Attention all sports betting enthusiasts! Both the UEFA Champions League and Europa League are back. The best European soccer teams collide looking to advance one step closer to the glory. Here’s a quick analysis of all matches, the latest player and team news, injury reports, soccer odds, and predictions.
Real Madrid vs Liverpool (Tuesday, April 6)
First of all, Real Madrid is still fighting for La Liga title, while Liverpool is out of the English Premier League race, and winning the UEFA Champions League is all they have left.
In the Round of 16, Real Madrid eliminated Atalanta with a 4-1 aggregate, but several players will be out against the “Reds”, including Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal, and Eden Hazard. “Los Blancos” are 3-1 (against the spread and over/under) when playing at home.
Liverpool beat RB Leipzig (4-0 aggregate) in the Round of 16. Regarding the UEFA Champions League, the “Reds” have beaten Real Madrid three times before (3-0-1), but they lost the big one (2018 Grand Finale).
The English side will be without Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, and Divock Origi, all due to injury. There are 2-1-1 (against the spread) and 1-3 (over/under) when playing on the road.
Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund (Tuesday, April 6)
|Manchester City||-1½ Ev||-265||3||2|
|Borussia Dortmund||+1½ -120||+700||3||½|
Manchester City remains unbeaten thanks to a 7-1-0 record. In the Round of 16, they beat Borussia Monchengladbach with a 4-0 aggregate, and they’re one of the top-scoring teams with 17 goals.
The “Citizens” are going to win the English Premier League, but what they really want is to win the UEFA Champions League, and with Sergio Aguero leaving at the end of the current season it looks like it’s now or never. No injuries have been reported.
Borussia Dortmund comes from a very tough series against Sevilla (5-4 aggregate), but they know that winning the UEFA Champions League is all they have left, even more, because this is Erling Haaland’s last season with the team.
Several players will be out due to injury, including Dan-Axel Zagadou, Jadon Sancho (ouch!), and Youssoufa Moukoko.
Curiously enough, Borussia Dortmund leads the all-time series against Manchester City 1-1-0.
Bayern Munich vs PSG (Wednesday, April 7)
Best Round of 8 matchup! No doubt about it!
Bayern Munich had no trouble beating Lazio (6-2 aggregate) in the Round of 16, and the reigning champions come from a very good weekend after beating RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga. Now they have a seven-point advantage at the top.
They’ve scored 24 goals (best in the tournament), but Robert Lewandowski, Corentin Tolisso, and Douglas Costa are out due to injury.
PSG eliminated Barcelona (5-2 aggregate) in the Round of 16. Both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have been sensational; PSG has scored a league’s second-best 18 goals.
Marco Verratti (injured) and Leandro Paredes (suspended) are out, while Layvin Kurzawa, Alessandro Florenzi, Danilo, and Mauro Icardi are doubtful due to injury.
PSG leads the all-time series against Bayern Munich 5-0-4. Both teams have scored 12 goals.
Porto vs Chelsea (Wednesday, April 7)
Porto is this edition’s Cinderella. The Portuguese side eliminated Juventus (4-4 aggregate; more away goals).
Against Chelsea (first leg), Mouhamed Mbaye (injured), Mehdi Taremi (suspended), and Sergio Oliveira (suspended) will not be able to play.
Chelsea eliminated Atletico Madrid (3-0 aggregate), but they’re not overconfident. “Porto are an opponent which we obviously need to respect. They have history in the Champions League and European Cups, but they’re a team that we’ll be prepared and ready to play against,” said Petr Cech, Chelsea technical and performance advisor.
The “Blues” will be without N’Golo Kante (injured), while Christian Pulisic remains doubtful. Chelsea is 3-0-1 (against the spread) and 3-1 (over/under) when playing away from home.
Chelsea leads the all-time series against Porto 5-1-2 (12 goals for, seven against).
Arsenal vs Slavia Praha (Thursday, April 8)
|Slavia Praha||+1 -110||+500||2½||½|
Arsenal is one of the favorites to win the UEFA Europa League. They’re out of the English Premier League race, which means this is all they have left.
They eliminated Olympiacos (3-2 aggregate) in the Round of 16. The “Gunners” have scored 27 goals (best in the tournament), and this will be their fourth Round of 8 appearance in their last five UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup campaigns.
Arsenal beat Slavia Praha 7-0 back in the 2007-08 UEFA Champions League. That’s their joint biggest win in UEFA competition, and Slavia’s record European defeat.
Slavia Praha eliminated Rangers (3-1 aggregate) in the Round of 16. Curiously enough, they’ve committed 165 fouls (more than any other team in the current UEFA Europa League season).
Granada vs Manchester United (Thursday, April 8)
|Manchester United||-1 +115||-150||2½||1½|
Granada has surprised everybody. They eliminated Molde FK (3-2 aggregate) in the Round of 16, but Manchester United has a lot more or international experience.
The “Red Devils” eliminated AC Milan (2-1 aggregate) in the Round of 16, and they come as the heavy favorites to win it all. Regarding the English Premier League, they’re in second place, but the title looks out of reach.
Also, they already eliminated a Spanish team in Round 32 (Real Sociedad with a 4-0 aggregate).
Nevertheless, ss former Manchester United defender Denis Irwin said, “There are no easy teams left in the quarter-final draw. They’re a La Liga team so they’ll be very, very strong, technically very good, tactically very, very good. We’ve come up against [Real] Sociedad in the tournament already where we played very, very well. So, it’ll be a tough task, but one we’re looking forward to because we’re in good form.”
Ajax vs AS Roma (Thursday, April 8)
|AS Roma||+½ -135||+240||2½||1|
Best Round of 8 matchups! Both teams have a lot of international experience, and both are eager to win a prestigious title.
Ajax eliminated Young Boys (5-0 aggregate) in the Round of 16 and they lead the Eredivisie with an 11-point advantage over second place.
AS Roma eliminated Shakhtar (5-1 aggregate) in the Round of 16, but they’re already out from the Italian Serie A title race. They’ve scored 23 goals (fourth-best in the tournament), and Borja Mayoral is the tournament’s top scorer with seven goals.
Dinamo Zagreb vs Villarreal (Thursday, April 8)
|Dinamo Zagreb||+½ -155||+230||2||1|
Dinamo Zagreb shocked the world with a 3-2 aggregate victory against Tottenham in the Round of 16. They lost the first leg 2-0 but were able to turn things around at home.
Villarreal had no trouble with Dinamo (4-0 aggregate) in the Round of 16. Dinamo Zagreb and Villarreal have met twice, and each team won one game.
“All seven of the other teams in the draw deserve absolute respect for the sheer fact that they reached the quarter-finals, getting past all the other stages of the tournament. We didn’t have specific preferences [of who we’d have liked to face], but if we have to rank Villarreal, they are neither the team we wanted the most nor the least,” said Damir Krznar, Dinamo Zagreb coach.
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