2021 Champions League Expert Analysis for Feb. 17 Matches

2021 Champions League Expert Analysis for Feb. 17 Matches

Written by on February 16, 2021

Champions League Round of 16 matches continue on Wednesday. Juventus heads to Portugal to take on Porto while Dortmund travels to Spain to battle Sevilla. Will Ronaldo and his mates win the first leg of the two-match aggregate? Or will Porto put Juvy in a hole? Who takes the first match between Bundesliga power Dortmund and underrated La Liga squad Sevilla? Check out Champions League odds, analysis, and free picks for the two UEFA Champions League matches on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

UEFA Champions League: Porto Hosts Juventus & Sevilla Battles Dortmund

Juventus -101 Vs Porto +289 | UEFA Champions League Round of 16

  • When: Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 3:00 pm ET

For the first time since 2017, Portuguese Liga squad Porto takes on Italian Serie A team Juventus. Although Porto is the home team, the oddsmakers have made Juve the favorite.

At first glance, the odds look more than fair. The home team has drawn in their last 3. All games were against teams much worse than Juventus. But Ronaldo’s side hasn’t been as sharp as we might expect. 

On Feb. 9, Juve and Inter Milano drew 0-0. Then on Feb. 13, Napoli upset Juventus 1-0. The favored road squad could dominate Porto, no doubt, but the recent form suggest Juventus struggles to get more than a goal in this match.

If that happens, expect Porto to either pull off the upset or force a draw. Which seems more plausible? Both teams head into this match playing excellent defense. Juventus, knowing the next match is on their pitch, will settle for a 0-0 or 1-1 draw. So will we.

Champions League Pick: Draw 

Dortmund +200 Vs Sevilla +127 | UEFA Champions League Round of 16

  • When: Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 3:00 pm ET

Most expected Dortmund to offer favorite’s odds. But the home team in this match is on fire while the road team most definitely isn’t.

In their last 5 matches, Dortmund has drawn once, lost twice, and won twice. The draw was against Hoffenheim. The two wins happened versus Augsburg and Paderborn 07. The two losses were against Freiburg and Monchengladbach.

Gladbach and Freiburg are two terrific teams. Monchengladbach is a Champions League Round of 16 participant. Freiburg has 31 points, 2 points less than Dortmund, on the Bundesliga Standings. 

But although Dortmund’s isn’t as bad as the record indicates, Sevilla has dominated. On Tuesday, Sevilla searches for their tenth straight win. Sevilla hasn’t lost since Jan. 12. Among their more stunning victories was a 2-0 beat down of Barca in the Spanish Copa del Rey

The home team looks poised for a 1 to 2 goal victory. Sevilla is on fire and Dortmund’s form, although not horrible, doesn’t stand up. Back Sevilla to get the win.  

Champions League Pick: Sevilla

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