This week we have the second legs of the Champions League and Europa League quarterfinal 1st leg ties that were played last week. We will bring you a quick update of how those games finished shortly, but this week’s second legs will decide the eight teams that will make it through to compete in the semifinals of each competition.
From there, teams are just 180 minutes (plus extra time and penalties if required) from making it through to the final of their respective competition and with the Europa League winners now confirmed as picking up a place in the Champions League next season, the incentives for the teams remaining in each competition could not be higher.
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Let’s now quickly recap how each of the first legs of the quarterfinals finished last week.
Champions League Quarterfinals 1st Leg
- Liverpool 2-0 FC Porto
- Tottenham 1-0 Manchester City
- Manchester United 0-1 Barcelona
- Ajax Amsterdam 1-1 Juventus
Europa League Quarterfinals 1st Leg
- Arsenal 2-0 Napoli
- Benfica 4-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
- Slavia Prague 0-1 Chelsea
- Villarreal 1-3 Valencia
And here is how we see the second leg of each of those games unfolding this week, starting with the Champions League ties on Tuesday and Wednesday evening. (8pm Kick Off).
Tuesday 16th April
Barcelona v Man Utd (1-0)
Although they were not at their regal best at Old Trafford, Barcelona still got the job done to record a 1-0 win over United and this puts Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team up against it for the second leg. They were in a worse position against PSG and came through to record a stunning win on away goals but I cannot see them doing the same again here against this Barcelona side.
With Luke Shaw suspended, I think Messi will have a far freer time of it than he did at Old Trafford and Barcelona have not lost at home since Bayern Munich beat them in the 2013 semifinals. That is 30 games unbeaten and even United at their strongest would struggle to put an end to that run.
I’m backing Barcelona to win the game and I think a 3-1 scoreline for a 4-1 aggregate win sounds about right and you can back Barcelona to win 3-1 with bet365 at odds of 9/1.
Juventus v Ajax (1-1)
These two teams played out an interesting first leg with Ajax pulling back level early in the second half after Cristiano Ronaldo had given Juventus the lead just before half time. The Dutch side actually go into this second leg in a better position than they did against Madrid in the last round, where they trailed 2-1 but won 4-1 in the Bernebeu to stun the holders and knock them out of the tournament.
Juventus though I feel are a much sterner prospect. The Italian side are much better defensively and in Cristiano Ronaldo, they have the man who has been the key man on so many occasions in this competition. They are also in superb form and have a generally favourable record at home.
I fancy Juventus to win this one on the night, and a 2-0 scoreline feels about right and you can back Juventus to win 2-0 as a correct score bet at 7/1 with bet365 Sport.
Wednesday 17th April
FC Porto v Liverpool (0-2)
After a solid performance at Anfield, Liverpool head to Porto with a two-goal lead and without their opponents having nabbed an away goal, which will be a big positive for Jurgen Klopp as he will feel his team, who won 5-0 in this stadium in this competition last season, should be good enough to get a positive result here.
FC Porto’s home record is good domestically and in Europe but it is fair to say that they have not played a team of Liverpool’s quality as yet this season and I think that showed at Anfield. I think they’ll make a brave start at home but I can see Liverpool being able to catch them on the counter as they did so effectively last season.
This could be close on the night but I think Liverpool will progress easily. As such, I am backing Liverpool to win on the evening by a 2-1 scoreline for a 4-1 aggregate win. You can back Liverpool to win 2-1 on the night at 15/2 with bet365.
Manchester City v Tottenham (0-1)
After Sergio Aguero missed a first half penalty, Spurs bounced back from losing Harry Kane to injury to secure a narrow lead thanks to Son’s fine strike in the second half. Without an away goal, this becomes a very tricky home leg for City who now need to win by two goals or more to go through, while any one goal victory, bar 1-0, would see Spurs through. A 1-0 for City forcing the game into extra time.
There’s no doubt that City can win this game as they have been superb all season long, it is just a question of whether they can score the number of goals required to ensure that they see off Spurs. I can see City scoring two, but I could also see Spurs perhaps stealing a goal on the counter and that is what I think makes this game so tricky to call.
I’m going for a dramatic night of action in Manchester and for a 2-1 win for Manchester City at 6/1 with bet365 but a result which would put Tottenham into the semifinals.
Europa League Quarterfinals 2nd Leg
Thursday 18th April
Chelsea v Slavia Prague (1-0)
A battling display in Prague earned Chelsea a vital 1-0 win thanks to Marcos Alonso’s header and I think that result should be enough to ensure that Chelsea progress into the next phase, as I don’t see them slipping up on home soil.
Slavia have proved tricky opponents throughout this tournament but Chelsea have been excellent at home in the Europa League and I don’t see them letting this lead slip. I can’t see Chelsea winning by a bag full, but they should progress comfortably enough. I’m backing Chelsea to win 2-0 at 5/1 with bet365.
Eintracht Frankfurt v Benfica (2-4)
A stunning first leg performance from Benfica youngster Joao Felix, aided by Frankfurt being down to ten men from midway through the first half, saw Benfica take a 4-2 lead into the second leg in Germany. They’ll need to be at their best though as Frankfurt have, along with Chelsea, been the form team in the Europa League this season.
I still think the Germans have plenty to play for thanks to their two away goals and a 2-0 home win or even a 3-1 win is not beyond them. I am backing them to turn this around, and I’m backing a 3-1 win for Frankfurt at 11/1, which would see the German side through on away goals.
Napoli v Arsenal (0-2)
After a solid first leg display, Arsenal will be delighted that Napoli do not have an away goal to take with them into the home leg and that I think will be Arsenal’s main goal. A single strike for the Gunners here would need Napoli needing four goals to win and that is a huge task for any team.
I can see Napoli winning the game but I think an Arsenal goal will make this very tough for the Italians, so I am backing Napoli to win the game 2-1 (15/2) but for Arsenal to progress on aggregate.
Villarreal v Valencia (1-3)
Valencia were clinical in the first leg of this tie and given the relative strengths of both sides and the seasons that each has had, I think that puts this tie to bed. I can’t see Valencia losing at home as they are so tough to beat and Villarreal are not a side capable of doing that I believe.
As such, I think Valencia win this comfortably on the night by a 2-0 scoreline which is a 7/1 shot at bet365.