UCL Quarter Finals Draw – Barcelona Favourites to Win the Trophy

Gabe Morency

Sunday, March 18, 2018 1:54 AM UTC

Sunday, Mar. 18, 2018 1:54 AM UTC

The Champions League Quarter Finals draw was an open draw in which no teams were seeded and clubs from the same national association could face each other. Manchester United are out of the competition after losing.
<p>The Champions League Quarter Finals draw was an open draw in which no teams were seeded and clubs from the same national association could face each other.</p><p>Manchester United are out of the competition after losing the 2nd leg at home against Sevilla but we will definitely have one Premier League team in the semifinals as leaders Manchester City were drawn against Liverpool. The teams already met twice in the English top-flight league this season both winning on their turf with the Reds being the only side to beat the Citizens in Premier League this term. City are favourites to win the 1st away leg being priced at 2.5 with William Hill but also huge favourites to qualify further being priced at 1.53 with Betfair. The question is can Jurgen Klopp’s attacking style cope with cope with City’s explosive attacking firepower? Pep Guardiola has the chance to rotate his squad in Premier League and rest some of his key players as they 16 points clear at the top of the table with 8 rounds to go till the end of the season. Klopp has beaten Guardiola on 5 different occasions in all competitions and that’s more than any other manager. We except City to win the 1st leg away at Liverpool but we also anticipate a high-scoring affair with both teams offering us 2 huge clashes. <strong>Best pick: Manchester City to win the 1st leg at 2.5 with WilliamHill.</strong></p><p>Losing against Barcelona and Real Madrid in 2 of the last 3 finals, Serie A reigning champs Juventus were drawn against Spanish giants Real Madrid for a rematch of the 2017 Champions League final. Despite struggling this season in their domestic league, Real Madrid are always playing their best football in Champions League. They won both legs against Paris Saint-Germain showing amazing quality and experience in the most important moments. Juventus’s rock-solid defense and brilliant tactical discipline are their main weapons against Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. We expect another great performance from Ronaldo who is determined to extend his Champions League goal-scoring amazing run, but Juventus will try to revenge last year defeat and pull-of the upset. Real Madrid are priced at 1.53 with BetVictor to qualify further while Juventus are at 2.62 with Ladbrokes. <strong>Best pick: Over 2.5 goals in the 1st leg at 2.2 with Betfair.</strong></p><p>With plenty of quality in all the field and with Messi performing at his highest level trying to win another Ballon D’Or this term, Barcelona should have an easy double-legged match against Serie A’s side AS Roma. We expect them to solve the qualification issue from the 1st leg in which they should smash the Italian side showing them who’s the boss. AS Roma did well to overcome the 1st leg result from Ukraine and won their home match 1-0 against Shakhtar Donetsk but they are likely to end their Champions League campaign with defeats in both legs against Barcelona. <strong>Best pick: Barcelona to win and over 2.5 goals at 1.7 with Coral.</strong></p><p>After trashing Besiktas beating them 8-1 on aggregate, German giants Bayern Munich are firing on all cylinders being full of confidence and determined to win the UCL trophy. On paper, they were handed an easy opponent, but they should to consider themselves winner before the match because Sevilla are no walkovers. Bayern will surely have something to learn from Manchester United’s defeats against Sevilla. The Spanish side have reached this stage for the 1st time in 60 years. Bayern are already Bundesliga winner, so all their eggs will be in the Champions League basket and we expect them to win both legs. <strong>Best pick: Bayern Munich to win the 1st leg at 1.8 with William Hill.</strong></p>
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