UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals Preview

Friday, April 6th, 2018

By Jonathan Willis
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To be honest, the second leg of the Champions League looks a little dull. Heavyweights Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and Barcelona all look set to advance with ease after winning the first leg of their ties and although Liverpool surprised with its victory, the Reds won by such a convincing margin that Manchester City will be hard-pressed to come back.

Still, there is always drama in the Champions League. One of these four games is sure to give us reason to hope for an upset. The trick is finding which one.

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AS Roma vs. FC Barcelona

Date and Time: April 10, 2018, 2:45 p.m. ET

Location: Stadio Olimpio, Rome, Italy

Television Coverage: FS2

Betting Line: FC Barcelona -0.5 and -1, O/U 3

Barcelona are in a great position here following their win over Roma in the first leg. However, Roma proved to be a tough opponent despite the score line. The Italian side was a bit unlucky in this one, as two of Barca’s goals were own goals and a third was the result of a somewhat fortunate rebound after a great save from Alisson.

Although Roma is very unlikely to advance, they can get the win. Barca is probably going to be without midfielder Sergio Busquets and Edin Dzeko looked very impressive on the attack in Camp Nou. Roma performed largely well on defense in the first leg and will make this a game for a while.

Manchester City vs. Liverpool FC

Date and Time: April 10, 2018, 2:45 p.m. ET

Location: City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England

Television Coverage: FS1

Betting Line: Manchester City -1, O/U 3 and 3.5

Mo Salah showed why he is the best player in the Premier League this season in the first leg. He notched the first goal and set up Sadio Mane for another to lead Liverpool to a 3-0 victory. Salah was tremendous in the match and Manchester City had no answer for him.

However, Salah left the game early in the second half and his status for the return leg is up in the air. The Reds’ attack looked disparate without Salah at the helm, and if he doesn’t play Manchester City have a real shot not just to win, but to advance as well. City will definitely perform better at home and get the win.

Real Madrid vs. Juventus

Date and Time: April 11, 2018, 2:45 p.m. ET

Location: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain

Television Coverage: FS1

Betting Line: Real Madrid -1, O/U 3

The first leg of this tie was the Cristiano Ronaldo show. Ronaldo had a hand in all three of Real Madrid’s three goals in a 3-0 win in Turin.

He had a goal that will be up for the best goal of the year midway through the second half when he beat Gigi Buffon with a beautiful bicycle kick. Ronaldo made a difficult goal look effortless and has Real on the verge of the semifinals once more.

For Juventus to have any hope in this one, former Real Madrid teammates Sami Khedira and Gonzalo Higuain must play well. Both were not at their best at home, but they must be sharp in Madrid.

Bayern Munich vs. Sevilla FC

Date and Time: April 11, 2018, 2:45 p.m. ET

Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany

Television Coverage: FS2

Betting Line: Bayern Munich -1.5 and -2, O/U 3 and 3.5

Sevilla proved to be a worthy opponent for Bayern in the first leg. They scored the first goal of the match and put a good amount of pressure on Bayern to threaten a draw. Unfortunately, an own goal really hurt and Bayern Munich is taking a 2-1 lead into the second leg.

The club will have its top playmaker back for this match. Ever Banega had to sit out the first leg due to yellow card accumulation, but he will be in action here. Banega could have a big performance with Arturo Vidal’s availability in doubt.

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The best bets on the board are Sevilla and Manchester City on the goal line. Back them both.

Champions League Quarterfinals Picks: Sevilla and Manchester City

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