Champions League Knockout Stage Draw Odds & Latest Betting

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UEFA made a mess of the Champions League last-16 draw which was eventually drawn twice amid controversy

It was a case of second time lucky for the UEFA officials at Champions League last-16 draw.

After initially being handed the dreaded Bayern Munich tie, Atletico Madrid lodged a complaint as it became known that they were not given the possibility of drawing Manchester United due to an error.

This complaint was upheld and the balls were re-drawn, with the following pairings set for play in February/March 2022:

Champions League last-16 draw:

Red Bull Salzburg v Bayern Munich

Sporting Lisbon v Manchester City

Benfica v Ajax

Chelsea v Lille

Atletico Madrid v Manchester United

Villarreal v Juventus

Inter Milan v Liverpool

PSG v Real Madrid

Sporting Lisbon v Manchester City

Manchester City edged through a tricky group involving Paris Saint-Germain and will fancy a favourable tie against the Portuguese outfit.

Sporting Lisbon won only half of their Group C fixtures qualifying ahead of Borussia Dortmund and are at the disadvantage of travelling to the Etihad in the second leg.

Sporting are currently unbeaten in the Primeira Liga, battling it out with Porto and Benfica for the national spoils, whereas City are leading the way in the Premier League looking to defend their crown.

Manchester City haven’t failed to make at least the quarter-finals since the 2016-17 season where they were dramatically dumped out by Monaco.

Chelsea v Lille

It was simply meant to be for Chelsea and Lille.

Drawn together twice across the two draws, the French champions and the European champions will battle it out with the second leg taking place at the Stade Pierre Mauroy.

Chelsea are heavily favoured to qualify from this last-16 tie (1/4 with bet365) but will be wary of their recent drop off in defensive displays.

The Blues have conceded eight goals in three matches in the run up to this draw, with the French side sensing the first cracks appearing in the Thomas Tuchel regime. 

Lille are struggling to defend their French crown lingering in Ligue 1’s mid-table after winning just a third of their opening 18 matches.

Atletico Madrid v Manchester United

From drawing PSG in the ‘original’ draw, the Red Devils will be looking to heaven following the re-draw.

Sure, Atletico Madrid aren’t pushovers by any means, but Diego Simeone’s side aren’t as tough and stubborn as they once were.

The defending La Liga champions have currently conceded the joint-most in the top six, not a statistic that regularly accompanies the Colchoneres.

Manchester United are in transition under Ralph Rangnick and will be pointing their attention towards a Tuchel-esque inspired unlikely run to Champions League glory.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to the other side of Madrid will be one to watch in the opening leg, with Manchester United currently 8/13 favourites to progress with bet365. 

Inter Milan v Liverpool

With nine European Cups between them, Inter v Liverpool has that ‘big game’ feel at the last-16 stage.

Liverpool have only lost once since being dumped out of last season’s competition by Real Madrid, and are currently third favourites at 6/1 with Betfair to pick up their seventh title.

Inter are enjoying a fruitful winter as they look to defend their Serie A crown.

Simone Inzaghi’s side are currently top of the pile and are scoring more than enough goals to give Liverpool something to think about over two legs.

Please note that all odds are correct at the time of article publication.