It’s back. It feels like we’ve waited forever, but the Champions League knockout rounds are finally here, and we’re straight into some absolute crackers. So, you probably want to know where the best value’s lying for this week’s games.
With the last-16 first legs spread out over two weeks of action, we have four fixtures to look forward to this week. One of the ties of the round is undoubtedly Manchester United against Paris Saint-Germain.
The Premier League club have been reborn under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, winning 10 of their 11 fixtures under their interim manager. With Jose Mourinho still at the helm, this tie looked like being a walkover for PSG. Now though, the Red Devils are right in it and this should be a fascinating tie.
What’s more, Neymar and Edinson Cavani are injured and out of Tuesday’s game at Old Trafford, so we’re backing the home team to take a lead to the Parc des Princes for the second leg, at 13/10. The Ligue 1 side still have plenty of firepower with the likes of Kylian Mbappe and former United man Angel Di Maria in the team, so United to win and BTTS looks appealing at 16/5.
From Manchester to Rome, Porto head to the Stadio Olimpico to face Roma in Tuesday’s other fixture. It’s a tough one to call, with the Serie A team showing wildly inconsistent form this season. Porto meanwhile are top of the Portuguese Primeira Liga table. Roma lost 7-1 to Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia less than two weeks ago, but followed that up with a 1-1 draw at home to Milan. We’re backing a draw in this game at 12/5, with a 1-1 scoreline available at 24/5.
On to Wednesday, and there are two potential classics. It looks as though this vibrant young Ajax team is going to be broken up, with Frenkie de Jong already on the way to Barcelona for the start of next season. The hugely promising midfielder will be looking to get on the good side of his future Nou Camp supporters with a strong performance against bitter rivals Real Madrid at the Johan Cruyff Arena, but Madrid are back in form under Santi Solari.
Los Blancos emerged as 3-1 victors in the Madrid derby with Atletico at the weekend, and they look promising at 10/11 for the win on Wednesday. However, the Eredivisie side have smashed in 72 goals in just 21 league games so far this term, and will push right to the end even if they’re trailing in this game. With that in mind, Madrid to win and BTTS could be a great way of improving the odds on the away victory to 19/10.
Finally, Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund meet at Wembley in a game that promises to be open and exciting. Spurs rarely fail to entertain in Europe, while Die Borussen have some of the most promising youngsters on the continent – not least English prospect Jadon Sancho who impressed on his last appearance at Wembley, wearing the Three Lions shirt.
Dortmund have a five-point lead over Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga, so they are not to be sniffed at. Spurs however have shown plenty of grit both in their recent Premier League fixtures and this Champions League campaign.
Harry Kane and Dele Alli’s injuries make this one tough to call, but Son Heung-min enjoyed playing against Die Schwarzgelben for Hamburg and has been on fire since his return from the Asian Cup. It really could go either way, so a draw could be worth a look at 13/5. However, we’d be tempted to go with over 2.5 goals instead, which is priced at 17/20.