UEFA Champions League Round of 16 – All the Predictions
Top UK betting sites, as well as those around Europe and the world, have prepared enticing odds for punters and pundits have flaunted their predictions all over the place. In this article, you will learn about the top favourites, scorers and more.
Which Teams Will Reach the Semi-finals?
Only the top four European teams will have a place in the Champions League’s semi-finals, but before they reach that stage, they have to emerge victorious from the Round of 16 and quarter-final matchups first. According to UK betting sites the odds are in favor of Manchester City, Liverpool, Barcelona, and PSG.
However, a steep road lies ahead for all of them. Pep Guardiola’s team has failed to reach the semi-finals in their last seven out of eight outings. They’ll face Real Madrid in the quarter-finals; a team that has the most semi-final appearances in history, 11 in total.
Liverpool is dominating the Premier League, with various UK betting sites already awarding them the title.
Barcelona also has 11 semi-final appearances and they are not expected to have any problems with the floundering Napoli, that has experienced a great power-struggle between the owner and the coaches in recent months, which resulted in the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti.
Which Team Is the Favourite to Win the Champions League?
According to the odds on top UK betting sites, Liverpool and Manchester City are neck and neck in the race to the Champions League trophy. Liverpool is leading the Premier League with 22 points ahead of the trailing Citizens.
Their scoring trio of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane has led Liverpool to the number one spot in the group stages of the UCL and is a constant threat to the opponents’ goalkeepers. As the reigning champions are looking to defend their title, the pressure is on them, but Jurgen Klopp’s squad knows how to handle it.
On the other hand, Manchester City has had a mediocre season so far. The Premier League already seems out of reach, so the focus is solely on the Champions League if they are to salvage what’s left of the season.
However, with Sterling’s appearance questionable due to his injury and recent UEFA’s punishment that bans Man City from participating in the competition for the two following years, the team’s chances are small this year.
Who Will Be the Top Goal Scorer?
The 2019-2020 edition of the Champions League has seen 308 goals scored so far — 3.21 per match. The goal-scoring show was usually seen in Bayern Munchen’s games, a team that scored 24 goals in the group stage.
Their leading scorer and captain, Robert Lewandowski, has scored ten goals out of 17 attempts and is the top candidate for the European Golden Shoe award and the title of Champions League top scorer. He is the Champions League’s top scorer coming out of the group stage for the second year running and has shown no signs of letting up.
Erling Braut Haaland, now registered for Borussia Dortmund in the Round of 16, has also 10 goals.