By News Team
10th March 2020
The Champions League knockout stages are heating up, with a number of teams staring an earlier-than-anticipated exit in the face, including reigning champions Liverpool and Tottenham.
We preview all four fixtures from this week’s Champions League last 16 second leg fixtures.
RB Leipzig vs Tottenham
Tottenham travel to Germany on Tuesday in the hope of overturning a 1-0 deficit after a sub-par display in north London a few weeks ago. Last season’s finalists have significant injury struggles in attack, with Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and now Steven Bergwijn all injured.
Hosts RB Leipzig have one of Europe’s hottest properties leading their line in Timo Werner and it should be a cracking affair at the Red Bull Arena. Leipzig are 4/7 favourites to win over the 90 minutes, while Spurs are 9/2, with the home side 1/6 to qualify for the quarter-finals.
The task ahead of Spurs is a great one, but their European campaign was filled with special results last year, and they will need to harness that spirit in Germany. In what could become an open game as Tottenham search for a breakthrough, over two goals, over three cards and over ten corners at 9/2 in #YourOdds looks good value.
Valencia vs Atalanta
Free-scoring Atalanta look to have more than one foot in the quarter-finals already after a 4-1 drubbing of Valencia in the first leg. Tuesday’s tie will be one of a number of last 16 clashes played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak, adding another tough element for Valencia to overcome given they’ll have no home support.
The home side are 17/10 to win over 90 minutes, while Atalanta are 29/20, with the Italian side 1/25 to progress. One thing is for certain, and that is Atalanta will play attacking football so over 3.5 goals could offer decent returns at 11/10, with Valencia needing goals to have any chance of going through and the visitors fresh off a recent 7-2 demolition of Lecce in Serie A.
Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid
A challenging period for the previously immortal-looking Liverpool side could be transformed or compounded on Wednesday night. Atletico Madrid come to Anfield with a one-goal lead, which puts any team looking to break down Diego Simeone’s side in a difficult position. Atleti have made it their business to frustrate sides, using all their experience and nous to slow play down, sit in a solid defensive structure and grind out credible results time and time again.
Liverpool are 4/7 to win at home over 90 minutes, while Atleti are 11/2. Many will point to Liverpool’s incredible comeback against Barcelona last year in this competition as a reason to never doubt them at Anfield – they are 19/20 to qualify – but Atletico are a different beast defensively. It could be an ugly game for the neutral and there could only be one goal in it. Under 1.5 goals is 9/4, and against the frugal Atleti defence it may well be a low-scorer.
Paris Saint-Germain vs Borussia Dortmund
Another of European football’s giants are staring elimination in the face as Paris Saint-Germain host Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, with the Parisians 2-1 down from the first leg. The game will also be played behind closed doors due to coronavirus, which could actually relieve pressure from the home side after their well-documented Champions League collapses at this stage in recent years.
Dortmund are 16/5 underdogs to win over 90 minutes, while the French giants are 8/11. However, Dortmund look a thrilling prospect this year with exciting young talent blending well with experienced heads, and they could offer value to go through at 4/5.