The last four of the Champions League will be decided this week as the competition's last remaining eight teams prepare for the second legs of their respective quarter-final clashes.
Once again, Barcelona face a colossal task in their ambitions to advance to the next stage, as they’re trailing by three goals while AS Monaco will attempt to defend their 3-2 advantage on home soil against Borussia Dortmund.
Madrid enjoy a 2-1 advantage over Bayern Munich following their comeback at the Allianz Arena, while Leicester City will try to hit back from 1-0 down in their clash with Atletico Madrid on the same day.
Bet on Barcelona vs Juve
Juventus beat Barcelona 3-0 in the first leg, with the Catalans feeling the absence of Sergio Busquets in midfield through suspension. The Catalan giants still remain positive about their chances, drawing on their incredible 6-1 turnaround over PSG, although a repeat might be problematic, given their injury troubles. Barcelona are the clear favourites to win the game with odds set at 1.55. Barcelona are a different side when playing at the Camp Nou, playing with much more urgency and confidence, which is why you should consider Barcelona to score first. Odds for this bet stand at 1.42. Barcelona will surely start exerting pressure from the first minute as time is of the essence, especially when trying to penetrate the solid Juve defence.
The Bianconeri are experienced with big games and are a team that’s used to winning. A side that boasts of the strongest defence in Champions league with the legendary Buffon at goal. They have conceded just 2 goals in Champions League so far, but how will the back four cope if Barcelona’s attacking prowess are in their best form?
Barcelona are well aware of the threat Juve pose when attacking on the counter, which is why it’s going to be a tricky one for Luiz Enrique to get this right, as a single goal has the power to sink Barcelona and eliminate them from the competition.
Bet on Madrid vs Bayern
This clash is monumental and it’s unfortunate that these two sides didn’t meet in the later stages of the Champions League. The previous match was a tale of two halves, with Bayern having been stronger in the first. Madrid came out on top in the second half, with Ronaldo having to save the day with a brace, leading Los Blancos to a 2-1 win at the Allianz Arena.
Real Madrid are missing the services of Gareth Bale, with Isco expected to replace him, while Pepe remains absent with a broken rib. Bayern Munich have are doubting Jerome Boateng and Javier Martinez, while Robert Lewandowski and Mats Hummels are also struggling with shoulder and ankle injuries respectively.
Madrid are the slight favourites to win the game with odds priced at 2.45. Bayern’s odds are set at 2.80 but betting on both teams to score will be the best option for the neutral. Odds are pretty low at 1.36 for both teams to score, as are the odds for Madrid to qualify to the next round, at 1.28.
Cristiano Ronaldo has a reputation of stepping up to big games to deliver, and that’s exactly what he did in the first round of this colossal clash. Odds for the Portuguese skipper to score at any time are set at 1.87. Lewandowski has odds of 1.96 to score at any time during the 90 minutes of the game.