Prepare yourselves for the final games of the 1/16 finals of the Champions League being played this Tuesday and Wednesday.
Last week fans all across Europe were able to witness some truly inspiring performances by the best sides on the continent. We saw the likes of Shakhtar and Chelsea eliminated from the competition after some fruitful clashes, while now we turn our focus to the other remaining games in the elite football tournament.
• Arsenal face an uphill battle against Monaco
• Atletico favorites against Bayer Leverkusen
• Dortmund will try to beat Juventus at home
EU gambling news reports that Atletico Madrid host Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday evening, while Arsenal will try to come back from a 1-3 deficit suffered against Monaco at the Emirates. On Wednesday night, Barcelona will defend its 2-1 lead against Manchester City and Dortmund will square off against Italian giants Juventus.
Atletico Madrid vs Leverkusen and Monaco vs Arsenal
Atletico Madrid will go head to head with Leverkusen at home where they will aim to overcome their 1-0 loss from the first leg. They won’t be able to count on Tiago as he received 2 yellow cards which resulted in a red, so the Culb will have to manage without him on their side. Considering that the Spanish side will be playing on their home field Vicente Calderon, they should be able to pull off a win. Bet365 gave them favorite odds of 1.73 (8/11).
The German team have managed to gain a slight advantage in the first match, so they will be looking to defend their lead and potentially score an away goal as well. Currently their chances for the upcoming second game are slim 5.50 (9/2), while a draw between them stands at 3.80 (14/5). This should be a thrilling encounter to watch as Atletico try to regain the momentum from last season that saw them reach the final of the Champions League.
Monaco surprised many in the European competition as they pulled off a win against Arsenal away. The French didn’t just score 1 goal at the Emirates, but instead they found the back of the net 3 times, whereas Arsene Wenger’s men managed only 1 in front of their home support. Mobile betting sites in UK have given Arsenal preferential chances 2.30 (13/10), however many in the football industry remain skeptical about that possibility.
Monaco on the other hand have been assigned underdog chances 3.30 (23/10), despite the fact that they’ll be hosts for the encounter. One player that Arsenal fans won’t be too keen on is former Tottenham Hotspur player Dimitar Berbatov, who will be aiming to score a few goals himself on the night. Bet365 believes a draw between them is also on the cards, setting the odds at 3.50 (5/2).
Barcelona vs Manchester City and Dortmund vs Juventus
Perhaps the most thrilling clash will take place between Barcelona and Manchester City on Wednesday night, as both sides bid to qualify for the next round. Currently, the Catalan team lead by 2-1, so the English club will have to score at least 2 if they want to have any hopes of making it to the quarter finals. Bet365 strongly favors Luis Enrique’s men to win the encounter, as they have been given odds of 1.40 (2/5).
The Sky Blues will struggle to find their game at the Camp Nou considering just how powerful Barcelona when plying on their own ground. They have been assigned outsider chances 8.00 (7/1), as they are now viewed as serious candidates to reach the next round. Bet365 believes a tie between them for the game is not a likely possibility, with odds being 5.25 (17/4).
Dortmund will defend its colors against Juventus at the popular Westfalenstadion. In the first leg which took place in Turin, the Germans suffered a loss of 2-1. The goals were provided by Tevez and Morata for the Italians, while highly-rated winger Reus scored the only goal for his team. Jurgen Klopp’s men have been under heavy scrutiny in recent times for their performances in the Bundesliga this season, so they will be under heavy pressure to perform well in the elite tournament.
Juventus will try to find space to score an away goal, as that would put them at ease considering that Dortmund did the same while playing at Juventus Stadium. Online sportsbooks in EU believe that BVB will manage to win 2.25 (5/4), as they will be relying on their loyal fans, while the odds for Turin side have been stand at 3.50 (5/2). A draw stands at 3.40 (12/5), an event that is also a possibility.