The UEFA Champions League knockout stages are about to begin. We have 8 pairs of games, and each one will be very exciting, regardless of the alleged difference in the quality. We’ve witnessed a lot of surprises over the years, and are free to say that whoever underestimates its opponent, often experiences a horrifying ending. For this occasion, we will make a preview for two matches scheduled for this Tuesday. The first is Atletico Madrid vs. Liverpool, while the second includes Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint Germain.
Atletico Madrid vs. Liverpool
The reigning European champions are heading for Spain to meet one of the teams who are masterful once appearing in the knockout stages of any competition. Although it seems that the Madridians might be a bit weaker than during the previous years, this is not the case.
The Mattress Makers are quite solid at home, and have four wins and a draw in the recent five clashes there. In four of them, Diego Simeone’s company hasn’t allowed a single goal. Things are a bit different on the road, but it won’t be the same in the knockout games, be sure about that. The most recent clash saw them getting out with a draw in Valencia, 2-2, and that will improve the morale for sure, as we all know, that any positive result at Mestalla is worth a lot.
On the other side, we have the most dominant crew in the world right now. With all due respect towards other people, Liverpool is the hottest team on the globe. The Reds have 14 games in a row without a loss, and 4 straight victories, In those four games, they didn’t allow a single goal. By the way, we need to add that Klopp’s team hasn’t recorded a win over the last 10 games only against Shrewsbury in the FA Cup, and that was because the German mixed the lineup and gave a chance to the younger players.
Regarding this event, our suggestion is under 2.5 goals. The reasons for that are numerous. First, both Atletico and Liverpool have superb defenses, and they play very tight over the recent period. That is Liverpool plays like that, Atletico always had rock-solid back line. Second, it is the first leg, and neither side would overexpose and risk winding up in a difficult situation. Odds at BetXChange are at 0.63.
Borussia Dortmund vs. PSG
Now this will be an opposite game to the previous one. We have two teams whose primary approach is offensive-minded and who aren’t into defending too much. And why would they with such fantastic attacks? On one side, you have Halland, Reuss, and Sancho, while on the other, Neymar, Mbappe, and Cavani.
Seven of the last eight matches Borussia played saw four or more goals. Their games are fun to watch, not only due to high efficiency, but also because of the attractive and appealing style of play, which gets the crowd on their feet. Over the most recent three events at home, their goal difference is 15-1, and that can tell you a lot about the mindset of this crew. With Haaland onboard, everything is much easier.
Meanwhile, PSG snapped its streak of nine wins in a row against Amiens after playing 4-4. Also, this was their 23rd consecutive event in which they didn’t lose. We don’t need to talk about their efficiency, as four of five previous meetings the Saints participated saw five or more hits, and in the vast majority, since the campaign started, over 1.5 goals in the first half took place.
That is our pick in this case. Both Borussia and PSG will start this one aggressively, and there won’t be any calculations. These teams don’t know anything else than to attack, which is why goals are the safest bet here. BetXChange’s odds for this tip are 1.04.