Lavezzi the value pick

  • By: Dave Tickner
  • Last Updated: April 10 2013, 19:42 BST

Dave Tickner feels Ezequiel Lavezzi is a good bet to find the target for PSG in Wednesday's Champions League clash in Barcelona.

Ezequiel Lavezzi: Good value at 5/1 to find the net
Ezequiel Lavezzi: Good value at 5/1 to find the net

The Champions League semi-final line-up will be completed on Wednesday night with both Barcelona and Bayern Munich short-price favourites to make it past Paris Saint Germain and Juventus respectively.

Barcelona have the advantage of two away goals in the bag ahead of their Nou Camp clash with the nouveau riche Parisians, but the scoreline is level thanks to Blaise Matuidi's late leveller in last week's first clash.

Bayern, on the other hand, eased to a 2-0 win in the first leg - an astonishing 15th win in their last 16 matches - and will be confident of defending that advantage in Turin.

Barca look short enough at 4/11 to win on the night against a PSG side boasting a host of attacking threats.

Both teams to score looks a good shout at Boylesports' 5/6 given Barca have kept only four clean sheets in their last 19 and PSG have scored in 14 of their last 15 games, but we'll look for another way of getting the French side's goal threat onside.

Ezequiel Lavezzi has scored five goals in his last five Champions League appearances for PSG and looks value at 14/1 in the first goalscorer market and at 5/1 to net anytime.

The visitors must score to have any chance of progressing, and there's no doubt their strengths lie more in attack than defence. They will surely have their chances, and the price simply looks too big for a striker who's been something of a Champions League specialist this season.

In Turin, Bayern can make serene progress past Juventus by winning on the night at 13/8 with Stan James. They should be high on confidence after wrapping up the Bundesliga title at the weekend and on the back of that astonishing 16-game run in which their only defeat was the ultimately meaningless 2-0 reverse in the second leg of their last-16 clash with Arsenal.

Juventus will be forced to press forward in search of the two goals (at least) they need to get back in the tie. And with Juve also missing key players Stephan Lichtsteiner and Arturo Vidal through suspension, the German side can make their class tell, pick off their hosts and secure a third Champions League semi-final appearance in the last four seasons.

The goalscoring exploits of Barca and PSG combined with the way the Juve-Bayern tie is set up means the both-teams-to-score double, which pays a fraction better than 2/1 at Boylesports and BetVictor, is also worth consideration.

  • Both matches are being televised live in the UK on Sky Sports.


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