FOOTBALL BETTING: Live On ITV1 & SS1: Wed 19:45 Barcelona host Stuggart and Olympiakos travel to Bordeaux in the Champions League second leg. Chris Hutcheon is gunning for a home double.
It’s difficult to envisage defending champions Barcelona failing to reach the quarter final of the competition after they managed to record a 1-1 draw in Stuttgart but with the Catalans giants almost certain to go through, bookies are giving little away; Betfred pricing Pep Guardiola’s troops at 1/10 to qualify.
Barca are also just 1/4 at Jaxx.com to win the second leg and with little scope for profit in that quote, a better bet might be Paddy Power’s 15/8 for them to brush aside the Bundesliga outfit by at least three clear goals.
Buoyed by his stunning hat trick against Valencia at the weekend, Lionel Messi can play a pivotal role in Barcelona’s victory and he’s 7/2 with William Hill to break the deadlock and the Camp Nou, where 888Sport chalk 15/2 against a 3-0 home triumph.
In the evening’s other game, bet365 rate Bordeaux at 4/7 to get the job done by beating Olympiakos in the home leg of the pair’s last 16 tie and the French side are a generous 6/1 (Stan James) to improve on their 1-0 win in Greece by notching twice without reply.
Meanwhile, in the Championship, leaders Newcastle are a banker at 1/3 with Totesport to see off struggling Scunthorpe at St James’ Park.
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