As we finish reflecting on a big week of football, the next one promptly comes around and once again there is so much to be enthusiastic about. To begin with, we have the Champions League second set of fixtures in the round of last 16, where Liverpool host Bayern Munich, and Atletico Madrid take on Juventus, as well as Barcelona in action.

Following that, the weekend promises to be a cracker, as the biggest rivalry in English football sees Manchester United host Liverpool, with the Carabao Cup final between Manchester City and Chelsea to follow. Additionally, the German title race continues to hot up, and there are some other key games across Europe to look out for, too.

As always, I will be giving you my expert predictions, based on stats, research and that all-important gut feeling that carries me across the line! All bets will be accumulator-based bets, for all the tipsters out there to win big from small, so don’t anticipate any easy victories. Let’s get cracking!

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‘Champions League Special – Part 2’

After producing a Champions League special last week with the four matches, I shall be doing the same again for this week. Liverpool hosting Bayern Munich is the main attraction on Tuesday, with Atletico Madrid welcoming Juventus on the Wednesday. Aside from that, Manchester City and Barcelona have relatively easy fixtures, with them drawing Schalke 04 and Lyon respectively. In last week’s matches, all of the favourites won, so should the same happen again?

Match One: Liverpool vs Bayern Munich

The sides haven’t met in the Champions League since the 1980’s and haven’t met in all competitions for 18 years, so finally we see the most decorative teams in European competitions from Germany and England meet each other. It’s hard to call this match, and neither can the bookmakers, making it 5/6 for either side to qualify.

Liverpool are favourites on the night though, priced at 1/1. Anfield can create a supreme atmosphere, and Bayern Munich’s shaky defence may not be able to withstand it. Mohammed Salah of Liverpool, and Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich are some of the most potent attacking players in the world, therefore, I expect goals from both sides in a narrow win for Liverpool.

Match Bet: Liverpool to win and over 3.5 goals in the match at 10/3 bet now betting on football 

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Match Two: Lyon vs Barcelona

Lyon are undefeated in the Champions League this season, which included taking 4 points away from Manchester City. That sole win at the Etihad Stadium, with 5 consecutive draws was enough to secure them a place in the last 16. Barcelona won’t be fearful though, as they were also a team that were undefeated in the group stage, and in even more convincing fashion, winning 4 and drawing two, qualifying in first spot. I expect Barcelona to cruise through, but this particular match will be tricky. I anticipate Barcelona to win by just one goal and wouldn’t be surprising if it was Lionel Messi to get it.

Match Bet: Barcelona to win by a one goal margin at 3/1 bet now betting on football 

Match Three: Atletico Madrid vs Juventus

Wow, for the football tactical masterminds, this is truly a match to look forward to. Unsurprisingly, there has been only one goal scored in their previous two fixtures, as the two teams boast the best defensives across Europe. Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez of Atletico, Giorgio Chiellini and Leanardo Bonucci of Juventus are two tough central defensive partnerships that don’t give their opponents much breathing space.

Therefore, the likes of Antoine Griezmann for Atletico, and Cristiano Ronaldo for Juventus will need to play to their full potential to score in what is likely to be a low scoring encounter. Something special will have to decide this game of wits between managers Diego Simeone and Massimiliano Allegri. Juventus are slight favourites over the two legs, but for this first clash, it’s 50/50 with both sides at 7/4 to win. In this scenario, a draw is most likely, and there to be few goals in the game.

Match Bet: Draw and there to be less than 2.5 goals in the match at 9/4 bet now betting on football 

Match Four: Schalke 04 vs Manchester City

This fixture is the most one-sided game in the round of 16 games, and that’s no surprise as Schalke are closer to the relegation battle in the Bundesliga, than they are for a top half finish. On the contrary, Manchester City still have a chance of winning a historic quadruple in England. Leroy Sane is back on his old ground, and I believe he will be one of the scorers in what will be a relatively comfortable game for the visitors.

Match Bet: Leroy Sane to score and Manchester City to win at 7/4 bet now betting on football 

Bet Summary: For all of my predictions to come to fruition in an accumulator bet, you can boost your odds to a huge 154/1.

‘Goal Splurge’

For my next accumulator bet, consisting of three matches, I am backing there to be a serious amount of goals by the usual suspects across Europe. There are some teams that score an average of nearly 3 goals per game, and usually that average peaks higher when playing some of the sides towards the bottom of their respective leagues. Therefore, I am opting to back the following three teams to bag many goals for their club, and bag you money for your pockets.

Match One: Paris St-Germain vs Nimes Olympique

Going into match day 24, PSG have an amazing record of three goals per game – incredible. The likes of Neymar and Cavani are injured at the moment, but Kylian Mbappe, Di Maria and Julian Draxler are still there to create and score many goals against their opposition. This weekend, Nimes are the team who will try and stop them, but they have conceded 35 goals from 25 games this season, including four against PSG in the reverse fixture. Surely, another goal fest at the Parc des Princes?

Match Bet: PSG to score 4+ goals at 15/8 bet now betting on football 

Match Two: Benfica vs GD Chaves

Benfica’s new manager Bruno Lage has had an incredibly impact since joining the club at the start of the new year. Most notably, he has managed to help them find the back of the net, as they have staggeringly scored 33 goals in his first 10 games in charge, including a 10-0 (yes, ten!), just a couple of weeks ago. Youngster Joao Felix looks to be a star of the future, as Benfica look increasingly impressive and they should have another easy evening in store on Sunday, as they welcome 17th placed Chaves on Sunday.

Match Bet: Benfica to score 4+ at 13/8 bet now betting on football 

Match Three: Levante vs Real Madrid

Now, to really boost the odds up, we are going to back Real Madrid to produce one of their special performances this weekend. They are a hard team to call now, as they recently scored 3 at Atletico Madrid, but also just lost to Girona at home this past weekend. The main reason as to why I choose this game, is that Levante, who are in 10th, also have the joint worst defensive record this season, and if they catch Real Madrid on a good day, the floodgates could open. Let’s hope we see the best Real Madrid on Sunday.

Match Bet: Real Madrid to score 4+ goals at 3/1 bet now betting on football 

Bet Summary: For all those selected teams to score 4 or more goals, that is priced at a generous 30/1.

‘Tag Team Sunday – Chelsea & Liverpool vs The Manchester Clubs’

On Sunday, we are treated to Manchester United against Liverpool, followed by the Carabao Cup Final that sees Chelsea trying to get revenge against Manchester City, who they recently lost 6-0 to. The strange thing is, that the both sides going into the cup final will have a special interest of what’s happening in the league match before them.

Pep Guardiola’s City side will be desperate to hear news that Liverpool have dropped points to United, whilst Chelsea will be wishing their closest challengers to the top four lose at home to Liverpool. Who is going to win this tag team match on Sunday? Here are two scenarios that will give you incredible odds.

Match One: Manchester United vs Liverpool

So, can Liverpool go one huge step closer to the title by beating their arch-rivals Manchester United on their own turf? Something in me suggests that this will be the day that either makes or breaks Liverpool’s season. I believe that they can win this game, despite only winning at Old Trafford twice in their last 15 visits.

Mohammed Salah is a player who has scored past all of the teams in the Premier League, but he has yet to score against Manchester United. Can he put that record right, and take Liverpool to victory in a huge day in the Premier League?

Match Bet: Mohammed Salah to score more goals than Manchester United at 5/1 bet now betting on football 

Match Two: Manchester City vs Chelsea

Now, can a team who lost 6-0 in the Premier League just two weeks ago, somehow get revenge and beat them in the first domestic cup final of the season? For this bet, of course! I believe we will see an enthralling match between the two sides, and could see both teams get a few goals, with nothing to be decided in 90 minutes.

Therefore, to wrap up this incredible Sunday, I predict that Chelsea will lift the trophy by beating Manchester City on penalties. Manchester City’s quadruple dream will end, their title chances will become slimmer, and it would be a huge tag-team win for Chelsea and Liverpool. Could it really happen?

Match Bet: Chelsea to win on penalties at 12/1 bet now betting on football 

Bet Summary: For Liverpool and Chelsea to achieve two great results, you can double them up to boost your odds to magnificent 77/1. It would be a day to forget for Manchester.

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