On Tuesday, Barcelona hosts Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig takes on Liverpool in the first of two matches in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16. Barca, as to be expected, is a less than even money favorite against PSG. Leipzig is a slight underdog versus the Reds. Will the home teams protect their pitch in the first match of the two-leg aggregate? Or will the road teams come up big? Let’s find out so you can bet against their Champions League odds.
UEFA Champions League: Barca Takes On PSG and Leipzig Battles Pool
- When: Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 3:00 pm ET
Paris Saint-Germain +220 Vs Barcelona -101 | UEFA Champions League Round of 16
Barcelona’s offense has been unstoppable. The home squad scored 5 goals in a 5-1 victory over Alaves on Feb. 13. Lionel Messi signed the richest contract in sports history to stay with Barcelona. No doubt, Messi wants to show the contract is justified. Taking a big lead over PSG in the goal aggregate is one way to do that.
To their credit Paris Saint-Germain has also played well. The top team in French Ligue 1 is on a 4-match winning streak. Granted, they didn’t play a single team on the level of Barcelona. But they did play well enough to get the 4 victories. Almost as important? PSG held their opponents to a combined 1 goal.
Neymar and his mates don’t give up a ton of goals. Paris could pull off a shocker and beat Barcelona straight up. More than likely, they hang back, prevent Barca from scoring a goal and then try for a 1-0 aggregate victory when they get Messi and his crew at home.
Champions League Pick: Draw
Liverpool +122 Vs RB Leipzig +195 | UEFA Champions League Round of 16
RB Leipzig isn’t the best squad in the Bundesliga. They have played well, though, winning 4-of-5. But before getting too excited about Leipzig’s chances against Pool, the one loss was as ugly as it gets. Mainz has 14 points on the Bundesliga Standings. Yet, somehow, they pulled off the shocker and beat RBL.
Based on the loss to Mainz, Leipzig has no chance against a quality squad like Liverpool. Ah, but the 2021 Reds aren’t the same as the 2020 Reds. For some reason, Liverpool has become a disaster of a soccer team.
Pool heads into this off 3 straight losses. We can forgive the 1-4 defeat against Manchester City. The Sky Blues are playing like the best club team on the planet, yes, even better than Bayern. But we can’t forgive losing 1-3 defeat against Leicester or losing 0-1 to Brighton and Hove Albion.
Liverpool could surprise. Our prediction? The Reds lose their fourth straight. Leipzig is a quality Bundesliga squad and Pool has struggled against worst teams in recent games.
Champions League Pick: RB Leipzig