2024 Champions League Quarter Finals Preview

We are down to eight teams in European football’s elite club competition as the Champions League Quarter Finals take place over the next two weeks.

Many familiar faces are once again set to feature with heavyweights from Spain, Germany, France and England making up the field.

All four ties are delicately poised heading into this week’s second legs and no team will feel like they are facing an insurmountable task.

Wednesday morning sees the Spanish duo of Atletico Madrid and Barcelona looking to defend their one goal leads against Dortmund and PSG respectively.

Atletico faces the tougher of the two tasks with the fans at Signal Iduna Park set to provide a boost to their local team.

Then on Thursday England’s hopes of European glory will be put on the line as Manchester City hosts Real Madrid after their 3-3 draw in Spain, while Arsenal heads to Germany to take on Bayern with that tie level at 2-2 on aggregate.

We should be in for some fascinating football in the coming days, so read on for our match previews and best bets.

Second Legs

BarcelonavsPSG
Wednesday 17 April, 5:00am, Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys
Barcelona 1 (4) – PSG 4 (6)

FIRST LEG: Barcelona Won 3-2

A back and forth first leg yielded a slight advantage for Barcelona on the scoreboard and a massive advantage in terms of the tie with a draw at their temporary home enough for the Catalan club to return to the Semi Finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2019.

However they need only to look across the pitch to remember that the job is not yet done, with PSG the victims of one of football’s most famous comebacks by Barca in 2017.

Working in the French side’s favour is that they were out of action on the weekend, allowing for a full week of preparation for this match.

That edge might be somewhat negated by Barcelona boss Xavi making nine changes to the team that travelled to Cadiz on Sunday morning (AEST) and recorded a 1-0 win.

That was their sixth win in a row and they are looking the goods to go on with the job here.

PSG will find a way to make it tough though, they just have too much talent to roll over but the advantage in this match will go to Barcelona.

Barcelona to Win and Both Teams to Score (90 Minutes) @ $3.25

Borussia DortmundvsAtletico Madrid
Wednesday 17 April, 5:00am, Signal Iduna Park
Dortmund 4 (5) – Atletico Madrid 2 (4)

FIRST LEG: Atletico Madrid Won 2-1

Get ready to take in another Diego Simeone inspired masterclass in the dark arts as Atletico Madrid will go very deep into their bag of tricks to protect this one goal advantage.

In the first leg the Spanish club took the lead after half an hour, capitalising on a couple of defensive lapses from Dortmund before repelling the German’s forward forays for the majority of the match.

Sebastian Haller gave Dortmund some hope with his late goal, but even in front of their expectant fans, it’s a massive task for the home team to overcome here.

This has all the makings of a one goal game, especially with a draw enough for Atletico to win the tie and advance to the Semi Finals.

Best case for Dortmund is scoring first to level the tie, which might force the visitors to come out of their shell as the match plays out, but I just cannot see this being end to end.

Under 2.5 Goals @ $2.20

Bayern MunichvsArsenal
Thursday 18 April, 5:00am, Allianz Arena
Bayern 1 (3) – Arsenal 0 (2)

FIRST LEG: 2-2 Draw

After last week’s wild first leg, where Leandro Trossard’s contribution off the bench ensured this tie would head to Germany on level terms, these clubs had different, but equally frustrating weekends domestically.

Bayern might have defeated Koln 2-0 but they had to watch their decade-plus stranglehold on the Bundesliga come to an end as Bayer Leverkusen clinched the league title.

As for Arsenal, their Premier League hopes suffered a massive blow with a 2-0 defeat at home to Aston Villa.

Perhaps the Gunners went into the match with one eye on this fixture but it may prove costly in a month’s time.

However they cannot afford to wallow in self pity here, with this tie very much up for grabs, but they will need to overcome some frustrating history to knock off the Germans.

When it comes to finding a play for this match, Bayern has the edge and frankly it is very hard to trust Arsenal to go on the road and bounce back from that showing against Aston Villa.

Especially with the left back position proving to be an area of vulnerability and something that Bayern should be more than capable of exploiting.

Bayern Munich to Win (90 Minutes) @ $2.40

Manchester CityvsReal Madrid
Thursday 18 April, 5:00am, Etihad Stadium
Manchester City 1 (4) – Real Madrid 1 (4) (Real 4-3 on Penalties)

FIRST LEG: 3-3 Draw

If this match can come anywhere close to matching the intensity and craziness of the first leg, then the viewers will be in for a treat.

While it might not have been the best example of defending at the highest level, it certainly produced more than enough highlights to make up for it.

Now comes the big challenge and that is actually finding a winner in Manchester, because someone is leaving the Etihad with a spot in the Semi Finals.

First and foremost we are definitely going to see a number of goals, just solely because of the attacking talent on display, and if Real opt to shut down Erling Haaland like they did in Madrid, expect the next wave of players to take on a starring role.

Since City’s ascension to the top tier of European football in the early 2010’s these clubs have met in five Champions League tournaments, with City winning three and drawing two at their home ground.

Outside of a scoreless draw in 2016 these fixtures tend to produce plenty of goals and I’ll take City to keep their unbeaten run against Real at home going with an end to end victory.

Manchester City to Win and Over 3.5 Goals (90 Minutes) @ $3.40

First Legs

ArsenalvsBayern Munich
Wednesday 10 April, 5:00am, Emirates Stadium
Arsenal 2 – Bayern 2

With their 11 season stranglehold on the Bundesliga title about to be broken, Bayern’s last chance of silverware for this season comes in the form of the Champions League.

Quite a lot has changed since March 2017, when these sides last played in a competitive fixture, where the German side completed a 10-2 aggregate win with a 5-1 belting at the Emirates Stadium.

That was the third straight match between the clubs that finished with that scoreline, and despite Mikel Arteta’s work rebuilding the squad and psyche at London Colney, it’s hard to forget.

The Gunners come into this match on top of the Premier League on goal difference, having won their last six matches in North London and dropped points in just four of 20 home games this season.

But as we have seen, this team is still learning about playing their brand of football in a continental setting and at some point, Bayern has to play to their potential.

Perhaps I’m holding on to the memories of Arsenal suffering at the hands of the German’s bombardment a little too much, but I have to take a little bit of insurance and take the over in case Arteta’s side stumbles here.

Over 2.5 Goals @ $1.67

Real MadridvsManchester City
Wednesday 10 April, 5:00am, Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
Real Madrid 3 – Manchester City 3

If Real Madrid taking on Manchester City in the Champions League feels familiar, that’s because it is.

For the third straight season these two clubs have been drawn to face one another in the knockout stage, although unlike in 2022 and 2023, this comes in the Quarter Finals instead of the Semi Finals.

They also met in the 2020 Round of 16 during the Covid impacted campaign and City holds a 2-1 advantage in these fixtures.

At the Bernabeu, it has been dead even with City winning in 2020, Real in 2022 and a draw last year, but the Spaniards have been almost impossible to defeat at home this season.

In La Liga they have won 13 and drawn two, while drawing at home in the Champions League Round of 16.

Not to mention, this is far from a vintage City side but as we saw on the weekend they are still pretty damn good on their day.

I can’t find a whole lot between these two teams and get the feeling that this tie will be firmly in the balance heading back to Manchester next weekend.

Draw @ $3.40

Atletico MadridvsBorussia Dortmund
Thursday 11 April, 5:00am, Metropolitano Stadium
Atletico Madrid 2 – Dortmund 1

For all of the talk about Bayern Munich’s struggles in Germany, Dortmund have been well off the pace and are on track for their worst season since 2014/2015.

Which is why seeing them make it this far has been a bit of a surprise and it sure seems like this is where their involvement in the Champions League will come to an end.

Atletico have been far from perfect themselves but at this stage of the tournament, you have to be a brave person to back against a Diego Simeone managed team.

They needed penalties to get by Inter Milan in the first round but Dortmund is set up very differently to Atletico and that should play into the hands of the Spanish side.

As long as Simeone has a way to close down Jadon Sancho, they should have no problems closing down Dortmund and giving themselves a lead to defend in the second leg.

Atletico Madrid to Win @ $1.75

PSGvsBarcelona
Thursday 11 April, 5:00am, Parc des Princes
PSG 2 – Barcelona 3

While nothing involving Barcelona is ever a given, PSG is in a great position to finally break through on the continental stage.

Their next assignment is to give themselves some sort of advantage to take back to Barca’s temporary home ground next week.

However the Catalan club has won their last four matches and have been defensively resolute, keeping clean sheets in five of their last six meetings.

Like the other Thursday morning match, I’m expecting this one to play out as a slightly cagey affair but the French side does enough to take a slender lead to Spain next week.

PSG to Win and Under 3.5 Goals @ $2.90


2023

We’re down to the final eight in the UEFA Champions League and there’s a distinctly Italian flavour to these Quarter Finals with Serie A providing three representatives.

One will be guaranteed a spot in the Semi Finals with Napoli taking on AC Milan in one tie while Inter has been drawn against Portuguese pace setters Benfica.

However the heavyweight battle between Manchester City and Bayern Munich stands out as the headline set of fixtures over the next week.

We’ve got our match previews and best bets for every Champions League Quarter Final fixture below so read on and see who we are backing.

First Legs

BenficavsInter Milan
Wednesday 12 April, 5:00am, Estadio da Luz
Benfica 0 – Inter Milan 2

It’s fair to say that neither side had an ideal build up to this fixture with both dropping points in their respective league fixtures on the weekend.

Benfica’s eight match winning streak was brought to a halt at home by FC Porto to keep their domestic title race alive, however their run did include a convincing 7-1 aggregate win over Brugge in the Round of 16

Inter made it six matches without victory after a 1-1 draw away to Salernitana, a run that featured a scoreless draw against Porto in their second leg Round of 16 tie to advance 1-0 on aggregate.

We’ve got a proper clash of styles coming up with Benfica’s free scoring, open attack facing a proper test against Inter’s stingy, uncompromising defence.

While Inter showed in the previous round they can go on the road and stifle opponents, their recent struggles are a real cause for concern and they might have some work to in the second leg.

Back Benfica to Win @ $2.15

Manchester CityvsBayern Munich
Wednesday 12 April, 5:00am, Etihad Stadium
Manchester City 3 – Bayern Munich 0

Manchester City could not be in better form heading into this fixture, with an eight match winning streak, which featured 7-0, 6-0, 4-1 and 4-1 victories in their last four outings.

Pep Guardiola has his side humming and the fact they were so ruthless even without the likes of Erling Haaland and Phil Foden during that run, suggest they are going to give Bayern all they can handle here.

The German giants might be on top of the Bundesliga but they are firmly in a title race with Borussia Dortmund nipping at their heels.

Given City’s propensity to struggle in the big moments in European football, there is every chance they find a way to blow this tie, however they should give themselves a lead to take to Germany next week.

For a bit of extra value, it’s worth adding in the overs considering that has hit in plenty of matches for both sides.

Back Manchester City to Win and Over 2.5 Goals @ $2.38

AC MilanvsNapoli
Thursday 13 April, 5:00am, San Siro
AC Milan 1 – Napoli 0

AC Milan are in the midst of their best Champions League campaign in over a decade while Napoli are into the Quarter Finals for the first time.

However they only have to go back 10 days to see how dangerous AC Milan can be, with the Rossoneri belting them 4-0 in Naples, giving Stefano Pioli’s side hope of an upset here.

Domestically this has been a rivalry that has strongly favoured the visitors over the last few seasons though, with the away side winning the last six head to head matches and just once from the last ten dating back to 2019.

In a situation like this, you have to back the side with the runs on the board and that win over Napoli in Serie A was Milan’s only victory since the start of March.

It won’t come easy but with the added motivation of their big loss less than a fortnight ago, Napoli should take care of business.

Back Napoli to Win @ $2.60

Real MadridvsChelsea
Thursday 13 April, 5:00am, Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
Real Madrid 2 – Chelsea 0

Just when it looked like Chelsea was righting the ship amidst qualifying for the Champions League Quarter Finals, they have fallen in a heap once again picking up just two points from their last four outings.

On paper this should be another blockbuster tie between two heavyweight clubs, but with the Blues’ struggles in England, it’s tough to see how this is going to be competitive.

Best case for Chelsea they stubbornly hold out for the first leg and give themselves something to chase in London next week.

However Real Madrid remain the Champions League specialists and only have to look back to the Round of 16 to remember them blowing an English opponent off the Bernabeu.

That match against Liverpool ended 5-2 in favour of the Spanish side and Real should give Frank Lampard a rough night at the office.

Back Real Madrid to Win -1 Goal @ $2.88

Second Legs

NapolivsAC Milan
Wednesday 19 April, 5:00am, Stadio Diego Armando Maradona
Napoli 1 (1) – AC Milan 1 (2)

FIRST LEG: AC Milan Won 1-0

The sole Champions League tie with a one goal margin heading into the second leg is the Italian derby and both of these clubs will feel as though they have a great chance of progressing to the Semi Finals.

Remarkably, this is going to be the third meeting between these two sides in the space of 16 days with AC Milan winning both prior matches to nil.

With one eye on this second leg, both sides made plenty of changes in their weekend engagements which saw each team forced to settle for a draw.

Milan also saw their three match clean sheet streak brought to a halt against Bologna while Napoli’s usually potent attack was held in check for the second game in a row.

While there is value to be had backing the visitors to get something in the Double Chance market at $2.05, the price on both teams to score is where I will be heading for this tip.

Napoli will have to score at least once, but they are going to have a hard time keeping Milan at bay, which might make this a bit more open than the first leg.

Back Both Teams to Score @ $2.00

ChelseavsReal Madrid
Wednesday 19 April, 5:00am, Stamford Bridge
Chelsea 0 (0) – Real Madrid 2 (4)

FIRST LEG: Real Madrid Won 2-0

Last season, Real Madrid took a two goal aggregate advantage to Stamford Bridge for the second leg of that tie and only just escaped from London with an extra time victory.

In the previous round, Chelsea overturned a 1-0 deficit on Dortmund with a stunning performance in what was the high point of the brief Graham Potter era.

All signs are suggesting we are heading towards another Champions League epic then, correct?

Not so much, the Blues’ dysfunction appears to be as bad as ever, except now Frank Lampard has to produce his best Al Pacino speech to rally his players.

Unfortunately for him, Real Madrid is a really good side and they will likely punish Chelsea when they leave space open at the back.

After all, they are the specialists in this competition and you just cannot have faith in a Premier League club that has picked up a grand total of two draws from their last six.

Back Real Madrid to Win (90 Minutes) & Over 2.5 Goals @ $3.70

Inter MilanvsBenfica
Thursday 20 April, 5:00am, San Siro
Inter Milan 3 (5) – Benfica 3 (3)

FIRST LEG: Inter Milan Won 2-0

If the last few seasons of Champions League football has taught us anything, it’s that you can never rule out a team trying to overturn a 2-0 deficit.

However Inter is in a very strong position to advance from their advantageous position after doing the hard work in Portugal last week.

Goals from Nico Barella and Romelu Lukaku gave them a much needed win as they held Benfica to just two shots on target over 90 minutes.

Now they return to the San Siro, where they fell to Monza on the weekend, looking to hold off a determined opponent that is staring down the barrel of their fourth straight defeat.

The Italians just look too good and it would be a big surprise to see them fail to win this second leg at home.

Back Inter Milan to Win (90 Minutes) @ $2.10

Bayern MunichvsManchester City
Thursday 20 April, 5:00am, Allianz Arena
Bayern Munich 1 (1) – Manchester City 1 (4)

FIRST LEG: Manchester City Won 3-0

The first leg could not have produced a more stunning result in Manchester, not so much that City won, but the convincing manner that they were able to dispatch their German foes.

It continued their imperious form as they chase an unlikely treble at home and abroad, but Bayern will not roll over here.

On their day they have the talent to overturn a deficit of this size against most opponents, and they should win on the night, but City don’t lose matches by three or more goals.

City’s 10 match winning streak might come to a halt here, but they should find a way to advance.

However from a punting perspective, Bayern as a home underdog is too good to pass up from a value perspective.

Back Bayern Munich to Win (90 Minutes) @ $2.70


2022

First Legs

Manchester CityvsAtletico Madrid
Wednesday 6 April, 5:00am, Etihad Stadium
Manchester City 1 – Atletico Madrid 0
BenficavsLiverpool
Wednesday 6 April, 5:00am, Estadio da Luz
Benfica 1 – Liverpool 3
ChelseavsReal Madrid
Thursday 7 April, 5:00am, Stamford Bridge
Chelsea 1 – Real Madrid 3
VillarealvsBayern Munich
Thursday 7 April, 5:00am, Estadio de la Ceramica
Villareal 1 – Bayern Munich 0

Second Legs

Real MadridvsChelsea
Wednesday 13 April, 5:00am, Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
Real Madrid 2 (5) – Chelsea 3 (4) A.E.T.
Bayern MunichvsVillareal
Wednesday 13 April, 5:00am, Allianz Arena
Bayern Munich 1 (1) – Villareal 1 (2)
Atletico MadridvsManchester City
Thursday 14 April, 5:00am, Estadio Wanda Metropolitano
Atletico Madrid 0 (0) – Manchester City 0 (1)
LiverpoolvsBenfica
Thursday 14 April, 5:00am, Anfield
Liverpool 3 (6) – Benfica 3 (4)

2021

Football’s biggest club competition reaches its Quarter Final stage and after last season’s abbreviated format, welcomes a return to the traditional two legged ties.

Every single Champions League Quarter Final matchup promises plenty of drama as some of the biggest clubs in sport face off.

We have previewed every match below so read on and find our best bets for the first legs here!

1st Legs

Manchester CityvsBorussia Dortmund
Wednesday 7 April, 5:00am, Etihad Stadium
Manchester City 2 – Borussia Dortmund 1

England’s champions-elect turn their attention to the continent with this massive clash against Borussia Dortmund.

If they want to claim that elusive quadruple, they will need to be on guard for a German ambush here with arguably the most dangerous striker in all of football possibly auditioning for his next club.

Erling Haaland has scored 10 goals in the Champions League already this season and will present a huge test for a City backline that has been nearly impenetrable.

Pep Guardiola’s men have conceded 21 goals in 31 Premier League matches (five of which came against Leicester in September) and in the Champions League they have kept seven consecutive clean sheets.

Head to head there is no value backing City to win but looking at the numbers and trends, I can’t see this being a low scoring, grind of a match.

With Haaland reportedly in City’s sights to replace the departing Sergio Aguero, I’ll back a high scoring encounter that sets up an enticing second leg in Germany.

Back Both Teams to Score and Over 3.5 Goals @ $2.90

Real MadridvsLiverpool
Wednesday 7 April, 5:00am, Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
Real Madrid 3 – Liverpool 1

The market is expecting a tense first leg between the two teams that contested the 2018 Champions League Final.

We have been robbed of the long awaited reunion between Mo Salah and Sergio Ramos after the latter’s controversial tackle injured Liverpool’s Egyptian star in that Final.

Ramos will miss this fixture after picking up an injury on international duty, however the Reds will not be all that sympathetic considering their still lengthy injury list.

They are starting to get healthier however the list of defensive absences will be encouraging for Real Madrid’s lethal forward line.

Liverpool might have had no trouble dispatching Arsenal on the weekend but Real is a much tougher assignment.

Perhaps Jurgen Klopp will throw caution to the wind and simply try to outscore Madrid while picking up some vital away goals.

Either way, Real as home underdogs is a proposition you have to jump on considering it is quite a rare occurrence.

The market is clearly overreacting to the Reds demolition job of the Gunners but that just means more value for punters.

Back Real Madrid to Win @ $2.70

Bayern MunichvsPSG
Thursday 8 April, 5:00am, Allianz Arena
Bayern Munich 2 – PSG 3

The two sides from last season’s Champions League Final face off over two legs for a spot in the final four.

On that occasion it was the German giants winning thanks to a Kingsley Coman goal just before the hour mark.

Considering the attacking firepower on both teams it is unlikely that this fixture will produce another 1-0 scoreline.

Bayern have suffered a big blow with their Polish marksman Robert Lewandowski set to miss both legs of this tie with a knee injury suffered on international duty.

You could have pencilled in a Lewandowski goal at some point over the 180 minutes of this tie, but such is Bayern’s depth Hansi Flick has no shortage of options to call upon.

Not to mention Bayern is riding a seven match winning streak which includes both Round of 16 legs against Lazio.

PSG will be happy to give themselves something to chase in Paris in a week and a loss is not fatal as long as they can register an away goal or two.

Back Bayern Munich to Win @ $1.94

FC PortovsChelsea
Thursday 8 April, 5:00am, Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán
Porto 0 – Chelsea 2

Write off Porto at your own peril, the Portuguese outfit knocked out Juventus in the last round and will now have their sights set on an English scalp.

This will be the second time these sides have met in the knockout phase with Chelsea claiming the 2007 tie 3-2 on aggregate.

The Blues will be desperate to bounce back after getting humiliated by West Brom on the weekend and we will likely see a return to Thomas Tuchel’s preferred style of play.

That means that there won’t be too many goals to worry about if you choose to watch Bayern against PSG instead of this one.

Knowing they have the second leg at home still to come, both sides could easily opt to keep their powder dry in this one.

Back Under 1.5 Goals @ $2.70

2nd Legs

There is no rest for the Champions League quarter finalists with a week in between the first and second legs of these ties.

Wednesday morning’s matches have the home side trying to hold onto a lead from last week’s matches while Thursday sees the roles reversed with the home sides trying to overcome a deficit.

We are previewing all four ties below so read on to see who we are backing.

PSGvsBayern Munich
Wednesday 14 April, 5:00am, Parc des Princes
PSG 0 (3) – Bayern 1 (3)

First Leg: PSG Won 3-2

The proverbial bridesmaids of the Champions League have a perfect opportunity to eliminate one of their chief rivals for honours this season.

It was a herculean effort from Keylor Navas to keep a driven and determined Bayern Munich out, stopping 10 of the 12 shots on target and the Costa Rican keeper will need to be back at the top of his game once again.

The good news for PSG is that they have the strike force to keep up with Bayern if this does turn into a shootout.

In front of goal they have been ruthless, scoring three or more goals in four of their last five games and Kylian Mbappe bagged a brace in Germany last week.

On the other hand, Bayern will once again be missing Robert Lewandowski (among others) but their forward line is still more than capable of overturning things in Paris.

Across the pitch, PSG arguably has the better side on paper but it’s tough to ignore the club’s history of continental collapses.

There is value all over this market regardless of what sort of match you see unfolding.

A proper sadist might like the $15 on offer for Bayern to win 3-2 and send this match to extra time however I do expect the German side to rebound from the first leg disappointment.

If Navas is anywhere below the superhuman level from the first leg then Bayern could very easily overturn this deficit.

Back Bayern to Qualify @ $3.25

ChelseavsFC Porto
Wednesday 14 April, 5:00am, Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán
Chelsea 0 (2) – Porto 1 (1)

First Leg: Chelsea Won 2-0

Six days after facing off on neutral ground in Seville, Chelsea and Porto do it all again with the Blues the as nominal home side this time.

Having come away from the first leg with a comfortable 2-0 lead Thomas Tuchel’s side continued their solid bounce back with a 4-1 demolition of Crystal Palace at the weekend.

Porto had their chances in the first leg but failed to show any sort of ruthlessness in front of goal.

If there is one thing this current iteration of Chelsea does well, it’s suffocate opponents.

The Blues should be able to grind out another result here and return to the final four of Europe’s elite for the first time in seven years.

Back Chelsea to Win (90 Minutes) @ $1.80

LiverpoolvsReal Madrid
Thursday 15 April, 5:00am, Anfield
Liverpool 0 (1) – Real Madrid 0 (3)

First Leg: Real Madrid Won 3-1

I cannot for the life of me understand how Liverpool are favoured in this fixture but that just makes this a perfect value play.

The Reds were thoroughly outclassed by Real in the first leg and despite their response against Aston Villa on the weekend, I just can’t see Jurgen Klopp producing another Anfield miracle.

Perhaps if fans were in the stands, you could make the case that the raucous atmosphere from the Kop might spur the home side on, but in a ground with the same atmosphere as a Sunday league game in Tasmania, it just won’t be the same.

There is no doubt Liverpool will put up a gallant fight but they just do not have the magic this season.

Back Real Madrid to Win (90 Minutes) @ $3.70

Borussia DortmundvsManchester City
Thursday 15 April, 5:00am, Signal Iduna Park
Dortmund 1 (2) – Manchester City 2 (4)

First Leg: Manchester City Won 2-1

After essentially punting on the Premier League clash with Leeds at the weekend, you know Pep Guardiola is going to go after this tie with all guns blazing.

A gritty 2-1 win at the Etihad in the first leg gives them something to defend in Germany but it does not seem like City will sit back and try to hold Dortmund at bay.

Even with a backline that for the most part, has been nigh on impenetrable for most of 2021, City will have to go out and at least chase one goal to negate Marco Reus’s temporary equaliser last week.

Dortmund will find a way to make City sweat but I’ll back the class of the Premier League champions-elect to shine through as the cruise to the next stage with another victory.

Back Over 3.5 Goals @ $2.30


2020

The 2020 Champions League Quarter Finals are finally here!

The format may be different, with the rest of the tournament set to be played over single legs, but the quality of football will be as strong as ever and we are set for four intriguing fixtures over the weekend.

We have analysed every game set to take place

AtalantavsPSG
Thursday 13 August, 5:00am, Estadio da Luz
Atalanta 1 – PSG 2

Atalanta have been the feel good story of the Champions League this season and there is no doubt that they will be the sentimental favourites in this clash with PSG.

The style of football produced by Atalanta is an absolute joy to behold and they will throw everything at this PSG outfit.

This looked like it may finally be the year for PSG in the Champions League, but there is no doubt that the ankle injury suffered by Kylian Mbappe has dulled expectations somewhat.

Mbappe looks unlikely to return for this clash and his absence does make things tough for PSG.

This is a clash that I think the market has just about right and Atalanta do have a genuine chance to progressing to the semi-finals.

The one thing that looks like close to a certainty for this clash is that there will be plenty of goals scored.

Atlanta will throw everything at PSG and that could leave them vulnerable at the back.

I’m keen to back plenty of goals and sit back to enjoy what should be an outstanding game of football.

Back Over 3.5 Goals @ $2.25

RB LeipzigvsAtletico Madrid
Friday 14 August, 5:00am, Estadio Jose Alvalade
RB Leipzig 2 – Atletico Madrid 1

This is arguably the most intriguing clash from a betting perspective.

Atletico Madrid earnt their place in the quarter finals with a stunning victory over Liverpool, but there is no doubt that the market has overreacted to that performance.

Their form in La Liga this season was shakey at best and they are not the defensive juggernaut that they once were.

I can’t get them anywhere near as short as their current price of $2.40.

Red Bull Leipzig are right up there with the most underrated sides in European football.

They lost only four games in the Bundesliga this season and they conceded only 37 goals across their 34 games.

It is tough to see Atletico Madrid being able to break down Red Bull Leipzig at the back.

Red Bull Leipzig are outstanding value to win what I expect to be a low-scoring encounter.

Red Bull Leipzig To Win @ $3

Under 1.5 Goals @ $2.80

BarcelonavsBayern Munich
Saturday 15 August, 5:00am, Estadio Jose Alvalade
Barcelona 2 – Bayern 8

This should be an outstanding game of football and the winner may just be the team to beat for the Champions League crown.

Bayern Munich have gone to another level in 2020.

They cruised to the Bundesliga title and they earnt their place in the Quarter Finals with a dominant win over Chelsea.

Robert Lewandowski is the form striker in the world and he could take advantage of a Barcelona outfit that has serious issues at the back.

Barcelona were very poor when La Liga restarted and they weren’t overly impressive against Napoli the other day.

They are more reliant on Lionel Messi than ever and he has constantly been forced to get his side out of trouble.

I don’t think that he will be able to do that against Bayern Munich and the $1.95 for the German outfit to win is well and truly over the odds.

Back Bayern Munich To Win @ $1.95

Manchester CityvsLyon
Saturday 15 August, 5:00am, Estadio da Luz
Manchester City 1 – Lyon 3

This does look like the mismatch of the Champions League Quarter Finals.

Manchester City weren’t overly impressive against Real Madrid, but they took advantage of their opportunities.

This hasn’t been their best season, but this is a side with a serious amount of quality and there is no doubt that this is their best opportunity ever to claim a maiden Champions League crown.

If that are going to do that, they should be able to see off Lyon very comfortably.

Lyon claimed a vital away goal to eliminate Juventus, ending the reign of Maurizio Sarri in the process, and they have played the role of Champions League giant killers in the past.

I still think that the quality of Manchester City will be overwhelming and they should cruise to victory.

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2019

It’s down to the final eight in the Champions League as European footballing heavyweights battle to be crowned champions of Europe.

The two Manchester sides have a whole lot of work to do in the second legs as they try to overturn deficits.

City appears to have a much easier job returning home with just a one goal deficit and United have to try and get themselves back from 2-0 in Barcelona.

Elsewhere the Ajax has another massive test going to Turin to try and pull off another massive upsets.

Read on for our previews and predictions for every Champions League Quarter Final match.

FIRST LEGS

LiverpoolvsPorto
Wednesday 10 April, 5:00am, Anfield
Liverpool 2 – Porto 0

Even the most hardened neutral would have to admit these European nights at Anfield bring something special to the competition.

Porto gets a chance to spoil that party and pick up their first ever win over the Reds.

They have visited Anfield on three occasions losing a UEFA Cup knockout tie 2-0 in 2001, a Champions League group stage match 4-1 in 2007 but did manage a 0-0 draw in last year’s knockout stages.

That didn’t help too much having lost the first leg 5-0 and if the Reds turn up to play, another 5-0 win could be on the cards.

With a Premier League title race to focus on as well, you get the feeling Liverpool will want to kill off the tie in the first leg with a big win.

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TottenhamvsManchester City
Wednesday 10 April, 5:00am, Tottenham Stadium
Tottenham 1 – Manchester City 0

It’s the first of three straight clashes between Tottenham and Manchester City across the Premier League and Champions League and a European debut for Spurs’ new stadium.

With the defending Premier League champions coming to visit though, it might not be as happy as its opening night against Crystal Palace.

City has won the last three meetings between these sides but only managed a 1-0 win at Wembley in October.

This has every chance of being an even match but it’s rare to get City at this price so why not jump on one of the best teams of this era.

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AjaxvsJuventus
Thursday 11 April, 5:00am, Johan Cruijff Arena
Ajax 1 – Juventus 1

Do you back the player or the team?

Ajax’s run to the quarter finals has been nothing short of remarkable and if Juventus takes the plucky underdog lightly, they could be in for a real battle here.

Juventus has received a massive boost with the news Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit to take part in this game after injuring himself on international duty last month.

If you were ranking these sides player for player, Juventus would have the edge pretty much all over the park and with the difference maker Ronaldo in the mix, you have to back the visitors to come away with a win in the first leg.

It might not come easy though as Ajax have shown they are not afraid to have a go at more fancied opponents.

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Manchester UnitedvsBarcelona
Thursday 11 April, 5:00am, Old Trafford
Manchester United 0 – Barcelona 1

Since United’s miraculous comeback in Paris, they have been knocked out of the FA Cup and dropped out of the Premier League’s top four, so the Champions League is their only remaining chance for silverware and might be their only way back into the competition next year.

In the Champions League era, United has only beaten Barcelona once in eight meetings and that was in the second leg of a knockout tie on the way to their triumph in Moscow.

To have any chance of advancing to the semi finals, United needs a positive result here at Old Trafford to take something to Barcelona but that is a massive ask against a team like Barcelona.

The Catalan giants have not lost in their last five and scored 18 goals in that time, half of which came from Lionel Messi.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows that the Argentinian maestro will have an impact on this game, he just has to find a way to minimise it.

Perhaps United’s best approach would be to try and score a few goals to go carry into second leg but I just can’t see them winning this game so I’ll back a score draw.

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SECOND LEGS

BarcelonavsManchester United
Wednesday 17 April, 5:00am, Nou Camp
Barcelona 3 – Manchester United 0

FIRST LEG: Barcelona Won 1-0

If you’re a United fan looking for a glimmer of hope, the side could be in a worse position than having to chase down a 1-0 deficit at the Nou Camp.

Even so it’s a massive ask to try and beat a Barcelona side that just doesn’t lose at home.

In the league and cup competitions so far this year, they have lost just once in front of their fans and a draw here would be enough to send them through.

These are the sorts of games that seem to bring out the best in Messi and after three straight quarter final exits, he will stand tall here.

Back Lionel Messi to Score 2 or More Goals and Barcelona to Win (SGM)

JuventusvsAjax
Wednesday 17 April, 5:00am, Allianz Stadium
Juventus 1 – Ajax 2

FIRST LEG: 1-1 Draw

A lot of the same sentiments from Barcelona can carry over to Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus here, except the Turin club is chasing its first Champions League title since 1996.

They brought the Portuguese superstar over from Madrid to help them end that drought after losing five finals in that time and he will need to be at his best to get them over the line here.

We all saw just what Ronaldo is capable of in the last round of the competition scoring a hat-trick to eliminate Atletico Madrid.

As impressive as Ajax’s run has been, it should come to an end here as one of the best in the world makes his mark on what has been his competition.

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Manchester CityvsTottenham
Thursday 18 April, 5:00am, Etihad Stadium

FIRST LEG: Tottenham Won 1-0

Part two of the City-Tottenham trilogy sees these sides face off 64.5 hours before doing it again in the Premier League.

Tottenham’s job got a lot more difficult in the second half of their home leg losing captain Harry Kane to an ankle injury, although his absence didn’t trouble them too much at Huddersfield.

Working in their favour is the fact a draw is good enough to get them home in the game but it will be a massive task to shut out City’s attacking line.

It’s unlikely that this will be another one goal slugfest which does make extra time and penalties highly unlikely.

To go through in 90 minutes, City needs to win this leg by two clear goals but they have the talent to do so and at that price, are worth backing as a handicap play.

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PortovsLiverpool
Thursday 18 April, 5:00am, Estadio do Dragao

FIRST LEG: Liverpool Won 2-0

The Reds are in the box seat here after a two goal win at home and Mo Salah looking like his old self against Chelsea on the weekend.

Last season you might have given Porto a chance to mount a comeback but the Reds have been much more defensively resilient in this season.

They gave up one goal to Bayern Munich in the Round of 16 and haven’t conceded three goals in a game since a win against Crystal Palace on January 19 and that was the only time they have let in three all season.

Bottom line, Liverpool are too good to lose this game by three or more and should progress, but Jurgen Klopp may opt to try and kill off this tie early on, so expect a few goals here.

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