The Champions League quarter-finals are upon us and it’s time to sit back and watch some of the world’s best go head-to-head.
Here’s our tipsters thoughts ahead of tonight and Wednesday’s matches.
Juventus v Real Madrid
It was certainly one of the most eye-catching draws in the quarter-finals as Juventus host Real Madrid tonight in a repeat of the 2017 final.
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored seven goals in his last five games against the Old Lady and is 29/20 to score anytime at the Allianz Stadium.
Juventus are currently on a 16-game unbeaten run at home in all competitions, winning 13, and will be eager to extend that run to give themselves a fighting chance next week in the return leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.
However, I believe Real may be too much for them tonight and will be backing Zinedine Zidane’s side at 29/20.
Sevilla v Bayern Munich
In Tuesday’s other clash, outsiders Sevilla welcome Bayern Munich to Spain and will be keen to cause an upset over the two legs.
Sevilla are 60/1 long-shots for European glory and face an uphill task to get past Bayern to reach the semi-finals.
The major threat they will face is Bayern midfielder James Rodriguez, who has shone for the German side since making the move from Madrid. He also made 77 La Liga appearances for Real between 2014 and 2017, scoring 28 times.
Rodriguez faced Sevilla eight times in that period, in which he has won seven, scoring four goals and is a good omen for Bayern.
He’s scored five goals in all competitions this season, contributing a further nine assists. The Colombian can be found at 5/2 to score anytime on Tuesday night.
For me, despite Sevilla’s doggedness, Bayern are just too good but are just too short at 4/7 to back.
Away team to win and both teams to score is a lot more tempting and at 41/20, I’ll be backing the Bundesliga leaders to do the business.
Liverpool v Manchester City
No doubt about it, this one will be the tie of the round. This fixture in domestic action has provided us with 12 goals in two matches, and this one promises to have goals in abundance too.
The top two scorers in the Premier League; Liverpool have netted 75 times and City 88 during the campaign, while City have only suffered one league defeat all season – against Liverpool at Anfield in January.
Only Manchester United, West Brom and Porto have stopped Liverpool finding the net at home, while City have only failed to score in three games, against Crystal Palace in the league and cup games against Wigan and Wolves.
That recipe sounds like it could add up to something like the 4-3 thriller in the league in January – and both sides and both managers only seem to know how to play one way.
That’s why I’ll be backing over 3.5 goals at 33/20. That’s just too good to turn down.
Mo Salah will obviously be the one to watch but Sadio Mane has really come into form and his price of 49/20 to score anytime is certainly the most value in my opinion.
If pressed to choose a winner, it would be hard to look past Liverpool who have home advantage and you can be sure Anfield will be loud and intimidating for the City players.
The Reds are 39/20 to clinch a first leg victory.