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  • Thursday, February 6th, 2020

    UEFA Champions League Season Preview

    By Jonathan Willis There weren’t many upsets in the Group Stage of this year’s UEFA Champions League, but the knockout stage draw pitted some of the favorites to win this competition against each other. Liverpool will have to face one of the best defensive teams in the world in Atletico Madrid, Manchester City and Real Madrid will square off in a battle of juggernauts, and Bayern Munich must take on a dangerous Chelsea squad that has surprised at this stage in previous years.   More

  • There is no real Cinderella story in the Champions League coming into the knockout rounds. Nearly all the favorites to advance out of the Group Stage and into the Round of 16 made it to this point, and it’s a list of usual suspects that are the favorites. The current Champions League betting odds have Manchester City, Liverpool, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Paris Saint-Germain in a class of their own with odds of 8-1 or less to advance, while the only three longshots with odds of 100-1 or more are Atalanta, Valencia, and Lyon. We’ll see whether the chalk holds up in the knockout rounds, or if a Cinderella team can emerge.   More

  • We all knew that Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain were the two best teams in Group A, and first place will likely be determined when they meet in Madrid on Tuesday. PSG have a perfect record in the Group Stage, and they are the only team in this year’s Champions League that has yet to allow a goal. They are five points ahead of Real Madrid, and the Spanish juggernauts will need to grab all three points in Spain this week to have any chance of winning the group.   More

  • Only a miracle Lucas Moura goal kept Ajax out of the Champions League Final last season, and the Dutch giants are out to make another deep run in the competition. Ajax have won the Champions League four times in their history, and this club is atop Group H even though they sold off both Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt during the summer. They can put a hammerlock on this group with a victory over Chelsea this Wednesday.   More

  • Bayer Leverkusen are in an unenviable situation headed into Tuesday’s tilt with Atletico Madrid. Leverkusen have already lost to both Juventus and Lokomotiv Moscow in Group D play, falling to the latter at home, so their Champions League betting odds are long. The German club is probably going to even miss out on a third-place finish that would put them in the knockout rounds of the Europa League. Atletico Madrid are tied with Juventus atop the group, and they will look to suffocate Bayer Leverkusen to earn three points and keep pace with the Serie A giants.   More

  • For the first time in over a decade, Barcelona may not win a single trophy this season. It’s not quite time to press the panic button, but it’s certainly time for Barca fans to start worrying. The La Liga betting favorites at the start of the season are in sixth place in the standings, and superstar Lionel Messi has been sidelined by two separate injuries. If they fail to get the full three points at home against Inter Milan on Wednesday, the unthinkable is suddenly in play. Barcelona might actually miss out on the knockout rounds of the Champions League for the first time in almost two decades.   More

  • The two heavyweights in Group B of this year’s Champions League will tangle on Tuesday when Tottenham Hotspur host Bayern Munich in London. Spurs are hoping not to repeat last year’s Group Stage sweat in the Champions League, though they wouldn’t mind a repeat of their subsequent run through the knockout rounds. As for Bayern Munich, they have made it to the knockout rounds of the Champions League for 16 consecutive seasons, and they are very unlikely to miss out this year.   More

  • After nearly a decade of heartbreaking Champions League failures, Paris Saint-Germain fans must grit their teeth when they play in the most prestigious international tournament. PSG have been one of the favorites to win the competition per the soccer betting odds in every season from 2012-13 to this year, but they have never even made it past the quarterfinals. Their recent history of being given difficult draws continues to as PSG are in the same group as Real Madrid. Real Madrid knocked PSG out of the 2017-18 Champions League, and Los Blancos are out to win their 14th Champions League title.   More

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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