Last week lived up to everything a lover of the Champions League could wish for...incredible matches, excellent action, and even an upset. It was a wild first leg with three of the four favorites in the last eight, putting on a show, while Manchester City fell off and need a huge win tonight at home against Liverpool if they want to advance. Matches will be played on Tuesday Night at 19:45 GMT, and, on Wednesday Night at the same time.
Tuesday, April 10
Manchester City vs. Liverpool
City is not doing well! In fact, even coach Pep Guardiola is worried about his team's chances to advance. After losing last week's first leg at Anfield 3-0, City lost a massive match to Manchester United in league play, after utterly collapsing in the second half. Back-to-back-to-back losses are not something that City want to see happen, but, with the way they have been playing over the last two weeks, nothing would be a surprise.
City does have the home pitch advantage tonight, and Betfair Sports has some incredibly competitive odds to choose from. For an outright win for Manchester City, Betfair is offering 1.44 for City and 6.50 for Liverpool. That is a huge gap when you think about the fact that the Reds scored three unanswered in the first leg. Betfair Sports does believe that Liverpool will ultimately advance giving Liverpool the nod at 1.14 to the home sides' 5.00. A draw in tonight's match could be the best bet at 5.00.
Roma vs. Barcelona
While Manchester City vs. Liverpool last week was the more interesting for fans to watch, let's not take anything away from the stylings of Barcelona. In fact, the Catalans scored four goals, by De Rossi, Manolas, Pique, and finally a goal from Suarez who had a couple of open net opportunities in the opening half of the match. Roma was genuinely bested at Camp Nou, but, they do have the advantage of playing on their home turf tonight. Although home, they are still the underdogs, and 888 Sport has them way back at 5.20, while Barca is at 1.64.
Wednesday, April 11
Bayern vs. Sevilla
Bayern Munich has clinched, yet again, the Bundesliga, and now have the chance to secure a spot in the semifinal. It is almost a sure thing that they will make it to the next round of the Champions League, as they beat Sevilla 2-1 in the first leg away, and now, Sevilla must come-back from a huge odds gap and wish for a miracle. Bayern does not lose at home...At least, not very often, and they won't be starting on Wednesday Night.
Sevilla is the most significant underdog of the second leg at 15.00 to win outright in Munich. Bayern is at 1.22, expecting a big win.
Real Madrid vs Juventus
Last week, Juventus could have had a shot at beating Real in Italy, but, after an electrifying bicycle kick goal from Ronaldo, it appeared as if their souls were crushed. Real went on to win 3-0, and Juventus even picked up a red card to add insult to injury. Now, Real is home and Juventus must overcome the odds in order to advance to the UEFA Champions League semifinals. In fact, 888 Sport has Real as favorites at 1.62, while Juventus is at 5.40.