The final week of Champions League round of 16 matches begins on Tuesday night, and all eyes will be on Manchester City, who are the only realistic hope of having an English representative in the last eight.
Meanwhile, there’s everything to play for in Spain as Atletico host PSV following a tense 0-0 at the Philips Stadion last week. Both games should be interesting to say the least. Prepare yourselves for another night of drama.
Manchester City v Dynamo Kiev
Tuesday 15th March. 7:45PM. BT Sport Europe
With hopes of winning the Premier League essentially over, the Champions League remains Manuel Pellegrini’s only hope of ending his Manchester City tenure on a massive high. While there’s still a long way to go before the Citizens can think about that, they will be expected to take a positive step towards the European crown by sealing their first ever Champions League quarter-final spot.
The Citizens were brilliant in Kiev, registering a healthy 3-1 lead ahead of this home leg. The hosts should be confident about more goals here too, especially given their rampant scoring at the Etihad this term. If Sergio Aguero and co can find a couple of goals, then they’ll definitely be in the last eight.
In truth, they probably won’t need to score. After all, Sergey Rebrov’s men need at least three goals to qualify. Even with some decent goalscoring midfielders amongst their ranks, it seems almost implausible for the Ukrainians to progress.
City will need to maintain their concentration. However, as long as they do this for 90 minutes, they will reach the next stage for the first time.
Manchester City v Dynamo Kiev Betting
Unsurprisingly, Manchester City are firm favourites for this contest and are priced 4/7 with Bet365. Dynamo Kiev can be backed at 11/2 while the draw is 10/3.
Kiev could be a little more competitive in this second leg, due mainly to the fact that their domestic campaign is now back up and running. Nevertheless, the hosts will be expected to win this one with relative ease.
The visitors will need to attack, which should leave gaps for the hosts to exploit. We’re backing them to get the party started with an early breakthrough en route to a routine second leg victory.
Atletico Madrid v PSV
Tuesday 15th March. 7:45PM. BT Sport 2
Atletico Madrid were left frustrated by a plucky 10-man PSV in the first leg, but Diego Simeone’s men were still enter this return clash with huge confidence as they look to keep their Champions League dream alive.
The Spaniards have become accustomed to reaching the latter stages in recent terms, and the firepower of Antoinne Griezmann and co should give them a great chance here. Since that first leg, the Rojiblancos have won four on the spin, including a 1-0 win against Real Madrid. They’ve also scored three goals in each of their last three games, which should give the visitors plenty to fear.
Winning at the Vicente Calderon won’t be easy and the odds are stacked against Philip Cocu’s men. However, scoring an away goal could turn this game on its head. If Luuk de Jong can continue his impressive season with a goal in Spain, the Dutch side might just pull off a shock.
Whatever happens, it’s set to be an intriguing battle. The first goal could be crucial.
Atletico Madrid v PSV Betting
With home advantage on their side, Atletico are clear favourites at 3/10 while PSV are 12/1 for an upset with Bet365. The draw can be backed at 9/2.
As well as PSV played at home, we can’t see them frustrating the in-form Spaniards here. If they do fall behind, it could become very difficult.
However, Atletico know that 1-0 won’t be comfortable due to the away goals. We fully expect them to establish a cushion, particularly if PSV place emphasis on attack late on.