The UEFA Champions League comes back this midweek, and we’re here to write about all the games involved in the quarterfinals. Today’s two are Sevilla vs. Borussia Dortmund and FC Porto vs. Juventus.
Sevilla vs. Borussia Dortmund
The Rojoblancos are on fire now, with nine straight wins, eight of them without a goal allowed. By far, they are the best defense in Spain, along with Atletico Madrid, and are the hottest team in La Liga. In the previous five home events, Julen Lopetegui’s side had a goal difference of 12 scored and zero allowed goals, defeating among other sides, Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semis. Sevilla is tactically probably the best team in Spain, and that was something obvious during their Europa League run last season. When it comes to knockout competitions, they are extremely dangerous.
On the other side, Borussia is looking distressed and without any tactical gameplan. The Millionaires are slowly turning into a wild bunch, and it seems that the management allows that because of the value of the players and the potential profits from their transfers. Haaland, Sancho, Reyna, etc, are all complicating things too much and play without any responsibility, but as told before, such an approach isn’t bothering the German side. Previous eight their games saw both sides to score, and the last six were with over 2.5 goals.
After watching their last matches, respectively, we realized that the Spanish side is much more serious. Sevilla is the current Europa League winner, and during that run, they would defeat numerous high-profile names, for instance, Inter Milan and Manchester United. Due to that, we are giving them an edge in this opening leg, and recommend betting on their victory.
The odds at BetXChange are 1.35.
FC Porto vs. Juventus
Porto is in the same position, with seven games without a loss, but with four consecutive draws, three of them in the domestic league. The last one was at home against Boavista, 2-2 on Saturday night. Now, what is especially painful for the home team in that game was a missed penalty in the finish of the match. The teams were leveled in those moments, which might be a massive morale-killer for Sergio Conceicao’s boys. On the other side, what boosts the Dragons’ self-confidence is a stretch of 14 games at home without a loss.
The Old Lady’s pale performance in Naples caused them to experience the second game in a row in which they haven’t scored and the first defeat following seven straight games. During that defeatless stretch, they would keep clean sheets six times and look pretty confident. Yet, when it mattered the most, Juventini slipped and now have to hope that the teams from Milan make a few mistakes as well and get them back into the championship race.
Due to all the recent results, with both Porto and
Juve failing to post wins in some very important matches, we’re expecting to see a more cautious approach from both head coaches. Don’t hope to see too many goals in this contest. The moderate efficiency is the best choice for betting, 2 or 3 scores, with the odds on that 0.95 at BetXChange. Please avoid betting on the full-time result because this could go either way, even though Juventus comes in as a solid favorite.