The UEFA Champions League Round of 16 return leg rolls on as the clashes on Wednesday, March 17, pit four soccer clubs with very different histories against each other. Bayern will host Lazio at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, while Atletico Madrid travel to England to face Chelsea.
It looks like the Bayern and Lazio 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. On the other side, the Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid matchup is still open and two goals from the Spaniards might see knock the Blues 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.
Bayern and Lazio betting picks
Bayern's form in all competitions has been impeccable this season, despite suffering slight mishaps in the Bundesliga and the DFB Pokal. They even have an almost unreachable goal-difference from the first leg when they trashed Lazio away 4-1. Lewanwoski, Musiala, Sane and Acerbi's own goal helped Bayern earn a 4-0 lead, while Correa scored the lone goal for the Italian side.
The Bundesliga chamions will miss six players as a result of an injury, including Alaba, Costa, Kouassi, Tillman, Tolisso, and Hoffmann. On the other side, two players have been ruled out of the game at the Laziali, with Lazzari and Felipe out on the sidelines. To be honest it looks doubtful that Lazio will be able to stop Bayern this term, especially on their home turf. It’s not unreasonable to think that the Bavarians can win this game 3-0 and that score line is paying +800. If you got to pick anyone to put the ball in the back of the net in this game look no further than Lewandowski, as he is at +195 to be the first one to score.
Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid betting picks
Despite the initial criticism after being appointed the new Chelsea boss in late-January, Thomas Tuchel has proved everyone wrong, leading the club to a 12-game run with no defeats in all competitions. They have managed eight wins and four draws, including a triumph over Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton, and a draw with Manchester United in the Premier League. The Blues have scored an important away goal at against Atletico Madrid, so the ball is now is their court as Atleti now have to net at least two goals.
On the other side, Diego Simeone's side has started to slowly lose pace and their 10-point lead in La Liga was halted to 6 points. They have even started to slow down in the Champions League, but they have been known as the ones who know how to step up when needed. Having both teams' current form in mind, FanDuel are favoring Chelsea by a small margin, as they are paying out +125, Atletico Madrid +240 and a draw is at +220. A sure bet could be that the game ends in a draw, 0-0, 1-1, 2-2 – it does not matter, it needs to be a draw.
Parlays for these two matchups of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 return leg
A solid parlay bet could be the following: Bayern to beat Lazio 3-0; Robert Lewandowski to score the first goal of the game, and Chelsea and Atletico Madrid to draw. At $100, the bettor could win up to $1215.
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