For the first time in 16 years, there’ll be no Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League quarter-finals, but there’s no shortage of big-name players with the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland, Mohamed Salah, Kevin De Bruyne and so much more.
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The quarter-finals draw gave football fans mouth-watering ties to look forward to, including the replays of two recent finals.
Manchester City’s quest for a maiden Champions League title continues when they host Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, while Real Madrid and Liverpool do battle in the Spanish capital in a rerun of the 2018 final.
In the battle of the dark horses, Chelsea take on FC Porto at the Estadio Do Dragao on Wednesday, the same time that holders Bayern Munich face Paris Saint-Germain at the Allianz Arena in a repeat of last season’s final.
Tuesday 6 April
Thomas Tuchel’s unbeaten Chelsea are overwhelming favourites to reach the semi-finals but Porto will be out to upset the odds once again. The Portuguese giants stunned Juventus in extra time to progress on away goals, while the Blues surprisingly made light work of La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid in a 3-0 aggregate victory. The Dragons have the ability to make life tough for Tuchel’s side, but the Blues will fancy their chances of getting the better of the Portuguese outfit. Sergio Conceicao will be without talisman Sergio Oliveira and Mehdi Taremi for this clash, though Malang Sarr is allowed to play against his parent club. Chelsea, on the other hand, will have Mason Mount and Jorginho available after the duo missed the second leg of the clash against Atletico Madrid due to suspension. I’m backing the Blues to edge a hard-fought encounter.
6/10 Bayern Munich | 33/10 | Paris Saint-Germain 36/10 (21:00)
Holders Bayern Munich will face Paris Saint-Germain at the Allianz Arena in a repeat of last season’s final. With the kind of European pedigree that PSG can only dream of, Hansi Flick’s side are favourites to advance to the semis. The quarters have frequently proved a stumbling block for the French champions in the Champions League, and last season represented the first time they successfully progressed beyond it since 1995. The duo of Neymar and Mbappe will want to avenge the narrow 1-0 loss to the German giants in last season’s final, but it’s hard to go with anyone but the reigning European champions here. Thiago Silva kept Lewandowski quiet in Lisbon last year, but with the Brazilian now at Chelsea, Presnel Kimpembe and Marquinhos must try to nullify the Poland star who has 13 goals in his last eight games for Bayern. Back the champions at 6/10.
Man City Win & BTTS 18/10
Real Madrid Win 14/10
Chelsea Win 9/10
Bayern Win 6/10