More Midweek Madness
Although there are just two Champions League encounters to deal with this evening, here’s our preview of those European heavyweight clashes.
A Match At Wanda
If you were to believe everything that came out of the Manchester United camp right now, you would not know what to believe and for that reason, it makes more sense to simply focus on the football.
Football that takes place this evening, as the Red Devils travel to the red and white half of Madrid and in doing so, prepare to face off against an Atletico Madrid side who are hoping for better fortunes in Europe.
It has been no secret that Atletico have floundered during this campaign and not only has their defence of last season’s LaLiga crown gone missing, but now a top-four finish in Spain’s top division is also at stake.
Which is why the stakes are so high for Diego Simeone and if the Argentine can finally lead his men to the summit of European football, it would then also provide the club with a huge insurance policy for next season.
One that would simply negate the need for a top-four finish in this season’s La Liga, by virtue of Atletico returning to the competition as holders. However, exit to Manchester United and the pressure will only increase on the man who has been in the Atletico hotseat since 2011.
While when it comes to an insurance policy for tonight, this is an encounter that suggests that there will not be a great deal in terms of goals and therefore odds of 4/6 with bet365 for under 2.5 in total, is a bet that seems a solid bankroll builder.
All Eyes On Lisbon
Although Benfica are currently 200/1 to win this season’s edition of the Champions League, you only have to look to last week’s performance by Red Bull Salzburg, to know that nobody can be written off at this stage of the competition.
Especially as Benfica have already played a huge part in disposing Barcelona before Christmas and although the Catalan outfit are not quite as gigantic as they once were, it is a scalp that has left the Portuguese hungry for more upsets.
Which is why their pairing with Ajax is such an interesting proposition and with the Eredivisie outfit currently sixth favourites to win this season’s edition of the Champions League, they will be confident of at least moving onto the last eight.
However, confident is only one half of any European football battle and with Benfica relishing the role of relative underdogs, they would love nothing more than to take a second leg advantage over to the Netherlands.
As we all know by now, there are no away goals to consider and whether this tips the balance to the home side, or the visitors is something that many are still trying to work out. While with this being such a conundrum, it is unlikely that the answer will be found this evening.
Therefore, it is time to look at what answers we can at least hope to find this evening and one of them is whether Ajax will run out 2-1 winners and at odds of 9/1 with bet365, you may also be hoping that proves to be the case.