After a hard fought first leg in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League, this Wednesday April 14, Borussia Dortmund - Manchester City and Liverpool - Real Madrid lock horns once again with a trip to the semifinals on the line. Leg 1 left a lot of emotions and now the unlikely favorite of Liverpool and the universal favorite to win the whole thing, Manchester City need to get the job done.
Liverpool are DraftKings favorite in Leg 2, although with a 1-3 disadvantage the likelihood that the Reds win the whole series is doubtful. They could win the second leg, but will it be enough to get them to the semifinals remains to be seen.
Borussia Dortmund - Manchester City is much more tighter at 1-2 in favor of City, nonetheless City was clearly the better side against Borussia Dortmund, the yellow and black will need a near perfect performance to be able to get to the semifinals. Here are the best betting options for these two Champions League clashes.
Borussia Dortmund - Manchester City
Borussia Dortmund are +400 underdogs, and while City did lose to Leeds over the weekend, the history books don’t favor Dortmund. Borussia Dortmund has lost six of seven series where they dropped the first leg. Man City on the other hand have won 13 of 15 series in which they have won the first leg.
If you want to take safe risky bets, placing a wager that Erling Haaland will score the first goal of this match could be interesting. At +510 there is money to be won if the talented striker scores first. A correct score of Manchester City winning 1-0 for example is paying out +850, if you want to bet on Manchester City, a correct score line might be much more interesting than an outright bet.
Liverpool - Real Madrid
While DraftKings placed Liverpool as favorites in this match, betting outright on Real Madrid is very tempting at +265. Liverpool will need to score as much as they can in this match in order to advance, so betting on an over of 3.5 could be a smart bet and at +150 it could be promising. Madrid won’t hold back on this one either so expect a lot of goals.
Real Madrid have won one and lost one since against Liverpool, away, in European cup competition. If Liverpool were to turn the series around, they are paying off +340, while a long shot the Reds would need a near historic performance to turn the series in their favor.
A possible parlay would be a draw between Liverpool and Real Madrid and a win for Man City. At $100 the winnings would be $672, not a bad return on matches that on paper looked like they are settled.