Champions League Quarter Final Draw
We’re down to eight sides in the Champions League following the completion of the last 16 stage second legs this week that saw an amazing comeback from Manchester United as they lost the first leg in Greece to Olympiakos 2-0 before winning 3-0 at Old Trafford. That was the big story in the last stage, but which matches will make the headlines in the Quarter Finals?
Barcelona v Atlético Madrid: 1.45 – 4.30 – 7.00
Man United v Bayern Munich: 6.20 – 2.54 – 1.92
PSG v Chelsea: 1.98 – 3.10 – 3.85
Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund: 1.34 – 5.00 – 8.80
(All first leg odds provided by GR88.com are accurate as of today and subject to change)
Barcelona v Atlético Madrid:
This match promises to be one of the ties of the round as both sides are separated by just a single point in the Spanish La Primera Liga, with Atlético a point ahead of Barca, and all three meetings between the two have finished level this season. This tie will surely be another close affair, but will Barcelona’s experience at this stage of the Champions League see them through? The betting odds certainly suggest they’ll win this first leg.
Man United v Bayern Munich:
While David Moyes will have been delighted to upset the odds to progress in front of the Old Trafford faithful during the weekend and give themselves a boost with matches against West Ham and Man City coming up, he could not have imagined a worse draw in the Quarter Finals. The European champions are running away with the Bundesliga this season and have already won twice in England this season, seeing off Man City and Arsenal – both of whom are much better sides that United this season – so the value on Bayern to win at Old Trafford is very tempting.
PSG v Chelsea:
The Paris Saint-Germain versus Chelsea tie will be another close match as two of the biggest spending sides remaining in the competition clash at Parc des Princes and Stamford Bridge. It will be their first competitive clash in almost a decade following Chelsea’s 3-0 win in France and then a 0-0 draw in London during the group stages in the 04/05 season. Both sides are in excellent form right now and the match could go either way, but will the goal scoring prowess of Zlatan Ibrahimovic swing it for the French team? Or will Jose Mourinho’s masterful tactical abilities see the Premier League side progress to the Semi Finals?
Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund:
Dortmund got the better of Real last season as they claimed a 4-3 aggregate victory to book their place in the final at Wembley against Bayern Munich, but with them a massive 23 points behind Bayern in the Bundesliga and Real top of the La Primera Liga table this season things may very well be different. Real will certainly be motivated for revenge and with them having the home leg first this time around, coupled with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in ‘fire at will’ mode right now, as shown by two goals each on their last visit to Germany where they defeated Leverkusen 6-1, this could very well be the last stop for Dortmund this season.
Which way will you be betting? I feel that Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are certain to progress to the Semi Finals, while PSG will just edge Chelsea to progress and I believe that away goals will decide the Barcelona v Atlético tie, with Barcelona’s experience just seeing them through.