Scotland V England Saturday 24th February. 4:45PM. BBC One Scotland v England renew their rivalry…
The drama of this year’s Champions League quarter-finals come to an end on Wednesday night, and European football’s elite competition has arguably save the best for last as three massive clubs are all in action.
It’s all to play for in both Madrid and Lisbon as the respective home sides trail by one goal. Expect an electric atmosphere in each stadium on what should be an enthralling evening of entertainment.
Who will reach the last four? Here’s everything you need to know.
Atletico Madrid v Barcelona
Wednesday 13th April. 7:45PM. BT Sport Europe
In truth, Diego Simeone’s would have happily taken the 2-1 first leg defeat before the start of play. However, things could have been so different had Fernando Torres not followed his crucial away goal with two quick-fire bookings.
Nevertheless, the Rojiblancos will be quietly confident as they look to capitalise on Barcelona’s poor form by dumping them out of Europe. The quality of Antoine Greizmann and co will certainly keep the away side.
The defending champions will still consider themselves favourites to qualify, though. An away goal would put Luis Enrique’s men in a very strong position. Despite their recent failings, the trio of Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez should give the visitors a fantastic chance of doing that.
Both teams will fancy their chances of going all the way to pick up the trophy in Milan next month. Let’s see who has the bottle to progress.
Atletico Madrid v Barcelona Betting
This is a difficult one to predict but the bookies have established Barcelona as favourites at odds of 11/10. Both the draw and Atletico win are available at 12/5 – prices from Bet365.
It’s difficult to comprehend Messi’s recent dip in form, but it’s even harder to imagine that it will continue any longer.
In truth, we wouldn’t want to make a confident prediction on the outcome. But we’d always fancy backing Messi to score against any opponent. At odds of 29/20, we simply cannot refuse.
Lionel Messi to score anytime @ 29/20 with BetVictor
Benfica v Bayern Munich
Wednesday 13th April. 7:45PM. BT Sport 2
After falling behind so early at the Allianz Arena last week, Rui Vitoria would have been forgiven for fearing the worst. Benfica were brilliantly resilient, though, and will enter this home clash with optimism of turning things around.
That’s not to suggest it won’t be a tough ask of the Portuguese side. An away goal would put Pep Guardiola’s Bayern in the driving seat, so Julio Cesar and his defenders will need to keep things tight while Jonas and Kostas Mitroglou will need to gobble up any chances that come their way.
Doubts have been raised regarding Bayern’s mentality since the announcement of Guardiola’s imminent departure, but if the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller can’t get up for a Champions League quarter-final then there’s something very wrong.
If they perform to their potential, the Germans will seal their place in the final four. But football isn’t played on paper and an early goal for Benfica would change the complexion completely. The first strike could be vital.
Benfica v Bayern Munich Betting
Bayern Munich will be expected to progress and are the odds-on favourites at 7/10 with Bet365 to win this second leg too. However, Benfica shouldn’t be ruled out completely at 4/1. The draw can be backed at 14/5.
As it stands, anything could happen. Having said that, an early goal for the visitors would virtually kill the tie due to the away goals rule. With this in mind, we can see Guardiola’s men setting out their stool early on.
The Bavarians are unlikely to score as quickly as they did in Germany, but they can break the deadlock before half-time, en route to another victory.
HT/FT: Bayern Munich/Bayern Munich @ 17/10 with 888sport