The Champions League is back with a bang at the last-16 stage, as five-time Kings of Europe FC Bayern Munchen plot their Berlin route via a trip to Ukraine’s finest, Shakhtar Donetsk.
We’ve dug down into the data ahead of this Donbass Arena clash to bring you the three definitive best bets:
Mario Gotze to score the last goal @ 9/2
Germany’s World Cup final-winning goalscorer is currently tied at the top of FCB’s Champions League strike chart, alongside fellow Die Mannschaft regular Thomas Muller, with three efforts.
Crucially for this bet, two of Gotze’s three European strikes (and his most recent two at that) have been the last goals in their respective matches.
Add in the fact that Super Mario rounded off proceedings in the 8-0 win over Hamburg last time out and you’ve got yourself a dream of a wager.
Half time draw/Full time FC Bayern @ 17/5
With Pep Guardiola’s men looking short enough at 2/5 for the victory in the win-draw-win betting, some creative thinking is required in the search for serious profit.
The hosts’ recent Champions League record therefore comes in handy here, as Mircea Lucesca’s side have gone in level with their opponents at the break four out of six times this term, which extends to seven of their last 12 matches in the competition since the start of last season.
Furthermore, FC Bayern haven’t scored a first-half knockout-stage goal in six games since they won the tournament, so there’s every chance they’ll deliver their part of the bargain.
Shakhtar to score: No @ 21/20
Odds against about this outcome seems good value considering Guardiola’s defence has held out eight times in their past 13 road games, keeping seven clean sheets in the last nine all-competition fixtures centre-half Mehdi Benatia has started.
The Algerian is likely to be in from the off, and Shakhtar failed to fire in their last European match at home to Athletic Bilbao, so this is another wager clearly worth being on in Ukraine