UEFA Champions League action returns on Tuesday and Wednesday as we are down to the final eight teams in Europe’s elite club competition.
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Three La Liga teams remain, plus two from the Bundesliga, one from Ligue 1, Serie A and Leicester City from the Premier League.
With that in mind, it’s time to take a look at the ties with Atletico clashing with Leicester, Juventus slugging it out with Barcelona, reigning UCL champs Real Madrid up against Bayern Munich and Dortmund facing Monaco with plenty of goals expected.
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Below you will find score predictions on how all four quarterfinals encounters will play out over the two legs.
Atletico Madrid vs. Leicester City
First leg in Madrid: April 12, 2:45 p.m. ET
Second leg in Leicester: April 18, 2:45 p.m. ET
The Foxes will fancy their chances of repeating their exploits against Sevilla in the last round. Leicester went to Spain and nabbed a vital away goal on the break and then followed that up with a typically committed display under the lights at the King Power Stadium. Yet, facing Atleti is easily their toughest challenge in the UCL to date. With Antoine Griezmann in fine form and Diego Simeone’s fine-tuned machine humming along nicely in recent weeks, the Spanish side could be out of sight before the second leg. Leicester will hang in there but Atletico’s star power will prove too much. 3-1 to Atletico Madrid on aggregate.
Juventus vs. Barcelona
First leg in Turin: April 11, 2:45 p.m. ET
Second leg in Barcelona: April 19, 2:45 p.m. ET
If you thought PSG vs. Barca was fun in the last round (well, the second leg was absolutely nuts) then this should take things to another level. The Italian and Spanish giants collide with plenty of superstars on show and Barcelona will feel they are destined to go all the way after their amazing comeback win against Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16. Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain and Gianluigi Buffon will have other ideas as Juve aim to get revenge for their defeat to Barca in the 2015 final in Berlin. Barca’s shock defeat in La Liga at the weekend suggests they’re focused on success in the UCL and with Luis Enrique leaving at the end of the season he seems to be putting all his eggs in one basket. That may well see Barca come unstuck in the first leg but at home they can achieve the impossible with Messi, Suarez and Neymar in full flow. Expect Barca to sneak through in a classic encounter. 3-2 to Barcelona on aggregate.
Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid
First leg in Munich: April 12, 2:45 p.m. ET
Second leg in Madrid: April 18, 2:45 p.m. ET
Another clash of European giants has neutrals salivating with the leaders of both the Bundesliga and La Liga colliding. Zinedine Zidane’s men are the reigning champs but this will be a huge test of their credentials as former boss Carlo Ancelotti guided Bayern past Arsenal 10-2 on aggregate in the last round. With Robert Lewandowski in fine form, Bayern will look to take the game to Real in the first leg but must be wary of getting countered with the pace of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo on the break. You get the sense that although Bayern has looked unstoppable in spells this season, the challenge of a fired up Real may be a little too much. 4-2 to Real Madrid on aggregate.
Borussia Dortmund vs. AS Monaco
First leg in Dortmund: April 11, 2:45 p.m. ET
Second leg in Monaco: April 19, 2:45 p.m. ET
Fans of U.S. soccer are hoping and praying Christian Pulisic plays a leading role in leading Borussia Dortmund to a UCL semifinal. They may get their wish. That said, Monaco’s free-flowing style of soccer has wowed France, and most of Europe, as they breezed past Tottenham and Manchester City but they do take risks defensively. Dortmund’s talented attackers in Aubameyang, Pulisic and Dembele will have plenty of chances but you get the sense that everyone continues to underestimate Monaco. Expect Falcao, Mbappe and Lemar to make the difference for the French club. If this turns into a goal-fest (that’s what we are all hoping for, isn’t it?) then Monaco will prevail. 5-4 to Monaco on aggregate.