Champions League specials: Five bets ahead of Barcelona vs AC Milan

European football's premier competition returns with the quarter-final second leg ties. The Italian side held Pep Guardiola's men at San Siro, but can they eliminate the holders?
Barcelona go in to their Champions League quarter-final second leg against AC Milan as favourites despite drawing a blank against the Rossoneri at San Siro in the first game.

Massimiliano Allegri's side pulled off a defiant defencive display in the first leg as Lionel Messi and Co were thwarted in front of a packed San Siro crowd.

But the Italians certainly didn't park the bus, with former Barcelona man Zlatan Ibrahimovic missing a key chance when played through. That said, the Catalan giants had still recorded 62 per cent possession by full time.

So ahead of the crunch second leg at Camp Nou, we look at five special bets worth backing.

Don't forget Paddy Power are offering a special offer of £20 free when you deposit £10 for all new customers


Five or more goals to be scored
The first leg finised 0-0 but Barcelona have been in fine goalscoring form at Camp Nou. The Catalan giant's last five home games have averaged 5.6 goals per match.  Expect a higher scoring affair in the second leg.

Both teams to score
Although Barcelona's home record has been formidable of late, they have only kept two clean sheets in their last nine. Pep Guardiola has openly admitted that he expects Milan to score at least once in this game so this bet looks a solid selection.

Ibrahimovic to score first
Ibrahimovic is the top scorer in Serie A this season, the Sweden international has 22 goals in the league campaign so far, 11 of those have been the first goal of the game. Four of his five Champions League goals have also been the first of the game.

Xavi to score at anytime
Xavi has has three goals in his last seven games, two of those came in the last four games he has played at Camp Nou. With the midfielder in good scoring touch the 23/10 for him to score anytime offers a more tempting return if he is passed fit for this match after sitting out Barcelona's game at the weekend.

AC Milan to progress
Milan are the outsiders but showed their ability to cope with Barcelona in the first leg, and with the scores goalless an away goal could yet prove crucial. At 7/2 they could appeal to some given how finely poised this match is.