Champions League preview: Can Arsenal and Barcelona pull off a miracle?

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Champions League preview: Can Arsenal and Barcelona pull off a miracle?

Jack Rathborn

Arsenal vs Bayern Munich (Draw 13/5 Ladbrokes)

The two legs and away goal rule dynamics are imperative to consider as this week and with Bayern already four clear on aggregate, there is no real motivation for Carlo Ancelotti’s side to push for a win.

Arsenal are unravelling though following their defeat at Anfield against Liverpool and Mesut Ozil is out. The German has his sceptics and comes up small perennially in big games, but his absence undoubtedly hurts the Gunners.

Alexis Sanchez may have a point to prove following his bust-up with Arsene Wenger and the Emirates crowd will demand a reaction, if for nothing else other than to boost their late season push for a top four finish.

So the draw, available at 13/5 with Ladbrokes, seems like the way to play this given Both Teams To Score is so short at 4/9.

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Napoli vs Real Madrid (Napoli to win and Both Teams To Score 16/5 Boyle Sports)

This one is bubbling nicely as we head to the caldron that is the San Paolo: one of the most intimidating atmospheres in European football, where the noise generated literally shifts blocks of flats surrounding the stadium.

The odds are delicately poised on either side, making it a pick ‘em, with both sides available at 17/10.

Real Madrid have scored in 46 consecutive games in all competitions, so the Partenopei are likely going to need at least three to stands a chance of progressing.

But the momentum of the San Paolo crowd, combined with the free-flowing, frenetic style of Maurizio Sarri’s team means a home win is a distinct possibility – even if Real Madrid progress – so the 16/5, with Boyle Sports, for Napoli to win and Both Teams To Score looks attractive. 

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Barcelona vs PSG (Barcelona to win 1/2 and Barcelona half-time/full-time 6/5 Ladbrokes)

Never has a tie been more exciting and intriguing despite such an emphatic first leg result; throw in the added narrative of Luis Enrique announcing he will leave the Camp Nou this summer, and a first-ever side overcoming a 4-0 first leg deficit seems remotely possible.

Let’s rewind to the opening line of the blog when the second leg dynamic was mentioned, as given their four-goal lead, PSG would be content enough with a 3-0 defeat.

A fast start by the Blaugrana is likely necessary for them to do the unthinkable, so Barcelona half-time/Barcelona full-time at 6/5 looks attractive.

Though the straight win, at 1/2 with Ladbrokes, while short, looks a banker. 

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Back the more risky half-time/full-time here.

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Borussia Dortmund vs Benfica (Borussia Dortmund to qualify 4/5 Ladbrokes)

Three straight wins for Dortmund since dropping the first leg of this tie in Lisbon – where they missed a host of chances.

Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has four goals in two games and the Yellow Wall should carry the hosts through in this one.

With just a one goal deficit to overcome, Dortmund to progress at 4/5 with Ladbrokes appears a solid bet.

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Of this week’s tips, BTTS in Naples and Barcelona to win appear sure things, so let’s put them together and produce a tasty double at 2.099.

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