Covid-19 interrupted the Champions League just when the final part of the tournament was supposed to begin. Most of the last 16 phase games were played but 4 fixtures remain. Because of the lock-down, the UCL will be played a little different this year. Teams will play only 1 game in the quarter-finals and in the semi-finals. Games are going to be played on a neutral venue and the idea is to finish the tournament as fast as possible so squads can prepare for the new season. The draws have already been made and even though only 1 game will be played, the matches will be extremely exciting. There won’t be any fans which is a major downside but it’s better to play than to cancel the whole tournament. Nevertheless, football fans are happy that the UCL is back.
The Champions League is always extremely popular and now that it’s back, bitcoin betting will be on the rise. The last 16 phase has 4 games remaining and each one should be fantastic. First, we have Juventus hosting Lyon as they try to overcome the first game deficit. The second match is between Manchester City and Real Madrid. Both sides are in excellent form at the moment which means it will be really hard for any side to win the game. Bayern are the only ones that have a huge advantage over their opponents Chelsea. The London blues will need a miracle to overturn a 3 goals deficit. Last but not least, The Catalans are hosting Napoli on Camp Nou. After losing La Liga, they need to try and win the UCL. For more information about the last 16 phase, check the official Champions League website.
Champions League Predictions & Bitcoin Betting Tips
Juventus vs Lyon
The “Old Lady” won their 9th consecutive Serie A title just a week ago. However, their performances have been seriously subpar. They have been dropping points left and right and the only reason the title is theirs is because their opponents did worse than them. In all other aspects, this year’s Juventus is much worse than what we expect from them. That’s exactly why they lost the first match against Lyon. It was only by a single goal but now Lyon will be able to sit back and hit them on the counter. Juventus will need a much better performance if they are to reach the quarter-finals. Juventus have never lost a home match against Lyon which is a fact that goes in their favor.
The French side was having a bad season, considerably worse than last year. However, there were 10 rounds remaining and they did have a chance to reach the European spots. However, Covid-19 canceled the league and the French football league decided to close the 2019/2020 season. PSG were crowned champions while Marseille and Rennes took the other 2 UCL spots. This decision meant that the only chance Lyon will be playing in the UCL next season is if they win it. The chances of that happening are astronomical but Lyon will surely give it a shot. Their team hasn’t played in months so the players might not be in sync. Still, Lyon’s squad will be rested while Juventus are tired after playing every 3 days for the past month.
Quality wise, Juventus are absolute favorites for this fixture. However, if they play against Lyon like they have been in the past few weeks in Serie A, chances are that they will crash out of the UCL. We believe they will win but it might be with a result that takes Lyon to the quarter-finals. With that being said, we are backing a Home Side Victory @ 1.42 odds.
Juventus vs Lyon
Manchester City vs Real Madrid
The Citizens might have lost the title to Liverpool but they have shown what kind of squad they are. Several times this season, City completely broke opponents that are supposed to be on the same level with them. If they get going early in the game, there is no squad in the world that can stop them. This is why they are among the favorites to win the Champions League this season. They defeated Madrid in Spain in the reverse fixture but Madrid are in much better form right now. It won’t be an easy task to hold the off once again and kick them out of the tournament. The Spanish side has a lot of experience in the UCL and City will have to play one of their best games.
After a disappointing first half of the season, Madrid rallied and returned in full power after the lock-down. They dropped only 2 points since the return and ultimately finished 1st in the Spanish top flight. With the title in their bad, the Real Madrid squad got their confidence back. When they meet City on Friday night, Madrid will be a much different side compared to the one they played against in the reverse fixture. Madrid a team that has won the UCL the most in the last 2 decades which means they know how to defeat sides that are stronger than them. City have only one victory against them while Madrid has defeated them twice in previous years.
The momentum is on Madrid’s side but City have a fantastic squad that can defeat anyone. They have the home turf advantage and a goal advantage from the first game. City might not win but they should have enough quality to qualify for the quarter-finals. That’s why we are going with a safer Over 2.75 Goals bet @ 1.58 odds.
Manchester City vs Real Madrid
Bayern vs Chelsea
The Bavarians had a very bad start to the season. Their bad performances resulted with a change of coach as the squad went through a rebuilding process. After the restart, they found their groove and managed to win the Bundesliga yet again. The way Bayern played in the last weeks of the Bundesliga was impeccable. It seems their problems are long gone and Bayern are now a massive powerhouse. Because of that, the Bavarians are favorites to lift the UCL trophy. This fixture against Chelsea will be just a test because they already defeated them 0:3 in the first one.
The London blues went through a process of rebuilding their squad. Not a lot was expected from them and yet they managed to finish in the TOP 4 and book a place for next year’s Champions League. Against Bayern, they were outmatched both in quality and in experience. Chelsea’s young players couldn’t do anything to stop Bayern’s onslaught. However, they will be a different team on Saturday night. The squad got a lot of experience in the Premier League and they might be able to defeat the Bavarians. However, their chances of overturning a massive 3 goals deficit are extremely small.
Bayern have more quality in their squad and they also come to this match with a 3 goals advantage. However, Chelsea will want to finish the season on a high note and they will be in high spirits if they win the FA Cup against Arsenal. The London blues should be able to score and maybe even win but Bayern will be the team that features in the quarter-finals. We are backing a Both Teams to Score outcome @ 1.65 odds.
Bayern vs Chelsea
Barcelona vs Napoli
The Catalans have a lot of problems with their board who is at fault for the subpar signings in recent seasons. They weren’t at their best after the restart which is why they lost the title to Real Madrid. On the other hand, they have been quite good in the UCL this season and would like to keep it that way. The reverse fixture finished with a 1:1 draw which gives Barcelona the away goal advantage. Still, that won’t be enough to go through to the quarter-finals. The Catalans need a strong performance if they are to put all their problems behind them. Bayern will wait for them in the quarter-finals which is why Barcelona must improve a lot and they need to show that on Saturday night.
After an extremely bad start to the season, Napoli looked like a team that has everything under control. They won the Italian Cup and were on their way to reach a European spot. However, something happened in the last couple of weeks and Napoli completely dropped the ball. With 2 losses in the last 3 rounds, Napoli lost their chance of playing in Europe next year. Now, for that to happen, Napoli would have to win the Champions League. In the reverse fixture against Barcelona, they showed that they are on equal ground with the Catalan giants. However, squads that were much stronger failed on Camp Nou and Napoli will need a perfect performance to reach the quarter-finals.
Spirits in the Napoli dressing room are low at the moment because they didn’t qualify for European football in the next season. The Catalans will try to take advantage of that. They also have the home turf advantage and and away goal which means Napoli will have to attack. That will leave them open on the counter and Barcelona should be able to punish them. For that reason, we are backing a Home Side Victory & Over 2.5 Goals outcome @ 2.15 odds.
Barcelona vs Napoli
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