Barcelona Champions League Favourites After Quarter Final Draw

Barcelona remain the bookmakers favourites for the Champions League following the quarter final draw.

Pep Guardiola’s side were drawn in a “glamour tie” against AC Milan but will not fear the Italians who showed their vulnerability in a 3-0 second leg defeat against Arsenal – edging through to the last eight 4-3 on aggregate.

Milan will have to be much better if they are to have any chance against a Barcelona side that smashed Bayer Leverkusen 7-1 in their last match, winning their tie 10-1 on aggregate.

Lionel Messi became the first player to score five Champions League goals in a single match:

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Chelsea overturned a 3-1 first leg defeat against Napoli by winning 4-1 after extra time and 5-4 on aggregate at Stamford Bridge.

The ageing Blues are the only remaining Premier League side in the competition and will fancy their chances against Benfica, who reached the last eight of the Champions League for the first time since 2006.

Watch Chelsea’s remarkable comeback against Napoli here:

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Bayern Munich will be confident of progressing to the semi finals after they were drawn against Marseille. The Bundesliga side overturned a 1-0 first leg defeat at Basel by crushing their Swiss opponents 7-0 at the Allianz Arena.

Watch all seven goals here:

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The lowest ranked side left in the competition APOEL, edged past Lyon on penalties following a 1-1 aggregate score and they face the might of Real Madrid who coasted past CSKA Moscow 5-2 on aggregate.

Outright Champions League Winner:

  • Barcelona @ 2.25 (Ladbrokes)
  • Real Madrid @ 3.2 (Coral)
  • Bayern Munich @ 7.0 (William Hill)
  • Chelsea @ 11.0 (Sportingbet)
  • AC Milan @ 23.0 (Betfred)
  • Benfica @ 67.0 (Bet Victor)
  • Marseille @ 81.0 (Sky Bet)
  • APOEL @ 251.0 (Paddy Power)

AC Milan Slashed In Champions League Betting

Champions League Round of 16 First Leg Review

AC Milan have been slashed in the Champions League betting following last night’s 4-0 crushing of Arsenal at the San Siro.

The Serie A club were available at 28.0 before kick-off, but two goals from Robinho, a wonder-strike from Kevin-Prince Boateng and a Zlatan Ibrahimovic saw the bookmakers cut their odds down to 13.0.

The Gunners were shellshocked in Italy and are now out to 401.0 outsiders to win Europe’s premier competition. They will need to win by five clear goals to proceed to the quarter finals or by a 4-0 scoreline to take the tie into extra time and penalties.

Earlier that evening, Zenit St Petersburg beat Benfica 3-2 in Russia. Benfica took the lead through Maxi Pereira but were pegged back with a goals from Roman Shirokov and Sergei Semak. Oscar Cardozo equalised for the Portuguese side with three minutes left but Shirokov grabbed a dramatic second two minutes later.

Zenit were cut by several firms but are still outsiders at 126.0. With two away goals, Benfica will fancy their chances in the return leg but drifted out to 41.0.

Barcelona remain the favourites to win the tournament, as they have done all season, after a comfortable 3-1 win at Bayer Leverkusen onĀ  Tuesday night.

Two goals from Alexis Sanchez either side of an effort from Michal Kadlec put Barcelona in control and a late third from Lionel Messi looked to put the La Liga side into the last eight with the return leg at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona are a best-priced 2.4 to become become the first club to retain the trophy since the switch to the Champions League format in 1992.

Lyon take a slender lead to Cyprus after beating APOEL 1-0 at the Stade de Gerland. A goal from Alexandre Lacazette after 58 minutes was enough to win the first leg for the Ligue One club.

Elsewhere in the betting, Real Madrid remain second favourites to win the Champions League while Bayer Munich are third favourites with the bookmakers.

Both play their last-16 first-leg matches next week, as do Chelsea, Inter Milan and Napoli.

Outright Champions League Winner:

  • Barcelona @ 2.4 (Paddy Power)
  • Real Madrid @ 3.75 (Betfred)
  • Bayern Munich @ 7.0 (Sportingbet)
  • AC Milan @ 13.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • Chelsea @ 15.0 (bet365)
  • Inter Milan @ 34.0 (Sky Bet)
  • Napoli @ 41.0 (Coral)
  • Benfica @ 41.0 (Bet Victor)
  • Lyon @ 81.0 (Boylesports)
  • Zenit St Petersburg @ 126.0 (Sportingbet)
  • Marseille @ 151.0 (Bet Victor)
  • APOEL @ 301.0 (Coral)
  • Arsenal @ 401.0 (Sportingbet)
  • FC Basel @ 401.0 (bet365)
  • CSKA Moscow @ 401.0 (Boylesports)
  • Bayer Leverkusen @ 1251.0 (Coral)