Champions League Betting Preview
Posted on: March 6, 2018 /
Categories: Champions League
Liverpool – FC Porto
Team News Liverpool:
- Emre Can is available again after missing the first leg through suspension. Alberto Moreno will incur a one-match ban if he is booked on Tuesday night.
- Liverpool have all but secured their place in the next round after winning the first leg 5-0 but Jurgen Klopp insists he will not make wholesale changes.
- Georginio Wijnaldum and Danny Ings has missed Liverpool’s last two matches with illness and both are doubts here.
Team News Porto:
- Felipe will start in defence after missing the first leg through suspension. André André and Danilo will incur a ban with their next bookings.
- Tiquinho Soares and Moussa Marega have both fallen to injury and will miss Tuesday’s trip to Anfield, but Vincent Aboubakar is at least back in the squad. Danilo Pereira also misses out.
- Ricardo Pereira was back among the substitutes for Friday’s 2-1 win over Sporting. With Alex Telles injured, Pereira may have to deputise at left-back instead of 18-year-old Diogo Dalot.
- Gonçalo Paciência could start for Porto as neither Marega nor Soares will be on hand to feature.
|Liverpool have scored at least 3 goals in their last 5 matches (UEFA Champions League).|
|There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 8 of Liverpool‘s last 9 games (UEFA Champions League).|
|Liverpool are undefeated in their last 11 matches (UEFA Champions League).|
|There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 6 of Porto‘s last 7 games (UEFA Champions League).|
- Liverpool won the first leg 5-0 in Portugal and you can get odds of 100/1 for Porto to qualify. Liverpool haven’t conceded 5+ goals in a home match since January 2007 – this tie is over.
- Porto have at least responded well to their thrashing, winning four matches on the spin since then at an aggregate scoreline of 15-3. Unfortunately for the Portuguese giants, there is no way back on Tuesday night.
PSG – Real Madrid
Team News PSG:
- Neymar will play no part as Paris Saint-Germain look to overturn a 3-1 deficit from the first leg. Angel di Maria is expected to replace the Brazilian in attack.
- Kylian Mbappé was not risked at the weekend after picking up his own ankle injury last week and he remains a big doubt here. Alphonse Areola and Marquinhos are also doubts for the home side.
- Marco Verratti, Edinson Cavani and Dani Alves were rested on Saturday but will start here.
- Thiago Motta, Lass Diarra and Giovani Lo Celso battle for a starting spot in midfield.
Team News Real Madrid:
- Daniel Carvajal is available again after missing the first leg through suspension.
- Toni Kroos and Luka Modric made a surprise return to training on Sunday and will be part of the squad here. Expect at least one to start on Tuesday, if not both.
- Marcelo recovered from injury to feature from the bench in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Getafe.
- Gareth Bale, Isco, Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio will battle for one spot in the team, although it depends what formation Zinedine Zidane opts for.
|There have been over 2.5 goals scored in PSG‘s last 14games (UEFA Champions League).|
|There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 19 of Real Madrid‘s last 20 games (UEFA Champions League).|
|Real Madrid have scored at least 2 goals in 16 of their last 20 matches (UEFA Champions League).|
|Real Madrid have won their last 3 matches (UEFA Champions League).|
- Paris Saint-Germain are 3-1 down from the first leg and must now try and eliminate reigning European champions Real Madrid without star man Neymar. A number of other key players are carrying knocks into Tuesday’s clash, making it even harder for the home side.
- Real Madrid are favourites to go through and know an away goal should be enough to knockout PSG. The Spanish giants have scored in each of their last 10 European away games.
- Cristiano Ronaldo appears to be hitting top form just at the right time for Madrid and should fire Zinedine Zidane’s side through to the next round on Tuesday. They may even inflict PSG with their first home defeat of the season.
Manchester City – Basel
Team News Man.City:
- Benjamin Mendy and Fernandinho are both sidelined for Manchester City.
- Raheem Sterling is a doubt for the home side as he struggles to overcome a hamstring problem.
- Pep Guardiola could ring the chances, with Fabian Delph, Claudio Bravo, Yaya Toure and Gabriel Jesus among those in line to start.
Team News Basel:
- FC Basel head coach Raphaël Wicky is sweating on the fitness of Eder Balanta and Germano Vailati ahead of their trip to Manchester City.
- Raoul Petretta, Luca Zuffi and Renato Steffen may all come into the side should Wicky look to tinker with the XI the started the first leg 4-0 loss.
- Balanta’s potential absence could see Taulant Xhaka continue in defence.
|Man City have won 6 of their last 7 matches (UEFA Champions League).|
- Manchester City already have one foot in the quarter-finals after a resounding 4-0 win in Switzerland in the first leg. They’ve won their last three matches and should have no problem in defeating FC Basel here.
- FC Basel have lost their two matches since succumbing to a first leg loss to Manchester City with the other two games postponed. They should be well rested coming into this one, but face a nigh-on impossible task of overturning a four-goal deficit.
- Manchester City should have no problem in overcoming FC Basel here, even if Pep Guardiola names a changed XI.
Tottenham – Juventus
Tottenham Team News:
- Serge Aurier is suspended for Tottenham after his yellow card in the first leg, with Kieran Trippier expected to deputise at right-back.
- Toby Alderweireld misses out again as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury.
- Heung-min Son could start on the right, though Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura are pushing the South Korean for a starting spot.
Juventus Team News:
- Juan Cuardrado, Mattia De Sciglio and Federico Bernardeschi are all sidelined for Juventus.
- Gonzalo Higuain will face a late fitness test to determine his availability after he sat out the 1-0 win over Lazio.
- Blaise Matuidi is set to start after he missed the first leg, while Stephan Lichtsteiner is expected to deputise for De Sciglio.
|There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 8 of Tottenham‘s last 9 games (UEFA Champions League).|
|Tottenham have scored at least 2 goals in 7 of their last 8 matches (UEFA Champions League).|
|Tottenham are undefeated in their last 8 matches (UEFA Champions League).|
|Juventus are undefeated in their last 6 matches (UEFA Champions League).|
- Tottenham hold a slender advantage after the first leg having battled from 2-0 down to draw 2-2. Given their splendid home form, they’ll be confident of progressing past Juventus, but need to guard against complacency here.
- Juventus haven’t lost a competitive match since a 3-2 loss to Sampdoria back in November. Since then, they’ve won 17 of 20 competitive matches and boast the Champions League experience to edge past Tottenham.
- Spurs have won their last seven matches at Wembley, however, conceding just the once in that run, and have the means to secure a place in the quarter-final.