IT’S do or die now for the big boys of Europe in the UEFA Champions League.
It could go either way between Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus at Wembley, while Real Madrid take a two-goal buffer into their return clash with Paris Saint-Germain.
Liverpool and Manchester City both have straightforward tasks at home after dining out in the first leg.
Champions League multi tips
- Liverpool to beat Porto – -222.22
- PSG to beat Madrid – -109.89
- Spurs to beat Juve – +110
- City to beat Basel – -833.33
Liverpool vs. Porto
6:45am AEDT Wednesday, March 7 – Anfield
Liverpool all but sorted their passage to the quarters with a commanding 5-0 win in Portugal three weeks ago. Expect Reds boss Jurgen Klopp to make full use of his squad on Wednesday. There was nothing about Porto’s first-leg display to suggest they could pull off a miracle on Merseyside.
Paris Saint-Germain vs. Real Madrid
6:45am AEDT Wednesday, March 7 – Parc de Princes
France’s glamour boys have a mountain to climb after losing 3-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu. Their guns are firing at will in Ligue Un, but can they do it on the biggest stage when it counts? Even if they don’t go through, PSG should trouble a Madrid side that has struggled against decent opposition all season.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Juventus
6:45am AEDT Thursday, March 8 – Wembley Stadium
Not many Serie A teams have managed to break the Juve defence this season, yet Spurs did it twice in Turin to take the advantage on away goals. Will Tottenham look to shut up shop in the second leg, or will they back their quality and go hunting for goals? We fancy the Lilywhites to claim another big scalp.
Manchester City vs. Basel
6:45am AEDT Thursday, March 8 – Etihad Stadium
With the Premier League title sewn up and four away goals in his pocket, Pep Guardiola can do whatever he likes with his Man City XI this week. As with Liverpool, expect a few speculative selections as the Sky Blues romp through to the last eight with a minimum of fuss.
Latest Champions League outright odds
Man City remain the punters’ pick for the UCL title at Sportsbet, where they top the market at +300.
Barcelona hold the second line of betting at +400 after nabbing a 1-1 draw at Chelsea two weeks ago.
Only a disaster of epic proportions would keep Bayern Munich (+450) from dumping out Besiktas, while Real Madrid are into +500 and PSG have drifted to +900.
2017/18 Champions League winner
+300 – Manchester City
+400 – Barcelona
+450 – Bayern Munich
+500 – Real Madrid
+850 – Liverpool
+900 – Paris Saint-Germain
+1300 – Tottenham Hotspur
+1600 – Manchester United
+2200 – Juventus
+3500 – Chelsea
+5500 – Roma
+9000 – Shakhtar Donetsk
+10000 – Sevilla
+22500 – Besiktas
+50000 – Basel, Porto
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