2019-20 Champions League Quarterfinals
The quarterfinals for this year’s Champions League have been set. Eight teams will descend on Portugal to determine the best team in Europe and claim the most prestigious prize in club soccer. Manchester City are the overall favorites as the only team in this stage to be a heavy odds-on favorite to advance per the soccer betting odds, while juggernauts Barcelona and Bayern Munich will square off in the most anticipated quarterfinal match of the bunch.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTERFINALS BETTING ODDS
AUGUST 12, 2020
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN +108
This match has the potential to see five or more goals. Unlike most Italian teams, Atalanta play a wide-open style. They notched 98 goals in Serie A play this season, registering 17 more tallies than the next highest scoring team. That translated into success in their Round of 16 clash with Valencia, as Atalanta scored more goals over the two legs than any other team. Superstar Josip Ilicic notched five of those goals, so PSG must focus on stopping him.
PSG’s Champions League shortcomings have been well-documented. This club was built to compete with the best in Europe, but they have failed to make it past the quarterfinals in each of the past seven years. They did make it out of the Round of 16 this time, yet they needed to overcome a 2-1 first leg deficit to Borussia Dortmund. Kylian Mbappe’s health will be the main storyline ahead of this match. The superstar forward makes an absolutely lethal combination with Mauro Icardi and Neymar.
AUGUST 13, 2020
RED BULL LEIPZIG +186
ATLETICO MADRID +148
O/U 2 AND 2.5
It’s been a remarkable run to prominence for Red Bull Leipzig. This club was only founded in 2009, but they are already competing for European glory thanks to the deep pockets of the energy drink company. RB Leipzig are making their first appearance in the Champions League quarterfinals, and they know it might take a while for them to be back after Timo Werner left for Chelsea.
Diego Simeone overcame the loss of Antoine Griezmann to make Atletico Madrid the third-best team in Spain once again this season. It’s a familiar spot for the club and the defensive-minded manager, but their style has paid off better in the Champions League. Jan Oblak is arguably the best goalkeeper in the world, so it will be tough for RB Leipzig to find goals. Unfortunately, Atletico might be without two players for this match as they announced two positive COVID-19 tests on Sunday.
AUGUST 14, 2020
BAYERN MUNICH +109
Everyone is excited for this match between European giants. Barcelona and Bayern Munich have both won the Champions League five times, and they were both among the early favorites per the Champions League betting odds.
Bayern Munich had another fantastic season. They claimed the German double by winning the Bundesliga and the DFB Pokal Cup once again, and they crushed Chelsea over two legs by a margin of 7-1 in the Round of 16. Unfortunately, it’s been quite the opposite story for Barcelona. The Blaugrana were considered the team to beat in Spain with the addition of Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong, but they were very disappointing throughout the course of the campaign.
AUGUST 15, 2020
MANCHESTER CITY -357
Lyon pulled off the biggest upset of the Round of 16 when they sent Serie A champions Juventus crashing out of the Champions League. They were fortunate to make it out of Group Stage with a 2-2-2 record, and they will face a serious talent disadvantage against Manchester City. The best player on Lyon is former Manchester United flameout Memphis Depay who has rediscovered his form in France.
Perhaps a domestic flameout is what City needed to finally win the Champions League. The Citizens toppled Real Madrid in the Round of 16 to send the most successful team in the competition’s history on vacation, and they appear to have found a rhythm. Kevin De Bruyne is one of the best midfielders in the world, and this club is stacked with talent at every position. Pep Guardiola knows how to get the best out of this team, so Lyon have a monumental task ahead of them.