Champions League Same Game Multi: Suarez to finish the job

Luis Suarez.
Luis Suarez had an excellent game in the first leg.

One evenly-poised tie, one not so much, but don't let that stop you from having two good same-game multi-bets for an interest in both semi-finals, says Jamie Pacheco.

"But I’d rather go with Luis Suarez at 2.87. He looked extremely sharp in that first leg and scored the all-important opener. He’s the sort of player who’s twice as fired up against an old club than he normally is, which is quite fired up already. It would be just like him to hammer the final nail into Liverpool’s coffin. The double comes to 3.7."

Liverpool v Barcelona
Tuesday May 7, 20:00
Live on BT Sport 2

Suarez to silence Anfield

Barcelona have reminded both Manchester United and Liverpool in recent weeks that having improved over the last few months is one thing but it's not until you play the very best that you can really tell how much far you've come. Or haven't come.

In United's case, it was 1-0 defeat at home by Barca followed by a 3-0 loss in Spain and even Liverpool, still on course for a (somewhat unlikely at this stage, admittedly) Premier League title were pretty much 'schooled' in Barcelona last week.

Some will still believe that an early Liverpool goal can get the Anfield crowd going and that Barca will feel some pressure meaning a shock comeback like the one Roma executed against them last season may happen again.

I'm not so sure. Not only is a three-goal deficit virtually impossible to turn around but I think they'd do pretty well just to win the match. And the circumstances may just play into Barca's hands with the hosts forced to take some chances by sending men forward and leave a few gaps, which plays perfectly into the hands of the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

Add the fact that Barcelona were able to rest as many players as they wished at the weekend while Liverpool were forced to play their best XI as they ground to a 3-2 win at Newcastle and you see some further problems. That's without even mentioning that Mo Salah may miss the match and that Roberto Firmino is definitely sidelined. Back Barca on the Double Chance market at 1.664/6.

I'd be pretty surprised if Barca don't score here. Messi has a good record against English teams with 26 in 33 matches and you can back him at 2.111/10. But I'd rather go with Luis Suarez at 2.87. He looked extremely sharp in that first leg and scored the all-important opener. He's the sort of player who's twice as fired up against an old club than he normally is, which is quite fired up already. It would be just like him to hammer the final nail into Liverpool's coffin. The double comes to 3.711/4.

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Ajax v Tottenham
Wednesday May 8, 20:00
Live on BT Sport 2

Low-scoring Ajax win worth a dabble

To say that the dice are loaded against Tottenham here is an understatement. They're 1-0 down from the first leg in London, and Spurs can't be in high spirits after losing their third game in a row at the weekend at Bournemouth. By the way, that was also their fifth defeat in their last six in all competitions.

It's a been a long old season for Spurs and I strongly suspect their interest in the Champions League ends here. And I think Ajax can win the game. Morale must be pretty low in the Spurs camp and Ajax will have had plenty of time to prepare for this game: physically, mentally, tactically. It's 2.1511/10 that Ajax win the match.

And if that wins comes, it's likely to be a low-scoring one. All of Tottenham's last five games ended with a 1-0 scoreline (four defeats, one win) including of course the reverse at White Hart Lane.

One-nil is one of those scorelines where you're never completely out of the game so there won't be any extreme urgency from Tottenham, much less from Ajax. The way I picture this panning out is Ajax managing a goal and then defending their lead or it being 0-0 for a while and Ajax eventually scoring on the break late on to pretty much settle the matter. By going with under 2.5 goals you do of course also have the 2-0 scoreline going for you, which also isn't that unlikely.

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