Yesterday’s games secured Real Madrid and Liverpool their tickets to the quarter finals. It was no contest in the end and PSG in particular will be disappointed that they couldn’t pose more of a threat to the defending champions.
Tonight, we will see one of the title favourites Manchester City entertain Swiss side Basel at home, while Tottenham will take on Italian champions Juventus in London.
After a 4-0 victory in the first leg, City will feel extremely confident to progress in to the quarter finals after tonight’s game in Manchester. Down south in London however, it’s all square between Tottenham and Juventus after the first game in Turin having ended 2-2.
Manchester City – Basel
Many experts hold City as favourites to win this year’s title and so far, things are firmly on track! The English Premier League leaders won the first leg comfortably with 4-0 and nothing short of a miracle could save Basel from being eliminated after tonight’s game.
The Englishmen go in to this game without midfielder Fernandinho and winger Sterling and they are likely to be replaced by Gundogan and Bernardo Silva – quite decent replacements!
The Swiss visitors are having a couple of problems themselves, with question marks regarding the fitness for both Eder Balanta and Germano Vailati. In addition to injury problems, Basel will also miss Albanian midfielder Taulant Xhaka due to suspension.
Basel will have to work hard in tonight’s game to avoid yet another crushing defeat. Pep and his men are not likely to show any mercy, as the Spanish coach has insisted that City will be just as motivated for this game as any other.
Tottenham – Juventus
Unlike the game between City and Basel, the meeting between Tottenham and Juventus is far from settled! The Italians started off the first game in a furious fashion, but Tottenham fought back and the final score 2-2 was well deserved in the end.
With the away goal-rule in mind, Tottenham will have to be considered slight favourites to go through. The Italians need to score this evening and in case of a draw, they need to score at least twice to still have a chance. But just as we saw in yesterday’s game between PSG and Real Madrid, Champions League experience is a key factor at this stage of the tournament…something that Juventus has in plentiful, compared to Tottenham who are relatively inexperienced when it comes to the latter stages of the Champions League.
In fact, Juventus have made it through to the next round on no less than 8 occasions, after reaching a draw in their first home game. Tottenham on the other hand, are looking to reach only their second quarter final in the club’s history.
In tonight’s game, Tottenham will miss central defender Toby Alderwereld due to injury while full-back Serge Aurier will be out due to suspension.
In a game where they need to score, Juventus are missing both Mario Mandzukic and juan Cuadrado, but midfield-motor Paulo Dybala is back in the squad after missing their first meeting due to injury.
I think we can expect a rather careful start to tonight’s game, with both teams trying not to reveal their winning hand too early on. I’m expecting an epic tactical battle! If Tottenham score the first goal, Juventus will be forced to score at least twice. If that happens, we will be in for some legendary football firework.
We give you the preview, but how you place your bets, that’s up to you!
Tune in again tomorrow for a summary of all games this week, where we will speak about some of the highlights.
Enjoy tonight’s games and good luck with your bets!