Seeley’s Selections – Tuesday’s Champions League Games
The Champions League returns on Tuesday and the first game we are going to start with is pretty much over as a betting event.
Barcelona v PSG, 7:45pm, ITV
Barca sent a massive marker down to to the rest of the teams in the competition with a 3-1 win in the French capital last week.
That victory has seen them installed as the BoyleSports new favourites to lift the Champions League at 11/8 and really on last week’s performance, it’s hard to disagree with that.
Barcelona are sitting pretty at the top of La Liga after losing just once in their last 23 games and it’s very hard to look past another impress performance in this one even at the very short 4/11 with BoyleSports.
Paris St Germain will welcome back talisman Zaltan Ibrahimovic from suspension and even that won’t see many parting with their cash at BoyleSports 7/1.
For PSG to qualify, they’ve got to do something what Valencia were the last team to do in February 2014 and that’s score three goals in the Camp Nou, it’s not happening.
Lauren Blanc’s side have got to attack, attack, attack and that means they leave themselves open on the counter attack and with the in-form trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar flying that should play into the hosts hands.
It’s just impossible not to see past another comfortably win for the four times Champions League winners’, but I can see PSG scoring and I do like both teams to score as a “yes” at BoyleSports 4/6.
The Yes on both teams to score would have been a winner in the three matches they’ve already played against each other this season and would’ve been a winning bet in seven of their eight previous meetings.
These two have met twice in the group stages and once last week in this competition. 13 goals have been scored in those three matches with over 3.5 goals a winner in every game at that looks a better bet at 11/10 with BoyleSports rather than the 4/9 on over 2.5 goals.
I fancy goals and I fancy more Barcelona goals; my idea of a correct-score would be another 3-1 which is a very tasty 9/1 with BoyleSports.
Finding a first goalscorer in this one looks an impossible task with so many likely candidates.
Lionel Messi scored his 35th goal from 32 starts at the weekend in the win over Valencia and he will be very popular again at BoyleSports 3/1, but I’m going to take Luis Suarez to add to his brace last week.
The former Liverpool ace has now 12 goals in his last 12 starts and he’s 4/1 to open the scoring on Tuesday. I’m taking him also at 20/21 to make it an unlucky 13 for the visitors with a goal at anytime.
Both Teams To Score – Yes @ 4/6
Over 3.5 Goals @ 11/10
Correct Score Barcelona 3-1 @ 9/1
Luis Suarez First Goal @ 4/1
Luis Suarez Anytime Goal @ 20/21
Bayern Munich v Porto, 7:45pm, Sky Sports 1
Porto done us a big favour last week when beating Bayern Munich in their quarter-final first leg.
I predicted a tough one for Pep Guardiola’s side, and I don’t think this is going to be as straight forward as BoyleSports predict in this second leg either.
The German champions are just 1/3 to win this game in 90-minutes, but this is a side that are struggling for form and have a MASSIVE injury list.
Everybody remembers Pep’s reaction to yet another injury in the first leg in Portugal and since last week’s games there has been resignations from the club’s medical staff; if they are to win they may have to do so without the following players: David Alba, Mehdi Benatia, Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Javi Martinez and Philip Lahm.
That entire list are all injury concerns and thats enough for me not to get involved in the very short 1/3.
Munich have won five of their last six Champions League games at the Allianz and they battered Shaktar Donestk in the last round 7-0; it’s just impossible to see another performance like that against the underrated Portuguese champions.
It’s not in Porto’s style to sit back for the draw which is 4/1 with BoyleSports and I think they will fancy their chances of a 8/1 shock again with BoyleSports.
I’m not going to be so bold to back the 8/1, but I really do fancy Porto to score and if they do the hosts will have to score three goals just to force extra-time.
The first bet I like is both teams to score again at 5/6 with BoyleSports: second legs are usually much more open affairs and the way this game is set-up it should be a classic.
Bayern Munch have won 20 from their last 22 home game and their passionate home support I think will get them the win, but I do think they will fall short and win this by a 2-1 scoreline which is 15/2 with BoyleSports, which will see Porto through and I’m really liking the 7/10 with BoyleSports on them qualifying through to the semi-finals.
It’s really impossible to have a bet on any Bayern Munich player to score the opening goal on Tuesday as we really don’t have a clue of who will be fit, but Jackson Martinez at 14/5 to score anytime for Porto would get my vote at a very tasty with BoyleSports.
Martinez is a player who impresses me everytime I see him play and on the counter-attack he could be the big difference in the tie.
Both Teams To Score – Yes @ 5/6
Porto To Qualify @ 7/10
Correct Score Bayern 2-1 @ 7/1
Jackson Martinez Anytime Goalscorer @ 14/5