The Champions League quarter finals are finely poised, with some absolute titans vying for a place in the semi finals.
Chelsea (2) VS Porto (0)
This is perhaps the easiest tie to call, with Chelsea holding a 2 – 0 away win from the first leg. Thomas Tuchel’s side are looking ominous both domestically and in Europe. They’re not spectacular, but they are doing what they need to do. As well as that, they’re not playing with the pressure of a PSG, a Bayern or a Manchester City. Chelsea can continue to be efficient, and if they reach the semi finals, anything could happen. Chelsea are 17/20 to win at Stamford Bridge.
PSG (3) VS Bayern Munich (2)
This was the tie of the round last week, between the two most exciting teams left in the competition. There is a strong chance the winner of the Champions League will emerge from this tie. PSG got their revenge for last year’s final defeat to Bayern with a thrilling 3 – 2 win. However, the tie is far from over, and Bayern are confident they can go through. A one or two nil win would suffice for the German champions. PSG are 19/10 to win away in Munich.
Liverpool (1) VS Real Madrid (3)
A heavy defeat away to a Spanish giant in the first game. Second leg at Anfield. Odds stacked against Liverpool. Does this sound familiar? If any team is capable of coming back from 3 – 1 down against Real Madrid, it’s Liverpool. Another legendary Anfield night could be in store. However, it won’t be as easy as it was against Barcelona two years ago. That night, Klopp’s team stunned everybody. In the pandemic season, though, Anfield is no longer a fortress. Liverpool have lost a record number of consecutive league games at home this season. They face a monumental task, but don’t bet against them. Liverpool are 19/20 to win.
Dortmund (1) VS Manchester City (2)
Dortmund so nearly escaped Manchester with a creditable 1 – 1 draw last week. If it wasn’t for Phil Foden’s late winner, they would hold the advantage in this tie. The only thing that could stop City’s progression is Pep Guardiola’s tendency to overthink Champions League games. In many ways, this tie is a conflict between two philosophies. Guardiola, who has finally been able to indulge his fetish for central midfielders and play without a center forward long-term, versus Erling Braut Haaland, the most archetypal old fashioned center forward imaginable. Haaland will have a crucial role to play in Dortmund. If he plays well, City could be in trouble. Dortmund are 15/4 to win.