Champions League QF 2nd Leg Spread Betting Preview
Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg Spread Betting Preview
All four Champions League quarter-final clashes are delicately poised after a series of tight, tense first leg matches between Europe’s finest teams. The new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was rocking as Mauricio Pochettino’s men secured a fine victory over Man City on Tuesday, while Liverpool overwhelmed Porto at Anfield. An out of sorts Barcelona escaped Old Trafford with a precious 1-0 aggregate lead over Man Utd on Wednesday night, and Ajax and Juventus played out a 1-1 draw in Amsterdam. Fans can now look forward to another thrilling blend of drama, excitement and controversy in the return legs.
Barcelona v Manchester United – Ole’s Men Chase Crucial Away Goal
Lionel Messi and co enjoyed 67% of the possession at Old Trafford and rarely looked troubled as they closed out a 1-0 victory. The Spanish champions did not attack with a great deal of venom and they seemed content to take a slender lead back to Camp Nou. Messi is nursing a groin injury and he did not look his usual influential self, but he still provided the key ball for strike partner Luis Suarez to nod in the only goal of the game. He could well give Chris Smalling a far greater headache when the tie resumes in Barcelona on Tuesday.
Man Utd posed very little threat throughout the game and they must now bid for another sensational comeback in the second leg. They looked down and out against PSG in the last 16 after losing 2-0 at home, only to produce a stirring performance at the Parc des Princes and surge into the quarter-finals. Yet Barcelona have won their last five home games in convincing fashion and they thrashed Lyon 5-1 in the previous round, so Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s troops have a mountain to climb.
Juventus v Ajax – Ten Hag Looks for Another European Away Day Shock
The Dutch outfit are the surprise package of this season’s competition and they proved they’re not just in the quarters to make up the numbers after holding Juventus to a 1-1 first leg draw. It followed a shock victory over holders Real Madrid in the previous round and it suggested that Erik ten Hag’s men should be taken seriously in the Champions League. They have a dazzling blend of youth and experience and the likes of Matthijs de Ligt, Nicolás Tagliafico, Hakim Ziyech and Barcelona-bound Frenkie de Jong look destined for greatness.
Yet Juventus have the most devastating weapon in Champions League history at their disposal. Cristiano Ronaldo was on target for the visitors in the opening leg and he banged in a hat-trick to see them past Atletico Madrid in gripping circumstances in the previous round. He remains on course for a fourth consecutive Champions League title, having won the last three with Real Madrid, and he will take some stopping in Turin on Tuesday night. Juventus are unbeaten at home this season and they are cruising to league glory in Serie A, so they can afford to rest players ahead of this second leg tie and they will be full of energy for it.
FC Porto v Liverpool – Reds Looking Good to Book Second Consecutive Semi-Final
Jurgen Klopp’s men have one foot in the semi-finals after that 2-0 win at Anfield on Tuesday night. Naby Keita put them ahead with a deflected strike in the opening stages of the match, and Roberto Firmino finished off a fine team move to wrap up the victory. A lack of an away goal could come back to bite Porto, but you can never write anyone off in this competition, as it has played host to many improbable second leg comebacks in recent years.
Liverpool have not been great on their travels in Europe this season, notably losing 2-0 away at Red Star Belgrade, so that will give the Portuguese side cause for optimism. Yet they will need Moussa Marega to offer a greater level of threat in front of goal if they are to turn this tie on its head. The Malian is leading the line with aplomb in the absence of the injured Vincent Aboubakar, but he squandered good opportunities at Anfield and he needs to rediscover his composure in front of goal. Liverpool were unlucky to lose the Champions League final last year due to a pair of howlers from Loris Karius, and they will feel as though they can go one better this time around, with new keeper Alisson in fine form.
Man City v Tottenham – Guardiola’s Quadruple Dream Under Threat
Spurs’ 1-0 triumph over Premier League Champions Man City was surely the most impressive result of the first round of quarter-final fixtures. Pep Guardiola’s men struggled for fluency, with Kevin De Bruyne on the bench and Bernardo Silva succumbing to a late injury. They saw plenty of the ball, but they did not use it well and they were ultimately undone by a tactical masterclass from Mauricio Pochettino.
The Tottenham boss set his team out to play an intense brand of football, but they remained supremely disciplined throughout. The selection of Fabian Delph at left-back looked questionable and Spurs finally exploited it in ruthless fashion as Son Heung-Min cut inside and fired in the only goal of the game. Yet it is unlikely that Guardiola will get it wrong a second time and he can still approach the second leg with optimism. City had won their previous three games against Tottenham convincingly, and they were left to rue Sergio Aguero’s penalty miss in the first leg. If De Bruyne, Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva start the second leg they will be sure to provide Tottenham’s defence with a much more testing challenge.
Who is the Current Favourite for the Champions League?
Barcelona have leapfrogged Man City to become the new favourites to win the Champions League in the football spread betting. They scored a vital away goal at Old Trafford and they are in a far more comfortable position than Guardiola’s side, who must overcome a one-goal deficit against a stubborn Spurs defence. They failed to score an away goal, so they will need to put three past Hugo Lloris if they concede on Wednesday.
The Champions League Outright Index shows that Man City are considered to be very much in the mix still for glory in Europe’s elite competition this year, while Juventus are highly rated by our traders after that 1-1 draw in Amsterdam. Liverpool are also clustered in with the top teams in this index after their comfortable 2-0 victory over Porto. This market sees the team that wins the competition get 100 points, the runner-up is handed 75 points and the beaten semi-finalists get 50 points. Barcelona currently lead the way, but that could all change after the action has unfolded in the second leg.
Who will make it to the last four?
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