Champions League: Group runners-up to get first-leg wins at home tonight
Last night’s Champions League matches saw two shocks, as group-winners Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund were put to the sword by PSG and Benfica respectively.
While Dortmund’s 1–0 reversal is no disaster, PSG’s incredibly dominant 4–0 win all but sees five time European champs Barca out of the tournament.
With two more round of 16 ties on tonight, our tipster has run through his best bets to help you #betbigwinbig on the Champions League.
Arsenal fans must be getting deja vu, having drawn Bayern Munich for the fourth time in five seasons.
History seems to be repeating itself all round, with another underwhelming season for the Gunners seeing them out of the Premier League title race before the spring.
Manager Arsene Wenger is under plenty of pressure, and his 21st season in charge may well be his last.
It’s business as usual for Bayern too, who sit top of the Bundesliga after 10 wins from their last 11 games.
The only shock was coming second in their group, though they were able to beat last year’s finalists Atletico Madrid 1–0 in the final match.
The last meeting between these two finished 5–1 to Bayern, and I see a similar result again tonight.
There may not be six goals, but I like Sportsbet.io’s 2.18 for Bayern to win with a one goal handicap.
Poor Napoli — they worked so hard to top their group, only to be drawn against reigning European champions Real Madrid.
Zinedine Zidane’s men top La Liga, and are searching for their 12th European Cup. While their 40 game unbeaten streak may be at an end, it is brave to bet against any side with the attacking flair of Los Meringues.
Napoli sit third in Serie A, nine points off leaders Juventus.
They too have been enjoying a good run — they haven’t lost in any competition since October, and beat Bologna 7–1 earlier in the month, with both Marek Hamsik and Dries Mertens netting hat-tricks.
Napoli are a side to be respected, but at home, I think Real will have too much.
However, with the attacking flair of Hamsik, Mertens, and former Madrid man Jose Callejon, I think they can find the net against Zidane’s side.
Both teams to score and Real Madrid to win is a 6.50 shot with Sportsbet.io.