The next round of UEFA Champions League games kick off next week on Tuesday, April 8th with start times of 2:45PM EST for both matches. The lines will be released far before then so check back with the sportsbook. Real Madrid is a relatively straightforward favorite, while Chelsea has a mountain to climb as they attempt to yank themselves over a 1-3 deficit against Paris Saint-Germain.
The biggest concern for Real Madrid was a potential injury to Cristiana Ronaldo, who notched one of three goals for his team in a 3-0 win during the first leg of this matchup. Ronaldo is expected to not only play in the final game of the two-match set between the two clubs, he’ll probably thrive. He was pivotal in pushing Real Madrid through the defensive barracks of an overwhelmed side from Borussia Dortmund.
That lopsided win basically secured a semi-final berth with that decisive victory, and it would take something cataclysmic for Carlo Ancelotti’s team to be handed their walking papers from the tournament. Considering how the last matchup went, I wouldn’t be too concerned about things, especially if you’re going to bet on UEFA Champions League soccer next week. Borussia Dortmund was completely lost while trying to stop the relentless offensive attack of their opponents.
On the flip side, Real Madrid routinely suffocated Dortmund through the opening half. A miraculous series of events after the restart gave Dortmund a split-second chance at a goal but they whiffed on the opportunity and barely had any other offensive opportunities to speak of. No matter what the moneyline or the spread on this game is, Madrid is the team to back, especially with no immediate concerns about Ronaldo’s health holding you back.
Paris Saint-Germain own a 3-1 lead in the series against Chelsea thanks to a late goal by Javier Pastore and an own goal by their own David Luiz. That’s the good news. The bad news is that Paris Saint-Germain will be without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, their main scoring force who pulled up lame with a hamstring injury and will miss a few weeks of action.
That game simply got out of hand for Chelsea and an incredible goal by Pastore really broke their backs in the 3-1 loss, but with Ibrahimovic out and an away goal in hand, home bound Chelsea will have a strong chance of at least earning a tie and a semi-final berth through that route. The loss of their best player severely hampers PSG in this matchups, so when you bet on UEFA Champions League next week be sure to slot Chelsea on our bet slip as they storm through with a furious comeback.