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2016/17 Champions League quarter finals preview

2016/17 Champions League quarter finals preview

78 teams who entered the Champions League have been whittled down to eight, and this year’s quarter finals feature the last six finalists, the leaders of Ligue 1 and the English champions.
Leicester City’s bid for an unlikely Champions League final continue as they face Atletico Madrid while there are also three other mouthwatering fixtures. Keep reading for our Champions League betting preview.

Leicester still going strong in Europe

At the beginning of the season I suggested that the 100/1 available on Leicester City winning the Champions League might soon look like a terrific price. The Foxes are now in the last eight, and while still the 33/1 outsiders, their European adventure could well continue at the expense of Atletico Madrid.
There may have been a range of fortunate factors that helped Leicester overcome Sevilla in the last round, but if they can win that tie then they ought to have no nerves in facing a side that has been weaker than Sevilla in La Liga this season.
After a shaky start to the New Year, Diego Simeone’s side have been on a decent run in recent weeks. Their only defeat in their last eleven matches was a 2-1 home reverse to Barcelona and they have only failed to score once since the start of February – and that was in the 0-0 second leg of their last 16 match with Bayer Leverkusen when they were already 4-2 up.
Leicester’s form has turned around under new boss Craig Shakespeare and there’s no reason that they can’t upset the recent finalists in the last eight. The Foxes are an enormous 8/1 to win at the Vicente Calderon, but the 7/2 on them qualifying for the next round looks like a decent bet.
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Bayern and Real top the billing in the last eight

Considering the strength of the two sides, a Real Madrid versus Bayern Munich match-up would make a dream final but instead the two European giants have been drawn against each other in the last eight.
Bayern hammered Arsenal 10-2 on aggregate in the last round and come into this tie in superb form. Their last defeat was a 3-2 reverse to Rostov in November, when they had already qualified for the Champions League knockouts, and they have scored 28 goals in their last eight matches in all competitions.
Madrid are the defending champions, of course, and also come into the fixture in good form having won nine of their last eleven matches.
This should be a terrific game, and Bayern are the favourites. Carlo Ancelotti’s side are 7/10 to win the first leg at home, and 4/6 to qualify for the last four.
No-one is still quite sure how Barcelona managed to overturn a 4-0 first leg defeat to make it to the last four, although conspiracy theorists suggest that the officials were helpful in their 6-1 victory over PSG.
Luis Enrique has announced that he will leave Barca at the end of the season and his side face a tough task against Serie A champions Juventus. Juve haven’t lost a home match since August 2015 and so should be backed to win at 13/8 (the double chance ‘Juventus and draw’ is just 2/5).
A young, exciting Monaco team look as if they could win the French title this season and they were good enough to knock Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City out of the Champions League in the last round.
They face another young side in Borussia Dortmund in the last eight and this fixture could be full of goals. It is just 2/5 that both teams score in the opening leg in Germany, although the 5/4 on Monaco qualifying for the semi-finals looks like decent value.
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