The UEFA Champions League quarter-finals include 3 representatives from Spain (Real Madrid, Barcelona & Sevilla), 2 from England (Manchester City & Liverpool), 2 from Italy (Juventus & Roma), and 1 from Germany (Bayern Munich).
Ties are as follows:
Liverpool v Manchester City
This could easily be tie of the round as both Liverpool and Manchester City like to play attacking football. If their meetings domestically this season are anything to go by, then we could be in for plenty of goals. A 5-0 win at the Etihad for Manchester City was followed by a 4-3 defeat at Anfield. Pep Guardiola’s men are 13/10 to claim victory in the first leg, while Liverpool perhaps represent the best value at 19/10 with Ladbrokes. Nonetheless, a dip into the goals markets may be a good idea for this huge clash.
Juventus v Real Madrid
In a repeat of last year’s final, Juventus entertain Real Madrid in the first-leg clash. The Italian side surprised a few people when they came from behind to beat Tottenham Hotspur in the last-16 tie, and you can never write them off. Juventus are 37/20 with to win the clash at the Allianz Stadium, while the 2017 winners can be found at 31/20. It will be hard to back against Los Blancos, but it could be a tight game, and might go down to the wire. The first leg draw at 5/2 with William Hill appeals.
Sevilla v Bayern Munich
After heroically beating Manchester United in their last-16 tie, Sevilla have been drawn with German giants Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals. The Spanish team are 7/2 with Ladbrokes to win their home clash, while Jupp Heynckes’ side can be found at 20/29. The first leg is crucial and Sevilla cannot afford to let Bayern Munich to take a lead back to the Allianz Stadium. It’s worth checking out the goals markets in this clash and both teams to score at 20/29 looks worth considering. The leaders of the Bundesliga should have too much for their opponents over two games, though.
Barcelona v AS Roma
In what seems to be the biggest mismatch of the draw, Barcelona will entertain AS Roma in the first leg at Camp Nou. The difference here will no doubt be the brilliance of Lional Messi who produced a captivating display in the second-leg victory over Chelsea in the last 16. The five-time Ballon d’OR winner can inspire the Spanish side to another win, and they are 4/19 with Ladbrokes to do so. Barcelona -1 at 20/31 with Bet365 may be a more palatable option. Ernesto Valverde’s side should have too much for Roma at home and the tie could be over in the first leg.