The UEFA Champions League Round of 16 return leg rolls on as the clashes on Tuesday, March 9, pit four soccer clubs with very different histories against each other. Juventus welcome Porto at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, and Sevilla travel to Germany to face Borussia Dortmund.
Both games are yet to be decided, as Juve will certainly attempt to outscore the Portuguese side considering they lost 2-1 in the first leg. On the other side, Andalusian club Sevilla lost 3-2 at home, and the record six-time UEFA Europe League winners will surely not give up without a fight in the return game against Borussia Dortmund.
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.
Juventus vs Porto betting picks
Despite adding Cristiano Ronaldo in 2018, Juventus have been unexpectedly struggling to reach the final stages of the UEFA Champions League for the past two seasons. They are hoping that this season could be the one, but they first have to overcome the obstacle called Porto. The Portuguese club have a 2-1 lead from the first leg, but the matchup is far from over as the Bianconeri have that one away goal.
The home side will be without Rodrigo Bentancur, Giorgio Chiellini, and Paulo Dybala due to injuries, while it is yet to be determined if defender Mattijs de Ligt will be called up. On the other side, Porto will be missing Mouhamed Mbaye, Chancel Mbemba, Jesus Corona, and Pepe. In the last five Serie A games, Juve have three wins, a draw, and a loss, scoring at least three goals in three of them. Meanwhile, in five of the most recent league games, Porto have two wins and three draws, netting at least two goals in three of them.
Thus, having all this in mind, it would be indisputable to think that this game will have Over 2.5 goals. A $100 bet could earn the bettor $78, as per FanDuel. In addition, if you got to pick anyone to put the ball in the back of the net in this game, look no further than Ronaldo, who is at +210 to be the first one to score.
Borussia Dortmund vs Sevilla betting picks
Sevilla just can't seem to pick their pace up in the UEFA Champions League. In recent years, they have managed to reach either the Round of 16, or the Quarter-Finals, and then they are knocked out of the competition. They are to attempt to break the curse on Tuesday, March 9, when they come against Borussia Dortmund once again. They have a deficit of one goal, but Borussia do have three away goals.
In the meantime, Dortmund, led by the Norwegian superstar Erling Haaland, will look to get the job done as they play at home this time. An interesting fact is that the German side have not featured in a UCL final for eight years since the 2012-13 Champions League Final which they lost to Bayern. On Saturday, March 6, Dortmund lost again to Bayern, this time in the Bundesliga, ending their five-match unbeaten run in all competitions. On the other side, it has been more than two years since Sevilla have lost three consecutive games in all competitions, confirming that the Spaniards are not in the best form at the moment.
It looks set to be another exciting game with FanDuel favoring Borussia by a small margin, as they are paying out +115, Sevilla +210, and a draw is at +270. We expect yet another tough battle, so betting that the game will have Over 3.5 goals could be a sure bet, so at +152, a $100 bet could earn the bettor $152 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: Juventus and Porto to score over 2.5 goals, Cristiano Ronaldo to score the first goal of the match; Borussia Dortmund to win against Sevilla, and both clubs to score over 3.5 goals. At $100, the bettor could win up to $349.
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