Champions League Betting Odds and Preview (round of 16, second legs)
The Champions League is back just five months after the last games on the international stage. Until August 23, when the final is scheduled in Lisbon, the successor of defending champion FC Liverpool, who failed in the round of 16 at Atletico Madrid, will be sought in a compressed final round in Portugal without back and forth.
Before the final round can start with the last eight teams, the field of participants has to be completed. In addition to Atletico Madrid, Paris St. Germain, RB Leipzig, and Atalanta Bergamo, who were still able to play their second-round second leg in March, are already qualified for the quarter-finals. The remaining four tickets for the round of the last eight will be determined in the four remaining games of the round of 16, which we will discuss in more detail below.
Manchester City vs Real Madrid Betting Odds and Predictions
Date: Friday, 07 to August 2020
Thanks to the decision of the international sports court CAS to lift the ban imposed by UEFA for the next two European Cup years, Manchester City no longer has to fear that the game against Real Madrid could be the last for a long time on the European stage. That shouldn’t be the case anyway, as the sky blues finally want to make their dream of winning the premier class comes true. And the prerequisites for this are there. At Real Madrid, the team of coach Pep Guardiola laid the foundation stone for the progress with a 2-1 victory before the Corona break, but this has yet to be achieved.
And Man City, who had to be given Liverpool FC early in the Premier League, does not expect a walk against the royal team. Because Real Madrid will travel to Manchester with a really broad chest after an outstanding final sprint and the championship won – and with the firm will to make up for the first leg defeat. With the bundled international experience and the existing class, Real should not be written off early.
The bottom line, however, is that we believe that Man City won’t be able to take the quarter-finals anymore. We do not want to commit to a home win for the Guardiola team.
Betting Prediction: Manchester City
Betting Odds: 1.60
Juventus Turin vs Olympique Lyon Betting Odds and Predictions
Date: Friday, 7th August 2020
Although the pursuers were more persistent this time than in previous years, Juventus secured the Italian championship for the ninth time in a row and again on the third to last day. Whether the 2019/20 season will be successful in the old lady’s history books, however, will only be decided in the Champions League. All of Bianconeri’s activities in recent years have been designed for triumph in the premier class, but for which the hurdle Olympique Lyon has to be overcome first. And that alone shouldn’t be easy. Finally, Juventus lost the first leg in France 0-1 and now has to do without the support from the ranks at home because of the obligatory ghost games.
Above all, the fact that the Juve defensive, which was so stable, has by no means always been stable since the re-start, is worrying, since conceding a goal would make the quarter-finals mission much more difficult. Apart from the Champions League, the season that had broken off in France was disappointing for Lyon. After some personnel turmoil, it was only enough for seventh place. The greater the motivation to cause a sensation in the premier class.
However, Lyon is already traveling to Turin as a clear outsider. An away goal would significantly improve the chances of progressing, but we expect a highly concentrated Juve team that will win the game and progress.
Betting Prediction: Juventus wins
Betting Odds: 1.36
FC Barcelona vs SSC Napoli Betting Odds and Predictions
Date: Saturday, 8th August 2020
FC Barcelona has only the Champions League left to save the season. After losing the championship to Real Madrid and ending in the Copa del Rey, the season at the national level was extremely disappointing. Not by chance, because the services of Lionel Messi and Co. too often left something to be desired. Barca left too many points after the restart and lost a two-point lead over Real.
Attacking, often too slow and uninspired, while defensive blunders have been blown several times, Barca will have to improve to make it far in the premier class, especially since there is a risk of a quarter-final against Bayern. First of all, SSC Napoli must be eliminated. The 1-1 in the first leg means a good but also dangerous starting position. Naples definitely travels to Barcelona as an outsider, but has already had great success by winning Coppa Italia and now still has an opportunity and hope for more.
Ultimately, however, a lot will depend on how Barcelona presents itself. If the Catalans bring their fundamentally still existing quality to the field, a home win should make it into the bottom right.
Betting Prediction: Barca wins
Betting Odds: 1.61