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ALEX CROOK PREVIEW: Champions League QF 2nd Legs

Star Sports football ambassador Alex Crook previews the Champions League quarter-final second legs on Wednesday night as two English clubs look to reach the last-four of the competition…



Arsenal’s hopes of lifting the Champions League for the first time in their history are hanging in the balance following last week’s dramatic 2-2 draw at home to Bayern Munich. I

I was really strong on the Gunners to win this tie before the first leg, but I’m far more dubious now, especially given Bayern’s tremendous home record in this competition.

Even though they have not been the force of old in the Bundesliga this season, the German giants, who fought back from conceding after just 12 minutes to take what for them was a positive result in North London, are unbeaten in their last 14 European games at the Alliance Arena.

History also favours the hosts as they have only failed to progress to the next round once in the last 18 attempts having avoided defeat in the first leg. The fact they have already surrendered their championship to Bayer Leverkusen means this is also an all-or-nothing game for Thomas Tuchel’s men.

Arsenal’s bid to end the season in a blaze of glory suffered another setback when they lost 2-0 at home to Aston Villa on Sunday, a result that has put a major dent in their Premier League title hopes.

I think it’s clear some of their players are showing signs of fatigue, and Bukayo Saka for one is not in the same form he was earlier in the campaign, which is another issue as they head for Bavaria as is their poor form of the road in the Champions League where they suffered a limp 1-0 defeat in Porto in the round of 16.

Neither team looked defensively solid a week ago and I think Arsenal will almost certainly score, therefore I’ll be playing Bayern to score 2 or more goals and have over 5.5 corners at 5/1 with as one of my two build-a-bets on the game.

The other build-a-bet I like is the draw after 90 minutes and Harry Kane to score at any time which pays 8/1 with I think the tie could well go the distance and it is hard to look past former Tottenham hero Kane’s phenomenal strike rate against their arch rivals.



If the second leg of Manchester City’s quarter-final tie with Real Madrid is anywhere near as good as the first then we are in for quite the treat.

I was lucky enough to be inside the Bernabeu Stadium as these two star-studded sides fought out a thrilling 3-3 draw last week and at times they looked to be playing out a goal-of-the-season competition all on one night.

I think coming away undefeated was a big plus for City, especially given the absence of England defender Kyle Walker, who could well return tonight and the home fans are still dining out on last season’s 4-0 battering of Real in the second leg of their semi-final tussle while the visitors will have revenge in their mind.

These two are familiar foes having met four times in the last five seasons, but there is certainly no fear factor from City when it comes to taking on the 14-times European champions while the hosts also come into the game on the back of a dream weekend domestically having thrash Luton 5-1 and seen both Liverpool and Arsenal lose at home.

Anyone who followed my advice to back the champions at odds against to win the league for a fourth season in a row will be sat pretty comfortably as they are now heavy odds-on favourite and with an FA Cup semi-final at Chelsea to come on Saturday the double-treble dream is still very much alive.

However, they did once again fail to keep a clean sheet against the Hatters so while I fancy City to come out on top I think the best way to play this one is City to win and both teams to score at 9/5 with

Premier League Player of the Year contender Phil Foden scored a stunning solo goal in the Spanish capital while Vinicius Junior has a brilliant record of finding the net against Premier League opposition. You can back Foden and Vinicius both to score at any time at 8/1 with

Good luck,


BACK Bayern to score 2 or more goals and have over 5.5 corners 1pt at 5/1 with
BACK Draw after 90 minutes and Harry Kane to score at any time 1pt at 8/1 with
BACK Manchester City to win and BTTS 1.5pts at 9/5 (⭐️ ? CLICK TO BET NOW)
BACK Phil Foden and Vinicius Junior both to score at any time at 0.5pts at 8/1 with



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