UEFA Champions League - Is Juventus Ready to Step Up Against Atletico?
Champions League Round of 16 continues on Tuesday and Wednesday with a couple of major matchups.On Tuesday, Juventus has no choice but to go all out against Atletico after spotting Madrid 2 goals in the first leg. Then on Wednesday, Bayern Munich and Liverpool throw down in the biggest soccer match of the week. Check out BetAmerica odds and analysis for this week’s Champions League action!
[Tuesday, March 12]
Juventus -140 vs Atletico Madrid +445 (4:00pm ET)Juventus can’t afford to simply win the game. They must outscore Atletico by at least 3 goals in the second leg because they gave up 2 in the first leg. If Juventus ever needed Ronaldo to step up, it’s on Tuesday. The problem for Juventus is that although they bounced out of their loss to Madrid in the first match well by winning 3 in a row, they face a team that’s simply better than they are.
Scoring 3 goals versus Atletico, and holding them to 0, doesn’t seem possible. Only Barcelona is ahead of Atletico Madrid in the La Liga Standings. A great sign that Atletico’s taking this match seriously came when manager Diego Simeone pulled Antoine Griezmann at halftime of Atletico’s 1-0 win over Leganes on March 9.
Juventus has no shot but to push forward, which means Griezmann should have plenty of chances on Tuesday. Towards the end of the game, Atletico will lay off and play a defensive strategy if they’ve got the aggregate goal lead. Until then, they’ll try to pad their advantage. Atletico Madrid’s the play.
Champions League Free Pick: Atletico Madrid +445
Manchester City -730 vs Schalke +1975 (4:00pm ET)Man City only beat Schalke 3-2 in the first leg. Since the win, Man City has drawn with Chelsea while beating West Ham, Bournemouth, and Watford. Those teams aren’t nearly as formidable as Schalke.
Then again, Schalke’s proven their march to the Round of 16 might have been a fluke. After losing by only 1 goal to the English Premier League leaders, Schalke has lost 3 in a row to Mainz, Fortuna Dusseldorf, and Werder Breman. They’re in awful form. It’s tough to lay $730 to make $100. But, Schalke gave it their best in the first leg and still came up short.
Champions League Free Pick: Manchester City -730
[Wednesday, March 13]
Barcelona -430 vs Lyon +1050 (3:00pm ET)Barcelona wants to win another Champions League trophy. After the embarrassing draw against Lyon in leg 1, we should expect Messi and Suarez’s squad to put a beating on Lyon on their own pitch on Wednesday.
Barca beat Sevilla FC, Real Madrid twice, and Rayo Vallecano in their 4 matches after the draw. They didn’t allow any of their opponents to take a breath. Barcelona should jump on Lyon early. They figure to win by at least 2 goals and represent easy money at -430.
Champions League Free Pick: Barcelona -430
Bayern Munich +110 vs Liverpool +245 (3:00pm ET)Although many feel Juventus vs Atletico Madrid is the top Champions League match of the week, Baryern taking on Liverpool is must-watch television. Bayern fought Liverpool to a draw at Anfield in leg 1.
Liverpool’s not a massive dog in this, though. That doesn’t make much sense because Bayern has won 3 in a row, outscoring their opponents a combined 12-1, while Liverpool drew with Everton and beat Watford and Burnley. The 3 teams Liverpool battled in EPL play aren’t close to Bayern Munich. Bayern should win, making the +110 overlay odds.
Champions League Free Pick: Bayern Munich +110
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