Meanwhile, Barcelona host Lyon and Bayern Munich welcome Liverpool after both first leg ties ended goalless
The greatest club competition on the planet, the UEFA Champions League, continues this coming week with plenty of twists and turns to come on the road to the final. On the Tuesday night (12 March) Juventus host Atletico Madrid looking to overturn their 2-0 loss in Spain last month. On the following evening, two ties which finished goalless see their return encounters take place, when Barcelona host Lyon and Liverpool head to Bayern Munich.
First things first
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First up, the clash between Juventus and Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night. The Italian giants are a massive 18 points clear at the top of the table in Serie A, but they need continental glory to underline their domestic dominance – however, they are out at 17.00 to win the title this season.
Atletico Madrid come into this match brimming with confidence, having won their last five matches in a row across all competitions. The final in May will be held at their Wanda Metropolitano home, and they are priced at just 4.50 to make it to that stage of the tournament.
With a 2-0 lead from the first leg, Atletico are priced at just 1.25 to make it through to the quarter-finals, with Juventus out at 4.00 to do the same. But the Italians come in as the favourites to win this match at 1.66, while Atletico are priced at 5.25 – a draw is priced in the middle at 3.60, according to Oddsshark.
And we think that Atletico’s fine form could well continue in Italy. A narrow, 1-0 win for the Spanish side is priced competitively at 12.00, thereby offering more than a ten-fold return on any investment, while a combo bet of an Atletico win, coupled with a “No” to both teams scoring, is at 8.00.
Barcelona look to ease past Lyon
The following evening, Barcelona host Lyon looking to get the win to carry them through to the last eight. The Catalan club last won this competition back in 2015 and are at just 5.00 to do so this season – only Manchester City, at 3.50, are at a shorter price.
Lyon come into this match unbeaten in their last three games across all competitions but the stark reality is that they cannot hope to match Barcelona for technical ability. That is why Barça at just 1.18, while Lyon are at 4.50 to see their name in the quarter-final draw.
Regarding this match and the odds are even more in Barcelona’s favour. The home side come in at just 1.22 to win, while Lyon are all the way out at 12.00 to do the same – a draw is priced in the middle at 6.00.
We are expecting Barcelona to win this return leg with the minimum of fuss. A comfortable, 2-0 win for the Catalan club is priced at 7.00, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$35 pay out, while you can almost triple your money by backing under 2.5 goals in the game at 2.75.
Bayern host Liverpool in fine form
And finally, Bayern Munich welcome Liverpool to the Allianz Arena after an excellent run of results. Bayern sit top of the Bundesliga after winning 12 of their 13 league outings and are at 11.00 to win the Champions League this season.
Liverpool, by way of comparison, are unbeaten in their last 10 matches across all competitions, but will need to be at their best here. The reds are at 5.00 to reach the Champions League final for the second successive season.
And Liverpool are the slight favourites to go through at 1.80, with Bayern just higher at 1.95. But it is Bayern who are the favourites to win this second leg clash at 2.05, with Liverpool out at 3.30 to do the same – a draw would appear to be the least likely outcome and is priced accordingly at 3.60.
But we are expecting home advantage to be a key factor here. A narrow, 2-1 win for Bayern comes in at 8.50, while you can quadruple your money by backing a combo bet of a Bayern Munich win, coupled with both teams to score, at 4.00.
Champions League round of 16 second leg ties:
Tuesday, 12 March
(1.66) Juventus x Atletico Madrid (5.25); draw (3.60)
(1.16) Manchester City x Schalke (13.00); draw (7.50)
Wednesday, 13 March
(1.22) Barcelona x Lyon (12.00); draw (6.00)
(2.05) Bayern Munich x Liverpool (3.30); draw (3.60)