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Bankers & Bonkers: Betting Preview For Tonight’s Champions League Ties

Two big games in the Champions League. Wait who are we kidding, at this stage they’re all big games. PSG and Bayern both have mountains to climb, albeit one is massively steeper than the other (sorry Porto). Don’t forget you can claim a free £25 risk-free bet by clicking right here


 

Preview: Barcelona vs PSG

The Catalans take a two-away goals advantage in to the Camp Nou tonight and in truth it should be more than enough to see off PSG. Zlatan is back for the boys in blue which will see Pastore to drop a little deeper than in the first leg. But at the back Thiago Silva, Thiago Motta and Serge Aurier are all out of contention. It’s still a bloody good PSG side, even if Blanc doesn’t have his preferred back-line. But the unanswerable question is how do you stop Messi, Suarez and Neymar?

You can’t, or so it seems. Barca have a fully fit squad going in to this one fter fielding a reserve team at the weekend. Tonight probably won’t be pretty for PSG but they can console themselves knowing they’ve made a fantastic Game of Thrones-esque trailer to create some hype for the Ligue 1 run-in. Scant consolation but a fantastic video all the same!

Banker: 

That front three, it’s just going to be too tricky to stop. Let’s call a spade a spade here, Barcelona are going through and are undeniably the banker.

Selection: Barcelona to win @ 4/11 

The Measured Bet: 

You’ll be detecting a definite Barcelona infused theme. They’ll win as we believe above and they’ll do it in style as we predict below (spoiler!). But what will the score be? The measured punt this time is a solid 2-0 to Barcelona.

Selection: Barcelona to win 2-0 @ 10/1

Bonkers:

The unstoppable force of Barca’s front three are coming up against an extremely moveable object. That means only one thing, goals. Barcelona have been solid at the  back all season but one word for you; Zlatan. So, it looks like PSG will go out in a blaze of goal scoring glory from both sides.

Selection: Under 1.5 goals scored @ 11/2

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Preview: Bayern Munich vs FC Porto 

An injury ravaged Bayern succumbed to Porto last week but it’s only been half the battle. Bayern are a team more than capable of bouncing back and it’s going to be a very tricky 90 minutes (at the least) for Porto.

The Germans are still without Robben and Ribery and Schweinsteiger is a doubt. Benatia, Starke and Alaba are also all out. Nevertheless they’re still capable of fielding Lewandowski, Goetze an Muller up front and there’s goals in them.

Porto meanwhile are having their own mini crisis with both starting full-backs, Danilo and Alex Sandro both suspended. Marcano, who missed the first leg returns so don’t be surprised to see a back-four comprised entirely of centre-backs. Eeeek.

Banker:

Bayern might not go through, but at home they’ll win this one. They have too much going forward against a defence devoid of full-backs.

Selection: Bayern to win @ 3/10

Measured Punt:

Porto have already showed they can score against Bayern Munich whilst Guardiola’s side are still devoid of a lot of defensive cover. What Bayern and Porto lack in defenders, both make up for in attacking prowess. It can only mean one thing, both team should score.

Selection: Both teams to score @ evens

Bonkers:

Could lightning strike twice? Nobody would have called a 3-1 victory for FC Porto in the first leg, but could they do it again?

Selection: FC Porto to win 3-1 @ 100/1

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Author: The PA Team

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