Champions League Tips – 13th & 14th April
After bagging £33 across the Champions League and Europa League last week we followed it up with a £35 profit at the weekend.
Safe to say we’re on a bit of a run at the moment!
Lets hope to continue with this weeks Champions League fixtures – the reverse legs of last weeks quarter-final games.
The first leg brought positive results for Chelsea and Manchester City from the Premier League but Liverpool were well beaten by Real Madrid (although they did get an away goal) in Spain and need another of their special nights at Anfield to try and turn things around in the second leg.
The other game was the best tie of the round by far and sees Paris St Germain face Bayern Munich in Paris holding a 3-2 lead from the first leg. Kylian Mbappe was the hero for PSG once again, scoring twice in the first leg in what was an open tie, and a game which Bayern will feel that they should have got something from.
It’s going to be very interesting to see how these second legs play out as at least three ties still have plenty to play for with things very much in the balance.
Champions League Tips: Tuesday 13th April
Chelsea have put themselves in a very strong position from the first leg of this tie in Portugal, earning themselves a 2-0 victory against a side that have never won or even picked up a point against them when playing at Stamford Bridge.
FC Porto rode their luck a little when defeating Juventus in the Round of 16, but they were very much second-best against Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea last week and it is incredibly difficult to see how they are going to mount any sort of challenge to the Londoners in the second leg.
Chelsea’s home form under Thomas Tuchel has generally been good, but there is one blip a 5-2 home loss against West Brom when Chelsea went down to 10 men early on in the game. Could they slip up like that here against Porto?
I can’t see it and in truth, I think Chelsea will progress very easily in this game. I expect them to win but I do feel a penalty is likely here, which is why I have gone for an unusual anytime goalscorer bet for this game with Jorginho to score from the spot.
Paris St Germain signed Neymar and Kylian Mbappe to win them the Champions League and the latter has been doing his very best to achieve that this season. A hat-trick away to Barcelona was followed by a brace, both set up by Neymar, in the first leg in Munich to put the French side in the driving seat here.
The first leg between these two teams was a treat to watch and it could have conceivably have been any scoreline. Bayern were wasteful in front of goal at times but PSG looked so dangerous on the counter that they could have scored more goals too.
This sets up an intriguing tie in the return but it is a ground where Bayern have a poor record, losing all four of their previous visits to Paris, scoring just the one goal to the nine scored by the French side. That should give PSG plenty of confidence that they can progress here.
I can see another hugely exciting game in the second leg and in truth this game is very tough to predict. PSG are the favourites here but Bayern won’t want to give up their Champions League title without a fight and I think they will make it very tough. I think PSG will go through but it may well be on the back of a draw on the night.
Football Tips: Wednesday 14th April
Pep Guardiola’s decision to rest some key players for the weekend’s clash with Leeds backfired a little as Marcelo Bielsa’s team landed a 2-1 win at the Etihad, meaning that City now need to make sure they don’t make any mistakes in Dortmund.
A 2-1 reverse wasn’t a bad result for the German side but it could have been even better as they were 1-1 heading into injury time. City did grab a late winner on the night but Dortmund will feel that they caused City enough problems on the road to give themselves a real chance of doing something in the home leg.
In the last couple of years, City have faltered at this stage of the competition in the past with defeats to the likes of Liverpool and Lyon still fresh in the memory. They know even a 1-0 defeat could see them suffer the same fate here and it is something I think they will be very worried about.
However, with Dortmund needing to score, I can see City having more joy on the counter-attack than they did at home when they controlled the game. As such, while I can see both teams scoring I have a feeling City will be the team that trouble the scorer more often and I can see a repeat of the first leg score here.
The last teams to knock Liverpool out of this tournament have both been from Madrid. Atletico in last year’s competition and Real Madrid in the final in 2018. The Reds were very poor in the away leg in Spain, losing 3-1 but that away goal does give them a chance of turning things around here.
There’s no doubt that the timely 2-1 win over Aston Villa at Anfield at the weekend came at just the right time for the Reds, their first win in eight games at home, but Real also had a superb 2-1 win themselves, winning El Clasico 2-1 on a rainy Saturday night in Madrid and their recent record against the reds of four wins in a row will give them huge confidence here.
Can we see another ‘Barcelona’ night for Liverpool at Anfield? In truth, while the Reds could turn it around, I just can’t see it. They struggled again against Aston Villa and Real Madrid are a team far more able to expose the Reds back line on the counter than Villa were and that spells danger to me.
As such, I think Liverpool will score early, but Real will equalise and as the Reds push on and get more desperate, I see a repeat of the Atletico game with Real going on to score on the counter to claim a win on the night and a place in the semi-finals.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.