UEFA Champions League 2019 : The 2019 UEFA Champions League Final will be the final match of the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League, the 64th season of Europe’s premier club football tournament organised by UEFA,
The UEFA Champions League round of 16 continues Wednesday when Tottenham hosts Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium and reigning three-time champion Real Madrid travels to Ajax. Both games are scheduled to kick off at 3 p.m. ET. Oddsmakers list Tottenham at +110 odds to win (risk $100 to win $110), while Dortmund is going off at +250 (risk $100 to win $250). The draw is +240, and the over-under for total goals scored is 2.5. Meanwhile, Real Madrid is going off at -120 on the money line (risk $120 to win $100), while the over-under is 3. Before you make any Champions League picks for the round of 16, you need to see what European football expert David Sumpter has to say.
Sumpter is an applied mathematician and author of “Soccermatics,” a book that explains how math works inside the sport. Along with other experienced analysts, Sumpter developed the powerful Soccerbot model.
The Soccerbot reads current odds and all team performance data, calculates key metrics and predicts upcoming matches. In the three seasons since its inception, Soccerbot is up an incredible 2,000 percent on Premier League picks.
And the model is off to a hot start in the Champions League round of 16. It made some huge calls on Tuesday, which included Paris Saint-Germain (+205) over Manchester United and AS Roma (-100) over FC Porto. Anyone who has followed it is up big.
The model has factored in that Tottenham will be without star striker Harry Kane on Wednesday. Kane has been directly involved in 48 percent of Tottenham’s goals in the Champions League over the past three seasons, scoring 13 goals and providing three assists. However, Spurs have been red-hot despite his absence, winning their last four Premier League fixtures.
But just because Tottenham has been in winning form doesn’t mean the Spurs will earn a positive result against Borussia Dortmund at home or provide value on the money line.
Borussia Dortmund conceded the fewest number of goals in the 2019 Champions League group stage this season, allowing just two in six games. And Dortmund enters Wednesday’s match having scored three or more goals in three of their last four games across all competitions. Plus, Dortmund has never failed to score against Tottenham in European competition.
Real Madrid struck late in the second half to secure a 2-1 win over Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam in the UEFA Champions League round of 16.
Los Blancos were without the services of Raphael Varane, although Gareth Bale returned to the side in place of Lucas Vazquez.
It was the home side who looked lively early on as Hakim Ziyech and David Neres caused a few problems in the final third as Los Blancos found it tough to settle.
The host went agonisingly close to taking the lead after 25 minutes when Dusan Tadic rattled the frame of the goal with a volley from the edge of the box.
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The 11th edition of the CCL, sponsored by Scotiabank, will include 16 teams from across North and Central America and the Caribbean, including reigning MLS Cup champion Atlanta United, Liga MX Apertura champion Tigres UANL, Liga MX Clausura champion Santos Laguna, and other marquee clubs like CF Monterrey, New York Red Bulls, Sporting KC and Toronto FC.
Fans will get to see big names from both the United States and Mexican national teams in action, including Jozy Altidore, Hugo Ayala, Michael Bradley and Miguel Layun, as well as 2018 MLS MVP Josef Martinez.
Ajax thought they had taken the lead 10 minutes later when Nicolás Tagliafico nodded home from close range, but after consultation with the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) the goal was ruled out for an offside.
The visitors came out firing in the second half and they nearly went ahead after 50 minutes when Dani Carvajal played in Karim Benzema, who saw his first-time strike saved by Andre Onana.
Benzema was not to be denied on the hour mark as the Frenchman rifled the ball into the top corner after some brilliant work by Vinicius Junior in the build-up.
Ajax were level with 15 minutes remaining as Neres broke free down the left before cutting the ball back for Ziyech, who slotted into the bottom corner.
However, the defending champions secured the winning goal with four minutes remaining in the half, with substitute Marco Asensio finishing off a superb cross from Carvajal.
Goals from Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud guided Chelsea to a 2-1 win over Malmo in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League last 32 tie.
Taking a quarter of the match to their first chance wasn’t the ideal start, but Giroud failed to profit from close-range.
However, Ross Barkley put Chelsea in front after collecting a cross from Pedro to poke the ball home from close range on 30 minutes.
What ended off as a fast-pace attacking first half portrayed much of the same in the second, with Anders Christiansen’s dipping shot being tipped for a corner by Blues shot-stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The lead was eventually doubled just before the hour mark through Giroud’s cheeky flick off a cross from Willian.
The Frenchman received a golden chance to completed his brace with 20 minutes remaining, but he steered a header wide of the mark at the far post.
In the final ten minutes, Malmo got themselves back in the tie as Christiansen got beyond the Chelsea backline to find the bottom corner to reduce the deficit.
Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud each scored as Chelsea beat Swedish side Malmo FF 2-1 in Europa League group-of-32 action on Thursday night.
The win at Swedbank Stadion provides a bit a relief for embattled boss Maurizio Sarri following Sunday’s 6-0 drubbing to Manchester City and ahead of a FA Cup clash with Manchester United.
The Blues took the lead in the 30th minute when Malmo defender Lasse Nielsen had trouble clearing the ball, allowing Barkley to jump in and get the score.
Giroud doubled it for Chelsea’s in the 58th minute after flicking in Willian’s cross in front of the net, built up from Barkley’s counter-attack.
Malmo pulled one back in the 80th minute when Anders Christiansen chased down Markus Rosenberg and comfortably put it past Kepa Arrizabalaga.