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Premier League 2019-20 schedule announced

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The 2019-20 Premier League schedule has been announced.

That’s right, we are less than two months away from it all kicking off once again.

Let’s do this.

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The season kicks off on Friday August 9 as Liverpool host Norwich City at Anfield, while reigning champions Man City head to West Ham on Aug. 10 and later that day new boys Aston Villa head to Tottenham Hotspur. On Sunday Aug. 11 Man United host Chelsea in the first heavyweight battle of the new campaign, as the schedule for the opening weekend is set in stone.

Below is the full week-by-week schedule for the upcoming campaign, as Norwich City, Sheffield United and Aston Villa join the party in the top-flight.

Right now every game below is listed as a 10 a.m. ET kick off unless otherwise stated. As always, the PL schedule is subject to change with dates and times adjusted to new TV schedules which are released throughout the season.

As part of the 2019-20 midseason player break, the PL will split one round of matches in February over two weekends, with five matches on the weekend commencing Feb. 8 and five on the weekend commencing Feb. 15. Those changes will be announced in mid-December.

Here is the full schedule, so you can plan your weekends from August 2019 to May 2020.


Matchweek 1 – August 9-11, 2019
August 9, 3 p.m. ET: Liverpool v Norwich City
August 10, 7:30 a.m ET: West Ham United v Manchester City
August 10, 10 a.m ET: A.F.C. Bournemouth v Sheffield United
August 10, 10 a.m ET: Burnley v Southampton
August 10, 10 a.m ET: Crystal Palace v Everton
August 10, 10 a.m ET: Leicester City v Wolves
August 10, 10 a.m ET: Watford v Brighton
August 10, 12:30 p.m ET: Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa
August 11, 9 a.m. ET: Newcastle United v Arsenal
August 11, 11:30 a.m. ET: Manchester United v Chelsea

Matchweek 2 – August 17, 2019
Arsenal v Burnley
Aston Villa v A.F.C. Bournemouth
Brighton v West Ham United
Chelsea v Leicester City
Everton v Watford
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur
Norwich City v Newcastle United
Sheffield United v Crystal Palace
Southampton v Liverpool
Wolves v Manchester United

Matchweek 3 – August 24, 2019
A.F.C. Bournemouth v Manchester City
Aston Villa v Everton
Brighton v Southampton
Liverpool v Arsenal
Manchester United v Crystal Palace
Norwich City v Chelsea
Sheffield United v Leicester City
Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United
Watford v West Ham United
Wolves v Burnley

Matchweek 4 – August 31, 2019
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur
Burnley v Liverpool
Chelsea v Sheffield United
Crystal Palace v Aston Villa
Everton v Wolves
Leicester City v A.F.C. Bournemouth
Manchester City v Brighton
Newcastle United v Watford
Southampton v Manchester United
West Ham United v Norwich City

Matchweek 5 – September 14, 2019
A.F.C. Bournemouth v Everton
Aston Villa v West Ham United
Brighton v Burnley
Liverpool v Newcastle United
Manchester United v Leicester City
Norwich City v Manchester City
Sheffield United v Southampton
Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace
Watford v Arsenal
Wolves v Chelsea

Matchweek 6 – September 21, 2019
Arsenal v Aston Villa
Burnley v Norwich City
Chelsea v Liverpool
Crystal Palace v Wolves
Everton v Sheffield United
Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester City v Watford
Newcastle United v Brighton
Southampton v A.F.C. Bournemouth
West Ham United v Manchester United

Matchweek 7 – September 28, 2019
A.F.C. Bournemouth v West Ham United
Aston Villa v Burnley
Chelsea v Brighton
Crystal Palace v Norwich City
Everton v Manchester City
Leicester City v Newcastle United
Manchester United v Arsenal
Sheffield United v Liverpool
Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton
Wolves v Watford

Matchweek 8 – October 5, 2019
Arsenal v A.F.C. Bournemouth
Brighton v Tottenham Hotspur
Burnley v Everton
Liverpool v Leicester City
Manchester City v Wolves
Newcastle United v Manchester United
Norwich City v Aston Villa
Southampton v Chelsea
Watford v Sheffield United
West Ham United v Crystal Palace

Matchweek 9 – October 19, 2019
A.F.C. Bournemouth v Norwich City
Aston Villa v Brighton
Chelsea v Newcastle United
Crystal Palace v Manchester City
Everton v West Ham United
Leicester City v Burnley
Manchester United v Liverpool
Sheffield United v Arsenal
Tottenham Hotspur v Watford
Wolves v Southampton

Matchweek 10 – October 26, 2019
Arsenal v Crystal Palace
Brighton v Everton
Burnley v Chelsea
Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester City v Aston Villa
Newcastle United v Wolves
Norwich City v Manchester United
Southampton v Leicester City
Watford v A.F.C. Bournemouth
West Ham United v Sheffield United

Matchweek 11 – November 2, 2019
A.F.C. Bournemouth v Manchester United
Arsenal v Wolves
Aston Villa v Liverpool
Brighton v Norwich City
Crystal Palace v Leicester City
Everton v Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester City v Southampton
Sheffield United v Burnley
Watford v Chelsea
West Ham United v Newcastle United

Matchweek 12 – November 9, 2019
Burnley v West Ham United
Chelsea v Crystal Palace
Leicester City v Arsenal
Liverpool v Manchester City
Manchester United v Brighton
Newcastle United v A.F.C. Bournemouth
Norwich City v Watford
Southampton v Everton
Tottenham Hotspur v Sheffield United
Wolves v Aston Villa

Matchweek 13 – November 23, 2019
A.F.C. Bournemouth v Wolves
Arsenal v Southampton
Aston Villa v Newcastle United
Brighton v Leicester City
Crystal Palace v Liverpool
Everton v Norwich City
Manchester City v Chelsea
Sheffield United v Manchester United
Watford v Burnley
West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur

Matchweek 14 – November 30, 2019
Burnley v Crystal Palace
Chelsea v West Ham United
Leicester City v Everton
Liverpool v Brighton
Manchester United v Aston Villa
Newcastle United v Manchester City
Norwich City v Arsenal
Southampton v Watford
Tottenham Hotspur v A.F.C. Bournemouth
Wolves v Sheffield United

Matchweek 15 – December 3/4, 2019
December 3, 2:45 p.m. ET: Arsenal v Brighton
December 3, 2:45 p.m. ET: Burnley v Manchester City
December 3, 2:45 p.m. ET: Leicester City v Watford
December 3, 3 p.m. ET: Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur
December 3, 2:45 p.m. ET: Sheffield United v Newcastle United
December 3, 2:45 p.m. ET: Wolves v West Ham United
December 4, 2:45 p.m. ET: Chelsea v Aston Villa
December 4, 3 p.m. ET: Crystal Palace v A.F.C. Bournemouth
December 4, 3 p.m. ET: Liverpool v Everton
December 4, 2:45 p.m. ET: Southampton v Norwich City

Matchweek 16 – December 7, 2019
A.F.C. Bournemouth v Liverpool
Aston Villa v Leicester City
Brighton v Wolves
Everton v Chelsea
Manchester City v Manchester United
Newcastle United v Southampton
Norwich City v Sheffield United
Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley
Watford v Crystal Palace
West Ham United v Arsenal

Matchweek 17 – December 14, 2019
Arsenal v Manchester City
Burnley v Newcastle United
Chelsea v A.F.C. Bournemouth
Crystal Palace v Brighton
Leicester City v Norwich City
Liverpool v Watford
Manchester United v Everton
Sheffield United v Aston Villa
Southampton v West Ham United
Wolves v Tottenham Hotspur

Matchweek 18 – December 21, 2019
A.F.C. Bournemouth v Burnley
Aston Villa v Southampton
Brighton v Sheffield United
Everton v Arsenal
Manchester City v Leicester City
Newcastle United v Crystal Palace
Norwich City v Wolves
Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea
Watford v Manchester United
West Ham United v Liverpool

Matchweek 19 – December 26, 2019
A.F.C. Bournemouth v Arsenal
Aston Villa v Norwich City
Chelsea v Southampton
Crystal Palace v West Ham United
Everton v Burnley
Leicester City v Liverpool
Manchester United v Newcastle United
Sheffield United v Watford
Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton
Wolves v Manchester City

Matchweek 20 – December 28, 2019
Arsenal v Chelsea
Brighton v A.F.C. Bournemouth
Burnley v Manchester United
Liverpool v Wolves
Manchester City v Sheffield United
Newcastle United v Everton
Norwich City v Tottenham Hotspur
Southampton v Crystal Palace
Watford v Aston Villa
West Ham United v Leicester City

Matchweek 21 – January 1, 2020
Arsenal v Manchester United
Brighton v Chelsea
Burnley v Aston Villa
Liverpool v Sheffield United
Manchester City v Everton
Newcastle United v Leicester City
Norwich City v Crystal Palace
Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur
Watford v Wolves
West Ham United v A.F.C. Bournemouth

Matchweek 22 – January 11, 2020
A.F.C. Bournemouth v Watford
Aston Villa v Manchester City
Chelsea v Burnley
Crystal Palace v Arsenal
Everton v Brighton
Leicester City v Southampton
Manchester United v Norwich City
Sheffield United v West Ham United
Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool
Wolves v Newcastle United

Matchweek 23 – January 18, 2020
Arsenal v Sheffield United
Brighton v Aston Villa
Burnley v Leicester City
Liverpool v Manchester United
Manchester City v Crystal Palace
Newcastle United v Chelsea
Norwich City v A.F.C. Bournemouth
Southampton v Wolves
Watford v Tottenham Hotspur
West Ham United v Everton

Matchweek 24 – January 21/22, 2020
January 21, 2:45 p.m. ET: A.F.C. Bournemouth v Brighton
January 21, 2:45 p.m. ET: Aston Villa v Watford
January 21, 2:45 p.m. ET: Everton v Newcastle United
January 21, 2:45 p.m. ET: Leicester City v West Ham United
January 21, 3 p.m. ET: Manchester United v Burnley
January 21, 2:45 p.m. ET: Sheffield United v Manchester City
January 21, 2:45 p.m. ET: Wolves v Liverpool
January 22, 2:45 p.m. ET: Chelsea v Arsenal
January 22, 3 p.m. ET: Crystal Palace v Southampton
January 22, 2:45 p.m. ET: Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City

Matchweek 25 – February 1, 2020
A.F.C. Bournemouth v Aston Villa
Burnley v Arsenal
Crystal Palace v Sheffield United
Leicester City v Chelsea
Liverpool v Southampton
Manchester United v Wolves
Newcastle United v Norwich City
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City
Watford v Everton
West Ham United v Brighton

Matchweek 26 – February 8/15, 2020*
Arsenal v Newcastle United
Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur
Brighton v Watford
Chelsea v Manchester United
Everton v Crystal Palace
Manchester City v West Ham United
Norwich City v Liverpool
Sheffield United v A.F.C. Bournemouth
Southampton v Burnley
Wolves v Leicester City

*As part of the 2019-20 mi-season player break, five of the above matches will take place on the weekend commencing 8 February and five on the weekend commencing 15 February. Those date changes will be released in mid-December.

Matchweek 27 – February 22, 2020
Arsenal v Everton
Burnley v A.F.C. Bournemouth
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur
Crystal Palace v Newcastle United
Leicester City v Manchester City
Liverpool v West Ham United
Manchester United v Watford
Sheffield United v Brighton
Southampton v Aston Villa
Wolves v Norwich City

Matchweek 28 – February 29, 2020
A.F.C. Bournemouth v Chelsea
Aston Villa v Sheffield United
Brighton v Crystal Palace
Everton v Manchester United
Manchester City v Arsenal
Newcastle United v Burnley
Norwich City v Leicester City
Tottenham Hotspur v Wolves
Watford v Liverpool
West Ham United v Southampton

Matchweek 29 – March 7, 2020
Arsenal v West Ham United
Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur
Chelsea v Everton
Crystal Palace v Watford
Leicester City v Aston Villa
Liverpool v A.F.C. Bournemouth
Manchester United v Manchester City
Sheffield United v Norwich City
Southampton v Newcastle United
Wolves v Brighton

Matchweek 30 – March 14, 2020
A.F.C. Bournemouth v Crystal Palace
Aston Villa v Chelsea
Brighton v Arsenal
Everton v Liverpool
Manchester City v Burnley
Newcastle United v Sheffield United
Norwich City v Southampton
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United
Watford v Leicester City
West Ham United v Wolves

Matchweek 31 – March 21, 2020
Burnley v Watford
Chelsea v Manchester City
Leicester City v Brighton
Liverpool v Crystal Palace
Manchester United v Sheffield United
Newcastle United v Aston Villa
Norwich City v Everton
Southampton v Arsenal
Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United
Wolves v A.F.C. Bournemouth

Matchweek 32 – April 4, 2020
A.F.C. Bournemouth v Newcastle United
Arsenal v Norwich City
Aston Villa v Wolves
Brighton v Manchester United
Crystal Palace v Burnley
Everton v Leicester City
Manchester City v Liverpool
Sheffield United v Tottenham Hotspur
Watford v Southampton
West Ham United v Chelsea

Matchweek 33 – April 11, 2020
Burnley v Sheffield United
Chelsea v Watford
Leicester City v Crystal Palace
Liverpool v Aston Villa
Manchester United v A.F.C. Bournemouth
Newcastle United v West Ham United
Norwich City v Brighton
Southampton v Manchester City
Tottenham Hotspur v Everton
Wolves v Arsenal

Matchweek 34 – April 18, 2020
A.F.C. Bournemouth v Tottenham Hotspur
Arsenal v Leicester City
Aston Villa v Manchester United
Brighton v Liverpool
Crystal Palace v Chelsea
Everton v Southampton
Manchester City v Newcastle United
Sheffield United v Wolves
Watford v Norwich City
West Ham United v Burnley

Matchweek 35 – April 25, 2020
A.F.C. Bournemouth v Leicester City
Aston Villa v Crystal Palace
Brighton v Manchester City
Liverpool v Burnley
Manchester United v Southampton
Norwich City v West Ham United
Sheffield United v Chelsea
Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal
Watford v Newcastle United
Wolves v Everton

Matchweek 36 – May 2, 2020
Arsenal v Liverpool
Burnley v Wolverhampton
Chelsea v Norwich City
Crystal Palace v Manchester United
Everton v Aston Villa
Leicester City v Sheffield United
Manchester City v A.F.C. Bournemouth
Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur
Southampton v Brighton
West Ham United v Watford

Matchweek 37 – May 9, 2020
A.F.C. Bournemouth v Southampton
Aston Villa v Arsenal
Brighton v Newcastle United
Liverpool v Chelsea
Manchester United v West Ham United
Norwich City v Burnley
Sheffield United v Everton
Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City
Watford v Manchester City
Wolves v Crystal Palace

Matchweek 38 – May 17, 2020
Arsenal v Watford
Burnley v Brighton
Chelsea v Wolves
Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur
Everton v A.F.C. Bournemouth
Leicester City v Manchester United
Manchester City v Norwich City
Newcastle United v Liverpool
Southampton v Sheffield United
West Ham United v Aston Villa

Miami FC makes surprise move to United Soccer League

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The United Soccer League scored an eyebrow raiser on Wednesday when it announced the addition of Miami FC.

Miami purchased the franchise rights of the disbanded Ottawa Fury, and joins the USL Championship for the 2020 season.

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Miami FC owner Riccardo Silva had been an outspoken proponent of promotion and relegation, reportedly offering a $4 billion TV deal to MLS to become an open system. He’s also one of the men who filed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in a bid to force U.S. Soccer to adopt the system.

USL president Jake Edwards has spoken about bringing pro/rel into the league, between the Championship and League One. Adding the club owned by Silva, a powerful voice, begs the idea that there are some big things in the oven.

With the move, Miami FC will have to compete with a Major League Soccer team down the street in Inter Miami. They’ll play in the FIU stadium named after Silva.

Here’s what Miami FC president Paul Dalglish said via a team release:

“The decision to join USL gives us two key things.  First, it gives us a stable platform to further expand our academy program and community work, meaning accessible, inclusive and fun family events that bring all of Miami’s soccer communities together.

“Second, it means we’ll be playing 17 home games at Riccardo Silva Stadium in Miami, providing a fantastic experience for the army of loyal fans that have stood by us. We can’t wait to get started and begin the campaign to our add to our trophy haul.”

It’s a far cry from its roots in the NASL as a buccaneer of professional soccer, but provides stability for a team which has finished first in its last five campaigns spread across three leagues: the NASL, NPSL, and the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA).

Some see pro/rel as an inevitability given FIFA’s rules and a MLS landscape which is now producing an uneven schedule and a number of markets which seek top-tier teams and have the money and audience to support higher tiers.

And at some point, it must be acknowledged that the USL has a number of markets blocked in their pathway to MLS. The addition of Miami in a year Major League Soccerr is launching Inter Miami is unlikely to be welcomed by MLS commissioner Don Garber.

Meanwhile, Miami FC’s departure means U.S. soccer landscape will certainly turn an eye toward NISA. The nascent league features Atlanta SC, California United, Chattanooga FC, Detroit City FC, Los Angeles Force, Michigan Stars, Oakland Roots, San Diego 1904 FC, Stumptown Athletic, the New York Cosmos, and unnamed teams in Connecticut and Providence.

NISA announced that U.S. Soccer’s Board of Directors formally approved Detroit City, Chattanooga, Oakland and Michigan on Wednesday. Detroit and Chattanooga are the two highest-profile grass roots clubs outside the USL and MLS, and widely viewed as bellwethers for independent clubs.

Report: Salzburg star Haland meets with Borussia Dortmund

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Erling Braut Haland is one of the most promising young names in European football, his career trajectory shooting up, up, up after several dynamite performances in the UEFA Champions League.

The Red Bull Salzburg striker, 19, wasn’t in full fitness when his side was bounced from the UCL by Liverpool on Tuesday, but he’d made his presence felt earlier in the competition.

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Haland bagged eight of his 28 season goals in the UCL, including three against Napoli and one against the reigning champion Reds.

Now the Leeds-born Norwegian is eyeing up his next step. Having been linked with Manchester United and his dad’s club Leeds, Haland reportedly flew into Dortmund for a Wednesday meeting with Borussia Dortmund.

Dad, Alf-Inge Haland, played 22 years between Bryne, Nottingham Forest, Leeds United, Manchester City, and Rosseland.

Now should Haland find a new home, it seems awfully likely it would work similar to Christian Pulisic‘s move to Chelsea from Dortmund last season; The twice-capped Norway international could sign for BVB (or another club) and head back to Salzburg to star in the Europa League (he’s cup-tied in the UCL).

Plus, Salzburg would love to give coach Jesse Marsch a full year with the star. They’re unbeaten in league play.

Europa League preview: Injured Arsenal still seeking knockout round berth

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The Europa League got a lot trickier on Wednesday, as it tends to do when UEFA Champions League outcasts transfer to the competition.

Inter Milan, Benfica, Ajax, Club Brugge, Olympiacos, Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen, and Red Bull Salzburg will join the competition for knockout stage.

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Two of three Premier League sides have already laid claim to places in the next round, Wolves and Manchester United handling their business while Arsenal left its fate in the balance for Thursday’s final group stage match day.

Joining Man United and Wolves as already through to said Round of 32 are Sevilla, APOEL Nicosia, Basel, Sporting Lisbon, LASK, Celtic, Espanyol, Gent, Wolfsburg, Braga, and AZ Alkmaar.

So what hasn’t been decided? Let’s begin with the Gunners.

Arsenal needs just a point from Standard Liege in Belgium on Thursday to advance, although an unlikely Eintracht Frankfurt home loss to Vitoria SC would send a defeated Gunners onto the Round of 32.

Freddie Ljungberg is missing a lot of firepower. Nicolas Pepe is now dinged up, joining Hector Bellerin, Granit Xhaka, Rob Holding, and Dani Ceballos as unavailable.

“But we’ve brought a lot of firepower here, we have younger players here who have played earlier in the group stages, not just now. They’ve been playing the whole time. So it’s a big game and we’re here to get a result. We have a lot of respect for the opponents.”

While Ljungberg’s status as Arsenal boss feels likely to be short-term, another club whose UEL status is up in the air sees its manager looking long-term.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is coming off the disappointment of what would’ve been a deserved silverware triumph off an age-old rival, and now immediately has to get his team to bounce back and earn a spot in the next round.

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Celtic saved a penalty and scored an offside goal — no VAR — in lifting the Scottish League Cup this weekend in a 1-0 win over Rangers, but the defeated Glaswegians will be buoyed by the news that Gerrard is making progress on an improved deal.

“(Only being here for a couple of years) wasn’t in my thinking, it has been in the thinking of the majority of everyone else – ‘Oh, Rangers is a stepping stone’ or ‘He’s just going there to rehearse for something else.’ It’s a load of nonsense – I’ve come here as this is a big opportunity for me and I have no plans of going anywhere else.”

Rangers (eight points) simply need a point at home against Swiss powers Young Boys, who enter the game one point back of Glasgow’s blue side. Porto is also a point back of Rangers, and they’ll meet last place Feyenoord (five points).

Full Thursday slate

12:55 p.m. ET
Eintracht Frankfurt v. Vitoria
CFR Cluj v. Celtic
LASK v. Sporting Lisbon
Copenhagen v. Malmo
PSV Eindhoven v. Rosenborg
Qarabag v. Dudelange
Standard Liege v. Arsenal
Basel v. Trabzonspor
Dynamo Kiev v. Lugano
APOEL Nicosia v. Sevilla
Rennes v. Lazio
Getafe v. Krasnodar

3 p.m. ET
Rangers v. Young Boys
Wolves v. Besiktas
Espanyol v. CSKA Moscow
Gent v. Oleksandriya
Borussia Monchengladbach v. Istanbul Basaksehir
Porto v. Feyenoord
Ludogorets Razgrad v. Ferencvaros
Slovan Bratislava v. Braga
Roma v. Wolfsberg
Manchester United v. AZ Alkmaar
Wolfsburg v. Saint-Etienne
Partizan Belgrade v. Astana

Five match-ups we’d love to see in the UCL Round of 16

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We know who each UEFA Champions League knockout round contestant can draw in the Round of 16, but some would be juicier than others.

From an American angle, we’ve been deprived of a Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund reunion for now, though we could see a CONCACAF young star duel if Pulisic’s Chelsea draws Alphonso Davies’ Bayern Munich.

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But let’s be honest: That’s simply a subplot for our North American audience. The big intrigue lies elsewhere.

Alas, most of Jose Mourinho’s old employers Chelsea and Real Madrid are unseeded like current club Spurs. Barcelona cannot draw Man City, another beauty.

5. Tottenham Hotspur v. Barcelona — Jose Mourinho and Barcelona have a history, while Spurs are winless in four outings against La Liga’s storied club.

4. Juventus v. Real Madrid — Wouldn’t it be something if Cristiano Ronaldo and his longtime buddies met up in the Round of 16.

3. Manchester City v. Real Madrid — Guardiola v. Zidane, with a heaping helping of Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne. Pep might not be able to draw Bayern Munich nor Barcelona, but he sure wouldn’t mind tangling with a side who was involved in a number of incredible Clasicos as a player and manager.

2. Liverpool v. Borussia Dortmund — We got Jurgen Klopp against his old Der Klassiker rivals Bayern Munich last season, and it’s only natural that the Reds could match up against Klopp’s former club and maybe future star in Jadon Sancho. The two sides met in the 2015/16 Europa League quarterfinals, but this stage — with Klopp as a UCL reigning champ — would be extra delightful.

1. Juventus v. ChelseaMaurizio Sarri went to Chelsea for one season, won the Europa League over a crosstown rival and came within penalty kicks of upending Man City for the League Cup. The Blues are doing well under Frank Lampard, but an “our guy versus the guy we didn’t like” would be a cigarette-chewing wonder, wouldn’t it?