Meanwhile, Manchester City host Tottenham having lost the first leg 1-0
The final two second leg ties in the quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League are set to be played this coming Wednesday evening (17 April). Portuguese club FC Porto host English side Liverpool looking to overturn a 2-0 deficit, while defending Premier League champions Manchester welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the Etihad Stadium, with Spurs having won the first leg 1-0 in London last week – it’s all to play for.
First things first
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Where should I be investing my money?
First up, let’s start with the clash between Porto and Liverpool. Having lost the first leg 2-0 at Anfield, the Portuguese club are now facing a battle to make it through to the final four – they are all the way out at 15.00 to progress in the continental competition, while Liverpool are at just 1.030 to go through.
Porto have won their last five games in a row in the Primeira Liga, but the simple fact of the matter is that there are few clubs in domestic football who can match Liverpool for intensity and technical quality. Having made the final last year, where they lost 3-1 to Real Madrid, Liverpool are at just 2.25 to repeat that feat this time around, and they will surely be confident of negotiating a way past a talented but ultimately limited Porto outfit, who struggle at the highest level.
And while the betting remains quite close for this second leg tie, it is still Liverpool who are the favourites to win the match. You can more than double your money by backing the Reds to progress at 2.10 while Porto, despite home advantage, are out at 3.80 to do the same – a draw is priced in the middle at 3.50, according to Oddsshark.
And we are expecting Liverpool to do the double over their Portuguese opponents to progress to the semi-finals. A narrow, 2-1 win for Liverpool is priced at 8.50, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$42.50 pay out, while you can quadruple your money by backing a combo bet of a Liverpool win, coupled with both teams to score, at 4.00.
Senegal striker Sadio Mane has been in fine form of late and could well add to his tally for the season. You can almost triple your money by backing him to score any time at 2.87.
City must come from behind against Tottenham
On the same evening, the all-Premier League tie sees Premier League champions Manchester City welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the Etihad Stadium looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg. City are looking to secure their first ever Champions League crown and are priced at just 4.33 to do so – only Barcelona are at shorter odds to win the title this term.
It is Tottenham however who boast the advantage in this tie and they are priced at 2.10 to make it through to the final four. City come in just shorter at 1.66 to qualify for the next round.
And there is no arguing with City’s recent league form, with the champions having won their last nine matches in a row. Spurs, by way of comparison, have won their last two but a disappointing run of results prior to that has put paid to their league title aspirations.
And it is indeed City who come into this return encounter as the overwhelming favourites to pick up the win. You can back the home side to triumph at just 1.30 while Tottenham are all the way out at 11.00 to record what would be a shock win on the road – a draw is priced in the middle at 6.00.
However, Tottenham could well stand firm and secure the draw which would take them through to the final four. A 1-1 draw is priced competitively at 11.00, thereby offering more than a ten-fold return on any investment, while you can more than double your money by backing under 2.5 goals in the game at 2.75. A scoring draw meanwhile comes in at 7.00, while the in-form Raheem Sterling is at 2.05 to get on the score sheet.
Champions League quarter-final second leg ties:
Tuesday, 16 April
(1.36) Barcelona x Manchester United (9.00); draw (5.50)
(1.72) Juventus x Ajax (5.50); draw (3.80)
Wednesday, 17 April
(3.80) FC Porto x Liverpool (2.10); draw (3.50)
(1.30) Manchester City x Tottenham Hotspur (11.00); draw (6.00)