A draw for the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Finals is set, and next week we’ll see the first legs as on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018, Juventus welcomes Real Madrid at Allianz Stadium and Sevilla hosts Bayern Munich at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, while on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018, Barcelona meets AS Roma at Camp Nou and Liverpool faces Manchester City at Anfield. The winners’ odds are updated, so let’s see who from these eight teams can go all the way and win the Champions League trophy.
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE WINNERS ODDS
Manchester City +300
Bayern Munich +400
Real Madrid +450
AS Roma +6600
Barca is set as the biggest favorite to win the UEFA Champions League this season by the bookmakers due to a sheer quality they possess among the squad, while Lionel Messi is certainly determined to bring the trophy back to Camp Nou after a two-year drought. They have arguably the weakest opponent on the paper in the Quarter-Finals, as AS Roma doesn’t look like a team who can threaten Barcelona, so the bookies set Messi and co. as massive -700 favorites in this matchup.
In the previous round, Barcelona has easily outcome Chelsea 4-1 on aggregate, winning the second leg at home 3-0 after a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge, while Lionel Messi has scored a brace at Camp Nou.
MANCHESTER CITY (+300)
The Citizens are among the biggest contenders to win the UEFA Champions League at the end of the season, as they are playing in a tremendous form throughout the season, while the manager Pep Guardiola has a plenty of talent in his team. They’ve almost clinched the English Premier League as they have 16 points lead ahead of the closest rival with eight rounds more to go, so the Citizens can concentrate on their next opponent in the Champions League. However, Liverpool will be a tough adversary, so we expect to see a lot of drama in this matchup.
Manchester City has beaten Basel 5-2 on aggregate in the previous round, winning the first leg on the road 4-0, while they were surprisingly beaten 2-1 in the second leg on the home soil.
BAYERN MUNICH (+400)
The Bavarians are a strong candidate to conquer Europa each year, and this season they were pretty lucky, avoiding some big guns in a draw. They will meet Sevilla in the Champions League Quarter-Finals, which could be a tricky task, but the bookies believe Bayern Munich is a much better side, so they’ve set the market on the Bavarians at -700 to win this matchup. The first leg will be played in Spain, and it could be another advantage for Jupp Heynckes’ boys.
Bayern Munich has beaten Besiktas 8-1 on aggregate in the Round of 16, hammering their rival 5-0 at home, so the second leg in Istanbul was just a routine for the Bavarians.
REAL MADRID (+450)
The defending champions are searching for a third Champions League trophy in a row, and they are set as +450 favorites by the bookmakers only because Los Blancos will have a pretty difficult opponent in the Quarter-Finals, as Juventus is certainly one of the best and most experienced teams in the world at the moment. However, Real Madrid is a heavyweight team with some exceptionally good players in the squad, while they have just one goal until the end of the season, and that is a Champions League crown, as Los Blancos are far away behind Barcelona in the Spanish La Liga.
Likewise, Zinedine Zidane’s boys have beaten mighty Paris SG 5-2 on aggregate in the previous round, winning both legs, 3-1 at home and 2-1 at Parc des Princes.
The Old Lady will meet Real Madrid in the Quarter-Finals, and it will be a reprise of the last year’s Finals when Juventus was heavily beaten by Los Blancos, 4-1, so the Italian side will have a huge motive to beat Real Madrid this season. Juventus is an experienced team with a plenty of talented players among the squad, while the promising forward Paulo Dybala is playing in a brilliant form throughout the season, so they certainly stand a chance against the defending champions, while the market on Juve to win this matchup is at +175, according to relevant sportsbooks.
In the previous round, the Old Lady has beaten Tottenham 4-3 on aggregate, winning the second leg in London 2-1 after a thrilling 2-2 draw at Allianz Stadium.
The Reds are having a nice season as they are currently sitting at the third spot of the English Premier League, while they are the only team in their domestic championship who had managed to get a victory over Manchester City (4-3 at home), so they surely have hopes ahead of the Champions League Quarter-Finals. The manager Jurgen Klopp is a great tactician, and he knows how to cope with the Citizens, so we’re expecting to see some tremendous football in this matchup, while the bookmakers set the Reds as +200 underdogs to reach the Semi-Finals.
Liverpool has beaten Porto 5-0 on aggregate in the Round of 16, hammering their rivals 5-0 in the first leg in Portugal, and showing how dangerous they are attacking on the counter.
Sevilla is set as a huge underdog in this competition, but after a magnificent 2-1 aggregate victory over Manchester United in the previous round, their self-confidence is sky-high. The Great of Andalusia put on a great performance in both legs against the Red Devils, and they will try to play on the same level against the Bavarians, while the bookies set the market on Sevilla to win the matchup at +450. The Spanish side is playing an attacking football, and they surely stand a chance against Bayern Munich, but I just cannot see them going all the way.
AS ROMA (+6600)
The Magic One will definitely need some tricks to overcome Barcelona in the Quarter-Finals, and the bookies set the price on them to win the matchup at +450. AS Roma has beaten the Ukranian side Shakhtar on away goals in the previous round, keeping the clean sheet in the second leg on the home soil, but their defensive job doesn’t look good enough to stop Lionel Messi and his teammates, so I think this is the end of the road.
MY PICK: Real Madrid (+450)