2017 Champion’s League – Round of 16

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The Champion’s League returns this week with the start of the 2nd leg ties in the round of 16. There was plenty of action in the 1st legs with lots of goals and it’ll be interesting to see how those sides that are behind approach these matches. Arsenal in particular look well short of making it through to the next stage being 5-1 down to Bayern Munich. Even if it was a lower deficit, Bayern Munich look set to cruise through to the quarter finals. It looks relatively similar between Real Madrid and Napoli with Real Madrid having a comfortable buffer of a 2 goal lead. They do however have the slight concern of Napoli’s away goal but it’s difficult to see them keeping Real Madrid scoreless and then scoring 2 of their own as well – certainly not impossible, just not probable.

As for fixtures on the 9th of March, they look a little more exciting in terms of where the results may go. That’s including Barcelona who although are 4-0 down against PSG, are capable in their own right of turning such a result if they play at their best. The closest of the matches this week though will no doubt be between Benfica and Borussia Dortmund. A 1-0 lead to Benfica is going to be difficult to hold and Dortmund will be strong at home. Dortmund should be a lot more comfortable at home and should be able to get through by the narrowest of margins on aggregate.

**Odds from Sportsbet as at 6th March

8th March

Arsenal vs Bayern Munich

Predicted score: Bayern Munich 3-1

Best Bet: Over 2.5 goals at $1.51 (95%)

Next Best: Bayern Munich to win at $2.2

Napoli vs Real Madrid

Predicted score: Real Madrid 2-1

Best Bet: Real Madrid Draw No Bet at $1.72 (85%)

Next Best: Half-Time Draw at $2.4

9th March

Barcelona vs PSG

Predicted score: Barcelona 3-1

Best Bet: Barcelona to lead at Half-Time  at $1.67 (90%)

Next Best: Both teams to score – yes at $1.53

Borussia Dortmund vs Benfica

Predicted score: Borussia Dortmund 2-0

Best Bet: Borussia Dortmund to Win to Nil at $2.2 (75%)

Next Best: Borussia Dortmund Half-Time/Full-time at $1.83

 

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As an Australian growing up AFL was always my no.1 sport especially given I was lucky enough to grow up a few blocks from Carlton’s home ground, Princes Park, where I was lucky enough to attend many games. That’s where my passion for sport began but it was until the early 2000’s when I discovered a real passion for football with the Socceroos 2002 World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay accelerating my football journey. From there I began to follow the Premier League and haven’t looked back since. These days I’m a massive Tottenham fan where I’ve enjoyed many sleepless nights religiously watching them without missing a game despite many roller coaster feelings. There’s just something magical and glamorous when you watch the EPL and knowing the Profits owners Drew and Euan through studies, I’m now lucky enough to be able to share my thoughts on each game each week of the season.

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