It’s difficult to find any value in the “To Qualify” markets in the Round of 16 in the Champions League, which starts back up this week, as either the markets are too difficult to call or the tie is eventually decided and therefore all the value has already been sucked up. That’s not to say there is no value to be found but you may have to go a little further to find it.
My first bet for Tuesday is in the Liverpool v FC Porto game. Liverpool are an excellent attacking side and put themselves in with an almost unassailable lead after a solid 5-goal win in Portugal. I fancy Liverpool to stretch that lead and there are some decent betting options open to us. The one I’m going for is Liverpool to win the second half at 2.04 with bet365. I’m expecting Porto to try to push early and run out of energy, leaving the second half clear for Liverpool to tidy things up.
My second selection comes from Wednesday night and is in the Manchester City v Basel game. With City also looking like certain qualifiers, this game should be a bit of a procession. Manchester City have seen off the best of the Premier League at home this season and I can easily see them scoring 3 in this one, so the odds of 1.75 (SBOBet) for Manchester City -2 are very welcome indeed. Pep Guardiola will want to win this trophy and will not let his players rest up, demanding instead that they carry on their excellent recent form.
My third and final bet is on the Tottenham Hotspur v Juventus game that’s taking place at Wembley on Wednesday night. The first game was a cracking affair, and after going 2 goals down I honestly thought Spurs were done for in the Champions League this season. Instead they performed what must go down as a brilliant comeback and ensured they are in this tie as it goes back to the second leg.
Tottenham do have a slight advantage with the away goals currently on their side, but Juventus are no fools and they will be determined to show that their display the last time these two met was merely a blip.
Gonzalo Higuain is going to miss this one, so goal-scoring responsibilities are likely to be heaped upon Paulo Dybala. The diminutive Argentinian is an excellent player though and can hurt a side if he’s given the space. The fact that Toby Alderweireld is highly likely to miss this one as he continues his return from injury will certainly help out the Old Lady of Italian football. I’m on Both Teams To Score in this one and at odds of 1.8 with Ladbrokes.