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We’ve now reached the quarter-finals of the 2019 Champions League with the Premier League in England hopeful of supplying just their second winner of the competition in ten years, four of the final 8 teams coming from there in the shape of Liverpool, Man City, Man United and Tottenham.
Barcelona are flying the flag for Spain with Real Madrid, winners of four of the last 5 UCL competitions, now out while Ajax, Juventus and Porto complete the line-up.
First leg matches in the knock-out part of the tournament are notoriously cagey, home teams desperately wanting to avoid conceding crucial away goals but with so much attacking talent on display things could be different this time around.
Pep Guardiola’s Man City lead the Champions League odds to win it all with Juventus and Barcelona vying for second-favouritism with most firms. Liverpool look great value while Tottenham, Man United, Ajax and Porto rank as outsiders.
Despite being around 4/1 to win the competition outright, Liverpool are red hot favourites to win their first leg match with Porto and you can see why with their fearsome front three of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mo Salah all expected to feature at Anfield.
Use Oddsguard to find the best odds for Liverpool v Porto match. Before the week of rounds the odds stood at around 1.35 for home win.
Spurs christened their new stadium with a comfortable 2-0 win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Wednesday but things are set to be much tougher when Pep’s Man City roll into town.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager has talked about how important Kevin De Bruyne is to the team and now that he’s back and firing, he could be the crucial ingredient for the tournament favourites but even a first leg draw would be seen as a good result.
Despite his off-field troubles Cristiano Ronaldo is still a major draw and he continues to perform, but whether his presence is enough to get Juve a first leg lead in this match-up remains open to question.
The crowd will be rocking at the Amsterdam ArenA and there’s every chance of an upset; look out for the hugely highly rated Frenkie De Jong who joins Barcelona this summer for a massive fee.
Looking at Ajax to hold their ground and get a lead at home against Juventus. Before the week of game play odds for straight up win at home look like 3.60 at best.
These two have a rich history in the competition having faced each other in the finals of both 2009 and 2011, but while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has presided over a major upturn in the Red Devils’ fortunes of late, his side has their work cut out to knock out Messi and co.
The Blaugrana welcome Atletico Madrid to the Camp Nou on Saturday evening which is bound to take the sting out of them, while Man United have a blank weekend domestically making them an attractive proposition for the first leg.