Arsenal v Bayern Munich: 10 Vital Statistics

10. Only Real Madrid (11) have lost more European games against Bayern Munich than Arsenal (5). Bayern are favourites at 2.25 to win the second leg. 9. The sides have met 11 times in European competition; Bayern have won six times, Arsenal have won three and...

Napoli v Real Madrid: Jonathan Wilson's tactical preview

TEAM NEWS Dries Mertens is a doubt with a calf strain sustained in Saturday’s 2-1 win away to Roma in which he scored twice. He has scored 18 goals in Serie A this season as well as three in the Champions League and his absence would...

A weak field makes Pep Guardiola's Manchester City serious challengers for the Champions League

In years to come, we may look back on Manchester City’s distressingly frantic 5-3 victory over AS Monaco as peak Pep, as the game that perfectly captured the central paradox of Guardiola’s first season in England. Looking more like a half-arsed game of FIFA 17 than...

Sevilla v Leicester: 10 Vital Statistics

10. Sevilla are unbeaten in their four European knockout games against English opposition. They are 1.40 to win. 9. In both previous ties in which Sevilla have faced an English side in a European knockout stage they have gone on to win that tournament (in the...

Jonathan Wilson’s Tactical Preview: Manchester City v Monaco

TEAM NEWS The big absentee for Manchester City is Gabriel Jesus, who has a fractured metatarsal and could be out for the season. His pace and movement had made a huge impact even in his short time at the club and also made clear the limitations...

Pep Guardiola better hope Monaco forget their shooting boots tonight, or Manchester City are in trouble

Coming second in the UEFA Champions League group, Manchester City could have been drawn against Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund. Fans may have been delighted to see AS Monaco’s name appear out of the plastic balls, but secretly, down in the Cote d’Azur, the Monegasque...

Leverkusen v Atletico Madrid: 10 Vital Statistics

10. Bayer Leverkusen and Atletico Madrid have met on four previous occasions in European competition, with each side winning once and drawing twice. A draw is priced at 3.25 . 9. Atletico have lost their last three visits to Germany in the Champions League. Leverkusen can...

Manchester City v Monaco: 10 Vital Statistics

10. This will be the first ever meeting between Manchester City and Monaco in European competition. A draw is priced at 4.10 . 9. Monaco have progressed from four of their five European knockout ties against English opposition. They can be backed at 5.75 to win...

Why Manchester City’s clash with Monaco is a glimpse into the Citizens' near future

Eking out a goal-less stalemate at Huddersfield at the weekend brought inevitable accusations from some that Pep Guardiola was guilty of that most heinous of modern-day sins: by fielding an under-strength Manchester City side he had disrespected the cup. It’s a charge that used to provoke...

Arsenal should be a European superpower but they’ve been also-rans for too long under Wenger

Arsenal can at least console themselves that their result was not the greatest shock in the Champions League this week. That dishonour belongs to Barcelona. Besides, Arsenal’s drubbing was hardly a shock. For all of the talk of Bavarian stagnation, this was a Gunners side that...