Champions League: QF 1st Leg Previews

Champions League: QF 1st Leg Previews

Shake off that chocolate coma and ready yourself for a post-Easter football fest as the Champions League heads full on into the quarterfinals.

The last eight remaining giants of European football will face each other other two legs over the next two weeks, aiming to book their semi-final spot.

Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect over the upcoming two legs and who we tip to triumph…

Sevilla v Bayern Munich

Tuesday 3rd April 20:45

Winning a record 11 successive Champions League games, Jupp Heynckes is currently riding a high with Bayern Munich.
Unmovable in the top spot of the Bundesliga, they have already qualified for next season’s Champions League.

Yet this won’t distract them from the task in hand as they meet a Sevilla side who have conceded five goals on three occasions inside their previous 12 Champions League games.

Despite this Vincenzo Montella won’t be taking either of the games lightly.
Especially with the recent blazing form of Wissam Ben Yedder, who has scored more goals in the competition this term than anybody apart from Cristiano Ronaldo.

The main question that often hangs over Bayern is if they are up to the challenge of playing with the big boys of Europe, given their lack of consistent quality teams in their home league.

Their 20 point lead at the top of the Bundesliga could just work against them but we still can’t see them failing to get past Sevilla over the two legs.

Latest Odds for the Win: Sevilla 19/5 (4.80) v Bayern Munich 13/20 (1.65 )

Juventus v Real Madrid

Tuesday 3rd April 20:45

On paper, this matchup is a repeat of the 2017 Champions League final played out at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff last June.

The game finished in a solid 4-1 win, crowning Real Madrid the champions of Europe for a record 12th time.

However, the Real Madrid that triumphed that night are not quite the same unstoppable force which condemned Juventus to their 5th consecutive runners-up spot.

They’ve had a mixed bag of results so far this season and currently sit 3rd in La Liga, 4 points behind local rivals Atletico Madrid.

The last 16 tie against Tottenham Hotspur highlighted some potential weaknesses in the current Juventus side too, with Spurs looking sharper and quicker for long spells of play.

However, Juventus stuck to it and showed the guile and passion to book their place in the last eight, coming through 4-3 on aggregate. Even with that fighting spirit, it’s tough not to see Real progressing into the semis without too many issues.

Latest Odds for the Win: Juventus 9/5 (2.80) v Real Madrid 31/20 (2.55)

Liverpool v Manchester City

Wednesday 4th April 20:45

Two of the Premier League’s finest line up for a spot in the final four in what promises to be a very tasty clash.

With Manchester City having the League title all but in the bag, a win in the Manchester derby this coming Saturday would secure it, they will now start dreaming of European glory to match.

Liverpool, on the other hand, are not doing so badly themselves, with a decent string of results putting them 3rd in the Premier League just behind Manchester United.

They will surely be spurred on by the fact that they got the edge over City on their last meeting back in January with a hard-fought 4-3 win.

Liverpool have the leading Premier League goalscorer in Mohamed Salah but it’s always difficult to see past the depth to the squad that Manchester City possesses. So, we’ll tip them to prevail over the 2 legs but it’s certain to be a close one.

Latest Odds for the Win: Liverpool 37/20 (2.85) v Manchester City 27/20 (2.35)

Barcelona v Roma

Wednesday 4th April 20:45

Barcelona are not quite the all-conquering side that they were just a couple of years ago but it’s still difficult to bet against them on the day.

The last 16 matches against Chelsea might have shown some vulnerability in Ernesto Valverde’s midfield but then there’s always that guy called Lionel Messi who tends to pop up and score with ease.

Roma are sitting in 3rd in Serie A and have only let in 8 away goals so far this season in their Champions League campaign.

Some pundits might favour them if they can play on the break and chase the game down as it better suits their overall setup. However, after scraping through the last 16 on away goals it’s too much of an ask to see them overcoming Messi and co across both legs.

Latest Odds for the Win: Barcelona 11/50 (1.22) v Roma 21/2 (11.50) 

Champions League: QF 1st Leg Previews
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