Bets for the Champions League Quarterfinals
Betting on soccer is already ungodly difficult, but betting on Champions League, the world’s premier club competition, is even worse. Fear not though, as I will give you the tools you need to make an educated decision about the matchups to come. The matchups are: Manchester City vs. Borussia Dortmund, Porto vs. Chelsea, Bayern Munich v. Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid vs. Liverpool. I will break each down for you and tell you how to bet on each.
The easiest of the four to bet on will probably be Manchester City beating Borussia Dortmund. The fact is, Manchester City is a powerhouse that is incredibly hard to deal with, especially for a team filled with younger talent. However, this isn’t to say that you should expect Dortmund to just roll over in this tie. Their striker, Erling Haaland, is the best young striker in the world right now and underestimating him in any way is a surefire way to lose matches. At the end of the day though, Manchester City averages nearly two goals per game, which makes life for Dortmund difficult, especially with the away goals rule. Bet on Manchester City to win the tie but throw in a prop bet for Haaland to score in both legs.
Porto vs. Chelsea is interesting because it’s a clash of old vs. young. It’s a bunch of young attackers for Chelsea going up against a defense led by the 38-year-old destroyer, Pepe. Observers have spent years trying to write Pepe off as being too old and not able to keep up, but after putting in a Man of the Match performance against Juventus in the 2nd Leg of the Round of 16, I’m confident that Chelsea will have a hard time getting past him. And that’s before dealing with their offensive quality, led by Moussa Marega, who has 10 goals and 7 assists on the year. Expect this tie to be low-scoring, and I’d actually advise making a small-money bet on Porto to win big.
Bayern Munich vs. Paris Saint-Germain is a rematch of last year’s final and promises to bring just as many fireworks. The fact is that this is a matchup of two of Europe’s most high-octane offenses, with Robert Lewandowski, who’s already scored 40 goals so far this season, spearheading the Bavarian attack and Neymar and Kylian Mbappe firing the Parisians. It’s hard to say who will win, but comparing these two teams from when they last met until now, it doesn’t seem like a whole lot has changed for either squad that would change the outcome. Expect Lewandowski to score at least three goals over the two legs and for Bayern to advance.
Finally, we have a rematch of the 2018 Champions League Final with Real Madrid facing Liverpool. Ever since the matchup was announced, a lot of chatter has come up surrounding Sergio Ramos and Mohamed Salah, after their infamous clash in 2018 that saw the latter leave the match due to an injury supposedly caused by the former. Also, there’s been a lot of tough talk for Liverpool supporters attacking the winningest team in Europe’s legacy, which is frankly ridiculous. However, we’re here to talk about the match, and the fact is that Liverpool’s defense is virtually nonexistent while Virgil van Dijk is on the shelf. As long as Karim Benzema can get service and Luka Modric and Toni Kroos can control the middle of the pitch, and if Vinicius Jr. can finally convert a chance after averaging almost two per game, bank on Real Madrid winning and advancing to the semifinals.
All in all, the Champions League quarters should be exciting. This is the stage where the contenders are truly separated from the pretenders, and I hope my advice can help you make some money off of this great occasion.