It's Liverpool v Bayern and Atletico Madrid v Juventus this week and Jamie Pacheco picks his usual best same-game multi bets from each of those matches..
"If we’re going for a goalscorer, I don’t think there’s any need to look beyond the obvious. Compared to last season, Mo Salah is having a quiet season but by any other standards, it’s been an excellent one. 20 goals in 32 appearances tell their own story and if anything, his current role as a false nine may help his chances of a goal even further."
Liverpool v Bayern Munich
Tuesday February 19, 20:00
Salah to help Liverpool edge it
This is arguably the most mouth-watering tie of the round and this first leg should be a good one.
Liverpool don't come into this match at quite their best but you have the feeling that Jurgen Klopp has been thinking about this match for a long time.
He'll be without Virgil van Dijk, his best defender and arguably his most influential player this season but you could argue that it would have been worse if he wasn't there for the second leg, instead.
The hosts are 19/20 to win in normal time and there will surely be takers of that. After all, they won all three home matches this season in the Champions League and we all know how special the atmosphere can be on a big European night at Anfield, giving the team a huge lift.
But at a far bigger 11/4 you can back them to win by exactly 1 goal. They may have smashed Red Star here 4-0 but when playing sides of a standard more similar to Bayern - PSG and Napoli - they won 3-2 and 1-0 so maybe that's a better indication. Another thing to consider is how the teams would view a 1-0 or 2-1 win for Klopp's boys. Liverpool would fancy themselves to defend that in Munich, Bayern would think it would be a 50/50 tie from there and take it. That's not exactly a scientific approach to looking at a football match but then again, this game isn't always about numbers.
If we're going for a goalscorer, I don't think there's any need to look beyond the obvious. Compared to last season, Mo Salah is having a quiet season but by any other standards, it's been an excellent one. 20 goals in 32 appearances tells its own story and if anything, his current role as a false nine may help his chances of a goal even further.
It was his goal in that 1-0 win over Napoli, a must-win game, that kept Liverpool in the competition and another would go a long way to help them stay in it.
The double comes to 7.39.
Atletico Madrid v Juventus
Wednesday February 20, 20:00
Griezmann in the goals
The 19/10 about Atletico at first glance looks a big price but unfortunately for them, a slight loss of form has come at just the wrong time so we have to swerve that.
There's that famous saying about the best laid plans of mice and men (going awry). Looking at this match, Diego Simeone will be thinking that his number one priority is to keep a clean sheet, his second is to score a goal. Massimiliano Allegri in the meanwhile will be eyeing up a typically (Italian) pragmatic 0-0 or 1-1 and thinking his team can do the business back in Turin. So a low-scoring affair on the cards, right?
Maybe but the value on the goals market must certainly lies with 'overs' at 31/20. Yes, admittedly in each team's Group Stages matches there were more 'unders' games than 'overs' but it was a close run thing. Besides, that's part of the reason why unders is a considerably strong favourite anyway.
You only have to look at the teamsheets on the night to see the potential for goals. Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala, Antoine Griezmann, Alvaro Morata, Nikola Kalinic, Douglas Costa...to name but a few. If it goes to form and logic and ends up being low-scoring, fine. But I'd rather take the gamble it doesn't.
Much like with Salah (see above) I don't see the need to look beyond the man who is alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, the best finisher on the pitch. Griezmann has 19 goals from 38 appearances for club and country this season with four of those coming in this competition. It's stating the obvious to say that Atletico's whole game is based around providing him with service and that taking free-kicks and penalties will help his cause, but so what?
21/10 is a very decent price about a player of his caliber to get a goal, Juventus or no Juventus, and completes our double which comes to 5.29.