The final eight are left standing in the UEFA Champions League now and surprisingly the only English team left among them is Leicester City. The Foxes kept their incredible debut campaign rolling along after progressing past powerful Spanish unit Sevilla in the round of sixteen. The Foxes will face more Spanish opposition in the final eight as they face up against last season’s Champions League runners-up Atletico Madrid.
The reigning Premier League champions are running as the rank outsiders now to win the competition outright at this stage and there are some heavy hitters left in the ranks of course with all of the European big guns still firing along. So while there are some great stories all to come, there is none bigger than whether or not Leicester will be able to keep their incredible adventure going a step further. The heavyweight clash of the Quarter Finals for UEFA Champions League betting sees German powerhouses Bayern Munich take on Real Madrid.
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Atletico Madrid (Spain) v Leicester City (Eng)
So after their somewhat surprising progress past Sevilla, Leicester get a crack at another of Spain’s top sides as they square off against Atletico Madrid. Prior to this campaign, Atletico were the only Spanish side that the Foxes had met in UEFA competition before, with the Foxes failing to win any of those four previous contests against them. Actually two of Leicester’s three previous European campaigns were ended by Atletico. That was in the 1961/62 European Cup Winners’ Cup first round and in the 1997/98 UEFA Cup first round. This is uncharted territory for the Foxes then whereas this will be the ninth time that Atletico have been in the quarter finals of the European Cup. The Spaniards hold a W5 L3 record from those previous appearances, including having knocked out Barcelona in the 2013/14 and the 2015/16 quarter finals. Atletico moved past Bayer Leverkusen in the round of sixteen and they have kept six clean sheets in their eight games so far in this season’s championship, including taking a home win over Bayern Munich in the group stage. Atletico are 1/6 odds on to qualify from this tie and you can’t argue with that. Atletico are going to be big value at even money with William Hill to win the first leg at home to nil.
Borussia Dortmund (Germany) v Monaco (France)
If the progress of these two from the round of sixteen is anything to go by, this should be a cracking quarter final line up. Dortmund and Monaco have never met before in a competitive fixture. Dortmund held off Real Madrid in the group stage to earn top spot and they fired off a group stage record of 21 goals in their six group stage games. They rolled past Benfica with a 4-1 aggregate score in the last round as well. So the Germans have been firing well and their record against French clubs is W6 D5 L5; with only one of those defeats was at home. Dortmund are a quote of 4/7 to win the first leg at home and that is where the damage will be done in this tie.
Die Borussen are a formidable force on home soil and they are a price of. Monaco got the better of Manchester City in the last round, winning through on away goals after a 6-6 aggregate score between the two of them. The amount of goals that they have conceded will be of big concern. Monaco’s last quarter final appearance ended in a 1-0 aggregate loss against Juventus in the 2014/15 season and they are W2 L2 in UEFA Cup/Champions League quarter finals. Dortmund meanwhile are W5 L2 in their seven previous appearances, losing their last appearance here in the 2013/14 season 3-2 against Real Madrid.
Bayern Munich (Germany) v Real Madrid (Spain)
Without a shadow of a doubt, this is the heavyweight showdown of this season’s quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League. These two have contested 22 games before in the European Cup and it is Bayern who hold an 11-9 head to head record from those matches. However, Real Madrid are on a three match winning streak against the Germans, winning both legs against them in the 2013/14 semi finals. This is the 11th knockout tie that the two will have competed against each other in and from the previous ten they are five wins each. Real Madrid made pretty light work of Napoli in the round of sixteen, winning 6-1 on aggregate while Bayern Munich were even more convincing as they posted a 10-2 aggregate win against Premier League side Arsenal.
So this should be a real ding-dong battle between the two of them and is Bayern who are running as 4/6 favourites at William Hill to qualify from the tie. The Germans start at home at that is where it is going to count. From their eight previous Champions League home matches against Real Madrid, Bayern have posted a W6 D1 L1 record. Five of those six home wins were by a 2-1 scoreline which is a 15/2 quote at William Hill for the first leg. There is value in backing Real Madrid to get through this though as Bayern have uncharacteristically lost a couple of games in this season’s competition, and as shaky as Real Madrid’s defence has looked, they have stuck in there, scoring at least two goals in each of their games so far and remain unbeaten. Real Madrid have a W27 L6 record in European Cup quarter finals and they have progressed from each of their last six appearances at this stage. Bayern have a W18 L9 record in the European Cup quarter finals and they have also won their last six quarter final ties.
Juventus (Italy) v Barcelona (Spain)
Remarkably, Barcelona are in the quarter finals. They were 4-0 down after the first leg of their round of sixteen clash against PSG and needed three goals in the last 20 minutes of the return to leg to get through. They found the last one deep into stoppage time to record a 6-1 home win over PSG to get to the quarter finals. They face up against Juventus who had an easy time of nudging Porto out of the last round. The most recent meeting between these two was in the 2015 final which Barcelona won 3-1 and it is the Spaniards who are narrowly ahead in the head to head meetings between them 3-2. The last time that they were together in the quarter finals was in the 2002/03 season when Barca won 3-1 on aggregate following a 1-1 draw in Turin. Barcelona’s remarkable fight back in the last round sees them go as 8/15 favourites to qualify from this tie. A 1-1 correct score at William Hill for the first leg in Italy is a good 5/1 shot. The Spaniards have won just two their last three appearances at this stage (both exits coming against Atletico Madrid) but overall hold a W14 L4 record in European Cup quarter final ties. Juventus are W11 L5 in their quarter finals appearance and they have won through in just one of their last four appearances at this stage. As good as Juventus are, you would have to roll with the Spaniards having the extra to get through this tie.