Atletico Madrid – Bayer Leverkusen
. Atletico Madrid have been disappointing recently and have to overturn a 1-0 deficit against a strong Leverkusen side. The Spanish side drew against Espanyol in the league and their title ambitions seem to be over. They scored only once in their last four games and this makes their task even more difficult. Bayer Leverkusen destroyed Stuttgart in the Bundesliga and are full of confidence before this clash. The hosts will have to deal without the suspended Thiago and Diego Godin. Tin Jedvaj and Lars Bender are doubts for Leverkusen and will be assessed before the match. Diego Simeone has a tough task in front of him and if the German team scores, it’s going to get even harder, so I think he’s going to make sure his side doesn’t concede, but the attacking problem still stands.
Tip: Under 2.5 goals @ 1.70
Monaco – Arsenal
Monaco surprised everyone with their performance at the Emirates and came out of that game with a 3-1 advantage over their opponent. They conceded only one goal in their last twelve home games. Arsenal responded magnificently after this loss and won their next four games. One thing is for sure – Arsene Wenger’s side won’t give up until the final whistle and the players will give everything they have in order to progress. They were in a similar situation against Bayern in 2013 and won the second leg by 2-0 in Germany but were knocked out because of away goals. Now they face a team with a strong defense and the hosts will enjoy striking on the counter like they did the first match because now Arsenal will be very offensive. A big problem for them can be the absences of Jeremy Toulalan, Geoffrey Kondogbia and Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco who are all doubtful. Arsenal also have injuries and it looks like and players like Jack Wilshere, Gabriel and Tomas Rosicky may not start because of them. If Arsenal want to progress to the 1/4 finals they need to score at least three goals and if they fail to do so, I’m sure that Monaco will punish them on the counter sooner or later.
Tip: Over 2.5 goals @ 2.00
Barcelona – Manchester City
City managed to raise interest to the second leg after scoring a goal when 0-2 down, but their task still seems impossible. They need to attack their opponents and maintain a strong defense which doesn’t seem likely. The English team was unimpressive against Burnley in the Premier League and if they get knocked out of Europe this season may not end well for Pellegrini. Barcelona have been impressive so far in the Champions League, winning their last five matches both at half and full time. The trio of Suarez, Messi and Neymar looks very dangerous and caused damage to City’s defense. The hosts are the clear favorites here and considering the visitors’ current state, a surprising result seems unlikely.
Tip: Barcelona 1/1 @ 2.10
Borussia Dortmund – Juventus
Dortmund scored that important away goal and now need to finish the job in Germany. Even though they lost the first leg, a 1-0 win here will be enough for them to eliminate Juventus. Both teams haven’t been in their best attacking form lately and this game may have fewer goals than the first one. Juventus don’t need to score if Dortmund also don’t find the net, which means they’ll be happy with a draw. Pirlo will be a huge miss for the visitors, but Pereyra had a good game in the first leg and is a quality player. Dortmund’s Nuri Sahin remains a doubt for Wednesday’s match. Both teams are equally strong so it will be a close match.
Tip: Under 2.5 goals @ 1.80