The second leg of the round of 16 of one of soccer’s most illustrious tournaments resumes on Tuesday, and if you’re looking to bet the UEFA Champions League games then I have a breakdown of each matchup. Atletico Madrid takes on AC Milan, while Arsenal tries to stop the unstoppable force that is Bayern Munich. Hit up the sportsbook for all the odds as soon as possible.
Madrid earned a 1-0 win in the first leg of the Round of 16 against Milan on the road with Costa earning the winning goal in the 83rd minute. It was a hotly contested match the entire way through and the rematch in the second leg will be just as thrilling. Both sides, however, will have appealing odds for those looking to bet the UEFA Champions League matchups but the early edge goes to Madrid, who will serve as hosts this time around.
Milan’s hopes hinge on the right shoulder of 23-year old wonder Mario Balotelli who may return to action this weekend but is much more likely for the fixture next week. Fans may be upset that he’s playing ping pong on Twitter (literally!) but the fact remains that if this club intends to beat the better team next Tuesday, they’ll need their star at his best. Even then, I prefer Madrid in this tilt as too many distractions surround Milan in this one overall. Diego Costa, as always, will find a way.
In the first leg, the German powerhouse throttled Arsenal 2-0 with Kroos and Müller notching goals. Arsenal seemed flabbergasted the entire way through, and were unable to crack the fortress that is Bayern’s defense. Manager Arsène Wenger will have his hands full trying to create a game plan that can stop Bayern’s relentless attack and even the most optimistic football gambler has to be worried about betting the UEFA Champions League if it means going against the tournament favorite.
Wenger has already indicated that he will play his best squad in the FA Cup quarterfinal against Everton this Saturday against Everton despite the fact that this particular UEFA match is just three days later. The only two injuries to keep in mind are that of Koscielny and Wilshere, the latter of which injured his foot while playing at the international level for his beloved England side.
No changes are expected for the fine tuned machine from Bayern Munich who will also have the benefit of a home field advantage in Germany. With a two-goal lead so far thanks to a dominating display in the first leg, Bayern has a decisive advantage. They will likely earn a one-goal victory against Arsenal so even thought the moneyline is going to be heavy, it’s the only gamble worth taking when you bet the UEFA Champions League matches next week.