Tipster Will Burns takes a look at Wednesday’s fixtures in the Champions League Quarter-Finals first-legs below. Good luck if your having a punt, and please click on one of our sponsors to have a bet to help us pay the bills. All Will’s tips are over EVENS so you can get yourself some value in the markets. This time Will has changed things up a bit and looked especially at the anytime goalscorer markets.
WEDNESDAY 2ND APRIL 2014
REAL MADRID vs. BORUSSIA DORTMUND
Real Madrid face last year’s beaten finalists Borussia Dortmund, but the Germans will be without Robert Lewandowski as he’s suspended. Without the focal point in their attack, Jurgen Klopp’s side could struggle at the Bernabeu.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side returned to winning ways in La Liga at the weekend following back to back losses and they will be keen to maintain this momentum with the welcome of Dortmund. Real will be looking to extract revenge on the Bundesliga outfit after the two sides met at the last-four stage in 2012-13, with a Lewandowski-inspired 4-1 Dortmund win in the first leg that knocked Real out of the competition.
This campaign, Klopp’s men scraped into the last eight with a 5-4 aggregate success over Zenit, while Real were far more comfortable in seeing off Dortmund’s Bundesliga bitter rivals Schalke, winning 9-2 over two legs.
However, onto our best bet. Lewandowski’s replacement should be Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The striker is tremendously quick and has notched 13 goals in 19 starts this season but has limited Champions League experience. His only start was the last game, a 2-1 defeat by Zenit inside the Westfalenstadion. With Dortmund known to press high up we could see chances created for the Gabon international and at 13/5 it’s a cracking price.
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN vs. CHELSEA
Jose Mourinho takes his Chelsea side to Paris to face Laurent Blanc’s PSG side that have shown they have adapted well to European football over the last 18 months.
The Parisans played an excellent game against Barcelona at this stage of the competition last year and were unlucky to be eliminated on away goals. This time round, Blanc’s have just been beaten once at home this season and have conceded only nine goals at home. Brazilian Thiago Silva, although wearing a protective face mask, should be confident against whoever Mourinho opts to play up front. Cameroonian veteran Samuel Eto’o, whom Silva will know from the umpteen Milan derbies in which they clashed, looks likely to be ruled out through injury so it may be the job of Fernando Torres to step up to the plate.
Leading us into our bet of the night… PSG have averaged 2.8 goals per game in front of their own fans at the Parc des Princes this season. The cocky talisman Zlatan Ibrahimović has eight goals in just five matches in this season’s competition and I will ‘Dare to Zlatan’ for our best bet. Once again, we find the best price at Bet Victor and at 29/20 for this in-form striker, it’s a price too good to ignore.
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