We’ve got midweek Champions League action for the second week in a row – praise the lord. Domestic campaigns across the continent are drawing closer to inevitable conclusions, with Manchester City, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich all clear of their rivals.
But Europe’s elite club competition is only beginning to heat up. The last-16 stage is well and truly underway; it is time to separate the men from the boys. Check out our top tips on this week’s action below, we’ve also got some betting advice on Wednesday’s games as well…
BAYERN MUNICH vs Besiktas
Remember when Bayern were apparently overrated? Well, the Bavarians claimed their 15th successive victory in all competitions on Saturday afternoon – Jupp Heynckes’ men have lost just once in 25 games. It is hard to envision Bayern falling short in this double header; especially in the first leg at Allianz Arena.
Bayern will be quietly confident of taking a hefty lead into the second leg and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski will be targeting a goal or two on Tuesday evening. With 26 goals in 31 games in 2017/18, Lewandowski is in irresistible form and is worth backing at 12/25 to score in a home win.
Besiktas have slipped down to fourth in the Super Lig table and fans will have concerns over their recent dip in form. The visitors will find the going tough in Germany, particularly if they concede an early goal but head coach Senol Gunes will have a plan. Besiktas aren’t just here to make up the numbers; they are here on merit.
This is all about damage limitation for Besiktas and the Turkish side will be happy to get back to Vodafone Arena with an outside chance of advancing to the next round. Unfortunately, it isn’t going to be easy. Bayern are one of Europe’s strongest teams right now and the 8/13 on offer for three or more home goals is a great price.
TIP: Robert Lewandowski to score and Bayern Munich to win @ 12/25
CHELSEA vs BARCELONA
Sparks tend to fly whenever these two clubs clash and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see another eventful contest at Stamford Bridge. Antonio Conte’s side cruised past Hull City on Friday night but the Blues will need to perform at their brilliant best in order to stand any chance of securing a positive result against the mighty Barcelona.
Keeping tabs on Barca’s front three will be high on Conte’s priority list and stopping Lionel Messi and co from wreaking havoc is key. Punters can back Chelsea at 6/4 to receive more yellow cards than their opponents and that is well worth a second glance.
Luis Suarez tends to perform well on the big stage and he could be Barcelona’s difference maker on Tuesday night. He has previous in this fixture and the Uruguay international will be expecting a hostile reception from the home crowd. At 7/5 to score at any time, Suarez is one of the better bets on offer for this fixture.
Backing an outright winner here is difficult – it really could go either way. For me, I like the under 2.5 goals line at EVS. Barcelona will be relatively happy to take Chelsea back to Camp Nou on level terms and the Spanish outfit won’t be too concerned if they fail to score an away goal. It could turn out to be a bit of a damp squib…
TIP: Under 2.5 goals @ EVS
*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*