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Champions League knockout-phase action kicks off Tuesday, and with it, a slew of matchups that could go either way courtesy of the ever-looming influence of form.

Top-flight heavyweights accustomed to straightforward progression to the next stage are mired by uncharacteristic displays of late which is likely to result in an exciting eight-pack of clashes.

Here’s a look at the first round of knockout matches ranked by their potential for all things appealing:

Manchester City vs. Monaco

What to look for: Goal-friendly Monaco has bagged three or more tallies in five of its last eight in all comps and lead Europe’s top five leagues with 100+ goals courtesy of a dynamic young attack and a reborn Radamel Falcao. Manchester City also boasts a healthy front four led by Kevin De Bruyne, wingers Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling, and nifty newcomer Gabriel Jesus, though there are concerns at the back with a stiff backline and a worrisome Claudio Bravo.

Excitement factor: 10 (out of 10)

Prediction: Monaco (5-4) on aggregate

Real Madrid vs. Napoli

What to look for: Fans of nil-nil draws, turn away. Those not in tune with …read more

Source:: the score la liga



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