The Champions League is back! The competition's really hotting up and this week we've some unbelievable games to tune into this week. On Tuesday we've a potential goalfest at Monaco head to Dortmund, whilst Barca will look to make sure another miraculous comeback isn't needed in the competition again by putting up a fight against Juventus and Turin! So two games on Tuesday and another two juicy matches on Wednesday! We love the Champions League!
Whilst Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid is arguably tie of the round, this clash between German giants Dortmund and Ligue 1 table-toppers Monaco should be a belting contest! Both sides have plenty of pace in attack and there should be goals aplenty in the Westfalenstadion.
Much has been said of Monaco’s goal threat this term with over 100 goals scored this season already and they come up against a Dortmund side licking their wounds and looking to get back on track following a 1-4 hammering domestically against arch rivals Bayern Munich at the weekend.
And Thomas Tuchel’s task isn’t helped by the fact the likes of star man Marco Reus, Julian Weigl, Lukasz Piszczek and ex-Premier League pair Shinji Kagawa and Andre Schurrle are all doubtful for the last eight clash.
Monaco will be definitely without midfield enforcer Tiemoue Bakayoko for the match, whilst full back Djibril Sidibe could miss out. They are boosted, however, by the fact that striker Radamel Falcao is back having missed their win against Manchester City in the last round through injury.
What We Sayin’?
This is so tough to call. How crucial will Dortmund’s injuries be for their chances? They’ve only lost one home game in Europe under Tuchel’s reign, winning nine of their 12 games on home turf. Our best bet looks to be a BTTS in the first half pick bearing in mind how potent both sides are in front of goal at 23/10.
Following their amazing comeback against Paris SG in the last round at the Nou Camp, Barcelona have been rewarded for their efforts in the second leg with a pair of games against Serie A giants Juventus, who have the legendary Gianluigi Buffon in goal – amazingly, the Italian stopper has never won the Champions League, which is quite a baffling statistic.
Barca come into the game on the back of a catastrophic 0-2 defeat at Malaga at the weekend as they failed to take advantage of Real Madrid only gaining a point at the weekend. Neymar was sent off on the day but the Brazilian star is available for the trip to Turin on Tuesday evening.
But at home, Juve don’t lose – or draw. In fact, they’ve won all 32 of their previous home Serie A games at their stadium and are also yet to lose in 21 European home games, which is pretty incredible. This shows the task Barca have to sneak an advantage heading into the second leg, but let’s face it, after that mental comeback against Paris, anything’s possible for them, right?
What We Sayin’?
It’s that point in the competition that – with the size and stature of the clubs – results are incredibly tough to get bang on the money, however, we fancy a scoring draw on Tuesday night. A 1-1 result looks pretty decent value at 5/1.
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