The UEFA Champions League Round of 16 return leg rolls on as the clashes on Tuesday, March 16, pit four soccer clubs with very different histories against each other. Manchester City welcome Borussia Monchengladbach at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, and Atalanta travel to Spain to face Real Madrid.
It looks like the Manchester City vs Borussia Monchengladbach matchup has already been decided but there is always space for surprises, as history has shown us in the Champions League the past several years. The German side will try to upset City but they are yet to come from a two-goal deficit. On the other side, the Real Madrid vs Atalanta matchup is still open and two goals from the Italians might see knock the 2019-20 La Liga champions out of the competition.
While picking a straight winner might not be as attractive there are many betting opportunities in the over/under or who scores first that might be much more attractive. Let’s take a look at the sports betting options for these matchups.
Manchester City vs Borussia Monchengladbach betting picks
Manchester City have been unstoppable this season, as they were on an incredible 21-game winning run in all competitions, before being stopped by their arch-rivals Manchestter United in the Premier League. Borussia Monchengladbach will look to do the same, but they will have to overcome the 2-0 lead that City have from the first leg. Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus scored the goals for the then-away side.
The English side will not be missing any players but the German club has four players who have been ruled out of the game. They will be without Bensebaini, Kramer, Musel, and Quizera. The Foals won four out of the last ten European matches and five out of the last twenty, and Guardiola's side has not lost 11 European home matches in a row.
Thus, having all this in mind, it would be indisputable to think that Manchester City will again win 2-0. That score line is paying +500.
Real Madrid vs Atalanta betting picks
Despite the slow beginning of the year, Real Madrid have improved vastly in recent times even in the midst of their bad injury woes. The Whites have managed to hold their ground while missing Carvajal, Ramos, Hazard, Benzema, Marcelo, Mariano, and Odriozola, Valverde, Rodrygo. They drew 1-1 against their direct title rivals, Atletico Madrid, and they still have that 1-0 away goal advantage against Atalanta from the first leg.
While, Atalanta have been a very an inspired team this season. This squad have done a lot of good things recently, recording huge wins against big teams like Milan, Lazio and Napoli, confirming they are going through a very sweet moment. However, unlike the first game, this time, FanDuel are insterad favoring Madrid by a small margin, as they are paying out +105, Atalanta +210, and a draw is at +270. We expect yet another tough battle, so betting that the game will have Under 2.5 goals could be a sure bet. Thus, at +108, a $50 bet could earn the bettor $54 on FanDuel.
Parlays for these two matchups of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 return leg
A solid parlay bet could be the following: Manchester City to again beat Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0, Real Madrid to win against Atalanta, and both clubs to score Under 2.5 goals. At $100, the bettor could win up to $713.
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