This week’s Champions League Round of 16 brings 3 out of 4 games with a favorite that is priced at no more than -400 (1.25) to progress to the quarter-finals, which is telling exactly how unbalanced the ties are. What is actually incredible is that the only pretty balanced game is Juventus vs. FC Porto. Probably there will be less drama but anyway it will be great entertainment in Dortmund vs. Sevilla, Liverpool vs. RB Leipzig, and PSG vs. Barcelona. Here’s a complete preview of the games, updated soccer odds, and our top betting picks.
Juventus vs. FC Porto
Tuesday, March 09, 2021 – 03:00 PM EST at Juventus Stadium
The fact that the best possible FC Porto and the worst possible Juve produced only a 2-1 defeat for the Bianconeri is giving full trust to Juventini. The Italian giants aren't playing well at all yet, but at least had the temperament and team spirit in the last win against Lazio (3-1 after being one down). Their approach was dreadful same as against FC Porto, but now there is more belief and self-confidence.
Also, except Paulo Dybala (long-time injured) and Rodrigo Bentancur (one of the worst this season), everyone else will be available, which also helps their self-esteem. The opposite for FC Porto, who probably only at the very last moment will recover both starting centre-backs Pepe and Chancel Mbemba, and the crucial midfielder Jesús Manuel Corona, meaning 2 out of 3 of the team's backbone.
But Juve will definitely bounce back, Cristiano Ronaldo this time must show up and he rarely fails two in a row in crucial games, and Porto will have just to repeat again the perfect match, which is already rare to play once in a tie. The Bianconeri's win is not even greatly priced, but some bookmakers as the Italians are offering the combo Juve to win+Juve to progress, a scenario set up by the incredibly vital Federico Chiesa late goal in the first leg.
Borussia Dortmund vs. Sevilla
Tuesday, March 09, 2021 - 03:00 PM EST at Signal Iduna Park
How things have totally changed since Dortmund shockingly surprised Sevilla in the first leg. Since then, Dortmund were back on their feet until almost challenging Bayern Munich in a single game again; Sevilla lost 3 out of 4 following games, including the Copa del Rey return leg conceding 3 to Barcelona. Sevilla now must go out there hunting for a win with 2 goals advantage, which will open up spaces to lethal Dortmund transitions, exactly the situation fitting the best to Borussia's skills, so actually looking in-depth the win comes with generous odds.
Paris Saint-Germain vs. Barcelona
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 03:00 PM EST at Parc des Princes
The presidential elections surely restored a sense of pride at Camp Nou, that anyway have almost no hope in the 2nd leg in Paris, but can't go down without trying for their honor. This means that Barça will have to expose themselves even more than usual, and PSG couldn't ask for better. Probably the Blaugrana won't be totally unbalanced as at Camp Nou, but be sure that it's pointless to fly back without trying, and you can either be sure there will be entertainment in the game.
For how up Barcelona are bouncing, PSG are way more solid tactically and most of all mentally.
Free Soccer Pick: PSG +0.5 and both teams to score at -118 (1.85) at Intertops
Liverpool vs. RB Leipzig
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 03:00 PM EST at Puskás Aréna
In a single game, despite all their issues and poor form, Liverpool can beat anyone. Their plethora of absences at the back is killing them. Jurgen Klopp was pragmatic in the return leg and the pair Firmino-Salah worked on the sides and took advantage of RB Leipzig's naivety. This time the Germans will have to leave even more uncovered ground, going to look for goals in the attempt of not dying without trying.
Free Soccer Pick: Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals at -105 (1.95) at Bovada (Visit our Bovada Review)