The quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League got underway with two matches on Tuesday and will continue with two more matches on Wednesday. Keep in mind that Wednesday’s games are just the first leg of a two-match series. But a strong performance in the first leg can make things much easier in the second leg. Let’s take a closer look at the two matches on tap on Wednesday night so you can place your bets against CONCACAF Champions League odds.
CONCACAF Champions League Quarter Final Matches to Bet On March 9th
New England Revolution vs Pumas UNAM
The Revolution is still probably a little disappointed at not winning MLS Cup last season, but capturing a Champions League trophy could make up for it. However, New England’s first two games of the new MLS season have been rather underwhelming despite bringing in Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Lletget this offseason to reinforce an already strong side. Also, keep in mind the Revs only played one match in the previous round of the Champions League, so they’ve yet to be properly challenged and haven’t been forced to be at the top of their game. That could cause problems for them on Wednesday night, even if they’ll be at home.
As for UNAM, the Mexican side had some trouble playing on the road in the last round against Costa Rican side Saprissa before winning 4-1 in convincing fashion at home in the second leg. They also find themselves in the middle of the Liga MX table with 11 points from eight matches, so the Cougars aren’t exactly clicking on all cylinders right now either. Last weekend’s Liga MX game had to be postponed, which means the Cougars will be well-rested for a midweek road trip to New England. However, UNAM has just one win in its last five matches, and the one win was against Saprissa in the Champions League, so their form has to quickly improve against a much more formidable CONCACAF opponent.
Cruz Azul vs CF Montreal
Cruz Azul will have the honors of hosting the first leg on Wednesday against Montreal. The Machine knocked a Canadian team out of the last round, beating Forge FC 4-1 in aggregate over two legs. However, that was against a team from the Canadian Premier League, not an MLS franchise. Also, since the win over Forge FC in the second leg, Cruz Azul has suffered two losses and a draw in Liga MX action. With 15 goals in nine domestic matches this season, the Cruz Azul attack is in good shape. But they’ve also conceded 12 times, which is something they’ll have to improve, especially if they want to get a result at home.
As for Montreal, they lost the first leg to a Mexican team in the last round but were able to rebound in the second leg. However, Cruz Azul is surely a step up in competition compared to Santos. CFM has also lost its first two MLS matches of the season, so the team’s confidence may not be particularly high right now. In those two matches, they’ve scored just once and conceded four goals. In other words, Montreal needs to show drastic improvement or risk losing the first leg to Cruz Azul, perhaps by multiple goals.