Thu, Mar 22, 2:39pm by Staff Writer
The 2018 UEFA Champions League has reached the quarter finals stage, with only eight teams remaining the quality of football on offer should only get better. With several European giants still in the running as well as a young pretender in Manchester City, it is a tough one to call on who will lift the trophy this season.
Having successfully navigated a tough tie against English Champions Chelsea, Barcelona will now face Roma for the place in the semi-finals. The Spanish club are coasting at the top of La Liga and are favourites to win the Champions League for a 6th time priced at $3.30. Their last win was back in 2015, a relatively long time when you consider the quality that they possess with the likes of Lionel Messi.
Roma will prove tough opponents for Barcelona, but they stand at $61 to win the tournament. These two sides have only met four times in UEFA competition in the past with each side winning one and two draws. So, they have proven capable of contending with the Spanish side.
The quarter final draw has thrown up an all-English tie with Manchester City meeting Liverpool. City have dominated the EPL season and at on stage were on course for an historic quadruple. The Champions League, however, is the holy grail for City’s wealthy backers to prove that they are a force to be reckoned with in Europe. The quality of football that they have shown this year has them priced at $4.
Liverpool have a proud history in the Champions League and former European Cup with five victories over the years. With their most recent in 2005 with their incredible comeback victory of AC Milan. For many years they have held on to that history and it has been ten years since they were in the Final as runners up. The club has the pedigree to match a price of $12 but will need their players to step up.
Bayern Munich will face Sevilla in the quarter finals as the Germans look to add to their tally of five trophies. They are flying high 17 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga so can concentrate on European glory. They easily dispatched Besiktas in the Round of 16 and stand at $4.50.
Whilst Sevilla, beat Manchester United over two legs to be rewarded with the quarter final match up. Arguably the weakest team left in the competition they could still cause an upset especially if they can grab a result at home in the first leg. They stand at $61.
The tie of the Round has to be the repeat of last season’s final between Real Madrid and Juventus. Real dominated the Italians as they ran out 4-1 victors.
The Spanish side faced a tough Round of 16 tie against PSG and proved that they are still capable of producing huge performances on the big European nights. Despite poor domestic form they have been able to rise to the action and are priced at $5.
Juventus battled past Spurs in the last Round and sit top of Serie A so will come into this match in fine form. They may be able to grab a win at home, but it is hard to see them getting a result in Madrid. At $10 they come in as underdogs in this tie.
Champions League Winner – Sportsbet
Man City $4
Bayern Munich $4.50
Real Madrid $5
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