Champions League Last 16: High-Scoring Affairs Expected

Alex Campean

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 4:26 PM UTC

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 4:26 PM UTC

The most important European football-club competition, Champions League returns this week with the 1st legs of the round of 16. Let’s analyze the matches and deliver our best betting tips.

<h2><a href="" target="_blank" title="Game Odds">Manchester United vs Paris Saint-Germain</a></h2><p>This match is by far the most expected clash this week in the Champions League. The 2 European heavyweight face each other in a huge tie at Old Trafford. We expect a highly entertaining match between 2 team in great attacking form. The Red Devils did good to sack Mourinho after a poor run of form in the Premier League replacing him with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Under their new manager, United are unbeaten winning 10 of their previous 11 matches across all competitions, scoring 26 goals in the process. The host have no injury issues, so we expect them to use their best starting XI at home against the French giants. On the other side, PSG are unstoppable in their domestic league as they are marching towards another Ligue 1 title being 10 points clear at the top of the table with 2 games in hand on 2nd-placed Lille. PSG are without their main start Neymar, who was ruled out with a foot injury but more than that, their striker Cavani has been ruled out after sustaining a thigh injury in Saturday's 1-0 Ligue 1 victory against Bordeaux. We expect a high-scoring affair between two of the best attacking sides in Europe. Best betting tip for the match: Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals in the match <a href=";a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Bookmaker!">at 2.05 with Coral</a>.</p><p> </p><h2><a href="" target="_blank" title="Game Odds">Ajax vs Real Madrid</a></h2><p>As expected, Real Madrid extended their great run of form with another domestic win against their city rivals Atletico climbing to 2nd place in the standings and closing the gap on leaders Barcelona to just 6 points. They are trying to expect their Champions League record winning the trophy for the 4th consecutive time. They’ve won each of their last nine two-legged European ties and they are huge favourites to make it 10 from 10. They have a tough schedule as this is their 3rd away match in a row in 7 days across all competitions. They managed to win against Atletico in La Liga and hold Barcelona to a 1-1 draw in Copa del Rey. They’ve qualified in the Champions League semi-finals in each of the previous 8 seasons so their experience at this level is huge. On the other side, Ajax are the surprise package of the UCL season but given their head-to-head record against Real Madrid and against the Spanish sides they are expected to be knocked-out after this tie. They are not doing so well in their domestic league, entering this match on the match of 2 defeat in their last 3 matches, failing to find the back of the net against a poor Heracles team last weekend. We expect another high-scoring affair but this time the visitors should have enough to return home with a win. Best betting tip for the match: Real Madrid to win <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Bookmaker!">at 1.9 with Bet365</a>.</p><p> </p><h2><a href="" target="_blank" title="Game Odds">Tottenham vs Dortmund</a></h2><p>This is the 1st of the 3 England vs Germany battles in the Champions League round of 16 and the only 1 this week. Despite being without 2 of their main players, Harry Kane and Dele Alli, Tottenham are just 5 points behind leaders Manchester City and Liverpool in the Premier League. They have a decent squad, but they lack quality bench players. Not just that but they have 24 less hours than Dortmund to recover from their last Premier League match against Leicester, and that’s a huge disadvantage when playing in Champions League. On the other side, Dortmund are leading the Bundesliga standings and they’re scoring goals for fun (50 goals in 21 matches). They are playing an exciting football but they’re still struggling to keep clean sheets which might be the key to this match. They will be without captain Marco Reus who suffered a muscle injury in the DFB Pokal meeting with Werder Bremen last week and has been all but ruled out of this match. Manuel Akanji, who has been a regular started in the 1st half of the season is back to training after missing 2 months with a hip injury, but he is not expected to start the match as Lucien Favre will try not to rush him into action. Best betting tip for the match: Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals in the match <a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Bookmaker!">at 2.1 with William Hill</a>.</p><p> </p><h2>Extra Tips:</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank" title="Game Odds"><strong>AS Roma vs FC Porto</strong></a> – Over 2.5 goals in the match at 1.95 with Betfair.</p>
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