UEFA Champions League Picks: Quarterfinal Draw, Leg 1 & Futures

Kevin Stott

Friday, March 20, 2015 5:47 PM GMT

Let’s look at the Futures Market & Leg 1 soccer odds as the Quarterfinal Draw of the UEFA Champions League was held in Nyon today with some clubs very familiar with each other set to meet.

UEFA Champions League Draw Provides Some Very Familiar Matchups
The UEFA held an open draw on Friday at its headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland for the Champions League quarterfinals in a process (Open Draw) where teams from the same country could be draw together, and that’s exactly what happened in one of the four series with holders Real Madrid drew the club it probably wanted to face the least here, La Liga rivals Atlético Madrid. Leg 1s of the Quarterfinal round are scheduled to be played on Tuesday, April 14 and Wednesday April 15, with Paris, Madrid (Atlético), Porto and Turin all hosting openers. Leg 2’s of this Quarterfinal round will be played on Tuesday, April 21 and Wednesday April 22. Spain and La Liga boast three of the final eight teams left in this tournament, with France’s Ligue 1 still having two clubs alive and Italy’s Serie A, Germany’s Fußball-Bundesliga and the Portuguese Primeira League all having one team left. The English Premier League had its last three clubs still alive in the Champions League—Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City—all eliminated in the Round of 16 by AS Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona, respectively. The last three winners of the Champions League have all been from different countries with aforementioned Real Madrid winning the trophy last year (2014), Bayern Munich defeating Borussia Dortmund for the honors in 2013, and Chelsea winning its first-ever European championship over Bayern Munich at the magnificent Allianz Arena in Munich when Didier Drogba casually slotted a PK to the right of Bayern GK Manuel Neuer to bring the silverware back to West London. A club from Spain—either Barcelona (3) or Real Madrid (1)—has captured four of the last nine championships.

 

UEFA Champions League Quarterfinal Draw
Paris Saint-Germain vs. Barcelona

Real Madrid vs. Atlético Madrid

Porto vs. Bayern Munich

Juventus vs. Monaco

 

UEFA Champions League Futures Odds
Bayern Munich 2/1 (+200 )

Barcelona 5/2 (+250)

Real Madrid 4/1 (+400)

Juventus 7/1 (+700)

Atlético Madrid 16/1 (+1600 from Bet365)

Paris Saint-Germain 16/1 (+1600)

FC Porto 66/1 (+6600)

AS Monaco 66/1 (+6600)

 

Three-Way Game Odds For Quarterfinal Leg 1 Matches (bet365)
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Atlético Madrid +160, Draw +240, Real Madrid +160

Juventus -200, Draw +300, AS Monaco +650

 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
FC Porto +500, Draw +280, Bayern Munich -162

Paris Saint-Germain +260, Draw +260, Barcelona +100 soccer odds

Note: Home teams first

 

UEFA Champions To Qualify (Advance to Semifinals) Odds (bet365)
Barcelona  -300, Paris Saint-Germain +229

Real Madrid -200, Atlético Madrid +160

Juventus -275, AS Monaco +210

Bayern Munich -700, FC Porto +450

 

What to Look For and Who Has it Easy and Who Has it Hard in the Final 8
Holders Real Madrid and superstar Cristiano Ronaldo couldn’t have asked for a worse draw as Los Rojiblanco got city rivals Atlético Madrid—a team which has beaten the mighty champs 4 times already this season—in a repeat of last year’s Final, where Los Blancos ended up winning 4-1 after Extra Time at Estádio da Luz in Lisbon. Four-time champions Barcelona and living legend Lionel Messi will face upstart Paris Saint-Germain and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in its Round of 8 Knockout Stage (Quarterfinal) series in a rematch of their Group (F) Stage series, while defending Serie A champions Juventus—who ousted Borussia Dortmund in the Round of 16—will lock horns with AS Monaco, who surprised and upset Arsenal, running heavily on the fumes of a 3-1 Leg 1 win in North London. And, tournament odds-favorite (2/1) Bayern Munich will play FC Porto in its Quarterfinal series, and Champions League odds makers aren’t giving the Dragões (Dragons) much of a chance, with Bayern Munich priced at -700 (bet365) To Qualify (advance) against the staunch Portuguese side.

The best matchup is obviously the Real Madrid-Atlético Madrid one in a rematch of last year’s championship game (final). But Los Rojiblancos have been hampered a bit by injuries of late, so Manager Diego Simeone will have to try to do some more magic to get his boys to advance beyond this round against their Spanish capital rivals. Of note, Atlético’s Futures odds (16/1) stayed right where they were in the last round. And, such wonderful news for Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti to receive—he gets to face Atlético Madrid some more—just two days before he and his now second-place La Liga Madridistas head to Camp Nou to face Barcelona on Sunday (beIN Sports 1, 3:50 p.m./12:50 pm PT) in El Clásico. Barça has been made solid -143 favorites (Bwin) in the match with Real Madrid healthy +350 underdogs and the Draw also priced at +350. Hey, nobody ever said it would be easy being the champs and with the electric Messi, Neymar and Luis Suárez, the Catalans have one of the most potent and entertaining attack forces in the history of football.

The Semifinal Draw will be held on April 24 with that round’s Leg 1’s set to be played on May 5 and 6 with the Legs 2’s scheduled for May 12 and 13. The Final this year will be played at Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany on June 6.

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GAME LEG 1 PICK: Bayern Munich -162 (bet365)

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TO QUALIFY PICK: Juventus -275 (bet365)