Sergio Aguero closing in on landmark and other Man City v Basel talking points

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Aguero is one shy of 200 goals for Manchester City.

Manchester City host Basel in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday holding a 4-0 aggregate lead from the first encounter last month.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at some talking points ahead of the match.

HOW WILL CITY APPROACH THE GAME?

There may be a temptation to rest players but City boss Pep Guardiola rarely makes wholesale changes, the early rounds of the Carabao Cup perhaps being an exception. Even with a virtually unassailable 4-0 lead, Guardiola is unlikely to want to disrupt the momentum of his side too much. City are not in action again until next Monday’s trip to Stoke, so recovery times are not a concern this week.

Pep is unlikely to change his approach for the clash.

Pep is unlikely to change his approach for the clash.

CHANCE FOR TOURE

Guardiola will make a few alterations though, and with Fernandinho injured it may be an opportunity to give veteran Yaya Toure a run-out. The 34-year-old has become a peripheral figure in the City squad and this season is expected to be his last at the club. It is clear he has never really fitted into Guardiola’s philosophy and the team has moved on, but his role in the vast majority of City’s successes in recent years cannot be forgotten. Supporters will want the chance to show their appreciation before the season ends.

It will be a chance for Toure to get some minutes after cutting a peripheral figure.

It will be a chance for Toure to get some minutes after cutting a peripheral figure.

DOUBLE CENTURY FOR AGUERO

City’s crack marksman Sergio Aguero remains one short of his double century of City goals. He scored his 199th in the Carabao Cup final win over Arsenal and has failed to find the net in the two games since. If City find Basel as easy to cut through as they did in Switzerland last month, this could be his night.

Aguero has failed to find the net in City's last two matches.

Aguero has failed to find the net in City’s last two matches.

JESUS BACK IN ACTION

The game could also provide a chance to give Gabriel Jesus some more game time. The Brazil striker has made late substitute appearances in each of the last three games having recovered from the knee injury that sidelined him for two months. He could get a lengthy run on the field and possibly even start.

Jesus could be in line to start the tie.

Jesus could be in line to start the tie.

ANY CHANCE OF AN UPSET?

This is highly unlikely. City broke Basel in the first leg when they scored three goals in a blistering nine-minute spell in the first half. They then eased off completely but still managed to find the net again. Even if they offer Basel some encouragement by playing below themselves, they have the power to swiftly kill off any hint of a fightback.

Its difficult to envisage anything other than a City win once again.

Its difficult to envisage anything other than a City win once again.

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Seven deadly Tottenham and Juventus stats ahead of Champions League last-16 second leg

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Tottenham face Juventus in the second-leg of their mouthwatering last 16 Champions League clash at Wembley on Wednesday night.

Here, we look at seven key stats before the two teams lock horns in the English capital.

1) Juventus haven’t lost a competitive match since a 3-2 defeat to Sampdoria back in November. Since then, Massimiliano Allegri’s side have won 17 of 20 competitive matches and boast the experience in Europe to edge past Tottenham.

2) Spurs have won their last seven matches at Wembley – conceding just the once in that run – and have the pace in attack to secure a place in the quarter-final. They conceded just once in December’s 3-1 win over Real Madrid.

3) Tottenham are undefeated in their last eight Champions League matches, while Juventus are undefeated in their last six games. The Bianconeri’s sole defeat came against Barcelona in the first group match back in September.

4) Spurs have scored at least two goals in seven of their last eight European matches. They failed to score more than two goals just once in the 1-1 draw against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in October. Mauricio Pochettino’s side’s biggest results were two 3-0 wins over APOEL Nicosia in September and December.

5) Juventus have conceded just three times in their last 20 games and are yet to concede since these two teams last met on February 13 – whereas Spurs have conceded 17 goals in 20 matches and just three times since the first leg in Turin.

6) Spurs are unbeaten against Italian clubs at home with four wins and three draws. Their most recent win against an Italian opposition was in the quarter-final of the 2012/13 Europa League – when they beat Inter 3-0 with Gareth Bale and Jan Vertonghen among the goal scorers.

7) Juventus have a poor record on English soil, managing just three wins from their 21 visits so far – including 12 defeats and six draws. Their most recent match in England was against Chelsea in the group stages of the 2012/13 Champions League – drawing 2-2 at Stamford Bridge.

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Will Zinedine Zidane's men advance through to the quarter-finals?

Real Madrid face Paris Saint-Germain in the second-leg of their mouthwatering last 16 Champions League clash at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday night.

Here, we look at seven key stats before the two teams lock horns in the French capital.

11 – Cristiano Ronaldo – who else? The Los Blancos club legend has smashed home 11 goals in Europe this term from seven matches. He has also notched 14 goals in his past eight games and is a real rich vein of form. The 33-year-old has netted 30 goals in 32 matches this season – not bad for a player who apparently was past it at the end of last year.

2 – The Whites have scored at least two goals in each of their past 16 Champions League matches. That doesn’t make good reading for PSG.

17 – Who needs Neymar? Former Los Blancos and Man United winger Angel Di Maria will continue to try and prove that the Brazilian isn’t missed. The 30-year-old has scored 14 goals in his past 17 matches in all competitions since the beginning of December. Some record.

3 – Zinedine Zidane’s men could take another stride towards becoming the first team since Bayern Munich (1974-76) to win Europe’s top competition for three years in a row.

33 – per cent of teams who have lost the first leg of a Champions League tie 3-1 have gone on to progress through to the quarter-finals (four out of 12 sides).

11 – Under Frenchman Zidane, Real have won 11 out of 15 Champions League knockout matches, drawing two and losing twice. However, they have lifted the trophy in both seasons in which the club legend has been in charge.

2 – Yes, another two – but a worthy one at that. Interestingly, PSG have eliminated the Whites from their past two knockout meetings. Those victories came during a 1992-93 UEFA Cup encounter and 1993-93 Cup Winners Cup match.

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