Liverpool, Barcelona on Verge of Champions League Semifinals

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Martin Green

Monday, April 9, 2018 8:00 PM GMT

Monday, Apr. 9, 2018 8:00 PM GMT

The Champions League quarterfinals resume Tuesday, with Manchester City and Roma having a mountain to climb in their second-leg clashes. Let's analyze the games and make our picks.

Champions League Quarterfinals (2nd Leg): Tuesday's Best Betting TipsManchester City vs. Liverpool

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Pep Guardiola’s expensively assembled Man City side was the heavy favorite to vanquish Liverpool over two legs and power through to the semifinals. After all, it had established itself as the best team in the Premiership by opening a 16-point lead at the top of the table and generally steamrollering teams all season. But Guardiola has met his bête noir in Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp, who often got the better of him when they managed Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, respectively. Klopp had already masterminded a 4-3 win over Man City in the league – City’s only defeat of the entire campaign – and he went one better last week by inspiring his team to a sensational victory. Liverpool was all over Man City from the start. It pressed with remarkable intensity and ferocity and did not give Man City’s creative players any freedom with which to wreak their usual brand of havoc. Liverpool’s attack was full of energy and incision, and its defenders hunted in packs to thwart the opposition. It resulted in a 3-0 win that surely stands as the shock of the season.

Things went from bad to worse for Guardiola since then: On Saturday, his team was up 2-0 at home against fierce rival Man United. All it had to do was see out the win to clinch the Premiership title in record time, but instead it yielded three second-half goals to slump to its second league defeat of the season. The wheels have come off somewhat for Man City, and its air of invincibility has diminished in the past week. If Liverpool remains disciplined, it will qualify for the semifinals at Man City’s expense, and it is just -700 to do so with Bet365 on the soccer odds board. Miracles do happen in soccer – last season Barcelona produced a stunning second-leg comeback to beat PSG – but Man City will really have to generate a colossal improvement if it is to make up the difference now. However, a Man City win still looks interesting in this game for your soccer picks. A 1-0, 2-0, 2-1, 3-1 or even 4-1 defeat would still be good enough to send Liverpool through, so it will not mind losing. Man City is -222 with BetOnline to win this second leg, and for more value you could try Man City to win and "under" 4.5 goals at +110 with Bet Stars.

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Roma vs. Barcelona

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Barcelona was expected to trounce Roma at the Nou Camp and it duly delivered, 4-1, so this second leg looks like a formality. It is hard to imagine Barcelona playing with the same level of intensity, as its winning margin is already comfortable, but it will be keen to finish the job in style. It has the superstar attackers to run riot against Roma and it should win this game outright. A Barcelona moneyline win at -150 with William Hill and -156 with Pinnacle looks attractive, and you could turn that into a double with a Man City win. Barcelona's Lionel Messi will be keen to shine on the big stage after his great rival for the World Player of the Year title, Cristiano Ronaldo, put in an electrifying performance against Juventus last week. Messi has the intelligence and flair to terrorize this Roma defense and he looks a good bet to score at any time in this game, with various sportsbooks offering -120.

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