Soccer: Best Bets Across Tuesday & Wednesday
With two sides pretty much already qualified, a third with a decent lead and one all to play for, it’s difficult to find any really good bets in the Match Odds markets this week in Round 16's second leg.
I’ll admit, it is tempting to go for a little something on a PSG home win as the odds are a little higher without Neymar and my personal feeling that PSG will be a better side without him. I’m still not feeling the “value buzz” from that game, though, so I’m staying out of it.
Here are the three games I have chosen.
Manchester City vs. Basel
Manchester City has been in great form recently, with the only blip being that FA Cup game against Wigan. They’ve won their first Cup of the season, beaten last season’s title winners and made Arsenal look like a mid-table side twice in the space of a week. The League may not be officially tied up yet but I can’t see them dropping enough points for anyone to catch them.
After a 4-0 away win, City is firmly in the driver's seat in this game Wednesday, but Pep Guardiola won't want to see any hint of complacency. Expect another professional performance from Manchester City and a few more goals to boot.
I’m on City -2 in this one at 1.75 with SBOBet (green-listed bookmaker).
Liverpool vs. Porto
My bet for Tuesday's match is that Liverpool wins the second half against Porto. This game is effectively a dead rubber after Liverpool trounced Porto 5-0 in Portugal. Five away goals mean this tie is over in terms of qualification and only pride is left. I expect Porto to push hard early but for those exertions to hurt them later in the game.
At some green-listed bookmakers you can get 2.04 on Liverpool winning the second half, and I feel there is enough value in that to get excited.
Tottenham vs. Juventus
With Spurs continuing their season away from home as their new ground nears completion, Wednesday's match will be taking place at Wembley and should be a great occasion.
It remains to be seen how the Juventus players will react after the death of popular Fiorentina and Italian international Davide Astori. With his prominence in the game in Italy, the news could well hit them hard and perhaps affect their performance.
With Tottenham still unable to rely on their first choice centre back Toby Alderweireld, Juventus will get a few chances to score. The need to put those chances away will fall on Paulo Dybala, with Gonzalo Higuain out injured.
I’m on Both Teams To Score in this one but there is a feeling that Astori’s death could have an impact, so bet carefully as always. Ladbrokes (green-listed bookmaker) is offering 1.8 but shop around for the best odds.