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Champions League Acca Tip – 15th & 16th March

We had a fair number of unusual results in the Champions League Round of 16 second leg ties last week. I don’t know too many people would have had the Man City to draw and Liverpool to lose double, nor many who expected Bayern to put seven past Salzburg after drawing 1-1 previously.

Then of course we had PSG’s capitulation in Madrid which was as funny as it was shocking. I am not a fan of PSG at all, their arrogance is plain to see in games and they are so spiteful when losing that they are a difficult team to like, even with all their superstars.

But this week, we are now turning our attention to the second tranche of games in the Champions League and the remaining four places in the quarterfinal draw that are up for grabs alongside Man City, Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.

There’s lots to play for in this set of games with three of the four ties evenly balanced as we head into the second leg, while holders Chelsea hold a solid 2-0 lead over Lille from their first leg in London, but as we have seen in the past, even those deficits can be overcome.

So it should be a very interesting set of games this week and I have put together the following set of tips for Tuesday and Wednesday night.

Remember to check back on Thursday for my Europa League tips too.

Champions League Acca Tip – 15th & 16th March

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    • Tue - Ajax v Benfica Home Win
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    • Tue - Man Utd v At.Madrid Draw
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    • Wed - Juventus v Villarreal Home Win
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    • Wed - Lille v Chelsea Away Win
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Bet Analysis: Tuesday 15th March

Ajax Amsterdam (2) v (2) Benfica – Home Win

An entertaining 2-2 draw in the first leg saw Ajax hold a slight advantage with the home leg to come, but I think there is plenty of football to be played in this game yet. I was quite surprised with how well Benfica played in that first leg. Ajax had beaten Sporting Lisbon 5-0 away from home in the Group Stage, as well as 4-2 at home, so I expected Benfica to probably not be quite so evenly matched with the Dutch side. That said, with home advantage here, I fancy Ajax to land the victory they need to reach the next phase of the competition where they are likely to be a team that not too many of the very top sides would like to face.

Manchester Utd (1) v (1) Atletico Madrid – Draw

Manchester United did well to come back from Joao Felix’s great headed opener for Atletico to claim a draw in Madrid. Anthony Elanga came off the bench to score a vital equaliser in a game that I think Atletico probably just deserved to win. With United at home for the second leg they will probably feel that they have the advantage here, but I have a strange feeling that this tie is far from over. For all their issues this season, Atletico have some stellar talent to call upon and as we have seen, United have been far from invincible this season, even at home. A win over Spurs sends them into this game with confidence but Atletico are also in good form too. My gut feeling is we may need extra time and maybe even penalties to decide the winner here.

Bet Analysis: Wednesday 16th March

Juventus (1) v (1) Villarreal – Home Win

Juventus scored very early in the first leg but were pegged back by a good response from the Spaniards, but you do feel that without a lead to defend, Villarreal’s chances here do not look that great. Juventus have won 17, drawn 9 and lost just 4 of 30 home games against Spanish teams in European competition, so the size of the task facing Villarreal is clearly evident. Enrico Chiesa’s absence is a blow but with Dusan Vlahovic in great goalscoring form for the Italians since signing from Fiorentina, I think he will be the catalyst for a solid performance from the home side and I think they will progress, although I think it will be a closely fought contest.

Lille (0) v (2) Chelsea – Away Win

Chelsea produced a professional display in the first leg in London, with Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic scoring once in each half to secure the win. They’ve played Lille three times in recent seasons and won all three, two at home, one in France and in truth, I think that Chelsea should land the win here too. They have by far the stronger squad and the fact that Lille have to come out and try and score the first goal will play into Chelsea’s ability to hit them on the counter. The French side do have some good players, David, Weah and Renato Sanches in particular, but even so, I can’t see Chelsea slipping up here given how experienced they are.

Dean Wyatt

Author: Dean Wyatt

Dean Wyatt is the founder and editor here at Acca Nation. He’s been betting sports for over 20 years and is a profitable sports trader on the exchanges.

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