Tuesday UCL Preview: Leicester on the verge of reaching last 16, Tottenham face tough Monaco trip

Premier League champions Leicester are just one win away from securing their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League as the Foxes aim to keep their unbeaten record in tact with victory over Club Brugge.

Leicester’s winning streak was thwarted by Danish side Copenhagen three weeks ago as Stale Solbakken’s side held the Foxes to a scoreless draw but the Foxes can assure their place in the last 16 tonight with at least a point against Club Brugge.

Leicester have picked up ten points from a possible 12 in their debut Champions League campaign image: theguardian.com

Leicester have picked up ten points from a possible 12 in their debut Champions League campaign
image: theguardian.com

The Belgian side have struggled in the Champions League with four defeats in four games including a 3-0 loss to Leicester, in which an early goal from Marc Albrighton and a brace from Riyad Mahrez made it a European debut to remember for Claudio Ranieri’s side.

The English champions may come into the game on the back of yet another away defeat after a 2-1 loss to Watford ,but it seems the Foxes attention is very much so on the Champions League. The Foxes should bag the win tonight and book their place in the last 16.

The other match in group G sees Danish side Copenhagen welcome 2004 winners Porto to the Danish capital as both sides look for a victory which could see them join the Foxes in the knockout stages.

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The Danish champions have not lost a home game since August 2014 but I reckon Nuno Espírito Santo’s side can take a point back to Portugal and maintain a two point cushion over the Danes in second place.

Tottenham’s hopes of reaching the last 16 of the Champions League could be ended tonight as Mauricio Pochettino’s side looks to follow-up on a big win over West Ham in the Premier League to keep their hopes alive.

It will be a tough trip to French side Monaco who came away with all three points in the reverse fixture at Wembley Stadium with goals from Bernardo Silva and Thomas Lemar in a 2-1 victory.

Leonardo Jardim’s side are flying high in Ligue 1 just three points leaders Nice and will secure their passage into the next points with just a point. Harry Kane may be back and scoring for Tottenham but I think Monaco will prove too strong for them.

Bayer Leverkusen can also secure their progress from group E with a victory at CSKA Moscow and hope that Spurs don’t win in Monaco. They looked impressive in their 1-0 win over Spurs at Wembley three weeks ago and should snatch a win from the Russians.

Holders Real Madrid were left stunned by a superb Legia Warsaw performance in a 3-3 draw in Poland last time out but another draw for the Spanish giants at Sporting Lisbon tonight will secure their place in the last 16.

Zinedine Zidane’s side will make the trip to the Portuguese capital full of confidence after thrashing rivals Atletico Madrid 3-0 at the weekend thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick.

Jorge Jesus’ side nearly stunned Real Madrid on match day one as Real Madrid needed two late goals to deny Sporting a shock win but I am not expecting any shocks tonight and I am expecting Real Madrid to grab a comfortable win.

Borussia Dortmund have already assured Champions League football after Christmas with a 1-0 home win over Sporting Lisbon three weeks ago but the German side will be hoping to keep hold of top spot in group F with victory over Legia Warsaw.

The Polish side may have pulled off an amazing achievement against Real Madrid on match day four but Dortmund will be full of confidence after a victory over Bayern Munich and should record another big win over Jacek Magiera’s side.

Cristiano Ronaldo will be searching for more goals agsinst former club Sprting Lisbon image: channelnewsasia.com

Cristiano Ronaldo is two away from 100 European goals as he faces former club Sporting Lisbon
image: channelnewsasia.com

There is also a big match in group H as Italian champions Juventus face a tough trip to Europa League champions Sevilla as the Serie A leaders look to join the Spaniards in the knockout stages.

Juventus were held to a 1-1 home draw by Lyon last time out and although they are flying high in Serie A with another league title very much on the cards, I think Sevilla will grab another point against Massimiliano Allegri’s side.

Anything less than a win for Juventus will keep Ligue 1 side Lyon in the mix with Bruno Genesio’s side expected to collect all three points at winless Dinamo Zagreb as they look to keep their hopes alive.

Group E

CSKA Moscow v Bayer Leverkusen (1700)
Monaco v Tottenham (1945)

Group F

Borussia Dortmund v Legia Warsaw (1945)
Sporting Lisbon v Real Madrid (1945)

Group G

Copenhagen v Porto (1945)
Leicester v Club Brugge (1945)

Group H

Dinamo Zagreb v Lyon (1945)
Sevilla v Juventus (1945)

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