The last eight teams are raring to go as the Champions League gets towards its exciting climax in the 2012/13 season. Read on for the latest betting odds and our predictions of who will be crowned champions of Europe.
The quarter-finals have a distinctly non-English feel to them this year for the first time since 1996. And that will please some of the leading contenders who would not have relished playing Manchester United.
Jose Mourinho led Real Madrid to victory over Alex Ferguson’s side and has been rewarded with perhaps the easiest draw of the round against Galatasaray (the Turkish side are 100/1 outsiders to win the Champions League with Unibet).
Madrid meanwhile can be backed at 7/2 with BetVictor, but they don’t quite convince us at that price. They are second favourites behind great rivals Barcelona (available at odds of 5/2 with Bet365) who have to beat French upstarts Paris Saint-Germain if Tito Vilanova is to do what Pep Guardiola couldn’t last season and win the tournament. After their exhilarating performance against Milan in the last round, they have a great chance.
Bayern Munich were humbled at home when going down 2-0 to Arsenal, but they had done enough at the Emirates to progress. They look the value bet in the outright market at 11/2 with Bet365 as Jupp Heynckes will not tolerate another poor performance from his talented team. They have the sizeable obstacle of Juventus to negotiate first though.
The remaining quarter-final sees Malaga take on Borussia Dortmund, neither of whom will have enough to win the Champions League in our opinion, but Dortmund should make the semis.
Overall we think Barca are the rightful favourites, but Bayern offer the best value. It would certainly make a fine final were they to meet at Wembley on 25th May.