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  • Betcris.com Tottenham Hotspur are looking to win their first Champions League title. It’s been a great season for Spurs and capping it off with the club’s first European title since winning the UEFA Cup in 1984 would be a remarkable achievement. However, they are underdogs to league rival Liverpool in the second all-English final ever. Liverpool must feel hard done by failing to win a trophy this season despite a wildly successful campaign, but they can wipe away all those bad feelings by winning their sixth Champions League crown here.   More

  • Betcris.comThis will be just the second time that Premier League teams will meet in the Champions League Final. The first all-English final pitted Chelsea against Manchester United, and the Red Devils won the match after an extended period of penalty kicks. We could see an even more exciting finale in three weeks if this Champions league continues to play out like it has to this point. Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur both won thrillers to reach this stage, and both fanbases are believing t  More

  • Betcris.com Ajax have nearly done it. The club that once dominated international football in the 1970s has taken a big step back towards their former greatness. Ajax weren’t expected to do much in the Champions League. They received two tough draws in the knockout rounds, but they handled them with aplomb and sent Real Madrid and Juventus out of the competition. Now, Ajax are out to do the same to Tottenham Hotspur, and they are in good shape entering the second leg. The Dutch side won the first leg 1-0 in London, so they only need a result to make the final in Madrid in three weeks.   More

  • Betcris.com Luis Suarez and Phillipe Coutinho are sure to hear the boo birds on their return to Anfield. Barcelona are up 3-0 after the first leg of their Champions League tie with Liverpool, and both players had a hand in Liverpool’s defeat last Wednesday. They know that a road goal would force Liverpool to score five times in order to advance, so they will be after that goal throughout the second leg of this tie.   More

  • Betcris.com No one could have predicted that either Tottenham Hotspur or Ajax would make it to the Champions League semifinals, and that one of these two teams will be playing for the Champions League title on June 1. Spurs have not made it this far in the Champions League since 1962, and Ajax’s halcyon years are way off in the rear view. However, both teams have overcome the odds to get here, and neither one did it in a fluky fashion.   More

  • Betcris.com There are two heavyweights left in the Champions League at this point, and they will meet in one of the two semifinals clashes. FC Barcelona are slight favorites to advance over Liverpool FC, but they need a win at home in the first leg of their tie to feel good about their chances. Barcelona are looking to make it six straight seasons that a Spanish team has been crowned champions, while Liverpool are looking to break their tie with Barca and Bayern Munich at five Champions League titles.   More

  • Betcris.com On Wednesday, we will know the four Champions League semifinalists. The oddsmakers are very confident that one of those two teams will be Liverpool. The Reds are -3000 favorites to advance over Porto after cruising to a 2-0 victory in the first leg of their tie. The second semifinalist will be an English side, that much is certain. This is the biggest toss-up per the soccer betting odds though, as Manchester City are just a -150 favorite to advance over Tottenham Hotspur. City were a bigger favorite to advance ahead of the first leg, but a 1-0 loss to Spurs dinged their chances.   More

  • Friday, April 12th, 2019

    Tuesday Champions League Picks

    By Jonathan Willis

    Betcris.com We will see half of the Champions League Semifinals determined on Tuesday night. Juventus and Barcelona were both favored to advance before the first leg of their ties, but while Barcelona did what they needed to do against Manchester United, Juventus had to settle for a draw against Ajax and are in a bit of a precarious position. Both Juventus and Barcelona are still favored to advance, but while Barca are heavy favorites to go through, Juventus are just moderate favorites.   More

  • Betcris.com On Wednesday, two of the three favorites to win the Champions League will be in action. Barcelona and Juventus are running away with their domestic leagues. Barca are set to win La Liga once again, while Juventus are 18 points up in Serie A and are just a few games away from winning their eighth straight Italian title.   More

  • Friday, April 5th, 2019

    Tuesday Champions League Picks

    By Jonathan Willis

    Betcris.com The last nine months have been a renaissance for English soccer. First, England made it to the World Cup Semifinals for the first time since 1990. The Three Lions knocked off Colombia and Sweden to make the semifinals before falling to World Cup darlings Croatia in the semifinals.   More

  • Betcris.com Some of the biggest leagues in the world could be without a representative in the Champions League Quarterfinals following some stunning upsets. Ligue 1 and Serie A have just one team left in this year’s competition and both teams are underdogs to advance heading into the second leg of the Round of 16. Paris Saint-Germain’s loss leaves Olympique Lyon as the lone French team left, while Roma’s defeat means that Juventus must rally in order for an Italian team to reach the Quarterfinals.   More

  • Betcris.com The knockout stages of the Champions League have already given us plenty of drama. Last Tuesday, Real Madrid looked set to advance to the Quarterfinals. Real Madrid had won three straight Champions League titles, and they were in commanding position to advance over Ajax after beating the Dutch club in Amsterdam in the first leg. However, Ajax’s young guns ripped apart Real Madrid’s back line in a 4-1 stunner that sent the defending champions crashing out and Ajax on to the Quarterfinals.   More

  • Betcris.com Not even Paris Saint-Germain can mess this up, can they? PSG have been snakebitten in the Champions League. They have made a mockery of the French league, but they keep finding more and more absurd ways to lose in the Champions League, and they have yet to make it past the Quarterfinals of the competition. PSG are in a commanding position coming into the second leg of their tie against Manchester United, but they are hoping that something new doesn’t rear its ugly head and lead to them missing out.   More

  • Betcris.com When the Champions League Round of 16 draw was announced two months ago, the pairing that immediately took observers’ breath away was Liverpool against Bayern Munich. Liverpool are out to win their first Premier League title in club history, and they have played great football this year. They finally have a stolid defense to complement their prolific offense, and that has led to the Reds soaring up the table. Bayern Munich have not fared so well domestically, but they are a traditional powerhouse. They have made it to at least the semifinals of the Champions League for six of the last seven years, and anything less would be a major disappointment.   More

  • Betcris.com If you love defense, you will love Wednesday’s Champions League battle between Juventus and Atletico Madrid. Atletico are known for their defense under manager Diego Simone. They have allowed just 17 goals in 23 matches in domestic play, and that was the reason they had lost just once at the midway point of the season. Meanwhile, Juventus have given up a scant 15 goals in 23 matches, and they have been historically known for their play in the back.   More

  • Betcris.com It’s been a great year for Tottenham Hotspur. Even though the club was eliminated from the FA Cup and Carabao Cup in the last few weeks, Spurs fans won’t complain. They are on pace to have their best record ever in the Premier League, and they are through to the knockout rounds of the Champions League. Now, Spurs face a good Borussia Dortmund team, but they will go into this Round of 16 tie with confidence. They beat Dortmund in both meetings in the Champions League group stage last year, winning their group in the process.   More

  • Betcris.com No matter how much money Paris Saint-Germain spends, they can’t get past the quarterfinals of the Champions League. PSG have made it out of the group stage in seven straight seasons, but they have fallen flat in the knockout rounds. The club has spent an increasing amount of money in order to try to break through, but so far that has had negative results as they were one and done in the Round of 16 in each of the last two seasons. They will try to avoid it happening for the third time in a row against Manchester United.   More

  • Friday, December 21st, 2018

    Champions League Round of 16 Preview

    By Jonathan Willis

    Betcris.com Earlier this week the Champions League Round of 16 draw was held, and as we always see, some teams celebrated their draw, while others bemoaned their fate. The knockout rounds of the Champions League start in mid-February with first legs being played over the span of two weeks, while the second legs of the competition will be in early March.   More

  • Betcris.com Most of the top teams in Europe are set to embark on their preseason tournaments. Many are coming to the International Cup of Champions in the United States or over in Asia. Though that isn't necessarily the best indication of what the club is going to bring to the table this year, it's the first sign we're going to have of what the Champions League might look like.   More

  • Betcris.com After spending a thrilling week wondering what was going to happen on the international break with teams qualifying for the World Cup, we're back to the thrilling action of the Champions League on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. There are some tremendous matches that are set to shape the way the rest of the world's biggest club soccer competition will play out, and these will surely be some of the most bet upon matches of the entire week.   More

  • Betcris.com There isn’t as much at stake on Wednesday as there is on Tuesday for the final Champions League matches. While there are three spots in the Round of 16 open on Tuesday, there is just one spot left for Wednesday’s matches. There are still two very important matches that will determine placement for the knockout rounds though, and those will be the ones to watch.   More

  • Betcris.com Tuesday is going to be full of action as eight teams will officially qualify for the Champions League Round of 16 at the end of the day. Five of those spots have already been decided. In Group A, Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund have already qualified and Atletico Madrid has the edge in the race for first. Barcelona has already locked up the top spot in Group B, while Porto has clinched the top spot in Group D and Schalke 04 has taken second in the group.   More

  • Betcris.com Two of the best teams in the world will soon be eliminated from the Champions League. Group B and Group C were the two toughest groups to get through ahead of the tournament, and they have certainly challenged each team in those two groups. In Group B, only Barcelona’s place in the next   More

  • Betcris.com We’re at the penultimate point of the Champions League Group Stage, and some teams are at the make or break point of their European campaigns. Clubs like Valencia are in desperate need of a win. Valencia are currently in third place in Group H, and they liked their chances until group favorites Juventus   More

  • Betcris.com Next week, we will begin looping back around in Champions League Group Stage action as the second round robin inverts the order of the first. That means the teams that faced each other just two weeks ago will meet on the pitch once more with ever increasing stakes. Wednesday’s matches feature teams in Group E through Group H, and the two teams from Manchester are facing off in arguably the two most important matches of the week.   More

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