There are some great matchups in this week’s Champions League quarter-final matches. Juventus v Real Madrid is one I’m particularly looking forward to but every single one of the other games has at least some.
<p>There are some great matchups in this week’s Champions League quarter-final matches. Juventus v Real Madrid is one I’m particularly looking forward to, but every single one of the other games has at least some justification for watching it, and potentially betting on it.</p><p>Let’s get started with the game I will be carving out some time to watch. Juventus v Real Madrid. Both of these sides have had their struggles in the Champions League and their domestic leagues this season but seem to be pulling things together at the right time. Juventus have drawn a few games (including one embarrassing occasion against SPAL) but they haven’t lost in any competition since 19 November when Sampdoria beat them by the odd goal in five.</p><p>Real Madrid have lost a game more recently (1-0 to Espanyol in February) but their form has improved considerably since their early-season performances. There will be changes in the summer, but that won’t diminish their chances in this game.</p><p>Both sides suffer from the same kind of problem, age and the associated injuries that go with it. Both sides need a shakeup, but this game, a repeat of last season’s Champions League Final, should be an excellent tactical battle. This first game should be tight and I can see the second leg being the decider. I’m going for a draw in this first-leg match at odds of 3.34 with Pinnacle.</p><p>Tuesday’s other game is Sevilla v Bayern Munich, and this one is a lot easier to call over both legs. I have a hat and I am prepared to (try to) eat it if Sevilla get through. Bayern are 1.12 to qualify over both legs so I suspect other punters are in a similar position. I’m on ‘under’ 2.5 goals in this one and Pinnacle are again my bookie of choice with odds of 2.34 available right now.</p><p>In terms of which game to watch on Wednesday, it’s a tough choice. Do I go for the more aesthetically pleasing game between Barcelona and AS Roma or the more physical match with domestic rivals Manchester City and Liverpool? I think I’ll be going for Barcelona v AS Roma as I do love a good European matchup.</p><p>This will certainly be one of the most technical games of the round with excellent players on both sides. Right now, though, I think AS Roma are a little outgunned on this one and Barcelona should come out of this with a home victory. Games between well organized and technical sides aren’t always goal heavy so I’m going for ‘under’ 3.5 goals at 1.74 with Pinnacle.</p><p>On to the last game of the round, and this is one I can’t see beyond a Manchester City victory. I watched the last match between these two and Pep Guardiola will have been so angry to see his side play so poorly and get caught out time and again. I can’t see that happening again and with revenge certainly on the mind, I think Manchester City will win this one and 2.42 from Pinnacle offers me the kind of odds I’m looking for.</p><p>Some great games ahead and hopefully some equally profitable betting.</p>