Bayern's Robert Lewandowski, gestures to his teammates during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayern Munich in the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019.
Bayern's Robert Lewandowski, gestures to his teammates during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayern Munich in the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019.|Michael Probst | Associated Press
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The top four teams best set up to advance to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League

Sean Miller

Sean Miller

All eight UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg ties have now all been played, and there are a few teams that look to be cruising into the quarterfinals.

But we will have to wait until March 10-11 and 17-18 to see the ties completed, so which teams look most likely to advance into the final eight?

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  1. Bayern Munich (leads 3-0 on aggregate, second leg March 18): The German side came to London and completely overwhelmed Chelsea in a 3-0 win Tuesday night, and it was lucky for the Blues that they head to Germany down only three goals. But make no mistake about it: this tie is OVER. Bayern Munich might be the favorite to win this tournament. Bayern Munich is -10000 to advance, with Chelsea +6000.

  2. Atalanta (leads 4-1 on aggregate, second leg March 10): The Italian side blitzed Valencia with two first half goals, then added two more, to take a 4-1 lead to Spain. The lone goal for Valencia might give the Spanish side a glimmer of hope, but a first half goal from Atalanta next month will end the tie. Atalanta is -2500 to advance, with Valencia +1000.

  3. Manchester City (leads 2-1 on aggregate, second leg March 17): The whole tie was turned on its head in the final 15 minutes Wednesday. City scored twice to take a 2-1 advantage, then Sergio Ramos was sent off with a straight red, so he will miss the return leg in Manchester. Can the Cityzens, in the face of a two-year ban, win the whole thing? Manchester City is -1115 to advance, with Real Madrid +650.

  4. RB Leipzig (leads 1-0 on aggregate, second leg March 10): A 1-0 win in London for the German side means that Leipzig returns home as a heavy favorite to advance (-455; Tottenham is +330). Tottenham will be without star players, and will have to find a way to win on the road, something the Spurs have struggled with for over a year.

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