Champions League Quarter Finals Best Bets

Champions League Draw

The race for the Champions League is heating up and with all four English clubs reaching the last eight, and Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur drawn against each other in the quarter final, there will be at least one Premier League representative in the final four. But the competition is intense, as the other two English teams, Liverpool and Manchester United, face competition from Barcelona, Juventus, Ajax and Porto to reach the 2019 final.

An all British affair

With Tottenham, Liverpool and the two Manchester clubs reaching the quarter finals (Spurs being the first side in North London to reach this stage since they did it back in 2010-2011), backing the English sides would be a smart move. Manchester City and Liverpool are both going for the Premier League crown but both look good to pose any team a threat in the final eight and while Manchester United may not be fancied as quite so much, Barcelona – their quarter final opponents – will not be looking to face them on a European night under the Old Trafford lights.

City and Spurs have never won the competition, but City are currently the favourites to triumph this year, being priced at 12/5 on 888sport, with Spurs joint last third favourites at 14/1. Liverpool are priced at 5/1 while United are 12/1 outsiders.

United getting Messi

Six of the last nine winners of the competition have come from La Liga while four of the last five editions have been won by Spanish sides, but with just Barcelona left to carry the flag, will Lionel Messi and his crew win yet another Champions League title?

The Blaugrana haven’t won the competition since 2015 when they defeated Juventus in Berlin and have had to sit back and watch their great rivals Real Madrid win the Champions League three years in a row.

They are second favourites for the competition at 13/4 behind Manchester City and even if they may not be the defensively strong side compared to other opponents in this competition, the sheer magic of Messi is enough to have them high in the running. With Manchester United in the quarter finals, they will be strong favourites to get past the Red Devils.

Remember Ronaldo

Of course you can’t talk about the Champions League and not mention Cristiano Ronaldo, the all-time leading knockout round scorer in Champions League history, as he looks to add another crown to his collection with Juventus, who are third favourites for the tournament.

The signing of Ronaldo was based around the goal of winning the Champions League and after their first leg loss against Atletico Madrid, it looked like that dream would be over but a Ronaldo hat trick in the second leg put the Old Lady through to the next round.

Ajax and Porto are seen as the rank outsiders for the tournament at 16/1 and 17/1 respectively, but Liverpool will be looking at their experience last season to get them through the tricky tie against Porto in the Estadio Dragao and Ajax could be the strong dark horses after seeing what their young core did against reigning champions Real Madrid, but a Ronaldo inspired Juventus will be a tough ask for any side, especially a young side with little to no experience in this competition.

The Game to Watch

Spurs are always a good side to watch in the Champions League and having drawn City, who will have one eye on domestic matters, could Mauricio Pochettino’s side cause an upset and reach the last four for the first time in their history? Or will City take another step towards an historic quadruple?

 

By:Sam Watt

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