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@Matkafee Champions League Picks & Preview - 3/9

Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain (3pm ET)

Kylian Mbappe’s dramatic late goal gave PSG a deserved lead after they dominated the first leg of this tie. Afterwards Real Madrid and Carlo Ancelotti received a ton of criticism for their approach. They kept things tight at the back and were very conservative going forward. A one goal deficit won’t change how Los Blancos will approach this match. In front of their fans at the Bernabeu, anything less than aggressive attacking football will be deemed unacceptable.

I think Ancelotti’s team picks itself with the suspensions of Mendy and and Casemiro. Karim Benzema has scored in three straight matches and at +130 I think it’s worth a bet for him to make it four. We’re all hoping for Mauricio Pochettino to start the front three of Messi, Neymar and Mbappe. Unfortunately this trio has only played together a few times which has been a big disappointment. If they can make it click, Thibaut Courtois will have a busy night in goal.

Matt's Pick

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BTTS & Over 2.5 Goals @ -125

Manchester City vs Sporting Lisbon (3pm ET)

This tie has already been settled after Pep Guardiola’s team destroyed Sporting Lisbon 5-0 in the first leg. Even if he rotates the squad from the team that dismantled United on Sunday, any eleven Pep goes with will likely be too much for the Portuguese side. Lisbon may see this as a free crack and decide to have a go but that will only work into the hands of Manchester City.

Without another match until Monday, I see City putting on a show for their fans and put at least three past Lisbon.

Matt's Pick

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Man City over 2.5 team goals @ -140
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