ONLY four places remain in the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.
Manchester City, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Juventus have already navigated the round of 16.
Bayern Munich will join them in the last eight, but the likes of Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester United and Roma still have plenty of work to do.
Let’s see how the odds are stacking up at Sportsbet.com.au – one of Australia’s best soccer bookmakers.
UEFA Champions League multi tips
- Man United to win – -175.44
- Roma to win – -149.25
- Bayern to win – -175.44
- Barcelona to win – -250
Manchester United vs. Sevilla
6:45am AEDT Wednesday, March 14 – Old Trafford, Manchester
United are riding a big wave after their 2-1 victory over arch-rivals Liverpool in the English Premier League. Can they take that momentum into Europe, or will we see a return to the stodgy, dogged Devils that drew 0-0 in Seville? The Rojiblancos are no mugs and have the Europa League titles to prove it, but this level might be just beyond them right now.
First goalscorer tip: Alexis Sanchez (+450 at Sportsbet)
Roma vs. Shakhtar Donetsk
6:45am AEDT Wednesday, March 14 – Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Roma have a hill to climb after shipping two second-half goals to lose 2-1 in the Ukraine. They have picked up some big results in Serie A since then, including a 4-2 win over high-flying Napoli. One cannot help but feel that if Shakhtar were to squeeze into the quarters, they would have to rack up a sizeable advantage in the first leg. As it stands, the Giallorossi have the crucial away goal and should finish the job at home.
First goalscorer tip: Edin Dzeko (+350 at Sportsbet)
Besiktas vs. Bayern Munich
4am AEDT Thursday, March 15 – Vodafone Park, Istanbul
Besiktas were utterly outclassed in the first leg. Domagoj Vida earned a red card in that clash, which leaves the Turks giants without their best stopper as they look to make up a five-goal deficit in Munich. The only danger for Bayern is complacency, but a tally of 10 goals in their last two Bundesliga games suggests the German giants have no intention of their taking their collective foot off the gas.
First goalscorer tip: Thomas Muller (+500 at Sportsbet)
Barcelona vs. Chelsea
6:45am AEDT Thursday, March 15 – Camp Nou, Barcelona
Lionel Messi notched a priceless away goal at Stamford Bridge to give Barca the advantage for the second leg. The Blaugrana have yet to drop a game in their pursuit of the Primera Division crown, so there is no doubting their ability to hold a lead and churn out results under pressure. Chelsea should have made more of an excellent display at home and will have to do something really special to conquer Camp Nou.
First goalscorer tip: Luis Suarez (+275 at Sportsbet)