Fans are probably waiting most for the FC Barcelona vs Bayern Munich game on Friday, which seems to be the toughest game in the quarter-finals. While English fans can support Manchester City on Saturday when they face Olympique Lyon. In the Champions League QFs betting preview Bayern and Man City are the favourites, but let’s see the chances of the other teams.
Bayern Munich easily advanced to the quarterfinals with a 7-1 overall against Chelsea. After a 1-1 draw away at home, FC Barcelona won a confident 3-1 victory over Naples at home. But based on their previous form and results of the two teams, the balance is already shifting towards Bayern. As the Bavarians have won the Bundesliga and the German Cup final and haven’t been beaten for 18 games. While the Catalans have only suffered and lagged behind Real Madrid in the fight for the championship title. While in the other tie Manchester City are the big favourites to go through even though Lyon managed to knock out Juventus in the previous round. Of course, these will be now completely different matches in special circumstances where the current form and better concentration can decide.
The Champions League QFs betting preview favour Bayern in Friday tie
Online sportsbooks in Germany are predicting the win of Bayern Munich with the odds of 1.95 at Bet365. But they are not just favouring their local team, the Germans look as the stronger team at the moment. They have Robert Lewandowksi, who is one of the best strikers in the world in a top form, already on 53 goals this season. The Polish striker scored 13 goals this Champions League season. Contributing three goals against Chelsea in the last game. Stopping him will be perhaps the most difficult task for the Barcelona defenders. The Polish striker has the smallest odds to score the first goal, with 3.25 ahead of Lionel Messi (5.00) and teammate Serge Gnabry (6.00). There is also a good chance that both teams will score with the odds of 1.53. The same odds are offered by bookmakers for three or more goals during the game.
But we can’t write off Barcelona and Lionel Messi, who is always a threat and can decide a game alone easily. But against Bayern he will need the assistance of his teammates. Like Luis Suarez in front, while Sergio Busquets and Arturo Vidal can help out in defending after their return to the team. Though many things changed in both clubs since their last meeting in the CL semi-final in 2015, Barcelona still have a chance to defeat Bayern and go through. Their odds are 3.40 at Bet365 to do so in the Champions League QFs betting preview.
Can Lyon surprise City in the last quarter-final?
On Saturday night Manchester City will meet Lyon, which seems to be an easy game for City. Online gambling sites in Germany are making them the big favourites to win the game with the odds of 1.22 at Bet365 Sportsbook. But Pep Guardiola knows they must be cautious as Lyon have already managed to defeat them last season. The team won at Etihad Stadium 2-1 in the CL group stages. Plus the French side just knocked out Italian champions Juventus, so they can’t be underestimated. Even though they only finished in 7th place in the French league which ended in March. And with players like Memphis Depay, Moussa Dembele and Maxwell Cornet they are capable of scoring any time.
But of course Manchester City is a top team, playing very confidently so far in the tournament. They won their group with 4 wins and 2 draws. Then defeated Real Madrid in both games, in Bernabeu and at home as well. City finished as a runner-up in the Premier League, which might be an extra motivation now. Though the Blues will miss Kun Aguero who is still recovering from his injury, the team is still full of the greatest players from Kevin de Bryne to Raheem Sterling. And of course Guardiola can always come up with the best tactics against their opponents. So with all respect to Lyon, they are the underdogs here. It is also shown by the high odds of 12.00 for their victory.