Make sure to tune in all the great games expected to grace the finals stages of the elite football competition.
As the end of the Champions League approaches, fans have the opportunity to witness some of the finest football around. No matches can be paralleled to the ones found in this popular tournament that boasts only the best of the clubs in the latter stages. gambling news reports that the upcoming encounters will be even more thrilling than last week’s, enabling punters to scoop impressive rewards.
Barcelona will defend its 3-1 lead against PSG, as they managed to show their true strength in the first round that was played in Paris. Bayern face a daunting task of trying to overcome a 3-1 loss to Porto from the first match. Juventus obtained a fragile 1-0 lead against Monaco, but now they will visit the principality where things could go either way. And lastly, Atletico Madrid will play at the Bernabeu on Wednesday night against the current defending champions Real Madrid.
Barcelona vs PSG and Bayern Munich vs Porto
Barcelona are shaping up to be one of the main contenders for the trophy this season, after clinching a comfortable 3-1 win over PSG last week. They possess perhaps the best front three in modern football, consisting of Suarez, Neymar and Messi. Any defense that faces them knows that they can score goals at any given time, so they are always a threat. At Nou Camp they will be looking to score a few more goals.
• Real Madrid will battle Atletico at home
• Barca have one foot in the semi-finals
• Bayern face a tough challenge against Porto
The Parisians couldn’t find themselves in the first leg, as many players blundered which cost them the goal. Cavani was not able to fill in Ibrahimovic’s shoes, however the imposing Swede will be aiming to showcase his talent in the Catalan capital tonight. Online betting providers strongly favor Barcelona for the win, assigning them odds of 1.40 (2/5), per Bet365. A win for PSG is not likely at all 8.00 (7/1), while a draw is also not probable 5.50 (9/2).
Bayern Munich will try to use home support as they will be playing in front of a packed crowd at the Allianz Arena in tonight’s match against Porto. The 2004 Champions League winners shocked everyone last week as they managed to win 3-1 against the German powerhouse, as many mobile betting providers were certain that Pep Guardiola’s team would win.
For the second encounter Bayern have been dealt favorite status 1.36 (4/11), although the question remains whether they can pass onto the next stage of the competition. Porto on the other hand are viewed as outsiders with their chances being 9.00 (8/1), however they will be aiming to a clinch a draw, for which the odds are 5.50 (9/2). Needless to say, this game will be filled with exciting football action.
Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid and Monaco vs Juventus
Atletico Madrid reached the final of the Champions League last season where they showed true spirit and nearly clinched their first ever trophy. Unfortunately for them, they lost out to bitter cross town rivals Real Madrid, however now they have been dealt a second chance at making things right. In the first match played at Vicente Calderon, Diego Simeone’s men battled out a 0-0 draw, which might actually serve in their favor for the next game being played tomorrow night.
Los Blancos are among the favorites to lift their second consecutive title, however that mission will prove difficult against a powerful Atletico team. If they slip up and concede a goal at their own ground might be disastrous as the visiting side will record an important away goal. The odds for Atletico are quite good 4.75 (15/4), while Real Madrid enjoy preferential chances 1.83 (5/6). A tie 3.75 (11/4) is also very likely for this game, considering all the possibilities.
And the final game on the agenda is the one between French side Monaco and 1996 Champions League winners Juventus. When the two sides met in Turin, the hosts managed to win 1-0, by way of a penalty converted by Arturo Vidal. This gave them the confidence as they are aiming to reach even further in the tournament. Although the club form the Principality will be playing at home this time, they are not looked upon as serious contenders, with their odds being 3.40 (12/5).
They featured an impressive line-up after the summer of 2013, when they brought in the likes of James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao, however now they are struggling to keep up with all the other big sides. Juventus will most likely win the match 2.38 (11/8), while a tie between them stands at 3.25 (9/4), according to online sportsbooks in the EU. This should offer betting enthusiasts some great wagering opportunities.