Champions League Primer: Stats, form, odds and more ahead of this week's fixtures

Tottenham Hotspur's Hugo Lloris
Hugo Lloris and the Spurs defence can expect a rough ride on Wednesday night

Manchester City and Liverpool are nailed-on for the quarter-finals, but Spurs face a tricky second leg against Italian masters Juventus, and Paris St Germain can't be written off against Real Madrid. Joe Dyer has form, stats and more ahead of this week's four second leg Champions League ties...

Liverpool v Porto

Tuesday March 6, 19:45 GMT
First Leg Result: Porto 0-5 Liverpool
League Position: Liverpool 3, Porto 1
Five Game Form (all comps, most recent first): WWWWD, WWWWL
Top Scorer: Mo Salah 32, Vincent Aboubakar 20
Match Odds: Liverpool 1.528/15 Porto 7.26/1 Draw 4.67/2
Over/Under 2.5 Goals: Over 1.715/7 Under 2.26/5
To Qualify: Liverpool cannot be backed to qualify, Porto 280.0279/1

Opta Stat: Porto have never won a Champions League away game against an English side, drawing two and losing 10 of their 12 trips.

Summary: The qualification odds tell the whole story here, Liverpool did all the hard work with that 5-0 first leg win and will surely coast home at Anfield on Tuesday night. It's highly likely that Jurgen Klopp will take the chance to rest some of his key men with a massive game at Manchester United next up. Overs is the favourite given Porto will have to come at the home side if they are to pull off an unbelievable comeback and Liverpool are blessed with one of Europe's best attacks. Betting.Betfair's Jamie Pacheco thinks there is every chance this will be a damp squib, however, given the tie is effectively over.

Paris St Germain v Real Madrid

Tuesday March 6, 19:45 GMT
First Leg Result: Real 3, PSG 1
League Position: PSG 1, Real 3
Five Game Form (all comps, most recent first): PSG WWWWL, Real WWWLW
Top Scorer: Cavani 30, Ronaldo 30
Match Odds: PSG 2.0621/20 Real 3.613/5 Draw 4.1
Over/Under 2.5 Goals: Over 1.42/5 Under 3.39/4
To Qualify: PSG 4.216/5, Real 1.3130/100

Opta Stat: PSG boss Unai Emery has never gone further than the round of 16 in his five previous participations as manager in the Champions League.

Summary: Despite suffering their worst domestic season for some time, Real Madrid showed they can never be written off in this competition with their first leg 3-1 defeat of previous Champions League favourites, Paris St Germain. The reigning champions were underdogs to get through this tie ahead of the first leg but struck twice late on to put Unai Emery's outfit in their place. The French side suffered a major blow last week when they lost star striker Neymar for a rumoured three months and Kylian Mbappe is a doubt, too, and our previewer Jack Lang is convinced PSG are heading out. Interestingly, three of the last four teams to have lost a first leg 3-1 have gone on to qualify for the next round so don't give up hope on the upset just yet.


Can Cavani pull PSG out of trouble?

Manchester City v Basel

Wednesday March 7, 19:45 GMT
First Leg Result: Basel 0-4 Manchester City
League Position: City 1, Basel 2
Five Game Form (all comps, most recent first): City WWLWW, Basel LLWLW
Top Scorer: Sergio Aguero 30, Ricky van Wolfswinkel/Dimitri Oberlin 8
Match Odds: City 1.162/13 Basel 23.022/1 Draw 9.417/2
Over/Under 2.5 Goals: Over 1.4640/85 Under 2.829/5
To Qualify: City cannot be backed in the market, Basel are 330.0329/1.

Opta Stat: Basel have lost their two games on the road in the knockout stages of the competition by a combined score of 11-0.

Summary: City solidified their position as Champions League favourites with a comprehensive dismantling of Basel in the first leg. The 'To Qualify' market tells the whole story here - the tie is dead and there is every chance that City will win by a similar scoreline to the first leg even if they do rest a host of first-team players with over 2.5 goals short odds-on.

Spurs v Juventus

Wednesday March 7, 19:45 GMT
First Leg Result: Juventus 2-2 Spurs
League Position: Spurs 4, Juventus 2
Five Game Form (all comps, most recent first): Spurs WWWDD, Juventus WWWDW
Top Scorer: Harry Kane 35, Gonalo Higuain 20
Match Odds: Spurs 2.226/5, Juventus 3.65 Draw 3.55/2
Over/Under 2.5 Goals: Overs 2.0421/20, Unders 1.845/6
To Qualify: Spurs 1.4640/85, Juventus 3.185/40

Opta Stat: 83% of teams to have drawn 2-2 away in the first leg of a Champions League knockout tie have progressed to the next round (10 out of 12).

Summary: Tottenham's miraculous comeback from 2-0 down has given the London club a fine chance of progressing to the quarters, but make no mistake there is plenty of life left in this tie. Juventus had won the previous 10 matches before the draw in Turin and they've won the three since without conceding. After suffering those two early blows in the first fixture Spurs were fantastic but don't forget that Higuain missed a penalty to take Juve into a 3-1 lead and an early away goal would really put Spurs under pressure. The Italian side, beaten in the final last year, are European royalty and well-versed in passing this sort of test so a potentially nervy night is in store for the home side. On the positive side for Mauricio Pochettino's men is Spurs' unbeaten record in the competition and the presence of the competition's joint second highest goalscorer, Harry Kane, in the ranks.

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The Juve defence is in fearsome form

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