Soccer Picks: PSG vs. Bayer Leverkusen in Champions League

Nila Amerova

Monday, March 10, 2014 7:20 PM UTC

Monday, Mar. 10, 2014 7:20 PM UTC

PSG are set to host Bayer Leverkusen in the reverse leg of the R16 Champions League tie, which to all intents and purposes is a foregone conclusion with the hosts up 4-0 after a comprehensive performance in Germany. So where are the value soccer picks?
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PSG beat Bayer 4:0

Thoroughly outplaying, outmuscling and outclassing Bayer Leverkusen, PSG ran away 4-0  winners at BayArena in the first leg of their R16 Champions League tie, a victory that all but assures them a spot in the quarterfinals. In truth, PSG needed just the first half to secure the expected victory, an outcome that was matched at rather tempting +137 odds.

Blaise Matuidi stunned the crowd just three minutes into the affair when he scored the opening goal, after which PSG never looked back. Zlatan Ibrahimovic converted a controversial penalty shot late in the first half and then four minutes later the magnificent Swede scored a stunner that featured on many a Champions League highlight reel on tellies around the world.

The second half brought more misery upon the hosts when Emir Spahic was sent off in the  59th minute. If a full strength Bayer was no match for PSG, a 10-men edition had no chance. And so it proved to be the case as Yohan Cabaye added a late fourth goal to end Bayer’s unmemorable night on a 4-0 blowout.

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PSG vs. Bayer Leverkusen match betting tips and picks

Coming back from a 4-0 defeat is a pipedream, aptly matched at +700 soccer odds at Bet365 or +600 soccer odds at William Hill and one that only a diehard Bayer fan might be moved to entertain. For the rest of us (read: those inhabiting reality) it’s PSG all the way.

Truth be told, one sort of fears for Bayer as they prepare for their date with PSG in the French capital. If the first leg were any indication, they are in for another agonizing night, one that could be potentially worse with home ground advantage under Les Parisiens feet. Heck, the hosts might not even need to extend any effort either as it’s hard to imagine Bayer would kick up much of a fuss when their fate is practically written on the wall.

With that in mind it makes sense not only to back PSG to win outright at -250 soccer odds at Bet365 but also to win impressively. The Over 2.5 is matched at -188 at Bet365, which is a very attractive price tag and surprisingly low all things being considered. As well PSG to win both halves at -105 at Bet365 is exceedingly appealing. For those that fancy a repeat of the night in BayArena the Over 3.5 at +138 at William Hill is a great soccer pick.

That reversing this tie is nigh impossible by Bayer is the overwhelming consensus amongst sportsbooks and soccer bettors. What is also conspicuously obvious in Champions League betting markets on this clash is on the notion that Bayer will account better than they did at home, at least by scoring. Both teams to score is listed at -154 at William Hill. What’s more both teams to score and push the totals Over 2.5 is matched at -118 at William Hill. Another to consider is PSG to win outright and both teams to score, which is listed at +188.

Soccer Betting Verdict: Whichever way you slice this matchup, one thing is certain: PSG to win outright is the sensible soccer pick at -250 at Bet365.

After that, there are a whole slew of angles for profit that soccer bettors can pad their pockets with, some of which make up our top soccer picks. For instance, the Over 2.5 at -188 and PSG to win outright and both teams to score at +188 at William Hill.

Soccer Free Picks: PSG to win outright at -250; Over 2.5 at -188
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