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What time, what channel and our predictions for tonight's Champions League games

Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Everything you need to know ahead of tonight's Champions League encounters.

TOTTENHAM (2) JUVENTUS (2) RTE 2 (7.45pm)

A defining night in Tottenham’s rise under Mauricio Pochettino beckons, as the north London side look to oust last season’s Champions League finalists at a sold-out Wembley Stadium.

If the group stage win against Real Madrid was evidence of the huge strides forward Spurs have made in recent years, finishing off Juve after they came from 2-0 down in the first leg in Turin would send out a statement that this team are a match for Europe’s best sides.

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri as declared his side ‘cannot play worse’ than they did in a first leg that saw Spurs dominate for long periods, with the Italian champions set to welcome back key man Paulo Dybala for this tie after he missed the first leg due to injury.

One to watch: Harry Kane (Spurs)

Tottenham’s talisman has moved into the ‘world class’ bracket in the last couple of years and he has been a star man in the Champions League this season, scoring seven goals.

Verdict: Spurs to scrape through in a thriller.

MANCHESTER CITY (4) FC BASEL (0) eirSport 2 (7.45pm)

The bad news for Basel must be that City’s schedule for March has been loosened up by their shock exit from the FA Cup, so boss Pep Guardiola is likely to field a strong side for this game despite the 4-0 first leg advantage.

City next play in the Premier League on March 12th against Stoke and only have one more match this month against Everton on March 31st, so expect the Champions League favourites to pile on the misery for their Swiss rivals.

The chasm in class between City and Basel was glaringly evident in the first leg of this last-16 clash and we can expect more of the same at the Etihad on Wednesday.

One to watch: Leroy Sane (Man City)

Making his way back to full fitness after a spell on the sidelines, this thrillingly effective attacking star is likely to get a start in a tie that is already over.

Verdict: A thumping win for rampant City.

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