Four more Champions League hopefuls take to the pitch on Wednesday night and each of them will be hopeful of reaching the quarter-finals.
Both first-leg matches ended all square, which sets up a truly fascinating night of action and we’re expecting fireworks in London and Munich.
Prepare yourselves for a cracking night of entertainment.
Chelsea V PSG. 7:45PM. Sky Sports 5
Last year, Jose Mourinho’s required a magical second-leg comeback to beat PSG in this competition. This year, though, a 1-1 result in Paris means that the Blues should navigate their way through this repeat clash with minimal fuss.
Make no mistake; Laurent Blanc’s PSG are a decent side. However, this Chelsea squad is much better than last year and the increased attacking quality should see them through at Stamford Bridge. If the likes of John Terry can keep Zlatan Ibrahimovic quiet then it should be a comfortable night for the hosts.
A weekend off will have helped Chelsea too as they will be fully rested and fully prepared ahead of this crucial test. Mourinho will naturally have a few ideas up his sleeve and getting the better of former Blues defender David Luiz could well rank highly in the home side’s game plan. If the likes of Eden Hazard can get time on the ball, the chances should be presented for the likes of Diego Costa to fire the hosts through.
The Blues have been formidable at home once again this term, expect the Special One to work his magic once more.
Chelsea V PSG Betting
This is a tough test for Chelsea, but the Blues are favoured to progress. That feeling is reflected by Bet365’s odds of 17/20 on the Blues to win in 90 minutes. Meanwhile, the visitors can be backed at
Chelsea -1 Asian handicap @ 7/4 with Bet365
Bayern Munich VShakhtar Donetsk. Sky Sports 1
Mircea Lucescu’s Shakhtar caused quite a shock by holding giants Bayern Munich to stalemate in Lviv, but the Ukrainians still face a real uphill battle if they are going to advance to the quarter-finals.
The visitors will need to score in Germany, which looks unlikely. Lucescu’s men are still a fairly decent side, but the fallout from political matters in the area have had a detrimental impact it is hard to see how they can overcome the Bundesliga titans.
Pep Guardiola’s Bavarians have been sensational at home this season, winning all but one of 16 matches at the Allianz Arena. The quality and experience of Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and co should be far too strong to prevent a major shock from occurring here.
The other potential quarter-finalists will all be hoping for a Shakhtar win. Unfortunately, it is Bayern who will almost certainly advance.
Bayern Munich V Shakhtar Donetsk Betting
Unsurprisingly, the Bundesliga giants are overwhelming favourites in this match with Bet365 pricing them at 1/6 for the win. The draw can be backed at 6/1 whilst the visitors are considered rank outsiders at 16s.
Shakhtar might have been quietly happy with 0-0 before that first-leg, but the Ukrainians missed a real opportunity against 10 men. The fact they couldn’t score, at home, after the Bayern red card does not bode well.
With this in mind, we think Bayern on the win-to-nil market is a must.
Bayern Munich to win-to-nil @ 4/5 with Paddy Power