This week the football menu is looking to serve up a real sporty feast. For starters we have the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. This is then followed by a main course of Barclays Premier League action this weekend, topped off with a delightful desert offering the Capital One Cup Final.
For the time being though, our focus is on the Champions League action that kicks off tomorrow night with some tantalising matches in store.
Manchester City v Barcelona
First up, one of the more exciting fixtures to look forward to between Man City v Barcelona. Both teams are now experienced against each other, having faced one another in the last 16 in last years tournament. The value betting is there for both sides in this game, with Barca being favourites at 2.10.
Last year Barcelona progressed with an aggregate score line of 4-1. Man City’s form in the Champions League has been fairly varied, having started the group stage poorly. The Catalans will be looking to return to winning form in this game however, having suffered a shock defeat against Malaga at the weekend.
The chances are is that this game will provide us with some goals, so we’re going for a hefty scoreline in this one with Barcelona coming out triumphant when they visit Manchester.
Prediction: Manchester City 1 – 3 Barcelona
Juventus v Borussia Dortmund
Juventus head into this game as favourites, where you can pick up some decent 1 x 2 odds of 2.09 with some bookies. The Italian side have really been dominating in Serie A, and the chances are they’ll be looking to brush aside Dortmund who have really been struggling in the Bundesliga this season.
It’s hard to see the German’s coming up with anything here against Juve, even if they have managed to chalk up three wins in a row of late. We’re opting for a Juventus win, but due to their squad not being quite as strong as would initially appear, the margin will be low we think.
Prediction: Juventus 1 – 0 Dortmund
Bayer Leverkusen v Atletico Madrid
Diego Simeone has proved to be a fine manager for the Madrid side, especially after such a fantastic season last time around. Let’s not also forget the recent punding handed to their local rivals Real Madrid, where they managed to put 4 past them.
The odds seem crazy for this game, as you can pick up odds as high as 2.45. We’ve jumped all over this as we don’t think Atletico will be phased by the away tie, especially having reached the final last year.
Prediction: Bayer Leverkusen 1 – 2 Atletico Madrid
Arsenal v Monaco
We’d imagine that there were a lot of relieved Arsenal fans when the draw was made for the last 16. The Gunners have an unfortunate history of being drawn against stiff opposition at this stage. Monaco, one of Arsene Wengers previous clubs, will suit the playing style of Arsenal.
The odds are pretty short as you’d expect, especially with Arsenal playing at their home fortress, some as little as 1.50 for a win.
If Theo Walcott looks to be starting, a First Goalscorer bet on him at 7.50 may be worth a shot.
Prediction: Arsenal 2 – 0 Monaco
Best of luck with all your betting!