Bayer Leverkusen-Paris Saint-Germain Betting Preview: Visitors value to seize first-leg advantage

Laurent Blanc's men travel to Germany to face Sami Hyypia's side in the last 16 of the Champions League and our tipster is backing the French champions to come out on top
The Champions League resumes this week and one of the dark horses in contention for the European crown - Paris Saint-Germain - will be aiming to lay down a marker when they travel to take on Bayer Leverkusen in the first leg of their last 16 clash with the Bundesliga side on Tuesday.

Laurent Blanc's men cruised through to the knockout phase of this competition and he will hope to see his side take a step closer to the quarter-finals by seeing off Leverkusen at BayArena.

PSG are chalked up as 5/4 (2.25) favourites with William Hill to seize the advantage by winning the first leg while the hosts are available at 23/10 (3.30) with the same firm to win Tuesday's tussle. Draw backers may be tempted by the 11/5 (3.20) quote offered by William Hill for the first leg to end in stalemate.

The French champions are without Uruguayan striker Edison Cavani through injury but Sweden star Zlatan Ibrahimovic will likely lead the line for Blanc's men in Leverkusen.

Ibrahimovic can be backed at a tempting 5/2 (3.50) with William Hill to net at any time in a win for the away side - a special "headline offer" from the odds compilers.

The same firm have also produced a "headline offer" for Sami Hyypia's side - the 5/1 (6.0) quote for Stefan Kiessling to score at any time in a win for Leverkusen.

With Cavani absent, however, it is Ibrahimovic who is most likely to steal the show at BayArena and the 5/2 (3.50) quote offered up by William Hill for the 32-year-old striker to net in a win for Blanc's men certainly carries plenty of appeal here.

PSG's defeat to Benfica last time out - when les Parisiens fielded a weakened side with progress to the knockout stages already assured - was their first loss in 14 matches in the Champions League while Leverkusen's frailty was underlined by a humiliating 5-0 home reverse at the hands of Manchester United in the group stages.

Indeed, Hyypia's men have won just two of their last seven competitive fixtures and may find themselves outclassed here.

Therefore, it is the generous 5/4 (2.25) quote on offer from William Hill for Blanc's men to claim victory at the BayArena on Tuesday that is the recommended play for punters here.

PSG to win at 5/4 (2.25) 3pts stake with William Hill

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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