Who Will Advance In The Champions League Round Of 16?

March 5, 2018
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The UEFA Champions League continues with the second leg matches in the Round of 16. There are several major clubs left in the competition along with some underdogs looking to make a statement. This week has 4 matches to watch and bet on. You can find multiple legally sanctioned online betting options for Champions League wagering in licensed offshore sportsbooks.

Real Madrid, the current defending champions (they’ve won the past 2 years) are up against Paris Saint-Germain. Up 3-1 on aggregate, Real is poised to win, even away from their home support. PSG is a strong team, but they will be missing their main catalyst Neymar, who is out recovering from a recent surgery. Paris still has the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani, but Neymar is offensive sparkplug that sets the team apart. Without him, Real Madrid has a better chance of passing through. Real has looked flat in their domestic campaign, but has been strong in international competition. Cristiano Ronaldo is looking to add to his trophy collection. Winning the Champions League 3 years in a row would be quite the feat as well. Sportsbooks seemed to be mixed on this game, but Real Madrid had a better performance in the first outing. Neymar’s absence is a significant factor to consider.

The other match on Tuesday falls to Liverpool and Porto. This matchup is a bit more lopsided, as Liverpool put 5 away goals past Porto in the first leg. This puts Porto in a deep hole that is practically insurmountable, however we saw Barcelona pull off an amazing comeback win against PSG last year. However, Porto does not have anywhere near the talent as Barcelona, but anything can happen.

Juventus and Tottenham play on Wednesday in what is the most exciting matchup of the week. The first leg ended 2-2 in Turin, meaning that the Spurs walked away with 2 vital away goals. This puts them at an advantage, but if Juventus manages to score at Wembley Stadium, the Spurs will be trouble. Tottenham are coming off a strong win in the EPL, with Son, Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen all having great games. If they can take this form into game against Juventus, they have a chance of winning. Juventus are also coming off a win, but it was not as dominant. The oddsmakers have Tottenham pulling off the victory, which would be a remarkable achievement for the club.

Manchester City is up against FC Basel for the second time around. City pounced on Basel in the first leg, scoring 4 away goals. Basel has no chance against City, especially when they are at home. City’s domestic league form has been impeccable and they are almost within striking distance of the championship. Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and the list keeps going. City’s attack is difficult to hold off. They are playing with confidence and determination. Some oddsmakers have them as favorites to win the entire Champions League.

Those interested in soccer betting will find several different wagering options for these games. Look out for props on each game, as well as the point spread and total bets. Wagers will continue throughout the remaining duration of soccer’s biggest international league.