Champions League Betting Preview – Tuesday 5th March
The Champions League returns on Tuesday night with two sides guaranteed to rubber-stamp their place in this season’s quarter-finals.
Spurs and Real Madrid seized the initiative in the first-leg ties last month – can either Dortmund or Ajax mount a response this evening?
Read on for our Champions League betting preview for tonight’s European action…
Champions League Betting Tips
Borussia Dortmund vs Spurs
(0-3 on aggregate after first leg)
It’s been a poor month for both these sides domestically with their title challenges both starting to falter at just the wrong moment, but it’s the German outfit that needs to find a miracle from somewhere after slumping to a convincing 3-0 defeat at Wembley in the first leg.
The current Bundesliga leaders have been uncharacteristically leaky in defence in recent weeks, which has allowed defending champions Bayern to recover from a sluggish start to re-ignite the title race with the two sides now level on points.
Lucien Favre’s side slipped to a 2-1 defeat to relegation strugglers Augsburg last weekend despite fielding a strong attacking line-up including the returning Marco Reus and will surely need an early goal to make a contest of this one.
Dortmund will look to exploit Spurs’ mounting injury problems in midfield with Harry Winks, Eric Dier and Dele Alli all expected to miss out.
Real Madrid vs Ajax
(2-1 on aggregate after first leg)
The Champions League may just be welcome respite for Santiago Solari’s side after a turbulent week which saw last year’s European champions slip to two consecutive defeats that ended their Copa del Rey hopes and all but extinguished their La Liga title challenge.
Second half strikes from Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio have put Madrid in the box seat in this fixture, and with the Champions League now their top priority, expect a response from Real against a dogged Ajax side who showed themselves to be more than capable of grinding out results away from home in the group stages. Gareth Bale will also want to silence his critics after receiving a mixed reception from home fans when substituted in last weekend’s Clasico.
It’ll take a mammoth effort for Ajax to overturn this deficit, but they have a chance to exploit a restless Bernabéu if they can start well.
Odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.