Tottenham v Ajax
Tuesday April 30, 20:00
Live on BT Sport 2
Spurs to edge it eventually
Tottenham have done brilliantly to get this far. It's worth remembering that they needed to avoid defeat in Barcelona in their last group game just to make it to the Last 16.
But they'll be pretty annoyed that having got this far, they'll have to play this first leg without their two most dangerous attackers. Harry Kane is still recovering from a bad injury while Heung-Min Son is suspended for this one after picking up a booking in that second leg against Manchester City.
It means Mauricio Pochettino will have to re-think his starting line-up and gameplan given he's not used to being without both of them. It may also mean that he'll have to be a little less ambitious in the first match and would surely view a 1-0 or 2-1 win as an excellent result which he'd fancy his side to defend in Amsterdam.
And a win by a single goal looks the way to go at 16/5 rather than the straight win at 6/4. They beat City 1-0 in that first leg, remember, and with those two mammoth absences they'll struggle for goals more than usual. The smart money is on them making use of home advantage and their greater levels of experience to beat this gutsy young Ajax side but a one-goal lead is probably as much as they can hope for.
This one may be a little bit of a slow burner. Tottenham are unlikely to come out all guns blazing while Ajax will probably be keen to keep things tight for as long as possible before taking a few risks later on.
So we're unlikely to have more than one first half goal. In Spurs' last 17 games in all competitions, only twice have there been two or more goals in the first half- a 4-0 win over Huddersfield and that incredible 4-3 defeat at City - so we should be pretty safe here. Under 1.5 goals is 2/5.
The double comes to 5.88.
Barcelona v Liverpool
Wednesday 01 May, 20:00
Live on BT Sport 2
Mane to give Reds every chance at the Camp Nou
With all due respect to Spurs and Ajax, few would disagree that this isn't the sexier of the two ties.
I've already said here that Liverpool have a great chance of not only going through but actually winning the competition but make no mistake about it: with the possible exception of their trip to the Etihad, this is their stiffest challenge of the season.
I wouldn't care to guess how this one will turn out in terms of a scoreline but I think Liverpool will score here. It's all well and good talking about big European nights at Anfield and how the crowd lifts the players but going into the second leg 2-0 down is very different to it being 2-1 or even 3-1 so Jurgen Klopp will have to show some attacking intent rather tan trying to take the sting out of the game, which doesn't really suit their style of play anyway.
In 78 games this season, the Reds have only failed to score in six of them and with there being little doubt that Barcelona will get at least one, we can be pretty confident we'll see both teams scoring, which is 8/15.
So who can get that Liverpool goal? Mo Salah is 17/10 and deserves respect after scoring plenty at the latter stages of the Champions League last year and has five in his last six games; but he's not the one we like.
Sadio Mane has four in his last four and has generally looked sharper than the Egyptian over the past few weeks. It's one thing double-marking the former Roma man but dealing with raw pace is a trickier prospect, especially when Barcelona's defenders aren't particularly quick themselves.
The both have four goals in the Champions League this season so can't be spit in that regard but crucially Mane is a considerably bigger price at 12/5 so that settles the matter for once and for all.
Last time we had a same-game multi bet on a Barcelona match in the Champions League, it won at 9.47 thanks to a Lionel Messi double. This time round the double comes to only 5.88 but you should get a good run for your money.