UEFA Champions League Round of 16 continues on Wednesday, Feb. 13 when Real Madrid battles Ajax and Dortmund takes on Tottenham. Check out moneyline odds and analysis for both Champions League matchups on Wednesday. I’ve got my UEFA Champions League betting free picks for you below.
[Wednesday, Feb. 13]
Real Madrid -110 vs Ajax +275
The team that plays out of Amsterdam is second in the Dutch Eredivisie, the Netherland’s top soccer league. The team in first place, PSV Eindhoven, is only in first place by 5 points. Those two squads are well ahead of third place Feydor Rotterdam, who only has 20 points in the Eredivisie.
Ajax does not go into this Champions League matchup playing well, though. They did beat VVV Venio 6-0, but before the win, Feydor dropped them 6-2. Scoring 6 goals equates to 6 touchdowns in football. A 2-6 loss is an awful beating. Then, after they beat Venio, they dropped a match 0-1 to SC Heracles Almelo.
The loss to Heracles could be an issue because, while Ajax has been cold, Real Madrid has been on fire.
It took Real some time to get their feet underneath them. Losing arguably the best player in the world – the great Ronaldo – who left to play for Juventus during the offseason, can take a big toll. It did for some time. Now, though, Real’s playing like a team possessed.
They’ve got 6 wins and a draw in their last 7. The draw wasn’t that bad, 1-1 against Barcelona, the top squad in La Liga Primera Division. Real followed up the draw with a 3-1 beat down of rival Atletico Madrid.
They went 4-0-2 in Champions League Group G. Just so we’re all on the same page, in soccer the middle digit counts draws while the third digit counts losses. So, Real has 4 wins, 0 draws, and 2 losses in Champions League play. We all up to speed? Great. Let’s move on.
Real should keep it up on Wednesday. Ajax is hard to figure, which makes them tough to back, while the favorites have been scorching hot. Real wins SU.
UEFA Champions League Betting Free Pick: Real Madrid -110
Borussia Dortmund +245 vs Tottenham Hotspur +115
Although both Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid finished 4-1-1 in Group A play, Dortmund got the nod due to goal differential. The top squad in the German Bundesliga, Borussia hasn’t lost a match since December 18 when Fortuna Dusseldorf beat them 2-1.
Although Dortmund hasn’t lost since that game, they don’t head into the battle with Tottenham with their best form. Dortmund has drawn in their last 3 matches: 1-1 vs Eintracht Frankfurt, 3-3 versus Werder Bremen, and 3-3 versus TSG Hoffenheim. Borussia must show up in top form on Wednesday or Tottenham will make them pay.
The Hotspur, 20-0-6 and in third place in the English Premier League, have been on a tear since an embarrassing 0-2 loss to Crystal Palace. Tottenham heads into this Round of 16 match on a 3-game SU streak: 2-1 over Watford, 1-0 over Newcastle, and 3-1 over Leicester City.
Although Danny Rose is out, Jan Vertonghen should play well at left-back. A bigger issue for Tottenham is Harry Kane’s fitness. His got an ankle issue that will likely keep him on the bench.
Without Kane, Tottenham might find it harder to separate from Dortmund. The draw odds are +234. That’s a better wager than taking the +241 on Dortmund because Tottenham forward Hueng-min Son is in excellent form and the Hotspur battles Borussia at home on Feb. 13.
UEFA Champions League Betting Free Pick: Draw +250