Champions League Betting Preview 12th 13th Feb 2019
After a break over the winter period, the Champions League is finally back this week. We are now onto the knockout round of the competition, and 16 teams remain in the competition, with many of them holding genuine claims to winning the competition in May.
At this stage of the competition the games are split across two weeks, so we have four games this week and then a further four next week to round off the eight ties. Two English clubs are in action this week, with Manchester United taking on PSG and Tottenham facing Borussia Dortmund. Elsewhere this week we also have the current holders Real Madrid playing, and after an improvement in their league form recently, they will feel a lot better about their title defence.
As ever when we have a huge week of football, there is expected to be a lot of interest in the ties taking place, with plenty of betting markets available to use and betting offers on the games from the bookmakers.
Champions League Predictions
Manchester United 2-1 PSG
Roma 3-1 Porto
Tottenham 1-1 Borussia Dortmund
Ajax 2-2 Real Madrid
Champions League Match Previews
Manchester United vs PSG – Tuesday 8:00 pm
When this tie was made, there is no doubt that PSG were big favourites to win it, although since then we have seen big changes at both clubs. Manchester United are still unbeaten under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and playing a great brand of football that the fans love. The feel-good factor is back at this club, and even though they are still considered underdogs for the tie, at home they are a force and their players are going to be up for showing what they can do against one of the best teams in the world.
With Neymar already out of the game, and Edinson Cavani going off injured at the weekend, PSG could have just one-third of their first choice from three available, which certainly makes things tougher for them. That could force them to change the way they play, and that gives United a chance to get something here to take to Paris with them.
The turnaround for both teams since the draw has been big, it’s all been positive for Manchester United, while PSG have troubles to contend with. With that in mind, I’m siding with United to get something here and win the game by the odd goal.
Roma vs Porto – Tuesday 8:00 pm
Porto went unbeaten in the group stages, winning five and drawing one of their games to impressively top their group. However, they did have a very kind draw, which was in their favour and I think they will find this game much tougher. They are top of the Portuguese league and deserve their place here, but it is at this time of the year where the competition really ramps up.
Roma were not as impressive in qualifying and finished in second behind Real Madrid in their group. They come into this game in good form in Italy, and in six games which they have played this side of Christmas, they have won four and drawn two. Goal scoring is helping them right now, with 15 goals from those six games and there is every reason for them to feel confident in front of their home fans here.
The step up in class may find Porto out here, and with Roma looking like a free-scoring club in recent games, I’m backing them to win this one.
Tottenham vs Borussia Dortmund – Wednesday 8:00 pm
Injuries to two of their best attacking players, Harry Kane and Dele Alli have really put a dent in Tottenham’s hopes of winning this tie. However, to their credit they have been performing better in the league than many expected them to without those two, and come here on the back of four league wins out of four since the Kane injury. This is, of course, a step up in quality for them though, and they are going to have to be strong defensively once more, in the hope they can find goals from the players on the field.
Dortmund were beaten by Spurs twice in the group stages last season, but make no mistake here, this is a very different Dortmund team to that one. They are currently aiming to break the Bayern Munich dominance in the Bundesliga, and after this weekend they are five points ahead of their main challengers, this certainly could be Dortmund’s year.
Spurs will give it their all here, and they will have to attack to try and win the game and take something to Germany with them. However, I don’t think they will have enough, and I fancy this one to end in a draw, which puts Dortmund in the driving seat for the second leg.
Ajax vs Real Madrid – Wednesday 8:00 pm
The current holders of this trophy Real Madrid have had their fair share of problems on the field this season, after deciding to sell star player Cristiano Ronaldo over the summer. Poor performances at the start of the season led to them looking in trouble at one point in this competition, but they have been able to find a way through. They arrive at the knockout round in better form, and can never be ruled out of going close in this competition, one that they have such a rich recent history in.
Ajax are a young team, and every game they play in Europe is only going to help them in the future as they look to build a team that can challenge both domestically and on the European stage. They went through the group stages unbeaten, with three wins and three draws to qualify behind Bayern Munich for this stage.
Overall in the two legs, I expect Real Madrid to win but I do feel like Ajax can get something from this one. Both teams should play a fairly attacking style in the first game, and that will lead to an entertaining score draw for me.
Champions League Betting Odds
On Tuesday night it is no surprise to see Roma installed as the favourites to beat Porto at 5/4, while some may be surprised to see Manchester United at the same price to beat PSG. That would have not been possible a few weeks ago, but United are on the up and deserve to be the price they are on Tuesday.
Real Madrid are the only team that are odds on over the two days and they are 4/5 to get a win in Ajax on Wednesday. Tottenham are 13/10 to beat Borussia Dortmund at home, while some people may be tempted by the Germans at 11/5 with Tottenham missing their two attacking players.
Those looking for something a little different this week may fancy Paul Pogba to score for United once again. He has been a real driving force for the club since the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and is 8/1 to score first and 9/5 to score at any time in the game.
Attacking options are limited at Tottenham right now, and a lot of their play rests on the shoulders of Son Heung-Min. The South Korean is priced up at 9/2 to score the first goal on Wednesday, while he is available at 7/5 to score anytime.
Champions League Betting Offers
BetVictor Hat Trick Welcome Offer
If you need a new betting account for the Champions League games this weekend, the BetVictor Hat Trick Welcome Offer is something to take advantage of. The offer is a simple one, you open an account with them, bet £5 of your own cash and get a hat trick off offers from them to the value of £30 in free bets.
You will receive a £10 free bet to place on any single bet at odds of evens or greater, a £10 accumulator bet for any acca with three or more selections and finally a £10 casino bonus you can use inside the BetVictor casino. This gives you multiple bets you can use this week and a great way to start a new account.
Betway – #BetYourWay £5 Free Bet + Potentially More on Manchester United vs PSG
This offer is open to new and existing Betway customers, and a great one to take advantage of if you are looking to place a bet on the Manchester United vs PSG game. If you are looking to place a bet on the game, then head over to Betway and place a bet of £5 or more on one of the many BetYourWay markets. By doing this, Betway will give you a free £5 bet to spend on any sport you like, or you can place another wager on the United game.
There is an additional offer here too, if Marcus Rashford scores at anytime in the game, then Betway will give you another £5 free bet. This means you could end up backing a winner on your original BetYourWay bet, which you will be paid out on, and you could also receive two £5 free bets on top of this if Rashford scores in the game.