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Betting Tips 24/25.02.2015 – Champions League

Juventus – Borussia Dortmund. After making the gap 9 points from Roma, Juventus can concentrate on the Champions League. Their opponents were in a crisis but recently improved their form and have now won their last three fixtures in the domestic league. The hosts will be without Kwadwo Asamoah who can’t participate because of an injury. Otherwise Andrea Barzagli, Luca Marrone and Alessandro Matri are doubts and may not start the match. Kevin Großkreutz will surely miss the clash for Dortmund and players like Sven Bender, Mats Hummels, Erik Durm, Sebastian Kehl and Ciro Immobile will be assessed before the match to see if they can feature. Juve haven’t lost at Juventus Stadium during this season and it doesn’t seem likely that this will happen on Tuesday. The Germans are still a tricky side but I think the Italians will snatch the win in the first leg.

Tip: 1 @ 2.05

Manchester City – Barcelona

City destroyed Newcastle with 5-0 during the weekend and will be full of confidence for this match. However, they will have to cope with the absence of their star player Yaya Toure who is suspended. The Citizens clearly had problems when he was at the AFCON and now it won’t be easier against Barcelona. The visitors lost surprisingly against Malaga and will want to put that performance behind them. Last year these two teams met and Barcelona came out victorious. Now City will want revenge but in the first leg teams usually prefer a more cautious approach. Even though both teams possess great attacking players, Barca will dominate possession and City will try to score on the counter. I don’t expect to see many goals in this match.

Tip: Under 2.5 @ 2.0

Arsenal – Monaco

Arsene Wenger faces former team Monaco in this Champions League 1/8 final. Arsenal’s goalkeeper David Ospina is injured which means Wojciech Szczesny will return in goal. The Gunners are also without key players like Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Monaco’s most notable absences are Ricardo Carvalho, Jeremy Toulalan and Layvin Kurzawa. This seems like an easy draw for Arsenal but they shouldn’t underestimate their opponents who conceded only one goal in the group stages and are in great form right now. The French team relies on solid defense which means this probably won’t be a goal-fest.

Tip: Under 2.5 @ 1.7

Bayer Leverkusen – Atletico Madrid

Leverkusen conceded an equalizer in the last minutes in the game against Augsburg and their morale will definitely suffer. They have won only one of their last six games and now is not the best moment to face a team like Atletico Madrid. The Spanish side won against Almeria during the weekend and now will want to achieve a solid result before the second tie in Madrid. The hosts will be without the suspended Omer Toprak and the duo of Lars Bender and Tim Jedvaj are a doubt for the clash. For Atleti Thiago and Koke may start from the beginning due to knocks. For me Atletico have enough experience to achieve a comfortable result before the second leg.

Tip: 2 @ 2.50
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