Strange set up this year in the Champions League with half of the round of last 16 matches being played last week and the rest being played this midweek. Tomorrow, holders Barcelona kick back into Champions league action, fresh off the back of a mauling of Santander and their opponents are fresh off delivering a weekend drubbing themselves, so the value may be in betting the goal line in this one, with good value betting opportunity in backing either of the VFB strikers as anytime goalscorer picks at approx 3/1 on the Betting Exchanges. Cacau BTW is fresh off a hattrick! Elsewhere in the Champions League betting, there doesn't seem to be any other standout soccer picks this week with Inter vs chelsea and CSKA vs Sevilla looking too close to call, although an anytime goalscorer bet on the young Serbian star for CSKA, Milos Krasic, looks a cracking value bet @ best betting price of 4/1.
In the Europa league, we have the reverse of last week's soccer fixtures but this week, it's likely to be more open as teams are forced to go on the offensive. That could leave the door open for a counter attacking lesson for Unirea, vs LFC, especially as Torres is likely to feature at some stage and LFC look overpriced at 5/6. There should be goals is games elsewhere in the Europa League as teams like Atletico and Villarreal will be forced to push forward to overturn first leg disadvantages(in terms of away goals). Another standout is Hertha, who will have to come out against a Benfica side who could seriously punish them if they leave too much space. 13/10 on the handicap is good value on Benfica...... stay tuned for expert Champions league soccer picks / europa league predictions
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Selection: VFB vs Barcelona
Bet: Cacau anytime scorer
Info: Hit a hattrick at the weekend and Barca with some defensive problems. More unlikely than likely but good value in the price.
Confidence: 40% Stake: 1.5pts Odds: 3/1 Book: Exchanges
Selection: VFB vs Barcelona
Bet: Over 2.5 goals
Info: Both teams fresh off big wins at the weekend. Cacau of VFB scored a hattrick and Pogrebnyak is looking good also. We know Barca only play 1 way and that's going forward.
Confidence: 70% Stake: 3.75pts Odds: 5/6 Book: (coral)
Selection: Unirea vs LFC
Bet: LFC win
Info: With Torres likely to play a part and Unirea needing a win, it's perfectly set up for Liverpool to sting them on the counter. 5/6 is too big a price.
Confidence: 70-75% Stake: 3.75pts Odds: 5/6 Book: Exchanges
Selection: CSKA vs Sevilla
Bet: Dzagoev anytime scorer (VOID - Out Injured)
Info: I did mention Milos Krasic but he's a midfielder and I can't believe that they have Dzagoev priced up even bigger to get on the scoresheet.
Confidence: 45% Stake:2pts Odds: 9/2 Book: (Ladbrokes)
-1pt Dzagoev to score a brace @ 50/1 (paddypower)(VOID - Out Injured)
Bet: Benfica win vs Hertha/ Juventus win vs Ajax
Info: Both away sides have to overturn first leg disadvantages and home sides can hit them on the break. Both home sides much the superior teams.
Confidence: 60% Stake: 3.5pts Odds: 7/5 Book: (general)
Selection: Wolfsburg vs Villarreal
Bet: Goal line Over 2.75
Info: Villarreal's last 2 games have produced no less than 12 goals and after drawing 2-2 at home in the first leg, they must go for the win in wolfsburg.
Confidence: 75% Stake: 4pts Odds: 1/1 Book: (bet365)
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