Soccer Betting: CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals Preview
There were plenty of offensive fireworks in the first round of the CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals, with 13 goals being scored across four games. With the four spots still up for grabs, let’s take a closer look at the matchups in leg 2 so you can bet against their CONCACAF Champions League odds.
2021 CONCACAF Champions League 2nd Leg Matches Betting Preview
Cruz Azul vs Toronto FC
Cruz Azul was the dominant team in the first leg, firing off 22 shots with five being on target and three getting past the keeper. Of course, Toronto didn’t have to play over the weekend, giving the Canadian side a chance to get healthy and rest up for the second leg. Meanwhile, Cruz Azul had to play on Saturday and was devastated by giving up a 94th-minute equalizer against Tijuana. Nevertheless, Cruz Azul remains atop the Liga MX standings, whereas Toronto has just one win in five matches across all competitions this season. There’s just not enough evidence Toronto is ready to turn the tide in the second leg.
Pick: 2-2 draw, Cruz Azul advances
Monterrey vs Columbus Crew
The Crew will be kicking themselves after giving up a 93rd-minute equalizer in the first leg, giving Monterrey two away goals in a 2-2 draw. That will put a lot of pressure on Columbus to score at least a couple of goals of their own when they travel to Mexico this week. The Crew lacked anything substantial on the attack when they faced Montreal over the weekend. Columbus managed just three shots, none of which were on target, whereas Montreal got off 20 shots in the scoreless draw. On the bright side, Columbus was the dominant team during the first leg and has the attacking talent to make something happen with Gyasi Zardes and Bradley Wright-Phillips.
Pick: Columbus 2-1, Columbus advances
Philadelphia Union vs Atlanta United
The Union pulled off the most shocking results of the quarterfinals, winning 3-0 in Atlanta. For what it’s worth, Atlanta had 65% possession in that game; they just couldn’t finish their opportunities. Of course, Philadelphia didn’t have that problem, especially late in the game when Atlanta pushed too hard to get a goal and left themselves vulnerable in the back. United now has no choice but to go all-out in the second leg and try to get one or two goals back in the first half and put some pressure on the Union. They have the firepower and are probably the more talented team. However, the Union has a 3-0 lead and a ton of confidence, not to mention they’ll be playing at home. Atlanta is likely to make it interesting, but there’s a strong chance Philly does enough to advance.
Pick: Atlanta 3-1, Philadelphia advances
America vs Portland Timbers
The Timbers were the beneficiaries of a late goal in the first leg, scoring in the 97th minute to earn a 1-1 draw at home. But Portland’s confidence no doubt took a hit after losing 4-1 to Dallas over the weekend. They now have to hit the road against one of the best defensive teams in Liga MX, knowing that they need to score at least one goal. That’s asking too much despite a competitive and balanced game during the first leg.
Pick: America 1-0, America advances