By News Team
13th April 2021
After a brilliant set of first-leg fixtures last week, the Champions League quarter-finals is back for the return games – but who will progress to the last four?
We take a look at the standout fixtures here…
Can Liverpool pull off another European miracle?
A fantastic display from Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League tie against Liverpool last week sees them sit only 90 minutes away from yet another semi-final. But can the Reds pull off yet another miracle and overturn the 3-1 deficit?
The last time Liverpool managed to overcome a deficit of two goals or more in the Champions League was against Barcelona during the memorable 2018-19 season in which the Reds won the competition for the sixth time, so they will be hoping for more of the same here. You can get Liverpool to win on Wednesday at Evens and to progress through to the semi-finals at 11/4. Mohamed Salah, meanwhile, could become the first Liverpool player since Steven Gerrard in 2008 to score in five consecutive Champions League games, with the Egyptian priced at 3/4 to put the ball in the back of the net anytime against Madrid. Use our online bet calculator to work out your potential winnings.
This will be the third occasion that Madrid have faced Liverpool at Anfield in the Champions League. In previous fixtures, Los Blancos have won one and lost the other, but they are 12/5 underdogs to win this one in 90 minutes. Seven of Marco Asensio’s eight Champions League goals for Real have come in the knockout stages of the competition and he is currently priced at 14/5 to score anytime yet again on Wednesday.
Mount to lead Chelsea to semi-finals?
Tuesday evening sees Chelsea return to Seville as they prepare to take on Porto in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final. The Blues head into this fixture with a 2-0 lead over their Portuguese opponents thanks to away goals from Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell in the first leg, and with a clean sheet to boot, they are in a favourable position to advance at 1/50.
Chelsea have never won three consecutive matches in Spain whilst playing in a European competition, but they are currently 17/20 favourites to finally overcome this feat. Mount, meanwhile, is looking to become only the second Englishman to score in both legs of a Champions League knockout stage tie for Chelsea after Frank Lampard in 2005, and the Englishman is 11/5 to find the back of the net anytime.
Since defeating Leicester City in December 2016, Porto are winless in their following seven matches against English sides in the Champions League, scoring only two goals and conceding 16 during this spell. They are therefore currently priced as 10/3 underdogs to win in 90 minutes on Tuesday and are 12/1 to qualify. Sérgio Oliveira has scored five Champions League goals for Porto this term and is priced at 23/10 to score anytime this time round.
Man City to continue quadruple charge?
Out of all the Champions League quarter-finals, Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City’s tie on Wednesday is debatably the one most sitting on a knife edge, with the Premier League leaders currently holding a slim 2-1 lead heading into this second leg in Germany.
City fans can take heart from the fact that in European competition their team have progressed from 13 of their 15 knockout stage ties when winning the first leg. The only times that they have failed to progress was against Juventus in the 1976-77 UEFA Cup and against Monaco in the 2016-17 Champions League. Pep Guardiola’s side currently sit as the 13/20 favourites to win the game in 90 minutes and are 1/8 favourites to qualify for the semi-finals.
In contrast to City, on the seven previous occasions that Dortmund have lost the first leg of a Champions League knockout stage match, they’ve been eliminated six times. Dortmund to buck this trend and pull off a classic Champions League comeback is priced at 4/1 for a home victory in 90 minutes, with BVB 9/2 to qualify for the last four on the night.