Four clubs will have hopes of winning the Champions League this season ended this week as the second leg of the round of 16 begins. Barcelona have the biggest challenge ahead of them, as they will travel to Paris St-Germain behind 4-1 from the first leg. Juventus’ 25-year wait to be crowned European champions hangs by a thread as they welcome Porto, who won the first leg, 2-1, three weeks ago. Liverpool and Dortmund have both lost league games this weekend and they hope to bounce back in crucial fixtures against RB Leipzig and Sevilla, respectively. Here are some bets that I think are worth considering DraftKings Sportsbook for the list of midweek Champions League matches.
Dortmund vs Sevilla
Over 2.5 goals (-182)
Dortmund and Sevilla lost this weekend perhaps because they had an eye on this second leg. The two teams have little chance of winning their respective leagues, so it would make sense to focus their attention on winning in the European elite club competition. Sevilla lost 2-1 to struggling Elche in La Liga, but Dortmund’s 4-2 loss to Bundesliga leaders Bayern was perhaps the costliest. In-form Erling Haaland was pulled out midway through the second half and was seen receiving treatment for an ankle injury on the sidelines. It might not be serious enough to keep Haaland out of that tie, but if he receives another blow to the ankle it could affect his ability to add to his 29 goals in 28 games this season. Ten of those goals came in the Champions League. Dortmund’s last eight league games have produced over 2.5 goals while Sevilla’s last five Champions League games have seen over 2.5 goals scored.
Juventus vs. Porto
Cristiano Ronaldo will be the scorer at all times (-167)
Juventus decided to rest UCL’s all-time top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo for his home game with Lazio and the 36-year-old saw his side pick up all three points in a comfortable 3- win. 1. The victory keeps the defending Serie A champions in the title race, but they have a lot of work to do if they are to win their 10th consecutive domestic championship. Juventus need their Portuguese star to be at his best to advance to the quarter-finals at the expense of several of his international teammates. Sergio Oliveira is one of those teammates looking to complete what would be the surprise result of the round. Porto’s loss in the Portuguese Cup is their only loss in their last 12 games. Ronaldo has been Juventus’ savior so many times since arriving in Turin, and his side’s hopes of surviving in this season’s tournament rest on his shoulders.
Liverpool v RB Leipzig
Both teams to score (-182)
This Champions League second leg comes at the right time for Liverpool, whose domestic season took another turn for the worse when relegation fighters Fulham became the sixth successive team to win a league game at Anfield this season . The defeat leaves Liverpool eighth in the Premier League table, four points from a place in the top four. Their best hope of qualifying for UCL next season is winning this season’s tournament. Perhaps Jurgen Klopp had an eye to make sure he got past RB Leipzig, who prepared for this game with a comfortable 3-0 win at Freiburg on Saturday. Liverpool hold a two-goal advantage from the first leg, but have recorded just two shutouts in their last 12 league and cup games, giving the German side a scoring chance at Anfield to give them the hope to progress.
PSG against Barcelona
Over 3.5 goals (+102)
Of the four clashes taking place this week, Barcelona have the most work to do to reverse a 4-1 deficit in the first leg. If it was another opponent, the Spanish giants’ chances of progress would be very slim, but these two teams have a story. In 2017, PSG won the first leg, 4-0, but the return leg at Camp Nou will be remembered as one of the greatest comebacks in world football as Lionel Messi led Barca to a superb 6 victory. -1. This time, however, the return leg is in Paris and the home side will be without Neymar, who was a Barcelona player during this incredible comeback. The French side should eagerly await the draw for the quarter-finals. Kylian Mbappe helped himself achieve a hat trick in the first leg on a streak of nine goals in his last eight games. Failure to close France’s World Cup winner could lead to another embarrassing loss. It just might be another high scoring game.
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