Published on March 5th, 2018 | by Ian John
Champions League Round of 16 Second Legs Previewed and Tipped
Last time out, we landed some decent winners with our tips in the first leg of this tournament a when we started previewing the game around three weeks ago. This week and also next, we will preview the second legs and give you our top betting tips on each of the games.
It’s also worth staying tuned for our Europa League preview and tips which will be published in a separate article on Wednesday ahead of the Round of 16 First Leg games in that tournament, which features some classic matches including Arsenal’s now massively important clash with Italian giants’ AC Milan.
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Let’s take a look at our previews for the four Champions League matches taking place across Tuesday and Wednesday evenings this week. The scores from the first legs in each of the games is shown in brackets.
Tuesday 6th March
Liverpool (5) v (0) FC Porto
Liverpool’s stunning victory in Portugal, the best away victory by any English team at this stage of the Champions League in history, means that the second leg in Anfield should be a mere formality. Porto looked utterly mismatched in the first leg at home and while they will no doubt want to put on a better showing at Anfield, it is clear they were no competition for the English team on the night.
At home this season, Liverpool have had some below par performances, notably their FA Cup exit to West Brom and some disappointing draws in the Premier League too. The Reds also don’t need to go gung-ho to win this game, but in truth, Jurgen Klopp’s team are a much more formidable outfit when they play a more attacking game and I can’t see the German altering his team, or his mentality for this match.
I do feel Porto are a better team than the first leg scoreline suggests and I think they can grab a goal at Anfield, but I would still back Liverpool to be comfortable winners here.
Match Winner Tip: Liverpool to win (1/2 with Coral)
First Goalscorer Tip: Sadio Mane to score first (5/1 with Coral)
Other Top Bet: Liverpool to win and both teams to score (2/1 with Coral)
Paris St Germain (1) v (3) Real Madrid
Paris St Germain will be kicking themselves for letting a strong position go in the final ten minutes of the first leg in Madrid. After allowing Real to level just before half time, PSG squandered several decent chances to get back in front before another Ronaldo goal and a late third from Marcelo handed Real a big 3-1 lead to defend in the return leg in Paris.
The club have also been dealt another bitter blow with Brazilian winger Neymar ruled out for several weeks after picking up a broken toe in a recent Ligue 1 match. Injury worries over Edinson Cavani also cast a shadow over PSG’s hopes of progressing through to the quarter finals.]
However, the club does have a track record of doing that from this position against the same opponents as back in the UEFA Cup in the 1990s, PSG came from 3-1 down in the first leg, to win 4-1 in Paris in the second to move into the next round. In truth, while I can see PSG winning this game, even without Neymar, I think doing enough to progress may be beyond them.
Match Winner Tip: Paris St Germain to win (Evens with Coral)
First Goalscorer Tip: Kylian Mbappe to score first (4/1 with Coral)
Other Top Bet: Paris St Germain to win and both teams to score (9/5 with Coral)
Wednesday 7th March
Manchester City (4) v (0) FC Basel
Manchester City made light work of their trip to Switzerland to face FC Basel in the first leg with three early goals in the first half putting them in a hugely strong position. Gundogan added a second for himself and a fourth for City in the second half to give City a massive win in the away leg making the home leg a formality.
The ease with which Manchester City won was a tad surprising. It should be remembered FC Basel did beat Manchester United at home in the group stages of the competition. However the Swiss team now head to the Etihad trying to keep the aggregate score down to a respectable level.
Their problem is that they are facing a Manchester City team that is absolutely buoyant at the moment following their Carabao Cup Final win and two massive Premier League wins over Arsenal and Chelsea all within the space of seven remarkable days. Pep Guardiola may rest one or two stars for the second leg here though, which is my only concern with my selections below.
I can see City winning this game by a similar scoreline to the first leg, maybe even more goals could be in store if Guardiola picks a full strength team.
Match Winner Tip: Manchester City to win (2/13 with Coral)
Anytime Goalscorer Tip: Kevin De Bruyne (9/5 with Coral)
Other Top Bet: Manchester City to win and over 3.5 goals (11/10 with Coral)
Tottenham (2) v (2) Juventus
The first leg of this clash was arguably the best Champions League game of the Round of 16 so far, Juventus made a superb start and were 2-0 up inside nine minutes before Spurs pulled one back through Harry Kane. Gonzalo Higuain, who had netted Juve’s two goals, then missed a crucial penalty on half time which would have put Juventus 3-1 up at the break.
As it was, he smashed his penalty against the bar and that miss proved massively influential as Christian Eriksen scored a fine free kick to hand Spurs a 2-2 away draw in a dramatic 90 minutes of action.
Both teams come into this second leg in great form but after seeing how Spurs dominated the game in Turin, I think at home they will be even more of a threat. I can see Juventus scoring though, especially with Dybala back in their attack so Spurs may need a goal or two in order to get through but I am backing Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen to be the men who power Spurs on to a narrow win on the night and a place in the quarter finals.
Match Winner Tip: Tottenham to win (23/20 with Coral)
Anytime Goalscorer Tip: Harry Kane (21/20 with Coral)
Other Top Bet: Tottenham to win and both teams to score (17/5 with Coral)
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