UEFA Champions League: Quarter-Final Draw and Outright Odds
The draw has been made for the UEFA Champions League quarter-final and semi-final with the outright betting market adjusting to the breaking news. Quadruple-chasing, Manchester City, remain tournament favourites whilst Chelsea are the big market movers. Here at freebet.com we preview the last-eight fixtures set to take place in early April, providing odds courtesy of our betting partners at InterBet.
UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final
Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund
Competition favourites, Manchester City, eased past Borussia Monchengladbach in the last-16 and their reward is another meeting with German opposition. Borussia Dortmund will be a far tougher nut to crack and in Erling Haaland they possess the tournament’s top goal scorer. However, this Borussia Dortmund outfit has struggled this season. The 1997 champions are languishing in fifth in the Bundesliga, a massive 18 points behind leaders, Bayern Munich and should not halt the Man City juggernaut. The one positive for Borussia Dortmund is that they will have home advantage in the second-leg however, Manchester City should have too much for the Germans.
Porto vs Chelsea
Having knocked Juventus out in the last round, Porto should not be underestimated. However, they would’ve been the side every team were secretly hoping to draw in the quarter-final. Chelsea impressed when easing past Atletico Madrid in the last round and will have home advantage in the quarter-final and the semi-final, should they make it that far. That impressive last-16 win against La Liga leaders, Atletico Madrid, coupled with the fact that Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint Germain are all in the other half of the draw has seen Chelsea’s outright odds cut from 16/1 to 5/1 in the space of a fortnight.
Bayern Munich vs Paris Saint Germain
In a repeat of last season’s final, two of the tournament’s big guns meet in this mouth-watering quarter-final tie. Holders, Bayern Munich romped to a 6-2 aggregate win over Lazio in the last-16 and currently sit pretty at the top of the Bundesliga. Robert Lewandowski is once again in scintillating form this season and could prove the difference against Paris Saint Germain.
PSG, now managed by former Spurs boss, Mauricio Pochettino, completed a 5-2 rout of Barcelona in the last-16 so should not be taken lightly. In Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, the Parisians possess two of the game’s real superstars however, they are rapidly becoming the tournament’s great underachievers. Their defeat in the final last season represented the first time since 1995 that Paris Saint Germain had made it past the quarter-final stage.
Real Madrid vs Liverpool
Both Real Madrid and Liverpool have endured a difficult 2020/21 so far but a favourable draw means that two of Europe’s most decorated clubs are dreaming of yet another Champions League triumph. With a combined 19 European Cup wins, this quarter-final tie really does involve two giants of European football.
Real Madrid were far from convincing in the group stage and despite topping Group B, their place in the knockout stage was not secured until the final round of games. The 13-time winners were far more convincing in the last-16, winning home and away against tournament dark horses, Atalanta. One major problem for Real Madrid is that sandwiched in between the first and second leg of their quarter-final tie is the small matter of a home game against Barcelona in La Liga. With such a small turnaround between El Clasico and the two Liverpool games, it may be that Zinedine Zidane has to prioritise either the Champions League or La Liga.
Incredibly winning this season’s Champions League probably offers Liverpool their best chance of participating in next season’s competition. Last season’s runaway Premier League winners are languishing in seventh in the league this season, 5 points adrift of the top four and a huge 25 behind leaders, Manchester City. As Jurgen Klopp’s side continue to battle against a crippling injury list, they like Real Madrid may have to choose between the Champions League and their domestic league. Betting on this tie should perhaps wait until we have some clarity on how strong each side is likely to line up.
UEFA Champions League Semi-Final
Bayern Munich / Paris Saint Germain vs Manchester City / Borussia Dortmund
Real Madrid / Liverpool vs Porto / Chelsea
UEFA Champions League: Outright Odds
Manchester City – 85/40
Bayern Munich – 10/3
Chelsea – 21/5
Liverpool – 11/2
Paris Saint Germain – 15/2
Real Madrid – 10/1
Borussia Dortmund – 25/1
FC Porto – 33/1
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