Champions League soccer predictions and UCL best bets for Tuesday 3/12: Arsenal battle past Porto

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The 2023-24 UEFA Champions League Last 16 wraps us this week as we conclude the remaining 4 games left to be played before we know the full quarterfinal lineup. In action on Tuesday will be Arsenal looking to bounce back from their 1-goal deficit against Porto, while Barcelona and Napoli tied 1-1 in the first leg of their tie and one of them will be looking to assert dominance when they clash at Camp Nou. Our soccer experts have their Champions League picks and best bets for each of those games, with both scheduled to kick off at 4:00 pm ET on Paramount+. You can also find out our soccer predictions for more Champions League picks as well as our EPL best bets each week.

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Arsenal vs Porto best bet: Arsenal ML & Under 3.5 goals (-112)

While Arsenal look great to prevail in this tie despite being a goal down and reach the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time since 2010, they may not run up the score. Porto prevented the Gunners from even registering a shot on target in the first leg and Mikel Arteta’s men were made to work hard by Brentford in their win on Saturday, with signs of fatigue likely to show following that gruelling London derby. The Dragons have had an extra day of rest ahead of this game  and the added recovery period could allow them to frustrate their hosts and limit their attack again.

Read our full Arsenal vs Porto predictions

Barcelona vs Napoli best bet: Barcelona ML & both teams to score (+240)

Barcelona will be feeling confident ahead of this 2nd leg against Napoli for a multitude of reasons. Firstly, they held Napoli to a 1-1 tie in the first leg, which is a good result in Naples where their hosts had won 3 of their previous 5 games before that tie. Secondly, Xavi’s men are in the midst of an 8-game unbeaten run which has included 5 wins. Thirdly, when Barcelona have avoided defeat in a Champions League first-leg tie away from home, they have progressed to the next round on 20 of those 21 occasions. Lastly, Barcelona are unbeaten in their five previous meetings with Napoli, winning 3-1 and 4-2 in convincing victories during that sequence. Napoli do possess a potent threat up top, so expect them to find the net in the game as well.

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