It is crunch time in the Champions League, and some exciting games are coming up in the quarterfinals. Manchester City is the last team left in the competition from the Barclay’s Premier League, and they will hope to overcome Paris Saint-Germain, who knocked out Chelsea in the last round. It is the last time that Pellegrini will manage City in the tournament due to him being replaced in the summer by Pep Guardiola. If the Blues do manage to get past the French Champions, it would be fascinating seeing the two managers face each other.
Barcelona is in most people’s Champions League final predictions and will be the toughest team to beat that is left in the competition. They won the title last year and will be hoping to do the same again this time around. They face a tough draw against arch rivals Atlético Madrid and will have to be on top form if they are to get through to the semi-finals.
German club Wolfsburg have reached the quarterfinals for the first time in their history. They have a tough draw against Real Madrid and are huge outsiders with Champions League betting predictions on getting through to the next round.
Another German club that has reached the quarterfinals is Bayern Munich. At the start of the competition I had them as my Champions League picks to win the title. With it being Pep Guardiola’s last chance of winning the race for the German Giants, I can see them making the final at least. They face a well-organized Benfica team, but they should have too much firepower for the Portuguese team.
Champions League Round of 8 Predictions
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Round eight of the Champions League takes place on April 5 – 6 and the second leg on April 12 – 13.
Barcelona F.C Vs. Atlético Madrid F.C
Champions League betting predictions have Barcelona as the favorites to win the competition. However, they face a huge test as they are facing Spanish rivals, Atlético Madrid.The former won the tournament back in 2014 and will be looking to do it again this year. The first leg of the quarter-finals is held at Camp Nou with the return leg taking place on the 12th of April at Vicente Calderon.
The two teams have completely different styles of play, and it will be interesting to see which one comes out on top. Barcelona has the best-attacking trio in the world with Messi, Neymar and Suarez. Atlético has the best defence in the competition, and it will be exciting to see if the three amigos can find a way past them.
It is the second time that these two teams have met in the quarterfinals. The first time was back in the 2013-14 season, and it was won by Atlético. Diego Simeone will hope that his team can repeat that result again and get through to the semi-finals.
Most Champions League round of 8 predictions have Barcelona the winners of this match. They are seen as the best team in the world and have beaten Atlético in their last six games that they have faced them.
The key player for Barcelona will be world footballer of the year Lionel Messi. The Argentine loves playing against Atlético and in 27 appearances against them, he has scored an incredible 25 goals which include three hat-tricks. Even if Madrid contain Messi, they also have Neymar and Suarez to keep out. Over the course of 180 minutes, it is going to be highly unlikely that at least one of them does not get on the score sheet.
Barcelona`s weak point is their defense, and Atlético will look to exploit that as much as possible. Luis Enrique’s men do work well as a team though and will use their high press game to try to keep them at bay. Atlético is an aggressive, hostile and fast team so Barça will have to match them physically to make sure they get passed this difficult test.
Champions League round of 8 predictions – Barcelona to win and qualify for the semi-finals.
Bayern Munich F.C Vs. Benfica F.C
Bayern Munich is in most people Champions League final predictions, and it would be a huge upset if Benfica knocked them out. Both teams had difficult matches in the last round. Bayern had to come back against Italian giants Juventus while Benfica had to deal with a good Zenit side.
The two team have met before in the old format of the Champions League back in the 1975/76 and 1981/82 season. The Germans came out on top on both occasions and will be looking to do the same again this time around. Bayern has an exception record against Portuguese teams. They have played against a club from Portugal 22 times and have only been beaten once. Benfica’s record is nowhere near as good having 15 losses out of 40 matches.
With it being the last season that Pep Guardiola will be the manager of Bayern, he will want to win the Champions League so he can leave on a high note. If he does, it will be the third time he has managed a team that has won the trophy.
Guardiola will not be taking anything for granted in this fixture, especially because they lost to Portuguese opposition in last season’s Champions League. Rui Vitoria the Benfica manager will be pleased with how his first season in charge has gone so far. No one is making Champions League betting predictions that they will be the winners of the competition, but surprises do happen in football, so maybe they can pull off a miracle.
Players to watch out for in the match are Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski for Bayern. Krystas Mitroglou and Nico Gaitan will cause the opposition a threat over the two-legged quarterfinal. Both teams are at the top of their leagues, and it will be a very competitive game.
Champions League round of 8 predictions – Bayern to win and qualify for the semi-finals.
Paris SG Vs. Man. City F.C
Arguably the most entertaining quarterfinal is going to be PSG vs. Manchester City. It is the first time that the Blues have qualified for the quarterfinals, and they will be looking to win the tournament for Manuel Pellegrini who is leaving in the summer. They will have to improve their form if they are going to get past the French Champions. In the Premier League, they are going through an awful slump and are at risk of not qualifying next season for the competition. With their captain Vincent Kompany a major doubt for the match, they are going to need to be on top form to get the win.
City does have on of the best strikers in the world in Sergio Aguero. If they are going to squeeze past PSG, they will be relying on their star man to put the ball in the back of the net. PSG has the luxury of being able to rest players in the French League due to them already being crowned champions. It should give them a slight advantage heading into the must-win game.
City is going to have their hand full as they will have to keep at bay the world-class trio of Angel Di Maria, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani. It is going to be a close battle between the two, and the winner has a good chance of making the final.
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Champions League tips predictions – PSG to win and qualify for the semi-finals.
Wolfsburg F.C Vs. Real Madrid F.C
Real Madrid will be the happier out of the two clubs that they got drawn together. The Spanish side will of wanted to avoid arch rivals Barcelona along with German Champions Bayern. Most Champions League tips predictions sites have Real as the winners over the two legs.
At the start of the season, no one had Wolfsburg in their Champions League picks for the winner of the tournament. They were in a group with Manchester United, who were the favorites to get through. The manage to prove everybody wrong and beat the Red Devils 3 – 2. As well as United they beat Gent from Belgium and managed to get through their group easily. Their form in the competition has been a lot better than in their domestic league in which they have struggled. The players seem to be able to raise their game for the Champions League and have looked great so far.
Real are the richest club in the world and Champions League betting predictions have them as the second favorite behind Barcelona to win the tournament. They are the team that have won the prestigious competition more than any other and will be looking to add to that tally. Things have not been going well for them in the Spanish league though and have even changed manager to try to improve. Rafa Benitez was fired and replaced by legend Zinedine Zidane who is doing slightly better, but there’s still a lot of room for improvement.
Champions League betting predictions – Real Madrid to win and qualify for the semi-finals.