It's do or die time in the Champions League second legs this week. Eight into four won't go as a number of top sides in Europe look to seal progress to the semi-finals of the competition and we've a couple of juicy ties with Leicester tackling Atletico on home turf and there's the small matter of Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich at the Bernabeu...
Despite being 1-0 down from the first leg, the ties is still wide open and all to play for and Leicester, who have turned a corner under Craig Shakespeare, will fancy their chances to sneak through to the semi-final stage of the Champions League, but surely they’ll need a clean sheet to achieve just that and keep the dream alive.
With the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Kevin Gameiro, Yannick Carrasco and even Fernando Torres as attacking threats and the fact Leicester will be without Robert Huth through suspension, it’s fair to say the Foxes will have to be bang on the money at the back, whilst also being a threat up top – which is where Jamie Vardy’s pace comes in handy!
What We Sayin’?
It’s Leicester, which means anything really is possible. And it’s because of this that we’re opting for Jamie Vardy to score anytime at 85/40.
Real Madrid hold the narrow advantage heading into this one with the two away goals taken back from Germany, but Bayern Munich are Bayern Munich and this mouth-watering contest is likely to go down to the wire, in what could potentially be Xabi Alonso’s final Champions League match. Ever. It’s okay, wipe those tears away.
Speaking of Alonso, he takes a trip back to his former side and back to his homeland looking to upset his old team-mates at the Santiago Bernabeu. Javi Martinez though is someone who won’t be heading back to Spain due to suspension, however, Robert Lewandowski is back in contention after missing the leg in Munich through injury, but he’s never scored at the Bernabeu, and Carlo Ancelotti – another former Real Madrid employee – will be hoping that the Pole’s run will come to an end.
What We Sayin’?
Another extremely tough one to call – as you’d expect in the semi-finals of the Champions League, but we fancy there will be goals. It’s the last chance saloon for Bayern and at some point they will have to go for it. A BTTS and Over 2.5 Goals pick at 4/7 looks a reasonable choice.
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