UEFA Champions Quarter Finals Preview, Predictions, and Best Bets

05 April 2021
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Manchester City vs. Borussia Dortmund

Tuesday, April 6th, 2021 - 08:00 PM Kick-Off at Etihad Stadium

Will City Dominance Continue, Quadruple in Their Sights?

Manchester City has already claimed the English Premier League title and is on its way to Wembley for two more cup appearances. A domestic treble sounds excellent, but the real accomplishment for Pep Guardiola & Co. is to claim the Champions League Trophy. Yes, the quadruple is a real possibility for Manchester's finest.

With that said, City's UCL performances over the years have seen them fail towards the final hurdle. They have given up their Champions League dream before the semi-finals. The good news is, City will face a Dortmund side who has failed to win the first leg of their previous six quarterfinal attempts.

We cannot deny that Dortmund is one of the most exciting tournament teams, but their attack force is significantly stronger than their defensive side.

Form, Mentality, UCL Odds & Trends

  • Manchester City is netting an average of 2.75 goals in their home UCL fixtures this term.
  • In their nine most recent home UCL clashes, City has managed 1+ goals.
  • Manchester City has kept a clean sheet in seven of their most recent Champions League games.

Final Thoughts| Champions League Betting Tips

It does not matter what competition or league Manchester City has competed in; this season, they have dominated the board. They have now won twenty-six of their previous twenty-seven matches, and we expect that trend to continue this week. Take City to win the first leg.

Score Prediction: Manchester City 2 – Borussia Dortmund 0

Betting Prediction: Manchester City to win HT/FT 2.00 [+100] at William Hill (visit our William Hill Review)

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Real Madrid vs. Liverpool

Tuesday, April 6th, 2021 - 08:00 PM Kick-Off at Bernabeu Stadium

Liverpool's Fairy-tale is Overdue

Both sides entering this week's UCL tie are weak compared to their previous squads from past seasons, and the matchup is ultimately a coin toss.

Sergio Ramos, absent from the Madrid squad, removes the encounter of a second legendary clash with Mo Salah, which we saw in 2018. Eden Hazard is another star who will miss the conflict, with Liverpool losing the likes of Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, and Virgil van Dijk.

Final Thoughts| UCL Betting Tips

To break this one down, we should focus on the in-form team, and that accomplishment goes to the Spanish giants. Real Madrid is undefeated in their previous eleven fixtures in all competitions. At the same time, Liverpool continues to show inconsistency in their domestic outings.

While Liverpool has been vital in the UCL competition this year, Real Madrid's home form and goal-scoring efforts on home turf are reminiscent of a dominant Real squad we used to know.

The last time Liverpool visited Madrid, they were held to defeat by Atletico and were eliminated from the Champions League tournament, and we can envision a similar scenario this term. Take Madrid not to lose in the first leg.

Score Prediction: Real Madrid 2 – Liverpool 1

Betting Prediction: Real Madrid' draw no bet' 1.95 [-105] at Paddy Power (visit our Paddy Power Review)

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Porto vs. Chelsea

Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 - 08:00 PM Kick-Off at Estadio do Dragao

Lacklustre Goal Scoring Expected in Portugal

Thomas Tuchel suffered his first career loss as a Chelsea manager this past weekend, and although the tough coach’s defensive style of play was compromised, we do not expect this mistake to be made for the second time in seven days.

Porto is sitting happily in the first place of their domestic trials, but Champions League opposition is about to become stiff for the Portuguese hopefuls.

Form, Mentality, UCL Odds & Trends

  • FC Porto has conceded an average of 0.25 goals in their home UCL fixtures.
  • Chelsea has remained undefeated in all 8 Champions League matches this term.
  • Chelsea is undefeated in 7 of their most recent away fixtures (Champions League).
  • Chelsea has won their previous four away games in the Champions League.
  • Under 2.5 goals have been scored in Chelsea's previous 3 Champions League away fixtures.

Final Thoughts| UCL Betting Tips

The available odds on backing Chelsea for the away win are undesirable, and given Porto's strong record, we'd instead not step on their toes. The under/over goal market is not offering much more on price, but we believe a Thomas Tuchel style match will see Chelsea hold the home team to a goalless draw or a sneaky upset victory.

Score Prediction: Porto 0 – Chelsea 1

Betting Prediction: Under 2.5 goals @ 1.66 [-152] at Bet365 (visit our Bet365 Review)

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