This is what it all comes down to. The second leg. The last effort in which all the players on the pitch give it their all in hopes of securing a quarter final spot in the most prestigious competition in the world of football. No one expected the hammering Barcelona received by the French giants, one which Luis Enrique will need to counteract to avoid an embarrassing early exit. However, the Catalan giants still believe that miracle is possible at the Camp Nou on Tuesday. No side has ever overturned a 4-0 deficit in the knock-out stages of the Champions League. This is why betting on the Champions League is a completely different ballgame altogether.
Bet on Napoli vs Madid
Napoli are still searching for their first ever UEFA Champions League quarterfinal qualification. But Maurizio Sarri’s men will not only need a brilliant performance to beat Ronaldo and Co., but will also need to avoid conceding. Raul Albiol and Jose Calejon on will be facing their former team mates as they are up against their old club. Zidane’s men need to secure a draw to secure qualification. A loss will see Los Blancos go through, as long as the goal deficit doesn’t exceed two goals.
Although not by much, Madrid are still the favourites to emerge victorious in Naples, as odds are priced at 27/20. Napoli’s odds will see a healthy profit if they win, set at 39/20 to win the game. Los Blancos have lost just one out of their last nine away games in the Champions League and the last win at Roma was their first one in the last nine games on Italian soil.
Bet on Barcelona vs Paris SG
Three weeks on from suffering a 4-0 humiliation at the hands of the French giants, FC Barcelona still have faith that they can get four goals on home soil. Barcelona are the clear favourites and will surely get a win. It will be a tricky one for Luis Enrique, as he’ll need his men to press forward early to get the early goal.
However, this will leave vulnerable gaps at the back, gaps which Draxler will take advantage of to hurt Barcelona. Both teams to score is priced at 1/2, while Barcelona to win with a goal difference of two goals has odds of 21/20.
Bet on Borussia Dortmund vs Benfica
Even though they trail by a single goal, Dortmund are still the clear favourites to win the game at 3/8. BVB were outstanding in the group stage, finishing top of their group ahead of Madrid, netting 21 goals. This will mark the fourth encounter between the two sides, none of which have ended in a draw. Dortmund have an edge over their Portuguese opponents, having lost just once at home in Europe. Both teams to score is priced at 9/10.
Bet on Arsenal vs Bayern Munich
What a daunting task Arsenal have ahead of them. Seeking their first quarter finals qualification since 2010, the Gunners need a miracle and a stroke of luck to come back from the 5-1 defeat at Allianz Arena in Germany.
Bayern have beaten Arsenal twice in the knockout stages in recent years and intimidation plays a big role in the psyche of the players. Odds for Arsenal to win are priced at 14/5, huge underdogs to win at the Emirates Stadium. Odds for both teams to score are set at 49/100.
Bet on Monaco vs Manchester City
Following the 5-3 victory at the Etihad Stadium in the first leg, the ex-Barcelona manager vowed to continue with an offensive set up in the second leg and this comes as no surprise. Manchester City have struggled in defence this season and if they are going to win their big clashes, their offensive strategies need to be executed perfectly. Monaco are the top goal scorers in Europe this season, which is why betting on goals is always a good option.
Both teams to score is priced at 39/100 but placing a £10 bet on City to win will potentially return £27.20. Monaco have been incredible at the Stade Louis II this season and will need to continue performing to trump Guardiola’s men. The two-goal lead may be troublesome for the Ligue 1 club to overturn but Monaco have the fire power to sink Manchester City and qualify to the next round.