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Favourites City handed Copenhagen test in Champions League

Published on December 18, 2023
Updated on December 19, 2023
Written by Chris

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Favourites City handed Copenhagen test in Champions League
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Holders and favourites Manchester City are set to face Copenhagen in the UEFA Champions League last 16, while Premier League leaders Arsenal will take on Porto. 

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Last 16 throws up interesting ties

The draw has set up a number of interesting ties, including 14-time champions Real Madrid against RB Leipzig, Inter Milan against Atletico Madrid, and Bayern Munich against Lazio.

Copenhagen, the Danish champions who finished above Manchester United in their group, will make their first appearance in the knockout stage since 2011. The first legs are scheduled for 13-14 or 20-21 February, with the return legs on 5-6 or 12-13 March.

Both Manchester City and Arsenal, as seeded teams, will have the advantage of playing the second leg at home. City, with a perfect record in Group G, will look to continue their impressive run in the last 16, having progressed from this stage in the past six seasons. Arsenal, topping Group B, will aim to make their mark in a competition they have never won.

The final is set to take place at Wembley on 1 June. 

Champions League Last 16 draw

Porto v Arsenal

Napoli v Barcelona

Paris St-Germain v Real Sociedad

Inter Milan v Atletico Madrid

PSV Eindhoven v Borussia Dortmund

Lazio v Bayern Munich

Copenhagen v Manchester City

RB Leipzig v Real Madrid

Europa League play-off draw

The Europa League knockout round play-off draw also took place on Monday. West Ham United, Brighton and Hove Albion, Rangers and Liverpool among the eight group winners who go straight into the round of 16, scheduled for  7 and 14 March.

They will be joined by the winners of the play-offs, which will be between the eight runners-up from the Europa League group stage and eight third-placed teams from the Champions League group stage. These ties are scheduled for the 15 and 22 February.

Feyenoord v Roma

Lens v Freiburg

Benfica v Toulouse

Galatasaray v Sparta Prague

AC Milan v Rennes

Young Boys v Sorting Lisbon

Sporting Braga v Qarabag

Shakhtar Donetsk v Marseille

Europa Conference League play-off draw

Aston Villa are among the eight teams through to the last 16 of the Europa Conference League. They will be joined by the winners of the play-offs, between eight runners-up from the Europa Conference League group stage and eight third-placed teams from the Europa League group stage. These ties will be played on 15 and 22 February.

Sturm Graz v Slovan Bratislava

Servette v Ludogorets

Union Saint-Gilloise v Eintracht Frankfurt

Real Betis v Dinamo Zagreb

Olympiakos v Ferencvarosi

Ajax v Bodo/Glimt

Molde v Legia Warsaw

Maccabi Haifa v Gent

Betting Implications

With all due respect, the draw has been kind to Manchester City who have had their position as favourites strengthened despite having had, by their standards, an indifferent period. At the time of writing, bet365 have City as favourites, priced at 15/8 ahead of Bayern Munich, 4/1, Real Madrid, 11/2 and Arsenal, 6/1.

Bettors need to look at the form of the teams in the last 16, look at the draw and work out what effect that will have on things when making their picks.

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Chris is a former athlete and a qualified PE teacher. He is a keen football fan, watching many matches at different levels throughout the season, and enjoys following many different sports. With betting and sports sites, he has a keen eye for detail and can to highlight positives and negatives for users. His experience in sport as a performer, teacher, writer and fan allows him to see things from many different perspectives. Editorial Promise