss.

Correct Score Prediction – Juventus 2-0 Villareal – 7/1

  • Lille (0) v (2) Chelsea

Lille have played Chelsea three times and on each time they have lost that encounter. It is hard for me to see them breaking that sequence here against a Chelsea side who, despite all the issues surrounding their now former owner of the club, are still playing to a very high level.

Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic scored the goals to put Chelsea in control of the tie in the first leg and I can see the pacy attackers the Londoners have causing Lille problems as the French side come forward looking to get back into the tie. As such, I am going to back Chelsea to land the win here by hitting Lille as they come forward.

Correct Score Prediction – Lille 1-2 Chelsea – 15/2

The draw for the quarter final and potential semi-finals of the competition will be made later this week, with no teams seeded and no geographical restrictions in place, meaning any of the eight quarterfinalists can be drawn against each other and all teams will know which teams they are going to need to beat to reach the final in May.