There’s nothing like betting on the Champions League! The energy is electric and the stage is set for history to be made. Manchester City host French league leaders Monaco and Pep Guardiola will be looking for a much-improved performance from City's goalless draw against Championship side Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday if they are to get anything out of this match.
Atletico Madrid will travel to Germany to face Bayer Leverkusen, a team that’s sitting around mid-table of the Bundesliga. Both were inconsistent in their domestic league this season, but the Spanish side are now unbeaten in eight league games.
Porto are preparing frantically to face a dangerous Juve side, a side that’s only used to winning. Juve were unbeaten in the group stages of the Champions League this season and will be looking for a positive result against the 27 time Primeira Liga winners.
Champions of England Leicester City will travel to Sevilla to face a very in-form squad that can inflict serious damage when playing at Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán. We’ll take a closer look at the big clashes of the week and discover what data you should be looking at when placing a bet on the Champions League.
Bet on Manchester City vs Monaco
City will need a win at the Stade Louis II for the second leg, as Monaco's home form has been superb this season. Aguero will need to play a pivotal role in converting any chances City create, and the 28-year-old is enjoying a good season under Pep Guardiola, netting 11 goals in 19 Premier League games and three in the Champions League so far. City are the favourites with odds of 13/20 to win the first leg at the Etihad and 51/50 for Sergio Aguero to score at any time.
Monaco have their own dangerous weapon up front, Radamel Falcao. After a poor two-season spell in the Premier League, the Colombia international is back to his best in 2016-17, scoring 16 times in the league at a rate of better than a goal a game. Falcao to score at any time at the Etihad is currently priced at 13/5 and the French side haven’t had any problems finding the net this season. Monaco scored a staggering 76 goals in 26 games played in Ligue 1 this season, putting them at the top of the table, three points ahead of Paris SG. Both teams to score is priced at 33/50 and over 2.5 goals at 4/6, both pretty smart bets to add to your accumulator bet.
The attacking prowess in both squads should make for an entertaining clash at the Etihad on Tuesday as the two teams look to earn a key advantage for the second leg.
Bet on Bayer Leverkusen vs Atletico Madrid
Bayer Leverkusen will be out for revenge on Tuesday, as they take on Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League for the second time in three seasons. This is why betting on the Champions League is so exciting! After both teams won their respective home legs 1-0 in the previous meetings, Atletico emerged victorious in a thrilling penalty shootout. The German side will now be hoping to make home advantage count in what should be a gripping first leg at the BayArena.
The home side are the underdogs but are very capable of snatching a win in front of their cheering home fans. A £10 bet on Leverkusen to win will potentially return £32.50 but for a safer option, try double chance betting, where both a win, and a draw will count towards a successful bet. Odds are set at 3/5 on Bayer Leverkusen not to lose with double chance.
The Spanish giants haven't been at their best in La Liga this season, even though they occupy fourth place. They've earned a notorious reputation as specialists in Europe after finishing as runners-up in two of the last three editions of the Champions League. Odds for Atletico to snatch a win at the BayArena stand at 29/20. Atletico's success in recent European Football was cemented on a rigid defence system, but with so many key players absent in their back four, Diego Simeone had to get creative with his starting line-up in recent weeks.
Bet on Porto vs Juve
Porto’s winning streak continued on Friday when they humiliated Tondela at the Estádio do Dragão marking their sixth consecutive victory. This feat has taken them to the top of the Primeira Liga, although the one point lead they hold over a Benfica side can be easily overturned. In the Champions League they finished second in their group behind England Champions Leicester and concluded the final game of the group stages with a 5-0 thrashing of Leicester too, which made it two wins out of three on home soil in the group stages. As expected, the Portuguese giants are the underdogs but with odds of 11/4, it’s a great price to get a little creative. Porto are very capable of scoring goals, having found the net 14 times in 5 matches. Over 2.5 goals is priced very well, with odds priced at 37/25. Juve don’t concede many goals though, having only conceded just 17 goals in 25 games and in their last five away games, they only conceded twice.
Away from home Juve faltered on occasions this season, but have improved their form greatly in their most recent matches. Meanwhile, Porto are unbeaten on home soil this season but Juve will want to upset their undefeated home record to enjoy a comfortable second leg in Turin. Juve are almost always the favourites, regardless who they play and against Porto, odds are set at 5/4. The hosts have only failed to score at home once all season, but even against the relatively weak Portuguese league competition, they have only kept nine clean sheets in all competitions. An additional bet to consider - Striker Andre Silva has scored four in the Champions League this season and has 11 of his 17 goals in the league and Champions League at home. Odds stand at 14/5 to score anytime, which are great odds considering what he’s capable of.