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Rome (Italy), 16/12/2017.- Roma's head coach Eusebio Di Francesco reacts during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and Cagliari Calcio at Olimpico Stadium in Rome, Italy, 16 December 2017. Roma won 1-0. (Roma, Francia, Italia) EFE/EPA/CLAUDIO PERI

Rome (Italy), 16/12/2017.- Cagliari's goalkeeper Alessio Cragno (front) reacts after conceding Roma's winning goal during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and Cagliari Calcio at Olimpico Stadium in Rome, Italy, 16 December 2017. Roma won 1-0. (Roma, Italia) EFE/EPA/CLAUDIO PERI

Rome (Italy), 16/12/2017.- Roma's Federico Fazio (2-R) celebrates with his teammate Daniele De Rossi (2-L) after scoring the winning goal during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and Cagliari Calcio at Olimpico Stadium in Rome, Italy, 16 December 2017. Roma won 1-0. (Roma, Italia) EFE/EPA/CLAUDIO PERI

Rome (Italy), 16/12/2017.- Roma's Federico Fazio (C) celebrates after scoring the winning goal during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and Cagliari Calcio at Olimpico Stadium in Rome, Italy, 16 December 2017. Roma won 1-0. (Roma, Italia) EFE/EPA/CLAUDIO PERI

Rome (Italy), 16/12/2017.- Roma's Federico Fazio (C) celebrates after scoring the winning goal during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and Cagliari Calcio at Olimpico Stadium in Rome, Italy, 16 December 2017. Roma won 1-0. (Roma, Italia) EFE/EPA/CLAUDIO PERI

Rome (Italy), 16/12/2017.- Roma's Federico Fazio (C) scores the winning goal during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and Cagliari Calcio at Olimpico Stadium in Rome, Italy, 16 December 2017. Roma won 1-0. (Roma, Italia) EFE/EPA/CLAUDIO PERI

Rome (Italy), 16/12/2017.- Roma's Patrik Schick (C) in action against Cagliari's Fabio Pisacane (R) during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and Cagliari Calcio at Olimpico Stadium in Rome, Italy, 16 December 2017. (Roma, Italia) EFE/EPA/CLAUDIO PERI

Rome (Italy), 16/12/2017.- Roma's Aleksandar Kolarov (L) in action against Cagliari's Nicolo Barella (R) during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and Cagliari Calcio at Olimpico Stadium in Rome, Italy, 16 December 2017. (Roma, Italia) EFE/EPA/CLAUDIO PERI

Rome (Italy), 16/12/2017.- Cagliari's goalkeeper Alessio Cragno in action during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and Cagliari Calcio at Olimpico Stadium in Rome, Italy, 16 December 2017. (Roma, Italia) EFE/EPA/CLAUDIO PERI

Rome (Italy), 16/12/2017.- Referee Antonio Damato looks at a replay of the video assistant referee (VAR) system during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and Cagliari Calcio at Olimpico Stadium in Rome, Italy, 16 December 2017. (Roma, Italia) EFE/EPA/CLAUDIO PERI

Rome (Italy), 16/12/2017.- Roma's Diego Perotti (L) in action against Cagliari's Alessandro Deiola (R) during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and Cagliari Calcio at Olimpico Stadium in Rome, Italy, 16 December 2017. (Roma, Italia) EFE/EPA/CLAUDIO PERI

Rome (Italy), 16/12/2017.- Roma's Diego Perotti (2-R) misses penalty during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and Cagliari Calcio at Olimpico Stadium in Rome, Italy, 16 December 2017. (Roma, Italia) EFE/EPA/CLAUDIO PERI

Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), 16/12/2017.- Real Madrid's Marcelo (C) in action against Gremio players Pedro Geromel (L) and Edilson (R) during the FIFA Club World Cup final between Real Madrid and Gremio Porto Alegre in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 16 December 2017. Real Madrid won 1-0. (Mundial de Fútbol, Roma, Emiratos Árabes Unidos) EFE/EPA/MARTIN DOKOUPIL

Rome (Italy), 16/12/2017.- Roma's Aleksandar Kolarov (C) in action during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and Cagliari Calcio at Olimpico Stadium in Rome, Italy, 16 December 2017. (Roma, Italia) EFE/EPA/CLAUDIO PERI

Rome (Italy), 16/12/2017.- Cagliari's Nicolo Barella (L) in action against Roma's Radja Nainggolan (R) during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and Cagliari Calcio at Olimpico Stadium in Rome, Italy, 16 December 2017. (Roma, Italia) EFE/EPA/CLAUDIO PERI

Rome (Italy), 16/12/2017.- Cagliari's Marco Andreolli (L) in action against Roma's Edin Dzeko (R) during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and Cagliari Calcio at Olimpico Stadium in Rome, Italy, 16 December 2017. (Roma, Italia) EFE/EPA/CLAUDIO PERI

Rome (Italy), 16/12/2017.- Roma's Federico Fazio (L) in action against Cagliari's Leonardo Pavoletti (R) during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and Cagliari Calcio at Olimpico Stadium in Rome, Italy, 16 December 2017. (Roma, Italia) EFE/EPA/CLAUDIO PERI

Bremen (Germany), 16/12/2017.- Mainz's Danny Latza (L) and Mainz's Abdou Diallo (C) in action against Bremen's Jerome Gondorf (R) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Werder Bremen and 1. FSV Mainz 05 in Bremen, Germany, 16 December 2017. (Roma, Alemania) EFE/EPA/FOCKE STRANGMANN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

Val Gardena, Italy (Italy), 16/12/2017.- Romed Baumann of Austria speeds down the slope during the Men's Downhill race at the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup in Val Gardena, Italy, 16 December 2017. (Roma, Italia) EFE/EPA/ANDREA SOLERO

Val Gardena, Italy (Italy), 16/12/2017.- Romed Baumann of Austria speed down the slope during the Men's Downhill race at the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup in Val Gardena, Italy, 16 December 2017. (Roma, Italia) EFE/EPA/ANDREA SOLERO

Report: Juventus Eyes Roma's Emerson Palmieri as Replacement for Alex Sandro

Juventus are considering a bid for Roma's left-back Emerson Palmieri during the next transfer window as rumours surrounding Alex Sandro's departure intensify.

Sandro has had a rough start to the season and looks to be struggling for form at the Turin outfit and could be leaving Serie A in January.

The Brazilian was strongly linked with Chelsea earlier this summer, with speculation suggesting that his former Juventus boss Antonio Conte would love to bring him to Stamford Bridge.

Jose Mourinho is also thought to be eager to sign him during the winter transfer window and Juventus may be forced to send him away since he rarely finds a spot in Massimiliano Allegri's starting squad.

The Bianconeri are, therefore, already looking to find a replacement ahead of his transfer and seem to have identified Palmieri as the most suitable man.

Sandro's fellow Brazilian has recently recovered from a torn anterior cruciate ligament picked up last May and could be joining the Old Lady for a fee of around €20m.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, he is the number one target for Juventus, who could be trying to negotiate his purchase when Roma travel up north to face the Bianconeri next week.

His recent struggles with form, however, could be a problem for Allegri, who needs a fully fit squad for the second part of the season and cannot afford to wait for just another player's recovery.

For this reason, the Bianconeri have also eyed Atalanta's Leonardo Spinazzola, who is a property of Juventus but on loan at the Bergamo side.

The Italian already was supposed to return to Turin in summer 2017 but opted to remain with Atalanta for another season.

Prospects Cup: Complete Tournament Schedule, Matchups and Live Stream Information

Inspired by the Little League World Series, the inaugural Prospects Cup tournament -- featuring 16 of the world's best domestic and international under-12 boys soccer teams to compete for the sport’s first youth soccer world championship -- will be held Dec. 18-22 in Kissimmee, Fla.

The tournament will be broadcast LIVE in both English and Spanish worldwide. You can find the tournament matches on Univision Deportes Network and its multiple digital platforms -- including on the Sports Illustrated, SI Planet Fútbol and Sports Illustrated Kids Facebook pages.

Here is the complete Prospects Cup tournament schedule, along with where you can stream the games.

More Prospects Cup: Inaugural Tourney Nears With Top U-12 Teams Set for Showcase

Monday, Dec. 18

8:30 am: L.A. Galaxy-Global Premier Soccer (Pool A)
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9 am: Orlando City-Weston FC (Pool A)

9:45 am: AS Roma-Borussia Dortmund (Pool C)
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10:30 am: Sockers FC-Real Jersey FC (Pool B)

11 am: Manchester City-Real Madrid (Pool C)
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12:15 pm: Club America-Fluminese (Pool D)
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1:30 pm: Boca Juniors-Chivas (Pool D)
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2:45 pm: FC Dallas-Club Tuzos (Pool B)
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Tuesday, Dec. 19

8:30 am: AS Roma-Manchester City (Pool C)
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9 am: Global Premier Soccer-Weston FC (Pool A)

9:45 am: L.A. Galaxy-Orlando City (Pool A)
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10:30 am: Real Jersey FC-Club Tuzos (Pool B)?

11 am: Borussia Dortmund-Real Madrid (Pool C)
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12:15 pm: Club America-Boca Juniors (Pool D)
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1:30 pm: Sockers FC-FC Dallas (Pool B)
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2:45 pm: Chivas-Fluminese (Pool D)
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Wednesday, Dec. 20

8:30 am: Weston FC-L.A. Galaxy (Pool A)
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9 am: Global Premier Soccer-Orlando City (Pool A)

9:45 am: Borussia Dortmund-Man City (Pool C)
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10:30 pm: Club Tuzos-Sockers FC (Pool B)

11 am: Real Madrid-AS Roma (Pool C)
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12:15 am: Chivas-Club America (Pool D)
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1:30 pm: Fluminese-Boca Juniors (Pool D)
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2:45 pm: FC Dallas-Real Jersey FC (Pool B)
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Thursday, Dec. 21

11:30 am: Domestic Championship (Pool A vs. Pool B winners)
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1 pm: International Championship (Pool C vs. Pool D winners)
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Friday, Dec. 22

9 am: Consolation match (Domestic runner-up vs. International runner-up)
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10:45 am: Championship (Domestic winner vs. International Winner)
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Prospects Cup: Complete Tournament Schedule, Matchups and Live Stream Information

Inspired by the Little League World Series, the inaugural Prospects Cup tournament -- featuring 16 of the world's best domestic and international under-12 boys soccer teams to compete for the sport’s first youth soccer world championship -- will be held Dec. 18-22 in Kissimmee, Fla.

The tournament will be broadcast LIVE in both English and Spanish worldwide. You can find the tournament matches on Univision Deportes Network and its multiple digital platforms -- including on the Sports Illustrated, SI Planet Fútbol and Sports Illustrated Kids Facebook pages.

Here is the complete Prospects Cup tournament schedule, along with where you can stream the games.

More Prospects Cup: Inaugural Tourney Nears With Top U-12 Teams Set for Showcase

Monday, Dec. 18

8:30 am: L.A. Galaxy-Global Premier Soccer (Pool A)
Univision Deportes, SI Kids Facebook

9 am: Orlando City-Weston FC (Pool A)

9:45 am: AS Roma-Borussia Dortmund (Pool C)
Univision Deportes, Sports Illustrated Facebook

10:30 am: Sockers FC-Real Jersey FC (Pool B)

11 am: Manchester City-Real Madrid (Pool C)
Univision Deportes, Sports Illustrated Planet Futbol Facebook

12:15 pm: Club America-Fluminese (Pool D)
Univision Deportes, SI Kids Facebook

1:30 pm: Boca Juniors-Chivas (Pool D)
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2:45 pm: FC Dallas-Club Tuzos (Pool B)
Univision Deportes, SI Kids Facebook

Tuesday, Dec. 19

8:30 am: AS Roma-Manchester City (Pool C)
Univision Deportes, SI Kids Facebook

9 am: Global Premier Soccer-Weston FC (Pool A)

9:45 am: L.A. Galaxy-Orlando City (Pool A)
Univision Deportes, Sports Illustrated Facebook

10:30 am: Real Jersey FC-Club Tuzos (Pool B)?

11 am: Borussia Dortmund-Real Madrid (Pool C)
Univision Deportes, Sports Illustrated Planet Futbol Facebook

12:15 pm: Club America-Boca Juniors (Pool D)
Univision Deportes, Sports Illustrated Planet Futbol Facebook

1:30 pm: Sockers FC-FC Dallas (Pool B)
Univision Deportes, SI Kids Facebook

2:45 pm: Chivas-Fluminese (Pool D)
Univision Deportes, SI Kids Facebook

Wednesday, Dec. 20

8:30 am: Weston FC-L.A. Galaxy (Pool A)
Univision Deportes, SI Kids Facebook

9 am: Global Premier Soccer-Orlando City (Pool A)

9:45 am: Borussia Dortmund-Man City (Pool C)
Univision Deportes, Sports Illustrated Facebook

10:30 pm: Club Tuzos-Sockers FC (Pool B)

11 am: Real Madrid-AS Roma (Pool C)
Univision Deportes, SI Kids Facebook

12:15 am: Chivas-Club America (Pool D)
Univision Deportes, Sports Illustrated Planet Futbol Facebook

1:30 pm: Fluminese-Boca Juniors (Pool D)
Univision Deportes, SI Kids Facebook

2:45 pm: FC Dallas-Real Jersey FC (Pool B)
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Thursday, Dec. 21

11:30 am: Domestic Championship (Pool A vs. Pool B winners)
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1 pm: International Championship (Pool C vs. Pool D winners)
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Friday, Dec. 22

9 am: Consolation match (Domestic runner-up vs. International runner-up)
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10:45 am: Championship (Domestic winner vs. International Winner)
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Inaugural Prospects Cup Nears With Top U-12 Teams Set for Showcase

The Prospects Cup, an international youth soccer tournament featuring some of the biggest teams in the world, will take place in Kissimmee, Florida, from December 18-22 and it will host 16 of the best U-12 teams from around the world.

This is the Cup’s inaugural tournament and includes the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester City, Boca Juniors, AS Roma and Borussia Dortmund. The competition also includes eight teams based in the U.S. such as FC Dallas, Global Premier Soccer and Real Jersey FC.

U.S. men's national team and Borussia Dortmund standout Christian Pulisic will be involved, using some of his Bundesliga winter break to be present at the tournament final as the official global ambassador for the tournament, which will be televised in Spanish on Univision Deportes. In addition, its nightly news program ‘Contacto Deportivo’ will showcase feature stories on the tournament, teams and its players.

“I think it’s a really good platform for a lot of young kids and show their abilities, challenge themselves against different competition from around the world,” said Pulisic, speaking exclusively to SI’s Grant Wahl during a Facebook Live event last month.

Aside from his obvious, close relationship with Dortmund, Pulisic’s father also used to coach Dortmund’s U-10 team, so the interest in the tournament is close to his heart.

“I know most of players in that team so I’m really excited to be a part of it,” he said.

The tournament takes the elements of a World Cup format: Eight groups (or pools, as they’re called in this particular case) of four teams. Pool A and B feature the domestic teams and Pool C and D the internationals. The group winners of each division (based upon cumulative points) will advance to the semifinal. The division runners-up will play in the consolation match, and the winners will compete for the title.

A domestic team can’t meet its international counterpart until the championship game.

From a U.S. soccer perspective, this is a great opportunity for American kids to test themselves against domestic and international counterparts while learning what it’s like to face a wide range of talent and coaching philosophies. Being one of the most popular sports in the U.S. from a participation perspective, the Prospects Cup is also a chance to enhance the cultural value of the game in the United States.

“It is not our role to prepare our youth for the world stage, but if our event can be helpful towards that end, terrific,” said Rick Alessandri, Executive Vice President for Enterpise Development at Univision, which is producing the event. “Our tournament is more than just about the end result. It is about the shared experiences these young athletes will enjoy and the new cultural learnings they will take back home.”

Liverpool Star Mohamed Salah in Line for Mammoth FIFA 18 Upgrade After Concept Card Is Discovered

​Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah looks set to receive a huge upgrade on FIFA 18 after an incredible start to life at his new club, which recently helped him claim the coveted BBC African Player of the Year award. Salah has been in scintillating form since joining the Reds from Roma in the summer, scoring 19 goals in all competitions, and he beat off competition from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Naby Keita and his teammate Sadio Mane to claim the gong. His form looks highly likely to transfer...

Liverpool Star Mohamed Salah in Line for Mammoth FIFA 18 Upgrade After Concept Card Is Discovered

​Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah looks set to receive a huge upgrade on FIFA 18 after an incredible start to life at his new club, which recently helped him claim the coveted BBC African Player of the Year award. Salah has been in scintillating form since joining the Reds from Roma in the summer, scoring 19 goals in all competitions, and he beat off competition from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Naby Keita and his teammate Sadio Mane to claim the gong. His form looks highly likely to transfer...

Liverpool Star Mohamed Salah in Line for Mammoth FIFA 18 Upgrade After Concept Card Is Discovered

​Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah looks set to receive a huge upgrade on FIFA 18 after an incredible start to life at his new club, which recently helped him claim the coveted BBC African Player of the Year award. Salah has been in scintillating form since joining the Reds from Roma in the summer, scoring 19 goals in all competitions, and he beat off competition from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Naby Keita and his teammate Sadio Mane to claim the gong. His form looks highly likely to transfer...

Roma Set to Benefit From Stunning Salah Form as Liverpool Ace Closes in on 20-Goal Haul

​Roma are set to benefit from Mohamed Salah's terrific goalscoring form for Liverpool just four months since his £37m move to Anfield. The electric forward has already plundered 19 goals for Jurgen Klopp's side this term and, if a report from La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t ​Calciomercato) can be believed, the Italian giants are in line for a tidy sum of cash when Salah bags his next Reds goal. The report claims that Roma will net around £1.3m once the Egypt international fires home his 20th goal...

Roma Set to Benefit From Stunning Salah Form as Liverpool Ace Closes in on 20-Goal Haul

​Roma are set to benefit from Mohamed Salah's terrific goalscoring form for Liverpool just four months since his £37m move to Anfield. The electric forward has already plundered 19 goals for Jurgen Klopp's side this term and, if a report from La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t ​Calciomercato) can be believed, the Italian giants are in line for a tidy sum of cash when Salah bags his next Reds goal. The report claims that Roma will net around £1.3m once the Egypt international fires home his 20th goal...

Roma Set to Benefit From Stunning Salah Form as Liverpool Ace Closes in on 20-Goal Haul

​Roma are set to benefit from Mohamed Salah's terrific goalscoring form for Liverpool just four months since his £37m move to Anfield. The electric forward has already plundered 19 goals for Jurgen Klopp's side this term and, if a report from La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t ​Calciomercato) can be believed, the Italian giants are in line for a tidy sum of cash when Salah bags his next Reds goal. The report claims that Roma will net around £1.3m once the Egypt international fires home his 20th goal...

Roma's defender Kostas Manolas (R) vies with Lazio's midfielder Ciro Immobile during the Italian Serie A football match November 18, 2017

Roma's defender Kostas Manolas (R) vies with Lazio's midfielder Ciro Immobile during the Italian Serie A football match November 18, 2017

Roma's defender Kostas Manolas (R) vies with Lazio's midfielder Ciro Immobile during the Italian Serie A football match November 18, 2017 (AFP Photo/Filippo MONTEFORTE)

Champions League last 16 match-ups, pedigree and predictions

Juventus v Tottenham First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm  European Pedigree Juventus Winners in 1985 and 1996, Juventus have come close in recent years to adding a third European triumph to the honours board. However, despite being finalists in two of the past three seasons, the challenges of Barcelona and Real Madrid have proved a bridge too far.  Tottenham The quarter-finals in 2011 has been the best Spurs have had it in the Champions League, as an emerging Gareth Bale and wise Rafael van der Vaart starred. It is now over to the prolific Harry Kane and meticulous Christian Eriksen to push them further.  Prediction Having topped a group with Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in it, Spurs would have hoped for a kinder tie. They have never faced Juventus before and are up against one of the Champions League’s wiliest team, though not (yet) the force of last season. But Spurs can do it. Winner Tottenham Hotspur Outright odds  Juventus – 20/1  Tottenham – 25/1 Basel v Man City First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm European pedigree Basel Having reached the round of 16 for a third time, Basel will be looking to progress to the quarter-finals for the first time. Raphael Wicky’s men finished second in a group topped by Manchester United, a side they defeated at home on the fifth matchday.  Manchester City City emphatically topped their group, with only the matchday six defeat away by Shakhtar Donetsk blotting their copy book and will be desperate to at least match their semi-final finish of 2016, in a competition their manager has won twice.  Prediction City have been installed as Champions League favourites after the draw and it would be a major shock if they failed to get past the Swiss club. It is perhaps the kindest draw, not least in terms of travel and logistics, and while St Jakob-Park can create a hostile atmosphere, City will get through. Winner Manchester City Outright odds  Basel – 500/1  Manchester City – 11/4 (favourites)  Porto v Liverpool First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Porto Winners under Jose Mourinho in 2004, the Portuguese heavyweights will be looking to go one better than last year, when defeated by eventual runners-up Juventus. They will be looking to capitalise on Liverpool’s far from watertight back line.  Liverpool will have to keep Porto's Vincent Aboubakar quiet in the last 16 Credit:  Gualter Fatia/Getty Images Liverpool Winners in 2005, it would take a huge turn in fortunes for Liverpool to repeat such a feat this time around. Despite putting seven past Maribor and Spartak Moscow, without reply, a late collapse at Sevilla and a turgid draw in Moscow suggest this will be tough for Jürgen Klopp’s men.  Prediction Liverpool are unbeaten in their four previous meetings with Porto and will be happy with this draw. Porto are back on top of the Portuguese league and undoubtedly carry a threat, having disposed of Monaco in the group stages, but Liverpool should progress, especially with the second leg at Anfield. Winner Liverpool Outright odds  Porto – 100/1  Liverpool – 16/1  Sevilla v Man Utd First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Sevilla Entering last season’s competition having won the Europa League three times on the bounce, they failed to carry such form into Europe’s premier club competition. Defeat by Leicester City in the round of 16 marked their first European knockout loss in three seasons.  Marcus Rashford scores United's second against CSKA Moscow Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Manchester United Having topped their group, United will view this as a favourable draw, having avoided the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. But they will need to be at their best to beat technically adept opponents.  Prediction The Spaniards have been cup specialists in recent seasons and have shown how dangerous they can be at home by pulling back a three-goal deficit against Liverpool while also drawing at Anfield. But they finished runners-up in that group and are not quite the force they were. United will relish the tie. WinnerManchester United Outright odds  Sevilla – 100/1 Manchester United – 14/1  Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Shakhtar Donetsk Having won all three home matches in the group stage, Shakhtar finished second in Group F behind Manchester City. They did overcome the group winners on matchday six, as they reached the knockout stage for the first time since 2015.  Roma's Radja Nainggolan is heading to Ukraine Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images Roma The Italian club defied the odds to top a group ahead of Chelsea and last year’s semi-finalists Atlético Madrid.  Victory at home over the Blues, combined with an exciting 3-3 draw at the Bridge sit as standout results, helping to produce a winnable round-of-16 tie.   Prediction As the Ukrainians showed in finishing ahead of Napoli, and beating Manchester City, they are a dangerous side with an excellent coach in Paulo Fonseca. But Roma also performed impressively as they finished ahead of Chelsea and were unlucky not to beat them away, as well as at home. Could be a tight tie. Winner Roma Outright odds  Shakhtar Donetsk – 100/1  Roma – 50/1  Chelsea v Barcelona First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 7.45pm European pedigree ChelseaWinners in 2012 under Roberto Di Matteo, Chelsea remarkably defeated their round-of-16 opponents at the semi-final stage that term. However, in recent years, last-16 exits at the hands of Paris St-Germain make that final triumph over Bayern seem a distant memory.   Fernando Torres scored a 92nd-minute equaliser for 10-man Chelsea in the 2011-12 semi-final away leg against Barcelona  Credit: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images Barcelona Boasting five European Cups, a team spearheaded by the mercurial Lionel Messi will be determined to better their last-16 exits of the past two campaigns. Winners most recently in 2015, Barcelona topped their group unbeaten, ahead of Juventus.  Prediction Chelsea have a history of epic battles with Barcelona, not least in beating them to reach the 2012 Champions League final. Neither club will have wanted this draw and it could easily go either way. But Chelsea could well pay the price for not winning their group, especially if Lionel Messi can finally score against them. Winner Barcelona Outright odds Chelsea – 25/1  Barcelona – 7/1  Real Madrid v PSG First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Real Madrid European pedigree should be followed by, see Real Madrid. The 12-time winners also became the first team to successfully defend the European Cup in its modern format last May. However, a tough test lies ahead after a sub-standard group stage, remembered for that sobering defeat at Wembley. Paris St-Germain With domestic troubles non-existent, the Parisians topped their group, having only fell to defeat on the final matchday at Bayern Munich. Thumping defeats over Celtic home and away, whilst eye-catching, must now transform into knockout prowess, if anything to banish the memory of last year’s exit at the hands of Barcelona. Neymar will renew battle with a familiar foe Credit: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images Prediction Undoubtedly the tie of the round, a truly heavyweight contest with the holders against the young pretenders. Mbappe v Ronaldo. Neymar v Bale. Cavani v Benzema. PSG need to exorcise last season’s traumatic exit against Barcelona and what better way to do it, even if Real will be regarded as favourites. Could be a goal-fest. Winner Paris St-Germain Outright odds  Real Madrid – 7/1  Paris St-Germain – 5/1  Besiktas v Bayern Munich First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 5pm European pedigree Besiktas Hailing from Istanbul, Besiktas have emerged from the shadows of near-city rivals to top their group. Knocked out at that stage in both 2007 and 2009, on this occasion they did not to look back after a 3-1 victory away to Porto.  Bayern Munich Following heartbreak in 2012 when they lost the final in their own backyard, Bayern are seeking their sixth European Cup, following victory a year later at Wembley. Having drawn one of the most sought-after sides at this stage, there will be an expectation to match semi-final finishes of the past three campaigns.  The genius of Pep Guardiola: Eight things he has done to make Man City so frighteningly good Prediction Make no mistake, Besiktas are dangerous as they showed in winning their group ahead of Porto, RB Leipzig and Monaco, and the Turkish side also travel far better than they used to. But Bayern appear back on track under Jupp Heynckes, although not quite the force of old, and should have too much class and know-how. Winner Bayern Munich Outright odds  Bayern Munich – 5/1  Besiktas – 200/1               

Champions League last 16 match-ups, pedigree and predictions

Juventus v Tottenham First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm  European Pedigree Juventus Winners in 1985 and 1996, Juventus have come close in recent years to adding a third European triumph to the honours board. However, despite being finalists in two of the past three seasons, the challenges of Barcelona and Real Madrid have proved a bridge too far.  Tottenham The quarter-finals in 2011 has been the best Spurs have had it in the Champions League, as an emerging Gareth Bale and wise Rafael van der Vaart starred. It is now over to the prolific Harry Kane and meticulous Christian Eriksen to push them further.  Prediction Having topped a group with Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in it, Spurs would have hoped for a kinder tie. They have never faced Juventus before and are up against one of the Champions League’s wiliest team, though not (yet) the force of last season. But Spurs can do it. Winner Tottenham Hotspur Outright odds  Juventus – 20/1  Tottenham – 25/1 Basel v Man City First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm European pedigree Basel Having reached the round of 16 for a third time, Basel will be looking to progress to the quarter-finals for the first time. Raphael Wicky’s men finished second in a group topped by Manchester United, a side they defeated at home on the fifth matchday.  Manchester City City emphatically topped their group, with only the matchday six defeat away by Shakhtar Donetsk blotting their copy book and will be desperate to at least match their semi-final finish of 2016, in a competition their manager has won twice.  Prediction City have been installed as Champions League favourites after the draw and it would be a major shock if they failed to get past the Swiss club. It is perhaps the kindest draw, not least in terms of travel and logistics, and while St Jakob-Park can create a hostile atmosphere, City will get through. Winner Manchester City Outright odds  Basel – 500/1  Manchester City – 11/4 (favourites)  Porto v Liverpool First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Porto Winners under Jose Mourinho in 2004, the Portuguese heavyweights will be looking to go one better than last year, when defeated by eventual runners-up Juventus. They will be looking to capitalise on Liverpool’s far from watertight back line.  Liverpool will have to keep Porto's Vincent Aboubakar quiet in the last 16 Credit:  Gualter Fatia/Getty Images Liverpool Winners in 2005, it would take a huge turn in fortunes for Liverpool to repeat such a feat this time around. Despite putting seven past Maribor and Spartak Moscow, without reply, a late collapse at Sevilla and a turgid draw in Moscow suggest this will be tough for Jürgen Klopp’s men.  Prediction Liverpool are unbeaten in their four previous meetings with Porto and will be happy with this draw. Porto are back on top of the Portuguese league and undoubtedly carry a threat, having disposed of Monaco in the group stages, but Liverpool should progress, especially with the second leg at Anfield. Winner Liverpool Outright odds  Porto – 100/1  Liverpool – 16/1  Sevilla v Man Utd First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Sevilla Entering last season’s competition having won the Europa League three times on the bounce, they failed to carry such form into Europe’s premier club competition. Defeat by Leicester City in the round of 16 marked their first European knockout loss in three seasons.  Marcus Rashford scores United's second against CSKA Moscow Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Manchester United Having topped their group, United will view this as a favourable draw, having avoided the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. But they will need to be at their best to beat technically adept opponents.  Prediction The Spaniards have been cup specialists in recent seasons and have shown how dangerous they can be at home by pulling back a three-goal deficit against Liverpool while also drawing at Anfield. But they finished runners-up in that group and are not quite the force they were. United will relish the tie. WinnerManchester United Outright odds  Sevilla – 100/1 Manchester United – 14/1  Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Shakhtar Donetsk Having won all three home matches in the group stage, Shakhtar finished second in Group F behind Manchester City. They did overcome the group winners on matchday six, as they reached the knockout stage for the first time since 2015.  Roma's Radja Nainggolan is heading to Ukraine Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images Roma The Italian club defied the odds to top a group ahead of Chelsea and last year’s semi-finalists Atlético Madrid.  Victory at home over the Blues, combined with an exciting 3-3 draw at the Bridge sit as standout results, helping to produce a winnable round-of-16 tie.   Prediction As the Ukrainians showed in finishing ahead of Napoli, and beating Manchester City, they are a dangerous side with an excellent coach in Paulo Fonseca. But Roma also performed impressively as they finished ahead of Chelsea and were unlucky not to beat them away, as well as at home. Could be a tight tie. Winner Roma Outright odds  Shakhtar Donetsk – 100/1  Roma – 50/1  Chelsea v Barcelona First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 7.45pm European pedigree ChelseaWinners in 2012 under Roberto Di Matteo, Chelsea remarkably defeated their round-of-16 opponents at the semi-final stage that term. However, in recent years, last-16 exits at the hands of Paris St-Germain make that final triumph over Bayern seem a distant memory.   Fernando Torres scored a 92nd-minute equaliser for 10-man Chelsea in the 2011-12 semi-final away leg against Barcelona  Credit: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images Barcelona Boasting five European Cups, a team spearheaded by the mercurial Lionel Messi will be determined to better their last-16 exits of the past two campaigns. Winners most recently in 2015, Barcelona topped their group unbeaten, ahead of Juventus.  Prediction Chelsea have a history of epic battles with Barcelona, not least in beating them to reach the 2012 Champions League final. Neither club will have wanted this draw and it could easily go either way. But Chelsea could well pay the price for not winning their group, especially if Lionel Messi can finally score against them. Winner Barcelona Outright odds Chelsea – 25/1  Barcelona – 7/1  Real Madrid v PSG First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Real Madrid European pedigree should be followed by, see Real Madrid. The 12-time winners also became the first team to successfully defend the European Cup in its modern format last May. However, a tough test lies ahead after a sub-standard group stage, remembered for that sobering defeat at Wembley. Paris St-Germain With domestic troubles non-existent, the Parisians topped their group, having only fell to defeat on the final matchday at Bayern Munich. Thumping defeats over Celtic home and away, whilst eye-catching, must now transform into knockout prowess, if anything to banish the memory of last year’s exit at the hands of Barcelona. Neymar will renew battle with a familiar foe Credit: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images Prediction Undoubtedly the tie of the round, a truly heavyweight contest with the holders against the young pretenders. Mbappe v Ronaldo. Neymar v Bale. Cavani v Benzema. PSG need to exorcise last season’s traumatic exit against Barcelona and what better way to do it, even if Real will be regarded as favourites. Could be a goal-fest. Winner Paris St-Germain Outright odds  Real Madrid – 7/1  Paris St-Germain – 5/1  Besiktas v Bayern Munich First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 5pm European pedigree Besiktas Hailing from Istanbul, Besiktas have emerged from the shadows of near-city rivals to top their group. Knocked out at that stage in both 2007 and 2009, on this occasion they did not to look back after a 3-1 victory away to Porto.  Bayern Munich Following heartbreak in 2012 when they lost the final in their own backyard, Bayern are seeking their sixth European Cup, following victory a year later at Wembley. Having drawn one of the most sought-after sides at this stage, there will be an expectation to match semi-final finishes of the past three campaigns.  The genius of Pep Guardiola: Eight things he has done to make Man City so frighteningly good Prediction Make no mistake, Besiktas are dangerous as they showed in winning their group ahead of Porto, RB Leipzig and Monaco, and the Turkish side also travel far better than they used to. But Bayern appear back on track under Jupp Heynckes, although not quite the force of old, and should have too much class and know-how. Winner Bayern Munich Outright odds  Bayern Munich – 5/1  Besiktas – 200/1               

Champions League last 16 match-ups, pedigree and predictions

Juventus v Tottenham First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm  European Pedigree Juventus Winners in 1985 and 1996, Juventus have come close in recent years to adding a third European triumph to the honours board. However, despite being finalists in two of the past three seasons, the challenges of Barcelona and Real Madrid have proved a bridge too far.  Tottenham The quarter-finals in 2011 has been the best Spurs have had it in the Champions League, as an emerging Gareth Bale and wise Rafael van der Vaart starred. It is now over to the prolific Harry Kane and meticulous Christian Eriksen to push them further.  Prediction Having topped a group with Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in it, Spurs would have hoped for a kinder tie. They have never faced Juventus before and are up against one of the Champions League’s wiliest team, though not (yet) the force of last season. But Spurs can do it. Winner Tottenham Hotspur Outright odds  Juventus – 20/1  Tottenham – 25/1 Basel v Man City First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm European pedigree Basel Having reached the round of 16 for a third time, Basel will be looking to progress to the quarter-finals for the first time. Raphael Wicky’s men finished second in a group topped by Manchester United, a side they defeated at home on the fifth matchday.  Manchester City City emphatically topped their group, with only the matchday six defeat away by Shakhtar Donetsk blotting their copy book and will be desperate to at least match their semi-final finish of 2016, in a competition their manager has won twice.  Prediction City have been installed as Champions League favourites after the draw and it would be a major shock if they failed to get past the Swiss club. It is perhaps the kindest draw, not least in terms of travel and logistics, and while St Jakob-Park can create a hostile atmosphere, City will get through. Winner Manchester City Outright odds  Basel – 500/1  Manchester City – 11/4 (favourites)  Porto v Liverpool First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Porto Winners under Jose Mourinho in 2004, the Portuguese heavyweights will be looking to go one better than last year, when defeated by eventual runners-up Juventus. They will be looking to capitalise on Liverpool’s far from watertight back line.  Liverpool will have to keep Porto's Vincent Aboubakar quiet in the last 16 Credit:  Gualter Fatia/Getty Images Liverpool Winners in 2005, it would take a huge turn in fortunes for Liverpool to repeat such a feat this time around. Despite putting seven past Maribor and Spartak Moscow, without reply, a late collapse at Sevilla and a turgid draw in Moscow suggest this will be tough for Jürgen Klopp’s men.  Prediction Liverpool are unbeaten in their four previous meetings with Porto and will be happy with this draw. Porto are back on top of the Portuguese league and undoubtedly carry a threat, having disposed of Monaco in the group stages, but Liverpool should progress, especially with the second leg at Anfield. Winner Liverpool Outright odds  Porto – 100/1  Liverpool – 16/1  Sevilla v Man Utd First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Sevilla Entering last season’s competition having won the Europa League three times on the bounce, they failed to carry such form into Europe’s premier club competition. Defeat by Leicester City in the round of 16 marked their first European knockout loss in three seasons.  Marcus Rashford scores United's second against CSKA Moscow Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Manchester United Having topped their group, United will view this as a favourable draw, having avoided the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. But they will need to be at their best to beat technically adept opponents.  Prediction The Spaniards have been cup specialists in recent seasons and have shown how dangerous they can be at home by pulling back a three-goal deficit against Liverpool while also drawing at Anfield. But they finished runners-up in that group and are not quite the force they were. United will relish the tie. WinnerManchester United Outright odds  Sevilla – 100/1 Manchester United – 14/1  Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Shakhtar Donetsk Having won all three home matches in the group stage, Shakhtar finished second in Group F behind Manchester City. They did overcome the group winners on matchday six, as they reached the knockout stage for the first time since 2015.  Roma's Radja Nainggolan is heading to Ukraine Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images Roma The Italian club defied the odds to top a group ahead of Chelsea and last year’s semi-finalists Atlético Madrid.  Victory at home over the Blues, combined with an exciting 3-3 draw at the Bridge sit as standout results, helping to produce a winnable round-of-16 tie.   Prediction As the Ukrainians showed in finishing ahead of Napoli, and beating Manchester City, they are a dangerous side with an excellent coach in Paulo Fonseca. But Roma also performed impressively as they finished ahead of Chelsea and were unlucky not to beat them away, as well as at home. Could be a tight tie. Winner Roma Outright odds  Shakhtar Donetsk – 100/1  Roma – 50/1  Chelsea v Barcelona First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 7.45pm European pedigree ChelseaWinners in 2012 under Roberto Di Matteo, Chelsea remarkably defeated their round-of-16 opponents at the semi-final stage that term. However, in recent years, last-16 exits at the hands of Paris St-Germain make that final triumph over Bayern seem a distant memory.   Fernando Torres scored a 92nd-minute equaliser for 10-man Chelsea in the 2011-12 semi-final away leg against Barcelona  Credit: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images Barcelona Boasting five European Cups, a team spearheaded by the mercurial Lionel Messi will be determined to better their last-16 exits of the past two campaigns. Winners most recently in 2015, Barcelona topped their group unbeaten, ahead of Juventus.  Prediction Chelsea have a history of epic battles with Barcelona, not least in beating them to reach the 2012 Champions League final. Neither club will have wanted this draw and it could easily go either way. But Chelsea could well pay the price for not winning their group, especially if Lionel Messi can finally score against them. Winner Barcelona Outright odds Chelsea – 25/1  Barcelona – 7/1  Real Madrid v PSG First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Real Madrid European pedigree should be followed by, see Real Madrid. The 12-time winners also became the first team to successfully defend the European Cup in its modern format last May. However, a tough test lies ahead after a sub-standard group stage, remembered for that sobering defeat at Wembley. Paris St-Germain With domestic troubles non-existent, the Parisians topped their group, having only fell to defeat on the final matchday at Bayern Munich. Thumping defeats over Celtic home and away, whilst eye-catching, must now transform into knockout prowess, if anything to banish the memory of last year’s exit at the hands of Barcelona. Neymar will renew battle with a familiar foe Credit: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images Prediction Undoubtedly the tie of the round, a truly heavyweight contest with the holders against the young pretenders. Mbappe v Ronaldo. Neymar v Bale. Cavani v Benzema. PSG need to exorcise last season’s traumatic exit against Barcelona and what better way to do it, even if Real will be regarded as favourites. Could be a goal-fest. Winner Paris St-Germain Outright odds  Real Madrid – 7/1  Paris St-Germain – 5/1  Besiktas v Bayern Munich First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 5pm European pedigree Besiktas Hailing from Istanbul, Besiktas have emerged from the shadows of near-city rivals to top their group. Knocked out at that stage in both 2007 and 2009, on this occasion they did not to look back after a 3-1 victory away to Porto.  Bayern Munich Following heartbreak in 2012 when they lost the final in their own backyard, Bayern are seeking their sixth European Cup, following victory a year later at Wembley. Having drawn one of the most sought-after sides at this stage, there will be an expectation to match semi-final finishes of the past three campaigns.  The genius of Pep Guardiola: Eight things he has done to make Man City so frighteningly good Prediction Make no mistake, Besiktas are dangerous as they showed in winning their group ahead of Porto, RB Leipzig and Monaco, and the Turkish side also travel far better than they used to. But Bayern appear back on track under Jupp Heynckes, although not quite the force of old, and should have too much class and know-how. Winner Bayern Munich Outright odds  Bayern Munich – 5/1  Besiktas – 200/1               

Champions League last 16 match-ups, pedigree and predictions

Juventus v Tottenham First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm  European Pedigree Juventus Winners in 1985 and 1996, Juventus have come close in recent years to adding a third European triumph to the honours board. However, despite being finalists in two of the past three seasons, the challenges of Barcelona and Real Madrid have proved a bridge too far.  Tottenham The quarter-finals in 2011 has been the best Spurs have had it in the Champions League, as an emerging Gareth Bale and wise Rafael van der Vaart starred. It is now over to the prolific Harry Kane and meticulous Christian Eriksen to push them further.  Prediction Having topped a group with Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in it, Spurs would have hoped for a kinder tie. They have never faced Juventus before and are up against one of the Champions League’s wiliest team, though not (yet) the force of last season. But Spurs can do it. Winner Tottenham Hotspur Outright odds  Juventus – 20/1  Tottenham – 25/1 Basel v Man City First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm European pedigree Basel Having reached the round of 16 for a third time, Basel will be looking to progress to the quarter-finals for the first time. Raphael Wicky’s men finished second in a group topped by Manchester United, a side they defeated at home on the fifth matchday.  Manchester City City emphatically topped their group, with only the matchday six defeat away by Shakhtar Donetsk blotting their copy book and will be desperate to at least match their semi-final finish of 2016, in a competition their manager has won twice.  Prediction City have been installed as Champions League favourites after the draw and it would be a major shock if they failed to get past the Swiss club. It is perhaps the kindest draw, not least in terms of travel and logistics, and while St Jakob-Park can create a hostile atmosphere, City will get through. Winner Manchester City Outright odds  Basel – 500/1  Manchester City – 11/4 (favourites)  Porto v Liverpool First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Porto Winners under Jose Mourinho in 2004, the Portuguese heavyweights will be looking to go one better than last year, when defeated by eventual runners-up Juventus. They will be looking to capitalise on Liverpool’s far from watertight back line.  Liverpool will have to keep Porto's Vincent Aboubakar quiet in the last 16 Credit:  Gualter Fatia/Getty Images Liverpool Winners in 2005, it would take a huge turn in fortunes for Liverpool to repeat such a feat this time around. Despite putting seven past Maribor and Spartak Moscow, without reply, a late collapse at Sevilla and a turgid draw in Moscow suggest this will be tough for Jürgen Klopp’s men.  Prediction Liverpool are unbeaten in their four previous meetings with Porto and will be happy with this draw. Porto are back on top of the Portuguese league and undoubtedly carry a threat, having disposed of Monaco in the group stages, but Liverpool should progress, especially with the second leg at Anfield. Winner Liverpool Outright odds  Porto – 100/1  Liverpool – 16/1  Sevilla v Man Utd First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Sevilla Entering last season’s competition having won the Europa League three times on the bounce, they failed to carry such form into Europe’s premier club competition. Defeat by Leicester City in the round of 16 marked their first European knockout loss in three seasons.  Marcus Rashford scores United's second against CSKA Moscow Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Manchester United Having topped their group, United will view this as a favourable draw, having avoided the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. But they will need to be at their best to beat technically adept opponents.  Prediction The Spaniards have been cup specialists in recent seasons and have shown how dangerous they can be at home by pulling back a three-goal deficit against Liverpool while also drawing at Anfield. But they finished runners-up in that group and are not quite the force they were. United will relish the tie. WinnerManchester United Outright odds  Sevilla – 100/1 Manchester United – 14/1  Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Shakhtar Donetsk Having won all three home matches in the group stage, Shakhtar finished second in Group F behind Manchester City. They did overcome the group winners on matchday six, as they reached the knockout stage for the first time since 2015.  Roma's Radja Nainggolan is heading to Ukraine Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images Roma The Italian club defied the odds to top a group ahead of Chelsea and last year’s semi-finalists Atlético Madrid.  Victory at home over the Blues, combined with an exciting 3-3 draw at the Bridge sit as standout results, helping to produce a winnable round-of-16 tie.   Prediction As the Ukrainians showed in finishing ahead of Napoli, and beating Manchester City, they are a dangerous side with an excellent coach in Paulo Fonseca. But Roma also performed impressively as they finished ahead of Chelsea and were unlucky not to beat them away, as well as at home. Could be a tight tie. Winner Roma Outright odds  Shakhtar Donetsk – 100/1  Roma – 50/1  Chelsea v Barcelona First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 7.45pm European pedigree ChelseaWinners in 2012 under Roberto Di Matteo, Chelsea remarkably defeated their round-of-16 opponents at the semi-final stage that term. However, in recent years, last-16 exits at the hands of Paris St-Germain make that final triumph over Bayern seem a distant memory.   Fernando Torres scored a 92nd-minute equaliser for 10-man Chelsea in the 2011-12 semi-final away leg against Barcelona  Credit: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images Barcelona Boasting five European Cups, a team spearheaded by the mercurial Lionel Messi will be determined to better their last-16 exits of the past two campaigns. Winners most recently in 2015, Barcelona topped their group unbeaten, ahead of Juventus.  Prediction Chelsea have a history of epic battles with Barcelona, not least in beating them to reach the 2012 Champions League final. Neither club will have wanted this draw and it could easily go either way. But Chelsea could well pay the price for not winning their group, especially if Lionel Messi can finally score against them. Winner Barcelona Outright odds Chelsea – 25/1  Barcelona – 7/1  Real Madrid v PSG First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Real Madrid European pedigree should be followed by, see Real Madrid. The 12-time winners also became the first team to successfully defend the European Cup in its modern format last May. However, a tough test lies ahead after a sub-standard group stage, remembered for that sobering defeat at Wembley. Paris St-Germain With domestic troubles non-existent, the Parisians topped their group, having only fell to defeat on the final matchday at Bayern Munich. Thumping defeats over Celtic home and away, whilst eye-catching, must now transform into knockout prowess, if anything to banish the memory of last year’s exit at the hands of Barcelona. Neymar will renew battle with a familiar foe Credit: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images Prediction Undoubtedly the tie of the round, a truly heavyweight contest with the holders against the young pretenders. Mbappe v Ronaldo. Neymar v Bale. Cavani v Benzema. PSG need to exorcise last season’s traumatic exit against Barcelona and what better way to do it, even if Real will be regarded as favourites. Could be a goal-fest. Winner Paris St-Germain Outright odds  Real Madrid – 7/1  Paris St-Germain – 5/1  Besiktas v Bayern Munich First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 5pm European pedigree Besiktas Hailing from Istanbul, Besiktas have emerged from the shadows of near-city rivals to top their group. Knocked out at that stage in both 2007 and 2009, on this occasion they did not to look back after a 3-1 victory away to Porto.  Bayern Munich Following heartbreak in 2012 when they lost the final in their own backyard, Bayern are seeking their sixth European Cup, following victory a year later at Wembley. Having drawn one of the most sought-after sides at this stage, there will be an expectation to match semi-final finishes of the past three campaigns.  The genius of Pep Guardiola: Eight things he has done to make Man City so frighteningly good Prediction Make no mistake, Besiktas are dangerous as they showed in winning their group ahead of Porto, RB Leipzig and Monaco, and the Turkish side also travel far better than they used to. But Bayern appear back on track under Jupp Heynckes, although not quite the force of old, and should have too much class and know-how. Winner Bayern Munich Outright odds  Bayern Munich – 5/1  Besiktas – 200/1               

Champions League last 16 match-ups, pedigree and predictions

Juventus v Tottenham First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm  European Pedigree Juventus Winners in 1985 and 1996, Juventus have come close in recent years to adding a third European triumph to the honours board. However, despite being finalists in two of the past three seasons, the challenges of Barcelona and Real Madrid have proved a bridge too far.  Tottenham The quarter-finals in 2011 has been the best Spurs have had it in the Champions League, as an emerging Gareth Bale and wise Rafael van der Vaart starred. It is now over to the prolific Harry Kane and meticulous Christian Eriksen to push them further.  Prediction Having topped a group with Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in it, Spurs would have hoped for a kinder tie. They have never faced Juventus before and are up against one of the Champions League’s wiliest team, though not (yet) the force of last season. But Spurs can do it. Winner Tottenham Hotspur Outright odds  Juventus – 20/1  Tottenham – 25/1 Basel v Man City First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm European pedigree Basel Having reached the round of 16 for a third time, Basel will be looking to progress to the quarter-finals for the first time. Raphael Wicky’s men finished second in a group topped by Manchester United, a side they defeated at home on the fifth matchday.  Manchester City City emphatically topped their group, with only the matchday six defeat away by Shakhtar Donetsk blotting their copy book and will be desperate to at least match their semi-final finish of 2016, in a competition their manager has won twice.  Prediction City have been installed as Champions League favourites after the draw and it would be a major shock if they failed to get past the Swiss club. It is perhaps the kindest draw, not least in terms of travel and logistics, and while St Jakob-Park can create a hostile atmosphere, City will get through. Winner Manchester City Outright odds  Basel – 500/1  Manchester City – 11/4 (favourites)  Porto v Liverpool First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Porto Winners under Jose Mourinho in 2004, the Portuguese heavyweights will be looking to go one better than last year, when defeated by eventual runners-up Juventus. They will be looking to capitalise on Liverpool’s far from watertight back line.  Liverpool will have to keep Porto's Vincent Aboubakar quiet in the last 16 Credit:  Gualter Fatia/Getty Images Liverpool Winners in 2005, it would take a huge turn in fortunes for Liverpool to repeat such a feat this time around. Despite putting seven past Maribor and Spartak Moscow, without reply, a late collapse at Sevilla and a turgid draw in Moscow suggest this will be tough for Jürgen Klopp’s men.  Prediction Liverpool are unbeaten in their four previous meetings with Porto and will be happy with this draw. Porto are back on top of the Portuguese league and undoubtedly carry a threat, having disposed of Monaco in the group stages, but Liverpool should progress, especially with the second leg at Anfield. Winner Liverpool Outright odds  Porto – 100/1  Liverpool – 16/1  Sevilla v Man Utd First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Sevilla Entering last season’s competition having won the Europa League three times on the bounce, they failed to carry such form into Europe’s premier club competition. Defeat by Leicester City in the round of 16 marked their first European knockout loss in three seasons.  Marcus Rashford scores United's second against CSKA Moscow Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Manchester United Having topped their group, United will view this as a favourable draw, having avoided the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. But they will need to be at their best to beat technically adept opponents.  Prediction The Spaniards have been cup specialists in recent seasons and have shown how dangerous they can be at home by pulling back a three-goal deficit against Liverpool while also drawing at Anfield. But they finished runners-up in that group and are not quite the force they were. United will relish the tie. WinnerManchester United Outright odds  Sevilla – 100/1 Manchester United – 14/1  Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Shakhtar Donetsk Having won all three home matches in the group stage, Shakhtar finished second in Group F behind Manchester City. They did overcome the group winners on matchday six, as they reached the knockout stage for the first time since 2015.  Roma's Radja Nainggolan is heading to Ukraine Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images Roma The Italian club defied the odds to top a group ahead of Chelsea and last year’s semi-finalists Atlético Madrid.  Victory at home over the Blues, combined with an exciting 3-3 draw at the Bridge sit as standout results, helping to produce a winnable round-of-16 tie.   Prediction As the Ukrainians showed in finishing ahead of Napoli, and beating Manchester City, they are a dangerous side with an excellent coach in Paulo Fonseca. But Roma also performed impressively as they finished ahead of Chelsea and were unlucky not to beat them away, as well as at home. Could be a tight tie. Winner Roma Outright odds  Shakhtar Donetsk – 100/1  Roma – 50/1  Chelsea v Barcelona First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 7.45pm European pedigree ChelseaWinners in 2012 under Roberto Di Matteo, Chelsea remarkably defeated their round-of-16 opponents at the semi-final stage that term. However, in recent years, last-16 exits at the hands of Paris St-Germain make that final triumph over Bayern seem a distant memory.   Fernando Torres scored a 92nd-minute equaliser for 10-man Chelsea in the 2011-12 semi-final away leg against Barcelona  Credit: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images Barcelona Boasting five European Cups, a team spearheaded by the mercurial Lionel Messi will be determined to better their last-16 exits of the past two campaigns. Winners most recently in 2015, Barcelona topped their group unbeaten, ahead of Juventus.  Prediction Chelsea have a history of epic battles with Barcelona, not least in beating them to reach the 2012 Champions League final. Neither club will have wanted this draw and it could easily go either way. But Chelsea could well pay the price for not winning their group, especially if Lionel Messi can finally score against them. Winner Barcelona Outright odds Chelsea – 25/1  Barcelona – 7/1  Real Madrid v PSG First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Real Madrid European pedigree should be followed by, see Real Madrid. The 12-time winners also became the first team to successfully defend the European Cup in its modern format last May. However, a tough test lies ahead after a sub-standard group stage, remembered for that sobering defeat at Wembley. Paris St-Germain With domestic troubles non-existent, the Parisians topped their group, having only fell to defeat on the final matchday at Bayern Munich. Thumping defeats over Celtic home and away, whilst eye-catching, must now transform into knockout prowess, if anything to banish the memory of last year’s exit at the hands of Barcelona. Neymar will renew battle with a familiar foe Credit: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images Prediction Undoubtedly the tie of the round, a truly heavyweight contest with the holders against the young pretenders. Mbappe v Ronaldo. Neymar v Bale. Cavani v Benzema. PSG need to exorcise last season’s traumatic exit against Barcelona and what better way to do it, even if Real will be regarded as favourites. Could be a goal-fest. Winner Paris St-Germain Outright odds  Real Madrid – 7/1  Paris St-Germain – 5/1  Besiktas v Bayern Munich First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 5pm European pedigree Besiktas Hailing from Istanbul, Besiktas have emerged from the shadows of near-city rivals to top their group. Knocked out at that stage in both 2007 and 2009, on this occasion they did not to look back after a 3-1 victory away to Porto.  Bayern Munich Following heartbreak in 2012 when they lost the final in their own backyard, Bayern are seeking their sixth European Cup, following victory a year later at Wembley. Having drawn one of the most sought-after sides at this stage, there will be an expectation to match semi-final finishes of the past three campaigns.  The genius of Pep Guardiola: Eight things he has done to make Man City so frighteningly good Prediction Make no mistake, Besiktas are dangerous as they showed in winning their group ahead of Porto, RB Leipzig and Monaco, and the Turkish side also travel far better than they used to. But Bayern appear back on track under Jupp Heynckes, although not quite the force of old, and should have too much class and know-how. Winner Bayern Munich Outright odds  Bayern Munich – 5/1  Besiktas – 200/1               

Champions League last 16 match-ups, pedigree and predictions

Juventus v Tottenham First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm  European Pedigree Juventus Winners in 1985 and 1996, Juventus have come close in recent years to adding a third European triumph to the honours board. However, despite being finalists in two of the past three seasons, the challenges of Barcelona and Real Madrid have proved a bridge too far.  Tottenham The quarter-finals in 2011 has been the best Spurs have had it in the Champions League, as an emerging Gareth Bale and wise Rafael van der Vaart starred. It is now over to the prolific Harry Kane and meticulous Christian Eriksen to push them further.  Prediction Having topped a group with Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in it, Spurs would have hoped for a kinder tie. They have never faced Juventus before and are up against one of the Champions League’s wiliest team, though not (yet) the force of last season. But Spurs can do it. Winner Tottenham Hotspur Outright odds  Juventus – 20/1  Tottenham – 25/1 Basel v Man City First leg Tuesday Feb 13, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 7, 7.45pm European pedigree Basel Having reached the round of 16 for a third time, Basel will be looking to progress to the quarter-finals for the first time. Raphael Wicky’s men finished second in a group topped by Manchester United, a side they defeated at home on the fifth matchday.  Manchester City City emphatically topped their group, with only the matchday six defeat away by Shakhtar Donetsk blotting their copy book and will be desperate to at least match their semi-final finish of 2016, in a competition their manager has won twice.  Prediction City have been installed as Champions League favourites after the draw and it would be a major shock if they failed to get past the Swiss club. It is perhaps the kindest draw, not least in terms of travel and logistics, and while St Jakob-Park can create a hostile atmosphere, City will get through. Winner Manchester City Outright odds  Basel – 500/1  Manchester City – 11/4 (favourites)  Porto v Liverpool First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Porto Winners under Jose Mourinho in 2004, the Portuguese heavyweights will be looking to go one better than last year, when defeated by eventual runners-up Juventus. They will be looking to capitalise on Liverpool’s far from watertight back line.  Liverpool will have to keep Porto's Vincent Aboubakar quiet in the last 16 Credit:  Gualter Fatia/Getty Images Liverpool Winners in 2005, it would take a huge turn in fortunes for Liverpool to repeat such a feat this time around. Despite putting seven past Maribor and Spartak Moscow, without reply, a late collapse at Sevilla and a turgid draw in Moscow suggest this will be tough for Jürgen Klopp’s men.  Prediction Liverpool are unbeaten in their four previous meetings with Porto and will be happy with this draw. Porto are back on top of the Portuguese league and undoubtedly carry a threat, having disposed of Monaco in the group stages, but Liverpool should progress, especially with the second leg at Anfield. Winner Liverpool Outright odds  Porto – 100/1  Liverpool – 16/1  Sevilla v Man Utd First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Sevilla Entering last season’s competition having won the Europa League three times on the bounce, they failed to carry such form into Europe’s premier club competition. Defeat by Leicester City in the round of 16 marked their first European knockout loss in three seasons.  Marcus Rashford scores United's second against CSKA Moscow Credit: AP Photo/Dave Thompson Manchester United Having topped their group, United will view this as a favourable draw, having avoided the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. But they will need to be at their best to beat technically adept opponents.  Prediction The Spaniards have been cup specialists in recent seasons and have shown how dangerous they can be at home by pulling back a three-goal deficit against Liverpool while also drawing at Anfield. But they finished runners-up in that group and are not quite the force they were. United will relish the tie. WinnerManchester United Outright odds  Sevilla – 100/1 Manchester United – 14/1  Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma First leg Wednesday Feb 21, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 13, 7.45pm European pedigree Shakhtar Donetsk Having won all three home matches in the group stage, Shakhtar finished second in Group F behind Manchester City. They did overcome the group winners on matchday six, as they reached the knockout stage for the first time since 2015.  Roma's Radja Nainggolan is heading to Ukraine Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images Roma The Italian club defied the odds to top a group ahead of Chelsea and last year’s semi-finalists Atlético Madrid.  Victory at home over the Blues, combined with an exciting 3-3 draw at the Bridge sit as standout results, helping to produce a winnable round-of-16 tie.   Prediction As the Ukrainians showed in finishing ahead of Napoli, and beating Manchester City, they are a dangerous side with an excellent coach in Paulo Fonseca. But Roma also performed impressively as they finished ahead of Chelsea and were unlucky not to beat them away, as well as at home. Could be a tight tie. Winner Roma Outright odds  Shakhtar Donetsk – 100/1  Roma – 50/1  Chelsea v Barcelona First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 7.45pm European pedigree ChelseaWinners in 2012 under Roberto Di Matteo, Chelsea remarkably defeated their round-of-16 opponents at the semi-final stage that term. However, in recent years, last-16 exits at the hands of Paris St-Germain make that final triumph over Bayern seem a distant memory.   Fernando Torres scored a 92nd-minute equaliser for 10-man Chelsea in the 2011-12 semi-final away leg against Barcelona  Credit: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images Barcelona Boasting five European Cups, a team spearheaded by the mercurial Lionel Messi will be determined to better their last-16 exits of the past two campaigns. Winners most recently in 2015, Barcelona topped their group unbeaten, ahead of Juventus.  Prediction Chelsea have a history of epic battles with Barcelona, not least in beating them to reach the 2012 Champions League final. Neither club will have wanted this draw and it could easily go either way. But Chelsea could well pay the price for not winning their group, especially if Lionel Messi can finally score against them. Winner Barcelona Outright odds Chelsea – 25/1  Barcelona – 7/1  Real Madrid v PSG First leg Wednesday Feb 14, 7.45pm Second leg Tuesday March 6, 7.45pm European pedigree Real Madrid European pedigree should be followed by, see Real Madrid. The 12-time winners also became the first team to successfully defend the European Cup in its modern format last May. However, a tough test lies ahead after a sub-standard group stage, remembered for that sobering defeat at Wembley. Paris St-Germain With domestic troubles non-existent, the Parisians topped their group, having only fell to defeat on the final matchday at Bayern Munich. Thumping defeats over Celtic home and away, whilst eye-catching, must now transform into knockout prowess, if anything to banish the memory of last year’s exit at the hands of Barcelona. Neymar will renew battle with a familiar foe Credit: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images Prediction Undoubtedly the tie of the round, a truly heavyweight contest with the holders against the young pretenders. Mbappe v Ronaldo. Neymar v Bale. Cavani v Benzema. PSG need to exorcise last season’s traumatic exit against Barcelona and what better way to do it, even if Real will be regarded as favourites. Could be a goal-fest. Winner Paris St-Germain Outright odds  Real Madrid – 7/1  Paris St-Germain – 5/1  Besiktas v Bayern Munich First leg Tuesday Feb 20, 7.45pm Second leg Wednesday March 14, 5pm European pedigree Besiktas Hailing from Istanbul, Besiktas have emerged from the shadows of near-city rivals to top their group. Knocked out at that stage in both 2007 and 2009, on this occasion they did not to look back after a 3-1 victory away to Porto.  Bayern Munich Following heartbreak in 2012 when they lost the final in their own backyard, Bayern are seeking their sixth European Cup, following victory a year later at Wembley. Having drawn one of the most sought-after sides at this stage, there will be an expectation to match semi-final finishes of the past three campaigns.  The genius of Pep Guardiola: Eight things he has done to make Man City so frighteningly good Prediction Make no mistake, Besiktas are dangerous as they showed in winning their group ahead of Porto, RB Leipzig and Monaco, and the Turkish side also travel far better than they used to. But Bayern appear back on track under Jupp Heynckes, although not quite the force of old, and should have too much class and know-how. Winner Bayern Munich Outright odds  Bayern Munich – 5/1  Besiktas – 200/1               

Mohamed Salah wins BBC African Footballer of the Year 2017

Liverpool's Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah has been voted the winner of the BBC African Footballer of the Year Award 2017. It is the first time that Salah has been shortlisted for the award with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp joining BBC presenter Mimi Fawaz at the club's Melwood training ground to present the coveted trophy as part of 'Focus on Africa' on BBC World Service.  Fans voted in record numbers to name Salah the winner from a five-man shortlist, with the current Premier League top-scorer selected in front of Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Guinean and future Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita, current Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane of Senegal and Nigeria’s Victor Moses. “I am very happy to win this award," said Salah. "It’s always a special feeling when you win something. You feel like you did a great year, so I’m very happy. I would also like to win it next year!” Salah was the central figure for Egypt as they finished runners-up at the Africa Cup of Nations and is enjoying a hot streak of form, having already scored 13 goals so far in the Premier League. “I want to be the best Egyptian ever so I work hard,” added Salah, who has become the third Egyptian to win the award, and first since 2008. Salah scored a wondergoal in Liverpool's 1-1 draw against Everton Credit: ACTION PLUS After joining Liverpool from Roma in June, he was named the club's player of the month in August and September. A goal on his debut helped him rack up seven goals in his first 11 Premier League games, and he has fared even better in the Champions League, with five goals in six group games. “It’s well deserved,” said Jurgen Klopp. “I am a really lucky person. I had the opportunity to work with a few outstanding players and I am happy that it is now with Mo. "The good thing is that he is still young, there is a lot of space for improvement, a lot of potential still that we can work on, but that’s how it should be. It’s a big pleasure, to be honest, to work with him.” Salah joins a revered list including Abedi Pele, George Weah, Jay-Jay Okocha and Didier Drogba, to have won the BBC African Footballer of the Year prize. “I am very happy to be like them in winning this award,” said the Egyptian, who follows compatriots Mohamed Barakat (2005) and the legendary Aboutreika (2008) in receiving the trophy.

Mohamed Salah wins BBC African Footballer of the Year 2017

Liverpool's Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah has been voted the winner of the BBC African Footballer of the Year Award 2017. It is the first time that Salah has been shortlisted for the award with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp joining BBC presenter Mimi Fawaz at the club's Melwood training ground to present the coveted trophy as part of 'Focus on Africa' on BBC World Service.  Fans voted in record numbers to name Salah the winner from a five-man shortlist, with the current Premier League top-scorer selected in front of Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Guinean and future Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita, current Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane of Senegal and Nigeria’s Victor Moses. “I am very happy to win this award," said Salah. "It’s always a special feeling when you win something. You feel like you did a great year, so I’m very happy. I would also like to win it next year!” Salah was the central figure for Egypt as they finished runners-up at the Africa Cup of Nations and is enjoying a hot streak of form, having already scored 13 goals so far in the Premier League. “I want to be the best Egyptian ever so I work hard,” added Salah, who has become the third Egyptian to win the award, and first since 2008. Salah scored a wondergoal in Liverpool's 1-1 draw against Everton Credit: ACTION PLUS After joining Liverpool from Roma in June, he was named the club's player of the month in August and September. A goal on his debut helped him rack up seven goals in his first 11 Premier League games, and he has fared even better in the Champions League, with five goals in six group games. “It’s well deserved,” said Jurgen Klopp. “I am a really lucky person. I had the opportunity to work with a few outstanding players and I am happy that it is now with Mo. "The good thing is that he is still young, there is a lot of space for improvement, a lot of potential still that we can work on, but that’s how it should be. It’s a big pleasure, to be honest, to work with him.” Salah joins a revered list including Abedi Pele, George Weah, Jay-Jay Okocha and Didier Drogba, to have won the BBC African Footballer of the Year prize. “I am very happy to be like them in winning this award,” said the Egyptian, who follows compatriots Mohamed Barakat (2005) and the legendary Aboutreika (2008) in receiving the trophy.

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