Atletico vs Leicester and Juventus vs Barca
Diego Simeone's men were handed a two-legged tie with Premier League champions Leicester City and are now 6/1 but Barcelona are still favourites
Diego Simeone's men were handed a two-legged tie with Premier League champions Leicester City and are now 6/1 but Barcelona are still favourites.
The Champions League quarter-finals have thrown up some fascinating ties and, according to the bookmakers, it is Barcelona and Atletico Madrid who have profited most from Friday's draw in Nyon, with the Catalan giants now the 11/4 (3.75) market leaders in what looks like an extremely open competition.
Paddy Power had made the Blaugrana and Bayern Munich joint 3/1 (4.0) favourites beforehand, while Real Madrid were 9/2 (5.50) until they were paired with the Bundesliga holders.
After being placed in what is undoubtedly the tie of the round, Bayern are still a 3/1 (4.0) chance to win the tournament but Zinedine Zidane's men have drifted to 11/2 (6.50).
Juventus will face Barcelona in a re-match from then 2015 final which saw Luis Enrique's side claim a 3-1 win in Berlin. The Catalans are now 11/4 (3.75) to go all the way.
While the Serie A holders will obviously be a test for a team that have been far from their sparkling best this term, the remarkable turnaround against PSG in the previous round will mean that Barca come into these European games with renewed hope of securing yet another continental crown. Max Allegri's side are priced at 11/1 (12.0) in the outright market.
Leicester City were always going to be the ideal opponent for the other seven quarter-finalists, although their European performances have been in stark contrast to the dismal title defence under Claudio Ranieri this term. However, with a new coach in Craig Shakespeare, the Foxes have improved dramatically and put out Sevilla in a tense last-16 tie. They can now be backed at 40/1 (from a pre-draw price of 25/1).
Atletico Madrid, twice finalists in the last three seasons, have seen their odds clipped from 9/1 (10.0) to 6/1 (7.0) to go one better and get their hands on the European crown.
The other tie sees Borussia Dortmund host a free-scoring Monaco team in what looks to be a fascinating clash of two teams packed with attacking options but vulnerable defences. Thomas Tuchel’s men are 8/1 (7.0) in the betting while the last remaining French side in the competition are priced at 14/1 (15.0) by Paddy Power.
Barcelona 6-1 Paris Saint-Germain
Atletico Madrid 1-2 Barcelona
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