Champions League - Games of the Week

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

By Andrew Ryan
BETCRIS  Champions League AS Monaco vs Borussia Dortmund

Though it doesn't necessarily feel like the last four spots in the Champions League are locked up, there isn't such thing as a team that won in the first leg of the quarterfinal ties who shouldn't feel great about its spot going into the last 90 minutes of action. If the Round of 16 was any indication though, there's going to be at least one, if not more teams coming from behind to challenge the favorites, and you're not going to want to miss that magic unfold on Tuesday and Wednesday night.

Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich – Tuesday, 2:45 p.m. ET ( FOX Sports 1 )

This one isn't beyond Bayern Munich. The Reds were every bit as good as Real Madrid at home but ended up getting seen off when Javi Martinez was booked for the second time. The defender, of course, will not be a part of the action in the return leg, but that will allow Bayern Munich to pour another man forward. Losing 2-1 at home makes this a mountain to try to climb at the Santiago Bernabeu, but it's only going to take one goal to start to mount some pressure on a Real Madrid team that hasn't felt a lot of it across any competition this season. Cristiano Ronaldo might need some more magic after his brace in Munich.

Leicester City vs. Atletico Madrid – Tuesday, 2:45 p.m. ET ( FOX Sports 2 )

How much more magic could the Foxes possibly have left in the tank? They were so darn good in their comeback at home against Sevilla even though they were the underdogs in that match, and they're basically in the same boat here in this one at home against Atletico Madrid after falling behind 1-0 at the Vicente Calderon. Robert Huth has been suspended for Leicester City thanks to his third booking of the UCL campaign in Spain, and replacing him is going to be incredibly tough. One thing is for sure though, and that's that Jamie Vardy can't go this entire match without a single meaningful touch as was the case in the first leg.

AS Monaco vs. Borussia Dortmund – Wednesday, 2:45 p.m. ET ( FOX Sports 2 )

If this really is the end of Borussia Dortmund, it would end up being forgivable. After the club had a blast outside its bus before its Tuesday night fixture causing it to be postponed, it's understandable to think that BVB would be a bit flat. And flat it was. That said, opportunity is still knocking, though Dortmund has to get back to better ways defensively. There were just too much sloppy play at the back, including a careless giveaway that led to the third Monaco goal and a horrible attempt at a clearance that ended up in the back of the net for the second on an own goal. It'll take two goals for sure and perhaps a third, but this isn't beyond BVB.

Barcelona vs. Juventus – Wednesday, 2:45 p.m. ET ( FOX Sports 1 )

Here we go again, Barca. The Catalan side erased a 4-0 deficit against PSG, but this feels like a more damning result after losing 3-0 at Juventus. This team just flat out can't play on the road right now, and though this one is back at Camp Nou, how much magic can one team muster? Juve has one of the best defenses in the world, and it all starts with Gigi Buffon in the pipes. The likelihood of him conceding three, even against Barcelona? It's not very good. This might very well be the end for a team that has been the favorite to win the UCL or darn near it virtually every step of the way.

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