We have a super quarter final clash in store as the Champions of England face the Champions of Germany. Manchester City are favourites for the Champions League this season and face their toughest test yet in German outfit Bayern Munich who comfortably disposed of PSG in the last round.
Bayern will have no fear in coming to the Etihad Stadium in the first leg and setting themselves up to defend well and counter attack. With Sane, Mane and Muller in their ranks, you have top quality attacking players who can score in the blink of an eye.
For Manchester City, the Champions League remains the final piece of the jigsaw for them to win, having won the Premier League four times out of the last five years domestically.
Erling Haaland will be key to them achieving their aim as the top striker in the competition will look to add more goals in this important match versus Bayern.
It promises to be two outstanding match ups with the first leg in Manchester. Expect the home side to dominate possession and with De Bruyne, Grealish and Mahrez on form, they will be gunning to get a decent lead to take to Germany.
Bayern Munich are 4/1 with SBK to land Europe’s top trophy and with a recent change in management Thomas Tuchel is in charge to lead the German Champions into this clash with Manchester City and for Tuchel, this will hold no fear as he led Chelsea to a Champions League final win over Manchester City.
New 2nd favorite’s for the Champions League are Italian league leaders Napoli. They have taken Serie A by storm this season an with a fast flowing attacking football, along with a resolute defence, they are a big threat to win this season’s competition. The star striker for Napoli is Victor Osimhen and along with Kvicha Kvaratskhelia, they are a serious team this season who can deliver both the Serie A title and Champions League title.
|Manchester City||10/11 William Hill|
|Bayern Munich||3/1 Bayern Munich|
The first leg of the Champions League at Etihad Stadium on Tuesday 11th April between Manchester City v Bayern is likely to be a close encounter. Neither team will look to give an inch and after Bayern Munich’s win in Paris, this match will hold fear for them.
The Germans are defensively solid and with this being the business end of the tournament, don’t expect plenty of goals in this match. Both teams are likely to cancel each other out and although you have world class talent on show, we look back at Bayern’s game away at PSG and see a similar type of game.
With this in mind, our top punters.pub tip for this match is under 2.5 goals in the match at 5/4 with Bet365
Reigning Champions League winners Real Madrid host another English side in the knock-out stages of this season’s competition as Chelsea head to the Bernabau in the first leg of the quarter finals.
Real Madrid have a love affair with this competition and recorded another success last year with a 1-0 win over Liverpool in Paris via a Vinicius Junior goal. They inflicted more misery over Liverpool with a 5-2 first leg win at Anfield and a solitary 1-0 win in the 2nd leg to go through easily.
With Vinicious and Benzema in top form in the Champions League, this should put fear into a Chelsea side which is still coming to terms with Potter’s way of playing and with new signings slowly bedding in, this game may be tough for them.
Chelsea dismissed Graham Potter last week after a 2-0 defeat at home to Aston Villa and a new interim coach is likely to be installed with Frank Lampard likely to take this opportunity. There is no doubting that Chelsea still have a wealth of talent to choose from and will take comfort from their round of 16 performances as they beat a Borussia Dortmund team over two legs.One concern for Chelsea is their lack of firepower in front of goal which saw them lose 1-0 in Dortmund in the first leg, however they overcame that with a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge.
|Real Madrid||10/11 Unibet|
Our Punters.pub pick for the Real Madrid v Chelsea first leg of their Champions League clash is a Real Madrid win at 10/11 with Unibet. The home side will have too much class for the London side and with a lack of goals coming from Chelsea, we expect Real Madrid to score. The home form for Real Madrid in this competition suggests they can come out on top and with in form attacking players and a packed home crowd, they can come out with a win to take into the 2nd leg.
Real Madrid are in red hot form after a big win over Barcelona in the Copa del rey and will relish the chance to put one over English opposition.