Messi-Led Barcelona to Take Down Chelsea in Second Leg

Alex Campean

Monday, March 12, 2018 5:58 PM UTC

Monday, Mar. 12, 2018 5:58 PM UTC

Real Madrid, Juventus, Manchester City and Liverpool are already in the quarterfinals, and this week we will find out which teams will join them. Let’s analyze Wednesday’s Champions League matches and find the best value bets.

Soccer: Champions League, Round 16 (Second Leg)Barcelona vs. Chelsea

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The away leg was tough for Barcelona as Chelsea earned a well-deserved lead and was in control of the match before a fatal error allowed Lionel Messi to find the back of the net and score a crucial away goal. Chelsea dominated the first leg but failed to convert their scoring opportunities, so they are forced to score in the second leg to keep their qualification hopes alive. The hosts have a rock-solid defense, conceding just six goals in front of their fans in the Spanish top-flight league and just one goal in the Champions League group stage home fixtures. Chelsea is still fighting for a top-four Premier League finish, and after consecutive EPL defeats against Manchester giants City and United they bounced back, winning 2-1 last weekend against Crystal Palace. Messi was out of Barcelona’s squad last weekend against Malaga due to the birth of his third child, so he will surely try to score against Chelsea and dedicate the goal to Ciro. With Philippe Coutinho not being able to play in Champions League and with captain Andres Iniesta not 100 percent fit, Ernesto Valverde will be forced to start with either Andre Gomes or Ousmane Dembele. Barcelona is a huge favorite to win this clash, according to the soccer odds board, and they are being priced at -250 with Bet Victor. With our soccer picks we expect a high-scoring affair, a thrilling encounter with at least three goals in the match.

Best pick for the match: Barcelona to win and "over" 2.5 goals at +100 with Coral.

Extra tip: Messi to be anytime goalscorer at -125 with Paddy Power.

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Besiktas vs. Bayern Munich

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This second-leg match is likely to be a warm-up game for the German giants after they destroyed the Turkish side 5-0 on their turf three weeks ago. As their European journey will end after this match, Besiktas will be looking to show Bayern what they are capable of and salvage some pride on home soil by trying to play at their highest level in front of their fans. They are just three points behind leaders Galatasaray in their domestic league with nine rounds to go, so they will focus to win the title and return in Champions League next year. Although they will rest some of their key players, Bayern Munich should have enough and should be able to keep up the form and extend their 19-match unbeaten run in all competitions. Bayern Munich will never try to defend a result and they showed that last weekend against Hamburg when they were up 3-0 after 20 minutes and pushed for three more goals to destroy their opponents. If they smell blood, they attack and kill their opponents.

Best pick for the match: Bayern to win and "over" 2.5 goals at +105 with Ladbrokes.

Extra tip: Both teams to score and "over" 2.5 goals at -125 with Coral.

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