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Odds Favor Man City to Win Champions League

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Odds Favor Man City to Win Champions League
Manchester City's Norwegian striker #09 Erling Haaland/Darren Staples/AFP

Champions League Quarterfinals Odds

  • Man City +185
  • Arsenal +500
  • Real Madrid +600
  • Bayern Munich +700
  • PSG +800
  • Barcelona +1000
  • Atletico Madrid +1200
  • Borussia Dortmund +2500

 

 

Real Madrid vs Manchester City

Some neutrals may have wanted this clash at a later stage of the tournament, as this is the blockbuster fixture of this tournament so far.

Pep Guardiola’s City are the favorites to win the competition for a second straight year being priced at +185 according to the latest Champions League soccer odds.

Though City may not be at their 2022-23 best, they’re still one of the top teams in Europe. Yes, one can never fully count out Real Madrid, the Champions League experts.

With Real pulling away in the La Liga title race and City battling in a triple-headed duel for the Premier League, the club from Spain’s capital should be fresher coming into the contest and more prepared to tackle two legs.

City beat Madrid in the semifinals last season on the way to winning the Champions League for the first time, following a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu with a stunning 4-0 victory at home in the second leg.

Los Blancos enter this double-legged tie as underdogs priced at +160 in Las Vegas odds to qualify in the semifinals but we can’t write them off so we will back them to knock out Man City.

 

 

Arsenal vs Bayern Munich

Arsenal edged Porto 1-0 in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie, meaning a first penalty shoot-out in the competition since the 2016 final. David Raya was the hero as the Gunners prevailed 4-2 on penalties to end a 14-year wait to feature in the quarterfinals.

If that wasn’t heart-in-mouth times, then a two-leg tie against the 11-time reigning German champions, Bayern Munich, certainly is.

Bayern Munich tamed Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal time and time again in the round of 16 during the latter stages of the Frenchman’s tenure. The club’s previous knockout appearance in the competition before this season was ended by a 10-2 demolition on aggregate at the hands of the Bavarian giants in 2017.

However, the landscape has shifted somewhat in 2024. While Arsenal is learning on the job as they progress through the rigors of knockout continental football, this is a Bayern team with distinct vulnerabilities.

Arsenal is hosting the first leg and the moneyline is set at -110 with the Premier League side being slight favorites to qualify over the two legs. Given Bayern’s struggle this season, we’re backing Arsenal in our soccer picks and parlays.

 

 

Atletico Madrid vs Dortmund

After overcoming Inter Milan in a heart-stopping shootout to end the competition’s round of 16, Atletico’s next challenge will be taking down Dortmund in a bid to reach its first Champions League semifinal in seven years.

Dortmund, last season’s Bundesliga runners-up, won its group over Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan and Newcastle United before defeating PSV 3-1 across two legs to reach its first quarterfinal in three seasons.

Atletico and Dortmund have met on six occasions in European competition, four times in the European Cup/Champions League and twice in the old Cup Winners’ Cup. BVB has won three, drawn one and lost two against Atletico, the most recent matchups being group stage encounters during the 2018-19 Champions League.

Dortmund bashed Diego Simeone’s men 4-0 at Signal Iduna Park, with current Colchonero Axel Witsel opening the scoring for the Germans, before Atleti won the rematch two weeks later.

Atletico is -120 in Champions League predictions to win the opening leg.

 

 

PSG vs Barcelona

With a revitalized Barcelona looking to give manager Xavi the best possible send-off before he steps down in the summer, the Blaugrana will be a formidable opponent for PSG.

Barcelona is a young squad with Robert Lewandowski still capable of moments of pure brilliance while leading the line.

However, the Catalan side is in the midst of an injury crisis and relying on 16-year-old Lamine Yamal seems like too much too soon at this stage in his career.

Not surprisingly, the deciding factor might be Kylian Mbappe. His otherworldly pace is tailor-made to decimate Xavi’s high-defensive line. Mbappe is the player to watch and best player prop in the Champions League quarterfinals.

 

 

 

 

 

Questions Of The Day

Who will win the Champions League according to the betting trends?


Spanish clubs have won the most combined Champions Leagues of any country, with Real Madrid winning 14 and Barcelona winning five. With three La Liga teams still in the competition, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, the chance for one of them to go all the way is big.

Will the Champions League format change next season?


From next season, 36 clubs will take part in the Champions League and they will all be in one big league table. The current format sees 32 clubs divided into eight groups of four teams.
There will still be a draw at the start of the season, but only to create the league-phase fixtures: eight games for each club, four at home and four away.

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