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Simon Gott 6th Mar 2013 - 13:58

Golden Balls to Shine Again?

Paris Saint Germain (19/20) welcome Valencia (3/1, Draw 23/10) to the Parc des Princes, with their newly acquired prince ready to make his bow in this year's competition.  They became the first French outfit to defeat Valencia at the Mestalla in the first leg of this Champions League last 16 clash and David Beckham could play a crucial role in ensuring his new team make the last 8 for the first time in 18 attempts.

The mercurial midfielder has been named in coach Carlo Ancelotti's 20-man squad, which is devoid of suspended duo Zlatan Ibrahimovic - their top scorer was sent off in the first leg - and Marco Verratti.  Jeremy Menez could also miss out though injury.  This will be Beckham's first appearance since AC Milan lost to Manchester United 3 years ago.  To celebrate the return of "Golden Balls" we are enhancing the price on Beckham to score at anytime and PSG to win to 7/1, fantastic value at more than twice the original 3/1 on offer!

PSG have won 15 from their last 20, including their last five Champions League games, the best run currently. It's their longest streak in the competition since 1994/95 and boast a formidable home record in European competition.  They are unbeaten in 22 games at home - including qualifiers- their last home defeat dates back to November 2006 in the group phase.

PSG ended Valencia's unbeaten run of 17 games against French clubs with their 1-2 victory in Spain and will be confident of going through, though their last performance won't fill them with confidence.  They go into the game on the back of an unexpected loss to Reims at the weekend but Ancelotti insists that won't have a bearing against the Spaniards.  "I don't think so," the Italian said. "Wednesday's match is important, that's true, but we've already prepared for it."

Their progression in this season's competition has been built largely on their rock solid defence.  They have conceded only four goals in seven Champions League games this season, the joint-best defensive record in the competition.  Factor in the goal scoring exploits of Ezequiel Lavezzi (5/1first/last, 5/4 anytime) and you can understand why they are still fighting for the honours, he has scored four goals in his last three Champions League games.

Valencia are in the unenviable position of having to score at least two goals (2/1) away from home in order to progress but have problems at the back themselves.  It's likely that left-back Jeremy Mathieu 33/1 first/last, 12/1 anytime) may come in at centre-back to partner Victor Ruiz (50/1 first/last, 20/1 anytime).  "We will try to play more intelligently than we did in the first game," Mathieu said. "Paris are very strong at the back and they have some really quick players up front. We will have to be careful."

They can take heart from the fact that no French club has ever kept a clean sheet against Valencia in European competition in 19 games.  For PSG to do just that we go 7/4.  10/3 for Valencia to do the same.

Roberto Soldado (15/2 first/last, 9/4 anytime) is Valencia's top scorer this season with 19 to his name to date.   Soldado to score and Valencia to win is our headline offer for Valencia.  Enhanced from 11/2 to 9/1.

All this said, the 3/1 on offer on our brand new market for both teams to score and PSG to win looks good value.

 

Headline offers:

Beckham to score and PSG to win  -  7/1

Soldado to score and Valencia to win   -   9/1

 

Worth a Punt:

PSG to Win and Both Teams to Score  -  3/1

Under 25 booking points  -  5/1

 

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Juventus v Celtic and PSG v Valencia

Juventus (To Qualify 1/500) and PSG (1/8) are the clear favourites to progress from their respective second round ties against Celtic and Valencia after both teams came away from the first legs with vital leads.

Despite Celtic's protestations about the Italian team's heavy-handed defending at set-pieces, it couldn't mask the gulf in quality between the Scottish champions and their Italian counterparts. Although they came close on many occasions Celtic could not breach the Juve' backline and found themselves on the end of a 3-0 scoreline (3-0 Juve, 7/1, 3-0 Celtic 100/1).

For the return leg in Turin, the hosts have been installed as heavy 4/11 favourites to win in 90 minutes and the visitors can be backed at 9/1.

William Hill's newest market, Match Result & Both Teams To Score, could provide additional value if you believe that Celtic can find the back of the net. Juventus should score, so if the Hoops can do likewise, you'll find these odds;

Juventus to win & both teams to score 2/1

Draw & both teams to score 7/1

Celtic to win & both teams to score 16/1

The William Hill Match Winner offers for this game surround forwards for both teams that will be desperate to score, after drawing blanks at Parkhead. Sebastian Giavinco can be backed at 6/4 to score anytime in a home victory while Gary Hooper to score anytime in a Celtic win is 20/1.

The Celtic squad left Glasgow Airport on Tuesday without injured striker Tony Watt who joins Scott Brown and Mikael Lustig on the injury list, but Charlie Mulgrew travelled after missing three games with a muscle problem.

Georgios Samaras is expected to start for the 'Tic in Turin after leading the line for much of the club's European campaign to date. The Greek forward missed the first leg and is priced at 12/1 to open the scoring and 5/1 to notch anytime.

The handicap market for this tie sees Juventus -1 priced up at 17/20, alternatively Celtic +1 is 11/5.

 

Headline offers:

Sebastian Giovinco to score and Juventus to win  -  6/4

Gary Hooper to score and Celtic to win   -   20/1

 

Worth a Punt

Over 6 cards   -   9/2

Celtic to keep a clean sheet  -  11/2

 

 

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